Monday June 12, 2017 - Saturday August 26, 2017
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Blackout Poetry & Art Contest

Here's a chance to show off your creative side by entering the Blackout Poetry & Art Contest. It's fun and simple to do. Prizes will be awarded for best blackout poem and for best blackout art. Please call Emma at the branch for more details. Ages 12+.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Neighbor Care Cards for the YWCA Shelter Families

Build a better world with a message of care to our neighbors in need!
Join us throughout the summer to create handmade welcome cards to be distributed to families in need coming into the Springfield YWCA family shelter. Stop by our branch at any time during open hours and create your card. Give it to the librarian to be sent to the YWCA, and earn a treat! All supplies will be provided. During all open hours. This program is suggested for teens ages 11 to 18, but all ages are welcome to participate.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Neighbor Care Cards for the YWCA Shelter Families

Build a better world with a message of care to our neighbors in need!
Join us throughout the summer to create handmade welcome cards to be distributed to families in need coming into the Springfield YWCA family shelter. Stop by our branch at any time during open hours and create your card. Give it to the librarian to be sent to the YWCA, and earn a treat! All supplies will be provided. During all open hours. This program is suggested for teens ages 11 to 18, but all ages are welcome to participate.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Neighbor Care Cards for the YWCA Shelter Families

Build a better world with a message of care to our neighbors in need!
Join us throughout the summer to create handmade welcome cards to be distributed to families in need coming into the Springfield YWCA family shelter. Stop by our branch at any time during open hours and create your card. Give it to the librarian to be sent to the YWCA, and earn a treat! All supplies will be provided. During all open hours. This program is suggested for teens ages 11 to 18, but all ages are welcome to participate.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Summer Reading Club

The Summer Reading Club is an amazing opportunity to earn all kinds of raffles and prizes - just by reading! All ages can participate, from newborns to adults. To join, stop by any of our library locations.

Read To Me (for infants, toddlers, and pre-readers) Pick up a reading log at any branch. Color it in as you read with your child. When the log is full, bring it in and exchange it for a prize!

Children (for grades K-5 and independent readers) Pick up a reading log at any branch. Color in a section of the log for every day you read 20 minutes or more. When the log is full, bring it in and claim your “brag beads” and other prizes. Completing your first two reading logs will earn you a free book!

Teen (for grades 6-12) Register online or pick up a paper reading log. Log every day that you read for at least 30 minutes; you’ll win prizes after reading for 7 days, 28 days, and 56 days. Teens: when you sign up for the Summer Reading Club, be sure to ask your librarian about a special teen fine forgiveness program we have this summer!

Adult Earn raffle tickets for nineteen valuable prizes by reading books and writing reviews, entering our essay program Build a Better World, Write All About It, or attending book-related events over the summer.  Raffle drawings will be held at the Ice Cream Social and Adult Summer Reading Club Finale.

LOCATION: All Library Locations
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This Book Changed My World

What book did you read that changed how you saw the world? Come in and (1) draw a picture that shows what your world-changing book is about or (2) write a short paragraph about your book. We’ll display them all the summer, and inspire others to try these stories that might also change their world. Come in at any time during our open hours to participate. This program is suggested for ages 9 to 19.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Saturday July 1, 2017 - Thursday August 31, 2017
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Art Central Presents the Photographic Art of Max Fehr

On display for the summer months in Art Central  are the photographic artworks of Max Fehr. Combining the artist's love for poetry and photography, his art pieces include stunning landscapes, portraits, and still lifes coupled with a companion poem. His work is at once stark and dramatic, and offers insight into human experiences and natural beauty. Perfect for a moment's contemplation or an hour of careful thought, his fine quality work are excellent for a summer's repose. All ages.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday July 3, 2017 - Friday July 28, 2017
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Brightwood Gallery Presents the Photographic Art of Max Fehr

On display for the month of July at the Brightwood Branch Library are the photographic artworks of Max Fehr. Combining the artist's love for poetry and photography, his art pieces include stunning landscapes, portraits, and still lifes coupled with a companion poem. His work is at once stark and dramatic, and offers insight into human experiences and natural beauty. Perfect for a moment's contemplation or an hour of careful thought, his fine quality work are excellent for a summer's repose. All ages.

LOCATION: Brightwood
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Sunday July 23, 2017
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Central Library Closed

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday July 24, 2017
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Computer Clinic: Focus on Email
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Do you need an email account, or have questions about how to better manage the one you have? From organizing folders to keeping spam in check, this workshop can help you use email effectively and efficiently. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are needed. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle. This program is intended for people aged 18 years or older. Led by Linda.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
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Rep. Williams Office Hours
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Representative Bud Williams and his office announced a summer office hours schedule, with meetings to be held throughout the district.

Constituents and town officials are invited to attend and express any concerns, ideas and issues they have.

As always, constituents are welcome to schedule an appointment if the scheduled meeting times are not convenient by calling Rep. Williams' district office at 413-739-8547.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Knot Just Knitters
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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DIY Donations for the Animal Shelter: Cat Toys
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Let's DIY Donations. Help us make some fun catnip mice that will be donated to Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Shelter. This program is suggested for teens ages11-18.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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DIY Donations for the Animal Shelter : Dog Toys
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Let's DIY Donations. Help us make some upcycled braided dog toys that will be donated to Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Shelter. This program is suggested for teens ages11-18.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Board Game Night @ Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for a fun evening of games!  We’ll provide board games, card games, and more.  Try a new game or play an old favorite!  For children ages 3-12.  Siblings welcome. Held every Monday through August 21.

