LIBRARY PROGRAMS IN JANUARY

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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.
  • Library Center - "H is for Hawk" by Helen Macdonald
    Book Discussion

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Starry River of the Sky" by Grace Lin
    Parent & Child Book Discussion

    4 p.m. for grade 3-adult.
    Parents and children are invited to join us for a monthly discussion of classic stories and contemporary favorites that readers of all ages can enjoy.
  • Library Station - "Steven Universe" Rocks!
    5-7 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12.
    Celebrate the television show "Steven Universe" with edible geodes, crafts and music, and learn about the real-life rocks that the crystal gems are based on. Registration starts January 4; call 865-1340.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - ReImagine Library Art at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library
    noon in the community room for adults.
    Meet Gabe Bloodworth of Springfield Hot Glass and learn how he designed and created the library’s two custom mobiles, "Contemplation" at the entrance, and "Memories" in the Children’s Department.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - ReConnect with Guided Tours of the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library
    1 p.m. for all ages.
    We’ve missed you! Get the full story behind the renovation process and special features from the Schweitzer Brentwood staff. Meet for the tour at the checkout desk.
  • Republic Branch Library - "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - ReConnect with Guided Tours of the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library
    3 p.m. for all ages.
    We’ve missed you! Get the full story behind the renovation process and special features from the Schweitzer Brentwood staff. Meet for the tour at the checkout desk.
  • Willard Branch Library - Teen Movie Thursday
    4-6 p.m. in the community room for age 13-grade 12.
    Join us every second Thursday of the month. Snacks will be provided. "James and the Giant Peach," rated PG.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - ReConnect with Guided Tours of the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library
    5 p.m. for all ages.
    We’ve missed you! Get the full story behind the renovation process and special features from the Schweitzer Brentwood staff. Meet for the tour at the checkout desk.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter M. Miller Jr.
    Dragons & Jetpacks

    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Discuss renowned science fiction and fantasy novels.
  • Library Station - Tax Talk
    6 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Tax season has arrived, and we are here to help! Learn basic tax information from the experts at H&R Block. After an introductory presentation, the tax specialists will conduct a Q&A.
  • Library Center - An Introduction to Contract Bridge
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Exercise your brain and have fun making new friends as you learn to play Contract Bridge. Whether you're a beginner or want to update your bidding and play, this class is for you. Members of the Bridge Center will give an introductory course over four consecutive Thursday evenings. Registration starts December 5; call 883-5341.

Friday, January 13, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the community 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 - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department 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 Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. 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 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Northview Center - "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield
    Northview Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. at Northview Center, 301 E. Talmage St. for senior adults.
    Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St.
  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center - Take a StoryWalk®!
    11 a.m. at Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way for infants-grade 2.
    Join us for a very special Racing to Read Storytime at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, where we’ll launch a StoryWalk® featuring "Over and Under the Snow" by Kate Messner. StoryWalks® combine three important elements that promote learning: reading, moving and enjoying the outdoors. After we read our StoryWalk® title, we’ll walk along the trail and enjoy the book displayed on signs along the way. This StoryWalk® will be available through January. Co-sponsored by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - ReConnect with Guided Tours of the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library
    1 p.m. for all ages.
    We’ve missed you! Get the full story behind the renovation process and special features from the Schweitzer Brentwood staff. Meet for the tour at the checkout desk.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things" by Jenny Lawson
    The Bookies

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - ReConnect with Guided Tours of the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library
    3 p.m. for all ages.
    We’ve missed you! Get the full story behind the renovation process and special features from the Schweitzer Brentwood staff. Meet for the tour at the checkout desk.
  • Library Station - Stuffed Animal Sleepover
    4-7:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for ages 2-8.
    Bring a stuffed animal to the Library Station for a sleepover! Drop them off from 4-7:30 p.m. and read your stuffed friend a bedtime story before saying goodnight. Pick them up at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, and see what fun things they got into overnight! Registration starts January 3; call 417-616-0673.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - ReConnect with Guided Tours of the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library
    5 p.m. for all ages.
    We’ve missed you! Get the full story behind the renovation process and special features from the Schweitzer Brentwood staff. Meet for the tour at the checkout desk.
  • Library Station - Teen Friday Nights
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12.
    If it's Friday night, there's something going on at the Station just for teens.
  • Library Center - Springfield-Greene Mock Book Awards
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grade 4-adults.
    Each year the American Library Association chooses the most distinguished books in children's literature for the Newbery, Printz and Caldecott awards. Join Librarian Sarah Bean Thompson, former Printz Committee and Caldecott Committee member, to discuss the nominees and choose our own award winners. Ask a librarian for the reading list for each session. To participate in the discussion, you must read at least two titles from the list. Interested in how award committees work but can't read the books in time? Sit it on the discussion and watch the process. Mock Printz .

Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Let's Make Miniatures!
    10:30 a.m. for adults.
    We'll make a tiny craft each month. Materials will be provided. Pint-sized Foods.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Big Playtime
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Frisco Room for infants-age 6.
    Come play with us! Learning begins at birth, and playing is how young children learn. Join us for a play-date filled with unstructured, developmentally appropriate activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Kids and parents can visit, play and socialize. You’ll find fun activities you can recreate at home as well as enjoy some of our special toys including the Imagination Playground, a free-form modular construction set perfect for little hands. The Imagination Playground is provided in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - ReTreat to the Escape Room
    2 p.m. in the community room for grades 6-12.
    It’s a Scooby Doo Clue Escape Room! Think you can put the clues together to solve the crime and figure your way out a disaster? Put your super sleuthing skills to work as you channel the Scooby Doo gang and solve your way out of the Clue mansion before disaster strikes!
  • Library Center - Keep Calm and Color On
    2-4 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Come in from the cold to spend some time coloring, chatting and listening to relaxing music. We'll provide a variety of stress relieving coloring pages to choose from. Bring your own coloring tools or use ours.
  • Library Center - Springfield-Greene Mock Book Awards
    2-4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grade 4-adults.
    Each year the American Library Association chooses the most distinguished books in children's literature for the Newbery, Printz and Caldecott awards. Join Librarian Sarah Bean Thompson, former Printz Committee and Caldecott Committee member, to discuss the nominees and choose our own award winners. Ask a librarian for the reading list for each session. To participate in the discussion, you must read at least two titles from the list. Interested in how award committees work but can't read the books in time? Sit it on the discussion and watch the process. Mock Caldecott .
  • Library Station - Mythbusters 'Tween Challenge
    2-4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 4-8.
    What happens if you eat Pop Rocks and drink a soda? We'll learn the science behind popular myths and legends with hands-on experiments. Wear clothes you don't mind getting messy! Registration starts January 3; call 417-616-0673.
  • Republic Branch Library - Based-on-the-Book Film Series
    2-4 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Enjoy contemporary films based on popular works of fiction and nonfiction. "The Finest Hours," rated PG-13.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Racing to Read Playtime: Winter Edition
    2-4 p.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Come play with us! Learning begins at birth, and playing is how young children learn. Join us for a play-date filled with unstructured, developmentally appropriate activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Kids and parents can visit, play and socialize. You'll find fun activities you can recreate at home as well as enjoy some of our special toys.
  • Willard Branch Library - Second Saturday STEAM Play
    2-4 p.m. in the community room for grades K-12.
    STEAM play encourages mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, creative problem solving and an appreciation of their connection to art. We'll supply LEGO bricks, Raspberry Pis, simple circuits and other materials -- just bring your imagination!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - ReCover the Classics at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library
    2:30-4:30 p.m. in the community room for all ages.
    The band Geezer will revive favorites from the 60s-80s in a celebration concert. Geezer members define themselves as "Not Young, Not Old, Somewhere In Between," playing a mix of classic rock with a major emphasis on blended harmonies.

