LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Friday, March 6, 2015

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Talk
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    Fine arts students from Ozarks Technical Community College will discuss their Impressionist and Post-Impressionist master studies.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for First Friday Art Walk. On display: Master Studies of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Works created by Fine Arts Students at Ozarks Technical Community College.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Introduction to Growing Herbs Outdoors
    10:00 am to 11:00 am for adults.
    Master Gardener Barb Emge will provide an introduction to growing herbs outdoors. Gardeners of all levels are welcome to join and enjoy.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Thank You Notes Workshop
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the meeting room for age 18 and older.
    Add a personal touch to your thank you notes this year by making them yourself. Join expert paper crafter Katie Newport as she shares the basics of creating your own notes from scratch. Materials will be provided.
    Registration starts February 27; call 883-1974.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    5:00 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Spartacus," rated PG-13.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Rowan's Crossing, an acoustic music trio featuring Jennifer Wilson, James Bennett and Robert Adkison, preserve and perform traditional music of the Irish and the Ozarks. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, March 9, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Stories for Life
    9:00 am to 10:00 am for adults.
    Designed for older or memory-impaired adults, this series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Stories for Life
    10:30 am to 11:30 am in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Designed for older or memory-impaired adults, this topical series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on current projects, share patterns, ideas and questions, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • - "The Winter People"
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. "The Winter People" by Jennifer McMahon. At Hurts Donut Company, 301 Park Central West.
  • Republic Branch Library - "Redeployment" (Evening Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm for adults.
    By Phil Klay.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Foreign Film Festival
    6:30 pm to 8:15 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    "Adam's Apples," rated R; Danish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Digging Up Records at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Lainie Sutherland, a new Ozarks Genealogical Society member and a retired archivist from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will discuss Tennessee records available for genealogical researchers just in time for the OGS research trip to Nashville in April. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Library Center - "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Rebecca Skloot.
  • Willard Branch Library - "Rebecca" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for adults.
    By Daphne du Maurier.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "The Screwtape Letters" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm for adults.
    By C.S. Lewis.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - What Do I Read Next? A Group for Book Lovers
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn about the best new and upcoming books, along with lesser-known classic gems. Feel free to bring recommendations of your own to share. Irish Authors and Themes.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Meditation at Midtown
    12:00 pm to 12:45 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Take a break from the workday and join meditation instructor Holly Graves for this monthly meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike.
  • Republic Branch Library - "A Man Called Ove" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Fredrik Backman.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Start Your Own Community Garden
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn the ins and outs of creating a community garden in your neighborhood. Maile Auterson from Springfield Community Gardens will cover everything from planting the right seeds for the space you have and managing volunteer gardeners to preserving and cooking the food that you grow.

Friday, March 13, 2015

  • - "Big Little Lies" (Northview Book Club)
    10:30 am to 11:30 am for senior adults.
    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. "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Rosie Project"
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for ages 20-40.
    Discuss a lively mix of fiction genres with others. "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "The Harlem Hellfighters" (Graphic Novels for Grown-ups)
    1:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Whether you’re new to the medium or have grown up with it, join us as we read and discuss contemporary and classic graphic literature from around the world. "The Harlem Hellfighters" by Max Brooks, illustrated by Caanan White.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Celtic Fire Irish Dancing Performance
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all ages.
    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Celtic Fire Irish Dancing group as they perform traditional Irish dances and clog dances along with Irish stories and songs.
  • Strafford Branch Library - "Downton Abbey" Tea Party
    2:00 pm for adults.
    Celebrate another great season of "Downton Abbey" with tea, discussion and an episode of your favorite period drama, not rated.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "King Arthur," rated PG-13.

Monday, March 16, 2015

  • Library Center - Appy Hour
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Want to learn how to do more with your smartphone and tablet? Learn about apps--what they are and how to find them--as we talk about popular social media apps, games, productivity apps and more. Feel free to bring your device.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Amy Falls Down" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Jincy Willett.
  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:30 pm for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials provided for use in the Library or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Library Station - TED Talk Tuesdays
    6:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Watch and discuss some of the most entertaining, inspiring and mind-blowing TED Talks. Each week we'll watch two talks on a particular topic and then discuss. Further reading lists will also be provided for those wanting a more in-depth topic view. Women and American Culture.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue: Zambia, Botswana and Beyond
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the meeting room for all ages.
    Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Karen McDonald experienced Zambia and Botswana in four-wheel drives, on foot and by dugout canoe. Hear about her experiences at a baboon research facility in Kafue National Park, her road trip to Victoria Falls and safaris through the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta."

