Book a Speaker

Let the Library Provide a Program for Your Next Group Meeting

Choose from the Library’s Wide Variety of Topics

Your Library’s History

  • Citizen advocacy and philanthropy made the Springfield-Greene County Library District what it is today. Learn:
  • When the community’s formal library system began with philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s gift to Springfield
  • How the 100-plus-years-old Midtown Carnegie Branch Library transformed library services in Greene County
  • How the district serves all needs with two “destination” libraries, an urban district media library, seven neighborhood branches, the Mobile Library and Walking Books

Local History at Your Library

  • We can provide programs on topics such as:
  • Genealogy and Tracing Your Roots
  • The Frisco Railway
  • Orphan Trains
  • The Civil War in the Ozarks
  • Online collections of historical photos, documents and artifacts
  • Missouri’s Impact on World War I

The Online Branch: thelibrary.org

  • The Library’s website puts our services at your fingertips.
  • Download e-books
  • Search for jobs, prepare for interviews
  • Research any topic
  • Read national news and magazines
  • Library catalog--search from home for what you want and place holds
  • Learn a foreign language

Get the Most from Your E-reader

  • Learn how to borrow hundreds of Library e-books, e-audiobooks and e-videos for free.
  • Download Zone shows you how to download books to your e-reader device
  • Manage your e-entertainment account
  • Get extra features from the publisher with “Enhanced” titles

Helping Parents Raise Great Readers

  • The Library helps build readers from birth with our signature early literacy program, Racing To Read.
  • Regular storytimes at branches
  • Workshops for parents and caregivers
  • Learning stations for kids
  • Family play areas with activities and toys
  • Board and picture books for all ages

Minding Your Business at the Library

  • Learn about the Library’s business specialists, research you can use, online products and trends affecting you.
  • Company research
  • Demographics
  • Economic indicators
  • Legal forms
  • Business websites and articles
  • Managing your money
  • Starting and managing a business

Especially for Nonprofits

  • Librarians can help you find funds for your nonprofit.
  • Get help searching and applying for grants, scholarships and government funding
  • Learn to write winning grant applications
  • Learn to increase your effectiveness in serving human needs
  • Tap into publications from a network of more than 425 libraries, foundations and nonprofit resource centers

More than Paper in the 21st Century

  • In this digital age, information and entertainment come to you in many ways. See what the Library has to offer beyond its outstanding selection of books:
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Downloadable books
  • Free internet access and wi-fi

The Library Is Kid-friendly

  • Hear what the Library has for babies, preschoolers, kids, ‘tweens and teens.
  • Books appropriate for all ages and stages
  • Interactive storytimes
  • Educational toys and early learning stations
  • Reading clubs
  • Online resources for homework help
  • Music, movies, audiobooks & e-books
  • Teen Library Councils
  • Programs for all ages

How to Make the Library Work for You

  • Use public computers with internet access
  • Check out DVDs, CDs, books and audiobooks
  • Download e-books, e-audiobooks and e-videos for free
  • Enjoy live concerts sponsored by Friends of the Library
  • Research your family roots
  • Take free computer and professional skills classes at the Edge Community Technology Center

The Book Talk Experts

  • Our librarians can help lead a discussion about the things they love best--books:
  • Classic literary titles
  • The trendiest nonfiction
  • The hottest new fiction
  • Your favorite genres--mystery, romance, westerns, even cooking and gardening titles!

For more information, or to book a speaker, email bookaspeaker@thelibrary.org or call 883-5366, ext. 2.

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