Holiday Hours

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • Strafford Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. Disneynature's "Earth," rated G.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Classic Musicals
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. Feel free to bring your own snack. "On the Town," not rated, 1949.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Black Stallion," rated G.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Cold Comfort Farm" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Stella Gibbons.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! Disneynature's "Bears," rated G.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Night Springfield
    8:00 pm to 11:00 pm for all ages.
    Springfield’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration includes the Library! Catch performances by area entertainers the Fishin’ Magicians at 8 and 9 p.m., followed by music from Hamburger Cows at 10 p.m.

Friday, January 2, 2015

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for First Friday Art Walk. On display: Storm Drain Reveal 2014, James River Basin Partnership.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Talk
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    "Developments in Hazar Baf: Architectural Innovation in the Persian Middle Ages" presented by Missouri State University art history major Drew Pilkenton.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    11:00 am to 12:30 pm for all ages.
    Join us on the first Saturday of every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. Disneynature's "African Cats," rated G.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Iron Man," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's instruction. Some instructional materials will be provided for use in the Library, or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "The Bees" (Brown Bag Book Discussion)
    12:15 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Bring your lunch and take a break from your workday with a good book. "The Bees" by Laline Paull.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • Library Station - Explore
    10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing inclusive series aimed at developmentally challenged adults. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Meditation at Midtown
    12:00 pm to 12:45 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Take a break from the work day and join meditation instructor Holly Graves for this monthly meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike.
  • Library Station - Explore
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing inclusive series aimed at developmentally challenged adults. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities.
  • Republic Branch Library - "Empty Mansions:The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    "Empty Mansions:The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune" by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Make like a couch potato at the Library as we watch two episodes of the fairy tale TV drama "Once Upon a Time," rated TV-PG. Snacks will be provided.
  • Republic Branch Library - "The Martian" (Evening Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    By Andy Weir.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders" (Brentwood Evening Book Discussion)
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Jennifer Finney Boylan.
  • Library Center - An Introduction to Contract Bridge
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the story hour room for adults.
    Exercise your brain and have fun making new friends as you learn to play Contract Bridge. Whether you're a beginner or want to update your bidding and play, this class is for you. Members of the Bridge Center will give an introductory course over four consecutive Thursday evenings.
    Registration starts December 8; call 882-0714.
  • - "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory"
    7:00 pm for age 21 and older.
    The librarian has carefully trawled the stacks and selected books guaranteed to make you think. Read the pick of the month, and then meet to discuss it over Cabernet (or soda) at Q Enoteca Wine Bar, 308 W. Commercial St. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory" by Caitlin Doughty.
  • Library Center - "Mudbound" (NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings)
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Harrison room for ages 20-39.
    By Hillary Jordan. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Northview Center - "Room" (Northview Book Club)
    10:30 am Northview Center for senior adults.
    Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St. "Room" by Emma Donoghue.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)"
    1:00 pm for ages 20-40.
    Discuss a lively mix of fiction genres with others. "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" by Mindy Kaling.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Whether you’re new to the medium or have grown up with it, join us as we read and discuss contemporary and classic graphic literature from around the world. "A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York" by Liana Finck.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Saturday Sounds
    4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the meeting room for all ages.
    Enjoy a performance by Neil Pille, aka Two Wheel Neil, whose folk-rock vibe and original music are perfect for a Saturday afternoon. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Batman Forever," rated PG-13.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series:
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Red Bridge Bluegrass. Enjoy a high energy show from this tradition-based bluegrass band that includes four lead vocalists, strong instrumentals and a variety of songs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Stories for Life
    10:30 am to 11:30 am in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Designed specifically for older or memory-impaired adults, this series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm 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.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Foreign Film Festival
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    "The Science of Sleep," rated R; in French, English and Spanish with English subtitles.
  • Library Station - How to Buy the Perfect Gift for Your Sweetheart
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    This workshop will help you know how to give your sweetheart the perfect gift for Valentine's Day or any other holiday. Presented by Dr. Kristina S. Brown, a licensed marital and family therapist at Midwest Assessment & Psychotherapy Solutions and director of the Marriage & Family Therapy Program at Forest Institute.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    "Genealogical Sources In and About Christian County." Member Mabel Phillips describes materials available to researchers on the people and records of Christian County, Missouri, in person, online, in media and in print.
  • Library Center - "Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Tony Horwitz.
  • Willard Branch Library - "Lila" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm for adults.
    By Marilynne Robinson.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Jane Pauley.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • - "Flight Behavior" (South Side Senior Center Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for senior adults.
    We meet every third Thursday of the month at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Make like a couch potato at the Library as we watch two episodes of the fairy tale TV drama "Once Upon a Time," rated TV-PG. Snacks will be provided.
  • - Library Game Night at Mother's
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for age 21 and older.
    Gather at Mother’s Tasting Room and show off your literary knowledge! Join library staffers to play literary games over a pint of your favorite craft beer. At Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave.
  • Library Center - An Introduction to Contract Bridge
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the story hour room for adults.
    Exercise your brain and have fun making new friends as you learn to play Contract Bridge. Whether you're a beginner or want to update your bidding and play, this class is for you. Members of the Bridge Center will give an introductory course over four consecutive Thursday evenings.
    Registration starts December 8; call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - A Videographer’s Tale: Ozark Life Stories with Ed Fillmer
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    "Grist Mills of the Ozarks." Award-winning freelance video journalist Ed Fillmer will give video presentations with some of his most popular glimpses of Ozarks culture and its people. Fillmer’s "KY3’s Ozark Life" video stories aired during his 17 years as a reporter, photographer and producer at KYTV. He is Journalist in Residence for the History Museum on the Square.

Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Park Central Branch Library - History of the Square Now and Then
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for all ages.
    John Sellars, executive director of the History Museum on the Square, will talk about and share images illustrating how Park Central Square has changed over the years.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Classic Musicals
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. Feel free to bring your own snack. "The Band Wagon," not rated, 1953.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Saturday Matinee: Classic Movie Musicals
    2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for all ages.
    "Mary Poppins," rated G. Popcorn will be provided.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Spider Man," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Pearl that Broke Its Shell" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Nadia Hashimi.
  • Library Station - TED Talk Tuesdays
    6:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Watch and discuss some of the most entertaining, inspiring and mind-blowing TED Talks. Each week we'll watch two talks on a particular topic then discuss. Reading lists will be provided for those wanting a more in-depth topic view. New Year, New Outlook.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    "Missouri State Archives: Where History begins." As the repository for state government records, the Missouri State Archives holds an abundance of genealogical resources. Archivist Christine Miller will provide an overview of the records available for research, including more than 62,000 reels of county records on microfilm; along with information on distance research through online databases and research requests. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue: Rome
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us as Laura Provance, co-owner of Arts & Letters, shares her love of ancient Rome and familiarity with contemporary Roman culture in this unique travelogue.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Treasure Map Your Way to Success
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    A treasure map is a visual representation of what you want to manifest in your life. Think of it as a good way to keep those New Year’s resolutions at the front of your mind. Learn how to create your own personalized map at this hands-on craft session. Basic supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring additional images or embellishments for your map.
    Registration starts January 7; call 862-0135.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

  • Library Station - "Enemy Women" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "Enemy Women" by Paulette Jiles.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Make like a couch potato at the Library as we watch two episodes of the fairy tale TV drama "Once Upon a Time," rated TV-PG. Snacks will be provided.
  • Library Station - Conquer Your Fear of Pie Baking
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Celebrate National Pie Day at the Library! Library staff member Konrad Stump will talk about easy pie making techniques, including the no-fail pie crust. Enjoy pie samples while we review our favorite go-to cookbooks. Session is limited to 20; call 616-0683 to register.
    Registration starts January 8; call 865-1340.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Cooking with MaMa Jean: Roasted Winter Vegetables
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Geoff Underwood from MaMa Jean’s Natural Market will demonstrate basic techniques for roasting winter vegetables to make hearty and delicious cold-weather meals. Samples will be provided.
    Registration starts January 8; call 862-0135.
  • Library Center - An Introduction to Contract Bridge
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the story hour room for adults.
    Exercise your brain and have fun making new friends as you learn to play Contract Bridge. Whether you're a beginner or want to update your bidding and play, this class is for you. Members of the Bridge Center will give an introductory course over four consecutive Thursday evenings.
    Registration starts December 8; call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - Getting the Most From Ancestry.com
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Searching Ancestry.com can be daunting, especially when results reveal many people of the same name. Local History associate Patti Hobbs will teach you how to navigate the databases within Ancestry.com, search more efficiently and understand what you can expect to find.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

