“Howlarious Halloween” Show with Mary Jo Maichack

October 12th, 2016

Minstrel Storyteller to Perform at Forest Park Branch Library
Thursday, October 20, 4:30 p.m.


Springfield City Library’s Forest Park Branch will host Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack to perform her “Howlarious Halloween” show, which includes ghost stories, songs and jokes. The performance is scheduled for Thursday, October 20th and is suitable for both children and teens.

Ms. Maichack has won two national awards for her storytelling, has performed some 3,000 shows in libraries, schools and festivals since 1989. She was featured several times on WGBY-PBS TV, the Connecticut Storytelling Festival, Three Apples, and Mark Twain Festivals and in venues from San Francisco to Venice, Italy.

“Howlarious Halloween” is possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The show will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Branch Library, located at 380 Belmont Avenue in Springfield.

WWE Legend Bob Backlund to Give Author Talk

October 5th, 2016
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Sixteen Acres Branch Library to Host Backlund on October 18th

Anyone who knows wrestling will know the name Bob Backlund. With a career spanning three decades, Backlund was a champion professional wrestler who was inducted into the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Hall of Fame in 2013. He ran for congress in 2000 and now works as an advocate for youth development. The famous former wrestler will visit the Sixteen Acres Branch Library on October 18th to speak about his book and life experiences, including his title as WWWF champion (2008-2013). Copies of his book Backlund: From All-American Boy to Professional Wrestling’s World Champion will be available for sale and signing. The event is scheduled from 6:30-7:30 PM; the Sixteen Acres Branch Library is located at 1187 Parker Street in Springfield.

“Slots, Pot, Veal, and Schools” event to be held at library

October 4th, 2016

City Library Hosts Ballot Question Program
Wednesday, October 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

What do gambling slots, marijuana, farm animals, and schools have in common? They’re all tied to important questions that will appear on the ballot when Massachusetts residents vote this November. To help voters understand what a “yes” or “no” vote means for each question, the Springfield City Library will be holding a “Slots, Pot, Veal, and Schools” event on October 12th from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Central Library at 220 State Street. Attendees can expect to hear from speakers on both sides of each issue and will have the opportunity to pose questions to the representatives. Attendees may also register to vote, check their registration status, and verify their polling place.

“At this time of year, voters are inundated with conflicting and sometimes confusing ads, postcards, and social media posts urging ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ votes on the ballot questions,” stated Jean Canosa Albano, Assistant Director for Public Services at the City Library. “To help them sort out what their votes mean, we’re bringing the supporters and opponents of the referenda right to Springfield residents, giving them a chance to ask questions and make up their minds.”

Among the groups sponsoring the event is The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. “Community collaborations are crucial to the work we do at the Women’s Fund,” said Women’s Fund Program Officer Ellen Moorhouse. “Partnering with the Springfield City Library to support such a unique educational event underscores the importance of remaining informed and engaged with local issues.”

Additional sponsors include the Library’s Civic & Community Engagement Team, the League of Women Voters/Springfield, and the Springfield Board of Elections.

The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is a public foundation that connects donors with the lives of local women and girls through strategic grant making and leadership development. To learn more, visit womensfund.net.

September Brings Talented Authors to Springfield Libraries

September 8th, 2016

Libraries Host Events Showcasing Local Writers

The Springfield City Library is thrilled to host a large number of authors this month. On September 17th from 12:30-3:30 PM the Central Library will host its annual Author Fair, which features talented local and Massachusetts-based authors. The authors will be on hand to discuss their books and their writing, and to sign copies of their novels, nonfiction works, poetry collections, and children’s books. The Central Library is located at 220 State Street. A full listing of featured authors and genres can be found here.

On September 20th from 6:30-7:30 PM, the Sixteen Acres Branch Library will host Patricia Martin, author of The Other Couch: Discovering Women’s Wisdom in Therapy, for a book discussion and signing. Martin, an experienced therapist, focuses on topics such as abusive relationships, cheating spouses, addicted children, death of loved ones, transgender issues, and more. Refreshments will follow the book signing, compliments of the Friends of the Library. The Sixteen Acres Branch Library is located at 1187 Parker Street.


