Arts & Entertainment Programs
Art & Photography Exhibits
Art Central: Memories from Mexico and the Caribbean
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.
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 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.
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+.
Registration opens March 15. Please check back.
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 email@example.com, or call the reference desk during regular library hours at 263-6828, x 213.
Mountain Park Memories, Documentary Showing and Discussion
East Springfield branch
Thursday, March 29 from 6:17 – 7:45 p.m.
When Mountain Park in Holyoke closed in 1987, it left a huge void throughout the area. Join us for a nostalgic program on the history of this wonderful park that is gone but not forgotten by many. It will feature a film showing of a special PBS documentary Mountain Park Memories that will take you back in time. A discussion will follow the film so bring all your memories. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.
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
Friday, March 2, 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.
Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesday, March 20, from 10 – 11 a.m.
Come and enjoy free Chair Yoga at the East Springfield Library. Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a yoga chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. The student is able to warm up the body safely and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing poses, forward and backward bends, side extensions, balancing, and leg and arm stretches. Chair Yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. Class is first come, first serve! Class will be instructed by Certified Yoga Instructor Nicole Ferraro. Adults | Seniors
Things about Diabetes You Probably Didn’t Know
Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesday, March 27, from 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
The American Diabetes Association declares March 27 Diabetes Alert Day. Experts estimate that 12% of Springfield adults have diabetes. Join local author and diabetes activist Chet Galaska as he reviews his story about living with the disease and his outstanding book The Diabetes Book: What Everyone Should Know. The book also includes the struggles of other diabetics and provides current information from medical professionals. His book clearly “presents the facts for both non-diabetics and those who have the disease so we can understand it and each other better.” Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.
Mason Square Jazz Fest
Mason Square, Thursday, February 22, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
The Mason Square Branch will transform from quiet library to concert hall. There will be music, amplified, so put down your paperback and join us for some live jazz!
5:30 p.m.: Reception. Local music legend and educator, Billy Arnold, will present his new book, “So, You Want to Be A Musician?”
6:00 p.m.: The Billy Arnold Trio, featuring Billy Arnold on drums, Chris Bakriges on piano, and Jimmy Daggs on bass
7:00 p.m.: The Khalif Neville Trio, featuring Khalif Neville on keyboard, Ian Haus on drums, and Hiroyuki Shido on bass
William E. Arnold, Jr. was born into a family of six in South Bend, Indiana. He started playing bongo drums at the age of 15 and became known as “Bongo Bill.” At 16, he started playing the drums and became known as “Mr. Clean” when he started his career playing with Motown recording artist “Junior Walker and the All Stars.” Billy credits his experiences in the U.S. Army Band as being his “college-conservatory” training. Billy has played with such Jazz greats as Teddy Wilson and Charlie Ventura.
Khalif’s musical heritage runs deep; born into the first family of New Orleans music, the Nevilles have long been recognized as ambassadors for the city’s distinctive style of funk, soul and R&B. Khalif spent the first few years of his life steeping in the Crescent City’s cultural gumbo, then moved to Western Massachusetts where he began voraciously studying music with his father, Charles Neville. Now in his early twenties, Khalif has earned his stripes as an accomplished pianist, composer, lyricist, and torch bearer of the New Orleans tradition.
Refreshments will be provided at the reception.
Rotunda Rhythms: Songs from the Heart
Central Library Rotunda, Sunday, March 11, 2 – 3 p.m.
You’re in for a treat with the exciting music of Kat, Merrill, and Faith. Three rising talents from the greater Springfield area, Kat, Faith, and Merrill impress with skill and style. Playing both covers and originals, they accompany themselves on guitar or keyboard to offer a soulful mix of pop-rock songs sure to please. All in attendance can enter the free raffle. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library. All ages.
Zydeco Revelators in Concert!
Sixteen Acres, Saturday, March 24, 1 – 2 p.m.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with the New Orleans styled band Zydeco Revelators. This five-piece group traveling from central New Jersey will entertain with accordion, washboard, guitar, drums, and other exciting sounds to give everyone a toe-tapping good time. Free Mardi Gras beads to all who attend, compliments of the Friends of the Library.
The Softer Side of Celtic
Indian Orchard, Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of Celtic music and storytelling featuring the Valley’s very own Jeff Snow. Back by popular demand, Jeff will perform from 6-7 p.m. to entertain with Celtic stories and music on the autoharp, bouzouki, and bodhran. There’ll be Celtic decorations and refreshments to enjoy compliments of the Friends of the Library too. All ages are welcomed!
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Talks & Readings
The Springfield City Library offers occasional author talks and readings throughout the year please check back often for upcoming events
Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Central Library Community Room
Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Spend the afternoon with Springfield’s inspired poets! Eight local poets will read or recite their favorite poems in ten-minute spots, and we’ll offer an open mic for audience members to join in too in shorter spots. The featured poets include Don Fisher, LD Green, Richard Horton, Jeanneclaire Probst, Gabriela Ruiz-Flores, Narelle Thomas, Jerry Walker, and Kateri M. Walsh. Refreshments and free attendance raffle available to all who attend compliments of the Friends of the Library.
Spring: Author Fair
Central Library Rotunda
Saturday, April 14, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Come to the Fair to meet recently published authors and enjoy their works in this showcase of local talent and achievement. Authors will be on-hand to meet the public, discuss their books, and sell and sign copies of their books to interested readers. A wide range of reading genres will be on display including memoirs, novels, poetry, nonfiction, children’s books, and more. With such a wide selection, there’s likely to be something for readers of all ages!
Author Talk: C.T. Daniels and His New Novel Branded
East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Springfield author C.T. Daniels launches his new book Branded, a stunning novel on sex trafficking. C.T. will share stories of his inspirations for the book and discuss the process of creating this hard-hitting story. Books will be available for sale and signing, and refreshments are compliments of the Friends of the Library.