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Try Something New in 2021

The new year is the perfect time to try something new. Whether you’re looking for a fun new experience or to embark on a new hobby, you can find books and resources at the Library to make the endeavor a success. Check out this list of books and upcoming events to get 2021 off to a great start.

Library events and resources:

Aisle 641: Tips to Make You a Top Chef 

In the Library, good cooks take their cues from books in the Dewey Decimal 641s. But we’re taking you to the virtual aisle to visit with chefs at popular restaurants in Springfield to learn the secrets of one of their signature dishes. Winter is the perfect time to fire up the cooktop or preheat the oven for sweet or savory delectable goodies. Watch on our YouTube channel, First up in the series is Italian Wedding soup on January 14th, at 7pm. Jenny Russo is the force behind the great soups and other delicious dishes at Russo's St. Michael’s restaurant in downtown Springfield. Learn one of her favorite recipes for a belly-warming soup to tide you over this winter.

Beginning Chinese Calligraphy Saturday

Artist Jojo Liu teaches traditional Chinese calligraphy basics including how to hold a brush, write basic strokes and write while standing. Pick up a kit with all of the supplies you'll need for this virtual lesson from the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch starting Saturday, January 2. Twenty craft kits will be available while supplies last; supply lists will also be available for those who don’t get a kit. Sponsored by the Library Foundation. Click the link above to register.

The Maker Space at the Edge Community Technology Center

You can watch this introduction video to learn about all of the equipment available at the Library's new maker space, including soldering stations, a vinyl cutter, a laser engraver, a 3D printer and more. Call the Edge at 417-837-5011 to make an appointment for a tour or to use any of the equipment. 


1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider
This brand-new edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of movie history. Every film profile is packed with details including the director and cast, a plot summary and production notes, and little-known facts relating to the film's history.

Hiking Ozarks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures by JD Tanner
This guide features not only Missouri trails but also trails in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Arkansas.

The Backyard Birdwatcher's Bible by Christopher M Perrins
An informative and eye-catching reference book for beginner and intermediate backyard bird enthusiasts. The Backyard Birdwatcher's Bible is that rare type of book, one that is as packed with information as it is pleasing to look at. An elegant aesthetic is paired with practical tips on identifying, attracting, and caring for backyard birds, as well as crafting bird-friendly gardens and bird houses. With additional sections focused on everything from the bird life cycle to bird behavior, symbolism, and meaning in art, this authoritative book is brimming with engaging answers to all of your birdwatching questions.

The Good Neighbor Cookbook : 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Surprise and Satisfy the New Moms, New Neighbors, Recuperating Friends, Community-Meeting Members, Book Club Cohorts, and Block Party Pals in Your Life! by Sara Quessenberry
Provides 125 recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, and snacks suitable for a variety of gatherings, including block parties, potluck dinners, book clubs, and recuperating friends.

Yoga for Everyone : 50 Poses for Every Type of Body by Dianne Bondy
This book offers yoga for everyone- big, small, elderly, pregnant, disabled-everyone. It's why that word is in the title. No matter who you are, you can do all 50 poses in this book. And then you can perform all 16 sequences, which combine different poses into one singular experience that focus on specific physical and mental issues. No matter who you are or what you look or feel like, yes, you can keep doing yoga-and Yoga for Everyone will show you how!


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