All Library branches will be closed on Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Friday, July 3, 2015

  • Strafford Branch Library - "1776"
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Celebrate America's birthday by watching the musical "1776," rated G, and eating popsicles.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for First Friday Art Walk. On Display: Pen and Ink Drawings by Eric Ray. 6 p.m.: Learn how to use string to creatively embroider standard headphones to keep them from getting tangled. String will be provided, bring your own ear buds.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • 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 during this come-and-go program. Or, bring your own project and master your technique. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Serial" Podcast: Listen and Discuss
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    The podcast series "Serial" tells one, true story, week-by-week, over the course of a season. Listen to each episode, followed by discussion. Episode: Route Talk.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Medicinal Herbs Used by Our Ancestors. We'll talk about the historic use of herbs. Certified Herbalist Anita Ball will discuss modern usage, how to grow or purchase herbs and health benefits. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Library Center - "Station Eleven" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Emily St. John Mandel.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Orphan Train" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm for adults.
    By Christina Baker Kline.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Gabrielle Zevin.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Ragtime" (Classics Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Tackle the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels with us, one at a time. "Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow.
  • Library Station - Cold-Weather Weddings with Joyce Criswell of The Bride's Maid
    7:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Wedding planner Joyce Criswell, known around the Ozarks as The Bride's Maid, will display creative ways to plan a beautiful, affordable fall or winter wedding. Joyce will show and discuss decorations, cakes and hors d'oeuvres, wedding photography, and dresses. Refreshments will be served.
  • Library Station - Hometown Heroes: Springfield in WWII
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Frisco room for adults.
    Library local history associate Michael Price will discuss life in Springfield during World War II (1941-1945). Learn about the hardships and patriotism on the home front during this decisive period in American history.

Friday, July 10, 2015

  • - "Age of Miracles" (Northview Book Discussion)
    10:30 am to 11:30 am for senior adults.
    Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St. "Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    11:30 am for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. "Nature: Fellowship of the Whales," rated TV-G.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened"
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for ages 20-40.
    By Allie Brosh.
  • Library Center - Go From "Bored" to "Board"
    1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Playing board games can improve your memory, enhance concentration, build your logical thinking skills and lower your blood pressure. Drop in and try a new game or two, and discover all the ways board games can benefit your health. Games provided by Board Games Warehouse.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn" (Graphic Novels for Grown-ups)
    1:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Whether you’re new to the medium or have grown up with it, join us as we read and discuss contemporary and classic graphic literature from around the world. "Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn" by Hugo Pratt.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Natural Soap Making
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm for age 12 and older.
    Experienced soap maker Gina Taylor will demonstrate how to make soap using herbs, essential oils and other premium ingredients. Participants will leave the program with helpful instructions on how to make natural soaps at home.
  • Library Station - Native Plants for Your Garden
    3:00 pm in the Frisco room for adults.
    See what native plants can do for you. Control garden pests by attracting beneficial insects, provide food for pollinators and keep your water bill low by planting low-maintenance, native plants. Paul Armstrong from Smiling Sun Gardens will talk about the benefits of planting native plants for you, the garden and the environment.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Saturday Sounds: Shannon Stine
    4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Shannon Stine has played guitar since childhood and been a member of several local bands including Nadia and Violet. Her new album was released in January 2015. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Yankee Doodle Dandy," not rated.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    The Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble, a 20-member big band formally known as "Little Hoover's Big Band," will play music from the 1940s-2000s under the direction of long-time jazz trombonist and music educator Bob Holden. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Stories for Life
    9:00 am to 10:00 am for adults.
    Designed for older or memory-impaired adults, this series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on your current projects, share patterns, ideas and questions, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • 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 during this come-and-go program. Or, bring your own project and master your technique. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Willard Branch Library - "The Dollmaker" (Book Discussion)
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for adults.
    By Harriette Arnow.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Serial" Podcast: Listen and Discuss
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    The podcast series "Serial" tells one, true story, week-by-week, over the course of a season. Listen to each episode, followed by discussion. Episode: The Case Against Adnan Syed.
  • - "The Dead Lands"
    6:00 pm for adults.
    Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. At Hurts Donut Company, 301 Park Central West. "The Dead Lands" by Benjamin Percy.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Foreign Film Festival
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    "Lake Tahoe," not rated; in Spanish with English subtitles.
  • Library Station - "China Dolls" (Fact and Fiction Book Discussion)
    6:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Dive deeper into the story by exploring the facts behind the fiction. "China Dolls" by Lisa See.
  • Republic Branch Library - "See How Small" (Book Discussion)
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for adults.
    By Scott Blackwood.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue: Canyons of Southern Utah
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Learn about Grand and Bryce canyons and Zion National Park with retired teacher-turned-traveler Bob Shaw. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "The Sense of an Ending" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    By Julian Barnes.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

