American Girl Club at East Springfield

Build connections and expand your imagination with our American Girl Club. | Children

East Springfield Branch
Third Wednesday of the month, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Ages 6 to 14

Based on the American Girls books! Come make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month. Preregistration is encouraged, call 413-263-6840.

East Springfield – Craft Your Cares Away

Come “Craft Your Cares Away” with Tricia. | Adults

East Springfield Branch
Last Monday of every month, except holidays | 2 -3 PM | Ages 18 and over

We will be relaxing, socializing, and making creative projects to take your mind off your everyday worries for an hour or so. Each month will feature a new craft, and project ideas are always welcome. Arts and craft supplies are offered complimentary by the Friends of the Library.

Author Talk: Reclaiming Little Moe

Local author Maurice Proulx shares stories about his life and new book, Reclaiming Little Moe. | Adults

East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building (1437 Carew Street)
Monday, January 28 | 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM | Adults ages 18 and up

Reclaiming Little Moe is a courageous story about Proulx’s healing and recovering from sexual abuse by two priests. Mr. Proulx was born in East Springfield and the book is “his unwavering fight to heal from sexual abuse and to help others heal as well. The moving memoir faces the Catholic Church’s painful history of sexual abuse at the hands of priests while providing hope for those striving to heal.” Maurice went on to work as church chaplain and is now retired. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Sixteen Acres
Every Wednesday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6858

East Forest Park
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6836

East Springfield
Every Friday, from 10-12 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

Forest Park
Every Saturday, from 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
For more information, call Ann Harper at 413-623-6843

Millennium Celebration

Join us in a celebration of all things 2000’s! | Teens

East Springfield Branch
Thursday, January 31 | 3 – 5PM | Ages 11 -18

It’s been nearly 20 years since the turn of the Millennium, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to party like its 1999! Come and test your knowledge of the music, movies, and pop culture between 2000-2009. Listen to some of the hottest songs of the decade, and experience what it was like when most computers still used modems, and flash animation was the height of high tech.

Valentines For Vets: Jan 22 – Feb 9

Enjoy a special family activity while honoring local veterans. | Families

All Library Locations
January 22 – February 9 | During open hours | Families

Youth and their families are welcome to drop in at any location to make a Valentine card for residents of the Holyoke Soldiers Home. The library provides all the materials and will hand deliver your homemade creation in time for the holiday.

BYOB, a Book Discussion Group

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. | Adults

Central Library, Community Room
Second and fourth Wednesday of the month, starting at 10 – 12 PM

Note: Due to construction at the Central Library the meeting location will move to the Library Express at Pine Point branch beginning on December 12. Thank you

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We’re always open to new members – join us! For more information, contact Ann Keefe at 413-263-6828 ext 294 or by email at

East Springfield Branch
First Wednesday of the month, from 12 – 1:30 PM

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We’re always open to new members – join us! For more information, contact the branch at 413-263-6840.


Teen Advisory Boards

Would you like to make changes at the library? Join one of our Teen Advisory Boards and share your ideas. | Teens

East Forest Park
Every other month on the 2nd Saturday, from 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 13 – 19

If interested, please contact the young adult reference librarian Beth Ortiz at or 413-263-6836.

Meeting dates for this school year are September 8 and November 10, 2018, and January 12, March 9, and May 11, 2019.

East Springfield Branch
Teen Advisory Board
First Friday of the month, from 3:30 – 4:30 PM | Ages 13-18

Teens, shouldn’t you have a say in what your library does? We want you to join our Teen Advisory Board. Share ideas about improving library programming and events and give input on  material selection. Talk about your ideas to make the library a better place. Come and enjoy refreshments while you meet new friends, and make your voice heard.

Sixteen Acres Branch
Teen Readers Advisory Panel
Last Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 – 5:45 PM | Ages 13-19

Here’s your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served.  If interested, please fill in this online application below or contact the young adult reference librarian.

Application for the Teen Readers Advisory Panel (TRAP) - Sixteen Acres
Please read the Teen Advisory Information sheet before completing the form. Thank you.

Tai Chi for Everyone at East Springfield

Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. | All Ages

East Springfield Branch
First Saturday of the month | 10 – 11  AM | For Adults, Teens, and Children Ages 10+

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age.  Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting.