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.

Reading Volunteers Needed!

June 9th, 2015

Looking for an opportunity to help your community this summer?
Volunteer to be a Reading Buddy at the Springfield City Library!

mom and daughter reading

You will be a reading role model by reading to and with children ages 5-12 for one hour a week at one of our libraries during our Summer Reading Program: June 22-Aug. 29. Mandatory training will be provided.

To find out more, please call 413-263-6839 or visit our Volunteer Page to download an application.

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Announcement

May 28th, 2015

Join Mayor Sarno and Supt. Warwick at 2:15 p.m. Monday, June 8 on the Steps of City Hall.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield School Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick love to read, and as honorary Co-Chairmen of Springfield City Library’s Summer Reading Club, they challenge all city children (teens too!) to read this summer, for the fun of it!

Winning great prizes like tickets to the Big E or the Boston Bruins, and enjoying the Rollerskating Party at Interskate 91 provide extra incentive! Finally, this year Summer Reading Club will end with a blast – a Summer Celebration Party at one of Springfield’s treasures, the outstandingly beautiful Forest Park and Zoo in Forest Park.

The fact is children who read every day during summer vacation won’t lose two months of learning; and in fact, they will maintain or even gain new skills! Springfield City Library’s Summer Reading Club, June 22 – August 29, is an independent reading program with incentives and free activities to help kids keep reading over the summer.

Children in kindergarten through 5th grade keep track of their reading on special sheets and when completed pick out their prizes – new books. Babies, toddlers, and pre-readers earn prizes when read to by a caring adult. Our Teen Summer Reading Club is made up of different bingo cards and 11-18 year olds win prizes by reading books, comics and magazines, exploring subjects online, and attending library programs. Adult Summer Reading Club involves playing Library Bingo with quite a variety of ways to win. Gift cards to local shops and restaurants will be raffled off, and the Finale party will include a game of Library Jeopardy. Check it out and set an example for the children in your life. Let’s make the City of Homes a city of readers!

The benefits of being involved in a summer reading program, as stated by the American Library Association, include:

  • Encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit. By joining Summer Reading Club every year, reading becomes part of your summer routine.
  • Reluctant readers can be drawn in by the extensive enrichment activities offered, which so often there is no time for during school days.
  • Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, plus they read more when they can choose books based on their own interests!
  • Summer Reading Club is great fun for all ages, providing opportunities for family time.

This year’s theme, Every Hero Has a Story, provides an opportunity to shine the light on local heroes such as firefighters, veterans and active military, police and even police dogs. We’ll invite children to look at the people in their lives and discover their own personal heroes! Stop in to any branch of Springfield City Library for details and program booklets.

The Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Springfield Library, Inc., the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Library System, the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Lasting Peace in the Middle East

May 20th, 2015

A Talk by Former Ambassador Mark Hambley

Saturday, June 27, 1 pm
Sixteen Acres Branch, 1187 Parker Street

Sign up online


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, 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.

Mark’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.

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 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 bringing stability to the Middle East or have they been part of the problem?

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Call the branch at 413-263-6858 for more information.

About the speaker:


A native of Boise, Idaho, Mark Hambley currently works as a Board of Apollo International, Inc. and as special counsel on a full range of international matters. Over the past 50 years — including more than three decades as a Foreign Service Officer — he has visited 167 countries; worked with the United Nations on sustainable development and climate change; and acquired expertise in local and regional affairs during a wide variety of overseas postings, especially in the Middle East, during the course of which he was appointed Ambassador to Qatar and later to Lebanon and as Consul General in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

During his years in government service, Mark was an active observer/reporter of several noteworthy, and on occasion even seminal, events including the Viet Cong’s Easter Offensive in Vietnam in 1972; the Ramadan or Yom Kipper war of 1973; coups and political change in Yemen; the 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque in Mecca; the Sadat assassination in 1981; the S/S Achille Lauro seizure and the security forces mutiny in Egypt in 1985/86; the Kyoto Protocol of 1997; and the three Gulf wars of the 1980s, 1990/91, and 2003 onwards.

Mark is a regular speaker and media commentator on the Middle East, international terrorism, and on issues related to environmental and energy security, potential pandemics, and climate change. Over the past few years, usually as part of his work with the London-based Next Century Foundation, his travels have taken him on missions to Iraq/Syria, Israel/Gaza, Saudi Arabia.

During and after the 2011 “Arab Spring,” he has spent considerable time in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya – all countries where he had served at one time in a diplomatic capacity. He is also a member of several corporate, civic, educational and philanthropic boards and institutions and has been the recipient of a number of governmental and civic honors and awards.

Mark and his wife, Patricia, make their home in Springfield, Massachusetts where they garden, write, read, and plot new adventures with their 80lb. white German Shepherd.

What’s It Like to Be in Elected Office?

May 14th, 2015


Tuesday, May 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Brightwood Branch Library, 359 Plainfield Street

Carlo Gonzalez
Rep. Carlo Gonzalez

The Springfield City Library and the Springfield Board of Elections will be hosting a Candidate/Voter Seminar on May 19th from 6pm – 7:30pm at the Brightwood Branch Library located at 359 Plainfield Street.

This is the second in a series of seminars being offered by the Civic and Community Engagement Team at the Springfield City Library and the Springfield Board of Elections aimed at encouraging civic engagement as it relates to voting and electoral participation. Elections staff will be on hand to register Springfield residents and help them check their voter status.

The seminar will focus on what it is like to be a candidate and once you’ve won the election, what it is like to be in office. Candidates and voters are invited to this moderated panel to hear about grassroots campaigning, learning about issues important to voters, fundraising, constituent work, and using social media. Audience questions will be encouraged.

State Representative Carlos Gonzalez, who counts the Brightwood Branch as one of the libraries in his district, will welcome participants. The panel, moderated by Reminder Publications editor G. Michael Dobbs, will include former candidates and officeholders Ernesto Cruz, Ivette Hernandez, Marjorie Hurst, and Bruce Stebbins.

G. Michael Dobbs
G. Michael Dobbs
Ernesto Cruz
Ernesto Cruz
Ivette Hernandez
Ivette Hernandez
Marjorie Hurst
Marjorie Hurst
Bruce Stebbins
Bruce Stebbins

Brightwood Gallery: Artworks from the Riverview Senior Center

May 14th, 2015
Flamboyan painting June 2015June 1 – June 30
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
Brightwood Branch, 359 Plainfield Street

Throughout the month of June, the Brightwood Gallery will display several artworks, including paintings, by the members of the Riverview Senior Center.

Meet the artists from this month’s art exhibit in a free reception open to the public on Tuesday, June 2, at 6 p.m. Paintings and drawings will be on display created by the members of the Riverview Senior Center. As a special bonus, one artwork will be raffled off to those in attendance compliments of the Friends of the Library. Refreshments will be furnished by the Department of Elder Affairs. Join us, and take stock in Springfield’s abundant talent!

Vallina painting June 2015

Featured artists will include: Nelly Figueroa, Carolina, Puerto Rico; Mayra Hernandez, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico; Gladys Montalvo, Ponce, Puerto Rico; and Neyda Vallina, Amarillas, Cuba.

Sponsored by City of Springfield Department of Elder Affairs, the Riverview Senior Center, and the Friends of the Library.