Wifi down at East Forest Park until July 11

July 5th, 2016

Update: Wireless access is now available at East Forest Park.

Attention: The wireless internet at the East Forest Park Branch is unavailable until Monday, July 11.

Public internet computers are still available for use.

Please visit the Reference Desk with any questions.



Late opening on June 10

June 8th, 2016

Branch locations which are normally open on Friday mornings will not open until 1 p.m. because of the all staff meeting on June 10.

WGBY Collection at the Springfield City Library

May 5th, 2016

WGBY Partners with Springfield City Library to Make PBS Materials Available for Public Borrowing

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For many years, public television station WGBY has made its vast collection of PBS content available to educators throughout Western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties). This WGBY Video Lending Library Service gave educators direct access to over 2,000 DVD/Blu-ray titles for classroom viewing. Now, everyone will be able to enjoy the same content — for free with just a library card.

In partnership with Springfield City Library, the WGBY DVDs and Blu-ray discs are moving to the stacks at the city’s Central Library location on 220 State Street in Springfield. Moreover, the WGBY Video Lending Library Service is now being called the WGBY Collection at the Springfield City Library. The transition takes place mid-May 2016, with a press conference and signage unveiling scheduled for Tuesday, May 24.

With WGBY’s partnership with the Springfield City Library, these DVDs will now be cataloged along with other C/W MARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing) materials. This means that DVDs will now circulate among 149 member libraries with online reservation access to more than 1 million registered borrowers.

Titles in the WGBY Collection at Springfield City Library will include such popular PBS series as Nova, Frontline, Masterpiece Theater, and American Experience as well as titles from other producers, including NASA and the Annenberg Math Libraries, along with the children’s series Caillou, Arthur, Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train, Peg + Cat, Martha Speaks, Reading Rainbow, and Peep and the Big Wide World.

Birds of the Northeast

May 3rd, 2016

Central Library Art Central
Wednesday, June 1st through Thursday, June 30th

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Local photographers–professional and talented amateurs alike–are featured in this month-long display at the Central Library. From Maryland to Maine, dozens of species are represented including songbirds, shorebirds, and birds of prey in this artful yet educational display. Photographers from around the region are showcased including award winning photographer Joe Oliverio, nature writer Steve Shelasky, and many others from the Allen Bird Club and beyond.

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Birds of the Northeast is made possible by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, and enjoys additional support from the Friends of the Library.



May 3 is Valley Gives Day!

April 30th, 2016

Job Fair on May 4

April 25th, 2016

Schedule of Events for Lets Get to Work Springfield IV

Springfield Central Library, 220 State St., Springfield, MA
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

1:00-2:00 p.m. How to Dress for and Ace your Job Interview

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How to Get Attention in Today’s Job Market
Finding employment can be challenging, especially in today’s ever-evolving job market. But don’t worry, Dress for Success and Suit Up Springfield have got you covered. “How to Get Attention in Today’s Job Market” helps job seekers better align their skills, experience, and goals with employer expectations. This workshop offers insights on how to complete online applications, dress for your interview, and use strategies to stick out among fellow job candidates. We’ll also share cutting-edge interviewing techniques and advice on how to handle the most common interview questions.

2:00-2:30 p.m. What it Takes to Succeed in the Workplace is not What You Think!

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Maintaining a Positive Attitude for Job Seekers
Opportunity Services supervisor Kathleen Mangiafico will do a presentation on what it takes to succeed in the workplace. Ms. Mangiafico states that “According to the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the labor force is projected to grow by 8 percent between 2008 and 2018 and will include nearly 12 million workers age 55 and older. The number of workers ages 16 to 54 is projected to grow by less than 700,000 during that same time.” This means that more people will be leaving the workforce than entering…And there will be jobs that can’t be filled either due to a skills gap or…a much needed shift in Perspective. If you can:

  • Show up 15 minutes early
  • Have a “Can-Do Attitude”

There’s a job just waiting for you.

2:00-3:00 p.m. Resume Critique (Wellman Hall)

Librarians from the City Library will take a look at your resume and provide valuable feedback to help you create an impressive resume. Our expert staff is also very knowledgeable concerning any classes, databases, or services that the library has to help job seekers find employment.

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3:00-5:00 p.m. CAREER FAIR (In the Rotunda)

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

  • CNG Changchun Railway Vehicles Company
  • Avon
  • City of Springfield Department of Elder Affairs
  • FutureWorks
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Jackson Security
  • Opportunity Services
  • Porch Light VNA Home Care
  • Raymour & Flanigan
  • Reliable Temps
  • Sears
  • Small Business Administration
  • Sodexo
  • United Personnel
  • United States Army
  • Veterans Services
  • YMCA
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Stop in and Meet with Representatives from: (In the Rotunda):

Springfield Technical Community College – “STCC 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.”

Opportunity Services — “We provide job placement and coaching to people with disabilities, but our focus isn’t on physical or developmental challenges. We focus on an individual client’s abilities instead. We match each client’s strengths and preferences with well-suited work opportunities in a range of workplaces, including restaurants, offices, hotels, and stores.”

Teddy Bear Sleepover!

April 21st, 2016

The Indian Orchard Branch Library hosted a Teddy Bear Sleepover on Wednesday, April 20!

Our secret spy camera caught them NOT napping…and here they are!



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Hide and Seek. You’re too big Giraffe!

Uh oh! Who made the mess?


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Friends reading together.

Coloring with a friend.


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Playing Diego’s Safari on the computer.

Show is ready to start!


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Finally, sleepy bears! Good night, everyone!


Lincoln Assassination Lecture on April 16

April 7th, 2016
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Lecture: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 1 -2:45 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library

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Please join us for a thought-provoking program on the 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. The lecture will be given by Palmer Massachusetts Town Councilman Donald Blais. Lincoln’s gruesome assassination occurred just five days after the South surrendered to the North ending a bloody Civil War that resulted in 620,000 casualties. The relentless search for Lincoln’s assassin was the largest manhunt of the 19th century. The assassination was a tragic reminder of the still simmering hatred between the North and South over the issues of slavery and racial hatred following the Civil War.

The death of President Lincoln just six months into his second administration and six days after the Civil War ended created an enormous void in overseeing the reconstruction of the South after the war. If vigilantly pursued reconstruction by the Union was not instituted the South would try to strip its black population of its rights and reestablish a racially segregated society using threats and intimidation. Lincoln vowed in his Second Inaugural Address to not rollback hard-fought gains in civil rights for blacks and to try and heal the still searing enmity between the North and South — “With malice toward none, with charity for all”. Many people have made a sound argument that the death of Lincoln had a devastating effect on race relations that is still being felt today.



Seed Lending Library Opening at the Mason Square Branch

April 6th, 2016
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On Friday, April 8th, the Mason Square Branch Library will officially open its seed lending library to Springfield residents!

Made possible through a grant from Vermont-based seed company, High Mowing Organic Seeds, the seed library features a great variety of 100% organic, non-GMO seeds for vegetables, greens, herbs, and flowers. With multiple varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, peas, pumpkins, and watermelons, there’s something for everyone!

How do I sign up?

Anyone interested in borrowing seeds must fill out a membership form, located in a binder next to the seed display. Though you’ll only need to give us your contact information once, we ask that you record which seeds you’ve taken every time you borrow from us.

So I can supply my entire garden this summer from your seed library?

Well, to some extent. There’s a limited supply of seeds, so we prefer that each patron take only one orange seed packet per variety of plant and be reasonable about how much they take overall. So maybe grab five to ten packets at the beginning of the planting season and come back for more after everyone’s gotten a fair shot at them.

But wait, how do you “lend out” seeds?

At the end of the growing season/harvest, we ask that patrons save seeds from the plants they’ve grown and bring them to the library so that we can replenish our stock. Don’t know how to save seeds? That’s okay, we’ve got a guide for you to take home and will be hosting seed-saving workshops in the fall. Don’t think seed saving is your bag? That’s okay too; we’ll be taking donations of non-GMO commercial seeds as well. When you return seeds, please make a record of it on your membership form.

I’m a first time gardener!

Great! The Springfield Food Policy Council is hosting a number of free gardening workshops this summer, at the branch and around the city. They’re here to support you.

If you have additional questions please call 413-263-6853, or stop by the branch and ask for Reference librarian, Caitlin Kelley.

UPDATE: Issues with Freegal Music

April 4th, 2016

Update: We believe Freegal has now fixed the problem relative to music downloads and logging in with your Springfield City Library card. If you continue to have problems, please contact our AskALibrarian email reference service.

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We are sorry, butv we are having temporary problems with access to Freegal music. We are looking into it and hope to have a resolution soon.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Springfield Libraries Celebrate National Library Week

March 31st, 2016
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Wednesday, April 13 is Open House Day at All Branches!

Libraries Transform, this year’s theme for National Library Week will be celebrated with an “Open House Afternoon” from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at all Springfield City Library branches, as they welcome visitors to their unique transformative spaces. For instance, libraries transform the lives of the more than a quarter of U.S. households that don’t have a computer with an Internet connection.

Don’t have a library card? Stop in to any branch with your ID and sign up for a new library card, and check out our materials and resources. Current cardholders will have an opportunity to exchange their old card for a fresh newly branded card. Special demonstrations and programs will take place. Books and materials in the Friends of the Springfield Library Book sale areas will be half price all week. Stop in to any branch, where you’ll find friendly, well-trained, helpful staff!



“Springfield Speaks” Coming Soon

March 10th, 2016

Oral History Interviews
Saturday, April 23 and 30, 12 – 3 p.m.
Memoir Writing Workshops
Saturday, May 7 and 14, 1 – 3 p.m.
Mason Square Branch Library

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People have a lot to say about the City of Homes, its struggles, successes, and its future. This spring, city residents will have the opportunity to TELL their stories, WRITE their stories, and SHARE their experiences about living in Springfield. With permission, the library will compile these narratives and interviews into a digital exhibit, available to all City Library card holders.

Springfield Speaks: On Saturdays, April 23rd and April 30th, between 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. patrons are encouraged to join us in the Mason Square Branch’s Community Room where City Library volunteers will conduct brief oral history interviews focusing on life in Springfield, past and present. Do you have photographs of the city, your neighborhood, or Springfield events that you want to share? Feel free to bring them in. We’ll be adding photographs to the exhibit as well.

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Springfield Writes: Next, on Saturdays May 7th and May 14th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., adults of all writing backgrounds are invited to put pen to paper in a free, two-part memoir writing workshop, led by local author, Haven Williams.

The first workshop will help to answer the question: What is a memoir? How does one get started in writing one? Students will complete practice exercises designed to develop a focus in their writing.

In the second workshop, students will bring in samples of their writing and workshop one another’s work with assistance from Williams and librarian, Caitlin Kelley.

Please note: All participants will have to sign off on a permission slip, so that the library may use the content provided during each program. Anyone who does not wish for their work to be included in the digital exhibit is still encouraged to participate.

For more information, call the branch at 413-263-6853 or email ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org