PARK CENTRAL BRANCH PROGRAMS

Take Center Stage at Park Central
Are you an acoustic musician, poet or thespian? Perhaps you're a comic, mime or ventriloquist looking for a place to try new material? What better place than the community stage at the Park Central Branch Library? There's already a performance schedule in place and it's free! Drop by the branch, or call 831-1342 for more information.

Visit the Library on First Friday
Make the new Park Central Branch Library part of your First Friday Artwalk festivities. The District's ninth facility, situated in the heart of downtown Springfield, will display works by area artists along with other galleries and businesses downtown. Take a stroll to the southwest corner of the Square -- where arts, entertainment and information meet.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on the Library's Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Friday, September 5, 2014

  • First Friday Art Talk
    6:00 pm for adults.
    Photographer Joyce McMurtrey will talk about her photo display, "Welcome to Grapeography," and her life at a Missouri vineyard.
  • First Friday Art Walk
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for Frist Friday Art Walk. View photos of a Missouri vineyard by Joyce McMurtrey.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:30 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer," rated G.
  • Upcycling Magazines
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for age 15 and older.
    Too many magazines cluttering your house? Learn how to upcycle them into baskets, wreaths, bows and a variety of other items. Bring your own magazines to use or to share, everything else will be provided. Come with "trash" and leave with "treasure!"
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on the Library's Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "The Flintstones," rated TV-Y.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 9:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Count of Monte Cristo," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on the Library's Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "The Flintstones," rated TV-Y.
  • Build Like a Pirate Day
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm for all ages.
    Calling all swashbucklers! You may be able to talk like a pirate, but can you build like one? Craft a pirate-themed creation out of LEGO blocks. The two best pieces will win treasure in the form of gift certificates to the local Bistro Market.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 9:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Muppet Treasure Island," rated G.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on the Library's Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:30 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation," rated G.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 9:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Treasure Planet," rated PG.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on the Library's Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

  • "Choose Kindness" Postcard Art Competition
    for grades 6-12.
    How does it feel to be bullied? Or to watch someone getting picked on? Here’s a chance to express your feelings through art about how we should be treating each other. Pick up an entry form at any Library branch and use any media (paint, collage, cut paper, etc.) to create a piece of postcard art. Submit your postcard to any branch by October 20. The final pieces will be displayed on our Tumblr page and at the Brentwood Branch Library during "An Evening with Tina Meier." Winner will receive a certificate and a $20 Hobby Lobby gift card. A National Bullying Prevention Month event.

Friday, October 3, 2014

  • "Passport to Space" Geocache Adventure
    for all ages & families.
    Stop by any Library branch to pick up your "Passport to Space" Oct. 3-10. Then use your smartphone or GPS to locate space-themed geocaches at the Library branches and other locations. Caches will be available through October. A World Space Week event.
  • First Friday Art Talk
    6:00 pm for adults.
    Thinking of getting some new ink? Bobbi Liffick from Kaleidoscope will talk about how to plan for getting a tattoo. You can even make your own temporary tattoos!
  • First Friday Art Walk
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for First Friday Art Walk. View The Art of Tattoos by the tattoo artists at Kaleidoscope.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

  • "Passport to Space" Geocache Adventure
    for all ages & families.
    Stop by any Library branch to pick up your "Passport to Space" Oct. 3-10. Then use your smartphone or GPS to locate space-themed geocaches at the Library branches and other locations. Caches will be available through October. A World Space Week event.
  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!," rated TV-G.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included. "Casper," rated PG.

Monday, October 6, 2014

  • "Passport to Space" Geocache Adventure
    for all ages & families.
    Stop by any Library branch to pick up your "Passport to Space" Oct. 3-10. Then use your smartphone or GPS to locate space-themed geocaches at the Library branches and other locations. Caches will be available through October. A World Space Week event.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

  • "Passport to Space" Geocache Adventure
    for all ages & families.
    Stop by any Library branch to pick up your "Passport to Space" Oct. 3-10. Then use your smartphone or GPS to locate space-themed geocaches at the Library branches and other locations. Caches will be available through October. A World Space Week event.
  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • "Passport to Space" Geocache Adventure
    for all ages & families.
    Stop by any Library branch to pick up your "Passport to Space" Oct. 3-10. Then use your smartphone or GPS to locate space-themed geocaches at the Library branches and other locations. Caches will be available through October. A World Space Week event.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

  • "Passport to Space" Geocache Adventure
    for all ages & families.
    Stop by any Library branch to pick up your "Passport to Space" Oct. 3-10. Then use your smartphone or GPS to locate space-themed geocaches at the Library branches and other locations. Caches will be available through October. A World Space Week event.
  • Making the Most of Your Apple Bounty
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Looking for new and delicious ways to incorporate apples into your diet this season? Join Amy Harmon with MaMa Jean's Natural Market to discuss how to use apples in everyday cooking. Amy will showcase a few fresh and delicious recipes and discuss ways to use different varieties of apples. Samples included! Suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets.
    Registration starts September 18; call 831-1342.

Friday, October 10, 2014

  • "Passport to Space" Geocache Adventure
    for all ages & families.
    Stop by any Library branch to pick up your "Passport to Space" Oct. 3-10. Then use your smartphone or GPS to locate space-themed geocaches at the Library branches and other locations. Caches will be available through October. A World Space Week event.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!," rated TV-G.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included. "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" rated PG.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "The Flintstones," rated TV-G.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included. "Beetlejuice," rated PG.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary.

Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Discover Haunted Springfield
    7:00 pm for all ages.
    Do you believe in ghosts? Skeptics and ghost enthusiasts alike are welcome to a discussion on paranormal activities in the City of Springfield with hosts Chris and Dustin Johnson, lead investigators of the Springfield Paranormal Research Society. He will talk about his most exciting investigations and what it takes to become a ghost hunter.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "Casper's Halloween Special," not rated, and "The Jetsons: Haunted Halloween," rated TV-Y.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included. "Hocus Pocus," rated PG.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers," rated TV-Y.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Origin: Spirits of the Past," not rated.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary.

Friday, November 7, 2014

  • First Friday Art Walk
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for First Friday Art Walk. View photos by award-winning photographer James Wiebe, whose love or photography started in 1965 while in the Army and stationed in Germany. Authors Lisa Medley, Elizabeth Obrey, Rosalie Stanton and T. Sue Versteeg, members of Ozarks Romance Authors, will sell and sign copies of their books.
  • First Friday Art Talk
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    Exploring Guatemalan Textiles. Art expert Christina Bradshaw will show five different Guatemalan textiles while discussing the materials, colors, weaving techniques and purposes of Maya textiles. Christina will also talk about Maya dress and how the Maya have preserved their textile traditions and clothing styles, while also adapting some forms to the modern tourist industry.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers," rated TV-Y.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Fruits Basket," rated TV-PG.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "The Jetsons," rated TV-G.
  • Turtles, Lizards and Snakes, Oh My!
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all ages.
    Can a tortoise crawl out of its shell? Does a bearded dragon breathe fire? Does a milksnake drink milk? Staff from Dickerson Park Zoo will help us see and learn the truth about some of our reptile friends.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 9:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "The Jetsons," rated TV-G.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Full Metal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

  • Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning
    10:00 am to 11:30 am for all ages.
    Relive Saturday mornings of decades past as we show classic cartoons every Saturday morning. "The Jetsons Meet the Flinestones," not rated.
  • Walk-In Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "A League of Their Own," rated PG.
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