Online Events

Online Events

Virtual Tour of Your New Missoula Public Library

On August 12th take a virtual tour of your new Missoula Public Library!  Weeks before the new library building opens, you will be guided on a special tour of the new space to see where we will hold our future Memory Café workshops. We will also feature a special demonstration from the MPL MakerSpace with the 3D printer.

Donate Blood with the American Red Cross

  • September 2nd, 12-5:30 pm
  • 2401 N Reserve, Suite 6

During these uncertain times the American Red Cross needs you more than ever. Your donation can help save lives and helps replenish supplies during this critical shortage. Instead of in the library, MPL’s next blood drive will take place at the Missoula Red Cross Donation Center located at 2401 N Reserve ST, Suite 6 on Wednesday, September 2 from 12:00-5:30 pm. To make an appointment, go to or call (800) 448-3543. All donors must wear a mask and have their temperature taken before entering the donation space. The Red Cross will be offering Antibody Testing to all donors at blood drives until October to see if they have antibodies of the coronavirus present in their blood cells. 

Please consider giving the gift of life. Schedule your donation today!  


2nd Wednesday Book Group

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7 PM

MPL’s 2nd Wednesday Book Group will meet virtually from 7:00-8:00 PM to discuss Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. To purchase paperback copies (by credit card only) and to arrange curbside pick-up, call 721-2665 Mon.-Thurs. 10AM-6:30PM. Note: The library will temporarily suspend curbside services beginning July 22. If you are interested in participating in this online discussion send an email with 2nd Wednesday Book Group in the subject line to

3rd Wednesday Book Group

  • 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM

Join the live Zoom 3rd Wednesday Book Group! This group will meet August 19th at 6:30 PM to continue virtually discussing, Stamped from the Begninning by Ibram X. Kendi. If you are interested in participating in this online discussion send an email with 3rd Wednesday Book Group in the subject line to


Adult D&D Guild

  • Friday, July 17th, 6–8pm
You asked and we listened! Join Missoula Public Library for an online game of Dungeons and Dragons for ADULTS!
Experts and novice players are welcome! Limited to 8 participants per session, ages 18 and up only. All participants will need free accounts on, and Discord in order to join our virtual world. The first session will be held on Friday, July 17th from 6-8 PM. If you’re interested in joining, please contact and we can help you get started!

"Imagine Your Story" Summer Learning Program

Missoula Public Library will stop providing Summer Learning take-home packets beginning July 17. Beginning July 22, Library staff will be focused on moving collections and operations into the new building at 455 E. Main Street. 

We will resume the Summer Learning program once we have completed that transition and can safely serve our community in your new headquarters for learning, sharing, and growing. You can still participate in the Summer Learning program online by going to Readsquared. There you can log your reading hours and children can participate in weekly missions. Additionally, our digital collections will continue to be available on our Kids Online Resources page. For more on this important time in the life of your Library, go to MPL Director Honore Bray’s message to the community. Please excuse our “dust” and thank you for your patience!
To use participate in the our Summer learning program online, go to our ReadSquared website and register a new account (adults can create accounts for their children as well). Customize your avatar and start earning badges and points by logging your reading. Youth (ages 0-17) can also participate in weekly missions for even more points and a chance to win a big prize! 

Seed Saving with Five Valleys Seed Library

Join Five Valleys Seed Library volunteer Yvonne Sorovacu in this Zoom workshop geared towards gardeners who are curious about seed saving, but don’t know where to start.

Home gardeners will learn how seed saving works, why seed saving techniques vary for different plants, and what info we need to know in order to get the seeds we want. We’ll discuss techniques for making sure the seed you save will grow the plant you intended to grow. Attendees will also get tips on which are the easiest and best plants to save seed from, as well as how to harvest, process, and store your seeds.

Download the associated pdf: 
Seed Saving_2020

Yvonne Sorovacu has been organically gardening vegetables and flowers for over 15 years. Her degrees in biology and environmental studies, along with her time working in science-based educational programs at a botanical garden and science museum have only enhanced her enthusiasm and curiosity for plants and seed saving.

MT Lawyers in Libraries

National Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. In honor of National Law Day the Montana State Library brings us MT Lawyers in Libraries. 

During this live program, which took place on May 28, local attorney Robin M. Turner explored the basics of accessing legal justice in Montana and examined the role of the 19th Amendment in our country, as we mark the 100th anniversary of its passage. In addition, Lillian Alvernaz, ACLU Indigenous Justice Legal Fellow, explored the progression of voting rights in Indian Country and the ACLU of Montana’s recent voting rights case.

