The Library Center

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.