Chibiconn, our celebration of anime culture last weekend, made the news! Watch the video from WGGB, ABC40.
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!
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.
Download the flyer for more details.
“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.
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.
November is Family Literacy Month!
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!
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
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.
*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
Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center
Monday, November 17, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
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.
Companies and agencies attending include:
- Human Resources Unlimited
- 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
- Baystate Health
Monday, November 10, 12-5 p.m.
Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street
- 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.
Contact: Emma Peterson, email@example.com or call 413-263-6858 (ask for Emma), or register online.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate Teen Read Week at the Library with programs that help teens Turn Dreams Into Reality!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CANDIDATES FORUM AND VOTER INFORMATION NIGHT
Library, Elections Office co-sponsor civic engagement event
The Springfield City Library is partnering with the City’s Election Commission to offer Springfield residents an opportunity to participate in a forum with candidates seeking to represent Springfield residents. Participants can bring their concerns and hear directly from candidates at the free event planned for the Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield on Monday, October 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. In this forum candidates will take audience questions after answering the moderator’s questions.
While at the library, people can also check their voter status, find out where their polling place is, and register to vote. The event is timed to allow people to get registered before the October 15 deadline for the November 4 general election.
“Now that the primaries have narrowed down the state senatorial and representative fields, voters can help make up their minds who to vote for by attending this forum and getting answers to their questions. Just as important are the many ballot questions, so we’re partnering with City of Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola and her staff, who are trained to explain what a “Yes” or “No” vote means on each question,” said library manager Jean Canosa Albano of the Library’s Civic and Community Engagement Team.
If you are working on a campaign and haven’t responded yet or missed the invitation, please contact Jean at 413-263-6828, ext. 291.
FIESTA! Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Culture, October 2-11, at Springfield City Library
The library’s Hispanic Heritage celebration kicks off with a Film Series at our Mason Square Branch, 765 State Street. Thursday, October 2, 6-8 p.m., we’ll show Cesar Chavez. Director Diego Luna’s biopic chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Rated PG-13. Puerto Rican specialty desserts will be served. On Thursday, October 9, 6-8 p.m., we’ll show Il Postino. Join us for a beloved romantic comedy; Mario, an Italian postman, learns to love poetry while delivering mail to Nobel-Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. Mario uses what he learns from his unlikely friend to woo local beauty, Beatrice. Rated PG. Pastries and popcorn served!
Stop in on Saturday, October 4, 12-2 p.m., for an Hispanic Heritage Food Festival at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Avenue. Enjoy delicious specialties from local Hispanic restaurants! Featured will be foods of Puerto Rico, Mexico and El Salvador, provided by Salsa’s Salvadoran Restaurant, Estelita’s Taqueria, and the Food Zone Restaurant. Free tickets will be given out at the door and traded for food samples.
On Tuesday, October 7, 6-8 p.m., the Brightwood Branch Library, 359 Plainfield Street, will host a Flan Contest, plus a Concert by Alturas Duo. You can sample flan from Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Taste and vote for your favorite! Contest winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) announced at 6:15 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Alturas Duo will play South American folk and classical music by bringing together unique sounds and instruments to create a passionate music that moves fluidly and excitedly between styles and eras. The Alturas Duo will be enjoyed by all ages! Local authors Wayne Phaneuf & Elizabeth Román will discuss the exciting book Nuestra Historia, a chronicle of Hispanic history in Western Massachusetts. Copies of the book will be available for sale at a discount.
Stop in to the East Forest Park Branch Library, 122 Island Pond Road, on Wednesday, October 8, 6-7:30 p.m., for a Chocolate Tasting. Taste five different chocolates from various countries, with a progression of cacao content to educate your chocolate palate. Sample delightful specialty, designer and premium chocolates! During the course of this program you’ll learn about the origins of chocolate, its historical significance, variations in taste based on growing regions, botanical and chemical facts, and medicinal uses. Browse our book display highlighting cooking and baking with chocolate, as well as the chocolate-themed fiction.
Saturday, October 11, 11:30-1 p.m., a Spanish-Language Poetry Reading will take place at Indian Orchard Branch, 44 Oak Street, under the beautifully restored library dome. Come listen to local poets in this family-friendly poetry reading coordinated by El Pueblo Latino’s reporter Damaris Perez-Pizarro.
Sunday, October 19, 1-2 p.m., our Rotunda Rhythms concert at the Central Library, 220 State Street, will feature Alturas Duo, recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing chamber music today, and the only group of its kind. If you missed them at the Brightwood Branch, here’s your chance to hear them in another exceptional venue, the phenomenal Central Library rotunda!
All events are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please call 413-263-6828, ext. 422.