Shelf Life: Literary trivia event night kicks off Sunday night – The Missoulian

Tap into the depths of your mind and test out your knowledge of all things literary when MPL presents its first installment of Literary Trivia, a family-friendly trivia night in partnership with Zootown Brew scheduled 6-9 p.m. on Sunday at Zootown Brew, located at 131 W. Broadway.

Trivia questions will be based on literature or related aspects, and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Please join us for this fun and free night of trivia!

Brown Bag Book Club begins

This Monday, MPL unveils its inaugural edition of the Brown Bag Book Club, a new informal book club that meets every second Monday of each month from noon to 1  p.m. in MPL’s Board Room. Patrons are welcome to bring their lunch, talk about the book they’re currently reading, or discuss a favorite read. Discussion can also touch on literary themes, iconic characters, parallels to current events, and other issues. This book club will be less structured than typical book clubs, but may migrate towards structure based on feedback from participants.

Community Game Night

Gamers off all ages unite for a night of good times and board games during March’s installment of Community Game Night, which is scheduled to meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Large Meeting Room.

Facilitators will demonstrate a game, or a series of themed games. After that, the evening is open to free-play from the library’s collection of games, or players are welcome to bring a game from home. Gamers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Book Madness returns to Big Sky Branch

MPL’s Big Sky Branch hosts the Book Madness Tournament once again starting on Tuesday. This year’s March Madness-style tournament pits book characters from books of eight genres in successive rounds until one character reigns supreme. Voters can win prizes, including gift certificates to Carmike Cinemas and Fact & Fiction Bookstore. Participants can vote by visiting

For any questions regarding Book Madness, contact Crystal at 728-2400, ext. 8605.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“Spirited Away: A Novel of the Stolen Irish” by Maggie Plummer; call number: PLUMMER SPIRITE #1

Many have heard about Oliver Cromwell and the treatment of the Irish during the time he was in power in England, but not many may know about the human trafficking of the Irish during this time that provided slaves to the British sugar plantations in Barbados.

In this book, author Maggie Plummer provides a realistic look at the conditions and deprivations faced by those slaves, and many of other nationalities.

“Spirited Away: A Novel of the Stolen Irish” tells the story of young Freddie O’Brannon and her sister Aileen, who are kidnapped from the shores of Eire and shipped off and sold as slaves. The tale is continued in the second volume of the series, “Daring Passage.” The characters are well-developed, and believable, and the details of the story are a testament to the author’s research. I would recommend this series to those interested in Irish history, and historical fiction with some romance.

Review by retired Reference Librarian Marjorie Doyle

Hot Happenings

Here’s a sampling of some free programs coming up at the Missoula Public Library. Check the full events calendar at

MakerSpace offerings

Electronics Exploration: 3-6 p.m. Mondays.

Open Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Community Creative Writing Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Participation is week-to-week in an open environment focusing on the creative writing workshop process.

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

Instruction on basic techniques, find new projects, enjoy a collaborative workshop atmosphere.

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

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

For more information about MPL’s MakerSpace offerings, visit

Computer classes

Beginning Word: 6-7 p.m. Monday.

Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include entering and editing text, saving files, and formatting.

Discovering Databases: 12:20-1:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Explore databases available through the library’s website. This month’s featured databases are Novelist Plus and Novelist K-8 Plus for young readers.

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


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