Summer Reading Kickoff Events

June 1st, 2018

Brightwood Branch:
Friday, June 22 | 1-2:30 PM | Children

Brightwood Goes Wild! Forest Park’s Zoo On The Go will visit, and afterwards we’ll do a zoo scavenger hunt and make a craft. Stop by our Brightwood Goes Wild Snack Bar for a safari-inspired treat!

Central Library:
Wednesday, June 20 | 12-8 PM | Children

Summer Kick Off – Kick off your summer with the Children’s Room! We’ll have activities all day, and snacks and giveaways while supplies last.

East Forest Park Branch:
Wednesday, June 13th | 3-4:30 PM | All ages

Firefighter on the Go! Learn about Summer Reading, eat yummy ice cream, and meet local firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog.

East Springfield Branch:
Wednesday, June 20 | 1-8 PM | All ages

SummerReading Kickoff Music Party! Enjoy refreshments and the sweet acoustic sounds of musician Jon Hollywood, playing original works and hits from all eras.

Forest Park Branch:
Thursday, June 14 | 4-6 PM | All ages

Summer Reading Kickoff Block Party! We’ll be serving summer picnic foods with games, prizes, a scavenger hunt, poetry readings, and a free book giveaway while supplies last. Plus, meet your community and business leaders!


Indian Orchard Branch:
Thursday, June 21 | 1-2:30 PM | All ages

Last Day Hooray! We’ll have be a scavenger hunt, craft activities, a book giveaway for families, and more! (A joint effort with the Springfield Housing Authority and the Book Rich Environments Initiative).

Library Express at Pine Point:
Monday, June 18th | 3:30-4:45 PM | All ages

Summer Reading Kickoff! Stop by to learn about Summer Reading, check out our Expressly For You collection, have some fun with Snap Circuits, Magna Tiles and Minecraft, and enjoy some treats!

Mason Square Branch:
Saturday, June 23 | 1-2:30 PM | All ages

Summer Reading Kickoff in the New Park! Join us in our new park space! Paint a summer craft, visit the super PB&J-making station, enjoy big bubble making, and more!

Sixteen Acres Branch:
Tuesday, June 19 | 4-8 PM | All ages

Summer Reading Kickoff! Drop in for light refreshments and pick up summer reading logs for the whole family! Learn all about Your Story, Your Summer, Your Library and the other fun activities happening at the Sixteen Acres Branch all summer long.


The Springfield City Library Summer Reading Club and are supported by your local library, the Friends of the Springfield Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Springfield Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins, with funding from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. The Summer Reading Club is also funded in part by the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation.

Earth Week At The Sixteen Acres Branch

April 6th, 2018

New Train Travel in Western MA: a Presentation by Sen. Eric Lesser
Tuesday, April 17th | 6:15-7:45 PM | Sixteen Acres Branch | Adults

Senator Eric Lesser will talk about the long awaited completion of drastically improved passenger train service between Springfield to New York City starting in May. The senator will also give an update on expanded train service between Springfield and Boston. If approved, the service will have a huge impact on workforce development, tourism, and a cleaner environment.

Film Documentary: Before the Flood Before
Thursday, April 19th | 6-7:45 PM | Sixteen Acres Branch | Adults

The Flood is a wakeup call to start dealing seriously with climate change. Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.

Things You Can Do for a Cleaner Environment
Saturday, April 21st | 1-2 PM | Sixteen Acres Branch | Teens & Adults | Register Online

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots advocacy group, focuses on building policies that address climate change and to help make a cleaner environment.

Growing Plants from Seeds
Saturday, April 21st | 2-3 PM | Sixteen Acres Branch | Adults & Teens | Register Online

Avid gardener Judy Cmero from the Spring eld Garden Club (SGC) demonstrates how to start plants from seeds to beautify the earth. Membership information and a list of their outstanding, upcoming events will be available.

Awesome Mother Goose

April 2nd, 2018
Come experience rhymes, puppets, dance and song!
Come experience rhymes, puppets, dance and song!

Awesome Mother Goose: Performed by MaryJo Maichack

Come experience rhymes, puppets, dance and song. A sheer delight, even for the adult who appreciates language. Ukulele and recorder, with Mother Goose in costume, and Tillie the Goose by her side. | Parents with preschoolers.

Indian Orchard Branch Library Monday, April 9, from 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 2-6
For more information contact the branch at 413 – 263-6846

This program is supported in part by a Library Services & Technology Act grant from the Institute for Museum & Library Services.

Brightwood Branch Library Wednesday, April 11, from 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 2-6
For more information contact the branch at 413-263-6805

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

March 31st, 2018

National Library Week (April 8- 14, 2018) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2018 National Library Week is “Libraries Lead,” and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland will serve as 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

National Library Week 2018 will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958. This national celebration is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate every year in National Library Week.

National Library Week Open House

Wednesday, April 11, 2 – 4 p.m. | All Locations

In honor of National Library Week, every Springfield City Library location will be holding an open house. Stop by to enjoy some light refreshments, pick up some library swag, and see what’s happening at your community library!

Central Library Plaza Construction Update

March 29th, 2018
The Central Library is currently undergoing renovation, repairs, and construction. Part of the project includes tearing down the old, unsafe entrance ramp at the northwest library entrance (facing the Springfield Museums). The old ramp will be replaced by a new accessible ramp, stairs, and plaza connecting to the Smith Museum. Construction is expected to be completed in July 2018. New artist renderings of the plaza are available for public viewing here: Click on images for enlarged views. CL Plaza Artist's Rendering Angle 2     CL Plaza Artist's Rendering Angle 1  

Youth Job Seeker – Workshop Series

March 24th, 2018

Register with Springfield WORKS

Central Library – Computer Lab, Monday, April 2, from 5-6 PM

Come learn from job experts Pamela White and Krizia Valentino how to register with the Springfield WORKS Career Portal to find positions that match your interests and skills.

Open to people ages 18-26. Registration is encouraged, though not required. Light refreshments will be served.

Your Best Resume Ever

Central Library – Computer Lab, Wednesday, April 4, from 5-7 PM

Come learn from Phylis Gedeon of YouthWorks how to build a resume that is creative, organized, and appealing to employers.

Open to people ages 16-26. Registration is encouraged, though not required. Light refreshments will be served.

Girl Power!

March 8th, 2018

Central Library, Children’s Program Room

Wednesday, March 21, 5:30-7:00 pm | Ages 5-12, siblings welcome

Poster Girl Power!

In honor of Women’s History Month, please join us for a special evening celebrating strong and amazing women – including you! Visit our Hall of Fame to learn about world-changing women, make art, hear inspiring stories, and get ideas about what to read or do to learn more. Participants will also have the chance to enter a raffle for an awesome Girl Power Gift Basket. Especially for girls, but all are welcome!

Power up with these great books - Girl Power! Reading List
Power up with these great books – Girl Power! Reading List
Power up with these great resources – Girl Power! Resource List
Power up with these great resources – Girl Power! Resource List

Mason Square Branch Seed Lending Library Re-Opens

February 26th, 2018

Welcome to the Mason Square Branch Seed Lending Library!

Made possible through a grant from Vermont-based seed company, High Mowing Organic Seeds, the seed library features a great variety of %100 organic, non-GMO seeds for vegetables, greens, herbs, and flowers. With multiple varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, peas, pumpkins, and watermelons, there’s something for everyone! This year we have also received a seed donation from the Hudson Valley Seed Company.

Mason Square's 2018 seed library is all set for the upcoming season!
Mason Square’s 2018 seed library is all set for the upcoming season!

How do I sign up?

Anyone interested in borrowing seeds must fill out a membership form, located in a binder at the branch. Though you’ll only need to give us your name and contact information once, we ask that you record which seeds you’ve taken every time you borrow from us.

So I can supply my entire garden this summer from your seed library?

Well, to some extent. There’s a limited supply of seeds, so we prefer that patrons be reasonable about how many they take overall. You CAN take a whole seed packet, but if you don’t think that you’ll use all the seeds inside, then grab an orange envelope and take just what you need.

But wait, how do you “lend out” seeds?

Though we don’t expect patrons to save seeds, we do take donations of non-GMO commercial seeds in an effort to make this project more sustainable. When you bring seeds in, please make a record of it on your membership form. We’ll also take gently-used garden tools!

I’m a first time gardener!

Great! We’re here to support you. The library works with the Springfield Food Policy Council and the Mason Square Community Garden Group to provide Springfield residents with hands-on gardening workshops led by experienced gardeners. See our workshop schedule for details. We also have a variety of gardening books, covering urban gardening, vegetable gardens, container gardens, flower gardens, and more!

You didn’t answer all my questions!!!

Oh, okay. Branch supervisor, Caitlin Kelley, would be happy to answer any further questions. She’s probably sitting right behind you (if you’re at the branch).

Activate Your Library – Survey

January 31st, 2018

We are looking for people interested in collaboration to give us feedback about programming at the Springfield City Library. Your answers to the following questions will not be used for any other purpose or shared with anyone else. You may be contacted to participate further! Activate your library to make it the place where community members are excited to come together to share ideas and collaborate in an enjoyable and meaningful way.

