LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

  • - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Stoner" by John Williams 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
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

  • Strafford Branch Library - Fiber Artists Guild
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Calling all fiber artists! Meet with members of the Highland Fiber Artists and other fiber enthusiasts to learn, teach and share. Bring your projects to work on or learn a new skill. All types of fiber arts and skill levels are welcome. call 736-9233.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Help the Good Hearts Knitting Circle knit red hats for babies born next February as part of the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts program raising awareness for congenital heart disease. Instruction provided. 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.
  • Library Center - Armchair University Science Series
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    "CRISPR -- Bacterial Defense to Genomic Editing." Dr. Paul Schweiger from Missouri State University’s Biology Department will discuss the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique and how it has been used to fight diseases and enhance agriculture, as well as the ethical issues of this new technique. call 882-0714.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

  • Library Center - Funding 101
    9 a.m.-noon in the auditorium for adults.
    Give yourself the inside track to successful nonprofit fundraising with help from Reference Librarian Tammy Flippen. Learn how to get background information on foundations using the Library's Funding Information Center and Internet resources, and how to break down the sections of a grant, address each one in detail and put them together in a comprehensive and readable "whole."
    Registration starts September 8; call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Homebrewing and Hops
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Join Andy Peasall from Show-Me Brewing to learn about homebrewing, equipment and hops. He'll have a variety of ingredients to taste and smell, and end the session with a Q&A.
    Registration starts September 1; call 862-0135.
  • Library Center - An Introduction to Contract Bridge
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Story Hour 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 8; call 882-0714.
  • 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, standing and floor poses, breathwork and meditation suitable for all levels. No need to bring a mat; street clothes suitable, but we will remove our shoes, ties and belts. call 865-1340.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

  • Library Center - Keep Calm and Color On
    2-4 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    Stressed out? Drop in and spend some time coloring, chatting and listening to relaxing music. A variety of stress-relieving coloring pages will be provided; bring your own coloring tools or use ours. call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande. A Death & Dying event.
    First Saturdays Book Discussion

    2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande. A Death & Dying event. Discuss some of the most highly acclaimed books from the past few years. call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Crafty DIY
    3 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Yarn "darn-it" dolls Enjoy an afternoon devoted to the joy of crafts and conversation on the first Saturday of the month. We'll design and create a new project each month. Materials will be provided.
    Registration starts September 17; call 865-1340.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Classic Horror Films
    7 p.m. for adults.
    "The Wolf Man," not rated, 1941 call 831-1342.

Monday, October 3, 2016

  • Library Station - "Living Old: The Modern Realities of Aging in America" Documentary
    6:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for all ages.
    For the first time in American history, "the old old"--those over 85 -- are now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Medical advances have enabled an unprecedented number of Americans to live longer, healthier lives. But for millions of elderly, living longer can also mean a debilitating physical decline that often requires an immense amount of care. And just as more care is needed, fewer caregivers are available to provide it. In "Living Old," Frontline investigates this national crisis and explores the new realities of aging in America. A Death & Dying event. call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Building a Genealogy Website with TNG: The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding. Library Local History Associate Patti Hobbs, a Certified Genealogist, will discuss the installation process and functionality of this versatile software used for sharing your genealogy on the Internet. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. call 882-0714.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story" by Mary Downing Hahn
    Parent & Child Book Discussion

    5 p.m. for grade 3-adult.
    "Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story" by Mary Downing Hahn Parents and children are invited to join us for a monthly discussion of classic stories and contemporary favorites that readers of all ages can enjoy. call 759-2637.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - 15-Minute Craft: Baseball Bracelets
    5 p.m. for adults.
    Show your love for America's favorite pastime with these simple bracelets, made out of real baseballs. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • - "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi. A Death & Dying event.
    Evening Book Discussion

    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi. A Death & Dying event. 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 - "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast. A Death & Dying event.
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

    7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for ages 20-39.
    "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.

