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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms
Sundays in the Central Library Rotunda


Holiday Songs from Around the World
December 20, 2015, 1 p.m.

Celebrate the season with holiday songs from around world. The South Hadley Children’s Chorus will be joined by the newly formed Springfield College Community Chorus to offer an hour of song and celebration. As a special treat, the program will feature a recitation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and more.


Skylarkz, Jazz with Pizzazz
January 24, 2016

Rev it up with the jazz music of Skylarkz! Sarah and Nick perform the American Songbook with style and pizzazz sure to please music lovers of all kinds.

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.

Art & Photography Exhibits


Forest Park Gallery: Astonishing Inspirations: Artworks by Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce
Exhibit runs from October 15 – November 28, 2015

The Forest Park Gallery is pleased to present Astonishing Inspirations: Artworks by Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce, a six-week art exhibit.

Gloria began creating works as a young child in New York City. Her bold works, which include geometric shapes, intermingled lines, and vivid colors, are open to interpretation by the viewer. She is a retired educator and has lived in Springfield for the past twenty-five years while continuing to create.

Writing Workshops & Readings

7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight

Central Library Community Room, Sundays, October 18, November 15, December 13, 2015, 1-3 p.m.
January 10, February 14, March 13, 2016, 1-3 p.m.

In this literary showcase of local and regional writers, preregistered literary artists (18+) will share a seven-minute reading of their writing from ANY genre. The public (18+) is invited to come listen. Books and other literary materials will be available for sale and for autographs.

Springfield’s first Poet Laureate and award-winning, multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo will host this monthly event. Please contact María Luisa ( for registration information.

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


The Artist’s Way: a workshop series for developing writers and artists

Forest Park Branch
1 – 3 p.m.
Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; November 5, 12, and 19; December 3, 10 and 17, 2015; and January 7 and 14, 2016, 1 – 3 pm

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 will 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 in alteration by Phyllis St. George, Springfield editor, poet, and writing coach; Ellen Rivers, local actor/director; and Alice Kelly, a seasoned spiritual coach and exponent of The Artist’s Way.

Writers' Program Photo 5-20-14 (3)

Write and Publish Your Memoir

Come to the Mason Square Branch for a FREE two-part writing workshop led by local author, Haven Williams.

Part 1, Saturday, November 21, 1-2:30 p.m.
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Workshop #1: This first workshop will help to answer the questions: What is memoir? What is not? How does one get started in writing one? Students will complete practice exercises designed to help develop a focus in their writing.

Part 2, Saturday, November 28, 1-2:30 p.m.
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Workshop #2: In the second workshop, students will bring in samples of their writing and workshop one another’s work.

An Introduction to Self-Publishing
Saturday, December 12, 1-2:30 p.m.

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In this workshop, local author Haven Williams will describe the process of self-publishing from preparing your manuscript to setting a price, from considering publishing packages to exploring the various different platforms that one can use to produce their own book. Haven will cover the pros and cons of using e-books, print on demand, and subsidy publishing.

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!