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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms, Free Concerts at the Central Library


Rotunda Rhythms Presents the Cabaret Art of Vickie Phillips
Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m.
Central Library Rotunda

A master in her craft, Vickie Phillips has been entertaining audiences coast-to-coast for decades. Back from recent performances in NYC, she returns home with her award winning cabaret show featuring popular songs from the Great American Songbook. On piano is Springfield pianist Michael Rheault, composer of The Birth and Fabulous! Read more about Vickie’s award winning show on MassLive. Free attendance raffle compliments of the Friends of the Library to all of those who attend this concert.

Rotunda Rhythms Presents Friction Farm
Sunday, May 7, 2 – 3 p.m.
Central Library Rotunda


Friction Farm is guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay. They are avid readers who have turned their love of great books into song! Literary inspirations include popular novels like The Cellist of Sarajevo, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, The Glass Castle, and well known nonfiction such as Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, and more. Join them for a fun and fascinating look at some of your favorite books, and be inspired by their passions and insights into others you have yet to read. “Friction Farm’s live performance is full of funny and poignant stories, spontaneous diversions, audience participation, good music, and lots of fun.” Pine Island Eagle

Attendees earn a chance to win the free raffle sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Art & Photography Exhibits

Springfield My Home Local Photography Exhibit

Central Library, Lower Level, through 2017


What do you love about living in Springfield? Springfield My Home was a photography contest and exhibit showing why residents live in and love Springfield, Mass. which was held in Fall 2016.

The votes were tallied and here is the list of the seven winners. Congratulations to them all!

• Best Photograph: Artists in the Acres, by Earskin Sloan
• Best Photograph Honorary Mention: Everyone’s Armory, by Michael Marcinkewich
• Most Artistic Photograph, Trinity Church, by Jim Sharrard
• Most Artistic Photograph Honorary Mention: Snowfall in Forest Park, by Mark Archer
• Best Springfield Spirit: 4th of July Fireworks, by Shawn Rairigh
• Best Springfield Spirit Honorary Mention: Tin Man & Friends at the Mattoon Street Festival, by Christopher Behrens
• Bonus Award: Duck Pond in Forest Park, by Dora Campbell

The seven award winning photographs will remain on display at the Central Library (on the lower level in the Fiction and Media area) throughout 2017 to highlight the beauty and talent we have in Springfield.

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Art Central: Photography of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club
Wednesday March 1, 2017 – Thursday April 27, 2017
Reception: Sunday, March 12, 2- 3:00 p.m.
Central Library

On display in Art Central through April 27 are photographs of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club including shots of their many activities and newly redeveloped docking area in the North End. Photographs of their youth lessons and rowing on the Connecticut River, including the perennially popular Dragon Boat Festival and more, give the viewer a fascinating glimpse into some of the many wonderful things they do here in Springfield and beyond.

Join the members of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club in a public reception on Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. Refreshments and musical entertainment are compliments of the Friends of the Library and others. Free attendance raffle to all who participate; prizes include a $30 Stop & Shop gift card and a copy of the book Suga Water.


Art Central: Paintings by Gloria Caballer-Arce
Art Central at Central Library, 220 State Street
Monday, May 1 – Thursday, June 29, 2017
Reception: Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

On display this season are selected paintings by Springfield artist Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce. New works in her trademark style of bold colors, interweaving lines, and abstract shapes will enliven and inspire with their beauty and strength. Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce is a retired Springfield Public Schools administrator, and has displayed her artworks widely in the Greater Springfield area and beyond.

A public reception in honor of the artist and her works is scheduled for Monday, May 1st starting at 6:30 p.m. Join her and others to see her latest paintings, as well as a selection of her handmade jewelry and painted plates. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library with free attendance raffle to all who participate.

Writing Workshops, Readings & Author Talks


Continuing the Artist’s Way Journey
Thursdays, April 20-July 13, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m., Forest Park Branch
(April 20 & 27; May 4, 11, 18, & 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29; and July 6 & 13, 2017)

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This is an in-depth exploration of the book Finding Water: the Art of Perserverance, by Julia Cameron. It is a thirteen-week series where each week participants will review a chapter and respond with written and/or spoken exercises. The series extends the ideas developed in an earlier workshop series called The Artists’ Way, though new and returning members are equally welcomed. The series 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 Phyllis St. George, published poet and editor, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.

Katherine Kraver II

Katherine Kraver Book Signing
Wednesday, March 29, From 6:00-7:00 p.m. East Springfield Branch AND
Saturday, April 1, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Sixteen Acres Branch

Celebrate International Children’s Book Day! Join us for a special family event featuring local author and educator Katherine Kraver. A globetrotter who has visited Jordan, Haiti and two dozen other countries, she is dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of refugees and hardships that children face across the globe.

She will be reading from her newest book, The Boy with the Red Shoes. This moving story centers on the hardships that a young boy goes through in Haiti whose home and community is destroyed by an earthquake.

The program will also include crafts, a slide show on the author’s travels and writing process, and a book signing. $1.00 from the sale of each of her books will be donated to The Red Cross to help children.


Literary Spotlight: Creative Readings by Local Writers
Sunday April 2, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

Enjoy the readings of local writers in this showcase of local literary talent. Featured writers offer a sampling of their creative writing in brief segments, some of which will be accompanied by slide-show visuals. Following the scheduled readings will be an open mic as time allows.

This month’s readers include Jacqueline Sheehan (novelist), author of The Tiger in the House; Melissa Volker (novelist), author of Delilah of Sunhats and Swans and others; Everett Decker (poet), author of Haiku Emily!; and Lisa Zarcone (memoirist), author of The Unspoken Truth; plus four children’s book writers including Mo MacPhail, author of Little Blue; Albert Garner, author of The Adventures of Dimi; Milagros Johnson, author of Lolita’s Rainy Day and Jacqueline Williams-Hines, author of Joshua, That’s Sooo Slimming and others.

Refreshments and free attendance raffle compliments of the Friends of the Library is offered for all who attend. For more information, contact Matthew V. Jaquith at 413-263-6828 ext. 221 or email him at


Poetry Cafe at Forest Park

Thursday, April 13, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Community Room, Forest Park Branch Library

Do you have a favorite poem? Do you write poetry? Bring your favorite verse and help us celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Week! Refreshments and a cafe ambiance will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. All poems must be family friendly.

Poetry Reading at the Central Library
Saturday, April 29, 1-3 p.m.
Central Library Rotunda

Celebrate National Poetry Month with this reading by some of the Valley’s most visible poets. Whether reading from their published chapbooks or drawing on their successes from area open mics, the roster includes Crystal Senter Brown, Lori Desrosiers, Howie Faenstien, LD Green, Paul Richmond, Connolly Ryan, and Tommy Twilite. A special performance by singer/songwriter Carolyn Walker will open and close the reading and refreshments will be offered compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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.


Release Your Inner Artist
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

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This workshop is designed to give aspiring visual artists a practical strategy for getting started on painting and creating impactful works of art. After viewing a slide show presenting the concepts and demonstrating the process, students create their own paintings of a projected image using pastels. Janet helps everyone apply the techniques and paint the subject in darks, lights, and midtones, focusing on details and toward the end using pastels. Everyone leaves very excited about their artworks, equipped with strategies and some tools to continue painting! This program is made possible by funds from the Springfield Cultural Council and is presented by Janet Schwartz.


Color My World – Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups

Mason Square Branch, Thursdays, 5 – 7 p.m.

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break? Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00PM in the Children’s workroom.

Got kids? Our LEGO Club will be running at the same time.

East Forest Park Branch, Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break? Come down to the library and color. Yes! Color! It turns out that adult coloring, one of the biggest trends of the year, has proven to be both relaxing and therapeutic. We’ll provide beautiful adult coloring sheets and colored pencils. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 p.m.


Pastel Paint the 45-Million-Dollar Flower.

Central Library, Saturday, April 15, 2017, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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East Forest Park Branch, Saturday, September 23, 2017, 12 – 2 p.m.
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Greg Maichack will lead a free, adult-audience painting workshop on how to pastel paint flowers using an easy-to-follow model that the participants will recreate. Good for even the beginner, this guided workshop will give adult learners a realistic painting to take home and an enjoyable learning experience. Sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.

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!