LIBRARY PROGRAMS IN MAY

Monday, May 1, 2017

  • 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: File Management
    10 a.m.-noon in the Frisco 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 April 1; call 865-1340.
  • Library Station - Edge Mobile Class: Learn it! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 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 April 1; call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. Organization in the Digital Age. Organizing genealogical research can seem like a daunting task but is essential for efficient research. Library staff member Patti Hobbs, a Certified Genealogist, will discuss digital methods for tracking genealogical information, keeping track of research performed and organizing digital copies of original records..

Tuesday, May 2, 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 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 - 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 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, May 3, 2017

  • Library Center - Edge Mobile Class: Learning Windows 10
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn about the new Windows 10 operating system including features like Task View, Virtual Desktop, and Cortana. Explore the Start menu and Settings menu, and use File Explorer to manage, move, and rename files and folders. Use tiles to launch apps and to access other programs on the computer. Learn to use the Edge browser to surf the Internet. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts April 1; call 882-0714.
  • 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 - 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 April 1; call 882-07174.
  • 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. Salt Shakers. She taught you how to clean your room and tie your shoes, so let's show Mom how smart you can be with this STEAM craft especially for her.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

  • 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. "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey," rated G.
  • 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.
  • Library Center - NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings
    7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for ages 20-39.
    "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Friday, May 5, 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: 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 April 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 April 1; call 732-7284.
  • 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., Crystal Moody, artist, blogger and creator of A Year of Creative Habits will talk about her work. On Display: A Year of Creative Habits: Paintings and Drawings by Crystal Moody.
  • 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, May 6, 2017

  • Library Center - Potty Party
    10:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for 18 months-age 4.
    Join us for songs, stories and games about getting ready to use the potty.
  • Library Center - Book Club Celebration
    1 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Are you a member of a book club that could use some fresh ideas? Or, are you interested in finding a book club to join? Join this celebration of book clubs in our community to get ideas for your next reads and share book discussion tips. If you’re looking to join a book group, you’ll have an opportunity to meet members from area clubs. Refreshments will be provided along with some book-lover door prizes.
  • 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. "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead.
  • Library Station - Crafty DIY
    3 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Coffee sugar scrub. 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 April 22; call 865-1340.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • Library Station - Movie Sunday: "Babe"
    2-4 p.m. in the Frisco Room for all ages.
    Join us for a Sunday afternoon screening of "Babe," rated G, 1995, along with cookies and juice.
  • 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. Mo Slam Poet Amber Culbertson-Faegre and Mo Poets and Friends member MJ Becco.

Monday, May 8, 2017

  • 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 - 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. Ozarks Hiking & Floating. Springfield News-Leader Outdoors reporter Wes Johnson will discuss places to hike and float in the Ozarks, including photos and video clips, and ways for beginners to get started.

Tuesday, May 9, 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 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 - 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. "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Bike to Work Week How-to
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn the ins and outs of commuting by bike with Library staff member and bike enthusiast Nancy Quinn. Nancy will discuss equipment, safety and the local resources you need to bike Springfield like a pro.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "House of Penance" by Peter J. Tomasi

    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 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, May 10, 2017

  • Library Center - Book Discussion
    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War" by Karen Abbott.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Diary of Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal" by Jeff Kinney

    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, May 11, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail" by Ben Montgomery.
  • 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. "The Monuments Men," rated PG-13.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Jewelry Making Basics: Tools of the Trade
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn about jewelry making tools from Library staff member Gina Taylor. Participants will get the chance to try a few techniques following the demonstration.

Friday, May 12, 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: 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 April 1; call 883-1974.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - I Love My Mommy
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department for infants-age 6.
    Celebrate all moms with stories and songs, then create a special surprise for Mom. Materials will be provided.
  • 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.
  • 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. "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah.
  • 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 April 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. "Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell.
  • Library Center - Ani-May Fest
    6-8 p.m. in the auditorium for age 13-grade 12.
    Celebrate all things anime and manga during this special event. Learn how to make candy sushi and gyotaku paintings, watch episodes from Crunchyroll.com, rated TV-14/PG-13 and under, and discuss your favorite characters. Other games, activities and snacks will be provided. Costumes are welcome!
  • 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, May 13, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Historic Preservation Month Symposium
    9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn about area efforts to preserve history and how you can contribute and participate in preserving history. Drop in for one session or attend all four. 9-10:15 a.m. Exploring Ozarks Alive. The Ozarks region is unlike anywhere else and Kaitlyn McConnell wants to tell the world about it through her website ozarksalive.com. Each week, she writes about a different place, person, business or piece of history that shows the area’s distinctive flavor. McConnell will discuss Ozarks Alive, what she’s trying to accomplish, and why it’s important to preserve these Ozarks stories before they simply become history. 10:30-11:45 a.m. From the Darkroom & Over There. Join Library Digital Imaging Specialist Ben Divin as he discusses the newest Local History Department digitization projects, “From the Darkroom: Springfield’s Historic Newspaper Photographs” and “Over There: Missouri and the Great War.” Divin will give an overview of the projects, the process for gathering and scanning materials, and what the future holds. 1-2:15 p.m. Cemetery Preservation in an Ozarks Community. In the late 1990s a section of the Mt. Vernon City Cemetery was destroyed by heavy equipment. One man, Ray Gene Richardson, restored and preserved the cemetery, ultimately winning the prestigious McReynolds Award for historic preservation from the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation. Jami Lewis, archivist with the History Museum on the Square, will discuss Richardson's project along with preservation projects at the History Museum. 2:30-4 p.m. Personal Archiving. Need to know what to do with all of your photographs, letters, scrapbooks and home movies? Join archivists from the State Historical Society of Missouri's Springfield Research Center to look at how to preserve and maintain digital and physical content. Learn tips and tricks on how best to preserve your memories and information including photographs, documents, audiovisual materials and more.
  • Republic Branch Library - Mother Daughter Tea Party
    10 a.m. in the community room for preschool-grade 5.
    Come 'round for a spot of English tea and decorate a biscuit (cookie) at this mother and daughter 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.
  • 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.
  • Library Station - Yoga for Health: Big and Little Yoga
    11 a.m. in the Frisco Room for infants-age 6.
    Unleash your inner camel, cobra or dog in our special yoga storytime with Library staff member Kim Duquette, a Registered Yoga Teacher. Bring your family and learn animal yoga poses to do with your little one.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Library Center - GeezerFest
    7-9 p.m. for all ages.
    Make some noise at the library this spring during our annual concert with Geezer, featuring Richard Struckhoff, Mark Ellman, Mark Pasquale, Duane Lewis, Rusty Swift, Jana Henderson and David Sharon. Bring the whole family and your lawn chairs, and join us on the patio (or in the auditorium in case of bad weather). Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, May 15, 2017

  • 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.

Tuesday, May 16, 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 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 - 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.
    "Thursdays at Coconuts" by Beth Carter. The author will join us for the discussion and books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • 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.
  • 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. "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque.
  • Library Center - Creating Community: The Jewish Women of Springfield
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The Jewish women of Springfield have been involved with the creation of Springfield and the Jewish community since the arrival of the first Jews in the 1860s. Dr. Mara W. Cohen Ioannides, author of "Jews of Springfield in the Ozarks," will highlight some of these women and how they have impacted the local community. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Library Center - Books You Always Meant to Read
    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    A classics book discussion. "Washington Square" by Henry James.
  • 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, May 17, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30-11 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. Cemeteries. So many cemeteries to visit, headstones to clean and ancestor burial sites to discover. OGS members will talk about cemeteries in southwest Missouri..
  • 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 April 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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue
    12:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Bring a sack lunch. A Tour of Greece and Italy with Anna Skalicky.
  • 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 April 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, May 18, 2017

  • Library Station - Yoga for Health
    2 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 Chair Yoga. Sitting poses for older adults or those recovering from injury .
  • 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. "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," rated PG.
  • Mother's Brewing Company - "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" by Jill LePore

    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.

Friday, May 19, 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: 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 April 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 April 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, May 20, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Summer Reading Kickoff
    8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Children's Department for infants-grade 5.
    We're building a better world this summer, one book at a time. Check out p books, pick up Summer Reading Program game boards and enjoy a few activities to kick off the summer reading fun.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Summer Reading Program Kickoff & Big Play Day
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for all ages.
    Pick up your game boards and play with us! A variety of play stations will be available that encourage learning, social interaction, discovery, problem-solving, creativity and fun. Play clothes recommended.
  • Republic Branch Library - Summer Reading Kickoff Party!
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for infants-grade 6.
    Kick off a summer of reading fun with activities and crafts, then pick up your gameboard and checkout a book to get started.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Summer Reading Kickoff: Build-It Bonanza
    11 a.m. in the community room for preschool-grade 4.
    Help launch summer reading with a Build-It Bonanza. A variety of materials will be provided for little architects to test their creativity through play and construction.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Summer Reading Program: Build-it Bonanza
    noon for preschool-grade 5.
    Help us launch the Summer Reading Progam at the outdoor Build-It Bonanza. A variety of materials will be provided for little architects to test their creativity through play and construction. Bring the family for building fun, then stick around for Bluegrass in the Park at 1 p.m.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Bluegrass in the Park
    1-3 p.m. for all ages.
    Kick off the Summer Reading Program with an afternoon of live music by Red Bridge Bluegrass in the park behind the library. Bring a picnic for the family; no alcohol allowed. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Willard Branch Library - Summer Reading Program Kickoff
    1-3 p.m. in the community room for all ages.
    Celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer with a Summer Reading kick-off party. Join us for board games, snacks and fun, and sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the same time!
  • 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. "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood," rated TV-14.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Build a Better Summer
    3 p.m. in the community room for grades 6-12.
    It's time to kick off the Summer Reading Program, so come by the library to learn about this year's program and how to participate, build your summer bucket list, cross off a few fun activities and tell us what you'd like to see in upcoming teen programs.

Monday, May 22, 2017

  • 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 - Movie Monday
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12.
    Join us for a movie and popcorn every fourth Monday of the month. "Alice Through the Looking Glass," rated PG, 2016.
  • Library Center - "The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War" by Victoria E. Bynum

    7 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.

Tuesday, May 23, 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 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 - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, May 24, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • 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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Library Station - "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
  • 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. "Toy Story 3," rated G.

Friday, May 26, 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. "Afternoon on the Amazon" by Mary Pope Osborne . Registration starts April 28; call 751-2933.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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 April 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.
  • 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 April 1; call 883-1974.
  • The Comic Cave - "Ms. Marvel" by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

    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. Masquerade Masks: Get ready for the Cosplay Prom: Spring Masquerade on Saturday, May 27, by making your own masquerade mask. Materials will be provided.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

  • 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. "March of the Penguins," rated G.
  • 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 Apartment," not rated, 1960.
  • Library Station - Cosplay Prom: Spring Masquerade
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12.
    Grab your friends, put on your favorite cosplay and bring your geeky spirit to the Cosplay Prom. Have your song requests ready and don’t forget your mask!

Tuesday, May 30, 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 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 - 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 - 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.
  • Strafford Branch Library - "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery" by Robert Kolker

    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 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, May 31, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - KY3 for Kids Storybreak
    10 a.m. in the community room for all ages.
    Hear your favorite stories read by a KY3 news personality. Emily Wood.
  • 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.

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