LIBRARY PROGRAMS IN APRIL

Saturday, April 1, 2017

  • Dickerson Park Zoo - "Finding Winnie" StoryWalk
    10 a.m. at Dickerson Park Zoo, 1401 W. Norton Rd. for infants-age 12.
    Join us for a special, one day only storytime at the Dickerson Park Zoo, where we'll launch our StoryWalk® featuring "Finding Winnie" by Lindsay Mattick. StoryWalks® combine three important elements that promote learning: reading, moving and enjoying the outdoors. After we read our StoryWalk® book, we'll walk the path to the bear exhibit as we enjoy the book again, displayed on sign posts along the way. After the Storywalk®, Zoo staff will present other black bear programs and activities until 2 p.m. Best of all, the Zoo will waive the admission fee for children ages 3-12 who bring along a teddy bear for their Zoo adventure. Anyone over age 12 who brings a teddy bear will pay the group admission price of $6. Regular admission is $12. This event is co-sponsored by the Dickerson Park Zoo. A One Read event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - First Saturdays Book Discussion
    2 p.m. for adults.
    Discuss some of the most highly acclaimed books from the past few years. "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event.
  • Library Station - Crafty DIY
    3 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Pallet toilet paper holder with guest artist Andrew Mann. Enjoy an afternoon devoted to the joy of crafts and crafty conversation on the first Saturday of the month as we create, design and play our way through a new project. Materials will be provided. Seating is limited. Registration starts March 18; call 865-1340.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

  • Library Center - Quilts of Valor Presentation
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    The Patriotic Piecemakers of the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild will host a special Quilts of Valor presentation for selected military combat veterans as a part of the Library's One Read celebration. Quilts made by the Patriotic Piecemakers will be presented to the invited veterans to honor them and their service to our country. The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 and has chapters all over the country including Springfield. Quilts are made to honor veterans by being a literal symbol of "comfort and healing." A One Read event.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Sunday Poets Series
    3 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Spend your afternoon sharing in the work of our diverse and prolific community of poets as they take turns reading, fielding questions and talking poetry. Missouri State University Professor Marcus Cafagna, professional poet and adventurer Rich Eskew, and educator and author Dr. Billie Davis.

Monday, April 3, 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 Station - Edge Mobile Class: Learn it! Self-Paced Tutorials
    3-5 p.m. in the Frisco 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 March 1; call 865-1340.
  • Library Station - Edge Mobile Class: Learning Windows 10
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco 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 March 1; call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the meeting rooms A and B for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. Memory & Legacy: Missouri in the Great War. More than 156,000 Missourians served in the First World War. How the state has remembered their service and sacrifice has changed greatly since the 1920s. Library Local History & Genealogy Department Manager Brian Grubbs will discuss the legacy of the war in Missouri and the state's efforts for commemoration in the digital age. A One Read event.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

  • Library Station - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:15 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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 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.
  • Park Central Branch Library - "Finding Winnie" StoryWalk®
    10:30 a.m. for infants-grade 6.
    Join us for two special storytimes at the Park Central Branch Library, where we'll kick off our StoryWalk® featuring "Finding Winnie" by Lindsay Mattick. StoryWalks® combine three important elements that promote learning: reading, moving, and enjoying the outdoors. After we read our StoryWalk® book, we'll walk around downtown and enjoy the book again, displayed on signs in local business windows along the way. Families can return to the downtown area again to enjoy the book through April 29. A One Read event.
  • 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
    5-6:30 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Tuesday 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 Center - Teen Tuesday Advisory Club
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for grades 6-12.
    All teens are welcome to come and chat about your favorite books and movies, and play games with friends. Earn volunteer credit by helping plan Library events that you want to attend.
  • Library Center - STEAM Play!
    6:30-8 p.m. in the Children's Department for grades K-5.
    Families with kids in grades K-5 are invited to drop in together on Tuesday evenings to explore and play with fun tools that build skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). You'll have a chance to build and play with simple machines, delve into coding and learn about physics, electricity, problem-solving and more. Stop in to make and play with us! These programs have been made possible through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation through the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Code and move with Bee-Bots®.
  • 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, April 5, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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 - Edge Mobile Class: File Management
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn to save, organize, copy, move, rename, delete, find and manage files and folders on your computer or external storage device. Prerequisites: Computer Skills II or experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts March 1; call 882-0714.
  • 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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 - 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 - 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 March 1; call 882-0714.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - STEAM Teens
    3:30-5 p.m. for grades 4-12.
    Learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with crafts and other activities. Materials will be provided. Easter Egg Sculpture. Get your STEAM on with an egg-streme smash-and-stack activity.
  • Fox Theater - The Revolution of Violence in World War I
    6 p.m. at Fox Theater, 157 Park Central Square for adults.
    Dr. Jay Winter, a WWI historian, will discuss the revolutionary changes in the technology of warfare and the obliteration of the distinction between military and civilian targets. A One Read event.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Sign Up for Your Summer
    3-6 p.m. for grades K-12.
    Springfield Public Schools' year ends in late May. Now’s the time for families to plan summer fun! The Springfield News-Leader and the Library are teaming up to help. Sign Up for Your Summer showcases K-12 summer programs around the community. You’ll find opportunities at Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, Explore at Springfield Public Schools, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and many others — including summer reading programs at the Library. This free, come-and-go event is perfect for parents to sign up for programs, talk to representatives from community groups and take information home. Watch thelibrary.org and news-leader.com for upcoming details. Hosted by Claudette Riley, News-Leader senior reporter for education. In the community room and Children's Department.
  • Willard Branch Library - Teen Movie Thursdays
    3-5:30 p.m. in the community room for age 13-grade 12.
    Join us every Thursday for a movie (rated PG-13 or under) and popcorn. "Jurassic World," rated PG-13.
  • Republic Branch Library - Reading Pals
    4:30 p.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Our friends from Pet Therapy of the Ozarks need your help -- they love a good story but can't read. Practice your reading skills with these furry, loveable friends.
  • Library Center - History Explorers: The Great War, Near and Far
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    The Sons of the American Revolution will present a "sampler" of war topics including the Fighting Highlanders from the British Isles; Capt. Paul Frey of the 130th Machine Gun Battalion, a local fighting unit; the use of animals during the war and Native American Code Talkers. Join us for an illuminating discussion of warfare entering into the modern era. A One Read event.
  • Library Center - NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings
    7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for ages 20-39.
    "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory" by Caitlin Doughty.

Friday, April 7, 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.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - A Winnie the Pooh Party
    9:30 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Have fun reading, singing and doing fun activities as we celebrate all things Winnie the Pooh! A One Read event.
  • 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: Staying Safe and Secure in the Digital World
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for adults.
    It's a big, online world out there. Learn what to do to protect yourself and your computer when you are connected to the Internet. Learn about anti-virus programs, Internet privacy and how to keep your personal information safe. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts March 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 March 1; call 732-7284.
  • Waverly House Gifts & Gallery - Missouri Over There Waverly House Art Reception
    5-7:30 p.m. at Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, 2031 S. Waverly Ave. for adults.
    Join us on First Friday at Waverly House Gifts & Gallery for a reception for the artists accepted in the Missouri Over There Juried Art Show with works inspired by the Missouri Over There digitization project. The winner of the show will be announced at the reception. Works will be on display at the Waverly House April 7-29. A One Read event.
  • Library Station - Teen Advisory Board
    5:30 p.m. for grades 6-12.
    Want your voice to be heard? Stop by Teen Central every first Friday of the month to meet new people and share your ideas about library programs and services for teens.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6 p.m. for adults.
    Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit. At 6 p.m., Mu Theta, Drury University's music therapy student organization, and the Queen City Rock Camp Volunteer Band will perform a variety of songs. On Display: Missouri Over There: Artwork Inspired by the Veteran Experience by Susan Neese, Janine Helton and Wayne Doornbosch. This One Read exhibit is sponsored by Springfield Regional Arts Council.
  • 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, April 8, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Hundred Acre Wood Party
    10 a.m. in the community room for preschool-grade 2.
    Celebrate our One Read book, "Finding Winnie," as we journey into the Hundred Acre wood for Winnie the Pooh-themed games, crafts and activities. A One Read event.
  • Willard Branch Library - Racing to Read Second Saturday 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.
  • Park Central Branch Library - "Finding Winnie" StoryWalk®
    10:30 a.m. for infants-grade 6.
    Join us for two special storytimes at the Park Central Branch Library, where we'll kick off our StoryWalk® featuring "Finding Winnie" by Lindsay Mattick. StoryWalks® combine three important elements that promote learning: reading, moving, and enjoying the outdoors. After we read our StoryWalk® book, we'll walk around downtown and enjoy the book again, displayed on signs in local business windows along the way. Families can return to the downtown area again to enjoy the book through April 29. A One Read event.
  • Moxie Cinema - "Paths of Glory" at the Moxie
    1-2:30 p.m. at Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave. #101 for adults.
    Watch "Paths of Glory," not rated, an anti-war drama starring Kirk Douglas, directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb. During World War I, a French commanding officer defends three soldiers facing court-martial for cowardice. Admission is free. A One Read event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Meet the 3-D Printer
    2-4 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Need a new part for your Batmobile? Print it out! 3-D printing might seem like something Bruce Wayne would use in his futuristic lair, but it’s happening right now in the library. In this demonstration, the Library’s own MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation) will print a 3-D object right before your eyes.
  • Library Station - Earth Day Upcycling
    2 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    Celebrate Earth Day with recycled crafts! We'll "upcycle" items that might otherwise end up in the trash into crafts that help the earth. Stick around to watch Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax," rated PG.
  • Willard Branch Library - Second Saturday LEGO Brick Challenge
    2-4 p.m. in the community room for grades K-12.
    It's a LEGO brick free-for-all! Drop in anytime to make LEGO brick creations. We'll have LEGO brick challenges and building templates to help spark your creativity, or go wild and build anything you can imagine.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Animals of the Allies
    2 p.m. for all ages.
    Did you know that your favorite "silly old bear" was inspired by a real life Great War mascot? You’ll be surprised to discover the true adventures that took a very special bear all the way from the Canadian wilderness to the Hundred Acre Wood. Join Cherie Kelly from the National World War I Museum & Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., to learn all about the important roles winged and four-legged friends played in the First World War. During this family-friendly talk you’ll also discover how a German pup from No Man’s Land became a Hollywood superstar and how a pigeon named Cher Ami became a major war hero. A One Read event.
  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2-3:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Friends of the Library. The Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble, a 25-member jazz band featuring players ages 15-77 under the direction of Bob Holden, will play music from the Big Band Era, 1930s-40s.

Monday, April 10, 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.
  • Republic Branch Library - Finding WWI: Your Letters, Photos and Objects of WWI
    noon for adults.
    Join us for a World War I-era family show and tell. Bring your letters, photos or even family memorabilia from WWI and share the history. A One Read event.
  • Library Station - The Great War in Springfield
    7 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Library Local History Associate Michael Price will discuss life in Springfield during World War I, 1914-1918. Learn how Springfield residents supported the war effort while Greene County men went to France and fought in the trenches. A One Read event.
  • 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, April 11, 2017

  • Library Station - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:15 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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 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 - Peeps Party
    11 a.m. in the community room for ages 2-5.
    Get crafty with Peeps. They taste good, but they're also great for creative expression. Peeps candy will be provided.
  • 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 - Flying Needles
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on your current projects, share patterns, ideas and questions, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Tea Bar & Bites - Center City Book Club
    1:30 p.m. at Tea Bar & Bites, 621 S. Pickwick Ave. for adults.
    Perk up your week with friendly conversation in a cozy atmosphere. "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event.
  • 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.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Peeps Party
    3:30 p.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Get crafty with Peeps. They taste good, but they're also great for creative expression. Peeps candy will be provided.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-6:30 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Tuesday 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 - CANCELED - Understanding Autism from the Other Side of the Wall
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Aaron Likens, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 20, shares an inspirational message full of laughter and hope while advocating for early intervention services and helping our community better understand what autism feels like, the issues and challenges faced and how to interact effectively with someone with autism.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "The Other" by Thomas Tryon

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West for adults.
    Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.
  • Library Center - STEAM Play!
    6:30-8 p.m. in the Children's Department for grades K-5.
    Families with kids in grades K-5 are invited to drop in together on Tuesday evenings to explore and play with fun tools that build skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). You'll have a chance to build and play with simple machines, delve into coding and learn about physics, electricity, problem-solving and more. Stop in to make and play with us! These programs have been made possible through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation through the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Build marble runs and Gravity Mazes®.
  • Library Center - Mighty Men of War: The Carthage Light Guard in WWI
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    In 1918, a company of soldiers from Jasper County took part in one of the bloodiest battles of the Great War. Author Jeff Patrick will examine the experiences of Capt. Ward Schrantz and his men from their training camp in Oklahoma to France's Argonne Forest. A One Read event.
  • 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, April 12, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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 - 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 - Flowers Everywhere
    11 a.m.-5 p.m. for infants-grade 5.
    Flowers are pretty, smell good and signal the arrival of spring, but did you know their scent and color have a bigger purpose? Learn about the magic of flowers and their function with STEAM crafts and activities. A special storytime will take place at 11 a.m.
  • 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 - Book Discussion
    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl

    4 p.m. in the community room 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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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.
  • Republic Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear" by Lindsay Mattick. A One Read event..
  • Willard Branch Library - Teen Movie Thursdays
    3-5:30 p.m. in the community room for age 13-grade 12.
    Join us every Thursday for a movie (rated PG-13 or under) and popcorn. "Big Hero 6," rated PG.
  • Springfield Art Museum - An Evening with Author-Illustrator Sophie Blackall
    7-8:30 p.m. at Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive for all ages.
    From her childhood obsession with Winnie the Pooh to deep research at the London Zoo, author/illustrator Sophie Blackall tells the story behind the making of "Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear," winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal and the featured title for the Library's 2017 One Read. Sophie has illustrated more than 30 books for children, including the New York Times best-selling series, "Ivy and Bean." Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. A One Read event.

Friday, April 14, 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Edge Mobile Class: Learning Windows 10
    10 a.m.-noon in the community 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 March 1; call 883-1974.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - An Egg-cellent Storytime!
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department for infants-age 6.
    We'll have an egg-cellent time with stories, songs and activities.
  • 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 - 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. "Enrique's Journey" by Sonia Nazario. In conjunction with Missouri State University's Common Reader program. An MSU staff member will lead the discussion.
  • 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 - 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 March 1; call 883-1974.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Bookies
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    Discuss a lively mix of genres with others. "Fieldwork" by Mischa Berlinski.
  • 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. "Mad Lib" Poetry Slam: April is National Poetry Month. We’ll make poetry a breeze using "Mad Libs." Share your poem in our "Mad Lib" Poetry Slam, and then take the poetry home by making your very own poetry magnet set! Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogue
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks. Photographic Tour of Southeastern Missouri. Join Library Digital Imaging Specialist Ben Divin for a photo tour of Southeast Missouri including images from Elephant Rocks State Park, Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and Taum Sauk Mountain State Park.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

  • Library Station - Potty Time!
    10 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for ages 2-6.
    Is your little one getting ready to use the potty? We can help take the fear out of this milestone with light-hearted potty books, silly songs and activities.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Stories on the Spot!
    11 a.m. in the Children's Department for all ages.
    Too busy for storytime during the week? Join us for a short story break as we stop, drop and read in the children's department. We'll also sing a song, make a craft, and send you home with an activity to do with your child!
  • 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.
  • Moxie Cinema - "Farewell to Arms" at the Moxie
    1-2:30 p.m. at Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave. #101 for adults.
    Watch "A Farewell to Arms," not rated, based on Ernest Hemingway's novel about the World War I romance between an American ambulance driver (Gary Cooper) and an English Red Cross nurse (Helen Hayes). Admission is free. 305 S. Campbell Ave., Suite 101. A One Read event.
  • Library Station - Cartoon Club
    1:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for age 14-grade 12.
    Join us once a month to celebrate the best in anime and animation from around the world with crafts, discussions and more. "Naruto," rated TV-PG.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Billy Wilder Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. "The Lost Weekend," not rated, 1945.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Stories on the Spot!
    3 p.m. in the Children's Department for all ages.
    Too busy for storytime during the week? Join us for a short story break as we stop, drop and read in the children's department. We'll also sing a song, make a craft, and send you home with an activity to do with your child!

Monday, April 17, 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.
  • Republic Branch Library - Finding WWI: Opening the Door to Your Family History with Newspapers.com
    noon for adults.
    Learn more about World War I and your family history through newspaper articles available from Newspapers.com. Find out how to use this Library resource and share WWI newspaper articles with your family.
  • Library Center - The Development of Chemical Warfare
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Join Kip Lindberg, director of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Museum, to learn about the introduction of chemical warfare as a modern weapon in the First World War. He will discuss the types of gases created, their effects on the human body, and the methods of detection and protection used by military personnel. A One Read event.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

  • Library Station - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:15 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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 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 - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event.
  • 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Coffee House Afternoon
    4 p.m. in the Teen Room for grades 6-12.
    Celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing a poem of your own or one from your favorite poet. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-6:30 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Tuesday 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 Center - Captain Harry in the Great War
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    President Harry Truman's service in World War I had a lasting impact on his life and political career. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the war in 1917, Sam Rushay, supervisory archivist at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, will explore Truman's military career including his command of Battery D and tour of duty in Europe. The presentation will feature photographs and documents from the Truman Library's collections related to World War I and its aftermath. A One Read event.
  • Hurts Donut Company - Doughboys & Donuts
    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 1111 E. Republic Rd. #164 for adults.
    Discuss the lives of fictional WWI men and women while enjoying donuts, a favorite wartime treat. "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event.
  • Library Center - STEAM Play!
    6:30-8 p.m. in the Children's Department for grades K-5.
    Families with kids in grades K-5 are invited to drop in together on Tuesday evenings to explore and play with fun tools that build skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). You'll have a chance to build and play with simple machines, delve into coding and learn about physics, electricity, problem-solving and more. Stop in to make and play with us! These programs have been made possible through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation through the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Learn about simple machines with Gears! Gears! Gears! ® and Makedo™ construction kits..
  • Library Center - Books You Always Meant to Read
    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    A classics book discussion. "Lady Chatterley's Lover" by D.H. Lawrence.
  • 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, April 19, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30-11 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. Researching Missouri State Archives. Linda Meyers, a field archivist for the Missouri State Archives, will talk about tax records from several Missouri counties available for research..
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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 - Edge Mobile Class: Staying Safe and Secure in the Digital World
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    It's a big, online world out there. Learn what to do to protect yourself and your computer when you are connected to the Internet. Learn about anti-virus programs, Internet privacy and how to keep your personal information safe. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts March 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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 - 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue
    12:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Bring a sack lunch. A Fungi Tour of Valley Water Mill Park with Dr. Mark Bower.
  • 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 March 1; call 882-0714.
  • 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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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.
  • Willard Branch Library - Teen Movie Thursdays
    3-5:30 p.m. in the community room for age 13-grade 12.
    Join us every Thursday for a movie (rated PG-13 or under) and popcorn. "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," rated PG.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Throwback Thursday
    3:30-5:30 p.m. in the community room for grades 4-12.
    Remember when life was simpler and you never had homework? Celebrate those "good ol' days" with the Disney classic "Aladdin," rated G, eat snacks straight out of your childhood and color to your heart's content. Snacks and materials will be provided.
  • Library Station - Yoga for Health
    6 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Library staff member Kim Duquette, Certified Yoga Teacher, will highlight a different yoga tradition at each session including basic and more challenging styles. Gentle Yoga Flow. Perfect for beginners; standing and sitting poses only .
  • Mother's Brewing Company - "Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity" by Emily Matchar

    6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. for adults.
    Enjoy a cold glass of beer while we discuss books about American culture.
  • Library Center - Author Jacqueline Winspear Event
    7-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Author of the Maisie Dobbs series and "The Care and Management of Lies" Jacqueline Winspear will speak with a book signing to follow. A One Read event.

Friday, April 21, 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 - Edge Mobile Class: Email for Beginners
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for adults.
    Learn how to register for and use free Web-based email services and how to compose, read, reply to, save, forward and include an attachment in email. Prerequisites: Internet Basics and experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts March 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 March 1; call 732-7284.
  • 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, April 22, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Full STEAM Ahead!
    10 a.m. for grades K-4.
    Science and art converge in this hands-on program that will encourage problem-solving, design, collaboration and creativity. We'll offer activities designed to encourage the development of science, technology, engineering, art and math skills. Registration starts April 1; call 883-1974.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for adults.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. "Earth," rated G.
  • Republic Branch Library - STEAM Play Saturday
    11 a.m. in the community room for grades K-8.
    STEAM play encourages logical 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!
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Teen STEAM
    1 p.m. for grades 6-12.
    Release your inner scientist and artist with challenges that require you to design and create all sorts of real-world objects and structures using a variety of different materials. Prepare to get messy! Registration starts April 1; call 883-1974.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Missouri Women and the Great War
    3 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    The United States' entrance into World War I called women to action -- on the home front, in factories and in war-torn Europe. Through diary excerpts, letters home, newspaper accounts, photographs and artifacts, Local History Associate Konrad Stump will examine the travels and travails of some of Missouri’s most remarkable women. A One Read event.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Bard's Birthday Bash
    3-4:30 p.m. for adults.
    Celebrate William Shakespeare's birth with activities and trivia.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Library Station - Author Talk with Steve Yates
    2 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Springfield native and author Steve Yates will read from and talk about the research involved in creating his new novel, "The Legend of the Albino Farm," from Unbridled Books. Ozarkers today still ponder the legend of a farm supposedly inhabited by a family of albinos. Yates has crafted the legend into a horror story turned inside out. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. Steve, who has won numerous book awards, is the associate director and the marketing director at University Press of Mississippi.

Monday, April 24, 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 - An Insider's Perspective with Author Steve Yates
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Springfield native and author Steve Yates will read from and talk about the research he did for his new novel, "The Legend of the Albino Farm." He will sell and sign books after the event. Yates has worked in publishing for 21 years. He will talk about small-press publishing and conduct a Q&A session about how the publishing industry works. Prospective writers and students who wish to learn about careers in publishing are welcome. Yates has won numerous book awards and is the associate director and the marketing director at University Press of Mississippi.
  • Library Center - Identity Theft and Financial Scams
    6-8 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    If someone is using your personal or financial information to make purchases, get benefits, file taxes or commit fraud, that's identity theft. Cari Oughton, Bancorp South, will teach you about identity theft prevention, what to do if you are a victim and some of the latest financial scams. A Money Smart Week Program.
  • Library Station - Movie Monday
    6-8 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for grades 6-12.
    Join us for a movie and popcorn every fourth Monday of the month. "Finding Dory," rated PG.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • Library Station - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:15 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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 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.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Word Wizardry
    3:30-5 p.m. for grades 6-12.
    Is your brain bursting with story ideas? Join other teen writers every month to ignite your imagination with new techniques and diverse prompts. Feel free to bring your writing and receive helpful feedback.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-6:30 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Tuesday 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Trust & Estate Planning Basics
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Join us for a presentation on trust and estate planning basics by the attorneys of Ozarks Elder Law. Discover why estate planning should be a priority for any adult, and not just for the elderly and wealthy. Learn techniques to avoid probate and the importance of powers of attorney. A Money Smart Week event.
  • Strafford Branch Library - "The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus" by John Glatt

    6 p.m. for adults.
    Our spring series will focus on true crimes involving missing people and will explore the answered and unanswered questions unique to missing person cases. Sip coffee and discuss the book along with podcasts or documentaries related to each title.
  • Library Center - STEAM Play!
    6:30-8 p.m. in the Children's Department for grades K-5.
    Families with kids in grades K-5 are invited to drop in together on Tuesday evenings to explore and play with fun tools that build skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). You'll have a chance to build and play with simple machines, delve into coding and learn about physics, electricity, problem-solving and more. Stop in to make and play with us! These programs have been made possible through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation through the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Explore electricity with Snap Circuits®.
  • 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, April 26, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 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 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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 - 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.
    Join knitting enthusiast Margaret Gruetzemacher and other knitters once a month for an hour of knitting and socializing. Knit for yourself or others. A list of local charities needing knitted items will be provided. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, we’ll show you how! All skill levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Materials will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Poets Reading
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    To celebrate National Poetry Month, local poets Karen Craigo, Loren Broaddus, Kate Murr, Mary Henn and Susan Stevens will each read from their work. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Library Station - Poetry Slam & Workshop
    7 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Watch and learn from the poets of MO Poetry Slam Springfield in honor of National Poetry Month. Poets will perform slam poetry, followed by a poetry workshop to help anyone interested in creating, performing or perfecting their own performance poetry.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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 Station - "Bridge Ladies" by Betsy Lerner

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
  • Republic Branch Library - After-School Movie
    3-5 p.m. in the community room for age 13-grade 12.
    Relax after school by watching a movie at the library. Snacks will be provided. "Guardians of the Galaxy," rated PG-13.
  • Willard Branch Library - Teen Movie Thursdays
    3-5:30 p.m. in the community room for age 13-grade 12.
    Join us every Thursday for a movie (rated PG-13 or under) and popcorn. "Up," rated PG.
  • Library Center - School of Uke
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Join Rick and Karen Maxson, ukulele players and teachers, for an evening of complete beginner instruction as they lead you through chords, strumming and singing. No prior musical experience is necessary. Ukuleles and instruction booklets will be provided; limited to 20 participants. Registration starts April 13; call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Identity Theft and Financial Scams
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    If someone is using your personal or financial information to make purchases, get benefits, file taxes or commit fraud, that's identity theft. Cari Oughton, Bancorp South, will teach you about identity theft prevention, what to do if you are a victim and some of the latest financial scams. A Money Smart Week Program.
  • Republic Branch Library - Green Cleaning
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    A clean home and a clean planet are both possible! Join Library staff members for a discussion of eco-friendly cleaning products and methods, including a demonstration and recipes to take home.

Friday, April 28, 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 lands as we explore the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. "Tonight on the Titanic" by Mary Pope Osborne. Registration starts March 31; call 751-2933.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Edge Mobile Class: Understanding Facebook
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for adults.
    Create a Facebook account or use your existing account in this hands-on class. Learn how to personalize your account, review privacy settings, manage your friends, post to your own timeline, and "Like" and comment on other people's posts. A valid email address is required to create a Facebook account; have your email address and Facebook password available if you wish to use your existing account in class. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts March 1; call 883-1974.
  • 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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 March 1; call 883-1974.
  • The Comic Cave - "Pretty Deadly," It's Kelly Sue Deconnick Night: "Bitch Planet," "Captain Marvel," "Ghost" and "Prometheus"

    5:30-7 p.m. at The Comic Cave, 1316 E. Battlefield for adults.
    It's a great time to be a comic fan in Springfield! Join other comic enthusiasts for monthly discussions about all of the excellent books being published locally and nationally. A LibraryCon event.
  • 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, April 29, 2017

  • Library Center - Children’s Concert Featuring Kevin Roth
    10:30 a.m. in the auditorium for preschool-grade 4.
    Kevin Roth's music, art and books have delighted audiences worldwide. A winner of more than a dozen awards, Roth has performed twice at the White House. Young PBS fans may recognize his voice from the theme song for the hit PBS show, "Shining Time Station." Books and CDs will be available for purchase.
  • Republic Branch Library - Kevin Roth in Concert
    6:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Kevin Roth's music, art and books have delighted audiences worldwide. His career spans more than three decades and includes contributions to traditional, original, contemporary and jazz influences. His latest CD, "Awakenings," features Roth on piano and dulcimer. Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary, co-produced the recording, which Stookey described as "jaw-droppingly beautiful." CDs and children's books will be available for purchase.

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