LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  • Library Center - Armchair University Science Series
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    From Allergies to Zika Virus, the Good and Bad of the Immune System. Dr. Chris Lupfer, with the Department of Biology at Missouri State University, will discuss current research on the benefits and harmful aspects of the immune system as it relates to infections, allergies and autoimmune diseases .

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Join knitting enthusiast Margaret Gruetzemacher and other knitters once a month for an hour of knitting and socializing. Knit for yourself or others. A list of local charities needing knitted items will be provided. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, we’ll show you how! All skill levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Materials provided, or bring your own.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

  • Library Station - "We Were the Lucky Ones" by Georgia Hunter
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "We Were the Lucky Ones" by Georgia Hunter.
  • The Coffee Ethic - "The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of a Serial Killer" by Jason M. Moss
    My Favorite Crime Book Club

    6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square for adults.
    "The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of a Serial Killer" by Jason M. Moss. Do you have a "favorite" serial killer? Are you fascinated by forensics? This true crime book club is for you.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - An Introduction to Contract Bridge
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Exercise your brain and have fun making new friends as you learn to play Contract Bridge. Whether you're a beginner or want to update your bidding and play, this class is for you. Members of the Bridge Center will give an introductory course over four consecutive Thursday evenings. Registration starts August 24; call 883-1974.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

  • Library Station - Full Steam Ahead: Garden Railway Expo
    9 a.m.-2 p.m. for all ages.
    Join our friends with the Ozark Garden Railway Society (OGRS) for an all-day expo featuring indoor and outdoor activities and information sessions for model railway and train enthusiasts of all ages. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Frisco Room: Kit Bashing Come and Go. Bring your unwanted train kit pieces and trade with or give them to other train enthusiasts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the south parking lot: OGRS Train Trailer and Train Activities for Kids: The engineered train trailer folds down on all sides so you can view the highly-detailed train layout inside complete with two trains and multiple dioramas. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for ages 2-6 in the Children's Department: Thomas the Tank Engine Day. OGRS members maintain our model train and are bringing Thomas the Tank Engine and friends for this special event. Watch them chug down the train track, and celebrate trains with stories, crafts, games and other special activities! Learn about garden railway creation during informational sessions in the Santa Fe Room: 9-9:30 a.m. What is a Garden Railway? OGRS members will cover the basics of starting your own miniature railway. 11:15-11:45 a.m. Train Kits, Scratch Building and Kit Bashing Explained. Perfect for all garden railway enthusiasts, especially newcomers, this class will include where to find G-Gauge starter kits, when to build from scratch versus kit, adding signage and décor, and kit bashing basics. 12:30-1 p.m. Best Materials for Best Effects. Learn about the best paints, stones, glue and other materials to use in building your garden railway. 1:15-1:45 p.m. Toot! Toot! Get information on adding sound effects to your layout.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

  • Library Station - "Rollin' Down the River" with Larry Campbell
    2-3:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Local author Larry Campbell, professor emeritus of mathematics at Missouri State University, will discuss his trip chronicled in his new book, "Rollin' Down the River: Discovering People and Places Along the Missouri River." Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Monday, October 2, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Revolutionary War Ancestors. OGS members Carmen Boyd and J. Howard Fisk will discuss researching Revolutionary War ancestors in relation to their respective hereditary societies, Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - History Explorers Presents: Revolutionary War Patriot Families
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Through marriage and cemetery records, we’ll explore the family connections of Revolutionary War Patriots David Bedell, Elisha Headlee and Samuel Steel to build a simple family tree. Examining migration patterns, we’ll look at the events that followed the long trail of our Patriot families to Missouri and connect their descendants with those living in Greene County today. Presented in partnership with the Sons of the American Revolution.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte
    British Literature Book Club

    1:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. Discuss books written by British authors. Tea and biscuits will be provided.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Midtown Workshop Series
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Sleep 101. Susan Clark with the CoxHealth Sleep Disorders Center will talk about getting a better night’s sleep, including common sleep issues and disorders, with a Q&A session at the end. Participants will receive a sleep brochure, presentation notes and a sleep mask. Learn useful life skills on a variety of topics from area experts. Registration starts September 21; call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Adulting 101
    6 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for ages 18-24.
    How to Rent a Home, by Library staff. Wish you had classes on how to be an adult? Join us for life skills classes every first Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m. Stick around after class to play games, make friends and unwind with your peers from 7-8 p.m.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Urban Legends & Superstitions
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Ozarkers have always been captivated by local legends like Hatchet Man's Bridge and the Joplin Spooklight. Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of Ozarks Alive, will discuss some of the area's best-known urban legends and give insight into some of the most common superstitions from days gone by. An Oh, The Horror event.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - "Horrorstör" by Grady Hendrix. An Oh, The Horror event
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

    7:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Horrorstör" by Grady Hendrix. An Oh, The Horror event.

Friday, October 6, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6-9 p.m. for adults.
    Gypsy Pitts will discuss inspiration and answer questions about her series of graveyard photographs. On Display: Paparazzi for the Dead: Photographs by Gypsy Pitts. Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • Library Station - Horror Decor
    2-4 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Use book pages and frightful ephemera to make a wreath and recycled items to make an eerie luminary in time for Halloween. Materials will be provided. An Oh, The Horror event. Registration starts September 18; call 616-0683.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Classic Horror Matinee
    2:30-4:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Jaws," rated PG. We'll screen just-creepy-enough horror favorites each Saturday in October. An Oh, The Horror event.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2-3:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The award-winning Finley River Boys will play a mix of traditional bluegrass and gospel songs . Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on your current projects, share patterns and ideas, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Tea Bar & Bites - "The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities" by Will Allen. In conjunction with Missouri State University's Common Reader Program. An MSU staff member will lead the discussion
    Center City Book Club

    1:30 p.m. at Tea Bar & Bites, 621 S. Pickwick Ave. for adults.
    "The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities" by Will Allen. In conjunction with Missouri State University's Common Reader Program. An MSU staff member will lead the discussion. Perk up your week with friendly conversation in a cozy atmosphere.
  • Library Center - Finding Your Voice with Author Varian Johnson
    5:30 p.m. in the meeting room A for age 14-adult.
    Children's author Varian Johnson will lend his expertise to this workshop designed to help you find your unique voice for your stories. Fun written exercises will be used to cover topics including point of view, tense, style and word choice. Registration starts September 26; call 882-0714.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith
    Evening Book Discussion

    6:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith.
  • Library Center - A Life in Revision
    7-9 p.m. in the auditorium for age 12-adult.
    The author of seven novels including the "Jackson Greene" middle-grade series, Varian Johnson will tell you how a structural engineer became a children's book author through hard work , lots of revision and choosing to be brave in his writing. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

  • Library Center - "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware
    Book Discussion

    1-2:30 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd" by Jim Fergus
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd" by Jim Fergus.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - The Bloody Benders: Horror at "The Devil’s Inn"
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Westward expansion after the Civil War was fraught with dangers. Weary travelers stopping at the Bender Inn in Cherryvale, Kan., were enchanted by Kate Bender, the mysterious and beautiful proprietress. However, travelers had a tendency to disappear, and over time it was dubbed "The Devil's Inn." Bestselling comic writer Michael L. Frizell and artist and illustrator D.A. Frizell discuss the deadly true story behind "Bender: Volume One" and how they brought it to life. Books will be available for purchase and signing. An Oh, The Horror event.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Music at Midtown: The Cider Sessions
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Emily Higgins, producer and host of "The Mulberry Tree," will perform original songs from her "91 Acres" collection, the musical chronicle of a Douglas County land reclamation. Let's toast the start of fall with warm apple cider and intimate musical performances by our favorite local artists. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Literary Trivia Night
    7-9 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Join Lauryl and Kyle, longtime hosts of Patton Alley Pub's Trivia Binge, for a night of trivia inspired by your favorite books and authors. Teams of 4-6 will compete on a variety of bookish subjects. Participants may bring snacks, and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Registration starts September 28; call 883-1974.
  • Library Center - Fighting Fake News: Evaluating Information
    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn how to evaluate news stories and protect yourself against fake news in this hands-on class. Missouri State University Libraries staff members Tracy L. Stout, head of Research and Instructional Services, and Jessica L Bennett, reference and e-learning librarian, will provide a step-by-step process for assessing the credibility of information. Presented in partnership with Missouri State University Libraries. Registration starts October 2; call 883-5341.