On September 24th from 12-2 PM, the East Springfield Branch Library will host Kate Anderson, author of the mystery novel Hospital Hill, which is set in the Northampton State Hospital. Ms. Anderson’s talk will include a slideshow of historic Northampton State Hospital pictures and collection of related artifacts. Refreshments will follow the book signing, compliments of the Friends of the Library. The East Springfield Branch Library is located at 21 Osborne Terrace.

Visit our Local Authors page for more information.

Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 1st, 2016

Free Events Planned for All Ages


The Springfield City Library is hosting a number of events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually from September 15th to October 15th.

  • Enjoy a delicious Flan Contest at Brightwood Branch, Thursday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.
  • Poemario (poetry and musical recital) at Brightwood Branch, Tuesday, October 11, 6 p.m.
  • Chilean and Dominican Movie Nights at Mason Square Branch, Thursday, September 22, and Thursday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.
  • Central & South American textile display at East Forest Park Branch, September 15 through October 15
  • Worry Doll craft program at Brightwood Branch, Monday, October 3, 3:30 p.m.
  • Art exhibit featuring paintings by local artist Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría at the Central Library, September 6 through September 29 with an opening reception on Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m.

For more details and information, please visit the library’s calendar, browse a copy of the Library’s September Event Guide (available at all library locations), or call the Central Library at 413-263-6828 ext. 213.

Paintings of Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría Visit Library

August 22nd, 2016
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Exhibit Honors Mother of Cellist Pablo Casals
September 6 – 29, Central Library
Reception: Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m.

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Local artist Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría’s new exhibit, Puerto Rican Pablo Casals Art Exhibit in Honor of His Mother Pilar Úrsula Defilló Amiguet, will be on display in the Springfield City Library Central Library from Tuesday, September 6th through Thursday, September 29th. Pablo Casals, who is often regarded as one of the best cellists of all time, was born in Spain in 1876. His mother, Pilar Úrsula Defilló Amiguet, was originally from Puerto Rico; the paintings are influenced by Casals, Puerto Rico, and themes of motherhood. The exhibit is one of many activities hosted by the Springfield City Library to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

A reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday September 11th at 2 p.m. in the Central Library, and will feature cellist Boris Kogan from 2:15-2:45 p.m. playing in the style of Pablo Casals. Refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of the Library. The Central Library is located at 220 State Street in Springfield.

Unique Quilt Brings “100 Acts of Kindness” to Mason Square

August 16th, 2016

Special Reception to be Held at Mason Square Branch Library
Friday, August 26, 4 p.m.

The public is invited to a reception celebrating a special quilt developed by the 100 Acts of Kindness Towards Pregnant Women Campaign. The reception will be held at the Springfield City Library’s Mason Square Branch, located at 765 State Street, from 4 – 5 p.m. on Friday, August 26th.

Project Baby Springfield, a working group of the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, created the quilt in 2015. Over 1000 Springfield residents wrote down ways to support pregnant women, which were then incorporated into the colorful quilt and an online video, which can be viewed here. Dr. Andrew Balder, Chairman of Project Baby Springfield, will represent the group at the reception.

The quilt will be on display in the Mason Square Branch from Monday, August 22nd to Friday, September 16th.

Springfield City Library Hosts Summer Bash

August 11th, 2016
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The Springfield City Library hosts a festive Summer Celebration every August. This free event for families will feature games, music, giveaways, a maze, and gorgeous facepainting by The Happy Face Painter.

This event is sponsored by:

  • Friends of the Springfield Library
  • Hispanic American Library
  • The Puerto Rican Cultural Center
  • Gándara Health Center
  • Sunrise Amanecer
  • Reading Success by 4th Grade, a project of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation

On the Quadrangle behind the Springfield City Library, located at 220 State Street in Springfield.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 13th

  • 11-1: Games such as a giant maze, bean bag toss, and more
  • 11-1: Facepainting
  • 11-until supplies last: Giveaways of books, slingback book bags, flying discs
  • 11:30: Storytime
  • 11:45-12:45: Latin music concert by MusiCultura

MusiCultura (made up of Edwin Velez, on vocals and guitar; Tony Rivera, vocals and maracas; Gilberto Rivera, vocals and percussion; and Orlando Zayas on vocals and “Cuban Tres.”)

The Springfield City Library wants to celebrate the end of summer before school begins and reward local children who have participated in the Summer Reading Club.

Springfield City Library joins Digital Commonwealth Collection

August 9th, 2016

Public Can Now View Springfield Directories from the Last 167 Years


Springfield City Library is pleased to announce its inclusion in the Digital Commonwealth, beginning with the digitization of City of Springfield directories. City directories list addresses and business ads, and are used by genealogists, historians, and others researching people and places of the past. Digitization provides an easy way for the public to look through directories online. Once the project is complete in 2017, a full listing of the City of Springfield directories from 1849 – 1989 will be available in the Internet Archive. Directories from 1849-1869 are available thanks to the generosity of Maggie Humberston at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The Digital Commonwealth site provides access to thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings that have been digitized by member institutions so that they may be available to researchers, students, and the general public. Digital Commonwealth members receive free digitization services from the Boston Public Library as part of a grant awarded by the MBLC (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners) and funded by the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act). Member institution’s collections are included in the Digital Commonwealth, Internet Archive, and Digital Public Library of America. Explore the Digital Commonwealth here.

Visit our Local History and Genealogy page for more information about our collections.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides over 800,000 free print, physical, and digital resources for public enrichment.

Mason Square Community Festival on August 18

August 3rd, 2016
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Family-friendly Event to Include Music, Food, and Activities
Thursday, August 18, 3-7:30 p.m.
Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State Street

The Springfield Carnival Association has partnered with Springfield City Library’s Mason Square Branch to present the 3rd Annual Community Festival. The free yearly event honors the Mason Square Branch Library’s benefactor, Annie G. Curran, and will include a wide variety of fun activities for all ages from 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18th. Attendees can listen to live music from The Expandable Brass Band, Upstream, and LaDawn and Friends. Children will be delighted by facepainting and parrots, rabbits, and sheep from the Zoo in Forest Park. Families may also visit information tables and a voter registration station before enjoying fresh food at 5 p.m.

Mason Square Branch

The Festival will be held at the Mason Square Branch Library, located at 765 State Street in Springfield. For more information, please call 413-263-6853. Click here for a complete listing of Festival events and performances. A rain date has been scheduled for September 1st, 2016.

Summer Celebration on August 13

August 2nd, 2016
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Large Celebration Open to All Families
Saturday, August 13,11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the Quadrangle

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The Springfield City Library will host its annual Summer Celebration on August 13th, 2016. All families are invited to this free event, which will feature games, music, giveaways, a maze, and gorgeous facepainting by The Happy Face Painter. The celebration will start at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., rain or shine. This event is funded in part by the Friends of the Springfield Library and will be held in the Quadrangle behind the Central Library, located at 220 State Street in Springfield. Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides a collection of 800,000+ physical and digital items available for the public to borrow. It’s all yours – just ask.

Springfield My Home Photo Contest

August 2nd, 2016
Springfield MA

What do you love about living in Springfield? Take a picture of it, and earn a chance to win one of three prizes for Springfield My Home, a photography exhibit showing why residents live in and love Springfield, Mass.

Springfield My Home will be displayed at the Central Library and at the Brightwood Branch Library this fall from October 3rd through December 16th (December 15th for Central Library). Prizes will be awarded for Best Springfield Spirit, including runners-up, and more. The Central Library will host a public reception on Wednesday, November 2nd where the prize winners will be announced. RSVP to librarian Matthew Jaquith at 413-263-6828, x221, please, should you like to attend.

Prizes include:
• A gift card to Red Rose Pizzeria for Best Photograph, $50 value
• A gift card to Leone’s Restaurant for Most Artistic Photograph, $50 value
• Two tickets to the Springfield Symphony Holiday Pops concert for Best Springfield Spirit

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With the support of the Springfield Cultural Council, digital photographs will be professionally printed onto photo paper, mounted onto foam core boards, and displayed for eight weeks. At the end of the exhibit, contributing photographers will get to keep the mounted photographs, all at no cost to the photographers.

As a bonus, the winning photographs will remain on display for one year at the Central Library for the general public to see and enjoy.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions should be sent electronically to librarian Matthew Jaquith, and are being accepted now through Sunday, September 25th at 3 p.m. Call or email him for more details. 413-263-6828, ext 221 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org