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October 23rd, 2017

Microsoft Office and Job Seeker Workshop Series

Looking for a new job? Want to increase your computer skills? Looking to impress during an interview?

The Springfield City Library is partnering with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department’s Workforce Team to provide a free two-part training program for jobseekers featuring Microsoft Office classes and job seeker workshops.

Held on three consecutive Thursdays in December, the Microsoft Office classes are scheduled in the Central Library Computer Lab from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the job seeker workshops are scheduled in the community room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served between sessions.

Registrants should plan to attend all sessions. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate and a referral for a either a free suit or interview outfit, courtesy of Suit Up Springfield or Dress for Success.

Registration is limited. Sign-Up HERE.

More Information and the Schedule for the Workshop Series

Workshop Schedule:

Thursday, December 7 – 10:00-12:00 – Word: Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools.

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:30 – Finding a Job: What you need to do before you start your job search, job-search strategies, and local resources and organizations that can help with the job-search process.

Thursday, December 14 – 10:00-12:00 – Microsoft Powerpoint: PowerPoint is everywhere! This powerful software package is used at home and at work for organizing slides and photos, and helping people give great presentations. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll make multipaged, basic PowerPoint files complete with edited images and enhanced with stylish templates giving you the skill needed for success with this popular program.

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:30 – Getting a Job: This workshop focuses on cover letter basics, resumes, and interviewing skills.

Thursday, December 21 – 10:00-12:00 – Microsoft Excel: Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, the world’s leading desktop spreadsheet. Excel is used both at home and in the office to help with a wide range of personal and business management services including basic bookkeeping and accounting, to maintaining mailing lists and more.

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:30 – Keeping a Job: This workshop will go over work/life balance and the skills needed for the modern work environment.

*Note: This program is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills.


September 28th, 2017

Free Classes Teach Baby Activities and Provide Free Books

A new program called “Small Talk Springfield” will teach parents and caretakers fun new ways to talk, read and play with their babies – all activities that help babies’ brains grow. The classes also provide feedback through a unique new talk pedometers. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided, and children will receive a free book after each session. Families will also receive free baby supplies and a chance to win gift cards.

The first of 13 classes will take place on Wednesday, October 25th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Library Express at Pine Point, located at 204 Boston Road in Springfield. Parents and caretakers are encouraged to sign up if they have a child 0-30 months old, access to a cell phone, and the ability to attend the classes and complete the word counter recordings.

Register or get more information from Jennifer Johnston at or 413-263-6828, ext. 293.

“Small Talk Springfield” is supported by The LENA Foundation, Reading Success by 4th Grade, the Funder Collaborative for Reading Success, and the Springfield City Library.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year.


September 25th, 2017


September 15th – October 15th
el 15 de Septiembre – el 15 de Octubre

Brightwood Gallery: A Teacher and Students Exhibit Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month A family evening celebrating art followed by a reception, compliments of the Friends of the Library. Featuring the works of Robert Bard, art teacher at the Brightwood School, and his students. Tuesday, October 17th | 6:30-7:45 PM | Brightwood Branch | All ages

Galería de Brightwood: una Exposición de Arte Creada por Estudiantes y su Profesor Celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana Una noche celebrando el arte, seguida por una recepción gracias a los Amigos de la Biblioteca. Con las obras de Robert Bard, profesor de arte en la Escuela Brightwood, y sus estudiantes. el 17 de octubre | 6:30-7:45 PM | ela sucursal Brightwood | Todas edades

Let’s Read and Create Art Together Foster a joy of reading in English and Spanish while creating fun art! Come listen as Springfield’s own multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo reads the bilingual book-of-the-month in English and in Spanish. Then have fun creating an art project linked with the book. No art experience necessary for the creative art projects. Begins Saturday, October 21st | 10 AM | Central Library Community Room | Children in grades 2-5 | Register at 413-263-6828 ext. 201 A bilingual storytime is also held every Wednesday at our Brightwood Branch.

Leer y Crear Arte Juntos ¡Promueve la alegría de leer en inglés y español mientras crea arte divertido! Venga a escuchar a la poeta multilingüe de Springfield, María Luisa Arroyo, leer un libro bilingüe. Luego diviértase creando un proyecto de arte relacionado con el libro. Experiencia artística no es necesaria para los proyectos del arte. Empieza el 21 de octubre | 10 AM | Salón Comunitario de la Bibioteca Central | Edades 7-12 | Llame 413-263-6828 ext. 201 para inscribirse. También tenemos una hora de cuentos bilingües cada miércoles en nuestra sucursal de Brightwood.

Arroz con Leche|Rice Pudding Contest A traditional and popular dessert throughout Hispanic America, arroz con leche was originally from Spanish and Arabic cultures. These days each country has its own version. Join us to taste this delicious dessert and select a contest winner. Call the branch at 413-263-6805 for more information about the contest. Music provided by Daniel “Choco” Garza and family. Thursday, October 26th | 6:30 – 7:45 PM | Brightwood Branch | All ages

Arroz Con Leche: un Concurso Un postre tradicional y popular en toda la América Latina, arroz con leche proviene de culturas españolas y árabes. Hoy en día, cada país tiene su propia versión. Únase a nosotros para degustar este delicioso postre y seleccionar el ganador del concurso. Llame a la sucursal al 413-263-6805 para obtener más información sobre el concurso. Música por Daniel “Choco” Garza y su familia. el 26 de octubre | 6:30-7:45 PM | la sucursal Brightwood | Todas edades

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

Springfield Library Foundation Unveils $2 Million Capital Campaign

September 13th, 2017

Springfield Library Foundation to Raise Funds for New Library

$2 Million “Promise Realized” Capital Campaign Launching September 12

The Springfield Library Foundation is launching a $2 million Capital Campaign to support replacement of the current East Forest Park Branch Library with a new building. The fundraising effort is officially titled “Promise Realized” to recognize the both the potential within the East Forest Park neighborhood and the promise to continue rebuilding following the destruction of the 2011 tornado. The Foundation, which provides significant funding for Springfield City Library operations, made the formal announcement during a press conference on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Library.

The new East Forest Park Branch Library will be constructed using a $4.9 million state grant and municipal support. The Foundation’s Capital Campaign will raise additional funds needed to complete the project. The Springfield Library Foundation has contracted Financial Development Agency to coordinate the campaign.


The existing branch is one of the busiest locations in Springfield, but struggles to serve the high numbers of visitors with only 4,100 square feet of strip mall space. Springfield residents are underserved in the facility, which lacks program and meeting rooms, high-speed internet access, and accessible entrances and restrooms. The new building will consist of 17,000 square feet of community space, including special areas for children and teens, a community room, study rooms, dozens of public computers, and a maker space. The new branch is expected to be “a model for the future” according to Springfield City Library Director Molly Fogarty.

Mayor Sarno said, “This new library branch is a key part of revitalizing the city, especially the tornado stricken area of our East Forest Park neighborhood. A stand-alone library for East Forest Park has been talked about for nearly 40 years. I’m proud to say that my administration is going to get it done. It’s also great to again partner with former Mayor Charlie Ryan and our Library Foundation to raise additional funds for this important ‘quality of life’ neighborhood project. No donation is too small or too large. Please be a part of history.”

‘“We’re so fortunate that the state, city, and Library Foundation will be coming together to make this plan a reality. The new library will have a significant positive impact for the East Forest Park neighborhood and the city as a whole,” said Director Fogarty.

“As a member of the Library Foundation and a resident of East Forest Park, this is an especially important announcement for me and all of the residents who have taken advantage of the current location and have been anxiously awaiting a full service library for many years. This Library will be the foundation for education and community development for generations to come,” said Commissioner Caulton-Harris.

Charlie Ryan, former Springfield Mayor and Treasurer of the Foundation board, said,”We’re looking forward to bringing the message with this branch to our fellow citizens. We trust that they will agree with us that its benefits will be felt for generations to come.”

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides over 800,000 free print, physical, and digital resources for public enrichment, as well as nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit

For further information please contact Jessica Blasko, Springfield City Library Community Relations Coordinator, at (413) 263-6828 x422, or

Forest Park Library Hosts “Girls Who Code” Club

August 29th, 2017
gwc Local teen girls who are interested in computer science and coding are encouraged to register for the new Girls Who Code Club at the Forest Park Branch Library. The Club is a 20-week series for girls ages 12-18. Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Students in the program will learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps and more. A Parent Information Session will be held on September 7th at 6 PM at the Forest Park Branch Library, located at 380 Belmont Avenue in Springfield. The Girls Who Code Club will be held from 10 AM- 12 PM on Saturdays at the Forest Park Branch Library beginning September 9th. To register for the program, please visit the Events page at  For more information, please call the Forest Park Branch Library at 413-263-6843.

It’s Pete Week: Pete the Cat On Tour!

August 29th, 2017

Here comes Pete, just walking down the street. . . come to the library and make Pete the Cat inspired crafts, do a scavenger hunt, count the groovy buttons, and more! You may even catch a glimpse of the coolest cat around! Children are invited to join the fun . . . because it’s all good!

Feel free to drop by any of our upcoming Pete Week events:

Brightwood BranchThursday, September 21st | 3:30-5 PM
Central Library Branch Tuesday, September 19th | 1-4 PM
East Forest Park Branch Friday, September 15th | 1-5 PM
East Springfield Branch Saturday, September 16th | 12-2 PM
Indian Orchard Branch Monday, September 18th | 10 AM-5 PM
Library Express at Pine Point Monday, September 18th | 4-5 PM
Mason Square Branch Wednesday, September 20th | 10 AM-5 PM

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
Sign up online

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.