LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Saturday, July 29, 2017

  • 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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

  • 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.
  • Strafford Branch Library - "The Body" by Stephen King
    Summer Shorts

    6 p.m. for adults.
    "The Body" by Stephen King. 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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "In a Dark, Dark Wood" by Ruth Ware
    British Literature Book Club

    1:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "In a Dark, Dark Wood" by Ruth Ware. Discuss books written by British authors. Tea and biscuits will be provided.
  • Library Center - Intergalactic Spray Paint Art
    7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Artist Taylor Hopkins demonstrates how to make space-themed art using spray paint. Work together to create a giant picture of outer space to be displayed in the library. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 20; call 883-5341.
  • - Summer Cemetery Walks
    7 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    Springfield National Cemetery, 1702 E. Seminole St. Meet at the cemetery office. 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. Registration starts July 27; call 616-0534.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Childhood favorites
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

    7:30 p.m. for ages 20-39.
    Childhood favorites. 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, August 4, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6 p.m. for adults.
    At 6 p.m., Dr. Nancy Brown Dornan, former president of the Springfield Landmarks and Preservation Trust, and Dr. M. Elise Crain, project manager for the Gillioz Theatre restoration, will present "The Gillioz “Theatre Beautiful”: Remembering Springfield’s Theatre History, 1926-2006" . Join us for First Friday Art Walk and view our summer exhibit, My Life: Photography by Eighth Graders at Westport Middle School.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

  • Library Station - Crafty DIY
    3 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    CD sun catchers . 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. Registration starts July 22; call 616-0683.

Monday, August 7, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    "Census 101." Ozarks Genealogical Society members will discuss census records for beginners and an in-depth review for veteran research on how to use census records, including reading between the lines and tips for verifying information. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

  • 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 - "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
    Center City Book Club

    1:30 p.m. at Tea Bar & Bites, 621 S. Pickwick Ave. for adults.
    "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. Perk up your week with friendly conversation in a cozy atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "The Last Days of Jack Sparks" by Jason Arnopp
    Donuts & Death

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West for adults.
    "The Last Days of Jack Sparks" by Jason Arnopp. Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

  • Library Center - "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande
    Book Discussion

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution" by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution" by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.
  • Library Center - Labor Leader: Congressman Reuben Wood and the Springfield Labor Movement
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    During the early 20th century, Congressman Reuben Wood became a vital but now largely forgotten figure in Springfield’s vibrant labor movement. Dr. Stephen L. McIntyre, professor of history at Missouri State University, will discuss Wood’s fight to secure legislation affecting workers’ compensation and their right to unionize, his vocal support of FDR’s New Deal and his integral role in shaping the City of Springfield.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - "Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley.
  • Library Center - "Crazy Love" by Leslie Morgan Steiner. Volunteer activity at Harmony House, 3404 E. Ridgeview St., 10a.m.-noon, Saturday, August 12
    Book-to-Action Book Club

    6 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "Crazy Love" by Leslie Morgan Steiner. Volunteer activity at Harmony House, 3404 E. Ridgeview St., 10a.m.-noon, Saturday, August 12 . 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 August 1; call 883-5341.

Friday, August 11, 2017

  • Northview Center - "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman
    Northview Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. at Northview Center, 301 E. Talmage St. for senior adults.
    "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman . 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.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "All Our Wrong Todays" by Elan Mastai
    The Bookies

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    "All Our Wrong Todays" by Elan Mastai. Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Andy & Judy in Concert: New England Singer/Songwriters
    10 a.m. in the community room for all ages.
    New England natives Andy and Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009 and tour the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Great Lakes regions featuring original songs and popular folk covers. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • 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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Patrick Mureithi, a Kenyan documentary filmmaker and singer-songwriter living in Springfield, will show excerpts from his two films, "ICYIZERE: hope" and "Kenya: Until Hope is Found," play songs from his album, "This I Believe," and share the stories behind his songs. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, August 14, 2017

  • Library Center - Bring your favorite Civil War book
    Civil War Book Discussion Group

    7 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Bring your favorite Civil War book.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "River Flow: New and Selected Poems" by David Whyte
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "River Flow: New and Selected Poems" by David Whyte.
  • 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.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway
    Doughboys & Donuts

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 1111 E. Republic Road #164 for adults.
    "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway. Discuss the lives of fictional WWI men and women while enjoying doughnuts, a favorite wartime treat.
  • Library Center - "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
    Books You Always Meant to Read

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. A classics book discussion.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    10 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    "Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Library and Museum." Wilson's Creek National Battlefield staff members Jeff Patrick and Alan Chilton will talk about helping patrons identify artifacts and the care of the library and museum collections housed at the Battlefield. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

  • Library Station - Yoga for Health
    2 p.m. in the Frisco Room for .
    For adults. Gentle Chair Yoga. Ideal for beginners and older adults; standing and sitting poses only. Library staff member Kim Duquette, Registered Yoga Teacher, will highlight a different yoga tradition at each session including basic and more challenging styles.
  • Mother's Brewing Company - "Hair: A Human History" by Kurt Stenn
    Books & Brew

    6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. for adults.
    "Hair: A Human History" by Kurt Stenn. Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss aspects of American culture.
  • Republic Branch Library - DIY Tissue Holder
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Learn machine sewing basics from library staff and make a fabric tissue holder. Bring a machine if you have one or use one of ours. Materials, pattern and guidance will be provided.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogue
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Hiking the Buffalo River Trail: Savannah Waszczuk, senior editor for 417 Magazine, will share a backpacking hike along the Buffalo River Trail end to end, plus tips for planning your own northwest Arkansas hiking adventure. Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Apartment Therapy 101
    10:30 a.m. for adults.
    Decoupaged switch plates. 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.
  • Library Center - 3rd Annual LibraryCon
    11 a.m.-5 p.m. for all ages.
    Geek out with fellow fans and cosplayers! The day will include a Geeky Storytime, Draw-alongs with illustrators, fandom meet-ups, a Comic Illustrators and Authors Panel, Self-publishing Panel, Tabletop Gaming Demo room, Getting Started in Cosplay and more. Family-friendly cosplay is welcome. Watch the website, thelibrary.org/librarycon, for a complete schedule of events and special guests that you won't want to miss!
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Neil Simon Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "The Odd Couple," rated G, 1968. Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film.

Monday, August 21, 2017

  • - Solar Eclipse Viewing at MSU
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Offsite for all ages.
    A total solar eclipse is one of the most amazing natural phenomena one can experience. The moon passes in front of the sun, blocking its light in part or totally for up to three hours. This incredible wonder has not been seen over the continental United States since 1979. While not in the path of totality, those in Greene County can expect to experience the eclipse at about 96% totality. Missouri State University College of Natural and Applied Sciences invites the public to safely view the eclipse from Plaster Stadium, weather permitting. Free eclipse glasses will be provided to everyone who attends. Free parking will be available in the parking lot on East Trafficway across from Hammons Field, with shuttle service provided to the MSU campus. An Explore Space event.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

  • 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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

  • Library Station - Relax & Unwind
    11 a.m.-3 p.m. for adults.
    Join us in the lobby for some stress-reducing activities including coloring, tangrams, puzzles, games and more. Feel free to stop by for a few minutes or the whole afternoon.
  • 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.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

  • Library Station - "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Landlords: Rights & Responsibilities
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Attorney Michael Miller of Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law will help landlords understand their rights from the beginning of the landlord-tenant relationship to the end. Topics include best contract practices with tenants, enforcing contracts during the tenancy and ending contracts at the end of tenancy.
  • The Coffee Ethic - "Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?" by Ethan Brown
    My Favorite Crime Book Club

    6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square for adults.
    "Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?" by Ethan Brown. Do you have a "favorite" serial killer? Are you fascinated by forensics? This true crime book discussion is for you.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for adults.
    "Wings of Life," rated G. Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders.

Monday, August 28, 2017

  • Library Station - Seed Saver Training
    6:30-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    The Heirloom Seed Library is enlisting volunteers to save varieties of the seed collection and help replenish and maintain the seed library. University of Missouri Extension Horticultural Specialist Patrick Byers will train volunteers to save one to two varieties from the core collection in bulk.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

  • 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.

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