LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Monday, June 27, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Not Just for Kids Picture Book Talk
    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Drop by the community room for children's librarian Dawn McClain's monthly picks and tips on how you can enjoy picture books as much as the kids you are reading to. Children optional. call 742-4258.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  • Temporary Brentwood Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "A Strangeness in My Mind" by Orhan Pamuk Due to library renovation, this event will take place at the Van K. Smith Community Health Library in the C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center, 2055 S. Fremont Ave., Mercy Hospital campus. call 862-0135.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    6 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of staying between the lines, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials and light snack provided. call 831-1342.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

  • Library Station - Spending Smart
    5:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Learn to stretch your dollars and master your money. Landy Dixon with Consumer Credit Counseling will teach you how to create a solid plan to improve your financial situation. This session will include information about money management skills, credit reports and scores. call 865-1340.
  • Library Station - Yoga for Everyone
    6:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Library staff member and certified yoga instructor Kim Duquette will guide you in seated and standing poses, breath work and meditation suitable for all levels. No need to bring a mat; street clothes welcome, but we will remove our shoes, ties and belts. call 865-1340.

Friday, July 1, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6-9 p.m. for adults.
    At 6 p.m., the creators of The Thread, a zine celebrating local creativity, will share their zine collection and provide supplies for making one-page zines. On Display: Paintings in the Colorist Style by Carole Lobry Ogden Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit. call 831-1342.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Isis: Inside the Army of Terror" by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan
    Current Issues Book Discussion

    2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Isis: Inside the Army of Terror" by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan Discuss books about some of the most pressing issues of our time. call 862-0135.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen
    Parent & Child Book Discussion

    5 p.m. in the community room for grade 3 and older.
    "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen Parents and children are invited to join us every month for a discussion of classic stories and contemporary favorites that readers of all ages can enjoy. call 759-2637.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

  • Library Station - Explore
    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing series aimed at everyone, including adults with developmental challenges. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities. call 865-1340.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Scrabble Tournament
    4-6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Test your wordy abilities against other Scrabble enthusiasts. call 759-2637.
  • Temporary Brentwood Branch Library - Evening Book Discussion
    6:30-8:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania" by Erik Larson Due to library renovation, this event will take place in the C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center support group room, 2055 S. Fremont Ave., Mercy Hospital Campus. call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Springfield’s Historic Sweet Spots
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    From Mrs. Worrell’s Confectionary in the 1870s to the Springfield Creamery in the 1920s to Hurts Donut Company today, Springfield history has some real treats. Local History Associate Konrad Stump will discuss some of Springfield’s favorite sweet spots through the years. call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - Young Adult
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

    7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for ages 20-39.
    Young Adult Bring Your Own Book (BYOB). Bring a title from the month's featured theme to share with the group. Refreshments will be provided. call 882-0714.

Friday, July 8, 2016

  • Offsite - "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski
    Northview Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. in the Northview Center for senior adults.
    "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St. call 865-1340.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for all ages.
    DisneyNature's "Monkey Kingdom," rated G Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. call 759-2637.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Let's Make Miniatures!
    10:30 a.m. for age 12 and older.
    Wee Magical Fairy Doors We'll make a tiny craft each month. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson
    The Bookies

    1 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40 .
    "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson Discuss a lively mix of fiction genres with others. call 751-2933.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-in Theater
    2-4 p.m. for all ages.
    "101 Dalmatians," rated G, 1961 call 831-1342.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy bluegrass and country tunes by the South Wynns, the Wynn family band, featuring Berry Wynn, Betty Wynn, Amanda Marlow, Casey Freeland and Alan Young. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. call 882-0714.

Monday, July 11, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Not Just for Kids Picture Book Talk
    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Drop by the community room for children's librarian Dawn McClain's monthly picks and tips on how you can enjoy picture books as much as the kids you are reading to. Children optional. call 742-4258.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on your current projects, share patterns, ideas and questions, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome. call 751-2933.
  • Republic Branch Library - "Blood Silver: The Yocum Dollar" by Woody P. Snow
    Ozarks History Book Discussion

    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Blood Silver: The Yocum Dollar" by Woody P. Snow Experience the early years of the Missouri Ozarks through works of fiction and nonfiction. call 732-7284.
  • Library Station - Cooking with Tomatoes Class
    6 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for all ages.
    Learn to use your homegrown tomatoes to prepare fresh pico de gallo and delicious bruschetta with Cathy Gaw from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. call 865-1340.
  • Offsite - Donuts & Death
    6 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    "Alice" by Christina Henry Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. At Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West. call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - School of Uke
    6:30-8 p.m. in the meeting rooms A and B 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 June 28; call 883-5341.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

  • Library Center - "1776" by David McCullough
    Book Discussion

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "1776" by David McCullough call 882-0714.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" by Daniel Brown
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" by Daniel Brown call 759-2637.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

  • Republic Branch Library - "Necessary Lies" by Diane Chamberlain
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Necessary Lies" by Diane Chamberlain call 732-7284.
  • Library Center - DIY With a Purpose
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Energy Efficiency Fixes You Can Do. Learn how to make your home more sound and efficient with suitable products, windows and insulation. Learn home repairs with us, share it on a Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Mo., site, apply it at home! At the Library: Each month, Habitat for Humanity’s construction professionals will teach a free class on a home improvement skill that's useful for new and established homeowners, and DIY-loving renters. At a Habitat construction site: Volunteer under the supervision of Habitat staff and get comfortable with DIY before you tackle your own home project, and help a Habitat family. At home: Comfortable with your new skills, now you’re ready to DIY at home! call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale" by Joseph Conrad
    Classics Book Discussion

    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale" by Joseph Conrad Tackle the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels with us, one at a time. call 862-0135.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

  • Library Center - Keep Calm and Color On
    1-4 p.m. in the meeting rooms A and B for adults.
    Drop in at your leisure and color your stress away. We'll provide the materials, refreshments and a stress-free, tranquil environment. Don't forget to invite your friends! call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Cary Grant Comedies
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "Father Goose," not rated, 1964 Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. call 882-0714.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Glow-in-the-Dark Mason Jar Lanterns
    2 p.m. for adults.
    A Library staff member will demonstrate how to create glow-in-the-dark lanterns out of Mason jars, perfect for summer nights. Materials will be provided.
    Registration starts July 5; call 831-1342.
  • Library Station - Old-time Know-how
    3 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Basic Sewing. Maintain your clothes and get a little more life out of them with some basic sewing skills. Learn how to fix a popped seam, replace buttons and more. call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Geocaching 101
    6-8 p.m. in the meeting room B for all ages.
    Geocaching is a high-tech scavenger hunt that can lead to urban exploration and outdoor adventures for families. Join library staff member Andrew Mann in this beginner's guide to geocaching. Bring a smartphone or GPS device if you have one. call 865-1340.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Library Center - "Mark Well The Spot Where They Meet:" A History of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Local History Associate Michael Price will trace the development of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Learn how community leaders preserved this local landmark and see the changes that have taken place over the years. call 882-0714.

Monday, July 18, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Not Just for Kids Picture Book Talk
    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Drop by the community room for children's librarian Dawn McClain's monthly picks and tips on how you can enjoy picture books as much as the kids you are reading to. Children optional. call 742-4258.
  • Offsite - "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera
    Postmodern Book Club

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Our Souls at Night" by Kent Haruf call 751-2933.
  • Library Center - TEDxSGLibraryCenter Talks
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Bacteria in our gut affects our brains. Transforming classic management into millennial-era leadership. The Unexpected Journey to Becoming a Writer. If you love the popular TEDTalk podcasts, you’ll enjoy an evening of these and other bite-sized lectures from some of Springfield's most innovative and creative thinkers. In true TedTalk fashion, the topics will be broad and multidisciplinary, but thought provoking and inspirational. We'll also watch some pre-recorded TedTalk videos. call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - "Far from the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
    Books You Always Meant to Read

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "Far from the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy A classics book discussion. call 882-0714.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Ancestry Retires Family Tree Maker -- Now What? Ancestry recently retired its Family Tree Maker software and will not provide technical support or updates for the software after 2016. OGS member John Carter will discuss the options available for genealogists who use the software for evaluating and storing their research. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. call 882-0714.
  • Temporary Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue
    noon for adults.
    "Explore the British Isles" Library staff member Alana Myler shares scenes from London, Edinburgh and Belfast, along with fascinating historical sites including the Giant's Causeway and Hadrian's Wall. Bring a sack lunch. Due to library renovation, this event will take place at the Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road. call 883-1974.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

  • Offsite - "The Good Luck of Right Now" by Matthew Quick
    South Side Senior Center Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the South Side Senior Center for senior adults.
    "The Good Luck of Right Now" by Matthew Quick We meet every third Thursday of the month at the South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. call 862-0135.
  • Offsite - "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams
    Books & Brew

    4 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss representations of Missouri history and culture in popular fiction and nonfiction at Mother’s Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. call 882-0714.
  • Republic Branch Library - Quilling and Papercrafting for beginners
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Learn quilling and paper craft basics. Materials will be provided. call 732-7284.

Friday, July 22, 2016

  • Offsite - Team Trivia Night at Missouri Spirits
    7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Offsite for adults .
    Recruit and register a team of four to six adults, age 21 and older, to compete in our team trivia night at Missouri Spirits Distillery, 507 W. Walnut St. Our hosts will craft and sell a special book-inspired cocktail and appetizer just for us. Don't have a team? Sign up solo and we'll find a team for you.
    Registration starts July 1; call 883-5341.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

  • Library Station - "Transference" Book Talk with Angela McCubbins
    noon-2 p.m. in the Frisco Room for all ages.
    Author Angela McCubbins, who also works as a dental hygienist, will discuss her young adult novel, "Transference." Liv and Oliver, siblings with a psychic connection, must face perilous danger to save their family, themselves and their secret. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. call 865-1340.

Monday, July 25, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Not Just for Kids Picture Book Talk
    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Drop by the community room for children's librarian Dawn McClain's monthly picks and tips on how you can enjoy picture books as much as the kids you are reading to. Children optional. call 742-4258.
  • Library Center - Watch the feature film "Ride With The Devil," rated R, based on the Civil War novel, "Woe to Live On" by Daniel Woodrell.
    Civil War Book Discussion Group

    6:30-9 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Watch the feature film "Ride With The Devil," rated R, based on the Civil War novel, "Woe to Live On" by Daniel Woodrell. call 882-0714.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

  • Temporary Brentwood Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir" by Ruth Wariner Due to library renovation, this event will take place at the Van K. Smith Community Health Library in the C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center, 2055 S. Fremont Ave., Mercy Hospital campus. call 865-1340.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    6 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of staying between the lines, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials and light snack provided. call 831-1342.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Our community's youngest citizens need your help! The Good Hearts Knitting Circle will knit red hats for babies born next February to raise awareness about congenital heart disease as part of the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts program. Don't know how to knit? No problem, we'll show you how! Join Cheryl Blevins, public health nurse with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and other knitters as we work together to help newborns in the Ozarks. All skill levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Materials will be provided, or bring your own. call 831-1342.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

  • Library Station - "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War" by Karen Abbott
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War" by Karen Abbott call 865-1340.
  • Library Station - Yoga for Everyone
    6:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Library staff member and certified yoga instructor Kim Duquette will guide you in seated and standing poses, breath work and meditation suitable for all levels. No need to bring a mat; street clothes welcome, but we will remove our shoes, ties and belts. call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - The Army On the Border, 1916
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    On March 9, 1916, Francisco “Pancho” Villa's soldiers attacked Columbus, N. M. The U.S. Army, under the command of Gen. John J. Pershing, responded with an invasion of northern Mexico. Author Jeff Patrick will discuss this attack on American territory, Pershing's “Punitive Expedition” and the service of the Missouri National Guard protecting the Mexican border from 1916-17. call 882-0714.

Monday, August 1, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Not Just for Kids Picture Book Talk
    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Drop by the community room for children's librarian Dawn McClain's monthly picks and tips on how you can enjoy picture books as much as the kids you are reading to. Children optional. call 742-4258.
  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the meeting rooms A and B for adults.
    Tombstone Maintenance and Restoration. OGS members Fran Black and Rose Jones will discuss when to fix a tombstone, the do's and don'ts of repair and things to consider when finding a tombstone in disrepair. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. call 882-0714.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

  • Library Station - Super Easy Seed Saving Class
    6:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more from Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist for the University of Missouri Extension. call 865-1340.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Holes" by Louis Sachar
    Parent & Child Book Discussion

    5 p.m. in the community room for grade 3 and older.
    "Holes" by Louis Sachar Parents and children are invited to join us every month for a discussion of classic stories and contemporary favorites that readers of all ages can enjoy. call 759-2637.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

  • Library Station - Explore
    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing series aimed at everyone, including adults with developmental challenges. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities. call 865-1340.
  • Temporary Brentwood Branch Library - Evening Book Discussion
    6:30-8:30 p.m. for adults.
    "The Flood Girls" by Richard Fifield Due to library renovation, this event will take place in the C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center support group room, 2055 S. Fremont Ave., Mercy Hospital Campus. call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Gathering Dust (a book you've always meant to read)
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

    7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for ages 20-39.
    Gathering Dust (a book you've always meant to read) Bring Your Own Book (BYOB). Bring a title from the month's featured theme to share with the group. Refreshments will be provided. call 882-0714.

Friday, August 5, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6-9 p.m. for adults.
    At 6 p.m., Juanita Lee and Kenny Key of the bluegrass band Blue Train will perform eclectic duets in the folk, country, gospel and pop traditions. On Display: Paintings by Dorene Cantrell Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit. call 831-1342.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

  • Library Center - Meet the 3-D Printer
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    3-D printing allows people to create anything from functional prosthetics to decorative figurines for a fraction of the cost. In this demonstration, you will learn more about 3-D printing and watch as the Library’s own MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation) prints a 3-D object right before your eyes.
    Registration starts July 25; call 883-5341.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert
    Current Issues Book Discussion

    2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert Discuss books about some of the most pressing issues of our time. call 862-0135.

Monday, August 8, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Not Just for Kids Picture Book Talk
    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Drop by the community room for children's librarian Dawn McClain's monthly picks and tips on how you can enjoy picture books as much as the kids you are reading to. Children optional. call 742-4258.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on your current projects, share patterns, ideas and questions, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome. call 751-2933.
  • Republic Branch Library - "Confederate Girlhoods: A Women's History of Early Springfield, Missouri: The Selected Memoirs, Correspondence, and Literature of the Campbell-McCammon family, as preserved in the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County" edited by Craig A. Meyer
    Ozarks History Book Discussion

    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Confederate Girlhoods: A Women's History of Early Springfield, Missouri: The Selected Memoirs, Correspondence, and Literature of the Campbell-McCammon family, as preserved in the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County" edited by Craig A. Meyer Experience the early years of the Missouri Ozarks through works of fiction and nonfiction. call 732-7284.
  • Offsite - Donuts & Death
    6 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    "Blood Secrets" by Craig Jones Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. At Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West. call 831-1342.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

  • Library Center - "At the Water's Edge" by Sara Gruen
    Book Discussion

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "At the Water's Edge" by Sara Gruen call 882-0714.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" by Azar Nafisi
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" by Azar Nafisi call 759-2637.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

  • Republic Branch Library - "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore call 732-7284.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys
    Classics Book Discussion

    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys Tackle the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels with us, one at a time. call 862-0135.

Friday, August 12, 2016

  • Offsite - "Everybody Rise" by Stephanie Clifford
    Northview Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. in the Northview Center for senior adults.
    "Everybody Rise" by Stephanie Clifford Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St. call 865-1340.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Crosswords and Coloring
    4 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Unwind from your work week with puzzles and coloring pages for adults. Materials will be provided. call 736-9233.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for all ages.
    "Hubble," rated G Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. call 759-2637.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Let's Make Miniatures!
    10:30 a.m. for age 12 and older.
    Bite-sized Bestsellers We'll make a tiny craft each month. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Girl You Left Behind" by Jojo Moyes
    The Bookies

    1 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40 .
    "The Girl You Left Behind" by Jojo Moyes Discuss a lively mix of fiction genres with others. call 751-2933.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Super Easy Seed Saving
    1-2:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more from Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist for the University of Missouri Extension.
    Registration starts August 1; call 862-0135.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-in Theater
    2-4 p.m. for all ages.
    "Shaun the Sheep," rated PG call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu in Concert
    4:30-6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Singer/songwriters Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu are The Creek Rocks, an Ozarks old-time/folk duo influenced by greats Jimmy Driftwood and Grandpa Jones. The concert is part of the AARP Passport to an Active Summer, a collaboration with the Library and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board to provide free summer events for all ages.
    Registration starts July 18; call email aarp.cvent.com/thecreekrocks, or call AARP 1-877-926-8300.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    The Sac River Bluegrass Band, playing together since 2008, includes Jim Glenn, Josh Gilbert, Andy Johnston, Rieley Robison, Earl Freeman and Ned Horner. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. call 882-0714.

Monday, August 15, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Not Just for Kids Picture Book Talk
    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Drop by the community room for children's librarian Dawn McClain's monthly picks and tips on how you can enjoy picture books as much as the kids you are reading to. Children optional. call 742-4258.
  • Offsite - "Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami
    Postmodern Book Club

    7 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    "Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami Are you a fan of the weird stuff? Discuss a genre-defying novel over a coffee, tea or beer at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square. call 831-1342.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Medicine Walk" by Richard Wagamese call 751-2933.
  • Library Center - "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton
    Books You Always Meant to Read

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton A classics book discussion. call 882-0714.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Copyright and the Genealogist. Copyright is a legal issue that genealogists must consider as they determine what they can collect, copy and present to others. Can I take a photo of a document or gravestone and post it on my website? Can I include a digitized newspaper clipping on my website or in the book I'm writing? Joshua Lambert, librarian at Missouri State University's Meyer Library, will explain. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. call 882-0714.
  • Temporary Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue
    noon for adults.
    Photo hobbyist and self-taught naturalist Bob Ball takes you on "A Nature Walk in Southern Appalachia" as he shares the flora and fauna from the Washington, D.C. area to the historic town of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., with stops at Monongahela National Forest, Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and more. Bring a sack lunch. Due to library renovation, this event will take place at the Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road. call 883-1974.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

  • Offsite - "Notes from a Small Island" by Bill Bryson
    South Side Senior Center Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the South Side Senior Center for senior adults.
    "Notes from a Small Island" by Bill Bryson We meet every third Thursday of the month at the South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. call 862-0135.
  • Offsite - "Pudd’nhead Wilson" by Mark Twain
    Books & Brew

    4 p.m. in the Offsite for adults.
    "Pudd’nhead Wilson" by Mark Twain Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss representations of Missouri history and culture in popular fiction and nonfiction at Mother’s Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - DIY With a Purpose
    6 p.m. in the basement meeting room for adults.
    Toilet Troubleshooting, Repair and Installation. Learn about the components of a toilet and how they work, and find out about practical and easy ways to do minor repairs without having to call a professional. Learn home repairs with us, share it on a Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Mo., site, apply it at home! At the Library: Each month, Habitat for Humanity’s construction professionals will teach a free class on a home improvement skill that's useful for new and established homeowners, and DIY-loving renters. At a Habitat construction site: Volunteer under the supervision of Habitat staff and get comfortable with DIY before you tackle your own home project, and help a Habitat family. At home: Comfortable with your new skills, now you’re ready to DIY at home! call 862-0135.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Cary Grant Comedies
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "Room for One More," not rated, 1952 Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. call 882-0714.
  • Library Station - Old-time Know-how
    3 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Bread Baking. Join us for a conversation about the basics and the delicious things that you can create from yeast, flour and water. call 865-1340.

Monday, August 22, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Not Just for Kids Picture Book Talk
    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Drop by the community room for children's librarian Dawn McClain's monthly picks and tips on how you can enjoy picture books as much as the kids you are reading to. Children optional. call 742-4258.
  • Republic Branch Library - Crochet Crafts
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Tired of crocheting dolies and blankets? Learn how to crochet crafts that can be both decorative and useful. Materials will be provided. call 732-7284.
  • Library Center - Bring your favorite Civil War book to discuss.
    Civil War Book Discussion Group

    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    Bring your favorite Civil War book to discuss. call 882-0714.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • Temporary Brentwood Branch Library - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "The Tsar of Love and Techno" by Anthony Marra Due to library renovation, this event will take place at the Van K. Smith Community Health Library in the C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center, 2055 S. Fremont Ave., Mercy Hospital campus. call 865-1340.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    6 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of staying between the lines, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials and light snack provided. call 831-1342.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Our community's youngest citizens need your help! The Good Hearts Knitting Circle will knit red hats for babies born next February to raise awareness about congenital heart disease as part of the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts program. Don't know how to knit? No problem, we'll show you how! Join Cheryl Blevins, public health nurse with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and other knitters as we work together to help newborns in the Ozarks. All skill levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Materials will be provided, or bring your own. call 831-1342.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

  • Library Station - "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin call 865-1340.
  • Library Station - Yoga for Everyone
    6:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Library staff member and certified yoga instructor Kim Duquette will guide you in seated and standing poses, breath work and meditation suitable for all levels. No need to bring a mat; street clothes welcome, but we will remove our shoes, ties and belts. call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Sketches from Springfield: A Cartoon History
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The cartoons of Bob Palmer, Betty Love, Emil Remelsberger and other cartoonists litter the pages of Springfield’s historic newspapers and periodicals. Learn about the lives and works of cartoonists in and from Springfield from Local History Associate Konrad Stump. call 882-0714.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

  • Library Center - LibraryCon
    11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for all ages.
    Celebrate your fandoms and geekiness with panels, games, geeky storytime, special guests and more during our second annual LibraryCon. Event & panel lineup in the auditorium: 11 a.m. Fandom Starts Early Storytime; noon What Geeks Should Read Next (Geeky Reads): What's New in Fantasy, Science Fiction and Comics; 1 p.m. Illustrator Panel; 2 p.m. Author Panel; 3 p.m. Graphic Novels & Comics Panel; 4 p.m. Cosplay Panel followed by the Teen Cosplay Fashion Show. Hang out between panels for TrekTalks as Trekies talk about why "Star Trek" is important to them in honor of the show's 50th anniversary. In the Story Hour Room, we'll have table top gaming from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and a draw-along for kids with an illustrator at 2:30 p.m. call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Cooking from the Garden: Mediterranean Summer Cooking
    1-3 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Springfield Community Gardens Board Member Chadwick Isom, a certified executive chef, will demonstrate delicious and easy Mediterranean preparations of eggplants, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and others classics that the community gardens are bursting with in the summer. Produce for the demonstration provided by Springfield Community Gardens. Visit the Springfield Community Gardens table at the event and watch for another Cooking from the Garden program this fall.
    Registration starts August 16; call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Tomato Fest
    2-4 p.m. for all ages.
    Join us in the Library Station lobby and community rooms to celebrate all things tomato! We'll have fun for the whole family, including seed swapping, live music, refreshments, crafts, displays and more. call 865-1340.

Monday, August 29, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Not Just for Kids Picture Book Talk
    5:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Drop by the community room for children's librarian Dawn McClain's monthly picks and tips on how you can enjoy picture books as much as the kids you are reading to. Children optional. call 742-4258.
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