LIBRARY CENTER PROGRAMS

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.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • "Everybody Sees the Ants"
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Harrison room for ages 20-39.
    By A.S. King. Refreshments will be served. 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.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Skype with an Astronaut
    3:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Have you or someone you know ever wanted to ask a real astronaut what it’s like in space? You’ll get your chance when we have a Skype session with astronaut and U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Hopkins. Col. Hopkins is a Lebanon/Richland native who served on the International Space Station with two Russian cosmonauts for 166 days. He returned to Earth on March 10, 2014. A World Space Week event.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    4:00 pm in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

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.
  • Bibliobop Dance Party
    10:00 am in the auditorium for ages 2-6.
    Get ready to shake your sillies out at our library dance party. Listen to stories about dancing and keep the rhythm going with instruments and shakers.
  • Guiding Your Way Kickoff
    1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages & families.
    Drop in anytime and learn how you can assist NASA by taking part in Citizen Science projects, which allow ordinary people to provide vital data to the astronomical community. You can help NASA map Mars, spot solar explosions and even search for new planets. While you're here, help us create an enormous LEGO brick space city. We'll provide the LEGO bricks. You can also visit with Jim Davis, skilled LEGO block builder, about his sculptures and how he builds them. A variety of his sculptures will be on display for this World Space Week celebration. Don't forget to pick up your "Passport to Space" while you're here! A World Space Week event.

Sunday, October 5, 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.

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.
  • Genealogy Workshop
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Genealogy Computer Answers. Do you have questions about your computer hardware or genealogy software? We've got the answers. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

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.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Teen Library Council
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Grafton room for grades 6-12.
    Help plan teen events YOU want to see happen at The Library Center--your input matters!
  • Astrophotography 101
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the story hour room for all ages & families.
    Ever wanted to take pictures of the beautiful night sky? Images can be obtained with the most basic digital cameras. Experts with the Springfield Astronomical Society will talk about the best equipment and software to use, and how to mount a camera to your telescope. A World Space Week event.

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.
  • Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    "The Great War in Springfield." Library Center Local History Associate Michael Price will discuss life in Springfield during World War I (1917-1918). Learn how Springfield residents supported the war effort while Greene County men went to France and fought in the trenches. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • "Reconstructing Amelia"
    Book Discussion
    1:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Kimberly McCreight. A National Bullying Prevention Month event.
  • Campaigns & Politics: The Civil War in 1864
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "The Death Angel Gathers Its Last Harvest: The Battle of Franklin." Retreating from Spring Hill, Tenn., Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield’s army reached Franklin on November 30 and quickly formed a defensive line against Gen. John B. Hood’s advancing Confederate army. The resulting battle yielded more than 8,500 casualties and a Union victory as the Confederate force moved down the slopes into immortality. Thomas Cartwright, a leading authority on the Battle of Franklin, will explore the decisive battle and its impact on the Civil War. Sponsored by Civil War Round Table of the Ozarks.

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.
  • Guiding Your Way
    6:00 pm to 8:30 pm for all ages & families.
    Do you have questions about astronomy or space? Interested in starting a new stargazing hobby? Drop by and Ask an Astronomer. Springfield Astronomical Society members will be available to answer your questions. You can also learn how to assist NASA by taking part in Citizen Science projects. In the concourse. A World Space Week event.
  • Campaigns & Politics: The Civil War in 1864
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "True Veterans and Tried: The 14th Iowa Infantry at the Battle of Pilot Knob." Todd Wilkinson, librarian and adjunct history instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College, will examine of the 1864 Battle of Pilot Knob/Ft. Davidson, Mo., through the eyes of the officers and men of the 14th Iowa Infantry, who played a decisive role in the Federal victory against Gen. Sterling Price’s forces.

