Arts & Entertainment Programs
Art & Photography Exhibits
Art Central: A Walk in Our Woods, Photographs by Nick Borges
Central Library, during regular library hours
Tuesday, May 1 through Thursday, June 28, 2018
See the New England forest through the eyes of art photographer Nick Borges. His contemplative imagery reflects the beauty, calm, and magical order of the woods while personalizing it through his sensitive lens. From miniature close-ups to bold sunrises, Nick’s works are a personal yet powerful reminder of how much natural beauty we can find when simply walking through the woods.
Brightwood Gallery: Historic Homes of Springfield
Brightwood Branch, during regular library hours
Monday, June 4 through Thursday, June 28, 2018
One of Springfield’s many assets is its wonderful housing stock. See the beautiful homes painstakingly restored by scores of its residents. From Queen Ann Victorians to Colonial Revivals and many more styles, there is great variety and beauty. On display are the 2017 and 2018 award winners as selected by the Springfield Preservation Trust, a local advocacy group for historic preservation.
Arts & Crafts
The Springfield City Library offers occasional arts and crafts workshops throughout the year, including needlework coaching, pastel painting workshops, upcycling projects, and more.
Color My World – Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups
Mason Square Branch, Thursdays, 5 – 7 p.m.
Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break?
Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00PM in the Children’s workroom.
Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.
Are you interested in needlework? Visit any one of our knitting or crochet groups to hone your skills, make new friends, or swap great needlework ideas with other needlework fans. People new to needlework or experienced crafters are both welcomed!
Central Library Wellman Hall, Wednesdays, 5:30-7:45 p.m. | Ages 18+
Play chess, Scrabble, dominoes, or checkers. For those who prefer playing alone, the library will have brainteasers you can use such as word find and crossword puzzles, sudoku, and even coloring pages. Bring your library card to check out the items while in use.
Chess at Sixteen Acres
Sixteen Acres Branch, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Adults
Have you ever wanted to learn chess? Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts? Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!
Central Library by appointment | Adults
Learn to play chess, or enjoy playing the game with librarian Gary Pysznik. Gary is available to play most days at the Central Library, or is free to teach you the basics. To schedule your game session, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the reference desk during regular library hours at 263-6828, x 213.
The Springfield City Library offers occasional films throughout the year please check back often for upcoming events
Health & Fitness
The Springfield City Library offers occasional programs on health and fitness throughout the year please check back often for upcoming events
Tai Chi for Everyone
East Springfield Branch
First Friday of the month, July 6, from 1 – 2 p.m.
Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age. Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting. Ages 10-seniors.
The Springfield City Library offers occasional music programs throughout the year please check back often for upcoming events
Talks & Readings
The Springfield City Library offers occasional talks and readings throughout the year please check back often for upcoming events
Genealogy for Beginners
East Springfield Branch
12 – 2 PM
Do you want to learn more about genealogy, but don’t know where to start? This four-week series is a great way to start learning. Attend one or all four, the workshops can be taken separately or as a set. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau with funding provided by the Friends of the Library. Signing-up will help staff prepare this program for you.
Class 2 – Census and Vital Records (Friday, June 15): Census and vital records are staple resources for genealogical research. Learn what they are, what you can discover by using them, and how they have changed over time and location.
Class 3 – Immigration, Naturalization and Migration (Friday, June 22): Locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and more including how migration can affect genealogy research.
Class 4 – Unique Records (Friday, June 29): Digging deeper into the unique records available concerning military records, land records, wills and probate, and includes an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.
The Life of Ulysses S. Grant: Civil War General and U.S. President
Sixteen Acres Community Room
Saturday, June 23 from 3:15 – 5:00 PM | Adults
Join us for a lecture on one of the most commanding figures in United States history, Ulysses S. Grant. Most historians agree that Gen. Grant’s hard fought battlefield wins led directly to the Union’s defeat of the South during our bloody Civil War. After the war, as president, Grant was an ardent defender of civil rights for newly freed slaves. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.
Central Library Community Room
Saturday, June 30 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM | Adults
Local authors will read from their recently published books and introduce what’s new in their world as writers. The Literary Spotlight is a perfect way to find a new book to read, meet exciting literary minds in our community, and enjoy an afternoon of storytelling and idea sharing. Free raffle to all those who attend. Refreshments and raffle compliments of the Friends of the Library.
The books for adults will include the following titles: C.T. Daniels, the novel – Branded, Dennis Farioli, a military history – Fort A. Lincoln, July 1876, Joe Gannon, a novel – Night of the Jaguar and The Last Dawn, S. Forrest Nomakeo, a novel – The Summer Palace.
The books for children will include the following titles: B.D. Bossidy – The Milky Way Metro, Ken Harris – Jet Set Jeff, Katherine Kraver – The Boy with the Red Shoes, Joe Weiss – Trouble at the Watering Hole.