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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms
Sundays in the Central Library Rotunda

Kat February 2016

Singer/Songwriter Kat Kennedy
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 1 p.m.

Kat Kennedy is a singer/songwriter who found her folk/pop sound while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. A solo acoustic artist, Kat performs original songs as well as crowd favorites by artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Her debut E.P., Perspective was released in 2015. Kat has shared the stage with many performing artists and opened for national touring artists. For more information, visit her website.


The Solstice Sackbuts Return!
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 1 p.m.

Take a vacation for a day while the Solstice Sackbuts take you on an international tour with a program of folk and pop music from around the world. No passports are required while your toes tap to sambas, tangos, tarantellas, polkas, horahs, waltzes, jigs, calypsos, as well as rock, jazz and some of the world’s most famous and popular music.

The Solstice Sackbuts will take you to Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Haiti, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Russia, the Czech Republic, Israel, Zimbabwe and other destinations while playing lively and very familiar selections.

This concert is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Art & Photography Exhibits

None scheduled.

Writing Workshops & Readings


7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight

Central Library Community Room, Sundays, January 10, February 14, March 13, April 17, May 8; and Saturday, June 11, 2016, 1-3 p.m.

This two-hour public reading by literary writers and poets welcomes scheduled readers for the first hour in seven-minute blocks, and is open to impromptu readings during the second hour’s open mic. To register for the first hour, please contact María Luisa Arroyo (; to register for a 5-minute slot during the open mic, please arrive by 12:45 p.m. and sign-up on the day of the event. Every genre is welcomed, and the writings may be original or by another. Audience members (18+) are welcomed and do not need to preregister. Maria Luisa Arroyo, Springfield’s first Poet Laureate and an award-winning, multilingual poet, leads the program.

Maria Arroyo Spr Poet Laureate2014 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. Contact her at: or

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!