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New moms can leave the hospital with something extra - a gift from the library. "Books to Babies," sponsored by the Friends of Missoula Public Library, provides new moms with a free book perfect for their newborns. The program aims to create lifelong readers by familiarizing young ones with books. Coupons are distributed through the local hospitals and birthing centers, and can be redeemed in the library's children's department. While you're there, pick out a few books to borrow, too.

Don't forget the library offers Tiny Tales for little ones, ages birth-36 months, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Teens 'Think … More' about the library

Ever listen to the radio and feel like the reader's voice sounds awfully familiar? That's because local teens are recording radio spots for the library. Missoula students stepped up to the mike at StarFM and said great things about the library as part of our "Think…More" campaign.

But you don't have to take their word for it. See for yourselves at our grand opening celebration for the new Young Adult room on Saturday, June 28, with an open house for everybody from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a "We Survived the Renovations" teens-only party 6 to 8 p.m. Teens have to arrive before 6 p.m. to get into the building for the party, where we'll face off in "Survivor" challenges and give out prizes and awards.

The library is offering more every day for teens and residents of all ages, from computers to movies, programs and personalized service. So listen up, Missoula. When it comes to your Missoula Public Library, think … more.

Table at mall

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, try the mall - that's where the library will be. Our children's staff is taking our show on the road as part of the Boys & Girls Club's Playhouses and Pet Palaces project. Stop by our table on Saturday, June 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to make a refrigerator magnet, enter a raffle to model in your own "Read" poster, and get information on our summer Family Reading Program - for all ages.

We have it: Staff reviews

"For Now" by Gayle Friesen. Kids Can Press, 2007, Y FRIESEN

Jes thought she was done with fairy tales, but she found herself backsliding to the happy-ever-after place when her mom got remarried. The wedding was perfect - twinkly white lights, really good cake, a perfect dance with next-door-neighbor Sam under the stars. Life gets messy, though, when Jes finds out her mom is - shudder - pregnant, her best friend is besotted with the creepiest boy in school, her new super-model-gorgeous stepsister evicts her from her bedroom, and her cool new teacher turns out to be her dad's new neighbor.

Then there is the small matter of Sam, best friend turned - boyfriend? Life gets more complicated when stepsister Angela's perfect mother moves to town, her best friend starts to spin out of control, and her budding romance with Sam is derailed by a bad "official" date. Will life in a blended family ever resemble a fairy tale? And are fairy tales all they are cracked up to be? This sequel to "Losing Forever" is every bit as charming as the original.

Reviewed by

Linette Ivanovitch

Hot happenings

Here's a sampling of upcoming events at the library. For more information, call the library at 721-2665 or visit our Web page at www.missoulapubliclibrary.org. If anyone attending a program needs special assistance, please provide advance notice by calling 721-BOOK (2665).

n "Raptors of the Rockies": Tuesday, June 17, at 2 p.m., children entering first grade and older will delight in meeting live eagles, owls and other rescued raptors when Kate Davis presents "Raptors of the Rockies." Free tickets will be available at the Children's Desk the day of program. "Catch the Reading Bug" this summer with our Family Reading Program.

n Blood drive: The library

is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive Wednesday, June 18, 3-6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. Call Linette at 721-BOOK (2665). Donor identification is required prior to donating blood.

n Family Reading's Family Movie: Join us for a buggin' good time with the Family Reading Program Thursday movie at 2 p.m. We'll show movies every Thursday through July 31.

n Cheap Date Night: Come for Cheap Date Night Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and close at 7:15 p.m. Enter from the parking lot side of the building.

52 Ways to Use Your Library Card

(52 maneras de usar su targeta de la biblioteca)

No. 7: Listen to a classical CD.

(Escuche un CD de musica clasica.)

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