LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Tuesday, April 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 coloring and see why these intricate and beautiful coloring designs are all the rage. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Trust & Estate Planning Basics
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Join us for a presentation on trust and estate planning basics by the attorneys of Ozarks Elder Law. Discover why estate planning should be a priority for any adult, and not just for the elderly and wealthy. Learn techniques to avoid probate and the importance of powers of attorney. A Money Smart Week event.
  • Strafford Branch Library - "The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus" by John Glatt
    Coffee & Crime

    6 p.m. for adults.
    "The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus" by John Glatt. Our spring series will focus on true crimes involving missing people and will explore the answered and unanswered questions unique to missing person cases. Sip coffee and discuss the book along with podcasts or documentaries related to each title.

Wednesday, April 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 will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Poets Reading
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    To celebrate National Poetry Month, local poets Karen Craigo, Loren Broaddus, Kate Murr, Mary Henn and Susan Stevens will each read from their work. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Library Station - Poetry Slam & Workshop
    7 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Watch and learn from the poets of MO Poetry Slam Springfield in honor of National Poetry Month. Poets will perform slam poetry, followed by a poetry workshop to help anyone interested in creating, performing or perfecting their own performance poetry.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

  • Library Station - "Bridge Ladies" by Betsy Lerner
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "Bridge Ladies" by Betsy Lerner.
  • Library Center - School of Uke
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Registration is full for this session. Join Rick and Karen Maxson, ukulele players and teachers, for an evening of complete beginner instruction as they lead you through chords, strumming and singing. No prior musical experience is necessary. Ukuleles and instruction booklets will be provided; limited to 20 participants. Registration starts April 13; call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Identity Theft and Financial Scams
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    If someone is using your personal or financial information to make purchases, get benefits, file taxes or commit fraud, that's identity theft. Cari Oughton, Bancorp South, will teach you about identity theft prevention, what to do if you are a victim and some of the latest financial scams. A Money Smart Week Program.
  • Republic Branch Library - Green Cleaning
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    A clean home and a clean planet are both possible! Join Library staff members for a discussion of eco-friendly cleaning products and methods, including a demonstration and recipes to take home.

Friday, April 28, 2017

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    Fourth Friday Fandoms at the Comic Cave

    5:30-7 p.m. at The Comic Cave, 1316 E. Battlefield for adults.
    It's Kelly Sue Deconnick Night: "Pretty Deadly," "Bitch Planet," "Captain Marvel," "Ghost" and "Prometheus" . It's a great time to be a comic fan in Springfield! Join other comic enthusiasts for monthly discussions about all of the excellent books being published locally and nationally. A LibraryCon event.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Kevin Roth in Concert
    6:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Kevin Roth's music, art and books have delighted audiences worldwide. His career spans more than three decades and includes contributions to traditional, original, contemporary and jazz influences. His latest CD, "Awakenings," features Roth on piano and dulcimer. Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary, co-produced the recording, which Stookey described as "jaw-droppingly beautiful." CDs and children's books will be available for purchase.

Monday, May 1, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Organization in the Digital Age. Organizing genealogical research can seem like a daunting task but is essential for efficient research. Library staff member Patti Hobbs, a Certified Genealogist, will discuss digital methods for tracking genealogical information, keeping track of research performed and organizing digital copies of original records.. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-6:30 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Tuesday for a relaxing session of coloring and see why these intricate and beautiful coloring designs are all the rage. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

  • Library Center - School of Uke
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Join Rick and Karen Maxson, ukulele players and teachers, for an evening of complete beginner instruction as they lead you through chords, strumming and singing. No prior musical experience is necessary. Ukuleles and instruction booklets will be provided; limited to 20 participants. Registration starts April 13; call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings
    7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for ages 20-39.
    "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Friday, May 5, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6 p.m. for adults.
    At 6 p.m., Crystal Moody, artist, blogger and creator of A Year of Creative Habits will talk about her work. On Display: A Year of Creative Habits: Paintings and Drawings by Crystal Moody. Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

  • Library Center - Book Club Celebration
    1 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Are you a member of a book club that could use some fresh ideas? Or, are you interested in finding a book club to join? Join this celebration of book clubs in our community to get ideas for your next reads and share book discussion tips. If you’re looking to join a book group, you’ll have an opportunity to meet members from area clubs. Refreshments will be provided along with some book-lover door prizes.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - First Saturdays Book Discussion
    2 p.m. for adults.
    "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. Discuss some of the most highly acclaimed books from the past few years.
  • Library Station - Crafty DIY
    3 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Coffee sugar scrub. Enjoy an afternoon devoted to the joy of crafts and crafty conversation on the first Saturday of the month as we create, design and play our way through a new project. Materials will be provided. Seating is limited. Registration starts April 22; call 865-1340.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Sunday Poets Series
    3 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Mo Slam Poet Amber Culbertson-Faegre and Mo Poets and Friends member MJ Becco. Spend your afternoon sharing in the work of our diverse and prolific community of poets as they take turns reading, fielding questions and talking poetry.

Monday, May 8, 2017

  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogue
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Ozarks Hiking & Floating. Springfield News-Leader Outdoors reporter Wes Johnson will discuss places to hike and float in the Ozarks, including photos and video clips, and ways for beginners to get started. Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks.

Tuesday, May 9, 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 - Center City Book Club
    1:30 p.m. at Tea Bar & Bites, 621 S. Pickwick Ave. for adults.
    "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 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 coloring 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 - 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.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "House of Penance" by Peter J. Tomasi
    Donuts & Death

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West for adults.
    "House of Penance" by Peter J. Tomasi. Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

  • Library Center - Book Discussion
    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War" by Karen Abbott.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail" by Ben Montgomery.
  • Library Center - School of Uke
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Join Rick and Karen Maxson, ukulele players and teachers, for an evening of complete beginner instruction as they lead you through chords, strumming and singing. No prior musical experience is necessary. Ukuleles and instruction booklets will be provided; limited to 20 participants. Registration starts April 13; call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Jewelry Making Basics: Tools of the Trade
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn about jewelry making tools from Library staff member Gina Taylor. Participants will get the chance to try a few techniques following the demonstration.

Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Northview Center - Northview Book Discussion
    10:30 a.m. at Northview Center, 301 E. Talmage St. for senior adults.
    "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. 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.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Bookies
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    "Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell. Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Historic Preservation Month Symposium
    9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn about area efforts to preserve history and how you can contribute and participate in preserving history. Drop in for one session or attend all four. 9-10:15 a.m. Exploring Ozarks Alive. The Ozarks region is unlike anywhere else and Kaitlyn McConnell wants to tell the world about it through her website ozarksalive.com. Each week, she writes about a different place, person, business or piece of history that shows the area’s distinctive flavor. McConnell will discuss Ozarks Alive, what she’s trying to accomplish, and why it’s important to preserve these Ozarks stories before they simply become history. 10:30-11:45 a.m. From the Darkroom & Over There. Join Library Digital Imaging Specialist Ben Divin as he discusses the newest Local History Department digitization projects, “From the Darkroom: Springfield’s Historic Newspaper Photographs” and “Over There: Missouri and the Great War.” Divin will give an overview of the projects, the process for gathering and scanning materials, and what the future holds. 1-2:15 p.m. Cemetery Preservation in an Ozarks Community. In the late 1990s a section of the Mt. Vernon City Cemetery was destroyed by heavy equipment. One man, Ray Gene Richardson, restored and preserved the cemetery, ultimately winning the prestigious McReynolds Award for historic preservation from the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation. Jami Lewis, archivist with the History Museum on the Square, will discuss Richardson's project along with preservation projects at the History Museum. 2:30-4 p.m. Personal Archiving. Need to know what to do with all of your photographs, letters, scrapbooks and home movies? Join archivists from the State Historical Society of Missouri's Springfield Research Center to look at how to preserve and maintain digital and physical content. Learn tips and tricks on how best to preserve your memories and information including photographs, documents, audiovisual materials and more.
  • Library Center - GeezerFest
    7-9 p.m. for all ages.
    Make some noise at the library this spring during our annual concert with Geezer, featuring Richard Struckhoff, Mark Ellman, Mark Pasquale, Duane Lewis, Rusty Swift, Jana Henderson and David Sharon. Bring the whole family and your lawn chairs, and join us on the patio (or in the auditorium in case of bad weather). Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Thursdays at Coconuts" by Beth Carter. The author will join us for the discussion and books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-6:30 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Tuesday for a relaxing session of coloring 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 - Doughboys & Donuts
    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 1111 E. Republic Road #164 for adults.
    "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque. Discuss the lives of fictional WWI men and women while enjoying donuts, a favorite wartime treat.
  • Library Center - Books You Always Meant to Read
    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "Washington Square" by Henry James. A classics book discussion.
  • Library Center - Creating Community: The Jewish Women of Springfield
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The Jewish women of Springfield have been involved with the creation of Springfield and the Jewish community since the arrival of the first Jews in the 1860s. Dr. Mara W. Cohen Ioannides, author of "Jews of Springfield in the Ozarks," will highlight some of these women and how they have impacted the local community. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30-11 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Cemeteries. So many cemeteries to visit, headstones to clean and ancestor burial sites to discover. OGS members will talk about cemeteries in southwest Missouri.. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue
    12:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    A Tour of Greece and Italy with Anna Skalicky. Bring a sack lunch.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

  • Library Station - Yoga for Health
    2 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Gentle Chair Yoga. Sitting poses for older adults or those recovering from injury . Library staff member Kim Duquette, Certified Yoga Teacher, will highlight a different yoga tradition at each session including basic and more challenging styles.
  • Mother's Brewing Company - "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" by Jill LePore
    Books & Brew

    6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. for adults.
    "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" by Jill LePore. Enjoy a cold glass of beer while we discuss books about American culture.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • 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 Friends of the Library.
  • Library Center - School of Uke
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Join Rick and Karen Maxson, ukulele players and teachers, for an evening of complete beginner instruction as they lead you through chords, strumming and singing. No prior musical experience is necessary. Ukuleles and instruction booklets will be provided; limited to 20 participants. Registration starts April 13; call 882-0714.

Monday, May 22, 2017

  • Library Center - "The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War" by Victoria E. Bynum
    Civil War Book Discussion Group

    7 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    "The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War" by Victoria E. Bynum.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-6:30 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Tuesday for a relaxing session of coloring 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, May 24, 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 will be provided, or bring your own.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Library Station - "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.

Friday, May 26, 2017

  • The Comic Cave - "Ms. Marvel" by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
    Fourth Friday Fandoms at the Comic Cave

    5:30-7 p.m. at The Comic Cave, 1316 E. Battlefield for adults.
    "Ms. Marvel" by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. It's a great time to be a comic fan in Springfield! Join other comic enthusiasts for monthly discussions about all of the excellent books being published locally and nationally. A LibraryCon event.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for adults.
    "March of the Penguins," rated G. Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Billy Wilder Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "The Apartment," not rated, 1960. Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-6:30 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Tuesday for a relaxing session of coloring 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 - "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery" by Robert Kolker
    Coffee & Crime

    6 p.m. for adults.
    "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery" by Robert Kolker. Our spring series will focus on true crimes involving missing people and will explore the answered and unanswered questions unique to missing person cases. Sip coffee and discuss the book along with podcasts or documentaries related to each title.

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