LIBRARY PROGRAMS IN JULY

Saturday, July 1, 2017

  • 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. Origami paper cranes. Registration starts June 17; call 616-0683.

Monday, July 3, 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.
  • Library Station - Edge Mobile Class: Computer Skills I
    10 a.m.-noon in the Frisco 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 June 1; call 865-1340.
  • 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 - STEAM Make and Play
    11 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-5.
    Drop by anytime and make something to share with others and explore science, technology, engineering, art and math as you play with a variety of STEAM toys. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Station - Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Registration starts June 1; call 865-1340.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Edge Mobile Class: Email for Beginners
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn how to register for and use free Web-based email services and how to compose, read, reply to, save, forward and include an attachment in email. Prerequisites: Internet Basics and experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts June 1; call 883-5341.
  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • 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. Registration starts June 1; call 882-0714.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Willard Branch Library - Snow Day in July
    10 a.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Need to cool down from the summer heat? Build snow forts in preparation for a snowball fight in the middle of summer!
  • 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 - "Death Comes to Pemberley" by P. D. James

    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 a butterfly or bird feeder for our winged friends.
  • 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.
  • 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. Hazelwood Cemetery, 1642 E. Seminole St. Meet at the cemetery office. Registration starts June 29; call 616-0534.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Multicultural fiction Multicultural fiction

    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, July 7, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Republic Branch Library - Edge Mobile Class: Microsoft Office Basics
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for adults.
    Learn the basics of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Use Word to write, edit, and format documents. Learn how to use Excel spreadsheets to organize data and perform calculations. Create and customize a PowerPoint slideshow. Use OneNote to create searchable, digital notebooks with text, pictures, and screen captures. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts June 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. Registration starts June 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., the ukulele group Uke 66 will perform island favorites to current pop hits, with a little country and gospel thrown in.
  • 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. Lip Sync Talent Show: Pick your favorite song and try your best to match your lips to the words! Feel free to bring a costume or props.
  • Library Center - Out of This World Storytime
    7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for ages 2-6.
    Go on a galactic journey with books, songs and activities at our special space-themed storytime. An Explore Space event.
  • Library Center - Working for Social Change
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    You have the power to bring about social change. Local activist Vicke Kepling will help you identify effective techniques to recognize and address socially relevant issues in Springfield and beyond.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

  • 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.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Amazing Spider-Man Screening
    11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for age 13 and older.
    "With great power comes great responsibility." Spider Man made movie history with this great quote right out of a Stan Lee comic. Before you swing into a theater to catch the latest in the franchise, stop by and binge watch the series, rated PG-13, at the library. 11 a.m. "Spider-Man;" 1 p.m. "Spider-Man 2;" 3:15 p.m. "Spider-Man 3."
  • Library Station - Woodcarving Demonstration
    11 a.m.-4 p.m. for all ages.
    Watch the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists demonstrate their carving skills in our lobby. Members will also share information about their craft and display works in progress.
  • Library Center - Eclipse Expo
    1-4:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Learn more about the total solar eclipse coming on August 21. Attend presentations by eclipse experts from Missouri State University Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science Department and NASA, and participate in activities to help you prepare for the most awe-inspiring event of the year! Free eclipse glasses will be provided at the end of each presentation, 2 pair per person while supplies last. 1-1:45 p.m. in the auditorium: Eclipse Basics with MSU professor Dr. Becky Baker. Find out why eclipses occur, why this one is rare and what to expect on August 21. 1:50-2:25 p.m. in the auditorium: The Eclipse Experience with Dr. Baker. Dr. Baker will share a variety of solar and lunar videos featuring simulations and actual footage supplemented with commentary and observations. 2:30-3:25 p.m. in meeting rooms A & B: Eclipse Safety with NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan. Learn how to safely view the eclipse, various methods for safe viewing, and make and learn to use a pinhole camera. Samples of sun funnels for telescopes and sun projectors using binoculars will be on hand. 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the auditorium: "The Sun Has Been Eaten" Eclipses Through History with MSU senior instructor Dr. Becky Baker. Discover the influential and significant roles lunar and solar eclipses have played in the history and culture of mankind. 1-4:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room: A variety of space and eclipse-themed activities will be available for children. Eclipse glasses will not be provided at this session. An Explore Space event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Garden Rescue
    1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    A representative from the Master Gardeners of Greene County will provide tips on correcting garden problems caused by pests and diseases before it’s too late. Registration starts June 24; call 862-0135.
  • 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, July 9, 2017

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Russ & Dan, Russ Weeks and Dan O'Callaghan, are a guitar/mandolin duo combining eclectic influences from bluegrass and swing jazz to The Grateful Dead with the laid-back feel of a back porch jam session.

Monday, July 10, 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 - The Building Blocks of Magic
    10 a.m. in the upstairs meeting 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!
  • 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 - Make a Mars Rover
    2 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 2-3.
    Design an out-of-this-world land rover using a Sphero, cardboard and Makedo™ construction kits. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 26; call 616-0526.
  • Republic Branch Library - The Building Blocks of Magic
    2 p.m. in the community 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!
  • Library Center - Make a Mars Rover
    3:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 4-8.
    Design an out of this world land rover using a Sphero, cardboard and Makedo™ construction kits. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 26; call 616-0526.
  • 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 Center - Branches and Burrows, Seas and Trees!
    6 p.m. in the auditorium 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 - Human Trafficking in the Ozarks
    6 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Learn to spot potential indicators of human trafficking in the Ozarks from a representative with Stand Against Trafficking and Dawn Day, a sexual assault nurse examiner at Mercy Hospital Springfield. After this presentation, you'll become aware of trafficking and how to recognize and assist victims and survivors.
  • 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, July 11, 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 - Cowbell in Concert
    11 a.m. at Ash Grove City Park, 300 W. Parkway St. for preschool-grade 5.
    Local musicians Katie Carter and Hannah Sheehan will present a twistin' and twirlin' concert the whole family can enjoy together.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on your current projects, share patterns, ideas and questions, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Tea Bar & Bites - "Difficult Women" by Roxane Gay

    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 - Galaxies and Games
    2-4 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades K-5.
    Explore constellations, the solar system and galaxies with a trip inside the StarLab, where you'll learn about the stars in the night sky and stories that surround them. Our presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes. We'll have lots of games to help you learn about our world and others while you wait. This program is most appropriate for children in kindergarten and older. Children ages 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult in the StarLab. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. An Explore Space event.
  • 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 - Branches and Burrows, Seas and Trees!
    3:30 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!
  • 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 Center - Four on the Floor
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Four Springfieldians will share their thoughts and experiences on building a better community, with a focus on Springfield and southwest Missouri in 10-minute "TED-style" talks followed by five minutes of audience Q&A. Presentations include: "Compassion Through Action" by Amy Blansit, chair of the Drew Lewis Foundation at the Fairbanks; "Smart Cities Build Better Communities Through the Use of Data Analytics" by Jeremy Clopton, BKD Director of Big Data & Analytics, Digital Forensics, and instructor at the Management Development Institute at Missouri State University; "What's Your Green Dot? How Springfield Area Colleges are Changing Campus Cultures" by Jenay Lamy, MSU Green Dot Program Coordinator; "The Communion of Art" by Patrick Mureithi, documentary filmmaker and singer-songwriter. Sponsored by the Library, City of Springfield, MSU and the Management Development Institute at MSU.
  • 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 - "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West for adults.
    Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read 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, July 12, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Republic Branch Library - Stories with Your Legislators
    10 a.m. in the community room for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Sen. Jay Wasson will not be able to attend this session and will try to reschedule at a later date. We'll still have storytime and activities for your enjoyment..
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - KY3 for Kids Storybreak
    10:30 a.m. in the community room for all ages.
    Hear your favorite stories read by a KY3 news personality. Maria Neider.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Stories with Your Legislators
    11 a.m. in the community room for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Rep. Steve Helms.
  • 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 - "The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Build a Super World
    4 p.m. for grades 4-12.
    Celebrate this summer's new "Wonder Woman" and "Spider-Man" movies by making hero crafts and practicing your super skills by playing games with your friends. Materials will be provided.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Ace the ACT! Test Prep Series for Teens
    5-9 p.m. for teens entering grades 10-12.
    Having anxiety about taking the ACT? During this four-week series, learn realistic tips to prep efficiently for the test, targeted strategies for increasing your score and customized recommendations that address your weaknesses. Instructor Bill Mimikos has valuable experience preparing inner city students for test success. Snacks will be provided at the first three sessions, with a celebratory dinner during the final session. Attendance at all four sessions is recommended, but not required. Please note: Students must register and complete a practice test before the first class on July 20. A conference room has been reserved for registrants to take the mandatory pre-test at their convenience between 5-9 p.m. on July 12 and 13. Space is limited. Registration is full for this series. Registration starts July 1; call 616-0703.
  • Library Center - History Explorers Presents: Alexander Hamilton
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Founding Father, Revolutionary War soldier, and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton was so integral to the building of our nation that George Washington said, "he lay the foundation of a new republic." From his birth in the British West Indies, to the battlefield fighting for freedom and the creation of a country, to his death by duel at the hands of Aaron Burr, join the History Explorers as they discover the man behind the hit Broadway musical. Presented in partnership with the Sons of the American Revolution.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Willard Branch Library - Branches and Burrows, Seas and Trees!
    10 a.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!
  • 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 - "The Last Pilot" by Benjamin Johncock

