LIBRARY PROGRAMS IN APRIL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshops
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Genetic Genealogy: DNA, the Newest Tool for Family History Research Part II. Now that you have the results, what do they say? Learn how to interpret the DNA test results from Library staff member Patti Hobbs and apply the data to your family history research. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Mother's Brewing Company - "The Call of the Wild" (Downtown Book Club)
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Mother's Brewing Company for age 21 and older.
    The conversation will be flowing as we discuss provocative fiction, nonfiction and memoir at Mother's Brewing Company Tasting Room, 215 S. Grant Ave. Join us for a discussion of this year's Big Read selection, "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. A Big Read event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Local Hikes With Mike
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    No one knows the Ozarks wilds like Mike Mihalik. He's led countless hikes in the area and explored trails of all difficulty levels as a master naturalist and longtime volunteer with the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Learn about some of the best hikes in the area for family-friendly day trips or adventure-filled excursions. A Big Read event.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Library Station - "The Call of the Wild" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London.
  • Willard Branch Library - Teen Thursday: Survival of the Fittest
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for grades 7-12.
    Can you survive without electricity and computers? Learn about the tools that will make or break you in the wilderness, and hone your survival skills at this program that celebrates endurance and courage! A Big Read event.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Game It!
    3:30 pm for grades 6-12.
    Learn how to play a new board or card game, or join a tournament. Old favorites are always available.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
    3:30 pm to 5:30 pm for grades 6-12.
    Celebrate Earth Day at the Library by making crafts from recycled material and help reduce your carbon footprint. Materials will be provided.
  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center - Conservation Kids' Club: Spring Symphony
    6:30 pm to 7:45 pm Springfield Conservation Nature Center for grades 1-6.
    Sweet-sounding bird songs fill the forests and fields with music and tell us that spring has arrived, but birds aren’t just "whistlin’ Dixie," their songs have purpose and meaning. Learn the lyrics to their melodies and find out what the singing means during this "Call of the Wild" program. Dress for an outdoor hike. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Registration required, call 888-4237. A Big Read event.
  • Springfield Art Museum - Call of the Wild: An Evening with Military Survivalist and Adventurer Cade Courtley
    7:00 pm Springfield Art Museum for all ages.
    Please note: Cade Courtley replaces the previously scheduled author Don Mann. Cade Courtley is a former Navy SEAL, survivalist and author of "SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster." He also hosted and produced the Spike TV/Discovery International original series "Surviving Disaster." He was the class leader in his Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL training. After 19 months, two Hell Weeks, three broken legs and a fractured skull, Lt. Courtley graduated in 2002 and became a Navy SEAL. He was chosen to attend the elite SEAL Sniper school. During his nine years of active duty, Courtley led highly classified, high-risk operations around the world as an assistant platoon commander, SEAL Team Two; and later platoon commander, SEAL Team One. In recent years he has made television and film appearances, wrote and produced a screenplay, and on occasion returns to his former high-risk profession with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan working as a Security Contractor for a government agency. His background in military Special Operations led him to host and produce the Spike TV/Discovery International original series "Surviving Disaster," 2010. Cade will sell and sign books after the event.

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - 'Tween Craftapalooza
    2:00 pm in the story hour room for grades 4-8.
    Do you cringe or smile when you hear the words DIY and decoupage? Never fear! This program is for everyone, from the crafting novice to the crafting master. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Station - Teen Friday Nights
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for grades 6-12.
    If it's Friday night, there's something going on at the Station just for teens. Stop in for games, crafts and special events.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • - Document Shredding Day
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm for adults.
    Gather up unwanted documents, and take advantage of this free shredding service at Great Southern Bank Operations Center, 218 S. Glenstone Ave. Drive up and drop off up to five (5) bags or boxes of documents to be securely shredded on-the-spot! No cardboard or three-ring binders please. Sponsored by the Better Business Bureau, Great Southern Bank and the Library. A Money Smart Week event.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Big Brentwood Play Day
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm for infants-age 6.
    Little ones learn through play! We'll make learning fun as kids explore a variety of sensory, creative, gross motor and language-based Racing to Read activities. Snacks will be provided.
  • Library Center - Tweets, Friend Requests & Hashtags: Parenting in the Digital Age
    10:00 am in meeting room A for adults.
    Learn about the benefits and hidden dangers your children could be exposed to through texting, cyber-bullying and social networks during this educational seminar no parent should miss. The presentation will include information about popular sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of ComputerCop, a computer monitoring software purchased with confiscated drug money. Sponsored by the Greene County Sheriff's office and the Library.