  • Library Station - Explore Movie Club
    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing series aimed at everyone, including adults with developmental challenges. Our summer movie club will include short films from the Library’s IndieFlix collection, rated Family-Teen by IndieFlix, as well as other activities.
  • - "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" (South Side Senior Center Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for senior adults.
    We meet every third Thursday of the month at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson.
  • Library Station - "Here's the Skinny on a Big Fat Me"
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Frisco room for all ages.
    Local author Erik Chase candidly tells his story about struggles with food addiction and weight loss. He'll also share what he's learned about living a healthy lifestyle and ways to begin loving yourself for who you are. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Confidence: How to Get It
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Confidence is critical for success but can be difficult to achieve. This workshop by Patricia Click, director of the NAMI Hope Center, will teach you how to overcome your insecurities by cultivating a good attitude, dealing with your emotions, practicing self-care, setting goals and taking risks.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet and Knitting Club
    10:00 am to 11:30 am for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials will be provided or bring your own.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Throwback Theater
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for classic family favorites! "Freaky Friday," rated G, 1977.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Conquer Your Clutter
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Join us for a live Skype session with blogger Joshua Becker and learn why he made the decision to minimize his lifestyle and the benefits he's reaped. A Q&A with Joshua and handouts will help attendees get started on the path to less clutter. A Summer Reading Program event.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Military Might
    2:00 pm to 3:45 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a wartime classic. Feel free to bring your own snack. "Pork Chop Hill," not rated.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Beginning and Intermediate Crochet
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for age 12 and older.
    Want to learn to crochet? Whether you know a little or are starting from scratch, mother and daughter duo Rebeka and Tamra Armstrong will help you develop your crochet skills. Basic yarn and needles will be provided.
    Registration starts June 27; call 831-1342.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Saturday Matinee
    2:00 pm for all ages.
    "The Boxtrolls," rated PG.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 9:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "1776," rated G.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Karen Abbott.
  • 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 during this come-and-go program. Or, bring your own project and master your technique. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Library Station - TED Talks Tuesdays: Sun, Sand and the Vastness of the Ocean
    6:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Watch and discuss some of the most entertaining, inspiring and mind-blowing TED Talks. Each week we'll watch two talks on a particular topic and discuss. Reading lists will be available for those wanting a more in-depth topic view.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Serial" Podcast: Listen and Discuss
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    The podcast series "Serial" tells one, true story, week-by-week, over the course of a season. Listen to each episode, followed by discussion. Episode: The Opposite of the Prosecution.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Using Microsoft Excel for Timelines. Excel can be used to compare names and information, record statistics and sort burial information. Get tips for organizing your genealogy data in a way that is useful for your research. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Christmas Crafts in July
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Get a head start on holiday plans while it’s still hot out! Paper crafter Lois Zerrer will teach how to upcycle that stack of old Christmas cards into new cards and other seasonal decorations. Bring any old holiday cards you have, or use ours.
    Registration starts July 8; call 862-0135.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

