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Monday October 2, 2017 -  Monday October 23, 2017
     I Spy Mr. Pumpkin  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

I Spy with my little eye Olaf or Bob the Minion. Come visit the East Forest Park Library and search for one of the decorated pumpkins hidden on our shelves. Once found, you'll receive a treat and a raffle ticket to win one of these special pumpkins. The raffle will be pulled on Tuesday, October 24. This event is for children.

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday October 2, 2017 -  Saturday October 28, 2017
     I Spy Mr. Pumpkin  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to East Springfield Library throughout the month of October to look for Mr. Pumpkin on our shelves.  Where is Mr. Pumpkin? If you spy him in the library, you'll get a treat- and a chance to win Mr. Pumpkin! Raffles will be held weekly .

    Location: East Springfield

Friday October 13, 2017 -  Friday October 27, 2017
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Diane Houle   (413)263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Say, how much DOES that pumpkin weigh? Come to the library during open hours, and take a guess. The person who comes closest to the weight without going over will win the pumpkin- and a child-safe carving set!

    Location: Brightwood

Friday October 13, 2017 -  Friday October 27, 2017
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   (413)263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Say, how much DOES that pumpkin weigh? Come to the library during open hours, and take a guess. The person who comes closest to the weight without going over will win the pumpkin- and a child-safe carving set!

    Location: East Springfield

Friday October 13, 2017 -  Friday October 27, 2017
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Diane Houle   (413)263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Say, how much DOES that pumpkin weigh? Come to the library during open hours, and take a guess. The person who comes closest to the weight without going over will win the pumpkin- and a child-safe carving set!

    Location: Indian Orchard

Friday October 13, 2017 -  Friday October 27, 2017
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   (413)263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Say, how much DOES that pumpkin weigh? Come to the library during open hours, and take a guess. The person who comes closest to the weight without going over will win the pumpkin- and a child-safe carving set!

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Monday October 16, 2017 -  Saturday October 21, 2017
     Mr. Pumpkin Craft  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join the fun and create a silly or scary pumpkin craft. All ages welcomed!

    Location: East Forest Park

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
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Conflict Resolution Training  
    Contact: Gladys Y. Rivera   413-272-5817   grivera@csrox.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Conflict Resolution Training with Children Services of Roxbury, Northampton office .

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

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   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
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Bike Repair Workshop for Teens  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn do-it-yourself bike repair and maintenance by local bike experts from RadSpringfield. Bring your bike or just your questions.

This series will take place every Thursday in October. For ages 12-18.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Center After School  
    Contact: Althea Haines   413-734-3106   centerafterschool@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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 RWHHC  
    Contact: Keturah Mahdi   413-474-1091   minime90@live.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Forest Park 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 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
   10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Mass Senior Action Council: Bridge the Gap  
    Contact: Tracey Carpenter   413-328-4659   tcarpenter@masssenioraction.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Mass Senior Action Council is made up of more than 1,300 senior citizen activists and leaders across the state. We have chapters in Boston, Cambridge\Somerville, North Shore, Metro North, Bristol County and the Greater Springfield area. We work together to organize, unite our voices, protect and expand the rights and well-being of seniors. We are committed to empowering seniors and others to act collectively to promote the rights and well-being of all people; but particularly vulnerable seniors.

Currently, MSAC is working to organize a forum for legislators on seniors health care access and affordability. 

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM 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
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Canvas Cafe  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for an morning of fun and relaxation as we complete a painting from start to finish, and get you out before lunch! Even if you have never painted before, you will leave with something to be proud of. Supplies will be provided.  Limited to 12 participants, so please preregister. Morning refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code - Not Meeting This Day  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Ward 6 Democratic Committee Regular Meeting  
    Contact: Matt Szafranski   413-335-2536   ward6demsspfd@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Join the Springfield Ward 6 Democratic Committee for their regular monthly meeting.

On the agenda will be plans for the fundraising committee and coordinating with Ward 8 Dems on an event for the municipal races next month.

See the Facebook event page for updates.

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

Are you a teen who likes to read? Do you enjoy sharing your thoughts and opinions about books with other teens? Join the East Forest Park Teen Book Club each third Saturday of the month to talk about our current book choice and help choose a book for next month. Refreshments served. For ages 13-18.  This month we will be reading The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

    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.  Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday October 23, 2017 -  Saturday October 28, 2017
     Mr. Bones Craft  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Rattle on down to East Forest Park Library and create a silly skeleton.....Mr. Bones! This event is for children.

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday October 23, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413)263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  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
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Craft Your Cares Away  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: East Springfield
   3:30 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 Financial Aid Night  
    Contact: Joseph W Paige   413-388-2426   joepaige1988@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The purpose of the meeting is to assist Springfield Public School seniors and families with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 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
   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.  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  -  5:00 PM Center After School  
    Contact: Althea Haines   413-734-3106   centerafterschool@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM CANCELED - Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    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  -  7:45 PM Policing the Police Documentary Screening  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

In partnership with Springfield Public Forum, we will be hosting a documentary screening of Policing the Police. This is a program in support of the speaker presentation of Jelani Cobb: The Half-Life of Freedom - Race and Justice in America that the Public Forum is presenting on October 25th. Jelani Cobb was host of this documentary, which was showcased on Frontline. There will be light refreshments and a brief conversation after the screening.

Location: Sixteen Acres Branch Library Community Room

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    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 Design a Creepy Skull  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come in and have fun designing a creepy skull.to bring home and enjoy.  Each skull made of craft foam will be uniquely decorated using paint, beads, sequins and other craft materials. This teen program is for ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Momo is on Vacation-Not visiting the library today  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog. Call 263-6843 to register for a 10 minute slot ahead of time or drop by and see what is available.

We will host this program on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, beginning Oct. 11th, 2017.

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teens Volunteer at the Central Library  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Each Wednesday during October and November, teens ages 12-18 who want to gain work experience, earn community service hours, or just help to make the library a better place will meet in Teen Central to work on a volunteer project. Interested teens must have permission of a parent or guardian and, if age 14 or over, complete a CORI check following the first meeting. Sign up online or call Martha at 413-263-6828 ext. 425. Application forms and more information on volunteering at the library are found here: http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/about/volunteer/.

 

    Location: Central Library - Rice Hall
   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
   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
   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  -  7:00 PM IOBCC  
    Contact: Zaida Govan   413-301-2533   zaida.govan@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 

Indian Orchard Citizens Council Business Connections meeting.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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
   6:15 PM  -  7:45 PM Author Talk: Ed Orzechowski and His Book You'll Like It Here  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

You’ll Like it Here: The Story of Donald Vitkus is a gripping, true story by author Ed Orzechowski that chronicles the story of Belchertown State School patient #3394 Donald Vitkus.  Vitkus became a ward of the state as an infant after being abandoned by his mother.  He was bounced around to a few foster homes, and was misdiagnosed with an I.Q. of 41.  At age 6 he was committed to Belchertown State Hospital.   The book traces his wretched treatment in B.S.H. and how he triumphed later in life.  After leaving the infamous institution at age 17, Vitkus served in Vietnam, earned an associate degree, and raised a family. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: East Springfield
   7:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Godfrey Triangle Revitilzation Committee  
    Contact: Jacqueline E. Farrow    413-221-7090   jfarrow@stavros.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Indian Orchard Citizen's council committee to restore and revitilize the Godfrey Triangle.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room

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

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Prevention Education Awareness Team P.E.A.T  
    Contact: Richard Pedraza   413-750-2065   rpedraza@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

    Location: Brightwood
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Bike Repair Workshop for Teens  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn do-it-yourself bike repair and maintenance by local bike experts from RadSpringfield. Bring your bike or just your questions.

This series will take place every Thursday in October. For ages 12-18.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Center After School  
    Contact: Althea Haines   413-734-3106   centerafterschool@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM MadLab: Pumpkins  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Bring your best estimation skills to the library. How many seeds do you think are in our pumpkin? How much do you think our pumpkin weighs?

Then, let’s find out whose estimate is the most accurate! Kids 5 - 12 are invited to some gooey fun.

 
    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
   5:30 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
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Rise Up Western Mass Meeting  
    Contact: Jacqueline Neiman   413-348-2111   jackie@riseupwesternmass.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Arroz con Leche/Rice Pudding Contest  
    Contact: Haydee C. Hodis   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

traditional and popular dessert throughout Hispanic America, arroz con leche was originally from Spanish and Arabic cultures, and was brought to the Americas in Colonial times. These days each country has its own version. Join us to taste this delicious dessert and select a contest winner. Call the branch at 413-263-6805 for more information about the contest. Music provided by Daniel “Choco” Garza and family.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday October 27, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Canvas Cafe  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for an morning of fun and relaxation as we complete a painting from start to finish, and get you out before lunch! Even if you have never painted before, you will leave with something to be proud of. Supplies will be provided.  Limited to 12 participants, so please preregister. Morning refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM 29th Annual Human Chain HIV Awareness day  
    Contact: Rev. Will Naylor   413-271-4197   willnaylor604@yahoo.com
   

29th Annual Human Chain is hosted by the New North Citizens Council Inc. Deborah Hunt Health and Eduction Center 38 catherine st. 01109 4137475755/ continung the longstanding tradition of providing health awareness activities to the community.

    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
   3:30 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
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Craft a Stylish Bookmark  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make reading even more special with a beautiful, handmade bookmark.  This simple DIY project produces a beautiful keepsake you'll enjoy for years to come or may even want go give as a gift. For ages 8 - adult, all welcome.  Teen volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance.

    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
   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.  Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  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
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Lift the Cap on Kids Speakout  
    Contact: Chelsie Ouellette   203-546-0164   chelsie@field-first.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The most vulnerable children in Massachusetts need our help.

The Cap on Kids, also called the Family Cap, denies welfare benefits to children conceived while – or soon after – the family received benefits.
 
For over two decades, the Cap has exacerbated child poverty.  It currently deprives about 8,900 childrenof essentials such as diapers, clothing, and food.
 
The Cap’s goal was to stop low-income women from having children.  It was based on the sexist and racist belief that women will have children just to get $100/month. In reality, the Cap does not reduce births to mothers on welfare. It is a failed policy that harms children living in poverty.
 
Senate Bill 34 (DiDomenico) and House Bill 85 (Decker) would lift the Cap on Kids. We urge the Legislature to make Lifting the Cap on Kids a top priority. 
 
Join advocates, activists and citizens of Greater Springfield for an event to raise awareness to Lift the Cap on Kids.  We'll hear from elected officials, experts in the field and impacted parents about why we need to take action to protect the most vulnerable families in Massachusetts.  
 
If you have questions or to RSVP, please email Chelsie - chelsie@field-first.com.

 

    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 Financial Aid Night  
    Contact: Joseph W Paige   413-388-2426   joepaige1988@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The purpose is to assist Springfield Public School seniors and families with the Free Applicaiton for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 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
   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
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Spooky Slime  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

The witching hour is about to begin! Ever wanted to concoct your very own potion? Indulge in a bit of DIY Science and make some customized SLIME just in time for Halloween!

Children 6 and up are invited to join us in the Forest Park Branch Library Actiivity Den for an afternoon of sticky mixing.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Spooky Slime  
    Contact: Ellen   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The witching hour is about to begin! Ever wanted to concoct your very own potion? Indulge in a bit of DIY Science and make some customized SLIME just in time for Halloween!

Children 6 and up are invited to join us in the Mason Square Children's workroom for an afternoon of sticky mixing.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   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  -  5:00 PM Center After School  
    Contact: Althea Haines   413-734-3106   centerafterschool@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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 -  Wednesday November 22, 2017
     Tommy the Turkey Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

It's almost Thanksgiving, and Tommy Turkey is hiding from Farmer Brown! He's hiding out in the library. Every day, Tommy will be reading a different book. If you can find him, write down the title of the book he's reading; let us know and you'll get a treat!

    Location: Brightwood

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Wednesday November 22, 2017
     Tommy the Turkey Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413 263-6840   labroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

It's almost Thanksgiving, and Tommy Turkey is hiding from Farmer Brown! He's hiding out in the library. Every day, Tommy will be reading a different book. If you can find him, write down the title of the book he's reading; let us know and you'll get a treat!

    Location: East Springfield

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Wednesday November 22, 2017
     Tommy the Turkey Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

It's almost Thanksgiving, and Tommy Turkey is hiding from Farmer Brown! He's hiding out in the library. Every day, Tommy will be reading a different book. If you can find him, write down the title of the book he's reading; let us know and you'll get a treat!

    Location: Indian Orchard

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday November 30, 2017
     Celebrate World Kindness Month  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

World Kindness Day is November 13- celebrate all month long! Stop by during open hours and write anonymous words of kindness on a leaf that we'll display in the library. Participants will be entered in a raffle, which will be drawn on December 1. November 1-30.

    Location: Brightwood

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday November 30, 2017
     Celebrate World Kindness Month  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413 263 6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

World Kindness Day is November 13- celebrate all month long! Stop by during open hours and write anonymous words of kindness on a leaf that we'll display in the library. Participants will be entered in a raffle, which will be drawn on December 1. November 1-30.

    Location: East Springfield

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday November 30, 2017
     Celebrate World Kindness Month  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263 6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

World Kindness Day is November 13- celebrate all month long! Stop by during open hours and write anonymous words of kindness on a leaf that we'll display in the library. Participants will be entered in a raffle, which will be drawn on December 1. November 1-30.

    Location: Forest Park

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday November 30, 2017
     Celebrate World Kindness Month  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

World Kindness Day is November 13- celebrate all month long! Stop by during open hours and write anonymous words of kindness on a leaf that we'll display in the library. Participants will be entered in a raffle, which will be drawn on December 1. November 1-30.

    Location: Indian Orchard

Wednesday November 1, 2017 -  Thursday November 30, 2017
     Celebrate World Kindness Month  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413 263 6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

World Kindness Day is November 13- celebrate all month long! Stop by during open hours and write anonymous words of kindness on a leaf that we'll display in the library. Participants will be entered in a raffle, which will be drawn on December 1. November 1-30.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

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

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

    Location: Central Library

Wednesday November 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
   1:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Fall Fest  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

It's that wonderful time of the year when East Springfield celebrates fall in our neighborhood! Even though it is November 1st we will still be in the Halloween mood. Wearing costumes is strongly encouraged. You can also enter our baking contest and you might be crowned top baker! Entertainment will be provided by PJ the Magician, musician Jon Hollywood, and Toto the Tornado Kitten with his companion Jonathan. Free samples by Chickie D's Grill and Chicken from near-by Carew St., and other refreshments from the Friends of the Library.

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

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog. Call 263-6843 to register for a 10 minute slot ahead of time or drop by and see what is available.

We will host this program on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, beginning Oct. 11th, 2017.


    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teens Volunteer at the Central Library  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Each Wednesday during October and November, teens ages 12-18 who want to gain work experience, earn community service hours, or just help to make the library a better place will meet in Teen Central to work on a volunteer project. Interested teens must have permission of a parent or guardian and, if age 14 or over, complete a CORI check following the first meeting. Sign up online or call Martha at 413-263-6828 ext. 425. Application forms and more information on volunteering at the library are found here: Volunteer.

 

    Location: Central Library - Rice Hall
   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 Extreme Couponing  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   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. All are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.                                              

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
   10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM CSC Annual Meeting  
    Contact: Rebecca Krause-Hardie   978-575-1454   rebecca@csc-cloud.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is the annual meeting of the Community Software Consortium Collectors.  The CSC is a non-profit quasi municipal organization of municipal collectors and assessors from Massachusetts.

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

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in ther American City by Matthew Desmond

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

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

Would you like 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, as well as at the Mason Square and the 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 required. This training is brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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
   4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM 3D Printing Exploration for Kids!  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Toysinbox associates will introduce children to the 3D printing world. Participants will learn how 3-D printers work and then use a Makerbot 3-D printer to make a 3-D object in multiple colors to take home for themselves. This program for ages 6-11. Space is limited to 20.

    Location: Forest Park 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
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM New Springfield Ward 1 Democratic Committee Meeting  
    Contact: Luis Arzola   413-265-9950   arzolamultimedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Ward 1 Democratic Committee (W1DC) is now meeting on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30- 6:30p.m. at the Brightwood Library. Our next meeting will be on Thursday November 2, 2017. We are asking for our community Democrats to take part of the newly renovated and revamp Democratic Committee . Please forward this information to all of those who may have interest in the Democratic Committee in Ward 1 of Springfield, MA. For more information, please feel free to contact Ivette Hernandez

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   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.

Regular meeting of residents working to improve conditions for walking and bicycling in Springfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

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

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

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

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

This program is part of a November series called Introduction to Microsoft Office:

11/4 Introduction to Microsoft Word, 10am-12pm in the Central Library

11/18 Introduction to PowerPoint, 10am-12pm in the Central Library

11/25 Introduction to Excel, 10am-12pm in the Central Library

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  1:30 PM Jack and Jill Meeting  
    Contact: Pamela Westmoreland   413-222-3957   misspjw@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Working meeting for Jack and Jill group (grades 3-5) to work on modules for organization.  Western Massachusetts Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM The Dragon's Lair: Dungeons & Dragons Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6836   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you wish you could live in Narnia, Hogwarts, Westeros, or Middle Earth? Does adventure and exploration call to you? Then look no further than Dungeons & Dragons, the infamous role playing game that allows you to brave dangers and conquer evil from the comforts of your library! Fight goblins and dragons. See worlds unfathomable to the Earthly mind. Become the hero of legends or the villain of mythical nightmares. Challenge your creativity and test your wits with fellow travelers and heroes on the road to greatness.  Meet like minded people in the community and create a whole world yet to be discovered. Do you dare enter the lair? This program is suggested for teens and young adults ages 14-21.

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   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
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Duplo Club  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413-263-6840   
   

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

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

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM CAAASC General Meeting  
    Contact: Gloria Scarlett   413-693-3343   scarlettg51@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Caribbean American African Athletic Social Club general meeting / election of officers.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Sunday November 5, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rotunda Rhythms: Three of Cups  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   


Three of Cups is a vivacious vocal group drawing upon a 300-year legacy of rousing revelry and song. They present a rich, entrancing blend of voice, fiddle, and guitar, and are equally at ease in performing cheerful English bawdry, bittersweet Irish ballads, or uplifting American gospel. From the pulpit to the pub, this trio will raise the spirits.  

Three of Cups is Ann-Marie Messbauer and Deborah Claar. For this performance they are joined by guest musician Ted Brierley. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library. All ages.

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

Monday November 6, 2017 -  Saturday November 11, 2017
     Tommy the Thankful Turkey  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families are invited to make this special seasonal craft, Tommy the Thankful Turkey. There is so much to be grateful for. Studies have shown that being grateful can increase one's well being. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for.

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday November 6, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413)263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  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  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to the library to enjoy some snacks and play some games on the Wii. Bring your own Wii games if you like. 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

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
   1:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Recyclables Maker Lab  
   

Join us for creative learning when you build something new out of recycled materials. Youth of all ages and their families welcome.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Gaming Afternoon for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a casual afternoon of gaming. We'll have multiple games available to play in Teen Central, second floor, Rice Hall. Some will be familiar. Some may be completely new to you. Don't worry, we'll teach you to play! Light snacks will also be provided while you play.

    Location: Central Library - Rice Hall
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Food Fear Factor  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens, do you have the nerve to try strange and new foods? Get through our whole selection, and you'll win a treat to reward your tongue for being so brave! For ages 11-19.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Respecting Ourselves: a Teen Group  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This series of group discussions and activities for teens12-16, led by Kim Garrity, MSW, LCSW of the YWCA's Consolidated Youth Project, aims to help teens develop healthy relationships and self-esteem. The group will enjoy crafts and snacks as they explore boundary setting, consent, cyber safety, conflict resolution and nonviolence. For ages 12-18.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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 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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog. Call 263-6843 to register for a 10 minute slot ahead of time or drop by and see what is available.

We will host this program on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, beginning Oct. 11th, 2017.


    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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  -  4:30 PM Teens Volunteer at the Central Library  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Each Wednesday during October and November, teens ages 12-18 who want to gain work experience, earn community service hours, or just help to make the library a better place will meet in Teen Central to work on a volunteer project. Interested teens must have permission of a parent or guardian and, if age 14 or over, complete a CORI check following the first meeting. Sign up online or call Martha at 413-263-6828 ext. 425. Application forms and more information on volunteering at the library are found here: http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/about/volunteer/.

 

    Location: Central Library - Rice Hall
   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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Writing and Drawing Your Own Graphic Novel  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the East Forest Park Library for a three-part workshop series on writing and drawing graphic novels, led by local author Haven Williams. These programs are part of the Comics Creation group for ages 11-18.

Workshop 1 - Oct.11: Learn about drawing basic shapes and faces and creating page layout.

Workshop 2 - Nov. 8: Work on shading and learn about writing dialogue balloons,  bubbles, and sound effects.

Workshop 3 - Dec.13: Learn how to create motion in your drawings, how to choose color, and work on developing the characteristics of your heroes and villains.

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: 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 Funding Information Network: Nonprofit Mingle and Networking Event  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan   413-263-6828 ext 437   ksheridan@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Come to the Library and meet fellow representatives of local non-profits, foundations, and grassroots organizations in a social atmosphere. Hear about the Library's Foundation Center Funding Information Network and how it can help you in your work. Preregistration is required. Register HERE or by calling the Reference Desk at 413-263-6828 ext. 213. Light refreshments and wine will be served.

   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Movies at Mason Square: Beauty and the Beast Program  
    Contact: C. Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Mason Square Branch's community room for Beauty and the Beast!

Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

Rated PG. Popcorn will be served.

This program is for all ages.

    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 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

Monday November 13, 2017 -  Saturday November 18, 2017
     Apple Turkeys  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Gooble...gooble.....It's time to create a favorite seasonal family craft using different foods to make an Apple Turkey. The Apple Turkeys can be taken home when done to use as a Thanksgiving table decoration.

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday November 13, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413)263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Celebrate World Kindness Month  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Celebrate World Kindness! Come in all month long and leave anonymous words of kindness on one of our fall leaves. We will  enter you in a raffle for a $15 WalMart gift card. Stop by on World Kindness Day on Monday, November 13, for a special treat! During open hours, November 1 through November 30.

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  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  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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. For ages 11-18

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Respecting Ourselves: a Teen Group  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This series of group discussions and activities for teens12-16, led by Kim Garrity, MSW, LCSW of the YWCA's Consolidated Youth Project, aims to help teens develop healthy relationships and self-esteem. The group will enjoy crafts and snacks as they explore boundary setting, consent, cyber safety, conflict resolution and nonviolence. 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
   6:15 PM  -  7:45 PM U.S. and North Korea Relations: Causes and Solutions to a Powder Keg  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a timely lecture and discussion on the escalating tensions between North Korea, its neighboring countries, and The United States.  Our featured speaker will be Professor Gary Lefort, Chairman of the International Business School at American International College.  North Korea is on schedule to build a hydrogen warhead missile capable of hitting the United States.  Also, the so-called demilitarized zone that borders North and South Korea is on a hair trigger waiting to explode.  The program will focus on the causes for the hostility between North Korea and America which could lead to a world calamity and some possible ways to diffuse the rising tension.    LIght refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library will be provided.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  6:00 PM GCVS MCAS Testing  
    Contact: Maureen Shaw   413-475-3879 ext 87   mshaw@gcvs.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This testing session is closed to the public.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    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  -  5:00 PM SPS Monthly Nursing Meeting  
    Contact: Veronica Webb Barrett   413-787-6826   webbv@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Design a Gratitude Rock  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During World Kindness Month, come in and enjoy designing your own gratitude rock. Using paint, markers and colorful paint pens, apply an expression of thankfulness and your own creative designs on a rock you'll be proud to take home and showcase. For teens ages 11-18.

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

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog. Call 263-6843 to register for a 10 minute slot ahead of time or drop by and see what is available.

We will host this program on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, beginning Oct. 11th, 2017.


    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teens Volunteer at the Central Library  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Each Wednesday during October and November, teens ages 12-18 who want to gain work experience, earn community service hours, or just help to make the library a better place will meet in Teen Central to work on a volunteer project. Interested teens must have permission of a parent or guardian and, if age 14 or over, complete a CORI check following the first meeting. Sign up online or call Martha at 413-263-6828 ext. 425. Application forms and more information on volunteering at the library are found here: http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/about/volunteer/.

 

    Location: Central Library - Rice Hall
   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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM A Bounty of Inspiration: Giving Thanks to the People and Experiences who Inspire our Stories  
    Contact: Jean Canosa Albano   413-263-6828 ext 291   
   

Celebrating Springfield Public Schools staff and faculty who are also authors. Keynote speaker: Sharon Shaloo of the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

 

    Location: Central Library Rotunda
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Rise Up Western Mass Meeting  
    Contact: Jacqueline Neiman   413-348-2111   jackie@riseupwesternmass.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

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
   12:00 PM  -  5:00 PM GCVS MCAS Testing  
    Contact: Maureen Shaw   413-475-3879 ext 87   mshaw@gcvs.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This testing session is closed to the public.

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

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

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

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

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

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

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

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

Springfield Police Department Community Police meeting. Not library sponsored.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM More Than a Word Documentary Screening  
    Contact: Carl McCargo   413-348-1431   ilike2travel@comcast.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

"More than a Word" offers a fascinating look inside the growing movement to change the name of the Washington R*dskins football team. Directed by brothers John and Kenn Little, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the film traces how the word r*dskin evolved from being a term of racist derision and slander to being embraced as the name of one of the NFL's most beloved franchises.

The film is screened in partnership with the Media Education Foundation. Learn more at http://www.mediaed.org/ 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   6:15 PM  -  8:00 PM Film Screening: JFK, The Final Hours  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6840   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a free showing of the National Geographic documentary JFK:  The Final Hours.  There are hundreds of books and documentaries on the brutal assassination of President John Kennedy.  This informative film, unlike many others focuses on President Kennedy's ambitious 2-day campaign swing through the Dallas Texas area in November 1963. Kennedy was campaigning fervently to get reelected to a second term.  The rare footage captures the many warm receptions by the public for a personable John Kennedy and wife beautiful and intelligent wife Jackie.  During the many campaign rallies, Kennedy laid out his vision for a better America before he was gunned down on November 22, 1963.

    Location: East Springfield

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   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
   9:30 AM  -  4:30 PM Chibicon 2017  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture is back and better than ever! This year we will continue to offer the best in animated entertainment Saturday will feature some of your favorites in animation in our film festival, and other surprises! Sunday will include our famous art, and costume contests, and much more! Snacks will be provided both days, and best of all- its completely free!

This event is open to all ages

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

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

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

MS PowerPoint is everywhere! This powerful software package is used at home and at work for organizing slides and photos, and helping people give great presentations. In this hands-on workshop, we'll make multipaged, basic PowerPoint files complete with edited images and enhanced with stylish templates giving you the skill needed for success with this popular program. This class is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. Led by Matthew

This program is part of a November series called Introduction to Microsoft Office:

11/4 Introduction to Microsoft Word, 10am-12pm in the Central Library

11/18 Introduction to PowerPoint, 10am-12pm in the Central Library

11/25 Introduction to Excel, 10am-12pm in the Central Library

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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.  Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday November 19, 2017
   12:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Chibicon 2017  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413 263 6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture is back and better than ever! This year we will continue to offer the best in animated entertainment Saturday will feature some of your favorites in animation in our film festival, and other surprises! Sunday will include our famous art, and costume contests, and much more! Snacks will be provided both days, and best of all- its completely free!

