Comic Creation Workshops Offered at Libraries

July 25th, 2017

Graphic Novel Programs for Teens Led by Local Author

Local author Haven Williams will be leading teen comic creation programs at two Springfield City Library locations this August. The first, called “Writing and Drawing Your Own Graphic Novel” is a three-part workshop series led by Williams and artist Nancy Nguyen. The first workshop will focus on drawing basic shapes and faces and creating page layout and will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday August 5th. The second workshop will focus on shading, writing dialogue balloons, and sound effects and will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 12th. The third workshop will be focus on creating motion, choosing color, and developing heroes and villains and will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 19th. The whole series will be held in the Mason Square Branch Library, located at 765 State Street in Springfield.

Williams will also be hosting “Comic Book Creation: Intensive Workshop” from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16th at the East Forest Park Branch Library. Intended for ages 9-19, Williams will teach how to tell a story visually and guide students through the process of creating comic book panels. The program is geared toward both writers and artists.

“Too Human” to Perform in East Forest Park

July 25th, 2017
Too Human

Library, Nathan Bill’s Restaurant Partner for Free Concert
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.

The East Forest Park Branch Library will hold a free, hour-long concert by the band Too Human, to be hosted at Nathan Bill’s Restaurant. The performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9th at 110 Island Pond Road in Springfield. Too Human has played at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Bushnell Theater in Hartford, and at New York’s legendary Bottom Line. They have performed with such great artists as 10,000 Maniacs and Janis Ian. Too Human offers music for all ages and features various musical styles, playing original music and standards of jazz, blues, pop, and R&B. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Barrett Anderson and the Blues to Perform at Forest Park

July 6th, 2017
Barrett Anderson

Free Concert to be Held in Outdoor Library Courtyard

Thursday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.

The Springfield City Library is excited to bring blues musician Barrett Anderson to the Forest Park Branch Library courtyard for a lively concert. The evening will include music as well as stories of the people and culture that produced one of America’s great cultural contributions to the world. During Barrett’s 19-year career, he has won a Boston Music Award (2013 Blues Artist of the Year), recorded two albums, and has played with many of the most important figures in the current blues world. A true student of the blues, Barrett brings the history of blues music through the twentieth century, from the Mississippi delta to Chicago and beyond, to life through his songs and stories. The concert will start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13th, at 380 Belmont Street in Springfield.

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.

Literary Spotlight at Central Library in July

June 24th, 2017
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Saturday, July 8, 1 – 3 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

Western Mass. is rich with literary talent, and the Springfield City Library is proud to host many of the area’s recently published book authors in the return of the Literary Spotlight. Featured writers include novelists and nonfiction writers, perfect for those looking for a good summer read. From exciting thrillers and suspenseful mysteries, local history and American history, to community building and more, the authors’ books offer great variety. Participating readers with links to their books include:

Following the readings will be an open mic for local poets as time allows. Contact librarian Matthew Vasquez Jaquith (413-63-6828 ext 221) for more information about the open mic including how to reserve a spot for yourself.

Refreshments and a free attendance raffle for all who attend are compliments of the Friends of the Library. This program is intended for people aged 18 years or older.

Celebrating the Grand Reopening of Springfield’s Union Station

June 12th, 2017
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Tuesday, June 20, 5-7:45 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library, 1187 Parker Street
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Join us for a preview of the long awaited grand reopening of the revitalized Union Station. The featured speaker will be Christopher J. Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, who is in charge of overseeing the $95 million “from the ground up” construction of the 91-year-old building. The opening of both a new $950-million MGM casino in downtown Springfield along with the stunning renovation of Union Station will help bring much needed jobs, economic development, student mobility, and tourism to the city. The new station will include a 377-space garage, food services, retail space, a 27-bay bus terminal and 64,000 square feet of office space.

Schedule of Events

PVTA Electric Bus

5:00-6:00PM – A visit from PVTA’s futuristic, hi-tech electric bus (In the Sixteen Acres Library parking lot).

6:00-6:30PM – Christopher Moskal, Executive Director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, will do an interactive presentation on all the construction and planning it took to revive the blighted building.

6:30-7:00PM – Josh Rickman, Manager of Operations and Planning of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will talk about their move into Union Station and plans for the future.

7:00-7:45PM – Anne Miller from Citizens for a Palmer Rail Stop will talk about the benefits of a hoped-for Boston, Worcester, and Palmer passenger link to Union Station. She will also explain how a new station in Palmer would stimulate Western Mass. economic development.

Summer Reading Club Kickoff to be held at Mason Square

June 10th, 2017
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Big Event Celebrates Library’s Annual Reading Club
Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State Street

Every year, the Springfield City Library hosts a Summer Reading Club, complete with a big event to start it off with a bang. This year, the kickoff bash will be held on Saturday, June 24th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Mason Square Branch Library.

The free event celebrates the beginning of the Summer Reading Club, a yearly library program through which people may earn prizes just by reading. The Summer Reading Club is open to all ages, infant through adult; anyone may join starting on June 12th, 2017. Prizes include new books, passes to Interskate 91, toys, STEM kits, gift cards, gift baskets, and more.

The Kickoff event feature music, crafts, and food, including delicious frozen yogurt from GoBerry. The Mason Square Branch Library is located at 756 State Street in Springfield.

The Springfield City Library Summer Reading Club and are supported by your local library, the Friends of the Springfield Library, the Massachusetts Library System, Western Massachusetts Library Advocates, 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.

Teen Fine Forgiveness this Summer

June 8th, 2017

New Program Deletes Late Fees to Give Teens Fresh Start at Library

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The Springfield City Library and Springfield Public Schools are pleased to announce a summer initiative for teens that is aimed at getting former patrons back into the library. The Teen Fine Forgiveness Program, which will run from June 12th through August 26th, grants a clean slate to library card holders with accumulated fines.

Currently, there are more than 5,000 Springfield teens whose ability to borrow books has been blocked due to overdue fines. Library Director Molly Fogarty said in many cases, it’s a matter of small fines adding up. “We decided it’s time to remove that barrier,” she said. “It’s so important for teens to have access to library resources.”

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The program will run in tandem with the Springfield City Library’s Annual Summer Reading Club. To participate, teens can stop by any of the City’s nine Library locations and join the Summer Reading Club. When they join, they will be granted a Golden Ticket to begin borrowing books from the library once again.

The Golden Ticket can be used at any Circulation or Welcome Desk in the Springfield City Library system. The ticket not only erases all Springfield City Library late fees from the teen’s library account, but also becomes a raffle ticket for gift card prizes. As an extra benefit, teens can return long overdue items with their Golden Ticket to skip late fee charges, and teens do not have to pay a replacement fee if they need a new library card.

The Library Commission voted in favor of the initiative during a meeting on April 5th. “It’s 100 percent the right thing to do for Springfield teens and their families,” said Stephen Cary, who serves as chairman of the board.

Springfield Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Lydia Martinez said library resources are an important component of student success. “We’re grateful the Library Commission has provided this opportunity for the District to join with Springfield City Library and really excited to give our teenage students a second chance to get back into the City Library,” said Martinez. “We want our teens to have as much support as possible as they progress academically.”

Young adults between the ages of 12 and 19 are eligible to participate in the Teen Fine Forgiveness initiative, which is a pilot program. Traditionally, the Library has not charged late fines for children under the age of 12. The Springfield City Library also offers a Read Off Your Fines program for teens all year long. While the summer Teen Fine Forgiveness initiative erases late fees, it does not erase fees associated with books that are lost or missing.

For more information, interested persons can call or visit their library branch.

Springfield City Library Welcomes New Dr. Seuss Museum

June 1st, 2017
Seuss Decoration

Many of us know that Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born and raised right here in Springfield, MA, and are familiar with his classic children’s books: The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, and over 50 others. With the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum on June 3rd, Geisel’s legacy is growing more than ever.

The Springfield City Library has a special relationship with Dr. Seuss’s books. Those of you who have visited the Children’s Room in the Central Library know that the unique design elements are taken directly from Geisel’s artwork. The nine Springfield City Library locations have nearly 300 Seuss-related items available for borrowing, from early readers to movies, from e-audiobooks to a songbook with piano scores. (For comparison, we have 209 Harry Potter-related items). And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was published in 1937; 80 years later, Seuss books are still wildly popular. Green Eggs and Ham was named #12 in School Library Journal’s list of Top 100 Picture Books, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go is a popular gift for new graduates every spring.

Here at the Springfield City Library, we’re celebrating the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum by adding an additional 200 Seuss books to the collection, in both English and Spanish. After visiting the museum, we encourage you to stop by the Central Library, enjoy our creative Seuss displays, visit the Seuss-inspired Children’s Room, and borrow copies of your favorite Seuss works. And be sure to look for us in the Cavalcade of Conveyances on June 3rd, proudly rolling a set of incredible Seussian book carts along the parade route.

Mason Square Branch Library Hosts Volunteer Fair

June 1st, 2017

Organizer Says Volunteering Can Build New Skills, Make Job Connections

Thursday, June 15, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State Street

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Springfield residents looking for valuable volunteer experience are invited to the Mason Square Branch Library’s Volunteer Fair. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, June 15th, at the Springfield City Library’s Mason Square Branch at 765 State Street in Springfield.

A variety of organizations will be represented, including the Dakin Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Horizons for Homeless Children, Mason Square Health Task Force, Make-it Springfield, and the Springfield City Library. The event will be especially useful for those passionate about nonprofit causes, students and adults needing to complete service hours, and anyone wanting to explore the work environment at one of the participating organizations.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, but event organizer Ellen Sulzycki, a reference librarian at the Mason Square Branch Library, says there are even more benefits: “It’s not only a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but you will have the opportunity to build new skills, connect with new people, and create opportunities for possible future employment.” The event is part of the library’s annual Summer Reading Club, the theme of which is “Build a Better World”.

Friction Farm to Perform at the Central Library

May 1st, 2017

Musical Duo Turns Favorite Books Into Literary Songs
Sunday, May 7, 2-3 PM
Central Library Rotunda

The Springfield City Library is thrilled to present a performance by musical duo Friction Farm on Sunday, May 7th from 2-3 PM. Guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay are avid readers who turn their love of great books into songs. Literary inspirations include popular novels like The Cellist of Sarajevo, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, The Glass Castle, and well-known nonfiction such as Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, and more.

This concert is part of the Rotunda Rhythms musical series, hosted in the Central Library at 220 State Street in Springfield. Each performance includes a free attendance raffle for the audience, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Vibrant Paintings by Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce Featured at Library

April 27th, 2017
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Exhibit Reception Includes Paintings, Jewelry, and Painted Plates

Central Library, 220 State Street
May 1 – June 29
Reception: Monday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.

Paintings by Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce will be on exhibit at the Central Library from Monday May 1st through Thursday, June 29th. Her artwork represents a trademark style of bold colors, interweaving lines, and abstract shapes. Dr. Caballer-Arce is a retired Springfield Public Schools administrator. She has displayed her artworks widely in the Greater Springfield area and beyond.

A public reception in honor of the artist and her works is scheduled for Monday, May 1st starting at 6:30 p.m. Join her and others to see her latest paintings, as well as a selection of her handmade jewelry and painted plates. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library with free attendance raffle to all who participate. The Central Library is located at 220 State Street in Springfield, MA.

Cabaret Concert to be Held at the Central Library

April 10th, 2017

“The Cabaret Art of Vickie Phillips” to be Performed April 23rd

The Springfield City Library will present “The Cabaret Art of Vickie Phillips” on Sunday, April 23rd from 2-3 PM. A master of her craft, Vickie Phillips has been entertaining audiences coast-to-coast for decades. Back from recent performances in New York City, the award-winning actress and singer will perform a cabaret, featuring a variety of great American standards. Accompanying on piano will be Springfield pianist Michael Rheault, composer of The Birth and Fabulous!

This concert is part of the Rotunda Rhythms monthly musical series, hosted in the Central Library at 220 State Street in Springfield. Each performance includes a free attendance raffle for the audience, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.