Thursday November 1, 2018 - Thursday December 27, 2018
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Art Central: Quilts from Home

All Ages

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

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Quilts from Home, a Display of Handmade Art Quilts

All Ages

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
Saturday December 1, 2018 - Thursday December 20, 2018
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Can You Guess the Candy Bar?
For ages 9 to 18

Can you guess all 10 candy bars just from a picture? Guess all 10 correctly and be entered into a drawing for - the candy bars! We will substitute in case of food allergies.  

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Saturday December 1, 2018 - Saturday December 29, 2018
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New Year Cards for Meals on Wheels

Families

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

CONTACT:  Trish LaBroad  413 263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Saturday December 1, 2018 - Monday December 31, 2018
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Mitten Tree

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

LOCATION: All Library Locations
Monday December 3, 2018 - Thursday December 20, 2018
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Can You Guess the Candy Bar?

For ages 9-18

Can you guess all 10 candy bars just from a picture?  Guess all 10 correctly and be entered into a drawing for - the candy bars! We will substitue in case of food allergies.  

CONTACT:  Geneva Caffee  413-263-6805  gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
Monday December 10, 2018 - Saturday December 22, 2018
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Scavenger Hunt!

Children

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

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6805  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Scavenger Hunt!

Children

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

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413 263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Scavenger Hunt!

Children

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

CONTACT:  Trish LaBroad  413 263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Scavenger Hunt!

Children

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

CONTACT:  Anne Hrobsky  413 263-6843  ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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Scavenger Hunt!

Children

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

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6846  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Scavenger Hunt!

Children

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413 263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Scavenger Hunt!

Children

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

CONTACT:  Jennifer Johnston  413 263-6853  jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Monday December 17, 2018
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Art and Recyclables Makerspace

Every Monday | During Open Hours | Children

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Family Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Early Literacy Coalition
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  4132636828  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Holiday Book and Bake Sale
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Mason Square Branch will host a used book sale and bake sale in the branch. Prices will remain consistent with past book sales: $5 for a bag full of books, $1 for hardcovers, and $0.50 for paperbacks and kids’ books. Baked goods will be bagged and priced individually. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

The program is for all ages.

CONTACT:  Caitlin Kelley  413-263-6853  ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Lego Club
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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LEGO Club
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

CONTACT:  Anne Hrobsky  413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Winter Solstice Celebration for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For ages 11-19

Light up the long winter night with other teens at our Winter Solstice celebration. Create a fragrant pomander or an herbal sachet, help prepare some warming treats, and relax with some board games and music as we prepare for the chilly days ahead. Please note that this event takes place in the first-floor Community Room. Due to construction, the front (State Street) entrance is closed; please enter through the rear, Quadrangle entrance, which is now open.

CONTACT:  Martha Coons  413-263-6828 ext.425  mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Springfield-Longmeadow Solarize Into
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how you can help Springfield meet its Climate Action goals with solar.  The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has chosen Springfield and Longmeadow to be Massachusetts newest Solarize communities.  Solar Flair was competitively chosen to provide installations at a reduced cost.  Company representatives will describe how solar works and the steps involved for home installations. Get your questions answered, no pressure to buy. For more information about the program, vsit: https://www.solarizemassspringfieldlongmeadow.com/about.html

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Betsy Johnson  413-301-5387  betsy@bgjohnson.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday December 18, 2018
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Toddler Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Maeleah Carlisle  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Sgt. Williams  413-654-7288  dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Holiday Book and Bake Sale
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Mason Square Branch will host a used book sale and bake sale in the branch. Prices will remain consistent with past book sales: $5 for a bag full of books, $1 for hardcovers, and $0.50 for paperbacks and kids’ books. Baked goods will be bagged and priced individually. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

The program is for all ages.

CONTACT:  Caitlin Kelley  413-263-6853  ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Teen Tuesdays
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

For teens ages 12-18

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Family Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

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

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

Snacks will be provided.
CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828 x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  (413) 263-6843   aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Chess Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Every Tuesday | Ages 7-18

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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LEGO Club at Indian Orchard
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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!

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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RUWMI Monthly Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly meeting of the Springfield Chapter of Indivisible, Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible.

