Design an Alien Contest – August 2

Show us your design of an alien and its homeworld! | Ages 11-18

East Springfield Branch
Friday August 2 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 11-18

The universe is vast, and many life forms may exist in it! Now its your chance to show us what you think might be out there… and maybe win a prize! Design your own alien life form, and show how it would thrive in its environment. Place it on a known planet, or create a new planet yet to be discovered! Its all up to you. We’ll have snacks for all who create, and a small prize for the alien chosen as “Best in Universe.” Ages 11-18 welcome!

Cursive Writing for Beginners at East Springfield Branch – August

Learn the basics of cursive writing with this 3-session course for beginners! | Ages 8-18

Have you ever wanted to learn how to write cursive? Then this program is for you! Educational Instructor Ms. Deborah Pace will lead a 3-session beginners course of the basics of cursive with the end goal of each participant knowing how to read and write cursive.

Registration for each session is strongly encouraged for participants for maximum learning but it is not required.  Only the first 20 registered people will be guaranteed a spot for each date.

Friday and Saturday dates of each session will be exactly the same, so there is no need to sign up for both dates in the same week.

Session 1: Mechanics (Pencil Grip, Paper Position, Body) & Handwriting Motivators and Terms

Friday, August 9, 2019  | 1:00 – 4:00  PM   Register

Saturday, August 10, 2019 |  11:30 AM to 2:30 PM  Register

Session 2: Teaching Handwriting through Modality Strengths &  Diagnostic Chart for Cursive Writing and Paper Samples

Friday, August 23, 2019  | 1:00 – 4:00 PM  Register

Saturday, August 24, 2019 |  11:30 AM to 2:30 PM  Register

Session 3: Class collaboration, each individual will share and be critiqued about what they have learned and receive Certificate of Completion

Saturday, August 31, 2019 |  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  Register




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

Central Library
Please note this will be held in the Community Room starting July 11
Every Thursday, from 12-2 PM
For more information, call Matthew at 413-263-6828, x221

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

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.