Tuesday June 21, 2022 - Saturday August 27, 2022
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Discover Your Summer City-Wide Reading Club

Discover YOUR Summer at the Springfield City Library. Learn a skill, find your passion, attend free programs, or just read a good book! Win prizes for participation. For kids, we also have drop-in crafts weekly, and a new scavenger hunt every month, so check us out! Play along at: https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper form at any library location. All ages.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6828 ex 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Discover Your Summer City-Wide Reading Club

Discover YOUR Summer at the Springfield City Library. Learn a skill, find your passion, attend free programs, or just read a good book! Win prizes for participation. For kids, we also have drop-in crafts weekly, and a new scavenger hunt every month, so check us out! Play along at: https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper form at any library location. All ages.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6828 ex 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Discover Your Summer City-Wide Reading Club

Discover YOUR Summer at the Springfield City Library. Learn a skill, find your passion, attend free programs, or just read a good book! Win prizes for participation. For kids, we also have drop-in crafts weekly, and a new scavenger hunt every month, so check us out! Play along at: https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper form at any library location. All ages.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6828 ex 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park
 
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Discover Your Summer City-Wide Reading Club

Discover YOUR Summer at the Springfield City Library. Learn a skill, find your passion, attend free programs, or just read a good book! Win prizes for participation. For kids, we also have drop-in crafts weekly, and a new scavenger hunt every month, so check us out! Play along at: https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper form at any library location. All ages.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6828 ex 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Discover Your Summer City-Wide Reading Club

Discover YOUR Summer at the Springfield City Library. Learn a skill, find your passion, attend free programs, or just read a good book! Win prizes for participation. For kids, we also have drop-in crafts weekly, and a new scavenger hunt every month, so check us out! Play along at: https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper form at any library location. All ages.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6828 ex 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park
 
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Discover Your Summer City-Wide Reading Club

Discover YOUR Summer at the Springfield City Library. Learn a skill, find your passion, attend free programs, or just read a good book! Win prizes for participation. For kids, we also have drop-in crafts weekly, and a new scavenger hunt every month, so check us out! Play along at: https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper form at any library location. All ages.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6828 ex 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Discover Your Summer City-Wide Reading Club

Discover YOUR Summer at the Springfield City Library. Learn a skill, find your passion, attend free programs, or just read a good book! Win prizes for participation. For kids we also have drop-in crafts weekly, and a new scavenger hunt every month, so check us out! Play along at: https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper form at any library location. All ages.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6828 ex 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Library Express at Pine Point
 
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Discover Your Summer City-Wide Reading Club

Discover YOUR Summer at the Springfield City Library. Learn a skill, find your passion, attend free programs, or just read a good book! Win prizes for participation.For kids we also have drop-in crafts weekly, and a new scavenger hunt every month, so check us out! Play along at: https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper form at any library location. All ages.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6828 ex 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Discover Your Summer City-Wide Reading Club

Discover YOUR Summer at the Springfield City Library. Learn a skill, find your passion, attend free programs, or just read a good book! Win prizes for participation. For kids, we also have drop-in crafts weekly, and a new scavenger hunt every month, so check us out! Play along at: https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper form at any library location. All ages.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6828 ex 293  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Saturday July 2, 2022
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Jump n' Jam Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Storytime is the perfect way to spend a Saturday! We'll jump and dance and laugh the morning away—and of course, hear lots of awesome stories!

Jump n' Jam Storytime is geared toward ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Registration is optional, but recommended to get reminded of upcoming storytimes!

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:    413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Adult Area
Monday July 4, 2022
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Independence Day: All Locations Closed

All Springfield City Library locations will be closed in observance of the holiday.

CONTACT:  Director's Office  413 263-6828 ext 290  
LOCATION: All Library Locations
Tuesday July 5, 2022
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Wee Ones: Storytime and Playgroup
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.

CONTACT:  Talin Linina  413-263-6828 x201  tlinina@springfieldibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
 
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Soothing Adult Coloring
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come join other grown folks for some low-key coloring and conversation - or feel free to come color with your headphones if you just need some wind-down time! We'll provide all the coloring supplies. No registration, just drop in! Every first Monday of the month. Adults 18+.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Home City Families: Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! Sixteen Acres Branch Library Playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age. No registration required!

CONTACT:  Jennifer Teehan-Sanford     teehan-sanfordj@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

From traditional crafts to digital tinkering, the East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week we will have a drop-in project or two based on a theme.
Want to learn more? Contact the East Forest Park Branch Library at (413) 263-6836.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
 
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Teen Tuesdays
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further.  Get inspired by a wide array of art and writing materials or play one of our many board games.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is intended for ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Taste Test Tuesdays
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We'll supply anything from international to limited edition or seasonal snacks - open to your suggestions. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
 
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Teen Detective's Book Club
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Calling all detectives! Do you love solving a mystery? Join us at the Forest Park Library once a month to hash out all the clues! For July we will be reading One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus.

One Tuesday a month at 4:00 PM. Ages 14-19. 

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Cooking for Beginners
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Start your culinary journey with our Cooking for Beginners course. Reference librarian Chelsea will lead the class to make meals and snacks that you'll be able to recreate at home in no time. Come ready to learn and enjoy some tasty morsels at the end of the class. Lesson of each month will be shared ahead of time. Pre-registration is required with a limit of 10 people per class. Offered the 1st Tuesday of the month through September 2022.

CONTACT:  Chelsea Bell  413-263-6858  cbell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
There are 5 spaces available.
Wednesday July 6, 2022
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Free Chair Exercise Group Host by Our Journey
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This free beginner exercise group is for the senior population within the community and is open to those with limited mobility. Our Journey Wellness Center Group Instructors will teach all exercises. The exercises taught will use chairs and individuals will primarily be seated. It is great for those looking to get a light cardio workout, improve their range of motion, and/or increase their fitness level.

This is a non-library-sponsored event. 

CONTACT:  Cynthia Davis  4132193288  ourjourneyspf@gmail.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805  HHodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Sixteen Acres Library Coding Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Come learn the interesting skill of computer coding with a dedicated and highly knowledgeable groups of students. It is their goal to help teens learn to do their own computer programs and also to use that knowledge in gaining employment in the high-demand computer industry job market.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Books & Brew Discussion Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join a lively discussion with other book lovers, and enjoy your favorite brew too. Books & Brew meets in person on the first Wednesday of each month, Ages 18+, at Nathan Bill's Restaurant in Springfield.

This month's selection is  The Vixen by Francine Prose. In 1953 at a distinguished New York publishing firm, Simon Putnam, a recent Harvard graduate, is tasked with editing a steamy bodice-ripper based on the trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg--a project that makes him realize that the people around him are not what they seem. Copies of the book will be available at the East Forest Park and Forest Park Branch Libraries.

CONTACT:  Jenkins Lumpkin  413-263-6836  jlumpkin@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
Thursday July 7, 2022
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Circle Time Fun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. "Circle time" is not only a fun experience for your child but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of children's books and multimedia before or after the program! We'll stay safe by meeting outdoors when weather permits and by encouraging social distancing when indoors. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Summer Reading Celebration
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate Summer Reading!  Performer Tom Sieling will keep your toes tapping with an "ocean-full" of songs guaranteed to entertain the whole family from 1 to 2pm. Come join the fun until 4pm with fun games, crafts and signing up for summer reading! Refreshments provided. 

