Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Immerse your mind in story when author Beth Hunter McHugh presents a special reading from her book “The Actor” – which received the 2015 Meadowlark Award for Women’s Writing – at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Large Meeting Room.

McHugh’s debut novel takes place in the late 1960s in a college town in Montana, and centers around 13 year-old Grace, her younger sister Franny, their beautiful mother, their beloved father and a secret that must be confronted.

A native of Helena, McHugh obtained her master of fine arts degree in creative writing, and recently received a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction. She currently teaches English at Hamilton High School in Hamilton.

MoneySmart Week offers finance classes, info

Teens and those looking to go to college can get sound advice on financial fitness when MPL hosts two classes as part of MoneySmart Week, a national public awareness campaign about personal finances that runs from April 23-30.

The first class, titled “It’s Not All About the Money! Financial Literacy for Teens” will occur on Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. The talk will be presented by Kelly Moore – a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with Missoula County – and will focus on how to set solid financial goals, as well as how to take ownership of these goals in order to feel more independence and success.

The second discussion, titled “Student Loan Advice and Consultation,” occurs on Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. The talk will be presented by Ellen Smith of the UM Student Assistance Foundation and will cover the basics of student loans for prospective college students.

The library will also be hosting an informational table near its main entrance during MoneySmart Week that will feature an array of financial literacy handouts for patrons to take home.

Tool Demo Day in the MakerSpace

Just in time for Mother’s Day card crafting, MPL’s MakerSpace is pleased to announce that it has scheduled a tool demo day for its cricut cutter machine with two sessions Wednesday – 12:30-1 p.m. and 1:30-2 p.m. Space is limited to four to six participants each session.

After the demo, patrons can then come into the MakerSpace during its open hours and create a Mother’s Day card or any other greeting card using this machine.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“Ratlines” by Stuart Neville (Soho Press, New York 2013) call number NEVILLE

You never know what you will learn when a bunch of librarians get together, especially when it is for a talk by a local author. Author Gwen Florio shared some of her favorite Irish authors recently during just such a talk and I decided to give Stuart Neville, a much-awarded author, a try. Neville is a respected neo-noir writer and was one of several authors Florio recommended.

For those who don’t know, ratlines are last-ditch escape routes, referring specifically to Nazis escaping to South America and elsewhere at the end of World War II.

Lt. Albert Ryan, working for the Irish Directorate of Intelligence, is given an assignment to investigate the murders of several low profile Nazis living in Ireland and ends up in a moral quandary of who to believe, who to trust, and how to stay alive. This novel, currently in development for television, is set immediately prior to the visit by John F. Kennedy to Ireland during his presidency.

Review by retired Reference Librarian Marjorie Doyle

Hot Happenings

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

MakerSpace offerings

Open Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Computer Electronics: 3-6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

Community Creative Writing Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Jewelry Making Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Computer classes

Internet Searching: 6-7 p.m. Monday.

This class teaches patrons how to use the Internet in order to effectively find information. The class also includes security tips.

Stream Your Music: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Learn the basics of using music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Setting up accounts, searching, and making playlists are among topics that will be covered.

Registration is required to attend MPL’s computer classes. Call 721-2665 to secure your spot.

The Missoula Public Library will be closed on Friday for a staff training day. It will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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