Thursday, March 19, 2015

  • - "An Unfinished Life" (South Side Senior Center Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for senior adults.
    We meet every third Thursday of the month at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. "An Unfinished Life" by Mark Spragg.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Basic Garden Planning
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    It's almost spring, and that means it’s time to plant seeds! Library staff member and garden hobbyist Jennifer Gaffke will tell you how to get the most out of Missouri’s growing season and optimize the garden space you have.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    10:00 am to 11:30 am for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials will be provided for use in the Library, or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Throwback Theater
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for classic family favorites! "Darby O'Gill and the Little People," rated G.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Screwball Comedies
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. Feel free to bring your own snack. "Nothing Sacred," not rated, 1937.
  • Library Station - "I'm Burned Out!" Strategies to Identify and Overcome Burnout
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Work, school and relationships can all be sources of burnout. Most people can tell when they’re burned out, but not soon enough to counter the negative outcomes that burnout brings. Dr. Brandan Gremminger, a licensed clinical psychologist at Midwest Assessment & Psychotherapy Solutions, will help you understand the warning signs, the impact of burnout on ourselves and others, and proven ways to prevent it.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Gettysburg," rated PG.

Monday, March 23, 2015

  • Library Center - "A Stillness at Appomattox" (Civil War Book Discussion Group)
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Bruce Catton.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Alan Bradley.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Searching Online Catalogs. Ozarks Genealogical Society and Library staff member Patti Hobbs will provide tips and techniques for finding genealogy resources in online catalogs, including the Library's COOLcat.org. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Mary Todd Lincoln: Her Life in Four Stages
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for adults.
    Hal Funk, Missouri State University professor emeritus, will discuss Mary Todd Lincoln's life including her early years in Lexington, Ky., her young married life in Springfield, Ill., as First Lady during the White House years, and ending with her final years following President Abraham Lincoln's tragic death.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

  • Library Station - "My Beloved World" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Death Comes for the Archbishop" (Tea and Classics Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Enjoy a cup of tea and tackle some of the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels with us, one at a time. "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather.
  • Library Center - "The Teeth of the Souls"
    7:00 pm in meeting room B for adults.
    Author and Springfield native Steve Yates will talk about his book, "The Teeth of the Souls." This sequel to "Morkan's Quarry" set in Civil War Springfield, tells of a marriage betrayed, a lifelong and secret love, and an Ozarks city riven by an Easter lynching. Books will be available for purchase.
  • Library Station - From Jane Austen to Beyonce: The Public Lives of Women in Popular Culture
    7:00 pm in the Frisco room for adults.
    As part of Drury University’s Humanities Speaker Series, Dr. Katherine Gilbert, assistant professor of English and former director of Women and Gender Studies, will discuss the ways women in popular culture navigate the balance between their public and private lives. While women in the public spotlight, from Jane Austen to Beyoncé, may be centuries apart historically, Dr. Gilbert argues that they share a surprisingly similar set of questions and challenges in the public realm that repeat across centuries and genres.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Symposium
    9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the story hour room for adults.
    Join the Library's Local History and Genealogy Department for a one-day Genealogy Symposium. A handout covering all sessions will be given to participants. 9-10 a.m. Beginning Genealogy. Library staff member Renee Glass will present the basics of genealogy, including what records to search and how to use the information to establish a family tree. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. DNA: the Newest Tool in Genealogy. Library staff member Patti Hobbs will explain how DNA testing works and how it can enhance your genealogical research. 1:30-3 p.m. Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor. Library staff member Michael Price will present tips and techniques for researching your Civil War ancestors. Learn about records available for studying Civil War soldiers and how to trace their military experiences throughout the war. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Researching Native American Ancestors. Library staff member Renee Glass will show you where to look and what to look for in various records and tribes. No registration required. Call 616-0534 for more information.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    11:00 am for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. Disneynature's "Chimpanzee," rated G.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. Disneynatures "African Cats," rated G.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Hidalgo," rated PG-13.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