    1:30 p.m. in the community 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. Decorate "kindness rocks" to express yourself with art.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Ace the ACT! Test Prep Series for Teens
    5-9 p.m. for teens entering grades 10-12.
    Having anxiety about taking the ACT? During this four-week series, learn realistic tips to prep efficiently for the test, targeted strategies for increasing your score and customized recommendations that address your weaknesses. Instructor Bill Mimikos has valuable experience preparing inner city students for test success. Snacks will be provided at the first three sessions, with a celebratory dinner during the final session. Attendance at all four sessions is recommended, but not required. Please note: Students must register and complete a practice test before the first class on July 20. A conference room has been reserved for registrants to take the mandatory pre-test at their convenience between 5-9 p.m. on July 12 and 13. Space is limited. Registration is full for this series. Registration starts July 1; call 616-0703.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - "A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me" by Jason Schmidt. Volunteer activity at Rare Breed, 301 N. Main Ave., 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 22

    6 p.m. in the community 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 July 1; call 883-1974.
  • Library Center - NASA Discoveries
    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    In February 2017, NASA announced the discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Any of these planets could have liquid water and possibly be conducive to life. NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan will explore this latest NASA discovery and help us understand its ramifications for space exploration and Earth's inhabitants. An Explore Space event.

Friday, July 14, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Edge Mobile Class: Internet Basics
    10 a.m.-noon in the community 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, directories or other starter points. Registration starts June 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.
  • Northview Center - "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng

    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.
  • 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. Registration starts June 1; call 883-1974.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Madwoman Upstairs" by Catherine Lowell

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.
  • 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. Night of the Undead Toys: Create your own zombie toys from used toys and other materials. Tear off some limbs or dunk them in slime -- the possibilities are endless! .
  • Library Center - Blast Off! Spaceship Drive-In
    6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for ages 2-6.
    Create a spaceship and blast off as we watch an episode of "Miles from Tomorrowland," rated TV-Y, on the big screen. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 30; call 616-0526.
  • Missouri Spirits - Ultimate Fandom Team Trivia Night
    7:30-9:30 p.m. at Missouri Spirits, 507 W. Walnut ST. for adults age 21 and older.
    Recruit and register a team of four to six adults to compete, then traverse your way through six rounds of trivia themed around your fan favorites. Missouri Spirits will craft and sell a special fandom-inspired cocktail and appetizer just for us. Registration starts June 23; call 883-5341.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

  • Library Center - Family Concert with Patrick Mureithi
    10:30 a.m. in the meeting room B for preschool-grade 3.
    Come ready to dance, sing along and have a fun-tastic time as Patrick Mureithi shares his original songs on the guitar, slide guitar and ukulele with our Library audience.
  • 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. Mini Zen gardens.
  • 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 - 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!
  • Library Station - Cartoon Club
    1:30-3 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! Celebrate Disney animation with a trivia contest!.
  • 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. "The Goodbye Girl," rated PG, 1977 .
  • Library Center - Intergalactic Iron Chef
    2 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 4-8.
    Curious about what astronauts eat? Sample astronaut food and see if you can make a dish out of the ingredients provided. Watch out for extra ingredients and challenges! Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 1; call 616-0526.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Stories on the Spot!
    3 p.m. in the Children's Department for all ages.
    Too busy for storytime during the week? Join us for a short story break as we stop, drop and read in the children's department. We'll also sing a song, make a craft, and send you home with an activity to do with your child!
  • Library Center - Intergalactic Iron Chef
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 9-12.
    Curious about what astronauts eat? Sample astronaut food and see if you can make a dish out of the ingredients provided. Watch out for extra ingredients and challenges! Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 1; call 616-0526.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Conservatory of the Ozarks Patriotic Recital
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Conservatory of the Ozarks students of all ages will don red, white and blue and perform patriotic songs with a variety of musical instruments and vocals in this concert celebrating America.
  • Library Center - Stories in the Stars
    6-8 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Join us for a trip inside the StarLab planetarium, where you'll discover the Greek and Roman myths whose origins are rooted in the stars. A presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes. For adults only. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 1; call 882-0714.

Monday, July 17, 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 It Bigger with the Imagination Playground
    10 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room for preschool-age 6.
    Join us for a morning of exploration and building fun as we work together to build it bigger with the Imagination Playground! These large, oversized modular building blocks promote cooperation as well as creativity. The Imagination Playground is provided in cooperation with the Springfield Greene County Health Department and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • 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 - Cowbell in Concert
    2 p.m. in the community room for preschool-grade 5.
    Local musicians Katie Carter and Hannah Sheehan will present a twistin' and twirlin' concert the whole family can enjoy together.
  • Library Center - Inventor's Workshop
    3 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 2-5.
    Learn some of the steps inventors use to plan, develop and create something new! Inquiry strategies are at the heart of this program presented by the Discovery Center of Springfield. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 3; call 616-0526.
  • 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 Center - "The Great Locomotive Chase," Movie Night: not rated

    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
  • Library Station - Preserving Your Produce: Canning Tips & Tricks
    6:30-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Library staff member and canning aficionado Krissy Sinor will share tips for canning fruits and vegetables from your garden, including recipes, canning techniques and more.

Tuesday, July 18, 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 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. Elijah Haahr.
  • 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 Better World: Construction Challenge
    noon for preschool-grade 5.
    Small, large, solitary and collective challenges will be provided to test your architectural abilities.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "She Had Some Horses" by Joy Harjo

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
  • Library Center - StarLab: A Kid's Guide to the Galaxy
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Explore constellations, the solar system and galaxies. Take a trip inside the StarLab, where you'll learn about the stars in the night sky and stories that surround them. 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. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 3; call 616-0526.
  • Library Station - Cowbell in Concert
    2 p.m. in the Frisco Room for preschool-grade 5.
    Local musicians Katie Carter and Hannah Sheehan will present a twistin' and twirlin' concert the whole family can enjoy together.
  • 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 - "War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo

    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.
  • Strafford Branch Library - "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Elephant & Piggie: We're in a Library!
    6:30 p.m. in the community room for all ages.
    Meet this dynamic duo in person as we sing, dance, play and listen to some of our favorite Mo Willems’ books. Don't forget your camera!
  • Library Center - Percy Jackson Party
    6:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 4-8.
    Are you a Percy Jackson fan? Come to Camp Half-Blood to learn more about the mythology behind the books, play themed games, make crafts and train to be the ultimate half-blood.
  • Library Center - "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton

    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, July 19, 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 - Genealogy Workshop
    10 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. "German Presence in Missouri." John A. Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University associate professor of religious studies, will discuss the influence German immigrants in Missouri had on ethnicity, food, religion and other aspects of cultural life.
  • Library Center - Edge Mobile Class: Windows 10: Beyond the Basics
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Increase your understanding of the Windows 10 operating system with Beyond the Basics. Learn how to use the Windows Store to download apps. Understand the importance of performing regular backups to your PC with step-by-step instructions. Learn how built-in apps can help you get the most from the operating system. Use the Edge Internet browser to navigate the Internet. Prerequisites: Experience using the keyboard and mouse. Registration starts June 1; call 883-5341.
  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Storytime: Build a Better World by Recycling
    11 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    We'll have stories and activities to teach our youngest readers the value of recycling and ways to limit waste.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Registration starts June 1; call 882-0714.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Build a Better World by Recycling
    1-6 p.m. for grades K-4.
    There's so much junk and trash, what should we do with it all? Learn what can be recycled, how to sort it and where to take it, then we'll use recyclable items to build crazy structures and items that can be re-used. Bring your own clean recyclables from home or use ours.
  • 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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Willard Branch Library - Life-sized Board Games
    10 a.m. in the community room for grades K-5.
    Master the "Maze Challenge" and create your own twisting maze path before constructing tall towers with big blocks "Jenga."
  • 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 - Skype with Author Stuart Gibbs
    1:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for all ages.
    Celebrate the anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, with a Skype visit with Stuart Gibbs, author of "Space Case." It's the story of a young boy who is part of the first group of humans to colonize the moon and was featured on the 2016-17 Mark Twain Award list. Stuart will talk about his writing and you can ask questions about his books. An Explore Space event.
  • Library Center - Build a Better World on Another Planet!
    2-9 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.
  • 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 gifts to donate to local senior centers .
  • 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. Kundalini Yoga. This energetic class will include floor and standing poses only; bring a mat or blanket.
  • Mother's Brewing Company - "Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present" by Alison Matthews-David

    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.
  • Republic Branch Library - Quilling and Paper Crafting for Beginners
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Learn quilling and paper crafting basics. Materials will be provided.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Ace the ACT! Test Prep Series for Teens
    6:30-8:30 p.m. for teens entering grades 10-12.
    Having anxiety about taking the ACT? During this four-week series, learn realistic tips to prep efficiently for the test, targeted strategies for increasing your score and customized recommendations that address your weaknesses. Instructor Bill Mimikos has valuable experience preparing inner city students for test success. Snacks will be provided at the first three sessions, with a celebratory dinner during the final session. Attendance at all four sessions is recommended, but not required. Please note: Students must register and complete a practice test before the first class on July 20. A conference room has been reserved for registrants to take the mandatory pre-test at their convenience between 5-9 p.m. on July 12 and 13. Space is limited. Registration is full for this series. Registration starts July 1; call 616-0703.
  • 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. Adventures in the Ozarks: Jennifer Johnson, environmental scientist and Ozarks Conservation Program coordinator for the Missouri Sierra Club, will share stories of hiking and kayaking adventures in the Ozarks as inspiration for your own "microadventures".

Friday, July 21, 2017

  • Library Center - Build a Better World on Another Planet!
    8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the Children's Department for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Republic Branch Library - Edge Mobile Class: Understanding Facebook
    10 a.m.-noon in the community room for adults.
    Create a Facebook account or use your existing account in this hands-on class. Learn how to personalize your account, review privacy settings, manage your friends, post to your own timeline, and "Like" and comment on other people's posts. A valid email address is required to create a Facebook account; have your email address and Facebook password available if you wish to use your existing account in class. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts June 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. Registration starts June 1; call 732-7284.
  • Library Center - Escape from Hogwarts
    6-9 p.m. in the meeting rooms A and B for adults.
    Discover the world of sorcerers and magic as you explore the castle and figure out secret codes and clues to solve puzzles and rescue everyone from Hogwarts. Registration for this program is full. Registration starts July 7; call 883-5341.
  • 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. Spread the Post-It Note Love: Write down something nice on a Post-It note and hide it around the library to brighten someone’s day. .

Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • Library Center - Build a Better World on Another Planet!
    8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.
  • 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. "Chimpanzee," rated G.
  • 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 Station - Intergalactic Spray Paint Art
    5-7 p.m. for grades 6-12.
    Join artist Taylor Hopkins in the south parking lot as he demonstrates how to make space-themed art using spray paint. Then work together to create a giant picture of outer space to display in the library. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

  • Library Center - Build a Better World on Another Planet!
    1-5 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.

Monday, July 24, 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 - Wiggle and Groove with Brett Johnston
    10 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room for preschool-grade 5.
    Sing, wiggle, dance and bop with local musician Brett Johnston. We'll rap and sing songs about our favorite picture books, rock out to original tunes and more. Wear your dancing shoes!
  • 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 - What Does It Matter?
    3 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Water, steam, ice: all are the same substance, but each represents a different state. Explore fun experiments with solids, liquids and gasses with this hands-on program presented by the Discovery Center of Springfield. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 10; call 616-0526.
  • 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 - 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. "Moana," rated PG.

Tuesday, July 25, 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.
  • Ash Grove City Park - KY3 for Kids Storybreak
    11 a.m. at Ash Grove City Park, 300 W. Parkway St. for all ages.
    Hear your favorite stories read by a KY3 news personality. Paul Adler.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Teen Writer's Guild
    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 - Babaloo!
    6 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades K-5.
    Babaloo is a one-man musical comedy act for kids. His show is fun, fast-paced, and packed full of audience participation. You'll witness hilarious original tunes, flying bean-bags, billions of bubbles and five-gallon bucket beating, not to mention a sky full of flying toilet paper. Get ready to laugh, sing, dance and make big noise with the award-winning Babaloo.
  • 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 Center - Intergalactic Spray Paint Art
    7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 6-12.
    Join artist Taylor Hopkins as he demonstrates how to make space-themed art using spray paint. Then work together to create a giant picture of outer space to display in the library. Materials will be provided. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 11; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Missouri's Meteorite Impact Structures: Three Strikes and a Hypothesis is Out?
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Weaubleau, Decaturville and Crooked Creek are meteorite impact structures that are aligned across the Missouri Ozarks. Some investigators have suggested that they resulted from serial impacts comparable to the Shoemaker-Levy 9 cometary impacts on Jupiter in 1994. Learn about meteorite impact structures and more from Dr. Kevin Evans, geology professor at Missouri State University. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. An Explore Space event.
  • 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, July 26, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - National Lasagna Day
    11 a.m.-4 p.m. for infants-grade 4.
    Have you ever tried to make lasagna? It takes lots of skill to build! Join us for a special storytime at 11 a.m. followed by activities throughout the day as we celebrate Garfield's favorite food, build a giant casserole and have snacks.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11 a.m. in the community room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Join knitting enthusiast Margaret Gruetzemacher and other knitters once a month for an hour of knitting and socializing. Knit for yourself or others. A list of local charities needing knitted items will be provided. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, we’ll show you how! All skill levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Materials provided, or bring your own.
  • Library Station - Tenants: Know Your Rights
    6 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Landlord and tenant disputes are a stressful part of the rental process. Attorney Joe Hills with Legal Services of Southern Missouri will discuss the legal rights and protections available to tenants as well as what to expect when navigating the court process.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10 a.m. in the community room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • 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 - "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders

    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. Plant a kitchen counter herb garden for tasty family meals .
  • The Coffee Ethic - "Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime" by Val McDermid

    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.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Ace the ACT! Test Prep Series for Teens
    6:30-8:30 p.m. for teens entering grades 10-12.
    Having anxiety about taking the ACT? During this four-week series, learn realistic tips to prep efficiently for the test, targeted strategies for increasing your score and customized recommendations that address your weaknesses. Instructor Bill Mimikos has valuable experience preparing inner city students for test success. Snacks will be provided at the first three sessions, with a celebratory dinner during the final session. Attendance at all four sessions is recommended, but not required. Please note: Students must register and complete a practice test before the first class on July 20. A conference room has been reserved for registrants to take the mandatory pre-test at their convenience between 5-9 p.m. on July 12 and 13. Space is limited. Registration is full for this series. Registration starts July 1; call 616-0703.

Friday, July 28, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Midnight on the Moon." An Explore Space event.

    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 June 30; call 751-2933.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood 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 June 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.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Astronomy Abounds
    11 a.m. in the community room for grades 3-6.
    Explore our solar system and the relationship to our planet as we investigate the shadows and movements of the planets with Discovery Center of Springfield staff. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 14; call 759-2637.
  • 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. Registration starts June 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. Nature Art: Use objects found in nature to create art you can leave outside to decorate your porch, yard and more.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Celebrate Summer Reading with Babaloo!
    1-4 p.m. for all ages.
    Join us on the parking lot as we wind down the Summer Reading Program. The fun begins with a performance from Babaloo, a one-man musical comedy act, from 1-2 p.m. Be prepared to laugh, sing, dance and make big noise! Stay the afternoon for games, activities and light refreshments. In case of rain, event will be held in the upstairs meeting room.
  • Library Station - Happy Birthday, Harry!
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for grades 6-12 and adults.
    Are you the ultimate Harry Potter fan? Join us for a trivia contest in honor of Harry Potter’s birthday. Teams of four will compete to determine if they are the true trivia champions of the wizarding world! Registration starts July 15; call 865-1340.

Monday, July 31, 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.
  • 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 - Astronomy Abounds
    3 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 3-6.
    Explore our solar system and the relationship to our planet as we investigate the shadows and movements of the planets with Discovery Center of Springfield staff. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 17; call 616-0526.

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