Monday March 16, 2020 - Sunday May 3, 2020
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Library Closed to the Public Mar 16 - May 3

Today, the Mayor announced an extension to the time that City Hall and all other municipal buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed to the public. The new closure date is through Sunday, May 3.

We are still answering phone and email inquiries, providing story times and reader recommendations, and many other services on social media and our website! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We will update this information as the situation develops. Please check the Library's website for the latest information. www.SpringfieldLibrary.org

LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Library Closed to the Public Mar 16 - May 3

Today, the Mayor announced an extension to the time that City Hall and all other municipal buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed to the public. The new closure date is through Sunday, May 3.

We are still answering phone and email inquiries, providing story times and reader recommendations, and many other services on social media and our website! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We will update this information as the situation develops. Please check the Library's website for the latest information. www.SpringfieldLibrary.org

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Library Closed to the Public Mar 16 - May 3

Today, the Mayor announced an extension to the time that City Hall and all other municipal buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed to the public. The new closure date is through Sunday, May 3.

We are still answering phone and email inquiries, providing story times and reader recommendations, and many other services on social media and our website! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We will update this information as the situation develops. Please check the Library's website for the latest information. www.SpringfieldLibrary.org

LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Library Closed to the Public Mar 16 - May 3

Today, the Mayor announced an extension to the time that City Hall and all other municipal buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed to the public. The new closure date is through Sunday, May 3.

We are still answering phone and email inquiries, providing story times and reader recommendations, and many other services on social media and our website! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We will update this information as the situation develops. Please check the Library's website for the latest information. www.SpringfieldLibrary.org

LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Library Closed to the Public Mar 16 - May 3

Today, the Mayor announced an extension to the time that City Hall and all other municipal buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed to the public. The new closure date is through Sunday, May 3.

We are still answering phone and email inquiries, providing story times and reader recommendations, and many other services on social media and our website! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We will update this information as the situation develops. Please check the Library's website for the latest information. www.SpringfieldLibrary.org

LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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Library Closed to the Public Mar 16 - May 3

Today, the Mayor announced an extension to the time that City Hall and all other municipal buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed to the public. The new closure date is through Sunday, May 3.

We are still answering phone and email inquiries, providing story times and reader recommendations, and many other services on social media and our website! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We will update this information as the situation develops. Please check the Library's website for the latest information. www.SpringfieldLibrary.org

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Library Closed to the Public Mar 16 - May 3

Today, the Mayor announced an extension to the time that City Hall and all other municipal buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed to the public. The new closure date is through Sunday, May 3.

We are still answering phone and email inquiries, providing story times and reader recommendations, and many other services on social media and our website! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We will update this information as the situation develops. Please check the Library's website for the latest information. www.SpringfieldLibrary.org

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Library Closed to the Public Mar 16 - May 3

Today, the Mayor announced an extension to the time that City Hall and all other municipal buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed to the public. The new closure date is through Sunday, May 3.

We are still answering phone and email inquiries, providing story times and reader recommendations, and many other services on social media and our website! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We will update this information as the situation develops. Please check the Library's website for the latest information. www.SpringfieldLibrary.org

LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Library Closed to the Public Mar 16 - May 3

Today, the Mayor announced an extension to the time that City Hall and all other municipal buildings, including the libraries, will remain closed to the public. The new closure date is through Sunday, May 3.

We are still answering phone and email inquiries, providing story times and reader recommendations, and many other services on social media and our website! We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We will update this information as the situation develops. Please check the Library's website for the latest information. www.SpringfieldLibrary.org

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Tuesday March 17, 2020 - Sunday May 17, 2020
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All Programs, Events and Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Per the recommendation of the Health Commissioner, the Springfield City Library is suspending all programs and events through Sunday, May 17th.

We will also be closing our community rooms to outside use until further notice, with status to be reviewed weekly after May 17th. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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All Programs, Events and Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Per the recommendation of the Health Commissioner, the Springfield City Library is suspending all programs and events through Sunday, May 17th.

We will also be closing our community rooms to outside use until further notice, with status to be reviewed weekly after May 17th. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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All Programs, Events and Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Per the recommendation of the Health Commissioner, the Springfield City Library is suspending all programs and events through Sunday, May 17th.

We will also be closing our community rooms to outside use until further notice, with status to be reviewed weekly after May 17th. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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All Programs, Events and Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Per the recommendation of the Health Commissioner, the Springfield City Library is suspending all programs and events through Sunday, May 17th.

We will also be closing our community rooms to outside use until further notice, with status to be reviewed weekly after May 17th. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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All Programs, Events and Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Per the recommendation of the Health Commissioner, the Springfield City Library is suspending all programs and events through Sunday, May 17th.

We will also be closing our community rooms to outside use until further notice, with status to be reviewed weekly after May 17th. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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All Programs, Events and Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Per the recommendation of the Health Commissioner, the Springfield City Library is suspending all programs and events through Sunday, May 17th.

