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Music & Entertainment


Rotunda Rhythms: Words Meet Music
Sunday, October 2, 1 p.m.
Central Library Rotunda

A delightful meeting of music and poetry ranging from Maya Angelou to Shakespeare. In the style of a chamber jazz duo, Chris (vibraphone and percussion) and Colleen (cello and voice) combine poetry, exquisite music, and visual images for a rich and unique multimedia experience. Poetry and music lovers alike will love this program!

“….the audience was transfixed. We all felt we experienced something very special and unique… What a remarkable fusion of literature and music.”

Art & Photography Exhibits

Paintings of Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría
September 6 – 29, Central Library
Reception: Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m.

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Local artist Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría’s new exhibit, Puerto Rican Pablo Casals Art Exhibit in Honor of His Mother Pilar Úrsula Defilló Amiguet, will be on display in the Springfield City Library Central Library from Tuesday, September 6th through Thursday, September 29th. Pablo Casals, who is often regarded as one of the best cellists of all time, was born in Spain in 1876. His mother, Pilar Úrsula Defilló Amiguet, was originally from Puerto Rico; the paintings are influenced by Casals, Puerto Rico, and themes of motherhood. The exhibit is one of many activities hosted by the Springfield City Library to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

A reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday September 11th at 2 p.m. in the Central Library, and will feature cellist Boris Kogan from 2:15-2:45 p.m. playing in the style of Pablo Casals. Refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of the Library. The Central Library is located at 220 State Street in Springfield.


Hispanic Textiles on Display
East Forest Park Branch
September 15 – October 15

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2016) the East Forest Park Branch Library will present an educational display about textiles produced in Central America by Mayan Indians. Books and handwoven clothing and wall hangings from the highlands of Mexico and Guatemala will be highlighted.

Writing Workshops, Readings & Author Talks


The Artist’s Way: a workshop series for aspiring artists

This is a weekly series running on consecutive Thursday afternoons, though it will not meet during the week of Thanksgiving in November.
September 15, 22, & 29; October 6, 13, 20, & 27; November 3, 10, & 17; and December 1, 8, and 15, 2016, all are from 2-4 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library Community Room

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This is an in-depth exploration of the book The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron in a thirteen-week series where each week participants review a chapter and respond with writing and spoken exercises. The Artist’s Way develops new and aspiring artists by sharpening the artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey.

Workshops will be led by Tina Payne-Brissette, published writer and public relations specialist, and Alice Kelly, a seasoned spiritual coach and exponent of The Artist’s Way.


Author Talk: Kate Anderson on her popular thriller, Hospital Hill
Saturday, Oct. 29, 12 – 2 p.m.
Indian Orchard Branch Library

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Please join us for a book signing featuring local author Kate Anderson. She has written a terrific, page-turning novel with Northampton State Hospital for the Insane as its frightening locale. “In 1959 Valerie Martin takes a job on the wards of Northampton State Hospital for the Insane where she spends the next twenty years climbing the ranks. When the hospital closes she leaves for good, or so she thinks. Weeks away from retirement, she is called back to complete one last task and finds a disturbing trend amongst some of the female patients and she has a hunch: these women were murdered.”

Ms. Anderson’s signing will include a slideshow of historic Northampton State Hospital pictures and she’ll display a collection of fascinating artifacts. Refreshments will follow compliments of the Friends of the Library.


Eleanor Roosevelt: Celebrating Her Life and Public Service
Tuesday, October 11, 6:15 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch

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History enthusiast Donald Blais of Palmer, Massachusetts will deliver the second in his series of U. S. History lectures on the life and numerous accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt at Sixteen Acres Branch Library, Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:15 p.m. The lecture, held on Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday, will illuminate how, despite being born into considerable wealth and luxury, Mrs. Roosevelt chose to dedicate her life to helping the less fortunate. The trailblazing humanitarian, who inspired countless people into public service, will be highlighted by Blais’ enthralling lecture.

Mrs. Roosevelt was the longest serving First Lady in U.S. History from 1933-1945. She changed the role of a First Lady from one of domesticity and having no voice in public policy to being one of the nation’s most outspoken women on a range of issues. Mrs. Eleanor became an active First Lady: giving press conferences, being a columnist and a trusted adviser to her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt. After his death, she served at the United Nations championing women’s and human rights. She was appointed by President John Kennedy as an adviser who helped create The Peace Corps.

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Author Talk: Pro-Wrestler Bob Backlund

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library

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Bob Backlund is a retired, champion professional wrestler inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 2013. He ran for public office and is an advocate of youth development. He’ll speak about his book and the experiences reflected in that work including his title as WWF champion (2008-2013). Copies of his book Backlund: From All-American Boy to Professional Wresting’s World Champion will be available for sale and signing.

You Can Write a Novel!

Workshops, Saturday, October 29 and November 5, 1-2:30 p.m.
Write Ins!, Saturdays, November 12, 19 and 26, 12 – 3 p.m.
Mason Square Branch Community Room

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Have you always wanted to write a book? November is National Novel Writing Month! Often shortened to NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month is a creative writing challenge to compose a full novel of 50,000 words between November 1st and November 31st. To support those interested in writing a book, the Mason Square Branch Library will host two writing workshops led by local author, Haven Williams, as well as three Write In days.

Getting Started on a Book
The first workshop, on Saturday, October 29th, will focus on brainstorming ideas for starting a book. Williams will discuss both character and setting development.
Plotting It Out
During the second workshop, on Saturday, November 5th, Williams will go over strategies for plot development. The group will discuss pacing and the way that different plot structures work for different genres.
Come Write In!
On Saturdays November 12th, 19th, and 26th, the Branch’s Community Room will become a Write In space. Writers working on their NaNoWriMo books–or any bit of composition really–can grab a coffee and get down to writing.
Need some inspiration? The Branch will provide writing worksheets and author pep talks for free!

Arts & Crafts

The Springfield City Library offers occasional arts and crafts workshops throughout the year, including needlework coaching, pastel painting workshops, upcycling projects, and more.

Craft Groups

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!