  • Library Center - Digging for Dinosaurs
    10:00 am to 11:00 am in the auditorium for all ages.
    Matt Forir, paleontologist and executive director of the Missouri Institute of Natural Science, will discuss recent excavations in Wyoming's Cretaceous badlands where the institute's crew excavated Henry the Triceratops. See the hot, humid landscape 67 million years ago through the eyes of one of the largest triceratops ever to roam the Mesozoic Era and find out what happened to Henry on his final days as the mighty bull of prehistoric Wyoming. Fossils from the excavation will be available for viewing after the lecture.
  • Library Center - Digital Device Post-Holiday Open House
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Have a new device or smartphone? Library staff will provide one-on-one instruction during this come-and-go event for using digital library products including downloading e-books and e-audiobooks during this come-and-go open house. Bring your device or smartphone fully charged and registered along with your account passwords.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. Disneynature's "Oceans," rated G.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Superman," rated PG.

Monday, January 26, 2015

  • Library Center - "The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South" (Civil War Book Discussion Group)
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Bruce Levine

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "We Were Liars" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By E. Lockhart.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Fun with Paper Crafts
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to turn paper into beautiful, usable art at this monthly craft series.Amazing Vegetable Stamp Prints. Paper and vegetables will be provided; bring scissors and glue if you have it or use ours.
    Registration starts January 13; call 862-0135.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • - "Shadow of Night" (Downtown Book Club)
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The conversation will be flowing as we discuss provocative fiction, nonfiction and memoir at the Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square. "Shadow of Night" by Deborah Harkness.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Audio Books Live: "The Princess Bride"
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Why should kids have all the fun? Everyone likes being read to. Sit back, relax and enjoy a reading from "The Princess Bride."

Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Park Central Branch Library - Celebrate National Puzzle Day
    9:30 am to 7:00 pm for all ages.
    Get your puzzle on at Library for National Puzzle Day! We'll provide jigsaw puzzles of all types and sizes throughout the day. Completed puzzles will be glued and displayed in the library.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Make like a couch potato at the Library as we watch two episodes of the fairy tale TV drama "Once Upon a Time," rated TV-PG. Snacks will be provided.
  • Library Center - An Introduction to Contract Bridge
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the story hour room for adults.
    Exercise your brain and have fun making new friends as you learn to play Contract Bridge. Whether you're a beginner or want to update your bidding and play, this class is for you. Members of the Bridge Center will give an introductory course over four consecutive Thursday evenings.
    Registration starts December 8; call 882-0714.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Super Easy Seed Saving Class
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more from Patrick Byers, regional horticulture specialist for the Greene County Extension Center. You'll have plenty of seeds next year for yourself, your neighbors and the community.
    Registration starts January 19; call 862-0135.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Outdoor Photography with Bob Ball
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm for adults.
    Bob Ball, photographer and member of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, will talk about the challenges and benefits of outdoor photography and give tips for improving your own photography.
  • Library Station - Super Easy Seed Saving Class
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more from Patrick Byers, regional horticulture specialist for the Greene County Extension Center. You'll have plenty of seeds next year for yourself, your neighbors and the community.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:00 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Avengers," rated PG-13.

Monday, February 2, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    "ProShow: Photo Slideshow Creator Part I" Member Charlie Dischinger will explain how ProShow Gold allows you to easily create stunning photo slideshows for friends, family, business or just for fun. Part II is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 2. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's instruction. Some instructional materials will be provided for use in the Library, or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "The Maid’s Version" (Brown Bag Book Discussion)
    12:15 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Bring your lunch and take a break from your workday with a good book. "The Maid’s Version" by Daniel Woodrell.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

  • Library Station - Explore
    10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing inclusive series aimed at developmentally challenged adults. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities.
  • Library Station - Explore
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing inclusive series aimed at developmentally challenged adults. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Make like a couch potato at the Library as we watch two episodes of the fairy tale TV drama "Once Upon a Time," rated TV-PG. Snacks will be provided.
  • Republic Branch Library - "China Dolls" (Evening Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm for adults.
    By Lisa See.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "The Confabulist" (Brentwood Evening Book Discussion)
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Steven Galloway.
  • Library Center - "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" (NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings)
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Harrison room for ages 20-39.
    By Rachel Joyce. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, February 6, 2015

