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April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I — the Great War that stretched across Europe from 1914 to 1918. Among the stories of tragedy and heroism from that time is the true story of the beloved children's book character, Winnie the Pooh.

As the One Read focuses on literature of World War I, young and old readers will treasure the featured book, "Finding Winnie, The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear." It all began when a Canadian veterinarian, on his way to fight in the war in 1914, bought an American bear cub he named for his hometown of Winnipeg, and together they traveled to his training camp in England.

We'll also highlight the award-winning "Maisie Dobbs" mystery series that explores the aftermath of World War I.

Join the entire community of readers by attending the more than thirty programs and book discussions, including some especially for kids, 'tweens and teens!

Visit the website "Over There: Missouri and the Great War" at This one-of-a-kind website will take you on a visual journey of photographs, documents and artifacts telling the story of Missouri's contributions during the Great War. The project aimed to digitize rarely seen collections and make them available to anyone online. It was years in the making through a collaboration of the Library District and Missouri museums, archives and libraries. It was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act Digital Imaging grant from the Missouri State Library.

Exhibits & Artifacts

photo of Allied Gas Mask
Allied Gas Mask
Image courtesy of Ron Leverenz

World War I Artifacts

Daily, April 1-30 at Library Center concourse; artifacts provided by Ron Leverenz, of Doughboys.

Juried Art Show
Works inspired by Missouri Over There

Missouri Over There — Waverly House Art Exhibit

Daily, April 7-29 at Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, reception Friday, April 7, 5 p.m. The winner of the show will be announced at the reception. More

Fourth Liberty Loan Poster
"For Victory Buy More Bonds"

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters from the First World War

During April, Library Center Reading Room.

Soldiers Marching
Image courtesy

Missouri Over There: Artwork Inspired by the Veteran Experience

During April, Park Central Branch Library. Works by three selected artists, inspired by the Missouri Over There project, This exhibit is sponsored by Springfield Regional Arts Council.

One Read 2017

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