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Tuesday May 1, 2018 -  Wednesday May 30, 2018
     National Pet Month Donation Drive  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

In honor of National Pet Month, the East Forest Park Branch Library will have a donation box for you to drop off animal care supplies for a local animal shelter. Give back to the community and drop off supplies for animals in need. It's an easy way to make a contribution to our furry friends and make a pawsitive difference in our community. For all ages.

    Location: East Forest Park

Tuesday May 1, 2018 -  Thursday June 28, 2018
     Art Central: A Walk in Our Woods, Photgraphs by Nick Borges  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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 woods 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: Central Library

Wednesday May 23, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Come Play!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come Play! Have exclusive access to the Indian Orchard Play and Learn Place during closed hours. Give us feedback on our new collection, and have fun! A healthy snack will be served at the end of the session.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Ages 12 months to 6 years. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingües  
    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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Cassie a Therapy Dog  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

In honor of National Pet Month, Cassie a Bright Spot Therapy Dog will be visiting the East Forest Park children's room. Children are invited to read their favorite story to Cassie.

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Large Sea Shell Art Designs  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Using large sea shells, paint, sharpies and decorative materials, participants can go wild creating beautiful shell masterpieces to bring home and display.  All materials will be provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo is on Vacation  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at Mason Square  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Would you like to make changes at the library?

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

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night for Grown Ups  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Interacting Safely with Law Enforcement  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   (413) 263-6828, x395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Kevin J. Dumpson, Executive Director of Suit Up Springfield and founder of Pro-Active on Purpose, will share his experiences and wisdom on how to safely and sensibly interact with law enforcement and authority figures. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Free pizza, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be served. Registration for this event is encouraged, though not required.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Liking My Looks, 'Normal' Must Be So Boring!  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adventures in Liking My Looks is a funny, spirited, sometimes poignant one woman play that explores how all bodies—even “non-normal” ones--are beautiful. Written and performed by Susan Cummings, the actress/playwright travels from New York City and London to art therapy, dance lessons and more in an adventure of finding self-acceptance and love. “I hope the show nudges and inspires the audience to realize that each of their bodies is uniquely beautiful, (and) that all of our bodies are part of the beautiful human palette.” “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.” 18+

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Thursday May 24, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6828   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Teddy Bear Picnic  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@gmail.com
   

Join us for a teddy bear picnic in the reading garden. There will be a special storytime, snacks, prizes and more. Don't forget to bring a teddy or your favorite stuffed friend for the teddy bear parade! Kids ages 5-8 and their families are welcome.

    Location: Mason Square
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Bike Repair Workshop for Teens  
    Contact: Alex Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as RADSpringfield returns for another bike repair clinic at Forest Park Library. The bicycle experts from RADSpringfield will be hosting a weekly event through the month of May 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!

Every Thursday through the month of May, ages 11-18.

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM North End Girl Scout Troop Meeting  
    Contact: Victoria Ann Rodriguez   413-262-3552   vamrod522@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday May 25, 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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB, A Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres!  Meets regularly on the last Friday of the month. | Adults

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Music Together  
    Contact: Megan Walsh   413-787-6959 x8   walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

Did you know that all children are musical? Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability? Music Together is a music and movement approach to early childhood music development for infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten children and their parents, teachers and other primary caregivers. Our classes are guided and encouraged by dedicated, nurturing teachers who promote your child's, and your own, music-making and music competence. Offered in conjunction with Home City Families. Space is limited to 10, registration required. Call 413-787-6959 x8 to register. Participation in all sessions strongly encouraged.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday May 26, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more.  This is a 20-week course that meets 2 hours every Saturday. Please register early to reserve a spot. Happy coding! For ages 12-18/

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

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Parent Village  
    Contact: Ayanna Crawford   413-886-9089   
   

This is not a ilbrary-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   11:30 AM  -  2:30 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 meeting for an auxiliary group of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Deberry Elementary School Talent Show Rehearsal  
    Contact: Mattie Jenkins   1-413-896-4760   JENKINSMA@SPRINGFIELDPUBLICSCHOOLS.COM
   

This is not a library sponsored event.

Angela Trueheart and Mattie Jenkins will be meeting with Deberry Elementary Scholars for a Talent Show rehearsal.

 

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Women's Coding Club  
    Contact: Kim or Marisa   413-263-6828 ext.437   
   

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 May 28, 2018
     Memorial Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday May 29, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Early Intervention Meeting  
    Contact: Sandie Lanier   413-358-0184   slanier@futureshealth.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   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
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Treasure of Hope Caregiver Training  
    Contact: Sheena Love   413-297-9799   sheelo417@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

 

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's your chance to meet regularly the last Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teen ages 13-19. If interested, please 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: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Pajama Puppet Show  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Our Teen Readers Advisory Panel will be presenting an adaptaion of The Very Hungry Caterpillar for children ages 0-7.  In honor of Eric Carle, we will be offering a watercolor craft. Children are welcome to wear their pajamas!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Girl Scout Meeting  
    Contact: Victoria Rodriguez   413-262-3552   vamrod522@gmail.com
   

This is not al library-sponsored event.

Bi-Weekly Girl Scout Meeting

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Wednesday May 30, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Come Play!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come Play! Have exclusive access to the Indian Orchard Play and Learn Place during closed hours. Give us feedback on our new collection, and have fun! A healthy snack will be served at the end of the session.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
   

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

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Ages 12 months to 6 years. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingües  
    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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Cassie a Therapy Dog  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

In honor of National Pet Month, Cassie a Bright Spot Therapy Dog will be visiting the East Forest Park children's room. Children are invited to read their favorite story to Cassie.

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Read to Momo is on Vacation  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Art Exploration for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join other teens in exploring a variety of art media for an afternoon of creativity. We will have tissue paper, watercolors, drawing pencils, and more along with some new ideas for making art. Snacks served! For ages 11-18.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM DIY Birdfeeders  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   MGalbreath@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Using upcycled materials and soynut butter make a birdfeeder for your feathered friends. For children ages 3 and up and their families. RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 21ST.

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Meeting  
    Contact: Erica Donahue   413-335-5814   edonahue@chd.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Our Neighborhood Through Our Eyes 2018: a Community Art Walk and Reception  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come celebrate the talent of the Sumner Avenue School Students. This exhibit features photographs taken by and essays written by fourth grade students that reflect their view of community and the Forest Park  neighborhood.  Several students will talk about their photos and the essay contest winners will be awarded. Then join us as we walk to each of the sites to view the photographs and conclude at Trinity United Methodist church for refreshments. Photographs will continue to be on display at the Forest Park Branch Library, Drama Studio, Food Zone,  Forest Park Eye Care, Cafe Christo's, and Trinity United Methodist Church until June 9, 2018. 

Special thanks to our community and business partners and the C3 Forest Park Police Unit.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night for Grown Ups  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan.

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:15 PM  -  8:00 PM Documentary and Discussion: Egypt's Struggle for Peace  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

When we think of Egypt, images of its impressive past and majestic pyramids are what we see, not its fragile social politics. Join us for the powerful PBS documentary "Egypt in Crisis" to better understand the politics.  A discussion following the film will be facilitated by local author R. A. Migeed whose new book "Fate and Choices" tells the story of his emigration from Egypt to America.  It also shares his struggle to understand the momentous political changes occurring in  Egypt as it moves towards a better future.  Mr. Migeed's books will be available for sale, and refreshments are compliments of the Friends of the Library.

NOTE: This is an after hours program.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Public Hearing MassDEP CO2 Budget Trading Program  
    Contact: Catherine V. Skiba   413-755-2119   catherine.skiba@state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

MassDEP and MassDOER will hold a Public Hearing to accept comments from the public regarding proposed Amendments to 310 CMR 7.70 COBudget Trading Program wiithin the Massachusetts 310 CMR 7.00 Air Pollution Control regulation.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Thursday May 31, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Kaleidoscope Family Solutions Orientation  
    Contact: Lauren Riordan   7743318224   lriordan@kfamilysolutions.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Bike Repair Workshop for Teens  
    Contact: Alex Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as RADSpringfield returns for another bike repair clinic at Forest Park Library. The bicycle experts from RADSpringfield will be hosting a weekly event through the month of May 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!

Every Thursday through the month of May, ages 11-18.

    Location: Forest Park
   4:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Town Hall Meeting w/ Jesse Lederman & Adam Gomez  
    Contact: City Councilor Jesse Lederman   413-285-3041   JLederman@springfieldcityhall.com
   

Town Hall style community meeting with At-Large City Councilor Jesse Lederman and Ward 1 City Councilor Adam Gomez, along with other Springfield elected officials. Residents will have the opportunity to share their questions, concerns, and ideas. 

 

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Mason Square Movie Night: Wonder  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   
   

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. Rated PG.

Popcorn will be served. Come an hour early for a Wonder-inspired craft!

This program is for kids and teens.

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday June 1, 2018 -  Friday August 31, 2018
     Book Worms and Litter Bugs  
    Contact: Vickie Palmatier   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to pick something from the Pine Point Treasure Chest? Then come on down to Pine Point! During any of our open hours, you can either read for 20 minutes or fill 1 shopping bag with litter from the neighborhood and take your pick of prizes from the treasure chest! Suggested for ages 8-18.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Friday June 1, 2018
   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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors. This program takes place every 1st Friday of the month.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

For Teens 13-18

    Location: East Springfield
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday June 2, 2018 -  Saturday June 16, 2018
     Make A Fathers Day Card  
    Contact: Brightwood Branch   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

June 2 - June 16 | Open Hours

Drop by the library during open hours and make a card for dear ol' dad. Supplies and templates will be provided so that you can craft a card that will bring a smile to the lips of Pop, Grampa, and Uncle Joe. | Children

    Location: Brightwood

Saturday June 2, 2018 -  Saturday June 16, 2018
     Make A Fathers Day Card  
    Contact: Children's Room   413 263-6828 ext201   
   

June 2 - June 16 | Open Hours

Drop by the library during open hours and make a card for dear ol' dad. Supplies and templates will be provided so that you can craft a card that will bring a smile to the lips of Pop, Grampa, and Uncle Joe. | Children

    Location: Central Library

Saturday June 2, 2018 -  Saturday June 16, 2018
     Make A Fathers Day Card  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413 263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

June 2 - June 16 | Open Hours

Drop by the library during open hours and make a card for dear ol' dad. Supplies and templates will be provided so that you can craft a card that will bring a smile to the lips of Pop, Grampa, and Uncle Joe. | Children

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday June 2, 2018 -  Saturday June 16, 2018
     Make A Fathers Day Card  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

June 2 - June 16 | Open Hours

Drop by the library during open hours and make a card for dear ol' dad. Supplies and templates will be provided so that you can craft a card that will bring a smile to the lips of Pop, Grampa, and Uncle Joe. | Children

    Location: Indian Orchard

Saturday June 2, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more.  This is a 20-week course that meets 2 hours every Saturday. Please register early to reserve a spot. Happy coding! For ages 12-18/

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Deberry School Talent Showcase  
    Contact: Mattie Jenkins    413-896-4706   jenkinsma@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at different library branches. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Beautify Your World with a Seed Bomb  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join Wellspring Gardening in making a Seed Bomb. We will use a little clay, topsoil and a few seeds. Plant it anywhere that needs some wildflowers. We will be using seeds that encourage bees and butterflies. We will be out on the lawn, weather permitting. | Families with children 5 and up

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

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

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

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments every 1st Saturday of the month 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
   

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday June 4, 2018 -  Thursday June 28, 2018
     Brightwood Gallery: 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: Brightwood

Monday June 4, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday June 5, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    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  -  3:30 PM City Hall Health Department Meeting  
    Contact: Soloe Dennis   413-787-6761   sdennis@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Foster Care Informational  
    Contact: Deborah Jones   413-452-3396   Deborah.Jones@state.ma.us
   

This is not a library sponsored event.

Learn the steps to becoming a foster parents for the Department of Children and Families. 

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Girl Scouts Information Night  
    Contact: Ashley Batlle   413-224-4028   abatlle@gscwm.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Picture this: a safe no-limits place where she can be inspired, try new things, take on challenges, build community, and
inspire others!  That’s Girl Scouts. A place where “Can I?” quickly turns into “I will!” Where your G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter,
Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)TM can transform her ideas into action, turn her questions into adventure, and grow her
confidence through practice.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Ward 1 Dems Meeting  
    Contact: Ivette Hernandez   413-328-4141   ivettehernandez33@hotmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Meeting to promote civic engagement and voter participation

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Wednesday June 6, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Come Play!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come Play! Have exclusive access to the Indian Orchard Play and Learn Place during closed hours. Give us feedback on our new collection, and have fun! A healthy snack will be served at the end of the session.Ages 0-6. Call for more information.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Ages 12 months to 6 years. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingües  
    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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Keep Calm and Make a Bath Bomb  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

You will think your the bomb after making your own bath bomb! Have you ever wondered what causes a bath bomb to become so fizzy when it touches the water in the bathtub? It is due to a chemical reaction taking place between different ingredients within the bath bomb. In this activity, you will get to make your own homemade bath bombs and explore how changing the amounts of the different ingredients affects how fizzy the bath bombs end up being when you toss them in the bath. Ages 6 - 17.

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

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

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Kite Craft  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make. Fly. Soar. Build your own kite and take it for a test drive on the library lawn.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  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  -  7:45 PM Game Night for Grown Ups  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman.                                               

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 June 7, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Hi!Tech: Getting Started with Computers  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss A House of My Own by Sandra Cisneros.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Still Standing: Stories from the African American Community Navigating the Turbulent Terrain  
    Contact: Natalia Munoz   413-204-0899   natalia@nataliamunoz.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

"Still Standing: Stories from the African American Community: Navigating the Turbulent Terrain"

In this gathering, Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker will highlight various means and techniques to survive these turbulent times.  Relying on the strength from her African American ancestors who endured 400 years of brutality and terrorism, Dr. Whitaker will weave together stories and lessons to provide hope, insight, and inspiration.  Following Dr. Whitaker’s presentation, Natalia Munoz will facilitate a question and answer period with the gathered group.

