Libraries Transform: Group Read of “Book Of The Little Axe”

Join readers across the country for a group read of “Book of the Little Axe” | Adults

Online, on your own time
Monday, Sept 14 – Sunday, September 27 | Adults 18+

Springfield City Library is joining public libraries across the country in offering access to the same ebook for a two-week period through the Libraries Transform Book Pick.  From Sept. 14-28, ebook copies of “Book of the Little Axe” will be available without waitlists or holds through OverDrive. Readers will only need a library card and the Libby app to borrow and read the ebook.

Readers who download and read the book are entered to win one of three exciting raffle prizes (valued up to $50!), and all participants get to help build a webpage chronicling the book’s many wonderful details.

Ambitious and masterfully wrought, “Book of the Little Axe” is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.

In a starred review, Booklist said Francis-Sharma “offers fascinating characters across the broad sweep of the American continent at a time of great tumult, warring colonial powers, the spread of slavery, and expansion West” and described the story as a “compelling saga of family bonds, ambitions, and desires, all subject to the vagaries of powerful historical forces.”

The selection of “Book of the Little Axe” for the Libraries Transform Book Pick was made in consultation with experts at Booklist.

 

 

 

Chair Yoga for Special Needs

Yoga workshop designed for adults with special needs. | Adults

East Springfield Branch
Tuesday February 25 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults
Tuesday March 24 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults
Tuesday April 28 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults

Yoga can have many benefits including increased flexibility and focus, and building a sense of calm. This small-session workshop is designed for adults with special needs specifically, though the general public is welcomed to attend too.

Led by Bonni-Lynne Sandler of HeartnSoul Yoga, Bonni-Lynne is a certified yoga instructor and MSEd.

Space is limited, so please sign-up online or with a librarian. 18+

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens; please knock loudly for entry.

Registration starts January 28 – Register – February 25 Class

Registration starts February 28 – Register – March 24 Class

American Girl Club at East Springfield

For fans of the American Girl books – make a craft and enjoy a snack. | Children

East Springfield Branch
Third Wednesday of the month
January 15, February 19, March 18 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Ages 6-14

Based on the American Girl Books! Make a craft and enjoy a snack based on the time period of the girl chosen each month! Ages 6-14.

Pre-registration is encouraged – please call the branch at 413-263-6840.

Knot Just Knitters

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

NOTE: While the Library is closed and programming is suspended, please join our Facebook group for Knot Just Knitters! Click and answer a few quick questions to be approved. We hope to see you in the group soon!

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.

Indian Orchard
Every Monday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

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

Central LibraryCommunity Room
Every Thursday, from 12-2 PM
For more information, call Matthew at 413-263-6828, x221

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

Mason Square
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6853

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

Forest Park
Every Saturday, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6843

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
If interested, please contact 413-263-6836.

East Springfield Branch
Teen Advisory Board
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 | Adults, Teens, & 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.

Any Book Club, a Discussion Group

Join our Any Book Club and share your recent reads. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. | Adults

Library Express at Pine Point
Second and fourth Wednesday of the month, starting at 10 – 12 PM

Come to our Any Book Club (ABC) 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 akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org.

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

Come to our Any Book Club (ABC) and 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.

 

Chair Yoga – East Springfield

Chair yoga is suitable for all fitness levels and physical conditions.

East Springfield Branch
Second Tuesday of the month | 10 – 11 AM | Adults

Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a 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 such as bends, extensions, and stretches. Suitable for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions, this class is instructed by Certified Yoga Instructor Nicole Ferraro. 18+

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens; please knock loudly for entry.