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January-June 2015


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


Saturday, January 24, 2015

  • Digging for Dinosaurs
    Library Center
    10:00 am to 11:00 am in the auditorium for all ages.
    Matt Forir, paleontologist and executive director of the Missouri Institute of Natural Science, will discuss recent excavations in Wyoming's Cretaceous badlands where the institute's crew excavated Henry the Triceratops. See the hot, humid landscape 67 million years ago through the eyes of one of the largest triceratops ever to roam the Mesozoic Era and find out what happened to Henry on his final days as the mighty bull of prehistoric Wyoming. Fossils from the excavation will be available for viewing after the lecture.
  • LEGO Brick Saturday
    Republic Branch Library
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm for grades K-5.
    Playing, building and creating with LEGO bricks 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.
  • 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.
  • Colossal Dinosaur Extravaganza
    Library Center
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the story hour room for grades K-5.
    Love dinosaurs? Dig for dinosaurs, solve dinosaur puzzles and more!
  • Racing to Read Storytime
    Library Center
    11:15 am in the children's department 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.
  • Digital Device Post-Holiday Open House
    Library Center
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Have a new device or smartphone? Library staff will provide one-on-one instruction during this come-and-go event for using digital library products including downloading e-books and e-audiobooks during this come-and-go open house. Bring your device or smartphone fully charged and registered along with your account passwords.
  • Simply Saturday
    Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for grades K-5.
    Don't be bored! Enjoy some family time at the Library with games, crafts and activities.
  • Science Saturdays
    Strafford Branch Library
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. Disneynature's "Oceans," rated G.
  • Movies at the Library
    Fair Grove Branch Library
    1:00 pm to 5:00 pm for all ages.
    Turn over a new leaf this year with a "Despicable Me" double feature! Both films rated PG.
  • Third Annual Mock Caldecott
    Library Center
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the story hour room for grades K-adult.
    We're going to choose our very own Caldecott Medal winner with Library staff member and 2016 Caldecott Selection Committee member Sarah Bean Thompson. We'll talk about picture books, what makes the best illustrated book of the year and decide which book should win the Springfield Caldecott Medal for 2015. Ask a librarian for the picture book reading list so you can come prepared to discuss your favorite. Books will also be available to read at the event.
  • Conservatory of the Ozarks January Studio Recital
    Park Central Branch Library
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all ages.
    Bring the family to hear students of all ages sing and perform on a variety of instruments.
  • Weekend Walk-In Theater
    Park Central Branch Library
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Superman," rated PG.

Monday, January 26, 2015

  • 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.
  • "The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South"
    Civil War Book Discussion Group
    Library Center
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Bruce Levine
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