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Rise Up Western Mass Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible - is a local political action group that is part of the national Indivisible Group.  We are working to engage people to become particpants in our democracy by interacting with their elected Members of Congress.  We operate completely not for profit (though as a new group we do not have our 501c4 yet).  We are holding a meeting for our group to discuss some organization basics, plan for future events, and may possibly have a speaker (not determined yet).  You can find more information about us at our website www.riseupwesternmass.com or about the Indivisible Movement at www.indivisibleguide.com. We are not a campaign group nor are we affiliated with any candidate.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Tuesday July 25, 2017
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Walkabout East Forest Park
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meet at the library for a weekly, leisurely walk with your neighbors.  A great way to enjoy the summer, stay fit and socialize with people in your community.  Library staff will lead these strolls, providing bottled water, local information and good cheer. Adults, 18+. Bottled water compliments of the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - August 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Refugee Women's Support Group
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Mass. Assoc for the Blind Insight Support Group
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This is not a library-spnosored event.

We are a social support group for visually impaired and blind persons. Contact Alex Martin, 413.782.4536 for additional information

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. For ages 11-18.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Comic Book & Manga Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you love comic books, graphic novels, or manga? Do you have strong opinions on DC vs. Marvel, or what makes a true superhero? Check out the Forest Park Comic Book & Manga Club! We will meet every month to discuss selected readings and pick a new book for the following month. Snacks provided. Held on the last Tuesday of the month. For ages 12-18.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Chess Club for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Citizens' Climate Lobby / Springfield Chapter
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Wednesday July 26, 2017
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BYOB, A Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors and titles. We're always open to new members - join us!

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Preschool Storytime at Mason Square
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Registration required for large groups. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Rep. Williams Office Hours
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Representative Bud Williams and his office announced a summer office hours schedule, with meetings to be held throughout the district.

Constituents and town officials are invited to attend and express any concerns, ideas and issues they have.

As always, constituents are welcome to schedule an appointment if the scheduled meeting times are not convenient by calling Rep. Williams' district office at 413-739-8547.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Wednesdays, ongoing, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. 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. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome. 

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón ComunitarioAcompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Edible Building
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

See what you can build with an assortment of materials supplied: toothpicks, straws, gum drops, marshallows and other edible items.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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We're Going on a Treasure Hunt!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Reading really is an adventure!  Join us for a pretend, guided trek through the wilds of the library! Climb steep mountains, cross raging rivers, meet exotic animals and much more just by tapping into your imagination. We'll end with a crafty "treasure" to design and bring home.  For children ages 3-6 accompanied by a participating adult. Siblings welcome. Please register online or by calling the branch library.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
There are 19 spaces available.
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DIY Donations for the Animal Shelter : Dog Toys
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Let's DIY Donations.  Help us make some upcycled braided dog toys that will be donated to Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Shelter. This program is for teens ages 11 to 18.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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DIY Donations for the Animal Shelter: Cat Toys
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Let's DIY Donations. Help us make some fun catnip mice that will be donated to Thomas J O'Connor Animal Shelter. This program is suggested for teens ages 11 to 18.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Spfld Food Policy Council Mtg
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Regular Monthly Meeting of the Spfld Food Policy Council

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesdays, June 7 – August 30, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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LEGO Club at Pine Point
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Gaming Club at Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club!  We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.  The games included in this weekly program are Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey.  Limited to 10 kids. Sign in begins at 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Ages 8-12.  This program runs through August 23rd.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Siracusa by Delia Ephron.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets every month from 6 - 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Godfrey Triangle Committee
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
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Thursday July 27, 2017
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Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Develop the skill you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffleThis program is intended for people aged 18 years or older. Led by Lisa.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,  Thursdays, June 29 - August 24, 10:30-11:30 p.m. Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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MassHealth MyTimsheet Listening Session
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

MassHealth is hosting two additional listening sessions in Springfield on Thursday, July 27th to share information about the paperless MyTimesheet system that is being implemented for the PCA Program.

  1. Session 1: Thurs, 7/27 from 1:30 - 2:30pm. Register here.
  2. Session 2: Thurs, 7/27 from 3:00-4:00pm (Spanish translation available during this session only). Register here.

While everyone is welcome, please note that space is limited. To guarantee a seat at the session, please register online for your preferred session.

 

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Summer Family Book Club
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Bring the whole family for fun with books and get a free book to take home. Recommended for families with kids 6 and under, siblings welcome. Sponsored by Home City Families. For more information, call or stop by the branch.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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LEGO Club at Brightwood
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood
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Teen Maker Lab: Dog Toys and Braided Cat Mats
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in and try out a new project, including arts and crafts, sewing, and technology. Show off your "maker" skills and learn from other teens. Monthly every 4th Thursday. For ages 12-18.

This week, let's DIY Donations. Help us make some upcycled braided dog toys and cat mats that will be donated to Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Shelter.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Corn, Cow, Plate: A Documentary Series on Food in America
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Mason Square Branch and the Mason Square Health Taskforce (MSHT) are partnering to present a three-part documentary series that focuses on nutrition and the food industry, as well as farming and food production in America.  Before the movies begin, the Taskforce's Peer Health Advocates will talk about the outreach that they do in the community promoting healthy eating, physical activity and advocating for the tobacco 21 policy.

Thursday, July 27th
Plant Pure Nation: A doctor and his son promote plant-based diets and their potential health benefits.

Healthy snacks will be provided!

Adults and teens welcome!

 

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Friday July 28, 2017
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Central Library Closed on Fridays

The Central Library, 220 State Street, is closed on Fridays.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Fridays, June 2, June 16-July 28th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and a craft or activity. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome. Facilitated and sponsored by Home City Families.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Rep. Williams Office Hours
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Representative Bud Williams and his office announced a summer office hours schedule, with meetings to be held throughout the district.

Constituents and town officials are invited to attend and express any concerns, ideas and issues they have.

As always, constituents are welcome to schedule an appointment if the scheduled meeting times are not convenient by calling Rep. Williams' district office at 413-739-8547.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Pine Point Minecrafters
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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DIY Donations for the Animal Shelter : Dog Toys
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Let's DIY Donations. Help us make some upcycled braided dog toys that will be donated to Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Shelter. This program is suggested for teens ages 11 to 18.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Saturday July 29, 2017
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Community Clean Up Days
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Mason Square Branch Library, Keep Springfield Beautiful, and C3 Mason Square will host three community clean-up days at three different park locations in the Square. 

Saturday, June 24th---Mason Square Basketball Monument: 765 State St - in front of the library and on the corner of Hawley St.

Saturday, July 15th---Hennessey Park: At the junction of Oak Grove Ave and Kenyon St.

Saturday, July 29th---Magazine Park: At the junction between Magazine St. and St. James Ave.

Come out, spend some time in the sun with your neighbors, and help us do a nice thing in the Mason Square community! We'll provide gloves, garbage bags, bottles of water, and pb&j's.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Discovering Entrepreneurship
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Empowering African-American Entreprenuers through film, dialogue, guest speakers, conversation and more.

Hosted by: Desiree Stinson, Entrepreneur

This program will promote awareness, inspire personal development, and assist each unique individual to conceive, believe, and achieve goals of success in entrepreneurship. Through films, literature, dialogue, and guest speakers we will explore the exciting journey of great accomplished entrepreneurs. We tour the Pan-African American Museum and the Olive Tree Bookstore on our quest for knowledge. Discovering entrepreneurship develops new aspiring entrepreneurs in a personal, spiritual, and exciting four-week discovery. All ages are welcome.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Harvard Research Team Meeting
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
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Crafting with Delphine -- It's a Grownup Thing
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

By popular demand we will offer a series of craft programs for adults, led by our creative staff member, Delphine. Delphine will lead the group in an awesome summertime decorative craft. 

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 1:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Family Storytime at Central
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Sunday July 30, 2017
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Central Library Closed

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday July 31, 2017
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Knot Just Knitters
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come to "Craft Your Cares Away" with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making Dreamcatchers to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour. All necessary supplies will be available at no cost, and light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library will be offered too. Ages 18+.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Board Game Night @ Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for a fun evening of games!  We’ll provide board games, card games, and more.  Try a new game or play an old favorite!  For children ages 3-12.  Siblings welcome. Held every Monday through August 21.

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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The Gap Closer Radio Show
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
This is not a library-sponsored event.
 
The room is reserved for an all-youth live radio talk show called "The Gap Closer" on WTCC 90.7fm.  The show airs live each Monday from 8:00pm to 9:00pm and is co-hosted by youth ages 11 to 16. For our July 31, 2017 show, the youth producers will be interviewing all invited (17) School Committee Member Candidates. "The Gap Closer" will be remotely broadcasted live.
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Tuesday August 1, 2017
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Walkabout East Forest Park
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meet at the library for a weekly, leisurely walk with your neighbors.  A great way to enjoy the summer, stay fit and socialize with people in your community.  Library staff will lead these strolls, providing bottled water, local information and good cheer. Ages 18+.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - August 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Refugee Women's Support Group
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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WMGS Patron Interview
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Chess Club for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Jubilant Jewelry Making
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
There are 12 spaces available.
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Book Club
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Wednesday August 2, 2017
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Preschool Storytime at Mason Square
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Registration required for large groups. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Smartphone Privacy and Security--for the iPhone
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Are you concerned about privacy and security on your iPhone? Do you ever feel uneasy when paying bills with your phone? Would you like to securely manage your passwords and your iCloud account? Come to this class to learn how to keep your iPhone and the information on it as private and safe as possible. For ages 18+

Since the class will be held when the library is closed, please enter by the lower (ground floor) door on the right.

 

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 6 spaces available.
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Wednesdays, ongoing, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. 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. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome. 

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón ComunitarioAcompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Rock on! Build your own Creature
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Build and create your own rock creature with an assortment of rocks supplied. Paint, name and take your rock creature home with you. All supplies provided.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Enchanted Engineering: Rescuing Rapunzel
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Can you design a slide for Rapunzel to use to escape her tower? Recommended for kids 7 and up.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesdays, June 7 – August 30, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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LEGO Club at Pine Point
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Gaming Club at Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club!  We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.  The games included in this weekly program are Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey.  Limited to 10 kids. Sign in begins at 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Ages 8-12.  This program runs through August 23rd.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.                                           

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Thursday August 3, 2017
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,  Thursdays, June 29 - August 24, 10:30-11:30 p.m. Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

This month the Forest Park Book Group will discuss A separation, by Katie Kitamura.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Immigration Forum
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This event is a part of the Caribbean weeks of activities. This is open to the public.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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LEGO Club at Brightwood
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood
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Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Forest Park
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop and Wii games in the Community Room! Snacks provided. Monthly every 1st Thursday. For ages 12-19.

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Corn, Cow, Plate: A Documentary Series on Food in America
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Mason Square Branch and the Mason Square Health Taskforce (MSHT) are partnering to present a three-part documentary series that focuses on nutrition and the food industry, as well as farming and food production in America.  Before the movies begin, the Taskforce's Peer Health Advocates will talk about the outreach that they do in the community promoting healthy eating, physical activity and advocating for the tobacco 21 policy.

Thursday, August 3rd
Fed Up: A look at the food industry examines whether it is responsible for an increase in childhood obesity around the globe. The documentary also explores the industry's public-relations efforts and lobbying pressure.

Healthy snacks will be provided!

Adults and teens welcome!

 

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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WalkBike Springfield Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Regular meeting of WalkBike Springfield, a group of residents working to improve walking and bicycling in Springfield.  Agenda includes Complete Streets update and Monthly Ride and Riverwalk Reopening planning.

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
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Friday August 4, 2017
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Central Library Closed on Fridays

The Central Library, 220 State Street, is closed on Fridays.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Tai Chi
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Pine Point Minecrafters
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Saturday August 5, 2017
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Introduction to Word
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Lunch Bunch at Forest Park
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Writing and Drawing Your Own Graphic Novel
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us at the Mason Square Branch Library for a three-part workshop series on writing and drawing graphic novels, led by local author Haven Williams and artist Nancy Nguyen.

Workshop 1: Learn about drawing basic shapes and faces and creating page layout.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
There are 12 spaces available.
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Family Storytime at Central
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Sunday August 6, 2017
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Central Library Closed

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday August 7, 2017
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Cosmic Crystal Stars
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Make a beautiful crystal star out of Borax and pipe cleaners. You will make the star on Monday and pick them up on Friday or Saturday. For ages11 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Teen Coding Club: Video Game Design
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Make. Play. Game. Create your own video games! Design and program your own video games using Scratch and Google CS First starter projects. Learn important gaming concepts while building racing games, mazes, and other fun games. No previous computer experience is necessary. Explore music, storytelling or other CS First coding options as time allows. For ages 11 to 18. This program is a four-day series running each afternoon August 7-10. Space is limited, so register early.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
There are 3 spaces available.
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Knot Just Knitters
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Register to Work at MGM!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Would you like a job at the casino? MGM Springfield is conducting its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart, and staff are available to show you how that works at three different library locations. Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly SkillSmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, and the Mason Square, and the Sixteen Acres branch libraries. Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Board Game Night @ Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for a fun evening of games!  We’ll provide board games, card games, and more.  Try a new game or play an old favorite!  For children ages 3-12.  Siblings welcome. Held every Monday through August 21.

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Tuesday August 8, 2017
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Walkabout East Forest Park
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meet at the library for a weekly, leisurely walk with your neighbors.  A great way to enjoy the summer, stay fit and socialize with people in your community.  Library staff will lead these strolls, providing bottled water, local information and good cheer. Ages 18+.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - August 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Refugee Women's Support Group
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

This month's selection is: Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett (2015) fiction.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Teen Coding Club: Art and Design
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Create your own digital works of art! Use Scratch and  Google CS First starter projects to design your own animations, create a paint editor tool, and learn how technology is used in the art world.
No previous experience is necessary. Explore game design, music or other CS First options as time allows. This is a four-part series running Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, August 8-17. Space is limited, so please register early. For ages 11-18.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
There are 5 spaces available.
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Teen Coding Club: Video Game Design
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Make. Play. Game. Create your own video games! Design and program your own video games using Scratch and Google CS First starter projects. Learn important gaming concepts while building racing games, mazes, and other fun games. No previous computer experience is necessary. Explore music, storytelling or other CS First coding options as time allows. For ages 11 to 18. This program is a four-day series running each afternoon August 7-10. Space is limited, so register early.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Write Your Way to a Better World
1:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Inspire a teen with your favorite sayings!  Create  a personalized jar with beautiful paper, markers, ribbon and string.  All materials will be provided.  Completed jars will be donated to the Open Pantry Teen Living Program. During all open hours.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Chess Club for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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LEGO Club at Forest Park
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join your fellow brick enthusiasts and meet the monthly building challenge.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Wednesday August 9, 2017
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Preschool Storytime at Mason Square
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Registration required for large groups. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Teen Coding Club: Video Game Design
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Make. Play. Game. Create your own video games! Design and program your own video games using Scratch and Google CS First starter projects. Learn important gaming concepts while building racing games, mazes, and other fun games. No previous computer experience is necessary. Explore music, storytelling or other CS First coding options as time allows. For ages 11 to 18. This program is a four-day series running each afternoon August 7-10. Space is limited, so register early.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Wednesdays, ongoing, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. 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. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome. 

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón ComunitarioAcompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Magic The Gathering Club
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for a monthly club of Magic the Gathering players to meet and enjoy playing. Bring your own cards, or use the cards we will have provided for players. Don't know how to play? Thats okay, we can teach you!

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesdays, June 7 – August 30, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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LEGO Club at Pine Point
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Gaming Club at Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club!  We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.  The games included in this weekly program are Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey.  Limited to 10 kids. Sign in begins at 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Ages 8-12.  This program runs through August 23rd.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Family Craft Night Summer Edition
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Help build a better world by creating special crafts for Community Heroes.

July: Make a survival kit for our local police officers.

August: Make a toy or pet bed for a local animal shelter.

 

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Extreme Couponing
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Want to save money and find the best deals on products? Come get advice and coupon swap with expert Tammy and start couponing like a pro! Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Too Human Concert
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for a free, hour-long concert by the band Too Human at Nathan Bill's Restaurant Patio next door to the East Forest Park Branch Library. Too Human has performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Bushnell Theater in Hartford, and at New York's legendary Bottom Line. They have performed with such great artists as 10,000 Maniacs and Janis Ian. Too Human performs music for all ages and features various musical styles, playing original music and standards of jazz, blues, pop, and R&B. All ages.

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Thursday August 10, 2017
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Support Network Support Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Support group for Parent/Grandparents/Caregivers whom have children with Social, Emotiona, and Behavioral Challenges.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,  Thursdays, June 29 - August 24, 10:30-11:30 p.m. Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Teen Coding Club: Art and Design
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Create your own digital works of art! Use Scratch and  Google CS First starter projects to design your own animations, create a paint editor tool, and learn how technology is used in the art world.
No previous experience is necessary. Explore game design, music or other CS First options as time allows. This is a four-part series running Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, August 8-17. Space is limited, so please register early. For ages 11-18.

 

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Teen Coding Club: Video Game Design
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Make. Play. Game. Create your own video games! Design and program your own video games using Scratch and Google CS First starter projects. Learn important gaming concepts while building racing games, mazes, and other fun games. No previous computer experience is necessary. Explore music, storytelling or other CS First coding options as time allows. For ages 11 to 18. This program is a four-day series running each afternoon August 7-10. Space is limited, so register early.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Springfield Young Children’s System of Care Meeting
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Springfield Young Children’s System of Care meeting is a collaborative space to strengthen a new system of care by bringing together the professionals and family members who care for, serve, and support children ages 0-8.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Edible Architecture: World Buildings
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Marshmallow and pretzel Eiffel Tower, sugar wafer Pyramids....come join us as we build structures from around the world with all sorts of sweet treats!  

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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LEGO Club at Brightwood
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Community Police Team Sector A Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Springfield Police Department Community Police Meeting. Not library sponsored.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Corn, Cow, Plate: A Documentary Series on Food in America
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Mason Square Branch and the Mason Square Health Taskforce (MSHT) are partnering to present a three-part documentary series that focuses on nutrition and the food industry, as well as farming and food production in America.  Before the movies begin, the Taskforce's Peer Health Advocates will talk about the outreach that they do in the community promoting healthy eating, physical activity and advocating for the tobacco 21 policy.

Thursday, August 10th
Farmland: This documentary profiles the current and future generations of farmers and ranchers, and explores the present state of agriculture.

Healthy snacks will be provided!

Adults and teens welcome!

 

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Friday August 11, 2017
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Central Library Closed on Fridays

The Central Library, 220 State Street, is closed on Fridays.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Tai Chi
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Pine Point Minecrafters
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Register to Work at MGM!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

This program is for adults.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Saturday August 12, 2017
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Springfield Stamp Club
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Forest Park Minecraft Club
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Miners and crafters! Come to the Library's Minecraft Club to build, play, and create--and battle zombies, of course. Space is limited, so please come early. This program is suggested for teens ages 11 to 18.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 1:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Writing and Drawing Your Own Graphic Novel
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us at the Mason Square Branch Library for a three-part workshop series on writing and drawing graphic novels, led by local author Haven Williams and artist Nancy Nguyen.

Workshop 2: Work on shading and learn about writing dialogue balloons,  bubbles, and sound effects.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Family Storytime at Central
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Sunday August 13, 2017
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Central Library Closed

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday August 14, 2017
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Knot Just Knitters
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Board Game Night @ Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for a fun evening of games!  We’ll provide board games, card games, and more.  Try a new game or play an old favorite!  For children ages 3-12.  Siblings welcome. Held every Monday through August 21.

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Summer Reading Club Skate Party
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Celebrate your summer reading at Interskate 91 for Springfield City Library's annual Summer Reading Club Skate Party. Readers will be issued a coupon for free entrance to Interskate 91 at their favorite library branch.

LOCATION: Interskate 91
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Resolve Infertility Support Group
6:30 PM - 6:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Please join us at this peer-led, open forum group & meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends and family, and coping strategies. The group is open to women & men, individuals & couples, who are struggling with infertility. $5 optional donation for non- Resolve members.

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

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Tuesday August 15, 2017
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Walkabout East Forest Park
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meet at the library for a weekly, leisurely walk with your neighbors.  A great way to enjoy the summer, stay fit and socialize with people in your community.  Library staff will lead these strolls, providing bottled water, local information and good cheer. Ages 18+.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - August 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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SOC Parent Council
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Parent Council is a group of parents receiving services within the system of care.  It is a parent only group facilitated by Springfield Department of Health and Human Services and Gandara CSA staff.  The focus of the council, while dictated by the parent members, must include early childhood mental health and wellness.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Refugee Women's Support Group
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Teen Coding Club: Art and Design
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Create your own digital works of art! Use Scratch and  Google CS First starter projects to design your own animations, create a paint editor tool, and learn how technology is used in the art world.
No previous experience is necessary. Explore game design, music or other CS First options as time allows. This is a four-part series running Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, August 8-17. Space is limited, so please register early. For ages 11-18.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Chess Club for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  For ages 11-18.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Register to Work at MGM!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Wednesday August 16, 2017
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Preschool Storytime at Mason Square
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Registration required for large groups. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Smartphone Privacy and Security--for the Android Phone
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Are you concerned about privacy and security on your Android smartphone? (Androids include almost all smartphones except iPhones.) Do you ever feel uneasy when paying bills with your phone? Would you like to securely manage your passwords and your Google account? Come to this class to learn how to keep your smartphone and the information on it as private and safe as possible. For ages 18+

Since the class will be held when the library is closed, please enter by the lower (ground floor) door on the right.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 3 spaces available.
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Wednesdays, ongoing, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. 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. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome. 

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón ComunitarioAcompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Build A Better World - Clay Sculpture
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Build a better world one piece at a time, using your own two hands and clay. In this program, teens age 11 and up will have a chance to express their ideas by hand modeling and sculpting all purpose air-dry clay.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Teen Pizza Party and Suggestion Session
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Teens, the Central Library is looking for your input, and our pizza party is a way to celebrate summer and share your suggestions at the same time. What activities and opportunities would you like to see the Library offer? What can the Library do for you? Come by for pizza and tell us how we can do a better job of serving teens. Sign up online, or just drop by. For ages 11 to 19.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 20 spaces available.
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American Girl Club Summer Edition
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Based on the American Girl Books, this free club is for ages 6 to 14. Come join us for the Summer edition of the American Girl Club. Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged. Call or stop by the branch.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesdays, June 7 – August 30, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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No Cooking Cooking Class: Change Your Food, Change Your World
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for a cooking class that will show you how healthy eating can make you feel better and still be delicious. Best of all, you don’t need a stove or a microwave to make these tasty treats. And of course, after we learn to make these dishes…we eat them!

LOCATION: East Springfield
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LEGO Club at Pine Point
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Gaming Club at Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club!  We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.  The games included in this weekly program are Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey.  Limited to 10 kids. Sign in begins at 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Ages 8-12.  This program runs through August 23rd.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Comic Book Creation: Intensive Workshop
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for an afternoon of comics at East Forest Park! Learn how to tell your story visually as local author Haven Williams guides you through the process of creating panels for your comic book. The program will be geared to both writers and artists. This program is suggested for ages 9 to 19.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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We're Going on a Treasure Hunt!
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Reading really is an adventure!  Join us for a pretend, guided trek through the wilds of the library! Climb steep mountains, cross raging rivers, meet exotic animals and much more just by tapping into your imagination. We'll end with a crafty "treasure" to design and bring home.  For children ages 3-6 accompanied by a participating adult. Siblings welcome. Please register online or by calling the branch library.

LOCATION: East Springfield
There are 20 spaces available.
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Thursday August 17, 2017
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,  Thursdays, June 29 - August 24, 10:30-11:30 p.m. Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Teen Coding Club: Art and Design
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Create your own digital works of art! Use Scratch and Google CS First starter projects to design your own animations, create a paint editor tool, and learn how technology is used in the art world.
No previous experience is necessary. Explore game design, music or other CS First options as time allows. This is a four-part series running Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, August 8-17. Space is limited, so please register early.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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4th Annual Community Festival at Mason Square
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for a free, family-oriented celebration! Over the course of the day there will be music and dance performances by local artists, a used book sale, balloon twisting, bean bag toss, and free food off the grill. All ages.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. For ages 11-19.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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LEGO Club at Brightwood
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood
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SummerLab at Forest Park
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Have some fun exploring science, technology and the arts at our monthly club of curious and inventive kids, 6 - 12 years old.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Community Police Team Sector F Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Springfield Police Department Community Police meeting. Not library sponsored.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Friday August 18, 2017
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Central Library Closed on Fridays

The Central Library, 220 State Street, is closed on Fridays.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Cookies and Canvas
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Calling all young artists (and its okay if you don't consider yourself one):  join us for a fun afternoon of painting. While your Masterpiece is drying enjoy some sweet treats. For ages 7 to 14.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Pine Point Minecrafters
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Saturday August 19, 2017
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Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Training for personal care attendants

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Introduction to Excel
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. Led by Anna

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Family Matters Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library sponsored event.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Writing and Drawing Your Own Graphic Novel
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us at the Mason Square Branch Library for a three-part workshop series on writing and drawing graphic novels, led by local author Haven Williams and artist Nancy Nguyen.

Workshop 3: Learn how to create motion in your drawings, how to choose color, and work on developing the characteristics of your heroes and villains.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Family Storytime at Central
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Sunday August 20, 2017
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Central Library Closed

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday August 21, 2017
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SPS Meeting
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Knot Just Knitters
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Solar Eclipse Party
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Can we see the solar eclipse? Try out the model of the solar eclipse. Enjoy a celestial treat.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Solar Eclipse Party
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Come to the library today to view the partial eclipse. We will have activities and sun-inspired snacks.Try out the model of a solar eclipse.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Solar Eclipse Party
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Can we see the solar eclipse? Try out the model of the solar eclipse. Enjoy a celestial treat.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Solar Eclipse Party
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Come to the library today to view the partial eclipse. We will have activities and sun-inspired snacks.Try out the model of a solar eclipse. All ages.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
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Solar Eclipse Party
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Come to the library today to view the partial eclipse. We will have activities and sun-inspired snacks.Try out the model of a solar eclipse. All ages.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Board Game Night @ Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for a fun evening of games!  We’ll provide board games, card games, and more.  Try a new game or play an old favorite!  For children ages 3-12.  Siblings welcome. Held every Monday through August 21.

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Introduction to Publisher
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with MS Publisher, a convenient desktop publishing software package. We'll look at making multipaged handouts and multifold brochures using Publisher's powerful templates. 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. Led by Matthew

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Tuesday August 22, 2017
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SPS Meeting
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Walkabout East Forest Park
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meet at the library for a weekly, leisurely walk with your neighbors.  A great way to enjoy the summer, stay fit and socialize with people in your community.  Library staff will lead these strolls, providing bottled water, local information and good cheer. Ages 18+.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - August 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Refugee Women's Support Group
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Write Your Way to a Better World
1:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Write a letter to your future self!   Bring your hopes and dreams and we’ll supply plenty of stationery and stickers. During all open hours.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. For ages 11-19.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Experience a new flavor and learn how to make a tasty snack! For ages 12-18.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Chess Club for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Wednesday August 23, 2017
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BYOB, A Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors and titles. We're always open to new members - join us!

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Preschool Storytime at Mason Square
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Registration required for large groups. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Wednesdays, ongoing, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. 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. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome. 

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón ComunitarioAcompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Teen Smoothie Party
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

 Make your own smoothies at our party marking the end of another great Summer Reading Club. We'll also get out the library's button maker -- make a statement with buttons you've made yourself or express yourself with a beautiful design. For ages 11-19.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Tabletop Tennis at Brightwood
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesdays, June 7 – August 30, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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LEGO Club at Pine Point
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Spfld Food Policy Council Regular Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Springfield Food Policy Council Regular Monthly Meeting

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Gaming Club at Central Library
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Play computer games and make friends at the Gaming Club!  We will be playing games that encourage collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.  The games included in this weekly program are Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey.  Limited to 10 kids. Sign in begins at 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Ages 8-12.  This program runs through August 23rd.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Thursday August 24, 2017
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,  Thursdays, June 29 - August 24, 10:30-11:30 p.m. Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Immigration Forum
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This event is open to the public.An Immigration lawyer will be available to present important information to attendees and to answer questions.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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LEGO Club at Brightwood
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood
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Teen Maker Lab
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in and try out a new project, including arts and crafts, sewing, and technology. Show off your "maker" skills and learn from other teens. Monthly every 4th Thursday. For ages 11-18.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Kindness Rocks
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Come decorate some stones with pictures, inspirational quotes, or just a kind word. Leave these stones in gardens, on walking paths, or give them to a neighbor to help spread kindness in your community. All ages welcome!

LOCATION: Mason Square
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Movies at Mason Square: The LEGO Batman Movie
5:30 PM - 7:20 PM

Join us at the Mason Square Branch for The LEGO Batman Movie!

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, LEGO Batman stars in his own big screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Rated. PG.

Snacks will be served!

All ages welcome!

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Friday August 25, 2017
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Central Library Closed on Fridays

The Central Library, 220 State Street, is closed on Fridays.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Saturday August 26, 2017
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Discovering Entrepreneurship
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Empowering African-American Entrepreneurs through film, dialogue, guest speakers, conversation and more.

Hosted by: Desiree Stinson, Entrepreneur

This program will promote awareness, inspire personal development, and assist each unique individual to conceive, believe, and achieve goals of success in entrepreneurship. Through films, literature, dialogue, and guest speakers we will explore the exciting journey of great accomplished entrepreneurs. We tour the Pan-African American Museum and the Olive Tree Bookstore on our quest for knowledge. Discovering entrepreneurship develops new aspiring entrepreneurs in a personal, spiritual, and exciting four-week discovery. All ages are welcome.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Saturday afternoon 12:00 - 2:30  p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Family Storytime at Central
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Sunday August 27, 2017
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Central Library Closed

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday August 28, 2017
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Knot Just Knitters
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Tenant and Fair Housing Rights
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Training on Resident Rights and Fair Housing presentation.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Introduction to PowerPoint
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Tuesday August 29, 2017
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, June 6 - August 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Refugee Women's Support Group
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Comic Book & Manga Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you love comic books, graphic novels, or manga? Do you have strong opinions on DC vs. Marvel, or what makes a true superhero? Check out the Forest Park Comic Book & Manga Club! We will meet every month to discuss selected readings and pick a new book for the following month. Snacks provided. Held on the last Tuesday of the month.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Chess Club for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Teen Readers Advisory Panel
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Calling All Teens.  Here's your chance to meet regularly the last Tuesday of the month to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served. This program is suggested for teens ages11-18.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Meet and Greet the Candidates for Springfield City Council and School Committee
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Get to know the candidates for Springfield City Council and School Committee. Find out where they stand on the issues and let them know your concerns before you cast your vote in the Primary Election. Register to vote, make sure your registration is active, and confirm where your polling place is. The Central Library will be closed for regular business but the doors on the Quadrangle and at the State Street sidewalk will be open for you to come in.

LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
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Wednesday August 30, 2017
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Preschool Storytime at Mason Square
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Registration required for large groups. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Wednesdays, ongoing, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. 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. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome. 

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón ComunitarioAcompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesdays, June 7 – August 30, 4:15-5 p.m. Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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LEGO Club at Pine Point
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch.  Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets every month from 6 - 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Adult Summer Reading Club Finale
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

Celebrate the end of the season at the Summer Reading Club Finale. We’ll have free desert and entertainment for club members to enjoy, and the review board will be unveiled with a selection of the best reviews. Raffle winners from Build a Better World, Write All About It and for all nine library locations will be drawn. Prizes include gift baskets from Frigo’s, Main Street Market, and more. Earn 5 additional raffle tickets just for attending!

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
There are 50 spaces available.
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Thursday August 31, 2017
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Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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LEGO Club at Brightwood
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Movies at Mason Square: Moana
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us at the Mason Square Branch Library for a screening of Moana!

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Rate PG.

Snacks will be served. All ages welcome!

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Friday September 1, 2017
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Central Library Closed on Fridays

The Central Library, 220 State Street, is closed on Fridays.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Saturday September 2, 2017
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Board Game Fun: Cat Edition
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Do you like board games and card games? Looking for new ones to try? Drop in and try our fun and unusual cat themed games. You'll have a "paw-some" good time!

Every participant receives a free Pete the Cat themed erasable activity board.  Be sure to pick up information about Pete the Cat's upcoming visits throughout the city. Ages 6-12 but all ages welcome.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Family Storytime at Central
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Sunday September 3, 2017
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Central Library Closed

The Central Library is closed on Sundays during the summer through Labor Day.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday September 4, 2017
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Knot Just Knitters
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Tuesday September 5, 2017
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, September 5 - December 19th, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Refugee Women's Support Group
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Chess Club for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Jubilant Jewelry Making
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
There are 12 spaces available.
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Wednesday September 6, 2017
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Library Commission Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Monthly meeting of the Board of Library Commissioners.
 

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Road. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our next meeting we will be discussing                                                 

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Thursday September 7, 2017
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Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Staying on: a novel by Paul Scott.

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. 

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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LEGO Club at Brightwood
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood
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Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Forest Park
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop and Wii games in the Community Room! Snacks provided. Monthly every 1st Thursday. For ages 12-19.

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Food for Thought Cookbook Club
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you love to cook and try new recipes, then this is the group for you! A cook book is chosen by the group and put on display at the circulation desk. You can choose a recipe to make and bring it the night of the event to share with everyone.It is a great way to share a love of cooking and recipes! The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month. Ages 18+

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Friday September 8, 2017
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Central Library Closed on Fridays

The Central Library, 220 State Street, is closed on Fridays.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Register to Work at MGM!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

This program is for adults.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Saturday September 9, 2017
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Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) Retreat/Meeting
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This is for the board and committee members of IAD to meet and discuss strategy for the next two years.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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YCEO Bylaws Review (MLKFS)
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Mural Grand Opening and Dessert Celebration
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Free viewing of a 24 foot mural that has transformed the Sixteen Acres Community Room!  Come congratulate the teens who designed and painted this beautiful work of art.  Light refreshments will be served.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Forest Park Minecrafters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Miners and crafters! Come to the Library's Minecraft Club to build, play, and create--and battle zombies, of course. Space is limited, so please come early.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Family Storytime at Central
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Sunday September 10, 2017
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Central Library Open on Sundays
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Central Library will re-open on Sundays beginning the first week after Labor Day through May 20, 2018.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday September 11, 2017
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Knot Just Knitters
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Resolve Infertility Support Group
6:30 PM - 6:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Please join us at this peer-led, open forum group & meet others who are facing similar challenges, in a relaxed and confidential setting. Topics of discussion may include current treatment, dealing with friends and family, and coping strategies. The group is open to women & men, individuals & couples, who are struggling with infertility. $5 optional donation for non- Resolve members.

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

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Tuesday September 12, 2017
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, September 5 - December 19th, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Refugee Women's Support Group
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

This month's selection is: West with the Night by Beryl Markham (1942) nonfiction.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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City Hall All-Staff Meeting
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This is not a library-sposored program.

Staff meeting for the Department of Health and Human Services.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Game On! Video Gaming for Teens at Brightwood
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. For ages 11-19.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Chess Club for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Local Union 3556
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Meeting for clerical union to discuss union business.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Sojourner Truth School Pioneer Valley Witness: Film It
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Pioneer Valley Witness: See It, Film It, Change It--This is a three part series with trainer George Aguiar, open source Software Engineer--The goal of this class is to build a cadre of Valley activists trained to use video safely, thically and effectively to expose human rights abuses and fight for change.

Please register online at: truthschool.org

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Wednesday September 13, 2017
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 1-3 PM.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Dot Day Celebration
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Celebrate the publication of Peter Reynolds inspiring picture book, The Dot. Join the after school celebration featuring a reading of The Dot and related art activities and games.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Tabletop Tennis at Brightwood
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Magic The Gathering Club
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for a monthly club of Magic the Gathering players to meet and enjoy playing. Bring your own cards, or use the cards we will have provided for players. Don't know how to play? Thats okay, we can teach you!

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Game Night! at the Central Library
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Central Library
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Thursday September 14, 2017
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Support Network Support Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Support group for Parent/Grandparents/Caregivers whom have children with Social, Emotiona, and Behavioral Challenges.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Springfield Young Children’s System of Care Meeting
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Springfield Young Children’s System of Care meeting is a collaborative space to strengthen a new system of care by bringing together the professionals and family members who care for, serve, and support children ages 0-8.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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LEGO Club at Brightwood
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday.

All ages welcome!

 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Community Police Team Sector A Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Springfield Police Department Community Police Meeting. Not library sponsored.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Friday September 15, 2017
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Central Library Closed on Fridays

The Central Library, 220 State Street, is closed on Fridays.

LOCATION: Central Library
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It's Pete Week: Pete the Cat On Tour
1:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Here comes Pete, just walking down the street. . . Come to the library and make Pete the Cat inspired crafts, do a scavenger hunt, count the groovy buttons, and more! You may even catch a glimpse of the coolest cat around! Come and join the fun. . . because it's all good!

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Every Friday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Ages 8 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Saturday September 16, 2017
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Horizons for Homeless Children Playspace Activity Leader Training
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Playspace Program: Horizons for Homeless Children created the Playspace Program with the belief that play is essential to healthy childhood development, and every child has the right to play.                                                                                     

To make healthy play possible for children living in shelters in Massachusetts, regional staff build and maintain developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed, “kid-friendly” spaces and stocks them with books, toys, games and arts materials. These Playspace provide the opportunity for children to have a safe place to play, use their imaginations, heal from trauma, and just have fun.

Our volunteers, called Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs), have a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the children’s lives by providing them opportunities for play that are critical for learning and growth. 

This is a new volunteer training to support our Springfield Playspace Programs.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Board Game Fun: Cat Edition
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Do you like board games and card games? Looking for new ones to try? Drop in and try our fun and unusual cat themed games. You'll have a "paw-some" good time!

Every participant receives a free Pete the Cat themed erasable activity board.  Be sure to pick up information about Pete the Cat's upcoming visits throughout the city. Ages 6-12 but all ages welcome.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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The Author Fair
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

 

LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
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Family Storytime at Central
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Children’s Program Room. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.  No registration required.  Siblings welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Monday September 18, 2017
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Knot Just Knitters
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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LEGO Club at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Family Dance Party
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Show us your best moves at the Family Dance Party! We'll dance, sing, play games, and find new ways to explore music every week. Ages 3-12, siblings welcome. Every Monday through November 13.

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Tuesday September 19, 2017
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City Preliminary Elections
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Reserved for the Election Commission. 

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
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City Preliminary Elections
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Reserved for the Election Commission

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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City Preliminary Elections
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Reserved for the Election Commission. 

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Infant/Toddler Playgroup at Central Library
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children's Program Room. Drop in and join us for stories, songs, movement, and multi-sensory playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. No registration required. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, September 5 - December 19th, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Refugee Women's Support Group
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Tasty Tuesday at Forest Park
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Experience a new flavor and learn how to make a tasty snack! For ages 12-18. Monthly every 3rd Tuesday.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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Chess Club for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  For ages 11-18.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Register to Work at MGM!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. 

Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly Skillsmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.

Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. 

No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc. 

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

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

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Book Club Meeting
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.