LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Monday, March 27, 2017

  • Library Center - "Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War" edited by J. Matthew Gallman and Gary W. Gallagher
    Civil War Book Discussion Group

    7 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    "Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War" edited by J. Matthew Gallman and Gary W. Gallagher.

Tuesday, March 28, 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 - "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America" by Erik Larson
    Coffee & Crime

    6 p.m. for adults.
    "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America" by Erik Larson. 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.
  • Library Center - OverDrive, Hoopla & RBdigital (Zinio), Oh My!
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium 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 RBdigital (Zinio). Feel free to bring your fully charged device.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

  • Library Center - The Sisters of Mercy, St. John’s, and the Smallpox Epidemic of 1899
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    From their arrival in 1891 to open St. John's, the city's first hospital, the Sisters of Mercy helped shape the city's history. Local History Associate Konrad Stump will discuss the legacy of St. John's--from its early days to the Sisters' service during the smallpox epidemic of 1899 to the establishment of a modern hospital in 1952 and beyond.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - First Saturdays Book Discussion
    2 p.m. for adults.
    "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event. 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.
    Pallet toilet paper holder with guest artist Andrew Mann. 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 March 18; call 865-1340.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

  • Library Center - Quilts of Valor Presentation
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    The Patriotic Piecemakers of the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild will host a special Quilts of Valor presentation for selected military combat veterans as a part of the Library's One Read celebration. Quilts made by the Patriotic Piecemakers will be presented to the invited veterans to honor them and their service to our country. The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 and has chapters all over the country including Springfield. Quilts are made to honor veterans by being a literal symbol of "comfort and healing." A One Read event.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Sunday Poets Series
    3 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Missouri State University Professor Marcus Cafagna, professional poet and adventurer Rich Eskew, and educator and author Dr. Billie Davis. 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, April 3, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the meeting rooms A and B for adults.
    Memory & Legacy: Missouri in the Great War. More than 156,000 Missourians served in the First World War. How the state has remembered their service and sacrifice has changed greatly since the 1920s. Library Local History & Genealogy Department Manager Brian Grubbs will discuss the legacy of the war in Missouri and the state's efforts for commemoration in the digital age. A One Read event. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, April 4, 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, April 5, 2017

  • Fox Theater - The Revolution of Violence in WWI
    6 p.m. at Fox Theater, 157 Park Central Square for adults.
    Dr. Jay Winter, a WWI historian, will discuss the revolutionary changes in the technology of warfare and the obliteration of the distinction between military and civilian targets. A One Read event.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

  • Library Center - History Explorers: The Great War, Near and Far
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    The Sons of the American Revolution will present a "sampler" of war topics including the Fighting Highlanders from the British Isles; Capt. Paul Frey of the 130th Machine Gun Battalion, a local fighting unit; the use of animals during the war and Native American Code Talkers. Join us for an illuminating discussion of warfare entering into the modern era. A One Read event.
  • Library Center - NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings
    7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for ages 20-39.
    "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory" by Caitlin Doughty.

Friday, April 7, 2017

  • Waverly House Gifts & Gallery - Missouri Over There Waverly House Art Reception
    5-7:30 p.m. at Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, 2031 S. Waverly Ave. for adults.
    Join us on First Friday at Waverly House Gifts & Gallery for a reception for the artists accepted in the Missouri Over There Juried Art Show with works inspired by the Missouri Over There digitization project. The winner of the show will be announced at the reception. Works will be on display at the Waverly House April 7-29. A One Read event.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6 p.m. for adults.
    At 6 p.m., Mu Theta, Drury University's music therapy student organization, and the Queen City Rock Camp Volunteer Band will perform a variety of songs. On Display: Missouri Over There: Artwork Inspired by the Veteran Experience by Susan Neese, Janine Helton and Wayne Doornbosch. This One Read exhibit is sponsored by Springfield Regional Arts Council. Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

  • Moxie Cinema - "Paths of Glory" at the Moxie
    1-2:30 p.m. at Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave. #101 for adults.
    Watch "Paths of Glory," not rated, an anti-war drama starring Kirk Douglas, directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb. During World War I, a French commanding officer defends three soldiers facing court-martial for cowardice. Admission is free. 305 S. Campbell Ave., Suite 101. A One Read event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Meet the 3-D Printer
    2-4 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Need a new part for your Batmobile? Print it out! 3-D printing might seem like something Bruce Wayne would use in his futuristic lair, but it’s happening right now in the library. In this demonstration, the Library’s own MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation) will print a 3-D object right before your eyes.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Animals of the Allies
    2 p.m. for all ages.
    Did you know that your favorite "silly old bear" was inspired by a real life Great War mascot? You’ll be surprised to discover the true adventures that took a very special bear all the way from the Canadian wilderness to the Hundred Acre Wood. Join Cherie Kelly from the National World War I Museum & Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., to learn all about the important roles winged and four-legged friends played in the First World War. During this family-friendly talk you’ll also discover how a German pup from No Man’s Land became a Hollywood superstar and how a pigeon named Cher Ami became a major war hero. A One Read event.
  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2-3:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble, a 25-member jazz band featuring players ages 15-77 under the direction of Bob Holden, will play music from the Big Band Era, 1930s-40s. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, April 10, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Finding WWI: Your Letters, Photos and Objects of WWI
    noon for adults.
    Join us for a World War I-era family show and tell. Bring your letters, photos or even family memorabilia from WWI and share the history. A One Read event.
  • Library Station - The Great War in Springfield
    7 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Library Local History Associate Michael Price will discuss life in Springfield during World War I, 1914-1918. Learn how Springfield residents supported the war effort while Greene County men went to France and fought in the trenches. A One Read event.

Tuesday, April 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 - Center City Book Club
    1:30 p.m. at Tea Bar & Bites, 621 S. Pickwick Ave. for adults.
    "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event. 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.
  • Library Station - CANCELED - Understanding Autism from the Other Side of the Wall
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Aaron Likens, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 20, shares an inspirational message full of laughter and hope while advocating for early intervention services and helping our community better understand what autism feels like, the issues and challenges faced and how to interact effectively with someone with autism.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "The Other" by Thomas Tryon
    Donuts & Death

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West for adults.
    "The Other" by Thomas Tryon. Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts.
  • Library Center - Mighty Men of War: The Carthage Light Guard in WWI
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    In 1918, a company of soldiers from Jasper County took part in one of the bloodiest battles of the Great War. Author Jeff Patrick will examine the experiences of Capt. Ward Schrantz and his men from their training camp in Oklahoma to France's Argonne Forest. A One Read event.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Library Center - Book Discussion
    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear" by Lindsay Mattick. A One Read event..
  • Springfield Art Museum - An Evening with Author-Illustrator Sophie Blackall
    7-8:30 p.m. at Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive for all ages.
    From her childhood obsession with Winnie the Pooh to deep research at the London Zoo, author/illustrator Sophie Blackall tells the story behind the making of "Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear," winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal and the featured title for the Library's 2017 One Read. Sophie has illustrated more than 30 books for children, including the New York Times best-selling series, "Ivy and Bean." Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. A One Read event.

Friday, April 14, 2017

  • Northview Center - Northview Book Discussion
    10:30 a.m. at Northview Center, 301 E. Talmage St. for senior adults.
    "Enrique's Journey" by Sonia Nazario. In conjunction with Missouri State University's Common Reader program. An MSU staff member will lead the discussion. 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.
    "Fieldwork" by Mischa Berlinski. Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogue
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Photographic Tour of Southeastern Missouri. Join Library Digital Imaging Specialist Ben Divin for a photo tour of Southeast Missouri including images from Elephant Rocks State Park, Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

  • Moxie Cinema - "Farewell to Arms" at the Moxie
    1-2:30 p.m. at Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave. #101 for adults.
    Watch "A Farewell to Arms," not rated, based on Ernest Hemingway's novel about the World War I romance between an American ambulance driver (Gary Cooper) and an English Red Cross nurse (Helen Hayes). Admission is free. 305 S. Campbell Ave., Suite 101. A One Read event.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Billy Wilder Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "The Lost Weekend," not rated, 1945. Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film.

