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Boise Public Library offers programs on publishing; costume prop making

The Boise Public Library is continuing its tradition of offering great classes and programs for the public that have the added benefit of being free.

If you're planning to attend the library's second annual Comic Con in August, you might consider taking part in the costume prop making class, which is part of the library’s Maker Series.

The class, which will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 at the Main Library Hayes Auditorium, features Dave Ultis from the Reuseum showing attendees how to make realistic props out of various materials. He’ll also share fabrication methods, tips, tricks and technology, and will introduce some new ideas for those who want to get “hands-on” with their costumes and character making. The class is suitable for teens and adults. For more information, visit the library's website

The Main Library is located at 715 South Capitol Boulevard in downtown Boise.

Also take note of the class, "Getting Published in Literary Journals Why Literary Journals are a Writer's Best Friend."

Creative writing professor Mitch Wieland will provide a look at the ins and outs of getting published in literary journals. He'll be at Boise's Main Library on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. in the Marion Bingham Room on third floor.

Wieland will discuss the storied history of literary journals in the United States and the distinct advantages they offer writers at any stage in their careers. He'll cover common mistakes writers make in submitting manuscripts, what editors look for when choosing a submission for publication, and how to pick the right journal for your short story or personal essay.

For more information, call 384-4076.