Artwork of Gina Beavers and Earskin Sloan

January 13th, 2015
In celebration of African American History Month our Brightwood Branch Library, 359 Plainfield Street, will showcase the artwork of two Springfield artists, painter Gina Beavers and photographer Earskin Sloan. Join us and meet the artists at the opening reception on Tuesday, February 3 from 6-7 p.m. beavers Gina’s bold colors and strong images remain powerful while highlighting the subject’s beauty. Gina says her art “can best be summarized as homage to Byzantine stained glass and Mexican muralists. I love the bold and powerful cubist influences of Diego Rivera, but I seek the order of clearly defined color fields as in the works of the stained glass artists in medieval churches. Like both, however, my work is infused with vibrant saturated colors.” sloan2 Earskin is the owner of CSP Digital Images in Springfield, and his diverse photography captures excitement, introspection, and community spirit with remarkable balance, clarity, and focus. The work of these two artists will be on display throughout February at the Brightwood Branch Library, and then will move to the Central Library Rotunda for the month of March.

Rewards of Freedom Photography Exhibit Opening at the Forest Park Branch Library

January 12th, 2015

Please join us on Thursday, January 15, 6-7:30 p.m., for an opening reception at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Avenue, Springfield. On display will be large prints of a number of photographs of Springfield’s history featured in the book, The Struggle for Freedom: the History of African Americans in Western Massachusetts. We shine a spotlight on local photographers from the turn of the 20th century to the turn of the 21st century. The photos highlight local Springfield heroes and dignitaries, as well as key moments from its rich tapestry of African American life.

Struggle for Freedom

One of the featured photographers, J.B. Bradley, published a magazine called Chat, which was produced throughout the 1960s, 70s and into the 80s, when his son, J.B. Bradley, Jr. took over. Both father and son wished to portray their culture in a positive light – also the goal of the exhibit, which focuses on freedom’s rewards: the right to be oneself, to live, work, love, and attain an education.

Bradley would take photos of all types of events, particularly those showing the social life of African Americans in Springfield, Mass. and Hartford, Conn. He photographed famous entertainers such as Della Reese and Chubby Checker, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali. He sent copies of his magazine to former Springfield and Hartford natives around the world, who subscribed in order to get the news from their hometown.

Sports figures are also well represented both in the book and in this exhibit. Record-breaking track star Howard Drew, who accomplished many “firsts” in African American history, is pictured in a 1913 photo of Springfield High School’s track team.

A more recent photo, taken by Michael Gordon, shows seventeen year-old Omarthan Clark painting a self-portrait. Omarthan is now a working artist, presently a Graduate Teaching Associate at Ohio State University.

Special thanks to the Springfield Republican, Wayne Phaneuf and Marianna McKee for providing the photographs for the exhibit.

The exhibit will run from Thursday, January 15 through the end of February 2015.

Winter Reading Club for Kids

December 23rd, 2014
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January 5, 2015 through February 15, 2015

Join our Winter Reading Club and celebrate the fun of reading in Springfield by connecting kindergarten through fifth graders to their libraries, recognizing them for their reading, and encouraging them to try cool new things at home, at the library, and more!

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During the program, kindergarten through fifth graders can get a game card at their local library or print one out from this page. Then all they have to do is:

  • Read books, comics, or whatever you want, by yourself or with someone else, for 30 minutes!
  • Go to museums!
  • Come to the Library for cool programs!
to be eligible to win prizes, including lots of pairs of free tickets to a Falcons hockey game, a Minecraft Lego set, and more!


How Winter Reading Club Works

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Attention kindergarten through fifth graders! Know how you can JOIN IN to win lots of great prizes in Springfield City Library’s Winter Reading Club? It’s easy!

  1. Winter Reading Club begins Monday, January 5, 2015 and ends Sunday, February 15, 2015. Stop by your local library to get a game card, or print one out from this page .
  2. You have three ways to win. You can read by yourself or with someone else for at least 30 minutes! You can go to museums! You can come to the library for cool programs! You can do one, two, or all three! The more you do, the more chances you have to win.
  3. Visit your branch library with your completed game card to enter the weekly Winter Reading Club raffle. Take a trip to the treasure box while you’re there.
  4. Enter every week (as often as you like!) for chances to win free pairs of hockey tickets, a Minecraft Lego set, and more!

Ask for details at any Springfield City Library branch or call librarian Ted McCoy at 413-238-6828 ext. 201.



Lasting Peace in the Middle East

December 10th, 2014

Due to unavoidable circumstances, the lecture has been postponed. We will post a notice when the event has been rescheduled.



A talk by former Ambassador Mark Hambley

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6:30–7:45 pm
Sixteen Acres Branch Library, 1187 Parker St., Springfield

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Mark-Hambley

The majority of stories coming from the Middle East that dominate America’s news media have not been good news. The headlines and images during many bloody decades of wars have been filled with extreme violence, religious intolerance, poverty, frightened refugees, and battle scarred towns and cities.

Springfield resident Mark Hambley, former American ambassador in the Middle East and who still visits frequently in the context of his current duties, will share some of his thoughts about this very troubled area of the world.

Mr. Hambley’s impressive diplomatic resume includes representing America in numerous Middle Eastern countries including Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt. His current duties take him to these countries as well as Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq, the Gulf, and on occasion, to Syria several times a year. For more information about Ambassador Hambley, please see this MassLive article.

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Please join him for what we hope will be a valuable opportunity to ease your concerns or increase your disquiet — and perhaps learn a bit more about important Middle Eastern issues than you currently see, hear, or read in the media. These issues might include:

** Can Syria, Israel, Egypt, Afghanistan or Iraq have lasting peace?
** What conditions and political issues have led to the rise of the militant groups ISIS and Al-Qaeda?
** Is war with Iran inevitable?
** Can America and Western countries be part of the solution to bring stability to the Middle East or have they been part of the problem?

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.



Teen Winter Reading Club at East Forest Park and Forest Park

December 9th, 2014
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Monday January 5, 2015 – Saturday February 14, 2015


Join our first ever Teen Winter Reading Club to be held at the East Forest Park and Forest Park Branches! Teens ages 11-18 can win prizes by reading books, comics, and magazines, doing online research, attending library programs, and more!

Step 1: Come into the Forest Park or East Forest Park branch and pick up a bingo sheet at the Reference Desk.

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Step 2: Choose an activity on your bingo sheet and get started! You can record book titles and your comments on each activity in the “Notes” section of the bingo sheet.

Step 3: Return to your branch (Forest Park or East Forest Park) when you have crossed off two boxes and choose a prize!

Step 4: Continue working on your sheet until you have crossed off 5 boxes in a row (the row may be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal). Bring your finished bingo sheet to the reference desk to be entered in your branch’s raffle.

Step 5: Start another bingo sheet!



Chibiconn video

November 18th, 2014

Chibiconn, our celebration of anime culture last weekend, made the news! Watch the video from WGGB, ABC40.



Building Circus on November 19

November 6th, 2014
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Forest Park Branch, November 19, 3 pm

Central Library, November 19, 6 pm

On Wednesday November 19, join us for an afternoon or evening of circus! Boston performers Building Circus will be at Forest Park at 3:00 and at the Central Library at 6:00 to share their talents and teach their tricks to teens and tweens. Youth 10 and up can learn to juggle, spin plates, bounce flower sticks, and much, much more. They’ll learn skills they never thought possible, and find that “messing up” is only a step on the path to success!



For Caregivers of Dependents with Special Needs

November 3rd, 2014
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The MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning and the City of Springfield will present a workshop entitled “Your Dependent with Special Needs: Making His or Her Future More Secure” on Thursday, November 13, from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Good Life Center, 1600 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield.

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Job Help for Veterans and Civilians

November 1st, 2014
Sally Rueli, boutique owner, did a presentation for Dress for Success at our last program.

“How to Dress for Success and Ace Your Job Interview”, will be presented at the Forest Park Branch Library (380 Belmont Avenue) on Wednesday, November 12, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dress for Success Boutique Director Sally Rueli is excited to offer this informative presentation on proper attire in the workplace and for job interviews. She will show past clients modeling their work garments, and the various vendors who contributed to the “new, professional look” will be highlighted. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get valuable insider information on business dress from Ms. Rueli and have her answer your questions concerning the anxiety filled interview process. According to a Forbes Magazine article, “What you wear to your next job interview might be more important than you think. Why? Whether you like it or not, your appearance is the first thing people notice about you–and first impressions are usually formed within the first 30 seconds.”

Dress for Success Western MA (located at 503 Worthington St., Springfield, MA) 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.

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The following Monday, November 17, Springfield City Library will present “Hire a Veteran, Springfield” from 1:30-4:30 p.m., at the Clodo Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center, 1187 1/2 Parker St. This program will feature opportunities for veterans and non-military job seekers to talk to a variety of area employers about job offerings at their companies. Participants can also find out from highly trained professionals what benefits and opportunities are available for veterans. Admissions personnel from area colleges and vocational schools will be on hand to provide career guidance and information on programs available for veterans. Companies and agencies expected include: Human Resources Unlimited, Sears, Springfield College, Start at Square One, City of Springfield, Command Security, Veterans Inc., Porchlight VNA Homecare, Cambridge College, Griffin Staffing Network, Springfield Veterans Services, Wine and Canvass, Handz On, Springfield Technical Community College, C & S Wholesale Grocers, American Medical Response Springfield, Troops to Teachers, Pride and Baystate Health.

The Concepcion (Greenleaf) Center is located next to the Sixteen Acres Branch Library, 1187 Parker Street.

If you have questions about either program please call us at 413-263-6828, ext. 212.

Family Literacy Month

November 1st, 2014

November is Family Literacy Month!

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In 1985, Becoming a Nation of Readers reported that the “single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children [and that this] practice should continue throughout the grades.” Since 1985, technology has forever transformed the way we live, but one thing has not changed at all: reading test scores. Reading successes have not increased because technology has improved. So what does this mean? Families are still the most important ingredient in growing a reader!

Wait, don’t schools grow readers? Research also shows that kids who start kindergarten with the largest vocabularies have the easiest time learning to read. In fact, the vocabulary gap starts to show up at the same time kids start learning to talk! Kids who are read to from birth have larger vocabularies and an easier time learning to read because there are so many new words in books. This means that families are the MAIN INGREDIENT in growing a reader! This month, renew your commitment to reading to your kids, even if they can already read on their own. The time you spend reading to and talking to your kids is the most important twenty minutes of your day!

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Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving Card Drive

Celebrate Family Literacy Month at the Springfield City Library! Brighten Thanksgiving Day for a Meals on Wheels recipient by creating a beautiful greeting card. Ages 3-12. Drop in anytime during open hours at all library locations through November 20.

Make, Take, Play: Easy Homemade Toys

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Libraries are not just places to borrow books – they are places for play and learning for all ages, even babies! With winter coming, come explore all your library has to offer to help those long days become short and full of fun.

Celebrate Family Literacy Month during November at the Springfield City Library by bringing your children ages 0-5 to Make, Take, Play: Easy Homemade Toys! Play with our toys, make some of your own to take home,* and learn how you can create even more simple, inexpensive toys. Stop by to enjoy playing, singing, talking, and more! For families with children ages 0-5.

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*Materials provided while supplies last.

Stop by your branch on these dates:

  • Brightwood, Thursday, November 6, 6-7:30 pm
  • Central, Tuesday, November 4, 11:30 am-12:30 pm; Thursday, November 6, 10:30-11:30 am; Saturday, November 15, 2-3 pm
  • East Forest Park, Saturday, November 8, 11 am-12:30 pm
  • East Springfield, Wednesday, November 12, 6-7:30 pm
  • Forest Park, Saturday, November 15, 12:30-2 pm
  • Indian Orchard, Monday, November 10, 10-11:30 am
  • Mason Square Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 am-12 pm
  • Sixteen Acres. Saturday, November 8, 1-2:30 pm

Hire a Veteran Springfield

October 27th, 2014

Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center
Monday, November 17, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

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On Monday, November 17, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Springfield City Library will host Hire a Veteran Springfield at the Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center, 1187 1/2 Parker St. Hire a Veteran Springfield will feature opportunities for veterans and non-military job seekers to talk to a variety of area employers about job offerings at their companies. Participants can also find out from highly trained professionals what benefits and opportunities are available for veterans. Admissions personnel from area colleges and vocational schools will be on hand to provide career guidance and information on programs available for veterans.

The Concepcion (Greenleaf) Center is located next door to the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.

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Companies and agencies attending include:

  • Human Resources Unlimited
  • Sears
  • Springfield College
  • Start at Square One
  • City of Springfield
  • Command Security
  • Veterans Inc.
  • Porchlight VNA Homecare
  • Cambridge College
  • Griffin Staffing Network
  • Springfield Veterans Services
  • Wine and Canvass
  • Handz On
  • Springfield Technical Community College
  • C & S Wholesale Grocers
  • American Medical Response Springfield
  • Troops to Teachers
  • Pride
  • Baystate Health

Effective Communication Workshop for Springfield Community Leaders

October 8th, 2014

Monday, November 10, 12-5 p.m.
Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street


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  • Frustrated or angry about an interaction with a boss, client or someone providing services?
  • Anxious about a challenging situation getting even worse?
  • Feeling badly because you aren’t sure of what to say in the heat of the moment?

Then sign up for this free workshop on communicating in ways that make you and others involved feel heard using simple tools. You can find better strategies or solutions, and make your daily interactions more pleasant and productive.

The content of this workshop is based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, lauded by both individuals and organizations for its simple yet effective communication strategies. Each participant will receive a free copy of this book. Refreshments will be served. This event will be held in the Community Room at the Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield 01103. Registration is required.

To Register:
Contact: Emma Peterson, epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org or call 413-263-6858 (ask for Emma), or register online.

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