  • Library Station - "West of Sunset" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "West of Sunset" by Stewart O'Nan.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Fiction Writers Meet-up
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    Fine-tune your craft in this motivational group for fiction writers of all genres and experience levels. We'll discuss the nuts and bolts of writing, share our work and offer opportunities for open-minded, constructive feedback.
  • Library Center - An Evening with David Harrison: Readings, Backstories and Belly Laughs
    6:30 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    Springfield’s nationally known poet and author David Harrison teams up with the Byron Biggers Band and some surprise visitors to read and perform his rib-tickling poetry the whole family will enjoy. Part of the evening features performances of David's work by the Resident Artist Ensemble, the popular group of area equity actors known as RAE.
  • - Superheroes and Sidekicks Trivia
    7:30 pm to 9:30 pm for age 21 and older only.
    Are you a trivia superhero? Bring your sidekicks to Patton Alley Pub, 313 S. Patton Ave., for a special night of comic book and pop culture trivia. Teams of 2-6.

Friday, July 24, 2015

  • Library Center - LibraryCon
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
    Celebrate your fandoms and geekiness with panels, games, special guests and more during our first LibraryCon! Friday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. for age 13 and older in the auditorium. "Drifter: Lonesome Highway" Screening and Q&A. Watch three episodes from the second season of "Drifter," rated PG-13, a Web series produced and filmed in Springfield, and set in a post-second civil war Midwest landscape. Enjoy a Q&A with the cast and director Jason Brasier after the screening. Saturday, July 25 11:15 a.m. for all ages in the Story Hour Room. Fandom Starts Early Storytime. Geek out at storytime as we read, sing and play games about the best fandoms for your kids. 1 p.m. for grade 6 and older in the auditorium. How to Cosplay. Learn about making costumes and getting involved in the local cosplay scene from a panel of area cosplayers. 2:30 p.m. for grade 6 and older in the auditorium. Author Panel. Authors Chris T. Acadian, "The Shifter;" Bethany Hagen, "Landry Park;" and Holly Schindler, "Feral," will talk about their writing and their journeys to publication. 4 p.m. for grade 6 and older in the auditorium. Illustrator Panel. Comic book creators and illustrators will discuss their work. 6 p.m. for age 13 and older in the auditorium. "The Midwest in Panels" Screening and Q&A. Join us for a special screening of the Kickstarter-funded documentary, "The Midwest in Panels," rated PG-13, a road trip documentary featuring comic book stores throughout the Midwest. Creator, director and star Captain Logan from Geekvolution will join us for a Q&A after the screening.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

  • Library Center - LibraryCon
    11:15 am to 8:30 pm.
    Celebrate your fandoms and geekiness with panels, games, special guests and more during our first LibraryCon! Friday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. for age 13 and older in the auditorium. "Drifter: Lonesome Highway" Screening and Q&A. Watch three episodes from the second season of "Drifter," rated PG-13, a Web series produced and filmed in Springfield, and set in a post-second civil war Midwest landscape. Enjoy a Q&A with the cast and director Jason Brasier after the screening. Saturday, July 25 11:15 a.m. for all ages in the Story Hour Room. Fandom Starts Early Storytime. Geek out at storytime as we read, sing and play games about the best fandoms for your kids. 1 p.m. for grade 6 and older in the auditorium. How to Cosplay. Learn about making costumes and getting involved in the local cosplay scene from a panel of area cosplayers. 2:30 p.m. for grade 6 and older in the auditorium. Author Panel. Authors Chris T. Acadian, "The Shifter;" Bethany Hagen, "Landry Park;" and Holly Schindler, "Feral," will talk about their writing and their journeys to publication. 4 p.m. for grade 6 and older in the auditorium. Illustrator Panel. Comic book creators and illustrators will discuss their work. 6 p.m. for age 13 and older in the auditorium. "The Midwest in Panels" Screening and Q&A. Join us for a special screening of the Kickstarter-funded documentary, "The Midwest in Panels," rated PG-13, a road trip documentary featuring comic book stores throughout the Midwest. Creator, director and star Captain Logan from Geekvolution will join us for a Q&A after the screening.
  • Republic Branch Library - The Great War in Springfield
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for adults.
    Library Local History Associate Michael Price will discuss life in Springfield during World War I (1914-1918). Learn how Springfield residents supported the war effort while Greene County men went to France and fought in the trenches.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. "March of the Penguins," rated G.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Beginning and Intermediate Crochet
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for age 12 and older.
    Want to learn to crochet? Whether you know a little or are starting from scratch, mother and daughter duo Rebeka and Tamra Armstrong will help you develop your crochet skills. Basic yarn and needles will be provided.
    Registration starts July 11; call 831-1342.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:00 pm to 8:45 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "How the West Was Won," rated G.

