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Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday December 28, 2017
     Art Central: The Paintings of Anne-Marie Taylor  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Now displaying through the end of 2017 are the oil paintings of Anne-Marie Taylor, an Amherst based artist. Her still lifes employ Classical drawing techniques with an Impressionistic sense of light yielding a shimmering beauty and balance that is vital yet serene.  For more information, visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/annemarietaylorart.

    Location: Central Library

Wednesday November 15, 2017 -  Sunday December 31, 2017
     Mitten Tree  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413 263-6828   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Donations of new mittens, coats, gloves, hats, and scarves may be added to the mitten tree in any library location. Donated items will be distributed throughout Springfield in January. Thank you!

    Location: All Library Locations

Friday December 1, 2017 -  Saturday December 30, 2017
     Happy New Year Cards for Meals on Wheels  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Enjoy a special family activity while reaching out to your neighbors.  Youth and their families are welcome to drop in at any location to make New Year cards for homebound Meals on Wheels recipients.  The library provides all the materials and will hand deliver your homemade creation in early January.

During open hours.
    Location: All Library Locations

Sunday December 10, 2017 -  Sunday December 31, 2017
     The AbruptlyEnding Story: a Very Short Story Competition  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6836   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Can you write a story as short as a tweet?  Teens can enter our seasonal competition by writing a 140 character short story. It might revolve around the theme of winter or the holidays, or choose another theme. Turn your entry in, with your name and phone number or email address, at any branch library. The most creative submission will win a teen literature prize pack including a poster signed by fourteen YA authors and accompanying signed novel "The Timekeeper" by Tara Sim. The winner will be announced in early January. Suggested for ages 12-19.

 

    Location: All Library Locations

Monday December 11, 2017 -  Saturday December 16, 2017
     Holiday Ornaments Crafts  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tis the season to get into the spirit of the holidays and make your own holiday ornaments with pine cones and other craft supplies provided. All ages are welcome!

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday December 11, 2017 -  Saturday December 16, 2017
     Holiday Ornaments Crafts  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tis the season to get into the spirit of the holidays and make your own holiday ornaments with pine cones and other craft supplies provided. All ages are welcome!

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday December 16, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families with children grades 2-5/ages 7-12 are welcomed to foster a joy of reading in English and Spanish and of creating fun art!  Come listen as Springfield’s own multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo reads the bilingual book-of-the-month in English and in Spanish. Then have fun creating an art project linked with the book.  No art experience necessary for the creative art projects. Space is limited so sign up early!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Community Enrichment Meeting  
    Contact: Rhonda Brace    413-627-6127   Rmbhathor@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Workshop and community service planning.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   11:30 AM  -  2:00 PM Ward 6 Democratic Committee Regular Meeting  
    Contact: Matt Szafranski   413-335-2536   ward6demsspfd@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Join the Ward 6 Democrats for their Regular Meeting.
Topics on Tape will include organizing for the Caucus (likely Date 2/24/2018), summary of 2017 work and planning ahead for the 2018 year.

While primarily a regular meeting, we encourage you to bring your festive holiday spirit and to enjoy your Democratic colleagues' cheer and company!

Check out the event's Facebook Page for more updates.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Teen Book Club at East Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6836   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Are you a teen who likes to read? Do you enjoy sharing your thoughts and opinions about books with other teens? Join the East Forest Park Teen Book Club each third Saturday of the month to talk about our current book choice and help choose a book for next month. Refreshments served. For ages 11-18.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Massachusetts High School Democrats ACA Phonebanking  
    Contact: Trevaughn Smith   413-306-7282   trevaughnsmith10@outlook.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Massachusetts High School Democratic Chpater in Springfield will be holding another ACA Phonebanking session using hubdailer. 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfiedllibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!

Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Cookies and Canvas  
    Contact: Trish Labroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Calling all young artists (and it's okay if you don't consider yourself one): join us for a fun afternoon of painting. While your masterpiece is drying, enjoy some sweet treats. All supplies will be provided. Supplies limited, please register in advance. Ages 5 - 14.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at East Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6836   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Would you like to make change in the library?  The East Forest Park Branch Library Teen Advisory Board will meet immediately after Teen Book Club on the third Saturday of every month. Come talk about things YOU would like to see happen in the library, such as advising on which books and media to purchase for young adults, as well as brainstorming different ideas for programs. For ages 11-19. Refreshments served.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM DCF Family Matters Resource Day  
    Contact: Christina Mondesir   413-693-8187   cmondesiro74@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Educate the community on available resourses, for families dealing with Department of Childrens and Families (DCF).  Learn the resources in your comm unity to help you during and after your involvement with DCF.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 18, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413)263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 12 months-4 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Craft Your Cares Away  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to "Craft Your Cares Away" with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making crafts to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour. All necessary supplies will be available at no cost, and light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library will be offered too. Ages 18+.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Sharpie Stained Glass  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make beautiful holiday themed stained glass with Sharpies and photographic paper. For teens ages 11 and up. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for an after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen Coffee House and Open Mic  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Share your poetry or other writing or perform music in our cozy coffee house. Feeling shy? just drop in to listen. We'll have hot beverages and some special sweets to warm you on the long nights of the Winter Solstice season. Suggested for ages 12-19. Writings may be on any topic, including personal and social themes, but language should be appropriate for a mixed-age audience.

    Location: Central Library
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Hack Attack!  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828 x201   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as we break things apart and put them back together! Create monster toys, disassemble machines, and work on special wild card projects. Ages 8-12, limited to ten kids on a first come basis. Caregiver participation encouraged. Every Monday evening through February 26th, 2018 (excluding holidays).

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday December 19, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 5 - December 19th, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM SOC Parent Council  
    Contact: Justin Chellman   413-787-6724   jchellman@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Parent Council is a group of parents receiving services within the early childhood system of care.  It is a parent only group, facilitated by Springfield Department of Health and Human Services and Gandara CSA staff.  The focus of the council, while dictated by the parent members, must include early childhood mental health and wellness

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Refugee Women's Support Group  
    Contact: Sylvia Staub     sylviastaub@earthlink.net
   

Not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MASS Support Group for the Blind  
    Contact: Annette Davis Harris   413-783-6612   davisharris@verizon.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Community Platform Meeting  
    Contact: M. Kamali Bey   413-351-6455   the.kamali@hotmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This event will introduce a platform and policy discussion about the political issues facing families in Western Massachusetts

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Community Prayer and Bible Study Fellowship  
    Contact: Pastor Mattie Johnson   413-686-7996   jmattiep19@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Community and prayer meeting promoting personal and spiritual development.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tasty Tuesday will feature a healthy and easy recipe for the teens to learn how to make. Teens will make a delicious after school snack as well as learning useful life skills and meal planning. Teens should come hungry and ready to get their hands messy!

Ages 12-19 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club for Teens  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: C. Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:15 PM  -  7:15 PM U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries will meet monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library on the third Tuesday of the month.  Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading.  We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions.  We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday December 20, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Stop Access Drug Free Communities Coalition Meeting  
    Contact: Sharon Hall-Smith   413-733-9024   shall-smith@gandaracenter.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly meeting of the Stop Access Drug Free Communities Coalition.  The Stop Access Coalition is a city-wide coalition of residents & organizations, managed by the Gandara Center, working together to promote youth success by preventing & reducing underage drinking and drug use, specifically in the South End, Maple High/Six Corners & Forest Park neighborhoods.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Frosted Candle Holder  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make your own textured frosted candle holder to bring home and enjoy.  Create a beautiful winter wonderland decoration using epsom salt crystals, shinny ribbons, candles and silvery accents and let this simple idea take you to a magical place.  Great to give as a gift. For teens 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM SPS Monthly Nursing Meeting  
    Contact: Veronica Webb Barrett   413-478-5369   webbv@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Creation Station  
    Contact: Diane Houle   (413)263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come explore the world of creativity! Every week we will experiment with different materials, methods and media guaranteed to unleash your inner maker. If you love to make and do, Creation Station is for you!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM American Girl Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Based on the American Girls books, this free club is for ages 6 to 14. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged. Third Wednesday of the every month.

    Location: East Springfield
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Winter Wildlife  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 x201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as we explore how animals survive in winter with the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Learn about wildlife adaptations and survival skills, complete with hands-on activities, skins, and skulls! Ages 5-12.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Pioneer Valley DSA General Meeting  
    Contact: Edward McCoy   512-947-2828   edwardmccoy@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Join us for the monthly meeting of the Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). All are welcome.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Thursday December 21, 2017
   3:30 AM  -  5:00 AM Creation Station  
    Contact: Diane Houle   (413)263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come explore the world of creativity! Every week we will experiment with different materials, methods and media guaranteed to unleash your inner maker. If you love to make and do, Creation Station is for you!

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  2:30 PM Get Ready to Work: Microsoft Office and Job Seeker Workshop Series  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Looking for a new job? Want to increase your computer skills? Looking to impress during an interview?

The Springfield City Library is partnering with the Hampden County Sheriff's Department's Workforce Team to provide a free two-part training program for jobseekers featuring Microsoft Office classes and job seeker workshops.

Held on three consecutive Thursdays, the Microsoft Office classes are scheduled in the computer lab from 10:00am to 12:00pm and job seeker workshops are scheduled in the community room from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. A light lunch will be served between sessions.

Registrants should plan to attend all three sessions. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate and a referral for a either a free suit or interview outfit, courtesy of Suit Up Springfield or Dress for Success.

Registration is limited.

Thursday, December 21

Microsoft Excel 10:00-12:00: Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, the world's leading desktop spreadsheet. Excel is used both at home and in the office to help with a wide range of personal and business management services including basic bookkeeping and accounting, to maintaining mailing lists and more.

