Local Author Fair on March 22

March 11th, 2014

The Springfield City Library is pleased to announce its eighth, biannual Local Author Fair which will run from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 in the Central Library Rotunda. The Author Fair showcases local talent and achievement in a free, open to the public setting featuring recently published writers.


Authors will be available to meet and greet the public, discuss their works, and sell and sign copies for readers of all ages. Authors come from many area communities including Agawam, Longmeadow, Northampton, Westfield, and of course Springfield, and others. They have books for teens, children, and adults so there is sure to be something for everyone. Come to the Fair on Saturday, March 22 and take stock in the pride of western Massachusetts!

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Be sure to catch the televised discussion about this event on WGBY’s Connecting Point on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 pm, with librarian Matthew Jaquith, local author Kevin Allen of Westfield, and Connecting Point’s host Aliz Koletas.

Authors scheduled to attend include:

All Things Downton Abbey on March 12

March 10th, 2014

East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday, March 12, 6 – 7:30 pm
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You are most cordially invited for tea and conversation at the East Forest Park Branch Library where we will reflect upon all things Downton Abbey. Feel free to dress for the occasion, either upstairs or downstairs. (Prizes for best costume). Recipes from the era will be prepared and we will all dine like lords and ladies! Please join us for a rather good time.

Library Express at Pine Point Grand Opening on March 10

March 10th, 2014

Please join Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City Councilor Clodo Concepcion and Springfield Library Commission Chairman Steven Cary on Monday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. for the Grand Opening of our new Library Express at Pine Point, located at 204 Boston Road.

The Library Express space is fresh and bright and will provide what library patrons want most: public computers, WiFi to support personal devices, comfortable places to sit, new materials in all formats, a carefully-chosen selection of popular and classic books and other materials, plus a helpful staff to assist you.

The schedule will be: Monday 1-5 pm, Wednesday 1-6 pm, and Friday 1-5 pm.

Urban Gardening classes continue

March 6th, 2014

Gardening classes with Springfield farmer Daniel Staub are ongoing through May at several branch library locations! All stages of backyard gardening from soil preparation and seed starting to harvesting and enjoying the fruits of your labor will be covered. Keep an eye out too for additional workshops in container gardening coming soon.

Think spring and sign up.

  • March 8: Seed Starting, 11:30 am, Mason Square Branch,
    765 State Street, 413-263-6853
    Sign up online
    Start new seeds in trays and various types of pots and take your starter home for spring planting. All supplies provided. Participants will also learn how to create a cold frame to help stretch the New England growing season.

  • April 8: Garden Management I, 6 pm, Brightwood Branch,
    359 Plainfield Street, 413-263-6805
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    Soil testing and soil building, bed preparation, tools and composting.
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  • April 17: Garden Management II, 6 pm, Mason Square Branch
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    Planting and seeding and more.

  • May 15: Garden Management III, 6 pm, Mason Square Branch
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    Pest control, trellising, weed control, watering and harvesting.
  • Seeds available for sharing, while supplies last.

    Sign up at our Events Calendar, or the specific branch location.

    DIY: Celebrate Teen Tech Week!

    March 4th, 2014

    Teens can Do-It-Yourself at the Library at this program celebrating Teen Tech Week. Try out our new mobile lab of MacPro laptops, and learn to do a fun creative project using Photoshop Elements, iMovie, or another application. For ages 12-18.

    Register online using the links above, or call your branch library.

    Toto the Tornado Kitten at Sixteen Acres

    March 4th, 2014

    Sixteen Acres Branch
    1187 Parker Street
    Saturday, March 8, 11:30 am – 1 pm

    Toto the Tornado Kitten will be visiting Sixteen Acres Branch with his caretaker Jonathan Hall. Come admire the friendliest cat you ever saw and hear Jonathan tell the story of Toto’s remarkable rescue after the tornado in June 2011.

    Jonathan’s books Toto the Tornado Kitten and Oh Toto! Where did you go? will be for sale.

    Teen Chess Club at Forest Park

    February 24th, 2014

    First & third Wednesdays, 3 pm – 4 pm
    Forest Park Branch

    Introducing our new Chess Club for teens and tweens! Develop amazing skills by playing with your friends. Beginners and advanced players are welcome! The club will meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

    Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament at Mason Square

    February 24th, 2014

    Saturday, March 1, 11 am – 2:30 pm

    Sign up online!

    Get ready to duel at Mason Square Branch Library! Join us this Saturday for a Normal Monster Tournament (no effect monsters, no chain burn decks). We’ll be giving away two booster boxes worth of Yu-Gi-Oh cards. If you’re bringing your own deck, please limit it to 40 cards (20 Normal Monster cards, 10 Spell Cards, 10 Trap Cards).

    Lunch will be provided.

    Monthly event booklets now available by email

    February 20th, 2014

    Want to be the first on your block to find out what exciting programs are planned at the Springfield City Library in the next month? Then sign up for email delivery of our monthly events booklet in PDF!

    With expanded hours at our branches, we’re planning many new programs and other activities for children, teens, adults and families. Our handy events brochure will keep you on top of what’s happening next at the libraries.

    Delayed opening on Friday, Feb. 14

    February 14th, 2014

    Due to the storm, there will be delayed openings at Springfield City Library locations today, Friday, February 14.

    Schedule today:

    • Brightwood: 11 am – 5 pm
    • East Forest Park: 11 am – 5 pm
    • East Springfield: 11 am – 5 pm
    • Forest Park: 1 pm – 5 pm
    • Indian Orchard: 1 pm – 5 pm
    • Mason Square: 1 pm – 5 pm
    • Pine Point: Closed for renovations
    • Sixteen Acres: 1 pm – 5 pm

    The Central Library is closed on Fridays.

    Staff should report at 11 am.

    Snow Day on Thursday, February 13

    February 12th, 2014
    Due to the impending storm, all Springfield City Library locations will be CLOSED on Thursday, February 13. We expect to reopen on Friday with our regular schedule. The Central Library is closed on Fridays. Stay safe.

    Teen poetry workshops during school vacation week

    February 10th, 2014
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    Teens, find your voice in poetry! During February school vacation week, two Springfield City Library branches will host local poet and author Brenda’s Child leading writing workshops. Her “classes”, appropriate for ages 12-18, will even give participants the opportunity to have their writing included in an anthology of poetry by teens.

    On Wednesday, February 19, 2-4 pm, Brenda’s Child will lead a group at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Avenue, 413-263-6843.

    She will also offer the workshop on Thursday, February 20, 2-4 pm, at the Central Library, 220 State Street, 413-263-6828, ext. 425. Teens can sign up online using the Events Calendar, or call either branch. outspoken by brenda's child

    LaToya Bosworth, who writes and performs as Brenda’s Child in honor of her late mother, has performed as a spoken word artist throughout the U. S. Since 2007 she has published five books, including a novella and memoir. In 2012 she challenged herself by collaborating with two fellow artists to write, direct, and star in the stage play The Thick Chronicles…A Body Image Story. Brenda’s Child currently writes for two publications, Springfield’s Point of View and Lioness Magazine. With a special education teaching certificate, B.A. in Sociology, and an M.S. in Nonprofit and Philanthropy, this PhD candidate has also shared her parenting and self-esteem articles on blackandmarriedwithkids.com.