  • Library Center - Estate Planning Basics
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Confused about the estate planning process? An expert from Ozarks Elder Law will cover a different aspect of estate planning during each session of this three-part series. Durable Powers of Attorney and Guardianships.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Arcadia" (Brown Bag Book Discussion)
    12:15 pm to 1:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Bring your lunch and take a break from your workday with a good book. "Arcadia" by Lauren Groff.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

  • Library Station - Explore
    10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing, inclusive series aimed at developmentally challenged adults. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities.
  • Library Station - Explore
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing, inclusive series aimed at developmentally challenged adults. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "My Salinger Year" (Evening Book Discussion)
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Joanna Rakoff.
  • Springfield Art Museum - An Evening with "The Giver" Author Lois Lowry
    7:00 pm to 9:30 pm Springfield Art Museum for all ages.
    Lois Lowry, author of the "The Giver," is the keynote speaker for the Library’s April 2015 One Read. The annual one book, one community celebration focuses on Lowry’s haunting story set in a dystopian society. The book was the subject of a major motion picture in 2014. A troupe from the Springfield Little Theatre Education Series, under the direction of Rachel Jamieson, will present scenes from their production of "The Giver" as a introduction to the author's presentation. The event is free. After the event, the author will sign her books, available for purchase that night. A One Read event.
  • Library Center - "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" (NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings)
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Harrison room for ages 20-39.
    By Carol Rifka Brunt. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 3, 2015

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for First Friday Art Walk. On Display: One Read: Visual Interpretations of "The Giver" by artists Nathan Gamel, Gary Bedell, Old Mr. Bones, Meganne Rosen O'Neal and Christiano Bellotti. Some of the artists will be at the event from 6-8 p.m. to talk about their visual interpretations of the One Read Flash Fiction Contest winning submissions in celebration of "The Giver," the title for this year's one book, one community initiative. A One Read event.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Hypertufa Pots
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the meeting room for age 18 and older.
    Hypertufa is a rock-like substance you can use to make your own beautiful garden pots or decor. Learn how to mix and mold your own hypertufa creations to personalize your garden.
    Registration starts March 27; call 883-1974.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Fair Grove Branch Library Turns 15!
    12:00 pm to 6:00 pm for all ages.
    Help us celebrate 15 years of fun at the Fair Grove Branch Library! Snacks, prizes, games and lots of opportunities to share your own special memories of the Library will be available all afternoon.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Mummy," rated PG-13, 1999.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

  • Moxie Cinema - One Read Night at the Moxie
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Moxie Cinema for all ages.
    Watch "Fahrenheit 451," not rated, 1966, at Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave., Suite 101. Admission is free. A One Read event.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:30 pm for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials provided for use in the Library or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Republic Branch Library - "The Giver" (Evening Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm for adults.
    By Lois Lowry. A One Read event.
  • Republic Branch Library - Preserving Family Memories
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for all ages.
    Personal historian Wayne E. Groner will discuss the role of the Receiver of Memories in "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and methods for keeping family memories in permanent formats. A One Read event.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    What's in the News? Ozarks Genealogical Society and Library staff member John Rutherford will discuss newspapers available through the Library and what researchers can find of value besides obituaries. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Library Center - "The Giver" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Lois Lowry. A One Read event.
  • Willard Branch Library - "The Giver" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for adults.
    By Lois Lowry. A One Read event.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "The Giver" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm for adults.
    "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. A One Read event.
  • Park Central Branch Library - National Draw a Bird Day
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for age 16 and older.
    April 8 is National Draw a Bird Day. Try your hand at painting a bird during this hour-long class hosted by a representative from RSVPaint. All artists, aspiring artists and bird enthusiasts are welcome. Materials will be provided. Registration is required, so call early to reserve your spot.
    Registration starts March 2; call 831-1342.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Meditation at Midtown
    12:00 pm to 12:45 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Take a break from the work day and join meditation instructor Holly Graves for this monthly meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike.
  • Republic Branch Library - "The Giver" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Lois Lowry. A One Read event.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Fun with Paper Crafts
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to turn paper into beautiful, usable art at this monthly craft series. Materials provided; bring scissors and glue if you have them, or use ours. Blackout Poetry: Create unique and frame-worthy literary art in celebration of National Poetry Month.
  • Library Station - Preserving Family Memories
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for all ages.
    Personal historian Wayne E. Groner will discuss the role of the Receiver of Memories in "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and methods for keeping family memories in permanent formats. A One Read event.
  • Patton Alley Pub - One Read Trivia Night at Patton Alley Pub
    7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Patton Alley Pub for age 21 and older.
    Bring your friends in teams of 2-6 to a special night of literary and "The Giver"-related trivia. At Patton Alley Pub, 313 S. Patton Ave. A One Read event.