Lunch 12:00-1:00

Keeping a Job 1:00-2:30:This workshop will go over work/life balance and the skills needed for the modern work environment.

For more information and the schedule of the entire workshop series click HERE.

*Note: This program is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills.

Register for all three sessions ONLINE or by phone 413-263-6828 or 413-263-6853

Location: Central Library Computer Lab

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Decorate a Delicious Cookie!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us to decorate cookies. How creative can you be? Come satisfy your sweet tooth, and have some fun. Quantities are limited, so come early! For children and teens ages 5 and up.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome!

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector F Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

Springfield Police Department Community Police meeting. Not library sponsored.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Holiday Craft Series  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to the Mason Square Branch for a series of drop-in, holiday craft programs. All ages.

Thursday, December 21: Make your own wrapping paper

    Location: Mason Square
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Domingo Robles Book Presentation  
    Contact: Elsie Sanchez   413-886-9513   me.sanchez.torres@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Author Domingo Robles will present his second book to the community and read poems. Light refreshments to be served.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday December 22, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM First Generation Ensemble Rehearsal  
    Contact: Julie Lichtenberg   413-374-4938   info@performanceproject.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

First Generation Ensmeble is rehearsing "Tenderness, an original multi-lingual physical theater piece. In January, the group will be perfomring at several schools in Springfield, Holyoke and Northamtpon. 

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, September 1 - December 29th, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday December 23, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code - Not Meeting This Day  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfiedllibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!

Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Community Prayer and Bible Study Fellowship  
    Contact: Pastor Mattie Johnson   413-686-7996   jmattiep19@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsred event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday December 24, 2017
     Christmas Eve: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Christmas Eve.

    Location: All Library Locations

Monday December 25, 2017
     Christmas Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Christmas Day.

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday December 26, 2017
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Refugee Women's Support Group  
    Contact: Sylvia Staub     sylviastaub@earthlink.net
   

Not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Wonderful Winter Wands  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Get together with other teens to make a wand, snowflake or other wintry craft.  Everyone is welcome to join!  If you're not feeling crafty, it's fine to come anyway and enjoy a stressfree time.  This event is intended for 11-19 year olds.  Hot chocolate will be served.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mayor's Commission on Disabilities Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Elizabeth Leak   413-787-6757   ELeak@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The MOCD is an ongoing focus group comprised of 5 residents, selected by the Mayor’s office, that meet monthly to consider, address, and solve issues specific to Springfield’s handicap and disabled population.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. This program is for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club for Teens  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's your chance to meet regularly the last Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for teens, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teens ages 13-19. If interested, please register online or in person and a librarian will contact you about the application process.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday December 27, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Decorate a Delicious Cookie!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Decorate a Delicious Cookie! Have a sweet tooth that needs soothing? Come to the Teen Area and we will have sugar cookies and all of the fixings. Quantities will be limited so come early. For children and teens ages 5 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Creation Station  
    Contact: Diane Houle   (413)263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come explore the world of creativity! Every week we will experiment with different materials, methods and media guaranteed to unleash your inner maker. If you love to make and do, Creation Station is for you!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Decorative Tea Lights  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Brighten up your winter by creating your own tea light luminary. This decorative jar luminary will bring a warm, attractive glow into any winter's night. Available while supplies last.

    Location: East Forest Park
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Chocolate Celebration  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a celebration of all things chocolate! We'll have games that celebrate our favorite candy, and lots of samples on hand to taste test. See who can make the tallest Oreo tower. Who can sort M&M's the fastest? How many chocolate kisses can you unwrap in a minute? Brave our blindfolded test to see if you can identify the various chocolate candies we'll offer! For ages 11-19.

    Location: East Springfield
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday December 28, 2017
   3:30 AM  -  5:00 AM Creation Station  
    Contact: Diane Houle   (413)263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come explore the world of creativity! Every week we will experiment with different materials, methods and media guaranteed to unleash your inner maker. If you love to make and do, Creation Station is for you!

    Location: Brightwood
   9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM First Generation Ensemble Rehearsal  
    Contact: Julie Lichtenberg   413-374-4938   info@performanceproject.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

First Generation Ensemble is rehearsing "Tenderness, an original multi-lingual physical theater piece. In January, the group will be performing at several schools in Springfield, Holyoke and Northampton. 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Gaming Afternoon  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a casual afternoon of gaming. We'll have multiple games available to play. Some will be familiar. Some may be completely new to you. Don't worry, we'll teach you to play! Hot chocolate and cookies will also be provided while you play. For ages 11-19.

    Location: East Springfield
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome!

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday December 29, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, September 1 - December 29th, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes.

This adult group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM VOICES Training  
    Contact: Aumai Harris   413-221-0715   aharris@mlkjrfamilyservices.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Peer Health Advocates with the Mason Square Health Task Force will be recieveing training from Gandara about Advocay. 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

This program is for ages 8-18 and is held every week.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Juice Bar Trivia  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens, you may have heard of Bar Trivia. Well, join us for Juice Bar Trivia! Enjoy free snacks and soft drinks, and test your knowledge in our trivia contest. Prizes will be awarded for the most questions answered right! For ages 11-19.

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday December 30, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM ADULT FIRST AID/CPR/AED  
    Contact: Edwin Lara   617-271-1123   edwin.lara@1199funds.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfiedllibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!

Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM A Holiday Tea at Hogwarts  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a magical holiday celebration! Its the winter holidays here at Hogwarts, and you've just received an owl inviting you to come! We'll have the best wizarding foods you could hope for, as well as games and Trivia. You're welcome to come in your Hogwarts best, or even use a  Polyjuice Potion to come looking like your favorite character! Professor McGonagal will be waiting to welcome you! For teens and their friends and families; suggested for ages 8 and up.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
     Afri(K)que Board and Volunteers Meeting  
    Contact: Karina Dise      afrikque@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Would you like to find out about our nonprofit? Please join us as we discuss opportunities to volunteer and our upcoming Kidstarter project that involves kid youth empowerment. All and every age are welcome!

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Sunday December 31, 2017
     New Year's Eve: Central Library Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

The Central Library will be closed on Sunday, December 31, New Year's Eve.

    Location: All Library Locations

Monday January 1, 2018
     New Year's Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of New Year's Day.

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday January 2, 2018 -  Wednesday January 31, 2018
   12:00 AM Arctic Animal Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop at any library location during the month of January and trek to discover the arctic animals hidden throughout the library. Finish the hunt successfully, and be awarded a small prize!

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday January 2, 2018 -  Sunday February 25, 2018
     Art Central: Memories from Mexico and the Caribbean  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

See Hispanic America through the eyes of art photographer Susan Holmes. Her bright and vivid reflections of people and places capture the joy, beauty, and uniqueness of life lived in the Caribbean. From stunning seascapes to playful portraits Susan's works are a personal yet powerful introduction to Hispanic culture and tropical life.

    Location: Central Library

Tuesday January 2, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM City Hall Health Department Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Calling All Teens.  Here's your chance to meet regularly the first Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for teens and tweens, plan events, book discussions, give input for materials selection and other fun activities.  Light refreshments will be served. For ages 11-18

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Jubilant Jewelry Making  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Hooks, pins, and spacers, Oh My!  Design and create earrings or a bracelet using findings, beads, wire and elastic. This workshop is best suited for ages 9-19, however children 7-9 who are accompanied by an adult are welcome. First Tuesday of the month through June 2018.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   4:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Delta Sigma Theta Meeting  
    Contact: LaTasha Green   413-221-3439   latashagreen@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday January 3, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teen Advisory Board

Would you like to make changes at the library?
Join our Teen Advisory Board and share your ideas on improving teen programs, library materials, and everything else that will make our branch an even better place for young adults. The group is also a fun way to meet new friends, get community service hours and build your resume! Light refreshments will be served.
If you are interested in joining Mason Square TAB, attend an upcoming meeting or contact Librarian Ellen Sulzycki at esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org or 413-263-6853.
Come talk about things YOU would like to see happen in the library, such as advising on which books and media to purchase for young adults, as well as brainstorming different ideas for programs.
Second Wednesday of every month, with some exceptions.

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828   sdeignan@springfieldibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club! We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, including Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 5 kids. Ages 8-12. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Every Wednesday, January 3rd - February 28th. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly meeting of the Board of Library Commissioners. All meetings unless otherwise noted will be held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room of the Central Library, 220 State Street, and begin at 5:30 pm. No meetings in July and August.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. All are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing  Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb.                                              

Copies of this title will be available for pickup at the East Forest Park Library prior to the meeting. No sign up is required, however, please contact the branch if you have any questions.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday January 4, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series. Each week participants review a chapter of the book and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist's Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey for those who participate.

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   efilios@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Daughters of the Samurai by Janice P. Nimura

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library's Rice Hall, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 



Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

    Location: Central Library
   3:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Penguin Craft  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop into the children's department for a few pleasant penguin projects!

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM WalkBike Springfield  
    Contact: Betsy Johnson   413-301-5387   betsy@bgjohnson.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Regular meeting of WalkBike Springfield, working to improve conditions for walking and bicycling in Springfield.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Friday January 5, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Exploration for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens will be exploring a variety of art media in our monthly Friday afternoon sessions at Indian Orchard. We will use sharpies, watercolors, and tissue paper and more to explore portraiture, landscapes and abstract art. For ages 11 and up. Every first Friday of the month. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday January 6, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Sabis Model Congress  
    Contact: Erin Mulvagh   413-204-1972   emulvagh@sics-mail.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Duplo Club  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413-263-6840   
   

Calling all families of children birth - 5!  Learn, play and meet new friends at this fun neighborhood gathering.  We'll have plenty of Duplo blocks (a bigger, child safe version of Legos) available to encourage building and exploration.

