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The Library Announces Annual One Read Book and Activities

The Springfield-Greene County Library annually selects a special book for the community to enjoy together. This year’s selection is “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt. Charming, witty and deceptively sensitive, Shelby Van Pelt’s “Remarkably Bright Creatures” follows an unlikely connection between a widow and a Giant Pacific Octopus residing at the local aquarium. Written through the lives of this unexpected pair, this book offers a gentle reminder that sometimes, taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

We will welcome author Shelby Van Pelt to the Library Center to discuss her book on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing. In addition, explore some programs inspired by the book. For a more complete list, visit

First Friday Art Walk is on Friday, March 1, from 6:30-9 p.m., at the Park Central Branch Library. We will feature works of art by Springfield Regional Arts Council members and submissions from the public. Artist reception and award ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Escape Room: Aquarium Exhibit on Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in the Library Station Frisco Room. You’ve broken into the aquarium with one task in mind – rescue the octopus and release them into the ocean. Call to register a group of 6 or less for a time slot. Registration starts February 17; call 417-616-0683.

The Giant Pacific Octopus on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium. Dive into the unique adaptations of the Giant Pacific Octopus and gain insight into the natural lives of creatures like Marcellus in this INKredible program. Through artifacts, video footage, and demonstrations, you’ll see how essential, beautiful, and remarkable these creatures are. Presented in partnership with Wonders of Wildlife.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” at the Moxie on Sunday, March 24, 7-9 p.m. at the Moxie Cinema. A group of explorers embark on a journey to hunt down the “jaguar shark” that ate one of their crew. Rated R and admission is free.

Programming is generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

For more information on these and other great programs, visit Vickie Hicks is the community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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