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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms Returns!

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Time Was
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 2 p.m.
Central Library Rotunda

Every once in a while an a cappella group comes along that not only sings, but interprets and tells the story of the song as well. Time Was is that group and their distinct sound will captivate listeners of all ages. Featuring Howard “H.B.” Hall, Sharon “The Nightingale” Jacobson-Deragon, and Marty “Sweet Voice” Batt, each member of Time Was brings experience, a love of music, and exceptional talent to every performance. Attendees earn a chance to win the free raffle sponsored by the Friends of the Library.



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Jim Argiro Trio
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2 pm
Central Library Rotunda

Performing a mix of jazz duos and trios, the Argiro Trio will help chase away the mid-winter blues with original arrangements of jazz standards and upbeat, toe-tapping numbers too. The trio comes together for this special performance highlighting the lush vocals of Andrea Niki and the expert playing of Jim Argiro on piano and Jason Schwartz on bass. Stories of Jim’s work in show business as well as how he approaches the arrangements of the songs performed will offer insight into the life of a jazz musician. Free raffle sponsored by the Friends of the Library for all those who attend.



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Mardi Gras Concert at Mason Square Branch
Thursday, March 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, March 2nd the Mason Square Branch Library will once again transform into a music hall. Join us for an evening of funky, jazzy tunes featuring Krewe Les Gras and students from Springfield’s Community Music School.

Inspired by the sounds of the Crescent City, the birthplace of so much American music, Krewe Les Gras seeks to bring the New Orleans experience to the masses. Cajun rhythms, funky grooves, and wild improvisations are sure to keep you on the dance floor all night and day.

So come down to the library, grab some king’s cake and a pair of beads and get into the spirit of Mardi Gras!



Art & Photography Exhibits

Springfield My Home Local Photography Exhibit

Central Library, Lower Level, through 2017

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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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The Photographic Artistry of Maria LaPorte
Art Central, Central Library and
Brightwood Gallery, Brightwood Branch Library
Tuesday, January 3 – Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Showing January 3 through February 23 at both Art Central and the Brightwood Gallery is The Photographic Artistry of Maria LaPorte. Enjoy her stunning photography of flowers and flower-loving wildlife at the Central Library, and visit the Brightwood Gallery for a calming display of seascapes. Good for all ages, this is an inspiring show with beauty, interest, and real artistry.

Attend the reception on January 11th and earn a chance to win the free raffle! The lucky winner will be awarded one of Maria’s finished artworks, compliments of the Friends of the Library.



Writing Workshops, Readings & Author Talks

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The Artist’s Way: a workshop series for aspiring artists

This is a weekly series running on consecutive Thursday afternoons.

NEW SERIES: January 19 and 26; February 2, 9, 16, and 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and April 6 and 13, 2017
Sixteen Acres Branch Library Community Room

Sign up using our online calendar

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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 Phyllis St. George, a Springfield editor, writing coach, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.



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Literary Spotlight: Creative Readings by Local Writers
Sunday February 12, 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 7 or 8 minute segments, some of which are accompanied by slide-show visuals. Following the scheduled readings will be an open mic as time allows. 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 mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org


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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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.

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!