    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
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The monthly meeting of WalkBike Springfield, residents working to improve conditions for walking and bicycling in Springfield.  All welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Friday June 8, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Breastfeeding Support Group  
    Contact: Moryn Mendoza   413-306-7150   mmendoza@tapestryhealth.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Breastfeeding support group for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

All are welcome. English/Spanish.

    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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Genealogy for Beginners  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to learn more about genealogy, but don't know where to start? This four-week series is a great way to start learning. Attend one or all four, the workshops can be taken separately or as a set. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau with funding provided by the Friends of the Library. Signing-up will help staff prepare this program for you.

Class 1, Introduction to Genealogical Research (Friday, June 8): This is a great for getting started researching your family.  The workshop reviews step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, sample organizing, and where to begin your research.

Class 2, Census and Vital Records (Friday, June 15):  Census and vital records are staple resources for genealogical research.  Learn what they are, what you can discover by using them, and how they have changed over time and location.

Class 3, Immigration, Naturalization and Migration (Friday, June 22): Locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and more including how migration can affect genealogy research.

Class 4, Unique Records (Friday, June 29): Digging deeper into the unique records available concerning military records, land records, wills and probate, and includes an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Explorations for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 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:

Stamp A Tote Bag: Whether you're planning to bring it to the beach or the grocery store, everyone needs a go-to summer bag! We'll decorate a canvas tote bag with colorful stamps.

 

 

    Location: Mason Square

Saturday June 9, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more.  This is a 20-week course that meets 2 hours every Saturday. Please register early to reserve a spot. Happy coding! For ages 12-18/

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Release Your Inner Artist with Pastel Painting  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This workshop gives aspiring visual artists a practical strategy for getting started with painting. After a slide show presenting the concepts and demonstrating the process, students create their own paintings using pastels. The instructor helps everyone apply the techniques and paint the subject in a variety of tones, focusing on details toward the end. Everyone leaves with a completed artwork, and equipped with strategies for continued painting. Paper, paints, and other supplies are provided. Wear clothing suitable for painting. Funding provided by the Springfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library. Ages 18+.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Deberry School Talent Showcase  
    Contact: Mattie Jenkins    413-896-4706   jenkinsma@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Write-Up Springfield!  
    Contact: Tara Dasso   413-244-8982   tdasso@gmail.com
   

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. 18+ NOTE: Please meet in the Rotunda so library staff can bring guests to the 4th floor.

    Location: Central Library 4th Fl. Conference Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

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

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

Group start time is 6:30.

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 June 12, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

This month's selection is: American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, a Man Who Turned Disaster Into Destiny by Sarah S. Kilborne (2012) nonfiction.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM 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
   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
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Creator's Club for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

 

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Ward #1 Democratic Committee Meetings  
    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 June 13, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Come Play!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come Play! Have exclusive access to the Indian Orchard Play and Learn Place during closed hours. Give us feedback on our new collection, and have fun! A healthy snack will be served at the end of the session.Ages 0-6. Call for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Ages 12 months to 6 years. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingües  
    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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Firefighter on the Go with Sparky the Fire Dog  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meet local firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog! Families will be educated on basic fire safety tips, learn about fire escape plans, and check out some of the special equipment on a real fire truck. This event will be held outside (in the East Forest Park parking lot) with the L3 Springfield Fire Team. Sparky the Fire Dog will be joining us between 3 - 4 p.m.

Take the opportunity to sign up for our Summer Reading program and keep cool by enjoying some yummy ice cream. All Ages.

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Cupcakes & Karaoke  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens, join us for some Karaoke fun!  Decorate a "karaoke cupcake" and enjoy some snacks. For ages 11-19.

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

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

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at Mason Square  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Would you like to make changes at the library?

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

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Looking for a Job? Sign up with Skillsmart!  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn how to sign up with Skillsmart, the job-seeker website designed to match your skills to careers in greater Springfield. 

This program is for adults 18 and up.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Impact of Trauma on Adopted Children  
    Contact: Diane Tomaz   617-875-6951   dianet@mareinc.org
   

This is not a Library sponsored event.

This training will provide an overview of the impact of trauma on development and will include concrete strategies of effective ways to respond, instead of react,  to challenging behaviors.  In addition, we will discuss how to promote healing and growth through principles of trauma informed parenting.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night for Grown Ups  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Keir White & Too Human in Concert  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6840   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Get your rock-on with the smoldering voice of Keir White, and the rousing tempos of Too Human. Keir opens the show (6-6:45 p.m.) with popular songs of hope and inspiration while Too Human (7-8 p.m.) will entertain with a folk-pop twist reinterpreting standards from the American Songbook and more.  Good for all ages, come alone, with a friend, or bring the family. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library, with a free attedance raffle for all those who join in on the fun. All ages.

Note: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This concert is held at the East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building, 1437 Carew Street Springfield MA 01104.

    Location: East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building, 1437 Carew Street
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Craft Night at East Springfield  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday June 14, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Hi!Tech: Continuing with Computers  
    Contact: Anna Mickelsen   413-263-6828   amickelsen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Forest Park Summer Reading Kickoff Block Party  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Help us kick off our summer reading program by joining the Forest Park Library for a celebratory block party! We'll be serving summer picnic foods with games, fun camps songs, a Poetry Reading, a scavenger hunt and free books for the first 100 kids and teens. Community civic and business leaders as well as all of your neighbors will be here so don't miss out. All ages invited and welcome!  Special thanks to our C3 Forest Park Police Team and Friends of the Springfield Library for sponsoring this event.

 

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

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

All ages welcome!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Edible Wild Plants of the Northeast  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to the Mason Square Branch and learn about edible plants from New England--chances are there's something tasty growing in your back yard!

Naturalist, John Root, will present an introduction to the identification and uses of wild plants for food and beverage. During the program he will go over distinguishing characteristics, seasons of availability, habitats, methods of preparation, and nutritional and medicinal value of our region’s most common and appealing wild plants.

Illustrated pamphlets with plant descriptions, guidelines for responsible and safe foraging, and a bibliography for further study are distributed as well.

This program is for adults and teens.

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday June 15, 2018
   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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Genealogy for Beginners  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to learn more about genealogy, but don't know where to start? This four-week series is a great way to start learning. Attend one or all four, the workshops can be taken separately or as a set. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau with funding provided by the Friends of the Library. Signing-up will help staff prepare this program for you.

Class 1, Introduction to Genealogical Research (Friday, June 8): This is a great for getting started researching your family.  The workshop reviews step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, sample organizing, and where to begin your research.

Class 2, Census and Vital Records (Friday, June 15):  Census and vital records are staple resources for genealogical research.  Learn what they are, what you can discover by using them, and how they have changed over time and location.

Class 3, Immigration, Naturalization and Migration (Friday, June 22): Locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and more including how migration can affect genealogy research.

Class 4, Unique Records (Friday, June 29): Digging deeper into the unique records available concerning military records, land records, wills and probate, and includes an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Na Zdorovie!: World Cup Kickoff Party  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Na Zdorovie! Cheers to the 2018 FIFA World Cup being held in Russia! Countries all around will compete for the ultimate trophy as World Cup champions in heated soccer matches. Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the World Cup with a live viewing of the Spain and Portugal match. Refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome!

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 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:

Batik Dyed T-shirts: Make a batik-print shirt using glue and fabric dye. We'll supply a limited number of shirts, but feel free to bring in additional items to dye, if you wish.