CONTACT:  Erin Freed  413-575-5869  ebfreed15@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
Wednesday December 19, 2018
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Duggan Coffee Hour with Principal
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Every Month Stand for Children host a Coffee hour with the principal at Duggan Academy to help improve parents engagement and give parents important resource information to help promote teachers and parent involvement within the schools & to ensure that their children get the best education possible. We been hosting these events for the past 4 years which has been successful. Due to Duggan Academy expanding to a junior/high school space has been limited and looking for a space where parents can meet within the community area without having to cancel an event that parents have access to valuable resource & great topics over coffee with Duggan Academy Principal, administrative  & Stand for Children. Please feel free to check out our website Stand.org for more information about our organization.

CONTACT:  Audrey Cunningham  4137344638  aprecise38@gmail.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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What's Cooking Cookbook Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

 

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  GPysznik@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Urban League of Spfld., FGP
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

CONTACT:  ANDREW CADE  413-262-1429  andrew6503@aol.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Read to Momo: a Dog Who Listens
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Maeleah Carlisle  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Pronoun Button Making!
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us in the Teen Room at the Mason Square Branch Library to eat pizza and make some pronoun buttons with the our button maker! Examples of pronouns include: she/her, he/him, they/them, ze/hir, xe/xem, hy/hym, and of course any and all are welcome! Make the buttons for yourself or as a holiday gift for a loved one.

This event is for teens, but any supportive family members or loved ones are welcome to make buttons, too. Pizza will be generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield City Library. 

“Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught.” - Leslie Feinberg, Author of "Stone Butch Blues" and "Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue."

CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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American Girl Club at East Springfield
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Fantastical Beasts
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  (413) 263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Tinker Lab
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Explore and engage with different tools and materials. Test your imagination and ingenuity. Design something unique.

This is a drop-in program suitable for kids aged 8-12 and their siblings every Wednesday from December 19th to January 9th.

CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Let's Get Cooking with Holiday Apps, the Eating Kind
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Ages 15 and up

Take a break from holiday shopping and preparation at our December foodie event.  Bring your favorite appetizer recipe or try out a new recipe you might want to serve at your holiday get together.  We will be sampling hors d'oeuvres, sharing recipes, and reminiscing about favorite holiday foods.  This program is part of our "Let's Get Cooking" series and is appropriate for Adults and Teens who love to cook.

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Sufficient Grace- HOP&C Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Sufficient Grace is a cultural group from the community that meets weekly to address, discuss, and pray about community, family, cultural, and relational issues. Join us as we engage in an interactive experience this week! 

Please reach out to event coordinator if you are interested in joining. All are welcome! Come for 6:30pm-7:30pm! 

 

CONTACT:  J.Dyer  7813157630  TheDyerHome@gmail.com
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
 
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What-Ifs & Fix-Its: A Fanfiction Club for Teens
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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!
 

 

CONTACT:  Azinne Zarrabi  413-263-6836  azarrabi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Sahaja Yoga Meditation Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sahaja Yoga Meditation helps youth, organizations, professionals and community members, improve their life balance and reduce daily stress, improve concentration and focus through meditation. We are offering free workshops to organizations as a community service, and we would like to invite you to join us for a session.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

CONTACT:  Manish Jaysingh Patel  4802742738  symanish@gmail.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday December 20, 2018
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PET Professional Learning Community
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

A Professional Learning Community for Early Childhood Directos and Administrators.

CONTACT:  Jeanne E Regnier  860-882-4614  jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Sensory Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6853 x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Neighborhood Playgroup
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

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

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

Snacks will be provided.
CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828 x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Giftables
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

For ages 13 and up

Adults and teens are invited to visit the Forest Park Library to make giftable items for the holidays including up-cycled journals, helix pencil holders and bright gift bags. You will leave with a giftable item and creative skills to use at home.

Meets on Thursdays - November 29, December 6, 13, and 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • November 29: Up-cycled journals
  • December 6: Helix pencil holders
  • December 13: Bright gift bags
  • December 20: Bath fizzies

Location: Forest Park Library

CONTACT:  Anne Hrobsky  413-263-6843  ahrobsky@springfieldlibrary.org
 
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Canceled - Springfield Codes! Meetup
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

Canceled for November and December

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

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Community Police Team Sector F Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Magda Rodriguez  413-787-6359  Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Barn Burner: Boston Bruins vs Anaheim Ducks
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM

Here's your introduction to everything hockey. Join us to watch part of the Boston Bruins vs. Anaheim Ducks game on 12/20. We'll be eating snacks and learning hockey related fun facts and game rules. Let's meet on the ice!

