Tuesday September 4, 2018 - Wednesday October 31, 2018
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Art Central: Artworks by Ryan Murray

All ages

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

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
Monday September 24, 2018
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Banned Books Trivia
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Ages 14-Adult, please pre-register.

Think you know your rabble-rousing books and authors? Show us! Stop in for a few rounds of Banned Book Trivia, and see if you can name titles, authors, and facts about the ways in which they were challenged for removal from public spaces. Compete solo or in teams of up to four; you'll be given lists of frequently banned titles, but cellphone "research" is a no-no! There'll be prizes and, of course the most important thing, bragging rights! Free pizza compliments of the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:  Marisa Reichert  413-263-6828 x395  MReichert@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 35 spaces available.
Tuesday September 25, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Black Out Puerto Rico, Documentary and Discussion
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Ages 13 and up

September 20 marks a year since Puerto Rico experienced its worst natural disaster. On that date, Hurricane Maria struck the island; the 10th- most intense hurricane on record.  Join us for the showing of the powerful documentary Black Out Puerto Rico.  According to the producer, "Blackout in Puerto Rico...investigates the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The film examines how the federal response, Wall Street, and years of neglect have left the island struggling to survive." Holyoke city councilor Jossie Valentin will moderate discussion after the documentary.

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis  413-263-6805  hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
Wednesday September 26, 2018
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Hi!Tech: Introduction to Microsoft Word
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success with the computer. This workshop reviews the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, to help you sharpen your formatting and editing skills. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this workshop. 18+

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This group meets the last Wednesday of the month, from 6:00-7:00 PM | Adults

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday September 27, 2018
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Every Friday, through December 28 | 18+

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Saturday September 29, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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DIY Book Covers
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Ages 13 and up

You have the right to read freely...which means it's no one's business what you read! Protect your privacy, and your books from damage, by joining us for a crafting session to make your own no-sew and reusable book covers with fabric and glue. Feel free to bring your own fabric or choose from our selection. Please pre-register so we can plan supplies accordingly.

CONTACT:  Marisa Reichert  413-263-6828, x395  mreichert@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Canceled - Women's Coding Club
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
Tuesday October 2, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday October 3, 2018
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Library Commission Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Carol Leaders  413-263-6828 ext 290  cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Garden
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Ages 13 and up

October 3rd is National Butterfly & Hummingbird Day.  Join us for a presentation by Sixteen Acres Branch Library Manager Reggie Wilson on how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.  Learn about the popular plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and see how to design a beautiful garden similar to the one at the library.  Following the talk will be a free showing of the award winning, family documentary First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story that will touch your heart and inspire you to attract these beautiful creatures. Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library will be available.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.                                             

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday October 4, 2018
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Hi!Tech: Getting Started with Computers
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For Ages 18 and up

This hands-on workshop is our Step 1 workshop in the Computer Basics series. It reviews basic keyboarding and mousing, icons, desktop organization, and more to get you comfortably started. No experience is necessary. Led by Marisa.  Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle

CONTACT:  Marisa Reichert  413-263-6828, x395  mreichert@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday October 5, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Tai Chi for Everyone
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Meets on the 1st Friday of every month | Ages 10 and up

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

 

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday October 6, 2018
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Introduction to Word
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday October 8, 2018
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Columbus Day: All Libraries Closed

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

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday October 9, 2018
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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


This month's selection is: Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron Lanksy (2004) nonfiction.

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday October 10, 2018
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Thursday October 11, 2018
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Is It A Good Match? Learning How to Approach and Write to the Right Funders for Your Project
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Many grant proposals are rejected because they are not a good match with the grantmaker. Participants will learn how to identify the good match indicators and how to determine a funder’s problem-solving approach, underlying beliefs, and political ideology. Because this information affects what is presented and emphasized in a proposal, grantseekers will discover how to read between the lines and find the “hook” – the connection between one’s project and a prospective funder – and how to write their proposals in a way that the funder can hear.

An offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership and the Springfield City Library's Foundation Center Funding Information Network, this class is led by trainer Deborah Koch, Author of How to Say It: Grantwriting: Write ProposalsThat Grantmakers Want to Fund. Deborah Koch is an accomplished trainer, writer, and grantseeker, raising millions of dollars for higher education and community nonprofits, and teaching hundreds of people how to do the same.

Click the link to register for this class 

 

CONTACT:  Truth School - Lindsey  413-238-1280  Lindsey@TruthSchool.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Hi!Tech: Continuing with Computers
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For Ages 18 and up

Our step 2 workshop reviews basic aspects of computing including saving, printing, file organization, text editing, and more. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Led by Alison. Completion of Getting Started with Computers is recommended. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle.

CONTACT:  Alison Messier  413-263-6828, 426  amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch.  For October we will be reading "Less", Author: Andrew Greer.

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday October 12, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday October 13, 2018
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Introduction to PowerPoint
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Microsoft PowerPoint is everywhere. PowerPoint is used at home and at work for organizing slides and photos, and helping people give great presentations. In this hands-on workshop, we'll make multipaged, basic PowerPoint files complete with edited images and enhanced with stylish templates giving you the skill needed for success with PowerPoint. This class is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Write-Up Springfield!
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Meets Monthly | Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Tara Dasso  413-244-8982  tdasso@gmail.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Women's Coding Club
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
Monday October 15, 2018
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Crowdfunding for Small Business
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For Adults 18 and over

SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is a nonprofit resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). A representative from the Western Massachusetts chapter will be presenting valuable information about crowdfunding for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Light refreshments will be offered courtesy of the Friends of the Springfield City Library.

 

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

CONTACT:  Alison Messier  413-263-6828 x426  amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 14 spaces available.
Tuesday October 16, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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The Story of SCORE in Western Massachusetts
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For Adults 18 and over

The Western Massachusetts chapter of SCORE provides FREE, confidential counseling to small business entrepreneurs at 7 locations in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. Whether you are starting a new business, or are already in business, you could benefit from our experienced mentors’ expertise. Our goal is to create ongoing relationships with small business entrepreneurs to help them make good business decisions, and to help define and achieve their objectives. Join a representative from WMass SCORE to learn more about how their volunteers can help you!

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

CONTACT:  Alison Messier  413-263-6828 x426  amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Wednesday October 17, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Women Innovators & Trailblazers Info. Session
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

For Adults 18 and over

WIT is building a community where women boldly define and fulfill their entrepreneurial ambitions. Their mission is to ignite a women-led innovation economy in Western Massachusetts and beyond. Come learn more about their supportive resources to help your business succeed!

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

CONTACT:  Alison Messier  413-263-6828 x426  amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Diabetes: You Can Live Well and Thrive!, part 1
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Adults ages 18+

Are you living with diabetes, or do you know someone who is? Learn more about the disease and proactive steps you can take to manage it well. This is week one of a three part series called The Challenge Diabetes Program, and is led by Chet Galaska, author of The Diabetes Book: What Everyone Should Know. Participants earn a chance to win a raffle prize ($25 gift card to Eat Restaurant) just by attending compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
 
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SBA Business Smart Workshop
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

For Adults 18 and over

Part 1

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

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

And MUCH MORE!

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

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

Registration RequiredONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

CONTACT:  Alison Messier  413-263-6828 x426  amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Who Goes There...? Hauntings in and around Springfield
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

For Teens and Adults

Learn the history, and hear firsthand what Agawam Paranormal has discovered at three, western Massachusetts sites all rich with paranormal activity. From the Smith Art Museum at the Springfield Quadrangle, to the Gaylord Library in South Hadley and the Houghton Mansion in North Adams these reviews reveal not only a the fascinating claims of paranormal activity over the years, but also reflect what the Agawam Paranormal team has captured in its recent investigations.

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday October 18, 2018
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Sunrise Over Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

The Camino de Santiago, a five hundred mile hiking pilgrimage, has been followed by both the devout and the adventurous for over a thousand years. See photographs and hear stories about the physical and mental challenge of following the trail as well as the spiritual inspirations hikers have encountered along the way. Theresa Fersch, the presenter and a New England author, speaks about her experiences on the trail and shares notes about her book, Sunrise in Spain, which details the powerful effects of the Camino.

Copies of her book will be available for signing and purchase and the Friends of the Library are generously offering refreshments. www.theresascamino.com

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis  413-263-6805  
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
There are 45 spaces available.
 
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The Grant Proposal: An Explanation of Its Components
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Participants will be guided through an overview of the elemental components of a grant proposal to understand each component’s distinctions, purposes, and organization. The workshop will provide an in-depth look at one or two of the components to offer examples and specific suggestions for how best to craft them. The targeted components include the Abstract/Summary, Introduction, Organizational Description, Statement of Need, Goals and Objectives, Project Activities and Outcomes, Evaluation, Dissemination, and Budget.

An offering of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership and the Springfield City Library's Foundation Center Funding Information Network, this class is led by trainer Deborah Koch, Author of How to Say It: Grantwriting: Write ProposalsThat Grantmakers Want to Fund. Deborah Koch is an accomplished trainer, writer, and grantseeker, raising millions of dollars for higher education and community nonprofits, and teaching hundreds of people how to do the same.

Click the link to register for this class 

 

CONTACT:  Truth School - Lindsey  413-238-1280  Lindsey@TruthSchool.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Ages 18 and up

Develop the skill you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently in this practical and hands-on workshop. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Led by Lisa. Participants earn a chance to win this month's Hi!Tech raffle.

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828, x395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Financial Literacy for Small Business Owners
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

For Adults 18 and over

A representative from Berkshire Bank will present information about what banks look for when funding a small business. Topics include information about general and specific products and services, payroll processing, business credit, and others. There will be time available for questions as well.

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

CONTACT:  Alison Messier  413-263-6828 x426  amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
There are 20 spaces available.
Friday October 19, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday October 20, 2018
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Introduction to Publisher
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Sunday October 21, 2018
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Meet the Women Authors
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adults Ages 18+

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

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Monday October 22, 2018
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Diabetes: You Can Live Well and Thrive!, part 2
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Adults Ages 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
There are 14 spaces available.
Tuesday October 23, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday October 24, 2018
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Jewelry Making for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Ages 18 and over

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Valley Venture Mentors Table Session
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Alison Messier  413-263-6828 x426  amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413-263-6836  Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Introducing SBA Business Smart Workshops
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

For adults 18 and over

Part 2

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

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

And MUCH MORE!

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

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

Registration Required - ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

CONTACT:  Alison Messier  413-263-6828 x426  amessier@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday October 25, 2018
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Hi!Tech: Introduction to Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Anna Michelsen  413-263-6828, x442  amickelsen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday October 26, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Saturday October 27, 2018
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Introduction to Excel
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday October 29, 2018
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Diabetes: You Can Live Well and Thrive!, part 3
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Adults Ages 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
There are 14 spaces available.
Tuesday October 30, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday October 31, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Thursday November 1, 2018
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Hi!Tech: Getting Started with Computers
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Registration will begin on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday November 2, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Tai Chi for Everyone
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Meets on the 1st Friday of every month | Ages 10 and up

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

 

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday November 3, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday November 6, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday November 7, 2018
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Library Commission Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Carol Leaders  413-263-6828 ext 290  cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday November 8, 2018
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Hi!Tech: Continuing with Computers
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Registration will begin on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday November 10, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Write-Up Springfield!
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Meets Monthly | Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Tara Dasso  413-244-8982  tdasso@gmail.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Women's Coding Club
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
Sunday November 11, 2018
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Veterans' Day: All Libraries Closed

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday November 13, 2018
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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


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

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday November 14, 2018
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Fall Fest 2018
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All ages

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Taste and Tales of Massachusetts: History and Lore of Regional Cuisine
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Age 15 and up

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

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413 263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Registration will begin on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
Thursday November 15, 2018
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Hi!Tech: Introduction to the Web
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Registration will begin on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Friday November 16, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6805  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6805  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
Registration will begin on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday November 17, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday November 20, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

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

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Wednesday November 21, 2018
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Thanksgiving Eve: All Libraries Close at 5 pm
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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

 

 

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Thursday November 22, 2018
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Thanksgiving Day: All Libraries Closed

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

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Friday November 23, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday November 24, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday November 26, 2018
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday November 27, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday November 28, 2018
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

Note: New time 5:30-6:30 p.m. (earlier Winter start time)

This month the East Forest Park Book Group will read and discuss The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton.

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday November 29, 2018
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday November 30, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Saturday December 1, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday December 4, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday December 5, 2018
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Library Commission Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Carol Leaders  413-263-6828 ext 290  cleaders@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman.                                             

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday December 6, 2018
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday December 7, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Tai Chi for Everyone
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Meets on the 1st Friday of every month | Ages 10 and up

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

 

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday December 8, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Women's Coding Club
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
Tuesday December 11, 2018
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

This month's selection is: Lost in Shangi-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff (2011) nonfiction.

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

CONTACT:  Emma  Peterson  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday December 12, 2018
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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, except December. 

Due to holiday scheduling, this month's meeting will be held on December 12.
 

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Thursday December 13, 2018
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. This month we will be reading Trajectory, by Richard Russo.  This is a book of four short stories, ranging from 39 pages to 96 pages each.

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday December 14, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday December 15, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday December 17, 2018
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday December 18, 2018
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Chess at Sixteen Acres
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesdays | Adults, age 18+

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

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

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Wednesday December 19, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Thursday December 20, 2018
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Friday December 21, 2018
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Come For Coffee!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ages 18 and up

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Saturday December 22, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday December 24, 2018
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Christmas Eve: All Libraries Closed

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Wednesday December 26, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meets every Wednesday | Adults

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

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Meets on the last Wednesday of every month | Adults

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

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

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday December 27, 2018
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Every Friday, through December 28 | 18+

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

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

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets every Friday | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Forest Park  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Saturday December 29, 2018
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Knot Just Knitters
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-623-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday December 31, 2018
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New Year's Eve: All Libraries Close at 5 pm
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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

 

 

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday January 1, 2019
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New Year's Day: All Libraries Closed

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

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Wednesday January 2, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.                                             

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday January 3, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Tuesday January 8, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Wednesday January 9, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday January 10, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. This month we will be reading Things I Have Been Silent About, by Azar Nafisi.

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Tuesday January 15, 2019
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday January 17, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Monday January 21, 2019
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: All Libraries Closed

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

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Wednesday January 23, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday January 24, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday January 25, 2019
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Thursday January 31, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Wednesday February 6, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing Sunburn by Laura Lippman.                                             

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday February 7, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Tuesday February 12, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Wednesday February 13, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday February 14, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch.  This month we will be reading the short story, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, from the anthology The Awakening and Other Stories.  In addition to the title story, please read one or more additional short stories from the same anthology.

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Monday February 18, 2019
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President's Day: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday February 19, 2019
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday February 21, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Friday February 22, 2019
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday February 27, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday February 28, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Wednesday March 6, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing About A Dog by Jenn McKinlay.                                             

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday March 7, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Tuesday March 12, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Wednesday March 13, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday March 14, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch.

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Tuesday March 19, 2019
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday March 21, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Wednesday March 27, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday March 28, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday March 29, 2019
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday April 3, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie.                                             

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Thursday April 4, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Tuesday April 9, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Wednesday April 10, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday April 11, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch.

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Monday April 15, 2019
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Patriot's Day: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Patriot's Day.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday April 16, 2019
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday April 18, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Sunday April 21, 2019
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Easter: Central Library Closed
Springfield City Library's Central location will be closed in observance of Easter.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: Central Library
Wednesday April 24, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday April 25, 2019
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Color My World - Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Mason Square  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday April 26, 2019
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday May 1, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Books & Brew Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

For our next meeting we will be discussing Henna House by Nomi Eve.                                             

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

CONTACT:  Beth Ortiz  413-263-6836  bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Wednesday May 8, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday May 9, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch.

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday May 14, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday May 16, 2019
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Springfield Codes! Meetup
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Tuesday May 21, 2019
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Wednesday May 22, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Monday May 27, 2019
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Memorial Day: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413-263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Friday May 31, 2019
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday June 5, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday June 11, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Wednesday June 12, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday June 13, 2019
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets the second Thursday of every month | Adults

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch.

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

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday June 18, 2019
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U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Sixteen Acres  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday June 20, 2019
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Springfield Codes! Meetup
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? Already have the skills and willing to help others? This meetup was created to help young professionals in the Greater Springfield area learn to code and gain new skills in web development and tech. Join us monthly for free workshops, info sessions, and tech talks focused on building new skills and growing your career. Want to meet others in the Springfield area with the same interests? Join us for our first meeting September 20, from 5:30-7:30, and help us build a Meetup group focused on what we want to learn.

CONTACT:  Kim Sheridan    ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Wednesday June 26, 2019
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6828 ext 294  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Friday June 28, 2019
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BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion Group
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Meets on the last Friday of the month | Adults

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

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Thursday July 4, 2019
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Independence Day: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Monday September 2, 2019
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Labor Day: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Monday October 14, 2019
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Columbus Day: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Columbus Day.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Monday November 11, 2019
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Veterans Day: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Wednesday November 27, 2019
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Thanksgiving Eve: All Libraries Close at 5 PM
All Springfield City Library locations will be close at 5 PM in observance of Thanksgiving Eve.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Thursday November 28, 2019
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Thanksgiving Day: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday December 24, 2019
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Christmas Eve: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Christmas Eve.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Wednesday December 25, 2019
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Christmas Day: All Libraries Closed
All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of Christmas Day.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday December 31, 2019
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New Year's Eve: All Libraries Close at 5 PM
All Springfield City Library locations will close at 5 PM in observance of New Year's Eve.
CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations

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