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Monday June 12, 2017 -  Saturday August 26, 2017
     Blackout Poetry & Art Contest  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's a chance to show off your creative side by entering the Blackout Poetry & Art Contest. It's fun and simple to do. Prizes will be awarded for best blackout poem and for best blackout art. Please call Emma at the branch for more details. Ages 12+.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Monday June 12, 2017 -  Saturday August 26, 2017
     Neighbor Care Cards for the YWCA Shelter Families  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   
   

Build a better world with a message of care to our neighbors in need!
Join us throughout the summer to create handmade welcome cards to be distributed to families in need coming into the Springfield YWCA family shelter. Stop by our branch at any time during open hours and create your card. Give it to the librarian to be sent to the YWCA, and earn a treat! All supplies will be provided. During all open hours. This program is suggested for teens ages 11 to 18, but all ages are welcome to participate.

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday June 12, 2017 -  Saturday August 26, 2017
     Neighbor Care Cards for the YWCA Shelter Families  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

Build a better world with a message of care to our neighbors in need!
Join us throughout the summer to create handmade welcome cards to be distributed to families in need coming into the Springfield YWCA family shelter. Stop by our branch at any time during open hours and create your card. Give it to the librarian to be sent to the YWCA, and earn a treat! All supplies will be provided. During all open hours. This program is suggested for teens ages 11 to 18, but all ages are welcome to participate.

    Location: East Springfield

Monday June 12, 2017 -  Saturday August 26, 2017
     Neighbor Care Cards for the YWCA Shelter Families  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Build a better world with a message of care to our neighbors in need!
Join us throughout the summer to create handmade welcome cards to be distributed to families in need coming into the Springfield YWCA family shelter. Stop by our branch at any time during open hours and create your card. Give it to the librarian to be sent to the YWCA, and earn a treat! All supplies will be provided. During all open hours. This program is suggested for teens ages 11 to 18, but all ages are welcome to participate.

    Location: Indian Orchard

Monday June 12, 2017 -  Saturday August 26, 2017
     Summer Reading Club  
   

The Summer Reading Club is an amazing opportunity to earn all kinds of raffles and prizes - just by reading! All ages can participate, from newborns to adults. To join, stop by any of our library locations.

Read To Me (for infants, toddlers, and pre-readers) Pick up a reading log at any branch. Color it in as you read with your child. When the log is full, bring it in and exchange it for a prize!

Children (for grades K-5 and independent readers) Pick up a reading log at any branch. Color in a section of the log for every day you read 20 minutes or more. When the log is full, bring it in and claim your “brag beads” and other prizes. Completing your first two reading logs will earn you a free book!

Teen (for grades 6-12) Register online or pick up a paper reading log. Log every day that you read for at least 30 minutes; you’ll win prizes after reading for 7 days, 28 days, and 56 days. Teens: when you sign up for the Summer Reading Club, be sure to ask your librarian about a special teen fine forgiveness program we have this summer!

Adult Earn raffle tickets for nineteen valuable prizes by reading books and writing reviews, entering our essay program Build a Better World, Write All About It, or attending book-related events over the summer.  Raffle drawings will be held at the Ice Cream Social and Adult Summer Reading Club Finale.

    Location: All Library Locations

Monday June 12, 2017 -  Saturday August 26, 2017
     This Book Changed My World  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

What book did you read that changed how you saw the world? Come in and (1) draw a picture that shows what your world-changing book is about or (2) write a short paragraph about your book. We’ll display them all the summer, and inspire others to try these stories that might also change their world. Come in at any time during our open hours to participate. This program is suggested for ages 9 to 19.

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday July 1, 2017 -  Thursday August 31, 2017
     Art Central Presents the Photographic Art of Max Fehr  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

On display for the summer months in Art Central  are the photographic artworks of Max Fehr. Combining the artist's love for poetry and photography, his art pieces include stunning landscapes, portraits, and still lifes coupled with a companion poem. His work is at once stark and dramatic, and offers insight into human experiences and natural beauty. Perfect for a moment's contemplation or an hour of careful thought, his fine quality work are excellent for a summer's repose. All ages.

    Location: Central Library

Thursday August 17, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, June 6 - June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,  Thursdays, June 29 - August 24, 10:30-11:30 p.m. Community Room. Join us 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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM CANCELLED: Teen Coding Club: Art and Design  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-623-6843   
   

We regret that these programs have been cancelled.

Create your own digital works of art! Use Scratch and Google CS First starter projects to design your own animations, create a paint editor tool, and learn how technology is used in the art world.
No previous experience is necessary. Explore game design, music or other CS First options as time allows. This is a four-part series running Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, August 8-17. Space is limited, so please register early.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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. For ages 11-19.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  7:30 PM 4th Annual Community Festival at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a free, family-oriented celebration!

Over the course of the day there will be music and dance performances by local artists, a used book sale, balloon twisting, bean bag toss, and free food. All ages.

Full schedule:

3:00 to 7:00--Bean bag toss, temporary tattoos, information tables, used book sale

3:00 to 5:00--Balloon twisting

4:00 to 6:30--Free food off the grill, courtesy of the Carnival Association

4:00--MOVEMENT Project dance performance

5:00--Performances by En Motion Dance Theater

6:00--La Dawn and Friends

    Location: Mason Square
   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 SummerLab at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have some fun exploring science, technology and the arts at our monthly club of curious and inventive kids, 6 - 12 years old.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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
   5:00 PM  -  7:30 PM MA Parents United  
    Contact: Kim Rivera   413-504-8618   kim@maparents.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   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

Friday August 18, 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 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 Cookies and Canvas  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Calling all young artists (and its 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. For ages 7 to 14.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecrafters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   2:30 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 August 19, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Adult First Aid/CPR/AED  
    Contact: EDWIN LARA   617-284-1286   edwin.lara@1199funds.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Training for personal care attendants

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   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 workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. Led by Anna

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Family Matters Meeting  
    Contact: Zaida Govan     zaida.govan@yahoo.com
   

Not a library sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Summer Reading Club Finale  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 ext 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The whole family is invited to join us to celebrate summer reading! Test your skill making an origami plane, craft a keychain, create a work of art, make a rocket and more, while enjoying snacks and music out on the Quadrangle! The Happy Face Painter will be there too! No rain date.

    Location: Central Library
   11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Ward 6 Democratic Committee Mtg  
    Contact: Matt Szafranski   413-335-2536   ward6demsspfd@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Join the Ward 6 Democrats for our next regular meeting. We'll be discussing next steps to holding our pre-preliminary forum for city elections, sharing opportunities for action in the upcoming weeks and possibly inducting some new members. All are welcome!
 
Light refreshments will be served. More details to come.
    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecrafters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   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 10 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Writing and Drawing Your Own Graphic Novel  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the Mason Square Branch Library for a three-part workshop series on writing and drawing graphic novels, led by local author Haven Williams and artist Nancy Nguyen.

Workshop 3: Learn how to create motion in your drawings, how to choose color, and work on developing the characteristics of your heroes and villains.

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM #TakeTheMic Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Ayanna    413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Take The Mic is a summer youth enrichement program for girls ages 6years -18 years old!  We will meet every saturday from 2pm-5pm! 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Sunday August 20, 2017
     Central Library Closed  
   

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

    Location: Central Library

Monday August 21, 2017
   7:30 AM  -  4:00 PM SPS Meeting  
    Contact: Jeff Welch   413-787-7121   welchje@springfieldpublicschools.com
    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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  -  3:30 PM Solar Eclipse Party  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Can we see the solar eclipse? Try out the model of the solar eclipse. Enjoy a celestial treat.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Solar Eclipse Party  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to the library today to view the partial eclipse. We will have activities and sun-inspired snacks.Try out the model of a solar eclipse.

    Location: East Forest Park
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Solar Eclipse Party  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Can we see the solar eclipse? Try out the model of the solar eclipse. Enjoy a celestial treat.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Solar Eclipse Party  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to the library today to view the partial eclipse. We will have activities and sun-inspired snacks.Try out the model of a solar eclipse. All ages.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Solar Eclipse Party  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to the library today to view the partial eclipse. We will have activities and sun-inspired snacks.Try out the model of a solar eclipse. All ages.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Board Game Night @ Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sodonnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a fun evening of games!  We’ll provide board games, card games, and more.  Try a new game or play an old favorite!  For children ages 3-12.  Siblings welcome. Held every Monday through August 21.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Introduction to Publisher  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with MS Publisher, a convenient desktop publishing software package. We'll look at making multipaged handouts and multifold brochures using Publisher's powerful templates. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. Led by Matthew

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   6:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Citizens' Climate Lobby / Springfield Chapter  
    Contact: Mary Jane Eustace   413-433-9718   mjeustace@msn.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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 Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday August 22, 2017
   7:30 AM  -  4:00 PM SPS Meeting  
    Contact: Jeff Welch   413-787-7121   welchje@springfieldpublicschools.com
    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Walkabout East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meet at the library for a weekly, leisurely walk with your neighbors.  A great way to enjoy the summer, stay fit and socialize with people in your community.  Library staff will lead these strolls, providing bottled water, local information and good cheer. Ages 18+.

    Location: East Forest Park
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, June 6 - August 29, 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
   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  -  7:30 PM Write Your Way to a Better World  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Write a letter to your future self!   Bring your hopes and dreams and we’ll supply plenty of stationery and stickers. During all open hours.

    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. For ages 11-19.

    Location: Brightwood 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.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-623-6843   
   

Experience a new flavor and learn how to make a tasty snack! For ages 12-18.

    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
   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
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Parent/Teacher meeting  
    Contact: Donna Clayton   413-362-4166   donnac.pvp@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Wednesday August 23, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB, A Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors and titles. We're always open to new members - join us!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Registration required for large groups. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

    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 group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   
   

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Wednesdays, ongoing, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. 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. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome. 

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón ComunitarioAcompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Teen Smoothie Party  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext 425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 Make your own smoothies at our party marking the end of another great Summer Reading Club. We'll also get out the library's button maker -- make a statement with buttons you've made yourself or express yourself with a beautiful design. For ages 11-19.

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

Wednesdays, June 7 – August 30, 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  -  7:00 PM Spfld Food Policy Council Regular Meeting  
    Contact: Elizabeth O'Gilvie   413-244-5859   justforfoodliz@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Springfield Food Policy Council Regular Monthly Meeting

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Gaming Club at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club!  We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.  The games included in this weekly program are Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey.  Limited to 10 kids. Sign in begins at 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Ages 8-12.  This program runs through August 23rd.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Thursday August 24, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Parent Facilitator/Parent Engagement Training  
    Contact: Sharon Maylor   413-787-6959   maylors@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This session will be for the Springfield Public Schools Parent and Community Engagement Division parent facilitator new school year orientation.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, June 6 - June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,  Thursdays, June 29 - August 24, 10:30-11:30 p.m. Community Room. Join us 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  -  5:30 PM Immigration Forum  
    Contact: Gloria Scarlett   413-693-3343   scarlettg51@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This event is open to the public.An Immigration lawyer will be available to present important information to attendees and to answer questions.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM CANCELLED: Teen Maker Lab  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-623-6843   
   

We regret that this program has been cancelled.

Drop in and try out a new project, including arts and crafts, sewing, and technology. Show off your "maker" skills and learn from other teens. Monthly every 4th Thursday. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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  -  6:00 PM Kindness Rocks  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   esulzycki@gmail.com
   

Come decorate some stones with pictures, inspirational quotes, or just a kind word. Leave these stones in gardens, on walking paths, or give them to a neighbor to help spread kindness in your community. All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square
   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  -  7:20 PM Movies at Mason Square: The LEGO Batman Movie  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the Mason Square Branch for The LEGO Batman Movie!

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, LEGO Batman stars in his own big screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Rated. PG.

Snacks will be served!

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday August 25, 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 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 Indian Orchard Minecrafters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Mason Square Health Task Force Presentations  
    Contact: Aumani Harris   413-263-6853   aharris@mlkjrfamilyservices.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event. This event is not open to the public.

    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. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday August 26, 2017
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Discovering Entrepreneurship  
    Contact: Desiree Stinson   413-930-5312   dsstinson@student.stcc.edu
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Empowering African-American Entrepreneurs through film, dialogue, guest speakers, conversation and more.

Hosted by: Desiree Stinson, Entrepreneur

This program will promote awareness, inspire personal development, and assist each unique individual to conceive, believe, and achieve goals of success in entrepreneurship. Through films, literature, dialogue, and guest speakers we will explore the exciting journey of great accomplished entrepreneurs. We tour the Pan-African American Museum and the Olive Tree Bookstore on our quest for knowledge. Discovering entrepreneurship develops new aspiring entrepreneurs in a personal, spiritual, and exciting four-week discovery. All ages are welcome.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecrafters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   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 10 and up.

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  5:00 PM #TakeTheMic Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Ayanna    413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Take The Mic is a summer youth enrichement program for girls ages 6years -18 years old!  We will meet every saturday from 2pm-5pm! 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Sunday August 27, 2017
     Central Library Closed  
   

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

    Location: Central Library

Monday August 28, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Tenant and Fair Housing Rights  
    Contact: Lisa Darga   413-734-4948   lisa5149@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Training on Resident Rights and Fair Housing presentation.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 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. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is assumed. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. Led by Matthew

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Tuesday August 29, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, June 6 - August 29, 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
   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
   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.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Comic Book & Manga Club  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Do you love comic books, graphic novels, or manga? Do you have strong opinions on DC vs. Marvel, or what makes a true superhero? Check out the Forest Park Comic Book & Manga Club! We will meet every month to discuss selected readings and pick a new book for the following month. Snacks provided. Held on the last Tuesday of the month.

    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
   4:15 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Calling All Teens.  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 teens ages 11-18.

    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
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Meet and Greet the Candidates for Springfield City Council and School Committee  
    Contact: Jean Canosa Albano   413-263-6828 ext 291   jcanosa@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Get to know the candidates for Springfield City Council and School Committee. Find out where they stand on the issues and let them know your concerns before you cast your vote in the Primary Election. Register to vote, make sure your registration is active, and confirm where your polling place is. The Central Library will be closed for regular business but the doors on the Quadrangle and at the State Street sidewalk will be open for you to come in.

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

Wednesday August 30, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Registration required for large groups. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

    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 group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   
   

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Wednesdays, ongoing, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. 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. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome. 

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón ComunitarioAcompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM The Public Library: Your Second Home  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join your neighbors at the Indian Orchard Branch Library for Back-to-School fun! There will be a scavenger hunt, craft activities, a book giveaway for families, and more.  Come discover your public library!

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

Wednesdays, June 7 – August 30, 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
   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 Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

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 6 - 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

    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.

Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible - is a local political action group that is part of the national Indivisible Group.  We are working to engage people to become particpants in our democracy by interacting with their elected Members of Congress.  We operate completely not for profit (though  we do not have our 501c4 ).  We are holding a meeting for our group to discuss some organization and action items, plan for future events, and may possibly have a speaker (not determined yet).  You can find more information about us at our website www.riseupwesternmass.com or about the Indivisible Movement at www.indivisibleguide.com. We are not a campaign group nor are we affiliated with any candidate.  We have met in this room before.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   6:15 PM  -  7:45 PM Adult Summer Reading Club Finale  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Celebrate the end of the season at the Summer Reading Club Finale. We’ll have free desert and entertainment for club members to enjoy, and the review board will be unveiled with a selection of the best reviews. Raffle winners from Build a Better World, Write All About It and for all nine library locations will be drawn. Prizes include gift baskets from Frigo’s, Main Street Market, and more. Earn 5 additional raffle tickets just for attending!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Thursday August 31, 2017
   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: 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 Movies at Mason Square: Moana  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the Mason Square Branch Library for a screening of Moana!

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Rate PG.

Snacks will be served. All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday September 1, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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 September 2, 2017
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Board Game Fun: Cat Edition  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you like board games and card games? Looking for new ones to try? Drop in and try our fun and unusual cat themed games. You'll have a "paw-some" good time!

Every participant receives a free Pete the Cat themed erasable activity board.  Be sure to pick up information about Pete the Cat's upcoming visits throughout the city. Ages 6-12 but all ages welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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  -  3:00 PM Conference  
    Contact: Pastor Mattie Johnson   413-686-7996   jmattiep19@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This conference will be held in support of the Prayer and bible Study Fellowship group focusing on "spiritual and mental wellness.

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday September 3, 2017
     Central Library Closed  
   

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

After today, the Central Library will be open on Sundays through the 2017-2018 school year.

    Location: Central Library

Monday September 4, 2017
     Labor Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday September 5, 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
   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
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Staff Meeting - Health Department  
    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 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  -  5:30 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.  Space is limited to 10-12 participants and priority is given to those who have registered.  This workshop is held the 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 September 6, 2017
   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 adult group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

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

Wednesdays, September 6 - November 29, 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  -  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.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 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. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing                                                 

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 September 7, 2017
   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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   aoconnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Staying on: a novel by Paul Scott.

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 adult group meets meets every month from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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!  All ages welcome!

    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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Food for Thought Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 ext 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you love to cook and try new recipes, then this is the group for you! A cook book is chosen by the group and put on display at the circulation desk. You can choose a recipe to make and bring it the night of the event to share with everyone.It is a great way to share a love of cooking and recipes! The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month. Ages 18+

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM WalkBike Springfield Meeting  
    Contact: Betsy Johnson   413-301-5387   betsy@bgjohnson.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Friday September 8, 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
   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  -  4:00 PM SPS ILS Session  
    Contact: Sarah Truoiolo   413-537-3319   truoiolos@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly meeting of Math leaders from SPS.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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 September 9, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) Retreat/Meeting  
    Contact: Corey Axelrod   224-688-2796   president@iadeaf.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is for the board and committee members of IAD to meet and discuss strategy for the next two years.

    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  -  2:30 PM YCEO Bylaws Review (MLKFS)  
    Contact: Julia Ortiz   413-262-7729   yceoblackcollegetour@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Mural Grand Opening and Dessert Celebration  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Free viewing of a 24 foot mural that has transformed the Sixteen Acres Community Room!  Come congratulate the teens who designed and painted this beautiful work of art.  Light refreshments will be served.

    Location: Sixteen Acres 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
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Recommended for children ages 5-12. Sponsored by Faith United Church. Held the first Saturday of the month.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday September 10, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Central Library Open on Sundays  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

The Central Library will be open on Sundays from September 10th, 2017 through May 20th, 2018.

    Location: Central Library

Monday September 11, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Resolve Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Please join us at this peer-led, open forum group & meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends and family, and coping strategies. The group is open to women & men, individuals & couples, who are struggling with infertility. $5 optional donation for non- Resolve members.

Please register at admin@resolvenewengland.org or 781-890-2250 so that we may contact you if there are cancelations

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday September 12, 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
   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
   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: West with the Night by Beryl Markham (1942) nonfiction.

    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  -  3:30 PM City Hall All-Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sposored program.

Staff meeting for the Department of Health and Human Services.

    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. For ages 11-19.

    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
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Local Union 3556  
    Contact: Brenda Bates   413-787-7254 ext1100   batesb@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Meeting for clerical union to discuss union business.

    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
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Sojourner Truth School Pioneer Valley Witness: Film It  
    Contact: Lily Lombard     registrar@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Pioneer Valley Witness: See It, Film It, Change It--This is a three part series with trainer George Aguiar, open source Software Engineer--The goal of this class is to build a cadre of Valley activists trained to use video safely, thically and effectively to expose human rights abuses and fight for change.

Please register online at: truthschool.org

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Wednesday September 13, 2017
   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. 

    Location: Central Library 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
   3:00 PM  -  4:15 PM Teen Chocolate Make & Take  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Join us for this program highlighting young chocolate entrepreneurs, the history of chocolate, chocolate trivia, and make and take chocolate creations, with a demonstration of chocolate connoisseur Kim Larkin's commercial tempering machine. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Forest Park 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 Teen Advisory Board at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join the Mason Square 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.

We will meet once a month and your time spent contributing to the Teen Advisory Board can count for volunteer hours.

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.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Tabletop Tennis and Games for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@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!  Need a rest? We'll have board games and snacks as well. For ages 11-19.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Magic The Gathering Club  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a monthly club of Magic the Gathering players to meet and enjoy playing. Bring your own cards, or use the cards we will have provided for players. Don't know how to play? Thats okay, we can teach you!

    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, September 6 - November 29, 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  -  7:45 PM Game Night! at the Central Library  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Wellman Hall on the second floor and enjoy any one of many differernt games and puzzles! Bring a friend, or make a new one while playing chess, Scrabble, dominoes, or checkers. For those who prefer playing alone, the library will have brainteasers you can use such as word find and crossword puzzles, sudoku, and even a set of coloring books to complete. Bring your library card as you'll need that to check out the items while in use. 18+

    Location: Central Library
   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 September 14, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Support Network Support Group  
    Contact: Cynthia Santiago   413-218-5055   csantiago@wmtcinfo.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Support group for Parent/Grandparents/Caregivers whom have children with Social, Emotiona, and Behavioral Challenges.

    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 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
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Dot Day Celebration  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Celebrate the publication of Peter Reynolds inspiring picture book, The Dot. Join the after school celebration featuring a reading of The Dot and related art activities and games.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Spfld. Youth Action Team General Interest Meeting  
    Contact: Tara Parrish   413-214-5100   tara@pioneervalleyproject.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

WHAT: A space for young people to collectively claim our own power, stories, and community. Participants will share their experiences and find their voice in systems that make us feel powerless. On this team, you will not only make a difference in your community but also have fun and make new friends.

WHO’S INVITED: Anyone ages 14-20, in or out of school, who lives in Springfield and  willing to share their story and make a difference in our community.

    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!  All ages welcome!

    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 Movies at Mason Square: Power Rangers 2017  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley     
   

Join us in the Mason Square Community Room for Power Rangers 2017!

