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Art & Photography Exhibits


Art Central: Historic Homes of Springfield
Art Central: Historic Homes of Springfield

Art Central: Historic Homes of Springfield
Central Library, during regular library hours
July 2 through August 30, 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.



All Good in the Hood, 2017 by Ryan Murray
All Good in the Hood, 2017 by Ryan Murray

Art Central: Artworks by Ryan Murray
Central Library, during regular library hours
September 4 through October 31, 2018

Showing in the months of September and October are the spray-paint stencils of Springfield artist Ryan Murray. Using a backdrop of both traditional canvases and LP’s, Mr. Murray’s paintings include urban scenes, portrait, caricature, and satire in bold, statements of contemporary life and fantasy. Meet the artist on Wednesday, September 12 in a public reception complete with free raffle and refreshment compliments of the Friends of the Library. All ages.




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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.

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!



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Entertainment


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

Game Night!
Central Library, During Open Hours | Ages 18+

The Central Library has board games, brain teasers, and coloring sheets available for you to borrow with a library card. Scrabble, chess, checkers, and dominoes are ready for you and your friends to play in the building, and collections of brain teasers like cross word puzzles, Sudoku, and word searches can be checked-out with a library card. Coloring sheets, pencils, and markers are available too for artful explorations of fantasy and relaxation. Ask a librarian in Wellman Hall for more details.

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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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, September 7, from 12 – 1 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: Raise Your Voice with Singing
Central Library Rotunda
Sunday, September 16 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | All Ages

Rotunda Rhythms returns with Raise Your Voice with Singing, an upbeat and inspiring collection of songs and singers. From musical theater, cabaret, and singing comedy this group delivers with a diverse selection of solo songs and quartets great for the entire family. Performers include Amanda Johnson (soprano), Holly Joy Pearson (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Vasquez Jaquith (tenor), and Larry Picard (bass) with Scott Bailey on piano. Free attendance raffle to all those who stay for the concert. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.




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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

Author Talk: Death of an Altar Boy, by E.J. Fleming
Sixteen Acres Branch | Wednesday, August 22 | 6:15-8 PM

E. J. Fleming reviews his explosive new book Death of an Altar Boy: The Unsolved Murder of Danny Croteau and the Culture of Abuse in the Catholic Church in this engaging presentation. Despite numerous indications pointing to him as Croteau’s killer – including 40 claims of sexual misconduct with minors – the Reverend Richard R. Lavigne has not been convicted. A Q&A and refreshments will follow the talk. Copies of Mr. Fleming’s books will be available for sale and signing.

Author Fair
Central Library Rotunda
Saturday, September 29 | 12:30 – 3:30 PM | 14+

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 them to interested readers. A wide range of reading genres will be on display including memoirs, novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and more. With such a wide selection, there’s likely to be something for readers of all ages!

Authors include: