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Family "Edu-tainment" Includes STEAM and a Story of Slave to First Lady's Confidante

One of the touching stories about the Lincoln family is that of Elizabeth Keckly, a woman who bought herself out of slavery and became First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker and confidante.

On Saturday, March 16, in the Library Center auditorium, Dr. Jennifer Fleischner, Adelphi University professor, will describe the story from her book, “It May Be Charged That I Have Written Too Freely’” Elizabeth Keckly and Mary Lincoln Remember and Write,” at 2 p.m. for grades 6-12, and for adults at 7 p.m.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Sponsored by Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, with the Library and Civil War Roundtable of the Ozarks.
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The Library collection has a whopping 822 titles about parenting, ranging from potty training to raising emotionally complex kids. If you’re a parent, grandparent or other caregiver, here is some upcoming “edu-tainment” for the family.

Parent Café: Special Needs Edition is planned from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 15,   in the Library Center auditorium. This is a chance to meet with new people, share ideas and learn about community resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Dinner and child care provided. Presented in partnership with Include Ozarks and Community Partnership of the Ozarks. To register, call 883-5341. 
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Many of our programs focus on science, technology and engineering – the STE of STEAM – so we’re using a new grant to create a series, Sample the Arts, with a focus on art and music. You’ll find, as we did, that art and music have a lot to do with STEAM skills.

On Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m., gather your family and kids age 5-grade 6 for fun, engaging art activities in the Library Center Story Hour Room. We’ll use music and movement to create messy art, and materials will be provided. While we encourage parents and caregivers to join their kids in the play and learning, it isn’t always required.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Library Station Story Hour Room, families with children in grades K-6 are invited to create using your imaginations and artistic styles while learning about kinetic sculptures by making mobiles inspired by Alexander Calder.

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

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