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Monday July 2, 2018 -  Thursday August 30, 2018
     Art Central: Historic Homes of Springfield  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

One of Springfield's many assets is its wonderful housing stock. See the beautiful homes painstakingly restored by scores of its residents. From Queen Ann Victorians to Colonial Revivals and many more styles, there is great variety and beauty. On display are the 2017 and 2018 award winners as selected by the Springfield Preservation Trust, a local advocacy group for historic preservation. www.springfieldpreservation.org

    Location: Central Library

Monday August 13, 2018 -  Saturday August 18, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by the library and use clues to find hidden pictures in the library. Complete the scavenger hunt, and take a trip to the prize box! During open hours. Everyone is welcome to participate.

We invite you to DISCOVER Springfield City Library this summer and participate by visiting our branches, attending programs, playing at the library, and reading. This summer is about YOUR story, YOUR summer, YOUR library. Discover all the free, exciting concerts, classes, workshops and more at your library this summer! Plus, all ages can earn prizes for reading.

    Location: All Library Locations

Thursday August 16, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   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  -  3:00 PM Teen Henna Party  
    Contact: Alex Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All are welcome at this henna party where participants can adorn their bodies in henna designs of their own making. Indian snacks will be served while teens temporarily tattoo themselves using the ancient Indian tradition of henna. For teens ages 11-18.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM MadLab  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Join us for a STEM / STEAM adventure planned for K-5 age children!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Food Fear Factor: International Edition  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you have the guts to try new foods from different countries? Get through our whole selection, and you'll win a treat to reward your tongue for being so brave! For teens ages 11-18.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:30 PM  -  7:30 PM 5th Annual Community Picnic and Festival  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Enjoy the day at the Mason Square Branch Library! From music and dancing to games, temporary tattoos, vendor displays and a book sale there's lots for everyone. Free hot dogs, hamburgers, and popcorn fill-out a fun-filled time for the entire family. Developed in partnership with the Springfield Carnival Association and with funding by the Friends of the Library, the festival honors Annie G. Curran whose dedication to the community and financial contributions helped make the Mason Square Branch what it is today. All ages.

 

Rain date: Thursday, August 23rd.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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
   6:15 PM  -  8:00 PM Author Talk: Death of an Altar Boy Book, by E.J. Fleming  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

E. J. Fleming reviews his explosive new book "Death of an Altar Boy: The Unsolved Murder of Danny Croteau and the Culture of Abuse in the Catholic Church" in this engaging presentation.  According to the publisher "The tragic death of 13-year-old Danny Croteau in 1972 faded from headlines and memories for 20 years until the Boston abuse scandal—a string of assaults within the Catholic Church—exploded in the early 2000's. Despite numerous indications, including 40 claims of sexual misconduct with minors, pointing to him as Croteau’s killer, the Reverend Richard R. Lavigne remains “innocent.” A question and answer period will follow the talk. 18+

Copies of this and other gripping books by Mr. Fleming, such as "Tread Softly: Bullying and the Death of Phoebe Prince" will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Springfield Library.

    Location: East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building, 1437 Carew Street

Friday August 17, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Brightwood Branch Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords and puzzles. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects and meet a friend for a hour of small talk and socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Fridays | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Fun Fridays  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us as we play outdoor lawn games at East Springfield such as Badminton, Bubbles and anything in-between. (Weather Permitting)

Every Friday from June 29 - August 24.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Summer Craft Fridays in the Reading Garden  
    Contact: C. Kelley   413-263-6853   CKelley@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Crafts for the whole family! Summer Craft Fridays will run on 3 consecutive Fridays in June: 6/8, 6/15, and 6/22 and on three consecutive Fridays in August: 8/3, 8/10, and 8/17.

This week we'll be crafting:

Summer Paper Fans: These fans are breeze to make with heavy paper, wooden pegs, and embroidery thread.

This program is for all ages.

    Location: Mason Square

Saturday August 18, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Make Your Mark! Metal Stamping at East Forest Park  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   4132636836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us to learn the basics of metal stamping in order to create personalized jewelry and accessories. You will learn about metalworking tools and some of the materials needed before you get to make something of your own! Have fun deciding on names, dates, or your favorite saying. All necessary materials, equipment, and instruction will be provided. 

You’ll leave with your new cuff bracelet, bookmark, or ring, along with the difficult decision of whether to give them as thoughtful custom gifts or to keep for yourself!  

Ages 11-19 welcome

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Office Hours w/ City Councilor Jesse Lederman  
    Contact: City Councilor Jesse Lederman   413-285-3041   JLederman@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Constituents are invited to meet one-on-one with At-Large Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman to share their questions, concerns, and ideas. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation  
    Contact: Manish Jaysingh Patel   480-274-2738   symanish@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Love America project is coming to Hartford, CT from August 18th, 2018 to August 20th 2018 to help youth, organizations, professionals and community members, improve their life balance and reduce daily stress, improve concentration and focus through meditation. We are offering free workshops to organizations as a community service, and we would like to invite you to join us for a session.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Women's Coding Club  
   

Have you ever wanted to learn high-tech skills but thought you couldn't? In today's world, e-mail, web browsing, and spreadsheets are just the tip of the iceberg, and more complex skills are increasingly useful even outside of tech careers. If you've ever wanted to make your own website, build your own app, or secure your smartphone against unwanted prying, join us! Our coding club for women is for all women, ages 18 to 98, who want to learn and experiment in a low-pressure, highly collaborative environment.

We can't promise you'll be a "leet hacker", but if you ever wanted to give beyond-the-basic computer skills a try, bring your curiosity, enthusiasm, and ideas about what you want to learn, and we'll all teach each other! This is a club for those who enjoy self-directed learning.

Club meets monthly, light snacks provided, please pre-register.

Questions? Please contact Kim (ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org) or Marisa (mreichert@springfieldlibrary.org)

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Monday August 20, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday August 21, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828, x395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Develop the skill you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently in this interactive and hands-on workshop. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Led by Lisa. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle. 18+

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

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be this summer, look no further.  Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you’ve been pondering or play one of our many board games -- and let’s not forget all the inspiration that rests right on our shelves.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is for teens ages 12-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
    Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- 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
    Meets the second Tuesday of every month | For teens, ages 11-18

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    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
   

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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 meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.  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 August 22, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December 26 | Adults

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!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   11:30 AM  -  5:00 PM Nursing Fair  
    Contact: Anne Mistivar   413-992-7106   amistivar@stcc.edu
   

This is not a library event.

This event is for nurses, wanting to learn about nursing school and work.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Los miércoles 1:30 a 2:30 p.m. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Sensory Play  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x.201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, August 22, Thursday August 23rd, Wednesday August 29, and Thursday August 30.

2:00- 3:00 pm. 

Join us for Sensory Play! Sensory play helps develop children's social, cognitive and physical abilities and stimulation of the five senses encourages brain development. We will play with kinetic sand, make music, blow bubbles, and create sensory art. Come all four days for different activities! Ages 3 - 10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Fun With Food  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us as we make crafts out of food for kids and teens.

Every Wednesday from June 27 - August 22.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Fabulous Suncatchers  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come in for an afternoon of making this creative and fun activity using gems, beads, feathers and other craft materials.  All materials will be provided.  Bring completed items home to display in your window and enjoy all summer long.  This program is for ages 11-18.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Water Games At East Springfield  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   4132636840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Its late summer! Its hot! What better way to cool down than to take your place for the water games at East Springfield! On Aug 22, 2018 join us at 3:00 on the front lawn of the library.  We'll have water based fun for all!  Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet in, and bring a towel! Snacks will be served. For teens 11-18.

(Raindate will be Aug 29, from 3:00-4:30)

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Ice Cream Instagram Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for an Instagram scavenger hunt and ice cream party. The rules of the hunt are simple: take a selfie at each scavenger hunt location and tag the Library on Instagram. Complete the hunt and come to the Community Room for ice cream bars and other snacks. (A social-media ice cream social?) This program is intended for teens and young adults age 12 and up, but all are welcome.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Let's Go Fly a Kite  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us for a last summer fling before school starts. Create a Korean shield kite and send it soaring.  
For ages 8 and up.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Womens United of Springfield  
    Contact: Minnie Galloway   413-233-8924   
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Helping  seniors, children and neighborhoods with information on available resources

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Upcycle Journal Making Workshop  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Artist and crafter Christie Hester-More will offer a workshop where participants will have the opportunity to create their own one of a kind journal using upcycled materials such as discarded book sleeves and cardboard cereal boxes. We will also discuss the different uses and types of journals. For ages 9 and up. Space is limited to 12 participants.  Preregistration strongly encouraged. Please call (413) 263-6846 to reserve your spot.

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM STEM for Educators -Clarendon EES  
    Contact: Rosemary M Hernandez    413-731-7966   rhernandez@clarendonees.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly themed meeting for Family Child Care educators.  This month we will be exploring STEM and water activities for summer curriculum.
 

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   6:15 PM  -  8:00 PM Author Talk: Death of an Altar Boy Book, by E.J. Fleming  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

E. J. Fleming reviews his explosive new book "Death of an Altar Boy: The Unsolved Murder of Danny Croteau and the Culture of Abuse in the Catholic Church" in this engaging presentation.  According to the publisher "The tragic death of 13-year-old Danny Croteau in 1972 faded from headlines and memories for 20 years until the Boston abuse scandal—a string of assaults within the Catholic Church—exploded in the early 2000's. Despite numerous indications, including 40 claims of sexual misconduct with minors, pointing to him as Croteau’s killer, the Reverend Richard R. Lavigne remains “innocent.” A question and answer period will follow the talk. 18+

Copies of this and other griping books by Mr. Fleming, such as "Tread Softly: Bullying and the Death of Phoebe Prince" will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Thursday August 23, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   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
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Vaccine Reimbursement Training  
    Contact: Meghan Bierenbroodspot   617-886-8322   meghan.bierenbroodspot@umassmed.edu
   

This is not a ilbrary-sponsored event.

We are the Commonwealth Medicine, Umass Medical School a State agency/non profit that provides a public service open to public health providers in MA. This program trains nurses on the process for receiving reimbursement for immunization services that they offer in their communities.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Sensory Play  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x.201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, August 22, Thursday August 23rd, Wednesday August 29, and Thursday August 30.

2:00- 3:00 pm. 

Join us for Sensory Play! Sensory play helps develop children's social, cognitive and physical abilities and stimulation of the five senses encourages brain development. We will play with kinetic sand, make music, blow bubbles, and create sensory art. Come all four days for different activities! Ages 3 - 10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Your Legal Questions Answered: Landlord/Tenant Forum  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

To begin the program, local lawyers will discuss apartment leases, 14- or 30-day Notices to Quit, evictions, rental disputes, and other matters concerning residential landlord/tenant issues.  In the later portion of the program, a volunteer lawyer will meet with audience members privately to discuss their questions discretely. Pizza & juice compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Please fill out the attached form if you would like to participate.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM COMPLY Group Discussion  
    Contact: Latoya Bosworth   413-218-0418   brendaschild@brendaschild.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Group facilitation discussion for research purposes.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday August 24, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Brightwood Branch Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords and puzzles. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects and meet a friend for a hour of small talk and socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Fridays | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Fun Fridays  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come join us as we play outdoor lawn games at East Springfield such as Badminton, Bubbles and anything in-between. (Weather Permitting)

Every Friday from June 29 - August 24.

    Location: East Springfield
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Shake, Rattle & Read!  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Rock out with educators from the Eric Carle Museum in this program celebrating music and dance! Families will enjoy an interactive storytime followed by opportunities to move, play, and explore art materials.  Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM DIY: The Fairest Mirror On the Wall  
    Contact: Trinette Falls    602-312-2153   Seworityorg@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This event is for the community!

Nonprofit Sewority and Decor Kadosh LLC are putting together a DIY workshop. This is an arts and craft style event. Guests are limited to no more than 12 guest at a time. Supplies are provided. Small refreshments will be provided. Finger foods that will not melt and do not require refrigeration. 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Cookie Decorating for Teens  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We'll provide the cookies, frosting, and candy to decorate. All you need is your decorating skills, and a big appetite for cookies! You will not want to miss this delicious afternoon! For teens 11-18.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Upcycle Journal Making Workshop  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   (413) 263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Artist and crafter Christie Hester-More will offer a workshop where participants will have the opportunity to create their own one of a kind journal using upcycled materials such as discarded book sleeves and cardboard cereal boxes. We will also discuss the different uses and types of journals. For ages 9 and up. Space is limited to 10 participants.  Preregistration strongly encouraged. Please call (413) 263-6836 to reserve your spot.

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday August 25, 2018
   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 hands-on workshop. Coffee and donuts compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Family Matters Helping Homeless Youth Event  
    Contact: Luis Arzola   413-265-9950   LArzola@chd.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM PD planning  
    Contact: Rosemary M Hernandez   413-731-7966   rhernandez@clarendonees.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This peer support group for FCC educators is having a meeting to plan for PD options in the fall for educators in spanish.  This is a great opportunity to meet EEC regulations and get credit for your professional development requirements.  We can even help you complete your FAFSA for the fall. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday August 27, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday August 28, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Hi!Tech: Continuing with the Web  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

See how cloud computing and the deep web can help you succeed in the modern world, and review other aspects of web services like downloads, streaming, online forms, and more to help you get the edge. Completion of the Basics Series or the equivalent is needed for success workshop. Led by Matthew. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle. 18+

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

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be this summer, look no further.  Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you’ve been pondering or play one of our many board games -- and let’s not forget all the inspiration that rests right on our shelves.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is for teens ages 12-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
    Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. This program is for teens ages 11-18 and takes place every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

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

Meets the last Tuesday of every month | Suggested for teens age 13-19

Here's your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is  If interested, please fill in the online application here or contact the young adult reference librarian.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Community Enrichment Planning  
    Contact: Nicole Carmicheal-Keel   860-978-2194   nicolekeel@cox.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Fall planning meeting of the executive board for community projects-501c3.

Community Enrichment Inc.  a 501c3 organization in collaboration of Alpha Kappa Alpha a non-profit organization. 

 

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday August 29, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Los miércoles 1:30 a 2:30 p.m. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Sensory Play  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x.201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, August 22, Thursday August 23rd, Wednesday August 29, and Thursday August 30.

2:00- 3:00 pm. 

Join us for Sensory Play! Sensory play helps develop children's social, cognitive and physical abilities and stimulation of the five senses encourages brain development. We will play with kinetic sand, make music, blow bubbles, and create sensory art. Come all four days for different activities! Ages 3 - 10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck.

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.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday August 30, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Sensory Play  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x.201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesday, August 22, Thursday August 23rd, Wednesday August 29, and Thursday August 30.

2:00- 3:00 pm. 

Join us for Sensory Play! Sensory play helps develop children's social, cognitive and physical abilities and stimulation of the five senses encourages brain development. We will play with kinetic sand, make music, blow bubbles, and create sensory art. Come all four days for different activities! Ages 3 - 10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Springfield State Senate Debate  
    Contact: Johnnie Mcknight   413-214-4576   mcknight380@yahoo.com
   

Ward 6 Democratic Committe is hosting a State Senate Debate 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday August 31, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by Brightwood Branch Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords and puzzles. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects and meet a friend for a hour of small talk and socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Fridays | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres! 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday September 1, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM True Daddy Fatherhood Forum  
    Contact: Brandon Baymon   413-356-8802   bbaymon@truedaddy.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

True Daddy is non profit organization geared towards empowering fathers to serve their families. We are hosting a fatherhood forum where fathers from all walks of life come together to discuss issues relevant to them and receive wisdom and guidance from other fathers.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Mad Science Labs  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments at the East Springfield Library. 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday September 3, 2018
     Labor Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday September 4, 2018 -  Wednesday October 31, 2018
     Art Central: Artworks by Ryan Murray  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
    All ages

Now showing for the months of September and October are the spray-paint stencils of Springfield artist Ryan Murray. Using a backdrop of both traditional canvases and LP’s, Mr. Murray’s paintings include urban scenes, portrait, caricature, and satire in bold, statements of contemporary life and fantasy. Meet the artist on Wednesday, September 12 in a public reception complete with free raffle and refreshment compliments of the Friends of the Library..

    Location: Central Library

Tuesday September 4, 2018
   7:00 AM  -  8:00 PM State Primary - Polling Location  
   

September 4th, 2018 - Voting - State Primary

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   7:00 AM  -  8:00 PM State Primary - Polling Location  
   

September 4th, 2018 - Voting - State Primary

Located in the Read/Write/Now Adult Literacy Lobby

   7:00 AM  -  8:00 PM State Primary - Polling Location  
   

September 4th, 2018 - Voting - State Primary

    Location: Mason Square
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Department of Health & Human Services All-Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Yaitza Osorio   413-886-5018   Yosorio@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly all-staff meeting.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  8:00 PM CEI Meeting and Program  
    Contact: Rhonda Brace    413-627-6127   Rmbhathor@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Meeting to plan community service projects and programming for the Springfield Community. Group hosting this meeting is Community Enrichment, Inc.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday September 5, 2018 -  Friday September 28, 2018
     Brightwood Gallery: Valley Images  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
    During Open Hours | All ages

Local photographer Stephen Woronecki captures images of the Connecticut River Valley, including wildlife in their natural habitat, in and around Windsor, Connecticut.

    Location: Brightwood

Wednesday September 5, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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!

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

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Hi!Tech: Getting Started with Computers  
    Contact: Marisa Reichert   413-263-6828, c395   mreichert@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Snapchat Filter Creation  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
    Central Library's Teen Central | Ages 13 - 19

Learn how to make face filters in Snapchat's Lens Studio!  In this workshop you will learn how to make a filter that distorts your face and a filter that puts your face into a famous painting.  We will have some laptops and a tablet available, but feel free to bring a laptop with Lens Studio downloaded and/or a smartphone with Snapchat downloaded.  

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Pokemon Go Meetup  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Calling all trainers between the ages of 11-18!

We'll be meeting at the East Springfield Branch library to battle at our gym, make new trainer friends, and trade some Pokemon.  We'll have Poké Snacks to keep your energy up!

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM CHD Clinician Reservation  
    Contact: ERICA DONAHUE   413-335-5814   edonahue@chd.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Springfield Mayor's Office of Consumer Information - Workshops - Identity Theft  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information (MOCI) is a Local Consumer Program funded by and working in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General  to help consumers resolve complaints who otherwise have to seek legal recourse through the court system. It serves residents of the City of Springfield and its surrounding cities and towns throughout Hampden County, and parts of Worcester County.

The goal of the MOCI is to empower consumers with knowledge of their rights and to educate them on ways to protect themselves from becoming a victim of a scam, fraud or identity theft. MOCI firmly believes in its motto, "Education is the Best Prevention."

It provides education, referral and consumer advocacy services at no cost to consumers. By advocating for consumers it allows consumers and businesses the opportunity to address and resolve disputes, although no legal advice or services are provided. The consumer specialists are trained and also have many years of experience and knowledge on consumer protection rights.

MOCI will be discussing Identity Theft -  Identity Theft does not discriminate against anyone, making us all vulnerable to the epidemic. Learn how to protect your personal information and what action to take if you become a victim.  

    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
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Holly Black: From Black Cats to Cruel Princes  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For all ages, of special interest to teens.

Join us and young adult author Holly Black for an evening discussing her newest book, "The Cruel Prince" and upcoming sequel "The Wicked King". She'll also touch topics such as writing and the world of fantasy. Time will be allotted for book signing and Odyssey Bookshop will be present selling copies of her newest novel as well as pre-orders for "The Wicked King" and backlist titles.

    Location: East Forest Park
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
    First Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:00 PM | This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age by Justin Kaplan.                                             

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday September 6, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  6:30 PM LEGO NINJAGO Movie Screening  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The event starts at 3:30, the movie starts at 4:30 | All ages are welcome!

Join us at the Mason Square Community Room for LEGO themed crafts and coloring pages, followed by a screening of the LEGO NINJAGO movie!  Complimentary food and beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Springfield City Library.

