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Prepare for Winter Reading Challenge with Bargains at Friends Fall Book Sale

            You’re hearing it here first. Adult readers said they liked the Adult Summer Reading Program so much that staff has planned a Winter Reading Challenge in January through February 2020.

            This one challenges you to read books you normally wouldn’t read. And we’re telling you this now, so you can load up on those unlikely (for you) titles at the Friends of the Library Fall Books Sale Oct. 16-20 at the E*Plex on the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

            Before January, we’ll provide a list of 15 reading “challenges,” you can select and complete five of them, turn in your challenge form and we’ll give you a gift for being a Winter Reading Master!

Here’s a sample of the challenges: Read a book …set in another time period; a sci-fi/fantasy title; made into a movie; by an author of color; by an author new to you. You get the idea.

The Friends Fall Book Sale will display a list of the 15 categories so you can be ready to tackle the challenge when details come this winter.

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            Looking to get into the spirit of the spooky season? Check out the “Oh, The Horror!” series. The full schedule of events is at Three are coming this week:

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            Three programs to note:

            Movable & Pop-Up Books, by retired Des Moines Public Library Director Elaine Estes, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Library Station Santa Fe Room.

            History of Ozarks Literature with MSU West Plains English professor Dr. Phillip Howerton, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Library Station Santa Fe Room.

            Community Listening Sessions about library use, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Willard Branch; 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Park Central Branch; and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Midtown Carnegie Branch upstairs meeting room.

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

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