A Quirky and Contemporary Book Club

Let’s get weird in this unusual book club focused on quirky and odd tales. | Adults

Forest Park Branch
Second Thursday of every month | 1:30 – 2:30 PM | 18+

Let’s get weird in this unusual book club of quirky and odd tales. This one is for those who are looking for something outside of the bestsellers list, and are unafraid of trying new books! Join if you dare!

Book selections:
October 10th: The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters
November 14th: Ten Dead Comedians, by Fred Van Lente
December 12th: Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer

Songbirds of the Northeast – September 26

Come see an informative presentation with photographs and audio recordings of our region’s songbirds. | Adults

Forest Park Branch
Thursday September 26 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Adults

Local naturalist John Root presents photographs and audio recordings of our region’s songbirds in this informative and attractive presentation about local birds and their habits. The role of song in these birds’ lives as well as their diet, social behavior, and other adaptations for survival are discussed. You will also learn how to provide attractive habitat for songbirds in your own yard. 18+

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a state agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Sister Souljah Book Group – Forest Park

Urban fiction book lovers discuss bestselling novels written by Sister Souljah. | Adults

Forest Park Branch
Second Wednesday of every month | 1:30 – 2:30 PM | 18+

Starts Wednesday September 11!

Join fellow urban fiction book lovers for a lively discussion of the New York Times bestselling novels written by Sister Souljah. Sister Souljah’s novels deal with universal themes of faith, love, and integrity. She is quoted as saying:

I’m a college graduate, and if I read something like Romeo and Juliet, I’m reading about a gang fight, I’m reading about young love, young sex, longing. I’m reading the same themes that I’m writing in my books. So if somebody comes along and says, “Yours is street literature” – what was Shakespeare’s?

Copies of the discussion books will be available for pickup at the Forest Park Branch Library prior to the discussion. No sign up is required; however, please contact the branch if you have questions. +

September 11 – The Coldest Winter Ever
October 9 – Midnight: A Gangster Love Story
November 13 – Midnight and the Meaning of Love
December 11 – A Deeper Love Inside: the Porsche Santiaga Story
January 8 – A Moment of Silence: Midnight III

Introduction to Sewing for Adults – Forest Park

Learn to sew and make a small project in this 3-part beginner class for Adults.

Forest Park Branch
Tuesday September 24 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults   Register

Tuesday October 22 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults   Register

Tuesday November 26 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults   Register

Learn the basics of hand sewing and design through the creation of a small handbag, tote bag or pillow. A variety of fabrics and embellishments will be provided to create your customized project. A review and discussion of the evolution of sewing is included.

For this beginner sewing program no prior sewing experience is expected or required. This is a recurring monthly program to be held on the fourth Tuesday of September, October, and November.

The program is for ages 11 – 18. Registration required.

Introduction to Sewing for Teens – Forest Park

Learn to sew and make a small project in this 3-part beginner class for Teens.

Forest Park Branch
Wednesday September 18 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Ages 11-18   Register

Tuesday October 8 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Ages 11-18   Register

Tuesday November 12 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Ages 11-18   Register

Learn the basics of hand sewing and design through the creation of a small handbag, tote bag or pillow. A variety of fabrics and embellishments will be provided to create your customized project. A review and discussion of the evolution of sewing is included.

For this beginner sewing program no prior sewing experience is expected or required. This is a recurring monthly program to be held on the second Tuesday of September, October, and November.

The program is for ages 11 – 18. Registration required.

Toddler Art Club

Join us for simple crafts to engage creativity. | Children

Forest Park Branch Library
Tuesdays | 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 2-5, siblings welcome.

Join us for a toddler art group every Tuesday morning at the Forest Park Branch Library. Every week, we’ll do a new simple craft to get your toddler thinking creatively and using their basic motor skills. It’s time to get messy!

No registration required, just drop-in any time during the program. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

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.

New! – Starting September 6
Mason Square
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6853

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 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

Teens – Tasty Tuesday

Experience new flavors. Learn how to make a tasty snack. | Teens

Forest Park Branch
Third Tuesday of the month, from 3:15 – 4:30 PM | Ages 12-19

Tasty Tuesday features a healthy and easy recipe for the teens to learn how to make. Teens will make a delicious after school snack as well as learning useful life skills and meal planning. Teens should come hungry and be ready to get their hands messy!

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Groups

A traditional book discussion group where everyone reads and discusses the same book. | Adults

Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. We select a new book to discuss every month. New members are always welcome.

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at the Central Library
Central Library, Community Room
Second Tuesday of each month, from 12 – 1 PM

Ask for a copy of the current book at the second level circulation desk. Click on this link for the 2019 Reading List. For more information, contact Lisa at 413-263-6828 ext. 395 or by email llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org.

Raymond Jordan Senior Center
Fourth Thursday of each month, from 10 – 11 AM | Ages 55 and up

Library copies are available at the East Forest Park Branch Library in a variety of formats (large print, audiobook, etc.). For more information, contact Linda at 413-263-6836 or by email at lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org.