Monday, July 27, 2015

  • Library Center - President Harry S. Truman and the Korean War
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Sixty-five years ago, in June 1950, war erupted on the Korean peninsula as North Korean troops invaded South Korea. Within days, President Harry S. Truman authorized U.S. air, sea and ground forces to repel the invasion under United Nations auspices. Join Sam Rushay, supervisory archivist at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, as he uses materials from the library's archival holdings to tell the story of Truman's actions during the Korean War.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Agatha Christie.
  • 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 during this come-and-go program. Or, bring your own project and master your technique. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Serial" Podcast: Listen and Discuss
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    The podcast series "Serial" tells one, true story, week-by-week, over the course of a season. Listen to each episode, followed by discussion. Episode: The Deal with Jay.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Your Inner Warrior: Discover, Accept, Deploy
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Miyoko Hikiji spent her military career in both the active duty Army and the Iowa National Guard. She was mobilized twice--once after Sept. 11 and again in 2003 for a year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now she is an author and a member of the National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau. In this presentation, Miyoko shares how to find your inner warrior, including how to be an active participant-observer of your life and tap into your personal resources to give you renewed purpose and passion for every day. Copies of Miyoko’s book, "All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq," will be available for purchase and signing. Sponsored by The Library Foundation.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Upcycle to Make a Difference
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for age 12 and older.
    Join our crafting series as we weave sleeping mats from plastic bags. All completed mats will be donated to local charity The Kitchen, Inc. Some bags will be provided, but feel free to bring clean plastic grocery bags to use.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "The Fifth Element," rated PG-13.

Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    What are The Edge and lynda.com? Krissy Sinor, training coordinator at the Library's Edge Community Technology Center, will talk about the classes, videos and other resources available at The Edge. She'll also introduce lynda.com, a website offering thousands of video tutorials in software, creative and business skills. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • 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 during this come-and-go program. Or, bring your own project and master your technique. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Serial" Podcast: Listen and Discuss
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    The podcast series "Serial" tells one, true story, week-by-week, over the course of a season. Listen to each episode, followed by discussion. Episode: To Be Suspected.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Library Station - Explore
    10:30 am for adults.
    Explore is a series for everyone, including adults with developmental challenges. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities. The August 6 sessions of Explore will meet at the Edge Community Technology Center located in the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library for a demonstration of the Library's 3-D printer.
  • Library Station - Explore
    1:30 pm for adults.
    Explore is a series for everyone, including adults with developmental challenges. Not just a storytime, this program is a quest for fun and learning as we cover topics of interest with stories, images, crafts and sensory activities. The August 6 sessions of Explore will meet at the Edge Community Technology Center located in the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library for a demonstration of the Library's 3-D printer.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Some Luck" (Evening Book Discussion)
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Jane Smiley.
  • Library Center - Save Money & Eat Less Ramen: How to Get College Textbooks for Less
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the auditorium for age 17 and older.
    Get tips on how to get the best deals on textbooks, including information on comparison shopping, textbook rentals, e-textbooks and more.
  • Library Center - Reader's Choice (NXT Chapter: A Book Group for 20/30-Somethings)
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Harrison room for ages 20-39.
    Bring Your Own Book (B.Y.O.B.): Science Fiction. Bring a science fiction title to share with the group. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, August 7, 2015