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for First Friday Art Walk. Sit back and enjoy the music from Springfield Regional Opera's Operazzi open mic night starting at 7 p.m., or bring your sheet music and be part of the show. On display: Digital Art by Alan O'Neal.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Talk
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    "Three Spaces: Critical Utopianism for Contemporary Audiences" presented by Drury University art history and architecture student Kevin Rogan.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    11:00 am to 12:30 pm for all ages.
    Join us on the first Saturday of every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and it's wonders. Disneynature's "Wings of Life," rated G.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    5:00 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Gone with the Wind," rated G.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Judy Domeny Bowen performs traditional Ozarks folk songs highlighting The Max Hunter Collection, an archive of more than 1,600 folk songs recorded by the former traveling salesman and now housed at the Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, February 9, 2015

  • Library Station - A Videographer's Tale: Ozark Life Stories with Ed Fillmer
    11:00 am in the Frisco room for all ages.
    "Old General Stores of the Ozarks." Award-winning freelance video journalist Ed Fillmer will give video presentations with some of his most popular glimpses of Ozarks culture and its people. Fillmer’s "KY3’s Ozark Life" video stories aired during his 17 years as a reporter, photographer and producer at KYTV. He is Journalist in Residence for the History Museum on the Square.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Stories for Life
    10:30 am to 11:30 am in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Designed specifically for older or memory-impaired adults, this series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Fun with Paper Crafts
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to turn paper into beautiful, usable art at this monthly craft series. Flowers That Won’t Freeze. Paper will be provided; bring scissors and glue if you have it or use ours.
    Registration starts January 27; call 862-0135.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Foreign Film Festival
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    "Gloria," rated R; in Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    "Unrestricted Warfare: The 1916-17 Streetcar Strike." Erin Smither, manuscript specialist for the State Historical Society of Missouri, will discuss the cause of the strike, analyze community support for striking workers, and reveal how a kidnapping and murder affected the outcome. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Library Center - "The Rosie Project" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Graeme Simsion.
  • Willard Branch Library - "Elmer Gantry" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for adults.
    By Sinclair Lewis.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Of Mice and Men" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By John Steinbeck.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Meditation at Midtown
    12:00 pm to 12:45 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Take a break from the work day and join meditation instructor Holly Graves for this monthly meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike.
  • Republic Branch Library - "And the Mountains Echoed" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Khaled Hosseini.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Make like a couch potato at the Library as we watch two episodes of the fairy tale TV drama "Once Upon a Time," rated TV-PG. Snacks will be provided.
  • Library Center - Abraham Lincoln: From Kentucky to the White House
    7:00 pm to 8:15 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Historian Hal Funk will highlight Lincoln's life from his birth in Kentucky to leaving Springfield, Ill., for the White House. The slide presentation features Lincoln's boyhood farms in Kentucky and Indiana, and his adult life in New Salem and Springfield, Ill.
  • - "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"
    8:00 pm for age 21 and older.
    The librarian has carefully trawled the stacks and selected books guaranteed to make you think. Read the pick of the month, and then meet to discuss it over Cabernet (or soda) at Q Enoteca Wine Bar, 308 W. Commercial St. "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers.

Friday, February 13, 2015

  • Northview Center - "Wild" (Northview Book Club)
    10:30 am Northview Center for Senior adults.
    Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St. "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.
  • Park Central Branch Library - The History of Springfield: Then and Now
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for all ages.
    John Sellars, executive director of the History Museum on the Square, presents Springfield Then and Now including images illustrating how Springfield has changed over the years.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Snow Child"
    1:00 pm for ages 20-40.
    Discuss a lively mix of fiction genres with others. "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Kill My Mother" (Graphic Novels for Grown-ups)
    1:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Whether you’re new to the medium or have grown up with it, join us as we read and discuss contemporary and classic graphic literature from around the world. "Kill My Mother" by Jules Feiffer.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Saturday Sounds
    4:30 pm to 5:30 pm for all ages.
    Kick off your romantic Valentine's Day evening with a performance by premier a cappella singing group Queen City Sound Chorus, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines International. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Notebook," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Daughters of Time" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Kaalii Cargill.
  • Library Station - Ted Talk Tuesdays
    6:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Watch and discuss some of the most entertaining, inspiring and mind-blowing TED Talks. Each week we'll watch two talks on a particular topic then discuss. Reading lists will be provided for those wanting a more in-depth topic view. What is Love?
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue: Musical Ireland
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the meeting room for all ages.
    In the summer of 2014, Library staff member Charity Huechteman sang her way across the Emerald Isle with members of Sound of the Heartland Ensemble. Listen as Charity shares the sights and sounds of this breathtaking country.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