By participating in this survey you will be entered into a raffle drawing for a pair of Sony Headphones

Community Collaborative Programming Survey


JOB POSTING: 2 openings at Springfield City Library

December 2nd, 2017

The Springfield City Library seeks applications to work at our forward-looking public library as a Reference Librarian. Due to a promotion, we have two part-time Reference Librarian openings. One has a YA focus, while the other has an adult focus. Please view the attached flyer to learn more about working and living in Springfield and apply by Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

We are here to help community members find what they need, no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they’re looking for, because the Springfield City Library is their place of connection to information and knowledge, culture, and community. Our library has been recognized with three Urban Library Council Innovation awards and is part of the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities cohort.

One Reference Librarian position is based at our Forest Park Branch Library, with a focus on information service for all ages and on programming for adults. The other is based at our East Forest Park Branch, with a focus on information service for all ages and on programming for teens. People hired for these posts will also do some collection maintenance and outreach. The annual salary is $23,033.40 for a 18.5 hour/week schedule. Be sure to upload a compelling cover letter when you apply. Further job details and application are available here: Forest Park: East Forest Park: Or, go to the City’s website, click on Employment Opportunities, and look for Reference Librarian.


Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree and an ALA-accredited MLS and some experience in a library setting. MLS candidates may be considered, at a pay rate of $19,131.32 until the degree is completed. Excellent customer service orientation is needed, and a “turned outward” approach to community engagement is ideal. Desirable: Experience in creating lively programs and bilingual abilities (English and Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese or other).

Springfield, Massachusetts: We are Innovative, Affordable, Cultured, Green, and Accessible. It’s an attractive place to earn, learn, live, and raise a family. Take a look!

Consider joining our team! Apply for our Reference Librarian position by January 24, 2018.

Inquiries are welcome, but all applications must be filed on the City’s website.

Jean M. Canosa Albano, Assistant Director for Public Services

Seeking Springfield Library Patrons for Photo Shoots

October 24th, 2017
We’re looking for volunteers to be models for an upcoming photo shoot. The images will be used in a brochure for the new library branch soon to be built in East Forest Park.

We need children, teens, and adults for this photo shoot. If you’re interested, please review the information below and contact our Community Relations Coordinator, Jessica Blasko, at

Time and date: The photo shoot will take place on Friday, November 3rd from approximately 3pm-6:30pm. If you are participating in only one of the photo shoots, we will ask for an hour of your time. If you and your children are participating, we will need you for a longer period of time.

Location: Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield.

Who we need:
“Engaged Citizens” photo shoot: 5 adults of diverse ethnicities, between ages 30-50
“Teens & Technology” photo shoot: 5 teens of diverse ethnicities, between ages 15-19
“Safe Haven” photo shoot: 4 children of diverse ethnicities, approximately ages 3-6

Models will be given guidelines about what to wear for the shoot. Models will also be asked to sign release forms in order to participate; parents will need to sign on behalf of minors.

Ready to Work:

October 23rd, 2017

Microsoft Office and Job Seeker Workshop Series

Looking for a new job? Want to increase your computer skills? Looking to impress during an interview?

The Springfield City Library is partnering with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department’s Workforce Team to provide a free two-part training program for jobseekers featuring Microsoft Office classes and job seeker workshops.

Held on three consecutive Thursdays in December, the Microsoft Office classes are scheduled in the Central Library Computer Lab from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the job seeker workshops are scheduled in the community room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served between sessions.

Registrants should plan to attend all sessions. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate and a referral for a either a free suit or interview outfit, courtesy of Suit Up Springfield or Dress for Success.

Registration is limited. Sign-Up HERE.

More Information and the Schedule for the Workshop Series

Workshop Schedule:

Thursday, December 7 – 10:00-12:00 – Word: Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools.

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:30 – Finding a Job: What you need to do before you start your job search, job-search strategies, and local resources and organizations that can help with the job-search process.

Thursday, December 14 – 10:00-12:00 – Microsoft Powerpoint: PowerPoint is everywhere! This powerful software package is used at home and at work for organizing slides and photos, and helping people give great presentations. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll make multipaged, basic PowerPoint files complete with edited images and enhanced with stylish templates giving you the skill needed for success with this popular program.

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:30 – Getting a Job: This workshop focuses on cover letter basics, resumes, and interviewing skills.

Thursday, December 21 – 10:00-12:00 – Microsoft Excel: Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, the world’s leading desktop spreadsheet. Excel is used both at home and in the office to help with a wide range of personal and business management services including basic bookkeeping and accounting, to maintaining mailing lists and more.

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:30 – Keeping a Job: This workshop will go over work/life balance and the skills needed for the modern work environment.

*Note: This program is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills.