Visit the Holiday Store Where Kids Can Afford to Shop! Kids love giving holiday gifts that they’ve bought all by themselves, and they can find the perfect gifts – and kid-friendly prices – for family, friends and teachers at the Library’s annual Holiday Store December 2 – 10. Join us at the Library Center or Library Station.
The Between Friends Gift Shop staffers have stocked special holiday stores with useful and fun items priced from 25 cents to $10. Children of all ages up to 18 are welcome to shop. Bring your gift list and a Library volunteer will help each child find the perfect gift for everyone on the list and stay within budget. Parents and siblings are welcome to help, too! Visit thelibrary.org/holidaystore to learn more
Jan Brett will Visit Springfield on December 9 at 10 a.m. inside the Library Center. Author of over 40 picture books with over 44 million in print, Jan Brett is renowned for her exquisite art, which is universally recognized as being among the finest in children’s books today. Her books have been chosen as Best Children’s Books of the Year by The New Yorker, Parents, Redbook, and others.
Jan will do a drawing demonstration related to her bestselling picture book “Cozy” and talk about her research trip to Alaska to see the musk oxen. There will also be a special visit with one of her favorite characters, Hedgie. Jan will also be available for a limited number of book signings.
“Generation B Music & Melodies” at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library on Thursday, December 14, 6-8 p.m. The story of the Bedells, a Black musical family from Springfield, stretches back more than a century. For five generations, they have written, performed and sold recordings throughout southwest Missouri and the United States. Ernie Bedell, author of “Generation B Music & Melodies,” highlights the achievements and contributions of the Bedells and other Black musicians rooted in Springfield. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information on these and other great programs, visit thelibrary.org. Vickie Hicks is the community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at email@example.com.