 

    Location: Mason Square

Saturday June 16, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more.  This is a 20-week course that meets 2 hours every Saturday. Please register early to reserve a spot. Happy coding! For ages 12-18/

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Speak up  
    Contact: ANNETTE SIMMONS SANDERS   413-883-4476   msanders33@comcast.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Domestic violence  abuse program for battered women and abused Men. we shall have a panel of experts speak about abuse and how to leave without getting hurt. 

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday June 18, 2018 -  Saturday June 23, 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

Monday June 18, 2018 -  Saturday August 18, 2018
     Your Story. Your Library. Discover Your Summer  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x 293   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Summer Reading is for all ages! 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. 


Monday June 18, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Pine Point Summer Reading Kickoff  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Summer is the best time of year to read! Stop by the branch to learn how easy it is to participate, check out our Expressly For You collection, have some fun with Snap Circuits, Magna Tiles and Minecraft, and enjoy some treats! | All Ages

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 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 June 19, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    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
   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
   

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

 

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens, ages 11-18 and meets every second Tuesday of the month.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sixteen Acres Summer Reading Kickoff  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop-in for light refreshments and to pick up summer reading logs for the whole family! Teen volunteers will be on hand to tell you all about Your Story, Your Summer, Your Library and the other fun activities happening at the Sixteen Acres Branch all summer long. | All Ages

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday June 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM BYOB Nonfiction  
    Contact: Gary Pysznik   413-263-6828, x395   gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make new friends while learning about great new nonfiction books! Book club members meet monthly to review the nonfiction books they have read recently in a casual yet informative discussion. Come as often as your schedule allows; newcomers are always welcomed. Coffee provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Central Library Summer Kick Off  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6828 x.201   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesday June 20th. Come kick off your summer in style the Children's Room at the Central Library! We'll have activities all day, and snacks and giveaways while supplies last. Children of all ages welcome.

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM East Springfield Library's Summer Reading Kickoff Music Party  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come enjoy some great entertainment and music from all era's at the East Springfield Library for its Summer Reading Kickoff Party.
East Springfield will be hosting a "Music Through the Years" Summer Reading Kickoff Party with the sweet sounds of Solo Acoustic Cover/Original Artist Jon Hollywood who's musical influences span a wide variety of music. Jon Hollywood sings/plays a mix of his own music, music from the past and some of the radio's biggest hits today, he always sets the table for a fun time.
Refreshments will be served!

    Location: East Springfield
   2:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Stop Access Coalition  
    Contact: Malikah Jeffries   413-733-0261   mjeffries@gandaracenter.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Stop Access Drug Free Communities Coalition monthly meeting. The Stop Access Coalition is a city-wide coalition of residents and organizations managed by the Gandara Center with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SMASHA) working together to reduce underage drinking and marijuanan use specifically in the South End Maple High/Six Corners and Forest Park neighborhoods.

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

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

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night for Grown Ups  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Fake News? Real News? How to Tell Fact from Fake  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   (413) 263-6828 x395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you wonder which news is real and which news sources you can trust? Come to this workshop to learn how to identify biases and fake news, find reliable news sources, and look beyond the headlines. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be served. Registration for this event is encouraged, though not required. Open to all ages.

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

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! For teens ages 11-18. 
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday June 21, 2018
   3:30 AM  -  5:00 AM Bubble Play in the reading garden  
    Contact: Ellen   413-263-6853   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Visit the branch reading garden for an afternoon of bubble fun. Play with different kinds of bubbles and watch them fly away. Make your own bubble wand- how big of a bubble can you blow?

    Location: Mason Square
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Last Day Hooray!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join your neighbors at the Indian Orchard Branch Library on the last day of school for an afternoon of fun! There will be a scavenger hunt, craft activities, a book giveaway for families, and more.  Come discover your public library! All Ages

A joint collaboration of the Springfield City Library and the Springfield Housing Authority. Book giveaway possible through the Book Rich Environments Initiative (BRE)

    Location: Indian Orchard
   2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM MadLab  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

STEAM explorations for kids, 5 - 12.

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday June 22, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Breastfeeding Support Group  
    Contact: Moryn Mendoza   413-306-7150   mmendoza@tapestryhealth.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Breastfeeding support group for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

All are welcome. English/Spanish.

    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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Genealogy for Beginners  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to learn more about genealogy, but don't know where to start? This four-week series is a great way to start learning. Attend one or all four, the workshops can be taken separately or as a set. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau with funding provided by the Friends of the Library. Signing-up will help staff prepare this program for you.

Class 1, Introduction to Genealogical Research (Friday, June 8): This is a great for getting started researching your family.  The workshop reviews step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, sample organizing, and where to begin your research.

Class 2, Census and Vital Records (Friday, June 15):  Census and vital records are staple resources for genealogical research.  Learn what they are, what you can discover by using them, and how they have changed over time and location.

Class 3, Immigration, Naturalization and Migration (Friday, June 22): Locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and more including how migration can affect genealogy research.

Class 4, Unique Records (Friday, June 29): Digging deeper into the unique records available concerning military records, land records, wills and probate, and includes an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Brightwood Goes Wild  
    Contact: Brightwood Branch   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Brightwood Library is going wild celebrating summer fun! Forest Park's Zoo On The Go will visit us at 1 p.m. Afterwards, do a zoo scavenger hunt, make a craft, and stop by our Brightwood Goes Wild Snack Bar for a safari-inspired treat.

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

Do you know music? Do you REALLY know music? Identify songs from the 1970's-the present day. Answer questions about your favorite artists...and some of the ones your parents listened to! Challenge yourself and your friends, while you enjoy tasty snacks! For teens ages 12-18.

    Location: East Springfield
   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:

Straw Coasters: Nothing beats a cold lemonade on a hot summer day. Weave a pretty coaster for your cup using colorful plastic straws.

 

    Location: Mason Square

Saturday June 23, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more.  This is a 20-week course that meets 2 hours every Saturday. Please register early to reserve a spot. Happy coding! For ages 12-18/

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Youth Enrichment Program  
    Contact: Stephanie Burgess   413-883-7686   stephanieburgess33@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a 12 weeks beginning youth enrichment program open to all youth aged 11-16 yrs old.  We will meet each week on Saturday mornings beginning April 7th.  We will discuss areas of etiquette such as Social Etiquette, Safe Social Media, Culture, Grace & the Arts, Health & Beauty, Plan for Success, Budgeting, Finance & Entrepreneurship, Community Outreach and Heritage.  We expect to have visiting presenters as well.
Please note that these sessions are sometimes held at the Mason Square Branch Library and sometimes at the Central Library. Please check the online library calendar if you're not sure of the location that week.
 

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Summer Reading Club Kick-Off in the Park!  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

It's that time of year again! Join us in the Mason Square Branch's beautiful new park space to kick off this year's summer reading club: Your Story. Your Library. Discover Your Summer - We'll have all the materials you need to participate in the reading club, plus a paint your summer craft, a super PB&J-making station, big bubble making, and more! | All Ages

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Women's Coding Club  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan   4113-263-6828 x 437   ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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
   3:15 PM  -  5:00 PM The Life of Ulysses S. Grant: Civil War General and U.S. President  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a lecture on one of the most commanding figures in United States history, Ulysses S. Grant.  Most historians agree that Gen. Grant's hard fought battlefield wins led directly to the Union's defeat of the South during our bloody Civil War.   After the war, as president, Grant was an ardent defender of civil rights for newly freed slaves. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Monday June 25, 2018 -  Saturday June 30, 2018
     Drop In Craft  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop by the library and make a craft. DISCOVER YOUR story, YOUR summer, YOUR library. During open hours.For kids ages 5-10, but 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

Monday June 25, 2018 -  Monday December 31, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in during open hours 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 June 25, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club: Forest Park Brickyard  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday June 26, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Comm of Mass-PA Enhancement Forum  
    Contact: Dee Trubiano-Paulauskas   617-222-7442   dee.trubano-paulauskas@state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Commonwealth of MA - Office of Long Term Services and Supports - new Prior Authorization Enhancement Forum

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM 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
   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
   

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

 

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's your chance to meet regularly the last Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teen ages 13-19. If interested, please fill in the online application here or contact the young adult reference librarian. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM MPU Springfield  
    Contact: Jasmine Calderon   401-464-1156   jasmine@discoverasg.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

MA Parents United monthly meeting.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday June 27, 2018
   3:00 AM  -  4:00 AM Make It! Shake It! Take It!  
    Contact: East Forest Park Branch   413 263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make it, Shake it, Take it: Local storyteller, Mary Jo Maichack, will bring all supplies for children and families to make, decorate, take and play musical instruments such as a paper plate and rubber band banjos, popsicle sticks kazoos and seed shakers. After the instruments are made, we'll sing and play familiar kids’ songs, so all kids can jam--playing along on their creations. For kids ages 5 and up.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,a state agency.

    Location: East Forest Park
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Fun With Food  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@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
   2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Spray Paint Flower Art!  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Any easy wall art that you can do in no time at all with no art skills.  Using spray paint, flowers from your garden or fake flowers and other items you come away with unique artwork for your home.  This is a teen program intended for ages 11-19.  All supplies will be provided.

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

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

 

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Game Night for Grown Ups  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday June 28, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Introduction to Excel  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Paper Airplane Challenge  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Bring your best aerodynamic designing skills to the Forest Park Paper Airplane Challenge. Whose creation flies the furthest? Whose flies most accurately? Best for children 8 - 14.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Food Art for Teens  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a fun afternoon of creating art you can eat! We'll provide your materials, all you need is your artistic creativity! For teens ages 12-18.

    Location: East Springfield
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Your Legal Questions Answered: Landlord and Tenant Forum  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

To begin the program, local lawyers will review 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, the panel will meet with audience members privately to discuss their questions discretely. Pizza & juice compliments of the Friends of the 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
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday June 29, 2018
   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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Genealogy for Beginners  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to learn more about genealogy, but don't know where to start? This four-week series is a great way to start learning. Attend one or all four, the workshops can be taken separately or as a set. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau with funding provided by the Friends of the Library. Signing-up will help staff prepare this program for you.

Class 1, Introduction to Genealogical Research (Friday, June 8): This is a great for getting started researching your family.  The workshop reviews step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, sample organizing, and where to begin your research.

Class 2, Census and Vital Records (Friday, June 15):  Census and vital records are staple resources for genealogical research.  Learn what they are, what you can discover by using them, and how they have changed over time and location.

Class 3, Immigration, Naturalization and Migration (Friday, June 22): Locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and more including how migration can affect genealogy research.

Class 4, Unique Records (Friday, June 29): Digging deeper into the unique records available concerning military records, land records, wills and probate, and includes an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  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
   1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Preschool Graduation  
    Contact: JENNIFFER GONZALEZ   413-263-6500 EXT6522   JENNIFFERG@SPRINGFIELDPARTNERESINC.COM
   
This is not a library-sponsored event.

NEW BEGINNINGS EARLY EDUCATION PRESCHOOL GRADUATION.

    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
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres!  Meets regularly on the last Friday of the month. | Adults

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday June 30, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more.  This is a 20-week course that meets 2 hours every Saturday. Please register early to reserve a spot. Happy coding! For ages 12-18/

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:30 AM  -  2:00 PM Book Club Meeting  
    Contact: William Torres   413-306-8458   willsreadings@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Literary Spotlight  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Just in time for summer reading, local authors share stories about their recently published books, and introduce what's new in their world of writing. The Literary Spotlight is  perfect  for finding a new book to read, meet the exciting literary minds in our community, and enjoy an afternoon of story telling and idea sharing. Free raffle to all those who attend. Refreshments and raffle compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday July 2, 2018 -  Saturday July 7, 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

Monday July 2, 2018 -  Tuesday July 31, 2018
     Love Your Mother: Clean Up The Earth  
    Contact: Alex Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Help keep our Mother Earth clean by getting litter off of the streets. Through the month of July, for every shopping bag of litter picked up and disposed of at the Forest Park Library, the participant will be awarded one ticket in our gift card raffle. The more litter you pick up, the more chances to win! See the librarian for details. Ages 11-18.

    Location: Forest Park

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 July 2, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday July 3, 2018
   3:30 AM  -  4:30 AM Hamilton Day for Teens  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Celebrate Independence Day with the world's most popular musical about the founding fathers! Challenge your knowledge of both history and the show in our Hamilton themed trivia contest. Enjoy tea and scones like King George himself! For teens ages 11-18.

    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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  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
   

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday July 4, 2018
     Independence Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Thursday July 5, 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Spirit Catches You Then You Fall  by Ann Fadiman

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday July 6, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Breastfeeding Support Group  
    Contact: Moryn Mendoza   413-306-7150   mmendoza@tapestryhealth.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Breastfeeding support group for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

All are welcome. English/Spanish.

    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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors. This program takes place every 1st Friday of the month.
 

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

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

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

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.

For Teens 13-18

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday July 7, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more.  This is a 20-week course that meets 2 hours every Saturday. Please register early to reserve a spot. Happy coding! For ages 12-18/

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

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM It's School V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, Let's PARTY!  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We will be celebrationg summer break with indoor and outdoor games, activites, music and light refreshments.  Let's have a ball!  While this is a teen-centered event, children may attend.  Children 7 and under require adult supervision.

Note: Raindate - July 10th

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Genealogy for Beginners  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to learn more about genealogy, but don't know where to start? This four-week series is a great way to start learning. Attend one or all four, the workshops can be taken separately or as a set. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau with funding provided by the Friends of the Library. Signing-up will help staff prepare this workshop for you.

Class 1, Introduction to Genealogical Research (Saturday, July 7): This is a great for getting started researching your family.  The workshop reviews step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, sample organizing, and where to begin your research.

Class 2, Census and Vital Records (Saturday, July 14):  Census and vital records are staple resources for genealogical research.  Learn what they are, what you can discover by using them, and how they have changed over time and location.

Class 3, Immigration, Naturalization and Migration (Saturday, July 21): Locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and more including how migration can affect genealogy research.

Class 4, Unique Records (Saturday, July 28): Digging deeper into the unique records available concerning military records, land records, wills and probate, and includes an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

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

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

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

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments every 1st Saturday of the month 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
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Listen Up I Have A Story To Tell  
    Contact: Cherece Burston   413-885-4485   thebuildup@outlook.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Listen up I have a story to tell is about telling your life story, building relationships, creating change, and being empowered while understanding that strength comes from the struggles in life!

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday July 9, 2018 -  Saturday July 14, 2018
     Drop In Craft  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop by the library and make a craft. DISCOVER YOUR story, YOUR summer, YOUR library. During open hours.For kids ages 5-10, but 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

Monday July 9, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Creative Button Making at Teen Central  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come to Teen Central, the Central Library's teen area, and design your own buttons using our button maker.  Design it, make it and wear it home. This program is for teens ages 11-18.  All supplies will be provided

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

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

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

Group start time is 6:30.

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 July 10, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  4:30 PM GEAR UP: Know How 2 Go-College Prep  
    Contact: Jennifer Baymon   413-214-3665   jbaymon1023@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

We will take a day to provide an overview of college readiness information. From choosing a major, college affordability, to on-campus housing we will discuss the topics to begin to prepare high school students for the process. 

    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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

This month's selection is: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (2017) fiction.

    Location: Central Library 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
   

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM 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 July 11, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Connect with Snap Circuits!  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have fun exploring our Snap Circuit sets. Light things up! Make them move! For ages 10 and up. Light refreshments will be served.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mapmaker! Mapmaker!  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-567-0417   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention young artists and explorers!  Come learn about maps and then design a 3D map of your own.  Rangers from the Springfield Armory National Historic Site are bringing their fun and educational mapping workshop to the library.  Perfect for youth ages 8-11, with siblings welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis and Air Hockey for Teens  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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?  For ages 11-18; meets every second Wednesday of the month.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Thursday July 12, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Hi!Tech: Getting Started with Computers  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   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
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Cold Iron Chef for Teens  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We provide the chilled ingredients! You create your best dishes for the judges to try. Who will be left standing with the title of Cold Iron Chef! For teens ages 11-18.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:45 PM  -  5:00 PM Attack of the 50-Foot Board Games  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We'll be setting up life sized board games for teens to play at this event full of gigantic board games! Come and test your skills at a variety of games and try to beat the competition!

Ages 12-18.

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   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
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Meet the Authors  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Just in time for summer reading, local authors share stories about their recently published books, and introduce what's new in their world of writing. Meet the Authors is a perfect way to find new books to read, meet some of the exciting, literary minds in our community, and enjoy an evening of storytelling and sharing. Free raffle & refreshments to all those who attend compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Friday July 13, 2018
   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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  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
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Hooked On Llamas  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

An entertaining as well as an educating program designed specifically for children of all ages. Owner Debbie Labbe will first let the children pet the llama, then they can settle down and sit in front of the llama as she reads the story "Is Your Mama a Llama?" For the older children, Debbie reads "Llamas" by Mary R. Dunn, which is filled with many informative facts. She has large photos to explain the many uses of llamas, along with llama fiber products for the children to see and touch. At the end of the program, there will be time for questions and answers with another chance to pet the llama.

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday July 14, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more.  This is a 20-week course that meets 2 hours every Saturday. Please register early to reserve a spot. Happy coding! For ages 12-18/

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

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Genealogy for Beginners  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to learn more about genealogy, but don't know where to start? This four-week series is a great way to start learning. Attend one or all four, the workshops can be taken separately or as a set. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau with funding provided by the Friends of the Library. Signing-up will help staff prepare this workshop for you.

Class 1, Introduction to Genealogical Research (Saturday, July 7): This is a great for getting started researching your family.  The workshop reviews step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, sample organizing, and where to begin your research.

Class 2, Census and Vital Records (Saturday, July 14):  Census and vital records are staple resources for genealogical research.  Learn what they are, what you can discover by using them, and how they have changed over time and location.

Class 3, Immigration, Naturalization and Migration (Saturday, July 21): Locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and more including how migration can affect genealogy research.

Class 4, Unique Records (Saturday, July 28): Digging deeper into the unique records available concerning military records, land records, wills and probate, and includes an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Write-Up Springfield!  
    Contact: Tara Dasso   413-244-8982   tdasso@gmail.com
   

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. 18+ NOTE: Please meet in the Rotunda so library staff can bring guests up to the 4th floor.

    Location: Central Library 4th Fl. Conference Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday July 16, 2018 -  Saturday July 21, 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

Monday July 16, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Make It! Shake It! Take It!  
    Contact: Brightwood Branch   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make it, Shake it, Take it: Local storyteller, Mary Jo Maichack, will bring all supplies for children and families to make, decorate, take and play musical instruments such as a paper plate and rubber band banjos, popsicle sticks kazoos and seed shakers. After the instruments are made, we'll sing and play familiar kids’ songs, so all kids can jam--playing along on their creations. For kids ages 5 and up.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,a state agency.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 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 July 17, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Mel King Institute Census Data Training  
    Contact: Mariela Renquist   541-671-6771   marielar@macdc.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This introductory-level, hands-on workshop will help you learn about some of the latest online tools available to help you assemble, analyze, and present data from the U.S. Census for your own community

    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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  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
   

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens, ages 11-18 and meets every second Tuesday of the month.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday July 18, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM BYOB Nonfiction  
    Contact: Gary Pysznik   413-263-6828, x395   gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make new friends while learning about great new nonfiction books! Book club members meet monthly to review the nonfiction books they have read recently in a casual yet informative discussion. Come as often as your schedule allows; newcomers are always welcomed. Coffee provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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 Creative Button Making at Brightwood  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Design it, make it and wear it home! Come in and be creative designing unique buttons using our button maker. This program is for teens ages 11-18.  All supplies will be provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Smoothies and Table Tennis for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We'll turn our library tables into ping pong tables for a few games, then make sweet smoothies from fresh ingriedients. For ages 11-18.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Fantastical Beasts  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   (413) 263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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. Youth ages 11-18, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. First month focuses on Chupacabra!  August 15th we will research Banshees, and on September 19th Mere-People. Fans of Grimm, Lore, Brandon Sanderson, and Harry Potter more than welcome!

    Location: East Forest Park
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Sharpie Tie Dye  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfiedllibrary.or
   

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

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

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

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

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

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! For teens ages 11-18. 
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday July 19, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Hi!Tech: Continuing with Computers  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbee   413-263-6840   SHodge-Wetherbe@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   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
   2:30 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday July 20, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Breastfeeding Support Group  
    Contact: Moryn Mendoza   413-306-7150   mmendoza@tapestryhealth.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Breastfeeding support group for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

All are welcome. English/Spanish.

    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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  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
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Art Explorations for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Indian Orchard

Saturday July 21, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Girls Who Code Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Girls Who Code is an organization dedicated to teaching coding and programming skills to middle and high school girls. Join us in the Forest Park Activity Den to learn about computer science and apply your new skills to game creation, animation, web design, art, music, fashion, and more.  This is a 20-week course that meets 2 hours every Saturday. Please register early to reserve a spot. Happy coding! For ages 12-18/

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

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Family Matters Families Uniting Summer Cook Out  
    Contact: Luis Arzola   413-265-9950   LArzola@chd.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Genealogy for Beginners  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to learn more about genealogy, but don't know where to start? This four-week series is a great way to start learning. Attend one or all four, the workshops can be taken separately or as a set. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau with funding provided by the Friends of the Library. Signing-up will help staff prepare this workshop for you.

Class 1, Introduction to Genealogical Research (Saturday, July 7): This is a great for getting started researching your family.  The workshop reviews step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, sample organizing, and where to begin your research.

Class 2, Census and Vital Records (Saturday, July 14):  Census and vital records are staple resources for genealogical research.  Learn what they are, what you can discover by using them, and how they have changed over time and location.

Class 3, Immigration, Naturalization and Migration (Saturday, July 21): Locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and more including how migration can affect genealogy research.

Class 4, Unique Records (Saturday, July 28): Digging deeper into the unique records available concerning military records, land records, wills and probate, and includes an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   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 July 23, 2018 -  Saturday July 28, 2018
     Drop In Craft  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop by the library and make a craft. DISCOVER YOUR story, YOUR summer, YOUR library. During open hours.For kids ages 5-10, but 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

Monday July 23, 2018 -  Saturday July 28, 2018
     Shark Craft  
    Contact: Brightwood Branch   413-263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Love Sharks? Dive into Shark Week at Brightwood Library  and make Mister Sharky! | During Open Hours | All Ages

    Location: Brightwood

Monday July 23, 2018 -  Saturday July 28, 2018
     Shark Craft  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Love Sharks? Dive into Shark Week at East Forest Park Branch Library and make Mister Sharky! | During Open Hours | All Ages

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday July 23, 2018 -  Saturday July 28, 2018
     Shark Craft  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Love Sharks? Dive into Shark Week at East Springfield Branch Library and make Mister Sharky! During Open Hours | All Ages

    Location: East Springfield

Monday July 23, 2018 -  Saturday July 28, 2018
     Shark Craft  
    Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Love Sharks? Dive into Shark Week at Indian Orchard Library and make Mister Sharky! During Open Hours | All Ages

    Location: Indian Orchard

Monday July 23, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday July 24, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  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
   

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

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday July 25, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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  -  5:00 PM Zoo Animals that Rock!  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you have a favorite zoo animal? Create your own rock zoo animal with rocks we will supply. Paint, name and take your rock animal home with you. Ages 5 and Up.

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

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

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

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

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

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

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday July 26, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Make a Rainstick  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Bring your hammering skills to make your own summer music by building a rainstick. Best for children 6 - 12 years old.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Candy Sushi for Teens  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us to make a dessert version of the popular Japanese dish! For teens ages 11-18.

    Location: East Springfield
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Your Legal Questions Answered: Divorce and Family Law Forum  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

To begin the program, local lawyers will review divorce and family law topics, including: child support and custody, adoptions, and guardianships. In the later portion of the program, the panel will meet with audience members privately to discuss their questions discretely. Pizza & juice compliments of the Friends of the 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
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday July 27, 2018
   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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres!  Meets regularly on the last Friday of the month. | Adults

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday July 28, 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 adult workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Genealogy for Beginners  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Do you want to learn more about genealogy, but don't know where to start? This four-week series is a great way to start learning. Attend one or all four, the workshops can be taken separately or as a set. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau with funding provided by the Friends of the Library. Signing-up will help staff prepare this workshop for you.

Class 1, Introduction to Genealogical Research (Saturday, July 7): This is a great for getting started researching your family.  The workshop reviews step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, sample organizing, and where to begin your research.

Class 2, Census and Vital Records (Saturday, July 14):  Census and vital records are staple resources for genealogical research.  Learn what they are, what you can discover by using them, and how they have changed over time and location.

Class 3, Immigration, Naturalization and Migration (Saturday, July 21): Locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and more including how migration can affect genealogy research.

Class 4, Unique Records (Saturday, July 28): Digging deeper into the unique records available concerning military records, land records, wills and probate, and includes an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday July 30, 2018 -  Thursday August 2, 2018
     Fun with Snap Circuits!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263- 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Have fun exploring our Snap Circuit sets. Light things up! Make them move! For ages 12 and up, 7 and up with supervision. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please call 413 263-6846.

    Location: Indian Orchard

Monday July 30, 2018 -  Saturday August 4, 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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday July 31, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  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
   

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Make It, Shake It, Take It  
    Contact: Diane Houle     dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make it, Shake it, Take it: Local storyteller, Mary Jo Maichack, will bring all supplies for children and families to make, decorate, take and play musical instruments such as a paper plate and rubber band banjos, popsicle sticks kazoos and seed shakers. After the instruments are made, we'll sing and play familiar kids’ songs, so all kids can jam--playing along on their creations. For kids ages 5 and up.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,a state agency.

    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
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing Monkeewrench by P. J. Tracy.                                     

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 August 2, 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Alchemist by Paul Coelho.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Miracle Marc Movie Screening  
    Contact: Lorenzo Gaines    413-219-1732   Lorenzo.gaines@gmail.com
   
This is not a library-sponsored event.
 
"Miracle Marc" is a Springfield Cultual Council-funded film produced by Lorenzo Gaines. 
 
Overview:
August 2, 2017, Marc Vizacarrondo went to camp for the first day and drowned. He was revived poolside and rushed to the hospital. Seventy hours later we were able to better 
gain a picture of his prognosis. Before the accident Marc wanted to be a star.  Today, we are going to make that happen by sharing his story. The title of the film came  from the Doctors discharge papers. The doctors have used Marc as a case study. This film is about the power of faith and a community coming together and praying.  
 
    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday August 3, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Breastfeeding Support Group  
    Contact: Moryn Mendoza   413-306-7150   mmendoza@tapestryhealth.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Breastfeeding support group for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

All are welcome. English/Spanish.

    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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors. This program takes place every 1st Friday of the month.
 

    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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Fun with Ukeleles  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing.  You'll learn how to tune, strum and read chords and tabs. After a short lesson, you'll be able to play some easy songs. No experience necessary. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of hers. | All Ages

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Make It, Shake It, Take It  
    Contact: Diane Houle     dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make it, Shake it, Take it: Local storyteller, Mary Jo Maichack, will bring all supplies for children and families to make, decorate, take and play musical instruments such as a paper plate and rubber band banjos, popsicle sticks kazoos and seed shakers. After the instruments are made, we'll sing and play familiar kids’ songs, so all kids can jam--playing along on their creations. For kids ages 5 and up.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,a state agency.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at East Springfield  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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.

For Teens 13-18

    Location: East Springfield
   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:

Friendship Bracelets: Make a pretty bracelet with beads and colorful embroidery thread.

 

    Location: Mason Square

Saturday August 4, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments every 1st Saturday of the month 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
   

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday August 6, 2018 -  Saturday August 11, 2018
     Drop In Craft  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop by the library and make a craft. DISCOVER YOUR story, YOUR summer, YOUR library. During open hours.For kids ages 5-10, but 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

Monday August 6, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Lip Sync Battle  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

It's time to battle! Pick your song, pick accessories and then show our judges your lip sync skills! Cheer on your fellow performers, and enjoy snacks while you wait to take the stage. For teens 11-18.

