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Congratulations to the winners of Missoula Public Library's second annual writing contest. Competition was fierce, and we're appreciative of everyone's participation. Entries are being published in a bound volume and added to the library's collection.

The library celebrated with a special reception last weekend, and winners were able to read from their work. Here is a list of our winners:

• Fiction 6-10. First: Madelaine Millar (Missoula) "Why Fish Live in the Sea;" Second: Jada Kitts (Missoula) "Sarah's Ray;" Third: Lindsey Roosa (Missoula) "The Silver Piccolo."

• Nonfiction 6-10. First: Jada Kitts (Missoula) "Miracle in the Lambing Shed;" Second: Joseph Sannella (Missoula) "Flying;" Third: Timmy Uhlenbruck (Missoula) "The Crash."

• Fiction 11-14. First: Kalysta Fern (Missoula) "Inspiration;" Second: Danielle Dodge (Missoula) "Spirits of Light;" Third: Taylor Crews (Lolo) "Sawdust Summer."

• Nonfiction 11-14. First: Jade E.A. Thomas (Missoula) "Ice Cream Shop;" Second: Jake Rezvani (Missoula) "Parkour;" Third: Stephanie Uhlenbruck (Missoula) "Barefoot."

• Fiction 15-18. First: Laura Vonnessen (Missoula) "The Three Little Pigs (Kind Of);" Second: Iris Olson (Missoula) "What Gabrielle Saw;" Third: Mikaela Hanson (Missoula) "New Life."

• Nonfiction 15-18. First: Tracy Hall (Missoula) "The Friend War;" Second: Erin McCarter (Victor) "Risks;" Third: Skye Anderson (Huson) "To Drown an Egg."

• Fiction 19+. First: Alan David Gelman (Florence) "A Remembrance;" Second: Seth O'Connell (Helena) "Passing the Torch;" Third: Becky Margolis (Missoula) "Blackout."

• Nonfiction 19+. First: Emma T. Crowe (Missoula) "The Dirty Thirties: Dust Storm Years - 1933-1937;" Second: Cathy Anderson (Huson) "The Perfect House;" Third: Seth O'Connell (Helena) "Super Bowl Sunday."

If you missed this year's contest, get writing. We'll be collecting submissions again before you know it. In the meantime, visit our website for other fun programs at Think ... more!

Meet us at the market

The bookmobile is making its grand return to the River Market this Saturday. Enjoy a stroll through the market, and take the opportunity to check out some books, get a card, and discover the treasures the library has to offer. The market is open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. See you there!

We have it: Staff reviews

"A Fraction of the Whole," by Steve Toltz. Spiegel & Grau, 2008. Find it at: TOLTZ (adult fiction)

"A Fraction of the Whole," functions as an epic; its plot spans years and documents the almost magical series of events that carry the narrators - Jasper and his eccentric but brilliant father, Martin - through space and time. Throughout the novel, Martin's idiosyncratic ideas - his decision to manage a strip club during Jasper's adolescence, his star-crossed plan to make every Australian a millionaire - direct the totally unpredictable turns in the storyline. At one memorable point in the book, Martin, fresh from an insane asylum, decides to buy a house in the Australian outback and then "hide" it by building a maze around it.

What's more remarkable, though, than the highly remarkable storyline is the ways that Toltz's characters address several of the big existential questions of our age: What does it mean to live, to die, to fall in love, to be connected to other people, to be connected to a country or a dogma? They approach these questions with skepticism and humor, and occasionally with a touching and absurd sort of wisdom.

Reviewed by Heather Tone

Hot happenings

Here's a sampling of some of the great programs coming up at Missoula Public Library. All programs are free. There's more on our events calendar at missoula If anyone attending a program needs special assistance, please provide advance notice by calling 721-BOOK (2665).

• Afternoon Matinee. Enjoy a classic movie Wednesday, May 26, at 2 p.m.

• Teen Media Lab. Teens: Join a professional from MCAT in making your own short videos Wednesdays at 4 p.m. For grades 7-12.

• Socrates Café. Share your philosophy at Socrates Café, Thursday, May 27, at 7 p.m.

• Teen Writers Group. Share words, ideas and energy Fridays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. For grades 10-12.

• Teen Book Club. Join "Those Literary Kids," Missoula Public Library's book club for grades 7-12), on Saturday, May 29, at 3 p.m. Come and chat about "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak - a young girl's book-stealing talent helps sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding during World War II. The club meets the last Saturday of every month. Teens decide what to read. Snacks provided.

Children's librarian Joyce Doyle can be reached at (406) 258-3851 or at


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