Older siblings are welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.  No registration required, just drop in anytime during the program.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday January 7, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM League of Women Voters  
    Contact: Linda Matys O'Connell   610-295-3125   springfieldLWV@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The League of Women Voters/Springfield holds its monthly meeting. The public is invited.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday January 8, 2018 -  Saturday January 13, 2018
     Puffy the Snowman  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come make Puffy the Snowman, a snowman that will never melt and will be your forever friend no matter what the weather is. Made with cotton balls. All supplies provided.

During Open Hours | Family Activity | All Ages

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday January 8, 2018 -  Saturday February 17, 2018
     Easy as Pie Teen Reading Challenge  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fruit pie, chocolate pie, even pizza pie! Everyone loves pie, especially teens, and the only way to make pie better is to make it free! From Monday Jan 8- Saturday Feb 17, each week that you read at least two hours just for pleasure, you’ll earn a piece of paper pie on your reading pie chart. Read what you like and for the fun of it!  Earn 6 pieces of paper pie, and you’ll win a free ticket to our pie party on Friday, Feb. 23! We’ll have pizza and sweet pies for everyone to share.
This program for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood

Monday January 8, 2018 -  Saturday February 17, 2018
     Easy as Pie Teen Reading Challenge  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fruit pie, chocolate pie, even pizza pie! Everyone loves pie, especially teens, and the only way to make pie better is to make it free! From Monday Jan 8- Saturday Feb 17, each week that you read at least two hours just for pleasure, you’ll earn a piece of paper pie on your reading pie chart. Read what you like and for the fun of it!  Earn 6 pieces of paper pie, and you’ll win a free ticket to our pie party on Saturday Feb. 24! We’ll have pizza and sweet pies for everyone to share.
This program for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

Monday January 8, 2018 -  Saturday February 17, 2018
     Easy as Pie Teen Reading Challenge  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fruit pie, chocolate pie, even pizza pie! Everyone loves pie, especially teens, and the only way to make pie better is to make it free! From Monday Jan 8- Saturday Feb 17, each week that you read at least two hours just for pleasure, you’ll earn a piece of paper pie on your reading pie chart. Read what you like and for the fun of it!  Earn 6 pieces of paper pie, and you’ll win a free ticket to our pie party on Saturday Feb. 24! We’ll have pizza and sweet pies for everyone to share.
This program for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: East Springfield

Monday January 8, 2018 -  Saturday February 17, 2018
     Easy as Pie Teen Reading Challenge  
    Contact: Alex Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fruit pie, chocolate pie, even pizza pie! Everyone loves pie, especially teens, and the only way to make pie better is to make it free! From Monday Jan 8- Saturday Feb 17, each week that you read at least two hours just for pleasure, you’ll earn a piece of paper pie on your reading pie chart. Read what you like and for the fun of it!  Earn 6 pieces of paper pie, and you’ll win a free ticket to our pie party on Saturday Feb. 24! We’ll have pizza and sweet pies for everyone to share.
This program for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Forest Park

Monday January 8, 2018 -  Saturday February 17, 2018
     Easy as Pie Teen Reading Challenge  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fruit pie, chocolate pie, even pizza pie! Everyone loves pie, especially teens, and the only way to make pie better is to make it free! From Monday Jan 8- Saturday Feb 17, each week that you read at least two hours just for pleasure, you’ll earn a piece of paper pie on your reading pie chart. Read what you like and for the fun of it!  Earn 6 pieces of paper pie, and you’ll win a free ticket to our pie party on Friday, Feb. 23! We’ll have pizza and sweet pies for everyone to share.
This program for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Monday January 8, 2018 -  Saturday February 17, 2018
     Easy as Pie Teen Reading Challenge  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fruit pie, chocolate pie, even pizza pie! Everyone loves pie, especially teens, and the only way to make pie better is to make it free! From Monday Jan 8- Saturday Feb 17, each week that you read at least two hours just for pleasure, you’ll earn a piece of paper pie on your reading pie chart. Read what you like and for the fun of it!  Earn 6 pieces of paper pie, and you’ll win a free ticket to our pie party on Saturday Feb. 24! We’ll have pizza and sweet pies for everyone to share.
This program for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Mason Square

Monday January 8, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Hack Attack!  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828 x201   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as we break things apart and put them back together! Create monster toys, disassemble machines, and work on special wild card projects. Ages 8-12, limited to ten kids on a first come basis. Caregiver participation encouraged. Every Monday evening through February 26th, 2018 (excluding holidays).

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Our peer-led support groups are available to women, men, individuals and couples currently struggling with infertility. This open forum enables you to meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends & family, and coping strategies. 1 in 8 couples in the US struggle with infertility. You are not alone.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday January 9, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828 ext 395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. 

This month's selection is: The Sea by John Banville (2005) fiction.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Hi!Tech: Getting Started with Computers  
    Contact: Anna Mickelsen   413-263-6828, x442   amickelsen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This hands-on workshop reviews basic keyboarding and mousing and more to get you comfortably started. No experience necessary. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffleThis program is intended for people aged 18 years or older.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM City Hall Health Department Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. This program is for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Creator's Club for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop in the library for an after school arts and crafts session. Each month, a new arts and crafts project will be taught for participants to create and take home! Come create and discover something new! Ages 12-18 welcome.

This is a recurring monthly program.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Citizens' Climate Lobby / Springfield Chapter  
    Contact: Mary Jane Eustace   413-433-9718   ccl.springfield.ma@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Come and join us!  Newcomers are welcome to come early (6 pm) for an introduction to what Citizens' Climate Lobby is and what we do.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Our consistently respectful, non-partisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions. In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Crbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday January 10, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tabletop tennis anyone?  Teens are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun playing tabletop tennis/ping pong.  Two or four players can play at a time.  Play for bragging rights or just for fun; plus it's a great exercise workout!  Can you meet the challenge? Paddles, balls, nets and tables provided by the library. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM DIY Button Making  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make a statement with buttons you've made yourself using the library's button making machine. Clips from old comics, fingerprint art, and Sharpies make cool buttons, and be sure to add a quote of your choice. This drop-in event will take place in Teen Central in Rice Hall, second floor, and is for teens ages 11 to 19.

    Location: Central Library - Rice Hall
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828   sdeignan@springfieldibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club! We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, including Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 5 kids. Ages 8-12. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Every Wednesday, January 3rd - February 28th. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love comic books, graphic novels or webcomics? Did you ever want to create your own? Whether you are an artist or a writer, come work on your project with fellow enthusiasts. Prompts will be provided to help your creative juices. There will also be opportunities for writers and artists to team up to create stories together and, occasionally, guest artists and writers will visit. Snacks will be provided. For ages 11-18.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Rise Up Western Mass Meeting  
    Contact: Jacqueline Neiman   413-348-2111   Jackie@riseupwesternmass.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly all-ages craft night. Come have fun and let us clean up the mess! Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. All Ages.

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday January 11, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series. Each week participants review a chapter of the book and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist's Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey for those who participate.

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Springfield Young Children’s System of Care Meeting  
    Contact: Justin Chellman   413-787-6724   jchellman@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Springfield Young Children’s System of Care meeting is a collaborative space to strengthen a new system of care by bringing together the professionals and family members who care for, serve, and support children ages 0-8.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Happy Feet Movie Night  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Mumble, a young emperor penguin, lives in Antarctica. Like others of his kind, he needs to be able to sing to attract a mate, but he has a terrible voice. Instead, Mumble must express himself, and lure a female through his amazing talent for tap-dancing. Rated PG.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector A Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday January 12, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

This program is for adults.

    Location: Mason Square

Saturday January 13, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Flu Relief with Essential Oils  
    Contact: Marisa Reichert   413-263-6828, x395   mreichert@springfieldlibrary.org
   

What's all the fuss about essential oils? Do you DIY (do it yourself) or want to try? This hands-on workshop will explain the buzz behind homemade remedies and walk you through making your own hand sanitizer and chest rub.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM City Soul Winter Market  
    Contact: Liz O'Gilvie   413-244-5859   citysoulmarket@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Indoor market featuring fall & winter produce, fresh baked goods, natural products and crafts by local farms and businesses.

SNAP and HIP welcomed.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday January 14, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM League of Women Voters  
    Contact: Linda Matys O'Connell   610-295-3125   springfieldLWV@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The League of Women Voters/Springfield holds its montly meeting. The public is invited.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday January 15, 2018
     Martin Luther King Jr Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

    Location: All Library Locations
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Springfield RCC Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Kency Gilet   413-883-7603   KencyGilet@Outlook.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The is the monthly general meeting of the Springfield Republcian City Committee. 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday January 16, 2018 -  Friday February 16, 2018
     Chill Out with a Good Book  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every day you read for 20 minutes or have a book read to you, color in a penguin. When you read for a whole week, give your log to a librarian and receive a raffle ticket for cool prizes!

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday January 16, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Promoting Integrated Literacy Learning in Grades 4–12  
    Contact: Tracey Martineau   413-519-8426   tmartineau@doe.mass.edu
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.Network meeting for educators to deepen their understanding of the integration the curriculum frameworks.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Hi!Tech: Continuing with Computers  
    Contact: Alison Messier   413-263-6828, x426   amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This hands-on workshop builds on Getting Started with Computers by reviewing basic aspects of computer use including file management, text editing, and more. It is the perfect class for someone new to the computer but can use a mouse and the keyboard already. Completion of Getting Started with Computers is recommended. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffleThis program is intended for people aged 18 years or older.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Tuesday January 16, 2018 -  Friday January 19, 2018
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Learn the Art of Polish Gwiazdy (Snowflake Folding)  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn the art of Polish snowflake folding (Gwiazdy). All you need is paper and scissors. For ages 11-19. We will have the templates to get you started. For ages 12-19, younger with supervision; offered each open day January 16-19.

    Location: Indian Orchard

Tuesday January 16, 2018 -  Saturday January 20, 2018
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Learn the Art of Polish Gwiazdy (Snowflake Folding)  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn the art of Polish snowflake folding (Gwiazdy). All you need is paper and scissors. For ages 11-19. We will have the templates to get you started. For ages 12-19, younger with supervision; offered each open day January 16-20.

    Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

Tuesday January 16, 2018
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tasty Tuesday will feature a healthy and easy recipe for the teens to learn how to make. Teens will make a delicious after school snack as well as learning useful life skills and meal planning. Teens should come hungry and ready to get their hands messy!

Ages 12-19 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:15 PM  -  7:15 PM U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries will meet monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library on the third Tuesday of the month.  Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading.  We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions.  We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday January 17, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Yarn Art Painting  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6825   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have fun being creative using different colors of yarn, glue and a piece of cardboard to design wonderful art work. Art design can be traced then using glue and yarn bring your art vision to life.  This program is intended for teens and tweens but kids 8 and up are welcome.  Frames will be provided for completed art work for easy display at home.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Hydroponic Growing Workshop  
    Contact: Jacqueline E Farrow    413-221-7090   jfarrow@stavros.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a hydroponic workshop sponsered by Wellspring Harvest and Berkshire Bank.   

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM American Girl Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Based on the American Girls books, this free club is for ages 6 to 14. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged. Third Wednesday of the every month.

    Location: East Springfield
   4:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a special penguin craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828   sdeignan@springfieldibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club! We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, including Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 5 kids. Ages 8-12. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Every Wednesday, January 3rd - February 28th. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Chili Night at East Forest Park Library  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cook up your favorite chili recipe - Beef, Chicken, Vegetarian, Ground Turkey, White Bean, Fire Engine Hot – or experiment with something new.  Bring enough for people to taste and share (figure on ¼ cup per person with about 12 people in attendance). Bring the recipe so that we may copy and share it, too.  We will spice up the East Forest Park Library with a fun and tasty evening!! Beverages and cornbread will be provided.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday January 18, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series. Each week participants review a chapter of the book and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist's Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey for those who participate.

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Madlab: Take-a-party  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Young sceintists, 5- 12 years old, will explore the innards of small electronics. What makes a coffeemaker work?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Winter Wildlife  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Who left those tracks in the snow? Join us as we learn about animals in our own back yard with the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Ages 5-12.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector F Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday January 19, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday January 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families with children grades 2-5/ages 7-12 are welcomed to foster a joy of reading in English and Spanish and of creating fun art!  Come listen as Springfield’s own multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo reads the bilingual book-of-the-month in English and in Spanish. Then have fun creating an art project linked with the book.  No art experience necessary for the creative art projects. Space is limited so sign up early!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Little Notes  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us with Community Music School of Springfield for an enriching and engaging community music experience for the young child and their caregiver. This is your little one’s introduction to the wonder and joy of music. This fun program includes elements of storytelling and an exposure to a variety of instruments. Music is an extraordinary tool in aiding the development of language and communication skills as well as social development. We will be exploring fine and gross motor skills – Hand and finger play, full body movement with use of parachutes and scarves, and ball-rolling are paired with appropriate songs to encourage coordination and dexterity. Basic Rhythmic concepts are used to guide children through new physical experiences.All classes are designed for children infant to 5 years old.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Poetry for Truth Ancient and New  
    Contact: Julie Rose   413-238-1280   registration@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This workshop will explore the poetic and energetic offerings of truth-seekers, ancient and new. It is open to everyone--all levels, all experiences. No writing or movment experience required. 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Sunday January 21, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Literary Spotlight: Readings by Local Authors  
   

Enjoy the readings of local writers in this showcase of active novelists and poets writing for both teens and adults. Featured writers include Michele Barker, Scotti Jones, Jennifer Provost, Oliver Akamnonu, Shane Robitaille, Christine Thibodeau, and Ellen Meeropol. Refreshments and a free attendance raffle are compliments of the Friends of the Library to all who attend.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday January 22, 2018 -  Wednesday February 7, 2018
     Valentines for Vets  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413 263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Enjoy a special family activity while honoring local veterans.  Youth and their families are welcome to drop in at any location to make a Valentine card for residents of the Holyoke Soldiers Home.  The library provides all the materials and will hand deliver your homemade creation in time for the holiday. During open hours.

    Location: All Library Locations

Monday January 22, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM MassHealth Provider Outreach  
    Contact: Susan Cusson   774-455-5192   susanj.cusson@umassmed.edu
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

MassHealth Recruitment for Day Service Providers

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Monday Munchies: Quick Cooking for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext 425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens, try out some quick and delicious recipes and expand your palate with some new, tasty ingredients. For ages 11-19.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Hack Attack!  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828 x201   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as we break things apart and put them back together! Create monster toys, disassemble machines, and work on special wild card projects. Ages 8-12, limited to ten kids on a first come basis. Caregiver participation encouraged. Every Monday evening through February 26th, 2018 (excluding holidays).

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday January 23, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828, x395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Develop the skill you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffleThis program is intended for people aged 18 years or older.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. This program is for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Book Club Meeting  
    Contact: Anne Cesan   413-782-7702   a126chocolate@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday January 24, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Springfield Public Schools Parent Engagement Training  
    Contact: Sharon Maylor   413-787-6959   maylors@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This trainings will build the capacity of school staff to effectively work with parent groups and improve their facilitation skill while increasing knowledge regarding best practices to effectively engage families.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Springfield Food Policy Council Film Series  
    Contact: Betsy Johnson   413-301-5387   betsy@bgjohnson.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Expanding opportunites for growing one's own food in Springfield is a goal of the Springfield Food Policy Council.  Come watch PBS's Food Forward to see how this is happening in other communities.  Discussion to follow.  Light refreshments

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828   sdeignan@springfieldibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club! We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, including Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 5 kids. Ages 8-12. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Every Wednesday, January 3rd - February 28th. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Thursday January 25, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Less is more: clearing your mind by clearing your space  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

In this presentation Stephanie Baird, LMHC, will discuss her 8 month long process of using the KonMari method of decluttering, as outlined in the bestselling book, Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo, to clear her home of items that no longer "spark joy." 

Not only did she remove around 60 trash bags of items, but she was able to sell a vast amount of these items on eBay, Facebook, Craigslist, and to local clothing, book, cd, and comic stores, making over $2500. What she did not sell she had picked up for donation or  trash/recycling. Since doing this process, she has marveled at how much her consumption has decreased as a result of becoming much more discriminating. Every object remaining has a purpose and place, and is pleasing to own. 

During this presentation she will outline the KonMari steps, discuss and provide resources on how to responsibly dispose of your items, and discuss the benefits of clearing your space to clear your mind.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series. Each week participants review a chapter of the book and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist's Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey for those who participate.

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM OMG Otaku!: Anime for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Get ready for a night of everything Otaku. Feast on Japanese snacks while watching a mini- marathon featuring Anime such as Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Tokyo ESP, Sailor Moon Crystal, and more!

Suggested for ages 14-19.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday January 26, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday January 27, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Apply for a Passport/Renew a Passport  
    Contact: Jean Canosa Albano   413-263-6828 ext 291   
   

Springfield City Library and the United States Postal Service® have
teamed-up to offer you a convenient and time-saving opportunity.
SNOW DATE: Saturday, February 3rd 2018  Time: 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Documents needed for the passport fair:
Application
• First-time applicants must complete form DS-11.
• Renewal applicants must complete form DS-82.
• Evidence of Citizenship
• First-time applicants must provide a certified birth certificate, a naturalization certificate or a consular report of birth abroad.
• Renewal applicants must provide their most recent passport.
• Photo copy of citizenship front and back single sided.
• Two Forms of ID
• Driver’s license or state ID and work ID or student ID
• Passport-compliant photo
• Have a photo taken at the fair. Photo services will be available for $15.
• Payment
o Checks or money orders only. No credit cards.
o First-time applicants must bring two checks or money orders:
• One check or money order for the passport application fee made payable to “U.S. Department of State”
• A second check or money order for the $25 execution fee – add $15 for a photo if applicable – made payable to “Postmaster”
Adults:
Children under the Age of 16:
o Renewal applicants must bring two checks or money orders:
• One check or money order for the passport application fee made payable to “U.S. Department of State”
• A second check or money order for $15 made payable to “Postmaster” for the optional passport photo

*Typical Processing Time for Passports is 4-6 Weeks*

For questions regarding Passports please contact The National Passport information line at 1-877-487-2778 or visit Travel.State.Gov

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Jack and Jill Mother's Meeting  
    Contact: Jamina Scippio-McFadden   850-567-2314   jsipmac@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Regular monthly meeting of Western Massachusetts Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday January 28, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rotunda Rhythms: Carol Daggs in Song  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Welcome in the New Year with friend and neighbor Carol Daggs!  Enjoy her mix of favorite cover songs and originals featuring her delightful voice and stiring compositions. Good for the entire family, this is sure to please. Free attendance raffle to all those who attend. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All ages.

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

Monday January 29, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Hack Attack!  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828 x201   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as we break things apart and put them back together! Create monster toys, disassemble machines, and work on special wild card projects. Ages 8-12, limited to ten kids on a first come basis. Caregiver participation encouraged. Every Monday evening through February 26th, 2018 (excluding holidays).

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:15 PM  -  7:55 PM Slavery By Another Name Documentary Showing & Discussion  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a free showing of Slavery by Another Name that is based on the Pulitizer Prize winning book.  This excellent film captures the history of Jim Crow laws of discrimination against Blacks after the Civil War in Alabama and The South.  A full frontal attack was launched by Rev. Martin Luther King in Birmingham, Alabama on April 3, 1963 that included sit-ins and marches to topple entrenched segregation.  King was later arrested and wrote his impassioned plea for human rights and dignity in his famous Notes from a Birmingham Jail.  

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Tuesday January 30, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Hi!Tech: Using Email Like a Pro  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

From attachments and downloads to folders, spam, and more, this workshop can help you use email effectively and efficiently. Participants need an active email account to attend this workshop, and attendees earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech.  led by Linda

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM MassHealth Provider Forum  
    Contact: Abigail Newton   617-222-7479   abigail.newton@state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

MassHealth providers are invited to attend this public forum to learn how to use the new online portal.  Attendence is expected to be at capacity.  MassHealth can bring their own laptop, but will need a way to connect this to a projector.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mayor's Commission on Disabilities Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Elizabeth Leak   413-787-6757   ELeak@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Meeting of the Mayor's Commission on Disability Board members. 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Super Smash Brothers Tournament  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Play for keeps in this vintage inspired Super Smash Brothers Tournament. Players will compete in fierce head to head battle with other teens using an "old fashioned" Nintendo GameCube. Players will be bracketed in four contender rounds until it's only one person standing. Winner will take all and will be awarded a trophy and prize. Online sign-up is required. Please see the librarian for details.

For ages 12-18.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's your chance to meet regularly the last Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for teens, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teens ages 13-19. If interested, please register online or in person and a librarian will contact you about the application process.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday January 31, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Nutshell by Ian McEwan.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828   sdeignan@springfieldibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club! We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, including Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 5 kids. Ages 8-12. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Every Wednesday, January 3rd - February 28th. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Thursday February 1, 2018 -  Wednesday February 28, 2018
     Chinese Zodiac Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop into the library during the month of February and learn about the Chinese Zodiac by doing a scavenger hunt. Finish the hunt successfully, and be awarded a small prize!

    Location: Mason Square

Thursday February 1, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series. Each week participants review a chapter of the book and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist's Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey for those who participate.

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   efilios@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library's Rice Hall, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 



Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

    Location: Central Library
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Born in China Movie Night  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldibrary.org
   

Venturing into the wilds of China, "Born in China" captures intimate moments with a panda and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday February 2, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Exploration for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens will be exploring a variety of art media in our monthly Friday afternoon sessions at Indian Orchard. We will use sharpies, watercolors, and tissue paper and more to explore portraiture, landscapes and abstract art. For ages 11 and up. Every first Friday of the month. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday February 3, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Word  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this workshop. This class is for adults. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Duplo Club  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413-263-6840   
   

Calling all families of children birth - 5!  Learn, play and meet new friends at this fun neighborhood gathering.  We'll have plenty of Duplo blocks (a bigger, child safe version of Legos) available to encourage building and exploration.

Older siblings are welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.  No registration required, just drop in anytime during the program.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday February 4, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Chocolate: Taste and Learn!  
    Contact: Marisa Reichert   413-263-6828, x395   MReichert@springfieldlibrary.org
   

From Mars to Hershey, Cadbury to Nestle, chocolate is a big business. The history of chocolate is fascinating, and it's future is dramatic. Come learn about chocolate's origins, how it's made, and why we eat it the way we do now. Enjoy sampling the varieties discussed, and find out what famous candymaker thought chocolate was not a candy but a nutritious food, what snack was invented to give soldiers a sugar fix, and what kind of illegal chocolate is routinely seized from smugglers at the border. Funding from the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday February 5, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Hack Attack!  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828 x201   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as we break things apart and put them back together! Create monster toys, disassemble machines, and work on special wild card projects. Ages 8-12, limited to ten kids on a first come basis. Caregiver participation encouraged. Every Monday evening through February 26th, 2018 (excluding holidays).

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Rise Up Western Mass Meeting  
    Contact: Jacqueline Neiman   413-348-2111   Jackie@riseupwesternmass.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday February 6, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hi!Tech: Getting Started with Computers  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This hands-on workshop reviews basic keyboarding and mousing and more to get you comfortably started. No experience necessary. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle. 18+

    Location: East Springfield
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM City Hall Health Department Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Calling All Teens.  Here's your chance to meet regularly the first Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for teens and tweens, plan events, book discussions, give input for materials selection and other fun activities.  Light refreshments will be served. For ages 11-18

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Jubilant Jewelry Making  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Hooks, pins, and spacers, Oh My!  Design and create earrings or a bracelet using findings, beads, wire and elastic. This workshop is best suited for ages 9-19, however children 7-9 who are accompanied by an adult are welcome. First Tuesday of the month through June 2018.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday February 7, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Mix Your Own Tea Afternoon  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us to learn how to make your very own, one-of-a-kind tea blend. We will talk about herb flavors, sweeteners, and how to store tea to make it last. Best of all, we will drink the teas we make! For teens ages 11-19.

    Location: East Springfield
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828   sdeignan@springfieldibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club! We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, including Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 5 kids. Ages 8-12. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Every Wednesday, January 3rd - February 28th. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly meeting of the Board of Library Commissioners. All meetings unless otherwise noted will be held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room of the Central Library, 220 State Street, and begin at 5:30 pm. No meetings in July and August.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. All are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer.                                            

Copies of this title will be available for pickup at the East Forest Park Library prior to the meeting. No sign up is required, however, please contact the branch if you have any questions.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday February 8, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series. Each week participants review a chapter of the book and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist's Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey for those who participate.

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Chinese Lantern Craft  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Craft a lantern with us to celebrate the Chinese New Year- this is a special time to celebrate with friends and wish “good fortune” for the year ahead. We will be using jars and tissue paper to create a special light for you to bring home. May its red glow bring you health and prosperity this Chinese New Year. Suitable for ages 7-12.

    Location: Mason Square
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector A Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday February 9, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM HCS Family Services Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Kimberly West   413-523-3928   kimberlyw@headstart.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

This program is for adults.

    Location: Mason Square
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday February 10, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Publisher  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with Microsoft Publisher, a convenient destop publishing software package. We'll look at making multipage handouts and multifold brochures using Publisher's powerful templates and explore basic aspects of working with images, shapes, and more.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM City Soul Winter Market  
    Contact: Liz O'Gilvie   413-244-5859   citysoulmarket@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Indoor Winter Farmers Market with local organic produce, fresh baked breads, cakes and pies, made from scratch soups and crafts by Springfield area small business owners.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent!  
    Contact: Danielle Hardin   617-399-8342   dhardin@fcsn.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Are you interested in supporting students in your community? You can help by volunteering to become a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for a student in state care that requires special education supports and whose parents are unknown or unavailable. These children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education.

SESPs serve as appointed decision makers that have the legal authority of a parent or legal guardian to attend and participate in special education team meetings, approve or reject Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and if necessary, file complaints or appeals. On average, the time commitment is only 30-40 hours a year.

RTSC hosts FREE Orientation Trainings throughout the state where you will learn about the role of an SESP, how traumatic experiences can impact learning and how to incorporate the appropriate supports into the IEP. Register to attend this training or visit our website at www.fcsn.org/rtsc/ to view our current training schedule for other opportunities.  

Registration is required.

You can register online at http://fcsn.org/rtsc/orientations/ or contact Danielle Hardin at dhardin@fcsn.org or 617-399-8342. (PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT PHONE NUMBER.)

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday February 11, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rotunda Rhythms Presents Judy Handler & Mark Levesque  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Experience an exuberant celebration of cultures with this exceptional program of music from around the world for guitars and mandolin. Handler & Levesque blend Latin, gypsy, jazz, classical, and folk musics to create unique and expressive arrangements. Interested audience members are entered into the free raffle. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library. All ages.

    Location: Central Library Rotunda
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM League of Women Voters  
    Contact: Linda Matys O'Connell   413-655-1837   SpringfieldLWV@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The League of Women Voters/Springfield holds its montly meeting. The public is invited.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday February 12, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM I <3 Classic Movies: Roman Holiday  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the Mason Square Branch for a full week of swoon-worthy classic films.

On Monday, check out Roman Holiday. In this timeless classic, Hepburn is at her transcendent best as a sheltered princess who falls for an American newsman in Rome.

Popcorn will be served.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Hack Attack!  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828 x201   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as we break things apart and put them back together! Create monster toys, disassemble machines, and work on special wild card projects. Ages 8-12, limited to ten kids on a first come basis. Caregiver participation encouraged. Every Monday evening through February 26th, 2018 (excluding holidays).

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. Study after study links infertility with depression & anxiety. While the internet is helpful for research, there is great value sitting beside someone who can say, “Yes, me too.”

Our peer-led support groups are available to women, men, individuals and couples currently struggling with infertility. This open forum enables you to meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends & family, and coping strategies.

Group start time is 6:30.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday February 13, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hi!Tech: Continuing with Computers  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This hands-on workshop builds on Getting Started with Computers by reviewing basic aspects of computer use including file management, text editing, and more. It is the perfect class for someone new to the computer but can use a mouse and the keyboard already. Completion of Getting Started with Computers is recommended. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle. 18+

    Location: East Springfield
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828 ext 395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. 

This month's selection is:

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM I <3 Classic Movies: West Side Story  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the Mason Square Branch for a full week of swoon-worthy classic films.

On Tuesday we'll show West Side Story. This romantic musical update of 'Romeo and Juliet' won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines has captivated audiences for four decades. The Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein score is just one of the reasons.

Popcorn will be served.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. This program is for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Creator's Club for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-531-5023   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop in to the library for an after school arts and crafts session. Each month, a new arts and crafts project will be taught for participants to create and take home! Come create and discover something new!

Ages 12-18 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday February 14, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  8:00 PM MassDEP VW Stakeholder Meeting  
    Contact: Susan Lyon   617-556-1101   susan.lyon@state.ma.us
   

Leadership Pioneer Valley Alumni

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is holding a series of meetings across the Commonwealth to solicit input from the public on how to spend the funds the state will receive from the legal settlement with Volkswagen.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM I <3 Classic Movies: Casablanca  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the Mason Square Branch for a full week of swoon-worthy classic films.

Wednesday we'll screen CasablancaOne of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization.

Popcorn will be served.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tabletop tennis anyone?  Teens are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun playing tabletop tennis/ping pong.  Two or four players can play at a time.  Play for bragging rights or just for fun; plus it's a great exercise workout!  Can you meet the challenge? Paddles, balls, nets and tables provided by the library. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Teen Advisory Board  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teen Advisory Board

Would you like to make changes at the library?
Join our Teen Advisory Board and share your ideas on improving teen programs, library materials, and everything else that will make our branch an even better place for young adults. The group is also a fun way to meet new friends, get community service hours and build your resume! Light refreshments will be served.
If you are interested in joining Mason Square TAB, attend an upcoming meeting or contact Librarian Ellen Sulzycki at esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org or 413-263-6853.
Come talk about things YOU would like to see happen in the library, such as advising on which books and media to purchase for young adults, as well as brainstorming different ideas for programs.
Second Wednesday of every month, with some exceptions.

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828   sdeignan@springfieldibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club! We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, including Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 5 kids. Ages 8-12. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Every Wednesday, January 3rd - February 28th. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love comic books, graphic novels or webcomics? Did you ever want to create your own? Whether you are an artist or a writer, come work on your project with fellow enthusiasts. Prompts will be provided to help your creative juices. There will also be opportunities for writers and artists to team up to create stories together and, occasionally, guest artists and writers will visit. Snacks will be provided. For ages 11-18.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly all-ages craft night. Come have fun and let us clean up the mess! Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. All Ages.

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday February 15, 2018
     Dragon Puppet Crafts  
    Contact: ellen sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

In Chinese culture, it is said that dragons bring luck in the new year. Drop into the library to make your very own dancing dragon puppet for the Chinese New Year. Suitable for ages 5-12

    Location: Mason Square
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM I <3 Classic Movies: For the Love of Ivy  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the Mason Square Branch for a full week of swoon-worthy classic films.

On Thursday we'll show For the Love of Ivy. In this romantic comedy by Sidney Poitier, a drifting gambler falls in love with Ivy Moore, the maid for the Austin family who is being driven crazy by her employers

 

Popcorn will be served.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector F Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday February 16, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM I <3 Classic Movies: Pillow Talk  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the Mason Square Branch for a full week of swoon-worthy classic films.

On Friday we'll show Pillow Talk. When telephone lines are crossed, complete strangers meet and fall in love. Split screen sequences and songs spice up this light romantic comedy starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

Popcorn will be served.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday February 17, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families with children grades 2-5/ages 7-12 are welcomed to foster a joy of reading in English and Spanish and of creating fun art!  Come listen as Springfield’s own multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo reads the bilingual book-of-the-month in English and in Spanish. Then have fun creating an art project linked with the book.  No art experience necessary for the creative art projects. Space is limited so sign up early!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more. Different levels of coding are available to cater to both beginners and advanced participants. This is a 20-week course that meets most Saturdays through January 2018. At the first club meeting, holidays and vacations will be discussed to determine an official last club date. Please register early to reserve a spot. This club is for girls 11-18 years of age. Happy coding!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Excel  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, the world's leading desktop spreadsheet. Excel is used both at home and in the office to help with a wide range of personal and business management services including basic bookkeeping and accounting, to maintaining mailing lists and more. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this adult workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:30 AM  -  2:30 PM Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority,Inc.  
    Contact: Shanekha Young   413-221-7098   Malaya114@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Informational Workshop

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chinese New Year Lantern Craft  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with this cute lantern. May its red glow bring you health and prosperity this Chinese New Year.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday February 19, 2018
     Presidents' Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day.

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday February 20, 2018 -  Saturday February 24, 2018
   12:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Chocolate Break  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   4132636828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Children's Room will be offerng chocolate-themed activities during Spring Break week from the Springfield Public Schools. During open hours.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday February 20, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Develop the skill you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle. 18+

    Location: East Springfield
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tasty Tuesday will feature a healthy and easy recipe for the teens to learn how to make. Teens will make a delicious after school snack as well as learning useful life skills and meal planning. Teens should come hungry and ready to get their hands messy!

Ages 12-19 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:15 PM  -  7:15 PM U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries will meet monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library on the third Tuesday of the month.  Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading.  We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions.  We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Book Club Meeting  
    Contact: Anne Cesan   413-782-7702   a126chocolate@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday February 21, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Button Making for Teens at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make a statement with buttons you've made yourself using the library's button maker. For teens ages 11 and up. Supplies are limited so come early.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM American Girl Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Based on the American Girls books, this free club is for ages 6 to 14. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged. Third Wednesday of the every month.

    Location: East Springfield
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM Zoo on the Go  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Zoo on the Go, during school vacation week. Meet special live animals from Forest Park Zoo and learn about each animal and what makes them unique and special.

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828   sdeignan@springfieldibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club! We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, including Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 5 kids. Ages 8-12. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Every Wednesday, January 3rd - February 28th. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Thursday February 22, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday February 23, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday February 24, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to PowerPoint  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

MS PowerPoint is everywhere! This powerful software package is used at home and at work for organizing slides and photos, and helping people give great presentations. In this hands-on workshop, we'll make multipaged, basic PowerPoint files complete with edited images and enhanced with stylish templates giving you the skill needed for success with this popular program. This class is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. Led by Matthew

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday February 26, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Monday Munchies: Quick Cooking for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext 425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens, try out some quick and delicious recipes and expand your palate with some new, tasty ingredients. For ages 11-19.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Hack Attack!  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828 x201   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as we break things apart and put them back together! Create monster toys, disassemble machines, and work on special wild card projects. Ages 8-12, limited to ten kids on a first come basis. Caregiver participation encouraged. Every Monday evening through February 26th, 2018 (excluding holidays).

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday February 27, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mayor's Commission on Disabilities Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Elizabeth Leak     ELeak@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. This program is for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's your chance to meet regularly the last Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for teens, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teens ages 13-19. If interested, please register online or in person and a librarian will contact you about the application process.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday February 28, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Series of Unfortunate Events Party  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

If, you enjoy hunting dastardly villains, exploring strange topics like puttanesca sauce or herpetology, and learning new words (like dastardly) come to the East Forest Park Library where we will be serving peculiar treats and hot chocolate, and offering small prizes for those who risk coming. Be warned, you are in danger of having a good time! Children | 8-12

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Ages 5-10.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828   sdeignan@springfieldibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club! We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, including Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 5 kids. Ages 8-12. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Every Wednesday, January 3rd - February 28th. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Thursday March 1, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   efilios@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library's Rice Hall, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 



Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

    Location: Central Library
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday March 2, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Exploration for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens will be exploring a variety of art media in our monthly Friday afternoon sessions at Indian Orchard. We will use sharpies, watercolors, and tissue paper and more to explore portraiture, landscapes and abstract art. For ages 11 and up. Every first Friday of the month. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday March 3, 2018 -  Sunday April 29, 2018
     Art Central: The Paintings of Noreen Acconcio  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Now showing for the months of March and April are the paintings of Noreen Acconcio. Retired from the Springfield Public Schools, Ms. Acconcio utilizes watercolor to create still lifes and seascapes rich with color and imagination. Join her and others for a public reception on Sunday March 4th to announce the show's opening.

    Location: Central Library

Saturday March 3, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday March 4, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Activism that Works  
    Contact: Lily Lombard   413-461-1363   registration@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Trainer Betsy Leondar-Wright  will share 5 criteria for what makes public action effective. The criteria are drawn from research as well as her own social justice movement involvement over many years. Together the group will evaluate resistance efforts now in progress. Participants will leave with idea for action steps.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday March 5, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Social Etiquette on the Rise Info Session  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Tuesday March 6, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Promoting Integrated Literacy Learning in Grades 4–12  
    Contact: Tracey Martineau   413-519-8426   tmartineau@doe.mass.edu
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Network meeting for educators to deepen their knowledge of the 2017 ELA frameworks.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM City Hall Health Department Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Jubilant Jewelry Making  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Hooks, pins, and spacers, Oh My!  Design and create earrings or a bracelet using findings, beads, wire and elastic. This workshop is best suited for ages 9-19, however children 7-9 who are accompanied by an adult are welcome. First Tuesday of the month through June 2018.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday March 7, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Active Parenting  
    Contact: Megan Walsh   413-787-6959   walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Home City Families is facilitating a 4-week parenting workshop series for parents with children under 5 years old.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teen Advisory Board

Would you like to make changes at the library?
Join our Teen Advisory Board and share your ideas on improving teen programs, library materials, and everything else that will make our branch an even better place for young adults. The group is also a fun way to meet new friends, get community service hours and build your resume! Light refreshments will be served.
If you are interested in joining Mason Square TAB, attend an upcoming meeting or contact Librarian Ellen Sulzycki at esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org or 413-263-6853.
Come talk about things YOU would like to see happen in the library, such as advising on which books and media to purchase for young adults, as well as brainstorming different ideas for programs.
Second Wednesday of every month, with some exceptions.

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Art After School  
    Contact: Caitin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to be a creator? A maker? An artist?

Art After School is a six-week art program for 4th and 5th graders. Using techniques learned while studying at Bennington College, artist and educator Ryan Jobb will teach kids to create artworks using a variety of mediums. Projects, such as drawing from sound, drawing with rubbings, creating an alternate artist identity, and more, emphasize the importance of creation, imagination, and creativity over the need to create a finished product.

Participants are welcome to come over with their parent or guardian right after school. We'll serve snacks from 3:30 to 4:00

Ryan will start the art lesson at 4:00

Space is limited, so sign up early!

This is a children's program

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly meeting of the Board of Library Commissioners. All meetings unless otherwise noted will be held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room of the Central Library, 220 State Street, and begin at 5:30 pm. No meetings in July and August.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. All are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston.                                               

Copies of this title will be available for pickup at the East Forest Park Library prior to the meeting. No sign up is required, however, please contact the branch if you have any questions.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday March 8, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector A Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday March 9, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

This program is for adults.

    Location: Mason Square
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday March 10, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM City Soul Winter Market  
    Contact: Liz O'Gilvie   413-244-5859   citysoulmarket@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Indoor Winter Farmers Market with local organic produce, fresh baked breads, cakes and pies, made from scratch soups and crafts by Springfield area small business owners.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday March 11, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM League of Women Voters  
    Contact: Linda Matys O'Connell   610-295-3125   springfieldLWV@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The League of Women Voters/Springfield holds its montly meeting. The public is invited.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday March 12, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. Study after study links infertility with depression & anxiety. While the internet is helpful for research, there is great value sitting beside someone who can say, “Yes, me too.”

Our peer-led support groups are available to women, men, individuals and couples currently struggling with infertility. This open forum enables you to meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends & family, and coping strategies.

Group start time is 6:30.

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday March 13, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828 ext 395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. 

This month's selection is:

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. This program is for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Creator's Club for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop in the library for an after school arts and crafts session. Each month, a new arts and crafts project will be taught for participants to create and take home! Come create and discover something new! Ages 12-18 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday March 14, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Active Parenting  
    Contact: Megan Walsh   413-787-6959 x49108   walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Home City Families is facilitating a 4-week parenting workshop series for parents with children under 5 years old.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tabletop tennis anyone?  Teens are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun playing tabletop tennis/ping pong.  Two or four players can play at a time.  Play for bragging rights or just for fun; plus it's a great exercise workout!  Can you meet the challenge? Paddles, balls, nets and tables provided by the library. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Art After School  
    Contact: Caitin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to be a creator? A maker? An artist?

Art After School is a six-week art program for 4th and 5th graders. Using techniques learned while studying at Bennington College, artist and educator Ryan Jobb will teach kids to create artworks using a variety of mediums. Projects, such as drawing from sound, drawing with rubbings, creating an alternate artist identity, and more, emphasize the importance of creation, imagination, and creativity over the need to create a finished product.

Participants are welcome to come over with their parent or guardian right after school. We'll serve snacks from 3:30 to 4:00

Ryan will start the art lesson at 4:00

Space is limited, so sign up early!

This is a children's program

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love comic books, graphic novels or webcomics? Did you ever want to create your own? Whether you are an artist or a writer, come work on your project with fellow enthusiasts. Prompts will be provided to help your creative juices. There will also be opportunities for writers and artists to team up to create stories together and, occasionally, guest artists and writers will visit. Snacks will be provided. For ages 11-18.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly all-ages craft night. Come have fun and let us clean up the mess! Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. All Ages.

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday March 15, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Allies in Action  
    Contact: Julie Rose   413-238-1280   registration@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This workshop will begin with a discussion of contemporary examples of allies in action. We will then explore the important and tangible work white allies can do to support communities of color, and how heterosexual allies can work with LGBTQ communities to effect change.

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector F Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday March 16, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday March 17, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families with children grades 2-5/ages 7-12 are welcomed to foster a joy of reading in English and Spanish and of creating fun art!  Come listen as Springfield’s own multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo reads the bilingual book-of-the-month in English and in Spanish. Then have fun creating an art project linked with the book.  No art experience necessary for the creative art projects. Space is limited so sign up early!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday March 19, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday March 20, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tasty Tuesday will feature a healthy and easy recipe for the teens to learn how to make. Teens will make a delicious after school snack as well as learning useful life skills and meal planning. Teens should come hungry and ready to get their hands messy!

Ages 12-19 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:15 PM  -  7:15 PM U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries will meet monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library on the third Tuesday of the month.  Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading.  We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions.  We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Book Club Meeting  
    Contact: Anne Cesan   413-782-7702   a126chocolate@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday March 21, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Springfield Public Schools Parent Engagement Training  
    Contact: Sharon Maylor   413-787-6959   maylors@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This trainings will build the capacity of school staff to effectively work with parent groups and improve their facilitation skill while increasing knowledge regarding best practices to effectively engage families.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Active Parenting  
    Contact: Megan Walsh   413-787-6959 x49108   walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Home City Families is facilitating a 4-week parenting workshop series for parents with children under 5 years old.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Art After School  
    Contact: Caitin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to be a creator? A maker? An artist?

Art After School is a six-week art program for 4th and 5th graders. Using techniques learned while studying at Bennington College, artist and educator Ryan Jobb will teach kids to create artworks using a variety of mediums. Projects, such as drawing from sound, drawing with rubbings, creating an alternate artist identity, and more, emphasize the importance of creation, imagination, and creativity over the need to create a finished product.

Participants are welcome to come over with their parent or guardian right after school. We'll serve snacks from 3:30 to 4:00

Ryan will start the art lesson at 4:00

Space is limited, so sign up early!

This is a children's program

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM American Girl Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Based on the American Girls books, this free club is for ages 6 to 14. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged. Third Wednesday of the every month.

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday March 22, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday March 23, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday March 24, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM From Passionate Political Idealism to Concrete Action  
    Contact: Julie Rose   413-238-1280   registration@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This workshop will focus on learning the skills and spirit it takes to bring an idea to dynamic group action. We will work together to clarify specific projects to help individuals become more effective community leaders, such as group lobbyingaction, political education, campaign funding and more. Come with ideas and questions.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday March 26, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Monday Munchies: Quick Cooking for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext 425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens, try out some quick and delicious recipes and expand your palate with some new, tasty ingredients. For ages 11-19.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday March 27, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mayor's Commission on Disabilities Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Elizabeth Leak   413-787-6757   ELeak@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. This program is for teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's your chance to meet regularly the last Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for teens, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teens ages 13-19. If interested, please register online or in person and a librarian will contact you about the application process.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday March 28, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Active Parenting  
    Contact: Megan Walsh   413-787-6959 x49108   walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Home City Families is facilitating a 4-week parenting workshop series for parents with children under 5 years old.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 for more information.

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Art After School  
    Contact: Caitin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to be a creator? A maker? An artist?

Art After School is a six-week art program for 4th and 5th graders. Using techniques learned while studying at Bennington College, artist and educator Ryan Jobb will teach kids to create artworks using a variety of mediums. Projects, such as drawing from sound, drawing with rubbings, creating an alternate artist identity, and more, emphasize the importance of creation, imagination, and creativity over the need to create a finished product.

Participants are welcome to come over with their parent or guardian right after school. We'll serve snacks from 3:30 to 4:00

Ryan will start the art lesson at 4:00

Space is limited, so sign up early!

This is a children's program

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, in celebration of the book's publication 150 years ago.  

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday March 29, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Thursday for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Brightwood
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM OMG Otaku!: Anime for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Get ready for a night of everything Otaku. Feast on Japanese snacks while watching a mini- marathon featuring Anime such as Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Tokyo ESP, Sailor Moon Crystal, and more!

Suggested for ages 14-19.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday March 30, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday March 31, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday April 1, 2018
     Easter: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Easter.

    Location: All Library Locations

Monday April 2, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday April 3, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM City Hall Health Department Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Jubilant Jewelry Making  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Hooks, pins, and spacers, Oh My!  Design and create earrings or a bracelet using findings, beads, wire and elastic. This workshop is best suited for ages 9-19, however children 7-9 who are accompanied by an adult are welcome. First Tuesday of the month through June 2018.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday April 4, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Art After School  
    Contact: Caitin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to be a creator? A maker? An artist?

Art After School is a six-week art program for 4th and 5th graders. Using techniques learned while studying at Bennington College, artist and educator Ryan Jobb will teach kids to create artworks using a variety of mediums. Projects, such as drawing from sound, drawing with rubbings, creating an alternate artist identity, and more, emphasize the importance of creation, imagination, and creativity over the need to create a finished product.

Participants are welcome to come over with their parent or guardian right after school. We'll serve snacks from 3:30 to 4:00

Ryan will start the art lesson at 4:00

Space is limited, so sign up early!

This is a children's program

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly meeting of the Board of Library Commissioners. All meetings unless otherwise noted will be held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room of the Central Library, 220 State Street, and begin at 5:30 pm. No meetings in July and August.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. All are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.                                               

Copies of this title will be available for pickup at the East Forest Park Library prior to the meeting. No sign up is required, however, please contact the branch if you have any questions.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday April 5, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   efilios@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library's Rice Hall, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 



Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

    Location: Central Library
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday April 6, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Exploration for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens will be exploring a variety of art media in our monthly Friday afternoon sessions at Indian Orchard. We will use sharpies, watercolors, and tissue paper and more to explore portraiture, landscapes and abstract art. For ages 11 and up. Every first Friday of the month. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday April 7, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday April 8, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM League of Women Voters  
    Contact: Linda Matys O'Connell   610-295-3125   springfieldLWV@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The League of Women Voters/Springfield holds its montly meeting. The public is invited.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday April 9, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. Study after study links infertility with depression & anxiety. While the internet is helpful for research, there is great value sitting beside someone who can say, “Yes, me too.”

