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Laptops, video games, podcasting, iPods, e-books, downloads, blogs, wikis, music mixes, mashups – what’s your favorite technology? It’s time for teens to Get Tech as Missoula Public Library celebrates Teen Tech Week starting today, and lasting all week long.

Missoula’s teens can join thousands of other teens at libraries and schools across the country celebrating this year’s theme, “Learn Create Share at Your Library.” In Missoula, teens grades 7-12 (ages 13-18) can come to a series of techno programs:

• Robot workshop: See a robot demo, and discover how to create your own Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.

• Make a book soundtrack: pick the perfect tunes to go along with your favorite read, and share your list with other teens.

• Clips: Screen short videos created by our own Teen Media Lab.

• Teens Only Movie: an after-hours movie treat sponsored by the teen advisory board Saturday, 7 p.m.

It’s all free and just for teens. See our Teens Only events page at missoulapubliclibrary.org for dates and times.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association aimed at teens, parents, educators and other concerned adults to ensure teens are competent and ethical users of technologies. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the

field of information technology.

Teen Tech Week isn’t the only time to find programs for grades 7-12 at the library. We offer regular events like writing groups, book clubs, and media lab. See what’s next at the library at our web site. Missoula Public Library, think…MORE!

Writing contest deadline approaching

There are only a few short weeks to the deadline for submitting your writing into the library’s writing contest. We’re accepting fiction and nonfiction (sorry, no poetry) from kids and adults ages 6 and older. Grab an entry form and rules at the library, or click on the Writing Contest link from our homepage at missoulapubliclibrary.org.

We have it:  Staff reviews

“Candor,” by Pam Bachorz, Egmont, 2009. Find it at: Y BACHORZ (young adult fiction)

Candor is the perfect town. Secluded in a swampy part of Florida, its residents eat healthy and don’t smoke. Teens in Candor never miss school, are kind to each other, don’t do drugs, basically never take a wrong turn – because of the subliminal messages hidden in music that is constantly piped throughout the town. Oscar is the son of Candor’s founder, and has learned about the Messages. He taught himself to fight them, and now Oscar gets paid by teens whose families are just moving into town to help them get out. But when he falls for the new girl, can he save her without sending her away?

Bachorz put together an interesting look at having what’s good for you pushed on you to the detriment of free will and free thought. Where do you draw the line at forcing other people to live the way you want? This first-time author is definitely one to watch.

Reviewed by Joyce Doyle

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 missoulapubliclibrary.org. If anyone attending a program needs special assistance, please provide advance notice by calling 721-BOOK (2665).

• MPL Book Group. Discuss “My Life in France,” by Julia Child and Alex Pud’Homme on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Join Child in France where she embarked on a life-long love affair with food. Copies of the book are available at the accounts desk. The MPL Book Group meets the second Tuesday of every month.

• Teens Only. Teens Only teen advisory club meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the young adult room. Students grades 7-12 meet monthly to plan teen events, suggest materials and recommend services. Membership looks great on a college application. We’re looking for new members.

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

• Celebrity Adult Story Time. Thursday at 7 p.m., hear delectable tales from Garden City Harvest’s Josh Slotnick, KPAX’s Angela Marshall, and Missoula food writer Lori Grannis. Part of the library’s Winter Reading Club for ages 18 plus.

• World-Wide Cinema. See “Mine,” on Friday, at 7 p.m. Follow New Orleans residents as they attempt to reunite with their pets who have been adopted by families all over the country.

Children’s librarian Joyce Doyle can be reached at (406) 258-3851 or at jdoyle@missoula.lib.mt.us.

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