  • Willard Branch Library - Tales on the Trail
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm for all ages.
    Enjoy the wild outdoors! Bring the whole family to the Willard Branch Library for nature-inspired stories and songs, followed by a 2-mile round-trip nature walk along the Frisco Highline Trail beginning at 10:30 a.m. On the trail, enjoy a seek-and-find scavenger hunt and a special treat provided by Sisters in Thyme at the walk’s halfway point. You can finish off the morning with a make-and-take craft at the branch. Presented in partnership with Willard Parks and Recreation. A Big Read event.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central's Walk-in Weekend Theater for Kids!
    11:00 am to 3:30 pm for all ages.
    Celebrate the Big Read with a Balto marathon at the Library! 11 a.m. "Balto," rated G; 12:30 p.m. "Balto II: Wolf Quest, rated G; 2 p.m. "Balto III: Wings of Change," rated G. A Big Read event.
  • Republic Branch Library - LEGO Block Saturday
    11:00 am for grades K-5.
    Playing, building and creating with LEGO blocks helps build memory and creativity skills, increases attention span and lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving. We'll provide the LEGO blocks and you provide the imagination for your LEGO block creations.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Otaku Club
    2:00 pm for grades 6-12.
    Anime fans unite! Join us every month for anime films and Asian treats.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Park Central's Walk-in Weekend Theater
    6:30 pm for grade 7 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Dances with Wolves," rated PG-13. A Big Read event.

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 am for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10:30 am for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Talk Time: Practice Your English
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Grafton room for adults.
    Are you learning to speak English and would like to improve? Meet with other members of the international community for casual conversations. Community volunteers lead the informal sessions.
  • Republic Branch Library - Tweets, Friend Requests & Hashtags: Parenting in the Digital Age
    7:00 pm for adults.
    Learn about the benefits and hidden dangers your children could be exposed to through texting, cyber-bullying and social networks during this educational seminar no parent should miss. The presentation will include information about popular sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of ComputerCop, a computer monitoring software purchased with confiscated drug money. Sponsored by the Greene County Sheriff's office and the Library.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Make-and-Take Storytime
    10:00 am to 10:30 am in the meeting room for infants-age 6.
    Make cool sensory toys with your little one that will also develop early literacy skills! Then, check out some of our best and newest picture books. Materials will be provided.
    Registration starts April 21; call 883-1974.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Willard Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Get Hooked
    3:15 pm for grades 6-12.
    Learn to knit with a loom to create hats, scarves, wraps and more. Already know how to loom knit? Come in to create something new.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Get Hooked on Loom Knitting
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn to knit with a loom to create hats, scarves, wraps and more. Or, bring your own project and master your technique.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Under-An-Hour Reading Club (Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm for adults.
    The Under-an-Hour Reading Club explores a new magazine article each week, sparking conversation over fresh topics and current events. It's the fun of a book club, but in less time--perfect for a busy schedule. Pick up a copy of the upcoming article at the Park Central Branch Library or find out about it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/parkcentrallibrary.
  • Library Station - Racing to Read Storytime
    7:00 pm in the story hour room for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:00 am in the story hour room for infants-36 months.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Republic Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    10:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:00 am for infants-age 6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 am in the story hour room for ages 3-6.
    Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.
  • Springfield Conservation Nature Center - Bird Chorus
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Springfield Conservation Nature Center for grade 1 and older.
    Spring migrants are arriving in Missouri and making their presence known with their appearance and songs. Some are just passing through on their trek to nesting grounds further north, while some are here for the season. Learn how to identify these birds through sight and by song during this indoor and outdoor "Call of the Wild" program with our friends at the Nature Center. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration required, call 417-888-4237. A Big Read event.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Monthly Macabre
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm for grades 7-12.
    Join us the last Wednesday of the month for snacks and supernatural cinema featuring creatures, ghosts and ghouls from decades past. "The Uninvited," 1944, not rated.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - On the Appalachian Trail with Marcus Ross
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    The Appalachian Trail: 2,200 miles of the most beautiful -- and dangerous -- wilderness in the country. In 2013, Marcus Ross set off with a 25-pound pack and hiked from the trail’s start in Georgia to its endpoint in Maine. Ross will lead us down the trail with him through photographs and stories, all from the comfort of the Library. A Big Read event.
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