 

This event is open to all ages.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday November 20, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413)263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  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  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:15 PM  -  8:00 PM Film Screening: JFK, The Final Hours  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a free showing of the National Geographic documentary JFK:  The Final Hours.  There are hundreds of books and documentaries on the brutal assassination of President John Kennedy.  This informative film, unlike many others focuses on President Kennedy's ambitious 2-day campaign swing through the Dallas Texas area in November 1963. Kennedy was campaigning fervently to get reelected to a second term.  The rare footage captures the many warm receptions by the public for a personable John Kennedy and wife beautiful and intelligent wife Jackie.  During the many campaign rallies, Kennedy laid out his vision for a better America before he was gunned down on November 22, 1963.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Tuesday November 21, 2017
   3:30 AM  -  4:45 PM Kindergarten Day for Teens  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ever wish you could go back to the days when school meant drawing pictures, and playing with toys? Kindergärtners just don't know how good they have it! Don't worry! Unwind by coming to the library and reliving those days for a little while. Play with Play-dough. Draw pictures. Color. Finger paint. Build with Legos. Have some fun, and let go of your worries for a little bit. For ages 11-18.

    Location: East Springfield
   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  -  4:30 PM Respecting Ourselves: a Teen Group  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This series of group discussions and activities for teens12-16, led by Kim Garrity, MSW, LCSW of the YWCA's Consolidated Youth Project, aims to help teens develop healthy relationships and self-esteem. The group will enjoy crafts and snacks as they explore boundary setting, consent, cyber safety, conflict resolution and nonviolence. 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
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday 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
   3:15 PM  -  4:00 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
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Loves to Listen  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog. Call 263-6843 to register for a 10 minute slot ahead of time or drop by and see what is available.

We will host this program on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, beginning Oct. 11th, 2017.


    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM No Cooking Cooking Class: Leftovers Edition  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thanksgiving is over, and you know what that means! LEFTOVERS! What to do with the food still in your fridge! Come and learn some recipes you can make that will give the stove a rest for a few days after the big feast! For ages 11-19. Please register online so that we have plenty of samples to share.

    Location: East Springfield

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
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Excel  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, the world's leading desktop spreadsheet. Excel is used both at home and in the office to help with a wide range of personal and business management services including basic bookkeeping and accounting, to maintaining mailing lists and more. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this adult workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. Led by Anna

 

This program is part of a November series called Introduction to Microsoft Office:

 

11/4 Introduction to Microsoft Word, 10am-12pm in the Central Library

 

11/18 Introduction to PowerPoint, 10am-12pm in the Central Library

 

11/25 Introduction to Excel, 10am-12pm in the Central 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:00 PM Family Treasure Hunt  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Calling all preschool age treasure hunters. Let's set out to explore the library and see if we can find the treasure box.

    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.  Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday November 27, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413)263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 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  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  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 Craft Your Cares Away  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday November 28, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Promoting Integrated Literacy Learning in Grades 4–12  
    Contact: Tracey Martineau     tmartineau@doe.mass.edu
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Network meeting for educators to deepen their understanding of the 2017 Curriculum Framework.

    Location: Central Library Community 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
   

~~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. For ages 11-18

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Respecting Ourselves: a Teen Group  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This series of group discussions and activities for teens12-16, led by Kim Garrity, MSW, LCSW of the YWCA's Consolidated Youth Project, aims to help teens develop healthy relationships and self-esteem. The group will enjoy crafts and snacks as they explore boundary setting, consent, cyber safety, conflict resolution and nonviolence. 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Fuzznogginz at the Library  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Fuzznogginz Show!

November is National Family Literacy Month and we are celebrating different kinds of storytelling. Puppets spark creativity and excitement in the hearts of children everywhere and on November 29th and 30th Mason Square will be hosting The Fuzznogginz! Come to the library for a funny puppets performance, lively storytelling, silly antics and lots of audience participation.

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

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

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

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

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog. Call 263-6843 to register for a 10 minute slot ahead of time or drop by and see what is available.

We will host this program on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, beginning Oct. 11th, 2017.


    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teens Volunteer at the Central Library  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Each Wednesday during October and November, teens ages 12-18 who want to gain work experience, earn community service hours, or just help to make the library a better place will meet in Teen Central to work on a volunteer project. Interested teens must have permission of a parent or guardian and, if age 14 or over, complete a CORI check following the first meeting. Sign up online or call Martha at 413-263-6828 ext. 425. Application forms and more information on volunteering at the library are found here: Volunteer.

 

    Location: Central Library - Rice Hall
   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 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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

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

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

    Location: Brightwood
   4:30 PM  -  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 Fuzznogginz at the Library  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Fuzznogginz Show!

November is National Family Literacy Month and we are celebrating different kinds of storytelling. Puppets spark creativity and excitement in the hearts of children everywhere and on November 29th and 30th Mason Square will be hosting The Fuzznogginz! Come to the library for a funny puppets performance, lively storytelling, silly antics and lots of audience participation.

    Location: Mason Square 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

Thursday November 30, 2017 -  Wednesday December 6, 2017
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Book and Bake Sale to Benefit the Friends of the Library  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Mason Square Branch will host a used book sale and bake sale (Nov. 30-Dec.1 only)  in the branch. Prices will remain consistent with past book sales: $5 for a bag full of books, $1 for hardcovers, and $0.50 for paperbacks and kids’ books. Baked goods will be bagged and priced individually. Branch staff will  serve hot cocoa for free on the 30th. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

Interested in contributing to the bake sale? We'll be accepting individually wrapped baked goods on Wednesday, 11/29 and Thursday, 11/30. Please include a list of ingredients. 

Have questions? Feel free to contact branch supervisor, Caitlin Kelley, at 413-263-6853.

    Location: Mason Square

Thursday November 30, 2017
   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.

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

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Friday December 1, 2017
     Art Explorations for Teens  

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

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

During open hours.
    Location: All Library Locations

Friday December 1, 2017 -  Sunday December 31, 2017
     Mitten Tree  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413 263-6828   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Friday December 1, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

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

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

    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  -  2:00 PM The Dragon's Lair: Dungeons & Dragons Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6836   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you wish you could live in Narnia, Hogwarts, Westeros, or Middle Earth? Does adventure and exploration call to you? Then look no further than Dungeons & Dragons, the infamous role playing game that allows you to brave dangers and conquer evil from the comforts of your library! Fight goblins and dragons. See worlds unfathomable to the Earthly mind. Become the hero of legends or the villain of mythical nightmares. Challenge your creativity and test your wits with fellow travelers and heroes on the road to greatness.  Meet like minded people in the community and create a whole world yet to be discovered. Do you dare enter the lair? This program is suggested for teens and young adults ages 14-21.

 

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM General Meeting  
    Contact: Gloria Scarlett   413-693-3343   scarlettg51@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 4, 2017
   3:30 AM  -  4:45 AM Bean Mosaic Art for Teens  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us and make beautiful art with beans! Be inspired by our examples of tile work in art through the ages, or create your own original pattern with dried beans, backing and glue. For ages 11-19.

    Location: East Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413)263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  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
   3:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Angel Tree Holiday Party  
    Contact: Shauna Carmichael   413-355-5225   scarmichael@publiccounsel.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

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 Respecting Ourselves: a Teen Group  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This series of group discussions and activities for teens12-16, led by Kim Garrity, MSW, LCSW of the YWCA's Consolidated Youth Project, aims to help teens develop healthy relationships and self-esteem. The group will enjoy crafts and snacks as they explore boundary setting, consent, cyber safety, conflict resolution and nonviolence. For ages 12-18.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Local 3556 Union Meeting  
    Contact: Brenda Bates   413-787-7254   batesb@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a meeting of Springfield School Department clerks.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

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

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog. Call 263-6843 to register for a 10 minute slot ahead of time or drop by and see what is available.

We will host this program on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, beginning Oct. 11th, 2017.


    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Extreme Couponing  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   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. 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
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Get Ready to Work: Microsoft Office and Job Seeker Workshop Series  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

 

Session schedule:

Thursday, December 7

Microsoft Word 10:00-12:00 : Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools.

Lunch 12:00-1:00

Finding a Job 1:00-2:30 What you need to do before you start your job search, job-search strategies, and local resources and organizations that can help with the job-search process.

 

Thursday, December 14

Microsoft Powerpoint 10:00-12:00: 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.

Lunch 12:00-1:00

Getting a Job 1:00-2:30 This workshop focuses on cover letter basics, resumes, and interviewing skills.

 

Thursday, December 21

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

Lunch 12:00-1:00

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

 

This program is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills.

Register for all sessions online (on the 12/7 calendar entry) or by phone 413-263-6828 or 413-263-6853

 

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

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

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

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll.

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

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

Would you like 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, as well as at the Mason Square and the 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 required. This training is brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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  -  8:00 PM Rise Up Western Mass Meeting  
    Contact: Jacqueline Neiman   413-348-2111   jackie@riseupwesternmass.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM 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  -  2:00 PM Fashionably Upcycled: From Books to Beads  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6836   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Looking for an accessory to match your newly made book purse? In this installment of Fashionably Upcycled, use pages from old books, magazines, and other ephemera to create paper beaded jewelry. Design and produce your own unique and eco-friendly literary themed jewelry accessories. Carry the words of the world with you wherever you go!

This program is for teens 12-19, but parents are welcome as well.

    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
   1:30 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.  Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  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  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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  -  4:30 PM Respecting Ourselves: a Teen Group  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This series of group discussions and activities for teens12-16, led by Kim Garrity, MSW, LCSW of the YWCA's Consolidated Youth Project, aims to help teens develop healthy relationships and self-esteem. The group will enjoy crafts and snacks as they explore boundary setting, consent, cyber safety, conflict resolution and nonviolence. 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
   6:30 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
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Scents-Sational Aromatherapy 101: Educational Make and Take  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   
   

Klassic Kreation's Kim Larkin will do a full presentation highlighting the history and health benefits of essential oils and healing botanicals. Patrons will then craft and assemble their own aromatherapy dream pillow, bath salts, soaps to take home for their own use!

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

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

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

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog. Call 263-6843 to register for a 10 minute slot ahead of time or drop by and see what is available.

We will host this program on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, beginning Oct. 11th, 2017.


    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   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 Snowman Night Light  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by and make a Snowman Night Light. This cheerful snowman will brighten the long winter nights until spring!

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to the library to enjoy some snacks and play some games on the Wii. Bring your own Wii games if you like. For ages 11 - 19.

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Scents-Sational Aromatherapy 101: Educational Make and Take  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   
   

Klassic Kreation's Kim Larkin will do a full presentation highlighting the history and health benefits of essential oils and healing botanicals. Patrons will then craft and assemble their own aromatherapy dream pillow, bath salts, soaps to take home for their own use!

    Location: East Springfield
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Writing and Drawing Your Own Graphic Novel  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us at the East Forest Park Library for a three-part workshop series on writing and drawing graphic novels, led by local author Haven Williams. These programs are part of the Comics Creation group for ages 11-18.

Workshop 1 - Oct.11: Learn about drawing basic shapes and faces and creating page layout.

Workshop 2 - Nov. 8: Work on shading and learn about writing dialogue balloons,  bubbles, and sound effects.

Workshop 3 - Dec.13: Learn how to create motion in your drawings, how to choose color, and work on developing the characteristics of your heroes and villains.

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Trains in the Valley  
    Contact: Rebecca Marie Townsend   413-847-0166   Rebeccamtownsend@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Trains in the Valley is an organization that wants rail passengers and rail activists to have easy access to public information on the past, present and potential future of rail service in our area. Our hope is that TrainsInTheValley.org increases overall transparency on local and regional rail issues.

This program will feature guest speakers (to be announced) and information on rail initiatives in the region. 

https://trainsinthevalley.org/

    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 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
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Get Ready to Work: Microsoft Office and Job Seeker Workshop Series  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

 

Session schedule:

Thursday, December 7

Microsoft Word 10:00-12:00 : Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools.

Lunch 12:00-1:00

Finding a Job 1:00-2:30 What you need to do before you start your job search, job-search strategies, and local resources and organizations that can help with the job-search process.

 

Thursday, December 14

Microsoft Powerpoint 10:00-12:00: 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.

Lunch 12:00-1:00

Getting a Job 1:00-2:30 This workshop focuses on cover letter basics, resumes, and interviewing skills.

 

Thursday, December 21

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

Lunch 12:00-1:00

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

 

This program is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills.

Register for all sessions online (on the 12/7 calendar entry) or by phone 413-263-6828 or 413-263-6853

 

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

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   2:30 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
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Snowman Night Light  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by and make a Snowman Night Light. This cheerful snowman will brighten the long winter nights until spring!

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

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

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

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

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM 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!

    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 Kwanzaa Bazaar  
    Contact: Ayanna   413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 This is a community event with vendors, speaker, entertainment and activities for the children! 

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 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.  Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  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 Craft Your Cares Away  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library

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. For ages 11-18.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Frosted Candle Holder  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog. Call 263-6843 to register for a 10 minute slot ahead of time or drop by and see what is available.

We will host this program on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, beginning Oct. 11th, 2017.


    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM American Girl Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: East Springfield
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Winter Wildlife  
    Contact: Corey Ferguson   413-263-6828 x201   cferguson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Get Ready to Work: Microsoft Office and Job Seeker Workshop Series  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

 

Session schedule:

Thursday, December 7

Microsoft Word 10:00-12:00 : Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools.

Lunch 12:00-1:00

Finding a Job 1:00-2:30 What you need to do before you start your job search, job-search strategies, and local resources and organizations that can help with the job-search process.

 

Thursday, December 14

Microsoft Powerpoint 10:00-12:00: 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.

Lunch 12:00-1:00

Getting a Job 1:00-2:30 This workshop focuses on cover letter basics, resumes, and interviewing skills.

 

Thursday, December 21

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

Lunch 12:00-1:00

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

 

This program is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills.

Register for all sessions online (on the 12/7 calendar entry) or by phone 413-263-6828 or 413-263-6853

 

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM 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 - Not Meeting This Day  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
   

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsred event.

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Ages 3-10, siblings welcome! 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

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

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

    Location: All Library Locations

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

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

    Location: All Library Locations

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

Not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let your imagination run wild!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday December 27, 2017
   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
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Decorate a Delicious Cookie!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Juice Bar Trivia  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: East Springfield

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Ages 3-10, 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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

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

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss

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

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

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

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

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

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



Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

    Location: Central Library
   5:00 PM  -  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
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Duplo Club  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413-263-6840   
   

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

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

    Location: East Springfield

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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

 

    Location: East Springfield

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

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

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

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

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   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
   9:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Promoting Integrated Literacy Learning in Grades 4–12  
    Contact: Tracey Martineau   413-519-8426   tmartineau@doe.mass.edu
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   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!

    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

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

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Monday January 22, 2018
   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
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Springfield Public Schools Parent Engagement Training  
    Contact: Sharon Maylor   413-787-6959   maylors@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

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

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

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

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

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday January 31, 2018
   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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Artist's Way  
    Contact: Phyllis St. George   413-531-5023   
   

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

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

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss

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

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

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

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

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

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



Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

    Location: Central Library
   5:00 PM  -  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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM ESOL Class  
    Contact: Glenn Yarnell    413-734-6696   adulteducation@grayhouse.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

“This is not a library-sponsored event”

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

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

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

This program is for adults.

    Location: Mason Square

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Monday February 12, 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 February 13, 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
   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 February 14, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday February 15, 2018
   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 February 16, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Saturday February 17, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Monday February 19, 2018
     Presidents' Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday February 20, 2018
   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 February 21, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   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 February 22, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday February 23, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Monday February 26, 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 February 27, 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday February 28, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   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 March 1, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss

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

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

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

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

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

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



Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Monday March 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

Tuesday March 6, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Promoting Integrated Literacy Learning in Grades 4–12  
    Contact: Tracey Martineau   413-519-8426   tmartineau@doe.mass.edu
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Network meeting for educators to deepen their knowledge of the 2017 ELA frameworks.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   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 March 7, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

This program is for adults.

    Location: Mason Square

Monday March 12, 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 March 13, 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
   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 March 14, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday March 15, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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 March 16, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Saturday March 17, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday March 19, 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 March 20, 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 March 21, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Springfield Public Schools Parent Engagement Training  
    Contact: Sharon Maylor   413-787-6959   maylors@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday March 22, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday March 23, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Monday March 26, 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 March 27, 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday March 28, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   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 March 29, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Sunday April 1, 2018
     Easter: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Monday April 2, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  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 April 3, 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 April 4, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

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

    Location: East Springfield
   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 April 5, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss

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

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

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

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

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

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



Location: Central Library - Rice Hall

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday April 6, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Monday April 9, 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 April 10, 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
   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 April 11, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

 

    Location: East Springfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday April 13, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   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

Monday April 16, 2018
     Patriots' Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Patriots' Day (Massachusetts holiday).

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday April 17, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 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 April 18, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League Grandparent's Inservice Training  
    Contact: Andrew Cade   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday April 19, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday April 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Saturday April 21, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Let's Read and Create Art Together  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday April 23, 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 April 24, 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858