Drawn Together: Art Journaling for Teens

Art journal your feelings with monthly prompts and online sessions. | Teens


1st Wednesday | 3-4 PM | Ages 12-18

February 3

March 3

April 7

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Peaceful? Happy? Join librarians Meg and Lee on Zoom as we Art Journal our feelings!

We will share a prompt and create art together on the first Wednesday of the month from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Follow the links above to register for each session.

We will have journals and art supplies available for curbside pick up. Supplies are limited so sign up early! For ages 12-18.

If you have questions or need more information, please email Meg at mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org.

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate on Zoom.

Hit Us with Your Best Shot: a Photography Contest

Enter the contest and send us your photos on the theme “The Many Wonders of Springfield.” | Adults

Entries Accepted (see rules below):
Tuesday, January 19 – Friday, February 19, 2021

Winners announced:
Monday, March 1, 2021

Get creative and send us your photos on the theme The Many Wonders of Springfield for chances to win one of four gift card prizes.

Find what “fills you with wonder” here in Springfield, capture it in a photograph, and enter the contest to win!

Submit photos (or ask questions) to photos@springfieldlibrary.org. Photos should be accompanied by:

  • Photographer’s full name
  • Contact information (email and telephone number)
  • Street address
  • Category: Amateur or  Semi-Professional

Rules and Details

  • Photos may be full color or black and white.
  • Up to three photographs may be submitted by each photographer.
  • Submissions will be accepted from amateur and semi-professional photographers, and will be judged in two separate categories.
  • Photos will be judged by a panel of three local photography enthusiasts on the following criteria:
    • How closely does the photograph match the theme The Many Wonders of Springfield? (30%)
    • How effective is its technique, such as balance, color contrast, and image quality? (50%)
    • How unique or creative is the photograph? (20%)
  • All entries must be original to the photographer, and suitable for all-ages, family-friendly viewing.
  • Accepted photographs will be posted on the library’s Flickr page.
  • Winning photographs will be promoted with the library’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
  • Submissions will be accepted from any adult, though prize winners will only be drawn from Hampden County photographers.
  • Photos that include people’s faces will need to be accompanied by a completed Photo Release Form for each depicted person.
  • All photos must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021 to be eligible for the contest.
  • Entrants must be adults ages 18 or above.
  • Prizes include four gift cards, one per winner, good for a local retailer or restaurant of the winners’ choice compliments of the Friends of the Library.
    • The Semi-Pro Photographers category will have one winner eligible for a $25 gift card.
    • The Amateur Photographers category will have three winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places) eligible for $40, $20, and $15 gift cards (one per winner).

Genealogy Help Online Drop-In

Drop in online for help with family history, for beginners and experts alike.


Saturdays | 2-3 PM | Ages 18+

January 16
February 13
March 13

Drop in for help with genealogy questions. We can show you how to access the library’s and other genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project. No registration required – just drop in!

If you can’t make it to the online Zoom drop-in time, call to make a phone appointment with the same librarian! 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.

Click for Zoom link.

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate on Zoom.

January Family Activities

Take and make activities for children and families in January – pick up curbside while supplies last.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Craft

January 3-30

Enjoy a fun family activity this winter with this take and make kit and free board book! There are so many ways to build a snowman, what’s your favorite? Use one of our idea templates, or be creative and make your own with all the supplies provided. Take time with your child to read a winter story after! For ages 3-8.

At the following locations: Central Library, East Forest Park Branch, Forest Park Branch, and Mason Square Branch

Makerspace to Go!

January 4 – February 27

Beat back the winter doldrums with some freestyle creative fun! We’ll provide a “surprise” bag chock full of art and recycled materials such as paper, cardboard, ribbon, stickers, felt and yarn. You supply tape or glue and your amazing imagination. For all youth ages 3 and up. Please call to arrange a convenient curbside pickup by appointment.

At the following location: Sixteen Acres Branch

ABC Scavenger Hunt

January 11-22

Look all around the house and outside for things that start with letters from the alphabet. Write or draw your answer. Call your branch library to obtain a copy curbside, or download and print from online. Return your finished scavenger hunt for a small prize!

At the following location: All library locations

Life Skills Teens Need To Know

Meet with experts and learn important life skills.


Wednesdays Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 | 7-8 p.m. | Teens 13-18

Okay, so you’ve learned in school that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. But what about the things that you wish you were taught?

This Zoom online meeting series will cover all of the life skills that you need to know! Each week, an expert will give a talk on different subjects and answer your questions.

We’ll have a session on finding a job, a session on managing your money and credit, a session on filling out the FAFSA and other college application musts, and a session on apprenticing for a trade.

Everyone who attends gets a swag bag from our presenters! Ages 13-18. FREE, no registration required!

Zoom link to join: http://bit.ly/TeensLifeSkills

January 6 – How do I get a job?

Learn how to get that first job and what you need to do to prepare to work. With speaker Phyllis Gedeon, Youth Specialist, YouthWorks Springfield.

January 13 – How do I manage my money?

Learn how to use credit, how purchasing big items like cars works, and how renting a home works. With speakers Anthony Thomas and Stephen Plummer, Asset and Credit Counselors, Springfield Partners for Community Action.

January 20 – How do I prepare for college?

Learn about filling out the FAFSA and applying for scholarships. With speaker Apelila Joseph, Administrator, Springfield Promise Program.

January 27 –How do I learn a trade?

Learn about apprenticeships and a variety of trades. With speaker Walter Rice, Business Community Liaison & Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Westover Job Corps.

For more information, call or email Sara Deignan at sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org or 413-263-6853.

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate in the classes.

Ukulele Strum-Along – Online

Play along with other ukulele enthusiasts online, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. | Teens and Adults


First Monday of every month | 7-8 PM | Ages 16+
December 7
January 4
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3

Come and strum with other ukulele enthusiasts in a fun and relaxed atmosphere guided by the Valley’s Ambassador of the Ukulele, Julie Stepanek.

Use your own ukelele, or borrow one from the Central Library (a limited number are available to borrow on a first-come first-serve basis).

Click here to join the Strum-Along on Zoom!

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate in the strum-along on Zoom.

This event is supported by the Rose Smith Music Fund.

Help for Job Seekers

Register for a free online Help for Job Seekers class series.


This is a dynamic set of three online workshops designed to help job seekers find success. Each part will review a variety of topics affecting job seekers including resume writing, applying to job advertisements and applications, local job seeker service providers, time-saving online resources and tools, and more.

Class sessions will include video, discussion, presentation, and questions and answers. It will be an engaging and practical learning environment for everyone. For adults 18+.

All meetings are Thursday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, and are held on Zoom. Sign-up early to save your seat, and speak with a librarian if you need help using Zoom.

Thursday January 14 | 11 AM – 12 PM

Thursday January 21 | 11 AM – 12 PM

Thursday January 28 | 11 AM – 12 PM

Register for all three classes here!

Register Here!


You can also register by contacting the librarians at  ask@springfieldlibrary.org, or call 413-263-6828, ext. 213.

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate in the meetings.

Knot Just Knitters

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

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed, 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!

We also have live knitting events, see below!

NEW: Knot Just Knitters – Live At Lunchtime!

Most Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m., check our calendar.

Do you secretly wait for lunch to pick up your yarn and knit or crochet a few rows? Then KJK Live at Lunchtime is just what you ordered! Relax and stitch while you catch up with old friends, and make new ones. Are you a beginner, or need help with a pesky pattern? Seasoned needle artists are here to help and to give advice about tools, yarns and techniques. No registration required, just click on the link to join! To join us live online, here is the Zoom link!

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or crewel, this group 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