The Library Center

The author of “Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly:  The remarkable story of the Friendship between a First Lady and Former Slave” will speak in Springfield Saturday, March 16.  The book tells the story of Elizabeth Keckly, Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker and her relationship with the first lady.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky talked with the book’s author, Dr. Jennifer Fleischner, who is the head of the English Department at Adelphi University in New York.

Missouri Digital Heritage / Springfield Greene County Public Library

During World War One, one of southwest Missouri’s main contributions to the Allied forces was supplying mules and horses for work in the trenches. KSMU went back in time to gain a better understanding about these hardy animals for our Sense of Place series on local history.

Michael Price might be sitting behind a desk, but this man knows a lot more about mules than you might think.

David Baron

David Baron, former NPR environment correspondent and science reporter for WBUR in Boston, has written a new book.  American Eclipse focuses on the total solar eclipse of 1878 and how it impacted America.  Baron has traveled around the world to witness five total solar eclipses.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky sat down with Baron to talk about his new book and about the August 21 total solar eclipse that will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

Baron spoke Monday night at the Library Center.

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Moon City Press, a non-profit publisher based in the English Department of Missouri State University, invites the public to a dramatic reading from a new book they’ve published, Throwaway Youth: Stories of Springfield's Homeless Teens, by Springfield native Nancy Fairbank.  It's TONIGHT (Friday Sept. 2nd) from 7:00 to 8:30pm in the Auditorium of the Springfield-Greene County Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell.   Nancy Fairbank and her longtime mentor, Dr. James Baumlin from the MSU English Department, appeared live on Arts News this morning to talk about it.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition is making its way to Springfield, premiering next week at the Library Center.

“Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?” will be held May 9-June 2. Jessie East is the center’s branch manager.

“The American Library Association partnered with the Smithsonian to provide grant opportunities for libraries to host this display. We were awarded the grant. We were one of only 19 cities across the country that were awarded this grant,” said East.