Dec 12 Tuesday
Registration is underway for adults to attend Internet Basics from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library Computer Training Center, 397 E. Central St.
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. *Note: The elevator from the basement to the 2nd floor is not operational. Please contact the library prior to a program if you need special accommodation.
For more information on this free program, or to register, visit programs.thelibrary.org/event/9208184 or call 417-837-5011.
The Uptown Talk Toastmasters Club will meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at noon at the Library Center's Auditorium for those looking to improve communication and leadership skills.
Take a deep dive into the art, history and story of the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize. Each week Dr. Scott Denham, Professor of German Studies at Davidson College, and Dr. Barbara Mann, Professor of Jewish Literature at Case Western Reserve University, will provide guided readings of Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” and discussions about its portrayal of the Holocaust, historical significance and challenges every Tuesday in October.
Free copies of the book are available for participants while supplies last.
Can't make it to the branch? Join the conversation on Zoom: https://davidson.zoom.us/my/denham
Sign-up form (from the instructors): https://forms.gle/xtFsjfLZKx4bPz9h7
More info about the readings: www.mauscourse.scottdenham.net
Dec 13 Wednesday
Walking a trail in winter is a great way to see the outdoors, relieve stress, and stay in shape.
People wanting to learn more about winter hiking and get ideas about where to go should sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Hiking – Explore Winter Hiking.” This free online program will be Dec. 13 from noon-1 p.m. The program is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin and is open to all ages. People can register at:
At this program, MDC Naturalist Jessie Ballard will discuss what you can see outdoors during winter. She’ll talk about what to take and how to dress for a trek on the trails at this time of year. She’ll also have information about southwest Missouri areas that are good for winter hikes.
MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is located at 201 W. Riviera Drive. People can stay informed about upcoming virtual and in-person programs at the Shoal Creek Center by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. They can sign up for Shoal Creek Center text alerts by calling 417-629-3434.
Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.
Registration is underway for adults to attend Introduction to Proposal Writing from 1-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, in a virtual presentation.
Learn the basis of writing a standard project proposal to a foundation, including main elements, tips for writing and submitting a proposal and how to follow up. This program is presented in partnership with Candid.
For more information on this free program, or to register, visit programs.thelibrary.org/event/9215464 or call 417-883-1974.
Dec 14 Thursday
Adults are invited to attend iPhone Class for Seniors from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd.
If you would like to get more out of your iPhone or iPad, join us for free classes taught by veteran instructor Julie Mahaffey. This is the first of a six-part series that covers different topics at each session.
For more information on this free program call 417-883-1974.
Dec 15 Friday
Caves are unique habitats throughout the year, but in winter, they play a special role for a number of wildlife species.
People can learn more about cave life in winter at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Caves: Cave Creatures” on Dec. 15. This free online program, which will be from 3:30-4:15 p.m., is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. This program is recommended for all ages. People can register at:
At this event, MDC Naturalist Sam Grove will discuss cave habitats and what happens in a Missouri cave during winter. She will discuss how bats and other animals utilize caves in winter and she’ll provide tips on what are best times of year to go into a cave.
Though this program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period when participants can interact with the presenters.
People can stay informed about upcoming programs at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center and other MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about upcoming events or how to sign up for text alerts from the nature center can call 417-888-4237.
Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.
Dec 16 Saturday
Fly fishing is a unique form of fishing that has its own set of equipment, lures, and strategies.
People can learn more about this distinctive style of fishing at the free Dec. 16 program: “Learning to Fish: Intro to Fly Fishing.” This program is being jointly put on by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma (MAKO) Fly Fishers. The program will be 9 a.m.-noon at MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, which is located at 201 W. Riviera Drive in Joplin. MDC Conservation Educator Andy Rhodes and MAKO anglers will discuss fly fishing, fly tying and strategies for catching fish with a fly rod. Participants will also have a chance to test their casting skills during the program. All supplies will be provided, but people are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment. People can register for this event at:
Though this program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. People can stay informed about upcoming programs at MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and other MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the Shoal Creek Center can call 417-629-3434.
Registration is underway for adults to attend Spice Up Your Kitchen at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library Maker Space, 397 E. Central St.
Follow along with recipes to create custom spice blends to keep or give as a gift. Recipes and materials will be provided.
For more information on this free program, or to register, visit programs.thelibrary.org/event/9210140 or call 417-862-0135.
Dec 19 Tuesday