Online Events

Online Events

Ghostly Tales Online with Missoula Community Theater

  • Every Saturday in October, 6pm

Looking for some thrills and chills to make your October seasonably spooky? Join MPL and our cast of storytellers from Missoula Community Theater as we share stories that will fill you with fright and delight! Posted on this website and social media every Saturday in October at 6pm. 

October 24: “Quitters, Inc.” by Stephen King, read by Thain Bertin 

October 17: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, read by Brit Garner

October 10“The Tell-tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe, read by Simon Fickinger, sound engineer Greg Boris

October 3rd: “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, read by Petrea Torma

Upcoming Readings:

October 31: “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury, read by Dara Wilson 

Online D&D Guild for Adults

  • Nov 6th & 20th, 6-8pm

Are you stuck at home, yearning to satisfy your appetite for adventure? Join us for an online game of Dungeons and Dragons! MPL offers Dungeons & Dragons for adults 18 and over. Beginners are welcome! Limited to 8 participants per session. 

All participants will need free accounts on,, and Discord in order to join our virtual world. 

Join the Adult Guild November 6th & 20th from 6-8 PM. If you’re interested in joining, please contact us at and we can help you get started!

Game Development 101

  • Nov 2nd, 6pm

In celebration of International Games Week, Game Developer Adam Rippon, professional game designer and programmer, will teach the basics of game development using the engine professionals use: Unreal Engine 4. He will cover the business process from idea to shipping, and how to build a simple game in UE4 using marketplace assets and blueprint programming. 

Adam has spent the last twenty years developing games for Gameboy Color and Advance, Nintendo DS and 3DS, Wii U, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One, as well as PC/Mac and iOS/android platforms. He’s worked on games ranging from big names like Spyro and Gauntlet to indie darlings like Woah Dave! and Dragon Fantasy. 

Registration is required:

Locavore Recipes with Chef James Bell

Do you enjoy learning about local and seasonal foods? Perhaps you’d like to learn some simple techniques for curing meats or the finer points of butchering? Come learn about authentic and local cooking with your neighborhood chef, James Bell. 

Chef James Bell has worked for many fine dining restaurants and resorts in Missoula and throughout Montana. James’ extensive career includes cooking at Plonk Bozeman and helping to launch Plonk Missoula as well as cooking at Scotty’s Table. He is currently a chef at A Moveable Feast Missoula. 

We’ll start with a short series of monthly, seasonally inspired fall classes. For the safety of our patrons and staff, our cooking classes will be posted online.

September: Salt & Spice

In this lesson chef James Bell explores the history of seasoning as well as a few spices of local interest or origin. He also provides expert tips on perfectly seasoning basic dishes and his own spice blend recipe.

Upcoming Classes:

October: Curing Techniques

In this class Chef James Bell discusses curing pork with salt. He demonstrates salt curing by preparing a classic Italian guanciale (pork jowl) using his own recipe. 

November: Duck Butchering

Are you interested yet intimidated by home butchering? Maybe you’re a hunter looking to expand your culinary skill? Join local chef James Bell for this live class just in time for duck season. James will demonstrate proper butchering techniques for local water fowl and show us how to use all of the bird in a delicious duck confit. James will also provide additional recipes and suggestions for a duck-focused Thanksgiving feast. 

These classes will be recorded for online viewing.

Community Cooking @ the Library

Do you want to preserve your harvest or save money by canning your food? Maybe you need some creative ideas for how to use all that end-of-summer zucchini? Good news – MPL’s shiny new demonstration kitchen is live! Join us each month for a seasonally inspired food or meal demonstration with Kelly Moore, Missoula Co./MSU Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. 

One topic will be covered monthly, presented on the first Thursday each month at noon and again on the second Tuesday at 6pm. For the safety of our patrons and staff, our cooking classes will be posted online.

October: Apple Tasting: Making Apple Crostata

September: Zillions of Zucchini, So Little Time! 2 quick recipes: Zucchini Corn Pancakes & Asian Sesame Zoodles

August: Basics of Home Canning: Water Bath and Pressure Canning:

Canning at Home (pdf)

Upcoming Classes:

November: Discovering the Stuff of Stuffing, in Time for Thanksgiving! Whether you want to learn how to make a delicious holiday stuffing from scratch or just tweak the traditional family favorite, this class is for you! Kelly Moore will spend the hour talking turkey (stuffing, that is), and answering any questions you might have about ingredients, techniques, and more. 

These classes will be recorded for online viewing.

Virtual Library Bingo

  • October 14th, 2pm

Join the Memory Café group for a traditional BINGO game with a Montanan twist. Game cards will be emailed out or participants can print them at home. If you cannot print at home, email or call (406)721-2665 and ask for Amanda.

This program will be held online October 14th at 2 PM, and prior registration is encouraged. Zoom software is also required to attend this online program. 

To download Zoom, visit

To register or if you need help downloading Zoom, email with Memory Café in the subject line.

Big Sky Book Bundles

Check out the Big Sky Branch library’s version of a subscription box-the Big Sky Book Bundle!  Contents will include a personalized selection of books with a few extra goodies thrown in!  The bundle is FREE for MPL library patrons ages high school to adult.  Supply is limited on a first come, first served basis.  Click here to register and a selector will choose books for you based on your preferences. 

Fall subscriptions open now until filled.  You will be emailed when your bundle is ready. 

Please note that bundles are only available for curbside pick up through the Big Sky Branch Library located at the Big Sky High School.  Limit one subscription per person each quarter.

If you would just like some reading recommendations without the bundle, click here

Meet Our Partners

Our new collaborative partners – MCAT, Families First Learning Lab, SpectrUM Discovery Area, and the UM Living Lab will help create a library, museum, science and community center that blends Missoula’s rich heritage with world-class innovations All Under One Roof. You may be curious who the new partners are and what each of them will bring to the new building. Please click on the video links to enjoy a series of introductory videos that will bring you one step closer to discovering what the new Missoula Public Library and its partners will offer the community!

2nd Wednesday Book Group

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM

MPL’s 2nd Wednesday Book Group will meet virtually on October 14th at 6:30 PM to discuss The Other Americans by Laila Lalami.

This group reads a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles selected by participants every spring. To purchase paperback copies (by credit card only) call 721-2665.  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 on October 21st at 6:30 PM for a discussion of We Leave the Flowers Where They Are: True Stories of American Women edited by Richard Fifield.

If you are interested in participating in this online discussion send an email with 3rd Wednesday Book Group in the subject line to  

Virtual Tour of the U of M Herbarium

  • September 9th

Coming this September, Memory Café will take you on a virtual tour of the Herbarium at the University of Montana with curator Shannon Kimball!

The University of Montana Herbarium is an irreplaceable resource for the activity of the botany and plant ecology of Montana. It contains over 130,000 plant specimens and has the largest and best representation of the flora of the Northern Rocky Mountains in the world. The Herbarium is particularly well-known for its outstanding collections from the alpine and montane regions of Montana. This is the same tour Shannon gives to in-person visitors so prepare for a wonderful experience!

Video will be posted for viewing September 9 at 2:00 PM on our website and social media.

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

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.

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.

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