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Discover something new at a Missoula Public Library event. Confirm ongoing program dates on the Calendar of Events.

Saturday, March 3, 2:30-4:30. 

This is an all-ages event, where we give old books a second life by folding, gluing, stapling, ribboning, drawing, combining them into a whole new piece of art.  We provide music, snacks, lots of art materials, loads of discard books and magazines, and library staff who will help you find inspiration, problem-solve—and ooh and aah over your creations.  No explicit instruction is provided, but examples of previous creations are on display and several books are available with various altered book ideas. The program is drop-in, so you can come for any amount of time, and if you find a book you don’t want to alter, but would rather keep, you’re welcome to take it home.

This 6-week course will provide a progression though the essential areas of mindful attention and investigation, including breath, body, feeling tone, emotion, thought, and open awareness.  The course is taught by Christine Lustik, PhD and requires registration for attendance. The purpose of this class is to teach the participants the concepts of Mindfulness and to support them in integrating a mindfulness practice into their daily lives.  If they choose to do so, this daily practice will benefit the health and daily stress level of the participants and improve their interactions with self, family, and peers.


7th Annual Friends of the Library Appraisal Fair: Sunday, March 18, 1-4 PM  in the Large Meeting Room

Support library programming and discover the history, authenticity, and value of your treasured objects at the same time! Expert appraisers from across Montana will be on hand to evaluate your family heirlooms, or any object you own and happen to be curious about. Appraisals are $10 for each object, or $15 for two. The library opens at 1 PM on Sunday, so the Appraisal Fair will begin as soon as the doors open. 

Appraisers will be --

Lochlan Gordon. Specialty: clocks, documents, antique firearms.

Allen Rodgers. Specialty: jewelry, art.

Andrea Merrill-Maker. Specialty: Book.

Steve Briggs. Specialty: gold and gemstone jewelry, coins.


Can you read 50 books in 2018?

If you’re up for a challenge, stop by the Reference Desk to register for the Missoula Reads Year-long Reading Challenge. The first 150 registrants receive a FREE book journal and everyone receives the 2018 reading categories list.

In celebration of its tenth year, the annual writing contest kicks off January 3 with a new look. The Missoula Writes contest invites writers of all ages to compete for cash prizes in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

In addition to book discussion groups and movies, Missoula Public Library hosts a variety of activities each month, including our newest addition, Gaming for Grownups!

All are welcome and events are free!

Socrates Café - First Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Please join us for an informal yet intelligent and lively discussion of topics relating to the core areas of philosophy. Participants choose a broad question to explore at each meeting, and spend time turning it inside out, upside down, and [occasionally] wrong-way ‘round.  No previous philosophical training required! Just bring your nagging doubts or idle thoughts.

Writers Anonymous - First Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Receive constructive criticism on your writing and provide feedback for others in a supportive environment. This adult writing group meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Board Room from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Yarns @ the Library - Fridays 12:00pm

Calling all knitters and crocheters! Bring your lunch and your latest project to the Board Room on Friday's at 12:00pm to end your week with some crafty fun!

Learn something new at Missoula Public Library! We offer regular computer classes on basic internet, online job searching, digital photo editing, and much more. Additional classes are offered on an irregular basis and have included topics such as Montana history, foreign language instruction, and altered book art.

Join a book group at your nearest MPL branch or start your own! 

 Every month, MPL sponsors free public films.  Showings of recently released feature films, kids films, classic movies, and international prize winners are held onsite and are free of charge.  Call 721-2665 to find out about upcoming showings.