Friday, October 13, 2017

  • Northview Center - "Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West" by Tom Clavin
    Northview Center Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. at Northview Center, 301 E. Talmage St. for senior adults.
    "Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West" by Tom Clavin. Join us at the Northview Center in Doling Park for this library-sponsored book group just for seniors.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski
    Bookies

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    "House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski. Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Is Midtown Carnegie Haunted?
    6 p.m. for adults.
    The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, over a century old, has many stories behind its walls. Join the 417 Paranormal Research Society for an after-hours guided tour to see what spirits might be lingering in the library. An Oh, The Horror event. Registration starts October 1; call 862-0135.
  • Moxie Cinema - "The Exorcist" at The Moxie
    8-10 p.m. at Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave. #101 for adults.
    "The Exorcist," the tale of an innocent girl possessed by a horrifying entity and the battle to save her soul, has haunted viewers for decades. Experience the terrifying classic, rated R, on the big screen during this free Friday the 13th presentation. An Oh, The Horror event.
  • Moxie Cinema - "The Exorcist" at The Moxie
    10:15 p.m.-12:15 a.m. at Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave. #101 for adults.
    "The Exorcist," the tale of an innocent girl possessed by a horrifying entity and the battle to save her soul, has haunted viewers for decades. Experience the terrifying classic, rated R, on the big screen during this free Friday the 13th presentation. An Oh, The Horror event.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Symposium
    9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Learn tips for digging into your family history. Drop in for one session or attend all four. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Going Digital: Bringing Your Family History into the Digital Age. Local History Associate Historian Gary Larson will show how to plan and execute a basic digitization project. The class will focus on family photos and documents, so you can bring your family history into the digital age. 11 a.m.-noon. Beginning Genealogy. Local History Associate Renee Glass will present the basics of genealogy, including how to begin your family research, what records to look for and how to use the information to establish a family tree. 1:30-2:30 p.m. England: Church Records and Indexes. Claire V. Brisson-Banks, AG®, is the owner of Timeless Genealogies, a provider of ancestral and forensic research services, and is accredited in England and Mountain States research. She will discuss understanding jurisdictions from a Chapelry to a Province in connection with the Church of England, along with baptisms/christenings, marriages, burials and the many indexes available online and in nonconformist church records. 3-4 p.m. Records and Reunion: Researching Civil War Veterans. Researching the veteran's history does not have to end with wartime documents and pensions. Local History Associate Michael Price will describe the records you can use to discover his life as a Civil War veteran.
  • Common Grounds - "Paperbacks from Hell" Book Discussion
    1 p.m. at Common Grounds, 100 E Pine St for adults.
    Filled with haunted houses, satanic children and evil snakes, "Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction" is a hilarious, nostalgic romp through the horror paperback boom of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Discuss the book over coffee and snacks, then hear author Grady Hendrix talk about "Paperbacks from Hell" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, at The Library Center. An Oh, The Horror event.
  • Library Station - Fun with Lou LeBrun
    2-3:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Lou LeBrun, a studied classical musician and USO performer in World War II, will keep you on your toes with her accordion performance in an array of musical styles.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Classic Horror Matinee
    2:30-4:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Gremlins," rated PG. We'll screen just-creepy-enough horror favorites each Saturday in October. An Oh, The Horror event.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Rare and Valuable Books: What They Are and How to Collect Them
    5 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Local book collector and seller Joshua Arnett will provide insight into evaluating, collecting and caring for rare, collectible and valuable books. Perfect for used-book hunters, rare-book aficionados and the curious novice.
  • Library Center - St. Louis Possessed: The Case that Inspired "The Exorcist"
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Considered by many to be "the scariest movie of all time," the 1973 film "The Exorcist" was inspired by the 1949 exorcism of a 14-year-old boy identified as "Roland Doe." Beginning in Maryland, ending in St. Louis and involving several Jesuit priests from St. Louis University, it's a story of shaking mattresses, unexplained bodily scratches, levitation and possession. John Waide, St. Louis University archivist, recounts eyewitness testimony and diary excerpts to tell the true story behind the classic film. An Oh, The Horror event.

Monday, October 16, 2017

  • Library Center - Horror in Pop Culture Panel
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    From the Headless Horseman to "The Bride of Frankenstein," things that go bump in the night have long captivated our collective imagination. Drury University professors Erin Kenny, Katie Gilbert and Chris Panza, and Missouri State University professor Christie Cathey will reflect on centuries of animated corpses, dark princes and ghostly visitants to explore how our fascination with horror has evolved and why it persists. An Oh, The Horror event.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Magpie Murders" by Anthony Horowitz
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Magpie Murders" by Anthony Horowitz.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "Brimstone" by Cherie Priest
    Doughboys & Donuts

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 1111 E. Republic Road #164 for adults.
    "Brimstone" by Cherie Priest. Discuss the lives of fictional WWI men and women while enjoying doughnuts, a favorite wartime treat.
  • Library Center - Books You Always Meant to Read
    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "Sula" by Toni Morrison. A classics book discussion.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    10 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Trail of Tears. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, join Jackie Warfel, chairman of the Greene County Historic Sites Board, and Terry Whaley, director of Ozark Greenways, for a screening of The Department of the Interior National Park Service short film, "Trail of Tears," not rated, exposing one of the darkest chapters in American history. After the film, Jackie and Terry will discuss the Greene County routes of this National Historic Trail . Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue
    12:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Haunted Springfield. Join Library Center Local History Associate John Rutherford for an afternoon of eerie tales revealing the haunted pasts of buildings and sites around Springfield.. Sit back, relax and explore a new place. You're welcome to bring a sack lunch.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Ozarkian Campfire Tales
    7:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Cozy up to the sounds of a crackling campfire, enjoy some s'mores and get spooked with weird tales presented by the authors of "Feral: A Journal of Ozarkian Gothic." Drawn from local legends and superstitions, these stories bring to life dark corners of hill country and the howls of the booger dog. S’mores will be provided. An Oh, The Horror event.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

  • South Side Senior Center - "The Maid's Version" by Daniel Woodrell
    South Side Senior Center Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. for adults.
    "The Maid's Version" by Daniel Woodrell. Liven up your afternoon by joining friends and library staff to talk about the monthly book selection.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Music at Midtown: The Cider Sessions
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Singer songwriter Steve Ames will share the songs that have made him an Ozarks favorite and fixture on the local music scene. Let's toast the start of fall with warm apple cider and intimate musical performances by our favorite local artists. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Mother's Brewing Company - Books & Brew
    6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. for adults.
    "Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction" by Grady Hendrix. An Oh, The Horror event. Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss aspects of American culture.
  • Library Station - Yoga for Health
    6:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Join Library staff member and registered yoga teacher Kim Duquette on the third Thursday of the month for a gentle yoga class. Emphasis will be on basic yoga techniques designed to increase strength and flexibility, improve posture and balance, enhance concentration and calm the nervous system.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogues
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    An Ozarks Haunted Road Trip. From Wilson's Creek National Battlefield to the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ark., the Ozarks is full of sites purported to be haunted. Janice Tremeear, author of "Missouri's Haunted Route 66" and "Haunted Ozarks," will share possibilities for ghost hunting trips in the Ozarks including haunted B&Bs, city parks and cemeteries. Books will be available for purchase and signing. An Oh, The Horror event. Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks.

