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Art & Photography Exhibits


Water color by Noreen Acconcio
Water color by Noreen Acconcio

Art Central: The Paintings of Noreen Acconcio
Central Library, during regular library hours
Saturday, March 3 through Sunday, April 29, 2018

Showing for the months of March and April are the paintings of Noreen Acconcio. Retired from the Springfield Public Schools, Ms. Acconcio utilizes watercolor and pastel to create still lifes and seascapes rich with color and imagination. Join her and others for a public reception on Sunday March 4th to announce the show’s opening.

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.




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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.

Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wondrous Water Lilies
Sixteen Acres Branch, Monday, April 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Artist and instructor Greg Maichack retuns with his popular pastel painting workshop. Using his easy-to-follow method of how to use pastels, participants will recreate Monet’s wondrous water lilies with striking likeness! Good for even the beginner, this guided workshop will give adult learners a realistic take-home painting and an enjoyable learning experience. This program is made possible by funds from the Springfield Cultural Council. Ages 18+.

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?

Color My World – Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups at Mason Square Branch
Color My World – Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups at Mason Square Branch

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.

Craft Groups

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!

Craft Your Cares Away
East Springfield Branch, Monday, April 23rd, 2 – 3 p.m. | Ages 18+

We will be relaxing, socializing, and making crafts to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour. All necessary supplies will be available at no cost, and light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library will be offered too.



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Entertainment


Game Night! at  Central Library Wellman Hall
Game Night! at Central Library Wellman Hall

Game Night!
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!

Checkmate!
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 gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org, or call the reference desk during regular library hours at 263-6828, x 213.


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Film


Film Documentary: Before the Flood
Sixteen Acres branch
Thursday, April 19 from 6-7:45 p.m. | Adults

Before The Flood is a wakeup call to start dealing seriously with climate change. Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.




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Health & Fitness


East Springfield Branch: Tai Chi for Everyone
East Springfield Branch: Tai Chi for Everyone

The Springfield City Library offers occasional programs on health and fitness throughout the year please check back often for upcoming events

The Challenge Diabetes Program: Learn About It From People Who Have It
Mason Square Branch
Thursdays, April 26, May 3, and May 10, from 6-7:30 p.m. | Adults

A free, three-part series on understanding and managing diabetes with Chet Galaska, author of The Diabetes Book: What Everyone Should Know. Chet has lived with diabetes since 1981 and has made it his mission to help others with the disease. This program was developed in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Springfield and Springfield College

April 26, Week 1 of the Challenge Diabetes Program (CDP). The first class will cover a description of diabetes. What it is? How does one get it? How does it work? How can you deal with it? The class is for those with diabetes, their friends and family, and the general public.

May 3, Week 2 of the Challenge Diabetes Program (CDP). This is the second of three classes in this series with author Chet Galaska. The second class will cover: What Can I Eat? How food affects blood glucose levels, how to improve without turning your life upside-down. Make a difference by working around the edges. The class is for those with diabetes, their friends and family, and the general public..

May 10, Week 3 of the Challenge Diabetes Program (CDP). This is the third of three classes in this series with author Chet Galaska. The third class will cover: The Magic Bullet: The most underrated, effective and free way to lower your blood glucose level. It will also go over why physical movement is so powerful and ways you can improve starting right now. Participants will learn basic chair exercises from a YMCA instructor. The class is for those with diabetes, their friends and family, and the general public.

Participants who opt to sign up to be a part of Springfield college’s clinical trial and complete all three sessions of the course will receive a pedometer and wristband on the last session. To learn more about the clinical trial–which is completely optional–and its requirements, please contact Chet Galaska cwgalaska@gmail.com or 413-567-0660

Tai Chi for Everyone
East Springfield Branch
First Friday of the month, 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.




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Music


Rotunda Rhythms: April 22, 2018 -  Beautiful Voices in Jazz
Rotunda Rhythms: April 22, 2018 – Beautiful Voices in Jazz

Flamenco: A Guitar Concert
Brightwood Branch, April 19, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Inspired by Spanish guitar maestros, classical composers, and more, Gladius composes and plays unique music combining Baroque, ethnic, and metal styles. Tapas and light refreshments will be available at 4:30 PM, and the concert will run from 5-6 PM. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library.

Rotunda Rhythms: Beautiful Voices in Jazz
Central Library Rotunda, Sunday, April 22, 2 – 3 p.m.

Jason Schwartz returns to Rotunda Rhythms with an exciting and new jazz trio. Joining him in Beautiful Voices in Jazz is Atla and Matt DeChamplain with their unique tribute to jazz women singers. The styles and songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and more are all showcased in this artistic review of the great women of jazz. Interested audience members are entered into the free raffle. | All ages

Funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library

Rising Tide in Concert
Saturday, April 28, 1 – 2 p.m. (Doors open at 12:30 p.m.)

Note:The concert will take place at the East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building (aka Pottenger Auditorium) which is located behind the Pottenger School at 1437 Carew Street.

Re-live the folk-rock hits from the 1960’s & 1970’s with Rising Tide. The quartet’s blend of singing, guitar, & percussion with a twist of violin make for an exciting sound covering the top hits of the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more. Rising Tide is Brad Alm, Jacques Hooten, Steve Saunders, and Ann-Marie Messbauer. In cooperation with the East Springfield Neighborhood Council.

Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library.

Rotunda Rhythms: Presents the Pamela Means Band
Central Library Rotunda, Sunday, May 20, 2 – 3 p.m.

With musicality and stirring passion the Pamela Means Band delivers with their folk-rock mix of high-spirited originals and groovy covers, all by artists of color. The Worcester Telegram says: “Means has a way of capturing a slow-burn of emotion, a smoldering of heartbreak and wistfulness that’s practically tangible.” Performers include Pamela Means (guitar & vocals), Cinamon Blair (bass & vocals), and Irene Shaikly (percussion & vocals). | All ages

Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library.



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Talks & Readings


The Springfield City Library offers occasional talks and readings throughout the year please check back often for upcoming events