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Browsers can also find books and music on tape and CD, children's videos, DVD's and magazines for children.
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The library hosts a babysitting clinic at least once each year. Students age 11 and older listen to experts explain babysitting safety, first aid, and fun. Participants receive a certificate of completion to show to potential employers.
Other special programs occur throughout the year. Watch for these during National Library Week in April; National Library Card Signup Month and Banned Books Week in September; Teen Read Week in October; and Children's Book Week in November. Recent examples of special programs include a Harry Potter Party to celebrate the release of the newest book, a Scary Stories Told in the Dark program, a Lemony Snickett Party, and our now-annual Christmas Cookie Decorating and Craft event. Information about upcoming events can be found at the library, on our website, and through many mainstream media sources.
Each summer the library sponsors a Family Reading Program (FRP). Any reader of any age can participate and earn delightful prizes for reading. The program begins in June of each year. In conjunction with the FRP, the Library presents weekly activity programs for school age children six and older. Held on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., these programs feature storytellers, magic, crafts, special speakers, and more fun than can be imagined. Visit the Children's Desk to pick up FRP folders for the whole family. Click here for more information.
A visit to the library is an excellent way to encourage a love of books and reading! Special tours can be arranged for groups of children upon request. Children will be shown around the library and given special instruction on the library's automated computer system. Reservations are required. If you wish for your students to pick up library cards at the time of the visit, we must receive the signed library card applications in advance. Please call 721-BOOK (2665) at least two weeks prior to your planned visit to arrange your tour.
Missoula Public Library strives to make sure someone is always available to assist children and other users of the children's department. Look for the person sitting at the purple desk near the entrance to the children's department, directly behind the Gnome House. Our friendly and helpful children's staff can help you find the answers to your questions, suggest a great book to read, or help you find materials on the shelves. Library staff are unable to supervise children left in the children's department. We care about children at Missoula Public Library, and want to ensure their safety and well-being. A capable caregiver age fourteen and older must remain with children twelve and younger at all times.
Near the children's desk you will find two computers, one of them with Internet access, reserved for children ages twelve and younger. Children may sign up at the children's desk to use these computers for 30 minutes at at time. Caregivers must remain at the computer with children seven and younger, or children needing extra assistance. Library staff are unable to give indepth instruction on using the computers.
Browsers can also find books on tape and magazines for young adults.
Teens, like all other library patrons, are encouraged to participate in the Family Reading Program, beginning in June of each year. Read or listen to books and earn great prizes. Pick up reading folders at the Children's Desk. Click here for more information.
Periodically throughout the year the library holds special events just for teens. Events are typically held during National Library Week in April, Free Comic Book Day in May, and National Library Card Signup Month and Banned Books Week in September. Teens now have their very own nationwide celebration, Teen Read Week, held each October. Recent examples of teen events are a Lord of The Rings event held to coincide with the release of the second movie, Teen Read Week graphic novel review session and celebration, a Bloodhag concert held at the Boys and Girls Club and hosted by the Library, a poetry workshop, and a teen mystery dinner. Look for news of upcoming teen events at the library, on our website, and through many mainstream media sources.
Missoula Public Library houses a wide variety of fiction titles, nonfiction titles, magazines, newspapers, music, audiobooks, and video materials for just about any taste or purpose under the sun. Our 5 mill levy increase has, among other great changes, doubled our materials budget. This means you will find more variety, more new materials, and more copies of popular materials than ever before. Can't find what you are looking for? Just ask!
If you call the library, chances are you talked to someone at the Information Desk. This busy desk is the first one you see directly ahead of you as you enter the Library's upper level. If you have a quick question, this is the place to ask! If the folks at the Information Desk don't know the answer, chances are they know who does.
For more indepth questions, visit the folks at the reference desk on the east end of the Library. With close to one hundred years of combined experience, few answers will elude our crackerjack reference team. The reference desk is also the best place to request materials from other libraries. Want to ask a reference question? Click here. Please note: it make take a few days for us to get back to you.
The Audra Browman Research Room contains one of the most extensive collections of materials on Montana to be found anywhere! This reference-only collection is housed in a room on the northeast end of the building, near the reference desk. Just ask, and one of our friendly staff can unlock the doors for you.
No single public library can purchase every book published. If you need materials Missoula Public Library does not own, Interlibrary Loan is a great option! Libraries across the country, and even around the world, have developed a network to loan materials to one another in order to better serve library users everywhere. Just so you know, we don't generally request materials published in the current year, as those materials are still in high demand at their home libraries. Also, some libraries do not loan books on tape, videos, or other audiovisual materials through ILL. If you think items such as these would benefit Missoula Public Library patrons, feel free to request that we buy them! Visit the folks at the reference desk to request materials from other libraries. Alternatively, visit our iBistro online catalog, click on "I Need Materials," then "Interlibrary Loan." Fill out the form, and our ILL staff will place the request for you. Please note: your I.D. is your library card bar code number.
Near the reference desk are ten Internet computer stations available for public use. Users sign up on a first come, first served basis for thirty minute time slots. Due to great demand for this service, computer use is limited to three thirty minute slots a day, for a total of 90 minutes of Internet access daily. Printing costs .10 a page for black and white copies and .50 for color copies. Click here to read Missoula Public Library's Internet Policy. You must now use your MPL library card to log into our computer management system. Please go to the reference desk if you need assistantnce logging ninto the system.
In addition to the eight Internet stations, the Library also has three computers available for those needing to write a paper or letter, create a resume, put together a Powerpoint presentation, or other word processing tasks. These computers have a longer time limit than the Internet stations. Printing costs .10 a page (.50 for color), and computer disks are available for $1.00 at the check-out desk. Ask at the reference desk to be let into the word processing computer rooms.
Adults, like all other library users, are encouraged to participate in the Family Reading Program, beginning in June of each year. Read or listen to books and earn great prizes. Pick up reading folders at the Children's Desk. Click here for more information.
iBistro This is our online public access catalog (OPAC). Using iBistro, you can search our catalog to see what items we own, and which are available. If you have a library card from Missoula Public Library, you can set up a myBistro account, which will allow you to review the materials you have checked out, find out when they are due, renew materials, place or cancel holds, check the status of a hold, or change your PIN. Click here to learn how to set up a myBistro account.
Infotrac Magazine Database Do you need to find up-to-the-minute information for a paper or a report? Are you interested in current health information? Need to read about a company or a business? Want to know what to read next? Infotrac is a database containing close to a million magazine, encyclopedia, and newspaper articles on literally thousands of topics. Click on the button above. When prompted, type your library barcode number with no spaces into the password box, then click the "proceed" button. Still confused? Ask a staff member for a demonstration when you visit the library.
searchable database covering over 25 years of articles! The index will give you
an article citation. Indexed articles are available on microfilm, located near
the reference desk at Missoula Public Library.
Auto Repair Database This database lists automotive information for vehicles from 1954 to the present. Click here if you are using a computer in Missoula Public Library. Click here if you are using a computer outside of Missoula Public Library.
find information on various city boards - their schedules,
Missoula Public Library plans to subscribe to other online resources in the future. Have a suggestion? Click here to let us know!
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