Forest Park Branch Library
380 Belmont Avenue
Springfield MA 01108
Manager: Maeleah Carlisle
Assistant Manager: Linda Grodofsky
Forest Park neighborhood residents outgrew the provisional circulating library that was set up at Park Memorial Baptist Church and residents wanted a full service branch library. In 1908, industrialist Andrew Carnegie provided $50,000 for three branch libraries that included Forest Park Branch Library. Carnegie required that neighborhood citizens subscribe for land to match his donation of money for the building. Over 500 prominent Forest Park citizens subscribed for land and soon Forest Park Branch Library was completed in 1909.
The Forest Park Branch now offers wireless access.
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PROGRAMS & EVENTS:
Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m.
Join us in the Forest Park Branch
Library Program Den for some sleepy
time stories, songs and rhymes. Bring your
teddy bear and wear your PJs (if you like).
Perfect for children ages 2-5 (and their
parents or caregivers).
Rock On…..Create Your Very Own Pet Rock!
Tuesday, July 23, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Calling all pet lovers looking for a no maintenance, loyal friend and the perfect pet! Come create your very own pet rock- it's fun and it's free! You can decorate your pet rock to look like a real animal or you could even make one up.
Fun Fitness -- Gentle Yoga
Second Tuesdays, 1 pm
A gentle yoga class, where you'll need no experience except the ability to stretch and the willingness to relax. Please bring a yoga or exercise mat and/or a thick towel for floor work. Led by qualified private yoga instructor Lyudmyla Lewis. Meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 pm.
Call the branch or sign up online to register.
Garden Planting Party!
Saturday, June 15, 1 pm
We need your green thumb to help us beautify the outside landscape at our Forest Park Branch! And if you don't have a green thumb this is an excellent opportunity to learn how to plant potted flowers and hear gardening tips. Judy Cmero (avid gardening guru and retired librarian at the Springfield City Library) will be our guest host. Iced tea and refreshments will be served outdoors. A fun program for families of all ages. All supplies provided.
Thanks to the Springfield Garden Club for their sponsorship.
Yu-Gi-Oh Appreciation Group
Second and third Thursday of each month, 4:30-7:30 PM
Forest Park Branch Library Community Room
Teens and young adults are invited to come learn about Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic the Gathering. This is an informal group led by volunteer Haven Williams. Learn strategy and technique by playing these popular trading-card games.
Contact: Maeleah Carlisle 413-263-6843
Thursdays, 5 - 6:30 pm
Do you want to learn to knit or crochet, or need help with a yarn project you have started? Bring a pair of #8 or #9 needles and a ball of worsted weight yarn, or a #4.5 or #5 crochet hook and a ball of worsted weight yarn to the Forest Park Branch Library and our talented volunteer, Lynn, will help you. Teens, adults and families are encouraged to stop in and give it a try! You'll be able to check out new items at the Library as well as visit with others interested in the crafts of knitting and crocheting. It's great for beginning or advanced knitters. The "Knit-n-More" group meets Thursdays from 5 -6:30 p.m. Please call 263-6843 for more information.
Entrance to Activity Den and bridge
Charlie & Joan Ryan Family Place
The renovated Forest Park Branch Library children's area, now the Charlie & Joan Ryan Family Place, was made possible through the generosity of the Barker Foundation and Troy and Pat Murray. Honoring former Springfield Mayor Charles V. Ryan and his wife Joan, the creative new space will provide inspiration and learning opportunities for so many area children, just as the original room did for young Charlie and Troy.
Thanks to our benefactors the changes are astonishing, the room looks phenomenal, and the Charlie & Joan Ryan Family Place is ready to welcome all ages.
Troy Murray, Lee Fogarty and Charlie Ryan at Grand Opening
View of baby area and bridge with door to Reading Garden in new Charlie & Joan Ryan Family Place
- Reference: assists patrons in finding answers and/or materials
- Reader's Advisory: helps patrons of all ages find the right book
- PACS to access local and regional library catalogs
- Interlibrary and intralibrary loan service
- Access to databases with general, health and business information for adults and children
- Computer access: sign up at reference desk
- Word processing: 30 minute slots
- Internet: 30 minute slots
- Photocopy machine for public use
- Coupon exchange: We have hundreds of store coupons for you to browse!
For information about the renovation of the Forest Park Branch Library and its history, click here .
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