Friday, October 20, 2017

  • Library Center - The Reformation and Mysticism
    6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The Reformation that divided Western Christianity in the 16th century involved an intense debate over how Christians experience God’s presence and redemptive work in their daily lives. Vincent M. Evener, instructor in Reformation and Luther studies at United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, Pa., will describe how Martin Luther reinterpreted medieval mystical ideas about union with God, and how Luther and the first radical reformers clashed around these themes and their implications for social and political life. This program is a part of the series, "500 Years of Reformations," supported by Missouri State University, the Springfield-Greene County Library District, University Heights Baptist Church and the Springfield Art Museum.
  • Springfield Little Theatre - Summerland Lost: A Ghost Story
    7 p.m. at Springfield Little Theatre, 311 E. Walnut St. for adults.
    This hilarious yet touching one-man show, "My Best Friend's Exorcism," features author Grady Hendrix. He chronicles the captivating but tragic story of the teenage Fox sisters, whose 1848 claim to be able to communicate with the dead popularized Spiritualism and contributed to the empowerment of women, while bringing the sisters fame, fortune and hardship. Hendrix connects the Foxes’ lives with his own experiences and feelings about death in this all-shocking, all-true evening of intimate theatre that poses the ultimate question: Is there life after death? An Oh, The Horror event.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • Library Center - Self-Care for Parents of Special Needs Children
    9-11 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Family psychologist Dr. Tiffany Ruffin discusses the importance of self-care for parents of special needs children. Dr. Ruffin believes understanding one's self can facilitate change and growth. Her goal is for parents to feel empowered, understood and accepted. Presented in partnership with Include Ozarks. Registration starts October 1; call 616-0554.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Halloween Luminary Jars
    10:30 a.m. for adults.
    Create Halloween-themed luminaries using jars, paint and a little bit of spooky imagination. Materials will be provided. Registration starts October 9; call 831-1342.
  • Library Station - Demonstration Saturday
    11 a.m.-4 p.m. for adults.
    Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists will demonstrate woodcarving. Drop by the lobby to watch arts and crafts demonstrations, ask the artists questions and see their works in progress.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Classic Couples
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "The Quiet Man," not rated, 1952. Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Classic Horror Matinee
    2:30-4:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Beetlejuice," rated PG. We'll screen just-creepy-enough horror favorites each Saturday in October. An Oh, The Horror event.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library -
    Donuts & Death Q&A with Grady Hendrix

    3 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "My Best Friend's Exorcism" has been called "an unholy hybrid of 'Beaches' and 'The Exorcist.'" Join author Grady Hendrix and the Donuts & Death Book Discussion crew for a Q&A full of 80s nostalgia and stories of demonic possession. Hurts Donuts will be provided. An Oh, The Horror event. Registration starts October 1; call 883-1974.
  • Library Center - "Paperbacks from Hell" with Author Grady Hendrix
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    In his new book "Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction," author Grady Hendrix charts the history of the horror paperback publishing boom that started with the publication of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist" and died in the early '90s as thrillers became popular. Join us for an affectionate, nostalgic and unflinchingly funny discussion of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, as the author of "My Best Friend’s Exorcism" and "Horrorstor" follows the horror paperback boom from its roots in books about Satanic possession, to its flirtation with killer kids, evil animals, weird science, accursed real estate and beyond! Books will be available for purchase and signing. An Oh, The Horror event.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

  • Library Center - Armchair University Science Series
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Wetland Plants: What Are They Good For? Dr. La Toya Kissoon-Charles, who teaches aquatic biology courses and conducts wetland plant ecology research at Missouri State University, will discuss research findings emphasizing the importance of plants in wet ecosystems.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Join knitting enthusiast Margaret Gruetzemacher and other knitters once a month for an hour of knitting and socializing. Knit for yourself or others. A list of local charities needing knitted items will be provided. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, we’ll show you how! All skill levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Materials provided, or bring your own.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Creepy Crafts and Macabre Makeovers
    7 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Pay homage to your favorite horror icon by creating a Frankentoy or jewelry piece that a horror fan can display with pride. Materials will be provided. Registration limited to 20. An Oh, The Horror event. Registration starts October 1; call 883-5341.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

  • Library Station - "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Music at Midtown: The Cider Sessions
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Shannon Stine, award-winning thumbpicking guitarist, singer and songwriter, will share original tunes and a few favorite covers. Let's toast the start of fall with warm apple cider and intimate musical performances by our favorite local artists. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • The Coffee Ethic - "The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story" by Miriam C. Davis
    My Favorite Crime Book Club

    6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square for adults.
    "The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story" by Miriam C. Davis. Do you have a "favorite" serial killer? Are you fascinated by forensics? This true crime book club is for you.

Friday, October 27, 2017

  • Missouri Spirits - Horror Trivia at Missouri Spirits
    7-9 p.m. at Missouri Spirits, 507 W. Walnut ST. for adults age 21 and older.
    Do you like scary movies? Recruit and register a team of four to six horror devotees to compete in a team trivia night. Traverse your way through eight rounds of trivia themed around all things horror. An Oh, The Horror event. Registration starts October 6; call 883-5341.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for all ages.
    "Chimpanzee," rated G. Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Things are Getting Strange at the Library
    2-5 p.m. for adults.
    Celebrate "Stranger Things" with trivia and snacks before the second season is released. We'll wrap up the celebration with "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," rated PG, starting at 3 p.m.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Classic Horror Matinee
    2:30-4:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Poltergeist," rated PG. We'll screen just-creepy-enough horror favorites each Saturday in October. An Oh, The Horror event.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

  • Library Station - "Impressions of The Civil War in the West" Gallery Talk with Dan Woodward
    2 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Dan Woodward, Rolla native and local artist, will talk about his work focusing on Missouri Civil War events and locations. A selection of Woodward’s pieces will be on display in our Reading Room from September-November.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Fighting Fake News: Evaluating Information
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Learn how to evaluate news stories and protect yourself against fake news in this hands-on class. Missouri State University Libraries staff members Tracy L. Stout, head of Research and Instructional Services, and Jessica L Bennett, reference and e-learning librarian, will provide a step-by-step process for assessing the credibility of information. Presented in partnership with Missouri State University Libraries. Registration starts October 23; call 883-5341.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Elizabeth is Missing" by Emma Healey
    British Literature Book Club

    1:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Elizabeth is Missing" by Emma Healey. Discuss books written by British authors. Tea and biscuits will be provided.
  • Library Station - Music Memory Cafe
    2-3:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Fiddle and Banjo, a traditional bluegrass duo, will perform music passed down for generations during this informal social gathering for those living with early-stage memory loss and their care partners. Registration starts October 23; call 616-0683.
  • Library Center - C.S. Lewis and the Seven Deadly Sins
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    For generations, readers have found insight from the writings of author C.S. Lewis. One of his poems, "Deadly Sins," has contributed to the theory that Lewis focused each book in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series on one of the seven deadly sins of early Christian history. The Rev. Dr. Andrew Chaney will discuss the parallels between the seven deadly sins and the "Chronicles of Narnia."
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Midtown Workshop Series
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Pie Crust Tips and Tricks with Prairie Pie. Watch a demonstration of perfect pie crust making by Eleanor Taylor, founder of Prairie Pie. Eleanor will provide a recipe to attendees and answer your crust-related questions. Learn useful life skills on a variety of topics from area experts. Registration starts October 19; call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Adulting 101
    6-8 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for ages 18-24.
    How to Budget, by Library staff. Wish you had classes on how to be an adult? Join us for life skills classes every first Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m. Stick around after class to play games, make friends and unwind with your peers from 7-8 p.m.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

    7:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead.

Friday, November 3, 2017

  • Northview Center - "Another Brooklyn" by Jacqueline Woodson
    Northview Center Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. at Northview Center, 301 E. Talmage St. for senior adults.
    "Another Brooklyn" by Jacqueline Woodson. Join us at the Northview Center in Doling Park for this library-sponsored book group just for seniors.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6-9 p.m. for adults.
    Katherine Still, art and communication student at Missouri State University, will present "Ancient African Rock Art and the Dirty P-Word." On Display: Paintings by Joey Borovicka . Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

  • Library Center - International Game Day @ Your Library
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for all ages.
    Join us for a day of gaming at your library! 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Game Demos with Meta Games. Learn about new games and demo some favorites. 1-2 p.m. Introduction to Role Playing Games with Eclectic Endeavors. Learn the basics of role-playing games (RPGs) including what it takes to generate a character and what a game master does. 2-4 p.m. Paint 'n' Take Workshop with Eclectic Endeavors. Learn how to paint the miniatures used in war games and RPGs. Try out games with miniatures and take your creation home. Materials will be provided.

Monday, November 6, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Are there Black Sheep in Your Family? OGS members will discuss the rascals in their families and the resources available to help researchers determine if a family tale is true or false. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

  • Library Station - Missouri Women and the Great War
    7 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    The United States' entrance into World War I called women to action -- on the home front, in factories and in war-torn Europe. Through diary excerpts, letters home, newspaper accounts, photographs and artifacts, Local History Associate Konrad Stump examines the travels and travails of some of Missouri's most remarkable women.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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

    1-2:30 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption" by Nancy Mullane
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption" by Nancy Mullane.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

  • Republic Branch Library - "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Real Food Thanksgiving
    6 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    The holidays are for fun, families and food! Dietitian Brittany Carpenter, who works with Ruby's Market, Price Cutter and other Pyramid Foods supermarkets, will show you how to prepare wholesome dishes made with real ingredients that are sure to please the whole family. Take home some recipes, learn new cooking tips and enjoy delicious samples! Registration starts October 26; call 883-1974.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2-3:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Enjoy bluegrass, country tunes and comedy by the SouthWynns, the Wynn family band featuring three generations of performers. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, November 13, 2017

  • Library Center - Long Term Care Planning, Medicaid and Asset Protection
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Join the attorneys of Ozarks Elder Law to learn the truth about Medicaid myths and the benefits of consulting with an elder law attorney. They'll answer your questions about how to best protect assets if you or a loved one enters a nursing home and discuss how to make the transition into a long term care facility.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on your current projects, share patterns and ideas, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Tea Bar & Bites - "The Keeper of Lost Things" by Ruth Hogan
    Center City Book Club

    1:30 p.m. at Tea Bar & Bites, 621 S. Pickwick Ave. for adults.
    "The Keeper of Lost Things" by Ruth Hogan. Perk up your week with friendly conversation in a cozy atmosphere.
  • Hurts Donut Company - Donuts & Death
    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West for adults.
    "Dracula" by Bram Stoker. Horror has never tasted so sweet. Discuss our monthly horror book while sinking your teeth into a Hurts donut.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks
    Evening Book Discussion

    6:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks.
  • Library Station - OverDrive, Hoopla & RBdigital (Zinio for Libraries)
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Learn how to access library e-books, audiobooks and magazines on your smartphone, tablet or computer using our free services -- OverDrive, Hoopla, & RBdigital (Zinio for Libraries). Feel free to bring your fully charged device.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    10 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Remembering and Honoring and Martyrs of the Race Course. OGS member Gail Mitchell will give two presentations about the origins of Memorial Day. A video memorial honoring OGS members and/or family members who have passed in the previous year will also be presented. Families, friends and loved ones are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue
    12:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    A Study Abroad Adventure in France. Students from Drury University will share memorable moments from their month-long trip to Tours, France, where they immersed themselves in the French way of life.. Sit back, relax and explore a new place. You're welcome to bring a sack lunch.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

  • South Side Senior Center - "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion
    South Side Senior Center Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. for adults.
    "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion. Liven up your afternoon by joining friends and library staff to talk about the monthly book selection.
  • Mother's Brewing Company - Books & Brew
    6 p.m. at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. for adults.
    "Babysitter: An American History" by Miriam Forman-Brunell. Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss aspects of American culture.
  • Library Station - Yoga for Health
    6:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Join Library staff member and registered yoga teacher Kim Duquette on the third Thursday of the month for a gentle yoga class. Emphasis will be on basic yoga techniques designed to increase strength and flexibility, improve posture and balance, enhance concentration and calm the nervous system.
  • Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library - Flash Fiction Workshop
    7-9 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Reference Associates Zach Fletcher and Grant Haverly will teach you how to tell an effective story in a page, a paragraph or even a sentence, drawing examples from the work of famous writers. Participants will be encouraged to write their own stories with the group.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogues
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Fun on the Frisco. Learn more about the Frisco Highline Trail, southwest Missouri's premier rail trail, and other area trails from Ozark Greenways. Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks.

Friday, November 17, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Dinner" by Herman Koch
    Bookies

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    "The Dinner" by Herman Koch. Discuss a lively mix of genres with others.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

  • Library Center - Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders
    9-11 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Are mealtimes and snacks with your child a struggle? Speech-language pathologist Melanie Stinnett shares what defines a picky eater versus a problem feeder and provides options for potential treatment. Presented in partnership with Include Ozarks. Registration starts November 1; call 616-0554.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Classic Couples
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "Woman of the Year," not rated, 1942. Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film.

Monday, November 20, 2017

  • Library Center - Trust & Estate Planning Basics
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Join us for a presentation on trust and estate planning basics by the attorneys of Ozarks Elder Law. Discover why estate planning should be a priority for any adult. Learn techniques to avoid probate and the importance of powers of attorney.
  • Library Center - Civil War Book Discussion Group
    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "Writing the Gettysburg Address" by Martin P. Johnson.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Dadland" by Keggie Carew
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Dadland" by Keggie Carew.
  • Hurts Donut Company - "Regeneration" by Pat Barker
    Doughboys & Donuts

    6 p.m. at Hurts Donut Company, 1111 E. Republic Road #164 for adults.
    "Regeneration" by Pat Barker. Discuss the lives of fictional WWI men and women while enjoying doughnuts, a favorite wartime treat.
  • Library Center - Books You Always Meant to Read
    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene. A classics book discussion.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Join knitting enthusiast Margaret Gruetzemacher and other knitters once a month for an hour of knitting and socializing. Knit for yourself or others. A list of local charities needing knitted items will be provided. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, we’ll show you how! All skill levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Materials provided, or bring your own.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for all ages.
    "Wings of Life," rated G. Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders.
  • Strafford Branch Library - 5th Annual Mini WhoCon
    1-3 p.m. for all ages.
    Celebrate "Doctor Who" with fellow Whovians while enjoying themed snacks, trivia contests and games. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Monday, November 27, 2017

  • Library Center - Advance Care Planning Workshop
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    If a sudden illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself, who would you want to speak for you? Join CoxHealth Center for Health Improvement staff for a conversation about advance care planning that will help you reflect on your values, choose a health care agent, take the first steps toward completing an advance directive and make your wishes known.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

  • Library Center - Armchair University Science Series
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Beneath the Surface: Fabulous Biodiversity in Flowing Waters. Dr. Debra Finn, with the Department of Biology at Missouri State University, analyzes the health of rivers and streams by looking at the many living species in the water and will discuss current research on the health of flowing waters..

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing session of staying between the lines. Drop in or stay the whole time. Materials will be provided.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

  • Library Station - "2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas" by Marie-Helene Bertino
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas" by Marie-Helene Bertino.
  • The Coffee Ethic - "My Friend Dahmer" by Derf Backderf
    My Favorite Crime Book Club

    6 p.m. at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square for adults.
    "My Friend Dahmer" by Derf Backderf. Do you have a "favorite" serial killer? Are you fascinated by forensics? This true crime book club is for you.

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