LIBRARY PROGRAMS IN JULY

Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Willard Recreation Center - Animal Tales Presents Animal Science
    10:00 am Willard Recreation Center for grades K-5.
    So many different animal types! Explore the topic of animal classifications as you meet and learn about a member of each of these animal types: bird, reptile, amphibian, mammal, invertebrate and maybe even a fish! The audience will be asked to interact with the animals through "hands-on" volunteering, question & answer and crowd participation activities. All are guaranteed an up-close and personal experience.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Meditation at Midtown
    12:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Take a break from the work day and join meditation instructor Holly Graves for this monthly meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike.
  • Library Center - Animal Tales Presents Animal Science
    1:00 pm in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    So many different animal types! Explore the topic of animal classifications as you meet and learn about a member of each of these animal types: bird, reptile, amphibian, mammal, invertebrate and maybe even a fish! The audience will be asked to interact with the animals through "hands-on" volunteering, question & answer and crowd participation activities. All are guaranteed an up-close and personal experience.
  • Library Station - "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Discovering Dermatoglyphics
    2:00 pm for grades 4-8.
    Arch, whorl, loop. Explore the science of fingerprint analysis, or dermatoglyphics. Learn how forensic specialists analyze and study fingerprints.
  • Library Center - Animal Tales Presents Animal Science
    2:00 pm in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    So many different animal types! Explore the topic of animal classifications as you meet and learn about a member of each of these animal types: bird, reptile, amphibian, mammal, invertebrate and maybe even a fish! The audience will be asked to interact with the animals through "hands-on" volunteering, question & answer and crowd participation activities. All are guaranteed an up-close and personal experience.
  • Republic Branch Library - Carbonation Station
    3:00 pm for grades K-5.
    Soda, cola, coke, pop and fizzy water. Whatever you call it they all have one thing in common: carbonation! Learn about the science behind the soda as we perform experiments with it.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - The Science of Beer and Home Brewing
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the meeting room for adults age 21 and older.
    The process of brewing grain and sugar into beer has been a labor of love for more than 7,000 years. Experienced home brewer and chemistry teacher Robert Powers walks us through the fascinating process of brewing your own beer from scratch. The Home Brewery will display home brewing equipment and ingredients, and answer all of your questions about this exciting hobby.

Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Library Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10:00 am 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.
  • Library Center - 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.
  • Library Center - 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.
  • Library Station - 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Sci-Fi Party
    3:30 pm to 5:30 pm for grades 7-12.
    Dress up in your favorite sci-fi ensemble and bring your party face! If you don't win the prize for best-dressed, you'll definitely enjoy the Space Age drinks, snacks and games, and a showing of "The Fifth Element," rated PG-13.
  • Library Center - Science Explorers: Flight School
    4:00 pm in the story hour room for grades K-5.
    Practice your paper airplane making-skills and test flight your creations. We'll also compare paper and wooden airplanes to see which ones fly straighter, higher and longer.
    Registration starts July 21; call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - Oh My Gods!: Exploring Mythology
    4:00 pm in meeting room B for grades 6-12.
    Explore the mysteries of the stars and learn how different cultures created stories of brave gods and goddesses based on the night sky. We'll make constellations and visit the Star Lab to look at the stars and constellations. Materials will be provided.
    Registration starts July 01; call 882-0714.
  • Library Station - Teen Friday Nights
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for grades 6-12.
    If it's Friday night, there's something going on at the Station just for teens. Stop in for games, crafts and special events.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Library Center - Springfield’s Urban Histories: A Community’s Unexplored Past
    8:30 am to 4:15 pm in the auditorium for Adults.
    Historians will discuss their recent research into unexplored aspects of Springfield’s History published by Moon City Press in "Springfield’s Urban Histories: Essays on the Queen City of the Missouri Ozarks." The book will be on sale. 8:30-9 a.m. Book Sale 9-10 a.m. " Uncovering Springfield’s Hidden Histories: The Queen City’s Unexplored Past," Stephen McIntyre, professor of history, Missouri State University 10:15-11:15 a.m. " Quinine and Courage: The Battle of Springfield, January 8, 1863," William Garret Piston, professor of history, Missouri State University, and John C. Rutherford, local history associate, Springfield-Greene County Library District 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch Break/Book Sale 12:15-1:15 p.m. "Retail Rivals: Commercial Street Versus the Public Square, 1870-1945." Angela Wingo Miller, department chair, teacher education, Ozarks Technical Community College 1:30-2:30 p.m. "Unrestricted Warfare: The 1916-17 Springfield Streetcar Strike," Erin Smither, instructor, Missouri State University and reference librarian, Springfield-Greene County Library 2:45-3:45 p.m. "Considerable Bad Feeling in this City:" The 1922 Frisco Shopmen’s Strike," Stephen McIntyre, professor of history, Missouri State University 3:45-4:15 p.m. Book Sale
  • Library Center - Batman 75th Anniversary Celebration
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the story hour room for all ages.
    Holy smokes--it’s Batman Day at the Library! The Caped Crusader is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year. Stop by for make-and-take crafts, and catch episodes of "Batman: The Animated Series," rated TV-Y7. Take part in a bat boomerang toss and scavenger hunts around the library. We’ll also have Batman freebies including posters, masks, buttons and temporary tattoos, while supplies last.
  • Library Center - Batman Fan Discussion
    10:00 am to 11:00 am in meeting room B for teens and adults.
    Join Batman fan extraordinaire Andy Thompson for a discussion about all things Batman, from favorite Batman actors to the future of the comic hero.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Big Brentwood Play Day
    11:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Little ones learn through play! We'll make learning fun as kids explore a variety of sensory, creative, gross motor and language-based activities.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Bilingual Storytime
    11:00 am for infants-grade 2.
    This bilingual interactive storytime is designed especially for Spanish-speaking families to introduce parents and 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.
  • Republic Branch Library - Batman's 75th Anniversary Celebration
    11:00 am to 6:00 pm for all ages.
    Holy smokes--it’s Batman Day at the Library! The Caped Crusader is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year. Stop by for make-and-take crafts and catch episodes of "Batman: The Animated Series," rated TV-Y7. We’ll also have Batman freebies including posters, masks, buttons and temporary tattoos, while supplies last.
  • Republic Branch Library - LEGO Block Saturday
    11:00 am for grades K-5.
    Playing, building and creating with LEGO elements helps build memory and creativity skills. It also increases attention span and lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving. We'll provide the LEGO bricks and you provide the imagination for your LEGO creations.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Heraldry 101
    1:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Explore a long-forgotten tradition, from the basic parts and colors of a shield to the National Heraldic Registry. Library staff member Adam Lauderdale will tell you how to make your own coat of arms official, and how to protect yourself from Internet scam artists offering fake ancestry.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Super Science Saturday
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for grades K-5.
    Drop by the Children's Department on Saturdays to explore science through crafts and activities. We'll examine a different science question each week. Materials will be provided.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Sheldontopia
    2:00 pm for adults.
    Play trivia and other games, and do experiments to celebrate some of the most popular fictitious scientists, the guys and girls of "The Big Bang Theory."

Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 am 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.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 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.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10:30 am 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Electricity and Magnetism
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for grades K-3.
    Is lightning exciting or just scary? How do you think explorers in the past found their way home? Is the earth a magnet? Scientists work to understand all these things and you can be a part of the action at the Missouri State University Phys Biz event. You'll make lightning, move metal without touching it and more. Then you’ll get to take home something you make yourself. Presented by the MSU Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science.
    Registration starts July 14; call 862-0135.
  • Republic Branch Library - KY3 for Kids Storybreak
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Hear your favorite stories read by a KY3 news or weather personality. June 16: Lisa Rose; July 8: Sara Forhetz; July 15: Emily Wood; July 23: Ron Hearst; July 28: Paul Adler.
  • Library Center - Monday Madness: Sci-Fi Movie Day
    4:00 pm in the auditorium for grades 4-8.
    Watch "Treasure Planet," rated PG, a sci-fi spin on the beloved classic, "Treasure Island."
  • - TED Talks to Blow Your Mind
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    Watch and discuss some of the most entertaining, inspiring and mind-blowing TED Talks about science and technology. In the Living Room at MaMa Jean’s Natural Market, 1727 S. Campbell.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 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.
  • Library Center - 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.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:00 am 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.
  • Willard Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:00 am 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.
  • Library Center - 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.
  • Library Station - 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Get Hooked on Loom Knitting
    4:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn to knit with a loom to create hats, scarves, wraps and more during this come-and-go program. Or, bring your own project and master your technique.
  • Library Center - British Invasion
    5:00 pm in meeting room A for grades 6-12.
    Do you fancy all things British--music, literature, food and, of course, accents? Enjoy crafts and discussions about our neighbors across the pond. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - "Slavery by Another Name"
    6:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Not rated, 90 minutes. This 2012 PBS documentary challenges the belief that slavery in the United States ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how, even as chattel slavery ended in the South in 1865, thousands of African-Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century. A Changing America event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Pajama Storytime Tuesdays
    6:00 pm for infants-age 6.
    Wear your pajamas and cuddle up with a stuffed animal as you listen to stories and sing songs perfect for bedtime.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour Reading Club (Book Discussion)
    6:00 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.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    7:00 pm 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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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.
  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10:00 am 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.
  • Republic Branch Library - Stories with Your Legislator
    10:00 am for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you. Sen. Jay Wasson
  • Library Center - 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.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:00 am 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.
  • Library Center - 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.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - It's a Science-palooza!
    2:00 pm for grades K-5.
    Explore zoology. Have fun with physics. Discover botany. Get excited about engineering. Join us as we play, build, read, examine, predict and experiment. We’ll share fun books, scientific activities and constructive crafts! Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Electricity and Magnetism are Attractive Ideas
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the story hour room for grades 4-6.
    When you do almost anything, you make use of electricity or magnetism. Work with Missouri State University’s Phys Biz team to learn how to make electrical energy that you can use to light up your life. We'll do several experiments that show how electricity and magnetism make a difference in everyone’s lives. Presented by the MSU Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science.
    Registration starts July 16; call 882-0714.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Monthly Macabre
    3:00 pm to 6:00 pm for grades 7-12.
    Join us the last Wednesday of the month for snacks and supernatural cinema. It's all about mad scientists this summer as we watch your favorite movies featuring creatures, ghosts and ghouls from decades past. "The Island of Dr. Moreau," rated PG, 1977.
  • - "How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming" (Downtown Book Club)
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The conversation will be flowing as we discuss provocative fiction, nonfiction and memoir at the Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square. "How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming" by Mike Brown.
  • Library Center - "March: Book One" (Book Discussion)
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    By John Lewis. A Changing America event.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Library Center - "Frozen" Sing-a-Long
    1:00 pm in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Watch "Frozen," rated PG, on the big screen, and join in and sing along with your favorite songs!
  • - Brown v. Board of Education and How it Changed America, with Sisters Linda Brown and Cheryl Brown Henderson
    7:00 pm for adults.
    Join Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson as they share their experiences as daughters of the named plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Oliver L. Brown et. al. vs. the Board of Education of Topeka. The daughters will also discuss living in Springfield. The program will include a short video about Brown v. Board of Education and an audience Q&A. In the Central High School auditorium, 423 E. Central St. A Changing America event.
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