    Location: East Springfield

Tuesday August 7, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  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
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM 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
   

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Wednesday August 8, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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  -  4:00 PM Mapmaker! Mapmaker!  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-567-0417   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention young artists and explorers!  Come learn about maps and then design a 3D map of your own.  Rangers from the Springfield Armory National Historic Site are bringing their fun and educational mapping workshop to the library.  Perfect for youth ages 8-11, with siblings welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Tabletop Tennis and Air Hockey for Teens  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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?  For ages 11-18; meets every second Wednesday of the month.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday August 9, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday August 10, 2018
   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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  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
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 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:

Ojos De Dios Yarn Craft: weave a classic summer camp decoration out of bright yarn and popsicle sticks.

 

    Location: Mason Square

Saturday August 11, 2018
   11:30 AM  -  2:30 PM Rhoer Round-Up  
    Contact: Darryen Gripes   860-922-1566   lbs.ra.pa@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Informational for an auxiliary group of Sigma Gamma Rho.

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Write-Up Springfield!  
    Contact: Tara Dasso   413-244-8982   tdasso@gmail.com
   

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. 18+ NOTE: Please meet in the Rotunda so library staff can bring guests to the 4th floor.

    Location: Central Library 4th Fl. Conference Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday 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

Monday August 13, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Crystallized Beach Rocks  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make gorgeous, colorful crystallized beach rocks with a classic Borax experiment and liquid watercolors! We will take a pre-crystallized rock and make it truly special. For ages 12 and up. Preregistration encouraged. For more information please call 413 263-6846.

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

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

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

Group start time is 6:30.

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 August 14, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

This month's selection is: The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander (2015) nonfiction.

    Location: Central Library 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
   

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

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

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday August 15, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM BYOB Nonfiction  
    Contact: Gary Pysznik   413-263-6828, x395   gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Make new friends while learning about great new nonfiction books! Book club members meet monthly to review the nonfiction books they have read recently in a casual yet informative discussion. Come as often as your schedule allows; newcomers are always welcomed. Hot tea compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Fantastical Beasts  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   (413) 263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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. Youth ages 11-18, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. First month focuses on Chupacabra!  August 15th we will research Banshees, and on September 19th Mere-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 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

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

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

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

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! For teens ages 11-18. 
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Happily UpCycled: Denim Dahlia Workshop  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ripped jeans can easily become summer shorts, but what do you do with the rest of the material? Upcycle it! Learn how to repurpose old jeans into a beautiful piece of wall art. We will create petal templates from repurposed material and use them to create a denim dahlia. The templates are yours to keep and the project is perfect for getting those creative juices flowing while enjoying the company of other crafty folks. Materials will be provided, though you may bring old jeans and sharp fabric scissors. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. | Adults

    Location: East Springfield

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 in addition to the showing of a Bollywood movie 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday August 17, 2018
   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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  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
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 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.

 

    Location: Mason Square

Saturday August 18, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday August 20, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 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.

Monthly meeting of the Springfield Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday August 21, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  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
   

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens, ages 11-18 and meets every second Tuesday of the month.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday August 22, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

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
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Your Legal Questions Answered: Creditor/Debtor Forum  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

To begin the program, local lawyers will review small claims, collections, civil actions from collection agencies, and creditor/debtor representation. In the later portion of the program, the panel will meet with audience members privately to discuss their questions discretely. Pizza & juice compliments of the Friends of the 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
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday August 24, 2018
   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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  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
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:30 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

Saturday August 25, 2018
   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday August 27, 2018
   2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday August 28, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  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
   

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263 6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

This adult group meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45

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

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

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

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

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. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park
     Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
   

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. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.


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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday August 31, 2018
   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 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres!  Meets regularly on the last Friday of the month. | Adults

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday September 1, 2018
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Mad Science Labs  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments every 1st Saturday of the month at the East Springfield Library. 

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

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
   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
   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
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

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

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

This adult group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

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

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

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

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

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing 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
   

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday September 7, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors. This program takes place every 1st Friday of the month.
 

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

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.

For Teens 13-18

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday September 8, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday September 10, 2018
   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
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM 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
   

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

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

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

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

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

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?  For ages 11-18; meets every second Wednesday of the month.

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday September 13, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Saturday September 15, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday September 18, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   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
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens, ages 11-18 and meets every second Tuesday of the month.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday September 19, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Fantastical Beasts  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   (413) 263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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. Youth ages 11-18, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. First month focuses on Chupacabra!  August 15th we will research Banshees, and on September 19th Mere-People. Fans of Grimm, Lore, Brandon Sanderson, and Harry Potter more than welcome!

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

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! For teens ages 11-18. 
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday September 20, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Saturday September 22, 2018
   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
   

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. Ages 18+.

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday September 25, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Do you love LEGOS? Join us every Tuesday 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
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Book Club  
    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
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss 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. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday September 27, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday September 28, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres!  Meets regularly on the last Friday of the month. | Adults

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Saturday September 29, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday October 2, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   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
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

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

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

This adult group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.                                               

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
   10:30 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday October 5, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors. This program takes place every 1st Friday of the month.
 

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

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.

For Teens 13-18

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday October 6, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday October 8, 2018
     Columbus Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday October 9, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM 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
   

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

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

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

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

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

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?  For ages 11-18; meets every second Wednesday of the month.

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday October 11, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Saturday October 13, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday October 15, 2018
   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
   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
   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
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens, ages 11-18 and meets every second Tuesday of the month.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday October 17, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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! For teens ages 11-18. 
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday October 18, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Saturday October 20, 2018
   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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday October 23, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Book Club  
    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
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday October 25, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday October 26, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres!  Meets regularly on the last Friday of the month. | Adults

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Saturday October 27, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday October 30, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday October 31, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday November 1, 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday November 2, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors. This program takes place every 1st Friday of the month.
 

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

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.

For Teens 13-18

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday November 3, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday November 5, 2018
   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

Tuesday November 6, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   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
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

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

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

This adult group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing                                                 

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday November 8, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Saturday November 10, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Sunday 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

Tuesday November 13, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

This month's selection is: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (1997) fiction.

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

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM 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
   

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

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

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

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

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

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?  For ages 11-18; meets every second Wednesday of the month.

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday November 15, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Saturday November 17, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday November 19, 2018
   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
   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
   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
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

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

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens, ages 11-18 and meets every second Tuesday of the month.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday November 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
   

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Thursday November 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

Saturday November 24, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday November 27, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Book Club  
    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
   

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

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

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

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

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

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The 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. This group meets every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time) on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday November 29, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday November 30, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres!  Meets regularly on the last Friday of the month. | Adults

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Saturday December 1, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Tuesday December 4, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   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
   

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

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

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

This adult group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

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

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Library Commission Meeting  
    Contact: Carol Leaders   413-263-6828 ext 290   cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing                                                 

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday December 6, 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

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

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday December 7, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors. This program takes place every 1st Friday of the month.
 

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

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.

For Teens 13-18

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday December 8, 2018
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday December 10, 2018
   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
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

This month's selection is: 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
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Creator's Club for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!  This program is intended for ages 7-18.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma   Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM 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
   

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

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

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

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?  For ages 11-18; meets every second Wednesday of the month.

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday December 13, 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

All ages welcome!

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

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom