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Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Free Tax Help

Do you need help preparing your taxes? Four programs offer free assistance to individuals in Greene County.
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Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Governor Jay Nixon's State of the State Address

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon presented his recommended budget for the 2015 fiscal year during his sixth-annual State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.   More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

November 5 Election

Greene County residents will vote on a use tax initiative for the county on November 5.
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Funding & Nonprofits Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Search Census Data with My Congressional District

My Congressional District, a new interactive tool from the U.S. Census Bureau, makes it easier to find the statistics you need. Simply select your district and instantly view information on American jobs, education, housing, and more. Then, share it on your Facebook or embed it on your webpage for easy access.  More...
Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Outdoor Activities in the Ozarks

 Staying active is an important part of staying healthy.  The summer months are an excellent time to explore the many outdoor activities available in the Ozarks.  This guide will highlight several helpful resources in our area.  More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

April 2 General Municipal Election Day

On Tuesday, April 2, residents of Greene County will have the opportunity to vote on several community issues and elected positions. -- Results are in!  More...
Books & Authors Missouri & Ozarks 

Missouri Fiction

Missouri and the Ozarks provide the setting for these titles representing a variety of genres.  More...
Art Missouri & Ozarks 

Classical Music in Springfield

If you are a classical music lover, then Springfield-Greene County is a great place to be! With several music ensembles in the community, there is usually something available to satisfy your taste for the classics.   More...
Books & Authors Missouri & Ozarks 

Bike to Work Week

Whether you’re planning to take a leisurely ride through your own neighborhood, pedal five miles through traffic to get to work, or pack up your belongings for an adventurous two-wheeled tour of Missouri, the Library has plenty of resources that will prepare you to hit the streets.  More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Voting Matters: Petitioning Process

Have you ever wanted to change a law? Voters in Missouri have the power to do just that through the petition process. Find out more about how voters can propose new laws or repeal existing ones.  More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Voting Matters: Redistricting Issues in the Show-Me-State

The Missouri General Assembly is redrawing district boundaries for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate based on population data gathered from the 2010 U.S. census.  More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Voting Matters: E-Verify (Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System)

 Learn more about this controversial ordinance that Springfield residents will vote on in February.
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Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Post-Holiday Clean-up

Put those no-longer-needed Christmas trees, greeting cards, and office party presents to good use.
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Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Ozarks Holiday Celebrations

Looking for ways to celebrate the holiday season with your family?  There's a lot going on out there, and much of it's free!  More...
Missouri & Ozarks 

Amazing Appetizers

'Tis the season for holiday parties, and the Library has several resources to help you find appetizer recipes that will wow your family and friends.
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Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

November 15 is National Recycling Day

Help the Library observe it by going greener. Also find community resources for recycling and reusing materials.  More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Community Focus 2011

The "Community Focus 2011," a report for Springfield and Greene County, was released on October 4. Find out what "blue ribbons" and "red flags" were indicated for our community's health and vitality.  More...
Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Back to School

Most schools in Greene County begin in the next two weeks. Are you ready? Need a few final activities to get the summer wiggles worked out? Start the school year right after a look at these resources.
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Community Matters Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Joplin Tornado Relief Efforts

On May 22 a tornado hit Joplin, Mo., causing immeasurable damage to homes and businesses. Residents had a mere 20-minute warning to find shelter before the storms hit. At time of publication, the death toll sits at 122 as citizens of Joplin sort through the wreckage.    More...
Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

The Springfield-Greene County Civility Project

The Good Community Committee's project to restore civic engagement to the democratic process, and foster an atmosphere in which people can freely speak their minds.  More...
Community Matters Funding & Nonprofits Missouri & Ozarks 

Homeless Awareness Month

The Homeless Task Force has been working for a year to unravel the tangled web of homeless services and needs in the area.  Read and review reports and findings from the Homeless Task Force, the Homeless Youth Subcommittee and the Continuum of Care.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Shop Local, Eat Local

Greene County citizens are rapidly becoming "locavores" -- those who seek out goods produced within a 100-mile radius of their hometown. When you live somewhere as bountiful as the Ozarks, it's easy to find local produce and meat if you know where to look.   More...
Community Matters Government Missouri & Ozarks 

Census 2010: Why It Matters

Do you know what the census is? Did you know that a census every 10 years is required by our Constitution? This is a census year and there are a few things you might want to know about this very important process.  More...
Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Ozarks' Holiday Celebrations

There are endless ways to celebrate the holiday season in Greene County and many options are free for the whole family.
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Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Be Involved

You can make a difference in your community. Here are a few opportunities and resources for getting involved in the Ozarks.  More...
Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Community Focus 2009

The "Community Focus 2009," a report for Springfield and Greene County, was released on September 30th.  Find out what "blue ribbons" and "red flags" were indicated for our community's health and vitality.  More...
Community Matters Business Missouri & Ozarks 

2009 Competitive Assessment

Results from a Competitive Assessment of the Springfield metropolitan area were released October 14.  More...
Community Matters Art Missouri & Ozarks 

October Festivals in the Ozarks

October is a great month for festivals in the Ozarks. From food to art to historical celebrations, there's something fun for everyone.  More...
Missouri & Ozarks 

Early Description of Springfield, Mo.

An excerpt from Missouri Historical Review 31 (July 1937); reprinted with permission of the State Historical Society of Missouri.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Summer Pet Care Tips

Summertime in the Ozarks is fun for both people and pets, even as temperatures soar. Find tips for caring for those furry family members in the fierce summer heat.   More...
Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks Science 

Gardening in the Ozarks

Gardening is a well loved activity in the Ozarks, providing fresh vegetables for family, friends and local food banks.  More...
Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks 

Summer Fun in the Ozarks

School is out and it's time for some summer fun in the Ozarks.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Bicycling in the Ozarks

Admit it. You've got one. Somewhere in the back of your garage it sits, probably covered in dirt and surrounded by your recyclables. Like a long forgotten friend, it calls to you: Sure is nice out! We should go for a ride. You slam the door and head for the couch.

Time to stop ignoring the call!  Dust off your bicycle and go for a spin.  Whether for fun or transportation, there are lots of ways to bike the Ozarks!
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Community Matters Missouri & Ozarks Science 

Sinkholes cause headaches for many in Springfield

Recently, it was reported that a sinkhole opened up just outside of a local elementary.  A few days later, another small sinkhole appeared just down the road.  What exactly causes these massive, spontaneous depressions in the earth's surface and what are their consequences?  Let's do some mental spelunking!  More...
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