LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Tuesday, June 27, 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.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - An Evening with the Answer Man
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for all ages.
    Steve Pokin, the Springfield News-Leader's "Answer Man," will join us for a talk about what it’s like to be a journalist in the Ozarks and share anecdotes from some of his favorite Pokin Around and Answer Man articles. There will be time for Q&A, so be sure to bring the Answer Man some questions of your own!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Join knitting enthusiast Margaret Gruetzemacher and other knitters once a month for an hour of knitting and socializing. Knit for yourself or others. A list of local charities needing knitted items will be provided. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, we’ll show you how! All skill levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Materials provided, or bring your own.
  • Library Center - Preserving a Community: Efforts to Collect Ozarks’ LGBT History
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Dr. Holly Baggett, researcher, author and one of the founders of the Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA), and Anne Baker, lead archivist with the OLGA collection at Missouri State University, will discuss the history of this region’s LGBT community and how it is being preserved for future generations. A collection of oral histories, scrapbooks, photographs and newsletters at MSU help tell the story of a community with roots going back decades.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

  • Library Center - Hillbillies and Mountaineers: The Ozarks in the American Imagination
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The people of the Ozarks have long been portrayed as moonshining hillbillies, rugged pioneers and everything in between. Dr. Brooks Blevins, Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University and author of "Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South," will discuss the long history of stereotyping this region and its people. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Library Station - OverDrive, Hoopla, & RB Digital (Zinio) --Oh My!
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Learn how to access library e-books, audiobooks and magazines on your smartphone, tablet or computer using our free services -- OverDrive, Hoopla and RB Digital (Zinio for Libraries). Feel free to bring your fully charged device.
  • Library Center - The Science of "The Martian"
    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    Andy Weir's 2011 novel about an American astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars became a best-seller and critically acclaimed film starring Matt Damon. How much of Weir's science fiction is science reality? Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan for a discussion about the science (and science fiction) of "The Martian." Beware: this presentation will include spoilers, so read the novel or watch the movie before you attend! An Explore Space event.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

  • Library Station - Crafty DIY
    3 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Origami paper cranes. 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 June 17; call 616-0683.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Death Comes to Pemberley" by P. D. James
    British Literature Book Club

    1:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Death Comes to Pemberley" by P. D. James. Discuss books written by British authors. Tea and biscuits will be provided.
  • - Summer Cemetery Walks
    7 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    Hazelwood Cemetery, 1642 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 June 29; call 616-0534.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Multicultural fiction
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

    7:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-39.
    Multicultural fiction. 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

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6 p.m. for adults.
    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. Join us for First Friday Art Walk and view our summer exhibit, My Life: Photography by Eighth Graders at Westport Middle School.
  • 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

  • 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
    1-5 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 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 to the first 100 people who attend. 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.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Russ & Dann, 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. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, July 10, 2017

  • 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 - 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.

Tuesday, July 11, 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 - "Difficult Women" by Roxane Gay
    Center City Book Club

    1:30 p.m. at Tea Bar & Bites, 621 S. Pickwick Ave. for adults.
    "Difficult Women" by Roxane Gay. 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.
  • 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.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson
    Donuts & Death

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West for adults.
    "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson. Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

  • Library Center - "The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman
    Book Discussion

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler.
  • 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

  • Republic Branch Library - "The Last Pilot" by Benjamin Johncock
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "The Last Pilot" by Benjamin Johncock.
  • 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 15
    Book-to-Action Book Club

    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "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 15. 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

  • Northview Center - "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng
    Northview Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. at Northview Center, 301 E. Talmage St. for senior adults.
    "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng . 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 - "The Madwoman Upstairs" by Catherine Lowell
    The Bookies

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    "The Madwoman Upstairs" by Catherine Lowell. Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.
  • 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

  • Park Central Branch Library - Apartment Therapy 101
    10:30 a.m. for adults.
    Mini Zen gardens. 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 - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Neil Simon Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "The Goodbye Girl," rated PG, 1977 . Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film.
  • 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. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 1; call 882-0714.

Monday, July 17, 2017

  • 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 - Movie Night: "The Great Locomotive Chase," not rated
    Civil War Book Discussion Group

    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Movie Night: "The Great Locomotive Chase," not rated.
  • 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

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "She Had Some Horses" by Joy Harjo
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "She Had Some Horses" by Joy Harjo.
  • 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 - "War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo
    Doughboys & Donuts

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 1111 E. Republic Road #164 for adults.
    "War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo. 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
    Summer Shorts

    6 p.m. for adults.
    "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Our summer book discussion series will focus on classic short stories that are sure to leave a lasting impression on the reader due to the challenging content explored in each story.
  • Library Center - "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton
    Books You Always Meant to Read

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton. A classics book discussion.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    10 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    "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. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Library Station - Yoga for Health
    6 p.m. in the Frisco Room for .
    For age 13 and older. Kundalini Yoga. This energetic class will include floor and standing poses only; bring a mat or blanket. 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 - "Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present" by Alison Matthews-David
    Books & Brew

    6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. for adults.
    "Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present" by Alison Matthews-David. 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.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogue
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    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". Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks.

Friday, July 21, 2017

  • 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 starts July 7; call 883-5341.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

  • 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.

Tuesday, July 25, 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.
  • 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. An Explore Space event.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

  • 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

  • Library Station - "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders.
  • The Coffee Ethic - "Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime" by Val McDermid
    My Favorite Crime Book Club

    6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square for adults.
    "Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime" by Val McDermid. Do you have a "favorite" serial killer? Are you fascinated by forensics? This true crime book discussion is for you.

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. Viewing goggles will be available. 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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