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July-December 2014


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


Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Springfield’s Urban Histories: A Community’s Unexplored Past
    Library Center
    8:30 am to 4:15 pm in the auditorium for Adults.
    Historians will discuss their recent research into unexplored aspects of Springfield’s History published by Moon City Press in "Springfield’s Urban Histories: Essays on the Queen City of the Missouri Ozarks." The book will be on sale. 8:30-9 a.m. Book Sale 9-10 a.m. " Uncovering Springfield’s Hidden Histories: The Queen City’s Unexplored Past," Stephen McIntyre, professor of history, Missouri State University 10:15-11:15 a.m. " Quinine and Courage: The Battle of Springfield, January 8, 1863," William Garret Piston, professor of history, Missouri State University, and John C. Rutherford, local history associate, Springfield-Greene County Library District 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch Break/Book Sale 12:15-1:15 p.m. "Retail Rivals: Commercial Street Versus the Public Square, 1870-1945." Angela Wingo Miller, department chair, teacher education, Ozarks Technical Community College 1:30-2:30 p.m. "Unrestricted Warfare: The 1916-17 Springfield Streetcar Strike," Erin Smither, instructor, Missouri State University and reference librarian, Springfield-Greene County Library 2:45-3:45 p.m. "Considerable Bad Feeling in this City:" The 1922 Frisco Shopmen’s Strike," Stephen McIntyre, professor of history, Missouri State University 3:45-4:15 p.m. Book Sale
  • Batman 75th Anniversary Celebration
    Library Center
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the story hour room for all ages.
    Holy smokes--it’s Batman Day at the Library! The Caped Crusader is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year. Stop by for make-and-take crafts, and catch episodes of "Batman: The Animated Series," rated TV-Y7. Take part in a bat boomerang toss and scavenger hunts around the library. We’ll also have Batman freebies including posters, masks, buttons and temporary tattoos, while supplies last.
  • Batman Fan Discussion
    Library Center
    10:00 am to 11:00 am in meeting room B for teens and adults.
    Join Batman fan extraordinaire Andy Thompson for a discussion about all things Batman, from favorite Batman actors to the future of the comic hero.
  • Batman's 75th Anniversary Celebration
    Republic Branch Library
    11:00 am to 6:00 pm for all ages.
    Holy smokes--it’s Batman Day at the Library! The Caped Crusader is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year. Stop by for make-and-take crafts and catch episodes of "Batman: The Animated Series," rated TV-Y7. We’ll also have Batman freebies including posters, masks, buttons and temporary tattoos, while supplies last.
  • Bilingual Storytime
    Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
    11:00 am for infants-grade 2.
    This bilingual interactive storytime is designed especially for Spanish-speaking families to introduce parents and 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.
  • Big Brentwood Play Day
    Brentwood Branch Library
    11:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Little ones learn through play! We'll make learning fun as kids explore a variety of sensory, creative, gross motor and language-based activities.
  • LEGO Block Saturday
    Republic Branch Library
    11:00 am for grades K-5.
    Playing, building and creating with LEGO elements helps build memory and creativity skills. It also increases attention span and lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving. We'll provide the LEGO bricks and you provide the imagination for your LEGO creations.
  • Super Science Saturday
    Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for grades K-5.
    Drop by the Children's Department on Saturdays to explore science through crafts and activities. We'll examine a different science question each week. Materials will be provided.
  • Heraldry 101
    Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
    1:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Explore a long-forgotten tradition, from the basic parts and colors of a shield to the National Heraldic Registry. Library staff member Adam Lauderdale will tell you how to make your own coat of arms official, and how to protect yourself from Internet scam artists offering fake ancestry.
  • Sheldontopia
    Strafford Branch Library
    2:00 pm for adults.
    Play trivia and other games, and do experiments to celebrate some of the most popular fictitious scientists, the guys and girls of "The Big Bang Theory."

Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    Brentwood Branch Library
    9:30 am 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 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.
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    Brentwood Branch Library
    10:30 am 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.
  • Electricity and Magnetism
    Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for grades K-3.
    Is lightning exciting or just scary? How do you think explorers in the past found their way home? Is the earth a magnet? Scientists work to understand all these things and you can be a part of the action at the Missouri State University Phys Biz event. You'll make lightning, move metal without touching it and more. Then you’ll get to take home something you make yourself. Presented by the MSU Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science. Registration starts July 14; call 862-0135.
  • KY3 for Kids Storybreak
    Republic Branch Library
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Hear your favorite stories read by a KY3 news or weather personality. June 16: Lisa Rose; July 8: Sara Forhetz; July 15: Emily Wood; July 23: Ron Hearst; July 28: Abby Dyer.
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