  • Strafford Branch Library - Back-to-School Library Resources
    3:00 pm for all ages.
    Learn about resources available from the Library's databases that can help with research and homework.
  • Park Central Branch Library - First Friday Art Walk
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all ages.
    Join the Park Central Branch Library and other art lovers for First Friday Art Walk. On Display: "I Knew Not Where I Was," Paintings by Joey Borovicka. 7-8 p.m.: Enjoy the original music of Two Wheel Neil.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "Bluesman: A Twelve-Bar Graphic Novel" (Graphic Novels for Grown-ups)
    1:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Whether you’re new to the medium or have grown up with it, join us as we read and discuss contemporary and classic graphic literature from around the world. "Bluesman: A Twelve-Bar Graphic Novel" by Rob Vollmar and Pablo G. Callejo.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Upcycle to Make a Difference
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for age 12 and older.
    Join our crafting series as we weave sleeping mats from plastic bags. All completed mats will be donated to local charity The Kitchen, Inc. Some bags will be provided, but feel free to bring clean plastic grocery bags to use.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Saturday Matinee
    2:00 pm for all ages.
    "Big Hero 6," rated PG
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Saturday Sounds: Wild Bob's Musical Book Club
    4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Wild Bob's Musical Book Club is a unique event where singers/songwriters perform music based on books they've read including "Winter's Bone" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." Brooke Austen, Kevin Cott, Emily Higgins and Sarah Pearl will perform their original songs during this lively music program. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:45 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," rated PG.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the auditorium for all ages.
    The Happy Plunkers, a volunteer ukulele group, has been together since 1989 and is just as energetic and plucky as ever! Singing along is encouraged. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, August 10, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Stories for Life
    9:00 am to 10:00 am for adults.
    Designed for older or memory-impaired adults, this series provides simple stories, poetry and visual aids to encourage discussion and pleasant reminiscing.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - Flying Needles
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    Bring your knitting and crochet projects and join other fiber artists on the second Tuesday of every month. Work on your current projects, share patterns, ideas and questions, and check out our knitting and crochet resources. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • 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 during this come-and-go program. Or, bring your own project and master your technique. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Willard Branch Library - "The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Day of His Life, His Own" (Book Discussion)
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for adults.
    By David Carr.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Serial" Podcast: Listen and Discuss
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    The podcast series "Serial" tells one, true story, week-by-week, over the course of a season. Listen to each episode, followed by discussion. Episode: The Best Defense is a Good Defense.
  • - "The Elementals"
    6:00 pm for adults.
    Horror has never tasted so sweet. Join our horror book club and sink your teeth into a good book while enjoying Hurts donuts. At Hurts Donut Company, 301 Park Central West. "The Elementals" by Michael McDowell.
  • Brentwood Branch Library - Foreign Film Festival
    6:30 pm to 8:15 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    "Grigris," not rated; in French and Arabic with English subtitles.
  • Library Station - "The Hatbox Baby" (Fact and Fiction Book Discussion)
    6:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Dive deeper into the story by exploring the facts behind the fiction. "The Hatbox Baby" by Carrie Brown.
  • Republic Branch Library - "Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances" (Evening Book Discussion)
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for adults.
    By Neil Gaiman.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Research in Dade County & Thereabouts. Thomas Hobbs, OGS member and president of the Dade County Genealogical Society, will provide an update on the records available in the DCGS archives. He'll also discuss the ongoing microfilming of Dade County records which the organization is doing in cooperation with Dade County officials and the Missouri Secretary of State's office. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.
  • Library Center - "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" (Book Discussion)
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    By Rachel Joyce.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - "Remarkable Creatures" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm for adults.
    By Tracy Chevalier.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - 28 Ways to Motivate Yourself
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Have you ever wondered how successful people stay motivated? NAMI Hope Center Director Patricia Click will talk about 28 ways to motivate yourself and identify the methods that will work best for you.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - "Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By Therese Anne Fowler.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "A Farewell to Arms" (Classics Book Discussion)
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Tackle the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels with us, one at a time. "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway.
  • Library Station - The Road That Runs Through Everyone's Life: An Evening with Route 66 Author Susan Croce Kelly
    7:00 pm to 8:45 pm in the Frisco room for all ages.
    Lauded as "America's Main Street," Route 66 was, and is, a marvel of 20th-century transportation, a superhighway connecting Chicago to Los Angeles via Springfield and a string of other cities. Former local journalist Susan Croce Kelly, an expert on Route 66 history, visits the Library Station for a Route 66-themed author talk -- just in time for the annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. Author of "Route 66: The Highway and Its People," Susan will sell and sign copies of her latest book, "Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery."

Friday, August 14, 2015

  • - "The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son" (Northview Book Discussion)
    10:30 am to 11:30 am for senior adults.
    Check out our Library-sponsored book group just for seniors. We meet every second Friday of the month at the Northview Center in Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage St. "The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son" by Pat Conroy.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Springfield on the Go
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Start the Route 66 celebration early as John Sellars, executive director of the History Museum on the Square, explores the role that transportation played in the development of the City of Springfield.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

  • Republic Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet and Knitting Club
    10:00 am to 11:30 am for adults.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials will be provided or bring your own.
  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    11:30 am for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. "Sacred Planet," rated G.
  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "Orphan Train"
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for ages 20-40.
    By Christina Baker Kline.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Super Easy Seed Saving Class
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more from Patrick Byers, regional horticulture specialist for the Greene County Extension Center. You'll have plenty of seeds next year for yourself, your neighbors and the community.
    Registration starts August 3; call 862-0135.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Military Might
    2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a wartime classic. Feel free to bring your own snack. "Sergeant York," not rated.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Upcycle to Make a Difference
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for age 12 and older.
    Join our crafting series as we weave sleeping mats from plastic bags. All completed mats will be donated to local charity The Kitchen, Inc. Some bags will be provided, but feel free to bring clean plastic grocery bags to use.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Wall-E," rated G.

Monday, August 17, 2015

  • Library Center - "Missouri, the Battle Ground, is Redeemed"
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    When Missouri approved its emancipation ordinance on January 11, 1863, the Daily Missouri Democrat declared, "The work is done. After a struggle extending through long years, freedom has triumphed, and Missouri, the battle ground, is redeemed." Dr. Jeremy Neely, Missouri State University history professor and author of "The Border Between Them: Violence and Reconciliation on the Kansas-Missouri Line," considers the legacies of the Civil War for Missourians as they struggled over the meanings of freedom and loyalty in the years that followed. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Co-sponsored by Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

  • Ash Grove Branch Library - "The Wives of Los Alamos" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for adults.
    By TaraShea Nesbit.
  • 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 during this come-and-go program. Or, bring your own project and master your technique. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Willard Branch Library - Off the Hook Crochet Club
    5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for all ages.
    Love to crochet? Want to learn how? Gather with us to visit, work on your own projects, share ideas and patterns, or receive beginner's help. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own. Knitters welcome!
  • Library Station - TED Talks Tuesdays: The Importance of Being Earnestly Educated
    6:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Watch and discuss some of the most entertaining, inspiring and mind-blowing TED Talks. Each week we'll watch two talks on a particular topic and discuss. Reading lists will be available for those wanting a more in-depth topic view.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Serial" Podcast: Listen and Discuss
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    The podcast series "Serial" tells one, true story, week-by-week, over the course of a season. Listen to each episode, followed by discussion. Episode: Rumors.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - Brown Bag Travelogue: Bridging the Straits of Gibraltar
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    Where do you find cork trees and port wine? Portugal! For tapas and Moorish palaces, look to Spain! If it's Berber rugs or an ancient Casbah, then it must be Morocco! Ron and Leslie Carrier will share their journey to where East meets West. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "The Book of Unknown Americans" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    By Cristina Henríquez.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

  • Library Station - Explore Movie Club
    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Explore is an ongoing series aimed at everyone, including adults with developmental challenges. Our summer movie club will include short films from the Library’s IndieFlix collection, rated Family-Teen by IndieFlix, as well as other activities.
  • - "The Magician's Lie" (South Side Senior Center Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for senior adults.
    We meet every third Thursday of the month at South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. "The Magician's Lie" by Greer Macallister.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Craft Night: Origami Magic
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the upstairs meeting room for adults.
    Library staff member Mallory Leicht will demonstrate how to fold several origami designs for beginners. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Legacies of the Civil War
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    A panel of American Civil War historians and professors will explore the lasting impact of the war on American culture and memory, including why the Civil War is still relevant today, changes in Civil War scholarship, the understanding of the roles women played in the conflict and how technology has expanded our understanding of the Civil War. A Q&A will follow. Moderated by Dr. David Dalton, College of the Ozarks, panel members include, Connie Langum, historian at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Dr. Jeremy Neely, Missouri State University, Dr. William Piston, Missouri State University, and John Rutherford, Springfield-Greene County Library District. Co-sponsored by Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • Fair Grove Branch Library - Throwback Theater
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for classic family favorites! "Escape to Witch Mountain," rated G, 1974.
  • Strafford Branch Library - Science Saturdays
    1:00 pm for all ages.
    Join us every month for beautifully filmed documentaries about our planet and its wonders. "Babies," rated PG
  • Park Central Branch Library - Upcycle to Make a Difference
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for age 12 and older.
    Join our crafting series as we weave sleeping mats from plastic bags. All completed mats will be donated to local charity The Kitchen, Inc. Some bags will be provided, but feel free to bring clean plastic grocery bags to use.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Serenity," rated PG-13.

Monday, August 24, 2015

  • Library Center - Reader's Choice (Civil War Book Discussion Group)
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in meeting room A for adults.
    Bring your favorite Civil War book to share with the group.
  • Library Center - Missouri Over There
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the auditorium for adults.
    Project director Brian Grubbs will provide a brief overview of the new "Over There: Missouri and the Great War" website and talk about the history of WWI commemoration in Missouri. Dr. Christopher Capozzola, associate professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of "Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen," will discuss how WWI transformed the relationship between individual citizens and the federal government using resources from missourioverthere.org.
  • Library Station - Super Easy Seed Saving Class
    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more from Patrick Byers, regional horticulture specialist for the Greene County Extension Center. You'll have plenty of seeds next year for yourself, your neighbors and the community. Call 616-0683 to register.
    Registration starts August 1; call 865-1340.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Brentwood Branch Library - "An Unnecessary Woman" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the meeting room for adults.
    By Rabih Alameddine.
  • 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 during this come-and-go program. Or, bring your own project and master your technique. Some instructional materials will be provided, or bring your own.
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - "Serial" Podcast: Listen and Discuss
    6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    The podcast series "Serial" tells one, true story, week-by-week, over the course of a season. Listen to each episode, followed by discussion. Episode: What We Know.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    9:30 am in the auditorium for adults.
    Researching the DAR Website via Public Access. Daughters of the American Revolution registrar Mary Yarber of the Rachel Donelson Chapter will discuss new information available on the DAR website and tips for researching your ancestors. Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

  • Library Station - "Almost Midnight: An American Story of Murder and Redemption" (Book Discussion)
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe room for adults.
    Visit with others about the current read. "Almost Midnight: An American Story of Murder and Redemption" by Michael Cuneo
  • Midtown Carnegie Branch Library - Fiction Writers Meet-up
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the basement meeting room for adults.
    Fine-tune your craft in this motivational group for fiction writers of all genres and experience levels. We'll discuss the nuts and bolts of writing, share our work and offer opportunities for open-minded, constructive feedback.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

  • Park Central Branch Library - Upcycle to Make a Difference
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for age 12 and older.
    Join our crafting series as we weave sleeping mats from plastic bags. All completed mats will be donated to local charity The Kitchen, Inc. Some bags will be provided, but feel free to bring clean plastic grocery bags to use.
  • Park Central Branch Library - Weekend Walk-In Theater
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for age 13 and older.
    Join us every Saturday night for a fun film, popcorn included! "Guardians of the Galaxy," rated PG-13.
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