Monday, April 17, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - Finding WWI: Opening the Door to Your Family History with Newspapers.com
    noon for adults.
    Learn more about World War I and your family history through newspaper articles available from Newspapers.com. Find out how to use this Library resource and share WWI newspaper articles with your family.
  • Library Center - The Development of Chemical Warfare
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Join Kip Lindberg, director of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Museum, to learn about the introduction of chemical warfare as a modern weapon in the First World War. He will discuss the types of gases created, their effects on the human body, and the methods of detection and protection used by military personnel. A One Read event.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event.
  • 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.
  • Library Center - Captain Harry in the Great War
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    President Harry Truman's service in World War I had a lasting impact on his life and political career. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the war in 1917, Sam Rushay, supervisory archivist at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, will explore Truman's military career including his command of Battery D and tour of duty in Europe. The presentation will feature photographs and documents from the Truman Library's collections related to World War I and its aftermath. A One Read event.
  • Hurts Donut Company - Doughboys & Donuts
    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 1111 E. Republic Rd. #164 for adults.
    "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear. A One Read event. 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.
    "Lady Chatterley's Lover" by D.H. Lawrence. A classics book discussion.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30-11 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Researching Missouri State Archives. Linda Meyers, a field archivist for the Missouri State Archives, will talk about tax records from several Missouri counties available for research.. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue
    12:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    A Fungi Tour of Valley Water Mill Park with Dr. Mark Bower. Bring a sack lunch.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Library Station - Yoga for Health
    6 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Gentle Yoga Flow. Perfect for beginners; standing and sitting poses only . 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 - "Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity" by Emily Matchar
    Books & Brew

    6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. for adults.
    "Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity" by Emily Matchar. Enjoy a cold glass of beer while we discuss books about American culture.
  • Library Center - Author Jacqueline Winspear Event
    7-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Author of the Maisie Dobbs series and "The Care and Management of Lies" Jacqueline Winspear will speak with a book signing to follow. A One Read event.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for adults.
    "Earth," rated G. Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Missouri Women and the Great War
    3 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    The United States' entrance into World War I called women to action -- on the home front, in factories and in war-torn Europe. Through diary excerpts, letters home, newspaper accounts, photographs and artifacts, Local History Associate Konrad Stump will examine the travels and travails of some of Missouri’s most remarkable women. A One Read event.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Bard's Birthday Bash
    3-4:30 p.m. for adults.
    Celebrate William Shakespeare's birth with activities and trivia.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Library Station - Author Talk with Steve Yates
    2 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Springfield native and author Steve Yates will read from and talk about the research involved in creating his new novel, "The Legend of the Albino Farm," from Unbridled Books. Ozarkers today still ponder the legend of a farm supposedly inhabited by a family of albinos. Yates has crafted the legend into a horror story turned inside out. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. Steve, who has won numerous book awards, is the associate director and the marketing director at University Press of Mississippi.

Monday, April 24, 2017

  • Library Center - An Insider's Perspective with Author Steve Yates
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Springfield native and author Steve Yates will read from and talk about the research he did for his new novel, "The Legend of the Albino Farm." He will sell and sign books after the event. Yates has worked in publishing for 21 years. He will talk about small-press publishing and conduct a Q&A session about how the publishing industry works. Prospective writers and students who wish to learn about careers in publishing are welcome. Yates has won numerous book awards and is the associate director and the marketing director at University Press of Mississippi.
  • Library Center - Identity Theft and Financial Scams
    6-8 p.m. in the meeting room A 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.

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.
    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.
  • 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 Rd. #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.

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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