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Music & Entertainment

Summer Songs in Sixteen Acres


The Art of the Violin
Tuesday, August 26, 7 pm

Solo violinist Lani Bortfeld and pianist David Pulliam offer an hour of enchanting violin favorites in this sure-to-please program of Latin, blues, and lighter classical music. Repertoire will range from song transcriptions to violin encores and crowd-pleasers, making for an entertaining and diverse program which will highlight the expressive range of the violin and the artistry of the performers. Bring a date and enjoy the romance of the violin!

These programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Poetry & Writing Workshops


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

Poetry Slams


Saturday, June 28, 1 -2:30 pm, Central Library Community Room
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Saturday, July 26, 1-2:30 pm, Mason Square Community Room
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Saturday, August 23, 1 – 4 pm, Central Library Community Room
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Saturday, September 27, 1-2:30 pm, Central Library Community Room
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Saturday, October 25, 1-2:30 pm, Forest Park Community Room
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Maurice "Soulfighter" Taylor

Poets, are you ready to compete? Bring your best, original rhymes and spoken word to a Springfield Poetry Slam and show us what you’ve got. And audience members: don’t think you’re just there to watch—you may be selected to be the judge for the day. Winners will compete in our final slam in October. Our goal: form a Springfield Slam Team to compete nationally.

Springfield Poetry Slams will be coordinated by Maurice “Soulfighter” Taylor.


Vitamin P for Poetry: Workshops and Readings

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Saturday, August 2 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) Indian Orchard Branch Library
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Saturday, November 15 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) Indian Orchard Branch Library
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Get a dose of poetry at these workshops. 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.


Saturday, September 13 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) Indian Orchard Branch Library
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Saturday, December 13 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) Indian Orchard Branch Library
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Join your friends and neighbors as they share their inspired poetry in this public reading. 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, award winning poet Maria Luisa Arroyo, will accept as many entries as can be accommodated in this two hour reading. Please preregister by calling 413-263-6846, or sign up online.

Exphrasis Reading:

Saturday, October 11 (1-3 p.m.) Central Library Community Room
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This creative workshop allows poets to find inspiration from displayed paintings, sculpture, and/or other visual arts to then write poetry in response to that inspiration. It’s fun, and always very popular. Adult poets of all stages are welcome including novices. Facilitated by local award-winning multilingual poet and educator, María Luisa Arroyo.

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. Contact here 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.

The Regatta by Claude Monet

How to Pastel Paint as Impressionists

Saturday, September 27, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, Mason Square Branch
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Participants in this expressive and fun workshop will easily learn Impressionist painting concepts including color harmonies, Impressionist Shimmer, and more. If you love color, this is the workshop for you. We’ll use Vincent van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace as a study piece for copying and inspiration. All materials are being supplied. Led by artist and teacher Greg Maichack.


Home: A Reception and Exhibit of Handmade Quilts

Forest Park Branch
The exhibit will continue through August 26

Home is an exhibit of quilts made by Springfield residents.

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!