Robin M. Turner is an attorney at Ries Law Group, P.C., a law firm specializing in the representation of survivors of gender-based violence in civil legal matters (such as family law, orders of protection, victim rights, educational advocacy, employment law, and more). Prior to RLG, Robin worked for five years as the Public Policy and Legal Director for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) statewide, LAV-funded sexual assault legal services project. Robin led MCADSV’s progressive statewide policy work in the interest of ending gender-based violence and ending systemic oppression against vulnerable communities. Previously, Robin worked as a staff attorney on an LAV-funded project providing services to Native American survivors in CSKT Court. Robin is a member of the American Bar Association’s Steering Committee Re: Standards for the Supervision of LAV-Funded Legal Staff. Robin has provided stalking safety planning, advocate privilege, and confidentiality workshops (topics including minimization of technology surveillance, and confidentiality) to hundreds of advocates, attorneys, and court personnel during her career. 
Lillian Alvernaz (Dakhóta & Nakoda) is the Indigenous Justice Legal Fellow for the ACLU of Montana. In this role, Ms. Alvernaz assists the ACLU with its Indigenous Justice Program and litigation. Ms. Alvernaz graduated with honors in 2013 from the University of Montana and received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Native American Studies. In 2018, Ms. Alvernaz obtained a Juris Doctor, Indian Law Certificate, and Master of Public Administration. Throughout her social work and legal careers, Ms. Alvernaz has focused on combatting violence against Native women, children, and families. Ms. Alvernaz hopes to help find and fill the gaps left by the marriage of law and policy in Indian Country. Ms. Alvernaz is barred in the state of Montana and is Chair of the Indian Law Section. Ms. Alvernaz enjoys lifting weights, is a Dakhóta language learner, and recently obtained her highest honor as auntie.

Send Happiness, Send Mail to a Missoula Senior!

Mail can help brighten the day of someone who may otherwise be feeling lonely.

You or your children can participate by making positive and uplifting art, cards, drawings, or writing a letter to a senior in one of Missoula’s many senior living residences. When your mail arrives at the facility, staff will distribute it to people in need of some joy during this time or share the mail together at a group activity.

Send your mail addressed to any of the participating residences listed below. Also, please consider sharing a picture of your mail with the library before sending it. We’d love to feature some of it on social media. Send photos or scans of mail to  or share it on our Facebook page.


Senior Residence Addresses
Riverside Health & Rehabilitation
Attn: Life Enrichment Director
1301 East Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
The Springs Living
Attn: Life Enrichment Director
3710 American Way
Missoula, MT 59808
The Village Health & Rehabilitation
Attn: Life Enrichment Director
2651 South Avenue West
Missoula, MT 59804
The Village Senior Residence
Attn: Life Enrichment Director
2815 Old Fort Rd
Missoula, MT 59804
At Home Assisted Living
Attn: Rachel
1300 Speedway Ave
Missoula, MT 59802
Edgewood Missoula Memory Care
Attn: Diana
2815 Palmer St
Missoula, MT 59808
Flor-Haven Assisted Living
433 S 3rd St W
Missoula, MT 59801
Home Instead Senior Care
Attn: Operations Director
2825 Stockyard Rd., Suite J4
Missoula, MT 59808
Missoula Health and Rehabilitation Center
Attn: Activities
3018 Rattlesnake Dr
Missoula, MT 59802
Missoula Manor
Attn: Front Desk for Residents
909 W Central Ave
Missoula, MT 59801
River Ridge Apartments
Attn: Building Manager
2840 Santa Fe Ct
Missoula, MT 59808
Grizzly Peak
Attn: Resident Experience Coordinator
3600 American Way
Missoula, MT, 59808
Rosetta Assisted Living
Attn: Nicolette Sharp

2810 Great Northern Loop

Missoula Mt 59808
The Auberge at Missoula Valley
Attn: Lifestyle Director
3620 American Way 

Missoula, MT 59808
BeeHive Homes
Attn: GG/Activity Director
2406 River Road
Missoula, MT 59804

The Day That Finally Came: a virtual discussion with Chris La Tray

Enjoy a prerecorded discussion titled, “The Day That Finally Came,” with local author Chris La Tray. As an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, he discusses stories related to the journey toward the recent federal recognition of the tribe. 

La Tray is the author of One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World At Large (2018, Riverfeet Press), winner of the 2018 Montana Book Award and a 2019 High Plains Book Award. His next book, Becoming Little Shell, will be published by Milkweed Editions in late 2021. Chris is Chippewa-Cree Métis and lives near Missoula, MT.


Humanities Montana in Partnership with the Library

“Media Literacy in an age of Fake News” with speaker Gwen Florio.

Watercolor Painting Online

  • Fridays

CLOSED FOR SUMMER. Please visit this page in August for an update.

During this weekly ONLINE class, local artist Robert Peltzer will help you practice and develop the skills and techniques necessary to enjoy and succeed at watercolor painting. New painting lessons and assignments are posted every Friday. As assignments are submitted via the internet, feedback and support is provided. This class is open to adults ages 18 and older. For questions, e-mail Robert.  

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