Monday December 9, 2019 - Thursday January 30, 2020
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Artworks at the Library: Jewelry and Other Art Pieces by Gloria Caballer-Arce

Springfield artist Gloria Caballer-Arce displays her hand-crafted jewelry and other art pieces throughout the months of December and January. From highly finished glass and semi-precious stone earrings and necklaces, to decorative bowls and platters there's much to admire in this bold and colorful collection of wearable art and tableware. Level 1 near Lower the Lower Circulation Desk. All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
Saturday January 4, 2020 - Thursday February 27, 2020
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Art Central Presents Artworks by Donna Estabrooks

Donna’s art focuses on the human condition such as courage or hope, love, unity, and relationships. She is dedicated to world peace, and works to produce art that touches people’s lives. Technically, she works with acrylic and collage, but she feels her work is more about Buddhist spirituality involving such disciplines as listening and letting go. Her display this season includes original art of words with images. All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
Tuesday January 21, 2020 - Friday January 24, 2020
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Clay Hands

Create a sculptural hand dish that's the perfect size for holding keys, jewelry or trinkets on your dresser. Call the East Forest Park Branch at (413) 263-6836, or email the Digital Services Librarian at DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org to register. All Ages.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
 
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Make It: Etched Wooden Spoons

This pop-up program gives those interested an opportunity to etch mixing spoons using a woodburning tool. Individuals should sign up for a designated time as there are a limited amount of spoons available. Individuals are welcome to bring in their own wooden cooking tools to decorate. Teens and Adults ages 14+.

Call the East Forest Park Branch at (413) 263-6836, or email the Digital Services Librarian at DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org to register.

 

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Thursday January 23, 2020
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Afterthoughts @ Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. The group selects a new book every month, and new members are always welcome. Contact librarian Linda Grodofsky at 413-263-6836 for more information. Meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center (1476 Roosevelt Avenue Springfield MA). Age 55+ Copies are available at the East Forest Park Branch Library in a variety of formats (large print, audiobook, etc.) or at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center.  Our January selection is Circe by Madeline Miller.

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413 263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Success with Computers, Part 2
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, and more. Thursday afternoons, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Read/Write/Now's Computer Lab.

  • January 16, part 1, reviews standard Windows features, introduces the web, and editing documents
  • January 23, part 2, continues with the web, introduces file management, and more
  • January 30, part 3, continutes with file management, explores search engines, and introduces the Invisible Web

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Cut the Cord: Letting Go of Cable
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Are you tired of paying a cable bill for channels you don't watch? This presentation highlights streaming options to cable, and covers how streaming can be a budget-friendly way to watch your favorite shows and movies. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  413-263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
Friday January 24, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday January 25, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Learn Origami with Valley Folds
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Explore the ancient Japanese art of origami with an experienced teacher. We typically teach beginner through intermediate although all levels of experience are welcome. Origami paper is provided. Come fold paper with us! This workshop is intended for ages 8- through adults. Younger children may participate assisted by an adult. Usually meets the third Saturday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. Please call 263-6858 or check www.springfieldlibrary.org to confirm dates.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Sunday January 26, 2020
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Rotunda Rhythms Presents Criollo Clasico
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

José Gonzalez and his sons Ahmed and Rene return for a thrilling performance of their unique, Latin-fused music. With jazz, rock, classical, and pop influences this trio delivers an eclectic mix of Puerto Rican sounds that has earned them a passionate following throughout the area. Arrive early to get the best seat, and stay for entire program to earn a chance in the free raffle. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Friends of the Library. All ages.

Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Monday January 27, 2020 - Tuesday January 28, 2020
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Clay Hands

Create a sculptural hand dish that's the perfect size for holding keys, jewelry or trinkets on your dresser. Call the East Forest Park Branch at (413) 263-6836, or email the Digital Services Librarian at DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org to register. All Ages.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
 
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Make It: Etched Wooden Spoons

This pop-up program gives those interested an opportunity to etch mixing spoons using a woodburning tool. Individuals should sign up for a designated time as there are a limited amount of spoons available. Individuals are welcome to bring in their own wooden cooking tools to decorate.

Call the East Forest Park Branch at (413) 263-6836, or email the Digital Services Librarian at DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org to register.

Teens and Adults ages 14+.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Monday January 27, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Game Time! For Adults and Seniors
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at the Library Express at Pine Point for an afternoon of games including Ticket to Ride, Bunco, Scattergories, Dominoes, cards and more. Meet your neighbors, sharpen your mind, and have a great time! This is a recurring program on the second and fourth Monday of the month, January 13 - June 8 (no program May 25). Ages 18+

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come Craft Your Cares Away with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour or so. Each month will feature a different craft, and new project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library. This group meets on the last Monday of each month unless noted otherwise. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday January 28, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga for Special Needs
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Yoga can have many benefits including increased flexibility and focus, and building a sense of calm. This small-session workshop is designed for adults with special needs specifically, though the general public is welcomed to attend too. Led by Bonni-Lynne Sandler of HeartnSoul Yoga, Bonni-Lynne is a certified yoga instructor and MSEd. Space is limited, so please sign-up online or with a librarian. 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
There are 7 spaces available.
Wednesday January 29, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Sixteen Acres
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Soup Night
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

It's soup night!  The weather may be cold outside, but we will be warming up at the new East Forest Park Branch Library with homemade soups!  Bring your recipe, and containers for samples you bring home of other people's creations.  This program is for Adults and Teens who like to cook. 

Let us know what type of soup you will  make, and sign-up below, or at the Reference Desk, or contact the library at 413-263-6836.

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413-263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Cafe
There are 12 spaces available.
Thursday January 30, 2020
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RS4G Leadership
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
 
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Success with Computers, Part 3
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, and more. Thursday afternoons, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Read/Write/Now's Computer Lab.

  • January 16, part 1, reviews standard Windows features, introduces the web, and editing documents
  • January 23, part 2, continues with the web, introduces file management, and more
  • January 30, part 3, continutes with file management, explores search engines, and introduces the Invisible Web

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
There is 1 space available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Friday January 31, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday February 1, 2020
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Tai Chi for Everyone
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise suitable for people of any age. It is often referred to as “moving meditation” and has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. Enjoy its graceful flow, and experience the benefits it can bring to balance, coordination, focus, and calm. Class will be instructed by Certified Tai Chi Instructor Dr. Emanuel Brown. Meets on the 1st Saturday of every month | Ages 10 and up

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens - please knock loudly for entry.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday February 3, 2020 - Friday February 7, 2020
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Instant Comfort Boxes

Are you in need of a pick me up, or have a friend that could use cheering-up? Come to the Makerspace to create a tiny diorama with 3D, uplifting illustrations. The instant comfort box was created by Dutch illustrator Kim Wellings to console family and friends. Produce something that will bring a smile to someone's face! Ages 11 and up.

Sign-up with librarian Deanna so she has the necessary supplies at 413-263-6836 or email dirzarry-fields@springfieldlibrary.org.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Monday February 3, 2020 - Thursday February 27, 2020
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Artworks at the Library: Jewelry by Anita F. Brown

Springfield artisan Anita F. Brown displays her handcrafted necklaces and earrings in celebration of African-American History Month. Using upcycled seashells, fabric, and even bones her works appeal to crafters and environmentalist alike. On display on Level 1 near the Lower Circulation Desk during regular library hours. All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
Monday February 3, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Tuesday February 4, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga for Seniors
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Come experience the gentle art of yoga. Increase well-being, flexibility,and balance during this relaxing half-hour session. Chair yoga is perfect for those with limited mobility. First Tuesday of every month | For seniors ages 60+ and their caregivers.

This project funded by Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413 263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Art Party!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create! Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. All ages.

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  4132636853  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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U.S. History And Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries 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 available compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets on the first Tuesday of every month - Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday February 5, 2020
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Coffee with a Cop
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Coffee with a Cop is a nationally known program bringing local law enforcement officers to meet and mingle with those they protect and serve.  Your questions or concerns about local policing matters are welcomed! A slice or two of pizza, coffee, and juice come with compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
Thursday February 6, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Books & Brew Book Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and a brew (or glass of wine) at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant (110 Island Pond Road, Springfield). Copies of the discussion book will be available at the East Forest Park Branch Library prior to the meeting. No sign up needed, but please contact the Branch with any questions. Ages 21+.

The book for our Thursday, February 6 discussion is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

**Note that this week's meeting is on Thursday (not Wednesday as usual).**

CONTACT:  Kat Good-Schiff  413-263-2836  kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
Friday February 7, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday February 8, 2020
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Winter Canvas Cafe
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join in on a morning of fun while completing a painting from start to finish, but still finish-up by lunch! Supplies will be provided. Limited to 12 participants, so please preregister. Morning refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library. Adults.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413-263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
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Introduction to Microsoft Word
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Having good word processing skills is fundamental for 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 is 1 space available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Write-Up Springfield!
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Creative writers of all types are invited to join Write-Up Springfield at their monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and sharing. Writers share their creative work for feedback and constructive comments from other group members in this interactive, adult-only workshop. Newcomers welcomed, though please preregister at 413-263-6828, x221 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org so we can properly plan. For ages 18 and up.

Funding comes from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month.

CONTACT:  Tara Dasso  413-244-8982  tdasso@gmail.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Author Talk: Pink Sneakers, by Dolores Yergeau
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Springfield author Delores Yergeau introduces her new book Pink Sneakers, a charming romance of second chances, self-discovery, and the power of art to bring people together. The author, active in the East Springfield Branch Library’s book group, will make copies of Pink Sneakers available for sale and signing at the public reception following her talk. Funding provided by Friends of the Library. Ages 18+

(Snow date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 1:15-2:15 p.m.)

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Monday February 10, 2020 - Saturday February 15, 2020
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Instant Comfort Boxes

Are you in need of a pick me up, or have a friend that could use cheering-up? Come to the Makerspace to create a tiny diorama with 3D, uplifting illustrations. The instant comfort box was created by Dutch illustrator Kim Wellings to console family and friends. Produce something that will bring a smile to someone's face! Ages 11 and up.

Sign-up with librarian Deanna so she has the necessary supplies at 413-263-6836 or email dirzarry-fields@springfieldlibrary.org.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Monday February 10, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Game Time! For Adults and Seniors
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at the Library Express at Pine Point for an afternoon of games including Ticket to Ride, Bunco, Scattergories, Dominoes, cards and more. Meet your neighbors, sharpen your mind, and have a great time! This is a recurring program on the second and fourth Monday of the month, January 13 - June 8 (no program May 25). Ages 18+

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Documentary Series on Climate Change: An Inconvenient Truth
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This powerful documentary is a wake-up call that cuts through myths and misconceptions to deliver the message that global warming is a real and present danger. It presents former Vice President Al Gore's persuasive argument that we must act now to save the earth. Winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. Free refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library. Rated PG. 16+

CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828 x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday February 11, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative 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 standing poses such as bends, extensions, and stretches. Suitable for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions, this class is instructed by Certified Yoga Instructor Nicole Ferraro.

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens - please knock loudly for entry.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

This month's selection is The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers (2018) nonfiction.
 

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Art Party!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create! Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. All ages.

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  4132636853  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Wednesday February 12, 2020
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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! Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Introduction to Sewing for Adults
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn the basics of hand sewing and design!  If this is your first class, you will make your own felt bookmark.  Register for upcoming classes to make your own drawstring bag or lavender eye pillow.  Other classes will be offered on Wednesday March 18, 2020.  Please note that registration is required for each class and can be done by signing up online or contacting us at 413-263-6858.  

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Family Craft Night
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us on the second Wednesday of the month for Family Craft Night. All ages are welcome as we do a variety of crafts. Come have fun and let us clean up the mess.

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Thursday February 13, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries. Each month features a different arts and crafts project. All supplies come compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets on the second Thursday of each month unless noted otherwise. 18+

February project: Last minute Valentine's Day cards

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Friday February 14, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday February 15, 2020
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Introduction to Microsoft 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 3 spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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TED Talks on Climate Change
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This is a set of three TED Talks on climate change including Greening The Ghetto led by Marjora Carter, Why I Must Speak Out on Climate Change,  Jim Hanson, How Empowering Women and Girls Can Help Stop Global Warming led by Katharine Wilkinson,
and The Disarming Case to Act Right Now on Climate Change led by Greta Thunberg. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library. 16+

CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828 x201  esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday February 18, 2020 - Saturday February 29, 2020
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Make It: Egg Carton Heads

Create decorative masks with egg cartons. Cut different facial features, and add designs and paint. Clean and empty egg carton from home can help, though the library will offer supplies too. Teens and adults. Sign-up with librarian Deanna so she has the necessary supplies. Call 413-263-6838 or email dirzarry-fields@springfieldlibrary.org

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Tuesday February 18, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Art Party!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create! Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. All ages.

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  4132636853  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Now You're Cooking
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library's new cooking club. Led by Springfield native Christina Raschi, the group will enjoy a new dish each month prepared by a different group member. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. Now You're Cooking meets on the third Tuesday of each month. 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday February 19, 2020
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Bookish Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Put on your reading glasses and enjoy a friendly discussion about short stories and feature articles while enjoying a morning social over breakfast with fellow book lovers. A free round of coffee or tea compliments of the Friends of the Library for everyone who attends. Bookish Breakfast meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cafe Christo (513 Belmont Ave. Springfield). 18+

February's reading will be the short story "Wide Spot" written by Thomas McGuane.  The story may be found in the September 2019 issue of The New Yorker and copies of the story wlll be available at the Forest Park Branch Library during regular library hours.

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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What's Cooking Cookbook Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join the Cookbook Club’s monthly discussion to improve your cooking skills, share great recipes, hear about the latest new cookbooks, and more. Members may bring in prepared dishes to share so the group can sample great tastes and enjoy something new. Third Wednesday of each month in the Central Library’s Community Room. 18+

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Sixteen Acres
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Zoo on the Go
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Zoo on the Go is an exciting, hands-on program that is an interactive, fun and educational way for children and adults to learn about a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians etc. Knowledgeable Zoo staff will lead you through a presentation of each Zoo animal's background, diet, habitats, and more! All ages.

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
 
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Documentary Series on Climate Change: Normal Is Over
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Award-winning feature documentary about humanity's wisest responses to climate change, species extinction, resource depletion, income inequality and the connection between these issues. A film connecting the dots: A look at the financial and economical paradigm underlying our planetary problems, while offering various solutions to reverse the path of global decline. Refreshments are compliments of the Friends of the Library. Movie is unrated. 16+

CONTACT:  Jinnie Trabulsi  413-263-6828 x201  jtrabulsi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday February 20, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Job Training Information Table
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Want to improve your job skills or change careers? Stop by the Job Training Information Table from 2-4 pm to find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area. The information table will be staffed by workforce development specialists from Holyoke Community College. 16+

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  (413) 263-6828 x 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Friday February 21, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

CONTACT:  East Springfield  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Pajama Party with Blades mascot and the First Lady of the Commonwealth, Lauren Baker
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us in the East Forest Park Branch Library's Children's Room for games, trivia, a story, and fun with First Lady of the Commonwealth, Lauren Baker and Blades, the mascot for the Boston Bruins! Wear your pajamas if you want. Free! All are welcome.

This event kicks off the 13th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive Every year, Massachusetts libraries team up with the Boston Bruins hockey team and collect pajamas during February and March. The drive benefits the Department of Children and Families Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons. All pajamas donated to the drive will be given to children and teens living in foster care, and local donations benefit local children.

For more information about the Pajama Drive, contact Rachel Masse at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, at 1-800-952-7403 ext. 218 or rachel.masse@state.ma.us.

For information about the Pajama Party event, contact Jean Canosa Albano, Assistant Director at Springfield City Library, at 413-263-6828, ext. 291.