Our peer-led support groups are available to women, men, individuals and couples currently struggling with infertility. This open forum enables you to meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends & family, and coping strategies.

Group start time is 6:30.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday April 10, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828 ext 395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. 

This month's selection is:

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Creator's Club for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop in the library for an after school arts and crafts session. Each month, a new arts and crafts project will be taught for participants to create and take home! Come create and discover something new! Ages 12-18 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday April 11, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teen Advisory Board

Would you like to make changes at the library?
Join our Teen Advisory Board and share your ideas on improving teen programs, library materials, and everything else that will make our branch an even better place for young adults. The group is also a fun way to meet new friends, get community service hours and build your resume! Light refreshments will be served.
If you are interested in joining Mason Square TAB, attend an upcoming meeting or contact Librarian Ellen Sulzycki at esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org or 413-263-6853.
Come talk about things YOU would like to see happen in the library, such as advising on which books and media to purchase for young adults, as well as brainstorming different ideas for programs.
Second Wednesday of every month, with some exceptions.

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Art After School  
    Contact: Caitin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to be a creator? A maker? An artist?

Art After School is a six-week art program for 4th and 5th graders. Using techniques learned while studying at Bennington College, artist and educator Ryan Jobb will teach kids to create artworks using a variety of mediums. Projects, such as drawing from sound, drawing with rubbings, creating an alternate artist identity, and more, emphasize the importance of creation, imagination, and creativity over the need to create a finished product.

Participants are welcome to come over with their parent or guardian right after school. We'll serve snacks from 3:30 to 4:00

Ryan will start the art lesson at 4:00

Space is limited, so sign up early!

This is a children's program

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love comic books, graphic novels or webcomics? Did you ever want to create your own? Whether you are an artist or a writer, come work on your project with fellow enthusiasts. Prompts will be provided to help your creative juices. There will also be opportunities for writers and artists to team up to create stories together and, occasionally, guest artists and writers will visit. Snacks will be provided. For ages 11-18.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly all-ages craft night. Come have fun and let us clean up the mess! Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. All Ages.

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday April 12, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector A Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday April 13, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

This program is for adults.

    Location: Mason Square
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday April 14, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM City Soul Winter Market  
    Contact: Liz O'Gilvie   413-244-5859   citysoulmarket@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

ndoor Winter Farmers Market with local organic produce, fresh baked breads, cakes and pies, made from scratch soups and crafts by Springfield area small business owners.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday April 16, 2018
     Patriots' Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Patriots' Day (Massachusetts holiday).

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday April 17, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tasty Tuesday will feature a healthy and easy recipe for the teens to learn how to make. Teens will make a delicious after school snack as well as learning useful life skills and meal planning. Teens should come hungry and ready to get their hands messy!

Ages 12-19 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:15 PM  -  7:15 PM U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries will meet monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library on the third Tuesday of the month.  Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading.  We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions.  We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday April 18, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM American Girl Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Based on the American Girls books, this free club is for ages 6 to 14. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged. Third Wednesday of the every month.

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday April 19, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector F Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday April 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday April 21, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families with children grades 2-5/ages 7-12 are welcomed to foster a joy of reading in English and Spanish and of creating fun art!  Come listen as Springfield’s own multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo reads the bilingual book-of-the-month in English and in Spanish. Then have fun creating an art project linked with the book.  No art experience necessary for the creative art projects. Space is limited so sign up early!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday April 23, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday April 24, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mayor's Commission on Disabilities Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Elizabeth Leak   413-787-6757   ELeak@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's your chance to meet regularly the last Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for teens, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teens ages 13-19. If interested, please register online or in person and a librarian will contact you about the application process.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday April 25, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Louisa:The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday April 26, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM OMG Otaku!: Anime for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Get ready for a night of everything Otaku. Feast on Japanese snacks while watching a mini- marathon featuring Anime such as Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Tokyo ESP, Sailor Moon Crystal, and more!

Suggested for ages 14-19.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday April 27, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House. At this time, enrollment is restricted to the Nepali community.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an ESOL class offered by The Gray House.

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday April 28, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday April 30, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

Every Monday. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday May 1, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM City Hall Health Department Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Jubilant Jewelry Making  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Hooks, pins, and spacers, Oh My!  Design and create earrings or a bracelet using findings, beads, wire and elastic. This workshop is best suited for ages 9-19, however children 7-9 who are accompanied by an adult are welcome. First Tuesday of the month through June 2018.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday May 2, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly meeting of the Board of Library Commissioners. All meetings unless otherwise noted will be held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room of the Central Library, 220 State Street, and begin at 5:30 pm. No meetings in July and August.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. All are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing  Katalin Street by Magda Szabo.                                              

Copies of this title will be available for pickup at the East Forest Park Library prior to the meeting. No sign up is required, however, please contact the branch if you have any questions.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday May 3, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   efilios@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library's Rice Hall, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 



Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

    Location: Central Library
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday May 4, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Exploration for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens will be exploring a variety of art media in our monthly Friday afternoon sessions at Indian Orchard. We will use sharpies, watercolors, and tissue paper and more to explore portraiture, landscapes and abstract art. For ages 11 and up. Every first Friday of the month. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday May 5, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series. Each week participants review a chapter of the book and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist's Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey for those who participate.

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday May 7, 2018
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday May 8, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828 ext 395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. 

This month's selection is:

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Creator's Club for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop in the library for an after school arts and crafts session. Each month, a new arts and crafts project will be taught for participants to create and take home! Come create and discover something new! Ages 12-18 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday May 9, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teen Advisory Board

Would you like to make changes at the library?
Join our Teen Advisory Board and share your ideas on improving teen programs, library materials, and everything else that will make our branch an even better place for young adults. The group is also a fun way to meet new friends, get community service hours and build your resume! Light refreshments will be served.
If you are interested in joining Mason Square TAB, attend an upcoming meeting or contact Librarian Ellen Sulzycki at esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org or 413-263-6853.
Come talk about things YOU would like to see happen in the library, such as advising on which books and media to purchase for young adults, as well as brainstorming different ideas for programs.
Second Wednesday of every month, with some exceptions.

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you love comic books, graphic novels or webcomics? Did you ever want to create your own? Whether you are an artist or a writer, come work on your project with fellow enthusiasts. Prompts will be provided to help your creative juices. There will also be opportunities for writers and artists to team up to create stories together and, occasionally, guest artists and writers will visit. Snacks will be provided. For ages 11-18.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly all-ages craft night. Come have fun and let us clean up the mess! Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. All Ages.

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday May 10, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector A Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday May 11, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM HCS Family Services Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Kimberly West   413-523-3928   kimberlyw@headstart.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

This program is for adults.

    Location: Mason Square
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday May 12, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series. Each week participants review a chapter of the book and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist's Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey for those who participate.

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday May 13, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM League of Women Voters  
    Contact: Linda Matys O'Connell   610-295-3125   springfieldLWV@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The League of Women Voters/Springfield holds its montly meeting. The public is invited.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday May 14, 2018
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. Study after study links infertility with depression & anxiety. While the internet is helpful for research, there is great value sitting beside someone who can say, “Yes, me too.”

Our peer-led support groups are available to women, men, individuals and couples currently struggling with infertility. This open forum enables you to meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends & family, and coping strategies.

Group start time is 6:30.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday May 15, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tasty Tuesday will feature a healthy and easy recipe for the teens to learn how to make. Teens will make a delicious after school snack as well as learning useful life skills and meal planning. Teens should come hungry and ready to get their hands messy!

Ages 12-19 welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Register to Work at MGM!  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:15 PM  -  7:15 PM U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries will meet monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library on the third Tuesday of the month.  Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading.  We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions.  We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday May 16, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Springfield Public Schools Parent Engagement Training  
    Contact: Sharon Maylor   413-787-6959   maylors@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This trainings will build the capacity of school staff to effectively work with parent groups and improve their facilitation skill while increasing knowledge regarding best practices to effectively engage families.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM American Girl Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Based on the American Girls books, this free club is for ages 6 to 14. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged. Third Wednesday of the every month.

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday May 17, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector F Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday May 18, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday May 19, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series. Each week participants review a chapter of the book and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist's Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey for those who participate.

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday May 21, 2018
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday May 22, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday May 23, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Thursday May 24, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday May 25, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday May 26, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families with children grades 2-5/ages 7-12 are welcomed to foster a joy of reading in English and Spanish and of creating fun art!  Come listen as Springfield’s own multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo reads the bilingual book-of-the-month in English and in Spanish. Then have fun creating an art project linked with the book.  No art experience necessary for the creative art projects. Space is limited so sign up early!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday May 28, 2018
     Memorial Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday May 29, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mayor's Commission on Disabilities Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Elizabeth Leak   413-787-6757   ELeak@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 9 -18.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

Let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's your chance to meet regularly the last Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teen ages 13-19. If interested, please register online or at the reference desk and the librarian will  contact you about the application process. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience! Adults, age 18+ and offered every Tuesday.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday May 30, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday May 31, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Branch Children's Librarian.  Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.  An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children's Workroom.

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Children's Workroom. Adults and teens welcome

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday June 1, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday June 2, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Join us every Saturday for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday June 4, 2018
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

 LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

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