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Reading Challenge Cross-Over

It’s summertime, and you’re busy. Maximize your reading goals by participating in the Missoula Reads 50-book challenge and in the Great American Read at the same time. Stop by the reference desk to pick up a list of all 100 GAR titles cross-listed with the Missoula Reads categories. And don’t forget to track your reading time on your Summer Reading Program log!

Download Reading Challenge Cross-Over Book List 

Literary Pen Pals Club

Connect with someone from across the country as you share your love of books and unique life experiences through the art of handwritten letters. We’ll match you up with a fellow reader from one of our partner libraries: Mill Valley Public Library (CA), Ashe Regional Library (NC), Watauga County Library (NC), or Ellsworth Public Library (ME). When you sign up we'll provide you with a welcome packet filled with everything you need to get started: personalized stationery and envelopes, a classy pen, and optional writing prompts to help get the conversation started.

Come by the Reference Desk to sign up today!

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Film Series

June 25, 6:30 - Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca - 1941, 131 minutes

Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film is based on Daphne du Maurier’s timeless novel. After a whirlwind romance, mysterious widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) brings his shy young bride (Joan Fontaine) home to his imposing estate, Manderly. But the new Mrs. De Winter finds her married life dominated by the sinister, almost spectral influence of Maxim’s late wife: the brilliant, ravishingly beautiful Rebecca, who, she suspects, still rules both Manderly and Maxim from beyond the grave.


July 23, 6:30 - The Notebook - 2005, 124 minutes

Directed by Nick Cassavetes, this adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks's bestselling novel revolves around Noah Calhoun's (James Garner) regular visits to a female patron (Gena Rowlands) of an area nursing home. Rather than bore her with the inanities of everyday life, Calhoun reads from an old, faded notebook containing the sweeping account of a young couple (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) whose love affair was tragically put to a halt after their separation in the midst of World War II. Seven years later, the couple was reunited, and, despite having taken radically different paths, they found themselves unable to resist the call of a second chance. The Notebook also features Joan Allen, Sam Shepard, and Kevin Connolly.


Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.