LIBRARY PROGRAMS IN JUNE

Thursday, June 1, 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.
  • Willard Branch Library - Game-a-Palooza
    10 a.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Strategy, movement, a dab of science and engineering -- all of these come in handy when you create and play games. Join us to build your imagination and gaming skills. Materials will be provided.
  • 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Belgravia" by Julian Fellowes

    1:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Discuss books written by British authors. Tea and biscuits will be provided.
  • Library Station - Build a Better Thursday
    2-8 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    Use your making skills to build a better world. Materials will be provided. Make pet toys and bring donations for animals at local shelters.
  • 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 - Plan to Laugh!
    6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Pigs build houses, kids help design improvised stories and Jay and Leslie Cady of Laughing Matters engineer some cool juggling tricks. Fun at the library? Plan on it!
  • Summer Cemetery Walks
    7 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    Enjoy a summer stroll while learning about some of Springfield’s historic cemeteries, their landmarks, and the notable and notorious men and women who rest there. Each walk limited to 20 participants. Maple Park Cemetery, 300 W. Grand St. Meet at the gazebo near the entrance. Registration starts May 25; call 616-0534.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Coming of age stories Coming of age stories

    7:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-39.
    It's a B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Book) summer. Bring a title from the month’s featured theme to share with the group. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, June 2, 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 - Book Swap & Bites
    10 a.m.-noon for grades 5-8.
    Don’t buy new books this summer. Save your money and trade with other book lovers. Bring a few books or a box full of gently used ones to trade, swap with friends, talk books and have some breakfast on us.
  • 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.
  • Springfield Art Museum - Fantastic Friday at the Springfield Art Museum
    10 a.m.-noon at Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive for grades K-5.
    Color your world beautiful! Families are invited to join us at the Springfield Art Museum to browse the latest exhibits, engage in art-making, storytelling and writing activities that allow you to explore the exciting themes at the museum. Make sure you bring your library card because the Mobile Library will be parked in the lot and open for business!
  • Republic Branch Library - Edge Mobile Class: Computer Skills I
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for adults.
    Brush up on existing mouse and keyboard skills and learn the basics of word processing, including simple formatting, saving and printing documents. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts May 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 May 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 view our summer exhibit, My Life: Photography by Eighth Graders at Westport Middle School. At 6 p.m., join us for a public reception for the student artists of our summer exhibit. Light refreshments will be provided .
  • Library Station - Newton’s Law: The Science of Juggling
    6 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12.
    Build your brain with this fun workshop led by renowned jugglers and magicians Jay and Leslie Cady of Laughing Matters. Learn to juggle balls, spin a plate or toss a Chinese yo-yo during this fun, hands-on workshop.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Fix-it Fair
    9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the basement meeting room for all ages.
    Throw it away? No way! Give your household appliances, computers, bicycles or even clothes a new lease on life at the Fix-it Fair. Volunteer experts will assist you with your repairs. No registration required, but feel free to call us after May 20 at 862-0135 to find out if a fixer will be there to help with your specific item. A Fix-it Fair is a great way to reduce waste while learning a valuable repair skill. Presented with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks Tool Library and Queen City Beard and Mustache Federation.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Family Juggling Workshop
    11 a.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Try out one of the most fun ways to work both sides of your brain -- juggling! From juggling scarves to spinning plates to tossing a Chinese yo-yo, kids and their families will challenge themselves and learn how coordinated they really are with the expert instruction of Jay and Leslie Cady of Laughing Matters.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - STEAM Wonder Teens
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. for grades 6-12.
    Wonder Woman knows when conditions are right for flying her invisible jet through her knowledge of wind speed and measurements. Learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math as you create your own wind tracker and other superhero accessories at this special weekend event. Springfield's own Wonder Woman will be here signing autographs and posing for selfies! Materials will be provided.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Patrick Mureithi in Concert: A Summer Reading Program Celebration
    2 p.m. for all ages.
    Singer-songwriter Patrick Mureithi will ring in another summer of reading with a family-friendly performance. Stop by our craft station to paint a rock to brighten someone's day in honor of this summer's theme, "Build a Better World," and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Library Center - Space-a-Palooza
    2:30-4:30 p.m. in the auditorium for preschool-grade 5.
    Drop by for activities, games and crafts as we celebrate space and all of its wonders. An Explore Space event.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Saturday Sounds
    3-5 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Blue Train's vocal and instrumental talents blend with a unique selection of material to surprise and entertain you.
  • Library Station - Crafty DIY
    3 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Enjoy an afternoon devoted to the joy of crafts and crafty conversation the first Saturday of the month as we create, design and play our way through a new project. Materials will be provided. Pallet flag wall hanging with guest artist Andrew Mann . Registration starts May 20; call 616-0683.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Patrick Mureithi Family Concert
    3 p.m. for all ages.
    Join us for a celebration of music with local favorite Patrick Mureithi, a Kenyan documentary filmmaker and singer-songwriter. He recently released a 10-track album of songs on the slide guitar, acoustic guitar and ukulele with influences of Delta Blues, folk, reggae, hip-hop and world music. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, June 5, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Build a Better Body with Music
    10 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room for preschool-grade 3.
    Let’s dance ourselves into a better body as we move and groove to the beat to some of our favorite tunes including “Wiggle Walk” and “Bean Bag Boogie.”
  • 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 - Build A Better Story
    2 p.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Oh My Gosh Josh has been entertaining audiences for years with his personal blend of magic, juggling, comedy, circus skills and, of course, silly storytelling. This year you get to shape the direction of the zany story by picking the props, costumes, locations and plotline for this hilarious, choose-your-own adventure show not to be missed!
  • Library Station - Edge Mobile Class: Learn it! Self-Paced Tutorials
    3-5 p.m. in the Santa Fe 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 May 1; call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - You Can Be An Inventor Storytime
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Build a better world through inventions at this special storytime. Learn about famous inventors and create something of your own. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Station - Edge Mobile Class: Staying Safe and Secure in the Digital World
    6-8 p.m. in the Santa Fe 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 May 1; call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. "Jefferson Street Footbridge." Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of Ozarks Alive, and Richard Crabtree, founder of Springfield, Missouri History, Landmarks & Vintage Photography, will discuss the past, present and future of this historic landmark in north Springfield.
  • Library Center - DIY Home Repair & Maintenance
    7 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    The responsibilities of home ownership can be overwhelming, especially for new homeowners trying to figure out where to start. Learn basic home maintenance information and skills from Joe Moore, with the Library's Buildings & Grounds Department. Topics will include home electric circuits, water heaters and HVAC.

Tuesday, June 6, 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 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.
  • Ash Grove City Park - Take a StoryWalk®
    11 a.m. at Ash Grove City Park, 300 W. Parkway St. for preschool-grade 5.
    Help us kick off the Summer Reading Program as we launch a StoryWalk® featuring "The Frog in the Bog" by Karma Wilson. StoryWalks® combine three important elements that promote learning: reading, moving and enjoying the outdoors. After we read our StoryWalk®, we’ll walk along the trail and enjoy the book displayed on signs along the way. The StoryWalk® will be available for reading through June. Co-sponsored by the City of Ash Grove.
  • 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 Center - Stories with Your Legislators
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Rep. Kevin Austin.
  • 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.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Build a Beautiful World: Murals and Mosaics
    noon for preschool-grade 5.
    Work by yourself on a mosaic or with others on a mural as we explore the ways artists touch our community through their work. Materials will be provided.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - "The Best Land Under Heaven" Book Talk with Michael Wallis
    2 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Best-selling author Michael Wallis, whose 17 books include "Route 66: The Mother Road," will talk about his latest book, "The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny." "The Best Land Under Heaven" tells the true story of the Donner Party, a group of American pioneers that set out for California in 1846. Some of the travelers resorted to cannibalism to survive when the party became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Library Station - Build A Better Story
    2 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades K-5.
    Oh My Gosh Josh has been entertaining audiences for years with his personal blend of magic, juggling, comedy, circus skills and, of course, silly storytelling. This year you get to shape the direction of the zany story by picking the props, costumes, locations and plotline for this hilarious, choose-your-own adventure show not to be missed!
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Teen Writer's Guild
    2:30-4 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 staying between the lines, 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
    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 Book Babies Storytime
    6 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - BogzDogz
    6:30 p.m. in the community room for grade K and older.
    Join us for a presentation by humans and K-9s! BogzDogz have competed in the dog sports of obedience, agility and frisbee, earning multiple titles and awards. Learn about the benefits of dog agility training at this fun show.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Pajama 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, June 7, 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: Computer Skills II
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn to identify common Windows elements, work with windows, use the taskbar and Start menu, explore settings and personalize your computer. Prerequisites: Computer Skills I or experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts May 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 Elementary School - Build A Better Story
    11 a.m. at Fair Grove Elementary School, 132 N. Main St. for grades K-5.
    Oh My Gosh Josh has been entertaining audiences for years with his personal blend of magic, juggling, comedy, circus skills and, of course, silly storytelling. This year you get to shape the direction of the zany story by picking the props, costumes, locations and plotline for this hilarious, choose-your-own adventure show not to be missed!
  • 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 May 1; call 882-0714.

Thursday, June 8, 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.
  • Willard Branch Library - Build A Better Story
    10 a.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Oh My Gosh Josh has been entertaining audiences for years with his personal blend of magic, juggling, comedy, circus skills and, of course, silly storytelling. This year you get to shape the direction of the zany story by picking the props, costumes, locations and plotline for this hilarious, choose-your-own adventure show not to be missed!
  • 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 - "Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth" by Jennifer Chiaverini

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
  • Library Center - Build A Better Story
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Oh My Gosh Josh has been entertaining audiences for years with his personal blend of magic, juggling, comedy, circus skills and, of course, silly storytelling. This year you get to shape the direction of the zany story by picking the props, costumes, locations and plotline for this hilarious, choose-your-own adventure show not to be missed!
  • Library Station - Build a Better Thursday
    2-8 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    Use your making skills to build a better world. Materials will be provided. Make homemade toys to donate to children in need .
  • Strafford Branch Library - Build Better Code
    4 p.m. for grades 4-12.
    Code is the foundation of our digital world, and the world always needs bigger and better code. Learn some basic Python commands and syntax with our live-action coding game. Build courses, battle other players, seek treasure and learn to build better code as you go.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Music at Midtown
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Join us Thursday evenings in June to enjoy the music of three talented local women. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Melinda Mullins will perform the timeless songs of her father, Grammy-nominated songwriter Johnny Mullins.
  • Library Station - "Bettyville: A Memoir" by George Hodgman. Volunteer activity at Creekside at Elfindale, 1601 S. Fort Ave., 9:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 10

    6 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Interested in becoming more engaged in your community? Discuss an enlightening memoir, then improve your community and enrich lives by participating in a group volunteer project related to the book’s topic. Each discussion and activity pairing is limited to 10 participants. Registration starts June 1; call 865-1340.

Friday, June 9, 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: 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 May 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.
  • Steam Engine Grounds - Fantastic Friday at the Steam Engine Grounds
    10 a.m.-noon at Steam Engine Grounds, US 60 Hwy for grades K-5.
    Heat water and what do you get? Steam power! Our friends from the Ozark Steam Engine Association and the Southwest Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association are dedicated to restoring the steam-powered engines used in farming and industry in the mid-19th century. Members of the associations will open the Steam-O-Rama event grounds to summer readers for a magnificent visit to the past, with activities and tours of these marvelous machines. Be sure to bring your Library card, because the Mobile Library will be on the grounds and checking out materials! KY3's Mike Landis will provide a Storybreak at 11:30 a.m. Located east of the Republic city limits, on the south side of U.S. 60. Enter the grounds from Farm Road 170.
  • 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 - "Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Susan Vreeland

    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.
  • 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.
  • Steam Engine Grounds - KY3 for Kids Storybreak
    11:30 a.m. at Steam Engine Grounds, US 60 Hwy for all ages.
    Hear your favorite stories read by a KY3 news personality. Mike Landis.
  • 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 May 1; call 883-1974.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett" by Chelsea Sedoti

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.
  • Library Center - Two Shows by Wilderness Photographer Tim Ernst
    5 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Arkansas photographer Tim Ernst returns to the Library Center for two shows. Books and photographs will be available for purchase and signing. A Rare Quality of Light: 40 Years of Wilderness Photography. See some of the incredible photographs Tim has taken during of his professional photography career: from wilderness and scenic areas from Alaska to Florida, Hawaii to Maine, plus Canada and Iceland.
  • 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. Materials will be provided. Kool-Aid Lip Balm: Create your own colorful Kool-Aid lip balm.
  • Library Center - Build a Better World with Community Helpers and "Paw Patrol"
    7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Learn about community helpers with "Paw Patrol"-themed stories and activities about building a better world.
  • Library Center - Two Shows by Wilderness Photographer Tim Ernst
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Arkansas photographer Tim Ernst returns to the Library Center for two shows. Books and photographs will be available for purchase and signing. Arkansas in My Own Backyard. This show is based on Tim’s stunning photographs made within a 12-mile radius of his remote wilderness home in northwest Arkansas. His photos include thundering waterfalls and quiet streams, grand vistas and intimate landscapes, historic barns and churches, wildflowers, towering bluffs and amazing nightscapes.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

  • Library Station - Yoga Demonstration and Q&A
    10 a.m. for adults.
    Stop in the lobby and visit with Library staff member Kim Duquette, Registered Yoga Teacher, as she answers your questions about yoga and upcoming yoga programs. Kim will demonstrate a variety of poses between questions.
  • 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.
  • Library Station - Bibliobop
    11 a.m. in the Frisco Room for ages 2-6.
    We’ll listen to stories about music and dancing, then get wiggly and shake our sillies out with musical instruments and awesome dance moves!
  • Republic Branch Library - DIY Birdfeeders
    1-3 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Stop by and make a fun birdfeeder at this make-and-take event. Create a quick one with fruit and skewers or stay awhile and construct one out of popsicle sticks. Materials and birdseed will be provided.
  • Library Station - Cartoon Club
    1:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for age 14-grade 12.
    Enjoy anime and other forms of animation from around the world with crafts, discussions and more! "Black Butler," rated TV-14.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Neil Simon Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. "Barefoot in the Park," rated G, 1967.
  • Library Center - Build a Better Stamp Collection
    2-4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for age 10 and older.
    Get lost in the hobby of stamp collecting! Explore science, art, culture, history and more with the help of the Ozark Mountain Stamp Collectors. This presentation will include hands-on materials to introduce collectors of any age to the world's most popular and affordable hobby. Registration starts May 30; call 883-5341.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Get the Lead Out: How to Turn an Idea into a Product
    2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    You've got an idea. Now what? Turning that idea into a marketable product may be more complicated than you think. But that doesn't mean it's not worth a shot! Get tips on how to be a successful inventor and entrepreneur from R. Cody Stringer, entrepreneurial specialist with Mercy Research and Product Development.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Origami Cranes Project
    2 p.m. for adults.
    Learn how to make origami cranes. Take one home and we'll send the others you make to The Library Center to be part of the 1,000 paper crane display celebrating the International Day of Peace this fall. Materials will be provided.
  • 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, June 11, 2017

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Kenny Key & Juanita Lee. These Springfield musicians enjoy singing a variety of music from some of their favorite songwriters.

Monday, June 12, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Branches and Burrows, Seas and Trees!
    10 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room for grades K-5.
    Animals find homes in all sorts of places. Dickerson Park Zoo staff will help us determine what makes a habitat, a home. We'll learn what all habitats have in common and even discover how these homes are like our own. Animal friends will be on hand to help us explore different habitats from all over the world!
  • 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 - Branches and Burrows, Seas and Trees!
    2 p.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Animals find homes in all sorts of places. Dickerson Park Zoo staff will help us determine what makes a habitat, a home. We'll learn what all habitats have in common and even discover how these homes are like our own. Animal friends will be on hand to help us explore different habitats from all over the world!
  • Library Center - You Can Be An Inventor Storytime
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Build a better world through inventions at this special storytime. Learn about famous inventors and create something of your own. Materials will be provided.
  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Pajama Storytime
    7 p.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.

Tuesday, June 13, 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 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.
  • Ash Grove City Park - The Building Blocks of Magic
    11 a.m. at Ash Grove City Park, 300 W. Parkway St. for grades K-5.
    It sounds crazy, but Marty Hahne, the Reading Magician, will introduce you to magic with shovels, blocks, hard hats, bulldozers and LEGO bricks. Discover a house that gets magically painted at this show featuring Casey, Marty’s magical bunny!
  • 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 - Stories with Your Legislators
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Rep. Curtis Trent.
  • 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.
  • Library Station - Stories with Your Legislators
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Rep. Sonya Anderson.
  • 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 - "Watership Down" by Richard Adams

    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.
  • Library Station - The Building Blocks of Magic
    2 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades K-5.
    It sounds crazy, but Marty Hahne, the Reading Magician, will introduce you to magic with shovels, blocks, hard hats, bulldozers and LEGO bricks. Discover a house that gets magically painted at this show featuring Casey, Marty’s magical bunny!
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Teen Writer's Guild
    2:30-4 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 staying between the lines, 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 - StarLab: Native American Sky Legends
    6-8 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-12.
    Join us for a special StarLab planetarium experience that explores the mythology Native American cultures tied to the constellations. Our presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes, so register for your preferred time. This program is most appropriate for children in kindergarten and older. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 1; call 616-0526.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    6 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "The Monk" by Matthew Lewis

    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.
  • Strafford Branch Library - "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O’Connor

    6 p.m. for adults.
    Our summer book discussion series will focus on classic short stories that are sure to leave a lasting impression on the reader due to the challenging content explored in each story.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Pajama 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, June 14, 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 Elementary School - Branches and Burrows, Seas and Trees!
    11 a.m. at Fair Grove Elementary School, 132 N. Main St. for grades K-5.
    Animals find homes in all sorts of places. Dickerson Park Zoo staff will help us determine what makes a habitat, a home. We'll learn what all habitats have in common and even discover how these homes are like our own. Animal friends will be on hand to help us explore different habitats from all over the world!
  • 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 - "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Up in the Sky, Down in the Ground
    3:30 p.m. in the community room for grades 4-12.
    Animals make their homes in all kinds of unusual places. Join Dickerson Park Zoo staff to determine what makes a habitat, a home. We'll learn what all habitats have in common and how these homes are like our own. Animal friends will be on hand to help us explore different habitats from all over the world!

