All Library branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not make its regularly scheduled stops on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

The Library Center and Schweitzer Brentwood branch libraries will not have phone service Monday, May 29-Tuesday, May 30, due to maintenance. Please call (417) 865-1340 for assistance.

LIBRARY CENTER PROGRAMS

Thursday, June 1, 2017

  • Library Center - Plan to Laugh!
    6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Pigs build houses, kids help design improvised stories and Jay and Leslie Cady of Laughing Matters engineer some cool juggling tricks. Fun at the library? Plan on it!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • Library Center - Space-a-Palooza
    2:30-4:30 p.m. in the auditorium for preschool-grade 5.
    Drop by for activities, games and crafts as we celebrate space and all of its wonders. An Explore Space event.

Monday, June 5, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - You Can Be An Inventor Storytime
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Build a better world through inventions at this special storytime. Learn about famous inventors and create something of your own. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the meeting rooms A and B for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. "Jefferson Street Footbridge." Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of Ozarks Alive, and Richard Crabtree, founder of Springfield, Missouri History, Landmarks & Vintage Photography, will discuss the past, present and future of this historic landmark in north Springfield.
  • Library Center - DIY Home Repair & Maintenance
    7 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    The responsibilities of home ownership can be overwhelming, especially for new homeowners trying to figure out where to start. Learn basic home maintenance information and skills from Joe Moore, with the Library's Buildings & Grounds Department. Topics will include home electric circuits, water heaters and HVAC.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Stories with Your Legislators
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Rep. Kevin Austin.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 Center - Teen Tuesday
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for grades 6-12.
    All teens are welcome to come and chat about your favorite books and movies and play games with friends. Earn volunteer credit by helping plan Library events that you want to attend.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Edge Mobile Class: Computer Skills II
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn to identify common Windows elements, work with windows, use the taskbar and Start menu, explore settings and personalize your computer. Prerequisites: Computer Skills I or experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts May 1; call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 - Edge Mobile Class: Learn it! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Prerequisites: Some experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts May 1; call 882-0714.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

  • Library Center - Build A Better Story
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Oh My Gosh Josh has been entertaining audiences for years with his personal blend of magic, juggling, comedy, circus skills and, of course, silly storytelling. This year you get to shape the direction of the zany story by picking the props, costumes, locations and plotline for this hilarious, choose-your-own adventure show not to be missed!

Friday, June 9, 2017

  • Library Center - Two Shows by Wilderness Photographer Tim Ernst
    5 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Arkansas photographer Tim Ernst returns to the Library Center for two shows. Books and photographs will be available for purchase and signing. A Rare Quality of Light: 40 Years of Wilderness Photography. See some of the incredible photographs Tim has taken during of his professional photography career: from wilderness and scenic areas from Alaska to Florida, Hawaii to Maine, plus Canada and Iceland.
  • Library Center - Two Shows by Wilderness Photographer Tim Ernst
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Arkansas photographer Tim Ernst returns to the Library Center for two shows. Books and photographs will be available for purchase and signing. Arkansas in My Own Backyard. This show is based on Tim’s stunning photographs made within a 12-mile radius of his remote wilderness home in northwest Arkansas. His photos include thundering waterfalls and quiet streams, grand vistas and intimate landscapes, historic barns and churches, wildflowers, towering bluffs and amazing nightscapes.
  • Library Center - Build a Better World with Community Helpers and "Paw Patrol"
    7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Learn about community helpers with "Paw Patrol"-themed stories and activities about building a better world.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Neil Simon Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. "Barefoot in the Park," rated G, 1967.
  • Library Center - Build a Better Stamp Collection
    2-4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for age 10 and older.
    Get lost in the hobby of stamp collecting! Explore science, art, culture, history and more with the help of the Ozark Mountain Stamp Collectors. This presentation will include hands-on materials to introduce collectors of any age to the world's most popular and affordable hobby. Registration starts May 30; call 883-5341.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Kenny Key & Juanita Lee. These Springfield musicians enjoy singing a variety of music from some of their favorite songwriters.

Monday, June 12, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - You Can Be An Inventor Storytime
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Build a better world through inventions at this special storytime. Learn about famous inventors and create something of your own. Materials will be provided.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Stories with Your Legislators
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Rep. Curtis Trent.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 Center - StarLab: Native American Sky Legends
    6-8 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-12.
    Join us for a special StarLab planetarium experience that explores the mythology Native American cultures tied to the constellations. Our presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes, so register for your preferred time. This program is most appropriate for children in kindergarten and older. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 1; call 616-0526.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 - "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

  • Library Center - Design Your Own Spacecraft
    6 p.m. in the meeting room A for grades 4-6.
    We all dream about traveling in space, but what would our space ship need? Learn about the realities of space travel and build your own spacecraft at this hands-on program. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogue
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks. Current River Running: Adventurer Sue Schuble will take us on a virtual, five-day fall kayaking trip down the Current River, exploring its beautiful scenery, natural history and sublime solitude.

Friday, June 16, 2017

  • Library Center - Lost on Mars LARP
    3-4:30 p.m. in the auditorium for grades 4-8.
    You have just arrived on Mars and now have to set up a colony, find food and learn to live in space. As you settle into your new home, people start to get sick and are attacked by a mysterious presence. Come LARP (live action role play) with us and see if you can survive living on Mars! An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 1; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Lost on Mars LARP
    6:30-8 p.m. in the auditorium for grades 9-12.
    You have just arrived on Mars and have to set up a colony, find food and learn to live in space. As you settle into your new home, people start to get sick and are attacked by a mysterious presence. Come LARP (live action role play) with us and see if you can survive living on Mars! An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 1; call 616-0526.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Library Center - Songs, Stories and the Boingy Boingy Thing
    10:30 a.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy captivating stories, songs and sing-a-longs featuring an array of instruments played by nationally renowned musician and storyteller Mike Anderson.
  • Library Center - DIY Tin-Can Dulcimer
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for grades 2-6.
    Here's your chance to build and learn to play your own instrument. Mike Anderson, "the Dulcimer Guy," will show and play a variety of instruments made from recycled materials, then teach you how to build a dulcimer from a can and other common objects. We’ll feature you in a short concert at the end of this one-hour session! Materials will be provided. Registration starts June 3; call 616-0526.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Library Center - The Beauty of the Mountain Dulcimer
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Mike Anderson is one of the premier U.S. mountain dulcimer players with six instrumental dulcimer recordings to his credit. From North Carolina to Louisiana to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Mike makes traditional and modern music come alive on this mountain instrument. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - You Can Be An Inventor Storytime
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Build a better world through inventions at this special storytime. Learn about famous inventors and create something of your own. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Learn to Play Chess
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Exercise your brain and make new connections while you learn to play chess like a champ. Join the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Chess Club for this introductory course over five Monday evenings (no course on July 3) that covers winning strategies and tactics.
  • Library Center - "American Eclipse" with Author David Baron
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    On a July afternoon in 1878, three pioneering scientists -- planet hunter James Craig Watson, astronomer Maria Mitchell, and inventor Thomas Edison -- gathered in Colorado to view a rare celestial event -- a total solar eclipse. Each had their own reasons for grasping this brief night-of-a-day opportunity, and author David Baron shares their stories in "American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World." This fascinating portrait of the Gilded Age is described as a suspenseful and dramatic account that beautifully captures the awe, magic and mystery of one of the most spectacular natural events during the 19th century. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Stay after the presentation for sky gazing with the Springfield Astronomical Society. An Explore Space event.
  • Library Center - Sky Gazing with the Springfield Astronomical Society
    8-10 p.m. for adults.
    Members of the Springfield Astronomical Society will have telescopes set up on the south lawn for solar and lunar viewing, weather permitting. An Explore Space event.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 Center - "Steven Universe"
    6:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 7-12.
    Have a Steven-y time with a sing-along, themed crafts and snacks.
  • Library Center - "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    A classics book discussion.
  • Library Center - After the Women's March: What Comes Next?
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The January 2017 Women's March suggests that American society has arrived at another turning point in the long walk towards gender equality. Dr. Erin Kenny, assistant professor of anthropology at Missouri State University, and Dr. Katie Gilbert, associate professor of English and director of the Humanities and Ethics Center at Drury University, will discuss the first, second and third waves of progress, what feminism means in today’s society and what can be taken from previous successes and battle scars as we work toward creating a more just and equitable world.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Genealogy Workshop
    10 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. "Haunted Springfield." Local author Edward Underwood, one of the authors of "Haunted Springfield, Missouri," will thrill you with stories about places reputed to be haunted including the infamous "Albino Farm," the bridge at Phelps Grove Park and Landers Theatre. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Library Center - Edge Mobile Class: Internet Basics
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn how to navigate the Internet using your browser's menus and toolbars. Access websites by typing in a Web address or using search engines. Learn how to change your home page and add a website to your favorites. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts May 1; call 882-0714.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 - Edge Mobile Class: Learn it! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Prerequisites: Some experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts May 1; call 882-0714.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

  • Library Center - The Science of "Star Wars"
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for grades 6-12.
    Since 1977, the "Star Wars" movies featured technologies that became realities; others we may never see. Learn about the science behind the "Star Wars" movies from Professor Rob Powers, science teacher at the Summit Preparatory School, and make your own light saber (not currently a science reality!) to take home. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Library Center - Origami Cranes Project
    1-3 p.m. in the meeting room B for all ages.
    Learn the ancient art of Japanese paper folding to make origami cranes. Cranes made during this program will be used to create a 1,000 paper crane display to celebrate International Day of Peace this fall at the Library Center. Materials will be provided.

Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - You Can Be An Inventor Storytime
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Build a better world through inventions at this special storytime. Learn about famous inventors and create something of your own. Materials will be provided.
  • Library Center - Learn to Play Chess
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Exercise your brain and make new connections while you learn to play chess like a champ. Join the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Chess Club for this introductory course over five Monday evenings (no course on July 3) that covers winning strategies and tactics.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 - Preserving a Community: Efforts to Collect Ozarks’ LGBT History
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Dr. Holly Baggett, researcher, author and one of the founders of the Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA), and Anne Baker, lead archivist with the OLGA collection at Missouri State University, will discuss the history of this region’s LGBT community and how it is being preserved for future generations. A collection of oral histories, scrapbooks, photographs and newsletters at MSU help tell the story of a community with roots going back decades.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

  • Library Center - Hillbillies and Mountaineers: The Ozarks in the American Imagination
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    The people of the Ozarks have long been portrayed as moonshining hillbillies, rugged pioneers and everything in between. Dr. Brooks Blevins, Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University and author of "Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South," will discuss the long history of stereotyping this region and its people. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Library Center - The Science of "The Martian"
    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    Andy Weir's 2011 novel about an American astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars became a best-seller and critically acclaimed film starring Matt Damon. How much of Weir's science fiction is science reality? Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan for a discussion about the science (and science fiction) of "The Martian." Beware: this presentation will include spoilers, so read the novel or watch the movie before you attend! An Explore Space event.

Monday, July 3, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - STEAM Make and Play
    11 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-5.
    Drop by anytime and make something to share with others and explore science, technology, engineering, art and math as you play with a variety of STEAM toys. Materials will be provided.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Edge Mobile Class: Email for Beginners
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn how to register for and use free Web-based email services and how to compose, read, reply to, save, forward and include an attachment in email. Prerequisites: Internet Basics and experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts June 1; call 883-5341.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 - Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Registration starts June 1; call 882-0714.

Friday, July 7, 2017

  • Library Center - Out of This World Storytime
    7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for ages 2-6.
    Go on a galactic journey with books, songs and activities at our special space-themed storytime. An Explore Space event.
  • Library Center - Working for Social Change
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    You have the power to bring about social change. Local activist Vicke Kepling will help you identify effective techniques to recognize and address socially relevant issues in Springfield and beyond.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

  • Library Center - Eclipse Expo
    1-5 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Learn more about the total solar eclipse coming on August 21. Attend presentations by eclipse experts from Missouri State University and NASA, and participate in activities to help you prepare for the most awe-inspiring event of the year! Free eclipse glasses will be provided to the first 100 people who attend. An Explore Space event.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Russ & Dann, Russ Weeks and Dan O'Callaghan, are a guitar/mandolin duo combining eclectic influences from bluegrass and swing jazz to The Grateful Dead with the laid-back feel of a back porch jam session.

Monday, July 10, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - Make a Mars Rover
    2 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 2-3.
    Design an out-of-this-world land rover using a Sphero, cardboard and Makedo™ construction kits. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 26; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Make a Mars Rover
    3:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 4-8.
    Design an out of this world land rover using a Sphero, cardboard and Makedo™ construction kits. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 26; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Branches and Burrows, Seas and Trees!
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Animals find homes in all sorts of places. Dickerson Park Zoo staff will help us determine what makes a habitat, a home. We'll learn what all habitats have in common and even discover how these homes are like our own. Animal friends will be on hand to help us explore different habitats from all over the world!
  • Library Center - Learn to Play Chess
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Exercise your brain and make new connections while you learn to play chess like a champ. Join the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Chess Club for this introductory course over five Monday evenings (no course on July 3) that covers winning strategies and tactics.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 Center - Teen Tuesday
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for grades 6-12.
    All teens are welcome to come and chat about your favorite books and movies and play games with friends. Earn volunteer credit by helping plan Library events that you want to attend.
  • Library Center - Four on the Floor
    6 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Four Springfieldians will share their thoughts and experiences on building a better community, with a focus on Springfield and southwest Missouri in 10-minute "TED-style" talks followed by five minutes of audience Q&A. Presentations include: "Compassion Through Action" by Amy Blansit, chair of the Drew Lewis Foundation at the Fairbanks; "Smart Cities Build Better Communities Through the Use of Data Analytics" by Jeremy Clopton, BKD Director of Big Data & Analytics, Digital Forensics, and instructor at the Management Development Institute at Missouri State University; "What's Your Green Dot? How Springfield Area Colleges are Changing Campus Cultures" by Jenay Lamy, MSU Green Dot Program Coordinator; "The Communion of Art" by Patrick Mureithi, documentary filmmaker and singer-songwriter. Sponsored by the Library, City of Springfield, MSU and the Management Development Institute at MSU.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 - "The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
  • Library Center - History Explorers Presents: Alexander Hamilton
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Founding Father, Revolutionary War soldier, and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton was so integral to the building of our nation that George Washington said, "he lay the foundation of a new republic." From his birth in the British West Indies, to the battlefield fighting for freedom and the creation of a country, to his death by duel at the hands of Aaron Burr, join the History Explorers as they discover the man behind the hit Broadway musical. Presented in partnership with the Sons of the American Revolution.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

  • Library Center - NASA Discoveries
    7 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
    In February 2017, NASA announced the discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Any of these planets could have liquid water and possibly be conducive to life. NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan will explore this latest NASA discovery and help us understand its ramifications for space exploration and Earth's inhabitants. An Explore Space event.

Friday, July 14, 2017

  • Library Center - Blast Off! Spaceship Drive-In
    6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for ages 2-6.
    Create a spaceship and blast off as we watch an episode of "Miles from Tomorrowland," rated TV-Y, on the big screen. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event. Registration starts June 30; call 616-0526.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

  • Library Center - Family Concert with Patrick Mureithi
    10:30 a.m. in the meeting room B for preschool-grade 3.
    Come ready to dance, sing along and have a fun-tastic time as Patrick Mureithi shares his original songs on the guitar, slide guitar and ukulele with our Library audience.
  • Library Center - Intergalactic Iron Chef
    2 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 4-8.
    Curious about what astronauts eat? Sample astronaut food and see if you can make a dish out of the ingredients provided. Watch out for extra ingredients and challenges! An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 1; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Neil Simon Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. "The Goodbye Girl," rated PG, 1977 .
  • Library Center - Intergalactic Iron Chef
    4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 9-12.
    Curious about what astronauts eat? Sample astronaut food and see if you can make a dish out of the ingredients provided. Watch out for extra ingredients and challenges! An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 1; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Stories in the Stars
    6-8 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Join us for a trip inside the StarLab planetarium, where you'll discover the Greek and Roman myths whose origins are rooted in the stars. A presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes. For adults only. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 1; call 882-0714.

Monday, July 17, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - Inventor's Workshop
    3 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 2-5.
    Learn some of the steps inventors use to plan, develop and create something new! Inquiry strategies are at the heart of this program presented by the Discovery Center of Springfield. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 3; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Learn to Play Chess
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Exercise your brain and make new connections while you learn to play chess like a champ. Join the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Chess Club for this introductory course over five Monday evenings (no course on July 3) that covers winning strategies and tactics.
  • Library Center - "The Great Locomotive Chase," Movie Night: not rated

    6:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 Center - Stories with Your Legislators
    11:15 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for all ages.
    Your state legislators will read your favorite stories at a storytime near you! Rep. Elijah Haahr.
  • Library Center - StarLab: A Kid's Guide to the Galaxy
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Explore constellations, the solar system and galaxies. Take a trip inside the StarLab, where you'll learn about the stars in the night sky and stories that surround them. Our presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes, so register for your preferred time. This program is most appropriate for children in kindergarten and older. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 3; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Percy Jackson Party
    6:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 4-8.
    Are you a Percy Jackson fan? Come to Camp Half-Blood to learn more about the mythology behind the books, play themed games, make crafts and train to be the ultimate half-blood.
  • Library Center - "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    A classics book discussion.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Edge Mobile Class: Windows 10: Beyond the Basics
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Increase your understanding of the Windows 10 operating system with Beyond the Basics. Learn how to use the Windows Store to download apps. Understand the importance of performing regular backups to your PC with step-by-step instructions. Learn how built-in apps can help you get the most from the operating system. Use the Edge Internet browser to navigate the Internet. Prerequisites: Experience using the keyboard and mouse. Registration starts June 1; call 883-5341.
  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    10 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. "German Presence in Missouri." John A. Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University associate professor of religious studies, will discuss the influence German immigrants in Missouri had on ethnicity, food, religion and other aspects of cultural life.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 - Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Registration starts June 1; call 882-0714.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Library Center - Skype with Author Stuart Gibbs
    1:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for all ages.
    Celebrate the anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, with a Skype visit with Stuart Gibbs, author of "Space Case." It's the story of a young boy who is part of the first group of humans to colonize the moon and was featured on the 2016-17 Mark Twain Award list. Stuart will talk about his writing and you can ask questions about his books. An Explore Space event.
  • Library Center - Build a Better World on Another Planet!
    2-9 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.
  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogue
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks. Adventures in the Ozarks: Jennifer Johnson, environmental scientist and Ozarks Conservation Program coordinator for the Missouri Sierra Club, will share stories of hiking and kayaking adventures in the Ozarks as inspiration for your own "microadventures".

Friday, July 21, 2017

  • Library Center - Build a Better World on Another Planet!
    8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.
  • Library Center - Escape from Hogwarts
    6-9 p.m. in the meeting rooms A and B for adults.
    Discover the world of sorcerers and magic as you explore the castle and figure out secret codes and clues to solve puzzles and rescue everyone from Hogwarts. Registration starts July 7; call 883-5341.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • Library Center - Build a Better World on Another Planet!
    8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

  • Library Center - Build a Better World on Another Planet!
    1-5 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades K-6.
    A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event.

Monday, July 24, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - What Does It Matter?
    3 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Water, steam, ice: all are the same substance, but each represents a different state. Explore fun experiments with solids, liquids and gasses with this hands-on program presented by the Discovery Center of Springfield. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 10; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Learn to Play Chess
    6 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.
    Exercise your brain and make new connections while you learn to play chess like a champ. Join the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Chess Club for this introductory course over five Monday evenings (no course on July 3) that covers winning strategies and tactics.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 Center - Intergalactic Spray Paint Art
    7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 6-12.
    Join artist Taylor Hopkins as he demonstrates how to make space-themed art using spray paint. Then work together to create a giant picture of outer space to display in the library. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 11; call 616-0526.
  • Library Center - Missouri's Meteorite Impact Structures: Three Strikes and a Hypothesis is Out?
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Weaubleau, Decaturville and Crooked Creek are meteorite impact structures that are aligned across the Missouri Ozarks. Some investigators have suggested that they resulted from serial impacts comparable to the Shoemaker-Levy 9 cometary impacts on Jupiter in 1994. Learn about meteorite impact structures and more from Dr. Kevin Evans, geology professor at Missouri State University. An Explore Space event.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - Astronomy Abounds
    3 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for grades 3-6.
    Explore our solar system and the relationship to our planet as we investigate the shadows and movements of the planets with Discovery Center of Springfield staff. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 17; call 616-0526.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 Center - Teen Tuesday
    6-7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room for grades 6-12.
    All teens are welcome to come and chat about your favorite books and movies and play games with friends. Earn volunteer credit by helping plan Library events that you want to attend.
  • Library Center - Build a Magical World
    6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for grades K-5.
    Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic presents a new show featuring magic tricks that represent the great architectural structures from around the world: the Great Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and much more. With the help of the Magician's Handbook, the audience will guide Tommy Terrific through a worldwide, magical adventure where these great structures are explored in fun and interesting ways. Along the way, the kids will be inspired to discover how they can "Build a Magical World" at their library.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Edge Mobile Class: Microsoft Office Basics
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Learn the basics of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Use Word to write, edit, and format documents. Learn how to use Excel spreadsheets to organize data and perform calculations. Create and customize a PowerPoint slideshow. Use OneNote to create searchable, digital notebooks with text, pictures, and screen captures. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts July 1; call 883-5341.
  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 - Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Registration starts July 1; call 882-0714.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

  • Library Center - Intergalactic Spray Paint Art
    7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for adults.
    Artist Taylor Hopkins demonstrates how to make space-themed art using spray paint. Work together to create a giant picture of outer space to be displayed in the library. Materials will be provided. An Explore Space event. Registration starts July 20; call 883-5341.

Friday, August 4, 2017

  • Library Center - Daniel Tiger: Build a Better World in Your Neighborhood
    7 p.m. in the Story Hour Room for preschool-grade 2.
    Learn about your neighborhood and how you can take care of it with Daniel Tiger-themed crafts and activities. Materials will be provided.

