Guess the Pumpkin’s Weight

Say, how much does that pumpkin weigh? | Children

Come into the library and take a guess. The person who comes the closest to the weight without going over wins a prize just in time for fall festivities! All are welcome to take a guess during open hours.

October 1-13

During Open Hours | For Families and Children
Forest Park Branch

October 15-27

During Open Hours | For Families and Children
Brightwood Branch
East Springfield Branch
Indian Orchard Branch
Library Express at Pine Point

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.

 

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.

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 12 months-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.

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.

HI!TECH – Free Computer Classes For Adults

Hands-on workshops including: Getting Started with Computers, Continuing with Computers, and Introduction to the Web. | Adults

Need a tutorial on using a keyboard and mouse?
Getting Started on a Computer


Hi!Tech – Computer Basics Series – October

All of these workshops will be held at the Central Library. Registration Opens September 1.

Step 1 – Getting Started with Computers:
Thursday, October 4, 1–2:30 PM

This hands-on workshop reviews basic keyboarding and mousing, icons, desktop organization, and more to get you comfortably started. No experience is necessary.

Step 2 – Continuing with Computers:
Thursday, October 11, 1-2:30 PM

Our step 2 workshop reviews basic aspects of computing including saving, printing, file organization, text editing, and more. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed.

Step 3 – Introduction to the Web:
Thursday, October 18, 1-2:30 PM

Develop the skill you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently in this practical and hands-on workshop. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed.

Register

Beyond the Basics

Introduction to Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media:
Thursday, October  25, 1 –2:30 PM

Are you curious about discovering news, and connecting with other people online? Do you want to know the difference between a “like” and a “retweet”? Learn the basics of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and more in this useful discussion of popular social media websites. Completion of Introduction to the Web will help you follow-along in this “beyond the basics” demonstration.

Register


Hi!Tech – Computer Basics Series – November

All of these workshops will be held at the East Springfield Branch. Registration Opens October 1.

Step 1 – Getting Started with Computers:
Wednesday, November 1, 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

This hands-on workshop reviews basic keyboarding and mousing, icons, desktop organization, and more to get you comfortably started. No experience is necessary.

Register

Step 2 – Continuing with Computers:
Wednesday, November 8, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Our step 2 workshop reviews basic aspects of computing including saving, printing, file organization, text editing, and more. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed.

Register

Step 3 – Introduction to the Web:
Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Develop the skill you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently in this practical and hands-on workshop. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed.

Register


To Register: Use the sign-up links above, or register at any Springfield City Library branch. To speak speak with a reference librarian,  call 413-263-6828 ext. 213, or e-mail askalibrarian@springfieldlibrary.org

Attendance Raffle: Earn a chance to win a $15 gift card for a local retailer for each Hi!Tech workshop you attend. The more Hi!Tech workshops you attend, the greater your chances are to win. Join us, learn, and win!

Questions: If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about Hi!Tech, please contact Matthew at 413-263-6828 ext. 221 or email him at mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org

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