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"Changing America" Exhibit Reflects Struggle for Liberty and Human Rights

“There are moments in our nation’s history when individuals unite and take courageous steps to fulfill the promise of democracy…”  More...
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"Changing America" Exhibit and Programs Offer Opportunities to Discuss Civil Rights and Race Relations

The Radical Republicans. Black Codes. Abraham Lincoln. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “We March. We Demand.” All of these are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that affects us even today.  More...
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Help "Raise the Woof" for Brentwood Branch Library

Loyal library visitors have been itching to dig into the ReNew Brentwood campaign, the $2.5 million fundraising effort to help renovate the beloved Brentwood Branch Library.  More...
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Little Readers Share Big Love for the Library

Some of the best stories in the library don’t come from our books, but from our visitors, and often out of the mouths of babes.    More...
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Experts Share Wealth of Knowledge and Experience at Library Programs

We’re all about summer reading, but we invite you bookmark your page this week and take a break for some engaging programs at the libraries.  More...
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Midtown Carnegie Branch Library Hosts Juneteenth June 14 and Ultimate Cheapskate Jeff Yeager June 21

Juneteenth is the annual, nationwide celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The Springfield area also celebrates it with an annual event that also spotlights diversity in our communities.  More...
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New Passport Service Makes Library a One-stop Travel Shop

Need a passport for fall or winter travel? Beginning June 9, you can apply for one at the Library Center whenever it’s open – making the process more convenient for you and your family members.  More...
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Check Out E-readers Beginning June 1; Construction on Library Center Canopy Begins June 2

If you’re curious about what it’s like to read a book on an e-reader, or you’re shopping around for just the right fit, you can check out one from the library beginning Sunday, June 1.  More...
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Library Summer Reading Programs Help Avoid "Summer Learning Loss"

Librarians love hearing how a book or library program changed someone’s life. One favorite story comes from a parent after last year’s Summer Reading Program: “At the beginning of the summer Sam said he did not like reading, but by the end he said he liked reading!”  More...
Local History 

Slater Copper Mine

 The last person to have seen the lost Slater Copper Mine in Shannon County is remembered in 1923.
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Geezerfest May 17 at Library Center; Friends Book Sales Help Fund Library Programs and Services; T-shirts and Snapsuits Available for Little Readers

It wouldn’t be spring without the annual patio concert at the Library Center with one of the Ozarks’ favorite cover bands, Geezer, in Geezerfest. So make plans to enjoy 60s, 70s and 80s rock tunes at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, on the south patio.  More...
Local History 

Battlefield

 Battlefield, Mo. was left off of the official Missouri map in 1977. The Springfield Daily News recorded the local reaction.  More...
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Author Speaks About Life with Asperger's May 12 at Library Center; Find Gifts Mom Will Love at Between Friends Gift Shop

Aaron Likens was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome – a high-functioning form of autism -- at age 20. At age 30, he is a public speaker who has given hope to others like him and their families.  More...
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Friends of the Library Book Sale Continues Through May 4 at Remington's; Drive-up Service Hours Expand on Sundays; Updates Coming to Park Central Branch and Library Center

Have you made it to the big Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale yet at Remington’s? There are four more days left to get in on a bushel of bargain-priced books to keep you entertained through summer reading. (They make great gifts, too!)  More...
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Friends of the Library Book Sale Offers More Than Books

Where can you find children’s pop-up books, collectible series, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, westerns, travel books, Christian fiction, health guides, mysteries and nearly every hobby and cuisine guide there is, for a fraction of their retail cost?   More...
Local History 

Last Confederate Soldier

 The last Confederate soldier , Thomas H. Hadden, who died in Springfield in 1939, was buried at the Springfield National Cemetery.  More...
Local History 

Girls Softball

 Girls Softball in Springfield was on hiatus during WWII but returned in May of 1946. The first game, played at Fassnight Park, was between the Dairy Anns and the O'Reilly WAC's.  More...
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Tap Into Your Inner Adventurer with Big Read Programs; Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale April 29-May 4

The library’s Big Read programs so far this month celebrating “The Call of the Wild” have tapped our inner adventurer, as we’d hoped. The outdoor skills programs and writer-explorers – from Pam Flowers to Tim Ernst – have filled library auditoriums, and there are more to come.   More...
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Come. Sit. Stay. with Bruce Cameron April 10 at Library Center; Big Deed April 13-19 Benefits C.A.R.E.

