The Big Read, One Book - One Community

BIG READ EVENTS (by branch)

Library Station

  • "The Call of the Wild"
    Book Discussion
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    1:30 p.m., Library Station
    Visit with others about the current read. "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London.

Midtown Carnegie Branch Library

  • On the Appalachian Trail with Marcus Ross
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    6:00 p.m., Midtown Carnegie Branch
    The Appalachian Trail: 2,200 miles of the most beautiful -- and dangerous -- wilderness in the country. In 2013, Marcus Ross set off with a 25-pound pack and hiked from the trail’s start in Georgia to its endpoint in Maine. Ross will lead us down the trail with him through photographs and stories, all from the comfort of the Library.


  • Conservation Kids' Club: Spring Symphony
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    6:30 p.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center
    Sweet-sounding bird songs fill the forests and fields with music and tell us that spring has arrived, but birds aren’t just "whistlin’ Dixie," their songs have purpose and meaning. Learn the lyrics to their melodies and find out what the singing means during this "Call of the Wild" program. Dress for an outdoor hike. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Registration required, call 888-4237.
  • Call of the Wild: An Evening with Military Survivalist and Adventurer Cade Courtley
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    7:00 p.m., Springfield Art Museum
    Please note: Cade Courtley replaces the previously scheduled author Don Mann. Cade Courtley is a former Navy SEAL, survivalist and author of "SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster." He also hosted and produced the Spike TV/Discovery International original series "Surviving Disaster." He was the class leader in his Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL training. After 19 months, two Hell Weeks, three broken legs and a fractured skull, Lt. Courtley graduated in 2002 and became a Navy SEAL. He was chosen to attend the elite SEAL Sniper school. During his nine years of active duty, Courtley led highly classified, high-risk operations around the world as an assistant platoon commander, SEAL Team Two; and later platoon commander, SEAL Team One. In recent years he has made television and film appearances, wrote and produced a screenplay, and on occasion returns to his former high-risk profession with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan working as a Security Contractor for a government agency. His background in military Special Operations led him to host and produce the Spike TV/Discovery International original series "Surviving Disaster," 2010. Cade will sell and sign books after the event.
  • Bird Chorus
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    2:00 p.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center
    Spring migrants are arriving in Missouri and making their presence known with their appearance and songs. Some are just passing through on their trek to nesting grounds further north, while some are here for the season. Learn how to identify these birds through sight and by song during this indoor and outdoor "Call of the Wild" program with our friends at the Nature Center. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration required, call 417-888-4237.

Park Central Branch Library

  • Park Central's Walk-in Weekend Theater for Kids!
    Saturday, April 26, 2014
    11:00 a.m., Park Central Branch
    Celebrate the Big Read with a Balto marathon at the Library! 11 a.m. "Balto," rated G; 12:30 p.m. "Balto II: Wolf Quest, rated G; 2 p.m. "Balto III: Wings of Change," rated G.
  • Park Central's Walk-in Weekend Theater
    Saturday, April 26, 2014
    6:30 p.m., Park Central Branch
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Dances with Wolves," rated PG-13.

Willard Branch Library

  • Teen Thursday: Survival of the Fittest
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    3:00 p.m., Willard Branch
    Can you survive without electricity and computers? Learn about the tools that will make or break you in the wilderness, and hone your survival skills at this program that celebrates endurance and courage!
  • Tales on the Trail
    Saturday, April 26, 2014
    10:00 a.m., Willard Branch
    Enjoy the wild outdoors! Bring the whole family to the Willard Branch Library for nature-inspired stories and songs, followed by a 2-mile round-trip nature walk along the Frisco Highline Trail beginning at 10:30 a.m. On the trail, enjoy a seek-and-find scavenger hunt and a special treat provided by Sisters in Thyme at the walk’s halfway point. You can finish off the morning with a make-and-take craft at the branch. Presented in partnership with Willard Parks and Recreation.

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