Friday, October 7, 2016

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe" by J.W. Ocker
    Bookies

    1 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    "Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe" by J.W. Ocker Discuss a lively mix of genres with others. call 751-2933.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6-9 p.m. for adults.
    At 6 p.m., Amanda Horned, art history major at Missouri State University, will present "The Pink Project: An Application of Gender and Feminist Theory." On Display: Rest in Peace: Photos by Gypsy Rose Pitts and Traces of Gold by Carla Stine, part of the Library's Death & Dying series. Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit. call 831-1342.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for all ages.
    DisneyNature's "Bears," rated G Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. call 759-2637.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Classic Horror Films
    7-9 p.m. for adults.
    "Them," not rated, 1954 call 831-1342.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series: A Bluegrass Autumn
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The Finley River Boys. Bill Crider, Brad Reynolds, Bret Dudenhoeffer and Alan Johnston will perform a variety of old-time bluegrass, country and gospel music. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. call 882-0714.

Tuesday, October 11, 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.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • Offsite - "In a Glass Darkly" by Sheridan Le Fanu
    Donuts & Death

    6 p.m. in the Hurts Donut Company for adults.
    "In a Glass Darkly" by Sheridan Le Fanu Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - Talking with Children About Death and Grief
    7 p.m. in the meeting rooms A and B for adults.
    The death of a loved one can be a confusing and emotional time for children as they struggle to understand an individual's absence from their lives. Dr. Karen Scott, director of program development at Lost & Found Grief Center, will discuss how to talk with children about death and grief, including tips on when and how to start those conversations, and ways to provide comfort during those difficult times. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

  • Library Center - "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
    Book Discussion

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr call 882-0714.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "An Unnecessary Woman" by Rabih Alameddine
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "An Unnecessary Woman" by Rabih Alameddine call 759-2637.
  • Library Center - End-of-Life Legal Issues
    6:30-8 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    A panel of area attorneys will address audience questions about the legal aspects of death and dying. The panelists bring vast experience and valuable perspective on the issues encountered by individuals and their families in the realms of healthcare, estate planning and administration. Panelists include: Thomas D. Peebles, Jr., a shareholder with Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C., has concentrated his practice in estate planning and estate and trust administration matters since 1980. Emily Kembell, Of Counsel, with the firm of Kirkland Woods & Martinsen, P.C; Joshua Bade, assistant general counsel and administrative director at CoxHealth. The discussion will be moderated by attorney Danielle Kincaid, with Ozarks Elder Law. Sponsored by Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

  • Republic Branch Library - "What She Knew" by Gilly Macmillan
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "What She Knew" by Gilly Macmillan call 732-7284.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick
    Dragons & Jetpacks

    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick Discuss renowned science fiction and fantasy novels. call 862-0135.
  • Offsite - "The Conversation": An Evening with Dr. Angelo Volandes
    7 p.m. in the Springfield Art Museum for adults.
    “A life well-lived deserves a good ending.” What does a good ending mean for you? Your loved ones? Or your patients? Join Dr. Angelo Volandes, author, physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, for a thought-provoking keynote presentation about his book, “The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care.” In his book, Dr. Volandes calls for a radical re-envisioning of the patient-doctor relationship and offers ways for patients and their families to talk about the difficult issue of end-of-life choices to ensure that patients will be at the center and in charge of their medical care. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.

Friday, October 14, 2016

  • Offsite - "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory" by Caitlin Doughty. A Death & Dying event.
    Northview Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. in the Northview Center for senior adults.
    "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory" by Caitlin Doughty. A Death & Dying event. 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.
  • Offsite - "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" at Wild Bob's Musical Book Club
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Lindberg's Tavern for adults age 21 and older.
    Read "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory" by Caitlin Doughty and join us at Wild Bob’s Musical Book Club for book-inspired music and half-time trivia. Wild Bob’s is no ordinary book club, it's a one-of-a-kind Springfield experience in which local singer-songwriters create and perform original songs inspired by the monthly book selection. $5 cover. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

