Tuesday January 3, 2017 - Thursday February 23, 2017
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Art Central: Photography of Maria LaPorte

Now showing through February 23 at both Art Central and the Brightwood Gallery is The Photographic Artistry of Maria LaPorte. Enjoy her stunning photography of flowers and flower-loving wildlife at the Central Library, and visit the Brightwood Gallery for a calming display of seascapes. Good for all ages, this is an inspiring show with beauty, interest, and great artistry.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Brightwood Gallery: Photography of Maria LaPorte

Now showing through February 23 at both Art Central and the Brightwood Gallery is The Photographic Artistry of Maria LaPorte. Enjoy her stunning photography of flowers and flower-loving wildlife at the Central Library, and visit the Brightwood Gallery for a calming display of seascapes. Good for all ages, this is an inspiring show with beauty, interest, and great artistry.

LOCATION: Brightwood
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Tuesday January 17, 2017 - Friday February 24, 2017
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Robot Riot: Take Me To Your Reader

All branch libraries (except the Central Library) will be offering robot-inspired activities during Winter Reading Club. Contact your branch for more information.

Complete details can be found on the Winter Reading Club page.

LOCATION: All Library Locations
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Winter Reading Club

Winter Reading Club
January 17 – February 24, all library locations.
Everyone aged 0 – 99 is invited to curl up with a good book—and maybe win a prize! Complete details for your age group are available at your branch library. 

Visit our Winter Reading Club page for more information.

LOCATION: All Library Locations
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Tuesday February 21, 2017 - Saturday February 25, 2017
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Library Links: Mini Golf in the Stacks

Practice your putting skills on the mini golf holes created by students and staff at Roger L Putnam Vocational Technical Academy. Available during all open hours.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Tuesday February 21, 2017 - Sunday February 26, 2017
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Scavenger Hunt at Central

Grab a clue sheet, search the room for the answers, bring the sheet to the desk, and claim your prize!  Ages 5-12. During all open hours.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Wednesday February 22, 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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Cookies for Kids
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Take a break from school vacation and decorate a cookie! For ages 5 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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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Mini Golf + Pizza with C3 Officers
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come meet a few of your neighborhood C3 Officers, challenge them to a game of mini golf in the library stacks, and enjoy some pizza!

LOCATION: Forest Park
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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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Qigong and Tai Chi for Everyone
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Qigong and Tai Chi are ancient healing practices popular throughout Asia and beyond. Proponents of the exercises claim that they release the natural powers of self-healing by strengthening the spirit and balancing in the body. Qigong and tai chi are easy to learn and perform, and these exercise sessions are designed for all ages, 7-70 years old. People with physical limitations can practice seated, though others may prefer a traditional standing stance. Dr. Emanuel Brown is certified and trained in both from the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Mass.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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PEAT Working Group
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Addressing NMUPD (Non Medical Use of Prescription Drugs) among high school aged youth.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Teen Open Mic and Talent Show
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teens: can you sing, play an instrument, dance, do a comedy sketch or spoken-word poetry? Do you do magic tricks or juggle? This is your chance to shine. Signups are online or at the door, first come, first served. Feeling shy? Come to watch and enjoy some vacation-week snacks!  Call 413-263-6828 ext 425 for more information, or if you have questions about equipment. For ages 12-19.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the artist quality crayons, pencils and pens, and coloring pages to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. Display your artwork in the Teen Room if you would like. Every Wednesday.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Family Storytime at Pine Point
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesdays, November 2, 2016 – February 22, 2017, 4:15-5:00 p.m.  Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-8, siblings welcome.

 

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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Robot Pageant and Pizza Party
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Come celebrate the end of our Winter Reading Club by displaying and parading your reading robot while enjoying some yummy pizza. Small prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding robotic creations. 

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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The Center After School Program
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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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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Family Storytime at East Springfield
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesdays, November 30 – March 29, 5:30 – 6 p.m. Join us for stories. No registration required. Ages 5-9, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.   It is a modern adaptation of a Russian folktale, taking place in 1920s Alaska.
  
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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Thursday February 23, 2017
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Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Thursdays, December 1 - March 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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
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Choices Steps Toward Health: MyPlate
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

UMASS Extension NEP event.

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Chestnut Middle School Empowerment Academies
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Chestnut Middle School will use the meeting room for additional space to support student instruction during the February Break Empowerment Academy.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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2017 Family Engagement Summit planning team meeting
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event. 

A subcommittee meeting to discuss and plan for the 2017 Family Engagement Summit (scheduled to take place on June 10th 2017).

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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The Artist's Way Discussion and Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series where each week participants will review a chapter and respond with writing and spoken exercises. The Artist’s Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey. Workshops will be led by Phyllis St. George, published poet and editor, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Super LEGO Club Marathon at Mason Square
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Not much to do this school vacation? Visit Mason Square for a Super LEGO Club Marathon! This special LEGO Club will be hosted in the Community Room where we will have new LEGO sets and projects available to build with!

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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Maker Lab at Forest Park: DIY Buttons
4:30 PM - 5:30 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. Every fourth Thursday of the month.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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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.

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Libertas Academy Charter School Information Session
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event. 

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity Applicant Information Meeting for Homeownership Program
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (GSHFH) is a housing ministry dedicated to strengthening communities and eradicating substandard housing by empowering low-income families to change their lives and the lives of future generations through homeownership and home preservation opportunities. This is accomplished by working in partnership with diverse people, from all walks of life, to build simple, decent, affordable housing. GSHFH's Homeownership Program, constructs a new Habitat home, and then sells it to the selected Homeowner/Partner Family at a zero-interest, 30 year mortgage. GSHFH is actively accepting applications for our new construction location (37 Bristol Street in Springfield, MA) that will be starting in the Spring. Applicant Information Meetings (or AIM's) provide the applicant with information about the application process and is MANDATORY for anyone interested in applying.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Friday February 24, 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, December 2, 2016 -  March 31, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and a craft. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Chestnut Middle School Empowerment Academies
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Chestnut Middle School will use the meeting room for additional space to support student instruction during the February Break Empowerment Academy.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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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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Drop-In Resume and Writing Assistance
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Need help writing a resume? A cover letter? Do you want help proof-reading an essay for school or a scholarship application? Come down to the Mason Square Branch Library on Fridays between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for one-on-one writing assistance with library intern, Samantha.

Writing a resume or cover letter from scratch? We'll get you set up on a computer in the branch.

Already have something written out? Save the document to your email or bring it to the library on a flash drive. Limit 6 pages.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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
3:30 PM - 5:00 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 February 25, 2017
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UNA- Brainstorm Informational
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

United Nations Association is having the first meeting to brainstorm ideas for service projects.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Introduction to PowerPoint
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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McKnight Neighborhood Council Meeting
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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CPR Training
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This is a non library sponsored event.

 

"CPR training with a instructor."  Treasure of Hope is a non-profit organization.  We Have a instructor to do the class, his name is Matt.

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
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DIY Stickers and Magnets at East Forest Park Library
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Looking for something to do on February break? Drop in and join us at the East Forest Park Branch to make your very own, one-of-a-kind stickers and magnets. We will supply all the materials you need for the craft, but bring your favorite pictures or magazines if you want to use them! This event is for teens ages 11 and up. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
There are 10 spaces available.
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Make a Mardi Gras Mask!
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Make a festive Mardi Gras Mask! On Saturday, February 25, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 28, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. For teens ages 11 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 new Minecraft Club to build, play, and create--and battle zombies, of course. For ages 12-18.

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

Minecraft players of all skill levels are welcome to bring their laptops or use one of the library's six computers to build, play and create. For 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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Afri(K)que meeting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

The Afri(K)que team needs to meet to organize and talk about some upcoming events.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Sunday February 26, 2017
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Rotunda Rhythms Presents Jim Argiro Jazz Trio
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Performing a mix of jazz duos and trios, the Argiro Trio will help chase away the mid-winter blues with original arrangements of jazz standards and upbeat, toe-tapping numbers too. The trio comes together for this special performance highlighting the lush vocals of Andrea Niki and the expert playing of Jim Argiro on piano and Jason Schwartz on bass. Stories of Jim’s work in show business as well as how he approaches the arrangements of the songs performed will offer insight into the life of a jazz musician. Free raffle sponsored by the Friends of the Library for all those who attend.

LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
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Monday February 27, 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. Led by Linda.

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 Fun at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Monday afternoons 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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Make a Mardi Gras Mask!
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop by Teen Central and make a festive Mardi Gras Mask! All materials provided. Monday, February 27, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 28, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. For teens ages 11 and up. 

LOCATION: Central Library
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Becket Family of Services Teaching Session
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Non-profit to use the room for a meeting space to run a learning/teaching session for individuals who live in our group homes inthe the Springfield area.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Tuesday February 28, 2017
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, December 6, 2016 – March 28, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, 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 - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tuesdays, November 29 - March 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. Calling all parents with children birth to 5 years old! We invite you along with your child for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, crafts and more.  No sign up required, just drop in!

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
3:00 PM - 4:30 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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 PM.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Game ON! Video Gaming for Teens
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Make a Mardi Gras Mask!
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Make a festive Mardi Gras Mask! On Saturday, February 25, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 28, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. For teens ages 11 and up. 

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Make a Mardi Gras Mask!
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Drop in Teen Central and make a festive Mardi Gras Mask! All materials provided, Monday, February 27, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 28, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. For teens ages 11 and up. 

LOCATION: Central Library
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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 Puzzle Competition
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Attention youth chess players! During the month of February, keep the fun going by competing in our take home contest. Just pick up an activity sheet during our regular Tuesday afternoon chess program. If you can solve the puzzle(s) in 2-3 moves, return your sheet to our chess instructor. If there is more than one person who solves all six sheets, the contestants will face off by doing additional puzzles at the library. The grand winner will be a awarded a chess book to keep!

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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LEGO Questers of Indian Orchard
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Become a LEGO Quester by completing 52 LEGO Quests (or build your own!). Open to children 7-12. Space is limited to 15 Questers.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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. 

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.

 

we will be reviewing Dean Koonz's book "Watchers"

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Wednesday March 1, 2017 - Saturday March 11, 2017
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Dr. Seuss Scavenger Hunt

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday! Grab a clue sheet and find the pictures of characters in Dr. Seuss’s books. After sheet is completed you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win special Dr. Seuss prizes.

During all open hours at all branches EXCEPT Central Library and Sixteen Acres.

LOCATION: All Library Locations
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Wednesday March 1, 2017 - Thursday April 27, 2017
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Art Central: Photography of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club

On display in Art Central through April 27 are photographs of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club including shots of their many activities and newly redeveloped docking area in the North End. Photographs of their youth lessons and rowing on the Connecticut River, including the perennially popular Dragon Boat Festival and more, give the viewer a fascinating glimpse into some of the many wonderful things they do here in Springfield and beyond.

LOCATION: Central Library
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Wednesday March 1, 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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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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CWC Regional Peer Networking
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

REGIONAL NETWORKING

CWC holds Regional Networking events three times per year in each of its five state regions – Boston, Central, Northeast, Southeast, and West. Network events are open to all workforce development professionals and provide professional networking opportunities. Participants share best practices, new ideas, and resources. In addition, topic experts on emerging trends and other areas of interest identified by members join the sessions to share insights and resources. These events allow for a flow of ideas between both seasoned and new workforce development professionals.

These communities of practice are needed given the regional diversity in Massachusetts in regard to the labor market, public and private resources, support services, and transportation. These networking events allow workforce professionals to build and expand their networks in a manner that is responsive to the reality of their areas.

The CWC Peer Learning Network is open to all workforce development and adult education professionals and:

  • is especially relevant for direct service and supervisory staff;
  • provides a forum to discuss on-the-job challenges and learn from peers and presenters on best practices/strategies to address challenges;
  • focuses on networking to build your professional contacts; &
  • includes small group discussion and announcements on workforce development programs and events.

Recent topics include: identifying community resources to support the work of workforce development professionals, learning about successful program models, and using labor market information to build better programs.

Please note that event registration opens online approximately 3 weeks prior to the event. Please log in to register for CWC events.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Seuss-A-Bration at Pine Point
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Make a Cat in the Hat pencil topper! Sign a Dr. Seuss Birthday Banner! Hear Dr. Seuss stories on demand! During all open hours.

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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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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Podcast Club for Teens and Adults
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A good podcast is hard to find, and when you find one, it's sometimes hard to find other fans! This club will highlight a new podcast each month, listen to one episode and then discuss. Club members will also have the chance to suggest their favorite podcasts to the club! All podcasts, fiction and non-fiction alike will be considered for meetings.

LOCATION: East Springfield
There are 14 spaces available.
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the artist quality crayons, pencils and pens, and coloring pages to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. Display your artwork in the Teen Room if you would like. Every Wednesday.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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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Family Storytime at East Springfield
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesdays, November 30 – March 29, 5:30 – 6 p.m. Join us for stories. No registration required. Ages 5-9, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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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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From Madness to Music: Film and Discussion
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

March 1 is Zero Discrimination Day.  Please join us for a free showing of a thought-provoking documentary, “From Madness to Music.”  It is a timely and poignant response to the world’s imminent need for change and healing during heightened tensions between faiths and cultures across the globe. Culling from 10 years of video archives recorded by volunteers, students, and professionals, the film explores the challenges facing youth in conflicted communities in the U.S. and Middle East.  Their Intention is "to shine a light on the work and the people who, given a chance, are committed to building a stronger, more peaceful world because the world needs some GOOD NEWS!"

The documentary is followed by a q&a and community conversation with Music in Common founder and director Todd Mack.

Please note that the branch will be closed to the public at this time. Come to the main door for entry.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
There are 20 spaces available.
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PVHN Catablog Technical Assistance
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Technical Assistance to Historical Societies in Using Commonwealth Historical Collaborative Catablog.