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • The Coffee Ethic - "The Unseen World" by Liz Moore
    Downtown Book Club

    6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square for adults.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  • Library Station - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 a.m. 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.
  • Willard Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 a.m. 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.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Teen Writer's Guild
    3:30-5 p.m. in the Teen Room for grades 6-12.
    Get inspiration and support from fellow writers each week as you create, share and publish your works.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for all ages.
    Join us every week for a relaxing session of coloring and see why these intricate and beautiful coloring designs are all the rage. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.
  • Republic Branch Library - Dragon Party
    6:30 p.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day with dragon books, games and crafts in honor of our favorite mythical creature. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen
    Books You Always Meant to Read

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    A classics book discussion.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    7 p.m. 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, January 18, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. What is a...FeedBurner, RSS, Blog or E-Mail Subscription? Ozarks Genealogical Society member Doris Wilson will give you the scoop on these "techie" terms and talk about podcasts, webinars, YouTube videos and more that can aid your genealogical knowledge and research..
  • Library Center - Edge Mobile Class: Learning Windows 10
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn about the new Windows 10 operating system including features like Task View, Virtual Desktop, and Cortana. Explore the Start menu and Settings menu, and use File Explorer to manage, move, and rename files and folders. Use tiles to launch apps and to access other programs on the computer. Learn to use the Edge browser to surf the Internet. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts December 1; call 882-0714.
  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Cat and Kitten Yoga
    11 a.m. for infants-age 6.
    Unleash your inner camel, cobra or dog in our special yoga storytime with library staff member and certified yoga instructor Kim Duquette. Bring your family and learn animal yoga poses to do with your little one.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue
    noon for adults.
    A Tour of Springfield's Sister Cities. Lisa Bakerink will take you on a virtual tour of Springfield's Sister Cities -- Isesaki, Japan, and Tlaquepaque, Mexico..
  • Library Center - Edge Mobile Class: Learn it! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Prerequisites: Some experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts December 1; call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - LEGO Brick Mania
    3:30 p.m. in the Teen Room for grades 6-12.
    Combine STEAM and LEGO bricks to create a Rube Goldberg machine, make a LEGO brick coding game, design a LEGO brick catapult and more.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Otaku Club
    3:30-6:30 p.m. for age 14-grade 12.
    Anime fans, unite! Join us every month for anime films, rated TV-14 or under, and Asian treats.
  • Library Center - Meet the Photographer!
    4-6 p.m. for adults.
    Photographer James Wiebe, whose work is currently on display at the Library Center, will be in the concourse demonstrating how to mount photographs to foam core and answer your questions about photography.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Workshop Series: Design and Print in 3-D
    6 p.m. for adults.
    Excited about 3-D printing but unsure where to begin? In this four-part series, you’ll get a chance to design a 3-D model, convert it to a printable format and print it with the Library’s own Makerbot Replicator 2. The fee for using the 3-D printer is 15 cents per gram. Register once starting December 15 for the entire series. Prerequisites: An email address and experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts December 15; call 862-0135.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • South Side Senior Center - "Plainsong" by Kent Haruf
    South Side Senior Center Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. for senior adults.
    We meet every third Thursday of the month.
  • Republic Branch Library - Teen Crafternoon
    3-9 p.m. for grades 6-12.
    Flex your creative muscles with a new project every third Thursday of each month. Materials will be provided.
  • Mother's Brewing Company - "High Bloods" by John Farris
    Books & Brew

    4 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. for adults.
    Enjoy a cold glass of beer and a book based-in or about Missouri.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Understanding Autism from the Other Side of the Wall
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for all ages.
    Aaron Likens, a public speaker, author and blogger, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, at age 20. Aaron shares with the world how the autism mind works as Easter Seals Midwest's Autism Ambassador, advocates for early intervention services and helps communities better understand how to interact effectively with someone with autism. His inspirational message promises to leave a lasting impression on people of all ages.
  • Library Center - An Introduction to Contract Bridge
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Exercise your brain and have fun making new friends as you learn to play Contract Bridge. Whether you're a beginner or want to update your bidding and play, this class is for you. Members of the Bridge Center will give an introductory course over four consecutive Thursday evenings. Registration starts December 5; call 883-5341.

Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the community 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 - Build It, Knock It Down, Build It Up Again!
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department for infants-age 6.
    We'll read Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Block City" and the 2016 Missouri Building Block Award nominee "Rex Wrecks It" by Ben Clanton, then spend time building with blocks large and small.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department 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 Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. 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 - Edge Mobile Class: Computer Skills II
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for adults.
    Learn to identify common Windows elements, work with windows, use the taskbar and Start menu, explore settings and personalize your computer. Prerequisites: Computer Skills I or experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts December 1; call 732-7284.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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.
  • Republic Branch Library - Edge Mobile Class: Learn it! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Prerequisites: Some experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts December 1; call 732-7284.
  • Willard Branch Library - Teddy Bear Hibernation Sleepover
    4:30-6 p.m. in the community room for infants-age 7.
    Bring your Teddy Bear or another stuffed animal friend for a special storytime about hibernation. We'll enjoy bear-themed books, songs, crafts and activities before you say goodnight to your friend. Join us from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, to pick up your stuffed friend and find out about their sleepover adventure. Donuts and drinks will be provided Saturday morning.
  • Library Station - Teen Friday Nights
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12.
    If it's Friday night, there's something going on at the Station just for teens.
  • Library Center - Springfield-Greene Mock Book Awards
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grade 4-adults.
    Each year the American Library Association chooses the most distinguished books in children's literature for the Newbery, Printz and Caldecott awards. Join Librarian Sarah Bean Thompson, former Printz Committee and Caldecott Committee member, to discuss the nominees and choose our own award winners. Ask a librarian for the reading list for each session. To participate in the discussion, you must read at least two titles from the list. Interested in how award committees work but can't read the books in time? Sit it on the discussion and watch the process. Mock Newbery.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Bilingual Storytime
    11 a.m. in the Children's Department for infants-grade 2.
    This bilingual, interactive storytime is designed especially for Spanish-speaking families. We'll 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.
  • Library Station - Bibliobop Dance Party
    11 a.m. in the Frisco Room for ages 2-6.
    We'll listen to stories about music and dancing, then get wiggly and shake our sillies out with musical instruments and awesome dance moves!
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - The Secret Life of Seeds
    1-3 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more from Master Gardener Gina Marie Walden Registration starts January 9; call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Cartoon Club
    1:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12.
    Join us once a month to celebrate the best in anime and animation from around the world with crafts, discussions and more! "Adventure Time," TV-PG.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Classic Musicals
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. "Meet Me in St. Louis," not rated, 1944.
  • Park Central Branch Library - The Planning Stages
    2 p.m. for adults.
    Did you resolve to get more organized in 2017? Learn how to conquer the chaos during our two-part series. Organizational Apps. Join us for a discussion and demonstration of free apps you can add to your device or computer that will help you organize every aspect of your life, from calendar to closet! . Registration starts January 11; call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - The Great Teen Craft-Off
    6-8 p.m. in the auditorium for grades 6-12.
    Do you have what it takes to win the coveted gold paint brush? Put your crafting skills to the test with a limited amount of time and supplies to create a masterpiece. Beware, there might be twists and turns along the way! Materials will be provided. Registration starts January 6; call 882-0714.

Monday, January 23, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-18 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 a.m. 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 - Crafts and Cocoa
    5 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Get out of the cold and kick back with a cup of hot chocolate while you make winter-themed crafts. Materials will be provided. Frosty luminary from a mason jar..
  • Library Station - Teen Movie Monday
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for age 13-grade 12.
    Join us for a movie and popcorn every fourth Monday of the month. "Ghostbusters," rated PG-13, 2016.
  • Library Center - Board Game Night
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grade 4-adult.
    Love to play games? Want to learn how to play strategy games, card games or Euro-games? Join our monthly board game night and learn how to play new games or play some old favorites. Games will be provided or you can bring your own.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