  • Library Center - Genealogy Symposium
    8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Learn tips for digging into your family history from the Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department staff. Drop in for one session or attend all five. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Where Do I Begin? 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. 10-11:30 a.m. Regiments and Battles: Civil War Unit Histories. Was your ancestor in any major battles? Local History Associate Michael Price will show you how to go beyond individual records and trace a soldier's unit throughout the war. 1-2 p.m. Personal Museums: Collecting and Preserving Your History Collection. Identification and preservation are integral parts of researching the genealogical past. But what about the genealogical present? Local History Associate Konrad Stump will discuss the importance of personal histories and best practices for gathering, sharing and archiving. 2:30-3 p.m. Computer File Management. Associate Historian Gary Larsen will cover basic file management skills, including standard naming conventions, navigating file systems, organizing and structuring files, and software that can make file organizing a breeze. 3:30-5 p.m. Searching for Buried Treasure in the Unindexed FamilySearch Records. The Family History Library holds over 2.3 million rolls of microfilm, the majority of which are official government and church records from around the world. The digitization of the records outpaces the indexing that makes them electronically searchable, but most of the unindexed records have their own internal indexing. Local History Associate Patti Hobbs, a Certified Genealogist, will talk about the kinds of records available, how you can find them and they can help your genealogical research. call 882-0714.
  • Republic Branch Library - Based-on-the-Book Film Series
    2-4 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," rated PG-13 Enjoy contemporary films based on popular works of fiction and non-fiction. call 732-7284.
  • Library Center - Living the Good Death with Caitlin Doughty
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Los Angeles-based mortician Caitlin Doughty, author of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory,” is on a mission to get people thinking and talking about death. You’ll have plenty of things to talk about after this unforgettable evening with the star of the popular YouTube series, Ask A Mortician, and founder of The Order of the Good Death, as she covers such topics as the history of death culture, emerging trends in funeral service and what it means to have a good death. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. call 882-0714.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Classic Horror Films
    7-9 p.m. for adults.
    "The Mummy," not rated, 1932 call 831-1342.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

  • Library Center - Suicide Prevention & Grief
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. with more than 40,000 people taking their own lives each year and leaving thousands more to mourn their loss and wonder how they could have helped. Jennifer Hungerford, NAMI Hope Center director, and Stephanie Appleby, NAMI of Southwest Missouri director of business development and marketing, will provide information on suicide prevention, including the QPR (question, persuade and refer) technique, and address the difficult subject of grieving and coping with a loved one's suicide. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.

Monday, October 17, 2016

  • Library Center - Hospice Basics and Music Therapy
    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Dr. Carol Gosselink, professor emeritus Missouri State University, will provide an overview of hospice and when it's time to consider palliative care. Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk, director of music therapy at Drury University, will talk about the benefits of music therapy during hospice care and when grieving the loss of a loved one. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.
  • Offsite - "Omensetter's Luck" by William Gass
    Postmodern Book Club

    7 p.m. in the The Coffee Ethic for adults.
    "Omensetter's Luck" by William Gass Are you a fan of the weird stuff? Discuss a genre-defying novel over a coffee, tea or beer. call 831-1342.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty" by Ramona Ausubel
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty" by Ramona Ausubel call 751-2933.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - "The Good Funeral" with Thomas Lynch
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    One of the most well-known names in funeral service, Thomas Lynch, will talk about his experiences as the undertaker for his Michigan community for over 40 years, how the funeral industry has changed and what families should consider as they plan for or deal with the death of a loved one. Lynch has written five collections of poems and four books of essays, including “The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade,” also the subject of Frontline’s “The Undertaking.” A Q&A will follow his presentation. Select titles will be available for purchase and signing at the event. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - "The Painted Veil" by W. Somerset Maugham
    Books You Always Meant to Read

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "The Painted Veil" by W. Somerset Maugham A classics book discussion. call 882-0714.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Newspapers: A Good Read. Historical newspapers might have information for your genealogy research. Leslie Wyman, managing director of the White River Taney County Historical Society, will talk about basic research techniques for tracing your family history and share newspaper finds she stumbled across during her own research. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. call 882-0714.
  • - Brown Bag Travelogue
    noon for adults.
    Nova Scotia Road Trip. Bob Robertson will share photos and experiences from his 10-day, 2015 family road trip around Nova Scotia in eastern Canada, featuring picturesque coastal towns, colorful lighthouses, frequent whale sightings, welcoming people and more. Due to library renovation, this event will take place at the Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road. Bring a sack lunch. call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - Ask the Funeral Director
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Embalming, cremation, vaults -- what does it all mean? What funeral and memorial service options are there in Missouri? You've got questions; Brent Barnes, funeral director and location manager at Greenlawn South, has answers. Don't miss this opportunity to ask the expert in an informal and stress-free atmosphere. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • Offsite - "The Lake House" by Kate Morton
    South Side Senior Center Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the South Side Senior Center for senior adults.
    "The Lake House" by Kate Morton We meet every third Thursday of the month. call 862-0135.
  • Offsite - "Mrs. Bridge" by Evan S. Connell
    Books & Brew