For ages 10-18.

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Friday December 21, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6805  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

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

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.

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Winter Craft and Sing Along
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For kids and teens ages 10-18

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the winter vacation! Make a cookies in a jar gift for someone you love, and sing along to some of our favorite winter songs like "Jingle Bells" and "Walking in a Winter Wonderland". They'll be plenty of cookies and hot chocolate to go around while we work!

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  413-263-6840   SHodge-Wetherbe@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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FriDIY: Crafty Fridays
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: Book Page Snowflakes!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Book Page Snowflakes!
CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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WellSpring Communication Committee
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Monthly WellSpring communications committee

 

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

CONTACT:  JEFFERY MARKHAM JR  4132187373  jeffery.markham.jr@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Wellspring Communication Committee
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Wellspring Cooperation - Communications Committee meeting

?This is not a library-sponsored program.

CONTACT:  Emily Kawano  413-461-8203  emilykawano@gmail.com
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
Saturday December 22, 2018
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Family Time - Imagine Explore Create
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Children's Room  413-263-6828 ext 201  
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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BYOB Teen Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Model Congress meeting
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This is for a meeting for the Sabis School's national award winning Model Congress.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

CONTACT:  Erin Mulvagh  413-204-1972   emulvagh@sics-mail.net
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Indian Orchard Minecraft Club
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Monday December 24, 2018
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Christmas Eve: All Libraries Closed

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

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday December 25, 2018
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Christmas Day: All Libraries Closed

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

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Wednesday December 26, 2018
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Connect with Snap Circuits!
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For ages 12 and up, 7 and up with supervision.

Light things up! Make them move! Have fun exploring our Snap Circuit sets. For more information please call 413 263-6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Make SLIME!
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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) 263-6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springflieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
 
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Tinker Lab
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Explore and engage with different tools and materials. Test your imagination and ingenuity. Design something unique.

This is a drop-in program suitable for kids aged 8-12 and their siblings every Wednesday from December 19th to January 9th.

CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Cardboard Arcade
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

For kids and teens ages 10-18

Show off your creativity and your gaming skills! We'll supply the cardboard and other building materials, you create the arcade game you want to play. Make up your own, or follow the patterns we'll provide to make fun games like claw machines, bowling, and basketball. Prizes will be awarded!

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  413-263-6840  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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LEGO Club at Pine Point
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

Note: Time change to 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time)

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb.

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday December 27, 2018
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Baby Boppers Around The World
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Sensory Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.
CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6853 x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Connect with Snap Circuits!
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For ages 12 and up, 7 and up with supervision.

Light things up! Make them move! Have fun exploring our Snap Circuit sets. For more information please call 413 263-6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Neighborhood Playgroup
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Community Land Trust/Co-op Meeting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A meeting to explore the development of the Springfield CLT and a construction Co-op

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Emily Kawano  413-461-8203  emilykawano@gmail.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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STARLAB: The Portable Planetarium
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

All ages, but particularly suitable for youth 11-18.

The Starlab is a portable planetarium offering a highly realistic view of the night sky in an indoor environment. Learn about the stars, constellations, and planets you might find when you are out after dark. There will also be feature images of the mythological characters and some of their stories during the presentation.

This program will take place at the East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building (behind Pottenger School). We would also like to thank the East Springfield Neighborhood Council for their collaboration.

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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UNITE Teens: Do Make Be U
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 | Ages 13 - 18

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

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

Snacks will be provided.
CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828 x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday December 28, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Every Friday, through December 28 | 18+

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

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6805  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Connect with Snap Circuits!
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For ages 12 and up, 7 and up with supervision.

Light things up! Make them move! Have fun exploring our Snap Circuit sets. For more information please call 413 263-6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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FriDIY: Crafty Fridays
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: Bubblegum Self-Portraits!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Bubblegum Self Portraits!
CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Saturday December 29, 2018
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Connect with Snap Circuits!
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For ages 12 and up, 7 and up with supervision.

