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

Meet and Greet Candidates for Local and State Office

July 28th, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, 220 State Street

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The Springfield City Library is partnering with the City’s Election Commission to offer Springfield residents an opportunity to meet candidates for local and statewide offices. Participants can bring their concerns, ask questions and hear directly from candidates at the free event planned for the Central Library, located at 220 State Street in Springfield, on Wednesday, August 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. While there, people can also check their voter status, find out where their polling place is and register to vote. The event is timed to allow people to get registered before the August 19th deadline for the September 8th primary.


“Typically, most of the attention is paid to November elections. But many races will be decided at the September primary elections, so we wanted to highlight them. Partnering with City of Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola means that this event can be one-stop shopping for residents: learn about all the races and the candidates, and make sure you are registered to vote at the same time,” said Assistant Director for Public Services Jean Canosa Albano, leader of the Springfield City Library’s Civic and Community Engagement Team, who added, “We expect that candidates for all the offices on the ballot will be in attendance.”

If you are working on a campaign and haven’t responded yet or missed the invitation, please contact Jean at 413-263-6828, ext. 291.

PVPC speaker to discuss Springfield high speed rail

July 19th, 2016
Amtrak Train

Monday, July 25, 6:15 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library
1187 Parker St, Springfield MA

Dana Roscoe of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will lead a presentation exploring the possibility of high speed passenger trains between Springfield and Boston. Roscoe, the Principal Planner/Transportation Manager for the PVPC, will speak at Springfield City Library’s Sixteen Acres Branch on Monday, July 25th starting at 6:15 pm.

Branch manager Reggie Wilson, who planned the event, commented that Boston, Worcester, and Springfield are not currently linked by high speed rail and that rapid travel across the state could drastically increase employment and education opportunities across the state.

This event is funded in part by the Friends of the Springfield Library and will be held at the Sixteen Acres Branch, located at 1187 Parker Street in Springfield.

City Libraries are Cooling Centers

July 8th, 2016

When the heat gets overwhelming, come cool off at a library! Many of our branches serve as cooling centers.

Today, Friday, July 8, the following library branches are open:

Brightwood – 359 Plainfield St. – Friday, 9am – 5pm
East Forest Park – 122 Island Pond Rd. – Friday, 10am – 5pm
East Springfield – 21 Osborne Ter. – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Forest Park – 380 Belmont Ave. – Friday, 1pm – 5pm
Indian Orchard – 44 Oak St., Indian Orchard – Friday, 1pm – 5pm
Library Express at Pine Point – 204 Boston Rd. – Friday, 1pm – 5p
Mason Square – 765 State St. – Friday, 1pm – 5pm
Sixteen Acres – 1187 Parker St. – Friday, 1pm – 5pm

For more information, read the MassLive article.

Adult Summer Reading Club Event on July 14

July 5th, 2016

Adult Summer Reading Club Raffle and Jeopardy (and Potluck!)

July 14th from 5:30pm-8:00pm
Mason Square Community Room
Mason Square Branch
765 State St. Springfield, MA 01109
Questions? 413-263-6853


Join us at the Mason Square Branch Library Community Room for the midsummer raffle drawing for the Adult Summer Reading Club!

Enjoy food, prizes, and games alongside fellow readers, program attendees, and library lovers. In addition to the raffle, we will also feature a game of Jeopardy. Participants will break into teams and compete in categories such as: this year’s best sellers, summer blockbusters, classic literature, Springfield history, and more. The top three teams will win a prize!

Call for Contributions!

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading Club? Do you like sharing food with the community?

Please consider donating something delicious to the Adult Summer Reading Club Raffle and Jeopardy Potluck!

All contributions are welcomed, from one-dish dinners like salads and casseroles, to desserts, breads and spreads, or chips and and dips. Please include a list of the ingredients in your dish so that we can avoid food allergies. Take note: we do not have the ability to keep food heated.

The Potluck will be held at the Mason Square Branch on Thursday, July 14th from 5:30 to 8:00 and will feature a team Jeopardy game and a raffle.

Feel free to bring any food items to the branch on July 14th after 1:00 pm or drop off items at your local branch.

Call Caitlin at Mason Square (413-263-6853) with any questions.

Thanks for your consideration!

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


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


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.


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!


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.


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

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?


Friends reading together.

Coloring with a friend.


Playing Diego’s Safari on the computer.

Show is ready to start!


Finally, sleepy bears! Good night, everyone!