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March-May 2014

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January-June 2014

Several of our upcoming programs are listed below. View all programs by branch, audience, or subject by clicking the links at left.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Genealogy Workshops
    Library Center
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Genetic Genealogy: DNA, the Newest Tool for Family History Research Part II. Now that you have the results, what do they say? Learn how to interpret the DNA test results from Library staff member Patti Hobbs and apply the data to your family history research. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    Republic Branch Library
    10:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    Library Center
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    Fair Grove Branch Library
    11:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    Library Center
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • "The Call of the Wild"
    Downtown Book Club
    Offsite
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Mother's Brewing Company for age 21 and older.
    The conversation will be flowing as we discuss provocative fiction, nonfiction and memoir at Mother's Brewing Company Tasting Room, 215 S. Grant Ave. Join us for a discussion of this year's Big Read selection, "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. A Big Read event.
  • Local Hikes With Mike
    Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    No one knows the Ozarks wilds like Mike Mihalik. He's led countless hikes in the area and explored trails of all difficulty levels as a master naturalist and longtime volunteer with the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Learn about some of the best hikes in the area for family-friendly day trips or adventure-filled excursions. A Big Read event.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • "The Call of the Wild"
    Book Discussion
    Library Station
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London.
  • Teen Thursday: Survival of the Fittest
    Willard Branch Library
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for grades 7-12.
    Can you survive without electricity and computers? Learn about the tools that will make or break you in the wilderness, and hone your survival skills at this program that celebrates endurance and courage! A Big Read event.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
    Strafford Branch Library
    3:30 pm to 5:30 pm for grades 6-12.
    Celebrate Earth Day at the Library by making crafts from recycled material and help reduce your carbon footprint. Materials will be provided.
  • Game It!
    Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
    3:30 pm for grades 6-12.
    Learn how to play a new board or card game, or join a tournament. Old favorites are always available.
  • Conservation Kids' Club: Spring Symphony
    Offsite
    6:30 pm to 7:45 pm Springfield Conservation Nature Center for grades 1-6.
    Sweet-sounding bird songs fill the forests and fields with music and tell us that spring has arrived, but birds aren’t just "whistlin’ Dixie," their songs have purpose and meaning. Learn the lyrics to their melodies and find out what the singing means during this "Call of the Wild" program. Dress for an outdoor hike. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Registration required, call 888-4237. A Big Read event.
  • Call of the Wild: An Evening with Military Survivalist and Adventurer Cade Courtley
    Offsite
    7:00 pm Springfield Art Museum for all ages.
    Please note: Cade Courtley replaces the previously scheduled author Don Mann. Cade Courtley is a former Navy SEAL, survivalist and author of "SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster." He also hosted and produced the Spike TV/Discovery International original series "Surviving Disaster." He was the class leader in his Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL training. After 19 months, two Hell Weeks, three broken legs and a fractured skull, Lt. Courtley graduated in 2002 and became a Navy SEAL. He was chosen to attend the elite SEAL Sniper school. During his nine years of active duty, Courtley led highly classified, high-risk operations around the world as an assistant platoon commander, SEAL Team Two; and later platoon commander, SEAL Team One. In recent years he has made television and film appearances, wrote and produced a screenplay, and on occasion returns to his former high-risk profession with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan working as a Security Contractor for a government agency. His background in military Special Operations led him to host and produce the Spike TV/Discovery International original series "Surviving Disaster," 2010. Cade will sell and sign books after the event.

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    Library Center
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
    10:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    Library Station
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
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