Thursday, June 15, 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.
  • Jackson Street Park - Park Clean Up Day
    10 a.m. at Jackson Street Park, 222 W. Jackson St., Willard. for grades K-5.
    Help us build a better world with the Willard Parks and Recreation Department. We'll learn about the important role parks play in building strong communities, the people that help maintain them and what we can do to be good community partners.
  • 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 - Build a Better Thursday
    2-8 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    Use your making skills to build a better world. Materials will be provided. Make origami cranes and “peace” pinwheels to spread peace .
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - "Arrowood" and More: Author Talk with Laura McHugh
    6-8:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Rising literary star Laura McHugh, author of "The Weight of Blood," is back to talk about her latest book, "Arrowood," a Southern Gothic mystery. Laura will also talk about her writing process, explaining how she builds a chilling tale from the seed of an idea. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Library Center - Design Your Own Spacecraft
    6 p.m. in the meeting room A for grades 4-6.
    We all dream about traveling in space, but what would our space ship need? Learn about the realities of space travel and build your own spacecraft at this hands-on program. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Music at Midtown
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Join us Thursday evenings in June to enjoy the music of three talented local women. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Cindy Woolf, longtime fixture on the Ozarks music scene and member of The Creek Rocks, will perform solo selections from her original songbook.
  • Library Station - Yoga for Health
    6 p.m. in the Frisco Room
    Library staff member Kim Duquette, Registered Yoga Teacher, will highlight a different yoga tradition at each session including basic and more challenging styles. For age 13 and older. Traditional Hatha Yoga & Vinyasa Flow. Perfect for physically active people; standing and floor poses only. Bring a mat.
  • Mother's Brewing Company - "Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality" by Hanne Blank

    6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. for adults.
    Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss aspects of American culture.
  • 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. Current River Running: Adventurer Sue Schuble will take us on a virtual, five-day fall kayaking trip down the Current River, exploring its beautiful scenery, natural history and sublime solitude.

Friday, June 16, 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 - "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department for infants-age 6.
    Follow along with Bear and the other animals as we use our five senses to explore the world around us. Stick around after storytime for Racing to Read Playtime: Squish, Squash, Scoop and Pour.
  • 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Stories with Your Legislators
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Rep. Crystal Quade.
  • 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.
  • Grant Beach Park - Fantastic Friday at the Railroad Historical Museum
    10 a.m.-noon at Grant Beach Park, 1300 N. Grant St. for grades K-5.
    Tracks, switches, signals -- there’s a lot going on to get trains moving. Chug along with us to Grant Beach Park, where Railroad Historical Museum volunteers will explain how it all works and provide tours of the train engine and cars, the steam engine and the caboose. Join library staff for train stories, activities and fun. KY3's Steve Grant will provide a Storybreak at 10:30 a.m. Co-sponsored by the Railroad Historical Museum.
  • 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 May 1; call 732-7284.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Racing to Read Playtime: Squish, Squash, Scoop, Pour...Exploring Your Sense of Touch
    10:30 a.m.-noon in the Children's Department for infants-age 6.
    Learning begins at birth and playing is how young children learn. Join us for some messy fun that will help develop early literacy skills. We'll provide lots of materials to dig into, including sand, water and paint.
  • Grant Beach Park - KY3 for Kids Storybreak
    10:30 a.m. at Grant Beach Park, 1300 N. Grant St. for all ages.
    Hear your favorite stories read by a KY3 news personality. Steve Grant.
  • 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 May 1; call 732-7284.
  • Library Center - Lost on Mars LARP
    3-4:30 p.m. in the auditorium for grades 4-8.
    You have just arrived on Mars and now have to set up a colony, find food and learn to live in space. As you settle into your new home, people start to get sick and are attacked by a mysterious presence. Come LARP (live action role play) with us and see if you can survive living on Mars! An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 1; call 616-0526.
  • 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. Materials will be provided. Origami Cranes: Learn the ancient art of Japanese paper folding to make origami cranes. Our cranes will be used as part of the 1,000 paper crane display to celebrate World Peace Day this fall at the Library Center.
  • Library Center - Lost on Mars LARP
    6:30-8 p.m. in the auditorium for grades 9-12.
    You have just arrived on Mars and have to set up a colony, find food and learn to live in space. As you settle into your new home, people start to get sick and are attacked by a mysterious presence. Come LARP (live action role play) with us and see if you can survive living on Mars! An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 1; call 616-0526.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Library Center - Songs, Stories and the Boingy Boingy Thing
    10:30 a.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy captivating stories, songs and sing-a-longs featuring an array of instruments played by nationally renowned musician and storyteller Mike Anderson.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Apartment Therapy 101
    10:30 a.m. for adults.
    Bare walls and empty book cases? Join us for three mornings of crafting household decor items that will jazz up any small space. Materials will be provided. Paper cactuses.
  • 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!
  • Library Station - Sharkapalooza!
    11 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for ages 2-8.
    Get ready for Shark Week with games, stories, crafts and more celebrating sharks!
  • Library Center - DIY Tin-Can Dulcimer
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for grades 2-6.
    Here's your chance to build and learn to play your own instrument. Mike Anderson, "the Dulcimer Guy," will show and play a variety of instruments made from recycled materials, then teach you how to build a dulcimer from a can and other common objects. We’ll feature you in a short concert at the end of this one-hour session! Materials will be provided. Registration starts June 3; call 616-0526.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Duets by Juanita Lee and Kenny Key
    2 p.m. for adults.
    Join this duo for an afternoon of eclectic musical duets in the folk, country, gospel and pop traditions. Lee and Key have been singing together for more than 20 years and currently perform around the Ozarks with the bluegrass band Blue Train. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Saturday Sounds
    3-5 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Mark Barger, a singer-songwriter, acoustic guitar player and looper, uses beat box looping and digital effects to accompany his stylistic, original music including folk, rock, reggae and more.
  • 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!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Library Center - The Beauty of the Mountain Dulcimer
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Mike Anderson is one of the premier U.S. mountain dulcimer players with six instrumental dulcimer recordings to his credit. From North Carolina to Louisiana to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Mike makes traditional and modern music come alive on this mountain instrument. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Recycling Monday
    10 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room for preschool-grade 3 .
    Help us "Build a Better World" through recycling! We'll read stories, play games and use recycled materials to create "upcycled" crafts. Materials will be provided.
  • 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 - Juggling Jeff Comedy Show
    2 p.m. in the community room for grades K -5.
    This family-friendly show is full of explosive energy, audience interaction, improvisation, silly stunts and utter ridiculousness! Jeff Koziatek is an award-winning performer who has appeared in over 3,000 shows across the country. Come have an outstandingly awesome time with Jeff!
  • Library Center - You Can Be An Inventor Storytime
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Build a better world through inventions at this special storytime. Learn about famous inventors and create something of your own. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Learn to Play Chess
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Exercise your brain and make new connections while you learn to play chess like a champ. Join the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Chess Club for this introductory course over five Monday evenings (no course on July 3) that covers winning strategies and tactics.
  • Library Station - Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
    6:30-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Growing your own vegetables at home is easier than you think. Learn the basics of vegetable gardening from Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator for the University of Missouri Extension. Topics include growing in containers, raised beds, or directly in the ground, easy vegetables for first-time gardeners, harvesting tips and ideas for using your fresh vegetables.
  • Library Center - "American Eclipse" with Author David Baron
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    On a July afternoon in 1878, three pioneering scientists -- planet hunter James Craig Watson, astronomer Maria Mitchell, and inventor Thomas Edison -- gathered in Colorado to view a rare celestial event -- a total solar eclipse. Each had their own reasons for grasping this brief night-of-a-day opportunity, and author David Baron shares their stories in "American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World." This fascinating portrait of the Gilded Age is described as a suspenseful and dramatic account that beautifully captures the awe, magic and mystery of one of the most spectacular natural events during the 19th century. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Stay after the presentation for sky gazing with the Springfield Astronomical Society. An Explore Space event.
  • Library Center - Sky Gazing with the Springfield Astronomical Society
    8-10 p.m. for adults.
    Members of the Springfield Astronomical Society will have telescopes set up on the south lawn for solar and lunar viewing, weather permitting. An Explore Space event.

