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Local Farmers' Markets

You can find locally grown vegetables and other handmade items for sale at farmers' markets that are now operating in our community.  More...
Library News Press Info 

Friends of the Library Sale Hits $121,309.60

The giant Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale produced giant results after the week-long sale that drew people from across the Ozarks and several states.  More...
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World War I Project Gets Boost with $108,678 in Grants

 A statewide project to capture stories and photographs of Missourians' role in the Great War can proceed with the help of two major grants from the Missouri State Library.  More...

A Homemade Valentine

If you are writing a heartfelt letter to your loved one this Valentine's Day, you may want to take a few extra moments to create a handmade card. The Library is a great place to find inspiration for your token of love.  More...
Library News 

Resolving to Improve Your Life in 2014? Begin at the Library

Whether you're making resolutions or just want to learn a new skill in 2014, the Library is your source for career upgrades, help with a new electronic gadget, computer skills and, yes, even better grades in school!  More...
Library News 

Kids Can Shop Big with Small Budgets at Annual Holiday Store Starting Nov. 30

 The annual Holiday Store for kids begins Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Library Center. Kids can find holiday gifts priced at 25 cents to $5 for  friends and family members. Get in on more fun and photos with Santa that morning at the Holiday Open House.    More...
Find a Job 

ReferenceUSA Jobs and Internships Module

Job seekers now have an additional Library resource to help them with their research.   More...
Library News 

World War I Program, Research, Will Tell Greene County's and Missouri's Stories

 A Sunday program, a new blog and an upcoming website will help tell the story of Greene County's and  Missouri's sons and daughters who served in World War I abroad and at home.  More...

Tattoo Design

According to a recent Harris Research Study, 21% of adults currently have at least one tattoo. With so many people going under the needle, it is easy to see that tattoos are no longer stereotyped to be only for sailors and motorcycle enthusiasts. As time has passed, the tattoo has become a form of art and expression for many.  More...
Library News 

Now You Can Stream Films, Shorts, Documentaries with IndieFlix

 The Library now offers a free, streaming movie service, IndieFlix, that gives you unlimited access to thousands of independent films, shorts and documentaries from more than 50 countries.
Brentwood Library News 

Brentwood Branch Renovation Timeline Moves Ahead

 The effort to reduce, reuse and recycle everything possible from an empty Library property is nearly complete, as the Brentwood Branch renovation plans move forward.

A Year of Family-Friendly Art Activities

Throughout the year, the Southwest Missouri area provides several opportunities to experience a little culture and interact with art within the community.  More...
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Expanded Collection of Hobby and Craft Books Captures All Interests

Look for an expanded library collection of new and exciting books for crafters and hobbyists, thanks to a recent $10,000 grant. From pottery to whittling to sock art, the Library has something for everyone.
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Geezer Returns for Spring Concert May 18 at Library Center

 Geezer, our favorite classic rock cover band, returns for Geezerfest Spring Fling  Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on the Library Center patio.  More...
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Friends of the Library Spring Sale Tops $115,488

 The Friends of the Library book-selling machine wowed us again, thanks to the region's book and music lovers and buyers. The Friends hit its third-highest sales record in the week-long event.  More...
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Mid-America Singers Will Fill Library Center with Sound of Music

The Springfield Mid-America Singers will give a free, after-library-hours concert at 6:30 p.m. today, Feb. 24, in the Library Center concourse to benefit the Brentwood Branch Library planned renovation.  More...

Quirky Crafts

From origami projects made from kitchen towels to jewelry made from duct tape, the Library has several resources to inspire your next unusual art project.  
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Get Real Answers from Real Librarians with Live Chat and Live Text

Reference librarians and reliable information are now just a chat or a text away with Live Chat and Live Text service at  More...
Books & Authors 

New Year, New You

The Library has the resources you need to help you achieve your New Year's resolutions.
Library News 

Stumped for Ideas? Let the Library Entertain Your Holiday Guests

If you run out of ways to entertain your houseguests, the Library can help! Christmas week offers free movies, storytimes, brain teaser programs, gingerbread-building and more.   More...
Library News 

Find the Historical, Serious and Quirky on Fold3

From census records to Civil War photos to UFO sightings -- students, genealogists and historians will love mining a new electronic resource, Fold3, for reliable historical documents.   More...
Library News 

Friends of the Library Pledge $300,000 Toward Brentwood Branch Library Renovation

The real campaign hasn't yet begun, but the Friends of the Library has pledged a major gift -- $300,000 over three years -- for a major renovation of the 41-year-old Brentwood Branch Library.  More...
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Big Momma's Opens Kiosk at Midtown Carnegie Branch Library

While you're in the Midtown neighborhood, grab a coffee, espresso or a bite of lunch at the new Big Momma's cafe kiosk now open in the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  More...
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Record a Loved One's Story on National Day of Listening

Record a loved one's story, StoryCorps-style, at home or at the Library Center on Nov. 23 as a family keepsake on the National Day of Listening.  More...
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Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale Hits $125,779.01 All-time High

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale hit an all-time high with sales of $125,779.01 during its Oct. 23-28 event, thanks to support from an army of volunteers, businesses and eager Ozarks shoppers.  More...
Library News 

Grab Some Great Bargains at the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale Oct. 23-28

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale Oct. 23-28 includes CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, puzzles, games and great reads for all ages and interests. Join your friends at Remington's for this fun, annual event.  More...

Digital Photography Resources

Enjoy taking pictures? Take a look at some of the resources the Library offers to help improve your digital photography techniques.  More...
Library News 

Author's Success: Another Dream Fulfilled Through the Library

 Springfield author Perry Posey's journey to fulfill his writing dream began when he turned to the Library to learn the skills and use the tools he needed to get the job done. What do you need to reach your goals?  More...
Art Library Center 

Piecing Together Your First Quilt

The Library has a large selection of books about quilting that can help you get started on your next project.  More...
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A Writer and a Playwright Share Through Lecture and Live Theater

Writers on their craft: Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley will talk about her work on July 11, Sandy Asher's one-woman script "Walking Toward America" will be performed live July 14 and 15 at Library Center.  More...
Art Books & Authors Library Center 

Fact Versus Fiction: Stories about the Lives of the Impressionists

The Impressionist Movement provided inspiration to several authors wanting to write a story with an engaging setting, fascinating characters and beautiful artwork. While these titles are works of fiction, they may motivate you to learn the truth about the lives of the Impressionist artists and their works of art.
Library News Press Info 

Children's author Caroline Starr Rose Will Speak May 16 at Library Center

If “Little House on the Prairie” books are among your favorites, you’ll want to hear Caroline Starr Rose, author of the young readers' book, “May B,” during her visit to the Library Center  at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Her talk in the Story Hour Room is open to all ages.  More...
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American Library Association Releases Top 10 List of Challenged Books of 2011

"The Hunger Games" book series was among the list of 10 most frequently challenged books in 2011, according to the American Library Association.  More...
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Author Bruce Hale Offers Hope for Young, Reluctant Readers

Children's book author Bruce Hale, coming to the Library Center April 12, says exposure to the right book or book series can turn a non-reader into a book lover -- and even a writer.   More...

Altered Books

 Turning an old neglected book into something new can be an artistic and fun way to give it a new life. Altering books creates an art form beyond what was written between the covers.
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