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This Week at the Library: Night of the Frog, OGS 50th Anniversary, Police Department History and More

Author David Harrison pauses during a book signing at the Library Center to pose for a photo with young fans.Springfield’s internationally published poet and author David L. Harrison visits the Library Center auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, for Night of the Frog… A Frog-friendly Family Night.

Children ages 4-8 and their families are invited to a celebration of David’s newest book, “And the Bullfrogs Sing,” which uses lyrical prose and illustrations to explore the life cycle of the bullfrog, whose bovine sounding “jug-o-rum” can be heard for more than half a mile.

"This year is the 50th anniversary since my first children's book was published and on Tuesday I'll celebrate my 96th book,” David says.  

Sing frog songs with Judy Domeny Bowen, participate in an interactive frog “chorus” and enjoy a reading from the new book. Stick around for a jumping contest, coloring activities and learn more about frogs with our Dickerson Park Zoo friends. And sample the refreshments – pond scum punch and buggy-wuggy cookies. For details call 616-0564.
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Come celebrate the 50th anniversary year of the Ozarks Genealogical Society at a reception to celebrate the society’s role since 1969 in keeping Ozarks history alive and accessible to everyone. The event is 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 15, in the Library Center auditorium. Refreshments will be served. Learn about OGS and why genealogy, DNA and family histories are important. For details call 882-0714.
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Retired Police Lt. Culley Wilson, who served for more than 21 years, will offer an entertaining and surprising history of the Springfield Police Department through stories and photos from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the Library Station Frisco Room. For details call 865-1340.
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Thank you to everyone who made the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale such a huge success – from the book donors to the volunteers and Friends members who staged and worked the sale, to all the shoppers who helped achieve the grand total: $148,356.70 – the second-highest sales total in the Friends’ history.
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Speaking of bargains, watch the book “A Secret Garden” come to life on the Springfield Little Theatre stage through May 19 for a bargain. Key in the code LIBRARY for a 30% discount on each ticket.

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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