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Concert, Stargazing, Movies Highlight Adult Summer Reading Program Events

May 8, 2012 —  As the Summer Reading Program for all ages gets under way on May 19, the Library has planned a variety of programs to delight and entertain adults while they’re reading through the summer.

Catch a free flick, volunteer an hour to make no-sew blankets for a child, take a tour of the night sky at a local observatory, or rock to the acoustic sounds of Mark Bilyeu in a concert under the stars. For a full schedule of adult programs, pick up the summer issue of Bookends, or visit

Here are the three feature events:

Under the Stars at Baker Observatory
8:30 p.m. Friday, June 22
Join us for a close-up view of our night sky during Library night at Baker Observatory, 12 miles north of Marshfield. We’ll look at the setting crescent moon, constellations, planets and deep-sky objects. Becky Baker, Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science, Missouri State University, and students will be on hand to answer questions. Reservations recommended, call 865-1340. If it’s overcast or rainy, the program will be at 7 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium. If you’re unsure, call 865-1340.

Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter Mark Bilyeu Concert on the Patio
7-9 p.m. Saturday, June 23, on the Library Center patio (or inside if it rains). Formerly of Big Smith, Bilyeu returns to the Library Center for a special outdoor concert. The event is free and open to all ages. Come early for a snack from the Mudhouse and good seating, or bring your lawn chair. In 2005 Bilyeu released a solo CD, a country-folk-rock collection called “First One Free.” He studied music at Missouri State University. He and his wife own and operate MayApple Records.

The Library Has Kids Covered With Project Linus
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Library Center, Meeting Rooms A&B, and at the
Library Station, Frisco Room.
Provide love, security and warmth to a local child in need by making an easy, no-sew blanket for them. Project Linus blanketeers will be on hand for demonstrations and questions. Supplies not provided, please bring: 1.5 yards of child-friendly or solid fleece and scissors. Donations of new, handmade blankets or canned food also accepted.

Don’t miss these other events at individual branches.

Brentwood Branch Library

See the Movie, Read the Book
June 19, 1:30 p.m. “Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935, not rated)
July 17, 1:30 p.m. “Friday Night Lights” (PG-13)

Book Discussion
June 26, 1:30 p.m. “The Great Night” by Chris Adrian
July 24, 1:30 p.m. “Friday Night Lights” by H. G. Bissinger

Armchair University, Wednesdays, noon
“Sleep Safe,” June 6. Join Springfield Police Officer Jason Rust to hear how to improve your safety as well as your family and your home in this presentation on residential security. You'll be able to sleep comfortably knowing you've done everything to keep yourself safe.

“Getting a Good Night’s Sleep”, August 1. Are you getting sufficient beauty rest? Do you feel fresh and rejuvenated when you wake each day? Dr. Stephen Clum will discuss your path to a good night's sleep and what to do if you aren't succeeding.

Fair Grove Branch Library

Danger after Dark – Fridays, 4 p.m., for adults. Join us for a trio of film noir movies featuring films inspired by some of the finest mystery writers of the 30s and 40s.
June 15: “The Big Sleep,” (1945), not rated.
July 20: “Key Largo,” (1948), not rated.
August 17: “Double Indemnity,” (1944), not rated.

Local Author Series – Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.  Join us as local authors talk about what lies between the covers of their books. Copies of the books will be available for purchase.
June 20: Carla MacLachlan, author of “Parenting Moment by Moment: Training your children to apply Biblical Truth.”
July 18: Tom Blubaugh, author of “Night of the Cossack.”
August 15: Dan R. Manning, author of “John James Dix: A Texian.”

Library Center

Transit of Venus Star Party
Tuesday, June 5, 5-10 p.m. on the patio. Watch the last transit of Venus between Earth and the sun to occur in your lifetime. View it through solar scopes and stick around after sunset for telescope viewing of the moon, stars and other planets. Sign up at the event for a chance to win a beginner telescope. Sponsored by Southwest Missouri Planetarium and Springfield Astronomical Society.

Movies That Will Keep You Up at Night: Hitchcock Thrillers
Saturdays, 2 p.m. for all ages in the Library Center auditorium. Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Popcorn will be provided.

June 9: “Rebecca,” not rated, (1940). Starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

July 7: “Strangers on a Train,” not rated, (1951). Starring Robert Walker and Farley Granger.

August 11: “Suspicion,” not rated, (1941). Starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine.

Library Station

Go Undercover With The Masterpiece Mystery Book & Film Club
Mondays, 6 p.m. in the Frisco Room. Cozy up with your favorite sleuths as we read, view and discuss these popular detectives. Films will be viewed first, followed by discussion.
June 4:  Miss Marple and “The Murder at the Vicarage,” not rated.
July 9:  Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles,” not rated.

Day & Night Film Series
Wednesdays in the Frisco Room. Enjoy a midweek matinee or evening movie on our big screen. 
June 13: 2 p.m. “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” PG-13
6:30 p.m. “Dark Knight,” PG-13

July 18: 2 p.m. “Groundhog Day,” PG
6:30 p.m. “Talladega Nights,” PG-13

Enchanted Night Gardens
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. in the Frisco Room. Plan a garden that lights up the night with help from Library staffer and Master Gardener Gina Marie Walden. She will discuss night-blooming plants and fragrant flowers that can be enjoyed during the dark.

Midtown Carnegie Branch Library

Midnight Movie Matinee
Saturdays, 1 p.m. Watch late-night movies in the afternoon.
August 4: “The Goonies,” rated PG
August 11: “Tremors 3: Back to Perfection,” rated PG
August 18: “Ghostbusters,” rated PG
August 25: “The House of Wax,” rated PG, (1953 version)
Park Central Branch

“Book2Film” Film Series
Every Saturday, 7 p.m., June 2 - Aug 25, for all ages. We’ll be showing your favorite movies, rated PG and under, based on books all summer. Watch as these stories go from “Between the Covers” to the screen.

DIY Spa Night
Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m., for adults. Jen Beushausen, licensed esthetician and facialist with Aura Face + Body, will share tips and recipes for creating a soothing spa night at home for you and your friends. Learn how to make luxurious spa products from natural, organic ingredients for the ultimate indulgence. Registration starts June 1; call 831-1342.
Republic Branch Library

“Nighttime” Movie Series
Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Spend the “night” at the Library! We’ll be watching classic movies as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program.
June 27: “It Happened One Night,” not rated, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
July 18: “Pillow Talk,” not rated, starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day.
August 15: “A Night at the Opera,” not rated, starring the Marx Brothers.
Strafford Branch Library

Sprung from the Pages
Saturdays, 2 p.m. Join us for a series of films based on great books. Are they better between the covers or through the lens? You decide! 
June 2: “Pride and Prejudice,” rated PG
July 14: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” not rated
August 4: “The Princess Bride,” rated PG

Book Swap
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nothing new between the covers in your library? Bring unwanted books to the Strafford Branch Library anytime on August 11 and trade them for new-to-you books! Unclaimed books will go to the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.




Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566

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