October 20th, 2014

This Week’s Big Read Events

Vietnam Era Poetry Reading
Wednesday, October 22 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Missoula Public Library

Patrick Todd will present readings from poetry written in the 1960’s.

Next Stop is Vietnam: The War on Record 1961 - 2008 
Thursday, October 23 - 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Drummond High School - Drummond

Audio / Visual presentation tracking timeline & themes such as draft, going to war, teenage soldiers, protest, anti-protest, peace movement and war’s aftermath through music.

What Can Dogs Do?  Working Dogs for Conservation
Thursday, October 23 - 3:00 p.m. 
Missoula Public Library

Dogs have been trained to provide all kinds of services — including military service during the Vietnam War.  Ngaio Richards, a Canine Field Specialist, discusses and demonstrates the training of dogs.

Hugo Keesing & Doug Bradley Open Discussion & No-Host Dinner
Thursday, October 23 - 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Parker’s Restaurant - Front Street, Drummond

All interested will meet at Parker’s Restaurant (Front Street) for an informal question and answer time with Mr. Keesing and Mr. Bradley.  No-Host Dinner.

More Than Songs: What Music Tells Us About the Vietnam War
Thursday, October 23 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Drummond School Community Library - Edwards Street, Drummond

Audio / Visual event focusing on how historical songs of the Vietnam Era functioned as a lifeline for one’s sanity and to the world outside of war.

WOW Bus Visits the University of Montana
Friday, October 24 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
University of Montana

The Web On Wheels Branch of Missoula Public Library will distribute “Big Read Books” to the University of Montana Faculty and Students while signing up new card holders.

WOW Bus Visits Missoula College
Friday, October 24 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Missoula College

The Web On Wheels Branch of Missoula Public Library will distribute “Big Read Books” to the Missoula College Faculty and Students while signing up new card holders.

We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Music-based Memories of Vietnam Vets
Friday, October 24 - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Friday, October 24 - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Old Post (American Legion Post #101)

Informal discussion with music between Hugo Keesing, Doug Bradley and Dan Gallagher over no-host dinner.

Rockin’ the Vietnam War: from the Delta to the DMZ

Saturday, October 25 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Rockin’ Rudy’s - 237 Blaine Street

Keesing and Bradley will present the music of the era at Rockin’ Rudy’s Music Store.  This program features the 20 top songs based on WGGOTP (We Got to Get Out of This Place) feedback.  The hosts will supply AFNV sound clips (PLSs, ads, “Chicken Man” episodes, etc…) to simulate an in-country broadcast.

A Walk Through the Hmong Story Cloth Exhibit with Susan Miller
Saturday, October 25 - 1:00 p.m. 
Missoula Art Museum - 335 N. Pattee Street

Susan Lindbergh Miller is a scholar of textiles; she’ll lead visitors through the Story Cloths collection.

Love of Country: Veteran Insights from Vietnam to Afghanistan
Saturday, October 25th - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Missoula Public Library

Join Vietnam Veteran, SGT Chuck Lewis, and Afghanistan Veteran, LCPL Thomas (Tomy) Parker, as they discuss what has changed and what has stayed the same over fifty years of American involvement in overseas wars.

October 19th, 2014




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October 18th, 2014

Today’s Big Read Events

Today’s Big Read Events:

Dance at Top Hat
Saturday, October 18 - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Top Hat Lounge - 134 W. Front Street

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theater has traveled through Europe and China bringing the serenity of dance to many.  Enjoy the performance of two pieces from their repertoire.  Live music from the era will also be provided.

Young Adult Art and Music Program
Saturday, October 18 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Missoula Public Library

Teens join us for an evening of creating art while rocking out to music from the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Drawing and collaging materials, snacks, and plenty of tunes from the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, and maybe even Strawberry Alarm Clock will be provided.

The Big Read: www.ReadMissoula.org

October 17th, 2014

Today’s Big Read Events

Today’s Big Read Events:

How to Tell a War Story with Author David Abrams
Friday, October 17 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Missoula Art Museum - 335 N. Pattee Street

War stories have been around since the day Odysseus came home from the Trojan War.  But how much of those stories is true and how much is exaggeration?  In his short story about the Vietnam War, “How to Tell a True War Story,” Tim O’Brien wrote: “In any war story, but especially a true one, it’s difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen.  What seems to happen becomes its own happening and has to be told that way.” Using that as a springboard, Iraq War veteran and novelist David Abrams talks about how and why he turned his combat experience into fiction and what that means for our larger perception of this 21st-Century conflict.  The talk also touches on how war stories are part of the healing process for wounded warriors.  Thanks to these sponsors: Humanities Montana and the NEA Big Read.

The Big Read: www.ReadMissoula.org

October 16th, 2014

Word Woman’s Weekly Workout

Welcome to another enlightening installment of Word Woman’s Weekly Work-Out!  Here’s a pair of Words of the Week which people often mistakenly use interchangeably.  Note the difference:

Tortuous:    [adjective]

!.  Marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns:  winding

2.  a)  Marked by devious or indirect tactics :  crooked, tricky

     bCircuitous, involved

“Tortuous”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tortuous?show=0&t=1410546721 , 9/12/0214


Torturous:   [adjective]

1.  a)  Causing torture

     b)  Very unpleasant or painful

2.  Painfully difficult or slow

“Torturous”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torturous?show=0&t=1410546159 , 9/12/2014

Example:  Driving the tortuous mountain roads was torturous for Kelly, who was terrified of heights.

The reader’s confusion is understandable, given that both words stem from the Latin verb “torquere,” which means “to twist,” “to wind,” or “to wrench”, and only the addition of the letter ‘r’ in the middle of the latter word prevents them from being spelled identically.
October 16th, 2014

Today’s Big Read Events

Today’s Big Read Events:

12:00 pm @ Valor House

Book Discussion

Library staff will facilitate discussion on the Big Read title “The Things They Carried”.

Montana Memory Project
Thursday, October 16 - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Missoula Public Library

The Montana Memory Project staff will demonstrate a few of the amazing primary documents circulating Montana during the Vietnam War.  These documents, photos and more are available to all through our state’s Montana Memory Project, and the timeline spans not only the Vietnam era, but from before our statehood

The Big Read: www.ReadMissoula.org

October 15th, 2014

Today’s Big Read Events

Today’s Big Read Events:

2:00 pm @ the Swan Valley Branch Library
Book Discussion - “The Things They Carried”
Library staff will facilitate discussion on the Big Read title “The Things They Carried”.

Yoga for War Vets
Wednesday, October 15 - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Missoula Public Library

Mary Hanson will lead participants through a yoga work out to free the body and soul of fatigue.  Open to all.

The Big Read: www.ReadMissoula.org

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