Take some time out at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, April 10, at the Library Center to “Come. Sit. Stay.” And Laugh. Bruce Cameron, author of best-selling humor about dogs, dads and teenage daughters, will visit to about the lighter inspirations for his writing career.  More...
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Bring the Whole Family to See Bruce Cameron April 10 at the Library Center

Author Bruce Cameron will tickle your funny bone when he comes to the Library Center auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Make plans to bring the whole family.  More...
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Learn to Make the Most of Your Money During Money Smart Week April 3-12; Big Read Edible Books Festival April 4

Who couldn’t use a little help protecting their hard-earned cash? That’s the spirit behind the library’s annual series, Money Smart Week, running April 3 through April 12 at various sites.  More...
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Big Read Guests Are Authorities on Survival and Perseverance

Mettle and perseverance describe the special guests headlining the Big Read in April. The library’s annual one book, one community celebration encourages all ages to read the same book, talk about it and attend the programs at library branches and community venues.  More...
Local History 

Downtown Motor Inn

 The Downton Motor Inn was shut down in 1965. It was located on St. Louis Street just east of Jefferson Avenue. The hotel was originally built by John T. Woodruff around 1914.  More...
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Spring Into Gardening with Library Books and Programs; Learn About Rose O'Neill March 27 at Library Center

With the mercury inching up slowly and the spring vernal equinox arriving today, March 20, gardening is on the top of our minds.  More...
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Information Hounds and Tech-savvy People Still Rely on Their Public Libraries

The shift to digital devices and lightning-fast information from things other than books hasn’t left public libraries in the dust, as some have predicted.  More...
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See Tim Ernst April 5 at Library Center; Turn Lunch Into a Learning Experience at Library Programs

 Nationally known nature photographer Tim Ernst packs the house when he presents his annual slide shows at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, so you’ll want to reserve a spot now to see his presentation, “Yellowstone in Winter,” at 7 p.m. April 5 in the Library Center auditorium.  More...
Local History 

Dolly Parton

 Dolly Parton and Mac Davis attracted over 7,000 fans to the Hammons Center in 1977.
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Health Plan Sign-Up Event March 8; Exhibit Highlights Missouri Immigrant Experience; iPads Coming to Story Times

If you or someone you know still needs to sign up for a health plan through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, help will be available at a day-long event on Saturday, March 8, at three library branches.  More...
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Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Offered March 8 at Libraries

 With the March 31 deadline approaching for enrolling in Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace plans, certified experts will help eligible individuals during an enrollment event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8.  More...
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Enter Our Call of the Wild Photo Contest March 1-22; Smartphone Class and Focus Group March 4

Capture an inspiring scene from the great outdoors in any region – or the animals that live there – and enter the Call of the Wild Photo Contest March 1-22.   More...
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Libraries Provide Space and Equipment to Fulfill Your Meeting Needs

Free meeting room space for groups of four to 70 is often hard to find in our communities. Many clubs and organizations don’t have auditoriums for their conferences or trainings.  More...
Local History 

Girl Scout Camp

 A Girl Scout Camp was founded in 1936 just north of what is now called Dickerson Park Zoo.  More...
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Biography in Context Provides Reliable Information About People of Interest

Vladimir Putin. Pete Seeger. The Beatles. They’ve all made headlines in recent weeks, between the Olympic Games in Russia, folk singer Seeger’s passing, and the anniversary of the 1964 British Invasion.  More...
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Library’s Food for Fines Nets 7,172 Pounds for Food Bank

 In seven short days, Springfield-Greene County Library District members donated 7,172 pounds of nonperishable food for Ozarks Food Harvest during the Library’s fifth Food for Fines campaign. The food was donated to Ozarks Food Harvest on Feb. 4.  More...
Local History 

Campbell House

 The former residence of John Polk Campbell was considered the oldest house in Springfield in 1937.  More...
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