Arts & Entertainment Programs
Art & Photography Exhibits
Springfield My Home Local Photography Exhibit
Central Library, Lower Level, through 2017
What do you love about living in Springfield? Springfield My Home was a photography contest and exhibit showing why residents live in and love Springfield, Mass. which was held in Fall 2016.
The votes were tallied and here is the list of the seven winners.
Congratulations to them all!
- Best Photograph: Artists in the Acres, by Earskin Sloan
- Best Photograph Honorary Mention: Everyone’s Armory, by Michael Marcinkewich
- Most Artistic Photograph, Trinity Church, by Jim Sharrard
- Most Artistic Photograph Honorary Mention: Snowfall in Forest Park, by Mark Archer
- Best Springfield Spirit: 4th of July Fireworks, by Shawn Rairigh
- Best Springfield Spirit Honorary Mention: Tin Man & Friends at the Mattoon Street Festival, by Christopher Behrens
- Bonus Award: Duck Pond in Forest Park, by Dora Campbell
The seven award winning photographs will remain on display at the Central Library (on the lower level in the Fiction and Media area) throughout 2017 to highlight the beauty and talent we have in Springfield.
Art Central: The Paintings of Anne-Marie Taylor
Central Library, during regular library hours
Wednesday, November 1 through Thursday, December 28, 2017
Showing this November and December at Art Central are the oil paintings of Anne-Marie Taylor, an Amherst based artist. Her still lifes employ Classical drawing techniques with an Impressionistic sense of light yielding a shimmering beauty and balance that is vital yet serene. For more information, visit her Facebook page .
Good for all ages, this is a traditional show sure to please art lovers and novices alike.
Art Central: Photographic Remembrances from Hispanic America
Central Library, during regular library hours
Tuesday, January 2 through Sunday, February 25, 2018
See Hispanic America through the eyes of art photographer Susan Holmes. Her bright and vivid reflections of people and places capture the joy, beauty, and uniqueness of life lived in the Caribbean. From stunning seascapes to playful portraits Susan’s works are a personal yet powerful introduction to Hispanic culture and tropical life.
Talks & Readings
The Springfield City Library offers occasional author talks and readings throughout the year please check back often for upcoming events
Cello Recital: The Artistry of Boris & Sophia Kogan
Sixteen Acres Branch, Saturday, December 2, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Boris and Sofya will talk about their experiences as musicians and coming to the U.S. from Russia. They will play a wide variety of classical music (Boris on cello, Sofya on piano) highlighting the major classical styles including the Romantic, Baroque, and more. Composers they are sure to present are J.S. Bach, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and Saint-Saens. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.
Seating is limited please register HERE.
Central Library Rotunda, Sunday, December 3, 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Sing-along to your favorite holiday songs with the students of STEP. STEP trains talented local youth in the Suzuki method, and they’re coming to the Central Library this season to celebrate the holidays. From snappy dreidel songs, to Christmas favorites in both Spanish and English there’s something for everyone to enjoy. All ages.
Rotunda Rhythms: Carol Daggs in Song
Central Library Rotunda, Sunday, January 28, 2 – 3 p.m.
Welcome in the New Year with friend and neighbor Carol Daggs! Enjoy her mix of favorite cover songs and originals featuring her delightful voice and stiring compositions. Good for the entire family, this is sure to please. Free attendance raffle to all those who attend. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All ages.
Rotunda Rhythms: Judy Handler & Mark Levesque
Central Library Rotunda, Sunday, February 11, 2 – 3 p.m.
Experience an exuberant celebration of cultures with this exceptional program of music from around the world for guitars and mandolin. Handler & Levesque blend Latin, gypsy, jazz, classical, and folk musics to create unique and expressive arrangements. Interested audience members are entered into the free raffle. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library. All ages.
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!
Craft Your Cares Away
East Springfield Branch, Monday, November 27, 2 – 3 p.m. East Springfield Branch, Monday, December 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
We will be relaxing, socializing, and making crafts to take your mind off your everyday worries. All supplies provided. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library. For more information, contact the East Springfield Branch Library at 413-263-6840. 18+.
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!