    4 p.m. in the Mother's Brewing Company for adults.
    "Mrs. Bridge" by Evan S. Connell Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss representations of Missouri history and culture in popular fiction and nonfiction. call 882-0714.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Join us to discuss "Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail" by Ben Montgomery
    Book Discussion

    4 p.m. for adults.
    Join us to discuss "Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail" by Ben Montgomery call 736-9233.
  • Offsite - "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?": An Evening with Cartoonist Roz Chast
    7-8:30 p.m. in the Springfield Art Museum for adults.
    Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast has written more than a dozen books for adults including “Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?” that chronicles her relationship with her aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence. Using handwritten text, drawings, photographs, and her keen eye for the foibles that make us human, Chast addresses the realities of what it is to get old in America today – and what it is to have aging parents today -- with tenderness and candor, and a good dose of her characteristic wit. You’ve enjoyed her work in The New Yorker for years, now experience Roz’s humor and insight in person. A Q&A will follow her presentation. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. call 882-0714.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Cooking from the Garden: Fall Harvest Holiday Cooking
    1-3 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Chef Bart Tindle, Missouri State University Alpha Chi Omega sorority chef, will demonstrate how to cook tasty fresh vegetables from the fall garden including squash, baking pumpkins and sweet potatoes, just in time for the holidays.
    Registration starts October 11; call 862-0135.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Frank Capra Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," not rated, 1939 Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. call 882-0714.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Classic Horror Films
    7-9 p.m. for adults.
    "Frankenstein," not rated, 1931 call 831-1342.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

  • Library Center - Advance Directives Workshop
    1:30-3:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    What is an advance directive? How are they used? Is it different than a living will? Learn the answers to these and other questions as Janice Briggs and Pam Stoelzel with CoxHealth Center for Health Improvement explain the ins and outs of advance directives. Documents will be available for completion and notarization at the event. call 882-0714.

Monday, October 24, 2016

  • Library Center - Board Game Night
    6:30-8 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grade 4-adult.
    Love to play games? Want to learn how to play strategy games, card games or Euro-games? Join us for a monthly board game night and learn how to play new games or play some old favorites. Games will be provided or you can bring your own. call 882-0714.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

  • - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "Thirteen Ways of Looking" by Colum McCann 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
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Haunted Springfield
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Join Local History Associate John Rutherford for eerie tales revealing the haunted pasts of buildings and sites around Springfield. call 862-0135.
  • Library Center - Dark Side of the Full Moon
    7-9 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Having a baby is supposed to be the happiest time of your life. But each year, 1.3 million women in the U. S. struggle to find support and treatment for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. Jennifer Silliman and Maureen Fura, both with firsthand knowledge of this challenge, came together to give a face and a voice to the women who suffer in silence. With the help of Dr. Shoshana Bennett, they produced a documentary film, "Dark Side of the Full Moon," uncovering disconnects within the medical community to effectively screen, refer and treat these women. A short discussion will follow. (This film contains intense content which may be a trigger for those currently suffering or still recovering from a maternal mental health disorder. Viewer discretion is advised.) Co-sponsored by the Doula Foundation. call 882-0714.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Strafford Branch Library - Fiber Artists Guild
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Calling all fiber artists! Meet with members of the Highland Fiber Artists and other fiber enthusiasts to learn, teach and share. Bring your projects to work on or learn a new skill. All types of fiber arts and skill levels are welcome. call 736-9233.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Good Hearts Knitting Circle
    noon for adults.
    Help the Good Hearts Knitting Circle knit red hats for babies born next February as part of the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts program raising awareness for congenital heart disease. Instruction provided. 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.
  • Library Center - Armchair University Science Series
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    "The Golden Age of Exoplanet Discovery." Dr. Peter Plavchan from Missouri State University’s Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science will discuss recent advances in the discovery of exoplanets and what these discoveries have taught us about our universe, along with current exoplanet research projects at MSU. call 882-0714.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

  • Library Station - "Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life will Follow" by Garth Callaghan. A Death & Dying event.
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    "Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life will Follow" by Garth Callaghan. A Death & Dying event. Visit with others about the current read. call 865-1340.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "The Undertaking" Documentary
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Thomas Lynch is a writer and poet. He’s also a funeral director in a small town in central Michigan where he and his family have cared for the dead --and the living -- for three generations. For the first time, Lynch agreed to allow cameras inside Lynch & Sons, giving Frontline rare, behind-the-scenes access to the Lynches' world. A Death & Dying event. call 862-0135.
  • 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, standing and floor poses, breathwork and meditation suitable for all levels. No need to bring a mat; street clothes suitable, but we will remove our shoes, ties and belts. call 865-1340.

