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Enter Big Read Photo Contest in January; Learn Bridge, Civil War & Revolutionary War History and Healthy Eating Tips

Digital cameras and cell phones have made it easy for amateur photographers to capture great moments, so everyone has a shot at entering the Library’s photo contest going on through January.

The theme is "A World Without People," and it’s yours to interpret. Guidelines and entry forms are available at any branch, or downloadable at thelibrary.org/bigread.

 We were inspired by the April 2018 Big Read featured book, "Station Eleven," by Emily St. John Mandel. Years after a flu pandemic kills 99 percent of the world’s population, a nomadic group of actors roams scattered outposts to keep the arts alive, surviving in a world without people.

Cardholders ages 12-17, and 18-adult may enter. Submit your original, 8"-by-10" print through Jan. 31 to any branch. Judges will select first- and second-place winners in both categories; winners will be awarded at a reception March 2 at the Park Central Branch Library. 
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Eager to learn a hobby and keep your mind sharp in 2018? Drop by the free introductory contract bridge lessons from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 11- 25 in the Library Center Story Hour Room. This is the second in the series; Bridge Center members will assist you. For details 883-5341.
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Two history programs are coming this week.

Hear about Gen. John S. Marmaduke’s Confederate Army raid into southwest Missouri, Hartville and Springfield at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, in the Library Center auditorium. Speakers include Dr. William Garrett Piston, professor emeritus of Missouri State University, and Library Local History Associate John Rutherford. Call 882-0714.

On Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium, the History Explorers presents First Ladies of the American Revolution, and how these inspirational women endured tumultuous times and helped form a new nation. Presented in partnership with the Sons of the American Revolution. Call 882-0714.
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On Thursday, dietician Brittany Carpenter will discuss how to read food labels and uncover secretly unhealthy “health foods” at 6 p.m. in the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch. Please register at 883-1974.

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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