Arts & Entertainment Programs
Rotunda Rhythms in the Central Library Rotunda
Bel Canto String Quartet
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1 – 2pm
Bel Canto String Quartet returns to Rotunda Rhythms with a varied and sure-to-please program. Whether you like the classics or more contemporary popular numbers, Bel Canto will have something for you. The Allodola Singers will join them for a warm reading of Beethoven’s Eligisher Gesang. Bring a friend, make it a date, and welcome the spring with Bel Canto!
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1 – 2 pm
Tap your feet and sway to the beat of American songbook favorites, plus a sprinkling of Too Human originals. Jazz, Latin, rhythm & blues, and folk styles firmly ground the vocals, guitar, percussion, and upright bass of Too Human’s fresh and innovative songs. As one reviewer said, “Too Human put smiles on our faces.” Too Human hails from Springfield, Mass. and consists of Ellen and Roger Bruno with guests.
To keep music going strong at Springfield City Library, our Sixteen Acres Branch will host three summer concerts from June through August. Check back soon for details about these free concerts, appropriate for all ages, featuring local singers and instrumentalists in delightful sets of breezy summer songs.
NEW! Fiction Writing Group at East Forest Park
Join a new group of fiction writers seeking inspiration or encouragement for projects they are working on. Prompts will be provided along with a friendly critiquing environment. Meets monthly on the first Wednesday from 6 – 7:30 pm at the East Forest Park Branch.
For more information, contact Theresa Boulrice at 413-263-6836 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vitamin P for Poetry Writing Workshops
- Saturday, May 10, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Central Library Community Room
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Once a month, get a dose of poetry. In the first hour, come prepared to read and to discuss poems by established poets. In the second hour, engage in writing prompts inspired by the very poems we read together and then share aloud your ideas for new poems. Facilitated by local award-winning multilingual poet and educator, María Luisa Arroyo.
Poetry Reading in Celebration of National Poetry Month
Saturday, April 12, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Indian Orchard Branch Library
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Join your friends and neighbors as they share their inspired poetry in this public reading during National Poetry Month. Local poets will share their work in this family-friendly, bilingual event (Spanish & English). Copies of the poets’ books and audio materials will be available for sale at the reading. Preregistration is required for all poets who would like to read. The emcee will accept as many entries as she can accommodate in two hours. Please preregister by calling (413) 263-6828, x213 or sign up online. Limit of two poems per reader. Facilitated by local award-winning multilingual poet and educator, María Luisa Arroyo.
Note: Program postponed from April 5.
Reading in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Poetry
Saturday, June 14, 1:30-3:30 pm
Central Library Rotunda
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Join your friends and neighbors for this public poetry reading as they share their inspired poetry. Local poets will share their work in this family-friendly, bilingual event (Spanish and English). Copies of the poets’ books and audio materials will be available for sale at the reading. Preregistration is required for all poets who would like to read. The emcee will accept as many entries as she can accommodate in two hours. Please preregister by calling (413) 263-6828, x213 or sign up online. Facilitated by local award-winning multilingual poet and educator, María Luisa Arroyo.
Award-winning multilingual poet and educator, María Luisa Arroyo has facilitated numerous poetry workshops, including at the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, DC, and has performed in various parts of the country and in Puerto Rico. Her publications include Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (Bilingual Press: 2008), Touching and Naming the Roots of This Tree (self-published chapbook, 2007) as well as many poems in various journals. For more information, visit her website or email email@example.com.
Funding for this poetry series has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Springfield City Library offers occasional arts and crafts workshops throughout the year, including needlework coaching, pastel painting workshops, upcycling projects, and more.
Adventures in Upcycling: Making Journals from Repurposed Materials
Sixteen Acres Branch
Saturday, May 17, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
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With artist and crafter, Candace Bradbury-Carlin, learn to make blank journals that are easy to construct yet have huge creative potential. Inside pages will also act as pockets, making the books serve many purposes. We will include recycled materials that can be found around the house or from a walk in the woods. Be prepared to get creative and have fun! Limited to adults. All supplies provided.
Candace Bradbury-Carlin is a local artist, designer, teacher, material collector, and frequent library visitor. She constructs sculpture, collage, and books using recycled materials. She has exhibited locally and nationally, and has taught several art classes at local libraries.
Are you interested in needlework? Visit any one of our knitting or crochet groups to hone your skills, make new friends, or swap great needlework ideas with other needlework fans. People new to needlework or experienced crafters are both welcomed!