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.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • DigiTots Storytime
    6:30 pm in the story hour room for infants-age 6.
    Join us for a mix of traditional and digital storytimes using books and an iPad, with a focus on Racing to Read skills. We'll explore the very best education apps designed to foster early literacy skills and fun, along with stories, music and dancing.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • "Star Wars" Day
    2:00 pm in the story hour room for all ages.
    A long time ago in a Library not so far away...Celebrate "Star Wars" at the Library with your favorite characters, trivia and book-inspired activities for all ages. Costumes are welcome!
  • Campaigns & Politics: The Civil War in 1864
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "'Atlanta is Ours and Fairly Won': The Atlanta Campaign of 1864." On June 27, 1864, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman attacked Kennesaw Mountain held by Gen. Joseph E. Johnson and the Confederate Army of the Tennessee. The battle was a tactical defeat for the Union army, and Sherman’s last assault of the Atlanta Campaign. Willie Ray Johnston, recently retired historian at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, will discuss the Battle of Kennesaw and Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

  • Sunday Concert Series
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Red Shoe Pickers, an Americana-style acoustic music duo featuring Paul Phariss and Rebecca Holt, performs light rock, country, bluegrass and folk. She plays hammered dulcimer, guitar and keyboards; he plays six- and 12-string guitar, Native American flute and foot rhythm (tambourine/shaker). Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

  • Edge Mobile Class: Internet Basics
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Harrison room for adults.
    Learn how to navigate the Internet using your browser's menus and toolbars. Access websites by typing in a Web address or using search engines, directories or other starting points.
    Registration starts September 01; call 882-0714.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Harrison room for adults.
    Learn computer, Internet and software skills at your own pace using instructional software and videos. Topics include basic computer skills, Windows, Internet Explorer, Photoshop, QuickBooks, Web design, Microsoft Office, Apple products, MAC OS and more. We also offer Computer-Instructed Keyboarding to help you gain new typing skills or improve the skills you already have.
    Registration starts September 01; call 882-0714.
  • Book Buzz
    2:30 pm to 5:00 pm for grades 6-12.
    Celebrate Teen Read Week with book spine poetry, recycled book crafts and postcard art. Materials will be provided.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Armchair University Science Series: World of Weeds--Invasive Species and the Homogenization of Nature
    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Travelers to faraway places are delighted to encounter flowers, butterflies and birds that they have never seen before. The beauty and function of natural communities can be threatened by the movement of plants and animals around the globe. Dr. Chris Barnhart from Missouri State University’s Department of Biology will discuss the problem of invasive animal and plant species from around the world and what this may mean for global, regional and local biodiversity. Part of the Armchair University Science Series.

Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    4:00 pm in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Campaigns & Politics: The Civil War in 1864
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "1864: Grant in Command." In March, 1864, Ulysses S. Grant arrived in Washington, D.C., to accept the rank of lieutenant general of all Union armies--a rank previously held only by George Washington. His prior successes in the Western theater had earned him this honor, and Lincoln (and the North) counted on Grant to do the same in the East. Pam Sanfilippo, site historian at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, will explore Grant’s actions in 1864, including the challenges he faced in helping to achieve the dual war aims of unification and the end of slavery.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: 1950s Drama Classics
    2:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. Feel free to bring your own snack. "Vertigo," not rated, 1958.

Monday, October 20, 2014

  • Campaigns & Politics: The Civil War in 1864
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "We have surely done a big work": The Experiences of a Hoosier Soldier on Sherman's "March to the Sea." William Bluffton Miller's detailed diary offers a unique "common soldier" perspective on one of the most famous campaigns of the Civil War. Author Jeffrey Patrick will examine Miller's role in the march from Atlanta to Savannah in 1864.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

