Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

In celebration of National Poetry Month, MPL presents “Poetry to the People,” a series of events that explore the many facets of this creative writing style.

The series kicks off with “Eat Your Words with Poems From Scratch,” a three-week poetry workshop with poet and cooking school instructor Emily Walter that is scheduled to meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. on April 11, 18 and 25 in the Board Room. During the classes, students will create poems on the themes of food and drink, revise and edit their creations, then read finished works to their classmates.

Space is limited and online registration is required for all three classes. Register online at tinyurl.com/eatyrwords.

Peeps Show Deadline this week

MPL would like to remind folks that Tuesday is the final day to drop off your entry at the Children’s Desk for the annual Library Peeps Show Contest, a competition where participants flex their creativity by making a shoebox-sized diorama using Peeps marshmallow candy in order to showcase a literary allusion or theme. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/mplpeepsshow

Socrates Café returns

After a brief hiatus, MPL’s Socrates Café returns this month at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the library’s board room.

For those not familiar, Socrates Café is an informal, yet intelligent and lively discussion of topics relating to the core areas of philosophy. No previous philosophical training is required to attend.

Word Wide Cinema screens ‘Secrets of War’

During World War II in a Nazi-occupied Dutch village, the friendship of two boys is at risk when a girl tells a very personal secret to only one of them, which could lead to devastating consequences for anyone keeping it. From the Netherlands, “Secrets of War” won the 2015 Audience Choice Best Feature Award at the Stony Brook Film Festival.

Please join us for a screening of this film and a brief optional discussion at 7 p.m. Friday in the Large Meeting Room. Lower level doors will be open from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.

Appraisal Fair next week

Bring your valued valuables to the library in order to find out if they are treasures or tchotchkes during the fifth annual Friends of Missoula Public Library Appraisal Fair, which is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Large Meeting Room.

Expert appraisers from across Montana will be available to evaluate the price of your antiques for $10 per item, or $15 for two items. Proceeds support library programming.

For more information, call public relations specialist Karl Olson at 258-3851.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“The Nest” by Kenneth Oppel (Simon and Schuster, 2015) Call Number JMID OPPEL

Steve has always been a worrier, but when his little brother is born with congenital birth defects his anxiety skyrockets. All of his old tricks he used to cope with his anxiety and OCD behavior don’t seem to be working as well. Then, in a dream, he is visited by a beautiful winged creature who promises to “fix” the baby. Steve thinks she is the answer to his family’s prayers. He has the chance to help make his brother healthy, and normal. Slowly Steve realizes what is at stake and begins to reconsider.

Who decides what normal is and what price is too high to achieve it? Author Kenneth Oppel skillfully builds the tension in this middle grade psychological thriller to a dramatic and can’t-put-it-down conclusion. Illustrations by Jon Klausen add just the right touch of eeriness.

Reviewed by Pam Carlton

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 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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

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

Watercolor Painting Drop-In Class: Noon-2 p.m. Fridays in the Large Meeting Room.

Computer Programming Through Minecraft: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Kids write programs in Minecraft and watch them play out on a custom-built Raspberry Pi computer. Open to ages 8-13. Space limited. Call 721-2665 to register.

Computer classes

Computer Fundamentals: 6-7 p.m. Monday.

Learn about the parts of computers, how to turn them on and off, managing your desktop and how to open programs. No experience is necessary.

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

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.

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

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