 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Linking Latino Educators  
    Contact: Rosemary M Hernandez   413-731-7966   rhernandez@clarendonees.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

FCC Educators come and find out what is happening in early childhood education and support in each other in your language. 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM WalkBike Springfield Meeting  
    Contact: Betsy Johnson   413-301-5387   betsy@bgjohnson.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Regular monthly meeting of WalkBike Springfield, residents working to improve walking and bicycling conditions in Springfield -- Complete Streets, Bike/Skate Park, McKnight Trail, Riverwalk, and more.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday September 7, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Friday, through December 28 | 18+

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for an hour of socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

Meets on the 1st Friday of every month | Ages 10 and up

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise suitable for people of any age. It is often referred to as “moving meditation” and has been widely practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. Enjoy its graceful flow, and experience the benefits it can bring to balance, coordination, focus, and calm. Tai Chi for Everyone will take place outside on the lawn weather permitting.

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at East Springfield  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the first Friday of every month | For Teens ages 13-18

Teens, shouldn't you have a say in what your library does?

We want you to join our Teen Advisory Board. Share what programs and materials you want. Talk about your ideas to make the library a better place for you. Come and enjoy refreshments while you meet new friends, and make your voice heard.

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday September 8, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

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

Held the first Saturday of every month | Recommended for children ages 5-12

Note: In September we will be meeting on 9/8 and October on 10/13.

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Sponsored by Faith United Church.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Write-Up Springfield!  
    Contact: Tara Dasso   413-244-8982   tdasso@gmail.com
   

Meets Monthly | Ages 18 and up

Calling all creative writers! A new group has started to workshop your writing, and network on creative writing opportunities, techniques, and styles.The group meets once a month, and always welcomes new members. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413 263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meeting dates for this school year are September 8 and November 10, 2018, and January 12, March 9, and May 11, 2019 | Teens

Here's your chance to meet regularly, every other month on the 2nd Saturday, to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teen ages 13-19. If interested, please contact the young adult reference librarian.

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday September 10, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Mad Science Monday  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday, September 10-October 1 | STEM program for children age 8-12.

The program is designed to expose kids ot a variety of scientific concepts. Specific sessions include geology, animal biology, the scientific method, and chemistry.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. Study after study links infertility with depression & anxiety. While the internet is helpful for research, there is great value sitting beside someone who can say, “Yes, me too.”           

Our peer-led support groups are available to women, men, individuals and couples currently struggling with infertility. This open forum enables you to meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends & family, and coping strategies. 

Group start time is 6:30.

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

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday September 11, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

Chair Yoga is a unique. It's a yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses while incorporating the use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat, and becomes an extension of the body. The student is able to warm-up the body safely, and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair, or the chair is used for support during  poses, bends, extensions, balances, and stretches. Chair yoga is suitable for all fitness levels and physical conditions. Led by Nicole Ferraro, a certified yoga instructor.

    Location: East Springfield
   10:00 AM  -  2:30 PM HIC Arbitration Hearing  
    Contact: Jacqui Chandler   617-973-8732   jacqui.chandler@mass.gov
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business regulation provides arbitration services to resolves disputes and reserve meeting rooms at local libraries and city/town halls for hearings.

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

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Meets on the second Tuesday of each month | 12 - 1 PM | Adults

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 month's selection is: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (2013) fiction.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Art In Motion  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday, September 11 - October 2 | Collaborative arts program for grades 1 & 2 (ages 5-8)

The program is designed to expose children to creative collaboration and problem-solving. Specific sessions planned are theater games, storytelling, mural creation, and rhythmic music-making. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860.882.4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library sposored event.

The Preschool Enrichment team will be providing opportunities for Early Childhood Educators to come together and discuss best practices in the field of early childhood. 

    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
   

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Nerf This! Gaming Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every month on the second Tuesday | Ages 11-18

Join us for gaming at the library. Every month the games will change and anything from Monopoly to Super Smash Brothers will be available for play. Game on!

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Super Cool Stress Balls!  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    For ages 13-19

It's the beginning of another school year, and you might be feeling a little stressed.  Come in meet and greet some new friends and enjoy making some super cool squishy stress balls.  They stretch, they squeeze, you can toss them and are so much fun. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ward 1 Democratic Committee Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Luis Arzola   413-265-9950   LArzola@chd.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Brightwood Community Room

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

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December 26 | Adults

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!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM MPU Western Ma Resource Collaboration Initiative  
    Contact: Kim Rivera   413-504-8618   kim@maparents.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Hi!Tech: Continuing with Computers  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Listens  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis and Air Hockey for Teens  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Wednesday of every month | For ages 11-18

Tabletop tennis, anyone? How about air hockey? Teens are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun playing tabletop tennis/ping pong and air hockey. Play for bragging rights or just for fun; plus it's a great exercise workout!  Can you meet the challenge? 

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Make a Medallion Pendant  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 11-19

Express yourself by creating a beautiful medallion on a cord. Decorate with steampunk paraphernalia, paint a symbol that honors your favorite superhero, or use your imagination! All materials will be provided.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Fantastical Beasts  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   (413) 263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month | Ages 11-18

We will choose a different mythological, magical, or folk-loric creature to investigate each month. Read, watch, listen, draw, or write your own! history or stories, and then compare notes. First month focuses on Chupacabra!  August 8th we will research Banshees, and on September 12th Mer-People. Fans of Grimm, Lore, Brandon Sanderson, and Harry Potter more than welcome!

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Comics Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   SHodge-Wetherbe@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month | For teens 12-18

Do you wait on the edge of your seat for the next Marvel movie? Do you think Mikasa Akerman from AOT is the coolest character in anime? Then this is the club for you! Join us here at East Springfield as we share our favorites in anime, manga, and American comics.  Members will help shape how the club progresses, and what events we hold every month! Come and geek out with us!

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Springfield Mayor's Office of Consumer Information - Workshops - Credit  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information (MOCI) is a Local Consumer Program funded by and working in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General  to help consumers resolve complaints who otherwise have to seek legal recourse through the court system. It serves residents of the City of Springfield and its surrounding cities and towns throughout Hampden County, and parts of Worcester County.

The goal of the MOCI is to empower consumers with knowledge of their rights and to educate them on ways to protect themselves from becoming a victim of a scam, fraud or identity theft. MOCI firmly believes in its motto, "Education is the Best Prevention."

It provides education, referral and consumer advocacy services at no cost to consumers. By advocating for consumers it allows consumers and businesses the opportunity to address and resolve disputes, although no legal advice or services are provided. The consumer specialists are trained and also have many years of experience and knowledge on consumer protection rights.

MOCI will be discussing Credit. Credit is given where credit is due. It’s a simple but accurate statement. Learn how to build and maintain a good credit standing, and reach a higher credit score.

 

    Location: East Springfield
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
    Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month | For ages 10-18

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Let's Get Cooking with Baked Seasonal Breads  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413 263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 15 and up

Autumn is coming, and the markets are showing their bountiful pumpkins, zucchinis, apples, and other Fall delights.  Bake your favorite seasonal bread (sweet or savory), and if you have a jam or preserve that you have put up, that would be welcome, too.  We will taste and compare at our gathering of bakers. Young bakers are welcome to bring in their creations as well. Please be prepared to share your ingredients and recipes. Contact Linda at East Forest Park Branch with any questions - lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org or call 413 263-6836.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Art Central: Reception for the Artist Ryan A. Murray  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   413-263-6828, x221
   

Meet the artist Ryan A. Murray whose spray-paint stencils are on display this fall at the Central Library. Admire his works, enjoy socializing with friends, family, and art lovers, and enter the free raffle available to all who attend. Raffle and refreshments are compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
    Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month | All Ages

Monthly all-ages craft night. Come have fun and let us clean up the mess!

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday September 13, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Professional Learning Community provided for Early Childhood Directors and administrators in Hampden County. 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. For September we will be reading: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Horrible History!  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x.201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 13th - October 4th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Central Library Children's Program Room. 

Join us to learn about real events in history that are strange, gross, and funny! Each Thursday afternoon, we will read stories about history and do an activity inspired by the stories. Come learn about the pyramids, knights, ninjas, and much more! Ages 6 - 10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Emperor's New Groove  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The event starts at 3:30, the movie starts at 4:00 | Open to all ages!

Pull the lever, Kronk! Join us at the Mason Square Community Room for a laughter-filled afternoon of llama themed crafts and coloring pages, followed by a screening of the Emperor's New Groove!  Complimentary food and beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Springfield City Library.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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 September 14, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Friday, through December 28 | 18+

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for an hour of socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Brightwood
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Day Hab Program Reg Training  
    Contact: Danielle McKnight   617-222-7491   danielle.mcknight@state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

MassHealth will be hosting a training on the new Day Habilition Program Regs

    Location: Brightwood 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, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Llama Llama Loves the Library!  
    Contact: Brightwood Branch   413 263 6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Families and Children ages 2-7

~~Llama Llama loves the library, especially during National Library Card Month! Llama Llama will be visiting the library where we will have llama inspired stories, activities, crafts and more! It's a llamapalooza!

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Adventures in Reading  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413 263-6836   tboulrice@springfield
   

Held on the 2nd Friday of every month | Ages 8-10

Calling all reading adventurers! Want to explore different kinds of books? Join us as we read our way through fantasy, biography, historical fiction and more. We will meet every second Friday of the month to discuss our book, followed by a craft to continue the fun.  You can pick up a copy each month's book at the East Forest Park Library. 

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Steven Universe Celebration  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

3:30-4:45 | For ages 11-18

Calling all Crystal Gems (and humans too!) Come to East Springfield on September 14 as we celebrate all things Steven Universe! Design your own crystal gem! Learn about what your gemstone means! Show how much you know about the show in our trivia contest! Join us in a sing along of all your favorite songs! Costumes are welcome!

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday September 15, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Women’s Empowerment Meeting  
    Contact: Keila Delacruz    413-330-6234   Kmdelacruz92@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A meeting designed to empower and educate women about self love and self improvement. 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Trans Talk  
    Contact: Marisa Reichert   413-263-6828, x395   MReichert@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 13 and up

Transgender people and issues are more visible today than ever, but understanding the issues can be confusing. Do we use she, hir, he, or s/he? What is the transition process like, and how does it work? Jillian Celentano transitioned two years ago, and is committed to advocacy and education about transgender concerns. She's visiting Springfield to offer a down-to-earth talk on transgender perspectives and experiences, and to answer your questions. Free pizza, compliments of the Friends of the Library. Walk-ins are always welcomed, though registering online helps the library make sure there’s enough room and pizza for everyone.