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. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our March meeting, we will be discussing Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Copies of this title will be available for pickup at the East Forest Park Library. No sign up is required, however, please email lmeier@springfieldlibrary.org or call 413-263-6836 if you have any questions.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Thursday March 2, 2017
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Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Thursdays, December 1 - March 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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
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Outreach for Home & Community Based Services
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

This meeting is an Outreach session to find Providers to service the Home & Community Based Services Waivers.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Seuss-A-Bration at East Springfield
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Make a Cat in the Hat pencil topper! Sign a Dr. Seuss Birthday Banner! Hear Dr. Seuss stories on demand! During all open hours.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Seuss-A-Bration at Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Make a Cat in the Hat pencil topper! Sign a Dr. Seuss Birthday Banner! Hear Dr. Seuss stories on demand! During all open hours.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Seuss-A-Bration at Brightwood
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Make a Cat in the Hat pencil topper! Sign a Dr. Seuss Birthday Banner! Hear Dr. Seuss stories on demand! During all open hours.

LOCATION: Brightwood
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Seuss-A-Bration at Forest Park
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Make a Cat in the Hat pencil topper! Sign a Dr. Seuss Birthday Banner! Hear Dr. Seuss stories on demand! During all open hours.

LOCATION: Forest Park
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Seuss-A-Bration at Mason Square
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Make a Cat in the Hat pencil topper! Sign a Dr. Seuss Birthday Banner! Hear Dr. Seuss stories on demand! During all open hours.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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The Artist's Way Discussion and Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series where each week participants will review a chapter and respond with writing and spoken exercises. The Artist’s Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey. Workshops will be led by Phyllis St. George, published poet and editor, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres 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! at Forest Park
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop and Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. For ages 12-18. First Thursday of every month.

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

Join us every Thursday for LEGO Club! Let your imagination run wild!

 

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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.

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Mardi Gras Concert at Mason Square
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

On Thursday, March 2nd the Mason Square Branch Library will once again transform into a music hall. Join us for an evening of funky, jazzy tunes featuring Krewe Les Gras and students from Springfield's Community Music School.

Inspired by the sounds of the Crescent City, the birthplace of so much American music, Krewe Les Gras seeks to bring the New Orleans experience to the masses. Cajun rhythms, funky grooves, and wild improvisations are sure to keep you on the dance floor all night and day.

So come down to the library, grab some king's cake and a pair of beads and get into the spirit of Mardi Gras!

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Libertas Academy Charter School Information Session
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event. 

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Friday March 3, 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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Forest Service working meeting
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This is a non library sponsored event.

 

Draft Needs Assessment

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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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, December 2, 2016 -  March 31, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and a craft. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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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Drop-In Resume and Writing Assistance
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Need help writing a resume? A cover letter? Do you want help proof-reading an essay for school or a scholarship application? Come down to the Mason Square Branch Library on Fridays between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for one-on-one writing assistance with library intern, Samantha.

Writing a resume or cover letter from scratch? We'll get you set up on a computer in the branch.

Already have something written out? Save the document to your email or bring it to the library on a flash drive. Limit 6 pages.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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
3:30 PM - 5:00 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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Fan Fiction Writing Group at East Forest Park
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

This group is for fans of popular movies, TV series, books, manga, and comic books who want to create stories about their favorite characters in their favorite universes. Members will be supplied with writing prompts and will have a chance to get positive feedback if they want to share their work. Meeting times will be every first and third Friday from 4-4:45.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Saturday March 4, 2017
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Winter Reading Finale for Read-to-Me Kids: Playdough Party
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Attention 5 and under families! Celebrate the power of play by squishing, squashing and shaping at our Winter Reading Club finale party! Find out how playdough fun promotes important reading and writing skills, and encourages school success.

Siblings are welcome and all children must be consistently supervised by an accompanying adult.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Dr. Seuss's Birthday @Central
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

It's Pajama Day!  Wear your pajamas and celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a special Seuss craft--then go see what the Museums are doing!  (Hint: the Museums are wearing pajamas too!)

LOCATION: Central Library
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McKnight Neighborhood Council Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Games Group Kick Off and Board Game Drive
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Mason Square is getting into the games.

We'll  be kicking off the Games Group with board games, pizza, and a board game drive.

Have any extra board games at home? Want to contribute to your local library?

We'll be accepting gently used board games of all kinds on an ongoing basis. Some of the donated games will stay in the library, available for patrons to play while they're in the branch. The rest will be cataloged so that patrons can check them out on their library card just like books or DVDs!

If you have any questions about the board game drive, please call Branch Supervisor, Caitlin Kelley

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Local 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 novels, poetry, nonfiction, books for teens and children 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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Lunch Bunch at Forest Park
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for a story, an 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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Indian Orchard Minecrafters - Saturday Group
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Minecraft players of all skill levels are welcome to bring their laptops or use one of the library's six computers to build, play and create. For 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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Monday March 6, 2017 - Saturday March 11, 2017
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Cat in the Hat Craft at East Forest Park

In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday we will be celebrating it by having a special Dr. Seuss craft for all ages. There will also be some really cool, quirky Dr. Seuss activity sheets for all to have fun with. Listen to Seuss stories on demand. During all open hours.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Seuss-Capades! at Brightwood

Who glides on the ice with the greatest of ease? Your Seuss skater, of course! Come make a Seuss character that can "skate" along on our "ice" pond, or create a skating character from your own imagination. During all open hours.

LOCATION: Brightwood
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Seuss-Capades! at East Springfield

Who glides on the ice with the greatest of ease? Your Seuss skater, of course! Come make a Seuss character that can "skate" along on our "ice" pond, or create a skating character from your own imagination. During all open hours.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Seuss-Capades! at Indian Orchard

Who glides on the ice with the greatest of ease? Your Seuss skater, of course! Come make a Seuss character that can "skate" along on our "ice" pond, or create a skating character from your own imagination. During all open hours.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Seuss-Capades! at Mason Square

Who glides on the ice with the greatest of ease? Your Seuss skater, of course! Come make a Seuss character that can "skate" along on our "ice" pond, or create a skating character from your own imagination. During all open hours.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Monday March 6, 2017 - Sunday March 19, 2017
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StoryWalk at the Children's Room

Take our StoryWalk (a short walk following the pages of a picture book), then complete an activity. Ages 3-12

LOCATION: Central Library
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Monday March 6, 2017
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Messy Mondays for Wee Ones!
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Get your hands - and clothes - messy during Messy Mondays. We will finger paint, use kinetic sand and clay. We will have smocks but please wear clothes you can get dirty. For ages 3 and up. Siblings welcome. Space is limited to 10 so please come early.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Be Aware, Be Smart: Consumer Protection, Good Credit, and You
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Stop by the Central Library and see how consumers can protect themselves against fraud, identity theft, and scams. Natalia Shtrom from the Mayor's Office of Consumer Information will be on hand to answer questions about using credit wisely, shopping well for a used car, maximizing your security when shopping online and more. Free literature and informative handouts will be available to take. This is a bilingual (English and Russian) service in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week.

LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
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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 Fun at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Monday afternoons 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

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's Rice Hall, 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: Central Library - Rice Hall
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Snacks and Karaoke for Teens
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teens, come sing and dance along to your favorite hits - it's a sure cure for cabin fever! We'll also try out some quick snack recipes to add to the fun. For ages 11 to 18.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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The Center After School Program - Younger Group
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Springfield Republican City Committee Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is a non library sponsored event.

 

Springfield Republican City Committee monthly meeting

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Tuesday March 7, 2017
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Music Together at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, March 7 – April 4, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Home City Families presents to you GREATER SPRINGFIELD MUSIC TOGETHER!!
Come enjoy this 5 week series of music and movement with your child! Children birth to 5 years old & their parents.
SPACE IS LIMITED! Registration is required; call 413-886-5158.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tuesdays, November 29 - March 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. Calling all parents with children birth to 5 years old! We invite you along with your child for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, crafts and more.  No sign up required, just drop in!

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
3:00 PM - 4:30 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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 PM.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Brightwood Teen Advisory Board
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Care Provider Orientation
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Care providers to participants of a social skills group will meet to discuss how to support their individual through the class

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
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LEGO Club at Forest Park
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Meet the monthly building challenge with fellow LEGO builders. Held on the first Tuesday of the month.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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LEGO Questers of Indian Orchard
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Become a LEGO Quester by completing 52 LEGO Quests (or build your own!). Open to children 7-12. Space is limited to 15 Questers.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Wednesday March 8, 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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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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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.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the artist quality crayons, pencils and pens, and coloring pages to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. Display your artwork in the Teen Room if you would like. Every Wednesday.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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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ScotaKon Anime Festival
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Celebrate anime and Asian pop culture in general with the students of the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts magnet school! Enjoy presentations and performances by the members of the Anime Club, plus plenty of hands-on activities. ScotaKon is a festival by teens for teens, but all ages are welcome.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Family Storytime at East Springfield
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesdays, November 30 – March 29, 5:30 – 6 p.m. Join us for stories. No registration required. Ages 5-9, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Comic Book Creation for Teens
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
There are 12 spaces available.
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Family Craft Night at East Springfield
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Come join us for a variety of fun-filled craft activities!  This program is appropriate for all ages.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Thursday March 9, 2017
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Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Thursdays, December 1 - March 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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
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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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The Artist's Way Discussion and Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series where each week participants will review a chapter and respond with writing and spoken exercises. The Artist’s Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey. Workshops will be led by Phyllis St. George, published poet and editor, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.

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

Please note change in date this month.

This month the Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Small great things: a novel, by Jodi Picoult.

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 on the first Thursday of the month from 2:30 - 4:00 pm.  However, this month the group will meet on the 9th of March, same time slot.

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

Join us every Thursday for LEGO Club! Let your imagination run wild!

 

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Garden Planning Workshop
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Learn everything you need to know to plan out your vegetable garden for the season. Held in the Children's Workroom.

Part of the Springfield Food Policy Council's ongoing gardening workshop series. Please see their website for additional information.

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.

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Be Aware, Be Smart: Consumer Protection, Good Credit, and You
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Stop by the Mason Square Branch Library and see how consumers can protect themselves against fraud, identity theft, and scams. Natalia Shtrom and Milagros Johnson from the Mayor's Office of Consumer Information will be on hand to answer questions about using credit wisely, shopping well for a used car, maximizing your security when shopping online and more. Free literature and informative handouts will be available to take. This is a trilingual (English, Russian, and Spanish) service in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Movies at Mason Square: Horton Hears a Who!
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us in the Mason Square Library Community Room for a screening of Horton Hears a Who! Rated G.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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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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Walk Bike Springfield Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event. 

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
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Friday March 10, 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, December 2, 2016 -  March 31, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and a craft. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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New North Citizens Council Health Awareness Activity
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event. 

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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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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Drop-In Resume and Writing Assistance
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Need help writing a resume? A cover letter? Do you want help proof-reading an essay for school or a scholarship application? Come down to the Mason Square Branch Library on Fridays between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for one-on-one writing assistance with library intern, Samantha.

Writing a resume or cover letter from scratch? We'll get you set up on a computer in the branch.

Already have something written out? Save the document to your email or bring it to the library on a flash drive. Limit 6 pages.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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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Dissolving Paper and Other Surprises
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experiment with paper that dissolves and disappears (make sure you haven't written your homework assignment on it!). Explore this and other scientific surprises in this fun session for ages 11-18.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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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. 

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Pine Point Minecrafters
3:30 PM - 5:00 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 March 11, 2017
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Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

CPR training for Personal Care Attendants (PCAs).

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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McKnight Neighborhood Council Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Ward 6 Democratic Caucus
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Join the Ward 6 Democratic Committee for its annual caucus to elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention (in Lowell on June 3). This is a convention that drafts the state party platform.

Rules for the nomination process will be discussed on Ward 6 Committee meetings beforehand and at the caucus itself.

All individuals registered as a Democrat in Springfield Ward 6 (check out your ward at wheredoivotema.com) are eligible to vote in the caucus and to become delegates. Individuals who register as Democrats in the ward close to March 11 should bring proof of registration, but same day registration is also available. Teenagers who will turn 18 by September 11, 2018 are also eligible to fully participate in the caucus.

 

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
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Games Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tabletop Games. Board Games. Card Games. Join us for an afternoon of games and fun. Bring your own game or try one of ours. No experience necessary.

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters - Saturday Group
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Minecraft players of all skill levels are welcome to bring their laptops or use one of the library's six computers to build, play and create. For 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 March 12, 2017
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Reception for Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join the members of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club in this public reception. On display are photographs of their many activities including youth lessons, rowing on the Connecticut River, the popular Dragon Boat Festival, and more. Refreshments and musical entertainment are compliments of the Friends of the Library and others. Free attendance raffle to all who participate; prizes include a $30 Stop & Shop gift card and a copy of the book Suga Water.

LOCATION: Central Library
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League of Women Voters/Springfield
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This is a non-library sponsored event.

 

The League of Women Voters/Springfield holds its bimonthly general membership meeting. Prospective members are welcome. 

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Monday March 13, 2017 - Saturday March 18, 2017
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Seuss-Capades! at East Forest Park

Who glides on the ice with the greatest of ease? Your Seuss skater, of course! Come make a Seuss character that can "skate" along on our "ice" pond, or create a skating character from your own imagination.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Monday March 13, 2017
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Messy Mondays for Wee Ones!
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Get your hands - and clothes - messy during Messy Mondays. We will finger paint, use kinetic sand and clay. We will have smocks but please wear clothes you can get dirty. For ages 3 and up. Siblings welcome. Space is limited to 10 so please come early.

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

Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Monday afternoons 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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Tuesday March 14, 2017
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Music Together at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, March 7 – April 4, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Home City Families presents to you GREATER SPRINGFIELD MUSIC TOGETHER!!
Come enjoy this 5 week series of music and movement with your child! Children birth to 5 years old & their parents.
SPACE IS LIMITED! Registration is required; call 413-886-5158.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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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: Sidonia's Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing a New Life in America by Hanna Perlstein Marcus (2012) nonfiction.

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

Tuesdays, November 29 - March 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. Calling all parents with children birth to 5 years old! We invite you along with your child for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, crafts and more.  No sign up required, just drop in!

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
3:00 PM - 4:30 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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 PM.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Game ON! Video Gaming for Teens
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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

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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LEGO Questers of Indian Orchard
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Become a LEGO Quester by completing 52 LEGO Quests (or build your own!). Open to children 7-12. Space is limited to 15 Questers.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Union 3556 Clerical Union Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Monthly meeting of the Clerical union.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Wednesday March 15, 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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FGP In-service
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event. 

