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Star gazers and sky watchers will be delighted to know that the Missoula Public Library has an Orion StarBlast telescope that’s available for checkout. The Western Montana Astronomical Association (WMAA) teamed up with the library to provide this for patrons.

Now you can come learn just how fun and easy it is to use this contraption during a hands-on class for learning to use the telescope facilitated by Nick Wethington of the WMAA at 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Large Meeting Room. The library’s telescope is suitable for beginner and intermediate stargazers and is available for check out by reservation at the Reference Desk.

For more information call the library at 721-2665 or visit the Western Montana Astronomical Association website at

Peeps Show kicks off this week

If you’re planning on creating a shoebox-sized diorama using Peeps candy to showcase a literary allusion or theme as part of our annual Peeps Show, you can drop off your creation at the Children’s Desk anytime from Monday through April 15.

Additionally, the library will be hosting two drop-in diorama building session for families at 2-5 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Just bring your own shoebox and the library supplies the Peeps and embellishments. Visit for more information.

World Wide Cinema screening: "Salvo"

As a henchman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house to eliminate someone from a rival mafia clan, he discovers Rita, a young blind girl who powerlessly stands by while her brother is assassinated. When Salvo decides to spare her life, something extraordinary happens – these two beings, both haunted by the world they belong to, are linked together forever.

From Italy, this drama is in Italian with English subtitles, and runs 104 minutes. Salvo was the Cannes 2013 Critics Week Grand Prix winner.

Join MPL for a screening and brief discussion at 7 p.m. Friday in the Large Meeting Room. Lower level doors will be open 6:45-7:15 p.m.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“How We Survived: 52 Personal Stories by Child Survivors of the Holocaust” by Santa Monica, California, Child Survivors of the Holocaust; Los Angeles, c2011. Call number: 940.5318 HOWWE

Stories of holocaust survivors, especially those of children survivors, can be difficult to read. This compilation, edited by Marie Kaufman, brought to mind a similar collection by retired UM professor LeRoy Anderson titled “No Longer Silent: World-Wide Memories of the Children of World War II.”

Both titles are somewhat unique in that the story of war is told from the viewpoint of children; some infants, others grade school children, others teens. The range of emotions and subsequent impacts on their lives are heart wrenching, making the reading somewhat repetitive but compelling nonetheless.

This collection includes a story of a teen that was sent to a camp where she ended up as a nursing assistant to Josef Mengele, as well as many stories with tales of hiding, hunger, and death of families, and reflections on how the experiences affected their lives as adults. With over one million Jewish children killed in Europe during the Holocaust, these stories are a gift to be shared.

Reviewed by Marjorie Doyle

Hot Happenings

Here’s a sampling of some of the great free programs coming up at Missoula Public Library. Check the full events calendar at

MakerSpace offerings

Electronics Exploration: 3-5 p.m. Monday

Open Project Development: 3-5 p.m. Tuesday

Computer Classes

Computer Fundamentals:<,b> 6-7 p.m. Monday

Learn about the parts of a computer (hardware), how to turn it on and off; managing your desktop and how to open programs. No experience is necessary.

My iPad: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday

Are you new to using an iPad? Wondering about the settings and features that iPads have to offer? This class will offer instruction on the features, settings, navigation and apps that are unique to iPads. Participants must bring their own iPad to the class.

Beginning Word: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday

Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include entering and editing text, saving files, and formatting. Participants should have a general knowledge of using a keyboard and mouse.

Registration is required for MPL’s Computer Classes. Call 721-2665 to register.

The Missoula Public Library will be closed on Sunday for the Easter holiday. It will reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday.

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