We will also be closing our community rooms to outside use until further notice, with status to be reviewed weekly after May 17th. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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All Programs, Events and Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Per the recommendation of the Health Commissioner, the Springfield City Library is suspending all programs and events through Sunday, May 17th.

We will also be closing our community rooms to outside use until further notice, with status to be reviewed weekly after May 17th. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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All Programs, Events and Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Per the recommendation of the Health Commissioner, the Springfield City Library is suspending all programs and events through Sunday, May 17th.

We will also be closing our community rooms to outside use until further notice, with status to be reviewed weekly after May 17th. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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All Programs, Events and Meetings Temporarily Suspended

Per the recommendation of the Health Commissioner, the Springfield City Library is suspending all programs and events through Sunday, May 17th.

We will also be closing our community rooms to outside use until further notice, with status to be reviewed weekly after May 17th. 

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Monday March 30, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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 - Friday April 3, 2020
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CANCELED - Make a Universe with Resin

Make a mini-universe with epoxy resin. Paint the rings of Saturn or the red Skys of Mars. In the end, you will hold the universe in your hand.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Wednesday April 1, 2020
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CANCELED - 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
 
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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 2, 2020
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CANCELED 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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CANCELED Know Your Neighbor: Springfield Cultural Partnership
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet representatives from the Springfield Cultural Partnership to learn more about their exciting work in Springfield helping to bring artists and the general community closer together. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED - Make Noise at the Library!: Punk Rock Zumba
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We're going to get loud at the library with this Punk Rock Zumba class. Local and certified instructor, JAN, will lead families in a high energy Zumba class. Adults are welcome, but bringing your children is encouraged, no matter their age! Help us build families in a healthier community and make some noise at the library. Parking is located along Oakland Street and in the parking lot next to the Forest Park Middle School. This event is free and open to all ages! Reservations are not required, but encouraged - call . Ages 11+

CONTACT:  Alex Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
Friday April 3, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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
 
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CANCELED - Mason Eats Series: Sushi with Librarians
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come to the Mason Square Branch Library for an afternoon of cooking and culture with, followed by a sushi making workshop with librarian Sara. Limited to  15 participants. Please register.

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  4132636853  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Saturday April 4, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED Know Your Neighbor: Make-It Springfield
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Meet representatives from Make-It Springfield to learn more about their fun, arts and crafts service in Springfield. At Make-It Springfield, community members can learn a new skill, refine and older one, and meet people interested in crafts or hobbies that interest them. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED - 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 - Thursday April 30, 2020
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CANCELED - 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 April 6, 2020
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CANCELED - 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 - Saturday April 11, 2020
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CANCELED - Linocut Printing

A fun process that begins with carving a design into linoleum, and then transferring the design onto paper. Drop-in program for ages 11 and up.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Tuesday April 7, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Genealogy Drop-In Help
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop in for help with genealogy questions. We can show you how to access the library's genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project. If you can't make it to the lab, call to make an appointment with the librarian! 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org. 18+

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  GPysznik@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
 
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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
 
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Springfield Poet Laureate Magdalena Gomez
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Magdalena Gómez, Springfield's Poet Laureate and a recipient of the NEPR Arts and Humanities Award (2018), will preview her latest poetry collection which includes poems from her youth and the women who influenced her including Emilie Glen and Barbara A. Holland, two of the most widely published yet unknown poets in America. Copies of her book, "Shameless Woman" will be available for sale and signing. Reception to follow, compliments of the Friends of the Library. All ages.

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  413-263-6853  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Thursday April 9, 2020
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CANCELED - 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. Ages 18+.

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

Enjoy making arts and craft projects while taking your mind off of everyday worries. Each session features a new craft, and supplies come will compliments from the Friends of the Library. 18+

April project:  Spring felt rabbits

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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CANCELED - Make Noise at the Library!: Punk Rock Zumba
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We're going to get loud at the library with this Punk Rock Zumba class. Local and certified instructor, JAN, will lead families in a high energy Zumba class. Adults are welcome, but bringing your children is encouraged, no matter their age! Help us build families in a healthier community and make some noise at the library. Parking is located along Oakland Street and in the parking lot next to the Forest Park Middle School. This event is free and open to all ages! Reservations are not required, but encouraged - call . Ages 11+

CONTACT:  Alex Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
Friday April 10, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Yoga for Chronic Pain
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Racquel Hatfield, 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 the staff at 413-263-6858.  Please wear comfortable clothing. 18+

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
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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CANCELED Know Your Neighbor: Moms Demand Action
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Meet local representatives from Moms Demand Action, a national activist and advocacy group seeking to end gun violence. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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 - Friday April 17, 2020
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CANCELED - Pixel Art

Perler beads are small, heat activated beads that you can lay on a mat to create interesting patterns. Come in and arrange the beads into any shape or pattern you desire. Then attach your design to a magnet! Drop-in program open for all ages.

 

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Tuesday April 14, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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Introduction to Finding Grants
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Registration opens March 9. This class is part of services offered through the Library's Funding Information Network program.

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry  413-263-6828 x437  emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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CANCELED - Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please note:  for our April 14th meeting only, the Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group will be meeting in Art Central, the art exhibit area off the Rotunda on the library's second floor.

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
 
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Introduction to Foundation Directory Online
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Looking for grants for your nonprofit? Come learn how to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the most comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers, with over 156,000+ grantmaker profiles. You will learn how to search for grantmakers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve.

NOTE: This class is for nonprofit organizations looking for funding. It is not geared to individuals or for-profit businesses seeking grants.

Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Registration opens March 9. This class is part of services offered through the Library's Funding Information Network program.

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry  413-263-6828 x437  emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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CANCELED - Know Your Neighbor: Mayor's Office for Consumer Information
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn more about consumer protection issues, and see how local staff can help you. Staff from the Mayor's Office of Consumer Information will be on-hand to answer questions about landlord/tenat rights, debt collection, retail rights, credit, and more. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Wednesday April 15, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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
 
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Free Chair Massage!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience the relief of massage, and feel your stress evaporate with Christina Conti, a fully licensed and professional massage therapist. First come first served, 18+.

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  4132636836  Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Cafe
 
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CANCELED - Invasion of the Bunnies
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Come meet some soft, fluffy Lionhead bunnies Poppy, Sophia and Tobie. Dina Trimboli, their handler will introduce children to the bunnies and how to care for these special creatures and what is needed to have a pet rabbit at home.Find out fun facts about these bunnies like why they are called Lionhead bunnies. Lionhead bunnies are not only cute and perky, they are very good-natured and they make wonderful pets for families. All ages.

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Children's Room
 
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CANCELED - Books & Brew Book Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some coffee, tea, or root beer at the East Forest Park library. Copies of the discussion book will be available at the library prior to the meeting. Since we’ll meet in the Cafe, participants are welcome to bring their own food or something to share. The group usually meets on the first Wednesdays of the month, no sign-up needed. In April only, we'll meet on the third Wednesday.18+

The book for our Wednesday, April 15 discussion is Ordinary Light, by Tracy K. Smith.

CONTACT:  Kat Good-Schiff  413-263-2836  kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Cafe
Thursday April 16, 2020
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CANCELED - 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Make Noise at the Library!: Punk Rock Zumba
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We're going to get loud at the library with this Punk Rock Zumba class. Local and certified instructor, JAN, will lead families in a high energy Zumba class. Adults are welcome, but bringing your children is encouraged, no matter their age! Help us build families in a healthier community and make some noise at the library. Parking is located along Oakland Street and in the parking lot next to the Forest Park Middle School. This event is free and open to all ages! Reservations are not required, but encouraged - call . Ages 11+

CONTACT:  Alex Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
Friday April 17, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Origami with Valley Folds
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn 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 or guardian.

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
 
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CANCELED - Attack on Springfield! the 1675 Indian Leap Legend
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Local historian Patrick Duquette makes Indian Orchard's history come alive in this fascinating talk about the Indian Leap Legend and other related aspects of Springfield's history. Indian Leap, an 80-foot drop from a small plateau overlooking the Chicopee River, is tied to the 1675 burning of Springfield, one of the King Phillip War's most devastating catastrophes.

The program includes a question and answer period complete with refreshments following Mr. Duquette's presentation, compliments of the Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc. (GSSSI).

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  413-263-6846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
Sunday April 19, 2020 - Saturday April 25, 2020
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CANCELED - National Library Week - Bookmark Contest

Does visiting the library inspire you? Design and original and unique bookmark! All winning entries will be made into real bookmarks and available at all 9 SCL locations for a limited time,

This contest is for all ages, anyone can be a winner!

CONTACT:  Ellen Sulzycki  413-263-6828 x201  eSulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Sunday April 19, 2020
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CANCELED -- 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 - Friday April 24, 2020
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CANCELED - Trash Art

Trash art encourages the reuse of discarded materials into amazing works of art. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Drop-in program for ages 11 and up.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Tuesday April 21, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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
 
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Visit with Toto the Tornado Kitty
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Meet survivor Toto the Tornado Kitty. He was a tiny kitten weighing 6 ounces when found in the relief effort following the June 1, 2011 devastating F3 tornado in Brimfield, MA. Now a cat, Toto has two books telling his special story. A story that will leave a smile on your face and warm your heart. Meet the famous, cool cat along with his owner/author Jonathan Hall! Hear Jonathan tell the story of Toto's remarkable rescue. All Ages.

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Children's Room
 
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CANCELED - Chocolate Tasting: Better than on Valentine's Day!
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Chocolate comes in many varieties from bitter to sweet, and dark to light. Hear about its fascinating origins, influences, and content while sampling a range of tempting and delicious chocolates free to you to enjoy. 

