Five Steps to Your First Podcast

Learn how to produce your own podcast from start to finish at the Springfield Public Library. Podcasting is the new blogging, but where to start? In this two-hour class presented by Wordcrafters in Eugene, you’ll learn exactly what a podcast is, what format of show you’d like to produce, develop a repeatable workflow, and learn what gear and software you’ll need to produce your very own show. It might seem complicated, but this class will break down the barrier of entry so you can create a show available for download all over the world!

Instructor Brendan O’Meara is a writer who podcasts. He produces The Creative Nonfiction Podcast and Casualty of Words. He’s also the author of Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year. He works primarily in nonfiction with essay credits in Creative Nonfiction, The Good Men Project, and Chatauqua. His award-winning journalism has appeared in Mountain Home Magazine, the Register-Guard, Trail Runner Magazine, and Blood-Horse Magazine, among others.

Each month, the Springfield Public Library hosts a free writing workshop for the public, presented by Wordcrafters in Eugene. All are welcome to join. Adult library events are made possible by a sponsorship from the Springfield Public Library Foundation.

All events are free and open to the public.

What: Five Steps to Your First Podcast at the Springfield Public Library

When:  5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, June 10

Where:  Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St, Springfield OR 97477

Additional Information: Mark Riddle, 541.726.2238,



Plank Town Presents: Springfilm On the Move – June Free Film The Motorcycle Diaries

In 1952 and before the world knew him as ‘Che’, Ernesto Guevara travelled South America with his friend Alberto on a Norton 500 motorcycle called La Poderosa (“The Mighty One”.)  This journey, seen as highly instrumental in the formation of Che’s political and revolutionary ideals, is the subject of The Motorcycle Diaries, the next installment in the Springfilm On the Move film series.  Based on Guevara’s trip diary that he kept as he travelled more than 14,000 kilometers through five countries, the film was remarked upon for its stunning scenery and visuals. The Daily Telegraph reviewer Nick Cowen stated that “the cinematography of fog-cloaked mountains, lush, green forests and sun burnt deserts is breathtakingly beautiful enough to serve as a travel advert for the entire continent.”  The Motorcycle Diaries won a host of international awards including recognition at the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Goya Awards among others.

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, and Mercedes Morán; directed by Walter Salles; 126 minutes; 2004; Rated R.

Watch the film and stay for a short after-film discussion! The movie and discussion are free to attend. The ongoing film series is presented by Plank Town Restaurant and Brewery and coordinated by a partnership between the Springfield Library, the Springfield Library Foundation, and Willamalane Park& Recreation District.

Springfilm On the Move continues on July 11, 2019 with Easy Rider. Through August 2019, Springfilm will feature a monthly free screening of a film where travel is part of the plot.

What: Plank Town presents: Springfilm, “On the Move” free screening of Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries

When:  6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13

Where:  Wildish Theater, 630 Main Street, Springfield OR 97477

Additional Information: Kristen Curé, 541.726.2232,


Stories in the Park

Each Saturday during the summer, Springfield Public Library will be in a Willamalane Park at 11 a.m. for family storytime. Each storytime will be a bit different, but they will all be lots of fun with stories, songs, games and more. This week’s location for Stories in the Park is Thurston Hills Natural Area. We’re meeting near the restrooms at the North Trailhead, located at 7575 McKenzie Highway – just past where Main Street turns into the Highway. The events will typically last between 30 and 60 minutes.

What: Stories in the Park with Springfield Public Library

When:  11 a.m., Saturday, June 15

Where:   Thurston Hills Natural Area (North Trailhead), 7575 McKenzie Highway, Springfield

Additional Information: Taylor Worley, 541.726.2243,


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