Tuesday, June 20, 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 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.
  • Jackson Street Park - Take a StoryWalk®!
    10 a.m. at Jackson Street Park, 222 W. Jackson St., Willard. for infants-age 6.
    Join us for a special Racing to Read Storytime at Jackson Street Park, where we'll launch our summer StoryWalk®. StoryWalks® combine three important elements that promote learning: reading, moving and enjoying the outdoors. Best of all, families can return to the trail to enjoy the book through June 30. Co-sponsored by the Willard Parks and Recreation Department.
  • 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.
  • Ash Grove City Park - Branches and Burrows, Seas and Trees!
    11 a.m. at Ash Grove City Park, 300 W. Parkway St. for grades K-5.
    Animals find homes in all sorts of places. Dickerson Park Zoo staff will help us determine what makes a habitat, a home. We'll learn what all habitats have in common and even discover how these homes are like our own. Animal friends will be on hand to help us explore different habitats from all over the world!
  • 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 - "Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty: Poems" by Tony Hoagland

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
  • Library Station - Juggling Jeff Comedy Show
    2 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades K -5.
    This family-friendly show is full of explosive energy, audience interaction, improvisation, silly stunts and utter ridiculousness! Jeff Koziatek is an award-winning performer who has appeared in over 3,000 shows across the country. Come have an outstandingly awesome time with Jeff!
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Teen Writer's Guild
    2:30-4 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 staying between the lines, 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 Book Babies Storytime
    6 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "The Absolutist" by John Boyne