Participants are invited to prepare a favorite chocolate delicacy to share.  When registering to attend, please let us know of any food allergies. 18+

CONTACT:  Linda Grodofsky  413 263-6836  Lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
Thursday April 23, 2020
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CANCELED - 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
 
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CANCELED - 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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CANCELED - Know Your Neighbor: Mayor's Office for Consumer Information
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn more about consumer protection issues, and see how local staff can help you. Staff from the Mayor's Office of Consumer Information will be on-hand to answer questions about landlord/tenat rights, debt collection, retail rights, credit, and more. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED - Make Noise at the Library!: Punk Rock Zumba
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We're going to get loud at the library with this Punk Rock Zumba class. Local and certified instructor, JAN, will lead families in a high energy Zumba class. Adults are welcome, but bringing your children is encouraged, no matter their age! Help us build families in a healthier community and make some noise at the library. Parking is located along Oakland Street and in the parking lot next to the Forest Park Middle School. This event is free and open to all ages! Reservations are not required, but encouraged - call . Ages 11+

CONTACT:  Alex Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
Friday April 24, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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
 
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CANCELED - Paint and Plant a Flower Pot
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 Celebrate Spring and paint a flower pot! Add some soil and flower seeds-take it home and watch it grow. Great gift idea for Mother's Day. All supplies will be provided while they last. Ages 4 and up.

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibray.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Children's Room
 
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CANCELED - Mason Eats Series: Nutrition and Wellness Workshop
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn about nutrition in this fun yet practical, free workshop. Local nutritionist Kristina Mullin reviews the importance of reading and understanding nutrition labels; how to make healthy, delicious meals and snacks; how to reduce sodium without losing flavor; and how to choose healthier types of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Free snack samples are compliments of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Friends of the Library. 18+

Please register in advance at 413-263-6853 or below so the correct supplies can be bought for you.

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  4132636853  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Saturday April 25, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Composting 101
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join Kristie Valenze for a presentation to learn how to get started with composting in your own backyard! Learn about new ways of composting, including Kristie's new project using a solar digest compactor. Ask questions, provide input and meet your neighbors of East Forest Park at this workshop.

CONTACT:  Grace Larochelle  413-787-6647  glarochelle@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
 
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CANCELED - Know Your Neighbor: Moms Demand Action
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet local representatives from Moms Demand Action, a national activist and advocacy group seeking to end gun violence. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Monday April 27, 2020 - Friday May 1, 2020
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CANCELED - Woodburning on Leather

Use a woodburning pen to burn designs into leather. By using this tool on leather, you can decorate and personalize anything from belts to wallets. Swap out different tips to create a variety of detailed lines, or experiment with traditional drawing techniques such as shading, crosshatching, and stippling. Drop-in program for ages 11 and up.

CONTACT:  Deanna Irizarry-Fields  413-505-0107  DIrizarry-Fields@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Monday April 27, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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 April 28, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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
 
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Introduction to Fundraising Planning
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. This introductory class will provide you with basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:

  • Making your case for support
  • Diversifying your organization's fundraising base
  • Creating a plan of action
  • Start thinking about your organization's fundraising strategies! 

Pre-registration is required and opens March 9th. 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 17 spaces available.
 
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CANCELED - Know Your Neighbor: Springfield Cultural Partnership
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet representatives from the Springfield Cultural Partnership to learn more about their exciting work in Springfield helping to bring artists and the general community closer together. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Wednesday April 29, 2020
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CANCELED - 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
 
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CANCELED - 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 30, 2020
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CANCELED - 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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CANCELED - Know Your Neighbor: Dementia Friendly Coalition
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet representatives from the Dementia Friendly Coaltion to see how community members work to increase awareness of dementia related issue here in Springfield. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED - Make Noise at the Library!: Punk Rock Zumba
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We're going to get loud at the library with this Punk Rock Zumba class. Local and certified instructor, JAN, will lead families in a high energy Zumba class. Adults are welcome, but bringing your children is encouraged, no matter their age! Help us build families in a healthier community and make some noise at the library. Parking is located along Oakland Street and in the parking lot next to the Forest Park Middle School. This event is free and open to all ages! Reservations are not required, but encouraged - call . Ages 11+

CONTACT:  Alex Remy  413-263-6843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
 
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CANCELED - Poetry Slam!
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Are you a poet, or do you know a poem you think everyone should hear? Take the mic and join be heard! Slam poetry is a competition where everyone gets to perform a poem for an audience. The most talented poet will win a prize! All ages are welcome.

CONTACT:  Sara Deignan  4132636853  sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Friday May 1, 2020 - Saturday May 9, 2020
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Cancelled - Make a Mother's Day Card

Stop by during open hours a make a card for a special mom, grandma or other special person in your life. Supplies provided.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 2636828 x293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Friday May 1, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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
 
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CANCELED - Craft Your Cares Away
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Enjoy making arts and craft projects while taking your mind off of everyday worries. Each session features a new craft, and supplies come will compliments from the Friends of the Library. 18+

May 1: painting wine glasses
May 29: painting picture frames
June 26: painting mandala sun catchers

CONTACT:  Maxine Girard  413-263-6855  mgirard@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Saturday May 2, 2020
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CANCELED - 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:  Regie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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CANCELED - Know Your Neighbor: Citizens' Climate Lobby
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Meet representatives from the local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, and see how these committed and passionate people are working to protect the natural environment. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED - 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 4, 2020 - Saturday May 30, 2020
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Artworks at the Library: Pottery by Carol Hutter

From practical dish-ware to decorative vases, Carol Hutter's pottery is strong yet beautiful. Practical enough for household use, her works are enhanced with artistic flourishes that add a classic elegance and grace. 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 May 4, 2020
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CANCELED - May the Fourth Be With You - Star Wars Day
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

May the Force be with you! Help us celebrate by making Star Wars buttons, and crafts We will have a Star Wars scavenger hunt, trivia quizzes, and Star War snacks too! For all ages, during all open hours, Monday, May 4th. For more information please call the branch at 413 263 6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Tuesday May 5, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Gladius and the Spanish Guitar
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gladius performs with excitement, bringing an extra thrill to the Spanish guitar. Inspired by Spanish guitar maestros and others, Gladius' unique music combines classical and rock styles making for an energetic performance. 

For seniors ages 60+ and their caregivers, this program is funded by Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts 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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CANCELED - Genealogy Drop-In Help
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop in for help with genealogy questions. We can show you how to access the library's genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project. If you can't make it to the lab, call to make an appointment with the librarian! 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org. 18+

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  GPysznik@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
 
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CANCELED Know Your Neighbor: United Personnel
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Are you looking for work? Let United Personnel help. A representative from the agency will be onsite to expalin their service to local job seekers, and see if they can help you get back to work. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED - U.S. History And Media Discussion Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

If you love United States history then this is the group for you.  The group reviews books, documentaries, and U.S. history topics in a monthly, lively discussion.  Occasionally, the group views critically acclaimed U.S. history films together, and brings in guest speakers to join them too. Newcomers are always welcomed! Refreshments available compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Meets on the first Tuesday of every month | 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday May 6, 2020
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Census Day Celebration!
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Come to our celebrartion of Springfield and the Census. We will have food, entertainment, and prizes - including a grand prize raffle for a Nintendo Switch Lite! If you haven't filled out the Census, we will have folks who can help you get it done. Join us for a great party. When you fill out the 2020 Census, you make sure Springfield Counts! 

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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CANCELED - 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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Census Day Celebration!
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come to our celebrartion of Springfield and the Census. We will have food, entertainment, and prizes - including a grand prize raffle for a Nintendo Switch Lite! If you haven't filled out the Census, we will have folks who can help you get it done. Join us for a great party. When you fill out the 2020 Census, you make sure Springfield Counts! 

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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CANCELED - 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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Census Day Celebration!
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come to our celebrartion of Springfield and the Census. We will have food, entertainment, and prizes - including a grand prize raffle for a Nintendo Switch Lite! If you haven't filled out the Census, we will have folks who can help you get it done. Join us for a great party. When you fill out the 2020 Census, you make sure Springfield Counts! 

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Census Day Celebration!
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come to our celebrartion of Springfield and the Census. We will have food, entertainment, and prizes - including a grand prize raffle for a Nintendo Switch Lite! If you haven't filled out the Census, we will have folks who can help you get it done. Join us for a great party. When you fill out the 2020 Census, you make sure Springfield Counts! 

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Census Day Celebration!
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come to our celebrartion of Springfield and the Census. We will have food, entertainment, and prizes - including a grand prize raffle for a Nintendo Switch Lite! If you haven't filled out the Census, we will have folks who can help you get it done. Join us for a great party. When you fill out the 2020 Census, you make sure Springfield Counts! 

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Census Day Celebration!
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come to our celebrartion of Springfield and the Census. We will have food, entertainment, and prizes - including a grand prize raffle for a Nintendo Switch Lite! If you haven't filled out the Census, we will have folks who can help you get it done. Join us for a great party. When you fill out the 2020 Census, you make sure Springfield Counts! 

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Census Day Celebration!
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come to our celebrartion of Springfield and the Census. We will have food, entertainment, and prizes - including a grand prize raffle for a Nintendo Switch Lite! If you haven't filled out the Census, we will have folks who can help you get it done. Join us for a great party. When you fill out the 2020 Census, you make sure Springfield Counts! 

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Census Day Celebration!
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come to our celebrartion of Springfield and the Census. We will have food, entertainment, and prizes - including a grand prize raffle for a Nintendo Switch Lite! If you haven't filled out the Census, we will have folks who can help you get it done. Join us for a great party. When you fill out the 2020 Census, you make sure Springfield Counts! 

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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Census Day Celebration!
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come to our celebrartion of Springfield and the Census. We will have food, entertainment, and prizes - including a grand prize raffle for a Nintendo Switch Lite! If you haven't filled out the Census, we will have folks who can help you get it done. Join us for a great party. When you fill out the 2020 Census, you make sure Springfield Counts! 

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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CANCELED - Books & Brew Book Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some coffee, tea, or root beer at the East Forest Park library. Copies of the discussion book will be available at the library prior to the meeting. Since we’ll meet in the Cafe, participants are welcome to bring their own food or something to share. First Wednesdays of the month, no sign-up needed. 18+

The book for our Wednesday, May 6 discussion is Threading my prayer rug: one woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim, by Sabeeha Rehman.

