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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms will return in the fall.

Art & Photography Exhibits


“100 Acts of Kindness” Quilt Visits Library Branches

Mason Square Branch, August 22 – September 16
Opening Reception: August 26, 4 p.m.

Please join us at the Mason Square Branch Library for a display of the quilt developed by 100 Acts of Kindness Towards Pregnant Women Campaign, a project by the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services.

What is this quilt?

Between April and August of 2015 Project Baby Springfield talked to almost 1,000 Springfield residents as part of our 100 of Acts of Kindness Towards Pregnant Women campaign. Each of you wrote down one act of kindness that can support pregnant women, lower stress, and improve birth outcomes. Some of those messages were made into this quilt!

For More Information:
Please visit our Facebook page or some of these local organizations: MotherWoman, Square One, WIC, Tapestry Health, Caring Health Center diaper bank. Or check out this video.

Oriental Poppies by Newell Murri
Oriental Poppies by Newell Murri

Artworks at the Library: The Paintings of Newell Murri and Robert Waleryszak
Reception: Thursday August 4, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Branch Library
Display’s run: Monday July 11 through Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the Central Library
Monday July 11 through Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Forest Park Branch

Two celebrated Springfield painters, Newell Murri and Robert Waleryszak, are featured in two displays showing this summer at two Springfield City Library branches, the Forest Park Branch, 380 Belmont Avenue, and the Central Library, 220 State Street.

Please join us from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the Thursday, August 4 reception to meet the talented artists, enjoy their creations and toast their accomplishments. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Springfield Library.

These programs are provided in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council.


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


7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight

Central Library Community Room
To continue this summer! Saturdays, June 11, July 9, August 13, and September 10, 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.

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 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: Patricia Martin, Ph.D.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library

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Come join us for a book discussion and signing by an experienced therapist, Patricia Peters Martin, PhD, who has written an enlightening book, The Other Couch: Discovering Women’s Wisdom in Therapy. “The book explores the lives of 36 spirited women who struggle and overcome their challenges with courage, resilience, and commitment. The authors focus on the wisdom patients bring to their therapists as they introduce women diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, multiple personality disorder, chronic suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. Each chapter conveys an important life lesson about the human condition and touches on situations such as abusive relationships, cheating spouses, addicted children, the death of loved ones, transgender issues, and more. The authors understand that each of us has an intense craving to be understood by others. These stories are meant to inspire because they bring new life, breath, and spirit into the world. The Other Couch was written as a tribute, and a gift, to women everywhere.”

For more details, see the YouTube slideshow.

Refreshments furnished by the Friends of the Library.


Author Talk: Kate Anderson on her popular thriller, Hospital Hill
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1-2:30 p.m.
East Springfield 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.

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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.

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.

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How to Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Mason Square Branch Library (Community Room) from noon-2 p.m.
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Greg Maichack will lead a free, adult-audience painting workshop on how to pastel paint still lifes 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 take-home painting and an enjoyable learning experience.

Visit Greg’s website for more information.

Partial funding provided 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!