Monday, August 7, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Book Babies Storytime
    9:30 a.m. in the Story Hour Room for infants-12 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 Center - Genealogy Workshop
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. "Census 101." Ozarks Genealogical Society members will discuss census records for beginners and an in-depth review for veteran research on how to use census records, including reading between the lines and tips for verifying information.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    9:30 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Tiny Tots Storytime
    10:15 a.m. 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 Center - Racing to Read Storytime
    11:15 a.m. 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 - "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande

    1 p.m. in the meeting room A for adults.
  • Library Center - Labor Leader: Congressman Reuben Wood and the Springfield Labor Movement
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    During the early 20th century, Congressman Reuben Wood became a vital but now largely forgotten figure in Springfield’s vibrant labor movement. Dr. Stephen L. McIntyre, professor of history at Missouri State University, will discuss Wood’s fight to secure legislation affecting workers’ compensation and their right to unionize, his vocal support of FDR’s New Deal and his integral role in shaping the City of Springfield.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

  • Library Center - "Crazy Love" by Leslie Morgan Steiner. Volunteer activity at Harmony House, 3404 E. Ridgeview St., 10a.m.-noon, Saturday, August 12

    6 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Interested in becoming more engaged in your community? Discuss an enlightening memoir, then improve your community and enrich lives by participating in a group volunteer project related to the book’s topic. Each discussion and activity pairing is limited to 10 participants. Registration starts August 1; call 883-5341.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • Library Center - Racing to Read Playtime
    10 a.m.-noon in the Story Hour Room for infants-age 6.
    Come play with us! Learning begins at birth, and playing is how young children learn. Join us for a play-date filled with unstructured, developmentally appropriate activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, where kids and parents can visit, play and socialize. You’ll find fun activities you can recreate at home as well as enjoy some of our special toys.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • Library Center - Sunday Concert Series
    2 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Patrick Mureithi, a Kenyan documentary filmmaker and singer-songwriter living in Springfield, will show excerpts from his two films, "ICYIZERE: hope" and "Kenya: Until Hope is Found," play songs from his album, "This I Believe," and share the stories behind his songs.

Monday, August 14, 2017

  • Library Center - Bring your favorite Civil War book Bring your favorite Civil War book

    7 p.m. in the meeting room B for adults.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

  • Library Center - "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

    7 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    A classics book discussion.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  • Library Center - Genealogy Workshop
    10 a.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Sponsored by Ozarks Genealogical Society. "Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Library and Museum." Wilson's Creek National Battlefield staff members Jeff Patrick and Alan Chilton will talk about helping patrons identify artifacts and the care of the library and museum collections housed at the Battlefield.
  • Library Center - Edge Mobile Class: Understanding Facebook
    10 a.m.-noon in the Harrison Room for adults.
    Create a Facebook account or use your existing account in this hands-on class. Learn how to personalize your account, review privacy settings, manage your friends, post to your own timeline, and "Like" and comment on other people's posts. A valid email address is required to create a Facebook account; have your email address and Facebook password available if you wish to use your existing account in class. Prerequisites: Experience using keyboard and mouse. Registration starts July 1; call 883-5341.
  • Library Center - Edge Mobile Class: Learn It! Self-Paced Tutorials
    1-3 p.m. in the Harrison Room for adults.
    You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Registration starts July 1; call 882-0714.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

  • Library Center - Ozarks Travelogue
    7 p.m. in the auditorium for adults.
    Bring a snack and learn about fun, interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks. Hiking the Buffalo River Trail: Savannah Waszczuk, senior editor for 417 Magazine, will share a backpacking hike along the Buffalo River Trail end to end, plus tips for planning your own northwest Arkansas hiking adventure.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

  • Library Center - 3rd Annual LibraryCon
    11 a.m.-5 p.m. for all ages.
    Geek out with fellow fans and cosplayers! The day will include a Geeky Storytime, Draw-alongs with illustrators, fandom meet-ups, a Comic Illustrators and Authors Panel, Self-publishing Panel, Tabletop Gaming Demo room, Getting Started in Cosplay and more. Family-friendly cosplay is welcome. Watch the website, thelibrary.org/librarycon, for a complete schedule of events and special guests that you won't want to miss!
  • Library Center - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Neil Simon Classics
    2-4 p.m. in the auditorium for all ages.
    Enjoy a Saturday matinee with a classic film. "The Odd Couple," rated G, 1968.

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