  • Library Station - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 a.m. 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.
  • Willard Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 a.m. 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - "The Summer that Melted Everything" by Tiffany McDaniel. Visit with author Tiffany McDaniel via Skype during the discussion. We'll have playlists and recipes from Tiffany, and more!
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Teen Writer's Guild
    3:30-5 p.m. in the Teen Room for grades 6-12.
    Get inspiration and support from fellow writers each week as you create, share and publish your works.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for all ages.
    Join us every week for a relaxing session of coloring and see why these intricate and beautiful coloring designs are all the rage. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.
  • Republic Branch Library - DIY Winter Skin Savers
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Banish dry, winter skin with items you already have in your pantry. Learn to make and take home samples of a coffee bath scrub and nourishing honey lip balm. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    7 p.m. 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, January 25, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Fiber Artists Guild
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Meet with members of the Highland Fiber Artists and other fiber enthusiasts to learn, teach and share. Bring your projects to work on or learn a new skill. All types of fiber arts and skill levels are welcome.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Our community's youngest citizens need your help! Join the Good Hearts Knitting Circle to knit red hats for babies born in February as part of the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts program raising awareness for congenital heart disease. Instruction provided. Join Cheryl Blevins, public health nurse with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and other knitters as we work together to help newborns in the Ozarks. All skill levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Materials will be provided or bring your own.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Workshop Series: Design and Print in 3-D
    6 p.m. for adults.
    Excited about 3-D printing but unsure where to begin? In this four-part series, you’ll get a chance to design a 3-D model, convert it to a printable format and print it with the Library’s own Makerbot Replicator 2. The fee for using the 3-D printer is 15 cents per gram. Register once starting December 15 for the entire series. Prerequisites: An email address and experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts December 15; call 862-0135.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

  • Library Station - "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend" by Katarina Bivald
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
  • Willard Branch Library - Teen Thursday
    3-5:30 p.m. in the community room for grades 6-12.
    Join us for games, crafts and other activities.
  • Library Center - An Introduction to Contract Bridge
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Exercise your brain and have fun making new friends as you learn to play Contract Bridge. Whether you're a beginner or want to update your bidding and play, this class is for you. Members of the Bridge Center will give an introductory course over four consecutive Thursday evenings. Registration starts December 5; call 883-5341.
  • Library Center - They’re Still Downtown: A Look at Downtown Springfield’s 10 Longest-Running Businesses and Organizations
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    From heyday to revitalization, much about downtown Springfield has changed over the last century, but a variety of businesses have kept going through it all. Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of Ozarks Alive, will share photos and videos that reveal decades of the district’s history through the 10 longest-running businesses and organizations operating today.

Friday, January 27, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Adventures in the Magic Tree House
    9:30-11 a.m. in the community room for grades K-4.
    Travel with Jack and Annie to distant times and faraway lands as we explore the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. "Polar Bears Past Bedtime" by Mary Pope Osborne. Registration starts December 30; call 751-2933.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department 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 Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. 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 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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.
  • Library Station - Teen Friday Nights
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12.
    If it's Friday night, there's something going on at the Station just for teens.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Playtime: Art Party
    10 a.m.-noon in the Story Hour Room for infants-age 6.
    Come play with us and create art at our Racing to Read Art Party! Art is a wonderful way to develop early literacy skills so stop by and create a masterpiece. Dress to get messy!
  • Park Central Branch Library - DIY Bathroom Deodorizer
    10:30 a.m. for adults.
    "Before you go" toilet sprays are effective but pricey. Learn how to make an affordable DIY formula and go home with a small sample. Registration starts January 18; call 831-1342.
  • Republic Branch Library - STEAM Play Saturday
    11 a.m. in the community room for grades K-8.
    STEAM play encourages mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, creative problem solving and an appreciation for their connection to art. We’ll supply LEGO bricks, Raspberry Pis, simple circuits and other materials – just bring your imagination!
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - National Seed Swap Day
    3-5 p.m. for adults.
    Bring your seeds of any type and swap seeds with other gardeners in the upstairs community room. Don't have seeds to share? You're still welcome to participate in the swap. Get information from the University of Missouri Extension, Springfield Community Gardens and Springfield Tool Library. Kids can stop by the Teen Room to make a garden craft; materials will be provided.

Monday, January 30, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-18 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 a.m. 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 - "Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief" by James M. McPherson
    Civil War Book Discussion Group

    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
  • Republic Branch Library - Pajama Storytime
    7 p.m. in the community room 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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

  • Library Station - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 a.m. 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.
  • Willard Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 a.m. 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 - Teen Writer's Guild
    3:30-5 p.m. in the Teen Room for grades 6-12.
    Get inspiration and support from fellow writers each week as you create, share and publish your works.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for all ages.
    Join us every week for a relaxing session of coloring and see why these intricate and beautiful coloring designs are all the rage. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    7 p.m. 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.
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