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E-reader Training, Small Business Workshop and Early Literacy Training Offered in September at the Library

E-reader help sessions have been in high demand since last year’s sales boom, so the library has launched another series to help you adopt new ways to enjoy books, audiobooks and movies.

Library staff, always available to troubleshoot, will demonstrate how to download the library’s collection using free OverDrive software on The sessions are for any compatible device listed under Download Zone.

Unfortunately, Amazon has not yet made its Kindle compatible with OverDrive software, but a 2011 date is expected.

The next sessions are at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept.7) at the Brentwood Branch Library and 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Republic Branch Library. More are planned in October and November. For a schedule see a copy of Bookends, or go to and click on the fall Bookends cover.
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The Springfield area’s many small business owners and entrepreneurs may benefit from another series – Small Business Workshops – beginning noon Thursday (Sept.8) in the Library Center meeting room A. Business pros and library staff will talk about resources for small businesses. Bring a brown bag lunch or pre-order from the Mudhouse.

Thursday’s topic is “Start Me Up: Information Mining for Entrepreneurs,” how to dig for help starting a business by using library resources such as BusinessDecision and Reference USA. To register call 882-0714. Future sessions are Oct. 13 and Nov. 10.
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Fall wouldn’t be the same without the annual Geezerfest! Great music by local rockers, Geezer, will fill the Library Center patio at 7 p.m. on Saturday. (Sept. 10) Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a concert sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
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Homemade books lovingly made by a child often become family favorites and keepsakes. The fact is, homemade books are effective and fun for enhancing a child’s language development and reading-readiness skills.

Be sure to register for a library program, “Read First! Making Books for Kids,” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Library Center Story Hour Room. The hands-on, one-hour workshop for parents and caregivers will show inexpensive and easy ways to create books for young children. Child care providers who attend will receive one hour of training. The event is co-sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council and Read First! To register call 882-0714.

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