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Bring a date and soak up a moving story when the library hosts February’s installment of Cheap Date Night, with a screening of a recent feature film at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, in the Large Meeting Room.

This month's film is about an airline pilot who is recruited by the CIA to smuggle drugs and weapons abroad for the United States government. However, he gets in over his head when he becomes involved with Colombia's Medellín cartel and the Iran-Contra scandal.

Call 406-721-BOOK (2665) to find out the title of the film.

Four More Days to #loveyourlibrary!

The library’s social media mini-fundraising campaign ends on Thursday, Feb. 15. All proceeds will help MPL outfit the new library-museum complex, slated to open in early 2020. Our goal is to raise $15,000 via Facebook, Twitter and the campaign’s “donate now” site. Every gift level counts. Make a contribution today at missoulapubliclibrary.org/grow.

Missoula Writes submissions due this week

If you’ve been hustling and bustling your wordsmithing skills as a participant of the library’s revamped writing contest known as Missoula Writes, please note that your submission will need to be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/mslawrites2018 to submit your work and for contest rules. For further questions, call MPL’s Reference Desk at 406-721-BOOK (2665).

Staff Reviews

“Cardboard” by Doug TenNapel (2012, Graphic (Scholastic Imprint)) Call Number: JC TENNAPE

A great combination of imaginative storyline and crisp clever artwork make this a graphic novel that could appeal to fans as well as skeptics of comic stories.

Cam’s dad is out of work and out of prospects. Things are so bad that all he can afford for his son’s birthday is a 78 cent empty cardboard box — a box that a street-corner-cheap-toy hustler/shaman claims is “everything mankind ever needed to accomplish pressed into a cube of corrugated pulp.” Cam takes it in stride and together he and his sympathetic dad decide to make a “boxer.” (Get it?) But the cardboard man, Bill, comes alive and valiantly protects Cam as he, his dad, and his neighborhood nemesis Marcus race through a hair-raising, cliff-hanging thrill ride.

The relationships between Cam and his dad and Bill are heartwarming without being saccharine. The climax and the resolution with Marcus are satisfying. And the illustrations are totally inseparable from the story — author Doug TenNapel’s style is contemporary but plays off classic comic devices with his own distinct style.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Big Sky Branch Events:

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Come watch a recent feature film, decorate rude conversation heart cookies, write un-romantic poetry, and do a craft during the Big Sky Branch’s “Anti-Valentine’s Day Party.” Free popcorn will be served.

Make It and Take It Crafts

Thursday, Feb. 15, at 2:30 p.m.

Please join us at the Big Sky Branch for the program “Make It and Take It Crafts.” This week we will be making sock puppet monsters.

For more information about programs at the Big Sky Branch, call 728-2400, Ext. 8605.

Special MakerSpace Offerings:

Carvey Demonstration

Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Learn how you can make simple ornaments, signs, and other cool things during this workshop that features a demonstration of Carvey — a desktop carving machine the MakerSpace recently purchased. Space is limited to 6 participants per workshop, and online registration is required at tinyurl.com/mplcarveydemofeb2018

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Open Hours

Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m.; Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. 

Open Hours allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, or to work on a project of their choice.

Computer Electronics

Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Do you have an interest in the Arduino microcontroller or the Linux operating system? Come in and try out this platform during the drop-in program Computer Electronics.

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Open, drop-in environment focusing on the creative writing workshop process.

Watercolor Painting Class

Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

This class is open to adults ages 18 and older. Participants should bring their own watercolor paper, paints, brushes, and a palette. For questions, call 406-258-3867 and leave a message.

Computer Classes:

Beginning Word

Monday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m.

An introduction to word processing — including how to create a document, manipulate the text and font, and use templates.

Easy Steps to eBooks 

Thursday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1 p.m.

This class is an introduction and overview of the eBook resources available at the library. The instructor will cover how to use various eReaders to access the library’s collection. Attendees are encouraged to bring their eReaders to class.

Registration is required to attend MPL’s computer classes. Please call 406-721-BOOK (2665) to register.