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Wednesday January 2, 2019 -  Thursday January 31, 2019
     Art and Recyclables Maker Space  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Day | 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

Wednesday January 2, 2019 -  Thursday January 31, 2019
     Art Central: The Watercolors of Diane Nevinsmith  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
    All Ages

The paintings of Diane Nevinsmith are a delight with their gentle colors, beguiling settings, and skillful balance. On display throughout January is an artist-curated show of landscapes, seascapes, and floral watercolors depicting a wide range of settings, topics, and inspirations. For more about Diane and her art including sale and pricing, visit www.dianenevinsmithart.com. 

 

    Location: Central Library

Wednesday January 2, 2019 -  Thursday January 31, 2019
     Brightwood Gallery: 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 handmade, decorative quilts. Featured works include a variety of styles and techniques made by local quilters including Loretta Forsyth, Mary Ellen Keiter, Sharon Kida, Amy Sackman, Clara Lee Sharrard, Ursula Smith, and Joanne Tryba. The display is available for viewing during regular library hours and is sure to please with its beauty, creativity, and demonstrated skill.

    Location: Brightwood

Wednesday January 2, 2019 -  Sunday March 31, 2019
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzlers  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
    Teens and adults | During Open Hours

Come to the Mason Square Branch Library during regular library hours and do a puzzle with your neighbors. Meet new people, take a mental break from work, and just have fun. Do some of it, all of it, or just observe and enjoy. The board puzzles are next to the adult computers, and are provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Mason Square

Monday January 14, 2019 -  Saturday June 29, 2019
     Checkmate!  
    Contact: Gary Pysznik   413-263-6828, 213   gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Learn to play chess, or if you want a refresher, schedule a session with a librarian. These lessons are perfect for beginners, and more advanced player may want to check out the Chess Club at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library. To schedule a beginner’s coaching session, contact Gary Pysznik at gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org, or 413-263-6828 ext. 213. Central Library | Adults

    Location: Central Library

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: Brightwood

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: Central Library Children's Program Room

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: East Forest Park

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: East Springfield

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: Forest Park

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: Indian Orchard

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: Library Express at Pine Point

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: Mason Square

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: Sixteen Acres

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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:30 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 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  -  6:30 PM The Envision Success Project training  
    Contact: Karen O'Hare   9784943053   kohare@poluscenter.org
   

The Envision Success Project is a program of the nonprofit Polus Center. The program brings career exploration and job readiness training to teens and young adults with vision impairments in the greater Springfield area. This meeting will be an "Emotional Intelligence" training led by guest speaker Ken Kerber. About 10 attendees expected including students and adults. 

For more information about our program, please see https://www.poluscenter.org/envision-success-project

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   413-263-6828   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 Meeting  
    Contact: Anne Cesan   413-782-7702   a126chocolate@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday January 23, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Active Parenting  
    Contact: Megan Walsh   413-787-6959   walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Parent education workshop for parents of children birth to 5 years old.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   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: Library Express at Pine Point
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Care Planning Team Meeting  
    Contact: Ebony Rivera Velazquez   413-612-8892   erivera@gandaracenter.org
   

Care Planning Team Meeting- Gandara Center

This is not a library-sponsored program.

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

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   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   mquinones@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   mquinones@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
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Tips on Improving Your Caregiver Skills  
    Contact: Sina Holloman   4138470513   homecarenetworks@gmail.com
   

This session will proivde tips on how to make caregiving less stressful and more rewarding.

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room

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
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM The Envision Success Project and Work Without Limits Meeting  
    Contact: Karen O'Hare   978-494-3053   kohare@poluscenter.org
   

The Envision Success Project is a program of the nonprofit Polus Center. The program brings career exploration and job readiness training to teens and young adults with vision impairments in the greater Springfield area. During this meeting ESP staff will meet with a Work Without Limits representative for SSI and SSDI training. 

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition Meeting  
    Contact: Sarita Hudson   413-794-7600   shudson@publichealthwm.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Please join us for the bi-monthly meeting of the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (PVAC).  PVAC is a coalition of health professionals and institutions, community groups and residents, public health organizations, municipal and state agencies, academic institutions, schools, day care, housing and environmental groups committed to improving asthma and environmental conditions that affect health in Western Mass. ?Current projects include the Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Program.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM DCF Foster Care Informational  
    Contact: Deb Jones   413-452-3396   Deborah.Jones@state.ma.us
   

Come learn about what it takes to be a Foster Parent with The Department of Children and Families.  Open to everyone. 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Otaku Meet Up  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Mason Square Branch Library Teen Room | Teens 13-18

The Otaku Meet-Up is all about Anime and Manga debates! At the monthly Otaku Meet-Up, anime fans from all over Springfield will come to discuss characters and manga, and have some snacks and a chill time. This event is for teenagers, and snacks are generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield Library. 

January Meet Up: Thursday January 24 from 6:00-7:00
February Meet Up: Thursday February 21 from 6:00-7:00
March Meet Up: Thursday March 21 from 6:00-7:00

    Location: Mason Square
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Simple Home Remedies  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For adults, though teens are welcome to attend as well.

Local herbalist and botanical educator, Claire Brodhead, will lead three, hands-on wellness workshops at the Mason Square Branch Library.

January 24th -- Tea Blending for Beginners: When there's a chill to the air, there's nothing better than curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. In this workshop, learn how to make your own herbal blend.

January 31st -- Herbs for Sleep, Stress and Anxiety: Learn how to combat the winter blues and holiday stress naturally.

Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Springfield Community Land Trust Meeting  
    Contact: Zaida Govan     zaida.govan@yahoo.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday January 25, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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: 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
   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  -  1:00 PM Springfield Democratic City Committee Meeting  
    Contact: Jesse Lederman   413-285-3041   LedermanJL@gmail.com
   

Join the Springfield Democratic City Committee for their quarterly meeting.

For more information contact Chairman Jesse Lederman at 413-285-3041.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Year of Tech Discovery @ Springfield Museums  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Children Ages 8-12

Join us at the Springfield Science Museum to kick off the library's Tech Discovery program. Children can explore the fun computer science activities that will be available at Central Library throughout the year. Enjoy gaming, OzoBot robots, and Snap Circuits!

This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Parent Villages  
    Contact: Ayanna Crawford   413-886-9089   acconsultingandmedia@gmail.com
   

 Community meeting with parents, educators, community leaders, elected officials .

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM March for Our Lives: Springfield General Meeting & Phonebanking  
    Contact: Trevaughn Smith   413-306-7282   team@marchforourlivesspringfield.org
   

March for Our Lives: Springfield will be having a general meeting to discuss our plans in 2019 with the community. After, we will be phonebanking for various legislative bills for the 2019 session.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Sixteen Acres 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  -  3:00 PM Springfield Republican City Committee Meeting  
    Contact: Kency Gilet   4138837603   kencygilet@outlook.com
   

Monthly membership meeting

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Sunday January 27, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rotunda Rhythms Presents Ethel Lee Sings  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieildlibrary.org
    All ages

Ethel Lee returns to the Springfield City Library with her heart-felt selection of popular songs.  From the snappy and soulful to the lyrical and lovely, Ethel Lee sings with a warmth and kindness that brings you in. She’s joined by Richie Mitnick on keyboard, well known in the greater Springfield area for his keyboard accompaniments and cheerful playing. Perfect for the entire family, Ethel Lee will not disappoint.

Free attendance raffle to all those who stay for the concert, compliments of the Friends of the Library. Additional funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

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
   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

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 different craft, and new 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
   6:15 PM  -  7:30 PM Reclaiming Little Moe, an Author Talk about Surviving Sexual Abuse  
    Contact: Reginald Wlson   413-263-6840   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults ages 18 and up

Local author Maurice Proulx shares stories about his life and new book, Reclaiming Little Moe, a courageous story about healing and recovering from sexual abuse by two priests.  Mr. Proulx was born in East Springfield and the book is “his unwavering fight to heal from sexual abuse and to help others heal as well. The moving memoir faces the Catholic Church’s painful history of sexual abuse at the hands of priests while providing hope for those striving to heal." Maurice went on to work as church chaplain and is now retired. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.

NOTE: This program is held at the East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building (1437 Carew Street) which is located behind the Pottenger School.


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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:30 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 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
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM GIC Listening Session  
    Contact: Janine Hynds   617-727-2310 X7009   Janine.M.Hynds@mass.gov
   

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) is holding a public meeting/listening session in Springfield for state and municipal GIC members regarding FY20 benefit design recommendations. 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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 January 30, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Active Parenting  
    Contact: Megan Walsh   413-787-6959   walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Parent Education workshop for parents with children birth to 5 years old.

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

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   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   mquinones@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   mquinones@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
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood 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 Millennium Celebration  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 11-18

It’s been nearly 20 years since the turn of the Millennium, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to party like its 1999! Join us in a celebration of all things 2000’s! Come and test your knowledge of the music, movies, and pop culture between 2000-2009. Listen to some of the hottest songs of the decade, and experience what it was like when most computers still used modems, and flash animation was the height of high tech. 

    Location: East Springfield
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Bingo  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families | All Ages

B-I-N-G-O! Bring the whole family for a fun night of Book Bingo, where everyone's a winner!

 

    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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Simple Home Remedies  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For adults, though teens are welcome to attend as well.

Local herbalist and botanical educator, Claire Brodhead, will lead three, hands-on wellness workshops at the Mason Square Branch Library.

January 31st -- Herbs for Sleep, Stress and Anxiety: Learn how to combat the winter blues and holiday stress naturally.

Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Girl Scout Meeting  
    Contact: Naisha Hernandez   413 584-2602   nhernandez@gscwm.onmicrosoft.com
   

Bi-Weekly Girl Scout Meeting. 

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

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

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Wednesday February 13, 2019
     Count the Candy Hearts  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

How many candy hearts are in the jar? Check out an item, and take your best guess! The person who comes closest wins the hearts. Share them with someone you love!

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Wednesday February 13, 2019
     Count the Candy Hearts  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

How many candy hearts are in the jar? Check out an item, and take your best guess! The person who comes closest wins the hearts. Share them with someone you love!

    Location: Mason Square

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Wednesday February 13, 2019
     Count the Candy Hearts  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

How many candy hearts are in the jar? Check out an item, and take your best guess! The person who comes closest wins the hearts. Share them with someone you love!

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Wednesday February 13, 2019
     Count the Candy Hearts  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

How many candy hearts are in the jar? Check out an item, and take your best guess! The person who comes closest wins the hearts. Share them with someone you love!

    Location: Indian Orchard

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Wednesday February 13, 2019
     Count the Candy Hearts  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

How many candy hearts are in the jar? Check out an item, and take your best guess! The person who comes closest wins the hearts. Share them with someone you love!

    Location: Forest Park

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Wednesday February 13, 2019
     Count the Candy Hearts  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

How many candy hearts are in the jar? Check out an item, and take your best guess! The person who comes closest wins the hearts. Share them with someone you love!

    Location: East Springfield

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Wednesday February 13, 2019
     Count the Candy Hearts  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

How many candy hearts are in the jar? Check out an item, and take your best guess! The person who comes closest wins the hearts. Share them with someone you love!

    Location: East Forest Park

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Wednesday February 13, 2019
     Count the Candy Hearts  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

How many candy hearts are in the jar? Check out an item, and take your best guess! The person who comes closest wins the hearts. Share them with someone you love!

    Location: Brightwood

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Wednesday February 13, 2019
     Count the Candy Hearts  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

How many candy hearts are in the jar? Check out an item, and take your best guess! The person who comes closest wins the hearts. Share them with someone you love!

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Friday February 1, 2019 -  Thursday February 28, 2019
     Art and Recyclables Maker Space  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Day | 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

Friday February 1, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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  -  4:50 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: VALENTINE'S PRESENT!

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: VALENTINE'S PRESENTS!

    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 February 2, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 1st Saturday 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 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. Class will be instructed by Certified Tai Chi Instructor Dr. Emanuel Brown. 

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens. 

    Location: East Springfield
   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  -  1:00 PM Girl Scouts Meeting  
    Contact: Heather Mulrooney    413-799-8544   msheathertheprincess@yahoo.com
   

Girl Scout Meeting 

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   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
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Read to Cadence the Dog  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Read to Cadence - Megan Marshall, a volunteer from Bright Spot Reading Buddies, will bring her dog Cadence to the library to have children read to her. She will be at the library the first Saturday of each month, starting January 5, from 11:30am-12:20pm.

Kids ages 4-10 will sign up for a 10 minute slot to read to her friendly, furry companion. Bring a favorite picture book or a chapter book to read to Cadence. This program is designed to help kids gain confidence and reduce anxiety about reading.

Please Register - Online Registration Form

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   11:30 AM  -  2:30 PM Spanish Movies Saturday  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for children's movies in Spanish! We will do some coloring pages, show a movie, and eat popcorn! Free 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.

 
Únete a nosotros el primer sábado de cada mes para ver películas en español para niños. Coloreamos páginas, vemos películas, y comememos palomitas (popcorn). Aperitivos y bebidas proveídos por los “Friends of the Springfield Library.” Este evento es para los niños, pero la familia de los niños es bienvenida también.
    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

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

Sunday February 3, 2019 -  Thursday February 28, 2019
     Art Central: Big Larry, Experience and Observation  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Mr. Daniels (aka Big Larry) finds inspiration through observation, history, and feeling enabling his style to span hundreds of years. In the three years since he first picked-up a brush, Mr. Daniels has created exceptional pieces that rival established artists in his field. Working exclusively in oil, his approach to time, space, and storytelling reveals a body of work that is fresh and stimulating. His exhibit Experience and Observation is a walk through life as only he knows it. Recently, Mr. Daniels debuted at Art for the Soul Gallery, and on opening day his featured works nearly sold out. One attendee commented: I never knew Larry could paint! He never talked about his work, nor did he ever acknowledge the fact that he was an artist. He truly tells his story and the observations of his experiences since his arrival to the Valley some 30 years ago.

This show is a partnership between the Springfield City Library and Art for the Soul Gallery.

    Location: Central Library

Monday February 4, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Chinese New Year Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Contest  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

How much do you know about the Chinese New Year? Do you know what Zodiac animal you are? Take our Chinese New Year trivia test and Scavenger Hunt. We'll give you hints! For all ages.During all open hours.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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
   3:00 PM  -  4:45 PM East Springfield Winter Olympics  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 11-18

It’s the deep part of winter, and what better time to show your skills and sportsmanship than to compete in the first East Springfield Winter Olympics! Join us for variations on classic sports like bob sledding, hockey, and curling. What’s curling you ask? Don’t worry we’ll teach you! And everyone will be a winner when you make your own gold medal to take home.

    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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Art Central: Reception for Larry Daniels  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Meet the artist, be inspired his wonderful paintings, and enjoy a social hour with your friends and neighbors. Art Central opens for February with Big Larry, Experience and Observation a new art show featuring the works of Larry Daniels. Free attendance raffle and refreshments for all those who attend compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Please RSVP to 413-268-6828, x221 by Friday, February 1st.

    Location: Central Library

Tuesday February 5, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Chinese New Year Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Contest  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

How much do you know about the Chinese New Year? Do you know what Zodiac animal you are? Take our Chinese New Year trivia test and Scavenger Hunt. We'll give you hints! For all ages.During all open hours.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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 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 learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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
   5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Ward 1 Democratic Committee  
    Contact: Ivette Hernandez   413-328-4141   ivettehernandez33@hotmail.com
   

To promote civic engagement and voter participation.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Wednesday February 6, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Chinese New Year Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Contest  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

How much do you know about the Chinese New Year? Do you know what Zodiac animal you are? Take our Chinese New Year trivia test and Scavenger Hunt. We'll give you hints! For all ages.During all open hours.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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 Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity Information Session  
    Contact: Debbie O'Mara   413-739-5503   omara@habitatspringfield.org
   

We will be holding an informational meeting, open to the public, to review the application requirements and the selection process for 2 families to purchase our next 2 homes to be built in Springfield--one on James Street and the other on Bloomfield Street.  We will also be available to answer questions regarding the application or our selection process.  We have applications available for pick-up and plan to leave flyers and applications at the Mason Square branch for those unable to attend the meeting but who are interested in applying.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

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

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   mquinones@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   mquinones@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 Tech Discovery  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through March 27 | Ages 8-12

Join us each week for Tech Discovery, a program all about fun with computer science. Each week, we'll explore a different activity. There will be computer gaming with Minecraft and Roblox, coding fun with OzoBot robots and escape rooms, and engineering activities including Snap Circuits!

Tech Discovery is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Week One: Work together to solve problems in the Escape the Room challenge. Then create your own computational language!

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Executive Board meeting for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated  
    Contact: Lisa Johnson   (413) 237-7107   Deslee00@aol.com
   

This is the executive board meeting that my chapter holds prior to our chapters monthly meeting.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

First Wednesday of the month, starting at 6:00 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
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Chinese New Year Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Contest  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

How much do you know about the Chinese New Year? Do you know what Zodiac animal you are? Take our Chinese New Year trivia test and Scavenger Hunt. We'll give you hints! For all ages.During all open hours.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Springfield Library  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, 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 Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood 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  -  2:00 PM Get a Job with Skillsmart  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

This program is for Adults

Springfield Works is here to link you with a job, career, or skills training. Come learn how to use SkillSmart: an easy online resource to help you identify your strengths and efficiently apply for positions at some of Greater Springfield's largest organizations.

Members of the AISS team from the sheriff's department will also be on hand to offer job search tips and advice.

 

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM nATIONAL bLACK hiv aWARENESS dAY  
    Contact: WILLIE NAYLOR   413 7475755   willnaylor604@yahoo.com
   

NATIONAL BLACK HIV AWARENESS DAY 2019 EDUCATION AND PREVENTION CARE AND TREATMENT ISSUES WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED. THERE WILL BE A HEALTH AND INFORMATION VENDERS FROM LOCAL AGENCIES AND PROVIDERS.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Make a Pop Up Valentine's Day Card for Your Sweetie!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 9-18 | During all open hours | February 7 - February 14

Make a Pop Up Valentine's Card for your sweetie! Make it as simple or fancy as you would like.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity Information Session  
    Contact: Debbie O'Mara   413-739-5503   omara@habitatspringfield.org
   

We will be holding an informational meeting, open to the public, to review the application requirements and the selection process for 2 families to purchase our next 2 homes to be built in Springfield--one on James St and the other on Bloomfield St.  We will also be available to answer questions regarding the application and our selection process.  We have applications available for pick-up and plan to leave flyers and applications at the Mason Square branch for those unable to attend the meeting but who are interested in applying.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

 

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den

Friday February 8, 2019
   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
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Chinese New Year Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Contest  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

How much do you know about the Chinese New Year? Do you know what Zodiac animal you are? Take our Chinese New Year trivia test and Scavenger Hunt. We'll give you hints! For all ages.During all open hours.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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 Make a Pop Up Valentine's Day Card for Your Sweetie!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 9-18 | During all open hours | February 7 - February 14

Make a Pop Up Valentine's Card for your sweetie! Make it as simple or fancy as you would like.

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

Fridays, January 4th- May 24th | 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  -  4:50 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: MAKE YOUR OWN WINTER VILLAGE!

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: MAKE YOUR OWN WINTER VILLAGE!

    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
   

Ages 8-10

Calling all reading adventurers! Join us as we quest through the different kinds of books you can read. We will meet every second Friday of the month to discuss your adventure followed by a craft to continue the fun.  You can pick up a copy of the book at the East Forest Park Library. 

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday February 9, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Chinese New Year Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Contest  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

How much do you know about the Chinese New Year? Do you know what Zodiac animal you are? Take our Chinese New Year trivia test and Scavenger Hunt. We'll give you hints! For all ages.During all 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
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Decorate Valentine Cookies  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 8-12

Make a sweet treat for yourself- or your valentine! Everything provided to make a treat you're sure to fall in love with!

    Location: East Springfield
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM March for Our Lives: Springfield Phonebanking  
    Contact: Trevaughn Smith   413-306-7282   team@marchforourlivesspringfield.org
   

March for Our Lives: Springfield will be having a phonebanking session to advocate for various pieces of legislation up on Beacon Hill.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

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

Second Saturday of every month | For 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
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Make a Pop Up Valentine's Day Card for Your Sweetie!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 9-18 | During all open hours | February 7 - February 14

Make a Pop Up Valentine's Card for your sweetie! Make it as simple or fancy as you would like.

    Location: Indian Orchard

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
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Make a Pop Up Valentine's Day Card for Your Sweetie!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 9-18 | During all open hours | February 7 - February 14

Make a Pop Up Valentine's Card for your sweetie! Make it as simple or fancy as you would like.

    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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Creative Button Making  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-19

Just in time for Valentine's Day come in and enjoy designing and creating your own decorative buttons for yourself and someone special.  Wear it home with pride.

    Location: Brightwood 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
   6:30 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

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

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. The group selects a new book every month, copies of which are available at the second floor Welcome Desk. New members are always welcome.

The selection this month is Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones (2014) nonfiction.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Homeschool Civics  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413 -263 - 6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 7-12

This three-week session for homeschool families will cover citizenship, the branches of government, and voting. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Make a Pop Up Valentine's Day Card for Your Sweetie!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 9-18 | During all open hours | February 7 - February 14

Make a Pop Up Valentine's Card for your sweetie! Make it as simple or fancy as you would like.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Nerf This! Gaming Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us the second Tuesday of every month 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!

For ages 11-18.

    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 learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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  -  7:30 PM National Nurses United Meeting  
    Contact: HOLLY KEENEN   510-433-2789   HKEENEN@NATIONALNURSESUNITED.ORG
   

Meeting about community healthcare. Getting the community involved to improve healthcare. 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM book club meeting  
    Contact: anne cesan   413-782-7702   a126chocolate@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday February 13, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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: Library Express at Pine Point
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Make a Pop Up Valentine's Day Card for Your Sweetie!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 9-18 | During all open hours | February 7 - February 14

Make a Pop Up Valentine's Card for your sweetie! Make it as simple or fancy as you would like.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   mquinones@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   mquinones@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 Jarrett Krosoczka Comic Workshop  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 10-17

Author and artist to books such as "Lunch Lady", "Platypus Police Squad", and National Book Award Finalist "Hey Kiddo", Jarrett Krosoczka will be visiting the East Forest Park Library to give a comic book workshop. Learn from the master himself and put your wildest ideas to paper! Kids ages 10-17 are invited to join us for an evening of artful fun with one of youth literatures greatest talents. See you then!

    Location: East Forest Park
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Tech Discovery  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through March 27 | Ages 8-12

Join us each week for Tech Discovery, a program all about fun with computer science. Each week, we'll explore a different activity. There will be computer gaming with Minecraft and Roblox, coding fun with OzoBot robots and escape rooms, and engineering activities including Snap Circuits!

Tech Discovery is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Week Two

What is coding, and how does computer code function in gaming? Learn to use code in Minecraft Adventurer.

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Your Health Online  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-262-7885   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults

Deepen your understanding of digital resources, how to find them, and how to use them well while exploring a variety of health topics on the web.
 
This workshop is designed for adult learners with basic computer skills already.

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM DCF Foster Care Informational  
    Contact: Deb Jones   413-452-3396   Deborah.Jones@state.ma.us
   

Come learn what it takes to be a Foster Parent for the Department of Children and Families.  Everyone Welcome. 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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!

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday February 14, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Springfield Library  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, 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 Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Computers, pt. 1  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, using email, and more. Thursday mornings, 10:30-12 noon Central Library Computer Lab.

**February 14, part 1, will focus on using the Internet and editing documents
**February 21, part 2, will focus on good email and file management
**February 28, part 3, will focus on complex online resource, forms, applications, and more

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood 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  -  5:00 PM Make a Pop Up Valentine's Day Card for Your Sweetie!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413-263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 9-18 | During all open hours | February 7 - February 14

Make a Pop Up Valentine's Card for your sweetie! Make it as simple or fancy as you would like.

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Valentines Day Party  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Teens Ages 11-18

It’s that special day where we celebrate the love we have for our friends, family, and even maybe someone special! We’ll have refreshments, Valentines trivia, a poetry station, and much more!

    Location: East Springfield
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM 3d Printer Dungeons and Dragons Workshop  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6828 ext.425   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Using 3D printer technology, teens are invited to come design and print their own Dungeons and Dragons character miniatures. This will be a two session program. One session will be used to design and print characters and the second session will be when players can start a new D&D campaign with their freshly printed miniatures! Space is limited so please register in advance as well as coming prepared with your completed D&D character sheet! Don't have one? Stop in to the Forest Park Library and your librarian can help you create one! Time for ancient realms to meet modern technology.

Ages 13-17.

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Graphic Novel Book Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, January 17, February 14, and March 14, 2019 | Ages 8 - 12

Do you love graphic novels and comic books like Amulet, Dog Man, and Bone? Come to Graphic Novel Book Club, where we will read new graphic novels, then talk about them over snacks. Pick up a copy to borrow in the Children's Room before the meeting so you have a chance to read it.

January's Pick: The Witch Boy
 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Lady and the Tramp  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come by the Mason Square Branch Community Room to watch the Disney classic, Lady and the Tramp! 

Snacks will be provided. Rated G

This program is for children and families.

    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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Girl Scout Meeting  
    Contact: Naisha Hernandez   413 584-2602   nhernandez@gscwm.org
   

Bi-Weekly Girl Scout Meeting.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday February 15, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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  -  3:30 PM Rotunda Rhythms rehearsal  
    Contact: Matthew   263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Four singers will use our space for rehearsing. They are our musical act for February's Rotunda Rhythms' concert.

    Location: Central Library
   2:30 PM  -  4:50 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: PONY BEAD SNAIL!

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: PONY BEAD SNAIL!

    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 February 16, 2019
   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 Create Your Own Board Game or Card Game  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Attention game enthusiasts! Drop in to create an original board game or card game.  Bring your creative ideas and we'll supply all the materials. Best of all, your new game will be a fun activity over February vacation week!

This program is ideal for ages 5-12 but all youth are welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult.

(Snow date March 2)

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   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
   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!

Meeting dates for the school year are January 19th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, and May 18th.

Contact the Youth Services librarian with questions.

    Location: East Forest Park
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Meet Your Neighbors: Celebrate 110 years of the Forest Park Branch Library  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

The Forest Park Branch Library is one of the remaining three library branches that was an original Carnegie Library. Celebrate 110 years of being here!  Join our kickoff party by playing minigolf with our C3 Forest Park officers, participating in a scavenger hunt, and enjoying refreshments.  Take time to view our historical display of the last 110 years and add your memories in a special memory book or bring a photo to scan to share. We are celebrating the diversity of the people that currently live or have lived in the Forest Park neighborhood.   Come join the fun! We'll be celebrating different cultures and icons of our neighborhood throughout the year.  For more information, call 413-263-6843.

    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 Revival: A Literary Arts Spotlight  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages: 18+

Enjoy the readings of Pioneer Valley poets and writers in this showcase of literary artists. Curated by María Luisa Arroyo, Springfield’s first Poet Laureate (2014-2016), poets and writers in all creative genres will read as main or secondary features. An open mic for creative writers will follow the main program; please arrive early to sign up. To find out more and to be invited as a main or secondary feature, contact María Luisa Arroyo at: mlarroyo67@hotmail.com.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Monday February 18, 2019
     Presidents Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413 263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday February 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Homeschool Civics  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413 -263 - 6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 7-12

This three-week session for homeschool families will cover citizenship, the branches of government, and voting. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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  -  4:00 PM Springfield Museums: Reptile Encounters  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come visit the East Springfield Branch Library as we get a visit from the Springfield Museums during School Winter Break. Springfield Museums will be doing a fun interactive lesson about Reptiles. Attendees will learn about reptile habitats, adaptations, life cycles, and behaviors, through one-on-one interactions with live reptiles.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Tasty Tuesday  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Third Tuesday of every month | Teens

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Celebrate Diversity Potluck  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 11-18

Join the members of the East Springfield Teen Advisory board as we gather to share food that reflects our history! TAB (Teen Advisory Board) members will present dishes that come from their family and cultural roots to share. We’ll also exchange recipes so that you may try to reproduce these tasty treats at home!

    Location: East Springfield
   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 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   413-263-6828   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  -  7:30 PM Cold Iron Chef  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6858   shodge@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 10+ with siblings welcome.

We provide the chilled ingredients! You create your best dishes for the judges to try! Who will be left standing with the title of Cold Iron Chef!

(Siblings 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by a parent or guardian.)

    Location: Sixteen Acres 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
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM A Bookish Breakfast  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Third Wednesday of the month | Ages 18 and up

Put on your reading glasses and enjoy a friendly discussion about popular short stories, or just indulge socializing over breakfast with fellow book lovers. Bookish Breakfast meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cafe Christo (513 Belmont Ave. Springfield).

This month's short story, "The Good Cop" by Magnus Mills, can be read online at The Guardian's website, or can be found in his novel Once in a Blue Moon.

    Location: Forest Park
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM What's Cooking Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Gary Pysznik   413-263-6828 x395   GPysznik@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Third Wednesday of every month | Adults 18+

Do you enjoy cooking, or would you like to improve your cooking skills? Join the monthly Cookbook Club to hear about the latest cookbooks, share great recipes, and more in this casual yet informative discussion group. Members may bring-in prepared dishes to share so the group can sample great tastes and be inspired by something new.

 

    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 Book Club  
    Contact: Megan Walsh   413-787-6959 ext.8   walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

Book Club is for parents and their children (3 to 5 years old).  Children go home with a book and activity.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Sixteen Acres 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
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Make SLIME!  
    Contact: Mayra Quinones   (413) 263-6855   mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 7-12

Make SLIME! Glittery, sparkly, shiny, slippery, your imagination is the limit. Supplies are limited so come early, and be ready to get messy. For more information please call (413) 263-6855.

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Sweets for Sweets: Cupcake Decorating Party  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413-263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families are invited to come and decorate cupcakes during their school vacation. Cupcakes will be decorated with frosting, candies, sprinkles and more. All supplies provided.

    Location: East Forest Park
   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
   

3rd Wednesday of each month | Ages 11-18

We will choose a different mythological, magical, or folk-loric creature to investigate each month. Read, watch, listen, draw, or write your own history or stories, and then compare notes. Win prizes from scavenger hunts and trivia! Snacks provided.

Fans of Grimm, Lore, Brandon Sanderson, and Harry Potter more than welcome!

    Location: East Forest Park
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Learn Suminagashi, Japanese Art of Paper Marbling  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 12-18

Suminagashi,  or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful.  Suminagashi originated in Japan as early as the 12th century. Dive in and take a swirl. Space is limited to 12. Please preregister online or at the branch. For more information please call (413) 263-6846.

    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   mquinones@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   mquinones@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 Tech Discovery  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through March 27 | Ages 8-12

Join us each week for Tech Discovery, a program all about fun with computer science. Each week, we'll explore a different activity. There will be computer gaming with Minecraft and Roblox, coding fun with OzoBot robots and escape rooms, and engineering activities including Snap Circuits!

Tech Discovery is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Week Three: Learn about video game design and learn how to design your own game!

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

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 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Springfield Library  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, 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 Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Computers, pt. 2  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, using email, and more. Thursday mornings, 10:30-12 noon Central Library Computer Lab.

**February 14, part 1, will focus on using the Internet and editing documents
**February 21, part 2, will focus on email and file management
**February 28, part 3, will focus on complex online resource, forms, applications, and more

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Poop-a-Palooza  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413-263-6828 x.201   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 5-12

Is your favorite emoji the poop emoji? Are you interested in science or history? Join us for Poop-a-Palooza, a program that's not afraid to get silly and talk about poop! We'll learn about animal droppings and toilets through the ages, and we'll do some fun and funny activities!

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Springfield Museums: It’s Electric!  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Suggested for ages 9 and up, but all are welcome.

Join us at the East Springfield Branch Library as we get a visit from the Springfield Museums during the schools' Mid-Winter Vacation. Springfield Museums will be doing a fun interactive presentation on electricity. Attendees will explore differences between static and current electricity as they experiment with conductors, insulars, magnets, and a real Van de Graaff generator, with some “shocking” results!

    Location: East Springfield
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM 3d Printer Dungeons and Dragons Workshop  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6828 ext.425   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Using 3D printer technology, teens are invited to come design and print their own Dungeons and Dragons character miniatures. This will be a two session program. One session will be used to design and print characters and the second session will be when players can start a new D&D campaign with their freshly printed miniatures! Space is limited so please register in advance as well as coming prepared with your completed D&D character sheet! Don't have one? Stop in to the Forest Park Library and your librarian can help you create one! Time for ancient realms to meet modern technology.

Ages 13-17.

    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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM DCF Foster Care Informational  
    Contact: Deb Jones   413-452-3396   Deborah.Jones@state.ma.us
   

Come learn what it takes to be a Foster Parent for The Department of Children and Families!.  Everyone Welcome

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Otaku Meet-Up  
   

Teens 13-18

The Otaku Meet-Up is all about Anime and Manga debates! At the monthly Otaku Meet-Up, anime fans from all over Springfield will come to discuss characters, manga, and have some snacks and a chill time. This event is for teenagers, and snacks are generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield Library. 

February Meet Up: Thursday February 21 from 6:00-7:00 in the Mason Square Branch Teen Room
March Meet Up: Thursday March 21 from 6:00-7:00

    Location: Mason Square

Friday February 22, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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  -  4:50 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: MAKE A PARACHUTING PERSON!

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: MAKE A PARACHUTING PERSON!

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM No Cooking Cooking Class: Sweets Edition  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   4132636840   shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
    For ages 11-18

Sometimes when winter is at its coldest, you just need a treat to brighten up your day. Learn how to make tasty sweets without the use of a stove or microwave!

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

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point

Saturday February 23, 2019
   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  -  1:00 PM Girl Scouts Meeting  
    Contact: Heather Mulrooney    413-799-8544   msheathertheprincesd@yahoo.com
   

Girl Scout Meeting 

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Afri(K)que Board meeting  
    Contact: Karina Dise   4133867563   afrikque@gmail.com
   

This is a meeting with our nonprofit volunteers and Board members. We'll be planning our annual event called the International Women's Day Celebration taking place at Boland School on Saturday, March 9th from 1 to 5pm.The public is welcome to attend from 1 to 3pm if they have any questions or want to find out about our organization or ways to volunteer.

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Zoo on the Go  
    Contact: Maeleah Carlisle   413-263-6843   mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For Families and children ages 3-13

Join the Forest Park Branch Library in our celebration of the our 110th anniversary.

Learn about animals from the Zoo in Forest P.ark.

    Location: Forest Park Community Room

Sunday February 24, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Rotunda Rhythms Presents Cantabile  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieildlibrary.org
   

All ages, but especially teens and adults.

The Cantabile Vocal Ensemble brings its program 10 Centuries of Music by Women to Rotunda Rhythms. The program includes works by pioneering women composers such as Hildegard von Bingen and Fanny Mendelssohn, but also includes jazz standards and more. Founded in 2002, Cantabile specializes in the music of the European Renaissance, with far-ranging forays into other repertoire. The ensemble has been featured in music series from Boston to Warwick, N.Y., as well as by local venues including the Arcadia Players, Mohawk Trail Concerts, and the Renaissance Center at UMass-Amherst, among a number of others. Cantabile is Mary Hubbell, Kayla Werlin, Justina Golden, James Mead, and Peter Shea, all music professionals practicing in western Massachusetts.

Underwritten by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the library, the concert includes a free attendance raffle open to all those who stay for the concert.

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

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
   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

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 different craft, and new project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: East Springfield
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Alzheimer's Community Forum  
    Contact: Meghan Lemay   617-393-2156   mlemay@alz.org
   

Learn about Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory loss. We want to hear from you about how you have been impacted by the disease and we want to provide an opportunity for you to share your thoughts about the needs of the community. 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

This is a not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square 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 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Homeschool Civics  
    Contact: Jinnie Trabulsi   413 -263 - 6828   jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
    For Ages 7-12

This three-week session for homeschool families will cover citizenship, the branches of government, and voting. 

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:30 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 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   413-263-6828   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 February 27, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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: Library Express at Pine Point
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   mquinones@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   mquinones@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 Tech Discovery  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through March 27 | Ages 8-12

Join us each week for Tech Discovery, a program all about fun with computer science. Each week, we'll explore a different activity. There will be computer gaming with Minecraft and Roblox, coding fun with OzoBot robots and escape rooms, and engineering activities including Snap Circuits!

Tech Discovery is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Week Four: Learn about electronics, circuits, and their role in computer technology. Then use the Snap Circuits kit to assemble your own circuits!

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Game of Thrones Monopoly  
    Contact: Linda Grodofsky   413 263-6836   lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults and older Teens

Winter is Coming! And still no new Game of Thrones episodes.  So let us get together for a fun evening playing Game of Thrones Monopoly.  Bring your favorite meat pies, 'oysters, clams and cockles', or other foods of Westeros.  Sorry, no Dornish wine available.  Dress in your favorite attire of the Seven Kingdoms.  See who will ascend to the Iron Throne!  Please contact Linda at 413-263-6836 or Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org with questions or to sign-up. All adult and older teen fans are welcomed to come and play!

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday February 28, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Springfield Library  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, 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 Springfield
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Computers, pt. 3  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, using email, and more. Thursday mornings, 10:30-12 noon Central Library Computer Lab.

**February 14, part 1, will focus on using the Internet and editing documents
**February 21, part 2, will focus on email and file management
**February 28, part 3, will focus on complex online resource, forms, applications, and more

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Bingo  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families | All Ages

B-I-N-G-O! Bring the whole family for a fun night of Book Bingo, where everyone's a winner!

 

    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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Linking Latino Educators Peer Support Group  
    Contact: Rosemary M Hernandez    413-731-7966   rhernandez@clarendonees.org
   

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

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Girl Scout Meeting  
    Contact: Naisha Hernandez   413 584-2602   nhernandez@gscwm.onmicrosoft.com
   

Bi-Weekly Girl Scout Meeting. 

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday March 1, 2019
     Dr. Seuss Craft  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by the library during open hours and make a  craft in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. For kids 5-10 years old and their families.

    Location: Indian Orchard
     Dr. Seuss Craft  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by the library during open hours and make a  craft in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. For kids 5-10 years old and their families.

    Location: Brightwood
     Dr. Seuss Craft  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by the library during open hours and make a  craft in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. For kids 5-10 years old and their families.

    Location: East Springfield

Friday March 1, 2019 -  Friday March 8, 2019
     Cat In the Hat Craft  
    Contact: Maureen Tipton   413 263-6836   mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by the library during open hours and make a cool and quirky  Cat in the Hat in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. For kids 5-10 years old and their families.

    Location: East Forest Park

Friday March 1, 2019 -  Saturday March 9, 2019
     Dr. Seuss Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6805   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

How many Dr. Seuss characters can you find in the library? Stop by the treasure box for a prize when you've finished. For kids 5-10 and their families. During open hours.

    Location: All Library Locations

Friday March 1, 2019 -  Sunday March 31, 2019
     Art and Recyclables Maker Space  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Day | 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

Friday March 1, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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  -  4:50 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: HANDPRINT DRAGONFLIES!

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: HANDPRINT DRAGONFLIES!

    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 March 2, 2019
     Dr. Seuss Craft  
    Contact: Ellen Sulzycki   413 263-6828   esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by the library during open hours and make a  craft in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. For kids 5-10 years old and their families.

    Location: Central Library
     Dr. Seuss Craft  
    Contact: Alex Remy   413 263-6853   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Stop by the library during open hours and make a  craft in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. For kids 5-10 years old and their families.

    Location: Forest Park

Saturday March 2, 2019 -  Thursday April 25, 2019
     Art Central: Breathing In, Monotypes by Doris Madsen  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

Doris Madsen, a retired Springfield City Librarian, displays her new art show, Breathing In, for the months of March and April. Her one-of-a-kind contemporary prints include shapes and subjects in various arrangements and from a variety of vantage points to to create a unique blend of color and ideas. Meet the artist on Sunday, March 3rd for the free opening reception.

Funding provided by the Springfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Central Library

Saturday March 2, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 1st Saturday 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 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. Class will be instructed by Certified Tai Chi Instructor Dr. Emanuel Brown. 

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens. 

    Location: East Springfield
   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   413-263-6843   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
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Read to Cadence the Dog  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Read to Cadence - Megan Marshall, a volunteer from Bright Spot Reading Buddies, will bring her dog Cadence to the library to have children read to her. She will be at the library the first Saturday of each month, starting January 5, from 11:30am-12:20pm.

Kids ages 4-10 will sign up for a 10 minute slot to read to her friendly, furry companion. Bring a favorite picture book or a chapter book to read to Cadence. This program is designed to help kids gain confidence and reduce anxiety about reading.

Please Register - Online Registration Form

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   11:30 AM  -  2:30 PM Spanish Movies Saturday  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413-263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for children's movies in Spanish! We will do some coloring pages, show a movie, and eat popcorn! Free 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.
 
Únete a nosotros el primer sábado de cada mes para ver películas en español para niños. Coloreamos páginas, vemos películas, y comememos palomitas (popcorn). Aperitivos y bebidas proveídos por los “Friends of the Springfield Library.” Este evento es para los niños, pero la familia de los niños es bienvenida también.

Saturday March 2 from 11:30-2:30
Saturday April 13 from 11:30-2:30
Saturday May 11 from 11:30-2:30
Saturday June 8 from 11:30-2:30

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Dr. Seuss's Birthday-Palooza  
    Contact: Alex Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

There's a fox in socks and hops on Pops. Meet Cats in hats and turtles named Yertle. Eat ham with Sam. Find wockets in pockets and Horton's Who's. Maybe you can even run the zoo? Anything is possible on the best birthday of them all!

Join us at the Forest Park Library as we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with crafts, games, a scavenger hunt, a birthday cake, and the induction of our branch's Seussville collection. At 1pm join Lunch Bunch for a reading of a Dr. Seuss story and a light lunch.  See you then!

For more information, call 413-263-6843.

    Location: 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  -  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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM RH-TEAM Study Focus Group`  
    Contact: Alex Cottrill   617-281-6935   acottrill@pplm.org
   

We are conducting a focus group on unintended pregnancy and reproductive health, for men ages 18-34. Participation consists of one focus group session, lasting 45-60 minutes, during which we will discuss topics including masculinity, romantic relationships, unintended pregnancy, and abortion. Participants will also view and give their opinion on two 15-30 second scripted videos involving these topics. Men are eligible for the study if they are between the ages of 18 and 34 and currently in a relationship with a partner who could be at risk for unintended pregnancy. Participation in the study is anonymous, and participants will recieve a $50 Amazon gift card to thank them for their time. 

Our research team is based at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. For more information, please call 617-284-8023 or email research@pplm.org.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

 

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Sunday March 3, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Art Central: Reception for Breathing In, Monotypes by Doris Madsen  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Meet the artist, retired librarian Doris Madsen, in this hour of inspiration and socialization.  Art Central opens for March with Breathing In a new art show featuring the monotype prints of Doris Madsen. Free attendance raffle and refreshments for all those who attend.

Funding provided by the Springfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Central Library

Monday March 4, 2019
     Seuss StoryTime  
    Contact: Victoria Palmatier   413 263-6853   vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us in the Mason Square Branch Library's Children's Program Room for a Seussian afternoon! We will read some classic Dr. Seuss  together and do a Dr. Seuss-inspired craft. For children 5-10 and their families. 

    Location: Mason Square
   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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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 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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Make a Festive Mardi Gras Mask!  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   (413) 263-6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
    For All Ages

Be part of the Mardi Gras celebrations with a festive mask. We will be using feathers, gems and sparkles. We will make handprint masks for the younger children, and real masks with teens. For more information please call (413) 263-6846.

    Location: Indian Orchard 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 learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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 March 6, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Potpourri Sachet Bags!  
    Contact: Geneva Caffee   413-263-6805   gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 11-19

Get inspired to make scented sachet bags for closets, drawers, linens, luggage, cars and shoes.  Add a fragrant touch incorporating potpourri, dried lavender and essential oils to make your own unique bags. 

    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 Seuss Story Time  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a Seussian afternoon! We will read some classic Dr. Seuss  together and do a Dr. Seuss-inspired craft. For children 4-10 and their families. 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   mquinones@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 Tech Discovery  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through March 27 | Ages 8-12

Join us each week for Tech Discovery, a program all about fun with computer science. Each week, we'll explore a different activity. There will be computer gaming with Minecraft and Roblox, coding fun with OzoBot robots and escape rooms, and engineering activities including Snap Circuits!

Tech Discovery is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Week Five: What is engineering? Use Keva Tiles and Legos to build a bridge. Who will make the strongest bridge?

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

First Wednesday of the month, starting at 6:00 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 About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay.                                             

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday March 7, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood 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  -  4:00 PM National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day  
    Contact: WILLIE NAYLOR   4137475755   willnaylor604@yahoo.com
   

National Women and Girls HIV AwarenessDay 2019

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM GCVS MCAS Testing  
    Contact: Jennifer Frank   413-475-3749   jfrank@gcvs.org
   

Administer state required MCAS testing to students. 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Indian Orchard 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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

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

This is a peer support group for Latino Educators to receive updates and training in their native language.  Diversity and culturally appropriate. 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

 

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday March 8, 2019
   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 GCVS MCAS Testing  
    Contact: Jennifer Frank   413-475-3879   jfrank@gcvs.org
   

Administer state required MCAS testing to students 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    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, January 4th- May 24th | 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  -  4:50 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: PIRATE SHIPS!

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: PIRATE SHIPS!

    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
   

Ages 8-10

Calling all reading adventurers! Join us as we quest through the different kinds of books you can read. We will meet every second Friday of the month to discuss your adventure followed by a craft to continue the fun.  You can pick up a copy of the book at the East Forest Park Library. 

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday March 9, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Decorate a Seuss-Cake  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For kids 6-12

Decorate a yummy cupcake inspired by the art of Dr. Seuss. Registration required. 

    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  -  1:30 PM Getting A Job After 50  
    Contact: C. Kelley   413-253-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults

Searching for a job when you’re over age 50 can be challenging! In this interactive workshop you’ll learn:

  • Up-to-date resume writing techniques
  • Applying for a job with online applications
  • Strategies to combat age discrimination
  • How to answer difficult (and possibly ageist) interview questions
  • Tips for staying motivated
  • Lots of helpful resources for over 50 job applicants!
    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Ann Harper   413-263-6843   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Decorate a Seuss-Cake  
    Contact: Trish LaBroad   413 263-6840   tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
    For kids 6-12

Decorate a yummy cupcake inspired by the art of Dr. Seuss. Registration required. 

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

Second Saturday of every month | For 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 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 March 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

Tuesday March 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
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Internet, Email, and More: Fundamental Computer Skills for Everyone  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and Up

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, using email, and more. Tuesday mornings, 10:30-12 noon Central Library Computer Lab.

  • March 12, part 1, will focus on using the Internet and editing documents
  • March 19, part 2, will focus on good email and file management
  • March 26, part 3, will focus on complex online resource, forms, applications, and more

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

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

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. The group selects a new book every month, copies of which are available at the second floor Welcome Desk. New members are always welcome.

This month's selection Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937) fiction.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Nerf This! Gaming Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us the second Tuesday of every month 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!

For ages 11-18.

    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 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 Sewing with a Twist  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
    This workshop is intended for ages 9-18.

A sampler is traditionally a cloth embroidered with designs, mottoes, the alphabet, and different types of stitches, to showcase skill. This class takes the idea of a traditional grid sampler and reworks it into a mixed art piece. Participants will design and create their own one of a kind mixed media stitched samplers. We will use fabric, beads, basic embroidery stitches, charms, colored pencils or any other materials that might strike our fancy to create a very personal sampler. No two will be exactly the same.  Please note that participants should feel comfortable handling a needle.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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 March 13, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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: Library Express at Pine Point
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   mquinones@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   mquinones@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 Tech Discovery  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through March 27 | Ages 8-12

Join us each week for Tech Discovery, a program all about fun with computer science. Each week, we'll explore a different activity. There will be computer gaming with Minecraft and Roblox, coding fun with OzoBot robots and escape rooms, and engineering activities including Snap Circuits!

Tech Discovery is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Week Six: Play and experiment with robotics using the Ozobot Bit robot!

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM DCF Foster Care Informational  
    Contact: Deb Jones   413-452-3396   Deborah.Jones@state.ma.us
   

Come learn what it takes to be a Foster Parent for the Department of Children and Families - Everyone Welcome. 

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6836   aremy@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  -  7:45 PM A Celtic Celebration: History, Lore, and Chocolate!  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.orh
   

Ages 15 and up

Enjoy a fun-filled evening of Celtic traditions at the East Springfield Branch Library. You'll hear about the Celtic history and lore, and sample Irish treats including Irish arts chocolate, soda bread, Irish tea, and Blarney cheese. The evening rounds out with poetry and song making for an exciting and educational time for all. Funding by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: East Springfield
   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!

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday March 14, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood 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 Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver

Summary: How could two hardworking people do everything right in life, a woman asks, and end up destitute? Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. The magazine where Willa worked has folded; the college where her husband had tenure has closed. Their dubious shelter is also the only option for a disabled father-in-law and an exasperating, free-spirited daughter. When the family's one success story, an Ivy-educated son, is uprooted by tragedy he seems likely to join them, with dark complications of his own. In another time, a troubled husband and public servant asks, How can a man tell the truth, and be reviled for it? 

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Graphic Novel Book Club  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays, January 17, February 14, and March 14, 2019 | Ages 8 - 12

Do you love graphic novels and comic books like Amulet, Dog Man, and Bone? Come to Graphic Novel Book Club, where we will read new graphic novels, then talk about them over snacks. Pick up a copy to borrow in the Children's Room before the meeting so you have a chance to read it.

January's Pick: The Witch Boy
 

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Girl Scout Meeting  
    Contact: Naisha Hernandez   413 584-2602   nhernandez@gscwm.org
   

Bi-Weekly Girl Scout Meeting.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday March 15, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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  -  4:50 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 BUTTERFLY FINGER 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: POM POM BUTTERFLY FINGER PUPPETS!

    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 March 16, 2019
   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   413-263-6843   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
   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!

Meeting dates for the school year are January 19th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, and May 18th.

Contact the Youth Services librarian with questions.

    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  -  1:30 PM WELL WATER: Film Screening and Q&A  
    Contact: Sharisse Naomi Zeroonian   617-803-3735   szeroonian@gmail.com
   

Come join us for a screening of "Well Water", which will be followed by a Q&A with director Sharisse Zeroonian.

The film chronicles the relationship of Ben and Cora, two Massachusetts teenagers who want nothing more than to be older, wiser, and have everything figured out. But as the movie goes on, they learn to slow down and not be in such hurry to become adults. The film also explores the issue of ignorance/prejudice (when it comes to other people's backgrounds, where and how they choose to live). 

The film will start screening promptly at 12:30. This event is free and open to everyone, and will be especially great for teens and young adults interested in DIY-filmmaking (parents are welcome, too)!

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room
   12:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Revival: A Literary Arts Spotlight  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages: 18+

Enjoy the readings of Pioneer Valley poets and writers in this showcase of literary artists. Curated by María Luisa Arroyo, Springfield’s first Poet Laureate (2014-2016), poets and writers in all creative genres will read as main or secondary features. An open mic for creative writers will follow the main program; please arrive early to sign up. To find out more and to be invited as a main or secondary feature, contact María Luisa Arroyo at: mlarroyo67@hotmail.com.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   3:00 PM  -  4:45 PM From Bergen-Belsen to Springfield a Story of Holocaust Survival and Beyond  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6840   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 15 and up

Celebrated author Hanna Perlstein Marcus shares the story of her early family history described in two gripping, multiple award-winning books Sidonia's Thread and Surviving Remnant. As Holocaust survivors, Ms. Marcus and her mother traveled over 3,700 miles from the nightmare of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp to eventually settle in a mid-century North End Springfield neighborhood.  The family found refuge in Springfield along with other ethnic groups looking for a better future.  Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

This program is done in cooperation with the East Springfield Neighborhood Council, and is being held at the East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building (1437 Carew Street behind the Pottenger School).

    Location: East Springfield

Monday March 18, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Indian Orchard Branch Library 110th Anniversary Party  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

All Ages

It's not every day you turn 110! Come visit Indian Orchard Branch Library for day full of fun and food and festivities. We'll have lively music during the lunch hour thanks to award-winning polka band, Dennis Polisky and the Maestro's Men, and afterschool activities for the kids. Come sign our guest book, and be part of the festivities.

Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library and Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc. the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Dennis Polisky and the Maestro's Men  
    Contact: Peggy Dialessi   413-263-6846   pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come listen to the toe-tapping sounds of Dennis Polisky and the Maestro's Men as they offer-up lively polkas as part of Indian Orchard's 110th anniversary celebration. Let's Polka! Light refreshments will be served.

Program funded by Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors age 60+ and their caregivers.

    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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Make a Lotus Book  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
    For families with kids ages 8 and up.

Drop by to make a lotus book. This beautiful book uses origami folding to create a keepsake, perfect for holding stories, poems, thoughts, drawings and designs. 

    Location: Indian Orchard
   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 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
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Internet, Email, and More: Fundamental Computer Skills for Everyone  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Ages 18 and up

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, using email, and more. Tuesday mornings, 10:30-12 noon Central Library Computer Lab.

  • March 12, part 1, will focus on using the Internet and editing documents
  • March 19, part 2, will focus on good email and file management
  • March 26, part 3, will focus on complex online resource, forms, applications, and more

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Tasty Tuesday  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Third Tuesday of every month | Teens

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

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or 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   413-263-6828   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 March 20, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM A Bookish Breakfast  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Third Wednesday of the month | Ages 18 and up

Put on your reading glasses and enjoy a friendly discussion about popular short stories, or just indulge socializing over breakfast with fellow book lovers. Bookish Breakfast meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cafe Christo (513 Belmont Ave. Springfield).

This month's short story is "The Husband Stitch" by Carmen Maria Machado which can be found in Her Body and Other Parties.

    Location: Forest Park
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM What's Cooking Cookbook Club  
    Contact: Gary Pysznik   413-263-6828 x395   GPysznik@SpringfieldLibrary.org
   

Third Wednesday of every month | Adults 18+

Do you enjoy cooking, or would you like to improve your cooking skills? Join the monthly Cookbook Club to hear about the latest cookbooks, share great recipes, and more in this casual yet informative discussion group. Members may bring-in prepared dishes to share so the group can sample great tastes and be inspired by something new.

 

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

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

3rd Wednesday of each month | Ages 11-18

We will choose a different mythological, magical, or folk-loric creature to investigate each month. Read, watch, listen, draw, or write your own history or stories, and then compare notes. Win prizes from scavenger hunts and trivia! Snacks provided.

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   mquinones@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   mquinones@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 Tech Discovery  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through March 27 | Ages 8-12

Join us each week for Tech Discovery, a program all about fun with computer science. Each week, we'll explore a different activity. There will be computer gaming with Minecraft and Roblox, coding fun with OzoBot robots and escape rooms, and engineering activities including Snap Circuits!

Tech Discovery is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Week Seven Learn about makerspaces and all the things you can make with the Makey Makey device!

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

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 March 21, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood 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  -  2:00 PM Get a Job with Skillsmart  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Springfield Works is here to link you with a job, career, or skills training.  Come learn how to use SkillSmart: an easy online resource to help you identify your strengths and efficiently apply for positions at some of Greater Springfield's largest organizations.

Members of the AISS team from the sheriff's department will also be on hand to offer job search tips and advice.

This program is for adults.

    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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Otaku Meet-Up  
   

Mason Square Branch Library Teen Room | Teens 13-18

The Otaku Meet-Up is all about Anime and Manga debates! At the monthly Otaku Meet-Up, anime fans from all over Springfield will come to discuss characters, manga, and have some snacks and a chill time. This event is for teenagers, and snacks are generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield Library. 

March Meet Up: Thursday March 21 from 6:00-7:00 in the Mason Square Branch Teen Room

    Location: Mason Square

Friday March 22, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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  -  4:50 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: TROLL 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: TROLL PUPPETS!

    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 March 23, 2019
   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   413-263-6843   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
   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  -  3:00 PM Creative Writing for Social Change  
    Contact: Lindsey Peterson   978-430-7531   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Sometimes we all need to “talk about things.” Writing is a way to “talk” to yourself. Sharing your writing is a way to “talk” to others. This workshop introduces the benefits of “talking” through writing, particularly as a tool for grappling with social issues. “Creative writing” is broader than poetry and fiction; it also includes brainstorming, journaling, free writes, reflections, and creative nonfiction. While those who enjoy writing will gain new ideas, the workshop will also benefit those who don’t like writing or believe that their writing is not “good.” Class members will participate in a brief demonstration activity that applies creative thinking and writing skills to a current social issue. We will then discuss the benefits of the specific activity. We will also distinguish between the process and the product of writing and what you gained from both. Participants will leave with resources for writing activities that can be used personally or with others—anyone can use them to identify and reflect upon the issues that gnaw at all of us, whether because we struggle with them or because they impassion us.

A free offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, led by Trainer Mary Jane Eustace. Registration is required at truthschool.org 

 

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   12:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Creative Writing for Social Change  
    Contact: Lindsey Peterson   413-238-1280   lindsey@truthschool.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored program.

A Free Offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership.

Sometimes we all need to “talk about things.” Writing is a way to “talk” to yourself. Sharing your writing is a way to “talk” to others. This workshop introduces the benefits of “talking” through writing, particularly as a tool for grappling with social issues. “Creative writing” is broader than poetry and fiction; it also includes brainstorming, journaling, free writes, reflections, and creative nonfiction. While those who enjoy writing will gain new ideas, the workshop will also benefit those who don’t like writing or believe that their writing is not “good.” Class members will participate in a brief demonstration activity that applies creative thinking and writing skills to a current social issue. We will then discuss the benefits of the specific activity. We will also distinguish between the process and the product of writing and what you gained from both. Participants will leave with resources for writing activities that can be used personally or with others—anyone can use them to identify and reflect upon the issues that gnaw at all of us, whether because we struggle with them or because they impassion us.

Led by Trainer Mary Jane Eustace, a climate activist, writer, educator, and attorney.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: truthschool.org

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Is It Time to Downsize Your Home? A Presentation for Seniors  
    Contact: Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858   rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Adults 50+

Moving can be overwhelming. Seniors often look around and don't know where to start as they begin to sort through their possessions. From deciding how to start the process of selling their homes to what they need to have in place legally for downsizing can be a daunting task. This event will provide valuable takeaways areas that seniors can use as they prepare to sell their home and move to a new residence.  It will give a broad overview of possible legal matters in the process of handling the real estate transaction.  Rashmi Lis, a Senior Real Estate Specialist will talk about the process of selling your home. Atty. James F. Gregory will speak about the importance of having basic legal documents in place, such as a will, power of attorney, health care proxy and homestead.

    Location: Sixteen Acres

Monday March 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
   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

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 different craft, and new 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 March 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
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Internet, Email, and More: Fundamental Computer Skills for Everyone  
    Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith   413-263-6828, x221   mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, using email, and more. Tuesday mornings, 10:30-12 noon Central Library Computer Lab.

  • March 12, part 1, will focus on using the Internet and editing documents
  • March 19, part 2, will focus on good email and file management
  • March 26, part 3, will focus on complex online resource, forms, applications, and more

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

    Location: Central Library Computer Lab
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM C 3 Weekly Community Meeting  
    Contact: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:30 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 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   413-263-6828   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 March 27, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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: Library Express at Pine Point
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   mquinones@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   mquinones@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 Tech Discovery  
    Contact: Sara Deignan   413-263-6828 x201   sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday through March 27 | Ages 8-12

Join us each week for Tech Discovery, a program all about fun with computer science. Each week, we'll explore a different activity. There will be computer gaming with Minecraft and Roblox, coding fun with OzoBot robots and escape rooms, and engineering activities including Snap Circuits!

Tech Discovery is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Week Eight: Design your own project for the 3D printer with Tinkercad software. We will print what you make!

    Location: Central Library Children's Program Room

Thursday March 28, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition Meeting  
    Contact: Sarita Hudson   413-794-7600   shudson@publichealthwm.org
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Please join us for the bi-monthly meeting of the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (PVAC).  PVAC is a coalition of health professionals and institutions, community groups and residents, public health organizations, municipal and state agencies, academic institutions, schools, day care, housing and environmental groups committed to improving asthma and environmental conditions that affect health in Western Mass. ?Current projects include the Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Program.

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Bingo  
    Contact: Laura Normand   413-263-6853   lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Families | All Ages

B-I-N-G-O! Bring the whole family for a fun night of Book Bingo, where everyone's a winner!

 

    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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Girl Scout Meeting  
    Contact: Naisha Hernandez   413 584-2602   nhernandez@gscwm.onmicrosoft.com
   

Bi-Weekly Girl Scout Meeting.

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday March 29, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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  -  4:50 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: GEOMETRIC PUZZLES!

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: GEOMETRIC PUZZLES!

    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 March 30, 2019
   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   413-263-6843   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

All Ages

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

    Location: Central Library Rotunda

Monday April 1, 2019 -  Tuesday April 30, 2019
     Art and Recyclables Maker Space  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Day | 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 April 1, 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 April 2, 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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 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 learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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 April 3, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

First Wednesday of the month, starting at 6:00 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 My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.                                             

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

    Location: East Forest Park

Thursday April 4, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday April 5, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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 April 6, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 1st Saturday 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 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. Class will be instructed by Certified Tai Chi Instructor Dr. Emanuel Brown. 

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens. 

    Location: East Springfield
   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   413-263-6843   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
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Read to Cadence the Dog  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Read to Cadence - Megan Marshall, a volunteer from Bright Spot Reading Buddies, will bring her dog Cadence to the library to have children read to her. She will be at the library the first Saturday of each month, starting January 5, from 11:30am-12:20pm.

Kids ages 4-10 will sign up for a 10 minute slot to read to her friendly, furry companion. Bring a favorite picture book or a chapter book to read to Cadence. This program is designed to help kids gain confidence and reduce anxiety about reading.

Please Register - Online Registration Form

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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

Monday April 8, 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 April 9, 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

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

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. The group selects a new book every month, copies of which are available at the second floor Welcome Desk. New members are always welcome.

This month's selection is Night by Elie Wiesel (1956) nonfiction.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Nerf This! Gaming Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us the second Tuesday of every month 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!

For ages 11-18.

    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 learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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 April 10, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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: Library Express at Pine Point
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM 3rd Public Meeting: Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program Enhancements  
    Contact: David Kazis   617-599-7320   David.A.Kazis@massmail.state.ma.us
   

The PCA program is a MassHealth program that helps people with permanent or chronic disabilities maintain their independence, stay in the community, and manage their own personal care by providing funds to hire personal care attendants.  The purpose of this meetings is to listen to recommendations for enhancements to the PCA program. 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM DCF Foster Care Informational  
    Contact: Deb Jones   413-452-3396   Deborah.Jones@state.ma.us
   

Please come and learn what it takes to be a Foster Parent with the Department of Children and Families - Everyone welcome. 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Comic Book Creation for Teens  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@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!

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday April 11, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood 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 are reading You Think It, I'll Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld

With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we’re all thinking—if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.

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 Fruit Trees Gardening Workshop  
    Contact: Anna Muhammad   413-214-1237   diegonisa@hotmail.com
    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Girl Scout Meeting  
    Contact: Naisha Hernandez   413 584-2602   nhernandez@gscwm.org
   

Bi-Weekly Girl Scout Meeting.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday April 12, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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
   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
   

Ages 8-10

Calling all reading adventurers! Join us as we quest through the different kinds of books you can read. We will meet every second Friday of the month to discuss your adventure followed by a craft to continue the fun.  You can pick up a copy of the book at the East Forest Park Library. 

    Location: East Forest Park

Saturday April 13, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NMKG Fall Meeting  
    Contact: Brenda Bell   603-494-8206   beebeemail7@gmail.com
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Northeast Machine Knitters' Guild is a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote maching knitting throughout the New England area.

    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   413-263-6843   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Second Saturday of every month | For 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

Monday April 15, 2019
     Patriots Day: All Libraries Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413-263-6828 ext 290   
   

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

    Location: All Library Locations

Tuesday April 16, 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Tasty Tuesday  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Third Tuesday of every month | Teens

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

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or 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   413-263-6828   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  -  7:30 PM Cold Iron Chef  
    Contact: Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe   413-263-6858   shodge@springfieldlibrary.org
   

For ages 10+ with siblings welcome.

We provide the chilled ingredients! You create your best dishes for the judges to try! Who will be left standing with the title of Cold Iron Chef!

(Siblings 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by a parent or guardian.)

    Location: Sixteen Acres 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 April 17, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM A Bookish Breakfast  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Third Wednesday of the month | Ages 18 and up

Put on your reading glasses and enjoy a friendly discussion about popular short stories, or just indulge socializing over breakfast with fellow book lovers. Bookish Breakfast meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cafe Christo (513 Belmont Ave. Springfield).

This month's short story is "Barn Burning" by William Faulkner which can be found in Collected Stories of William Faulkner.

    Location: Forest Park
   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 Book Club  
    Contact: Megan Walsh   413-787-6959 x8   walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
   

Book Club is for parents and their children (3 to 5 years old).  Children go home with a book and activity.

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   mquinones@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   mquinones@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
   5:45 PM  -  7:30 PM Create a Garden for Your Favorite Dish  
    Contact: Anna Muhammad   413-214-1237   diegonisa@hotmail.com
   

Ever want to grow your favorite spaghetti, pizza, sofrito or salsa recipe? This workshop will present a fun way to develop a garden that focuses on your favorite dish and can include the entire family.Fun for the children as well.

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

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 April 18, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Create a Garden for Your Favorite Dish  
    Contact: Anna Muhammad   413-214-1237   diegonisa@hotmail.com
   

Ever want to grow your favorite spaghetti, pizza, sofrito or salsa recipe? This workshop will present a fun way to develop a garden that focuses on your favorite dish and can include the entire family.Fun for the children as well.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM DCF Foster Care Informational  
    Contact: Deb Jones   413-452-3396   Deborah.Jones@state.ma.us
   

Come learn what it takes to be a Foster Parent with the Department of Children and Families - Everyone Welcome 

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

    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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    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

Friday April 19, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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

Saturday April 20, 2019
   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   413-263-6843   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
   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!

Meeting dates for the school year are January 19th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, and May 18th.

Contact the Youth Services librarian with questions.

    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

Sunday April 21, 2019
     Easter: Central Library Closed  
    Contact: Director's Office   413 263-6828 ext 290   
    Springfield City Library's Central location will be closed in observance of Easter.
    Location: Central Library

Monday April 22, 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 April 23, 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:30 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 learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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 April 24, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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: Library Express at Pine Point
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

    Location: Forest Park Program Den
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   mquinones@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   mquinones@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 April 25, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour. Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Girl Scout Meeting  
    Contact: Naisha Hernandez   413 584-2602   nhernandez@gscwm.onmicrosoft.com
   

Bi-Weekly Girl Scout Meeting.

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room

Friday April 26, 2019
   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  -  2:00 PM Get a Job with Skillsmart  
    Contact: Caitlin Kelley   413-263-6853   ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Springfield Works is here to link you with a job, career, or skills training.  Come learn how to use SkillSmart: an easy online resource to help you identify your strengths and efficiently apply for positions at some of Greater Springfield's largest organizations.

Members of the AISS team from the sheriff's department will also be on hand to offer job search tips and advice.

This program is for adults.

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

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

Fridays, January 4th- May 24th | 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

Saturday April 27, 2019
   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   413-263-6843   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
   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 April 29, 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
   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

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 different craft, and new 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 April 30, 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:30 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 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   413-263-6828   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 May 1, 2019 -  Friday May 31, 2019
     Art and Recyclables Maker Space  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Day | 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

Wednesday May 1, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club  
    Contact: Beth Ortiz   413-263-6836   bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
   

First Wednesday of the month, starting at 6:00 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 Henna House by Nomi Eve.                                             

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 May 2, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom

Friday May 3, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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 May 4, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Tai Chi for Everyone  
    Contact: Shadd Jamison   413-263-6840   sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Meets on the 1st Saturday 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 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. Class will be instructed by Certified Tai Chi Instructor Dr. Emanuel Brown. 

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens. 

    Location: East Springfield
   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   413-263-6843   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
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Read to Cadence the Dog  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Read to Cadence - Megan Marshall, a volunteer from Bright Spot Reading Buddies, will bring her dog Cadence to the library to have children read to her. She will be at the library the first Saturday of each month, starting January 5, from 11:30am-12:20pm.

Kids ages 4-10 will sign up for a 10 minute slot to read to her friendly, furry companion. Bring a favorite picture book or a chapter book to read to Cadence. This program is designed to help kids gain confidence and reduce anxiety about reading.

Please Register - Online Registration Form

    Location: Sixteen Acres
   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

Monday May 6, 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 May 7, 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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 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 learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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 May 8, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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: Library Express at Pine Point
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

    Location: Library Express at Pine Point
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM DCF Foster Care Informational  
    Contact: Deb Jones   413-452-3396   Deborah.Jones@state.ma.us
   

Come learn what it takes to be a Foster Parent with the Department of Children and Families - Everyone welcome. 

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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!

 

    Location: East Springfield

Thursday May 9, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood 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. The May selection is The Man Who Came Uptown, by George Pelecanos.  

In bestselling and Emmy-nominated writer George Pelecanos' "taut and suspenseful" new novel, an ex-offender must choose between the man who got him out and the woman who showed him another path.

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

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Brightwood Community Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Girl Scout Meeting  
    Contact: Naisha Hernandez   413 584-2602   nhernandez@gscwm.org
   

Bi-Weekly Girl Scout Meeting

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday May 10, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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
   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 May 11, 2019
   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   413-263-6843   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
   12:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Indian Orchard Minecraft Club  
    Contact: Meg Galbreath   413 263 6846   mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Second Saturday of every month | For 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 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 May 13, 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 May 14, 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

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

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. The group selects a new book every month, copies of which are available at the second floor Welcome Desk. New members are always welcome.

This month's selection is The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West (1945) fiction.
 

    Location: Central Library Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Nerf This! Gaming Club  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Join us the second Tuesday of every month 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!

For ages 11-18.

    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 learn to play chess for the first time!

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

Every Tuesday | Children

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

    Location: Indian Orchard
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Chess at Sixteen Acres  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6828   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 book club  
    Contact: anne cesan   413-782-7702   a126chocolate@gmail.com
   

book club

    Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Wednesday May 15, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM A Bookish Breakfast  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Third Wednesday of the month | Ages 18 and up

Put on your reading glasses and enjoy a friendly discussion about popular short stories, or just indulge socializing over breakfast with fellow book lovers. Bookish Breakfast meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cafe Christo (513 Belmont Ave. Springfield).

This month's short story will be "All Hands" by Samantha Hunt which can be found in The Dark Dark: Stories.

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

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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

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

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

    Location: East Springfield
   4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM Family Storytime at Pine Point  
    Contact: Library Express at Pine Point   413-263-6855   mquinones@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   mquinones@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
   5:45 PM  -  7:30 PM Strategies to Make Your Garden FUN  
    Contact: Anna Muhammad   413-214-1237   diegonisa@hotmail.com
   

Techniques that can make gardening fun and easy – yes even weeding!!! Companion gardening, container growing, using leaves and straw for weed control are some of the topics covered to make gardening a fun activity for the family!

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

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 May 16, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Neighbohood Playgroup  
    Contact: Lori Chasen   413-263-6858   lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Thursdays | Birth - 5 years, siblings welcome.

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

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

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

    Location: Mason Square Children's Workroom
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Strategies to Make Your Garden FUN  
    Contact: Anna Muhammad   413-214-1237   diegonisa@hotmail.com
   

Techniques that can make gardening fun and easy – yes even weeding!!! Companion gardening, container growing, using leaves and straw for weed control are some of the topics covered to make gardening a fun activity for the family!

    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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM DCF Foster Care Informational  
    Contact: Deb Jones   413-452-3396   Deborah.Jones@state.ma.us
   

Come learn what it takes to be a Foster Parent for the Department of Children and Families.  Everyone Welcome. 

This is not a library-sponsored program.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room

Friday May 17, 2019
   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, January 4th- May 24th | 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

Saturday May 18, 2019
   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   413-263-6843   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
   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!

Meeting dates for the school year are January 19th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, and May 18th.

Contact the Youth Services librarian with questions.

    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 May 20, 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
   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

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 different craft, and new 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 May 21, 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: Sgt. Williams   413-654-7288   dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
   

This is not a library-sponsored event.

    Location: Mason Square Community Room
   1:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Teen Tuesdays  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Teens - Ages 12 -18

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further. Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you've beeen pondering, 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 otheres 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
   3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM Tasty Tuesday  
    Contact: Alexandra Remy   413-263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Third Tuesday of every month | Teens

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

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

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to practice your chess moves or 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   413-263-6828   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 May 22, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors  
    Contact: Diane Houle   413 263-6846   dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee and a game of chess....all while making new friends and seeing what the library has to offer you. Providers of neighborhood senior services will stop-by to keep you informed and entertained. Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

    Location: Indian Orchard Community Room
   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: Library Express at Pine Point
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knot Just Knitters  
    Contact: Emma Peterson   413-263-6858   epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
   

Every Wednesday

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome and current members may be 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: 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
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Hora de cuentos bilingues  
    Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805   hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
   

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

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

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

Every Wednesday

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

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