 

 

CONTACT:  Jean Canosa Albano  413-263-6828 ext 291  jcanosa@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Forest Park
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday February 22, 2020
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Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with Microsoft Publisher, a convenient desktop publishing software package. We'll look at some of Publisher's basic editing tools to get your successfully started on making effective handouts. A review of Publisher's powerful templates will round out the program and your skill set. Skill with a keyboard is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Learn Origami with Valley Folds
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Explore the ancient Japanese art of origami with an experienced teacher.  We typically teach beginner through intermediate although all levels of experience are welcome.  Origami paper is provided.   Come fold paper with us!  This workshop is intended for ages 8- adults.  Younger children may participate assisted by a parent.  Origami usually meets the third Saturday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. Occasionally Saturdays may differ, so please call 413-263-6858 to confirm dates.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Sunday February 23, 2020
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Rotunda Rhythms Presents You, Me, Us
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Wayne, Ed, and Zack will light-up the room with their light-jazz covers of popular songs and originals. Good for the whole family, this energized concert will be a great way to enjoy the standards with new and fun interpretations. You, Me, Us is  Zack Danziger on guitar; Ed Orgill on saxophone, clarinet, and flute; and Wayne Roberts on bass.

Arrive early to get the best seat, and stay for entire program to earn a chance win one of the two free raffles. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Monday February 24, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Game Time! For Adults and Seniors
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at the Library Express at Pine Point for an afternoon of games including Ticket to Ride, Bunco, Scattergories, Dominoes, cards and more. Meet your neighbors, sharpen your mind, and have a great time! This is a recurring program on the second and fourth Monday of the month, January 13 - June 8 (no program May 25). Ages 18+

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come Craft Your Cares Away with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour or so. Each month will feature a different craft, and new project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library. This group meets on the last Monday of each month unless noted otherwise. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday February 25, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga for Special Needs
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Yoga can have many benefits including increased flexibility and focus, and building a sense of calm. This small-session workshop is designed for adults with special needs specifically, though the general public is welcomed to attend too. Led by Bonni-Lynne Sandler of HeartnSoul Yoga, Bonni-Lynne is a certified yoga instructor and MSEd. Space is limited, so please sign-up online or with a librarian. 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Registration will begin on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
 
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Introduction to Proposal Writing
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Are you new to grant proposal writing for nonprofits, or want a quick refresher? This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:
- The basic elements of a proposal
- The "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal
- How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

Pre-registration is required and opens January 15th. This program is offered as part of the Funding Information Network resources available at the Springfield City Library Central Location.

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry  413-263-6828 x437  emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 18 spaces available.
 
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Art Party!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Art Party, where we will make art with different surprise supplies each week. See what you can create! Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. All ages.

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  4132636853  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Wednesday February 26, 2020
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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! Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday February 27, 2020
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Afterthoughts @ Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. The group selects a new book every month, and new members are always welcome. Contact librarian Linda Grodofsky at 413-263-6836 for more information. Meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center (1476 Roosevelt Avenue Springfield MA). Age 55+ Copies are available at the East Forest Park Branch Library in a variety of formats (large print, audiobook, etc.) or at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center.  Our February selection is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413 263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Friday February 28, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday February 29, 2020
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Introduction to Microsoft Excel
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, the world's leading desktop spreadsheet. Excel is used both at home and in the office to help with a wide range of personal and business management services including basic bookkeeping and accounting, to maintaining mailing lists, and more. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Author Talk: Out on a Limb, by Robert Loesch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Hear Springfield author Robert Loesch talk about his new book Out on a Limb.  Mr. Loesch, a  United Church of Christ minister, has lived in Springfield for over a quarter century, and has penned four books to date. Out on a Limb features nine short stories set in Springfield and surrounding towns between 2010-19.  The author writes that "the fictional adult characters, representing several diverse ethnic, religious and racial identities, engage in a variety of important situations and problems in positive ways."  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing, and refreshments come with compliments from the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Monday March 2, 2020 - Thursday April 30, 2020
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Art Central: Paintings by Claudia Wood Rahm

After many years devoted to her family and career, Connecticut artist Claudia Wood Rahm resumed painting in 2010. From bold abstracts to whimsical scenes bursting with detail and story, Claudia’s art emerges from the page with childlike imagination. Her love for the ocean, the countryside, and the Bible often leads her to paint in layers of meaning. Her mixed media works and contemporary primitives joyously celebrate her love of color, design, and nature, as well as her faith. All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
Monday March 2, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Tuesday March 3, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga for Seniors
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Come experience the gentle art of yoga. Increase well-being, flexibility,and balance during this relaxing half-hour session. Chair yoga is perfect for those with limited mobility. First Tuesday of every month | For seniors ages 60+ and their caregivers.

This project funded by Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413 263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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U.S. History And Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries 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 available compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets on the first Tuesday of every month - Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday March 4, 2020
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Books & Brew Book Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and a brew (or glass of wine) at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant (110 Island Pond Road, Springfield). Copies of the discussion book will be available at the East Forest Park Branch Library prior to the meeting. No sign up needed, but please contact the Branch with any questions. Ages 21+.

The book for our Wednesday, March 4 discussion is Transcription by Kate Atkinson.

CONTACT:  Kat Good-Schiff  413-263-2836  kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
Thursday March 5, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Friday March 6, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday March 7, 2020
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Tai Chi for Everyone
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise suitable for people of any age. It is often referred to as “moving meditation” and has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. Enjoy its graceful flow, and experience the benefits it can bring to balance, coordination, focus, and calm. Class will be instructed by Certified Tai Chi Instructor Dr. Emanuel Brown. Meets on the 1st Saturday of every month | Ages 10 and up

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens - please knock loudly for entry.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday March 9, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Game Time! For Adults and Seniors
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at the Library Express at Pine Point for an afternoon of games including Ticket to Ride, Bunco, Scattergories, Dominoes, cards and more. Meet your neighbors, sharpen your mind, and have a great time! This is a recurring program on the second and fourth Monday of the month, January 13 - June 8 (no program May 25). Ages 18+

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Tuesday March 10, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative 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 standing poses such as bends, extensions, and stretches. Suitable for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions, this class is instructed by Certified Yoga Instructor Nicole Ferraro.

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens - please knock loudly for entry.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

This month's selection is With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (2019) fiction.
 

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Wednesday March 11, 2020
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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! Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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My Beloved Springfield
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Save the date! Speakers and panelists to be announced soon.

CONTACT:  Jean Canosa Albano  413-263-6828 ext 291  jcanosa@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday March 12, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries. Each month features a different arts and crafts project. All supplies come compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets on the second Thursday of each month unless noted otherwise. 18+

March project:  Chalk-board herb pots

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Friday March 13, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday March 14, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Write-Up Springfield!
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Creative writers of all types are invited to join Write-Up Springfield at their monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and sharing. Writers share their creative work for feedback and constructive comments from other group members in this interactive, adult-only workshop. Newcomers welcomed, though please preregister at 413-263-6828, x221 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org so we can properly plan. For ages 18 and up.

Funding comes from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month.

CONTACT:  Tara Dasso  413-244-8982  tdasso@gmail.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Monday March 16, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Tuesday March 17, 2020
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Senior Soup, Salad & Sandwich Day
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Seniors are welcomed to experience the simplicity of making a meal with Soup, Salad, and a Sandwich! Learn the simple secret of a healthy meal while enjoying a free lunch too. 60+

Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living 60+. In partner with Wellspring Harvest, and Hanna's Diner and Deli Shoppe.

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Now You're Cooking
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library's new cooking club. Led by Springfield native Christina Raschi, the group will enjoy a new dish each month prepared by a different group member. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. Now You're Cooking meets on the third Tuesday of each month. 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday March 18, 2020
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Bookish Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Put on your reading glasses and enjoy a friendly discussion about short stories and feature articles while enjoying a morning social over breakfast with fellow book lovers. A free round of coffee or tea compliments of the Friends of the Library for everyone who attends. Bookish Breakfast meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cafe Christo (513 Belmont Ave. Springfield). 18+

March's  reading will be the short story "The Office of Missing Persons" written by Akil Kumarasamy.  The story may be found in the book "Half Gods" and copies of the story wlll be available at the Forest Park Branch Library during regular library hours.

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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What's Cooking Cookbook Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join the Cookbook Club’s monthly discussion to improve your cooking skills, share great recipes, hear about the latest new cookbooks, and more. Members may bring in prepared dishes to share so the group can sample great tastes and enjoy something new. Third Wednesday of each month in the Central Library’s Community Room. 18+

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Sixteen Acres
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Introduction to Sewing for Adults
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn the basics of hand sewing and design!  If this is your first class you will be making a felt bookmark.  Previous participants will have a choice of a drawstring bag, or lavender eye pillow (depending on skill level).  Please note that registration is required for each class and can be done by signing up online or contacting us at 413-263-6858.  

 

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
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Photography 101 with Louie Moreno
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Experienced in everything related to arts and media production, Louie has written and produced short films, documentaries, T.V. advertisements, and music videos. His involvement in both preproduction and post-production allows for the material to have an underlined feel that transcends from concept to fruition.

Louie has been looking for ways to get involved in his community and he is very excited to begin teaching at the East Forest Park Branch. He hopes to teach classes on photography and video production so individuals can find new ways of expressing themselves. This lesson is a part of the Pinhole Cameras: A 'Do It Yourself’ Experiment Series, but is open to the whole community.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
Thursday March 19, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Job Training Information Table
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Want to improve your job skills or change careers? Stop by the Job Training Information Table from 2-4 pm to find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area. The information table will be staffed by workforce development specialists from Holyoke Community College. 16+

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  (413) 263-6828 x 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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B-I-N-G-O!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon of BINGO, where everyone's a winner!

CONTACT:  Laura Normand  4132636853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Children's Workroom
Friday March 20, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday March 21, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Sunday March 22, 2020
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Rotunda Rhythms Presents Vocal Artistry throughout the Ages
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Classical vocal music is more than opera and chorus! Explore the art of singers in this showcase of vocal chamber music as performed by two of western Massachusetts' leading vocal groups, Cantabile and Gathered Voices. With music from Mozart and Bach to the less commonly heard Finzi and Saint-Saens, there is much to enjoy in this review of timeless masterpieces and inspired miniatures. Reception to follow. Teens and adults.

Arrive early to get the best seat, and stay for entire program to earn a chance win in the free raffle. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Monday March 23, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Game Time! For Adults and Seniors
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at the Library Express at Pine Point for an afternoon of games including Ticket to Ride, Bunco, Scattergories, Dominoes, cards and more. Meet your neighbors, sharpen your mind, and have a great time! This is a recurring program on the second and fourth Monday of the month, January 13 - June 8 (no program May 25). Ages 18+

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Armchair Travel Book Club
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join Armchair Travel each month to read a selected work that features unique settings from around the globe. Refreshments based on themes in the book will be provided by Friends of the Library. An appreciation for travel, other cultures, and good food will enhance reader experience in this book discussion group. Copies of the book will be available at the Central Library second floor Welcome Desk.

The first meeting will be Monday, March 23rd and the book selection is The Last Days of Cafe Leila, by Donia Bijan (2017, fiction).

CONTACT:  Chelsea Tuthill  413-263-6828 x 395  ctuthill@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday March 24, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga for Special Needs
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Yoga can have many benefits including increased flexibility and focus, and building a sense of calm. This small-session workshop is designed for adults with special needs specifically, though the general public is welcomed to attend too. Led by Bonni-Lynne Sandler of HeartnSoul Yoga, Bonni-Lynne is a certified yoga instructor and MSEd. Space is limited, so please sign-up online or with a librarian. 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Registration will begin on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
Wednesday March 25, 2020
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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! Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Get Your Game On!
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We are hosting a Game Night at our brand new East Forest Park Branch Library. Spend some quality time together with your family and friends. Mark your calendar for an evening of fun with board games, puzzles, snacks and more. All Ages.

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Children's Room
Thursday March 26, 2020
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Afterthoughts @ Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. The group selects a new book every month, and new members are always welcome. Contact librarian Linda Grodofsky at 413-263-6836 for more information. Meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center (1476 Roosevelt Avenue Springfield MA). Age 55+ Copies are available at the East Forest Park Branch Library in a variety of formats (large print, audiobook, etc.) or at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center.  Our March selection is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413 263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Central Library
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Thursday afternoons. 18+

As a special bonus, Knot Just Knitters will host Delphine Ray in an hour workshop on how to make beaded jewelry from 12:30-1:30 p.m. If you'd like to attend, please sign-up at 413-263-6828, x221 so that the necessary supplies can secured for you.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Make Your Own Bead Jewelry
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Local crafter Delphine Ray shows you how to make your own beaded jewelry in this hands-on crafting program. All supplies come with compliments from the Friends of the Library. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
Friday March 27, 2020
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Come For Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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. 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6805  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

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

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday March 28, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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The Author Fair
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Monday March 30, 2020
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come Craft Your Cares Away with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour or so. Each month will feature a different craft, and new project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library. This group meets on the last Monday of each month unless noted otherwise. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday March 31, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Wednesday April 1, 2020
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Yoga with Tami
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Springfield local Tami Kennedy leads an introductory yoga class for adults. The beginner's poses will be explained and demonstrated, plus Tami will offer a brief overview of yoga history too. Attendees will learn useful breathing and stress reduction techniques to help make this a practical guide to basic yoga and theory. 18+

NOTE: This program runs before the branch's regular hours. Please knock loudly on the Oakland Street side door near the book drop or call the branch so staff can let you into the locked building.

Preregistration is requested, please. Register below or call 413-263-6843.

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
 
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Friday April 3, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday April 4, 2020
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Tai Chi for Everyone
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise suitable for people of any age. It is often referred to as “moving meditation” and has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. Enjoy its graceful flow, and experience the benefits it can bring to balance, coordination, focus, and calm. Class will be instructed by Certified Tai Chi Instructor Dr. Emanuel Brown. Meets on the 1st Saturday of every month | Ages 10 and up

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens - please knock loudly for entry.

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday April 6, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Tuesday April 7, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga for Seniors
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Come experience the gentle art of yoga. Increase well-being, flexibility,and balance during this relaxing half-hour session. Chair yoga is perfect for those with limited mobility. First Tuesday of every month | For seniors ages 60+ and their caregivers.

This project funded by Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413 263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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U.S. History And Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries 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 available compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets on the first Tuesday of every month - Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday April 8, 2020
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Yoga with Tami
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Springfield local Tami Kennedy leads an introductory yoga class for adults. The beginner's poses will be explained and demonstrated, plus Tami will offer a brief overview of yoga history too. Attendees will learn useful breathing and stress reduction techniques to help make this a practical guide to basic yoga and theory. 18+

NOTE: This program runs before the branch's regular hours. Please knock loudly on the Oakland Street side door near the book drop or call the branch so staff can let you into the locked building.

Preregistration is requested, please. Register below or call 413-263-6843.

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
 
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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! Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday April 9, 2020
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries. Each month features a different arts and crafts project. All supplies come compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets on the second Thursday of each month unless noted otherwise. 18+

April project:  Spring felt rabbits

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Friday April 10, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday April 11, 2020
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Yoga for Chronic Pain
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Racquel Hatfield, who is both a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor, will guide you through poses specific to some of the most common ailments seen in those with chronic pain.  Space is limited, so please register online or call us at 413-263-6858.   Please wear comfortable clothing.  This program is intended for adults.   Please note: The branch will be closed, but we will be available to open the doors for registered participants.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Write-Up Springfield!
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Creative writers of all types are invited to join Write-Up Springfield at their monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and sharing. Writers share their creative work for feedback and constructive comments from other group members in this interactive, adult-only workshop. Newcomers welcomed, though please preregister at 413-263-6828, x221 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org so we can properly plan. For ages 18 and up.

Funding comes from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month.

CONTACT:  Tara Dasso  413-244-8982  tdasso@gmail.com
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Monday April 13, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Game Time! For Adults and Seniors
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at the Library Express at Pine Point for an afternoon of games including Ticket to Ride, Bunco, Scattergories, Dominoes, cards and more. Meet your neighbors, sharpen your mind, and have a great time! This is a recurring program on the second and fourth Monday of the month, January 13 - June 8 (no program May 25). Ages 18+

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Tuesday April 14, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative 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 standing poses such as bends, extensions, and stretches. Suitable for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions, this class is instructed by Certified Yoga Instructor Nicole Ferraro.

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens - please knock loudly for entry.

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

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

This month's selection is Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner (2016) nonfiction.
 

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Wednesday April 15, 2020
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Bookish Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Put on your reading glasses and enjoy a friendly discussion about short stories and feature articles while enjoying a morning social over breakfast with fellow book lovers. A free round of coffee or tea compliments of the Friends of the Library for everyone who attends. Bookish Breakfast meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cafe Christo (513 Belmont Ave. Springfield). 18+

April's reading will be the feaure "Rebuild The Bridge - Again" written by Dan Golka.  The feature may be found in the October 2019 periodical "Wired" and copies wlll be available at the Forest Park Branch Library during regular library hours.

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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Yoga with Tami
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Springfield local Tami Kennedy leads an introductory yoga class for adults. The beginner's poses will be explained and demonstrated, plus Tami will offer a brief overview of yoga history too. Attendees will learn useful breathing and stress reduction techniques to help make this a practical guide to basic yoga and theory. 18+

NOTE: This program runs before the branch's regular hours. Please knock loudly on the Oakland Street side door near the book drop or call the branch so staff can let you into the locked building.

Preregistration is requested, please. Register below or call 413-263-6843.

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
 
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What's Cooking Cookbook Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join the Cookbook Club’s monthly discussion to improve your cooking skills, share great recipes, hear about the latest new cookbooks, and more. Members may bring in prepared dishes to share so the group can sample great tastes and enjoy something new. Third Wednesday of each month in the Central Library’s Community Room. 18+

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Sixteen Acres
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday April 16, 2020
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Job Training Information Table
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Want to improve your job skills or change careers? Stop by the Job Training Information Table from 2-4 pm to find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area. The information table will be staffed by workforce development specialists from Holyoke Community College. 16+

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  (413) 263-6828 x 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Friday April 17, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday April 18, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Sunday April 19, 2020
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Rotunda Rhythms Presents the Quark String Quartet
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Chamber music returns to Rotunda Rhythms in this program of string quartet, crowd pleasing favorites. Audiences will recognize staples in the repertoire from the likes of Dvorak and Ravel, but  will also be enticed by the energy of lesser well known works too by William Grant Stills and Jessie Montgomery. As a special bonus, Quark will be joined by the vocal quartet Gathered Voices in a special performance of Mozart's miniature masterpiece, Ave Verum Corpus.

Arrive early to get the best seat, and stay for entire program to earn a chance win in the free raffle. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library and Massachusetts Cultural Council. All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Tuesday April 21, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Now You're Cooking
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library's new cooking club. Led by Springfield native Christina Raschi, the group will enjoy a new dish each month prepared by a different group member. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. Now You're Cooking meets on the third Tuesday of each month. 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday April 22, 2020
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Yoga with Tami
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Springfield local Tami Kennedy leads an introductory yoga class for adults. The beginner's poses will be explained and demonstrated, plus Tami will offer a brief overview of yoga history too. Attendees will learn useful breathing and stress reduction techniques to help make this a practical guide to basic yoga and theory. 18+

NOTE: This program runs before the branch's regular hours. Please knock loudly on the Oakland Street side door near the book drop or call the branch so staff can let you into the locked building.

Preregistration is requested, please. Register below or call 413-263-6843.

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
 
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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! Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Visit with Toto the Tornado Kitty
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Children's Room
Thursday April 23, 2020
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Afterthoughts @ Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. The group selects a new book every month, and new members are always welcome. Contact librarian Linda Grodofsky at 413-263-6836 for more information. Meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center (1476 Roosevelt Avenue Springfield MA). Age 55+ Copies are available at the East Forest Park Branch Library in a variety of formats (large print, audiobook, etc.) or at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center.  Our April selection is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413 263-6836  lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
Friday April 24, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday April 25, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday April 27, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Indian Orchard
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Mondays. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Game Time! For Adults and Seniors
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at the Library Express at Pine Point for an afternoon of games including Ticket to Ride, Bunco, Scattergories, Dominoes, cards and more. Meet your neighbors, sharpen your mind, and have a great time! This is a recurring program on the second and fourth Monday of the month, January 13 - June 8 (no program May 25). Ages 18+

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come Craft Your Cares Away with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour or so. Each month will feature a different craft, and new project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library. This group meets on the last Monday of each month unless noted otherwise. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Armchair Travel Book Club
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join Armchair Travel each month to read a selected work that features unique settings from around the globe. Refreshments based on themes in the book will be provided by Friends of the Library. An appreciation for travel, other cultures, and good food will enhance reader experience in this book discussion group. Copies of the book will be available at the Central Library second floor Welcome Desk.

The first meeting will be Monday, March 23rd and the book selection is The Last Days of Cafe Leila, by Donia Bijan (2017, fiction).

CONTACT:  Chelsea Tuthill  413-263-6828 x 395  ctuthill@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday April 28, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga for Special Needs
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Yoga can have many benefits including increased flexibility and focus, and building a sense of calm. This small-session workshop is designed for adults with special needs specifically, though the general public is welcomed to attend too. Led by Bonni-Lynne Sandler of HeartnSoul Yoga, Bonni-Lynne is a certified yoga instructor and MSEd. Space is limited, so please sign-up online or with a librarian. 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Registration will begin on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
Wednesday April 29, 2020
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Yoga with Tami
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Springfield local Tami Kennedy leads an introductory yoga class for adults. The beginner's poses will be explained and demonstrated, plus Tami will offer a brief overview of yoga history too. Attendees will learn useful breathing and stress reduction techniques to help make this a practical guide to basic yoga and theory. 18+

NOTE: This program runs before the branch's regular hours. Please knock loudly on the Oakland Street side door near the book drop or call the branch so staff can let you into the locked building.

Preregistration is requested, please. Register below or call 413-263-6843.

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Sixteen Acres
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Friday May 1, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday May 2, 2020
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Tai Chi for Everyone
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise suitable for people of any age. It is often referred to as “moving meditation” and has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. Enjoy its graceful flow, and experience the benefits it can bring to balance, coordination, focus, and calm. Class will be instructed by Certified Tai Chi Instructor Dr. Emanuel Brown. Meets on the 1st Saturday of every month | Ages 10 and up

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens - please knock loudly for entry.

CONTACT:  Shadd Jamison  413-263-6840  sjamison@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday May 5, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga for Seniors
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Come experience the gentle art of yoga. Increase well-being, flexibility,and balance during this relaxing half-hour session. Chair yoga is perfect for those with limited mobility. First Tuesday of every month | For seniors ages 60+ and their caregivers.

This project funded by Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413 263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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U.S. History And Media Discussion Group
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries 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 available compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets on the first Tuesday of every month - Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday May 6, 2020
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BYOB Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We're always open to new members - join us! Meets on the first Wednesday of each month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Friday May 8, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday May 9, 2020
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Yoga for Chronic Pain
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Racquel Hatfield, who is both a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor, will guide you through poses specific to some of the most common ailments seen in those with chronic pain.  Space is limited, so please register online or call us at 413-263-6858.   Please wear comfortable clothing.  This program is intended for adults.   Please note: The branch will be closed, but we will be available to open the doors for registered participants.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday May 11, 2020
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Game Time! For Adults and Seniors
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at the Library Express at Pine Point for an afternoon of games including Ticket to Ride, Bunco, Scattergories, Dominoes, cards and more. Meet your neighbors, sharpen your mind, and have a great time! This is a recurring program on the second and fourth Monday of the month, January 13 - June 8 (no program May 25). Ages 18+

CONTACT:  Ann Keefe  413-263-6855  akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Tuesday May 12, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative 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 standing poses such as bends, extensions, and stretches. Suitable for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions, this class is instructed by Certified Yoga Instructor Nicole Ferraro.

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month | Ages 18 and up

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens - please knock loudly for entry.

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

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

This month's selection is Plainsong by Kent Haruf (1999) fiction.
 

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Wednesday May 13, 2020
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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! Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday May 14, 2020
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries. Each month features a different arts and crafts project. All supplies come compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets on the second Thursday of each month unless noted otherwise. 18+

May project:  Heart shaped garden row markers

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Friday May 15, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday May 16, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday May 19, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Now You're Cooking
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library's new cooking club. Led by Springfield native Christina Raschi, the group will enjoy a new dish each month prepared by a different group member. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. Now You're Cooking meets on the third Tuesday of each month. 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson   413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday May 20, 2020
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Bookish Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Put on your reading glasses and enjoy a friendly discussion about short stories and feature articles while enjoying a morning social over breakfast with fellow book lovers. A free round of coffee or tea compliments of the Friends of the Library for everyone who attends. Bookish Breakfast meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cafe Christo (513 Belmont Ave. Springfield). 18+

May's reading will be the short story "No More Than A Bubble" written by Jamel Brinkley, and available from the short story anthology, also by Jamel Brinkley, "A Lucky Man". Copies wlll be available at the Forest Park Branch Library during regular library hours.

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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What's Cooking Cookbook Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join the Cookbook Club’s monthly discussion to improve your cooking skills, share great recipes, hear about the latest new cookbooks, and more. Members may bring in prepared dishes to share so the group can sample great tastes and enjoy something new. Third Wednesday of each month in the Central Library’s Community Room. 18+

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters - Sixteen Acres
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Thursday May 21, 2020
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Job Training Information Table
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Want to improve your job skills or change careers? Stop by the Job Training Information Table from 2-4 pm to find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area. The information table will be staffed by workforce development specialists from Holyoke Community College. 16+

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  (413) 263-6828 x 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Friday May 22, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday May 23, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday May 25, 2020
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Craft Your Cares Away
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come Craft Your Cares Away with Tricia. We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour or so. Each month will feature a different craft, and new project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library. This group meets on the last Monday of each month unless noted otherwise. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday May 26, 2020
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You're Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee - or make a new friend. We'll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Wednesday May 27, 2020
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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! Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month | 18+

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

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

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Friday May 29, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - East Springfield
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Meets every Friday | 18+

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

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Friday afternoons. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  4132636828 ext. 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
Saturday May 30, 2020
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Knot Just Knitters - Forest Park
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you.  New members are welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill.  Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the items created will be donated to a local charity. This programs meets weekly on Saturdays. 13+
CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den