Light things up! Make them move! Have fun exploring our Snap Circuit sets. For more information please call 413 263-6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Family Time - Imagine Explore Create
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Children's Room  413-263-6828 ext 201  
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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Let It Snow Tea
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

For kids and teens ages 10-18

The weather outside is frightful, but inside the East Springfield Library will be delightful! Join us for hot tea and an assortment of winter goodies. We'll have riddles and parlor games enjoyed in winters of the past, and a reading of a winter short story.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  413-263-6840  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Indian Orchard Minecraft Club
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Monday December 31, 2018
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New Year's Eve: All Libraries Close at 5 pm
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

All Springfield City Library locations will close at 5 pm on Monday, New Year's' Eve

 

 

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
 
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Lego Club
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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New Year Celebration
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For all ages!

It's time to celebrate and ring in 2019! Join us for an afternoon of New Year's games, a craft, and a new year resolution activity. There will be snacks and sparkling juice to toast in a brand new year, just in case you can't stay awake till midnight!

 

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  413-263-6855  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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New Year Celebration
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

For kids and teens ages 10-18

It's time to celebrate and ring in 2019! Join us for an afternoon of New Year's games from all around the world, a craft, and a New Year's resolution activity. There will be hors d'oeuvres and sparkling juice to toast in a brand new year, just in case you can't stay awake till midnight!

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  413-263-6840  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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LEGO Club
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

CONTACT:  Anne Hrobsky  413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday January 1, 2019
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New Year's Day: All Libraries Closed

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of New Year's Day.

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Wednesday January 2, 2019 - Thursday January 31, 2019
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Art and Recyclables Maker space

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Art Central: The Watercolors of Diane Nevinsmith
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. 

 

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Brightwood Gallery: Quilts from Home

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.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
Wednesday January 2, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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!

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday January 2, 2019 - Sunday March 31, 2019
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Puzzlers
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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.

CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Wednesday January 2, 2019
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Bilingual Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

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

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.

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Read to Momo: a Dog Who Listens
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Maeleah Carlisle  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Tinker Lab
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Every Wednesday | Ages 8-12

Explore and engage with different tools and materials. Test your imagination and ingenuity. Design something unique.

This is a drop-in program suitable for kids aged 8-12 and their siblings every Wednesday from December 19th to January 9th.

CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Books & Brew Book Club
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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 The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman.                                             

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday January 3, 2019
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Neighbohood Playgroup
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tra-la-laa! Come by the Mason Square Branch and see Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

George and Harold are two imaginative pranksters who make the depressing Jerome Horwitz School a better place. They hypnotize their nemesis, the mean-spirited principal Mr. Krupp. He transforms into the incredibly clueless yet kind-hearted and enthusiastic superhero named Captain Underpants.

This program is for children and the movie is rated PG.

Popcorn or snacks will be provided.

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

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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.

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Sahaja Yoga Meditation
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sahaja Yoga Meditation helps youth, organizations, professionals and community members, improve their life balance and reduce daily stress, improve concentration and focus through meditation. We are offering free workshops to organizations as a community service, and we would like to invite you to join us for a session.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

CONTACT:  Manish Jaysingh Patel  4802742738  symanish@gmail.com
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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WalkBike Springfield Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

CONTACT:  Betsy Johnson  413-301-5387  betsy@bgjohnson.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Friday January 4, 2019
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6805  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

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

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.

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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FriDIY: Crafty Fridays
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: Pom Pom Hats!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Pom Pom Hats!
CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Teen Advisory Board at East Springfield
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Saturday January 5, 2019
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Tai Chi for Everyone
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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. NOTE: This program runs before the building opens. Please register online or with the librarians so staff will know to look for you.

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Family Time - Imagine Explore Create
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Children's Room  413-263-6828 ext 201  
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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Read to Cadence the Dog
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Spanish Movies Saturday
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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.
CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Indian Orchard Minecraft Club
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Mad Science Labs
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Held the 1st Saturday of the Month | Children

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

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Lunch Bunch at Forest Park
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Forest Park  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday January 7, 2019 - Saturday January 12, 2019
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Make a Snowman Garland for the Library!

For ages 5 to 12 | During all open hours

Help us celebrate all things winter and snow! Using paper plates, stickers and your imagination make a snowman garland for the Children's Room.

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  TLabroad@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Make a Snowman Garland for the Library!

For ages 5 to 12 | During all open hours

Help us celebrate all things winter and snow! Using paper plates, stickers and your imagination make a snowman garland for the Children's Room.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Monday January 7, 2019
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Family Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Lego Club
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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LEGO Club
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

CONTACT:  Anne Hrobsky  413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Springfield Kiwanis Club Board Meeting
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Bryarly Lehmann  413-534-6823   bryarly@aol.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday January 8, 2019
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Toddler Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Maeleah Carlisle  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Sgt. Williams  413-654-7288  dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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 Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (2017) fiction.
 

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library John Cotton Dana Room
 
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Teen Tuesdays
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Family Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Health Department Staff Meeting
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Yaitza Osorio  413-886-5018  Yosorio@springfieldcityhall.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Nerf This! Gaming Club
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Chess Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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LEGO Club at Indian Orchard
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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!  

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6828  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday January 9, 2019
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Active Parenting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Parenting education workshop for parents of chidren birth to 5 years old.

CONTACT:  Megan Walsh  413-787-6959  walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

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

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.

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Read to Momo: a Dog Who Listens
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Maeleah Carlisle  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Tabletop Tennis and Air Hockey for Teens
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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? 

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Tinker Lab
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Every Wednesday | Ages 8-12

Explore and engage with different tools and materials. Test your imagination and ingenuity. Design something unique.

This is a drop-in program suitable for kids aged 8-12 and their siblings every Wednesday from December 19th to January 9th.

CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Comics Club at East Springfield
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  413-263-6840  SHodge-Wetherbe@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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LEGO Club at Pine Point
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Comic Book Book Creation for Teens
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Theresa Boulrice  413-263-6836  tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Family Craft Night at East Springfield
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month | All Ages

Monthly all-ages craft night. Come have fun!

 

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Thursday January 10, 2019
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Neighbohood Playgroup
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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.

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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METCO Parent Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Springfield Parents meet to talk about the program.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

 

CONTACT:  Sandra Macdonald  413 565 4220 ext2454  smacdonald@longmeadow.k12.ma.us
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Simple Home Remedies
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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 10th -- 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.

CONTACT:  Caitlin Kelley  413-263-6853  ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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Community Police Team Sector A Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Magda Rodriguez  413-787-6359  Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
Friday January 11, 2019
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6805  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

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

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.

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Build a Snow Creature Competition
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

All Ages

School is out! Come to the Mason Square Branch Library's Community Garden on this day off from school for a SNOW CREATURE BUILDING COMPETITION! Snow Creatures are like snowmen, but better. Make sure to wear your boots, jacket, hats, and gloves! This event is on Friday January 11 from 1:00-3:00 PM, and is for all ages. Come inside after and warm up at our weekly FriDIY Crafty Fridays table! Hot cider and donuts will be served and a few pairs of gloves to borrow will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Springfield City Library.

Since this is a light-hearted competition, winners (or winning teams) will get to pick three free books or DVDs from the library's Primus Used Book Store, and a $5 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card. There will be winners for four categories:

  1. Biggest Snow Creature
  2. Most Literary Snow Creature
  3. Most Creative Snow Creature 
  4. Cutest Snow Creature 

Snow Date: Friday February 22 from 1-3 (School Vacation Week)

CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Art Explorations for Teens
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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FriDIY: Crafty Fridays
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Every Friday | For children and teens, though parents/guardians/caretakers are welcome too!

FriDIY: SNOWFLAKE SLIME!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: SNOWFLAKE SLIME!
CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Pronoun Button Making
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Join us at the East Springfield Branch Library and make some pronoun buttons with the our button maker! Examples of pronouns include: she/her, he/him, they/them, ze/hir, xe/xem, hy/hym, but any and all are welcome! Make the buttons for yourself or as a holiday gift for a loved one! 

This event is for teens, but any supportive family members or loved ones are welcome to make buttons, too. Pizza will be generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield City Library. 

“Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught.” - Leslie Feinberg, Author of "Stone Butch Blues" and "Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue."

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  413-263-6840  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Adventures in Reading
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Theresa Boulrice  413-263-6836  tboulrice@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday January 12, 2019
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Introduction to Word
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adults 18+

Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this workshop.

Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Family Time - Imagine Explore Create
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Children's Room  413-263-6828 ext 201  
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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Indian Orchard Minecraft Club
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Write-Up Springfield!
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Tara Dasso  413-244-8982  tdasso@gmail.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Teen Readers Advisory Panel
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413 263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Monday January 14, 2019
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Family Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Lego Club
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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LEGO Club
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

CONTACT:  Anne Hrobsky  413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Heat Wave
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ages 6-12

It might be cold outside but it's summer at the library! Join us for a beach party with music, sand castles, popsicles, and more.

CONTACT:  Jinnie Trabulsi  413-263-6828  jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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infertility Support Group
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Infertility Support Group

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. Please do not bring extended family members.  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

Springfield Central Library

220 State Street  

Community Room on the ground floor

6:30 - 8:00p.m.

2nd Monday of the month

Please pre-register & confirm dates at

http://www.resolvenewengland.org/support/#rsvp                                                                                 

http://www.resolvenewengland.org/support/#springfield

This is not a library-sponsored program.

CONTACT:  Erin Chrusciel  4133480505  erin@erinchrusciel.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday January 15, 2019
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Toddler Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Maeleah Carlisle  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Sgt. Williams  413-654-7288  dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Teen Tuesdays
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Family Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Early Childhood Collaborative Summit
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This summit will be oferred to provide an opportunity for community workgroups and coalitons focused on early childhood to share their work and build collaborations. 

CONTACT:  Jenise L Katalina  413-858-3122  Jkatalina@startatsquareone.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Tasty Tuesday
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Chess Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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LEGO Club at Indian Orchard
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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!  

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6828  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Wednesday January 16, 2019
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What's Cooking Cookbook Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

 

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  GPysznik@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Active Parenting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

CONTACT:  Megan Walsh  413-787-6959  walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Urban League of Spfld., FGP
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

CONTACT:  ANDREW CADE  413-262-1429  andrew6503@aol.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

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

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.

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Read to Momo is on Vacation
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Every Wednesday

Note: Momo will be on vacation from January 15th - 30th. Come visit on February 6th!

CONTACT:  Maeleah Carlisle  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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American Girl Club at East Springfield
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Fantastical Beasts
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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 scabvnger hunts and trivia! Snacks provided.

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  (413) 263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Zoo on the Go
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

For families with children ages 3-13.

Join us for a special presentation with Zoo on the Go at the East Forest Park Branch Library. Zoo on the Go is an exciting, hands-on program that is interactive, fun and educational way for children and adults to learn about a wide variety of animals.  Meet special creatures from the Zoo at Forest Park and learn what makes them unique and special.

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership Monthly Meeting
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is a monthly meeting of members of the Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership. We strive to bring PreK-16 math educators in Western Massachusetts together to learn from each other in order to improve student learning. We do this by facilitating opportunities to explore and appreciate mathematics and math teaching practices with a growth mindset. We believe this enables educators to support diverse learners who believe in themselves.

 
CONTACT:  Tara Brandt  413-276-9395  tbrandt@hps.holyoke.ma.us
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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LEGO Club at Pine Point
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Teddy Bear Sleepover...at the Library!
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For ages 4-9

Come to the library with your stuffed animal friend for a sleepover. We will decorate a name tag and a blanket for them and then hear a bedtime story and have a bedtime snack.  After we put them to sleep SHHHHHH! We will turn out the lights and hopefully they won’t get into too much trouble over night. Don’t have a stuffed animal? Don’t worry! We have extras. Pick them up any time on Thursday. We will make sure they have a good breakfast first. We’ll post pictures of their activities on our Facebook page. Preregistration strongly encouraged.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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What-Ifs & Fix-Its: A Fanfiction Club for Teens
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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!
 