  • - "Cold Comfort Farm" (South Side Senior Center Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for senior adults.
    We meet every third Thursday of the month at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. "Cold Comfort Farm," by Stella Gibbons.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm for all ages.
    Make like a couch potato at the Library as we watch two episodes of the fairy tale TV drama "Once Upon a Time," rated TV-PG. Snacks will be provided.
  • - Library Game Night at Mother's
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for age 21 and older.
    Gather at Mother’s Tasting Room and show off your literary knowledge! Join library staffers to play literary games over a pint of your favorite craft beer. At Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave.
  • Library Station - World War II in Springfield
    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Frisco room for adults.
    Library local history associate Michael Price will discuss life in Springfield during World War II, 1941-1945. Learn about the hardships and patriotism on the home front during this decisive period in American history.

Friday, February 20, 2015

  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center - Birding for Everyone: Meet John C. Robinson
    7:00 pm Springfield Conservation Nature Center for all ages.
    Meet and hear a talk by award-winning ornithologist, best-selling author and wildlife biologist John C. Robinson. The author of "Birding for Everyone: Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers," Robinson has researched and been an advocate for how to connect youth to nature through the wonder and magic of bird watching. The program is co-sponsored by the Library. For more information about John C. Robinson's appearance, call the Nature Center at 888-4237. At the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

  • Strafford Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. Disneynature's "Bears," rated G.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Classic Musicals
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. Feel free to bring your own snack. "An American in Paris," not rated, 1951.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Saturday Matinee: Classic Movie Musicals
    2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for all ages.
    "West Side Story," not rated. Popcorn will be provided.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Dirty Dancing," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "All the Light We Cannot See" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Anthony Doerr.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/thelibrary.org.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    "Then and Now." John Sellers, executive director of the History Museum on the Square, will present historic photographs of Springfield sites and what is there today. He'll also talk about challenges in finding some locations due to changing street numbers and names through the years. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • - "The Book of Life" (Downtown Book Club)
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    The conversation will be flowing as we discuss provocative fiction, nonfiction and memoir at the Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square. "The Book of Life" by Deborah Harkness.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

  • Library Station - "The Aviator's Wife" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "The Aviator's Wife" by Melanie Benjamin.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Make like a couch potato at the Library as we watch two episodes of the fairy tale TV drama "Once Upon a Time," rated TV-PG. Snacks will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - A Videographer's Tale: Ozark Life Stories with Ed Fillmer
    6:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for all ages.
    "Ozarks Ghost Towns." Award-winning freelance video journalist Ed Fillmer will give video presentations with some of his most popular glimpses of Ozarks culture and its people. Fillmer’s "KY3’s Ozark Life" video stories aired during his 17 years as a reporter, photographer and producer at KYTV. He is Journalist in Residence for the History Museum on the Square.
  • Library Station - Cole Closser: World-Class Cartoonist
    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Frisco room for teens and adults.
    Cole Closser, graduate of Missouri State University and The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, will talk about the growing world of comics and graphic novels, including his own projects, and answer audience questions. His graphic novel, "Little Tommy Lost," was named one of the 10 best graphic novels of 2013 by The Onion’s A.V. Club.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

  • Library Center - Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    In honor of the 90th anniversary of the Monarch’s first Negro League World Series championship in 1924, award winning author Phil S. Dixon is visiting 90 cities, including Springfield where the Monarchs played African-American teams at White City Park. Phil, co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, will discuss the history of African-American ball players in the Negro Leagues through stories, colorful baseball poetry and photographs. Books available for purchase and signing at the event.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Acoustic Guitar with Don Harmening
    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm for adults.
    Join us for an afternoon of classic acoustic folk and rock music performed by Don Harmening.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "10 Things I Hate About You," rated PG-13.
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