Entrepreneurial Dreams Workshops

October 13th, 2015

Entrepreneurial Dreams: First Steps
Brightwood Branch Library
Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Forest Park Branch
Thursday, November 12, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Entrepreneurial Dreams: From Wondering to Knowing if You Should Start a Business in 21 Days
Indian Orchard Branch
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

ValleyVenture Mentors

Do you have an idea for starting your own business, but don’t know where to start? If so, Springfield City Library’s upcoming “Entrepreneurial Dreams: First Steps” is meant for you. We’re partnering with Valley Venture Mentors, Springfield’s highly regarded entrepreneurship program so expect a fast paced, high-energy evening involving a lot of interaction, discussion, advising, and initial mentoring. New entrepreneurs will present their ideas for new ventures, and receive “lovingly critical” guidance on how to develop their pitch and how to assess their business proposition. Sign up for one of our “pitch camps” and get ready for some feedback!

This is “Shark Tank” — with a heart! Pizza and refreshments will be served. The workshop will be offered twice, on Tuesday, October 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Brightwood Branch Library, 359 Plainfield St., 413-263-6805; and again on Thursday, November 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Ave., 413-263-6843. To save your seat please call the branch or register at our Events Calendar.

© Sandra Costello 2015
© Sandra Costello 2015

Actually what is a day in the life of a business owner really like, and what does it take to build a profitable business, not just tinker with your favorite hobby and make an occasional sale? The Indian Orchard Branch Library will host Angela Lussier, award-winning speaker, business coach, and CEO of Angela Lussier Enterprises, with “Entrepreneurial Dreams: From Wondering to Knowing if You Should Start a Business in 21 Days.” This informative workshop on starting a small business will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the 44 Oak Street branch.

In the workshop, an introduction to Angela’s new book, Who’s With Us? From Wondering to Knowing if You Should Start a Business in 21 Days, you’ll complete two self-assessments to get you moving from wondering to knowing. So rather than ponder this path for a lifetime, attend and go from “Would it work?” to “I know what I’m going to do next!” To register call the branch at 413-263-6846, or sign up at our Events Calendar.

Angela is the creator of the Do+Make Business District, an online school and community for business owners, and author of The Anti-Resume Revolution and Do+Make, The Handbook for Starting Your Very Own Business. Her advice has been featured on ABC, NBC, Yahoo!, About.com, The Ladders, Entrepreneur.com, and CBS Money. She is a recipient of the 40 Under Forty award from Business West and mentors startups through Valley Venture Mentors. Angela will be one of the featured speakers at TEDxSpringfield on October 9, 2015.

New Location for Candidates Forum

October 8th, 2015

Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catharine Street to Host Free Event
Wednesday, October 14, 5:30 – 8 p.m.


The Springfield City Library is again partnering with the City’s Election Commission to offer Springfield residents an opportunity to participate in a forum with candidates for Springfield Mayor and City Council. Participants can bring their concerns and hear directly from candidates at the free event to be held at Rebecca Johnson School, located at 55 Catharine Street, Springfield, on Wednesday, October 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Join us at 5:30 p.m. to learn about important ballot questions, check your voter status, find out where their polling place is, and register to vote. A moderated forum will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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.

Fall Festival at Mason Square

October 7th, 2015

Come to the Mason Square Branch Library on Thursday, October 15th for the Fall Family Festival! Participants are encouraged to join us in the branch’s reading garden for a full afternoon of fun activities.


At 4:30, meet a variety of farm animals, visiting from the Forest Park Zoo! There will be chickens, goats, sheep, and maybe even a pig, right here at the library.

After that will be beanbag toss, corn cob print-making, and a doughnut on a string contest. Be the first to eat a powdered doughnut suspended on a line–with no hands–before it falls to the ground! There will be prizes!

And did we mention the cider and pie? Grab a slice and settle down on a hay bale. We’re holding storytime at dusk.

The event runs from 4:00 to 7:00.

Annual Fall Fest at East Springfield

October 5th, 2015

East Springfield Branch Library
21 Osborne Terrace
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 1-8 p.m.

fallfoodJoin us for the annual celebration of the East Springfield Branch Library and its neighborhood. Music, refreshments, henna tattoos, a visit by Jonathan Hall and Toto the Tornado Kitten for story time, plus the ever-popular pie contest and more will happen at various times throughout the day for all to enjoy.


Activities include:

  • Pinecone Owl drop-in craft for the whole family: all day
  • Voting for Repurposed Book Contest: all day
  • Henna tattoos: 3-5 p.m.
  • Pie Contest judging: 5:30-6 p.m.
  • Toto the Tornado Kitten reading and visit: starting at 6 p.m.
  • Visit by Springfield fire truck: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Fiddle playing by Emma Reyes, 7-7:30 p.m.


October 1st, 2015

Fun and Fascinating Presentations on Ghosts, Hauntings, and the Paranormal

Wednesday, October 14 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Indian Orchard Sign up online
Tuesday, October 20 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Sixteen Acres Sign up online


Ghostology 101: This is the first in a series of programs designed to both entertain and educate the general public about the world of the paranormal. We’ll explore the basics of paranormal investigations, EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), spirit photography and video, as well as “ghost hunting” skills and more. This program serves as basic training for any investigators on the Agawam Paranormal team. Good for teens and adults, it is the perfect choice just in time for Halloween.

Wednesday, October 21 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at East Forest Park Sign up online

Ghostology 201, the Darker Side Revealed: This, the second in the Boo! series, discusses demons, angels, necromancy, exorcism, possession, and other dark aspects of the paranormal. The Agawam Paranormal Team tries to remove fact from fiction to see how it all ties together. As time allows, we’ll have hands-on practice with some of the tools used on haunting investigations. This segment is designed for an adult audience and may not be suited for children.

Thursday, October 29 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Forest Park Sign up online
Ghostology 301, Local Lore: A team from Agawam Paranormal will review local haunts the likes of which could be West Springfield’s Backyard Bar & Grill, Southwick’s Town Hall and Library, and the Tap Room Bar & Grill in Wilbraham, or others. Good for teens and adults, be sure to stop by for a spooky good time.


Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Central Sign up online

Haunted New England: There’s nothing quite like a New England ghost story. From Peter Rugg’s ghostly carriage ride to the haunting of the Sterling Opera House, there is a wealth of spooky tales that are told all over the northeast. Come hear the cases of some of New England’s most famous hauntings, and decide for yourself if you ought to sleep with the lights on. Local author Christine Black will be on hand to sell and sign copies of her ghostly book Whispers from the Beyond. This program, good for teens, tweens, and adults, is led by Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe, Library Associate.

Women’s Leadership Development Panel

September 23rd, 2015

My Beloved Springfield: Women’s Leadership Development Panel and Information Fair at the Central Library

Six highly accomplished local women will take part in a Women’s Leadership Development Panel at the Central Library, 220 State Street, on Wednesday, September 23, 5:30 – 8 p.m. The public is encouraged to stop in and visit the information tables to learn about leadership institutes, universities, nonprofits, and civic engagement causes aimed at women, then stay to hear a diverse range of speakers sharing stories about their own paths to leadership. Panel participants are: Elizabeth Cardona, Bay Path University’s Executive Director for Multicultural Affairs, International Student Life and Assistant to Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; Alesia H. Days, Esq., 2nd Associate City Solicitor and Director of Licensing for the City of Springfield; Dawn Leaks, President and CEO of Woman of Confidence Coaching, and Consulting and Adjunct Professor of Business at Bay Path University; Linda Matys O’Connell, communications and educational consultant with her company OC2; Maite Aponte Parsi, Associate Labor Counsel at City of Springfield; Olga Pedraza, bilingual, bicultural Hispanic member of the board of VFI, trained facilitator, and mentor. Those attending will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions, network with other attendees, as well as enjoy light refreshments.

Let’s Get to Work Springfield IV

September 2nd, 2015

Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Business wear advice from Dress for Success.
Business wear advice from Dress for Success.

1:00-2:00 p.m. How to Dress for Success and Ace your Job Interview
Central Library Community Room (ground floor)

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 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.


2:00-4:00 p.m. Resume Critique
Wellman Hall (second floor)

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
Rotunda (second floor)

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

  • AMR (American Medical Response)
  • Avon Products
  • Bay Path University
  • Bay State Health
  • Center for Human Development
  • City of Springfield School Department
  • Command Security
  • Dept. of Elder Services
  • F. L. Roberts
  • Griffin Staffing Network
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Human Resources Unlimited
  • Porch Light VNA Home Care
  • Performance Food Group
  • Reliable Temps
  • Sears
  • Sodexo
  • Springfield Partners for Community Action
  • Springfield School Dept.
  • TD Bank
  • United Personnel

Stop in and Meet with Representatives from: Rotunda (second floor)

Bay Path University – “At Bay Path, classroom learning and real life experience combine for a meaningful education. From our founding more than 100 years ago, we have emphasized a career-focused curriculum that prepares people to become professionals and leaders in their field.”

Center for Human Development – “Are you looking for a job that inspires you every day? A job with meaning and purpose? Then you’re the kind of person CHD is looking for! As the region’s leading social services organization, CHD employs over 1,400 people – all dedicated to making life better for everyone living in our communities. You’ll love working at CHD!”

Dress for Success – Is a non-profit 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.

Holyoke Community College – “HCC is rich in opportunity, but very affordable. And with our small class size and dedicated faculty and staff, it’s hard to find a better value anywhere. Holyoke Community College—the opportunities you want; the future you’re looking for.”

The Job Corps – We are a free educational and training program that helps young people find a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. (For those 16 years of age that qualify as low income.)

Springfield College – “For more than a century, Springfield College has been a leader in providing a broad and balanced educational experience. Humanics, the philosophy that has inspired Springfield College from its beginning, calls for educating the whole person—spirit, mind, and body—for leadership in service to others. A broad range of educational opportunities, both undergraduate and graduate, are offered at the main campus.”

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.”

Littlefest 2015

August 18th, 2015

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle and the Springfield City Library will host the annual “LittleFest” event to promote a love of reading in young children, on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LittleFest is presented in conjunction with WGBY Public Television for Western New England. The event is sponsored by the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation. Activities are free with the price of museum admission. Admission is free for members of WGBY, Springfield Museum members, and Springfield residents with proof of address.


Free books for the first 400 families, courtesy of WGBY. (One book per family, while supplies last).


Catch up with our special guests in the Science Museum.

  • PBS Kids star Daniel Tiger, 10 am-3 pm
  • Strolling magic by Ed Popielarczyk, 10:30 am-2:30 pm


Judy Pancoast presents Reading Our Way Across The USA, 10:30 am & 12:45 pm
Buckle up and join Judy as we make our way from Maine and across the US on a road trip that includes upbeat songs, tons of interaction and dancing, and a great geography lesson! Judy engages children in a musical literary adventure through stories like “Make Way for Ducklings” (Boston) to “The True Story of Balto” (Alaska) with many stops in between. 45 minutes (Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts).

Tommy James presents Hands Up to Reading, 11:30 am & 1:45 pm
A fun and interactive reading themed magic show that will explore the valuable resources a library has to offer and prove that books are the windows to the wide world around us. 45 minutes. (Community Room, Lower Level, Springfield Central Library)


Get creative with make and take home art projects.

  • 2-D Modern Art, Children’s Room, Springfield Central Library, 10 am-4 pm
  • Make your own “All About Me” book, Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center, GWVS Art Museum, Noon-4 pm

The Central Library is located at 220 State Street and the adjacent Springfield Museums are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in downtown Springfield. Free onsite parking is available. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays; City Library Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Museum admission is $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and college students (with I.D.), $9.50 for children 3-17, and free for children two and under. Museum and WGBY members must show proof of membership to receive free admission. For information, call 413-263-6800 ext. 488 or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.



August 12th, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Zoo in Forest Park


Over 60,000 books have been read this summer by children, teens and adults in Springfield City Library’s Summer Reading Club. Just eight weeks ago Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and School Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick challenged city children and teens to read this summer, and they have done just that!

It’s time to celebrate, and what better place to applaud those accomplishments than the Zoo! With support from the Zoo in Forest Park, the Springfield Parks Department, the Friends of the Springfield Library and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, over 500 readers and their families will be treated to a day at the park and the Zoo.

Summer Reading Club 2015, Every Hero Has a Story, will continue through the month of August, with prizes available for children and teens who take part. Stop by and check out a book or two; reading is an adventure you don’t want to miss out on!

For more information, call the Children’s Room at 413-263-6828, ext 201.


August 12th, 2015

Library, Elections Office co-sponsor civic engagement event


Springfield City Library will offer Springfield residents an opportunity to meet the candidates for Mayor and City Council. Those attending can bring their concerns, ask questions and hear directly from candidates at the free event to take place at the Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield on Monday, August 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. While at the library that evening, people can also check their voter status, find out where their polling place is and register to vote.

“Partnering with City of Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola means that this event gives residents a chance to learn about the races and the candidates, and if necessary, register to vote at the same time,” said library manager Jean Canosa Albano. Nearly all candidates for Mayor and City Council have confirmed their 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.

John Morse, President and Publisher of Merriam Webster, to Speak at Springfield City Library

August 11th, 2015

Webster’s Dictionary of 1864: The Invention of the Modern Dictionary


Come to the Central Library, 220 State Street, on Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Mr. Morse talk about the fascinating history of Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. He’ll address how it reflected the world in which it was created (the turmoil of the American Civil War), as well as the lessons it has for the editors today as they once again take on the task of revising the 2,662 page Unabridged. This fall marks its 150th anniversary.

George and Charles Merriam opened a printing and book selling business called G. & C. Merriam Co. in 1831 here in Springfield, Mass. The company was renamed Merriam-Webster, Incorporated in 1982, and has been in continuous operation since then.

Second Annual Community Picnic and Farm Festival at the Mason Square Branch

July 29th, 2015

Join us at the Mason Square Branch on Thursday, August 20th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a day of farm fresh food, family fun, and time spent amongst neighbors!

Activities of the day include a used book sale, chalk drawing, storytime, bean bag toss, face painting, a bike safety game, and a bike rodeo. The evening will end with a concert featuring, by popular demand, Smack! at 5:30 and four-time Stone Soul Festival performer, LaDawn, at 7:00 pm.

Theodore’s BBQ will serve food alongside fresh veggies from the library’s garden at 5:00 p.m. before the concert. Additional food will be available for purchase from food trucks throughout the day.

This event was sponsored in part through the generosity of Springfield Partners for Community Action.