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

All ages

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

    Location: Central Library

Monday October 1, 2018 -  Friday October 26, 2018
     I Spy Mr. Pumpkin  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During Open Hours | Children

Come search for one of the decorated pumpkins hidden on our shelves. Once found, you'll receive a treat and a raffle ticket to win one of these special pumpkins. The raffle winners will be pulled on Saturday, October 27.

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday October 1, 2018 -  Friday October 26, 2018
     I Spy Mr. Pumpkin  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During Open Hours | Children

Come search for one of the decorated pumpkins hidden on our shelves. Once found, you'll receive a treat and a raffle ticket to win one of these special pumpkins. The raffle winners will be pulled on Saturday, October 27.

    Location: East Springfield

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

All ages

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

    Location: Brightwood

Tuesday October 9, 2018 -  Saturday October 20, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Brightwood

Tuesday October 9, 2018 -  Saturday October 20, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413 263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

 Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: East Forest Park

Tuesday October 9, 2018 -  Saturday October 20, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: East Springfield

Tuesday October 9, 2018 -  Saturday October 20, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Forest Park

Tuesday October 9, 2018 -  Saturday October 20, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Indian Orchard

Tuesday October 9, 2018 -  Saturday October 20, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413 263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Tuesday October 9, 2018 -  Saturday October 20, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413 263-6853   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Mason Square

Monday October 15, 2018 -  Saturday October 20, 2018
     Mr. Bones Craft  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Rattle on down to East Forest Park Library and create a silly skeleton.....Mr. Bones

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday October 15, 2018 -  Saturday October 27, 2018
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
    During Open Hours | For Families and Children

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

    Location: Brightwood

Monday October 15, 2018 -  Saturday October 27, 2018
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
    During Open Hours | For Families and Children

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

    Location: East Springfield

Monday October 15, 2018 -  Saturday October 27, 2018
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During Open Hours | For Families and Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard

Monday October 15, 2018 -  Saturday October 27, 2018
     Guess the Pumpkin's Weight  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413263-6836   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
    During Open Hours | For Families and Children

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday October 20, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Civic Education  
    Contact: Ayanna Crawford   413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Publisher  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828 ext 221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with Microsoft Publisher, a convenient desktop publishing software package. We'll look at making multipage handouts and multifold brochures using Publisher's powerful templates and explore basic aspects of working with images, shapes, layout, and more. Skill with a keyboard is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Rhoer Round-Up  
    Contact: Darryen Gripes   860-922-1566   lbs.ra.pa@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is an informational for and auxiliary group od Sigma Gamma Rho.

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:30 AM  -  2:30 PM Free Blood Pressure and Stress Management Techniques  
    Contact: Racquel Hatfield     rhatfield@umass.edu
   

This is not a library sponsored event

Racquel Hatfield, Registered Nurse and candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will offer on site blood pressure monitoring and hypertension prevention education. She will be available to help promote physical wellness. Utilizing an integration of medical and holistic approaches, education on mindfulness and stress management techniques will be available to support the mental well-being of all participants. Dates and times available are Monday, October 15, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 17, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, October 20, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 22, 1 to 3; Saturday, October 27, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 29, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 31, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, November 3, 11:30-2:30; Monday, November 5, 1 to 3; and Wednesday, November 7, 1-4:30.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Fall ReGreening Festival  
    Contact: David Bloniarz   413-523-0014   dbloniarz@regreenspringfield.org
   

Please come join us for our Tree Planting Festival event in the Mason Square Branch Library's Reading Garden!

All friends and family are welcome to come join in the fun, and be part of this festival. This community gathering will provide an opportunity for residents of all ages to learn about trees, plant a new shade tree and enjoy a barbecue meal, all to help teach you about the trees in the city. The best part, is there is no charge for this event, and you can bring your friends and family.


The Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGCP) is a partnership between the City of Springfield, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Massachusetts Gateway Cities and Regreen Springfield.
For more information visit: www.regreenspringfield.org or call 413/523-0014

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Poetry Party: Reading & Poetry Pop-Up Stations  
    Contact: Maria Luisa Arroyo   413-788-0639   mlarroyo67@hotmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Join Springfield's first Poet Laureate María Luisa Arroyo and emerging poets for an afternoon of engaging readings and pop-up poetry stations at her Poetry Party in celebration of her 51st birthday! After the reading, all participants are welcomed to generate NEW drafts of poems at the pop-up poetry stations: ekphrastic poems, block-out poems, found poems, poems about objects of meaning, name poems, even the challenging American ghazal, and more! María Luisa Arroyo will also have copies of her books for sale. Free light refreshments and snacks will be served.This event is for older teens [16+] and adults. For more information, contact María Luisa Arroyo directly at mlarroyo67@hotmail.com.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Civic Education  
    Contact: Ayanna Crawford   413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   12:45 PM  -  2:30 PM Ward 6 Dems Meeting  
    Contact: Matt Szafranski     ward6demsspfd@gmail.com]
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Sunday October 21, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Civic Education  
    Contact: Ayanna Crawford   413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Meet the Women Authors  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults Ages 18+

Women authors from the greater Springfield area share stories about their recently published books, and their work as writers in this set of engaging presentations with a meet-and-greet. Meet the Women Authors is a perfect way to find new books to read, meet some of our community's exciting literary minds, and enjoy an afternoon of storytelling and sharing. Free raffle & refreshments to all those who attend compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Monday October 22, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Monday October 22, 2018 -  Wednesday October 31, 2018
     Mr. Pumpkin Craft  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During Open Hours | Children

Come join the fun and create a silly or scary pumpkin craft.

    Location: Brightwood

Monday October 22, 2018 -  Wednesday October 31, 2018
     Mr. Pumpkin Craft  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During Open Hours | Children

Come join the fun and create a silly or scary pumpkin craft.

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday October 22, 2018 -  Wednesday October 31, 2018
     Mr. Pumpkin Craft  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During Open Hours | Children

Come join the fun and create a silly or scary pumpkin craft.

    Location: East Springfield

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Free Blood Pressure and Stress Management Techniques  
    Contact: Racquel Hatfield     rhatfield@umass.edu
   

This is not a library sponsored event

Racquel Hatfield, Registered Nurse and candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will offer on site blood pressure monitoring and hypertension prevention education. She will be available to help promote physical wellness. Utilizing an integration of medical and holistic approaches, education on mindfulness and stress management techniques will be available to support the mental well-being of all participants. Dates and times available are Monday, October 15, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 17, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, October 20, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 22, 1 to 3; Saturday, October 27, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 29, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 31, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, November 3, 11:30-2:30; Monday, November 5, 1 to 3; and Wednesday, November 7, 1-4:30.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Teens in Disguise: Decorate a Mask  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
    For teens ages 11 and up

Decorate a molded mask for Halloween, or look ahead to Chibicon, our November anime and comics festival! Drop in the Central Library's second floor teen area.

    Location: Central Library
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Job Corps Tabling in Rotunda  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
    Location: Central Library Rotunda
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Diabetes: You Can Live Well and Thrive!, part 2  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6840   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults Ages 18+

Are you living with diabetes, or do you know someone who is? Learn more about the disease and proactive steps you can take to manage it well. This is week two of a three-part series called The Challenge Diabetes Program, and is led by Chet Galaska, author of The Diabetes Book: What Everyone Should Know. Week 2 covers what diabetics should eat, how food affects blood glucose levels, and how to improve without turning your life upside-down. Participants earn a chance to win a raffle prize ($25 gift card to Eat Restaurant) just by attending compliments of the Friends of the Library.

NOTE: This program is held at the East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building located behind the Pottenge School at 1437 Carew St. Springfield.

   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Clarendon Early Education Services training  
    Contact: Joanna Doyle   781-879-2926   jdoyle@clarendonees.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday October 23, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM SPS Community Meeting  
    Contact: Jim Bresciani   413-563-0866   brescianij@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

For teens ages 12-18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, 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. 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

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

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

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

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Center After School Group  
    Contact: Althea Stevenson     centerafterschool@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Bass Pond Club Annual Meeting  
    Contact: Felicia Gregory   413-342-7636   fgregory87@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Bass Pond Club will discuss what has happened at the pond this year. 

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

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM RUWMI Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Erin Freed   413-575-5869   ebfreed15@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly meeting of Springfield's local chapter of Indivisible, Rise Up western Mass Indivisible.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

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

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

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  1:30 PM MA Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)  
    Contact: Maurine A Albano   413-452-3431   malbano@mareinc.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a monthly staff meeting for both eastern and western regions of the MARE ( Massachsuetts Adoption Resource Exchange) a non profit whose mission is to find adoptive families for children living in the foster care system. 11 months of the year it's held near Boston but once a year I sponsor a meeting here in western MA.  Thank you

Maurine Albano

Western MA Child Services Coordinator

413-452-3431

c/o Department of Children and Families

140 High St. 5th FL

Springfield, MA  01105 

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

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

 

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Creative Button-Making  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
    Ages 11-18

Design your own buttons using our button maker.  Design it make it and wear it home!  All supplies provided. 

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Jewelry Making for Adults  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and over

Show your passion for fashion by creating your own earrings or bracelet.  Learn basic jewelry making techniques with crimps, beads and/or wire.   All materials will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Teen Oreo Cookie Taste Off  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    Ages 12-18

Teens, join us for the ultimate Oreo taste-off. We will have multiple flavors of Oreo cookies on hand to taste and rate, from best to worst flavors. We'll provide the cookies (and milk)! Registration is required, please call 413 263 6846 to register.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Trunk or Treat  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

Join us for great Halloween fun in the parking lot next to the East Forest Park Library and Nathan Bill's Restaurant.  Cars will be decorated with fun and spooky Halloween themes. Children can safely go trick or treating at each car.  A fun afternoon for all!

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Valley Venture Mentors Table Session  
    Contact: Alison Messier   413-263-6828 x426   amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is building, supporting, and maintaining a community to launch an entrepreneurial renaissance. By nurturing startups, we impact the employees they hire, the customers they serve, and the neighborhoods they revitalize. And it’s working. Come learn about starting a business, growing your business, networking, or becoming a mentor!

This program is part of the Springfield City Library's 2-week event, celebrating Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in Springfield and Western Massachusetts. Find out more about other programs happening here.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

Note: Since the last Wednesday of this month is Halloween we decided to move the meeting up to the fourth Wednesday.

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan..

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.  

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Goosebumps Day  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 8-12

The new Goosebumps movie is coming out soon!  To get in the mood we will make slime and other activities revolving around the scary, funny story.

    Location: East Springfield
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Introducing SBA Business Smart Workshops  
    Contact: Alison Messier   413-263-6828 x426   amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For adults 18 and over

Part 2

These two (2)  FREE workshops (this is a series, please plan to attend both) will help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Learn about SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses.  General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the key steps to getting your business off the ground
  • Learn about various financing options
  • Learn what banks look for when lending money
  • Learn about the local resources available to assist you in starting and growing a small business

And MUCH MORE!

Light refreshments will be offered courtesy of the Friends of the Springfield City Library.

This program is part of the Springfield City Library's 2-week event, celebrating Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in Springfield and Western Massachusetts. Find out more about other programs happening here.

Registration Required - ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM The Paranormal Around Us: Ghostology Basics  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Teens and Adults

Agawam Paranormal presents the first program in a set of three designed to both entertain and educate the general public about the world of the paranormal.  Ghostology 101 gets you started with the basics of paranormal investigations including a review of its terminology, equipment, and techniques, and also introduces  basic “ghost hunting” skills for finding ghosts on your own. 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday October 25, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Professional Learning Community for Early Childhood Directors and Administrators.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Baby Boppers Around The World  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For toddlers and children ages 0-5. Parents are encouraged to join their children.

Travel the world through music. We'll shake, rattle and roll, and maybe even salsa and meringue, and cha cha around the world. Every dance party we will visit a different country.  Last Thursdays of the month - 10/25, 11/29, 12/27. For more information call 413 263-6846.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday (except November 22), from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

An inclusive storytime for all children. Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs. 

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Hi!Tech: Introduction to Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media  
    Contact: Anna Michelsen   413-263-6828, x442   amickelsen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Ages 18 and up

Are you curious about discovering news and connecting with other people online? Do you want to know the difference between a "like" and a "retweet"? Learn the basics of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and more in this useful discussion of popular social media websites. Completion of Introduction to the Web will help you follow-along in this “beyond the basics” demonstration.Led by Anna. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Mpu Western Ma Resource Collaboration Initiative  
    Contact: Kim Rivera   413-504-8618   kim@maparents.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

An opportunity to share agencies resources and any upcoming community events.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Horror Make Up Workshop  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-18

Just in time for Halloween, come and learn the secrets of good gory make-up! Join us on Oct 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm when we'll be making fake wounds from household goods!

    Location: East Springfield
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Center After School Group  
    Contact: Althea Stevenson     centerafterschool@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM MadLab: LIght up bracelet  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   
   

October 25 and November 1, 8, 15 | Best for children grades 1 - 5

Join in a series of science explorations that include art, science and fun. We will be experimenting with e-textiles.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Bike Repair Clinic for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Writing With Fire: Using Narrative for Advocacy and Change  
    Contact: Lindsey P   978-430-7531   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a ilbrary-sponsored event.

An offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, in this workshop participants will learn to write bold, compelling narratives that instigate change and social advocacy in both the digital sphere as well as our communities. Together, we will create a safe space where we will learn how to mobilize the most effective aspects of our unique voices in the service of those who are not heard.

Trainer: Epi Arias, Writer and Independent Researcher

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Calabazas Night  
    Contact: Brightwood Branch   413 263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Families and Children

It's the great pumpkin! Come to Brightwood for a night of family fun. We'll decorate pumpkins, have a pumpkin cooking contest, and a scary scavenger hunt. This program is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Brightwood Library.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday October 26, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM LENA  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Parents! You have the power to jumpstart your baby's development! For more information, contact Jennifer Johnston at 413-263-6828 ext. 293 or jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM The CHW Coalition  
    Contact: Brenda Evans   413-883-1774   bdevans@umass.edu
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The CHW Coalition is a volunteer membership of individuals who identify and/ or work or volunteer in the role as community health workers and/ or outreach workers. The CHW Coalition is a professional and personal development network that offers support, training and resources. The CHW Coalition is supported by UMass- Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences Center for Community Health Equity Research. The coalition is managed by Brenda Evans,MPH, Community Laision.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

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

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

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

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday October 27, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  4:30 PM u.n.i.t.y. meeting  
    Contact: Impress   959-999-4167   impressvye@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Parent Village  
    Contact: Ayanna    413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library sponsored event.

Parent Village meeting. 

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:30 AM  -  2:30 PM Free Blood Pressure and Stress Management Techniques  
    Contact: Racquel Hatfield     rhatfield@umass.edu
   

This is not a library sponsored event

Racquel Hatfield, Registered Nurse and candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will offer on site blood pressure monitoring and hypertension prevention education. She will be available to help promote physical wellness. Utilizing an integration of medical and holistic approaches, education on mindfulness and stress management techniques will be available to support the mental well-being of all participants. Dates and times available are Monday, October 15, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 17, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, October 20, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 22, 1 to 3; Saturday, October 27, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 29, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 31, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, November 3, 11:30-2:30; Monday, November 5, 1 to 3; and Wednesday, November 7, 1-4:30.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Teen Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Saturday of each month | Teens ages 11-19

Teens, you can BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Oratorical Competition Orientation  
    Contact: ASHLEY SHERRILL   207-266-4116   globalbelle29@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

High School students will be introduced to our non profit and details of the Oratorical Competition.

Hosted by Community Enrichment Inc which is the non-profit foundation of the Springfield chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Monday October 29, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

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

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Free Blood Pressure and Stress Management Techniques  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This is not a library sponsored event

Racquel Hatfield, Registered Nurse and candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will offer on site blood pressure monitoring and hypertension prevention education. She will be available to help promote physical wellness. Utilizing an integration of medical and holistic approaches, education on mindfulness and stress management techniques will be available to support the mental well-being of all participants. Dates and times available are Monday, October 15, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 17, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, October 20, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 22, 1 to 3; Saturday, October 27, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 29, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 31, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, November 3, 11:30-2:30; Monday, November 5, 1 to 3; and Wednesday, November 7, 1-4:30.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Craft Your Cares Away  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Last Monday of every month except holidays | Adults 18 and over

Note: December's program is scheduled for Monday the 17th

Come "Craft Your Cares Away" with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour or so. Each month will feature a new craft, and project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM A Very Hogwarts Halloween  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
    All ages

Come one, come all to the Great Hall and celebrate Halloween Hogwarts style with your neighborhood librarians. Drink Butterbeer. Delight in magical snacks. Let your wand choose the wizard and be sorted into your Hogwarts house. Dance away the evening to some Muggle music and tax your brain with puzzles and games that stump even the cleverest of Ravenclaws. In the words of Ms. Granger herself: "When in doubt, go to the library!"

 

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

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Diabetes: You Can Live Well and Thrive!, part 3  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6840   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults Ages 18+

Are you living with diabetes, or do you know someone who is? Learn more about the disease and proactive steps you can take to manage it well. This is week three of a three-part series called The Challenge Diabetes Program, and is led by Chet Galaska, author of The Diabetes Book: What Everyone Should Know. The third class will covers the most underrated yet effective way to lower blood glucose levels. It reviews why physical movement is so powerful, and ways you can improve starting right now. Participants earn a chance to win a raffle prize ($25 gift card to Eat Restaurant) just by attending compliments of the Friends of the Library.

NOTE: This program is held at the East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building located behind the Pottenge School at 1437 Carew St. Springfield.

   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Citizens' Climate Lobby / Springfield Chapter  
    Contact: Mary Jane Eustace   413-433-9718   mjeustace@msn.com
   
This is not a library-sponsored event.
 
Come and join us!  Newcomers are welcome to come early (6pm) 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 Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

For teens ages 12-18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, 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. 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Center After School Group  
    Contact: Althea Stevenson     centerafterschool@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   6:15 PM  -  7:45 PM S'mores and Costume Contest  
    Contact: Emma    Peterson   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 13-19

S'mores (melted chocolate and marshmallow on graham crackers), music, indoor games and a costume contest (although a costume isn't necessary).  Our Teen Advisory Group came up with this program and would love for you to join in the fun.  Prizes will be awarded for best handmade, scariest and best duo!  

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday October 31, 2018
     Kitten Party  
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Free Blood Pressure and Stress Management Techniques  
    Contact: Racquel Hatfield     rhatfield@umass.edu
   

This is not a library sponsored event

Racquel Hatfield, Registered Nurse and candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will offer on site blood pressure monitoring and hypertension prevention education. She will be available to help promote physical wellness. Utilizing an integration of medical and holistic approaches, education on mindfulness and stress management techniques will be available to support the mental well-being of all participants. Dates and times available are Monday, October 15, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 17, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, October 20, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 22, 1 to 3; Saturday, October 27, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 29, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 31, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, November 3, 11:30-2:30; Monday, November 5, 1 to 3; and Wednesday, November 7, 1-4:30.

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM CHD Session  
    Contact: Erica Donahue   860-459-4561   edonahue@CHD.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room

Thursday November 1, 2018 -  Saturday November 17, 2018
     Thanksgiving Cards for Meals on Wheels  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Thursday November 1, 2018 -  Friday November 30, 2018
     World Kindness Month  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families

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

    Location: Brightwood

Thursday November 1, 2018 -  Friday November 30, 2018
     World Kindness Month  
    Contact: East Springfield   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families

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

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday November 1, 2018 -  Friday November 30, 2018
     World Kindness Month  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families!

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

    Location: Forest Park

Thursday November 1, 2018 -  Friday November 30, 2018
     World Kindness Month  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families

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

    Location: Indian Orchard

Thursday November 1, 2018 -  Thursday December 27, 2018
     Art Central: Quilts from Home  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

Back by popular demand is Quilts from Home, a display of art quilts handcrafted by local artisans. Quilts on display include a variety of styles, techniques, and creativity, and feature many local artisans including Loretta Forsyth, Susan Joel, Mary Ellen Keiter, Sharon Kida, Anne Richmond, Amy Sackman, and Ursula Smith. This show has two installations, one at the Forest Park Branch Library and another at the Central Library, so visit them both to be inspired by their beauty and craftsmanship. Meet the quilters on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Branch Library for a free public reception.

    Location: Central Library

Thursday November 1, 2018 -  Thursday December 27, 2018
     Quilts from Home, a Display of Handmade Art Quilts  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

Back by popular demand is Quilts from Home, a display of art quilts handcrafted by local artisans. Quilts on display include a variety of styles, techniques, and creativity, and feature many local artisans including Loretta Forsyth, Susan Joel, Mary Ellen Keiter, Sharon Kida, Anne Richmond, Amy Sackman, and Ursula Smith. This show has two installations, one at the Forest Park Branch Library and another at the Central Library, so visit them both to be inspired by their beauty and craftsmanship. Meet the quilters on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Branch Library for a free public reception.

    Location: Forest Park

Thursday November 1, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday (except November 22), from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

An inclusive storytime for all children. Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs. 

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hi!Tech: Getting Started with Computers  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: East Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Thursday November 1, 2018 -  Friday November 30, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Dinovember  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

This program is best for families with children ages 2 - 12

Dinosaurs have invaded the library! Visit the Forest Park Branch and see what they are up to now! Every  time you visit, you may enter our raffle for a "Dino Prize."

    Location: Forest Park

Thursday November 1, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MOVEmber Walking Club  
    Contact: Erin Calender   413-263-6858   ecalender@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Join the MOVEmber Walking Club to enjoy a 30-minute walk near the Sixteen Acres Branch Library with the company of others. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothing, and bring rainwear if necessary.  Thursdays starting at 2 p.m. in the month of November, rain or shine!  In case of snow, call first 413-263-6858. Bottled water provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Program Dates: Thursday 11/1/18, 11/8/18, 11/15/18 and 11/29/18. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Black Panther Movie  
    Contact: C. Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families and children Join us for a viewing of Black Panther. We will be serving popcorn and drinks. If you come early, we will have a fun craft and activities to get you in the Wakanda spirit! Craft/activities 3:30-4:30 Movie starts at 4:30

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Linking Latino Educators  
    Contact: Rosemary M Hernandez    413-306-1383   rhernandez@clarendonees.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Business Presentation  
    Contact: Jashira Diaz   413-322-4827   Jashira.Diaz@bystatehealth.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Business Presentation of Services provided through Baystate Health.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday November 2, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM LENA  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Parents! You have the power to jumpstart your baby's development! For more information, contact Jennifer Johnston at 413-263-6828 ext. 293 or jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org.

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

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

 

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Native American Original Artifacts  
    Contact: Dr. Ishmael Ali   413-342-7824   ishmaelali45@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This presentation and exhibition will focus on the history of the Native American tribes and groups from the Greater Springfield area, particularly the Chicopee tribe.

Original documents, such as a 17th century treaty between the Chicipee tribe and Springfield and an original hand sketch of Geronimo the famed Apache chief, will be on display.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

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

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday November 3, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  4:30 PM ChibiCon 2018  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840    shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All ages are welcome, although the event is focused on our teen patrons.

Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture is back and better than ever! This year we will continue to offer the best in animated entertainment Saturday, November 3 will feature some of your favorites in animation in our film festival, and other surprises from 9:30am to 4:30pm! Sunday, November 4 will run from 12:30pm to 4:30pm and include our famous art, and costume contests, and much more! Snacks will be provided both days, and best of all- its completely free!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:30 AM  -  2:30 PM Free Blood Pressure and Stress Management Techniques  
    Contact: Racquel Hatfield   13-263-6858   rhatfield@umass.edu
   

This is not a library sponsored event

Racquel Hatfield, Registered Nurse and candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will offer on site blood pressure monitoring and hypertension prevention education. She will be available to help promote physical wellness. Utilizing an integration of medical and holistic approaches, education on mindfulness and stress management techniques will be available to support the mental well-being of all participants. Dates and times available are Monday, October 15, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 17, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, October 20, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 22, 1 to 3; Saturday, October 27, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 29, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 31, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, November 3, 11:30-2:30; Monday, November 5, 1 to 3; and Wednesday, November 7, 1-4:30.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM New Parents Paint and Sip  
    Contact: C. Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Series of three Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17

Parenting can come with a lot of challenges!

What are your needs? What your child’s needs? What do you think and feel about your experience?
This program is an opportunity for you to take a step back and process these thoughts and feelings through art. This is an opportunity for self-care. This is an opportunity to represent yourself (i.e. as a new parent) in the community.

The program will begin with a vendor fair, featuring community organizations that help new parents. After that, participants will have the opportunity to use a variety of materials to create art with.

Attend one or all three Saturdays. Childcare provided. Pizza provided! Registration is greatly appreciated but not required.

 

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

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

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

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

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Epilepsy Foundation  
    Contact: Allison F Doherty   774-200-4196   adoherty@epilepsynewengland.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Epilepsy Foundation's Young Leaders Network meets monthly to discuss ideas for community-building. We support one another, advocate for more needs, and brainstorm ideas to help fundraise and connect families who are affected by Epilepsy. This space would be utilized for about 10 members and 2 adult YLN leaders for us to focus on upcoming events. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Sunday November 4, 2018
   12:30 PM  -  4:30 PM ChibiCon 2018  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All ages are welcome, although the event is focused on our teen patrons.

Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture is back and better than ever! This year we will continue to offer the best in animated entertainment Saturday, November 3 will feature some of your favorites in animation in our film festival, and other surprises from 9:30am to 4:30pm! Sunday, November 4 will run from 12:30pm to 4:30pm and include our famous art, and costume contests, and much more! Snacks will be provided both days, and best of all- its completely free!

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Poetry Reading  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Spend the afternoon with the inspired poets of the library's writing group Write-Up Springfield! Local poets will read or recite their favorite poems or short fiction in ten-minute spots, and we'll offer an open mic for audience members to join in too. Featured writers include Kate Anderson, Tara Dasso, Don Fisher, Jessica Pyzocha, Michael Allen Roche, Shane Robitaille, Jerry Waller, and Kateri M. Walsh. Refreshments and free attendance raffle available to all who attend compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This event is for adults 18+.

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

Monday November 5, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Monday November 5, 2018 -  Saturday November 10, 2018
     Tommy the Thankful Turkey  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families are invited to make this special seasonal craft, Tommy the Thankful Turkey. Write down on the turkey's colorful feathers things you are thankful for. Studies have shown that being grateful can increase one's well-being.

    Location: East Forest Park

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Free Blood Pressure and Stress Management Techniques  
    Contact: Racquel Hatfield     rhatfield@umass.edu
   

This is not a library sponsored event

Racquel Hatfield, Registered Nurse and candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will offer on site blood pressure monitoring and hypertension prevention education. She will be available to help promote physical wellness. Utilizing an integration of medical and holistic approaches, education on mindfulness and stress management techniques will be available to support the mental well-being of all participants. Dates and times available are Monday, October 15, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 17, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, October 20, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 22, 1 to 3; Saturday, October 27, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 29, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 31, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, November 3, 11:30-2:30; Monday, November 5, 1 to 3; and Wednesday, November 7, 1-4:30.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 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
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday November 6, 2018
   7:00 AM  -  8:00 PM State Election - Polling Location  
   

November 6th, 2018 - Voting - State Election

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

November 6th, 2018 - Voting - State Election

Located in the Read/Write/Now Adult Literacy Lobby

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

November 6th, 2018 - Voting - State Election

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Mocha Moms Support Group Meeting  
    Contact: Beverly Guerrero-Porter   413-351-9326   springfieldmochamoms@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A bi-weekly support group meeting for stay-at-home moms and moms with flex work schedules addressing issues that impact mothers of color, children are welcome to attend with parent. All are welcome. 

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

For teens ages 12-18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, 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. 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   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
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Teens Create!  
    Contact: Brightwood Branch   413 263-6805   efigueroa@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens, make your mark at the Brightwood Library! Come create a painting that will become part of a giant mural in our Teen Area! Our library artist, Eli Figueroa will lead this workshop using acrylics and unusual materials to make unique works of art. For teens 11-19.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Mapmaker!Mapmaker!  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Perfect for youth ages 6-12, with siblings welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

 

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. 

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

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

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

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Wednesday November 7, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  2:30 PM Arbitration Hearing  
    Contact: Jacqui Chandler   617-973-8732   jacqui.chandler@mass.gov
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

    Location: East Springfield
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM ReferenceUSA: Tips to Expand your Donor Base  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults 18 and over

Tips and tricks on how to use the ReferenceUSA online resource as a donor prospect tool. Learn how to use this powerful database to access accurate and complete business and consumer data for free (from your home or business with a valid Springfield City Library card). This program is most useful for established nonprofits, business owners, or entrepreneurs, though librarians, researchers, and the general public are welcomed too. Light lunch compliments of the ReferenceUSA.

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

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

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Free Blood Pressure and Stress Management Techniques  
    Contact: Racquel Hatfield     rhatfield@umass.edu
   

This is not a library sponsored event

Racquel Hatfield, Registered Nurse and candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will offer on site blood pressure monitoring and hypertension prevention education. She will be available to help promote physical wellness. Utilizing an integration of medical and holistic approaches, education on mindfulness and stress management techniques will be available to support the mental well-being of all participants. Dates and times available are Monday, October 15, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 17, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, October 20, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 22, 1 to 3; Saturday, October 27, 11:30-2:30; Monday, October 29, 1 to 3; Wednesday, October 31, 1 to 4:30; Saturday, November 3, 11:30-2:30; Monday, November 5, 1 to 3; and Wednesday, November 7, 1-4:30.

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM My Voice, My Community: Latino Education Institute  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through December 12

Latino Education Institute culture and literacy program for middle school age English language learners. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  7:00 PM S'mores Fun  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

School is great but let's have s'more fun outdoors making some yummy chocolately s'mores and then topping them off with hot cocoa and whipped cream. Let's get together and talk about some programs you would like us to have here at the East Forest Park Branch Library.

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Chocolate Day  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
    For ages 11-18

Join us for a celebration of all things chocolate!  See who can make the tallest Oreo tower. Guess how many M&M's are in a jar!  Brave our blindfolded test to see if you can identify the various chocolate candies we'll offer!

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Basic Computer Skills Course for FCC Programs  
    Contact: Marcela M Simpson   413.336.3255   marcelamsimpson@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing Agatha Christie: a mysterious life by Laura Thompson.                                             

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday November 8, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday (except November 22), from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

An inclusive storytime for all children. Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs. 

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hi!Tech: Continuing with Computers  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: East Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. This month we will be reading In The Days Of Rain: a Daughter, a Father, a Cult, by Rebecca Stott.

In the Days of Rain is Rebecca Stott’s attempt to make sense of her childhood in the Exclusive Brethren, to understand her father’s role in the cult and in the breaking apart of her family, and to come to be at peace with her relationship with a larger-than-life figure whose faults were matched by a passion for life, a thirst for knowledge, and a love of literature and beauty. A father-daughter story as well as a memoir of growing up in a closed-off community and then finding a way out of it, this is an inspiring and beautiful account of the bonds of family and the power of self-invention.

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MOVEmber Walking Club  
    Contact: Erin Calender   413-263-6858   ecalender@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Join the MOVEmber Walking Club to enjoy a 30-minute walk near the Sixteen Acres Branch Library with the company of others. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothing, and bring rainwear if necessary.  Thursdays starting at 2 p.m. in the month of November, rain or shine!  In case of snow, call first 413-263-6858. Bottled water provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Program Dates: Thursday 11/1/18, 11/8/18, 11/15/18 and 11/29/18. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Teens Create!  
    Contact: Brightwood Branch   413 263-6805   efigueroa@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens, make your mark at the Brightwood Library! Come create a painting that will become part of a giant mural in our Teen Area! Our library artist, Eli Figueroa will lead this workshop using acrylics and unusual materials to make unique works of art. For teens 11-19.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Dakin Screening: Dog by Dog  
    Contact: Allie Thorpe   413-781-4000 ext.136   athorpe@dakinhumane.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

We will be screening the video "Dog by Dog: End Puppy Mills Now" for our audience. It is a 1 hour and 30 minute movie and we will follow it with a 30-minute Q&A. 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Reception for Quilts from Home  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens and Adults

Meet local artisans and see their quilt creations in this opening reception for Quilts from Home, a display of art quilts including both traditional and contemporary designs.  Anne Hrobsky, quilter and librarian, will lead an entertaining yet instruction demonstration of classic quilting using the English paper piecing method, and as a special bonus the Friends of the Library will underwrite free refreshments and three, free raffle to everyone who attends. 

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

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

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM LENA  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Parents! You have the power to jumpstart your baby's development! For more information, contact Jennifer Johnston at 413-263-6828 ext. 293 or jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

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

Monthly on the 2nd Friday | Ages 11 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
    Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

Make Your Own Fly Guy!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Your Own Fly Guy! Can’t get enough of Fly Guy, the popular book series by Tedd Arnold? Neither can we! Build your own Fly Guy and take him home!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Adventures in Reading  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413 263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday November 10, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM New Parents Paint and Sip  
    Contact: C. Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Series of three Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17

Parenting can come with a lot of challenges!

What are your needs? What your child’s needs? What do you think and feel about your experience?
This program is an opportunity for you to take a step back and process these thoughts and feelings through art. This is an opportunity for self-care. This is an opportunity to represent yourself (i.e. as a new parent) in the community.

The program will begin with a vendor fair, featuring community organizations that help new parents. After that, participants will have the opportunity to use a variety of materials to create art with.

Attend one or all three Saturdays. Childcare provided. Pizza provided! Registration is greatly appreciated but not required.

 

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Allergies: Their Causes, Treatment, and Care  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Do you suffer from sneezing attacks or mysterious rashes that won’t go away?  Hear Dr. Jackie Garrett talk about a disorder that many experience at one time--allergies.  Dr. Garrett is a  certified pediatric allergist whose patients are not just children.  The personable doctor has helped patients as young as 6-months old and as old as 93-years-old.  She stresses that "you are never too old to get allergies."  Dr. Garrett’s book is Does My Child Have a Food Allergy? will be available for sale.  Dr. Garrett,  born in Haiti, will talk about her career in the medical field, what causes allergies, and why fast, expert treatment is so very important. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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

Meets Monthly | Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Women's Coding Club  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

Sunday November 11, 2018
     Veterans Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Monday November 12, 2018
     Veterans Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Tuesday November 13, 2018 -  Saturday November 17, 2018
     Apple Turkeys  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families | During Open Hours

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Tuesday November 13, 2018 -  Saturday November 24, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Brightwood

Tuesday November 13, 2018 -  Saturday November 24, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413 263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: East Forest Park

Tuesday November 13, 2018 -  Saturday November 24, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: East Springfield

Tuesday November 13, 2018 -  Saturday November 24, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Forest Park

Tuesday November 13, 2018 -  Saturday November 24, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Indian Orchard

Tuesday November 13, 2018 -  Saturday November 24, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413 263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Tuesday November 13, 2018 -  Saturday November 24, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413 263-6853   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Mason Square

Tuesday November 13, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

Chair yoga is a unique form or exercise as it adapts yoga positions while incorporating the use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body while being used to help with both balance and support. The student is able to warm-up the body safely and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Chair yoga is suitable for all fitness levels and physical conditions. Led by Nicole Ferraro, a certified yoga instructor.

    Location: East Springfield
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828 ext 395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.


This month's selection is: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (1997) fiction.

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

For teens ages 12-18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, 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. 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Head start staff meeting  
    Contact: Kimberlee West    413-523-3928   kimberlyw@headstart.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

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

Every month on the second Tuesday | Ages 11-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Vision Boards  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This program is intended for ages 13-19

Create a visual representation of your future!  Do you have personal, academic, creative or spiritual goals?  Studies have shown that visualizing your goals on a regular basis can make them a reality.  Poster boards, an array of magazines, and writing materials will be available.  Please feel free to bring photos, postcards or other appropriate mementos. 

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

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Brightwood Community Room

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

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

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

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

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

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Fall Fest 2018  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All ages

It's that wonderful time of the year when the East Springfield Branch Library celebrates the fall with its annual Fall Fest! Come enjoy a fun filled day with food and entertainment as there will be lots for all ages including the soothing music of Jon Hollywood (1-4:00 pm)  a special presentation by Agawam Paranomal (6:30-8:30 pm), a Baking Contest starting at 6:00 pm (We encourage everyone to enter!), and the Comics Club (4:40-5:30 pm). Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library, and others.

Jon Hollywood will be preforming from 1-4:00 pm Jon is a solo acoustic cover/original artist who's musical influences span a wide variety of music. With a mix of his own music and some of radio's biggest hits, he always sets the table for a fun time.

Agawam Paranormal returns from 6:30-8:30 pm with a scarier discussion about the paranormal. From demons and exorcisms to necromancy and possessions, the team revs it up to explore some of the less-benign aspects of the beyond. Hands-on practice is offered too with tools utilized by ghost-hunting teams including electromagnetic field (EMF) meters, and more. For ages 18 and up

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM My Voice, My Community: Latino Education Institute  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through December 12

Latino Education Institute culture and literacy program for middle school age English language learners. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Taste and Tales of Massachusetts: History and Lore of Regional Cuisine  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413 263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Age 15 and up

Author P. Ann Pieroway will treat us to tastes and tales of our favorite foods from Massachusetts.  She has written six books on regional cuisine, including Taste and Tales of Massachusetts and A Taste of Apples and Some Tales, Too.  Her presentation will be about the history and folklore of the foods we eat and interesting stories behind many recipes.  Samples of recipes from her cookbooks will be prepared as well, so get ready for a delicious evening to help get you in the mood for Thanksgiving.  Free attendance raffle for those who attend, funding provided by the Friends of theLibrary.

    Location: East Forest Park
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM The Paranormal Around Us: the Darker Side Revealed  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 15 and up

Agawam Paranormal returns with a scarier discussion about the paranormal. From demons and exorcisms to necromancy and possessions, the team revs it up to explore some of the less-benign aspects of the beyond. Hands-on practice is offered too with tools utilized by ghost-hunting teams including electromagnetic field (EMF) meters, and more.

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday November 15, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  3:30 PM Mass Library System Continuing Education Class  
    Contact: Sarah Donnelly   508-357-2121 x 301   sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

“Librarians Fostering Civic Engagement” with instructor Michelle Eberle, MLS Consultant (10am-12noon)

“Librarians’ Critical Role Serving Immigrant Communities” with instructor John McCarthy, USCIS Community Relations Officer (1pm-3pm)

 

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

Every Thursday (except November 22), from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

An inclusive storytime for all children. Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs. 

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: East Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MOVEmber Walking Club  
    Contact: Erin Calender   413-263-6858   ecalender@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Join the MOVEmber Walking Club to enjoy a 30-minute walk near the Sixteen Acres Branch Library with the company of others. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothing, and bring rainwear if necessary.  Thursdays starting at 2 p.m. in the month of November, rain or shine!  In case of snow, call first 413-263-6858. Bottled water provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Program Dates: Thursday 11/1/18, 11/8/18, 11/15/18 and 11/29/18. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Wellspring General Assembly  
    Contact: Emily Kawano   413-461-8203   emilykawano@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Wellspring Cooperative's General Assembly is our annual membership meeting which is open to the public.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM MadLab: Build a catapult  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   
   

November 15 | Best for children grades 1 - 5

Join in a series of science explorations that include art, science and fun. We will be experimenting with puff mobiles, paper rockets, e-textiles, catapults and thaumatropes.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square

Friday November 16, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Brightwood
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Canvas Cafe: Birch Trees  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 -263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Adults ages 18 and up

Have your morning cup o' Joe while you complete a beautiful painting of Birch Trees. We will use masking tape, library cards, cans, bottle caps and a minimal amount of brush work to create this piece. Dress for a mess, and feel free to bring along your own coffee mug!

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM LENA  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Parents! You have the power to jumpstart your baby's development! For more information, contact Jennifer Johnston at 413-263-6828 ext. 293 or jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

Autumnal Book Garland!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Autumnal Book Garlands! Make a beautiful fall decoration for your house, or help make a long one for the library!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday November 17, 2018 -  Saturday November 24, 2018
     Write Your Favorite Authors! They Might Write You Back.  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During Open Hours | For ages 8 through 13 (teens can write too)

Have you ever wanted to let your favorite author know how much you like their books? Here is your chance. We will supply the stationary, envelopes, postage and addresses. You write the letters. We will mail them. You might get lucky and get a reply (but there are NO promises). Indian Orchard Branch the week of November 17-24th.

    Location: Indian Orchard

Saturday November 17, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Mocha Moms Weekend Support Group Meeting  
    Contact: Beverly Guerrero-Porter   413-351-9326   springfieldmochamoms@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A once per month support group meeting addressing issues that impact mothers of color. This group is for mothers who are unable to to attend the bi-weekly Mocha Moms morning meetings due to work schedules and/or orther weekday obligations. Children may attend with parent. All are welcome. 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  1:30 PM Girl Scouts Meeting  
    Contact: Heather Mulrooney   413-799-8544   msheathertheprincess@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponored event.

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM New Parents Paint and Sip  
    Contact: C. Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Series of three Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17

Parenting can come with a lot of challenges!

What are your needs? What your child’s needs? What do you think and feel about your experience?
This program is an opportunity for you to take a step back and process these thoughts and feelings through art. This is an opportunity for self-care. This is an opportunity to represent yourself (i.e. as a new parent) in the community.

The program will begin with a vendor fair, featuring community organizations that help new parents. After that, participants will have the opportunity to use a variety of materials to create art with.

Attend one or all three Saturdays. Childcare provided. Pizza provided! Registration is greatly appreciated but not required.

 

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Peacekeeper Training for Marches and Other Actions  
    Contact: Lindsey P   978-430-7531   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

An offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, this highly interactive training will include discussions of the role of peacekeepers at marches and rallies, the tenets of nonviolence, how and why codes of conduct are created and followed, responding to hecklers, and how to support demonstrators who are having a hard time or are hurt. Using a combination of discussion, readings, small-group work, and role plays, the workshop will focus on the practical tools a peacekeeper needs to be effective and help defuse difficult situations that arise in public protests. [Note: To participate in this Peacekeeper Training, you must have already taken a full-day Nonviolent Direct Action Training, and been part of a demonstration where people risked arrest. You do not need to have been arrested yourself – just present at an event where nonviolent civil disobedience] 

 

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Sunday November 18, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rotunda Rhythms: The Sarah Clay Trio in Song  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieildlibrary.org
   

For All Ages

The popular Sarah Clay returns to Springfield with a new of collection songs called Moon & Stars. Including favorites from the American Songbook, Moon & Stars is inspired by the heavenly bodies and is performed with a light, jazz twist. Free attendance raffle to all those who stay for the concert, and with funding from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

Monday November 19, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Monday November 19, 2018 -  Saturday December 1, 2018
     StoryWalk  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x.201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During open hours, Monday, November 19th - Saturday, December 1st | Central Library Children's Room |  Ages birth - 12, and families.

Come to the Children's Room and enjoy a StoryWalk! A StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity for the whole family. The pages of a picture book will be hung up on the walls of the Children's Room. Walk around the Children's Room to read the book, then do an art project based on the book.

    Location: Central Library

Monday November 19, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Easy as Pie!  
    Contact: Diane Houle     dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults and Families

Autumn just screams "PIE!" Bring in your favorite pie to share during Kindness Month. Try something new, or perfect a family tradition. Please bring along the recipe. Does your pie have a history? Include that story as well. Hot beverages and cider will be provided to go along with the pie samples compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Early Literacy Coalition  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   4132636828   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Early Literacy Coalition focuses on community-based family literacy programs and projects that promote reading readiness among children 0-5 living in Springfield families.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

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

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Creative Button Making  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens 11-19

Drop by Teen Central to design and make unique buttons using our button maker. This program takes place in the second floor teen area at the Central Library.  All supplies will be provided.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

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

                    

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

Group start time is 6:30.

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday November 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Mocha Moms Support Group Meeting  
    Contact: Beverly Guerrero-Porter   413-351-9326   springfieldmochamoms@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A bi-weekly support group meeting for stay-at-home moms and moms with flex work schedules addressing issues that impact mothers of color, children are welcome to attend with parent. All are welcome. 

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

For teens ages 12-18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, 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. 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

Ages 12-19 welcome; this program takes place regularly on the third Thursday of the month.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

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

Meets the third Tuesday of every month | For teens, ages 11-18

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Teens Create! Open House  
    Contact: Brightwood Branch Library   413-263-6805   
   

Especially for teens ages 11 and up and their families, but all are welcome.

Come join our branch Open House to proudly celebrate the unveiling of the newly completed mural of acrylic painting creations in our Teen Area!  Tour our branch, meet our staff artist who led the workshop, and visit with teens from the Teens Create Project!  Light refreshments will be served.

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

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!

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

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday November 21, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Thanksgiving Eve: All Libraries Close at 5 pm  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

 

 

    Location: All Library Locations
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League of Spfld., FGP  
    Contact: ANDREW CADE   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Urban League of Springfield, Inc., Foster Grandparent Program provides senior volunteers with monthly Inservice training.

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

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

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:15 PM  -  3:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   4:00 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

Thursday November 22, 2018
     Thanksgiving Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Friday November 23, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

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

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Science Of Soda  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
    For ages 11-18

Did you ever wonder how soda is made? Why does it taste the way it does? Join us on November 23 from 2-4pm when we expose all the secrets of our favorite fuzzy drink. Learn where the first soda came from, how it keeps it fizz, and try our taste test to see if you can identify your favorite sodas.

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday November 24, 2018
   1:30 AM  -  2:30 AM Glorious Classical Music Performed by Boris & Sofya  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

Back by popular demand, Boris Kogan (cello) and Sofya Shainskaya (piano) will play a wide variety of classical music just in-time for the holidays.   The recital will highlight major classical styles and beloved classical composers such as J. S. Bach, Peter Tchaikovsky, and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.  Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, with refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Bagels and Blocks  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For curious kids ages 3-7 and their adults.

Come to the Indian Orchard Branch Library for a fun morning of creative play utilizing our terrific collection of Duplo building blocks, and other construction sets. Learn to program our "Cubetto" robot too! Fuel your fun with yummy bagels and juice. This program will take place before open hours.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Pre - Kwanzaa Family Fun day  
    Contact: Ayanna Crawford     acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is opportunity for families to learn about kwanzaa with fun activities for the whole family -  In Memory of Late Ms. Sylvia A. Wilson RN - Who was the original person to bring Kwanzaa to the city in the late 1960's and 1970's ...

 

 

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Teen Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Saturday of each month | Teens ages 11-19

Teens, you can BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard

Monday November 26, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

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

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

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

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

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Craft Your Cares Away  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Last Monday of every month except holidays | Adults 18 and over

Note: December's program is scheduled for Monday the 17th

Come "Craft Your Cares Away" with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour or so. Each month will feature a new craft, and project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library.

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

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday November 27, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

For teens ages 12-18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, 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. 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly meeting of Mayor's Office on Disability Board.

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Holiday Paper Crafts  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6853   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For adults 18 and up

Enjoy a relaxing and social afternoon as we make some beautiful creations with paper.  The items created will be perfect for decorations or gifts.  Funding provided by the Friends of the Library. 

Nov. 27th: Paper Stars
Dec. 4th: Paper Snowflakes
Dec. 11th: Quilled Poinsettia (Quilling is a technique where small strips of paper are rolled and shaped to create designs)

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

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

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

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

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

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

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

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

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

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

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

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM HCBS Provider Outreach  
    Contact: Beth Perry   774-641-0539   beth.perry@umassmed.edu
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

We are a MassHealth program who is recruiting for providers to better serve our members.

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Candy Grab  
    Contact: Theresa Boulrice   413-263-6836   tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
    For ages 10-16

Come build an arcade arm and test your construction to see how much candy you can capture. What you grab you get to keep!

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM My Voice, My Community: Latino Education Institute  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through December 12

Latino Education Institute culture and literacy program for middle school age English language learners. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

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

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

Note: New time 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time)

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday November 29, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Professional Learning Community for Early Childhood Directors and Administrators.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Baby Boppers Around The World  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For toddlers and children ages 0-5. Parents are encouraged to join their children.

Travel the world through music. We'll shake, rattle and roll, and maybe even salsa and meringue, and cha cha around the world. Every dance party we will visit a different country.  Last Thursdays of the month - 10/25, 11/29, 12/27. For more information call 413 263-6846.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday (except November 22), from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

An inclusive storytime for all children. Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs. 

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM MOVEmber Walking Club  
    Contact: Erin Calender   413-263-6858   ecalender@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Join the MOVEmber Walking Club to enjoy a 30-minute walk near the Sixteen Acres Branch Library with the company of others. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothing, and bring rainwear if necessary.  Thursdays starting at 2 p.m. in the month of November, rain or shine!  In case of snow, call first 413-263-6858. Bottled water provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Program Dates: Thursday 11/1/18, 11/8/18, 11/15/18 and 11/29/18. 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Giftables  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 13 and up

Adults and teens are invited to visit the Forest Park Library to make giftable items for the holidays including up-cycled journals, helix pencil holders and bright gift bags. You will leave with a giftable item and creative skills to use at home.

 Meets on Thursdays - November 29, December 6, 13, and 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • November 29: Up-cycled journals
  • December 6: Helix pencil holders
  • December 13: Bright gift bags
  • December 20: Bath fizzies

Location: Forest Park Library

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Climate Change in Your Backyard  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All ages

Though Springfield may be far from the coast, scientists agree that climate change impacts our daily lives and the future of our city. Mary Jane Eustace, co-leader of the local chapter of Citizen's Climate Lobby, will present on the effects of climate change in our region, what our elected officials are doing to address the changes, and simple ways citizens can help to make a positive difference.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday November 30, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Come For Coffee!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

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

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

Lorax Puppets!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting a Dr. Seuss inspired craft: The Lorax Puppets! Bring a Seussian classic to life and check the book out while you’re at it!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday December 1, 2018 -  Thursday December 20, 2018
     Can You Guess the Candy Bar?  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    For ages 9 to 18

Can you guess all 10 candy bars just from a picture? Guess all 10 correctly and be entered into a drawing for - the candy bars! We will substitute in case of food allergies.  

    Location: Indian Orchard

Saturday December 1, 2018 -  Saturday December 29, 2018
     New Year Cards for Meals on Wheels  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Saturday December 1, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Girl Scouts Meeting  
    Contact: Heather Mulrooney   413-799-8544   msheathertheprincess@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Stress Buster Yoga for Teens  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
    For ages 12-19 years old.

The constant demands of school and life's pressures can create a very stressful time for teens.  Our excellent yoga instructor Nicole can provide young adults with valuable skills that will help them to relax.  Learning yoga can also improve fitness, optimism, focus, self-esteem, creativity, and discipline. There will be two sessions December 1 and Dec 11, 2018. Come to one or both.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Monday December 3, 2018
     Art and Recyclables Makerspace  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Monday December 3, 2018 -  Friday December 14, 2018
     National Library Winter Card Exchange  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

During open hours | For kids 10-18!

Come to East Springfield and create a winter-themed card to exchange with other participating libraries from all over the country. We will display the cards we receive from other libraries in return! Each card will earn the creator a treat! 

    Location: East Springfield

Monday December 3, 2018 -  Thursday December 20, 2018
     Can You Guess the Candy Bar?  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 9-18

Can you guess all 10 candy bars just from a picture?  Guess all 10 correctly and be entered into a drawing for - the candy bars! We will substitue in case of food allergies.  

    Location: Brightwood

Monday December 3, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

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

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday December 4, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Mocha Moms Support Group Meeting  
    Contact: Beverly Guerrero-Porter   413-351-9326   springfieldmochamoms@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A bi-weekly support group meeting for stay-at-home moms and moms with flex work schedules addressing issues that impact mothers of color, children are welcome to attend with parent. All are welcome. 

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

For teens ages 12-18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, 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. 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   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
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM What is... Jeopardy!  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 12-18

Take the ultimate test of wits in a game of heated Jeopardy! Head off in all that is pop culture, books, movies, and news. First place winner will walk away with an ultimate prize and bragging rights. Come be the competition!

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Holiday Paper Crafts  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6853   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For adults 18 and up

Enjoy a relaxing and social afternoon as we make some beautiful creations with paper.  The items created will be perfect for decorations or gifts.  Refreshments and funding provided by the Friends of the Library.  

Nov. 27th: Paper Stars
Dec. 4th: Paper Snowflakes
Dec. 11th: Quilled Poinsettia (Quilling is a technique where small strips of paper are rolled and shaped to create designs)

    Location: Mason Square
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Teen Advisory Board at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Holiday Soap Making  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens

Don't know what to give your family and friends for the holdays?  Why not create a unique gift of homemade soap?  Come join us for an afternoon lesson of simple soap making.  This workshop is intended for 12- 18 years old.

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

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

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

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

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

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

 

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Special Education Surrogate Parent Orientation Training  
    Contact: Danielle Hardin   617-399-8342   dhardin@fcsn.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Are you interested in supporting students in your community?

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

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

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

Registration is required. You can register online or contact Danielle Hardin at dhardin@fcsn.org or 617-399-8342. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT PHONE NUMBER.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Paw Patrol  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn the tools of the trade with employees from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Adoption Center. Professionals will be showing off all of their tools and knowledge in the area of their passion and profession: animal rescue! Demonstrations will be done and attendees will be able to touch and test the tools of the trade!

For ages 6-18.

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM My Voice, My Community: Latino Education Institute  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through December 12

Latino Education Institute culture and literacy program for middle school age English language learners. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Blowing Up Stories  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This program is for ages 13-19.

Calling all teens! Join us in the Mason Square Teen Room (in the back off the Children's Room) on Wednesday December 5 from 4:00-5:00 for a short story reading like you've never seen before! McSweeney's Publishing is a non-profit publishing house from San Francisco, and publishes one of the most well-known quarterly literary journals filled with masterful short stories in the country. McSweeney's is also known for its creative and innovative printing, and their 53rd edition is no exception. McSweeney's 53rd publication comes with 8 inflatable balloons emblazoned with stories by Percival Everett, Amelia Gray, Lauren Groff, Kima Jones, Carmen Maria Machado, Rebecca Makkai, and Sarah Wisby. The stories can't be read until we blow them up!

Join us as we blow up the balloons, read the stories aloud, eat cupcakes, and decide on our two favorite stories. Those balloons will stay on display in the Teen Room, and 6 lucky raffle winners will go home with their own short story balloons! Cupcakes and beverages are generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield City Library.

"That may not be the version of the story you’re familiar with. But I assure you, it’s the one you need to know.” - Carmen Maria Machado

 

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Happily UpCycled: Decoupage Winter Wonderland Jars  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Happily UpCycled returns with crafter Amber Ladley demonstrating how to make decoupage winter wonderland jars. Grab your favorite pickle, marinara, or other glass jar & upcycle it into a winter wonderland. Participants will explore the art of decoupage by upcycling your jar with decorative paper and festive accents. Decoupage jars can be used as containers for storing memorabilia, making a stunning tea light, or are perfect for saving-up for a rainy day. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman.                                             

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday December 6, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday (except November 22), from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

An inclusive storytime for all children. Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs. 

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Giftables  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 13 and up

Adults and teens are invited to visit the Forest Park Library to make giftable items for the holidays including up-cycled journals, helix pencil holders and bright gift bags. You will leave with a giftable item and creative skills to use at home.

Meets on Thursdays - November 29, December 6, 13, and 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • November 29: Up-cycled journals
  • December 6: Helix pencil holders
  • December 13: Bright gift bags
  • December 20: Bath fizzies

Location: Forest Park Library

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

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

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: Holiday Wreath!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Holiday Wreaths! No matter what you celebrate, we will have colors for you to make the perfect winter decoration or gift for a loved one!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield

Saturday December 8, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  12:00 PM Spanish Movies Saturday  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Second Saturday of every Month | 12:00 PM | Families & Children

Join us for children's movies in Spanish! We will do some coloring pages, show a movie, and eat popcorn! Complimentary snacks and beverages are generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield City Library. This event is for children, although family members of children are welcome to attend.
 
Ùnete a nosotros en cada sabado segundo del Mez para peliculas para los niños en español. Vamos a color paginas, enseñar peliculas, y comer popcorn. Apertivos y bebidos provido de los “Friends of the Springfield Library.” Este evento es para los niños, pero la familia de los niños son dienvenido para attender.
    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Adulting 101: In Case of Emergency  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Suggested for ages 11-19

What do you do when the power goes out? Do you know where the breaker box is? Tornado is on the way - what do you do?  A snowstorm hits, and you are snowed in.  Your tire blows out - who do you call?  Come find out what your peers suggest you do in case there is an emergency, featuring presentations from our local Teen Reader's Advisory Group.  Adulting at its finest!

 

    Location: East Forest Park
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Women's Coding Club  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

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

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab

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

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Monday December 10, 2018 -  Saturday December 22, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Brightwood

Monday December 10, 2018 -  Saturday December 22, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413 263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday December 10, 2018 -  Saturday December 22, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: East Springfield

Monday December 10, 2018 -  Saturday December 22, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413 263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Forest Park

Monday December 10, 2018 -  Saturday December 22, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Indian Orchard

Monday December 10, 2018 -  Saturday December 22, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413 263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Monday December 10, 2018 -  Saturday December 22, 2018
     Scavenger Hunt!  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413 263-6853   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children

Love scavenger hunts? The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! Pick up a clue sheet at the desk. When you find all the clues, you can pick a prize from our treasure box!

    Location: Mason Square

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

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

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

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

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

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   413-348-0505   erin@erinchrusciel.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Infertility can be lonely but you are not alone

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

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

Group start time is 6:30.

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday December 11, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.

This month's selection is: Lost in Shangi-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff (2011) nonfiction.

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

For teens ages 12-18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, 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. 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

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

Every month on the second Tuesday | Ages 11-18

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Holiday Paper Crafts  
    Contact: Jennifer Johnston   413-263-6853   jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Enjoy a relaxing and social afternoon as we make some beautiful creations with paper.  The items created will be perfect for decorations or gifts.  Refreshments and funding provided by the Friends of the Library. These events are for adults 18+.

Nov. 27th: Paper Stars
Dec. 4th: Paper Snowflakes
Dec. 11th: Quilled Poinsettia (Quilling is a technique where small strips of paper are rolled and shaped to create designs)

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Stress Buster Yoga for Teens  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
    For ages 12-19

The constant demands of school and life's pressures can create a very stressful time for teens.  Our excellent yoga instructor Nicole can provide young adults with valuable skills that will help them to relax.  Learning yoga can also improve fitness, optimism, focus, self-esteem, creativity, and discipline.  There will be two sessions December 1 and Dec 11, 2018. Come to one or both.

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

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

 
    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

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

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

Due to holiday scheduling, this month's meeting will be held on December 12.
 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM My Voice, My Community: Latino Education Institute  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 x425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through December 12

Latino Education Institute culture and literacy program for middle school age English language learners. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM CD Suncatchers!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 10-18.

Brighten up the dreary days of winter with a sparkly suncatcher made from CDs. Hang in a window or make a mobile. Supplies are limited, so come early. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Paw Patrol  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn the tools of the trade with employees from Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Adoption Center. Professionals will be showing off all of their tools and knowledge in the area of their passion and profession: animal rescue! Demonstrations will be done and attendees will be able to touch and test the tools of the trade!

For ages 6-18.

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

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

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

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

Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month | All Ages

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

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday December 13, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday (except November 22), from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

An inclusive storytime for all children. Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs. 

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. This month we will be reading Trajectory, by Richard Russo.  This book is a compilation of four short stories.

A tenured professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. A realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow while he presses forward, or not. A semi-retired English professor is conned by his estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Biennale. A lapsed novelist, struggling with his wife's illness and trying to rekindle his screenwriting career, is called to an aging star's mountaintop in Wyoming.

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Giftables  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
    For ages 13 and up

Adults and teens are invited to visit the Forest Park Library to make giftable items for the holidays including up-cycled journals, helix pencil holders and bright gift bags. You will leave with a giftable item and creative skills to use at home.

Meets on Thursdays - November 29, December 6, 13, and 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • November 29: Up-cycled journals
  • December 6: Helix pencil holders
  • December 13: Bright gift bags
  • December 20: Bath fizzies

Location: Forest Park Library

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Nerd Trivia Night  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Ages 12-18

Calling all nerds, geeks, and comic-con-goers! How well do you know Hogwarts? Would your knowledge help you survive the Zombie Apolocalypse? Do you know the comics as well as you think you do? Join us after school in the Mason Square Community Room from 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday December 13 for our Teen Nerd Trivia Night. The winners will receive Robux gift cards for Roblox. 

Sparkling cider and pizza will be generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield City Library.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

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

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

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

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Community Survival Center Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Mary Cassidy   413-543-3930   thecsc@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Meeting of the Community Survival Center.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

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

Monthly on the 2nd Friday | Ages 11 and up

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: Venus Flytrap Puppets!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Venus Flytrap Puppets! Come learn about nature’s coolest plant and make a fun toy to take home!
    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday December 15, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Kwanzaa Bazaar  
    Contact: Ayanna   413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Make A Gingerbread House  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 6 - 12

Nothing welcomes winter like gingerbread. Visit the library and create a spicy and sweet gingerbread house to take home.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Girl Scouts Meeting  
    Contact: Heather Mulrooney    413-799-8544   msheathertheprincess@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Make A Gingerbread House  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldibrary.org
   

For ages 6 - 12

Nothing welcomes winter like gingerbread. Visit the library and create a spicy and sweet gingerbread house to take home.

    Location: East Springfield

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

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

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

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Early Literacy Coalition  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   4132636828   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Early Literacy Coalition focuses on community-based family literacy programs and projects that promote reading readiness among children 0-5 living in Springfield families.

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Craft Your Cares Away  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Last Monday of every month except holidays | Adults 18 and over

Note: December's program is scheduled for Monday the 17th

Come "Craft Your Cares Away" with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour or so. Each month will feature a new craft, and project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library.

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

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Winter Solstice Celebration for Teens  
    Contact: Martha Coons   413-263-6828 ext.425   mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-19

Light up the longest night of the year with other teens at our Winter Solstice celebration. Create a fragrant pomander or an herbal sachet, help prepare some warming treats, and relax with some board games and music as we prepare for the chilly days ahead.

    Location: Central Library Community Room

Tuesday December 18, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Mocha Moms Support Group Meeting  
    Contact: Beverly Guerrero-Porter   413-351-9326   springfieldmochamoms@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A bi-weekly support group meeting for stay-at-home moms and moms with flex work schedules addressing issues that impact mothers of color, children are welcome to attend with parent. All are welcome. 

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

For teens ages 12-18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, 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. 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

Ages 12-19 welcome; this program takes place regularly on the third Thursday of the month.

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

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

Meets the third Tuesday of every month | For teens, ages 11-18

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

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

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts?  Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!

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

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM RUWMI Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Erin Freed   413-575-5869   ebfreed15@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly meeting of the Springfield Chapter of Indivisible, Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Wednesday December 19, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League of Spfld., FGP  
    Contact: ANDREW CADE   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Urban League of Springfield, Inc., Foster Grandparent Program provides senior volunteers with monthly Inservice training.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   4:00 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. Research this month will focus on Mngwa, a gigantic feline. Fans of Grimm, Lore, Brandon Sanderson, and Harry Potter more than welcome!

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Let's Get Cooking with Holiday Apps, the Eating Kind  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 15 and up

Take a break from holiday shopping and preparation at our December foodie event.  Bring your favorite appetizer recipe or try out a new recipe you might want to serve at your holiday get together.  We will be sampling hors d'oeuvres, sharing recipes, and reminiscing about favorite holiday foods.  This program is part of our "Let's Get Cooking" series and is appropriate for Adults and Teens who love to cook.

    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
   

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

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

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday December 20, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Professional Learning Community for Early Childhood Directos and Administrators.

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

Every Thursday (except November 22), from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

An inclusive storytime for all children. Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs. 

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

Snacks will be provided.
    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Giftables  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 13 and up

Adults and teens are invited to visit the Forest Park Library to make giftable items for the holidays including up-cycled journals, helix pencil holders and bright gift bags. You will leave with a giftable item and creative skills to use at home.

Meets on Thursdays - November 29, December 6, 13, and 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • November 29: Up-cycled journals
  • December 6: Helix pencil holders
  • December 13: Bright gift bags
  • December 20: Bath fizzies

Location: Forest Park Library

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

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

    Location: Mason Square
   6:45 PM  -  8:00 PM Barn Burner: Boston Bruins vs Anaheim Ducks  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Here's your introduction to everything hockey. Join us to watch part of the Boston Bruins vs. Anaheim Ducks game on 12/20. We'll be eating snacks and learning hockey related fun facts and game rules. Let's meet on the ice!

For ages 10-18.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

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

Ages 18 and up

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

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

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

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Winter Craft and Sing Along  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   SHodge-Wetherbe@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

For kids and teens ages 10-18

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the winter vacation! Make a cookies in a jar gift for someone you love, and sing along to some of our favorite winter songs like "Jingle Bells" and "Walking in a Winter Wonderland". They'll be plenty of cookies and hot chocolate to go around while we work!

    Location: East Springfield
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
    Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: Book Page Snowflakes!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Book Page Snowflakes!
    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday December 22, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Teen Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Saturday of each month | Teens ages 11-19

Teens, you can BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard

Monday December 24, 2018
     Christmas Eve: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Tuesday December 25, 2018
     Christmas Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Wednesday December 26, 2018
     Make SLIME!  
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Cardboard Arcade  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For kids and teens ages 10-18

Show off your creativity and your gaming skills! We'll supply the cardboard and other building materials, you create the arcade game you want to play. Make up your own, or follow the patterns we'll provide to make fun games like claw machines, bowling, and basketball. Prizes will be awarded!

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

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

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

Note: Time change to 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time)

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday December 27, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Baby Boppers Around The World  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For toddlers and children ages 0-5. Parents are encouraged to join their children.

Travel the world through music. We'll shake, rattle and roll, and maybe even salsa and meringue, and cha cha around the world. Every dance party we will visit a different country.  Last Thursdays of the month - 10/25, 11/29, 12/27. For more information call 413 263-6846.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Storytime  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6853 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday (except November 22), from 10:00 AM | Recommended for children under 10

An inclusive storytime for all children. Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs. 

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighborhood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
    Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

Connect with other teens and your community in your own space at Brightwood Branch Library. Every week participate in games, activities, and special projects or just come and hang out with friends. Special guests from local organizations will come to talk about participating in community projects.

This is your space where you can do, make and be U.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

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

Every Friday, through December 28 | 18+

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

    Location: Brightwood
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, October 5th- December 28th | Ages 12-18

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room 1-5pm Friday afternoons.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
    Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: Bubblegum Self-Portraits!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Bubblegum Self Portraits!
    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday December 29, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Time - Imagine Explore Create  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

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

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Let It Snow Tea  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For kids and teens ages 10-18

The weather outside is frightful, but inside the East Springfield Library will be delightful! Join us for hot tea and an assortment of winter goodies. We'll have riddles and parlor games enjoyed in winters of the past, and a reading of a winter short story.

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

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard

Monday December 31, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM New Year's 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 Monday, New Year's' Eve

 

 

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:45 PM New Year Celebration  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For kids and teens ages 10-18

It's time to celebrate and ring in 2019! Join us for an afternoon of New Year's games from all around the world, a craft, and a new years resolution activity. There will be hors d'oeuvres and sparkling juice to toast in a brand new year, just in case you can't stay awake till midnight!

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

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday January 1, 2019
     New Year's Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Wednesday January 2, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.                                             

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday January 3, 2019
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Friday January 4, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
    Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: Pom Pom Hats!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Pom Pom Hats!
    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday January 5, 2019
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

Location: Forest Park

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

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

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

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

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

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

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

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

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

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

Every Saturday | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 3-10, siblings welcome!

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

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday January 7, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

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

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

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday January 8, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.
 

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

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

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

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

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

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

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard

Wednesday January 9, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Thursday January 10, 2019
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. This month we will be reading Things I Have Been Silent About, by Azar Nafisi.

In this stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, Azar Nafisi shares her memories of living in thrall to a powerful and complex mother against the backdrop of a country’s political revolution. A girl’s pain over family secrets, a young woman’s discovery of the power of sensuality in literature, the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by upheaval—these and other threads are woven together in this beautiful memoir as a gifted storyteller once again transforms the way we see the world and “reminds us of why we read in the first place”

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

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

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

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday January 11, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: East Forest Park
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays - SNOWFLAKE SLIME!  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
    Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: SNOWFLAKE SLIME!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: SNOWFLAKE SLIME!
    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday January 12, 2019
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. 

Location: Forest Park

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  12:00 PM Spanish Movies Saturday  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Second Saturday of every Month | 12:00 PM | Families & Children

Join us for children's movies in Spanish! We will do some coloring pages, show a movie, and eat popcorn! Complimentary snacks and beverages are generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield City Library. This event is for children, although family members of children are welcome to attend.
 
Ùnete a nosotros en cada sabado segundo del Mez para peliculas para los niños en español. Vamos a color paginas, enseñar peliculas, y comer popcorn. Apertivos y bebidos provido de los “Friends of the Springfield Library.” Este evento es para los niños, pero la familia de los niños son dienvenido para attender.
    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!  Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 3-10, siblings welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413 263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meeting dates for this school year are January 12, March 9, and May 11, 2019 | Teens

Here's your chance to meet regularly, every other month on the 2nd Saturday, to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teen ages 13-19. If interested, please contact the young adult reference librarian.

    Location: East Forest Park

Monday January 14, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday January 15, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Children

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Tuesday of every month | For teens, ages 11-18

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   6:15 PM  -  7:15 PM U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.  Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading.  We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions.  We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday January 16, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Urban League of Spfld., FGP  
    Contact: ANDREW CADE   413-262-1429   andrew6503@aol.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Urban League of Springfield, Inc., Foster Grandparent Program provides senior volunteers with monthly Inservice training.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required. Space is limited to 12.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership Monthly Meeting  
    Contact: Tara Brandt   413-276-9395   tbrandt@hps.holyoke.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a monthly meeting of members of the Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership. We strive to bring PreK-16 math educators in Western Massachusetts together to learn from each other in order to improve student learning. We do this by facilitating opportunities to explore and appreciate mathematics and math teaching practices with a growth mindset. We believe this enables educators to support diverse learners who believe in themselves.

 
    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM What-Ifs & Fix-Its: A Fanfiction Club for Teens  
    Contact: Azinne Zarrabi   413-263-6836   azarrabi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held on the 3rd Thursday of every month | For teens ages 11-18.

Are you disappointed about the way The Hunger Games ended? Do you think your favorite classic novel would be better if it had dragons? Do you honestly think you can write a better love story than Twilight? Then join us at the East Forest Park Library on the third Wednesday of every month, where pop-culture fans of every kind can explore their favorite characters and create stories of their own, through the marvelous world of fanfiction. We’ll have advice sessions for beginning authors and writing prompts to inspire new ideas—you’ll even have an opportunity to submit your work to the library’s blog!
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday January 17, 2019
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector F Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Springfield Codes! Meetup  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Thursday of every month | Ages 18-35

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

    Location: Mason Square

Friday January 18, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: East Forest Park
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: SNOWMAN MASKS!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Snowman Masks!
    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday January 19, 2019
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. 

Location: Forest Park

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!  Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 3-10, siblings welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday January 21, 2019
     Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413 263-6828 ext 290   
   

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday January 22, 2019 -  Saturday February 9, 2019
     Valentines for Vets  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families

Enjoy a special family activity while honoring local veterans. Youth and their families are welcome to drop in at any location to make a Valentine card for residents of the Holyoke Soldiers Home. The library provides all the materials and will hand deliver your homemade creation in time for the holiday.

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday January 22, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Children

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Book Club Meeting  
    Contact: Anne Cesan   413-782-7702   a126chocolate@gmail.com
   

This is not a library event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday January 23, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required. Space is limited to 12.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Thursday January 24, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Preschool enrichment team will be providing a forum for Early Childhood Directors to meet and discuss best practices and needs in the field.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday January 25, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres! 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM FriDIY: Crafty Fridays  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
    Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: SNOWMAN GARLAND!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Snowman Garland!
    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday January 26, 2019
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. 

Location: Forest Park

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!  Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 3-10, siblings welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday January 28, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday January 29, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Children

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the last Tuesday of every month | Suggested for teens age 13-19

Here's your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is  If interested, please fill in the online application here or contact the young adult reference librarian.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday January 30, 2019
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required. Space is limited to 12.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Thursday January 31, 2019
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday February 1, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday February 2, 2019
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. 

Location: Forest Park

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!  Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Mad Science Labs  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments at the East Springfield Library. 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held the first Saturday of every month | Recommended for children ages 5-12

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Sponsored by Faith United Church.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 3-10, siblings welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday February 4, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday February 5, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Health Department Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Yaitza Osorio   413-886-5018   Yosorio@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Children

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard

Wednesday February 6, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required. Space is limited to 12.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

First Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:00 PM | This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road.

For our next meeting we will be discussing Sunburn by Laura Lippman.                                             

Copies of this title will be available for pickup at the East Forest Park Library prior to the meeting. No sign up is required, however, please contact the branch if you have any questions.

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday February 7, 2019
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM WalkBike Springfield Meeting  
    Contact: Betsy Johnson   413-301-5387   betsy@bgjohnson.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Regular meeting of residents working to improve conditions for walking and bicycling in Springfield.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Friday February 8, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday February 9, 2019
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. 

Location: Forest Park

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  12:00 PM Spanish Movies Saturday  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Second Saturday of every Month | 12:00 PM | Families & Children

Join us for children's movies in Spanish! We will do some coloring pages, show a movie, and eat popcorn! Complimentary snacks and beverages are generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield City Library. This event is for children, although family members of children are welcome to attend.
 
Ùnete a nosotros en cada sabado segundo del Mez para peliculas para los niños en español. Vamos a color paginas, enseñar peliculas, y comer popcorn. Apertivos y bebidos provido de los “Friends of the Springfield Library.” Este evento es para los niños, pero la familia de los niños son dienvenido para attender.
    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!  Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 3-10, siblings welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday February 11, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Infertility Support Group  
    Contact: Erin Chrusciel   781-890-2250   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 February 12, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

Chair Yoga is a unique. It's a yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses while incorporating the use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat, and becomes an extension of the body. The student is able to warm-up the body safely, and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair, or the chair is used for support during  poses, bends, extensions, balances, and stretches. Chair yoga is suitable for all fitness levels and physical conditions. Led by Nicole Ferraro, a certified yoga instructor.

    Location: East Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lisa Lipshires   413-263-6828 ext 395   llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  5:00 PM HCS Head Start Family Services  
    Contact: Kimberlee West    413-523-3928   kimberlyw@headstart.org
   

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
   

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Children

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard

Wednesday February 13, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required. Space is limited to 12.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Comics Club at East Springfield  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   SHodge-Wetherbe@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month | For teens 12-18

Do you wait on the edge of your seat for the next Marvel movie? Do you think Mikasa Akerman from AOT is the coolest character in anime? Then this is the club for you! Join us here at East Springfield as we share our favorites in anime, manga, and American comics.  Members will help shape how the club progresses, and what events we hold every month! Come and geek out with us!

    Location: East Springfield
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Thursday February 14, 2019
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch.  This month we will be reading the short story, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, from the anthology The Awakening and Other Stories. 

The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and critics.

Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. .New members are always welcome.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Community Police Team Sector A Meeting  
    Contact: Magda Rodriguez   413-787-6359   Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday February 15, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday February 16, 2019
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. 

Location: Forest Park

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!  Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 3-10, siblings welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday February 18, 2019
     President's Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413 263-6828 ext 290   
    All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day.
    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday February 19, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Children

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the second Tuesday of every month | For teens, ages 11-18

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   6:15 PM  -  7:15 PM U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group  
    Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.  Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading.  We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions.  We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday February 20, 2019
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required. Space is limited to 12.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM What-Ifs & Fix-Its: A Fanfiction Club for Teens  
    Contact: Azinne Zarrabi   413-263-6836   azarrabi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held on the 3rd Thursday of every month | For teens ages 11-18.

Are you disappointed about the way The Hunger Games ended? Do you think your favorite classic novel would be better if it had dragons? Do you honestly think you can write a better love story than Twilight? Then join us at the East Forest Park Library on the third Wednesday of every month, where pop-culture fans of every kind can explore their favorite characters and create stories of their own, through the marvelous world of fanfiction. We’ll have advice sessions for beginning authors and writing prompts to inspire new ideas—you’ll even have an opportunity to submit your work to the library’s blog!
 

 

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday February 21, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PET Professional Learning Community  
    Contact: Jeanne E Regnier   860-882-4614   jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Preschool enrichment team will be providing a forum for Early Childhood Directors to meet and discuss best practices and needs in the field.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  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: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Springfield Codes! Meetup  
    Contact: Kim Sheridan     ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the third Thursday of every month | Ages 18-35

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

    Location: Mason Square

Friday February 22, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: East Forest Park
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads.  Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres! 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday February 23, 2019
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. 

Location: Forest Park

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!  Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 3-10, siblings welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday February 25, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday February 26, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday | For Ages 11-18

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Hold for Teens  
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Children

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Teen Readers Advisory Panel  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets the last Tuesday of every month | Suggested for teens age 13-19

Here's your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is  If interested, please fill in the online application here or contact the young adult reference librarian.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday February 27, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: Ann Keefe   413-263-6828 ext 294   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required. Space is limited to 12.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

Join us each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Thursday February 28, 2019
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM LEGO Club at Mason Square  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

Join us in the Children's Workroom for LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild!

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups  
    Contact: Mason Square   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Thursday in the Children's Workroom | Adults and teens welcome

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?

Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils.

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday March 1, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park  
    Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: East Forest Park
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Pine Point Minecrafters  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday March 2, 2019
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-623-6843   aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets every Saturday | Open to teens and adults, 13 and up

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. 

Location: Forest Park

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Saturday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips!  Space limited to 8 participants so come early.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Mad Science Labs  
    Contact: Tricia LaBroad   413-263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

Drop in to try some fun and innovative science experiments at the East Springfield Library. 

    Location: East Springfield
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Lunch Bunch at Forest Park  
    Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Held the first Saturday of every month | Recommended for children ages 5-12

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Sponsored by Faith United Church.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime at Central  
    Contact: Children's Room   413-263-6828 ext 201   
   

Every Saturday | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 3-10, siblings welcome!

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Monday March 4, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Monday | Ages 5-10

Attention Lego enthusiasts!  Drop in for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library's many Lego themed books.  This program is ideal for children ages 5-10, but all are welcome.  Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM LEGO Club  
    Contact: Anne Hrobsky   413-263-6843   
   

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

Join your fellow LEGO fans for an afternoon of building. What can you create?

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Tuesday March 5, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Toddler Storytime  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM | Recommended for ages 1-3 1/2 years old, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Trooper Brian Clapprood   413-387-3680   brian.clapprood@massmail.state.ma.us
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Family Storytime  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Health Department Staff Meeting  
    Contact: Yaitza Osorio   413-886-5018   Yosorio@springfieldcityhall.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time!

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club at Indian Orchard  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Tuesday | Children

Do you love LEGOS? Join us for building fun! Share your ideas and brick vision with other LEGO lovers- let your imagination run wild!

    Location: Indian Orchard

Wednesday March 6, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM BYOB Book Discussion Group  
    Contact: East Springfield   413-263-6840   
   

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us!

    Location: East Springfield
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Bilingual Storytime  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays  | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ages 12 months - 6 years

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required. Space is limited to 12.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Wednesdays, 4:15-5 PM | Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   5:00 PM  -  5:45 PM LEGO Club at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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