LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Monday, May 2, 2016

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Tips & Tricks for Navigating Genealogy Websites. Members John Carter, Tom Hobbs and Patti Hobbs will provide a guided tour of Ancestry.com. Bring your laptop or tablet or check one out from the library if you want to follow along. A few laptops will be available for use. Tables will be provided, come early so you can get set up. Do you have a website to recommend? Bring your suggestions to share with the group. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. call 882-0714.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

  • Library Station - Explore
    10:30 a.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing series aimed at everyone, including adults with developmental challenges. 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. call 865-1340.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Meditation at Midtown
    noon 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. call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Explore
    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing series aimed at everyone, including adults with developmental challenges. 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. call 865-1340.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - DIY with a Purpose: All About Windows and Doors
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Construction staff from Habitat for Humanity will teach the fundamentals of taking out and setting windows and doors in your home: the tools and materials you need to get started, how to measure and choose the right door or window for your project, taking out the existing door or window and installing the new one, and more. Learn from the professionals and then practice at a Habitat for Humanity construction site on the following Saturday before tackling your own home project. call 862-0135.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Bettyville" by George Hodgman. Due to anticipated library renovation, this event will take place in Mercy's C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center community room, 2055 S. Fremont Ave.
    Evening Book Discussion

    6:30-8:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Bettyville" by George Hodgman. Due to anticipated library renovation, this event will take place in Mercy's C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center community room, 2055 S. Fremont Ave. call 883-1974.
  • Library Center - "Room" by Emma Donoghue
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

    7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for ages 20-39.
    "Room" by Emma Donoghue Refreshments will be served. call 882-0714.

Friday, May 6, 2016

  • Strafford Branch Library - Relax and Exercise Your Mind
    1-6 p.m. for adults.
    Stop in for a cup of tea and a chance to relax with a coloring book, puzzle or word game. call 736-9233.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6-9 p.m. for adults.
    At 6 p.m. Ghada El Haffar, art history, multimedia production and journalism major at Drury University, presents "From Where You Are: Banksy, Jenkins, and Wodiczko's Use of Identity and Place in Contemporary Art." On Display: Paintings by Sean Schwendinger. Join us for First Friday Art Walk including an art talk and the opening of a new exhibit. call 831-1342.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central Spa Day
    1 p.m. for adults.
    Did you know you can make a luxurious, moisturizing body scrub out of simple ingredients you have in your kitchen? It’s easy! Watch a demonstration, then pamper your hands with a light manicure. Materials will be provided.
    Registration starts April 23; call 831-1342.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson.
    Current Issues Book Discussion

    2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson. Discuss books about some of the most pressing issues of our time. call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Crafty DIY
    3 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    May craft: cleaning hacks. Enjoy an afternoon devoted to the joy of crafts and conversation on the first Saturday of the month. We'll design and create a new project each month. Register early due to limited seating. Materials will be provided.
    Registration starts April 23; call 616-0683.

Monday, May 9, 2016

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Bike to Work Week How-to
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn the ins and outs of commuting by bike with Library staff member and bike enthusiast Nancy Quinn. Nancy will discuss equipment, safety and the local resources you need to bike Springfield like a pro. call 862-0135.
  • Library Center - Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?
    7-9 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    How can scientific discoveries on human evolution connect with larger understandings of what it means to be human? Join Dr. Rick Potts, paleoanthropologist and curator of the Exploring Human Origins traveling exhibit, as he explores the main themes and messages of the exhibit in a program for the general public. The talk and following conversation will explore how fossils, archaeological remains, and genetic studies shed light on our connection with the natural world and the origins of sharing, caring and innovation. An Exploring Human Origins event. call 882-0714.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

  • 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. call 751-2933.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - The Midtown Literary and Bring-Your-Own-Craft Society
    5-7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for age 18 and older.
    Join this club of local crafters to work on projects while listening to an upbeat, humor-filled audiobook. Bring supplies for your craft of choice; we'll supply the workspace and an audiobook or podcast that's sure to make you laugh out loud. call 862-0135.
  • Offsite - "Fingers of Fear" by J.U. Nicolson
    Donuts & Death

    6 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    "Fingers of Fear" by J.U. Nicolson Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. At Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West. call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - Exploring the Meanings of Human Evolution: A Community Conversation
    6:30-9 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    How do scientific discoveries about human origins relate to people’s personal understanding of the world and their place in it? Join Drs. Connie Bertka and Jim Miller, co-chairs of the Smithsonian Institution’s Broader Social Impacts Committee, as they encourage a community conversation about human evolution that helps us to understand each other’s perspectives, to identify areas of common interest or concern, and to explore the variety of ways human evolution connects to personal meaning. They will be joined by Drs. Rick Potts and Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a complimentary meal of soup and bread catered by the Mudhouse and sponsored by Friends of the Library; presentation starts at 7 p.m. An Exploring Human Origins event.
    Registration starts April 25; call 882-0714.
  • Library Station - "After the Fog" by Kathleen Shoop
    Fact and Fiction Book Discussion

    6:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "After the Fog" by Kathleen Shoop Dive deeper into the story by exploring the facts behind the fiction. call 865-1340.
  • Library Station - The Confederates' Last Surrender: The Incredible Story of the CSS Shenandoah
    7 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    The Shenandoah was the last of the Confederate sea raiders. Historian Hal Funk will explain how it continued to sink Union ships for several weeks after the war was over and didn't surrender until Nov. 6, 1865. call 865-1340.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

  • Library Center - "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler
    Book Discussion

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler call 882-0714.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II" by Molly Guptill Manning
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II" by Molly Guptill Manning call 759-2637.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    6 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring - it’s not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing session of coloring the intricate and meditative designs of various artists. Snacks and materials will be provided. call 831-1342.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

  • Republic Branch Library - "Mary Coin" by Marisa Silver
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Mary Coin" by Marisa Silver call 732-7284.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Under the Net" by Iris Murdoch
    Classics Book Discussion

    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for all ages.
    "Under the Net" by Iris Murdoch Tackle the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels with us, one at a time. call 862-0135.
  • Library Center - Basics of Evolutionary Science
    7-9 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Dr. Suzanne Walker-Pacheco, professor of sociology and anthropology at Missouri State University, and Dr. Kevin Jansen, professor of biology at Drury University, will explain the basics of evolutionary science, dispel myths and misconceptions, and answer questions from the audience. An Exploring Human Origins event. call 882-0714.

Friday, May 13, 2016

  • Offsite - "Lone Survivors: How We Came to be the Only Humans on Earth" by Chris Stringer. Dr. Erin Kenny, professor of anthropology at Drury University, will lead this discussion. An Exploring Human Origins event.
    Northview Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. in the Northview Center for senior adults.
    "Lone Survivors: How We Came to be the Only Humans on Earth" by Chris Stringer. Dr. Erin Kenny, professor of anthropology at Drury University, will lead this discussion. An Exploring Human Origins event. 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. call 865-1340.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. for all ages.
    DisneyNature's "Wings of Life," rated G Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. call 759-2637.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains" by James Hewitt
    The Bookies

    1 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    "In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains" by James Hewitt call 751-2933.
  • Library Station - Old-time Know-how
    1-2:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Canning Basics: Summer is coming and with it, harvests. Reference Librarian Shannon Wortham will talk about canning basics, including the equipment needed for you to make the most of your harvest. call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Classic Musicals
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "Funny Face," not rated, 1957 Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. call 882-0714.
  • Library Station - DIY Window Bottle Garden
    6-8 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Keep forgetting to water the herbs in your kitchen window? Library staff member Jeremiah Barker will show you how to create a self-watering garden using a bottle, thread, and soil. Materials will be provided. Limited to 15 participants.
    Registration starts May 1; call 616-0683.
  • Offsite - "The Art of Memoir" by Mary Karr
    Twentysomethings Book Discussion

    6-8 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    "The Art of Memoir" by Mary Karr Discuss meaningful issues in contemporary literature, both fiction and nonfiction, every second Saturday of the month at Eurasia Cafe, 445 E. Commercial St. call 865-1340.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-in Theater
    6:30-8:30 p.m. for age 13 and older.
    "Minions," rated PG call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - GeezerFest: Being Human
    7-9 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a night of classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s featuring songs about what it means to be human. Geezer members include Richard Struckhoff, Mark Ellman, Mark Pasqaule, Duane Lewis, Rusty Swift, Jana Henderson and David Sharon. Bring a lawn chair and join us on the patio (or in the auditorium in case of bad weather). Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. An Exploring Human Origins event. call 882-0714.

Monday, May 16, 2016

  • Offsite - "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut
    Postmodern Reading Circle

    7 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut Are you a fan of the weird stuff? Discuss a genre-defying novel over a coffee, tea or beer at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square. call 831-1342.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Can Do Cooking
    1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to build delicious and healthy meals from canned goods and other common pantry staples. University of Missouri Extension Family Nutrition Education Program and Springfield-Greene County Health Department staff will demonstrate easy cooking techniques to help you create new family favorites from inexpensive, packaged ingredients. Little ones can enjoy a storytime and craft while parents attend the program. One attendee at each session will win a prize! call 862-0135.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Sula" by Toni Morrison
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Sula" by Toni Morrison call 751-2933.
  • Library Center - "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
    Books You Always Meant to Read

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - Faith and Science in Exploring Human Origins
    7-9 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Join us for a thoughtful discussion of topics inspired by the Exploring Human Origins exhibit. Panelists include Dr. Suzanne Walker-Pacheco, professor of anthropology and sociology at Missouri State University; the Rev. Mark Struckhoff, executive director of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks; Dr. Kevin Jansen, professor of biology at Drury University; Dr. Peter Browning, professor of philosophy and religion and chaplain at Drury University. The discussion will be moderated by Brian Fogle, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. An Exploring Human Origins Event. call 882-0714.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Springfield in the 1950s. Library Local History Associate John Rutherford will highlight key government decisions, new forms of entertainment, recruitment of manufacturers and famous visitors including President Harry Truman, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, and Elvis. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. call 882-0714.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

  • Library Station - Explore Movie Club
    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Watch a light selection of short films, from micro-documentaries to animated shorts, available from the Library’s IndieFlix collection, rated Family-Teen by IndieFlix. Everyone is welcome, including adults with developmental challenges. call 865-1340.
  • Offsite - "Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail" by Ben Montgomery
    South Side Senior Center Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the South Side Senior Center for senior adults.
    "Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail" by Ben Montgomery We meet every third Thursday of the month at the South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. call 883-1974.
  • Offsite - "The Weight of Blood" by Laura McHugh
    Books & Brew

    4 p.m. in the Offsite for adults age 21 and older.
    "The Weight of Blood" by Laura McHugh Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss representations of Missouri history and culture in popular fiction and nonfiction at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. call 882-0714.
  • Library Station - "The Liar's Club" by Mary Karr
    Blue-collar Books

    6:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "The Liar's Club" by Mary Karr Discuss the portrayal of working-class lives in poetry and prose. call 865-1340.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Bluegrass in the Park
    1-3 p.m. for all ages.
    Kick off the Summer Reading Program with an afternoon of live music by Red Bridge Bluegrass in the park behind the library. Bring a picnic for the family; no alcohol allowed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. call 759-2637.

Monday, May 23, 2016

  • Library Center - "The Confederate States of America: What Might Have Been" by Roger L. Ransom
    Civil War Book Discussion Group

    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "The Confederate States of America: What Might Have Been" by Roger L. Ransom call 882-0714.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Fortune Smiles" by Adam Johnson. Due to aniticipated library renovation, this discussion will take place at the Van K. Smith Community Health Library, located in the C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center, 2055 S. Fremont Ave.
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Fortune Smiles" by Adam Johnson. Due to aniticipated library renovation, this discussion will take place at the Van K. Smith Community Health Library, located in the C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center, 2055 S. Fremont Ave. call 883-1974.
  • Library Center - Hearths, Burials and Art: Origins of the Human Family
    7-9 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Dr. Erin Kenny, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Women and Gender Studies program at Drury University, will discuss common aspects of the home, creative life and social customs throughout human history. An Exploring Human Origins Event. call 882-0714.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

  • Library Center - Paleo-Cooking
    7-9 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    MaMa Jean's Chef Geoff Underwood will examine how to incorporate the Paleolithic diet into your life, its reported health benefits and converting recipes to fall in line with the prescribed plan. An Exploring Human Origins event.
    Registration starts May 11; call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - A History of Postcards
    7 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    From antebellum "mailed cards" to the postcard craze of the early 20th century, postcards have long played an important part in our cultural history. Local History Associate Konrad Stump will discuss the history of postcards and what clues to look for on postcards when conducting genealogy research. call 882-0714.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

  • Library Station - "Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth" by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth" by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer Visit with others about the current read. call 865-1340.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Spending Smart
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn to stretch your dollars and master your money as Tracey Blaue with Consumer Credit Counseling teaches you how to create a solid plan to improve your financial situation. This session will include information about money management skills, credit reports and scores. call 862-0135.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

  • Library Station - Book Talk with Melanie Munton
    3-5 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Romance author and Cabool native Melanie Munton will discuss the final book in her debut romantic suspense trilogy, "Possession and Politics." Her first two books, "Possession and Politics Parts 1 and 2," were published in 2015 under the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. call 865-1340.
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