All Library branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not make its regularly scheduled stops on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

The Strafford branch library does not have phone service on Wednesday, May 24, due to maintentance. Please call (417) 882-0714 for assistance.

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Get Help with E-reader Selection and Training at the Library

It’s not that we don’t love the traditional paperbacks and hardback books that fill our shelves, but librarians are a helpful lot. So they’ve been eager to help patrons adopt new ways to enjoy books and movies on e-readers.

We think it’s an important service that the Library can and should provide. As the sale of e-readers has soared nationwide, our patrons checked out the Library’s e-books and other e-media 90 percent more often in November 2011 compared to November 2010.

Reflecting our growing collection of e-media and the popularity of e-readers, our e-checkouts went from 784 in November 2008 to 2,283 in November 2010 to 4,337 last month.

That’s why the Library has stepped up e-reader training sessions for early 2012. If the holidays bring an e-reader to your home and you’d like some general tips and hands-on help on downloading the Library’s e-collection, drop by one of these free sessions. Registration is not required.

  • 10 a.m. Jan. 7, Library Center meeting room B
  • 2 p.m. Jan. 7, Willard Branch Library
  • Noon Jan. 10, Brentwood Branch
  • 6 p.m. Jan. 10, Library Center meeting room A
  • 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Library Station Frisco Room
  • 3 p.m. Jan. 25, Midtown Carnegie Branch upstairs meeting room
  • 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Brentwood Branch
  • 3 p.m. Feb. 4, Strafford Branch
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 4, Library Center auditorium
  • 3 p.m. Feb. 8, Republic Branch

Shopping for an e-reader that’s right for you? You’ll find useful tips in the article, “Choosing an E-reader,” on the Library website,, written by Library Center computer/periodicals assistant Trint Williams.
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A reminder about upcoming Library holiday closings: All branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not run on Dec. 24, 25 and 26. All branches will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. The Park Central Branch will reopen from 6-10:30 p.m. as part of Springfield’s First Night festivities. All branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not run on Jan. 1 and 2.

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