CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS MEANS NEW ENTRANCE FOR CENTRAL LIBRARY

Central Library visitors will enter through Quadrangle door starting December 12.

Visitors to the Springfield City Library’s Central Library should enter through the door facing the Springfield Museums, starting December 12. Doors on State Street will not reopen until the next construction phase is complete. The Library’s newly constructed ramp means that pedestrians and wheelchair and stroller users alike can enter the building on the Quadrangle side. Museums staff welcome library visitors to park in their lots on Edwards Street. Accessible parking for vehicles displaying a license plate or placard is in a small lot between the George Walter Vincent Smith and Springfield Science museums; enter through the State Street driveway.

The new ramp is part of a renovation of the historic Central Library which opened in 1912. The City of Springfield is funding the project, with supplementary grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through its Cultural Facilities Fund. Besides the ramp construction, ongoing improvements include remediation of water leaks, replacement of a worn roof, and restoration of cornices lining the roof profile. The next step dismantles and restores the marble staircase on the State Street side of the building, necessitating the closure of the surrounding doors for public safety.

The Central Library, located at 220 State Street, is the headquarters for Springfield’s nine-location system. It remains open its regular schedule during construction: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12 to 8; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 to 5; and Sundays, 12 to 5. The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit www.springfieldlibrary.org.

New Year Cards for Meals on Wheels – December 1-29

Make a Card and Send Your Good Wishes! | Children

All library locations
December 1-29 | During open hours | Children

Youth and their families are welcome to drop in at any Springfield City Library location to make New Year cards for homebound Meals on Wheels recipients. The library provides all the materials and will hand deliver your homemade creation in early January.

Comics Club – East Springfield

Do you wait on the edge of your seat for the next Marvel movie? | Teens

East Springfield Branch
Monthly on 2nd Wednesdays | 4:30- 5:30 PM | Ages 12-18

Do you think Mikasa Akerman from AOT is the coolest character in anime? Then this is the club for you! Join us as we share our favorites in anime, manga, and American comics. Members will help shape how the club progresses, and what events we hold every month!

Wednesdays at Brightwood – Bilingual Storytime

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. | niños

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Community Room

Every Wednesday | 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required. Space is limited to 12.

Home City Families

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Salón Comunitario

Todos los miércoles | 1:30 a 2:30 PM | Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos. 
Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. No requiere inscripción previa. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto.

Thursdays: Sensory Storytime at Central

Sensory Storytime is an inclusive storytime for all children.

Central Library, Children’s Program Room
Thursdays through December 27, except November 22  | 10-11 AM | Recommended for children under 9

Come explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, struggle in large groups, or have other special needs.

Please contact Ellen at 413-263-6828 x 444 if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your child.

Read to Momo at Forest Park

Read to Momo: a dog who listens! | Children

Forest Park Branch
Every Wednesday, from 3:30 – 4:30 PM | Children

Note: Momo will be on vacation from January 15th – 30th.

Children are invited to read to Momo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, in a small group setting. Call 263-6843 to reserve a 10 minute slot or drop by and see what is available.

Family Storytimes

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. | Children

Indian Orchard Branch
Mondays (except holidays) | 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required.

Home City Families

Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.
Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required

Library Express at Pine Point Branch
Wednesdays | 4:15 – 5 PM | Ages 4-10
Join us for stories and a craft, followed by LEGOs and DUPLO Blocks. No registration required.

Central Library
Family Time – Imagine Explore Create
Saturdays (except holidays) | 10:30-11:30 AM | Fun for the whole Family
Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. No registration required.