  • "Incredible Me" Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for all ages.
    Children begin developing a sense of self at birth, and parents and family members are role models who can help them develop strong self-esteem and a positive attitude. Join us for a fun storytime filled with songs and activities that celebrate how incredible each of us is! A National Bullying Prevention Month event.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • "Incredible Me" Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for all ages.
    Children begin developing a sense of self at birth, and parents and family members are role models who can help them develop strong self-esteem and a positive attitude. Join us for a fun storytime filled with songs and activities that celebrate how incredible each of us is! A National Bullying Prevention Month event.
  • Fandoms Unite! Supernatural
    6:00 pm in the Harrison room for grades 6-12.
    You've seen Sam and Dean's skills at fighting off the "other realm" in "Supernatural." Learn about real-life paranormal investigation from 417 Paranormal Research Group as they show off and demonstrate their ghost hunting tools and tell us about their findings in the Springfield area.
  • Sticks, Stones and Special Needs
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in meeting rooms A & B for adults.
    Bullying is a challenge for all kids, but those with developmental and physical disabilities often process things differently. For these kids, bullying can have even more devastating consequences. Michele Fields from Abilities First and Deirdra Harris, a professional counselor from Ozarks Counseling Center, will discuss the rights and resources available to children with special needs and offer tips for teaching self-advocacy to a special needs child. Parents, families and educators are welcome to attend. A National Bullying Prevention Month event.
  • Campaigns & Politics: The Civil War in 1864
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "United States Colored Troops in 1864." Emmanuel Dabney, park ranger at Petersburg National Battlefield, will explore the rise of the use of soldiers of African descent in the Federal armies in 1864. He will discuss the racialized atrocities of Civil War combat along with the Confederate perspectives on armed black men. The program will touch upon divides between free black Northerners and escaped slaves and provide personalized stories of the U.S. Colored Troops.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Symbolism in the Cemetery: Meanings of Common Tombstone Symbols & Icons. Member Mara Strycharz will help decipher the meaning of some of the symbols on the headstones of your ancestors. Bring some of your examples and we'll figure out the stories behind them. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • "Incredible Me" Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for all ages.
    Children begin developing a sense of self at birth, and parents and family members are role models who can help them develop strong self-esteem and a positive attitude. Join us for a fun storytime filled with songs and activities that celebrate how incredible each of us is! A National Bullying Prevention Month event.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • "Incredible Me" Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for all ages.
    Children begin developing a sense of self at birth, and parents and family members are role models who can help them develop strong self-esteem and a positive attitude. Join us for a fun storytime filled with songs and activities that celebrate how incredible each of us is! A National Bullying Prevention Month event.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Friday, October 24, 2014

  • "Incredible Me" Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for all ages.
    Children begin developing a sense of self at birth, and parents and family members are role models who can help them develop strong self-esteem and a positive attitude. Join us for a fun storytime filled with songs and activities that celebrate how incredible each of us is! A National Bullying Prevention Month event.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • "Incredible Me" Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for all ages.
    Children begin developing a sense of self at birth, and parents and family members are role models who can help them develop strong self-esteem and a positive attitude. Join us for a fun storytime filled with songs and activities that celebrate how incredible each of us is! A National Bullying Prevention Month event.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • "Star Wars" Day
    2:00 pm in the story hour room for all ages.
    A long time ago in a Library not so far away...Celebrate "Star Wars" at the Library with your favorite characters, trivia and book-inspired activities for all ages. Costumes are welcome!
  • "Jurassic Park"
    6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the story hour room for age 13-grade 12.
    Watch man re-create dinosaur in this thrilling classic rated PG-13; popcorn provided.
  • Campaigns & Politics: The Civil War in 1864
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "Sterling Price's 1864 Missouri Campaign." The final major Confederate offensive in the Trans-Mississippi Theater began on September 19, 1864, when Maj. Gen. Sterling Price led approximately 12,000 cavalrymen from northeast Arkansas into southeast Missouri. Price’s men covered more than 1,500 miles and fought three major battles, along with numerous skirmishes. Connie Langum, historian at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, will explore Price’s 1864 Missouri Campaign, providing an overview of the major battles, and discussing preservation of those historic sites.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Fandom Starts Early
    6:30 pm in the story hour room for all ages.
    Geek out at storytime as we learn our opposites with "Star Trek," ABCs with "Star Wars," create Daleks and other geeky goodies. Materials will be provided.
  • Campaigns & Politics: The Civil War in 1864
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864." In the spring of 1864 the "Brown Water Navy" participated in its final major campaign. Supported by a fleet of ironclads and transports, Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks pushed up the Red River, intending to capture Shreveport, La., and defeat Confederate forces under Gen. Richard Taylor. Gary Joiner, associate professor of History at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, will discuss the disastrous Red River Campaign and its repercussions.

Monday, October 27, 2014

  • An Evening with Tina Meier
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Tina Meier's daughter, Megan Meier, committed suicide after being bullied online. In this special event, Tina, of St. Charles County, shares Megan's story and provides an overview of the technology that students are using in today's world. Topics such as bullying, bystanders, cyberbullying and sexting will be discussed, and there will be time for questions. Families are encouraged to attend; some material discussed may be inappropriate for young children. This event will be simulcast live to the Library Center, Library Station and Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. A National Bullying Prevention Month event.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Harrison room for adults.
    Learn computer, Internet and software skills at your own pace using instructional software and videos. Topics include basic computer skills, Windows, Internet Explorer, Photoshop, QuickBooks, Web design, Microsoft Office, Apple products, MAC OS and more. We also offer Computer-Instructed Keyboarding to help you gain new typing skills or improve the skills you already have.
    Registration starts September 01; call 882-0714.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Edge Mobile Class: Email for Beginners
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Harrison room for adults.
    Learn how to register for and use free Web-based email services and how to compose, read, reply to, save and forward email. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse.
    Registration starts September 01; call 882-0714.
  • Campaigns & Politics: The Civil War in 1864
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "James Longstreet and the Confederate Cause in 1864." Throughout much of his career as a Confederate Gen. James Longstreet acted as second-in-command to Robert E. Lee in Virginia, but he also saw action in Georgia and Tennessee. Longstreet’s experiences in 1864, which included the Battle of the Wilderness in the spring and the siege of Petersburg in the fall, encompassed some of the most critical moments of the Civil War. Dr. William Piston, history professor at Missouri State University, will provide an examination of Longstreet during the period that underscores both the opportunities and the dilemmas facing the Confederate high command during the last full year of the war.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Halloween Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for all ages.
    Dress up in costume for a storytime that's a little bit spooky, but a lot of fun! We'll also go on a trick-or-treat parade through the Library.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Halloween Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for all ages.
    Dress up in costume for a storytime that's a little bit spooky, but a lot of fun! We'll also go on a trick-or-treat parade through the Library.
  • "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" 50th Anniversary Celebration
    4:00 pm in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl's timeless tale with games, trivia, lots of chocolate and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," rated G. Look for golden tickets hidden in the Library Center during October. If you find one, be sure to come to the party for a surprise!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Baby Book Club
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-12 months.
    Join us for a storytime for the youngest readers! We'll read books, sing songs and play with scarves.

Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Genealogy Workshop
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Organizing Your Research. Learn about using word processing, database and spreadsheet software to assist in recording your research results. Member Janice Nusbaum will share her experiences, pro and con. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Teen Library Council
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Grafton room for grades 6-12.
    Help plan teen events YOU want to see happen at The Library Center--your input matters!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption"
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Harrison room for ages 20-39.
    By Laura Hillenbrand. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 7, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    4:00 pm in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Beginning Genealogy
    9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Harrison room for adults.
    Begin searching for your ancestors and learn library resources from staff members from the Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department. Bring family information and a generation chart, available at http://thelibrary.org/genealogyforms. Computers will be available to access Ancestry Library Edition and other websites, or we can help you find information in our book collection. Limited to 10 participants; call 616-0534 to register.
    Registration starts October 01; call 882-0714.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Beginning Genealogy
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Harrison room for adults.
    Begin searching for your ancestors and learn library resources from staff members from the Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department. Bring family information and a generation chart, available at http://thelibrary.org/genealogyforms. Computers will be available to access Ancestry Library Edition and other websites, or we can help you find information in our book collection. Limited to 10 participants; call 616-0534 to register.
    Registration starts October 01; call 882-0714.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • Sunday Music Concert: Library Center's 15th Birthday Party!
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    The Library Center is turning 15! We're celebrating with a special Sunday concert featuring local legends Mark Bilyeu and Cindy Woolf. Mark, of Big Smith fame, and Cindy perform on the Americana/folk and singer-songwriter circuit. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • The Library Center is 15!
    3:00 pm in meeting room B for all ages.
    What do "Holes" by Louis Sachar, "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Toy Story 2," and The Library Center have in common? They're all 15. Take a trip back in time with crafts and activities that celebrate things that are 15.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    What we learned at the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference. Ozarks Genealogical Society members John Carter, Tom Hobbs and Rita Wallace will discuss information gleaned from the 2014 conference in San Antonio, Texas. This program will include officer elections and the annual OGS Memorial Service. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • "The Namesake"
    Book Discussion
    1:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Jhumpa Lahiri.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Monsterology
    4:00 pm in the story hour room for grades 2-5.
    Crazy about cryptids? Mad about monsters? Go on a monster hunt, test your knowledge with creepy trivia and play spooky games. Don't forget your flashlight!

Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • A Taste of Mexico
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the auditorium for grades 6-12.
    Salsa--is it a dance or something you eat? Try a little of both! Sample salsas and queso dips, sing songs in Spanish, practice salsa dancing, make mini-pinatas and compete with friends in a bean race. Call 616-0526 to register.
    Registration starts October 26; call 882-0714.
  • DigiTots Storytime
    6:30 pm in the story hour room for infants-age 6.
    Join us for a mix of traditional and digital storytimes using books and an iPad, with a focus on Racing to Read skills. We'll explore the very best education apps designed to foster early literacy skills and fun, along with stories, music and dancing.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • National Game Day
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the story hour room for grades 2-12 and families.
    Celebrate National Game Day at your library. Learn new games or play some old favorites. Want to learn to play Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride? Library staff members will be on hand to teach you.
  • Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: 1950s Drama Classics
    2:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. Feel free to bring your own snack. "On The Waterfront," not rated, 1954.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Fandoms Unite! Doctor Who
    6:00 pm in the Harrison room for grades 6-12.
    Blue boxes, bowties and fezzes. If you can connect these words, you'll fit right in as we explore all things Whovian!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Armchair University Science Series: Nature and the Human Condition
    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    How does nature affect people? Dr. Janice Greene from Missouri State University’s Department of Biology will discuss the positive impact of nature and the outdoors on individuals' physical and psychological health, and the many benefits of nature to individuals and society as a whole. Part of the Armchair University Science Series.

Friday, November 21, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    4:00 pm in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

  • Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Thanksgiving Stories
    6:00 pm in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Listen to wonderful Thanksgiving stories around the "fireside." Bring a friend and relax with some cold-weather treats.
  • "A Separate Country"
    Civil War Book Discussion Group
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in meeting room B for adults.
    By Robert Hicks.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Edge Mobile Class: Computer Skills I
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Harrison room for adults.
    Brush up on existing mouse and keyboard skills and learn the basics of word processing, including simple formatting, saving and printing documents.
    Registration starts October 01; call 882-0714.
  • Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Harrison room for adults.
    Learn computer, Internet and software skills at your own pace using instructional software and videos. Topics include basic computer skills, Windows, Internet Explorer, Photoshop, QuickBooks, Web design, Microsoft Office, Apple products, MAC OS and more. We also offer Computer-Instructed Keyboarding to help you gain new typing skills or improve the skills you already have.
    Registration starts October 01; call 882-0714.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

  • Puzzle Day
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the story hour room for ages 2-10.
    Love puzzles? Try your hand at puzzles of all types. We'll even make our own.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

  • Edge Mobile Class: Internet Basics
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Harrison room for adults.
    Learn how to navigate the Internet using your browser's menus and toolbars. Access websites by typing in a Web address or using search engines, directories or other starting points.
    Registration starts November 01; call 882-0714.
  • Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Harrison room for adults.
    Learn computer, Internet and software skills at your own pace using instructional software and videos. Topics include basic computer skills, Windows, Internet Explorer, Photoshop, QuickBooks, Web design, Microsoft Office, Apple products, MAC OS and more. We also offer Computer-Instructed Keyboarding to help you gain new typing skills or improve the skills you already have.
    Registration starts November 01; call 882-0714.
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