What is steampunk?

April 8th, 2014

Monday, April 14, 5 – 6 pm
Central Library Community Room


Have you been wondering what Steampunk is? Have you visited the Steampunk exhibits at the Springfield Museums and now you’d like to know more? Come to a lively talk by librarian Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe who will explain how Steampunk has affected our culture in ways both old and new. Sarah will be dressed in Steampunk costume, by the way, and anyone who attends her talk is encouraged to come in costume, too.

And get up to speed with our steampunk reading lists!

So you think you can..? teen vacation week programs

April 7th, 2014

During April School Vacation Week, teens can learn to be creative!


So you think you can…DRAW! Cartoon Mania!
Indian Orchard Branch, week of April 22 – 25, Tuesday through Friday, 1 – 2:30 pm

In this class we will start out by addressing basic drawing skills (perspective, shading, proportions, etc.) and how it relates to cartoons. The rest of the class will be dedicated to the process of cartooning.

We will learn tricks and tips of the cartoon world; how to create characters; how to design and draw cartoons; and where and how to sell them.

The focus of this class is on each individual’s personal style with a lot of one-on-one instruction! If you have never drawn cartoons before, this is the place to learn — if you’re already drawing cartoons then we can help you take your cartooning to the next level.

Sketch books and pencils included.

TO PREREGISTER PLEASE CALL MEG AT 413-263-6846. Preregistration REQUIRED. Limited to 10 participants.

Michael Cady is a freelance artist that runs cartooning workshops within the East Longmeadow schools. Currently he is teaching cartooning to children ages 8-14 through the local Parks and Recreation Departments here in the Greater Springfield, MA area.


So You Think You Can…DANCE!
Brightwood Branch Community Room, Tuesday, April 22, 3 – 5 pm

The Stadium Of Dance group will entertain teens and tweens with their creative and award winning dance skills. This dance group, well known in our area for winning awards, will bring about 20 kids from their dance family to perform in our library’s April program. They will perform different styles of dance routines from Afro, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Salsa, Tap and Tumbling. They will invite the audience to come up and dance with the group by teaching them some of the groups easy dance techniques. The audience will also be given a chance to show case their own creative dance skills. Who knows what talents we may have in our audience that day!


STADIUM OF DANCE opened in 2009 and has received many awards for their performances showcased throughout their studio serves ages 2-50. Their studio is currently located at 143 Mill Street #201 in Springfield MA.

Owner and dance instructor, Kamari Schoolfield started dancing at the age of five at En Motion Dance Theater where she excelled in all areas of dance and taught hip hop for two years. She was a competitive student of The Dance Center Senior Company in which she has revived numerous and special awards such as: First place in the Top 5, numerous platinum metals, the MTV Award, Most Entertaining & Dancing from the Heart Award. She has performed at the Halftime Show at University of New Haven, attended classes with top names in Hip Hop such as: Rhapsody, Dave Scott, Luam, Chio and Brian Thomas. She is currently a dancer for a famous local artist in Connecticut, Ru Williams, and was chosen to be a dancer on BET’s TV show 106 & Park. While dancing everywhere and making her presence known, Kamari was teaching at Giggle Garden in Springfield then moved on to owning her own studio called Stadium of Dance in 2009. Today she continues with her studio and is looking to continue her success.


So You Think You Can…DIRECT!
Mason Square Branch, Wednesday, April 23, 2-3:30 pm AND Friday, April 25, 2-3:30 pm
Sign up online! Signing up for the first class on Wednesday includes the Friday class.

Direct your own movie in this two-part workshop. We’ll learn how to write, shoot, and edit short films using Flip cameras and iMovie. Actors, writers, and directors welcome!


So You Think You Can…DO IMPROV COMEDY!
Central Library Community Room, Wednesday, April 23, 2-4 pm
Sign up online

Phantom Sheep Comedy troupe will entertain teens and tweens with their own improv and sketch comedy, then bring everyone into the action by helping teens learn to create their own comedy. There will be a few warm-up exercises followed by games that are as much fun to play as they are to watch all in a very encouraging environment. Students will get a chance to shine as they work alongside and “on stage” with the troupe member instructors themselves.

Laugh out loud with your library!


Phantom Sheep Productions is a comedy based troupe featuring a team of professional performers, writers, producers, and technicians that worked together for several years prior to its official forming in 1996 with current repertoire members working collaboratively for over a decade. Their work has been seen in theaters, theme parks, colleges, television, libraries, and more. The troupe boasts over 200 scripted sketches produced and countless improvised scenes!


So You Think You Can…Make Jazzy Jewelry
East Forest Park Branch, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 4-5:30 pm
Sign up online

Make your own beaded bracelet, necklace, or earrings with the creative coaching of Delphine. Beads and equipment provided. For ages 12-19. Space is limited to 10; to register, contact Delphine Ray at 413-263-6836 or sign up online.

Delphine is an experienced crafter who wants to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with teens.


So You Think You Can. . .?
Forest Park Branch, Thursday April 24, 2-3:30 pm

Show us your stuff at the Forest Park Branch talent show! We want to see your unique talent, no matter what it is! Feeling shy? Just drop in and watch the show.


So You Think You Can….BE A WRITER!
East Springfield Branch, Thursday, April 24, 3:30 – 5 pm

Teens and kids 10 and up, join Springfield College intern Dylan Tully in creating an online newsletter of creative writing (and drawing). Spend some time with Dylan writing a poem or story, review a movie, book or video game — whatever interests you. You can also bring in something you have already written or drawn, and it will be included in this new publication that’s just for Springfield area youth.

WANTED: Creative writing pieces by teens for publication

WANTED: Creative writing pieces by teens for publication

April 3rd, 2014

If you are a creative writer ages 12-18, or would be interested in having any of your writing published, then look no further… we have your solution.

The Springfield City Library is creating an online publication that will include all types of writing, including but not limited to:

  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction stories
  • Fiction stories
  • Short stories
  • Opinion pieces
  • Manga
  • Essays
  • And more …

Email your work, or any questions, to the Young Adult Librarian at mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org Or drop work off at any branch library.

To get your creative juices flowing, we are offering three programs for teens in April!

Creative Writing for a Library Online Newsletter

Central Library, Tuesday, April 8, 4 – 5 pm
Forest Park Branch, Tuesday, April 15, 3 – 4:30 pm
East Springfield Branch, Thursday, April 24, 3:30 – 5 pm


Teens and kids 10 and up, join Springfield College intern Dylan Tully in creating an online newsletter of creative writing (and drawing). Spend some time with Dylan writing a poem or story, reviewing a movie, book or video game — whatever interests you. You can also bring in something you have already written or drawn, and it will be included in this new publication that’s just for Springfield area youth.


Download our flyer.

Let’s Get to Work Springfield II on April 9

March 22nd, 2014

Job Fair Event
Wednesday, April 9, 1-7:30 pm
Central Library, 220 State Street

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Let’s Get to Work Springfield II will include a group of valuable presentations for job seekers led by a variety of local agencies. A proper business attire workshop by Dress for Success for women and Hampden County Employable Garments for men will be offered. Both agencies provide free, appropriate clothing for interviews. Bring your resume for a Job Fair with representatives from Six Flags, City of Springfield, Springfield Schools, and Command Security. There will also be expert resume critique by members of Future Works in the Central Library’s Wellman Hall. Representatives from Springfield Technical Community College will provide information on career paths offered by STCC, including financing your quest for a new career. Two Hi-Tech job skills courses will be offered: Computers for Job Seekers and Brainfuse JobsNow.


dressforsuccessDress for Success 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. 1-2 pm in the Community Room

futureworksFuture Works has connected thousands of people in the area find employment by combining job search, job counseling, and improved job hunter computer skills. Future Works will provide free resume critiques during this program. 3-5 pm in Wellman Hall

Griffin Staffing Network Small Logo GSN

Griffin Staffing Network – We unite talent with opportunities and believe there is a job that fits every person and a person that fits every job. We offer permanent placement, temporary staffing and temp to hire.

hampdencountyemployableHampden County Employable Garments for Men provides business attire to men in Hampden County who are searching for employment. They help disadvantaged men be successful in their job search by providing presentable clothing for job interviews.

The Job Corps is a free educational and training program that helps young people find a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. (For those 16 years of age who qualify as low income.)

The Mom Squad provides the opportunity for homeless families, specifically those headed by women, referred by the Department of Transitional Assistance, to volunteer so they can build work experience. At the same time they provide free childcare so mothers going through difficult times have the chance to get back on their feet.


NEBA (New England Business Associates) will provide models for the Dress for Success “parade of power”, also known as a makeover fashion show, and as an exhibitor offering valuable resources to Springfield job seekers.

STCCSpringfield Technical Community College is devoted to helping individuals achieve their goals. STCC has a remarkably extensive selection of degree programs, degree options and certificate programs (over 100, as a matter of fact!) – many of which are not available anywhere else in the region. 5:15-6:30 pm in the Community Room

Springfield Veterans’ Services furnishes information, advice and assistance to veterans and their dependents as may be necessary to enable them to procure the benefits to which they are or may be entitled relative to employment, vocational, or other educational opportunities, hospitalization, medical care, pensions and other veteran benefits.

vetsincVeterans Inc. is the largest provider of services to veterans and their families in New England. Since 1991 they have helped more than 50,000 veterans and their families. Veterans Inc.’s clinical case management approach addresses the “total veteran” incorporating job training/employment, health and wellness, and supportive services.

colgin2 PM SPECIAL GUEST- Decorated Veteran Nick Colgin

Stop in and meet Afghanistan War veteran Nick Colgin, a highly decorated medic. Originally from Chester, VA, Nick joined the Army with his best friend right out of high school to serve his nation as an airborne medic. He served in Afghanistan for 15 months, earning a Bronze Star for his heroic actions in saving the life of a soldier while under fire. Spc. Colgin was recognized for saving the life of a French soldier who had been shot in the head and for working with other soldiers to rescue more than 40 civilians from a flood. He served on 725 combat patrols and 34 humanitarian aid missions.

Colgin faced a huge battle when he returned home to America of being one of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans without employment. President Obama mentioned him in a speech saying, “If you can save a life in Afghanistan, you can save a life in an ambulance in Wyoming.” Our incredible servicemen and women need to know that America values them not simply for what they can do in uniform, but for what they can do when they come home. We need them to keep making America stronger.”

After his career in the military, he continued to fight, but this time for veterans. He worked on policy and legislation, and in the media, speaking on issues facing veterans. Eventually, Nick heard the calling the return back to the medical field, this time in the form of starting a home care agency right here in Springfield. Having cared for our men and women overseas, and the Greatest Generation stateside, he felt it was his duty to continue serving his country through caring.

In his spare time, Nick guides blind veterans up mountains around the world, and helps individuals in the disabled community reach their summits.


Bring your resume and talk with these area employers about working for their company!

  • City of Springfield School Department
  • City of Springfield Human Resources Department
  • Six Flags New England
  • Command Security
  • Griffin Staffing Network

5-7:30 PM HiTech @ the Library: Free classes in the Computer Lab

5 PM – Computers for Job Seekers – attend this workshop for an introduction to finding job advertisements online, practice creating resumes with easy-to-use templates, and see a review of library services designed to help job seekers. Basic computer knowledge is assumed. Led by Sarah.
Sign up online


6:15 PM – JobsNow Brain Fuse – Find out the ultimate way to write a better resume and cover letter with BrainFuse’s JobNow, a free resume coach and jobseeker service. This workshop introduces JobNow’s online resource including interview tips, resume coaching, links to hundreds of online job openings, and more. Basic computer knowledge is assumed. Led by Reggie.
Sign up online.

If you have any questions please call the Central Library, 413-263-6828, ext. 213. You may also sign up for the Computer Classes at our Events Calendar .

Pics from Downton Abbey Party at East Forest Park

March 17th, 2014

Last week, the fine staff at the East Forest Park Branch Library participated in an “All Things Downton Abbey” party….and the interest was tremendous!

Check out some of the great costumes!

Staff getting ready for the party!

Downton Abby  tea staff
Downton Abby tea 3

Our neighborhood patrons really got into the “swing” of things!

downton Abby tea
Dowton Abby tea 2

Baby Days @ Your Library in April

March 17th, 2014

Did you know that babies need books? The foundations for success in reading begin at birth! Come register your baby (ages birth through age 2) for their own library card, anytime during the month of April, and see what the library has for you! The first 200 families that live in the city of Springfield will receive a free gift! The Springfield City Library will have Baby Open Houses — just come in at the designated time and sample some treats and sign up your baby for a library card and find out more about how you can be your baby’s first teacher. Or try out a baby storytime or join one of the storytimes the library is hosting. On Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 am we have special guest, award winning musician and nationally recognized Early Childhood Music Educator, Ellen Allard coming to the Forest Park Library to share easy to learn songs and tips on why it’s important to sing, dance, move and bounce with your baby.

Can’t make any of these special events? Just stop by with your baby, at any Springfield Library location that is convenient for you and sign up for a library card for your baby.

Baby Open Houses!

Come out and meet the other new babies in your neighborhood! Eight of the Springfield City Library locations will offer a Baby Open House! Grab a bite to eat, meet some other new faces, and, if you are one of the first 200 families to sign your baby up for a library card, and live in the city of Springfield, you will receive a free gift! Special thanks to our sponsors Home City Families, Friends of Springfield City Library, Big Y and the Davis Foundation.

  • Saturday, April 5, 11 am-1 pm: East Springfield Branch, 21 Osborne Terrace, 263-6840
  • Saturday, April 5, 11 am-1 pm: Mason Square Branch, 765 State St., 263-6853
  • Thursday, April 10, 10 am-Noon: Central Library, 220 State St. , 263-6828 ext. 201
  • Monday, April 14, 10:30 am-12 pm: Indian Orchard Branch, 44 Oak St. , 263-6846
  • Tuesday, April 22, 10:30am -12:30pm , Forest Park Library, 380 Belmont Ave., 263-6843
  • Thursday, April 24, 6-7 pm: Brightwood Branch, 359 Plainfield St., 263-6805
  • Saturday, April 26, 11 am-1pm: East Forest Park Branch, 122 Island Pond Rd., 263-6836
  • Saturday, April 26, 11 am-1pm: Sixteen Acres Branch, 1187 Parker St., 263-6858

On Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 am, award-winning musician and Early Childhood Music Specialist Ellen Allard will present This Little Piggy Went To the Market, at the Forest Park Branch Library located at 380 Belmont Ave, Springfield.

Want to easily learn how to incorporate music into your child’s life? Join Ellen as she shares her repertoire of easy-to-learn songs, fingerplays and knee bounces that will have your child giggling with delight. By the end of the program, you will understand why it is so important to sing and dance and move and bounce with your child. Bring a smile and a willingness to be silly! Sign up at 413-263-6843, or stop by!

Ongoing Baby Storytimes

Thursday, April 10 at 10 am: Join in on the First Steps Storytime at the Central Library, 220 State St. This program includes stories, songs, and playtime. It’s a great opportunity to help your baby or young toddler acquire those critical language and social skills. Especially for children birth-36 months with a parent or caregiver. No registration required–just drop in! Call 413-263-6828 ext. 201 for more information.

Monday, April 14, 10:30-11:30 am: Join in on Wee Ones at the Indian Orchard Branch, 44 Oak St. Enjoy some stories, songs, and fun rhymes. Recommended for children 1 to 2 years old and their parents and/or caregivers. Please call 413-263-6846 to preregister.


Two Springfield Library locations are launching Baby Storytimes!

It’s Baby Time! Join the other new babies in your neighborhood at the Forest Park Branch Library or the Mason Square Branch Library for a program just for you and your baby!

The Forest Park Branch Library’s Baby Lapsit will start Tuesday, April 1, at 10:30 am and will meet for four weeks (April 1, 8, 15, and 29). Join us for 20 minutes of interactive songs, rhymes, stories and fun to share with your baby followed by time to visit with other parents and for babies to play. For newborns to 18 months with a parent or caregiver. No registration required–just drop in! The Forest Park Library is located at 380 Belmont Ave., Springfield. Call 413-263-6843 for more information.

The Mason Square Branch Library, located at 765 State Street, will start First Steps Storytime on Saturday, April 12 from 11 am-Noon and will meet for four Saturdays (April 12, 19, 26, and May 3). Join us for a new program that includes stories and songs and playtime. This is a great opportunity to help your baby or young toddler acquire those critical language and social skills. Especially for children birth-36 months with a parent or caregiver. No registration required–just drop in! Call 413-263-6853 for more information.

Author Fair highlighted on WGBY’s Connecting Point

March 15th, 2014

The Springfield City Library connects writers with interested readers and new audiences at their biannual Author Fairs. Matthew Jaquith, Adult Program and Training Librarian for the Springfield City Library and local author Kevin Allen discuss the upcoming Author Fair at Springfield’s Central Library where twelve local authors will attend, including himself.

The Author Fair will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 12 – 4 pm in the Central Library Rotunda, 220 State Street. For more information on participating writers, click here.

Watch their interview with Aliz Koletas on WGBY’s Connecting Point, broadcast on Thursday, March 13.

Library Seeks On-call Reference Librarians

March 13th, 2014
In Rotunda

The Springfield City Library is seeking library professionals to work as substitute (on-call) reference librarians. People may be assigned to the Central Library or any branch library throughout the city. This is a unique opportunity for library professionals looking to supplement their income and gain experience with a large, progressive organization. Springfield is a library system on the rise, and we invite you to be part of this resurgence. We are looking especially for candidates who have some flexibility in their schedules; Saturday work is also a possibility. This might be a good opportunity for recent MLS graduates looking for professional library experience or for retired librarians wanting to keep working, but on a more limited basis.

Qualifications: ALA-accredited Masters Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science. Desired – 2 years’ experience in libraries, including reference assistance, use of online library catalog and databases.

Salary: $20.34 per hour. No benefits.

All applications for employment MUST be completed online through the City of Springfield’s website:
This position appears as “Reference Librarian – Substitute.”