Lasting Peace in the Middle East

December 10th, 2014

Due to unavoidable circumstances, the lecture has been postponed. We will post a notice when the event has been rescheduled.



A talk by former Ambassador Mark Hambley

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6:30–7:45 pm
Sixteen Acres Branch Library, 1187 Parker St., Springfield

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The majority of stories coming from the Middle East that dominate America’s news media have not been good news. The headlines and images during many bloody decades of wars have been filled with extreme violence, religious intolerance, poverty, frightened refugees, and battle scarred towns and cities.

Springfield resident Mark Hambley, former American ambassador in the Middle East and who still visits frequently in the context of his current duties, will share some of his thoughts about this very troubled area of the world.

Mr. Hambley’s impressive diplomatic resume includes representing America in numerous Middle Eastern countries including Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt. His current duties take him to these countries as well as Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq, the Gulf, and on occasion, to Syria several times a year. For more information about Ambassador Hambley, please see this MassLive article.

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Please join him for what we hope will be a valuable opportunity to ease your concerns or increase your disquiet — and perhaps learn a bit more about important Middle Eastern issues than you currently see, hear, or read in the media. These issues might include:

** Can Syria, Israel, Egypt, Afghanistan or Iraq have lasting peace?
** What conditions and political issues have led to the rise of the militant groups ISIS and Al-Qaeda?
** Is war with Iran inevitable?
** Can America and Western countries be part of the solution to bring stability to the Middle East or have they been part of the problem?

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.



Teen Winter Reading Club at East Forest Park and Forest Park

December 9th, 2014
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Monday January 5, 2015 – Saturday February 14, 2015


Join our first ever Teen Winter Reading Club to be held at the East Forest Park and Forest Park Branches! Teens ages 11-18 can win prizes by reading books, comics, and magazines, doing online research, attending library programs, and more!

Step 1: Come into the Forest Park or East Forest Park branch and pick up a bingo sheet at the Reference Desk.

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Step 2: Choose an activity on your bingo sheet and get started! You can record book titles and your comments on each activity in the “Notes” section of the bingo sheet.

Step 3: Return to your branch (Forest Park or East Forest Park) when you have crossed off two boxes and choose a prize!

Step 4: Continue working on your sheet until you have crossed off 5 boxes in a row (the row may be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal). Bring your finished bingo sheet to the reference desk to be entered in your branch’s raffle.

Step 5: Start another bingo sheet!



Chibiconn video

November 18th, 2014

Chibiconn, our celebration of anime culture last weekend, made the news! Watch the video from WGGB, ABC40.



Building Circus on November 19

November 6th, 2014
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Forest Park Branch, November 19, 3 pm

Central Library, November 19, 6 pm

On Wednesday November 19, join us for an afternoon or evening of circus! Boston performers Building Circus will be at Forest Park at 3:00 and at the Central Library at 6:00 to share their talents and teach their tricks to teens and tweens. Youth 10 and up can learn to juggle, spin plates, bounce flower sticks, and much, much more. They’ll learn skills they never thought possible, and find that “messing up” is only a step on the path to success!



For Caregivers of Dependents with Special Needs

November 3rd, 2014
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The MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning and the City of Springfield will present a workshop entitled “Your Dependent with Special Needs: Making His or Her Future More Secure” on Thursday, November 13, from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Good Life Center, 1600 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield.

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Job Help for Veterans and Civilians

November 1st, 2014
Sally Rueli, boutique owner, did a presentation for Dress for Success at our last program.

“How to Dress for Success and Ace Your Job Interview”, will be presented at the Forest Park Branch Library (380 Belmont Avenue) on Wednesday, November 12, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dress for Success Boutique Director Sally Rueli is excited to offer this informative presentation on proper attire in the workplace and for job interviews. She will show past clients modeling their work garments, and the various vendors who contributed to the “new, professional look” will be highlighted. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get valuable insider information on business dress from Ms. Rueli and have her answer your questions concerning the anxiety filled interview process. According to a Forbes Magazine article, “What you wear to your next job interview might be more important than you think. Why? Whether you like it or not, your appearance is the first thing people notice about you–and first impressions are usually formed within the first 30 seconds.”

Dress for Success Western MA (located at 503 Worthington St., Springfield, MA) is a nonprofit agency that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

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The following Monday, November 17, Springfield City Library will present “Hire a Veteran, Springfield” from 1:30-4:30 p.m., at the Clodo Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center, 1187 1/2 Parker St. This program will feature opportunities for veterans and non-military job seekers to talk to a variety of area employers about job offerings at their companies. Participants can also find out from highly trained professionals what benefits and opportunities are available for veterans. Admissions personnel from area colleges and vocational schools will be on hand to provide career guidance and information on programs available for veterans. Companies and agencies expected include: Human Resources Unlimited, Sears, Springfield College, Start at Square One, City of Springfield, Command Security, Veterans Inc., Porchlight VNA Homecare, Cambridge College, Griffin Staffing Network, Springfield Veterans Services, Wine and Canvass, Handz On, Springfield Technical Community College, C & S Wholesale Grocers, American Medical Response Springfield, Troops to Teachers, Pride and Baystate Health.

The Concepcion (Greenleaf) Center is located next to the Sixteen Acres Branch Library, 1187 Parker Street.

If you have questions about either program please call us at 413-263-6828, ext. 212.

Family Literacy Month

November 1st, 2014

November is Family Literacy Month!

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In 1985, Becoming a Nation of Readers reported that the “single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children [and that this] practice should continue throughout the grades.” Since 1985, technology has forever transformed the way we live, but one thing has not changed at all: reading test scores. Reading successes have not increased because technology has improved. So what does this mean? Families are still the most important ingredient in growing a reader!

Wait, don’t schools grow readers? Research also shows that kids who start kindergarten with the largest vocabularies have the easiest time learning to read. In fact, the vocabulary gap starts to show up at the same time kids start learning to talk! Kids who are read to from birth have larger vocabularies and an easier time learning to read because there are so many new words in books. This means that families are the MAIN INGREDIENT in growing a reader! This month, renew your commitment to reading to your kids, even if they can already read on their own. The time you spend reading to and talking to your kids is the most important twenty minutes of your day!

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Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving Card Drive

Celebrate Family Literacy Month at the Springfield City Library! Brighten Thanksgiving Day for a Meals on Wheels recipient by creating a beautiful greeting card. Ages 3-12. Drop in anytime during open hours at all library locations through November 20.

Make, Take, Play: Easy Homemade Toys

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Libraries are not just places to borrow books – they are places for play and learning for all ages, even babies! With winter coming, come explore all your library has to offer to help those long days become short and full of fun.

Celebrate Family Literacy Month during November at the Springfield City Library by bringing your children ages 0-5 to Make, Take, Play: Easy Homemade Toys! Play with our toys, make some of your own to take home,* and learn how you can create even more simple, inexpensive toys. Stop by to enjoy playing, singing, talking, and more! For families with children ages 0-5.

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*Materials provided while supplies last.

Stop by your branch on these dates:

  • Brightwood, Thursday, November 6, 6-7:30 pm
  • Central, Tuesday, November 4, 11:30 am-12:30 pm; Thursday, November 6, 10:30-11:30 am; Saturday, November 15, 2-3 pm
  • East Forest Park, Saturday, November 8, 11 am-12:30 pm
  • East Springfield, Wednesday, November 12, 6-7:30 pm
  • Forest Park, Saturday, November 15, 12:30-2 pm
  • Indian Orchard, Monday, November 10, 10-11:30 am
  • Mason Square Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 am-12 pm
  • Sixteen Acres. Saturday, November 8, 1-2:30 pm

Hire a Veteran Springfield

October 27th, 2014

Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center
Monday, November 17, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

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On Monday, November 17, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Springfield City Library will host Hire a Veteran Springfield at the Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center, 1187 1/2 Parker St. Hire a Veteran Springfield will feature opportunities for veterans and non-military job seekers to talk to a variety of area employers about job offerings at their companies. Participants can also find out from highly trained professionals what benefits and opportunities are available for veterans. Admissions personnel from area colleges and vocational schools will be on hand to provide career guidance and information on programs available for veterans.

The Concepcion (Greenleaf) Center is located next door to the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.

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Companies and agencies attending include:

  • Human Resources Unlimited
  • Sears
  • Springfield College
  • Start at Square One
  • City of Springfield
  • Command Security
  • Veterans Inc.
  • Porchlight VNA Homecare
  • Cambridge College
  • Griffin Staffing Network
  • Springfield Veterans Services
  • Wine and Canvass
  • Handz On
  • Springfield Technical Community College
  • C & S Wholesale Grocers
  • American Medical Response Springfield
  • Troops to Teachers
  • Pride
  • Baystate Health

Effective Communication Workshop for Springfield Community Leaders

October 8th, 2014

Monday, November 10, 12-5 p.m.
Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street


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  • Frustrated or angry about an interaction with a boss, client or someone providing services?
  • Anxious about a challenging situation getting even worse?
  • Feeling badly because you aren’t sure of what to say in the heat of the moment?

Then sign up for this free workshop on communicating in ways that make you and others involved feel heard using simple tools. You can find better strategies or solutions, and make your daily interactions more pleasant and productive.

The content of this workshop is based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, lauded by both individuals and organizations for its simple yet effective communication strategies. Each participant will receive a free copy of this book. Refreshments will be served. This event will be held in the Community Room at the Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield 01103. Registration is required.

To Register:
Contact: Emma Peterson, epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org or call 413-263-6858 (ask for Emma), or register online.

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Annual Fall Fest at East Springfield Branch, October 22

October 6th, 2014
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Come join us for some Fall Fun at our annual event celebrating the branch and its neighborhood on Wednesday, October 22, from 1 – 8 p.m. There will be refreshments, musical performances, and a special story time at 6 p.m. with an appearance by Toto the Tornado Cat.

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There will be two baking contests, both with community judges: a neighborhood baking contest and another baking contest with submissions from the students of the Culinary Department of Putnam Vocational Technical Academy. The theme for the baking contests will be Fall Flavors; sweet or savory submissions allowed. Entries should be dropped off on the day of the festival by 6 p.m. and include a list of ingredients, for allergy purposes.

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There will also be a (miniature) pumpkin decorating contest, a Peeps© diorama contest, and Fall-themed crafts and games. Materials for the miniature pumpkin decorating contest will be available a week before the festival. Peeps© for the diorama contest will be available starting October 1st, while supplies last. The dioramas should contain at least three Peeps© in a box no larger than 12 x 18 inches. Decorated pumpkins and Peeps© dioramas should be submitted to the library by October 21.



Teen Read Week

October 1st, 2014

Celebrate Teen Read Week at the Library with programs that help teens Turn Dreams Into Reality!

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Do you know what you want to do in life, but are not sure how to make it happen? Or are you trying to figure out what you want to do? At East Forest Park on Saturday October 18 at 12 noon, experts from Holyoke Community College and the UAspire Springfield Promise Program as well as local organizations that mentor teens will show you how to focus on your dreams and turn them into a reality.

Confused by the college admissions process? Learn all about how you can be ready to apply and open the door to college at Mason Square Saturday October 11 at 12 noon, at the Central Library Wednesday Oct. 15 at 6:00 pm, and at Sixteen Acres Tuesday Oct. 21 at 6:00 pm. Cynthia Swan and her staff from Springfield College will answer all your questions and share some of their personal experiences as students.

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Teens who want a way to build their skills for schoolwork, or who enjoy learning something new online, can come to the Brightwood Branch Library on Thursday, October 16 at 4:30 pm to join educator Scott Wohlers in a demonstration of Khan Academy. This not-for-profit organization aims to the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. A session for students of all ages, and their coaches, including parents and teachers will take place at the Central Library on Monday October 20 at 6:30 pm.

Teens’ dreams of shining onstage can happen when they come to the Teen Talent Show at the Forest Park Branch Library on Saturday October 18 at 1:00 pm. Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, recite a poem, or tell jokes? Show us your unique talent, no matter what it is!

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All week, Dreams Into Reality Art Days are happening – check the calendar for times and days at your branch library. Stop by the teen area at the Central Library, Brightwood, Forest Park, or Indian Orchard and use our art materials to make a poster or a three dimensional creation expressing the Teen Read Week theme “Turn Your Dreams Into Reality.” Put your artwork on display at the Library and earn an energy bar to get you going in making your dreams come true!

For all activities for teens and tweens, make sure you check our online calendar!



Boo! Paranormal presentations in October

October 1st, 2014

Come join us for ghoulies and ghosties, and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, this October!

The Ghostology series is led by Agawam Paranormal, and our very own library staff member, Sarah Hodge-Wetherbee, will lead the Mysterious Massachusetts program. Sarah offered Mysterious Massachusetts at the Central Library and also at the Forest Park Branch Library in 2012 and it wonderful to have her back with the popular program she takes on the road to other libraries and community centers as well. Agawam Paranormal is enjoying popularity with local libraries, being booked at several agencies this fall throughout the area and beyond.


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Ghostology 101
October 15, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
East Forest Park Branch

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This is the first in a series of programs designed to both entertain and educate the general public about the world of the paranormal. We’ll explore the basics of paranormal investigations, starting with terminology, equipment, EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), spirit photography and video, as well as “ghost hunting” skills and suggestions. Led by local experts from the Agawam Paranormal team, this fun and fascinating presentation is appropriate for older teens and adults.


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Ghostology 201
October 22, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Indian Orchard Branch

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This is the second in the series and gets into more advanced subject matters including demons, angels, necromancy, exorcism and possession. While it is believed that only a very small percentage of paranormal activity is caused by demons or their like, it is undeniably a very popular topic with today’s public. Here we will try to remove fact from fiction and see just how it all ties together. The program will include some hands-on experiments with the tools used by paranormal investigators including EMF meters, temperature work, and spirit photography. Updated for 2014, this segment is designed for an adult audience and really is not suited for children. Presented by the Agawam Paranormal team.


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Mysterious Massachusetts
October 29, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
East Springfield Branch

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Reports of UFO’s, alien abductions, sea serpent sightings, haunted houses and the like abound in Massachusetts. Join library staff member Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe in this hour long review of weirdly fascinating paranormal activity in the Commonwealth. This program is good for teens and adults.


Ghostology 301
November 5, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
East Forest Park Branch

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Get the lowdown on local haunted places and other paranormal activity in Springfield and its surrounding towns! This fun and exciting presentation is good for all ages, but is intended primarily for adults and older teens.


T-shirt raffle! We will raffle off a free Agawam Paranormal t-shirt at each Boo! program. All attendees who remain present through the end of the program earn a raffle ticket to win the free t-shirt.