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Introduction to Computers, Part 1
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Learn the basics of desktop computing. The workshop will cover opening, closing, moving and resizing windows; printing, saving, and basic text editing; working with multiple files and more. Experience with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. Participants earn a chance to win this month's programming raffle. Led by Peggy.

LOCATION: Read/Write/Now
There are 5 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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Maker Lab for Teens at the Central Library
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Teens, here's a chance for teens to be a "maker" as you experiment with technology tools, craft materials, and hands-on activities of all kinds. Something different every month -- check out this group if you like to design, build and create! For ages 12 to 19.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Create a Lava Lamp
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Teens will have a great time creating this cool and unbelievably easy science activity. A used plastic water bottle, vegetable oil, Alka-Seltzer tablets, food coloring, glitter and water is all you need. Bring your finished project home to enjoy. All supplies will be provided. Come join the fun.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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American Girl Club at East Springfield
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the artist quality crayons, pencils and pens, and coloring pages to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. Display your artwork in the Teen Room if you would like. Every Wednesday.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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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Family Storytime at East Springfield
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesdays, November 30 – March 29, 5:30 – 6 p.m. Join us for stories. No registration required. Ages 5-9, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Let's Get Cooking at East Forest Park
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Calling all Foodies - the library is now a place for you!  The East Forest Park Branch Library will be starting a Cooking Group which will focus on your food interests.  We will pick a theme for each meeting, provide cookbooks and recipes to choose from, and then meet and eat.  We will present our dishes and discuss the challenges and delights of our recipes. Future sessions may include guest speakers to discuss local restaurants, farmers markets and the food-to-table movement, culinary trends, new kitchen essentials, nutritional tips and whatever is recommended by the group.  Whether you are a gourmet chef or a person who only heats up take-out food in the microwave, this will be a fun, useful and social group to help improve your cooking skills.  Please contact Linda at the East Forest Park Branch with any questions.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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WOCL Gathering
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event. 

Periodic meeting for members of the Women of Color in the Law professional networking organization.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Thursday March 16, 2017
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Deepening Your Reflective Supervision Practice
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Non-Profit free Childrens Trust training provided by Common Wealth of Massachusetts  

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

Thursdays, December 1 - March 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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
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The Artist's Way Discussion and Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series where each week participants will review a chapter and respond with writing and spoken exercises. The Artist’s Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey. Workshops will be led by Phyllis St. George, published poet and editor, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres 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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MadLab 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 every Thursday for LEGO Club! Let your imagination run wild!

 

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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.

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Gardening Workshop: Soil Health and Soil Testing
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

This workshop will cover topics on soil health, particularly soil restoration in cities and the importance of soil testing. Though we will talk about how to take a soil sample at the workshop, participants are encouraged to bring soil samples from their gardens with them. Samples will be tested at no cost by UMass' Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

Part of the Springfield Food Policy Council's ongoing gardening workshop series. Please see their website for additional information.

This program was funded in part by Health in the Square, a grant received from the National Library of Medicine

Weather permitting, this workshop will be held in the Mason Square Branch Community Garden. If conditions are particularly cold or inhospitable, it will be held in the Children's Workroom.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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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Teddy Bear Clinic at Mason Square
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mason Square is hosting a Teddy Bear Clinic. Come learn about what happens when you visit the Doctor's Office.

MedExpress on Boston Road in Springfield will be facilitating the Teddy Bear Clinic. MedExpress Urgent Care's Teddy Bear Clinic, a free community outreach program, teaches children about healthcare treatments and healthy habits. Their warm friendly staff will lead classes and groups of children as they observe and learn about hand washing, X-rays, splinters, and much more. No need for children to bring in their own stuffed friend, their MedExpress employee will bring their own teddy helper to the clinic.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Campaign Finance Rules & Regulations: For Voters and Candidates
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Candidates and elected officials are required to file paperwork with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts detailing their campaign fundraising and expenditures. Jason Tait from the state’s Department of Office of Campaign and Political Finance will offer training and information on how those running for office need to collect information and prepare documents to comply with the state’s campaign finance laws. Voters can learn how to research the database that is compiled from these documents. Open to all and of particular interest to candidates, elected officials, and campaign treasurers. Elections staff will be on hand to register Springfield residents and help them check their voter status. Presented by the Library's Civic & Community Engagement Team and the Springfield Election Office.

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
There are 59 spaces available.
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Friday March 17, 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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Clarendon Early Education Services training
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event. 

Professionald development training.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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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, December 2, 2016 -  March 31, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and a craft. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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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Drop-In Resume and Writing Assistance
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Need help writing a resume? A cover letter? Do you want help proof-reading an essay for school or a scholarship application? Come down to the Mason Square Branch Library on Fridays between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for one-on-one writing assistance with library intern, Samantha.

Writing a resume or cover letter from scratch? We'll get you set up on a computer in the branch.

Already have something written out? Save the document to your email or bring it to the library on a flash drive. Limit 6 pages.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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
3:30 PM - 5:00 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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Fan Fiction Writing Group at East Forest Park
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

This group is for fans of popular movies, TV series, books, manga, and comic books who want to create stories about their favorite characters in their favorite universes. Members will be supplied with writing prompts and will have a chance to get positive feedback if they want to share their work. Meeting times will be every first and third Friday from 4-4:45.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
There are 10 spaces available.
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Saturday March 18, 2017
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McKnight Neighborhood Council Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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East Forest Park Teen Book Club
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Are you a teen interested in discussing books? Check out the East Forest Park Teen Book Club! Meetings will be held on the third Saturday of the month. This month we will be discussing Marissa Meyer's novel, Cinder. This novel will appeal to fans of fairy tales and sci fi alike! Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. You can sign up ahead of time or just drop in. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
There are 15 spaces available.
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Games Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tabletop Games. Board Games. Card Games. Join us for an afternoon of games and fun. Bring your own game or try one of ours. No experience necessary.

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Springfield Community Based Doula Project
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Join us for a showing and discussion of the movie "A Doula Story." Open to all people interested in supporting women in birth.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters - Saturday Group
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Minecraft players of all skill levels are welcome to bring their laptops or use one of the library's six computers to build, play and create. For ages 10 and up.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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East Forest Park Teen Advisory Board
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Would you like to make change in the library?  The East Forest Park Branch Library Teen Advisory Board will meet immediately after Teen Book Club on the third Saturday of every month. Come talk about things YOU would like to see happen in the library, such as advising on which books and media to purchase for young adults, as well as brainstorming different ideas for programs. For ages 11-19. Excellent snacks will be provided.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
There are 15 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 March 19, 2017
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Gifted Diva Reunion
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Not a library sponsored event.

High school young ladies will have a meet and greet with young women to share their experiences.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Monday March 20, 2017
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Idea and Supply Swap
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For librarians and staff working with children ages 0-8.

We know we have a wealth of great ideas - let's share that wealth! Please bring an idea to demonstrate, and get inspired by the ideas your colleagues share. Your idea can be a particular read-aloud, an amazing activity, your favorite storytime song, a wildly successful craft...anything that has gone well for you and your patrons. Each participant will have up to 10 minutes to present an idea. 

After swapping ideas, we'll have an opportunity to exchange craft and other supplies. Please bring any leftover, unused, or unwanted materials. One librarian's glut of brown paper may be another librarian's treasure! (Note: any unclaimed supplies will return to their original libraries.)

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 12 spaces available.
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Messy Mondays for Wee Ones!
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Get your hands - and clothes - messy during Messy Mondays. We will finger paint, use kinetic sand and clay. We will have smocks but please wear clothes you can get dirty. For ages 3 and up. Siblings welcome. Space is limited to 10 so please come early.

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

Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Monday afternoons 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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The Center After School Program - Younger Group
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Sandtray Play at the Children's Room
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Play with miniatures in a personal-size sandtray and make up your own stories. Ages 3-12

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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DCM Girls Who Code
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

We will be teaching pre-teen and teen girls to code using the curriculum of Girls Who Code. We hope to spark an interest for young woman to desire to enter the world of Computer Science.

Event held by Deliverance Center Ministries.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Clarendon Early Education Services training
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is a non library sponsored event.

 

This training will address EEC's online programs.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Tuesday March 21, 2017
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Self Care Training
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Non-Profit training provided by the Commonwealth of Massachuetts

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Music Together at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, March 7 – April 4, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Home City Families presents to you GREATER SPRINGFIELD MUSIC TOGETHER!!
Come enjoy this 5 week series of music and movement with your child! Children birth to 5 years old & their parents.
SPACE IS LIMITED! Registration is required; call 413-886-5158.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tuesdays, November 29 - March 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. Calling all parents with children birth to 5 years old! We invite you along with your child for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, crafts and more.  No sign up required, just drop in!

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
3:00 PM - 4:30 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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 PM.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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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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Tasty Tuesday at Brightwood
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience a new flavor.  Learn how to make a tasty snack.  This program is for teens.

LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
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LEGO Questers of Indian Orchard
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Become a LEGO Quester by completing 52 LEGO Quests (or build your own!). Open to children 7-12. Space is limited to 15 Questers.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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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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 March 22, 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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Introduction to Computers, Part 2
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Web is everywhere and skill with it is needed for much of what we do in work and at play. Learn the basics in this hands-on workshop on how to find the websites you want, use search engines effectively, work well with web forms, and more. Experience with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this practical  workshop. Participants earn a chance to win this month's programming raffle. Led by Lisa.

LOCATION: Read/Write/Now
There are 5 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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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the artist quality crayons, pencils and pens, and coloring pages to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. Display your artwork in the Teen Room if you would like. Every Wednesday.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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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Family Storytime at East Springfield
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesdays, November 30 – March 29, 5:30 – 6 p.m. Join us for stories. No registration required. Ages 5-9, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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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 program are Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 10 kids.  Sign in begins at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Ages 8-12.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Thursday March 23, 2017
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Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Thursdays, December 1 - March 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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
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Foundation Center: Introduction to Corporate Giving
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Is your organization ready to seek corporate support?

Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of:

    The different types of corporate giving
    What motivates corporations to give
    How to find potential corporate partners

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 35 spaces available.
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The Artist's Way Discussion and Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series where each week participants will review a chapter and respond with writing and spoken exercises. The Artist’s Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey. Workshops will be led by Phyllis St. George, published poet and editor, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres 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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Maker Lab at Forest Park: Blackout Poetry
4:30 PM - 5:30 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. Every fourth Thursday of the month.

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

Join us every Thursday for LEGO Club! Let your imagination run wild!

 

LOCATION: Mason Square
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Gardening Workshop: Growing Seeds Inside
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Workshop participants will learn how to grow sprouts and lettuce inside by practicing techniques developed by GTC to grow greens inside in 14 days. In addition, the instructor will review some techniques on growing vegetable starts inside.

Each participant or participating family will receive beginning gardening kits, including a flower pot, soil, and herb seeds.

Part of the Springfield Food Policy Council's ongoing gardening workshop series. Please see their website for additional information.

This program was funded in part by Health in the Square, a grant received from the National Library of Medicine

The workshop will be held in the branch proper.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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.

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LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Movies at Mason Square: The Lorax
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us in the Mason Square Library Community Room for a screening of The Lorax! Rated PG.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Friday March 24, 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, December 2, 2016 -  March 31, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and a craft. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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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Drop-In Resume and Writing Assistance
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Need help writing a resume? A cover letter? Do you want help proof-reading an essay for school or a scholarship application? Come down to the Mason Square Branch Library on Fridays between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for one-on-one writing assistance with library intern, Samantha.

Writing a resume or cover letter from scratch? We'll get you set up on a computer in the branch.

Already have something written out? Save the document to your email or bring it to the library on a flash drive. Limit 6 pages.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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
3:30 PM - 5:00 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 March 25, 2017
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Not Your Mother's Job Search: Resume Writing 101
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Up-to-date resumes can help you land the job you want. In this workshop, you'll learn what has changed in resume writing, how to tailor your resume using key words, how to submit your resume online and more. Cover letter writing will also be presented in this interactive workshop and presentation. This is part 1 of the three-part series Not Your Mother's Job Search! Led by Barbara Foster, Career Development Counselor at Holyoke Community College. Funded in part by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 14 spaces available.
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McKnight Neighborhood Council Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Games Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tabletop Games. Board Games. Card Games. Join us for an afternoon of games and fun. Bring your own game or try one of ours. No experience necessary.

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Community Gardeners Gathering
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Come join the Springfield Food Policy Council, the Mason Square Community Garden and the Mason Square Branch Library as we look forward to the growing season and share our experience, strength, and hope in urban gardening.

It is amazing what can happen when like-minded people come together.

Did you have some great successes in the last few years? Did you struggle with something? What do you want to know about but were always unwilling to ask?  This is the place to answer all these questions.

Light refreshments will be served.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Forest Park Minecraft Club
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Miners and crafters! Come to the Library's new Minecraft Club to build, play, and create--and battle zombies, of course. For ages 12-18.

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

Minecraft players of all skill levels are welcome to bring their laptops or use one of the library's six computers to build, play and create. For 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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Film Screening with Discussion of the Documentary The Castro Tapes
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Please join us for a free showing and discussion of a terrific PBS documentary, The Fidel Castro Tapes.  According to the producer: "To some an icon of resistance and to others the very face of dictatorial oppression, Fidel Castro was one of the most provocative political figures of the 20th century. The Fidel Castro Tapes  chronicles how his drive and charisma catapulted him to power in Cuba and how he used these traits to maintain control of his country for nearly five decades and capture the attention of the world."  There will be a discussion after the documentary that will feature a special guest, Sixteen Acres resident and former Springfield City Councilor and Clodo Concepcion.  Clodo grew up in Cuba, the  second of 12 children, on a tobacco farm under the Batista government.  He came to the United States in 1956. 

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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Sunday March 26, 2017
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Rotunda Rhythms Presents The Softer Side of Celtic: Music and Stories
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Softer Side of Celtic brings the stories of music from Scotland, Ireland and England into a program that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. There will be singing, laughing, clapping, and perhaps a few tears, as he tells the songs' stories. Jeff Snow is a highly regarded guitarist who also plays the autoharp, bouzouki, and other instruments. His relaxed presentation is warm and friendly, perfect for children, teens, and adults. Attendees earn a chance to win the free raffle sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This program is sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.

LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
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Monday March 27, 2017
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Computer Clinic: Focus on Spreadsheets
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Spreadsheets like Microsoft Excel help us with basic budgeting, tracking numbers, organizing mailing lists, making charts, and more. Working with them can be tricky, though, so let librarian Linda Grodofsky help you get started. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are needed. Participants earn a chance to win this month's programming raffle. Led by Linda.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Messy Mondays for Wee Ones!
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Get your hands - and clothes - messy during Messy Mondays. We will finger paint, use kinetic sand and clay. We will have smocks but please wear clothes you can get dirty. For ages 3 and up. Siblings welcome. Space is limited to 10 so please come early.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Early Literacy Coalition Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Bimonthly meeting of community-based organizations focusing on improving early literacy practices and outcomes in Springfield.

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 Fun at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Monday afternoons 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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Snacks and Karaoke for Teens
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Teens, come sing and dance along to your favorite hits - it's a sure cure for cabin fever! We'll also try out some quick snack recipes to add to the fun. For ages 11 to 18.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 12 spaces available.
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Sandtray Play at the Children's Room
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Play with miniatures in a personal-size sandtray and make up your own stories. Ages 3-12

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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DCM Girls Who Code
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

We will be teaching pre-teen and teen girls to code using the curriculum of Girls Who Code. We hope to spark an interest for young woman to desire to enter the world of Computer Science.

Event held by Deliverance Center Ministries.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Tuesday March 28, 2017
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Music Together at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, March 7 – April 4, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Home City Families presents to you GREATER SPRINGFIELD MUSIC TOGETHER!!
Come enjoy this 5 week series of music and movement with your child! Children birth to 5 years old & their parents.
SPACE IS LIMITED! Registration is required; call 413-886-5158.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tuesdays, November 29 - March 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room. Calling all parents with children birth to 5 years old! We invite you along with your child for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, crafts and more.  No sign up required, just drop in!

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Foundation Center: Introduction to Finding Funders
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This workshop is an overview of the Foundation Center Database, a powerful tool for the nonprofit community, providing access to 90,000+ U.S. foundations, grant making public charities, and corporate givers, with links to over 7,000 grant maker and corporate websites and IRS 990-PF and 990 returns. The workshop will review tips and tricks for searching and how to best use the database’s interface. An introduction to the Grantspace website—another powerful resource for grantmakers—will also be covered. Reserved seating is limited to representatives of area nonprofit and grassroots organizations. Led by librarian Donna Goldthwaite.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
3:00 PM - 4:30 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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 PM.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Game ON! Video Gaming for Teens
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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

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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LEGO Questers of Indian Orchard
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Become a LEGO Quester by completing 52 LEGO Quests (or build your own!). Open to children 7-12. Space is limited to 15 Questers.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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. 

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.

This group will review the next book selected.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Wednesday March 29, 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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Introduction to Computers, Part 3
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Learn the basics of word processing to help you get an advantage at work and at home. Practice formatting resumes, basic signs and handouts, and other print-based documents to help give your reports, letters, and signs good style, balance, and attractive editing. Experience with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. Participants earn a chance to win this month's programming raffle. Led by Matthew.

LOCATION: Read/Write/Now
There are 5 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. 

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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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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the artist quality crayons, pencils and pens, and coloring pages to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. Display your artwork in the Teen Room if you would like. Every Wednesday.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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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Family Storytime at East Springfield
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesdays, November 30 – March 29, 5:30 – 6 p.m. Join us for stories. No registration required. Ages 5-9, siblings welcome.

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss 

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

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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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 program are Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 10 kids.  Sign in begins at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Ages 8-12.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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Katherine Kraver Author Talk
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Celebrate International Children’s Book Day!  Join us for a special family event featuring local author and educator Katherine Kraver.   A globetrotter who has visited Jordan, Haiti and two dozen other countries, she is dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of refugees and hardships that children face across the globe.

She will be reading from her newest book, The Boy with the Red Shoes. This moving story centers on the hardships that a young boy goes through in Haiti whose home and community is destroyed by an earthquake.

The program will also include crafts, a slide show on the author’s travels and writing process, and a book signing.  $1.00 from the sale of each of her books will be donated to The Red Cross to help children. 

LOCATION: East Springfield
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Thursday March 30, 2017
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Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Thursdays, December 1 - March 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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
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The Artist's Way Discussion and Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series where each week participants will review a chapter and respond with writing and spoken exercises. The Artist’s Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey. Workshops will be led by Phyllis St. George, published poet and editor, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres 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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Learn Ukulele Workshop
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

This event has been rescheduled from an earlier date.

Have you always wanted to learn to play an instrument? Come to the library for this workshop, and you'll be on your way to playing a mean ukulele! This program is for ages 10 through adult and open to the first 20 participants. Instruments will be provided.

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
There are 14 spaces available.
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LEGO Club at Mason Square
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us every Thursday for LEGO Club! Let your imagination run wild!

 

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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.

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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My Beloved Springfield: Honoring Pioneering Librarians and Women's Leadership Panel
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Explore local leadership development opportunities aimed at women at our information fair (5:30 to 6 p.m.), then join us as we honor two pioneering librarians, Mrs. Bettye Webb and Mrs. Sylvia Humphrey-Spann, who led the Mason Square (formerly Winchester Square) Branch Library and made it a welcoming, educational, and motivational cultural center for neighborhood residents, particularly young people. After they are honored, be inspired by a panel of other local women as they tell us about their different paths to leadership. Time for questions and answers as well as light refreshments will be included.

LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
There are 125 spaces available.
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Friday March 31, 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, December 2, 2016 -  March 31, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, movement, and a craft. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.

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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Drop-In Resume and Writing Assistance
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Need help writing a resume? A cover letter? Do you want help proof-reading an essay for school or a scholarship application? Come down to the Mason Square Branch Library on Fridays between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for one-on-one writing assistance with library intern, Samantha.

Writing a resume or cover letter from scratch? We'll get you set up on a computer in the branch.

Already have something written out? Save the document to your email or bring it to the library on a flash drive. Limit 6 pages.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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
3:30 PM - 5:00 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 April 1, 2017 - Saturday April 29, 2017
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Poems For Peace

What are the hopes and dreams that all people, everywhere, share? What wishes do you have for our planet and the people who live here? Come to any library during open hours and write a poem or note to your neighbors on earth. Decorate a cutout of a kid just like you, and pass your poem of peace on. We will have some haiku poetry examples if you need some inspiration for your writing. All artwork and notes will be collected and displayed at a special program "Know Your Neighbor" at the Central Library on Sunday, April 30.

LOCATION: All Library Locations
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Saturday April 1, 2017
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Not Your Mother's Job Search: Interview with Confidence
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Preparation is key to handling a job interview well. In this workshop, participants will practice how to handle those difficult questions and learn how to deal with various types of interview styles and formats including telephone and Skype interviews. This is part 2 of the three-part series Not Your Mother's Job Search! Led by Barbara Foster, Career Development Counselor at Holyoke Community College. Funded in part by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Games Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tabletop Games. Board Games. Card Games. Join us for an afternoon of games and fun. Bring your own game or try one of ours. No experience necessary.

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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Katherine Kraver Author Talk
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Celebrate International Children’s Book Day!  Join us for a special family event featuring local author and educator Katherine Kraver.   A globetrotter who has visited Jordan, Haiti and two dozen other countries, she is dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of refugees and hardships that children face across the globe.
 
She will be reading from her newest book, The Boy with the Red Shoes. This moving story centers on the hardships that a young boy goes through in Haiti whose home and community is destroyed by an earthquake.

The program will also include crafts, a slide show on the author’s travels and writing process, and a book signing.  $1.00 from the sale of each of her books will be donated to The Red Cross to help children.  

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
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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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Indian Orchard Minecrafters - Saturday Group
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Minecraft players of all skill levels are welcome to bring their laptops or use one of the library's six computers to build, play and create. For 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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Monday April 3, 2017
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Messy Mondays for Wee Ones!
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Get your hands - and clothes - messy during Messy Mondays. We will finger paint, use kinetic sand and clay. We will have smocks but please wear clothes you can get dirty. For ages 3 and up. Siblings welcome. Space is limited to 10 so please come early.

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

Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Monday afternoons 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

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's Rice Hall, 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: Central Library - Rice Hall
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Sandtray Play at the Children's Room
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Play with miniatures in a personal-size sandtray and make up your own stories. Ages 3-12

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Tuesday April 4, 2017
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Music Together at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuesdays, March 7 – April 4, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den. Home City Families presents to you GREATER SPRINGFIELD MUSIC TOGETHER!!
Come enjoy this 5 week series of music and movement with your child! Children birth to 5 years old & their parents.
SPACE IS LIMITED! Registration is required; call 413-886-5158.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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C 3 Weekly Community Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Sen. Lesser Office Hours
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This is a non library sponsored event.

 

Senator Eric P. Lesser and his District Director, Joel McAuliffe, will hold office hours throughout the district starting in March. Constituents and town officials are invited to meet with Lesser and McAuliffe to express any concerns, ideas and issues they have. Walk-ins are welcome, but to set up an appointment you can email McAuliffe at Joel.McAuliffe@masenate.gov or call Sen. Lesser’s district office at 413-526-6501.

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
3:00 PM - 4:30 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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 PM.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Brightwood Teen Advisory Board
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

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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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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LEGO Club at Forest Park
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Meet the monthly building challenge with fellow LEGO builders. Held on the first Tuesday of the month.

LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
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LEGO Questers of Indian Orchard
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Become a LEGO Quester by completing 52 LEGO Quests (or build your own!). Open to children 7-12. Space is limited to 15 Questers.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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Wednesday April 5, 2017
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Preschool Storytime
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.

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LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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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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Podcast Club for Teens and Adults
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A good podcast is hard to find, and when you find one, it's sometimes hard to find other fans! This club will highlight a new podcast each month, listen to one episode and then discuss. Club members will also have the chance to suggest their favorite podcasts to the club! All podcasts, fiction and non-fiction alike will be considered for meetings.

LOCATION: East Springfield
There are 15 spaces available.
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Teddy Bear Clinic at East Forest Park
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

East Forest Park Library is hosting a Teddy Bear Clinic. Come learn about what happens when you visit the Doctor's Office. And join us in a special teddy bear craft.

MedExpress on Boston Road in Springfield will be facilitating the Teddy Bear Clinic. MedExpress Urgent Care's Teddy Bear Clinic, a free community outreach program, teaches children about healthcare treatments and healthy habits. Their warm friendly staff will lead classes and groups of children as they observe and learn about hand washing, X-rays, splinters, and much more. No need for children to bring in their own stuffed friend, their MedExpress employee will bring their own teddy helper to the clinic.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

School getting you stressed? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens. We supply the artist quality crayons, pencils and pens, and coloring pages to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. Display your artwork in the Teen Room if you would like. Every Wednesday.

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
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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 program are Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Limited to 10 kids.  Sign in begins at 5:15 p.m. weekly. Ages 8-12.

LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
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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. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome!

For our April meeting, we will be discussing Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Copies of this title will be available for pickup at the East Forest Park Library. No sign up is required, however, please email lmeier@springfieldlibrary.org or call 413-263-6836 if you have any questions.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Thursday April 6, 2017
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The Artist's Way Discussion and Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series where each week participants will review a chapter and respond with writing and spoken exercises. The Artist’s Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey. Workshops will be led by Phyllis St. George, published poet and editor, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.

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 read and discuss

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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Game On! at Forest Park
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop and Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. For ages 12-18. First Thursday of every month.

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

Join us every Thursday for LEGO Club! Let your imagination run wild!

 

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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.

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

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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WalkBike Springfield Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is not a library-sponsored event.

Regular meeting of WalkBike Springfield, working to improve conditions for walking and bicycling in Springfield.  Speical guest: Michael Custodio, Director Property Initiatives for MGM Springfield, will attend to provide an update on the pedestrian and bicycling improvements that are part of the MGM project.

LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
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Friday April 7, 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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Drop-In Resume and Writing Assistance
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Need help writing a resume? A cover letter? Do you want help proof-reading an essay for school or a scholarship application? Come down to the Mason Square Branch Library on Fridays between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for one-on-one writing assistance with library intern, Samantha.

Writing a resume or cover letter from scratch? We'll get you set up on a computer in the branch.

Already have something written out? Save the document to your email or bring it to the library on a flash drive. Limit 6 pages.

LOCATION: Mason Square
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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
3:30 PM - 5:00 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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Fan Fiction Writing Group at East Forest Park
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

This group is for fans of popular movies, TV series, books, manga, and comic books who want to create stories about their favorite characters in their favorite universes. Members will be supplied with writing prompts and will have a chance to get positive feedback if they want to share their work. Meeting times will be every first and third Friday from 4-4:45.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
There are 10 spaces available.
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Saturday April 8, 2017
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Not Your Mother's Job Search: Job Search Strategies
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Employees need a variety of strategies to succeed in today's challenging job market. Networking, attending job fairs, performing informational interviews, and using your social media network can all help. How to stay motivated despite the challenges is also covered in this interactive workshop and more. This is part 3 of the three-part series Not Your Mother's Job Search! Led by Barbara Foster, Career Development Counselor at Holyoke Community College. Funded in part by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 14 spaces available.
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Games Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tabletop Games. Board Games. Card Games. Join us for an afternoon of games and fun. Bring your own game or try one of ours. No experience necessary.

LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
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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. Craft project to be determined by attendees' request.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
There are 12 spaces available.
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Indian Orchard Minecrafters - Saturday Group
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Minecraft players of all skill levels are welcome to bring their laptops or use one of the library's six computers to build, play and create. For 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 April 9, 2017
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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This to run a workshop and presentation for new members of our Sorority

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Monday April 10, 2017
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Messy Mondays for Wee Ones!
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Get your hands - and clothes - messy during Messy Mondays. We will finger paint, use kinetic sand and clay. We will have smocks but please wear clothes you can get dirty. For ages 3 and up. Siblings welcome. Space is limited to 10 so please come early.

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

Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Monday afternoons 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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Sandtray Play at the Children's Room
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Play with miniatures in a personal-size sandtray and make up your own stories. Ages 3-12

LOCATION: Central Library Children's Program Room
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Tuesday April 11, 2017
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Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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 - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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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: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (2009) fiction.

LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
3:00 PM - 4:30 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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 PM.

LOCATION: East Forest Park
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Game ON! Video Gaming for Teens
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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

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

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