Fine Forgiveness Week in Honor of Veterans Day

The Springfield City Library is hosting a Fine Forgiveness week from November 13-18 in honor of Veterans Day.

Library patrons of any age can visit any Springfield City Library location and get a fresh start with their library account. Anyone with overdue library books can return them this week to Springfield libraries and there will be no late fees charged on the items.

“There are many veterans in Springfield, and we want to thank them all for their service,” stated Springfield City Library director Molly Fogarty. “We decided to offer fine forgiveness to all community members in honor of Veterans Day.”

To take advantage of this opportunity, visitors must bring their library card to any Springfield City Library location between November 13-18 and stop by a service desk. A complete list of library locations and hours can be found at Patrons who have lost their library cards can bring a current photo ID and get a replacement card, which is normally $1 but will be free from November 13-18.

The Fine Forgiveness initiative applies specifically to late fees for materials owned by the Springfield City Library; it does not apply to other charges or to late fees on items from other libraries.

The Springfield City Library does not charge late fees on children’s library accounts, and has run a variety of fine forgiveness programs for teens in the past few years. The Veterans Day Fine Forgiveness week is the most all-encompassing fine forgiveness initiative held by the library system in recent years.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides over 800,000 free print, physical, and digital resources for public enrichment.

Holiday Book and Bake Sale – Mason Square

The Mason Square Branch will host a used book sale and bake sale this December.

Mason Square Branch

Prices will be: $5 for a bag full of books, $1 for hardcovers, and $0.50 for paperbacks and kids’ books. Baked goods will be bagged and priced individually. Branch staff will serve hot cocoa for free on December 12th. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library, an organization which funds library events for all ages.

Wednesday, December 12, from 3-5 PM
Thursday, December 13, from 1-8 PM
Friday, December 14, from 1-5 PM
Saturday, December 15, from 11 AM – 3 PM
Monday, December 17, from 1-5 PM
Tuesday, December 18, from 1-5 PM

Women@Work: a City-Wide Collaborative

Women@Work: Influence and Impact is a city of Springfield-wide collaborative of programs, exhibitions, and gatherings celebrating the power of women.

Women@Work highlights women’s achievements in visual and performing arts, science and literature,
and community-building and social outreach.

At the hub of this collaborative is a major exhibition at the Springfield Museums
exploring artist Isabel Bishop’s work, which depicts ordinary women in an extraordinary
way. Isabel Bishop’s Working Women: Defying Convention explores how Bishop
not only defined herself as a unique, independent, and unconventional artist, but also
how she changed how artists perceive and portray women.

Bishop’s work and her subject matter prompted Museum Director Kay Simpson and her
team to think about broadening the examination of women and their work and to involve
community partners from the arts and culture, area colleges, the media, social services
and businesses led by women.

Simpson convened a group of stakeholders and the idea blossomed into a year-long
calendar of exhibits and events highlighting the work women have done and do today.
Please join us to celebrate the influence and impact of Women@Work.

Click here to view the Women@Work events calendar.

Special thanks to TSM Design for the Women@Work logo.