Friday, October 28, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Get Crafty!
    10 a.m.-noon for adults.
    Make origami bats and witches for Halloween. Stop by on the fourth Friday morning of the month to work on a self-guided craft. Examples and materials will be provided. call 742-4258.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - Classic Horror Films
    7-9 p.m. for adults.
    "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," not rated, 1956 call 831-1342.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl
    Parent & Child Book Discussion

    5 p.m. for grade 3-adult.
    "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl Parents and children are invited to join us for a monthly discussion of classic stories and contemporary favorites that readers of all ages can enjoy. call 759-2637.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

  • Library Center - "Being Mortal" Documentary
    5:30-8 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    If you thought you were dying, what would matter most? Watch the Frontline documentary, “Being Mortal,” adapted from Dr. Atul Gawande’s best-selling book, which investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. Following the screening, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a conversation, moderated by Dr. Peter Browning, chaplain and professor of philosophy and religion at Drury University, on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., screening begins at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by CoxHealth Center for Health Improvement. This free screening is made possible through a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America. A Death & Dying event. call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - A History of Springfield Churches
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Springfield historian, photographer and Landmarks Board historian David Eslick will be your guide through this fascinating history highlighting some of Springfield’s oldest churches. call 862-0135.
  • - "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain
    Evening Book Discussion

    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain 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 - "The Last Policeman" by Ben H. Winters
    NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings

    7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for ages 20-39.
    "The Last Policeman" by Ben H. Winters call 882-0714.

Friday, November 4, 2016

  • Offsite - "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier. This event will take place on the first Friday of November due to Veterans Day.
    Northview Book Discussion

    10:30 a.m. in the Northview Center for senior adults.
    "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier. This event will take place on the first Friday of November due to Veterans Day. 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.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6-9 p.m. for adults.
    At 6 p.m., Chaney Jewell, art history major at Missouri State University, will present "Maria Theresa and the Hybridization of Asian and Rococo Styles within the Schönbrunn Palace." On Display: Paintings by Nikki Abbott Join us for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a new exhibit. call 831-1342.

Saturday, November 5, 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 before your eyes.
    Registration starts October 23; call 883-5341.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
    First Saturdays Book Discussion

    2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins Discuss some of the most highly acclaimed books from the past few years. call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Crafty DIY
    3 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Felt bow bookmarks Enjoy an afternoon devoted to the joy of crafts and conversation on the first Saturday of the month. We'll design and create a new project each month. Materials will be provided.
    Registration starts October 22; call 865-1340.

Monday, November 7, 2016

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - National Novel Writing Month: Come Write In!
    4-7 p.m. in the basement meeting room for adults.
    Could you write a novel in one month? Each November, nearly 400,000 writers worldwide accept the challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Drop by anytime with your laptop or writing materials and join local writers for weekly quiet writing sessions. Coffee and light refreshments provided. Learn more about NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org. call 862-0135.
  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    My Favorite Ancestor is... A panel of OGS members will introduce an ancestor in their family and provide details on how they discovered the person and what makes him their favorite. You may your own family photos in frames or an album to display. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. call 882-0714.

Tuesday, November 8, 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.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • Offsite - "Blood Rubies" by Michael McDowell
    Donuts & Death

    6 p.m. in the Hurts Donut Company for adults.
    "Blood Rubies" by Michael McDowell Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. call 831-1342.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

  • Library Center - "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand
    Book Discussion

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand call 882-0714.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" by David McCullough
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" by David McCullough call 759-2637.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

  • Republic Branch Library - "City of Thieves" by David Benioff
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "City of Thieves" by David Benioff call 732-7284.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Who Fears Death" by Nnedi Okorafor
    Dragons & Jetpacks

    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    "Who Fears Death" by Nnedi Okorafor Discuss renowned science fiction and fantasy novels. call 862-0135.
  • Library Station - Vegetable Gardening Through the Winter
    6:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room for adults.
    Learn from Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist for the University of Missouri Extension, about vegetable gardening in the fall, winter and early spring. Topics will include choosing hardy vegetables, using low tunnels and row covers, growing vegetables in winter and preparing for spring. call 865-1340.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    10 a.m.-noon for all ages.
    Nature's "Fellowship of the Whales," rated TV-G Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. call 759-2637.
  • Library Station - Old-time Know-how
    1 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for all ages.
    Cast Iron Cookware. Learn about the benefits of using cast iron, the original non-stick tool, and how to maintain this traditional cookware. What's old is new again with practical tips from Reference Librarian Shannon Wortham. call 865-1340.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    2-4 p.m. for all ages.
    "Big Hero 6," rated PG call 831-1342.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series: A Bluegrass Autumn
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Red Bridge Bluegrass. Enjoy a high-energy show from this tradition-based bluegrass band that includes four lead vocalists, harmonies, strong instrumentals and a variety of songs. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. call 882-0714.

Monday, November 14, 2016

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - National Novel Writing Month: Come Write In!
    4-7 p.m. in the basement meeting room for adults.
    Could you write a novel in one month? Each November, nearly 400,000 writers worldwide accept the challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Drop by anytime with your laptop or writing materials and join local writers for weekly quiet writing sessions. Coffee and light refreshments provided. Learn more about NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org. call 862-0135.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "And West is West" by Ron Childress
    Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "And West is West" by Ron Childress call 751-2933.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - "Franny and Zooey" by J.D. Salinger
    Books You Always Meant to Read

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    "Franny and Zooey" by J.D. Salinger A classics book discussion. call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - The Life and Career of George Armstrong Custer
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Get to know the man best known for Custer's Last Stand from historian Hal Funk. George A. Custer's personal life was marked by a need for attention and honor, constant gambling and relationships with women. His career in the U.S. Army ranged from glory in the Civil War to a failing assignment in Texas during Reconstruction, followed by 10 years fighting the Great Plains Indians and culminating with the encounter at the Little Bighorn River. call 882-0714.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

  • - Brown Bag Travelogue
    noon for adults.
    Homes of the Presidents. Jim and Linda Holt will provide a historical perspective into the lives and the homes of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt, including Mt. Vernon, Monticello and Hyde Park; and Val-Kill, the retreat of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Due to library renovation, this event will take place at the Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road. Bring a sack lunch. call 865-1340.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

  • Offsite - "Strength in What Remains" by Tracy Kidder
    South Side Senior Center Book Discussion

    1:30 p.m. in the South Side Senior Center for senior adults.
    "Strength in What Remains" by Tracy Kidder We meet every third Thursday of the month. call 862-0135.
  • Offsite - "Private Life" by Jane Smiley
    Books & Brew

    4 p.m. in the Mother's Brewing Company for adults.
    "Private Life" by Jane Smiley Enjoy a cold glass of beer and discuss representations of Missouri history and culture in popular fiction and nonfiction. call 882-0714.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Award-winning Chili
    6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    We'll be joined by a panel of local chili chefs who have racked up an impressive number of awards at the Sertoma Chili Cook-Off to talk about special ingredients, cooking methods and sample different chilies.
    Registration starts November 1; call 862-0135.

Friday, November 18, 2016

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld
    Bookies

    1 p.m. in the community room for ages 20-40.
    "Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld Discuss a lively mix of genres with others. call 751-2933.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

  • Strafford Branch Library - 4th Annual Mini WhoCon
    1-3:30 p.m. for all ages.
    Celebrate the return of "Doctor Who" and all things Whovian with themed snacks, games and crafts. Compete for a prize in our "Doctor Who" trivia contests: 1:30 p.m. for kids and 2 p.m. for adults. Costumes are welcome. call 736-9233.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Frank Capra Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    "Lost Horizon," not rated, 1937 Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. call 882-0714.

Monday, November 21, 2016

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - National Novel Writing Month: Come Write In!
    4-7 p.m. in the basement meeting room for adults.
    Could you write a novel in one month? Each November, nearly 400,000 writers worldwide accept the challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Drop by anytime with your laptop or writing materials and join local writers for weekly quiet writing sessions. Coffee and light refreshments provided. Learn more about NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org. call 862-0135.
  • Offsite - "Kindred" by Octavia Butler
    Postmodern Book Club

    7 p.m. in the The Coffee Ethic for adults.
    "Kindred" by Octavia Butler Are you a fan of the weird stuff? Discuss a genre-defying novel over a coffee, tea or beer. call 831-1342.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

  • - Book Discussion
    1:30 p.m. for adults.
    "The Lake House" by Kate Morton 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
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - How to Grow Your Plot
    5:30 p.m. in the auditorium for age 14 and older.
    Calling all writers! Learn valuable techniques for plotting your stories and novels from award-winning author April Henry. This 60-minute workshop will give you terrific ideas and motivation for growing your story plot. A New York Times bestselling-author, April writes adult and teen mysteries and her titles regularly receive starred reviews.
    Registration starts November 7; call 883-5341.
  • Library Center - What Doesn't Kill You: A Writer's (Sometimes Crazy) Commitment to Getting It Right
    7-9 p.m. in the auditorium for age 12 and older.
    New York Times best-selling author April Henry knows how to kill you in two-dozen different ways. At age 12 she sent a short story about a 6-foot frog who loved peanut butter to children's author Roald Dahl, who had it published in an international children's magazine. Now April makes up for her peaceful childhood by killing off fictional characters, and has published 20 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. Four of her best-selling titles will be available for purchase and signing at the event: "The Body in the Woods," "Blood Will Tell," "The Girl I Used to Be" and "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die." call 882-0714.

Friday, November 25, 2016

  • Willard Branch Library - Get Crafty!
    10 a.m.-noon for adults.
    Learn to use washi tape and mixed media to make holiday cards. Stop by on the fourth Friday morning of the month to work on a self-guided craft. Examples and materials will be provided. call 742-4258.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

  • Republic Branch Library - Based-on-the-Book Film Series
    2-4:15 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    "In the Heart of the Sea," rated PG-13 Enjoy contemporary films based on popular works of fiction and non-fiction. call 732-7284.

Monday, November 28, 2016

  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - National Novel Writing Month: Come Write In!
    4-7 p.m. in the basement meeting room for adults.
    Could you write a novel in one month? Each November, nearly 400,000 writers worldwide accept the challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Drop by anytime with your laptop or writing materials and join local writers for weekly quiet writing sessions. Coffee and light refreshments provided. Learn more about NaNoWriMo at nanowrimo.org. call 862-0135.
  • Library Center - Board Game Night
    6:30-8 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grade 4-adult.
    Love to play games? Want to learn how to play strategy games, card games or Euro-games? Join us for a monthly board game night and learn how to play new games or play some old favorites. Games will be provided or you can bring your own. call 882-0714.
  • Library Station - Preparing the Vegetable Garden for Spring
    6:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room for adults.
    Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist for the University of Missouri Extension, will give you tips for choosing the best vegetable cultivars for the Ozarks, using organic practices to manage the garden soil, starting seeds for early transplants and putting a rotation plan together for the upcoming year. call 865-1340.
  • Library Center - "The Border Between Them: Violence and Reconciliation on the Kansas-Missouri Line" by Jeremy Neely
    Civil War Book Discussion Group

    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    "The Border Between Them: Violence and Reconciliation on the Kansas-Missouri Line" by Jeremy Neely call 882-0714.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

  • Park Central Branch Library - Adult Coloring Circle
    5-7 p.m. for adults.
    Coloring -- it's not just for kids anymore. Join us each month for a relaxing hour of coloring, and see why these intricate and beautiful new coloring book designs are all the rage. Materials will be provided. call 831-1342.
  • Library Center - Stories of Land and Grit: Scotch-Irish Women in the Ozarks
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Drury University professor Dr. Katherine Gilbert will explore the history of the Scotch-Irish in the Ozarks. How did these women manage the experience of migration, and what did they do to survive their new lives in the rugged terrain of the Ozarks hills? Settle in for an evening of storytelling as we learn about these remarkable women in an exceptional time. call 882-0714.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Strafford Branch Library - Fiber Artists Guild
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the community room for adults.
    Calling all fiber artists! Meet with members of the Highland Fiber Artists and other fiber enthusiasts to learn, teach and share. Bring your projects to work on or learn a new skill. All types of fiber arts and skill levels are welcome. call 736-9233.
  • Library Center - Armchair University Science Series
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    "Water Quality Problems and Possible Solutions in Ozarks’ Streams." Dr. Bob Pavlowsky, director of the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute at Missouri State University, will discuss contemporary water quality problems in Springfield and the Ozarks region, and what communities are doing to address those problems. call 882-0714.
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