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!

Lincoln Assassination Lecture on April 16

April 7th, 2016

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.


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

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.


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

Teen Survey!

March 5th, 2016
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Teens, the Library is interested in hearing your thoughts and opinions on what kinds of programs and services YOU would like to attend and use at the library. Please share with us your thoughts and opinions by filling out this brief questionnaire. Tell us what your needs and interests are and how we can respond better to them!

Take this 10-question Teen Survey here, now through March 31.

Be sure to vote for your choice of programs to take place on Teens’ Choice Day! The winning program:

  • Teen Sandwich Making with a prize for the most creative sandwich
  • Teen Arts Festival with a chance for participants to creative visual arts of all kinds and have it on display at the library, or
  • Hour of Code exploration of coding
will take place on April 27 at the Central Library.

For more information, contact Martha Coons at 413-263-6828 x425 or

Open House at Central Library Thursday

January 20th, 2016

New Year, New Look to Be Unveiled on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Nancy Urbschat and TSM Design, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield City Library will reveal its modern, new brand at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 21 in the Rotunda of the Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield.

For over 160 years Springfield City Library has been a place of connection to information and knowledge, culture and community. TSM Design, 293 Bridge St., Springfield MA, spent many hours exploring the past history and current aspirations of the Library, and donated their expertise and talents to create a fresh look for us.

We invite the public to join us at the Central Library for an Open House from 2-4 p.m. and share in our excitement as we show it off! Enjoy free refreshments and exchange your old library card for one with our fresh look. Bring your electronic device and our knowledgeable staff will show you how to download e-books, plus receive personalized book recommendations, and much more.

New Commonwealth Catalog Announced

December 10th, 2015

Springfield City Library has joined hundreds of Massachusetts libraries to provide a new service called the Commonwealth Catalog that makes it easy for residents to get the resources they need from libraries across the entire state. “It gives our residents access to millions of items beyond our local collection,” said Molly Fogarty, Library Director. “It also helps us save money. We couldn’t possibly afford to own every book our patrons need.”


When Springfield City Library’s network, C/W MARS, doesn’t have an item, residents can use the Commonwealth Catalog ( to search through all participating libraries in one easy step and sort results by books, audiobooks, or DVDs. Next, they simply request the item and it’s delivered right to any Springfield City Library branch for pickup, usually within a few days. Last year, residents borrowed 6.5 million items from libraries outside their own community.

“Commonwealth Catalog is part of our strong statewide system of sharing library resources,” said Dianne Carty, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. “No matter where a resident lives, resource sharing gives everyone the same access to the vast resources available at libraries throughout the Commonwealth.” It includes items from unique public library collections such as the Boston Public Library, as well as academic collections from institutions like the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Bridgewater State University and many other public and special libraries.

Funding for the Commonwealth Catalog is provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The service is managed by Fenway Libraries Online with participation from the nine automated Massachusetts library networks and several public universities.

While Commonwealth Catalog provides books, audio books, DVDs, and CDs, Massachusetts libraries also provide a wide array of digital resources including eBooks, research databases with information not available through standard online searches, language courses, streaming music and video, and more. Digital and material resources combine to give residents access to over 52.5 million items. Frequently asked questions are addressed at|-1