All Library branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not make its regularly scheduled stops on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

The Ash Grove, Fair Grove, Library Station and Midtown branch libraries will not have phone service on Thursday, May 25, due to maintentance. Please call (417) 882-0714 for assistance.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS IN APRIL

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 - 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 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 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 is full for this session. 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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