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Organic Gardening How-to and Physics Fun at Library Programs June 23 and 26; Brentwood Branch Renovation Update

Too hot for outside work? Come into the cool at the Library Center auditorium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, for Organic Gardening 101, presented by Paul Robertson with Master Gardeners of Greene County.

Paul has been an organic gardener for more than 35 years and will give us the dirt on the hows and whys of organic gardening, dealing with weeds, watering, organic fertilizer, compost, mulch and organic solutions to pests and diseases. It’s not too late to start gardening this summer – don’t miss this chance to learn about organic techniques.
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Who can resist this one? Science Nerd Night, Experimental Fun for the Whole Family, is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the Library Center auditorium. All ages are invited to play, learn and rediscover your inner science nerd with hands-on experiments and demonstrations.

Our favorite science nerds will teach us about the laws of physics that connect us to the world: The Discovery Center, Missouri State University’s College of Natural and Applied Science, 3M and the City of Springfield Public Works Department.
Science Nerd Night wraps up our month-long series, Here. There. Everywhere. Lessons in Physics for the Rest of Us. It includes a large concourse exhibit that was supported by NASA under a special grant. The exhibit concludes June 30.
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The library is one step further on the Brentwood Branch renovation timeline. Crews have successfully deconstructed a house east of the Brentwood Branch to make way for part of the project -- a staff parking lot – freeing up more front parking for visitors.
Many thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Ozarks Green Building Coalition for coordinating the deconstruction in a way that gives new life to nearly every bit of building material and keeps it out of the landfill.

All reusable interior materials were sold at a spring “yard sale” – with proceeds going to Ozarks Green Building Coalition. Exterior materials including framing lumber, concrete blocks, windows and doors are for sale at Habitat’s ReStore, which gets those sale proceeds. Soon, a company will remove the concrete and grind it up for construction fill. Then we’ll seed and maintain the lot until the Library Foundation capital campaign paves the way for the renovation.

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