Five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it's too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humo

For teens and adults!

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

Springfield Police Department Community Police Meeting. Not library sponsored.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday September 15, 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
   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  -  5:00 PM It's Pete Week: Pete the Cat On Tour  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here comes Pete, just walking down the street. . . Come to the library and make Pete the Cat inspired crafts, do a scavenger hunt, count the groovy buttons, and more! You may even catch a glimpse of the coolest cat around! We will also serving some special treats.......Pete the Cat Cake and Pete the Cat cookies. Come and join the fun. . . because it's all good!

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM NNCC Staff Training  
    Contact: Karmen Morales   413-747-0090   klmorales@newnorthcc.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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 September 16, 2017
   12:00 AM  -  2:00 AM It's Pete Week: Pete the Cat On Tour  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here comes Pete, just walking down the street. . . Come to the library and make Pete the Cat inspired crafts, do a scavenger hunt, count the groovy buttons, and more! You may even catch a glimpse of the coolest cat around! Come and join the fun. . . because it's all good!

    Location: East Springfield
   9:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Horizons for Homeless Children Playspace Activity Leader Training  
    Contact: Joanna Berube   413-562-0467   jberube@horizonschildren.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Playspace Program: Horizons for Homeless Children created the Playspace Program with the belief that play is essential to healthy childhood development, and every child has the right to play.                                                                                     

To make healthy play possible for children living in shelters in Massachusetts, regional staff build and maintain developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed, “kid-friendly” spaces and stocks them with books, toys, games and arts materials. These Playspace provide the opportunity for children to have a safe place to play, use their imaginations, heal from trauma, and just have fun.

Our volunteers, called Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs), have a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the children’s lives by providing them opportunities for play that are critical for learning and growth. 

This is a new volunteer training to support our Springfield Playspace Programs.

    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 Board Game Fun: Cat Edition  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you like board games and card games? Looking for new ones to try? Drop in and try our fun and unusual cat themed games. You'll have a "paw-some" good time!

Every participant receives a free Pete the Cat themed erasable activity board.  Be sure to pick up information about Pete the Cat's upcoming visits throughout the city. Ages 6-12 but all ages welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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  -  2:30 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  -  3:30 PM The Author Fair  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to the Fair to meet recently published authors and enjoy their works in this showcase of local talent and achievement. Authors will be on hand to discuss their books, writing, and to sell and sign copies of their books to interested readers. A wide range of styles will be on display including memoirs, poetry, nonfiction,  children's books, and more. With such a wide selection, there's likely to be something for readers of all ages!

 

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday September 17, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  4:00 PM MERGE Children's Book Round Table  
    Contact: MERGE for Equality   413-977-9362   page.brody@mergeforequality.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Private Round Table Meeting of the MERGE Children's Book Campaign Advisory Team 

Our Children’s Book Campaign

MERGE believes that all boys – and all children – are born loving, caring and sensitive. We believe children learn about gender from many sources including books, media, teachers, and family.  And, we believe children are often limited and harmed by gender norms and stereotypes. Books in this campaign are selected to help children and adults learn about and appreciate gender equality, together.

Campaign Goals:

To advance the MERGE mission by promoting literacy and adult-child connection through children’s books which highlight themes of positive masculinity and gender equality

Increase literacy and adult-child connection through reading and discussion

Expand partnerships with early childhood serving programs and agencies.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday September 18, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM It's Pete Week: Pete the Cat On Tour  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here comes Pete, just walking down the street. . . Come to the library and make Pete the Cat inspired crafts, do a scavenger hunt, count the groovy buttons, and more! You may even catch a glimpse of the coolest cat around! Come and join the fun. . . because it's all good!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Metalsmith Workshop for Teens  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

In this workshop teens will learn about the structure of metal and how to properly stamp shapes and letter stamps to create textures and words on their very own copper bookmarks. Led by jewelry maker and metal artist, Heather Beck, this program is for ages 11-18.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   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
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM It's Pete Week: Pete the Cat On Tour  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here comes Pete, just walking down the street. . . Come to the library and make Pete the Cat inspired crafts, do a scavenger hunt, count the groovy buttons, and more! You may even catch a glimpse of the coolest cat around! Come and join the fun. . . because it's all good!

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Family Dance Party  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext.201   sodonnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Show us your best moves at the Family Dance Party! We'll dance, sing, play games, and find new ways to explore music every week. Ages 3-12, siblings welcome. Every Monday through November 13.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday September 19, 2017
   6:00 AM  -  9:00 PM City Preliminary Elections  
   

Reserved for the Election Commission. 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   6:00 AM  -  9:00 PM City Preliminary Elections  
   

Reserved for the Election Commission

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 AM  -  9:00 PM City Preliminary Elections  
   

Reserved for the Election Commission. 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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
   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  -  4:00 PM It's Pete Week: Pete the Cat On Tour  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here comes Pete, just walking down the street. . . Come to the library and make Pete the Cat inspired crafts, do a scavenger hunt, count the groovy buttons, and more! You may even catch a glimpse of the coolest cat around! Come and join the fun. . . because it's all good!

    Location: Central Library Children's Program 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 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.  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
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 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
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Sojourner Truth School Pioneer Valley Witness: Film It  
    Contact: Lily Lombard     registrar@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Pioneer Valley Witness: See It, Film It, Change It--This is a three part series with trainer George Aguiar, open source Software Engineer--The goal of this class is to build a cadre of Valley activists trained to use video safely, thically and effectively to expose human rights abuses and fight for change.

Please register online at: truthschool.org

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Wednesday September 20, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM It's Pete Week: Pete the Cat On Tour  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelly@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here comes Pete, just walking down the street. . . Come to the library and make Pete the Cat inspired crafts, do a scavenger hunt, count the groovy buttons, and more! You may even catch a glimpse of the coolest cat around! Come and join the fun. . . because it's all good!

    Location: Mason Square
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Introduction to Computers, pt. 1  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn the basics of desktop computing. Part 1 covers how to open, close, move, and resize windows as well as printing, saving, and basic text editing, and working with multiple files, and more. Experience with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. led by Matthew

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   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  -  5:00 PM Springfield Youth Action  
    Contact: Asli Awale   860-268-3860   asliawale@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This event is not open to the public.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Back to School Elementary Open House  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come learn all about your neighborhood library! The Mason Square Library welcomes elementary students from the community with a back-to-school open house. Learn about what kinds resources, programs, and events we have for students all year long.

We'll have an all-library scavenger hunt, prizes, snacks, and an extra special guest-- Pete the Cat!

Don't have a library card? It's the perfect time to sign up for one!

    Location: Mason Square
   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, September 6 - November 29, 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 Art Party!  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, September 20th - November 15, 5:30, Central Library Children's Program Room.  Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create using everything from crayons, markers, and clay to mud, foam, marshmallows, and more!  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 6 - 12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Girl Scouts Information Night  
    Contact: Ashley Batlle   413-224-4028   abatlle@gscwm.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts will host an information and registration session.

The event includes an Elena of Avalor themed activity. Attendees will receive a copy of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel.

Programs are offered for girls in Kindergarten through grade 12.

Mentoring opportunities are also available.

Contact Ashley Batlle at 413-727-5742 or abatlle@gscwm.org for more information

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night! at the Central Library  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Wellman Hall on the second floor and enjoy any one of many different games and puzzles! Bring a friend, or make a new one while playing chess, Scrabble, dominoes, or checkers. For those who prefer playing alone, the library will have brainteasers you can use such as word find and crossword puzzles, sudoku, and even a set of coloring books to complete. Bring your library card as you'll need that to check out the items while in use. 18+

    Location: Central Library

Thursday September 21, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 21st - November 16th, 10:30, Central Library Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Ages 3 - 5, siblings welcome.

    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  -  5:00 PM It's Pete Week: Pete the Cat On Tour  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here comes Pete, just walking down the street. . . Come to the library and make Pete the Cat inspired crafts, do a scavenger hunt, count the groovy buttons, and more! You may even catch a glimpse of the coolest cat around! Come and join the fun. . . because it's all good!

    Location: Brightwood
   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!  All ages welcome!

    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

Friday September 22, 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
   12:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MAVA Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield  
    Contact: Alison Kinsey   719-355-9939   akinsey@GCVS.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Bright beginnings parent orientation.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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 September 23, 2017
   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  -  4:00 PM Littlefest  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Performers and special activities available in the Central Library and at the Museums! See official Littlefest flyer for complete details. Ages 2-12.

    Location: Central Library
   11:45 AM  -  12:45 PM Littlefest: Keith Munslow  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

An award-winning performer who combines rock-solid piano playing, soulful singing, hilarious stories, and lightning-fast cartooning! Ages 5-12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Pastel Paint the 45-Million-Dollar Flower  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Greg Maichack will lead a free, adult-audience painting workshop on how to pastel paint flowers using an easy-to-follow model that the participants will recreate. Good for even the beginner, this guided workshop will give adult learners a realistic painting to take home and an enjoyable learning experience. Sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.

    Location: East Forest Park
   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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM True Daddy Father's Forum  
    Contact: Lakia Baymon   413-330-3609   lakia.baymon@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

True Daddy, an organization for fathers, by fathers, is sponsoring a father's forum where fathers share advice, stories and wisdom with each other.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Littlefest: Keith Munslow  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

An award-winning performer who combines rock-solid piano playing, soulful singing, hilarious stories, and lightning-fast cartooning! Ages 5-12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Sunday September 24, 2017
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LWV/Springfield: Improved Medicare for All  
    Contact: Linda Matys O'Connell   413-306-5468   springfieldlwv@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

With health care an issue of critical importance, the League of Women Voters/Springfield will explore "Improved Medicare for All," often known as single-payer health care in its first fall meeting. Come learn about this concept and the legislation pending in the Massachusetts' State House. Also, get an update on election information for the November general election in Springfield and our work on police accountability.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday September 25, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Early Literacy Coalition Meeting  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext.201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Bimonthly meeting of community-based organizations focusing on improving early literacy practices and outcomes in Springfield.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Family Dance Party  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext.201   sodonnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Show us your best moves at the Family Dance Party! We'll dance, sing, play games, and find new ways to explore music every week. Ages 3-12, siblings welcome. Every Monday through November 13.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Starting a Small Business  
    Contact: Reference Desk   413-263-6828 ext 213   amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Looking to start up a small business? Come hear how the Small Business Administration (SBA) can help you start up your own or expand your existing business. This FREE workshop will help you gain a better understanding of the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. Ages 18+.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday September 26, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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
   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
   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 Mayors Office, that meet once 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.  For ages 11-19.

    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
   4:15 PM  -  5:30 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
   6:15 PM  -  7:30 PM Author Talk: Close to Home Sixteen Acres, by Patricia Banusewicz  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for an author talk about the remarkable Sixteen Acres neighborhood. Author and local resident Patricia Banusewicz has written a new book "Close to Home Sixteen Acres" which traces both the neighborhood's history and offers nostalgia. The book centers on early Sixteen Acres history, but the discussion will probably include the days when residents shopped at Grants, House of Television and got great deals at Caldors. You could dine at Mykonos III or the Wilbraham Road Friendly's after taking in a movie at the Springfield Cinemas. In 2004 you could see Ella Enchanted or Kill Bill II there and all seats were a mere $2.00! Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library. Autographed copies of the book will be on sale.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Sojourner Truth School Pioneer Valley Witness: Film It  
    Contact: Lily Lombard     registrar@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Pioneer Valley Witness: See It, Film It, Change It--This is a three part series with trainer George Aguiar, open source Software Engineer--The goal of this class is to build a cadre of Valley activists trained to use video safely, thically and effectively to expose human rights abuses and fight for change.

Please register online at: truthschool.org

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Wednesday September 27, 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: Indian Orchard
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB, A Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors and titles. We're always open to new members - join us!

    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 training is for Springfield Public Schools staff.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Introduction to Computers, pt. 2  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828 ext 395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Web is everywhere and skill with it is needed for much of what we do in work and at play. Learn the basics in this hands-on workshop on how to find the websites you want, use search engines effectively, work well with web forms, and more. Experience with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this practical workshop. led by Lisa

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   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
   3:15 PM  -  4:45 PM Teens Reconnect!  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

It's a new school year. Join us for an afternoon of meeting other teens to enjoy food, music, and games! It's a chance to socialize and get together with old friends and make new ones. Looking for a way to get involved at your branch library? Meet teens who have participated in Brightwood's Teen Advisory Board, which meets monthly after school to plan future programs, suggest books and movies for the collections, and give input about ways to improve the library. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Cookies and Canvas  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@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 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, September 6 - November 29, 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 Art Party!  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, September 20th - November 15, 5:30, Central Library Children's Program Room.  Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create using everything from crayons, markers, and clay to mud, foam, marshmallows, and more!  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 6 - 12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night! at the Central Library  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Wellman Hall on the second floor and enjoy any one of many different games and puzzles! Bring a friend, or make a new one while playing chess, Scrabble, dominoes, or checkers. For those who prefer playing alone, the library will have brainteasers you can use such as word find and crossword puzzles, sudoku, and even a set of coloring books to complete. Bring your library card as you'll need that to check out the items while in use. 18+

    Location: Central Library
   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 Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

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 6 - 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Computer Skills PLC  
    Contact: Cindy Hutcheson   413-736-3900 ext.218   chutcheson@valleyopp.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Basic computer Skill development for Spanish Speaking Family Child Care Providers.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Thursday September 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 21st - November 16th, 10:30, Central Library Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Ages 3 - 5, siblings welcome.

    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
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Know Your Rights: An Information Session for Job Seekers with Legal Barriers to Employment  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

An information session for job seekers with legal barriers to employment by Anne Keyworth, Community Legal Aid attorney.

 

    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!  All ages welcome!

    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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Healthy and Allergen Free Baking 101  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Healthy and Allergen Free Baking 101

Are you thinking that now is the time to begin eating healthier, but you don’t want to give up those desserts you really enjoy? Do food allergies or dietary restrictions prevent your family members from enjoying the sweets they crave?  Would you like to know how to adapt your favorite baked recipes to accommodate almost any food need you and your family have? Come learn the “secrets” to substituting ingredients in recipes to create desserts which not only are healthier for you but delicious tasting, too.        

Through her personal experience and her knowledge from cooking for family owned restaurants, Paula Castner has almost forty years of familiarity with food allergies and almost twenty years of experience with hypoglycemic and diabetic requirements. Unwilling to give up the treats she likes to eat, she has spent years discovering and perfecting the best ways to make cakes, cookies, breads, and more which meet a variety of dietary needs but also satisfy the desire for something tasty and sweet.

Join us in the Mason Square Branch Community Room for Paula's fun, informational, and delicious workshop!

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday September 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Gaming @Your Library After Hours Party  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Board games, music and food! Join your friends for a party at the library. We will turn up the tunes, bring out your favorite games, both board and online and eat yummy food. For ages 11-18.

Preregistration is strongly encouraged, either online or at the branch. 

    Location: Indian Orchard

Saturday September 30, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  4:00 PM HOBY Region B Training  
    Contact: Kevin Grace   818-851-3980 ext 305   gracek@hoby.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

HOBY is a national not for profit youth leadership development program.

    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  -  1:00 PM Sojourner Truth School Inner and Outer Elements of Fundraising for Social Change  
    Contact: Lily Lombard     registrar@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sonsored event.

In this class we will turn our fundraising blocks into strengths as we learn to raise money and support organizations we believe in.

Please register at http://www.truthschool.org

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday October 2, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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 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'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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Family Dance Party  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext.201   sodonnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Show us your best moves at the Family Dance Party! We'll dance, sing, play games, and find new ways to explore music every week. Ages 3-12, siblings welcome. Every Monday through November 13.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday October 3, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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
   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
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM HHS All-Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 

Staff Meeting for the Department of Health and Human Services,

    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 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  -  5:30 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.  Space is limited to 10-12 participants and priority is given to those who have registered.  This workshop is held the 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 October 4, 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: Indian Orchard
   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 adult group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Introduction to Computers, pt. 3  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn the basics of word processing to help you get an advantage at work and at home. Practice formatting resumes, basic signs and handouts, and other print-based documents to help give your reports, letters, and signs good style, balance, and attractive editing. Experience with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. led by Linda

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Art Party!  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, September 20th - November 15, 5:30, Central Library Children's Program Room.  Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create using everything from crayons, markers, and clay to mud, foam, marshmallows, and more!  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 6 - 12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Extreme Couponing  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6841   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to save money and find the best deals on products? Come get advice and coupon swap with expert Tammy and start couponing like a pro! Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: East Springfield
   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.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night at the Central Library  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Wellman Hall on the second floor and enjoy any one of many different games and puzzles! Bring a friend, or make a new one while playing chess, Scrabble, dominoes, or checkers. For those who prefer playing alone, the library will have brainteasers you can use such as word find and crossword puzzles, sudoku, and even a set of coloring books to complete. Bring your library card as you'll need that to check out the items while in use. 18+

    Location: Central Library
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 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. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing                                                 

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 October 5, 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 21st - November 16th, 10:30, Central Library Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Ages 3 - 5, siblings welcome.

    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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   aoconnell@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 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Food for Thought Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 ext 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you love to cook and try new recipes, then this is the group for you! A cook book is chosen by the group and put on display at the circulation desk. You can choose a recipe to make and bring it the night of the event to share with everyone.It is a great way to share a love of cooking and recipes! The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month. Ages 18+

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday October 6, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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 October 7, 2017
   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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday October 9, 2017
     Columbus Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday October 10, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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
   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
   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: Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson (2013) fiction. 

    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  -  3:30 PM Health Department Staff 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 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
   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 October 11, 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: Indian Orchard
   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. 

    Location: Central Library 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
   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.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join the Mason Square 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.

We will meet once a month and your time spent contributing to the Teen Advisory Board can count for volunteer hours.

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.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Magic The Gathering Club  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a monthly club of Magic the Gathering players to meet and enjoy playing. Bring your own cards, or use the cards we will have provided for players. Don't know how to play? Thats okay, we can teach you!

    Location: East Springfield
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Art Party!  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, September 20th - November 15, 5:30, Central Library Children's Program Room.  Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create using everything from crayons, markers, and clay to mud, foam, marshmallows, and more!  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 6 - 12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night! at the Central Library  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Wellman Hall on the second floor and enjoy any one of many different games and puzzles! Bring a friend, or make a new one while playing chess, Scrabble, dominoes, or checkers. For those who prefer playing alone, the library will have brainteasers you can use such as word find and crossword puzzles, sudoku, and even a set of coloring books to complete. Bring your library card as you'll need that to check out the items while in use. 18+

    Location: Central Library
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Computer Skills PLC  
    Contact: Cindy Hutcheson   413-736-3900 ext.218   chutcheson@valleyopp.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Basic computer skills training for Spanish Speaking Family Child Care Providers

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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 October 12, 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  -  12:00 PM Support Network Support Group  
    Contact: Cynthia Santiago   413-218-5055   csantiago@wmtcinfo.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Support group for Parent/Grandparents/Caregivers whom have children with Social, Emotiona, and Behavioral Challenges.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 21st - November 16th, 10:30, Central Library Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Ages 3 - 5, siblings welcome.

    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 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: 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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector A Meeting  
    Contact: Kathleen Brown   413-787-6359   kbrown@springfieldpolice.net
   

Springfield Police Department Community Police Meeting. Not library sponsored.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday October 13, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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 October 14, 2017
   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 workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. This program is for adults. Led by Matthew.

This program is part of the October HiTech series, which includes:

10/14 Introduction to Microsoft Excel, 10am-12pm at the Central Library

10/17 Getting Started with Computers, 10:30am-12pm at the East Springfield Branch Library

10/24 Continuing with Computers, 10:30am-12pm at the East Springfield Branch Library

10/26 Computer Clinic: Introduction to Email, 10-11am at the Central Library

10/31 Introduction to the Web,10:30-noon at the East Springfield Branch Library

 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Recommended for children ages 5-12. Sponsored by Faith United Church. Held the first Saturday of the month.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday October 16, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Family Dance Party  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext.201   sodonnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Show us your best moves at the Family Dance Party! We'll dance, sing, play games, and find new ways to explore music every week. Ages 3-12, siblings welcome. Every Monday through November 13.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday October 17, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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  -  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 raffleThis program is intended for people aged 18 years or older.

This program is part of the October HiTech series, which includes:

10/14 Introduction to Microsoft Excel, 10am-12pm at the Central Library

10/17 Getting Started with Computers, 10:30am-12pm at the East Springfield Branch Library

10/24 Continuing with Computers, 10:30am-12pm at the East Springfield Branch Library

10/26 Computer Clinic: Introduction to Email, 10-11am at the Central Library

10/31 Introduction to the Web,10:30-noon at the East Springfield Branch Library

    Location: East Springfield
   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
   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.  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 October 18, 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: Indian Orchard
   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
   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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Art Party!  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, September 20th - November 15, 5:30, Central Library Children's Program Room.  Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create using everything from crayons, markers, and clay to mud, foam, marshmallows, and more!  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 6 - 12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night! at the Central Library  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Wellman Hall on the second floor and enjoy any one of many different games and puzzles! Bring a friend, or make a new one while playing chess, Scrabble, dominoes, or checkers. For those who prefer playing alone, the library will have brainteasers you can use such as word find and crossword puzzles, sudoku, and even a set of coloring books to complete. Bring your library card as you'll need that to check out the items while in use. 18+

    Location: Central Library

Thursday October 19, 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 21st - November 16th, 10:30, Central Library Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Ages 3 - 5, siblings welcome.

    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  -  6:00 PM Fall Festival at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come celebrate fall at the Mason Square Branch Library with music, animals, cider, and pie!

We'll have lots of fun activities for kids and adults, including a visit from the Forest Park Zoo, a  workshop by a Master Gardener, apple print-making, and music by Shiprock and Anchordog.

    Location: Mason Square
   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

Friday October 20, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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 October 21, 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!

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday October 23, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This adult group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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  -  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 Family Dance Party  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext.201   sodonnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Show us your best moves at the Family Dance Party! We'll dance, sing, play games, and find new ways to explore music every week. Ages 3-12, siblings welcome. Every Monday through November 13.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Please join us at this peer-led, open forum group & meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends and family, and coping strategies. The group is open to women & men, individuals & couples, who are struggling with infertility. $5 optional donation for non- Resolve members

Please register at admin@resolvenewengland.org or 781-890-2250 so that we may contact you if there are cancelations

http://www.resolvenewengland.org/

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday October 24, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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  -  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 new computer users who have a good understanding of using 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.

This program is part of the October HiTech series, which includes:

10/14 Introduction to Microsoft Excel, 10am-12pm at the Central Library

10/17 Getting Started with Computers, 10:30am-12pm at the East Springfield Branch Library

10/24 Continuing with Computers, 10:30am-12pm at the East Springfield Branch Library

10/26 Computer Clinic: Introduction to Email, 10-11am at the Central Library

10/31 Introduction to the Web,10:30-noon at the East Springfield Branch Library

    Location: East Springfield
   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
   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.

    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
   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 October 25, 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: Indian Orchard
   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. 

    Location: Central Library 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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Art Party!  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, September 20th - November 15, 5:30, Central Library Children's Program Room.  Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create using everything from crayons, markers, and clay to mud, foam, marshmallows, and more!  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 6 - 12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night! at the Central Library  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Wellman Hall on the second floor and enjoy any one of many different games and puzzles! Bring a friend, or make a new one while playing chess, Scrabble, dominoes, or checkers. For those who prefer playing alone, the library will have brainteasers you can use such as word find and crossword puzzles, sudoku, and even a set of coloring books to complete. Bring your library card as you'll need that to check out the items while in use. 18+

    Location: Central Library
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Armoury Quadrangle Civic Association Meeting  
    Contact: Betsy Johnson   413-301-5387   betsy@bgjohnson.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The monthly meeting of the Armoury Quadrangle Civic Association will feature a presentation on Springfield's Complete Streets policy and a discussion about pedestrian safety -- including the problematic crossing to the Central Library, other difficult intersections in the neighborhood, initiatives to control traffic speed, and Halloween safety. 

    Location: Central Library 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 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

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 6 - 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Computer Skill PLC  
    Contact: Cindy Hutcheson   413-736-3900   chutcheson@valleyopp.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Basic Computer skill development for Spanish speaking Family Child care Providers.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Thursday October 26, 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  -  11:00 AM Computer Clinic: Introduction to Email  
    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.  led by Linda

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 21st - November 16th, 10:30, Central Library Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Ages 3 - 5, siblings welcome.

    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
   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  -  7:00 PM Movies at Mason Square: Rock Dog  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzicki     
   

Join us in the Mason Square Branch Community Room for Rock Dog!

For the Tibetan mastiffs on Snow Mountain, a dog's life has a simple riff -- guard a peaceful village of sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, mastiff leader Khampa forbids all music. However, when his son Bodi discovers a radio that fell from the sky, it takes just a few guitar licks for the lad's fate to be sealed. Wanting to be a rock 'n' roll star, Bodi heads to the city to locate Angus Scattergood, a legendary musician who needs to write a new song.

Rated PG.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday October 27, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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 October 28, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Adult First Aid/CPR/AED for PCAs  
    Contact: Edwin Lara   617-284-1286   edwin.lara@1199funds.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED for Personal Care Attendants.

    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 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.

This program will be featured again on Saturday, December 16th.

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday October 30, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Family Dance Party  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext.201   sodonnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Show us your best moves at the Family Dance Party! We'll dance, sing, play games, and find new ways to explore music every week. Ages 3-12, siblings welcome. Every Monday through November 13.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday October 31, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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  -  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 raffleThis program is intended for people aged 18 years or older.

This program is part of the October HiTech series, which includes:

10/14 Introduction to Microsoft Excel, 10am-12pm at the Central Library

10/17 Getting Started with Computers, 10:30am-12pm at the East Springfield Branch Library

10/24 Continuing with Computers, 10:30am-12pm at the East Springfield Branch Library

10/26 Computer Clinic: Introduction to Email, 10-11am at the Central Library

10/31 Introduction to the Web,10:30-noon at the East Springfield Branch Library

    Location: East Springfield
   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
   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
   3:30 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
   4:15 PM  -  5:30 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 November 1, 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: Indian Orchard
   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 adult group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

    Location: East Springfield
   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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Art Party!  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, September 20th - November 15, 5:30, Central Library Children's Program Room.  Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create using everything from crayons, markers, and clay to mud, foam, marshmallows, and more!  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 6 - 12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Extreme Couponing  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6841   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to save money and find the best deals on products? Come get advice and coupon swap with expert Tammy and start couponing like a pro! Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: East Springfield
   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.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 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. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing                                                 

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 November 2, 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 21st - November 16th, 10:30, Central Library Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Ages 3 - 5, siblings welcome.

    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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   aoconnell@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 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM 3D Printing Exploration for Teens  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

Toysinbox associates will introduce teens to the 3D printing world. Participants will learn how 3D printers work and then use a Makerbot 3D printer to make a 3D object in multiple colors to take home for themselves. This program is for ages 12-18. Space is limited to 20.

    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: 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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Food for Thought Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 ext 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you love to cook and try new recipes, then this is the group for you! A cook book is chosen by the group and put on display at the circulation desk. You can choose a recipe to make and bring it the night of the event to share with everyone.It is a great way to share a love of cooking and recipes! The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month. Ages 18+

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday November 3, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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 November 4, 2017
   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
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Recommended for children ages 5-12. Sponsored by Faith United Church. Held the first Saturday of the month.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday November 6, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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 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'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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Family Dance Party  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext.201   sodonnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Show us your best moves at the Family Dance Party! We'll dance, sing, play games, and find new ways to explore music every week. Ages 3-12, siblings welcome. Every Monday through November 13.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday November 7, 2017
   6:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Municipal Elections  
   

Reserved for the Election Commission. 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   6:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Municipal Elections  
   

Reserved for the Election Commission.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Municipal Elections  
   

Reserved for the Election Commission. 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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
   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
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM HHS All Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Staff meeting for the Department of Health and Human Services.

    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. 

    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
   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.  Space is limited to 10-12 participants and priority is given to those who have registered.  This workshop is held the 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 November 8, 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: Indian Orchard
   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. 

Due to holiday scheduling, meetings in November and December will be held on November 8 and 29 and December 13.

 

    Location: Central Library 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
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join the Mason Square 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.

We will meet once a month and your time spent contributing to the Teen Advisory Board can count for volunteer hours.

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.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Magic The Gathering Club  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a monthly club of Magic the Gathering players to meet and enjoy playing. Bring your own cards, or use the cards we will have provided for players. Don't know how to play? Thats okay, we can teach you!

    Location: East Springfield
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Art Party!  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, September 20th - November 15, 5:30, Central Library Children's Program Room.  Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create using everything from crayons, markers, and clay to mud, foam, marshmallows, and more!  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 6 - 12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Technology PLC  
    Contact: Cindy Hutcheson   413-736-3900 X218   chutcheson@valleyopp.com
   

This is not a ibrary-sponsored event.

Professional Learning Community (PLC) in basic computer technology for Spanish Speaking Family Child Care Providers.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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 November 9, 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  -  12:00 PM Support Network Support Group  
    Contact: Cynthia Santiago   413-218-5055   csantiago@wmtcinfo.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Support group for Parent/Grandparents/Caregivers whom have children with Social, Emotiona, and Behavioral Challenges.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 21st - November 16th, 10:30, Central Library Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Ages 3 - 5, siblings welcome.

    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
   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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector A Meeting  
    Contact: Kathleen Brown   413-787-6359   kbrown@springfieldpolice.net
   

Springfield Police Department Community Police Meeting. Not library sponsored.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday November 10, 2017
     Veterans' Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Veterans' Day (observed).

    Location: All Library Locations

Saturday November 11, 2017
     Veterans' Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations
   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

Monday November 13, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Family Dance Party  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext.201   sodonnell@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Show us your best moves at the Family Dance Party! We'll dance, sing, play games, and find new ways to explore music every week. Ages 3-12, siblings welcome. Every Monday through November 13.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Resolve Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Please join us at this peer-led, open forum group & meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends and family, and coping strategies. The group is open to women & men, individuals & couples, who are struggling with infertility. $5 optional donation for non- Resolve members.

Please register at admin@resolvenewengland.org or 781-890-2250 so that we may contact you if there are cancelations

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday November 14, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext 201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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
   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
   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: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller (2001) nonfiction.

    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  -  3:30 PM Health Department Staff 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.

    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
   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 November 15, 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: Indian Orchard
   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
   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
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Art Party!  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, September 20th - November 15, 5:30, Central Library Children's Program Room.  Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create using everything from crayons, markers, and clay to mud, foam, marshmallows, and more!  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 6 - 12, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Thursday November 16, 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Preschool Storytime at Central Library  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 21st - November 16th, 10:30, Central Library Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Ages 3 - 5, siblings welcome.

    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
   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

Friday November 17, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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 November 18, 2017
   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  -  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  -  2:30 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
   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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday November 20, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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

Tuesday November 21, 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
   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
   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.

    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 November 22, 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: Indian Orchard
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Thanksgiving Eve: All Libraries Close at 5 pm; Central Library open 9-5  
   

All Springfield City Library locations will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve.

The Central Library will be open from 9 am - 5 pm.

 

    Location: All Library Locations
   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

Thursday November 23, 2017
     Thanksgiving Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Friday November 24, 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
   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

Saturday November 25, 2017
   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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday November 27, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Early Literacy Coalition Meeting  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 ext.201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Bimonthly meeting of community-based organizations focusing on improving early literacy practices and outcomes in Springfield.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention LEGO enthusiasts!  Drop in 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  -  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 November 28, 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
   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
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mayor's Commission on Disabilities Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Elizabeth Leak   413-787-6757   ELeak@springfieldcityhall.com
   

~~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.

   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.

    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
   4:15 PM  -  5:30 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 November 29, 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: Indian Orchard
   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. 

Due to holiday scheduling, meetings in November and December will be held on November 8 and 29 and December 13.

 

    Location: Central Library 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
   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 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

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 starting time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday November 30, 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
   10:30 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
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Sojourner Truth School Who's Who in Local Government and How do We Reach Them  
    Contact: Lily Lombard   413-575-6168   registrar@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This class will be taught in spanish with trainer Natalia Munoz, multimedia journalist and communications consultant. In this workshop we will learn the names of the people who work in City Hall, and how to reach them via phone and email. We will learn what committees residents can volunteer for, and how we can be more influential in local government. This workshop will be conversational, with hand-outs to take home and refer to in the future.

Please register at: http://www. truthschool.org

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   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 1, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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 December 2, 2017
   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
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Recommended for children ages 5-12. Sponsored by Faith United Church. Held the first Saturday of the month.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 4, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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, and the Mason Square and Sixteen Acres branch libraries.

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 is required. Bring a friend and tell your family! This is brought to you by the Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Tuesday December 5, 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
   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
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM HHS All Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Staff meeting for the Department of Health and Human Services

    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. 

    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
   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.  Space is limited to 10-12 participants and priority is given to those who have registered.  This workshop is held the 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 December 6, 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: Indian Orchard
   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 adult group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

    Location: East Springfield
   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
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Extreme Couponing  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6841   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to save money and find the best deals on products? Come get advice and coupon swap with expert Tammy and start couponing like a pro! Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: East Springfield
   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.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 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. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing                                                 

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 December 7, 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
   10:30 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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   aoconnell@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 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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 8, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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. 

    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 December 9, 2017
   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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 11, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Resolve Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Please join us at this peer-led, open forum group & meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends and family, and coping strategies. The group is open to women & men, individuals & couples, who are struggling with infertility. $5 optional donation for non- Resolve members.

Please register at admin@resolvenewengland.org or 781-890-2250 so that we may contact you if there are cancelations

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday December 12, 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
   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
   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 Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2003) fiction.

    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  -  3:30 PM Health Department Staff 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
   3:30 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
   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 December 13, 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: Indian Orchard
   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
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at Mason Square  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join the Mason Square 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.

We will meet once a month and your time spent contributing to the Teen Advisory Board can count for volunteer hours.

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.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Magic The Gathering Club  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a monthly club of Magic the Gathering players to meet and enjoy playing. Bring your own cards, or use the cards we will have provided for players. Don't know how to play? Thats okay, we can teach you!

    Location: East Springfield
   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 December 14, 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  -  12:00 PM Support Network Support Group  
    Contact: Cynthia Santiago   413-218-5055   csantiago@wmtcinfo.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Support group for Parent/Grandparents/Caregivers whom have children with Social, Emotiona, and Behavioral Challenges.

    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
   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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector A Meeting  
    Contact: Kathleen Brown   413-787-6359   kbrown@springfieldpolice.net
   

Springfield Police Department Community Police Meeting. Not library sponsored.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday December 15, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    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. Ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

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!

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 18, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard

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
   1:30 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 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.

    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
   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: Indian Orchard
   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
   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 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
   10:30 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: 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

Friday December 22, 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
   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 Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  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
   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
   4:15 PM  -  5:30 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
   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: Indian Orchard
   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
   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  -  3:00 PM Adult First Aid/CPR/AED for PCAs  
    Contact: Edwin Lara   617-284-1286   edwin.lara@1199funds.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED for Personal Care Attendants.

    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
   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
   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
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch Library   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

This club meets every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Ages 8 and up.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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

Saturday December 30, 2017
   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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program 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
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 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  -  5:30 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 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
   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
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 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. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing                                                 

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   aoconnell@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 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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 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
   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

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

Monday January 8, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard

Tuesday January 9, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 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  -  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
   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 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
   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
   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 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
   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  -  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

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

Tuesday January 16, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 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
   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

Wednesday January 17, 2018
   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 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
   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 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

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!

   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

Monday January 22, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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 January 23, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 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
   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 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

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
   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

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

Monday January 29, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard

Tuesday January 30, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 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
   4:15 PM  -  5:30 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
   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

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 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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   aoconnell@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 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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 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

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

Monday February 5, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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, and the Mason Square and Sixteen Acres branch libraries.

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 is required. Bring a friend and tell your family! This is brought to you by the Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Tuesday February 6, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 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  -  5:30 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
   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
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 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. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

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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
   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 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

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