Family Storytimes

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. | Children

Indian Orchard Branch
Mondays (except holidays) | 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 1-6 years, siblings welcome
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required.

Home City Families

Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.
Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required

Library Express at Pine Point Branch
Wednesdays | 4:15 – 5 PM | Ages 4-10
Join us for stories and a craft, followed by LEGOs and DUPLO Blocks. No registration required.

Central Library
Family Time – Imagine Explore Create
Saturdays (except holidays) | 10:30-11:30 AM | Fun for the whole Family
Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. No registration required.

LEGO Clubs

LEGO enthusiasts let your imagination run wild! Drop in for freestyle building – meet new friends, and browse the library’s many LEGO themed books. | Children

Forest Park Branch
Mondays | 3:30-4:45 PM | Children
LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

Sixteen Acres Branch
Mondays | 1:30-4:30 PM | Ages 5-10
Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meet new friends, and browse the library’s many LEGO themed books.

Indian Orchard Branch
Tuesdays | 3:30-5:00 PM | Children
Let your imagination run wild!

Library Express at Pine Point Branch
Wednesdays | 5:00-5:45 PM | Ages 5-10
Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

Mason Square Branch
Thursdays | 5:00-6:00 PM | Children
Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children’s Workroom.

Minecraft Clubs

Build, play, and create – and battle zombies, of course! | Children

Library Express at Pine Point
Every Friday, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Come build and explore your own world with Minecraft! Have fun while developing creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. This club meets every week.

Indian Orchard Branch
Every Saturday, from 12 – 2:30 PM | Ages 8 and up

Join us for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space is limited to 8 participants so come early.

 

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 akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org.

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 Short Story Contest – April 16-19

Calling all creative writers between the ages of 11-18!

Participating Branch Libraries: East Springfield, Mason Square, Sixteen Acres and Library Express at Pine Point

Here’s your chance to share your storytelling talents and maybe win a prize! During the week of April 16-19 stop by participating Springfield branch libraries during open hours to pick up the list of writing prompts you will have to choose from. Write a short story of no more than 1,500 words using one or more of the prompts. Stories will be due to the branch reference desk by 5pm on Friday, April 19. Stories may be of any theme, but please keep content and language to a PG-13 level. Three stories will win a $5 gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts.

The full list of rules will be available at branches starting on April 1.

Send an email to shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org if you would like to be emailed the rules and prompts.

SAT Prep Workshop

Spend your Spring Break with librarians at two of the Springfield City Library branches over Spring Break for some hands-on and FREE SAT prep! | Teens

We will go over the process of signing up, how the scoring works, what the exam means to colleges, how to break down the essay questions, tips for studying vocab, evidence-based reading challenges, and strategies for solving math problems and multiple choice questions. We will also provide some coping mechanisms for test taking anxiety and methods for boosting test confidence.

There are two sessions (Registration Opens March 15):

Wednesday, April 17 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Mason Square Branch Library we will discuss the process of signing up for the exam and the math section. Register Online

Friday, April 19th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Library Express at Pine Point Branch Library we will discuss the critical thinking and writing portions of the exam, and go over coping mechanisms for test taking anxiety. Register Online

And the best part? Two lucky participants will have their fees COMPLETELY covered for the May exam, courtesy of the Mason Square C3 Group!

Lunch and beverages will be generously provided courtesy of the Friends of the Springfield City Library.

Free Citizenship Classes

The Read/Write/Now Center is accepting reservations for free citizenship classes.

Library Express at Pine Point

A new round of Free Citizenship Classes will be starting soon. The Read/Write/Now Center will provide the study materials and instructional support. Please contact Rae Holmes for more information at 413-263-6839 or email rholmes@springfieldlibrary.org

These classes are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.