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413 263-6805  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
 
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Summer Reading Celebration
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate Summer Reading!  From 4- 5 p.m., performer Tom Sieling will keep your toes tapping with an "ocean-full" of songs guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Come join the fun! Refreshments provided. 

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  413 263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Thursday Crafternoons
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library for some de-stressing arts and crafts every Thursday afternoon! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Children's Room
 
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Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Meet & Greet
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association is going around the state having smaller meetings. Our theme for our 2022 Summer Regional Meeting Tour is, “Meet, Greet, and Eat!” with a focus on reconnecting the membership in person after a long hiatus, sharing stories and pointers as we reestablish our network, and enjoying some refreshments provided by the Association.

This is a non-library-sponsored event. 

CONTACT:  Will Candler   6178277641  wcandler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
Friday July 8, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come for coffee! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood will gather and chat in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  TLabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Sunshine Storytimes at Downtown Farmers Market
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer's Market! We will have water bottles available to keep everyone hydrated. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!

The Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market is located at Tower Square Park (1447 Main Street.) For more information, visit their page.

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Writing Fun Fridays
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in for some fun Friday learning this summer!  We'll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more.  

Ideal or ages ages 2-7 with younger and older children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Every Friday from 1-4:30 in June, July and  August. 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to beat the heat? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club, in our air conditioned Teen Area.  We supply the artist-quality crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages, to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room, Friday afternoons, 1-5pm. Ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Switch It Up!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come Switch it up at the library and play your choice of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 or Mario Party Superstars! Light refreshments will be served. Second Friday of the month from 3-4:30 at ES Branch. Teens 13-18.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Saturday July 9, 2022
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Discover Dungeons & Dragons
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Curious about Dungeons & Dragons but don't know how to get started? Meet us on the mezzanine in Rice Hall for a beginner-friendly adventure every month. No equipment, commitment, or experience is required. If you only stop by a couple times or want to play every month, the real treasure will be the friends we make along the way! Registration is optional, but recommended. For adults 18+

CONTACT:  Katherine Stapp  413-263-6828 x395  kstapp@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Jump n' Jam Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Storytime is the perfect way to spend a Saturday! We'll jump and dance and laugh the morning away—and of course, hear lots of awesome stories!

Jump n' Jam Storytime is geared toward ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Registration is optional, but recommended to get reminded of upcoming storytimes!

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Mindful Reading with Cadence the Dog
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Calling all kids!  Come to a mindfulness experience for emerging and practiced readers of all ages.  The librarian will share  a few relaxing stories with you and our special guests Megan and her certified therapy dog Cadence.   After we read as a group, children are welcome to take a turn meeting Cadence and reading with her  - she loves to hear stories of all kinds.   Books will be available for read aloud or bring your own favorites.  Reading with a pet is a calming, stress-free way to build fluency and expression.  Please join us! We'll meet outside but move indoors to the Children's Room in case of rain or extreme heat. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Registration is strongly encouraged with drop-ins welcome as space allows.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
There are many spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:    413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Adult Area
 
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Lunch Bunch: Tween Edition
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Are you a kid who wants to be more independent and find ways to cook for yourself? Join Julia to learn how to make fun, healthy lunches. For tweens ages 8-12. Classes limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Chelsea Bell  413-263-6858  cbell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Write-Up Springfield
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Creative writers of all types are invited to Write-Up Springfield's monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and sharing. Led by Tara Dasso and Kateri M. Walsh, these hands-on workshops are a chance to hone your skill and hear from other western Massachusetts writers on creative writing. Newcomers welcomed!

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

CONTACT:  Alexandra  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
Monday July 11, 2022
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How Many? How Much? How Heavy?

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. For all ages. Indian Orchard branch, all open hours. For more information please call 413 263 6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Minecraft Monday
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library every other Monday afternoon for Minecraft adventures! Join our library server and explore the ever-expanding, world-building awesomeness of Minecraft! Every other Monday at 4:00 PM. Ages 12-17 | Every other Monday | Forest Park Branch Library Teen Zone

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Teen Choice Day
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for YOUR choice in teen programming! We're inviting all 13-19 years old to suggest super fun activities they would like to see at the library. Talk with your local branch librarian or connect with us through polls, suggestion boxes, and more.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
Tuesday July 12, 2022
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Discover Your Summer: Drop in Crafts

Stop into the Central Branch Library every other Tuesday between June 14 to Aug 30, to see what creative project is waiting for you.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
 
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

You're invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood, and those that provide services for Seniors will pop by to keep you informed and entertained. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  4132636846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
 
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Wee Ones: Storytime and Playgroup
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.

CONTACT:  Talin Linina  413-263-6828 x201  tlinina@springfieldibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group - ONLINE
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Explore great books, join a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. New members are always welcome! Meets online via Zoom at noon on the second Tuesday of every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Central Library's second-floor Circulation Desk. | 18+

This month's selection is Agent Sonya: The Spy Next Door by Ben Macintyre (2020) nonfiction. 

Click here to join the monthly Zoom meeting. Registration is optional for those who would like to receive email reminders and updates.

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.
 
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Home City Families: Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! Sixteen Acres Branch Library Playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age. No registration required!

CONTACT:  Jennifer Teehan-Sanford     teehan-sanfordj@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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RAD Bike Repair Workshop
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you have a bike that could use a little love? Hate spending all that money at a bike shop when you know you could probably do it yourself? Come to the East Forest Park Library on July 12th to learn how to fix your bicycle, or learn how to build your own! RADSpringfield bike experts will on on-site to answer questions, take care of your repairs, or to accept bike donations to be refurbished.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
 
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Teen Tuesdays
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further.  Get inspired by a wide array of art and writing materials or play one of our many board games.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is intended for ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Taste Test Tuesdays
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We'll supply anything from international to limited edition or seasonal snacks - open to your suggestions. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
 
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Slime Time!
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

What time is it? Slime Time! Stop by Brightwood Branch to make your very own slime using glitter, googly eyes and much more! While supplies last.

CONTACT:  Emily Jones  413-263-6805  ejones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood Community Room
Wednesday July 13, 2022
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The Any Book Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Any Book Club (ABC) meets bi-monthly to share stories about their recent reads. In rotation with one another, members review books they've read recently so others can learn about what's great and -  sometimes - what's not! Those who enjoy adult fiction will feel especially at home, but all adult readers are welcomed.

Members can attend either or both sessions. 18+

CONTACT:  Jenkins Lumpkin  413-263-6836  jlumpkin@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
 
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Bubble Bash
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for Bubble Bash - an event that celebrates all things bubbles! Enjoy a myriad of bubbles: soap bubbles, bubble wrap, bubble gum and bubble tea. Kids ages 5-10 and their siblings.

CONTACT:  Laura Normand  413-263-6853  lnormand@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Reading Garden
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805  HHodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Sixteen Acres Library Coding Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Come learn the interesting skill of computer coding with a dedicated and highly knowledgeable groups of students. It is their goal to help teens learn to do their own computer programs and also to use that knowledge in gaining employment in the high-demand computer industry job market.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Teen Choice Day
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for YOUR choice in teen programming! We're inviting all 13-19 years old to suggest super fun activities they would like to see at the library. Talk with your local branch librarian or connect with us through polls, suggestion boxes, and more.

CONTACT:   Mayra Quinones  4132636840  MQuinones@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Model Makers Club
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

What have you been working on? A '69 Camaro, an Apollo Lunar Lander, a RX-78-2 Gundam? From classic cars to futuristic spacecrafts, find them all at your fingertips as you construct the perfect plastic model kit. Join us in the Makerspace at the East Forest Park Library for our monthly model building meet-up. Bring a project to work on, or just stop in to talk shop. For teens and adults of all experience levels.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Thursday July 14, 2022
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Central Library John Cotton Dana Room
 
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Circle Time Fun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. "Circle time" is not only a fun experience for your child but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of children's books and multimedia before or after the program! We'll stay safe by meeting outdoors when weather permits and by encouraging social distancing when indoors. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Thursday Crafternoons
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library for some de-stressing arts and crafts every Thursday afternoon! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Children's Room
Friday July 15, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come for coffee! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood will gather and chat in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  TLabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Sunshine Storytimes at Downtown Farmers Market
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer's Market! We will have water bottles available to keep everyone hydrated. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!

The Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market is located at Tower Square Park (1447 Main Street.) For more information, visit their page.

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Writing Fun Fridays
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in for some fun Friday learning this summer!  We'll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more.  

Ideal or ages ages 2-7 with younger and older children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Every Friday from 1-4:30 in June, July and  August. 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to beat the heat? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club, in our air conditioned Teen Area.  We supply the artist-quality crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages, to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room, Friday afternoons, 1-5pm. Ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Teen Gaming Club
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

It's time to start the weekend with some games! We will have a couple of boardgames available, but collectible card games are welcome! Can you beat a librarian at Magic the Gathering or Yu Gi Oh? We're guessing, the answer is "yes" wink Ages 12-18 welcome.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Teen Room
Saturday July 16, 2022
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Romance Book Club - ONLINE
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for the Romance Book Club! We discuss a different romance novel each month - our choices explore all the sub-genres, and a wide representation of characters. One Saturday a month, 3-4 pm, online via Zoom. Register if you'd like to be added to our email list, but no registration is required - just join us at the Zoom link. For adults 18+. See our current book choice and group guidelines at the website!

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.
 
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Jump n' Jam Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Storytime is the perfect way to spend a Saturday! We'll jump and dance and laugh the morning away—and of course, hear lots of awesome stories!

Jump n' Jam Storytime is geared toward ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Registration is optional, but recommended to get reminded of upcoming storytimes!

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Credit Seminar
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Credit Seminar held by Lending Dept for Country Bank.

This is a non-library-sponsored event. 

CONTACT:  Justin Calheno  413-626-0395  jcalheno@countrybank.com
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:    413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Adult Area
 
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Cut the Cord: Letting Go of Cable
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you tired of paying a high cable bill for channels you don't even watch? Do you want to quit cable and subscribe to streaming services but don't know where to start? This workshop will highlight various streaming options to cable and covers how streaming can be a more budget-friendly option to watch your favorite shows. Adults 18+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Rising Tide Concert
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Re-live the folk-rock hits from the 1960's & 1970 with the local band Rising Tide.  The quartet's blend of singing, guitar, & percussion with a twist of violin make for an exciting sound covering the top hits of the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more. Concert will be outside if the weather allows!

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Monday July 18, 2022
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How Many? How Much? How Heavy?

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. For all ages. Indian Orchard branch, all open hours. For more information please call 413 263 6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Switch Afternoon
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us in the central library teen room for an afternoon of Switch gaming! We'll have multiple player games to choose from. Refreshments will be provided! Teens 12-19 are welcome.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
 
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Monday Munchies
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Are you an adventurous eater? Do you like to try out new foods? Join us on the third Monday of every month when we will try out unique snacks and different foods from the around the world. Tweens and Teens ages 11-19.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday July 19, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

You're invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood, and those that provide services for Seniors will pop by to keep you informed and entertained. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  4132636846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
 
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What's Cooking - ONLINE
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join the Cookbook Club’s monthly discussion to improve your cooking skills, share great recipes, hear about the latest new cookbooks, and more. The third Tuesday of each month online via zoom - click to join!

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828  gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Online
 
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Wee Ones: Storytime and Playgroup
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.

CONTACT:  Talin Linina  413-263-6828 x201  tlinina@springfieldibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
 
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Home City Families: Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! Sixteen Acres Branch Library Playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age. No registration required!

CONTACT:  Jennifer Teehan-Sanford     teehan-sanfordj@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

From traditional crafts to digital tinkering, the East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week we will have a drop-in project or two based on a theme.
Want to learn more? Contact the East Forest Park Branch Library at (413) 263-6836.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
 
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Teen Tuesdays
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further.  Get inspired by a wide array of art and writing materials or play one of our many board games.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is intended for ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Taste Test Tuesdays
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We'll supply anything from international to limited edition or seasonal snacks - open to your suggestions. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
 
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Cooking for Beginners: Teen Edition
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Start your culinary journey with our Cooking for Beginners course. Teen librarian Sarah will lead teens in learning meals and snacks that you'll be able to recreate at home in no time. Come ready to learn and enjoy some tasty morsels at the end of the class. Lesson of each month will be shared ahead of time. Pre-registration is required with a limit of 10 people per class. Offered the 3rd Tuesday of the month through September. Ages 13-17.

CONTACT:  Chelsea Bell  413-263-6858  cbell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Eager Readers Book Group
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join this long-running book group of reading enthusiasts! Newcomers welcome. The group reads mostly contemporary novels, although occasionally historical fiction, adventures, and some non-fiction. The book club members jointly choose upcoming books. Check our web page for this month's book! No registration required, just drop by. Adults 18+.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday July 20, 2022
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805  HHodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Sixteen Acres Library Coding Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Come learn the interesting skill of computer coding with a dedicated and highly knowledgeable groups of students. It is their goal to help teens learn to do their own computer programs and also to use that knowledge in gaining employment in the high-demand computer industry job market.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Summer Reading Challenge Accepted!
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Summer Reading Challenge is on! Join us for a monthly meet-up to enjoy some snacks and chat about the books that we're reading - and what we're excited to read next!

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Teen Room
 
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Make Your Own Ice Cream!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us on Wednesday July 20th at 4pm to make your own ice cream! This program is geared toward families and children ages 6+. 

Note: To make the ice cream we will be shaking ziploc bags of ingredients, so bring energized arms (and maybe a buddy to trade off with!)

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  (413) 263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Picture It! Mini Canvas Painting for Teens
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Using a 4"x4" canvas create your own mini masterpiece. Let your imagination loose. For teens ages 12-18. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. You may preregister online or by calling 413 263 6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 12:19 PM     
 
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Teen Manga Squad
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Calling all manga fans! Do you want to meet other teens who love manga as much as you? Then we have the squad for you! Drop-in and talk about your favorite characters and stories. We'll have snacks, advice, and fun! Ages 10-18 welcome.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Teen Room
Thursday July 21, 2022
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Raymond Jordan Senior Center Book Club
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come join us for a fascinating book club at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center! Do you love to read about real life events? Are you intrigued by learning more about others' stories and experiences - whether in the present or the past? If so, then meet us at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center for our monthly Book Club, where we delve into the heart of historical fiction, non-fiction, and even memoir.

Third Thursday | 10 AM | Adults, 18+ 

CONTACT:  Jenkins Lumpkin  413-263-6836  jlumpkin@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Circle Time Fun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. "Circle time" is not only a fun experience for your child but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of children's books and multimedia before or after the program! We'll stay safe by meeting outdoors when weather permits and by encouraging social distancing when indoors. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Thursday Crafternoons
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library for some de-stressing arts and crafts every Thursday afternoon! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Children's Room
Friday July 22, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come for coffee! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood will gather and chat in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  TLabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Sunshine Storytimes at Downtown Farmers Market
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer's Market! We will have water bottles available to keep everyone hydrated. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!

The Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market is located at Tower Square Park (1447 Main Street.) For more information, visit their page.

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Writing Fun Fridays
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in for some fun Friday learning this summer!  We'll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more.  

Ideal or ages ages 2-7 with younger and older children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Every Friday from 1-4:30 in June, July and  August. 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to beat the heat? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club, in our air conditioned Teen Area.  We supply the artist-quality crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages, to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room, Friday afternoons, 1-5pm. Ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Wildlife on Wheels
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us with our friends from the Forest Park Zoo for this interactive program that explores the wide variety of animals in the Zoo's collection. 

CONTACT:  Maureen Tipton  413-263-6836  mtipton@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
Saturday July 23, 2022
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Jump n' Jam Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Storytime is the perfect way to spend a Saturday! We'll jump and dance and laugh the morning away—and of course, hear lots of awesome stories!

Jump n' Jam Storytime is geared toward ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Registration is optional, but recommended to get reminded of upcoming storytimes!

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
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Mindful Reading with Cadence the Dog
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Calling all kids!  Come to a mindfulness experience for emerging and practiced readers of all ages.  The librarian will share  a few relaxing stories with you and our special guests Megan and her certified therapy dog Cadence.   After we read as a group, children are welcome to take a turn meeting Cadence and reading with her  - she loves to hear stories of all kinds.   Books will be available for read aloud or bring your own favorites.  Reading with a pet is a calming, stress-free way to build fluency and expression.  Please join us! We'll meet outside but move indoors to the Children's Room in case of rain or extreme heat. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Registration is strongly encouraged with drop-ins welcome as space allows.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
There are many spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:    413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Adult Area
 
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Lunch Bunch
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to making healthy, easy lunches for your children? Parents, join reference librarian Chelsea to learn some fun ways to make healthy lunches.

Classes limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required. For parents, but bringing your children is welcome!

CONTACT:  Chelsea Bell  413-263-6858  cbell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Indian Orchard MineCrafters
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us at the Indian Orchard Library for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! The second Saturday of the month from 12:00-2:00pm. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. For children and teens ages 10 and up. Please call 263-6846 for more information.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Cookies & Canvas
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

What will your masterpiece look like? Come join us for a fun time of creating a special summer painting. While paintings are drying stay and enjoy cookies and lemonade.

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Houseplant Hangout
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Do you love houseplants? So do we! Join the staff at Forest Park Library each month to talk all things houseplants! Make DIY pots, repot plants together, learn cool plant hacks, get new care tips, discover new plants, and meet others in the area with this hobby! All Ages | Saturdays Once a Month | Forest Park Branch Library

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Monday July 25, 2022
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How Many? How Much? How Heavy?

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. For all ages. Indian Orchard branch, all open hours. For more information please call 413 263 6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Monday July 25, 2022 - Saturday July 30, 2022
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Little Library Post Office

The children's room at Central is turning into a Little Library Post Office for the last week of July! Stop by to write and send your very own letter. We'll provide stationary, envelopes, stamps, and even blank postcards you can draw on. When you're done, you can mail the letter yourself or leave it in our mini mailbox and we'll send it for you! While supplies last. 

CONTACT:  Talin Linina  413-263-6828 x444  tlinina@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
Monday July 25, 2022
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Drawing with Nature - Ink Drawing for the Whole Family
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Have you ever used a stick or flower stalk to make a drawing? Try it! It’s fun. Each makes a different kind of line. We will use India ink but you can use paint or whatever you have. Kids love this project but why should kids have all the fun!? All ages. On our patio, weather permitting.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Minecraft Monday
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library every other Monday afternoon for Minecraft adventures! Join our library server and explore the ever-expanding, world-building awesomeness of Minecraft! Every other Monday at 4:00 PM. Ages 12-17 | Every other Monday | Forest Park Branch Library Teen Zone

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday July 26, 2022
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Discover Your Summer: Drop in Crafts

Stop into the Central Branch Library every other Tuesday between June 14 to Aug 30, to see what creative project is waiting for you.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
 
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

You're invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood, and those that provide services for Seniors will pop by to keep you informed and entertained. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  4132636846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
 
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Wee Ones: Storytime and Playgroup
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.

CONTACT:  Talin Linina  413-263-6828 x201  tlinina@springfieldibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
 
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Home City Families: Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! Sixteen Acres Branch Library Playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age. No registration required!

CONTACT:  Jennifer Teehan-Sanford     teehan-sanfordj@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

From traditional crafts to digital tinkering, the East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week we will have a drop-in project or two based on a theme.
Want to learn more? Contact the East Forest Park Branch Library at (413) 263-6836.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
 
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Teen Tuesdays
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further.  Get inspired by a wide array of art and writing materials or play one of our many board games.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is intended for ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Taste Test Tuesdays
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We'll supply anything from international to limited edition or seasonal snacks - open to your suggestions. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
 
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413 Gourmet Club
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for a new cooking class meets book club series that will be hands-on and in-person for those who love to cook at home. During the class, participants will assist in creating a pre-selected dish from the chosen cookbook of the month. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to check out the selected cookbook ahead of time and to bring an accompanying dish from it to share. The main meal will be selected and shared at registration. Registration for this event is required with a limit of 10 participants. 

Cookbook (subject to change): Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski 

CONTACT:  Chelsea Bell  413-263-6858  cbell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
There are 10 spaces available.
Wednesday July 27, 2022
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The Any Book Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Any Book Club (ABC) meets bi-monthly to share stories about their recent reads. In rotation with one another, members review books they've read recently so others can learn about what's great and - sometimes - what's not! Those who enjoy adult fiction will feel especially at home, but all adult readers are welcomed.

Members can attend either or both sessions.18+

CONTACT:  Jenkins Lumpkin  413-263-6836  jlumpkin@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805  HHodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Central Library Comics Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you love manga? Do you wait for the next big MCU project to be announced? Then this is the club for you. Join us on the 4th Wed. of each month to talk about all things comics, anime, and manga. Ages 13-19 welcome.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
 
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Forest Park Teen Advisory Board
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join our Teen Advisory Board to share what you want to see at the library - from programs and events to books, movies, video games and more! Talk about your ideas to make the library a better place for you. Come and enjoy refreshments while you meet new friends. The library is all yours, just ask!

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
 
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Call to Action: Empowering Change, Health Equity, and Justice”
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

How can we better advocate for our children? How can we identify problems and make the change? You can be the change agent. Join us for a panel discussion led by Wellness for the Culture on Social Justice and Change. Share your experiences, and thoughts and discuss actions for the change you want.

This is a non-library-sponsored event

CONTACT:  ROBERT CRAWFORD  413.787.6718  RCRAWFORD@SPRINGFIELDCITYHALL.COM
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday July 28, 2022
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Circle Time Fun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. "Circle time" is not only a fun experience for your child but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of children's books and multimedia before or after the program! We'll stay safe by meeting outdoors when weather permits and by encouraging social distancing when indoors. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Thursday Crafternoons
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library for some de-stressing arts and crafts every Thursday afternoon! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Children's Room
 
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Teen Writer's Guild
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Do you love Creative Writing? Can't get enough of fiction? Need to put your thoughts into poems? Want to pen the next big screenplay? Then come join us at the Forest Park branch for a monthly meeting all about writing! Play writing games, learn new forms and genres, practice with prompts, and share your writing for workshop. Develop your creative writing skills and learn what it takes to edit your work. All skill levels welcome. Please preregister! Our March program will be a Take & Make activity. Teens 14+ | Fourth Thursday Monthly | Forest Park Branch Library

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
There are 10 spaces available.
Friday July 29, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come for coffee! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood will gather and chat in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  TLabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Sunshine Storytimes at Downtown Farmers Market
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer's Market! We will have water bottles available to keep everyone hydrated. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!

The Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market is located at Tower Square Park (1447 Main Street.) For more information, visit their page.

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Writing Fun Fridays
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in for some fun Friday learning this summer!  We'll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more.  

Ideal or ages ages 2-7 with younger and older children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Every Friday from 1-4:30 in June, July and  August. 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to beat the heat? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club, in our air conditioned Teen Area.  We supply the artist-quality crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages, to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room, Friday afternoons, 1-5pm. Ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Saturday July 30, 2022
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Jump n' Jam Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Storytime is the perfect way to spend a Saturday! We'll jump and dance and laugh the morning away—and of course, hear lots of awesome stories!

Jump n' Jam Storytime is geared toward ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Registration is optional, but recommended to get reminded of upcoming storytimes!

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:    413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Adult Area
 
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Summer Sip & Paint
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Keep the heat away with ice cold lemonade while painting a summer scene. Registration is required. Limited to 10 participants. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Registration will begin on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 3:54 PM     
Monday August 1, 2022
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How Many? How Much? How Heavy?

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. For all ages. Indian Orchard branch, all open hours. For more information please call 413 263 6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Soothing Adult Coloring
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come join other grown folks for some low-key coloring and conversation - or feel free to come color with your headphones if you just need some wind-down time! We'll provide all the coloring supplies. No registration, just drop in! Every first Monday of the month. Adults 18+.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday August 2, 2022
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Wee Ones: Storytime and Playgroup
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.

CONTACT:  Talin Linina  413-263-6828 x201  tlinina@springfieldibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
 
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Home City Families: Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! Sixteen Acres Branch Library Playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age. No registration required!

CONTACT:  Jennifer Teehan-Sanford     teehan-sanfordj@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

From traditional crafts to digital tinkering, the East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week we will have a drop-in project or two based on a theme.
Want to learn more? Contact the East Forest Park Branch Library at (413) 263-6836.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
 
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Teen Tuesdays
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further.  Get inspired by a wide array of art and writing materials or play one of our many board games.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is intended for ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Taste Test Tuesdays
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We'll supply anything from international to limited edition or seasonal snacks - open to your suggestions. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
 
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Teen Detective's Book Club
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Calling all detectives! Do you love solving a mystery? Join us at the Forest Park Library once a month to hash out all the clues! For August we will be reading The Project by Courtney Summers. Every first Tuesday at 4:00 PM. Ages 14-19. 

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Cooking for Beginners
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Start your culinary journey with our Cooking for Beginners course. Reference librarian Chelsea will lead the class to make meals and snacks that you'll be able to recreate at home in no time. Come ready to learn and enjoy some tasty morsels at the end of the class. Lesson of each month will be shared ahead of time. Pre-registration is required with a limit of 10 people per class. Offered the 1st Tuesday of the month through September 2022.

CONTACT:  Chelsea Bell  413-263-6858  cbell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Registration will begin on Monday, July 4, 2022 at 7:15 PM     
Wednesday August 3, 2022
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Sand and Sea Art
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for summer fun,as we make a beautiful craft using sand and seashells. For kids 5-10 and their families. 

CONTACT:  Kate Potapova  413-263-6853  kpotapova@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Reading Garden
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805  HHodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Books & Brew Discussion Group
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join a lively discussion with other book lovers, and enjoy your favorite brew too. Books & Brew meets in person at Nathan Bill's Restaurant in Springfield. First Wednesday of each month | Adults | Ages 21+

CONTACT:  Jenkins Lumpkin  413-263-6836  jlumpkin@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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This Was Our Year: COVID-19 Pandemic Stories from Hampden County
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

This documentary features 14 interviews about our community's pandemic experiences in Hampden County. Filmed and edited virtually, this adult-youth collaboration highlights the perspectives of students, workers, and parents during the COVID-19 global pandemic. We will have 2 of the filmmakers on hand for Q&A afterward. For teens and adults.

CONTACT:  Elizabeth McKinstry    emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
Thursday August 4, 2022
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Circle Time Fun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. "Circle time" is not only a fun experience for your child but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of children's books and multimedia before or after the program! We'll stay safe by meeting outdoors when weather permits and by encouraging social distancing when indoors. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Computer Basics: Getting Started
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Overwhelmed by computers? This class starts at the very beginning and will help you understand what a computer is and get comfortable with the basics. No experience is necessary!

This is part 1 of "Computer Basics," a four-week series designed to teach everything you need to start exploring on your own.

Click here for more information on the series, or call (413) 263-6828 ext. 213 to talk to a reference librarian.

CONTACT:  Katherine Stapp    kstapp@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM     
 
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Thursday Crafternoons
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library for some de-stressing arts and crafts every Thursday afternoon! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Children's Room
Friday August 5, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come for coffee! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood will gather and chat in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  TLabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Sunshine Storytimes at Downtown Farmers Market
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer's Market! We will have water bottles available to keep everyone hydrated. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!

The Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market is located at Tower Square Park (1447 Main Street.) For more information, visit their page.

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Writing Fun Fridays
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in for some fun Friday learning this summer!  We'll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more.  

Ideal or ages ages 2-7 with younger and older children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Every Friday from 1-4:30 in June, July and  August. 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to beat the heat? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club, in our air conditioned Teen Area.  We supply the artist-quality crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages, to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room, Friday afternoons, 1-5pm. Ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Teen Gaming Club
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

It's time to start the weekend with some games! We will have a couple of boardgames available, but collectible card games are welcome! Can you beat a librarian at Magic the Gathering or Yu Gi Oh? We're guessing, the answer is "yes" wink Ages 12-18 welcome.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Teen Room
Saturday August 6, 2022
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Discover Dungeons & Dragons
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Curious about Dungeons & Dragons but don't know how to get started? Meet us on the mezzanine in Rice Hall for a beginner-friendly adventure every month. No equipment, commitment, or experience is required. If you only stop by a couple times or want to play every month, the real treasure will be the friends we make along the way! Registration is optional, but recommended. For adults 18+

CONTACT:  Katherine Stapp  413-263-6828 x395  kstapp@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
Registration will begin on Friday, July 8, 2022 at 7:29 PM     
 
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Ukulele Workshop with Julie Stepanek
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek on August 6th from 10:30-11:30am as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You'll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you'll be able to play songs. No experience necessary. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of hers.

This workshop is geared for children 8-12, and will take place outdoors in the Museum courtyard. In case of inclement weather, it will move inside to the Library's Community Room.

CONTACT:  Hoffman Samantha  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library
Registration will begin on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 6:09 AM     
 
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Mindful Reading with Cadence the Dog
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Calling all kids!  Come to a mindfulness experience for emerging and practiced readers of all ages.  The librarian will share  a few relaxing stories with you and our special guests Megan and her certified therapy dog Cadence.   After we read as a group, children are welcome to take a turn meeting Cadence and reading with her  - she loves to hear stories of all kinds.   Books will be available for read aloud or bring your own favorites.  Reading with a pet is a calming, stress-free way to build fluency and expression.  Please join us! We'll meet outside but move indoors to the Children's Room in case of rain or extreme heat. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Registration is strongly encouraged with drop-ins welcome as space allows.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
There are many spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:    413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Adult Area
 
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Lunch Bunch: Tween Edition
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Are you a kid who wants to be more independent and find ways to cook for yourself? Join Julia to learn how to make fun, healthy lunches. For tweens ages 8-12. Classes limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Chelsea Bell  413-263-6858  cbell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Registration will begin on Friday, July 8, 2022 at 7:07 PM     
 
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Teddy Bear Sleepover... at the Library!
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Come to the library with your stuffed animal friend to the library for a sleepover. We will decorate a name tag and a blanket for them and then hear a bedtime story and have a bedtime snack.  After we put them to sleep SHHHHHH! We will turn out the lights and hopefully they won’t get into too much trouble over night. Don’t have a stuffed animal? Don’t worry! We have extras. Pick them up any time on Monday. We will make sure they have a good breakfast first. We’ll post pictures of their activities on our Facebook page. For ages 4-9. From 12-2. Preregistration strongly encouraged. Preregister online or by calling 413 263-6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263-6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 7:27 PM     
Monday August 8, 2022
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How Many? How Much? How Heavy?

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. For all ages. Indian Orchard branch, all open hours. For more information please call 413 263 6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Minecraft Monday
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library every other Monday afternoon for Minecraft adventures! Join our library server and explore the ever-expanding, world-building awesomeness of Minecraft! Every other Monday at 4:00 PM. Ages 12-17 | Every other Monday | Forest Park Branch Library Teen Zone

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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Teen Choice Day
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for YOUR choice in teen programming! We're inviting all 13-19 years old to suggest super fun activities they would like to see at the library. Talk with your local branch librarian or connect with us through polls, suggestion boxes, and more.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
Tuesday August 9, 2022
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Discover Your Summer: Drop in Crafts

Stop into the Central Branch Library every other Tuesday between June 14 to Aug 30, to see what creative project is waiting for you.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
 
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

You're invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood, and those that provide services for Seniors will pop by to keep you informed and entertained. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  4132636846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
 
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Wee Ones: Storytime and Playgroup
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.

CONTACT:  Talin Linina  413-263-6828 x201  tlinina@springfieldibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
 
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Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group - ONLINE
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Explore great books, join a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. New members are always welcome! Meets online via Zoom at noon on the second Tuesday of every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Central Library's second-floor Circulation Desk. | 18+

This month's selection is Jack by Marilynne Robinson (2020) fiction. 

Click here to join the monthly Zoom meeting. Registration is optional for those who would like to receive email reminders and updates.

CONTACT:  Lisa Lipshires  413-263-6828 ext 395  llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Online
There are many spaces available.
 
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Home City Families: Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! Sixteen Acres Branch Library Playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age. No registration required!

CONTACT:  Jennifer Teehan-Sanford     teehan-sanfordj@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

From traditional crafts to digital tinkering, the East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week we will have a drop-in project or two based on a theme.
Want to learn more? Contact the East Forest Park Branch Library at (413) 263-6836.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
 
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Teen Tuesdays
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further.  Get inspired by a wide array of art and writing materials or play one of our many board games.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is intended for ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Taste Test Tuesdays
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We'll supply anything from international to limited edition or seasonal snacks - open to your suggestions. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
Wednesday August 10, 2022
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The Any Book Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Any Book Club (ABC) meets bi-monthly to share stories about their recent reads. In rotation with one another, members review books they've read recently so others can learn about what's great and - sometimes - what's not! Those who enjoy adult fiction will feel especially at home, but all adult readers are welcomed.

Members can attend either or both sessions. 18+

CONTACT:  Jenkins Lumpkin  413-263-6836  jlumpkin@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805  HHodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Teen Choice Day
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for YOUR choice in teen programming! We're inviting all 13-19 years old to suggest super fun activities they would like to see at the library. Talk with your local branch librarian or connect with us through polls, suggestion boxes, and more.

CONTACT:   Mayra Quinones  4132636840  MQuinones@SpringfieldLibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Model Makers Club
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

What have you been working on? A '69 Camaro, an Apollo Lunar Lander, a RX-78-2 Gundam? From classic cars to futuristic spacecrafts, find them all at your fingertips as you construct the perfect plastic model kit. Join us in the Makerspace at the East Forest Park Library for our monthly model building meet-up. Bring a project to work on, or just stop in to talk shop. For teens and adults of all experience levels.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
Thursday August 11, 2022
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Circle Time Fun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. "Circle time" is not only a fun experience for your child but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of children's books and multimedia before or after the program! We'll stay safe by meeting outdoors when weather permits and by encouraging social distancing when indoors. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Computer Basics: The Internet
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

In this class, we will talk about the internet, how to use it, and learn some tips to make it easier to navigate. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

This is part 2 of "Computer Basics," a four-week series designed to teach everything you need to start exploring on your own.

Click here for more information on the series, or call (413) 263-6828 ext. 213 to talk to a reference librarian.

CONTACT:  Katherine Stapp    kstapp@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM     
 
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Thursday Crafternoons
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library for some de-stressing arts and crafts every Thursday afternoon! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Children's Room
Friday August 12, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come for coffee! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood will gather and chat in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  TLabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Sunshine Storytimes at Downtown Farmers Market
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer's Market! We will have water bottles available to keep everyone hydrated. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!

The Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market is located at Tower Square Park (1447 Main Street.) For more information, visit their page.

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Writing Fun Fridays
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in for some fun Friday learning this summer!  We'll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more.  

Ideal or ages ages 2-7 with younger and older children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Every Friday from 1-4:30 in June, July and  August. 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to beat the heat? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club, in our air conditioned Teen Area.  We supply the artist-quality crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages, to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room, Friday afternoons, 1-5pm. Ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Switch It Up!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come Switch it up at the library and play your choice of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 or Mario Party Superstars! Light refreshments will be served. Second Friday of the month from 3-4:30 at ES Branch. Teens 13-18.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Saturday August 13, 2022
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Jump n' Jam Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Storytime is the perfect way to spend a Saturday! We'll jump and dance and laugh the morning away—and of course, hear lots of awesome stories!

Jump n' Jam Storytime is geared toward ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Registration is optional, but recommended to get reminded of upcoming storytimes!

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:    413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Adult Area
 
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Write-Up Springfield
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Creative writers of all types are invited to Write-Up Springfield's monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and sharing. Led by Tara Dasso and Kateri M. Walsh, these hands-on workshops are a chance to hone your skill and hear from other western Massachusetts writers on creative writing. Newcomers welcomed!

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

CONTACT:  Alexandra  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
 
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Pamela Means & the Power of the Protest Song: Our Shared History & Present Day
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Part performance and part presentation, this family-friendly public event will explore the origin stories and lineages of protest songs, how their meanings and impacts continue to transform through time and space, and how they have inspired - and continue to inspire - movements and cultural shifts within the realms of racial and social justice.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Monday August 15, 2022
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How Many? How Much? How Heavy?

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. For all ages. Indian Orchard branch, all open hours. For more information please call 413 263 6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Learn Ukulele
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Always wanted to learn ukulele, but didn't know where to start? Join Julie Stepanek in this fun session where you'll learn ukulele basics, and be strumming a tune in no time! Instruments provided- or bring your own! You can also borrow a ukulele with your Springfield Library Card to continue practicing at home. Kids 8 and up and thier families. Limited to 20 participants.

CONTACT:  David Meeks  413 263-6846  dmeeks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Learn Ukulele
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Always wanted to learn ukulele, but didn't know where to start? Join Julie Stepanek in this fun session where you'll learn ukulele basics, and be strumming a tune in no time! Instruments provided- or bring your own! You can also borrow a ukulele with your Springfield Library Card to continue practicing at home. Kids 8 and up and thier families. Limited to 20 participants.

CONTACT:  Gregg Mitchell  413 263-6853  gmitchell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
 
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Monday Munchies
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Are you an adventurous eater? Do you like to try out new foods? Join us on the third Monday of every month when we will try out unique snacks and different foods from the around the world. Tweens and Teens ages 11-19.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Tuesday August 16, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

You're invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood, and those that provide services for Seniors will pop by to keep you informed and entertained. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  4132636846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
 
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What's Cooking - ONLINE
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join the Cookbook Club’s monthly discussion to improve your cooking skills, share great recipes, hear about the latest new cookbooks, and more. The third Tuesday of each month online via zoom - click to join!

CONTACT:  Gary Pysznik  413-263-6828  gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Online
 
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Wee Ones: Storytime and Playgroup
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.

CONTACT:  Talin Linina  413-263-6828 x201  tlinina@springfieldibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
 
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Home City Families: Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! Sixteen Acres Branch Library Playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age. No registration required!

CONTACT:  Jennifer Teehan-Sanford     teehan-sanfordj@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

From traditional crafts to digital tinkering, the East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week we will have a drop-in project or two based on a theme.
Want to learn more? Contact the East Forest Park Branch Library at (413) 263-6836.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
 
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Teen Tuesdays
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further.  Get inspired by a wide array of art and writing materials or play one of our many board games.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is intended for ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Taste Test Tuesdays
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We'll supply anything from international to limited edition or seasonal snacks - open to your suggestions. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
 
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Let's Draw Manga!
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Do you love manga or anime? Do you love to draw? Then come on down to the Brightwood Branch for manga drawing and refreshments!

CONTACT:  Emily Jones  413-263-6805  ejones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Cooking for Beginners: Teen Edition
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Start your culinary journey with our Cooking for Beginners course. Teen librarian Sarah will lead teens in learning meals and snacks that you'll be able to recreate at home in no time. Come ready to learn and enjoy some tasty morsels at the end of the class. Lesson of each month will be shared ahead of time. Pre-registration is required with a limit of 10 people per class. Offered the 3rd Tuesday of the month through September. Ages 13-17.

CONTACT:  Chelsea Bell  413-263-6858  cbell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Registration will begin on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 7:16 PM     
 
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Eager Readers Book Group
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join this long-running book group of reading enthusiasts! Newcomers welcome. The group reads mostly contemporary novels, although occasionally historical fiction, adventures, and some non-fiction. The book club members jointly choose upcoming books. Check our web page for this month's book! No registration required, just drop by. Adults 18+.

CONTACT:  Reggie Wilson  413-263-6858  rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
Wednesday August 17, 2022
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805  HHodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Summer Reading Challenge Accepted!
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Summer Reading Challenge is on! Join us for a monthly meet-up to enjoy some snacks and chat about the books that we're reading - and what we're excited to read next!

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Teen Room
 
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Beach Drink Creations
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

You don't have to be at the beach to learn how to create these special drinks. Come try out a few and find out which one is your favorite.

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Sharpie T Shirts - Start School in Style
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Start school in style with a beautiful tee shirt using sharpies and rubbing alcohol. Bring your own or we will provide a shirt. Preregistration is required, space is limited. Please call 413 263-6846 to preregister, or register online. For ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 1:50 PM     
 
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Teen Manga Squad
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Calling all manga fans! Do you want to meet other teens who love manga as much as you? Then we have the squad for you! Drop-in and talk about your favorite characters and stories. We'll have snacks, advice, and fun! Ages 10-18 welcome.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Teen Room
Thursday August 18, 2022
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Raymond Jordan Senior Center Book Club
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come join us for a fascinating book club at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center! Do you love to read about real life events? Are you intrigued by learning more about others' stories and experiences - whether in the present or the past? If so, then meet us at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center for our monthly Book Club, where we delve into the heart of historical fiction, non-fiction, and even memoir.

Third Thursday | 10 AM | Adults, 18+ 

CONTACT:  Jenkins Lumpkin  413-263-6836  jlumpkin@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Circle Time Fun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. "Circle time" is not only a fun experience for your child but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of children's books and multimedia before or after the program! We'll stay safe by meeting outdoors when weather permits and by encouraging social distancing when indoors. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Computer Basics: Saving and Finding Files
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

This class is all about saving things to a computer—and how to find them again. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

This is part 3 of "Computer Basics," a four-week series designed to teach everything you need to start exploring on your own.

Click here for more information on the series, or call (413) 263-6828 ext. 213 to talk to a reference librarian.

CONTACT:  Katherine Stapp    kstapp@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM     
 
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Thursday Crafternoons
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library for some de-stressing arts and crafts every Thursday afternoon! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Children's Room
Friday August 19, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come for coffee! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood will gather and chat in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  TLabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Sunshine Storytimes at Downtown Farmers Market
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer's Market! We will have water bottles available to keep everyone hydrated. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!

The Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market is located at Tower Square Park (1447 Main Street.) For more information, visit their page.

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Writing Fun Fridays
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in for some fun Friday learning this summer!  We'll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more.  

Ideal or ages ages 2-7 with younger and older children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Every Friday from 1-4:30 in June, July and  August. 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to beat the heat? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club, in our air conditioned Teen Area.  We supply the artist-quality crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages, to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room, Friday afternoons, 1-5pm. Ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Teen Gaming Club
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

It's time to start the weekend with some games! We will have a couple of boardgames available, but collectible card games are welcome! Can you beat a librarian at Magic the Gathering or Yu Gi Oh? We're guessing, the answer is "yes" wink Ages 12-18 welcome.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Teen Room
Saturday August 20, 2022
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Canvas Cafe Summer Edition
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for a morning of fun and friendship as we complete a step-by-step summer-themed painting using unusual techniques and tools. Please register. Limited to 12 participants  Ages 18+ Refreshments graciously provided by the Friends of the Springfield Library.

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square Community Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Jump n' Jam Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Storytime is the perfect way to spend a Saturday! We'll jump and dance and laugh the morning away—and of course, hear lots of awesome stories!

Jump n' Jam Storytime is geared toward ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Registration is optional, but recommended to get reminded of upcoming storytimes!

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Knot Just Knitters
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:    413-263-6843  
LOCATION: Forest Park Adult Area
 
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Lunch Bunch
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to making healthy, easy lunches for your children? Parents, join reference librarian Chelsea to learn some fun ways to make healthy lunches.

Classes limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required. For parents, but bringing your children is welcome!

CONTACT:  Chelsea Bell  413-263-6858  cbell@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 7:09 PM     
 
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Houseplant Hangout
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Do you love houseplants? So do we! Join the staff at Forest Park Library each month to talk all things houseplants! Make DIY pots, repot plants together, learn cool plant hacks, get new care tips, discover new plants, and meet others in the area with this hobby! All Ages | Saturdays Once a Month | Forest Park Branch Library

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
 
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End of Summer Karaoke Party
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Come celebrate the end of summer, and show off your performance chops at our End of Summer Karaoke party! Enjoy refreshments as you cheer each other on! Singers aged 12-19 welcome.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
Monday August 22, 2022
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How Many? How Much? How Heavy?

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize. For all ages. Indian Orchard branch, all open hours. For more information please call 413 263 6846.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
 
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Minecraft Monday
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library every other Monday afternoon for Minecraft adventures! Join our library server and explore the ever-expanding, world-building awesomeness of Minecraft! Every other Monday at 4:00 PM. Ages 12-17 | Every other Monday | Forest Park Branch Library Teen Zone

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Tuesday August 23, 2022
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Discover Your Summer: Drop in Crafts

Stop into the Central Branch Library every other Tuesday between June 14 to Aug 30, to see what creative project is waiting for you.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
 
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

You're invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood, and those that provide services for Seniors will pop by to keep you informed and entertained. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

CONTACT:  Peggy Dialessi  4132636846  pdialessi@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard Community Room
 
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Wee Ones: Storytime and Playgroup
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.

CONTACT:  Talin Linina  413-263-6828 x201  tlinina@springfieldibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Children's Room
 
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Home City Families: Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! Sixteen Acres Branch Library Playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age. No registration required!

CONTACT:  Jennifer Teehan-Sanford     teehan-sanfordj@springfieldpublicschools.com
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres Community Room
 
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Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

From traditional crafts to digital tinkering, the East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week we will have a drop-in project or two based on a theme.
Want to learn more? Contact the East Forest Park Branch Library at (413) 263-6836.

CONTACT:  Christopher Franks  413-263-6836  cfranks@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Makerspace
 
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Teen Tuesdays
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be, look no further.  Get inspired by a wide array of art and writing materials or play one of our many board games.  Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.  This activity is intended for ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Taste Test Tuesdays
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We'll supply anything from international to limited edition or seasonal snacks - open to your suggestions. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Community Room
Wednesday August 24, 2022
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The Any Book Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Any Book Club (ABC) meets bi-monthly to share stories about their recent reads. In rotation with one another, members review books they've read recently so others can learn about what's great and - sometimes - what's not!Those who enjoy adult fiction will feel especially at home, but all adult readers are welcomed.

Members can attend either or both sessions. 18+

CONTACT:  Jenkins Lumpkin  413-263-6836  jlumpkin@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Forest Park Community Room
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Emma Peterson  413-263-6858  epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Bilingual Playgroup
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

CONTACT:  Haydee Hodis   413-263-6805  HHodis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brightwood
 
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Central Library Comics Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you love manga? Do you wait for the next big MCU project to be announced? Then this is the club for you. Join us on the 4th Wed. of each month to talk about all things comics, anime, and manga. Ages 13-19 welcome.

CONTACT:  Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe  4132636828 X425  shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Teen Area
 
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Teen Game Night
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Stop by for a night of games, snacks and prizes. For every game you play you will collect a ticket. At the end of the night redeem your tickets for a small prize while supplies last. 12+

CONTACT:  Mayra Quinones  (413) 263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
Thursday August 25, 2022
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Circle Time Fun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. "Circle time" is not only a fun experience for your child but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of children's books and multimedia before or after the program! We'll stay safe by meeting outdoors when weather permits and by encouraging social distancing when indoors. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome.

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Knot Just Knitters
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Community Room
 
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Computer Basics: Email
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

In this class, you will get a chance to set up an email account and learn how to send and receive messages online. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

This is the final part of "Computer Basics," a four-week series designed to teach everything you need to start exploring on your own.

Click here for more information on the series, or call (413) 263-6828 ext. 213 to talk to a reference librarian.

CONTACT:  Katherine Stapp    kstapp@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library Computer Lab
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM     
 
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Thursday Crafternoons
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the Forest Park Library for some de-stressing arts and crafts every Thursday afternoon! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. Ages 11-18

CONTACT:  Forest Park Branch Library  413-263-6843  forestparklib@gmail.com
LOCATION: Forest Park Children's Room
 
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Teen Writer's Guild
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Do you love Creative Writing? Can't get enough of fiction? Need to put your thoughts into poems? Want to pen the next big screenplay? Then come join us at the Forest Park branch for a monthly meeting all about writing! Play writing games, learn new forms and genres, practice with prompts, and share your writing for workshop. Develop your creative writing skills and learn what it takes to edit your work. All skill levels welcome. Please preregister! Our March program will be a Take & Make activity. Teens 14+ | Fourth Thursday Monthly | Forest Park Branch Library

CONTACT:  Alexandra Dupuis  413-263-6843  adupuis@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Forest Park Program Den
Registration will begin on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 2:11 PM     
Friday August 26, 2022
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You're Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come for coffee! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. Every week, folks from the neighborhood will gather and chat in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Refreshments provided. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Mayra Quiñones  413-263-6840  mquinones@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Knot Just Knitters
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Tricia LaBroad  413-263-6840  TLabroad@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: East Springfield
 
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Sunshine Storytimes at Downtown Farmers Market
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer's Market! We will have water bottles available to keep everyone hydrated. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!

The Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market is located at Tower Square Park (1447 Main Street.) For more information, visit their page.

CONTACT:  Samantha Hoffman  413-263-6828 x201  shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Offsite
 
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Knot Just Knitters
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are always welcome, and current members are happy to teach you their skill. 18+

CONTACT:  Diane Houle  413 263-6853  dhoule@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Mason Square
 
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Writing Fun Fridays
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in for some fun Friday learning this summer!  We'll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more.  

Ideal or ages ages 2-7 with younger and older children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult. Every Friday from 1-4:30 in June, July and  August. 

CONTACT:  Lori Chasen  413-263-6858  lchasen@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Sixteen Acres
 
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Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club for Teens
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Want to beat the heat? Join our Not Your Ordinary Coloring Club, in our air conditioned Teen Area.  We supply the artist-quality crayons, pencils and pens and coloring pages, to spark your creativity. Just drop by and color your stress away. In the teen room, Friday afternoons, 1-5pm. Ages 12-18.

CONTACT:  Meg Galbreath  413 263 6846  mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org
LOCATION: Indian Orchard
Saturday August 27, 2022
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Romance Book Club - ONLINE
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM