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Here's How to Reconnect with The Library... Your Way!

If it’s been a while since you visited your library, or even if you’re a regular visitor, we’re rolling out the red carpet for everyone beginning August 1 with an invitation to Reconnect with The Library Your Way. (Please note: The CDC and Springfield-Greene County Health Department recommend everyone -- regardless of vaccination status -- wear a mask indoors.)

We’ve expanded the hours at many branches, and offer a full eight hours of service on Sundays at the Library Center, Library Station and Schweitzer Brentwood Branch for busy students, adults and families. (The hours of your favorite branch are listed at thelibrary.org/branches.)

But that’s just the beginning of things coming your way in the months to come.

First, we’re making it easy for you to reconnect. If you’ve lost your library card, we’ll replace it, free, during August, at any branch checkout desk. (Okay, so they’re only $1, but it helps!)

Not comfortable venturing out quite yet? We get it. Reserve whatever you need and you can pick it up at any of the five drive-up windows. Need to do research? You can use the “24-hour library,” the online resources at thelibrary.org/research. You can always call during business hours for assistance.

Gardening is in full swing, and you can pick up a free Garden in a Bag at any library branch in August, while supplies last. They’re courtesy of the Heirloom Seed Library, which also has seeds at the Midtown Carnegie Branch and Library Station.

Reading together with your children is a great way to help young readers grow in their reading skills and develop a love of books. Need a new family read aloud? Visit us on facebook.com/thelibrary.org at 2 p.m. Aug. 14. Tell us three books or authors your family or child loves and our Library staffers will give you three suggestions of books to try next.

Of course, we’re always here to help you find just the right book for you. Visit Your Next Read, thelibrary.org/yournextread, fill out the quick survey about your reading preferences, and our librarians will give you a list to match your likes.

Searching for the right job? An Aug. 24 free workshop at the Edge Community Technology Center (Midtown Carnegie Branch) is designed especially for job seekers. It’s 1-4 p.m., taught by Edge staff using Google tools. They’ll assist you with Digital Skills, Building a Resume and Online Job Searching. Register at 837-5011.

Virtual programs are still the norm in August, but September promises a lineup of in-person author events, concerts and outdoors events like Movie Night in the Heirloom Seed Garden, and Downtown Walk & Talks. Coming in November: The Springfield Symphony Orchestra returns to perform on the Library Center main floor! Stay on top of what’s coming up at thelibrary.org/programs.

Individuals, clubs and businesses can again book study rooms, small conference and large meeting rooms at the library branches. Visit thelibrary.org/spaces.

The library branches are again accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, games, puzzles and the occasional unusual collection of things for the Friends of the Library Fall Books Sale, which is coming Sept. 15-19, with Friends Night Sept. 14 at the E*Plex, Ozark Empire Fair. Check to see what Friends will accept at thelibrary.org/donate.

Later hours at the Library Center and Library Station also mean you have more time in your busy day to apply for a passport at those two branches. Appointments are still required by calling the Library Center, 883-5341, or Library Station, 616-0683. You can also get a passport photo, no appointment necessary. For details visit thelibrary.org/passport.

As we ease out of summer and head into fall, we invite you to stay tuned, stay safe, and Reconnect with The Library Your Way.

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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