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 1111 E. Republic Road #164 for adults.
    Discuss the lives of fictional WWI men and women while enjoying doughnuts, a favorite wartime treat.
  • Library Center - "Steven Universe"
    6:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 7-12.
    Have a Steven-y time with a sing-along, themed crafts and snacks.
  • Library Center - After the Women's March: What Comes Next?
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The January 2017 Women's March suggests that American society has arrived at another turning point in the long walk towards gender equality. Dr. Erin Kenny, assistant professor of anthropology at Missouri State University, and Dr. Katie Gilbert, associate professor of English and director of the Humanities and Ethics Center at Drury University, will discuss the first, second and third waves of progress, what feminism means in today’s society and what can be taken from previous successes and battle scars as we work toward creating a more just and equitable world.
  • Library Center - "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    A classics book discussion.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Pajama 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, June 21, 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: Internet Basics
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn how to navigate the Internet using your browser's menus and toolbars. Access websites by typing in a Web address or using search engines. Learn how to change your home page and add a website to your favorites. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts May 1; call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    10 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. "Haunted Springfield." Local author Edward Underwood, one of the authors of "Haunted Springfield, Missouri," will thrill you with stories about places reputed to be haunted including the infamous "Albino Farm," the bridge at Phelps Grove Park and Landers Theatre. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • 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.
  • 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 May 1; call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - STEAM Fun!
    2:30 p.m. in the Teen Room for grades 6-12.
    Challenge your brain with some great new STEAM tools including BeeBots®, Makedos™ and Gravity Mazes®. STEAM encourages mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and creative problem solving, with an appreciation for their connection to art. Materials will be provided.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Otaku Club
    4-6 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. This session is canceled due to temporary branch closure.

Thursday, June 22, 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.
  • Willard Branch Library - Masterpiece Painting Party
    10 a.m. in the community room for grades 2-5.
    Create a one-of-a-kind canvas masterpiece with painter's tape and take it home with you. Materials will be provided. Seating is limited. Registration starts June 19; call 742-4258.
  • 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 - "Miss Jane" by Brad Watson

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
  • Library Station - Build a Better Thursday
    2-8 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    Use your making skills to build a better world. Materials will be provided. Create instruments and play them to share music .
  • Library Station - Miss Krista's Cosplay Crochet
    5-7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 6-12.
    Krista Peryer, crochet master and co-founder of the Geek Foundation, will teach us a cosplay crochet project. You can wear your finished creation to LibraryCon! Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - The Science of "Star Wars"
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for grades 6-12.
    Since 1977, the "Star Wars" movies featured technologies that became realities; others we may never see. Learn about the science behind the "Star Wars" movies from Professor Rob Powers, science teacher at the Summit Preparatory School, and make your own light saber (not currently a science reality!) to take home. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Music at Midtown
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Join us Thursday evenings in June to enjoy the music of three talented local women. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Local songstress Abbey Waterworth will perform from her album of songs written in Springfield, along with original favorites.
  • The Coffee Ethic - "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America" by Erik Larson

    6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square for adults.
    Do you have a "favorite" serial killer? Are you fascinated by forensics? This true crime book discussion is for you.

Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center - Fantastic Friday at the Nature Center
    9 a.m.-noon at Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way for grades K-5.
    Learn some things you can do with your family to build a better world for wildlife and people as we team with the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Bring your entire family and have fun enjoying indoor/outdoor activities, stories and crafts as you learn about habitat. KY3's Ethan Forhetz will provide a Storybreak at 10:30 a.m. Drop by anytime and plan to spend at least an hour. The Mobile Library will be present during the program so bring your library card.
  • 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 - Stories with Your Legislators
    9:30 a.m. in the community room for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Rep. Mike Moon.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Edge Mobile Class: Downloading Made Easy
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for adults.
    Learn how to download, install and uninstall a program, and explore different types of downloads, PDFs and streaming. We'll also talk about how to protect your computer from malware using anti-virus programs. Prerequisites: Internet Basics and experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts May 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.
  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center - KY3 for Kids Storybreak
    10:30 a.m. at Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way for all ages.
    Hear your favorite stories read by a KY3 news personality. Ethan Forhetz.
  • 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 May 1; call 883-1974.
  • 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. Materials will be provided. Drop Maze: Use household objects, marbles and pegboard to create a drop maze.

Saturday, June 24, 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. "African Cats," rated G. This session is canceled due to temporary branch closure.
  • Republic Branch Library - Build-It Saturday
    11 a.m. in the community room for grades K-8.
    Love to build? See what you can construct at the Library using your imagination and LEGO bricks, blocks and other building materials.
  • Library Center - Origami Cranes Project
    1-3 p.m. in the meeting room B for all ages.
    Learn the ancient art of Japanese paper folding to make origami cranes. Cranes made during this program will be used to create a 1,000 paper crane display to celebrate International Day of Peace this fall at the Library Center. Materials will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - The Secret Life of Seeds
    1-3 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more from Master Gardener Gina Marie Walden Registration starts June 13; call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Potterversary Celebration!
    5:30-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for all ages.
    Potter fans of all ages can help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.K. release of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" by watching the movie, rated PG. Popcorn will be provided.

Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - BogzDogz
    10 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room for grade K and older.
    Join us for a presentation by humans and K-9s! BogzDogz have competed in the dog sports of obedience, agility and frisbee, earning multiple titles and awards. Learn about the benefits of dog agility training at this fun show.
  • 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 - You Can Be An Inventor Storytime
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Build a better world through inventions at this special storytime. Learn about famous inventors and create something of your own. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Learn to Play Chess
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Exercise your brain and make new connections while you learn to play chess like a champ. Join the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Chess Club for this introductory course over five Monday evenings (no course on July 3) that covers winning strategies and tactics.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Family Fort Night
    6 p.m. in the Children's Department for families with children age 2-grade 3.
    Test your creativity and construction skills during this special evening event! We'll build forts, read books and make memories. Bring your favorite stuffed animals or blankets; materials for the forts and books will be provided. Children must be accompanied by adult.
  • Library Station - Movie Monday
    6-8 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for age 13-grade 12.
    Join us for a movie and popcorn every fourth Monday of the month. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, June 27, 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 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.
  • Ash Grove City Park - Tuesdays in the Park
    11 a.m. at Ash Grove City Park, 300 W. Parkway St. for infants-grade 6.
    Join us for fun activities including water and bubble play, experimentation, building and creating, crafting, reading and more.
  • 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.
  • Library Station - Strawbees® Building Challenge
    2-4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-5.
    Help us build a giant structure out of straws and Strawbees®, or make something cool on your own!
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Teen Writer's Guild
    2:30-4 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 - What Does It Matter?
    3:30 p.m. in the community room for preschool-grade 6.
    Water, steam, ice: all are the same substance, but each represents a different state. Explore fun experiments with solids, liquids and gasses during this hands-on program presented by the Discovery Center of Springfield. Registration starts June 13; call 736-9233.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-6:30 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Tuesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines, 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 - An Evening with the Answer Man
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for all ages.
    Steve Pokin, the Springfield News-Leader's "Answer Man," will join us for a talk about what it’s like to be a journalist in the Ozarks and share anecdotes from some of his favorite Pokin Around and Answer Man articles. There will be time for Q&A, so be sure to bring the Answer Man some questions of your own!
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    6 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Pajama 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, June 28, 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.
  • 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 provided, or bring your own.
  • Library Center - Preserving a Community: Efforts to Collect Ozarks’ LGBT History
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Dr. Holly Baggett, researcher, author and one of the founders of the Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA), and Anne Baker, lead archivist with the OLGA collection at Missouri State University, will discuss the history of this region’s LGBT community and how it is being preserved for future generations. A collection of oral histories, scrapbooks, photographs and newsletters at MSU help tell the story of a community with roots going back decades.

Thursday, June 29, 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.
  • Willard Recreation Center - Read Aloud
    10 a.m. at Willard Recreation Center, 133 N. State Hwy Z for grades K-5.
    Kids will teach kids at this event featuring round robin reading stations. Join our Summer Day Camp leaders as they read aloud picture books and help you with crafts and other activities.
  • 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 - Build a Better Thursday
    2-8 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    Use your making skills to build a better world. Materials will be provided. Write letters and make bookmarks to thank our servicemen and women.
  • Library Center - Hillbillies and Mountaineers: The Ozarks in the American Imagination
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The people of the Ozarks have long been portrayed as moonshining hillbillies, rugged pioneers and everything in between. Dr. Brooks Blevins, Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University and author of "Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South," will discuss the long history of stereotyping this region and its people. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Library Station - OverDrive, Hoopla, & RB Digital (Zinio) --Oh My!
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Learn how to access library e-books, audiobooks and magazines on your smartphone, tablet or computer using our free services -- OverDrive, Hoopla and RB Digital (Zinio for Libraries). Feel free to bring your fully charged device.
  • Library Center - The Science of "The Martian"
    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    Andy Weir's 2011 novel about an American astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars became a best-seller and critically acclaimed film starring Matt Damon. How much of Weir's science fiction is science reality? Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan for a discussion about the science (and science fiction) of "The Martian." Beware: this presentation will include spoilers, so read the novel or watch the movie before you attend! An Explore Space event.

Friday, June 30, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Twister on Tuesday"

    9:30-11 a.m. in the community room for grades K-4.
    Travel with Jack and Annie to distant times and faraway lands as we explore the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. Registration starts May 26; call 751-2933.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Mediacom Ice Park - Fantastic Friday at Mediacom Ice Park
    10 a.m.-noon at Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway St. for grades K-5.
    Beat the heat and enjoy the arctic temperatures inside Mediacom Ice Park. Join us for polar stories, song and activities that celebrate the cold. After our storytime, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board will open the ice rink to storytime participants for an hour of free skating and skate rental. Bring your library card - the Mobile Library will be parked in the parking lot!
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Teen Friday Nights
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12.
    If it's Friday night, there's something going on at the Station just for teens. Materials will be provided. "Undertale" Escape Room: Can you use your sleuthing skills to solve the mystery before the time is up? The "Undertale"-themed escape room will be a true test of your detective skills. Cosplay is welcome.

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