Friday, April 10, 2015

  • - "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" (Northview Book Club)
    10:30 am to 11:30 am for senior adults.
    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. "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" by Chris Bohjalian.
  • Wild Bob's Musical Book Club - Half-Time Trivia at Wild Bob's Musical Book Club
    6:30 pm Wild Bob's Musical Book Club for age 21 and older.
    Read "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and join us for half-time trivia at Wild Bob's Musical Book Club, a one-of-a-kind Springfield experience in which local singer/songwriters create original pieces inspired by the monthly pick. $5 cover. At Lindberg's, 318 W. Commercial St. A One Read event.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Craft for a Cause with Project Linus
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm for adults.
    Learn about Project Linus and make blankets for children in need. Bring fleece material if you have it, or use ours.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Ocean at the End of the Lane"
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for ages 20-40.
    Discuss a lively mix of fiction genres with others. "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Seconds" (Graphic Novels for Grown-ups)
    1:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Whether you’re new to the medium or have grown up with it, join us as we read and discuss contemporary and classic graphic literature from around the world. "Seconds" by Bryan Lee O'Malley with Jason Fischer, Dustin Harbin and Nathan Fairbairn.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Saturday Sounds
    4:30 pm for all ages.
    DUkes and QCUCs! Members of Drury University's Ukulele Club, the DUkes, and the Queen City Ukulele Club, the QCUCs, will perform a variety of tunes using the traditional instrument of Hawaii in both old and new styles. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear," not rated.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    The Sac River Bluegrass Band, formed in 2008, enjoys playing traditional bluegrass and old-time mountain music. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, April 13, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Stories for Life
    9:00 am to 10:00 am for adults.
    Designed for older or memory-impaired adults, this series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing.
  • Library Center - Memory, Meaning and Oral History: Preserving Cultural Heritage Through the Ages
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Dave Richards, Missouri State University associate professor of library science, will discuss how people have preserved and provided access to their history. The program will include how humans transmitted their cultural heritage from ancient times to the present, and what methods and materials people have used to record and preserve their thoughts, myths and history. Dave will also discuss the relatively recent use of oral history and its role in recording and preserving family and local history in Springfield through initiatives such as the Route 66 Oral History Project and the Ethnic Life Stories Project. A One Read event.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Stories for Life
    10:30 am to 11:30 am in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Designed for older or memory-impaired adults, this topical series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing. This program will focus on the history of memory keeping. A One Read event.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on current projects, share patterns, ideas and questions, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • - "Carmilla"
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. "Carmilla" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. At Hurt's Donut Company, 301 Park Central West.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Foreign Film Festival
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" not rated; in Mandarin with English subtitles.
  • Library Station - Freedom Winds Air Force Quintet
    7:00 pm in the Frisco room for all ages.
    Enjoy a free concert by the Freedom Winds Air Force Quintet. Freedom Winds is the main U.S. Air Force band in the Midwest, delivery professional music to small groups as well as concert halls across the Midwest. This dynamic woodwind ensemble performs music from renaissance to contemporary styles, popular marches and patriotic crowd pleasers.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue: Ozark Life Stories with Ed Fillmer -- Grist Mills of the Ozarks
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the meeting room for all ages.
    Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Award-winning freelance video journalist Ed Fillmer will give video presentations with some of his most popular glimpses of Ozarks culture and people. Fillmer's "KY3's Ozark Life" video stories aired during his 17 years as a reporter, photographer and producer at KYTV. He is Journalist in Residence for the History Museum on the Square.
  • The Coffee Ethic - "The Giver" (Downtown Book Club)
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm The Coffee Ethic for adults.
    The conversation will be flowing as we discuss provocative fiction, nonfiction and memoir at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square. "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. A One Read event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - What Do I Read Next? A Group for Book Lovers
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn about the best new and upcoming books, along with lesser-known classic gems. Feel free to bring recommendations of your own to share. Impressive Debuts.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

  • - "Some Luck" (South Side Senior Center Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for senior adults.
    We meet every third Thursday of the month at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. "Some Luck," by Jane Smiley
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Dystopian Literature
    7:00 pm to 8:30 am in the meeting room for all ages.
    Dr. Joel Chaston, distinguished professor of English at Missouri State University, will give a lecture about dystopian literature in celebration of the One Read title, "The Giver." A One Read event.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    10:00 am to 11:30 am for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials will be provided for use in the Library, or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Throwback Theater
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for classic family favorites! "The Apple Dumpling Gang," rated G.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. Disneynature's "Chimpanzee," rated G.
  • Library Center - Baseball and Med School: Matt McCarthy Tells All
    2:00 pm in meeting room B for adults.
    From wild days as a "minor league misfit" to a memoir about his medical training, author Matt McCarthy weaves best-selling, talked-about tales with humor. McCarthy will talk about his new Random House book, "The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly," as well as his New York Times bestseller, "Odd Man Out, A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit," during this special author event. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Screwball Comedies
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. Feel free to bring your own snack. "Top Hat," not rated, 1935.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Beautiful Creatures," rated PG-13.

Monday, April 20, 2015

  • Remington's - Friends Night Preview Sale
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for all ages.
    Shop the region's biggest book sale before it opens to the public! Show your Friends of the Library membership card to get in free, or pay $5 at the door to join the Friends that night. (Friends members should pay their dues in advance.) Remington's is located at 1655 W. Republic Road.
  • Library Station - Understanding Credit
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Becky Wright, Empire Bank, will discuss the importance of credit and how to improve it. Library staff members will be on hand to help you obtain a copy of your free credit report after the presentation. A Money Smart Week event.
  • Library Center - Retirement Planning Strategies in Today's Economy
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    An investment officer from U.S. Bank will discuss asset allocation, risk tolerance and portfolio construction in a low-interest-rate environment. Attendees will also learn techniques to evaluate individual retirement savings. A Money Smart Week event.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

  • Remington's - Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
    10:00 am to 8:00 pm for all ages.
    Shop bargain-priced books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl records, puzzles and games at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Get in on these great bargains: adult, young adult and children’s books and most audiovisual items -- $1 or less; better books -- $2 and up. Cash or check only. At Remington's, 1655 W. Republic Road. Call Jim at 872-5149.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Giver" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Lois Lowry. A One Read event.
  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:30 pm for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials provided for use in the Library or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Library Station - TED Talks Tuesdays
    6:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Watch and discuss some of the most entertaining, inspiring and mind-blowing TED Talks. Each week we'll watch two talks on a particular topic then discuss. Further reading lists will also be provided for those wanting a more in-depth topic view. The Importance of Poetry.
  • Library Center - Estate Planning Basics
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Confused about the estate planning process? An expert from Ozarks Elder Law will cover a different aspect of estate planning during each session of this three-part series. Estate Planning and Probate Matters. A Money Smart Week event.
  • Library Station - Lincoln in Springfield
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Frisco room for adults.
    During the 24 years Abraham Lincoln lived in Springfield, Ill., he practiced law, served in the Illinois legislature, married, served one term in the U.S. Congress, helped to start the new Republican Party and was elected President of the United States. Hal Funk, Missouri State University professor emeritus, will discuss these important aspects of Lincoln’s life and show slides of historic Lincoln sites in Springfield.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Publishing Your Family History. Based on his own experience, Eric Wells, Jack of all trades, will discuss using your genealogical research to publish a family history. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Remington's - Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
    10:00 am to 8:00 pm for all ages.
    Shop bargain-priced books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl records, puzzles and games at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Get in on these great bargains: adult, young adult and children’s books and most audiovisual items -- $1 or less; better books -- $2 and up. Cash or check only. At Remington's, 1655 W. Republic Road. Call Jim at 872-5149.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Digitizing History: Preserving Missouri's World War I Artifacts Online
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Over There: Missouri and the Great War" is a statewide digitization project that aims to preserve Missouri's World War I history by making rare documents, photographs and other media available online. Library staff members Gary Larsen and Ben Divin will provide an overview of the project's fascinating finds and discuss the process of digitizing valuable historical items.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • Remington's - Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
    10:00 am to 8:00 pm for all ages.
    Shop bargain-priced books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl records, puzzles and games at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Get in on these great bargains: adult, young adult and children’s books and most audiovisual items -- $1 or less; better books -- $2 and up. Cash or check only. At Remington's, 1655 W. Republic Road. Call Jim at 872-5149.
  • Library Station - "The Giver" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. A One Read event.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Brideshead Revisited" (Tea and Classics Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Enjoy a cup of tea and tackle some of the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels with us, one at a time. "Brideshead Revisited" by Evelyn Waugh.

Friday, April 24, 2015

  • Remington's - Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
    10:00 am to 8:00 pm for all ages.
    Shop bargain-priced books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl records, puzzles and games at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Get in on these great bargains: adult, young adult and children’s books and most audiovisual items -- $1 or less; better books -- $2 and up. Cash or check only. At Remington's, 1655 W. Republic Road. Call Jim at 872-5149.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

  • - Better Business Bureau Secure Your ID Day
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm for adults.
    Gather up unwanted documents and take advantage of this FREE shredding service. Drive up and drop off up to three (3) bags or boxes of documents to be securely shredded on the spot! Have more than three bags or boxes? You may go through the line as many times as you need. No cardboard or three-ring binders please. At the Great Southern Bank Operations Center, 218 S. Glenstone. A Money Smart Week event.
  • Remington's - Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
    10:00 am to 5:00 pm for all ages.
    Shop bargain-priced books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl records, puzzles and games at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Get in on these great bargains: adult, young adult and children’s books and most audiovisual items -- $1 or less; better books -- $2 and up. Cash or check only. At Remington's, 1655 W. Republic Road. Call Jim at 872-5149.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    11:00 am for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. "Babies," rated PG.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Give a Book, Take a Book: Book Swap
    1:00 pm to 5:00 pm for all ages.
    Nothing new between the covers in your library? Bring your unwanted book in anytime between 1 and 5 p.m. and trade it for a new-to-you book. Unclaimed books will go to the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:15 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "National Treasure," rated PG.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

  • Remington's - Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
    1:00 pm to 5:00 pm for all ages.
    Shop bargain-priced books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl records, puzzles and games at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Get in on these great bargains: adult, young adult and children’s books and most audiovisual items -- $1 or less; better books -- $2 and up. Cash or check only. At Remington's, 1655 W. Republic Road. Call Jim at 872-5149.

Monday, April 27, 2015

  • Library Station - Planting Your Spring Garden
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Frisco room for adults.
    Patrick Byers, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist, will explain how to grow a successful spring vegetable garden.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "The Giver" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Lois Lowry. A One Read event.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Library Station - An Evening of Verse
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Frisco room for adults.
    To cap off National Poetry Month, poets Sara Burge of Missouri State University and Karen Craigo and Jo Van Arkel of Drury University, will each read from their work, followed by Q & A. Check in with the Library Station information desk every day in April for a new poem to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for First Friday Art Walk. On display: Sumi-e Japanese Painting and Prints by Allen Lee.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Talk
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for adults.
    Artist Allen Lee will discuss Samurai Swords of the 1500s and display pieces from his collection.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Vintage Garden Mosaics
    9:00 am to 11:00 am in the meeting room for age 18 and older.
    Get inspired in this two-part workshop taught by mosaic artist Pam Powell. Learn about the mosaic process while creating a bird feeder for your garden using broken vintage dishes. Bring a 4-inch terracotta pot and 8-inch terracotta saucer, all other materials will be provided. Register once for both sessions.
    Registration starts April 24; call 883-1974.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Frankenstein," 1931, and "The Bride of Frankenstein," both films not rated.

Monday, May 4, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Mastering RootsMagic Genealogy Software. Don Pruitt, Ozarks Genealogy Society member and longtime user of RootsMagic, will share his experience and expertise. Bring your laptops and mobile devices with the software or app installed for a hands-on session. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:30 pm for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials provided for use in the Library or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Republic Branch Library - "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" (Evening Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm for adults.
    By Roz Chast.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "State of Wonder" (Brown Bag Book Discussion)
    12:15 pm to 1:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Bring your lunch and take a break from your workday with a good book. "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

  • Library Station - Explore
    10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing, inclusive series aimed at developmentally challenged adults. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities.
  • Library Station - Explore
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing, inclusive series aimed at developmentally challenged adults. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Fun with Paper Crafts
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to turn paper into beautiful, usable art at this monthly craft series. Materials provided; bring scissors and glue if you have them, or use ours. Mini Notebooks: Fold your own functional book using one of several basic bookbinding techniques.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Station Eleven" (Evening Book Discussion)
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Emily St. John Mandel.
  • Library Center - "All the Light We Cannot See" (NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings)
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Harrison room for age 20-39.
    By Anthony Doerr. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, May 8, 2015

  • - "To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care" (Northview Book Club)
    10:30 am to 11:30 am for senior adults.
    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. "To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care" by Cris Beam.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Vintage Garden Mosaics
    9:00 am to 11:00 am in the meeting room for age 18 and older.
    Get inspired in this two-part workshop taught by mosaic artist Pam Powell. Learn about the mosaic process while creating a bird feeder for your garden using broken vintage dishes. Bring a 4-inch terracotta pot and 8-inch terracotta saucer, all other materials will be provided. Register once for both sessions.
    Registration starts April 24; call 883-1974.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Miniaturist"
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for ages 20-40.
    Discuss a lively mix of fiction genres with others. "The Miniaturist" by Jessie Burton.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Acoustic Guitar with Don Harmening
    1:00 pm for adults.
    Join us for an afternoon of classic acoustic folk and rock music performed by Don Harmening.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "RASL" (Graphic Novels for Grown-ups)
    1:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Whether you’re new to the medium or have grown up with it, join us as we read and discuss contemporary and classic graphic literature from around the world. "RASL," by Jeff Smith with Steve Hamaker.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Mummy," 1932, and "The Mummy's Hand," both films not rated.

Monday, May 11, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Stories for Life
    9:00 am to 10:00 am for adults.
    Designed for older or memory-impaired adults, this series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Stories for Life
    10:30 am to 11:30 am in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Designed for older or memory-impaired adults, this topical series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on current projects, share patterns, ideas and questions, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • - "The Heavens Rise"
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for adults.
    Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. "The Heavens Rise" by Christopher Rice. At Hurts Donut Company, 301 Park Central West.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Foreign Film Festival
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    "The Auction," not rated; French with English subtitles.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Greene County Resources on the Secretary of State’s Website. Leslie James, field archivist with the Local Records Preservation Program, will demonstrate some of the online resources available on sos.mo.gov, including the Judicial Database and Missouri’s Union Provost Marshal Papers Index. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Library Center - "The Weight of Blood" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Laura McHugh.
  • Willard Branch Library - "After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for adults.
    By Michael Hainey.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "The Great Gatsby" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm for adults.
    By F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - A Videographer's Tale: Ozark Life Stories with Ed Fillmer.
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Strangely Named Towns of the Ozarks." Award-winning freelance video journalist Ed Fillmer will give video presentations with some of his most popular glimpses of Ozarks culture and people. Fillmer's "KY3's Ozark Life" video stories aired during his 17 years as a reporter, photographer and producer at KYTV. He is Journalist in Residence for the History Museum on the Square.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Meditation at Midtown
    12:00 pm to 12:45 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Take a break from the work day and join meditation instructor Holly Graves for this monthly meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike.
  • Republic Branch Library - "Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Elizabeth Mitchell.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    10:00 am to 11:30 am for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials will be provided for use in the Library, or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Bluegrass in the Park
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us as we kick off the Summer Reading Program with an afternoon of live bluegrass music by Red Bridge Bluegrass in the park behind the Library. Bring a picnic for the family; no alcohol allowed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Screwball Comedies
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. Feel free to bring your own snack. "The Awful Truth," not rated, 1937.
  • Willard Branch Library - Exploring Native American Flutes with Jerry Fretwell
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
    Native American flute maker Jerry Fretwell will discuss the cultural history behind Native American flutes and perform a few songs. A selection of his flutes will be on display.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 9:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," rated G, and "The Return of Swamp Thing," rated PG-13.
  • Library Center - GeezerFest
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Patio for all ages.
    Enjoy an evening of classic rock'n'roll from the 60s and 70s with Geezer, featuring Richard Struckoff, Mark Ellman, Mark Pasquale, Duane Lewis, Rusty Swift, Jana Henderson and David Sharon. Bring a lawn chair and join us on the patio! Event will move to the auditorium in the case of rain.

Monday, May 18, 2015

  • Library Center - "A Year in the South: Four Lives in 1865" (Civil War Book Discussion Group)
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Stephen V. Ash.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Miranda Richmond Mouillot.
  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:30 pm for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials provided for use in the Library or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Library Station - TED Talks Tuesdays
    6:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Watch and discuss some of the most entertaining, inspiring and mind-blowing TED Talks. Each week we'll watch two talks on a particular topic and then discuss. Further reading lists will also be provided for those wanting a more in-depth topic view. Indulge Your Wanderlust.
  • Library Center - Estate Planning Basics
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Confused about the estate planning process? An expert from Ozarks Elder Law will cover a different aspect of estate planning during each session of this three-part series. Nursing Home and Long Term Care Planning.
  • Library Center - Stargazing with the Springfield Astronomical Society
    8:30 pm to 10:00 pm for all ages.
    Members of the Springfield Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes on the Library Center's south lawn to give us an "up-close" view of the night sky. Expect to view Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and the moon if the sky is clear. Rain date: May 21.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue: RAGBRAI -- Bicycle Parade Across Iowa
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the meeting room for all ages.
    Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Since 1973, biking enthusiasts have participated in RAGBRAI, The (Des Moines) Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Library staff member Miranda Stringer will share her experiences from this amazing and colorful 450 mile "bicycle parade."
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - What Do I Read Next? A Group for Book Lovers
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn about the best new and upcoming books, along with lesser-known classic gems. Feel free to bring recommendations of your own to share. Smart Beach Reads.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

  • - "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery" (South Side Senior Book Discussion Group)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for senior adults.
    We meet every third Thursday of the month at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery" by Alan Bradley.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Throwback Theater
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for classic family favorites! "Candleshoe," rated G.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - DIY Herbal Remedies for Summer
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Library staff member Gina Marie Walden will demonstrate how to make herbal sunblock and insect repellent, and share some herbal iced tea recipes that will keep you refreshed during those hot summer days.
    Registration starts May 12; call 862-0135.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Reader's Choice (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm for adults.
    What have you been reading lately? Join us and talk about your favorite new book.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Wolfman," 1941, and "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman," both films not rated.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Some Luck" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Jane Smiley.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    "Footprints to Land Records: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Ancestor’s Land." Author Donnis Slusser Crane’s new book begins with the 1803 Lewis and Clark expedition from St. Louis. Most of the land from there West, including Missouri, was mapped using the Government Rectangular Survey method. Donnis will show how that mapping system works. Books will be available for purchase. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Brewing Kombucha for Beginners
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Kombucha is a bubbly, healthful drink that retails for $4 a bottle. Did you know it's easy and cheap to brew your own at home? Kombucha aficionado Sabra Zay and Library staff member Cassie Fox will teach you how to make homemade kombucha and answer questions about the brewing process.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

  • Library Station - "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale" by Lynda Rutledge
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central TV Night
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for age 14 and older.
    Get your couch potato on at the Library as we watch two episodes of "Supernatural," rated TV-14, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester's demon-hunting adventures. Snacks will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Pale Fire" (Tea and Classics Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Enjoy a cup of tea and tackle some of the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels with us, one at a time. "Pale Fire" by Vladimir Nabokov.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    11:00 am for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. "Born to Be Wild," rated G.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. Disneynature's "Wings of Life" rated G.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Dracula," not rated, 1931.
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