The Fair Grove Branch Library will be closed Monday, June 19, through Monday, June 26, for carpet replacement and shelf rearrangement.

Zinio and InstantFlix services will be down for approximately 14 hours beginning 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, while Recorded Books performs maintenace to their system.

African-American Read-In Presents "Tales of Wonder"

January 23, 2012 — “Tales of Wonder,” a celebration of African and African-American folktales featuring local storytellers will be presented from 7-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, at the Diversity Center on the campus of Drury University.

The program is part of Springfield’s annual African-American Read-In celebration. The event is free and open to the public. 

Local storytelling favorite Gwen Marshall will join other community members to tell African tribal and African-American folktales. A featured original tale, “Hair Story,” was written by Springfield business owner Christine Peoples.  The “Tales of Wonder” choir will perform.

The national African-American Read-In, or AARI, coincides with Black History Month in February and is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English ( 

  "In 2012, the Springfield AARI is celebrating the African-American oral tradition of storytelling, said Grace Jackson-Brown, Missouri State University assistant professor of library science and co-chairperson of the AARI event.

“During its finale program on Feb. 6, the AARI committee is proud to present a short video that highlights Springfield youth who participated in a storytelling workshop that was held in November 2011 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library," she said.

Local sponsors of the 2012 African-American Read-In are the Missouri State University Libraries, Drury University, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield Public Schools, the Springfield chapter of the NAACP, Storytellers of the Ozarks and Peoples Etiquette.

For more information call (417) 616-0580 or e-mail 



Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566
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