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Youth Mental Health: Challenges, Treatments, and Resources  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18+

Youth can suffer from ill-mental health, and the impact on their lives can be great. NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Health, is dedicated to increasing awareness about mental health, and is proud to present Christine Edwards, LICSW, to speak about the mental health challenges facing youth today and their treatments.  On the lawn and under the tent, a light lunch is provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library and others.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday September 16, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rotunda Rhythms: Raise Your Voice with Singing  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All ages.

Rotunda Rhythms returns with Raise Your Voice with Singing, an upbeat and inspiring collection of songs and singers. From musical theater, cabaret, and singing comedy this group delivers with a diverse selection of solo songs and quartets great for the entire family. Performers include Amanda Johnson (soprano), Holly Joy Pearson (mezzo-soprano), librarian Matthew Vasquez Jaquith (tenor), and Larry Picard (bass) with Scott Bailey on piano.  Free attendance raffle to all those who stay for the concert, and with funding from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

 

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

Monday September 17, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Llama Llama Loves the Library!  
    Contact: Indian Orchard Branch   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Families and Children ages 2-7

~~Llama Llama loves the library, especially during National Library Card Month! Llama Llama will be visiting the library where we will have llama inspired stories, activities, crafts and more! It's a llamapalooza!

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM Monday Munchies: Quick Cooking for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-19.

Join other teens as we try out some simple recipes, with an emphasis on new, tasty ingredients.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Mad Science Monday  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday, September 10-October 1 | STEM program for children age 8-12.

The program is designed to expose kids ot a variety of scientific concepts. Specific sessions include geology, animal biology, the scientific method, and chemistry.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:15 PM  -  8:00 PM Black Out Puerto Rico, Documentary and Discussion  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 13 and up

September 20 marks a year since Puerto Rico experienced their worst natural disaster when it was devastated by the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record.  Join us for a showing of the powerful documentary Black Out Puerto Rico.  According to the documentary's producer, "Blackout in Puerto Rico...investigate the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The film examines how the federal response, Wall Street, and years of neglect have left the island struggling to survive." Western Mass News Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff will be at Sixteen Acres Branch to talk about what conditions causes hurricanes and will answer audience questions following the film.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Citizen's Climate Lobby Meeting  
    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 September 18, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Llama Llama Loves the Library!  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263 6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Families and Children ages 2-7

~~Llama Llama loves the library, especially during National Library Card Month! Llama Llama will be visiting the library where we will have llama inspired stories, activities, crafts and more! It's a llamapalooza!

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Art In Motion  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday, September 11 - October 2 | Collaborative arts program for grades 1 & 2 (ages 5-8)

The program is designed to expose children to creative collaboration and problem-solving. Specific sessions planned are theater games, storytelling, mural creation, and rhythmic music-making. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

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

Meets on the third Thursday of every month | Ages 12-19

Note: This program will not be held in October

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

 

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- 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
    Meets the second Tuesday of every month | For teens, ages 11-18

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    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
   

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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 meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.  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 September 19, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Llama Llama Loves the Library!  
    Contact: Mason Square Branch   413 263 6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Families and Children ages 2-7

~~Llama Llama loves the library, especially during National Library Card Month! Llama Llama will be visiting the library where we will have llama inspired stories, activities, crafts and more! It's a llamapalooza!

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web  
    Contact: Peggy Dialessi   413-263-6846   pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Develop the skill you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle. 18+

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Listens  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Super Cool Stress Balls!  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
    3:30 - 4:30 PM | For ages 11-19.

It's the beginning of another school year, and you might be feeling a little stressed.  Come in meet and greet some new friends and enjoy making some super cool squishy stress balls.  They stretch, they squeeze, you can toss them and are so much fun. 

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

Held on the third Wednesday of every month | Ages 6-14

This free club is based on the American Girls books. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged.

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Springfield Mayor's Office of Consumer Information - Workshops - Home Improvement  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information (MOCI) is a Local Consumer Program funded by and working in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General  to help consumers resolve complaints who otherwise have to seek legal recourse through the court system. It serves residents of the City of Springfield and its surrounding cities and towns throughout Hampden County, and parts of Worcester County.

The goal of the MOCI is to empower consumers with knowledge of their rights and to educate them on ways to protect themselves from becoming a victim of a scam, fraud or identity theft. MOCI firmly believes in its motto, "Education is the Best Prevention."

It provides education, referral and consumer advocacy services at no cost to consumers. By advocating for consumers it allows consumers and businesses the opportunity to address and resolve disputes, although no legal advice or services are provided. The consumer specialists are trained and also have many years of experience and knowledge on consumer protection rights.

MOCI will be discussing Home Improvement. Home Improvement can be costly, but even costlier if you don’t do your homework before hiring the right contractor. Learn what action to take before you sign on a dotted line or hand over any money. 

    Location: East Springfield
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM What-Ifs & Fix-Its: A Fanfiction Club for Teens  
    Contact: Azinne Zarrabi   413-263-6836   azarrabi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held on the 3rd Thursday of every month | For teens ages 11-18.

Are you disappointed about the way The Hunger Games ended? Do you think your favorite classic novel would be better if it had dragons? Do you honestly think you can write a better love story than Twilight? Then join us at the East Forest Park Library on the third Wednesday of every month, where pop-culture fans of every kind can explore their favorite characters and create stories of their own, through the marvelous world of fanfiction. We’ll have advice sessions for beginning authors and writing prompts to inspire new ideas—you’ll even have an opportunity to submit your work to the library’s blog!
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday September 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Llama Llama Loves the Library!  
    Contact: Childrens Room   413 263 6828 ext 201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Families and Children ages 2-7

~~Llama Llama loves the library, especially during National Library Card Month! Llama Llama will be visiting the library where we will have llama inspired stories, activities, crafts and more! It's a llamapalooza!

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Horrible History!  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x.201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 13th - October 4th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Central Library Children's Program Room. 

Join us to learn about real events in history that are strange, gross, and funny! Each Thursday afternoon, we will read stories about history and do an activity inspired by the stories. Come learn about the pyramids, knights, ninjas, and much more! Ages 6 - 10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM MadLab  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   
   

Third Thursday of the month, until December 20 | Ages 6 - 12

Join in some experimentation and exploration designed for fun and learning. 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising: Focusing Your Questions  
    Contact: Lindsey P   978-430-7531   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

An offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, this class is led by trainers Jennifer Ladd, Donor Organizer and Co-Founder of Class Action; and Liz Wills-O’Gilvie, Board Chair of Gardening the Community in Springfield, Chair of the Springfield Food Policy Council

In this class on fundraising, Liz Wills-O’Gilvie and Jennifer Ladd will give each person (or each team) the opportunity for specific coaching, brainstorming, and input from others to help you with your particular fundraising questions and issues.  We encourage teams of people to come together from an organiztion, and we also welcome those who come individually and want to listen and share.

    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
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Springfield Codes! Meetup  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Thursday of every month | Ages 18-35

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

    Location: Mason Square

Friday September 21, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Friday, through December 28 | 18+

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for an hour of socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Llama Llama Loves the Library!  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413 263 6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Families and Children ages 2-7

~~Llama Llama loves the library, especially during National Library Card Month! Llama Llama will be visiting the library where we will have llama inspired stories, activities, crafts and more! It's a llamapalooza!

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Make a Lava Lamp  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   TBoulrice@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

For Ages 6-12

Discover the science behind density as we mix ingredients to create colorful lava lamps. Join us at East Forest Park Library from 3:30-4:30 on September 21st for this fun STEM activity. No registration required, while supplies last.

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday September 22, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Llama Llama Loves the Library!  
    Contact: East Springfield   413 263 6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Families and Children ages 2-7

~~Llama Llama loves the library, especially during National Library Card Month! Llama Llama will be visiting the library where we will have llama inspired stories, activities, crafts and more! It's a llamapalooza!

    Location: East Springfield
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Hobbit Day Afternoon Tea  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413.263.6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Teens

There's nothing more splendid than tea at a hobbit house. Join us at the East Springfield to celebrate Hobbit Day. Starting at noon, there will be fine foods, and tea of course, as well as some other treats. Test your knowledge of J.R.R Tolkien's world as seen in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" with our trivia contest. Play parlor games as you enjoy tea. Come in your middle earth clothing, and you might win a prize for best costume!

    Location: East Springfield
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wondrous Water Lilies  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Ages 18 and up

Artist and instructor Greg Maichack retuns with his popular pastel painting workshop. Using his easy-to-follow method of how to use pastels, participants will recreate Monet's wondrous water lilies with striking likeness! Good for even the beginner, this guided workshop will give adult learners a realistic take-home painting and an enjoyable learning experience. This program is made possible by funds from the Springfield Cultural Council.

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday September 23, 2018 -  Saturday September 29, 2018
     Banned Books Readathon  
    Contact: Marisa Reichert   413-263-6828, x395   mreichert@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 8 to adult

Expand your mind, combat censorship, and enjoy reading banned books! The challenge: read three banned books of your choice in a week. Sign up, and tell us what you plan on reading. For each book you finish, you get one entry into a raffle to win some cool prizes! Challenge yourself and bone-up on classics old and new. Like Isaac Asimov said: "If a book is worth banning, it's worth reading!" Please register at a service desks.

    Location: Central Library

Monday September 24, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Mad Science Monday  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday, September 10-October 1 | STEM program for children age 8-12.

The program is designed to expose kids ot a variety of scientific concepts. Specific sessions include geology, animal biology, the scientific method, and chemistry.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Banned Books Trivia  
    Contact: Marisa Reichert   413-263-6828 x395   MReichert@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 14-Adult, please pre-register.

Think you know your rabble-rousing books and authors? Show us! Stop in for a few rounds of Banned Book Trivia, and see if you can name titles, authors, and facts about the ways in which they were challenged for removal from public spaces. Compete solo or in teams of up to four; you'll be given lists of frequently banned titles, but cellphone "research" is a no-no! There'll be prizes and, of course the most important thing, bragging rights! Free pizza compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday September 25, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Art In Motion  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday, September 11 - October 2 | Collaborative arts program for grades 1 & 2 (ages 5-8)

The program is designed to expose children to creative collaboration and problem-solving. Specific sessions planned are theater games, storytelling, mural creation, and rhythmic music-making. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

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

Meets the last Tuesday of every month | Suggested for teens age 13-19

Here's your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is  If interested, please fill in the online application here or contact the young adult reference librarian.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:15 PM  -  8:00 PM Black Out Puerto Rico, Documentary and Discussion  
    Contact: Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 13 and up

September 20 marks a year since Puerto Rico experienced its worst natural disaster. On that date, Hurricn Maria struck the island; the 10th- most intense hurricane on record.  Join us for the showing of the powerful documentary Black Out Puerto Rico.  According to the producer, "Blackout in Puerto Rico...investigates the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The film examines how the federal response, Wall Street, and years of neglect have left the island struggling to survive." Holyoke city councilor Jossie Valentin will moderate discussion after the documentary.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday September 26, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December 26 | Adults

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!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Hi!Tech: Introduction to Microsoft Word  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success with the computer. This workshop reviews the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, to help you sharpen your formatting and editing skills. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this workshop. 18+

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo: a Dog Who Listens  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Arcade on Wheels  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
    Suggested for ages 10-18

The East Springfield Branch Library is bringing the Arcade on Wheels to your neighborhood! Arcade on Wheels is a state of the art, climate controlled, self-powered mobile arcade. The Arcade is a full size mobile arcade full of games that kids go on board to play, in which all games are set on free play. Some of the games on board include Ferrari Simulator, Airline Pilots, Grid, Vortex V3 (virtual reality), Terminator Salvation, Ghost Squad, Ultrapin, Ultracade (250 classic games in 1) 18 Wheeler, Star Wars and more!

For this special event, the Arcade on Wheels will be located in the parking lot of Genden's Auto Parts up the street from the library, at the corner of Osborne Terrace and Page Boulevard. Thanks to our generous community partner for sharing their lot!

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Basic Computer Skills Course for FCC Programs  
    Contact: Marcela M Simpson   413.336.3255   marcelamsimpson@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

If you are looking for basic computer skills or to upgrade computer skills you already have, you will not want to miss this four-session cohort. Relevant topics to discuss include, creating a newsletter, designing a format for a weekly plan, create e-mail account (Gmail), search for early childhood resources in the internet, using Google applications, like Google Drive and Google Hangouts, and navigating the EEC provider LEAD portal. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
    This group meets the last Wednesday of the month, from 6:00-7:00 PM | Adults

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

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. 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday September 27, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Professional Learning Community for Early Childhood Directors and Administrators.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Horrible History!  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x.201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 13th - October 4th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Central Library Children's Program Room. 

Join us to learn about real events in history that are strange, gross, and funny! Each Thursday afternoon, we will read stories about history and do an activity inspired by the stories. Come learn about the pyramids, knights, ninjas, and much more! Ages 6 - 10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Bike Repair Clinic for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays from Septemeber 27 - October 25 (Note: No clinic on October 11) | Ages 10-18

Join us as RADSpringfield returns for another teen Bike Repair Clinic at Forest Park Library. The bicycle experts from RADSpringfield, our local mobile, nonprofit bike shop, will be hosting a weekly event that teaches teens how to maintain and repair their bikes. This class is perfect for any skill level and will provide professional guidance in all things bike related!

 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday September 28, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Friday, through December 28 | 18+

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for an hour of socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres! 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Community Chess for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 11-18

Try your hand at chess and join us for a game with a community police officer. Kids are invited to come to the Forest Park Branch Library for a chess lesson where they can meet members of their local police unit and ask questions about, well, anything! Food will be provided.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Kindergarten Day for Teens  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-18

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.

    Location: East Springfield
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Teen Games @ Your Library After Hours Party  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Call 413 263-6846 to reserve your space or register below | Ages 12-18

Board games, music and food! Join your friends for a party at the library. We will turn up the tunes, bring out your favorite games, both board and online and eat yummy food. Preregistration is strongly encouraged, either online or at the branch.

    Location: Indian Orchard

Saturday September 29, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Parent Village  
    Contact: Ayanna Crawford    413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  3:30 PM The Author Fair  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   
   

Come to the Fair to meet recently published authors and enjoy their works in this showcase of local talent and achievement. Authors will be on-hand to meet the public, discuss their books,  and sell and sign copies of them to interested readers. A wide range of reading genres will be on display including memoirs, novels, nonfiction, children's books, and more. With such a wide selection, there's likely to be something for readers of all ages! 14+

    Location: Central Library Rotunda
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM DIY Book Covers  
    Contact: Marisa Reichert   413-263-6828, x395   mreichert@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 13 and up

You have the right to read freely...which means it's no one's business what you read! Protect your privacy, and your books from damage, by joining us for a crafting session to make your own no-sew and reusable book covers with fabric and glue. Feel free to bring your own fabric or choose from our selection. Please pre-register so we can plan supplies accordingly.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Canceled - Women's Coding Club  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Have you ever wanted to learn high-tech skills but thought you couldn't? In today's world, e-mail, web browsing, and spreadsheets are just the tip of the iceberg, and more complex skills are increasingly useful even outside of tech careers. If you've ever wanted to make your own website, build your own app, or secure your smartphone against unwanted prying, join us! Our coding club for women is for all women, ages 18 to 98, who want to learn and experiment in a low-pressure, highly collaborative environment.

We can't promise you'll be a "leet hacker", but if you ever wanted to give beyond-the-basic computer skills a try, bring your curiosity, enthusiasm, and ideas about what you want to learn, and we'll all teach each other! This is a club for those who enjoy self-directed learning.

Club meets monthly, light snacks provided, please pre-register.

Questions? Please contact Kim (ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org) or Marisa (mreichert@springfieldlibrary.org)

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Monday October 1, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Monday October 1, 2018 -  Saturday October 13, 2018
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6853   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During Open Hours | For Families and Children

Say, how much does that pumpkin weigh? Come into the library and take a guess. The person who comes the closest wins the pumpkin just in time for fall festivities! All are welcome to take a guess during open hours.

    Location: Forest Park

Monday October 1, 2018 -  Wednesday October 31, 2018
     Brightwood Gallery: A Walk in Our Woods, Photographs by Nick Borges  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All ages

See the New England forest through the eyes of art photographer Nick Borges. His contemplative imagery reflects the beauty, calm, and magical order of the forest while personalizing it through his sensitive lens. From miniature close-ups to bold sunrises, Nick’s works are a personal yet powerful reminder of how much natural beauty we can find when simply walking through the woods.

    Location: Brightwood

Monday October 1, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Mad Science Monday  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday, September 10-October 1 | STEM program for children age 8-12.

The program is designed to expose kids ot a variety of scientific concepts. Specific sessions include geology, animal biology, the scientific method, and chemistry.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

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

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Art In Motion  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413-263-6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday, September 11 - October 2 | Collaborative arts program for grades 1 & 2 (ages 5-8)

The program is designed to expose children to creative collaboration and problem-solving. Specific sessions planned are theater games, storytelling, mural creation, and rhythmic music-making. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Department of Health & Human Services All-Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Yaitza Osorio   413-886-5018   Yosorio@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly all-staff meeting.

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

Meets on the first Tuesday of every month | For ages 11-18

Calling All Teens.  Here's your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for teens and tweens, plan events, book discussions, give input for materials selection and other fun activities.  Light refreshments will be served.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Local 3556 Union Meeting  
    Contact: Brenda Bates   413-787-7254   batesb@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday October 3, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
    Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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!

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

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly meeting of the Board of Library Commissioners. 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
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Trans Talk  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 13 and up

Transgender people and issues are more visible today than ever, but understanding the issues can be confusing. Do we use she, hir, he, or s/he? What is the transition process like, and how does it work? Jillian Celentano transitioned two years ago, and is committed to advocacy and education about transgender concerns. She's visiting Springfield to offer a down-to-earth talk on transgender perspectives and experiences, and to answer your questions. Free pizza, compliments of the Friends of the Library. Walk-ins are always welcomed, though registering online helps the library make sure there’s enough room and pizza for everyone.

    Location: East Springfield
   6:15 PM  -  8:00 PM Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Garden  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 13 and up

October 3rd is National Butterfly & Hummingbird Day.  Join us for a presentation by Sixteen Acres Branch Library Manager Reggie Wilson on how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.  Learn about the popular plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and see how to design a beautiful garden similar to the one at the library.  Following the talk will be a free showing of the award winning, family documentary First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story that will touch your heart and inspire you to attract these beautiful creatures. Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

First Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:00 PM | This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.                                             

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday October 4, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Horrible History!  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x.201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, September 13th - October 4th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Central Library Children's Program Room. 

Join us to learn about real events in history that are strange, gross, and funny! Each Thursday afternoon, we will read stories about history and do an activity inspired by the stories. Come learn about the pyramids, knights, ninjas, and much more! Ages 6 - 10, siblings welcome.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Bike Repair Clinic for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays from Septemeber 27 - October 25 (Note: No clinic on October 11) | Ages 10-18

Join us as RADSpringfield returns for another teen Bike Repair Clinic at Forest Park Library. The bicycle experts from RADSpringfield, our local mobile, nonprofit bike shop, will be hosting a weekly event that teaches teens how to maintain and repair their bikes. This class is perfect for any skill level and will provide professional guidance in all things bike related!

 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Girl Scouts Earn and Learn Night  
    Contact: Donovan Reynolds   413-224-4028   dreynolds@gscwm.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Attend this Girl Scout Information event to learn about Girl Scouts. Troops for girls in grades K-12 are now forming. Leaders and volunteers needed.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Linking Latino Educators  
    Contact: Rosemary M Hernandez   413-731-7966   rhernandez@clarendonees.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

FCC Educators come and find out what is happening in early childhood education and support in each other in your language.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Friday October 5, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the 1st Friday of every month | Ages 10 and up

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise suitable for people of any age. It is often referred to as “moving meditation” and has been widely practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. Enjoy its graceful flow, and experience the benefits it can bring to balance, coordination, focus, and calm. Tai Chi for Everyone will take place outside on the lawn weather permitting.

 

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at East Springfield  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the first Friday of every month | For Teens ages 13-18

Teens, shouldn't you have a say in what your library does?

We want you to join our Teen Advisory Board. Share what programs and materials you want. Talk about your ideas to make the library a better place for you. Come and enjoy refreshments while you meet new friends, and make your voice heard.

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday October 6, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Sharpie Tie-Dye T Shirts  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Using sharpies and rubbing alchohol we will make gorgeous t-shirts. For ages 11 and up. Preregistration is strongly recomended, space is limited. Please call (413) 263- 6846 to save your space. Either bring your own shirt (white preferred) or we will supply one.

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Mad Science Labs  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments at the East Springfield Library. 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday October 7, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM We Will Not Be Divided: Jews and Allies Standing Together Against Anti-Semitism  
    Contact: Lindsey P   978-430-7531   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A training offered by the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. This is the first of a three part series to help us, Jews and allies, stand together against anti-semitism. 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday October 8, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
     Columbus Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Tuesday October 9, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

Chair Yoga is a unique. It's a yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses while incorporating the use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat, and becomes an extension of the body. The student is able to warm-up the body safely, and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair, or the chair is used for support during  poses, bends, extensions, balances, and stretches. Chair yoga is suitable for all fitness levels and physical conditions. Led by Nicole Ferraro, a certified yoga instructor.

    Location: East Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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 month's selection is: Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron Lanksy (2004) nonfiction.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860.882.4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library sponsored event.

The Preschool Enrichment team will be providing opportunities for Early Childhood Educators to come together and discuss best practices in the field of early childhood. 

    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
   

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM To Infinity and Beyond! Water Bottle Rockets  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 12-18

Using a little bit of chemistry and a lot of fun, we'll be making and launching water bottle rockets in celebration of Teen Read Week. With some vinegar, baking soda, and determination, we'll be taking off to the stars. The Forest Park Library space race is on!

Location: Forest Park Reading Garden weather permitting.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ward 1 Democratic Committee Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Luis Arzola   413-265-9950   LArzola@chd.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Brightwood Community Room

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

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December 26 | Adults

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!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis and Air Hockey for Teens  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Wednesday of every month | For ages 11-18

Tabletop tennis, anyone? How about air hockey? Teens are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun playing tabletop tennis/ping pong and air hockey. Play for bragging rights or just for fun; plus it's a great exercise workout!  Can you meet the challenge? 

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Comics Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   SHodge-Wetherbe@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month | For teens 12-18

Do you wait on the edge of your seat for the next Marvel movie? Do you think Mikasa Akerman from AOT is the coolest character in anime? Then this is the club for you! Join us here at East Springfield as we share our favorites in anime, manga, and American comics.  Members will help shape how the club progresses, and what events we hold every month! Come and geek out with us!

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Basic Computer Skills Course for FCC Programs  
    Contact: Marcela M Simpson   413.336.3255   marcelamsimpson@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

If you are looking for basic computer skills or to upgrade computer skills you already have, you will not want to miss this four-session cohort. Relevant topics to discuss include, creating a newsletter, designing a format for a weekly plan, create e-mail account (Gmail), search for early childhood resources in the internet, using Google applications, like Google Drive and Google Hangouts, and navigating the EEC provider LEAD portal. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
    Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month | For ages 10-18

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.

    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
    Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month | All Ages

Monthly all-ages craft night. Come have fun and let us clean up the mess!

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday October 11, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Is It A Good Match? Learning How to Approach and Write to the Right Funders for Your Project  
    Contact: Truth School - Lindsey   413-238-1280   Lindsey@TruthSchool.org
   

Many grant proposals are rejected because they are not a good match with the grantmaker. Participants will learn how to identify the good match indicators and how to determine a funder’s problem-solving approach, underlying beliefs, and political ideology. Because this information affects what is presented and emphasized in a proposal, grantseekers will discover how to read between the lines and find the “hook” – the connection between one’s project and a prospective funder – and how to write their proposals in a way that the funder can hear.

An offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership and the Springfield City Library's Foundation Center Funding Information Network, this class is led by trainer Deborah Koch, Author of How to Say It: Grantwriting: Write ProposalsThat Grantmakers Want to Fund. Deborah Koch is an accomplished trainer, writer, and grantseeker, raising millions of dollars for higher education and community nonprofits, and teaching hundreds of people how to do the same.

Click the link to register for this class 

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch.  For October we will be reading "Less", Author: Andrew Greer.

Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Gross Science with SLIME!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 7-12

What IS slime!? What kind of slime is the fluffiest? The stickiest? The slimy-est? Find out at our SLIME lab! Space is limited so come early, and be ready to get messy.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM It's Written in the Stars: StarLab  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-18

Leave Earth with us as the Springfield Science Museum StarLab will be at the Forest Park Library with their portable planetarium. Explore the widest reaches of the universe in celebration of Teen Read Week and learn about all of the mysteries of space.

Presentation start times will be at 4PM and at 5PM.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Bike Repair Clinic for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays from Septemeber 27 - October 25 (Note: No clinic on October 11) | Ages 10-18

Join us as RADSpringfield returns for another teen Bike Repair Clinic at Forest Park Library. The bicycle experts from RADSpringfield, our local mobile, nonprofit bike shop, will be hosting a weekly event that teaches teens how to maintain and repair their bikes. This class is perfect for any skill level and will provide professional guidance in all things bike related!

 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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 October 12, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Explorations for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly on the 2nd Friday | Ages 11 and up

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. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Adventures in Reading  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413 263-6836   tboulrice@springfield
   

Held on the 2nd Friday of every month | Ages 8-10

Calling all reading adventurers! Want to explore different kinds of books? Join us as we read our way through fantasy, biography, historical fiction and more. We will meet every second Friday of the month to discuss our book, followed by a craft to continue the fun.  You can pick up a copy each month's book at the East Forest Park Library. 

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday October 13, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Make It! Embroidered Felt Bag Charm  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 12 to adults

Do you love to hand stitch, but don't have the time to finish anything? You can craft a bag charm or two at one sitting. Make a cute felt house, mushroom, or fox design, adorned with simple embroidery techniques. These charms will add a touch of whimsy to your handbag or key chain, or could be a personable yet inexpensive gift.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to PowerPoint  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Microsoft PowerPoint is everywhere. PowerPoint 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 PowerPoint. This class is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. 18+

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

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

Held the first Saturday of every month | Recommended for children ages 5-12

Note: In September we will be meeting on 9/8 and October on 10/13.

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Sponsored by Faith United Church.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Write-Up Springfield!  
    Contact: Tara Dasso   413-244-8982   tdasso@gmail.com
   

Meets Monthly | Ages 18 and up

Calling all creative writers! A new group has started to workshop your writing, and network on creative writing opportunities, techniques, and styles.The group meets once a month, and always welcomes new members. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday October 14, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rotunda Rhythms: the Spanish Guitar of Tony Silva  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieildlibrary.org
   

All Ages

Award winning composer and guitarist Tony Silva performs the music of Spain. From colorful tarantellas to passionate flamenco, Mr. Silva covers it all in a diverse, educational, and thrilling program of great Spanish guitar music. Free attendance raffle to all those who stay for the concert, and with funding from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

Monday October 15, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Monday October 15, 2018 -  Saturday October 27, 2018
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
    During Open Hours | For Families and Children

Say, how much does that pumpkin weigh? Come into the library and take a guess. The person who comes the closest wins the pumpkin just in time for fall festivities! All are welcome to take a guess during open hours.

    Location: Brightwood

Monday October 15, 2018 -  Saturday October 27, 2018
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
    During Open Hours | For Families and Children

Say, how much does that pumpkin weigh? Come into the library and take a guess. The person who comes the closest wins the pumpkin just in time for fall festivities! All are welcome to take a guess during open hours.

    Location: East Springfield

Monday October 15, 2018 -  Saturday October 27, 2018
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During Open Hours | For Families and Children

Say, how much does that pumpkin weigh? Come into the library and take a guess. The person who comes the closest wins the pumpkin just in time for fall festivities! All are welcome to take a guess during open hours.

    Location: Indian Orchard

Monday October 15, 2018 -  Saturday October 27, 2018
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413263-6836   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
    During Open Hours | For Families and Children

Say, how much does that pumpkin weigh? Come into the library and take a guess. The person who comes the closest wins the pumpkin just in time for fall festivities! All are welcome to take a guess during open hours.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Monday October 15, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM hold for early literacy coalition  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   4132636828   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. Study after study links infertility with depression & anxiety. While the internet is helpful for research, there is great value sitting beside someone who can say, “Yes, me too.”                 

Our peer-led support groups are available to women, men, individuals and couples currently struggling with infertility. This open forum enables you to meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends & family, and coping strategies. 

Group start time is 6:30.

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 October 16, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- 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
    Meets the second Tuesday of every month | For teens, ages 11-18

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    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
   

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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 meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.  Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading.  We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions.  We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday October 17, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Held on the third Wednesday of every month | Ages 6-14

This free club is based on the American Girls books. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged.

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM What-Ifs & Fix-Its: A Fanfiction Club for Teens  
    Contact: Azinne Zarrabi   413-263-6836   azarrabi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held on the 3rd Thursday of every month | For teens ages 11-18.

Are you disappointed about the way The Hunger Games ended? Do you think your favorite classic novel would be better if it had dragons? Do you honestly think you can write a better love story than Twilight? Then join us at the East Forest Park Library on the third Wednesday of every month, where pop-culture fans of every kind can explore their favorite characters and create stories of their own, through the marvelous world of fanfiction. We’ll have advice sessions for beginning authors and writing prompts to inspire new ideas—you’ll even have an opportunity to submit your work to the library’s blog!
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday October 18, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Sunrise Over Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago  
    Contact: Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805   
   

Ages 18 and up

The Camino de Santiago, a five hundred mile hiking pilgrimage, has been followed by both the devout and the adventurous for over a thousand years. See photographs and hear stories about the physical and mental challenge of following the trail as well as the spiritual inspirations hikers have encountered along the way. Theresa Fersch, the presenter and a New England author, speaks about her experiences on the trail and shares notes about her book, Sunrise in Spain, which details the powerful effects of the Camino.

Copies of her book will be available for signing and purchase and the Friends of the Library are generously offering refreshments. www.theresacamino.com

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The Grant Proposal: An Explanation of Its Components  
    Contact: Truth School - Lindsey   413-238-1280   Lindsey@TruthSchool.org
   

Participants will be guided through an overview of the elemental components of a grant proposal to understand each component’s distinctions, purposes, and organization. The workshop will provide an in-depth look at one or two of the components to offer examples and specific suggestions for how best to craft them. The targeted components include the Abstract/Summary, Introduction, Organizational Description, Statement of Need, Goals and Objectives, Project Activities and Outcomes, Evaluation, Dissemination, and Budget.

An offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership and the Springfield City Library's Foundation Center Funding Information Network, this class is led by trainer Deborah Koch, Author of How to Say It: Grantwriting: Write ProposalsThat Grantmakers Want to Fund. Deborah Koch is an accomplished trainer, writer, and grantseeker, raising millions of dollars for higher education and community nonprofits, and teaching hundreds of people how to do the same.

Click the link to register for this class 

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Goosebumps Day  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413 263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 8-12

The new Goosebumps movie is coming out soon!  To get in the mood we will make slime and other activities revolving around the scary, funny story.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Gross Science with SLIME!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 7-12

What IS slime!? What kind of slime is the fluffiest? The stickiest? The slimy-est? Find out at our SLIME lab! Space is limited so come early, and be ready to get messy.

    Location: Brightwood
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM MadLab  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   
   

Third Thursday of the month, until December 20 | Ages 6 - 12

Join in some experimentation and exploration designed for fun and learning. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Bike Repair Clinic for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays from Septemeber 27 - October 25 (Note: No clinic on October 11) | Ages 10-18

Join us as RADSpringfield returns for another teen Bike Repair Clinic at Forest Park Library. The bicycle experts from RADSpringfield, our local mobile, nonprofit bike shop, will be hosting a weekly event that teaches teens how to maintain and repair their bikes. This class is perfect for any skill level and will provide professional guidance in all things bike related!

 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Springfield Codes! Meetup  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Thursday of every month | Ages 18-35

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

    Location: Mason Square

Friday October 19, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Goosebumps Day  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413 263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 8-12

The new Goosebumps movie is coming out soon!  To get in the mood we will make slime and other activities revolving around the scary, funny story.

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday October 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Publisher  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with Microsoft Publisher, a convenient desktop publishing software package. We'll look at making multipage handouts and multifold brochures using Publisher's powerful templates and explore basic aspects of working with images, shapes, layout, and more. Skill with a keyboard is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Rhoer Round-Up  
    Contact: Darryen Gripes   860-922-1566   lbs.ra.pa@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an informational for and auxiliary group od Sigma Gamma Rho.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday October 21, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM We Will Not Be Divided: Jews and Allies Standing Together Against Anti-Semitism  
    Contact: Lindsey P   978-430-7531   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A training offered by the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. This is the second of a three part series on how Jew and allies can stand together against anti-semitism. 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday October 22, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

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

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

    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
   

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Bass Pond Club Annual Meeting  
    Contact: Felicia Gregory   413-342-7636   fgregory87@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Bass Pond Club will discuss what has happened at the pond this year. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

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

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December 26 | Adults

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!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Creative Button-Making  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
    Ages 11-18

Design your own buttons using our button maker.  Design it make it and wear it home!  All supplies provided. 

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen Oreo Cookie Taste Off  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    Ages 12-18

Teens, join us for the ultimate Oreo taste-off. We will have multiple flavors of Oreo cookies on hand to taste and rate, from best to worst flavors. We'll provide the cookies (and milk)! Registration is required, please call 413 263 6846 to register.

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Basic Computer Skills Course for FCC Programs  
    Contact: Marcela M Simpson   413.336.3255   marcelamsimpson@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

If you are looking for basic computer skills or to upgrade computer skills you already have, you will not want to miss this four-session cohort. Relevant topics to discuss include, creating a newsletter, designing a format for a weekly plan, create e-mail account (Gmail), search for early childhood resources in the internet, using Google applications, like Google Drive and Google Hangouts, and navigating the EEC provider LEAD portal. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

Note: Since the last Wednesday of this month is Halloween we decided to move the meeting up to the fourth Wednesday.

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan..

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.  

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Goosebumps Day  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 8-12

The new Goosebumps movie is coming out soon!  To get in the mood we will make slime and other activities revolving around the scary, funny story.

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday October 25, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Professional Learning Community for Early Childhood Directors and Administrators.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM MadLab  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   
   

Third Thursday of the month, until December 20 | Ages 6 - 12

Join in some experimentation and exploration designed for fun and learning. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Bike Repair Clinic for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays from Septemeber 27 - October 25 (Note: No clinic on October 11) | Ages 10-18

Join us as RADSpringfield returns for another teen Bike Repair Clinic at Forest Park Library. The bicycle experts from RADSpringfield, our local mobile, nonprofit bike shop, will be hosting a weekly event that teaches teens how to maintain and repair their bikes. This class is perfect for any skill level and will provide professional guidance in all things bike related!

 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Writing With Fire: Using Narrative for Advocacy and Change  
    Contact: Lindsey P   978-430-7531   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a ilbrary-sponsored event.

An offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, in this workshop participants will learn to write bold, compelling narratives that instigate change and social advocacy in both the digital sphere as well as our communities. Together, we will create a safe space where we will learn how to mobilize the most effective aspects of our unique voices in the service of those who are not heard.

Trainer: Epi Arias, Writer and Independent Researcher

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday October 26, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM The CHW Coalition  
    Contact: Brenda Evans   413-883-1774   bdevans@umass.edu
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The CHW Coalition is a volunteer membership of individuals who identify and/ or work or volunteer in the role as community health workers and/ or outreach workers. The CHW Coalition is a professional and personal development network that offers support, training and resources. The CHW Coalition is supported by UMass- Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences Center for Community Health Equity Research. The coalition is managed by Brenda Evans,MPH, Community Laision.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres! 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday October 27, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Excel  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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 hands-on workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Parent Village  
    Contact: Ayanna    413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library sponsored event.

Parent Village meeting. 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday October 28, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM We Will Not Be Divided: Jews and Allies Standing Together Against Anti-Semitism  
    Contact: Lindsey P   978-430-7531   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A traning offered by the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. This is the 3rd of a three part series on how Jew and allies can stand together against anti-semitism. 

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday October 29, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

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

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

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

Meets the last Tuesday of every month | Suggested for teens age 13-19

Here's your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is  If interested, please fill in the online application here or contact the young adult reference librarian.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday October 31, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Thursday November 1, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM MadLab  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   
   

Third Thursday of the month, until December 20 | Ages 6 - 12

Join in some experimentation and exploration designed for fun and learning. 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Linking Latino Educators  
    Contact: Rosemary M Hernandez    413-306-1383   rhernandez@clarendonees.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

FCC Educators come and find out what is happening in early childhood education and support in each other in your language.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Friday November 2, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the 1st Friday of every month | Ages 10 and up

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise suitable for people of any age. It is often referred to as “moving meditation” and has been widely practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. Enjoy its graceful flow, and experience the benefits it can bring to balance, coordination, focus, and calm. Tai Chi for Everyone will take place outside on the lawn weather permitting.

 

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at East Springfield  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the first Friday of every month | For Teens ages 13-18

Teens, shouldn't you have a say in what your library does?

We want you to join our Teen Advisory Board. Share what programs and materials you want. Talk about your ideas to make the library a better place for you. Come and enjoy refreshments while you meet new friends, and make your voice heard.

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday November 3, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Mad Science Labs  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments at the East Springfield Library. 

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

Held the first Saturday of every month | Recommended for children ages 5-12

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Sponsored by Faith United Church.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday November 5, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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  -  6:30 PM Healthcare, Educational, and Career Exploration Fair for Parents and Students  
    Contact: Peta-Gaye Porter   413-233-9856   pporter@rebhc.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western MA region-wide education fair for parents and students Multi-vendor event to highlight college programs, sample courses schedule, sample report cards for academic programs. With healthcare employers and professionals.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday November 6, 2018
   7:00 AM  -  8:00 PM State Election - Polling Location  
   

November 6th, 2018 - Voting - State Election

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   7:00 AM  -  8:00 PM State Election - Polling Location  
   

November 6th, 2018 - Voting - State Election

Located in the Read/Write/Now Adult Literacy Lobby

   7:00 AM  -  8:00 PM State Election - Polling Location  
   

November 6th, 2018 - Voting - State Election

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

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Department of Health & Human Services All-Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Yaitza Osorio   413-886-5018   Yosorio@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly all-staff meeting.

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

Meets on the first Tuesday of every month | For ages 11-18

Calling All Teens.  Here's your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for teens and tweens, plan events, book discussions, give input for materials selection and other fun activities.  Light refreshments will be served.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Local 3556 Union Meeting  
    Contact: Brenda Bates   413-787-7254   batesb@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday November 7, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
    Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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!

    Location: East Springfield
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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!

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

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly meeting of the Board of Library Commissioners. 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
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Basic Computer Skills Course for FCC Programs  
    Contact: Marcela M Simpson   413.336.3255   marcelamsimpson@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

If you are looking for basic computer skills or to upgrade computer skills you already have, you will not want to miss this four-session cohort. Relevant topics to discuss include, creating a newsletter, designing a format for a weekly plan, create e-mail account (Gmail), search for early childhood resources in the internet, using Google applications, like Google Drive and Google Hangouts, and navigating the EEC provider LEAD portal. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

First Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:00 PM | This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing Agatha Christie: a mysterious life by Laura Thompson.                                             

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 8, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. This month we will be reading In The Days Of Rain: a Daughter, a Father, a Cult, by Rebecca Stott.

Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Explorations for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly on the 2nd Friday | Ages 11 and up

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. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM MadLab  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   
   

Third Thursday of the month, until December 20 | Ages 6 - 12

Join in some experimentation and exploration designed for fun and learning. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Dakin Screening: Dog by Dog  
    Contact: Allie Thorpe   413-781-4000 ext.136   athorpe@dakinhumane.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

We will be screening the video "Dog by Dog: End Puppy Mills Now" for our audience. It is a 1 hour and 30 minute movie and we will follow it with a 30-minute Q&A. 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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 November 9, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Adventures in Reading  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413 263-6836   tboulrice@springfield
   

Held on the 2nd Friday of every month | Ages 8-10

Calling all reading adventurers! Want to explore different kinds of books? Join us as we read our way through fantasy, biography, historical fiction and more. We will meet every second Friday of the month to discuss our book, followed by a craft to continue the fun.  You can pick up a copy each month's book at the East Forest Park Library. 

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday November 10, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Write-Up Springfield!  
    Contact: Tara Dasso   413-244-8982   tdasso@gmail.com
   

Meets Monthly | Ages 18 and up

Calling all creative writers! A new group has started to workshop your writing, and network on creative writing opportunities, techniques, and styles.The group meets once a month, and always welcomes new members. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413 263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meeting dates for this school year are September 8 and November 10, 2018, and January 12, March 9, and May 11, 2019 | Teens

Here's your chance to meet regularly, every other month on the 2nd Saturday, to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teen ages 13-19. If interested, please contact the young adult reference librarian.

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Sunday November 11, 2018
     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 12, 2018
     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
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Tuesday November 13, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828 ext 395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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 month's selection is: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (1997) fiction.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Head start staff meeting  
    Contact: Kimberlee West    413-523-3928   kimberlyw@headstart.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860.882.4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library sponsored event.

The Preschool Enrichment team will be providing opportunities for Early Childhood Educators to come together and discuss best practices in the field of early childhood. 

    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
   

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Nerf This! Gaming Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every month on the second Tuesday | Ages 11-18

Join us for gaming at the library. Every month the games will change and anything from Monopoly to Super Smash Brothers will be available for play. Game on!

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ward 1 Democratic Committee Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Luis Arzola   413-265-9950   LArzola@chd.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Brightwood Community Room

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

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December 26 | Adults

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!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis and Air Hockey for Teens  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Wednesday of every month | For ages 11-18

Tabletop tennis, anyone? How about air hockey? Teens are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun playing tabletop tennis/ping pong and air hockey. Play for bragging rights or just for fun; plus it's a great exercise workout!  Can you meet the challenge? 

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

Held on the third Wednesday of every month | Ages 6-14

This free club is based on the American Girls books. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged.

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Comics Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   SHodge-Wetherbe@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month | For teens 12-18

Do you wait on the edge of your seat for the next Marvel movie? Do you think Mikasa Akerman from AOT is the coolest character in anime? Then this is the club for you! Join us here at East Springfield as we share our favorites in anime, manga, and American comics.  Members will help shape how the club progresses, and what events we hold every month! Come and geek out with us!

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
    Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month | For ages 10-18

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.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday November 15, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Mass Library System Continuing Education Class  
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   508-357-2121 x 301   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

MLS continuing education classes on Civic Engagement (10 am - Noon) and Citizenship & Immigration (1 pm - 3 pm)

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Wellspring General Assembly  
    Contact: Emily Kawano   413-461-8203   emilykawano@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Wellspring Cooperative's General Assembly is our annual membership meeting which is open to the public.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM MadLab  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   
   

Third Thursday of the month, until December 20 | Ages 6 - 12

Join in some experimentation and exploration designed for fun and learning. 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Springfield Codes! Meetup  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Thursday of every month | Ages 18-35

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

    Location: Mason Square

Friday November 16, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday November 17, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Peacekeeper Training for Marches and Other Actions  
    Contact: Lindsey P   978-430-7531   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

An offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, this highly interactive training will include discussions of the role of peacekeepers at marches and rallies, the tenets of nonviolence, how and why codes of conduct are created and followed, responding to hecklers, and how to support demonstrators who are having a hard time or are hurt. Using a combination of discussion, readings, small-group work, and role plays, the workshop will focus on the practical tools a peacekeeper needs to be effective and help defuse difficult situations that arise in public protests. [Note: To participate in this Peacekeeper Training, you must have already taken a full-day Nonviolent Direct Action Training, and been part of a demonstration where people risked arrest. You do not need to have been arrested yourself – just present at an event where nonviolent civil disobedience] 

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday November 19, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM hold for early literacy coalition  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   4132636828   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. Study after study links infertility with depression & anxiety. While the internet is helpful for research, there is great value sitting beside someone who can say, “Yes, me too.”

                    

Our peer-led support groups are available to women, men, individuals and couples currently struggling with infertility. This open forum enables you to meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends & family, and coping strategies. 

Group start time is 6:30.

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 20, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

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

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

Ages 12-19 welcome; this program takes place regularly on the third Thursday of the month.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- 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
    Meets the second Tuesday of every month | For teens, ages 11-18

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    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
   

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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 meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.  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 21, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Thanksgiving Eve: All Libraries Close at 5 pm  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

 

 

    Location: All Library Locations
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Thursday November 22, 2018
     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 23, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday November 24, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday November 26, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday November 27, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly meeting of Mayor's Office on Disability Board.

    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
   

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

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

Meets the last Tuesday of every month | Suggested for teens age 13-19

Here's your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is  If interested, please fill in the online application here or contact the young adult reference librarian.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

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

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except December 26 | Adults

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!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    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
   

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

Note: New time 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time)

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton.

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. 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday November 29, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Professional Learning Community for Early Childhood Directors and Administrators.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday November 30, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres! 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday December 1, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Mad Science Labs  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments at the East Springfield Library. 

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

Held the first Saturday of every month | Recommended for children ages 5-12

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Sponsored by Faith United Church.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 3, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday December 4, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Department of Health & Human Services All-Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Yaitza Osorio   413-886-5018   Yosorio@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly all-staff meeting.

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

Meets on the first Tuesday of every month | For ages 11-18

Calling All Teens.  Here's your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for teens and tweens, plan events, book discussions, give input for materials selection and other fun activities.  Light refreshments will be served.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday December 5, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
    Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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!

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

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

First Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:00 PM | This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman.                                             

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 6, 2018
     Gross Science with SLIME!  
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Linking Latino Educators  
    Contact: Rosemary M Hernandez   413-731-7966   rhernandez@clarendonees.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

FCC Educators come and find out what is happening in early childhood education and support in each other in your language.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Friday December 7, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the 1st Friday of every month | Ages 10 and up

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise suitable for people of any age. It is often referred to as “moving meditation” and has been widely practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. Enjoy its graceful flow, and experience the benefits it can bring to balance, coordination, focus, and calm. Tai Chi for Everyone will take place outside on the lawn weather permitting.

 

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at East Springfield  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the first Friday of every month | For Teens ages 13-18

Teens, shouldn't you have a say in what your library does?

We want you to join our Teen Advisory Board. Share what programs and materials you want. Talk about your ideas to make the library a better place for you. Come and enjoy refreshments while you meet new friends, and make your voice heard.

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday December 8, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 10, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. Study after study links infertility with depression & anxiety. While the internet is helpful for research, there is great value sitting beside someone who can say, “Yes, me too.”

Our peer-led support groups are available to women, men, individuals and couples currently struggling with infertility. This open forum enables you to meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends & family, and coping strategies. 

Group start time is 6:30.

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

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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 month's selection is: Lost in Shangi-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff (2011) nonfiction.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860.882.4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library sponsored event.

The Preschool Enrichment team will be providing opportunities for Early Childhood Educators to come together and discuss best practices in the field of early childhood. 

    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
   

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Nerf This! Gaming Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every month on the second Tuesday | Ages 11-18

Join us for gaming at the library. Every month the games will change and anything from Monopoly to Super Smash Brothers will be available for play. Game on!

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ward 1 Democratic Committee Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Luis Arzola   413-265-9950   LArzola@chd.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday December 12, 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. 

Due to holiday scheduling, this month's meeting will be held on December 12.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis and Air Hockey for Teens  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Wednesday of every month | For ages 11-18

Tabletop tennis, anyone? How about air hockey? Teens are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun playing tabletop tennis/ping pong and air hockey. Play for bragging rights or just for fun; plus it's a great exercise workout!  Can you meet the challenge? 

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Comics Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   SHodge-Wetherbe@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month | For teens 12-18

Do you wait on the edge of your seat for the next Marvel movie? Do you think Mikasa Akerman from AOT is the coolest character in anime? Then this is the club for you! Join us here at East Springfield as we share our favorites in anime, manga, and American comics.  Members will help shape how the club progresses, and what events we hold every month! Come and geek out with us!

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
    Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month | For ages 10-18

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.

    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
    Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month | All Ages

Monthly all-ages craft night. Come have fun and let us clean up the mess!

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday December 13, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. This month we will be reading Trajectory, by Richard Russo.  This is a book of four short stories, ranging from 39 pages to 96 pages each.

Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. .New members are always welcome.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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 December 14, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Explorations for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly on the 2nd Friday | Ages 11 and up

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. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday December 15, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 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: Central Library Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 17, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

Drop in to learn and explore at our makerspace!  This creative space for kids and their families is chock full of art supplies and recycled stuff waiting to be transformed into something new.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM hold for early literacy coalition  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   4132636828   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday December 18, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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.

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

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

Ages 12-19 welcome; this program takes place regularly on the third Thursday of the month.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- 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
    Meets the second Tuesday of every month | For teens, ages 11-18

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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!

    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
   

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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 meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.  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 19, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Held on the third Wednesday of every month | Ages 6-14

This free club is based on the American Girls books. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged.

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

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    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
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM What-Ifs & Fix-Its: A Fanfiction Club for Teens  
    Contact: Azinne Zarrabi   413-263-6836   azarrabi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held on the 3rd Thursday of every month | For teens ages 11-18.

Are you disappointed about the way The Hunger Games ended? Do you think your favorite classic novel would be better if it had dragons? Do you honestly think you can write a better love story than Twilight? Then join us at the East Forest Park Library on the third Wednesday of every month, where pop-culture fans of every kind can explore their favorite characters and create stories of their own, through the marvelous world of fanfiction. We’ll have advice sessions for beginning authors and writing prompts to inspire new ideas—you’ll even have an opportunity to submit your work to the library’s blog!
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday December 20, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Professional Learning Community for Early Childhood Directos and Administrators.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday, from 10:00 AM this fall | Recommended for children under 10

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children. Come and enjoy stories, songs, movement activities, and hands-on sensory play. Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions about special accommodations for your child.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    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
    Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

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.

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
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Springfield Codes! Meetup  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Thursday of every month | Ages 18-35

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

    Location: Mason Square

Friday December 21, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Stop-by the Brightwood Branch Library Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. We'll have the morning paper out, as well as crosswords, puzzles, and more. Bring along your knitting or crochet projects, or meet a friend for a hour of friendly socializing. Coffee and tea generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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.
 

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday December 22, 2018
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

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. 

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

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am | All ages welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 24, 2018
     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
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Tuesday December 25, 2018
     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

Wednesday December 26, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

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