CONTACT:  Kat Good-Schiff  413-263-2836  kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Cafe
Thursday May 7, 2020
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CANCELED - 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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CANCELED Know Your Neighbor: RSVP
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

People over 55 years of age can find meaningful volunteer opporunities with the help of RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Visit a representative today or again on the 26th to see what they can find for you here in the Pioneer Valley. Adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED - Cinco and Salsa
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a party at the library! We'll have samples of different salsas for you to try, tropical drinks, an art activity and even a pinata. Bring the whole family! This event is for all ages.

CONTACT:  Laura Normand    lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Friday May 8, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Yoga for Chronic Pain
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Racquel Hatfield, 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 the staff at 413-263-6858.  Please wear comfortable clothing. 18+

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
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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CANCELED Know Your Neighbor: United Personnel
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Are you looking for work? Let United Personnel help. A representative from the agency will be onsite to expalin their service to local job seekers, and see if they can help you get back to work. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED Write-Up Springfield Reads!
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Members of Write-Up Springfield, the library's creative writing group, share readings of their poems and creative fiction, and invite you to join them. An open mic will follow, and guests are welcomed to enjoy the reception and free raffle compliments of the Friends of the Library too. The featured writers include Robin Coolbeth, Doris Ditmer, Don Fischer, Tamara Fricke, Ken Harris, Carol Marrone, Jessica Megan, Michael Allen Roche, Shane Robitaille, and Kateri M. Walsh.

Funding comes from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 18+

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Monday May 11, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please note: Due to this month's cancellation of the Afterthoughts Book Group at the Central Library, our May selection, Plainsong by Kent Haruf, has been moved to our June 9th meeting. We hope to see you there!

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
 
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CANCELED Know Your Neighbor: Springfield Parent Academy
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free courses are available to local residents on parenting, personal growth, student achievement, and more from the Springfield Parent Academy. See what they have available, and sign-up for a free course today! Adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Wednesday May 13, 2020 - Saturday June 27, 2020
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Art Central: Springfield Preservation Trust's 2020 Award Winners

One of Springfield's many assets is its wonderful housing stock of historic properties. See photographs of its beautiful homes and impressive architecture meticulously restored by dozens of its residents and property owners in this display of the 2020 Springfield Preservation Trust award winners, a local advocacy group for historic preservation. www.springfieldpreservation.org All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
Wednesday May 13, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED Success with Computers, Part 1
1:00 PM - 2:30 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. Wednesday afternoons, 1-2:30 p.m. in the Central Library's Computer Lab.

  • May 13, part 1, reviews standard Windows features, introduces the web, and editing documents
  • May 20 part 2, continues with the web, introduces file management, and more
  • May 27, 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: Central Library Computer Lab
Registration will begin on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
 
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - eLibrary Exploration!
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Summer time is almost here, and with vacation comes reading! Come by and learn about the  Springfield City Library's eLibrary. Discover eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and more in this free collection of digital media and services available to you. Bring your phone and or tablet for hands-on learning and assistance. 18+

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413-263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
 
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CANCELED Award Ceremony for the Springfield Preservation Trust's 2020 Winners
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Springfield Preservation Trust honors this year's award winners in this free, public reception and presentation. See photos of their beautifully restored homes and businesses; hear stories from the award winners about their impressive work; and enjoy meeting like-minded neighbors in this interesting presentation and social.  18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
Thursday May 14, 2020
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CANCELED - 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. Ages 18+.

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

Enjoy making arts and craft projects while taking your mind off of everyday worries. Each session features a new craft, and supplies come will compliments from the Friends of the Library. 18+

May project:  Chalkboard Herb Pots

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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CANCELED Know Your Neighbor: Citizens' Climate Lobby
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet representatives from the local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, and see how these committed and passionate people are working to protect the natural environment. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Friday May 15, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - 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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CANCELED - Origami with Valley Folds
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn 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
Sunday May 17, 2020
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CANCELED Rotunda Rhythms: a Songwriters' Showcase
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Three western Massachusetts songwriters come together in this showcase of local talent and creativity. Hear songs by Sparkie Allison, Abaigeal Russell, and Sheryl Stanton in Rotunda Rhythms' last concert of the season. Be sure to meet them afterwards in a free public reception. 

Come 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 Springfield Cultural Council. All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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CANCELED Reception for Rotunda Rhythms
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Meet the songwriters of today's Rotunda Rhythms concert, Sparkie Allison, Abaigeal Russell, and Sheryl Stanton. Following the performance, concertgoers and the performers will gather in-front of Art Central (level 2) for this mix and mingle. Free raffle and refreshment for all who attend the concert and reception. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library. All ages.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828 ext 221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
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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Know Your Neighbor: Springfield Parent Academy
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free courses are available to local residents on parenting, personal growth, student achievement, and more from the Springfield Parent Academy. See what they have available, and sign-up for a free course today! Adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
 
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SLF-Board Meeeting
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Springfield Library Foundation Board Meeting

CONTACT:  Violette Giammarino  413-263-6828  campaignassistant@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park 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 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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Success with Computers, Part 2
1:00 PM - 2:30 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. Wednesday afternoons, 1-2:30 p.m. in the Central Library's Computer Lab.

  • May 13, part 1, reviews standard Windows features, introduces the web, and editing documents
  • May 20 part 2, continues with the web, introduces file management, and more
  • May 27, 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: Central Library Computer Lab
Registration will begin on Monday, April 6, 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
Thursday May 21, 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. Ages 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 May 22, 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 - 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
 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
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
 
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Know Your Neighbor: RSVP
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

People over 55 years of age can find meaningful volunteer opporunities with the help of RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Visit a representative today or again on the 26th to see what they can find for you here in the Pioneer Valley. Adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Wednesday May 27, 2020
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CANCELED - 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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Success with Computers, Part 3
1:00 PM - 2:30 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. Wednesday afternoons, 1-2:30 p.m. in the Central Library's Computer Lab.

  • May 13, part 1, reviews standard Windows features, introduces the web, and editing documents
  • May 20 part 2, continues with the web, introduces file management, and more
  • May 27, 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: Central Library Computer Lab
Registration will begin on Monday, April 6, 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
 
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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 May 28, 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Know Your Neighbor: Big Blue Drop-in Center
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Christ Church Cathedral has opened a new drop-in center for people experiencing homelessness. Let a church representative tell you more about what they're doing to help ease the trauma of homelessness. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Rotunda
Friday May 29, 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 - 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
 
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Craft Your Cares Away
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Enjoy making arts and craft projects while taking your mind off of everyday worries. Each session features a new craft, and supplies come will compliments from the Friends of the Library. 18+

May 29: painting picture frames
June 26: painting mandala sun catchers

CONTACT:  Maxine Girard  413-263-6855  mgirard@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
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
Monday June 1, 2020
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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 June 2, 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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Genealogy Drop-In Help
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop in for help with genealogy questions. We can show you how to access the library's genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project. If you can't make it to the lab, call to make an appointment with the librarian! 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org. 18+

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  GPysznik@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
 
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U.S. History And Media Discussion Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

If you love United States history then this is the group for you.  The group reviews books, documentaries, and U.S. history topics in a monthly, lively discussion.  Occasionally, the group views critically acclaimed U.S. history films together, and brings in guest speakers to join them too. Newcomers are always welcomed! Refreshments available compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Meets on the first Tuesday of every month | 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday June 3, 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:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
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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Kindness Rock Painting
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sometimes we all need a little encouragement, a kind word or something to just make us smile. Come paint an uplifting message, word or picture on a rock. The goal of this program is to inspire others and spread kindness. The rocks will be distributed around the East Forest Park neighborhood.

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Children's Room
Thursday June 4, 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Friday June 5, 2020
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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 June 6, 2020
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Yoga for Chronic Pain
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Racquel Hatfield, 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 the staff at 413-263-6858.  Please wear comfortable clothing. 18+

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
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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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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Flying High Doggies
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us on the lawn outside of the East Forest Park Branch Library for an amazing show from some of the most athletic Border Collies on the planet. They’ll perform with Mike Piazza, multiple world finalist and world record holder in K-9 Frisbee and the current #1 Professional K-9 frisbee performer in the world! There will be a variety of frisbee stunts and other entertaining tricks during the performance and lots of audience participation.

Fun for humans of all ages! Please bring your own blanket or lawn chairs for this special outdoor event.

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
Monday June 8, 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 June 9, 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 June 10, 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 June 11, 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. Ages 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

Enjoy making arts and craft projects while taking your mind off of everyday worries. Each session features a new craft, and supplies come will compliments from the Friends of the Library. 18+

June's project: Explosion box.

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Friday June 12, 2020
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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
Tuesday June 16, 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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Introduction to Project Budgets
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don't know what and how much to ask for? Learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence. This class  provides instruction on how to generate a standard project budget for a non-profit's, foundation proposal and includes:

-    the basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
-    how to estimate the realistic cost of a project
-    what other financial documents you may need to submit with your proposal

Intended Audience: Fundraising & development staff for nonprofit organizations, and nonprofit grant writers.

Prerequisites: It would be helpful if you are familiar with the basics of proposal writing.

Pre-registration is required and opens May 11th.

This program is offered as part of the Funding Information Network resources available at the Springfield City Library's Central Library.

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry  413-263-6828 x437  emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Registration will begin on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM     
 
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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 June 17, 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+

June's reading will be the short story "Memiors Of A Bootlegger's Son" written by Saul Bellow, and available from Granta 41 (1993) as well as on-line. 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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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 some coffee, tea, or root beer at the East Forest Park library. Copies of the discussion book will be available at the library prior to the meeting. Since we’ll meet in the Cafe, participants are welcome to bring their own food or something to share. No sign-up needed.18+

The book for our Wednesday, June 17 discussion is Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith

CONTACT:  Kat Good-Schiff  413-263-2836  kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Cafe
Thursday June 18, 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. Ages 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 June 19, 2020
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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
 
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Snack BINGO
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

It's time for Snack BINGO this summer at East Springfield. Come play for a chance to win a candy bar, or snack pack of cookies or chips! This program is for all ages so bring your friends and family. 

CONTACT:  Trish Labroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Snack BINGO
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

It's time for Snack BINGO this summer at Pine Point. Come play for a chance to win a candy bar, or snack pack of cookies or chips! This program is for all ages so bring your friends and family.

CONTACT:  Maxine Girard  413-263-6855  mgirard@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Saturday June 20, 2020
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Origami with Valley Folds
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn 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
Monday June 22, 2020
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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 June 23, 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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WIC: Food and Nutrition Benefits for Mothers and Their Children
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Low income mothers and their children may qualify for government-sponsored food and nutrition benefits. See how you may qualify and demystify the application process at this staffed information table designed especially for pregnant women, mothers, and their families. A representative from Tapestry Health of Springfield will be available to help guide parents through the application process, and explain how to best use the WIC benefits. Se habla español. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Wednesday June 24, 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 June 25, 2020
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Afterthoughts @Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
 
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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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Friday June 26, 2020
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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
 
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Craft Your Cares Away
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Enjoy making arts and craft projects while taking your mind off of everyday worries. Each session features a new craft, and supplies come will compliments from the Friends of the Library. 18+

June 26: painting mandala sun catchers

CONTACT:  Maxine Girard  413-263-6855  mgirard@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
Tuesday June 30, 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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Library Flower Garden: American Flowers Week Celebration
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

America is a beautiful landscape of wildflowers unique to every state. During the national American Flower Week, help Forest Park Library staff plant our summer flower garden. Refreshments come with compliments from the Friends of the Library as a thank you to our helpful community members.18+

CONTACT:  Alexandra Remy  4132636843  aremy@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Wednesday July 1, 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:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6840  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
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 some coffee, tea, or root beer at the East Forest Park library. Copies of the discussion book will be available at the library prior to the meeting. Since we’ll meet in the Cafe, participants are welcome to bring their own food or something to share. First Wednesdays of the month, no sign-up needed. 18+

The book for our Wednesday, June 3 discussion is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah.

CONTACT:  Kat Good-Schiff  413-263-2836  kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Cafe
Thursday July 2, 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday July 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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WIC: Food and Nutrition Benefits for Mothers and Their Children
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Low income mothers and their children may qualify for government-sponsored food and nutrition benefits. See how you may qualify and demystify the application process at this staffed information table designed especially for pregnant women, mothers, and their families. A representative from Tapestry Health of Springfield will be available to help guide parents through the application process, and explain how to best use the WIC benefits. Se habla español. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Genealogy Drop-In Help
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop in for help with genealogy questions. We can show you how to access the library's genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project. If you can't make it to the lab, call to make an appointment with the librarian! 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org. 18+

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828 x395  GPysznik@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
 
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U.S. History And Media Discussion Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

If you love United States history then this is the group for you.  The group reviews books, documentaries, and U.S. history topics in a monthly, lively discussion.  Occasionally, the group views critically acclaimed U.S. history films together, and brings in guest speakers to join them too. Newcomers are always welcomed! Refreshments available compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Meets on the first Tuesday of every month | 18+

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday July 8, 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 July 9, 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday July 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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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 Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk W. Johnson (2018) nonfiction.
 

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Wednesday July 15, 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
Thursday July 16, 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Saturday July 18, 2020
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Yoga for Chronic Pain
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Racquel Hatfield, 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 the staff at 413-263-6858.  Please wear comfortable clothing. 18+

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
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Origami with Valley Folds
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn 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
Tuesday July 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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WIC: Food and Nutrition Benefits for Mothers and Their Children
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Low income mothers and their children may qualify for government-sponsored food and nutrition benefits. See how you may qualify and demystify the application process at this staffed information table designed especially for pregnant women, mothers, and their families. A representative from Tapestry Health of Springfield will be available to help guide parents through the application process, and explain how to best use the WIC benefits. Se habla español. Teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Ann Harper  413-263-6843  aharper@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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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 July 22, 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 July 23, 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Friday July 24, 2020
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Snack BINGO
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

It's time for Snack BINGO this summer at Pine Point. Come play for a chance to win a candy bar, or snack pack of cookies or chips! This program is for all ages so bring your friends and family. This program is happening on June 19, July 24 and August 21.

CONTACT:  Maxine Girard  413-263-6855  mgirard@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Snack BINGO
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

It's time for Snack BINGO this summer at East Springfield. Come play for a chance to win a candy bar, or snack pack of cookies or chips! This program is for all ages so bring your friends and family. 

CONTACT:  Trish Labroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Monday July 27, 2020
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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 July 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
Wednesday July 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
Thursday July 30, 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. Ages 18+.

CONTACT:  Matthew Vasquez Jaquith  413-263-6828, x221  mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Tuesday August 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