It Pay$ to Read at the Springfield City Library during the month of March! All this month, teens ages 12-19 who have overdue fines on their library cards have a chance to reduce those fines by reading. Teens can come by any library location starting March 1, sign in at the reference desk, and make themselves comfortable nearby to read – $2 of their fines will be eliminated for each half hour read, up to an hour and a half each day. (Bills for lost or damaged items are not covered by this program.) They can read books, graphic novels, magazines – whatever they enjoy reading!
Teens, make a fresh start for Spring by reading off your fines now. See you at the Library!
Print on the go!
Printing has just become easier. You can easily print on the Central Library’s public printer, located at 220 State Street, Springfield, MA, during library hours from your home computer, laptop or mobile device. Imagine that! You don’t have to be in the Central Library to print but you must pick up the print job on the same day during our open hours. Our new mobile printing solution is available during our regular business hours whether you’re in the Central Library or not. There are three ways to use our mobile printing option:
- Visit our online printer portal, enter your email address, upload your document or URL and click on green printer icon
- Send or forward the document as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Install the PrinterOn app for iOS or Android devices (Kindle Fire not available). Search 01103 or Springfield and select SCL Main Branch
Stop by Wellman Hall at the Central Library on the same day during our open hours to retrieve your print job. (Note: The Central Library is closed on Fridays.) Black and white only; 15 cents a page. Consult a staff member for assistance.
Please join us on Thursday, January 15, 6-7:30 p.m., for an opening reception at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Avenue, Springfield. On display will be large prints of a number of photographs of Springfield’s history featured in the book, The Struggle for Freedom: the History of African Americans in Western Massachusetts. We shine a spotlight on local photographers from the turn of the 20th century to the turn of the 21st century. The photos highlight local Springfield heroes and dignitaries, as well as key moments from its rich tapestry of African American life.
One of the featured photographers, J.B. Bradley, published a magazine called Chat, which was produced throughout the 1960s, 70s and into the 80s, when his son, J.B. Bradley, Jr. took over. Both father and son wished to portray their culture in a positive light – also the goal of the exhibit, which focuses on freedom’s rewards: the right to be oneself, to live, work, love, and attain an education.
Bradley would take photos of all types of events, particularly those showing the social life of African Americans in Springfield, Mass. and Hartford, Conn. He photographed famous entertainers such as Della Reese and Chubby Checker, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali. He sent copies of his magazine to former Springfield and Hartford natives around the world, who subscribed in order to get the news from their hometown.
Sports figures are also well represented both in the book and in this exhibit. Record-breaking track star Howard Drew, who accomplished many “firsts” in African American history, is pictured in a 1913 photo of Springfield High School’s track team.
A more recent photo, taken by Michael Gordon, shows seventeen year-old Omarthan Clark painting a self-portrait. Omarthan is now a working artist, presently a Graduate Teaching Associate at Ohio State University.
Special thanks to the Springfield Republican, Wayne Phaneuf and Marianna McKee for providing the photographs for the exhibit.
The exhibit will run from Thursday, January 15 through the end of February 2015.
January 5, 2015 through February 15, 2015
Join our Winter Reading Club and celebrate the fun of reading in Springfield by connecting kindergarten through fifth graders to their libraries, recognizing them for their reading, and encouraging them to try cool new things at home, at the library, and more!
During the program, kindergarten through fifth graders can get a game card at their local library or print one out from this page. Then all they have to do is:
- Read books, comics, or whatever you want, by yourself or with someone else, for 30 minutes!
- Go to museums!
- Come to the Library for cool programs!
How Winter Reading Club Works
Attention kindergarten through fifth graders! Know how you can JOIN IN to win lots of great prizes in Springfield City Library’s Winter Reading Club? It’s easy!
- Winter Reading Club begins Monday, January 5, 2015 and ends Sunday, February 15, 2015. Stop by your local library to get a game card, or print one out from this page .
- You have three ways to win. You can read by yourself or with someone else for at least 30 minutes! You can go to museums! You can come to the library for cool programs! You can do one, two, or all three! The more you do, the more chances you have to win.
- Visit your branch library with your completed game card to enter the weekly Winter Reading Club raffle. Take a trip to the treasure box while you’re there.
- Enter every week (as often as you like!) for chances to win free pairs of hockey tickets, a Minecraft Lego set, and more!
Ask for details at any Springfield City Library branch or call librarian Ted McCoy at 413-238-6828 ext. 201.
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
Sign up online
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.
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.
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 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, 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.