Celebrating Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Springfield – October

August 21st, 2018
Have you been looking for a way to connect with local small business and entrepreneur resources? Come to the Springfield City Library during our 2-week series to learn more about organizations such as SBA, SCORE, Valley Venture Mentors and more.

Mark your calendar! Registration opens September 15 for programs with attendance limits.

Central Library, Computer Lab
October 15, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 PM

Crowdfunding for Small Business Workshop: SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is a nonprofit resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). A representative from the Western Massachusetts chapter will be presenting valuable information about crowdfunding for small businesses and entrepreneurs.


Sixteen Acres Branch
October 16, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 PM

The Story of SCORE in Western Massachusetts: The Western Massachusetts chapter of SCORE provides FREE, confidential counseling to small business entrepreneurs at 7 locations in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. Whether you are starting a new business, or are already in business, you could benefit from our experienced mentors’ expertise. Our goal is to create ongoing relationships with small business entrepreneurs to help them make good business decisions, and to help define and achieve their objectives. Join a representative from WMass SCORE to learn more about how their volunteers can help you!


East Forest Park Branch
October 17, 2018 | 5:30-6:30 PM

Women Innovators & Trailblazers Info Session: WIT is building a community where women boldly define and fulfill their entrepreneurial ambitions. Their mission is to ignite a women-led innovation economy in Western Massachusetts and beyond. Come learn more about their supportive resources to help your business succeed!

Central Library, Computer Room
October 17, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 PM

SBA Business Smart Workshops:  PART 1 -These two (2) FREE workshops (this is a series, please plan to attend both) will help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Learn about SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the key steps to getting your business off the ground
  • Learn about various financing options
  • Learn what banks look for when lending money
  • Learn about the local resources available to assist you in starting and growing a small business
And MUCH MORE!


Brightwood Branch
October 18, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 PM

Financial Literacy for Small Business Owners: A representative from Berkshire Bank will present information about what banks look for when funding a small business. Topics include information about general and specific products and services, payroll processing, business credit, and others. There will be time available for questions as well.


Central Library, Rotunda
October 24, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 PM

Valley Venture Mentors Table Session: Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is building, supporting, and maintaining a community to launch an entrepreneurial renaissance. By nurturing startups, we impact the employees they hire, the customers they serve, and the neighborhoods they revitalize. And it’s working. Come learn about starting a business, growing your business, networking, or becoming a mentor!

Central Library, Community Room
October 24, 2018 |  6:00-7:30 PM

SBA Business Smart Workshops:  PART 2  -These two (2) FREE workshops (this is a series, please plan to attend both) will help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Learn about SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the key steps to getting your business off the ground
  • Learn about various financing options
  • Learn what banks look for when lending money
  • Learn about the local resources available to assist you in starting and growing a small business
And MUCH MORE!


Small Talk Springfield Fall 2018 Sessions

August 9th, 2018
Parents! You have the power to jumpstart your baby’s development!

Sign up for Small Talk and participate in 13 FREE classes filled with learning, support and fun! Light refreshments and childcare are provided, and your child will receive a FREE book after each session.

About the classes: We’re providing a new program where you can learn how to help your baby’s brain grow through talk and play. Everything is free!
Benefits of Participating:
– You will learn fun new ways to talk, read and play with your baby and receive feedback with an exciting new talk pedometer.
– You will learn how these skills help your baby’s brain grow.
– You will receive free baby supplies – and a chance to win gift cards!

Sign up if:
– Your child is 0-32 months old.
– You have access to a cell phone.
– Your schedule allows you to commit to attending the classes and completing the word counter recordings.

Choose from two upcoming sessions:

August-Novemberclasses start Friday, August 24th at 10:30 am at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library, 1187 Parker St., Springfield MA
September-December classes start Saturday, September 8th at 9:30 am at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Ave., Springfield MA

Contact information:
Jennifer Johnston
413-263-6828 x 293
jjohnston@springfieldlibrary.org

Museum Passes at the Springfield City Library

July 18th, 2018
Many Springfield City Library locations have museum passes. Borrow a pass and get free or reduced admission to area Museums and Parks!

Zoo in Forest Park 293 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA Passes available at all library locations – Check for availability in the catalog Admits: 5 people, any age. Pass must be presented with a valid photo ID at the entrance; children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. May not be combined with any coupons or other offers, or used during paid special events. Pass privileges include a 10% discount at the gift shop. Note: The pass does not cover the parking fee to enter Forest Park.

Massachusetts Annual Parks Pass Please check the list of parks available with the pass in the catalog description. Passes available at the Central Library – Check for availability in the catalog The pass entitles the bearer to free parking for one vehicle (excluding buses and 15-passenger vans) at over 50 day-use facilities in the State Parks system that charge a parking fee.

Mystic Aquarium and Ocean Exploration Center 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT (860) 572-5955 Passes available at the Central Library, East Forest Park Branch, Forest Park Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch – Check for availability in the catalog Pass valid for $5.00 off per person for up to four people. Good on general admission only. This offer cannot be copied or combined with any other offer. Pass cannot be used for special events and programs. Pass must be presented at time of admission. Pass may only be used once per day. Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours vary, please see the Aquarium’s website for hours.

USS Constitution Museum Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston. MA (617) 426-1812 Passes available at all library locations – Check for availability in the catalog Admits: Free admission. Limited to parties of 9 or fewer – 1 pass per party. “The USS Constitution Museum, located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of ‘Old Ironsides’ and the people associated with her. The museum offers a variety of engaging activities, exhibits, and programs, including our interactive exhibit, All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812, where visitors can furl a sail, sleep in a hammock, and scrub the deck as they join Constitution’s crew in 1812!” “This year [2015] is particularly exciting as restoration work is planned for USS Constitution. The ship is scheduled to enter dry dock in May right outside the museum’s front door. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the ship from a completely new perspective. We’re celebrating with a new exhibit about the ship’s construction – Forest to Frigate – opening this summer.”

Wistariahurst Museum 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA (413) 322-5660 Passes available at the Central Library, East Forest Park Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch – Check for availability in the catalog Wistariahurst Museum offers docent-led tours of the house during regular operating hours with open hours every Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 12 and 4 p.m. Gardens and grounds open daily until dusk. Hours vary according to season. Contact museum for hours. Pass admits two adults. Valid for admission to one house tour OR one lecture, workshop, or concert (Reservations required for lecture, workshop, or concert admissions). Library Pass not valid for admission to fundraising events and select partner events, including the Nutcracker.

And don’t forget: Springfield residents always have free general admission to the Springfield Museums! 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA (413) 263 – 6800 Five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden are located right downtown next to the Central Library. Free general admission for Springfield Residents during regular museum hours with valid ID. Visitors ages 3-17 accompanied by a non-Springfield resident adult must present a Springfield school ID.

Summer Reading Kickoff Events

June 1st, 2018
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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!

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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.

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The Springfield City Library Summer Reading Club and www.ReadsinMA.org 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
EarthWeek

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
LibraryWeek

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
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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

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