 

CONTACT:  Azinne Zarrabi  413-263-6836  azarrabi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday January 17, 2019
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Wiggle & Giggle Toddler Yoga
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Toddlers are invited to Wiggle & Giggle Yoga, a creative movement program for children under 3 (walking and crawling babies welcome). Featuring books, music, and movement, this program will get little ones on their feet and stomping to the beat, then help them relax in a calm yoga seat. Advance registration helps us know how many people to expect but drop-ins are always welcome. Taught by Nicole Giroux, Certified Children's Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor.

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  413-263-6843  ARemy@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Neighbohood Playgroup
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Dot Day
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Teens 11-18

Release your inner artist! We’ll supply the dots, you make the art! We’ll have refreshments to get your creative juices flowing. Everyone is an artist on Dot Day! 

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  413-263-6840  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Graphic Novel Book Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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
 

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  413-263-6828 x201  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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.

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Community Police Team Sector F Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Magda Rodriguez  413-787-6359  Mrodriguez4@springfieldpolice.net
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Girl Scout Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bi- Weekly Meeting of Girl Scouts.

This is not a library-sponsored program.

CONTACT:  Naisha Hernandez  413 584-2602  nhernandez@gscwm.onmicrosoft.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Friday January 18, 2019
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6805  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

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

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.

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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FriDIY: Crafty Fridays
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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

FriDIY: SNOWMAN MASKS!

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children's and Teens area at the back of the library for this week's craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. This week we'll be crafting: Snowman Masks!
CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Saturday January 19, 2019
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Introduction to PowerPoint
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adults 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Family Time - Imagine Explore Create
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Children's Room  413-263-6828 ext 201  
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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BYOB Teen Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Indian Orchard Minecraft Club
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Monday January 21, 2019
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: All Libraries Closed

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday January 22, 2019 - Saturday February 9, 2019
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Valentines for Vets

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.

CONTACT:  Trish LaBroad  413 263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday January 22, 2019
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Toddler Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Maeleah Carlisle  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Sgt. Williams  413-654-7288  dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Teen Tuesdays
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Family Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  gcaffee@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Chess Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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LEGO Club at Indian Orchard
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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!  

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6828  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Anne Cesan  413-782-7702  a126chocolate@gmail.com
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Wednesday January 23, 2019
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Active Parenting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

CONTACT:  Megan Walsh  413-787-6959  walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

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

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.

CONTACT:  Brightwood  413-263-6805  hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

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

Every Wednesday | Ages 5-10

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Thursday January 24, 2019
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PET Professional Learning Community
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Jeanne E Regnier  860-882-4614  jeanne.regnierepscoach@gmail.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Neighbohood Playgroup
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition Meeting
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Sarita Hudson  413-794-7600  shudson@publichealthwm.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Every Thursday | All ages welcome!

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

 

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

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.

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Otaku Meet Up
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Springfield Community Land Trust Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Zaida Govan    zaida.govan@yahoo.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Friday January 25, 2019
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6805  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.
 

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

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

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.

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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FriDIY: Crafty Fridays
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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!
CONTACT:  Victoria Palmatier  413-263-6853  vpalmatier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
 
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Meets Every Friday | Ages 8-18

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

CONTACT:  Library Express at Pine Point  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Saturday January 26, 2019
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Introduction to Excel
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Family Time - Imagine Explore Create
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Children's Room  413-263-6828 ext 201  
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
 
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Year of Tech Discovery @ Springfield Museums
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  413-263-6828 x201  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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Indian Orchard Minecraft Club
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Sunday January 27, 2019
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Rotunda Rhythms Presents Ethel Lee Sings
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieildlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Monday January 28, 2019
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Family Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Lego Club
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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LEGO Club
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Every Monday | Best for children ages 5 - 12

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

CONTACT:  Anne Hrobsky  413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Reclaiming Little Moe, an Author Talk about Surviving Sexual Abuse
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Reginald Wlson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
Tuesday January 29, 2019
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Toddler Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

CONTACT:  Maeleah Carlisle  413-263-6843  mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CONTACT:  Sgt. Williams  413-654-7288  dwilliams@springfieldpolice.net
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Teen Tuesdays
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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. 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Family Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Chess Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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LEGO Club at Indian Orchard
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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!

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  (413) 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Teen Readers Advisory Panel
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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!  

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6828  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday January 30, 2019
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Active Parenting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

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

CONTACT:  Megan Walsh  413-787-6959  walshme@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres