Music Concerts | Poetry & Writing Workshops | Arts & Crafts

Music Concerts

Rotunda Rhythms in the Central Library Rotunda


Bel Canto String Quartet
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1 – 2pm

Bel Canto String Quartet returns to Rotunda Rhythms with a varied and sure-to-please program. Whether you like the classics or more contemporary popular numbers, Bel Canto will have something for you. The Allodola Singers will join them for a warm reading of Beethoven’s Eligisher Gesang. Bring a friend, make it a date, and welcome the spring with Bel Canto!

Too Human

Too Human
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1 – 2 pm

Tap your feet and sway to the beat of American songbook favorites, plus a sprinkling of Too Human originals. Jazz, Latin, rhythm & blues, and folk styles firmly ground the vocals, guitar, percussion, and upright bass of Too Human’s fresh and innovative songs. As one reviewer said, “Too Human put smiles on our faces.” Too Human hails from Springfield, Mass. and consists of Ellen and Roger Bruno with guests.

Coming soon!
To keep music going strong at Springfield City Library, our Sixteen Acres Branch will host three summer concerts from June through August. Check back soon for details about these free concerts, appropriate for all ages, featuring local singers and instrumentalists in delightful sets of breezy summer songs.

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

Vitamin P for Poetry Writing Workshops

  • Saturday, May 10, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Central Library Community Room
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Once a month, get a dose of poetry. 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.


Reading in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Poetry
Saturday, June 14, 1:30-3:30 pm
Central Library Rotunda

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Join your friends and neighbors for this public poetry reading as they share their inspired poetry. Local poets will share their work in this family-friendly, bilingual event (Spanish and 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 will accept as many entries as she can accommodate in two hours. Please preregister by calling (413) 263-6828, x213 or sign up online. 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. For more information, visit her website or email

Funding for this poetry series has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Writers Series at Sixteen Acres Branch in May


This series of four writing workshops, led by Phyllis St. George, is designed for would-be writers who dream of publishing a book, but see a need to develop their writing skills first. These personalized workshops focus on improving grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and other basic aspects of writing, and include workshops designed to help writers find their voice. To be held on Tuesdays evenings in May from 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Finding Your Voice
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
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This workshop is a fun introduction to writing beyond grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The participants write free-form from prompts given by the workshop leader, Phyllis St. George, who is trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists’ philosophy of running workshops. Emphasis is on finding a writer’s unique voice using the free-form exercises. This workshop is great for the novice and the experienced, and also for those for whom English is a second language.

Taming Grisly Grammar, Punchy Punctuation, and Surly Spelling
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
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The workshop leader will describe many resources on the Internet and in the library to use when dealing with issues with your writing as you edit your work. Common grammar mistakes will be reviewed using a handout provided. A guide to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary resources (online and print) will be provided to all participants. The leader will provide two examples of writing from published books and review these pages in the workshop. The group will do at least one free writing piece from a prompt and discuss what part of their writing is their most difficult to edit. Constructive feedback will be provided by the leader and the group.

Editing Your Own Writing
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
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Participants will bring in their work or send it in prior to the workshop for review. Every participant gives 3 to 4 pages of their work to the leader who then describes common grammar mistakes and provides a guide to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary resources (online and print). The group will review each participant’s work for basic grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style issues. This workshop is for writers who are currently working on a project and / or who are ready to share their work with others. If time permits, the group will rewrite the pages they brought.

Reading to Find Your Own Voice
Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
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The best writers are people who read. Writers often read the same type of books that they write. Each participant is asked to bring in a few pages from a favorite book, story, or essay which we will then workshop so that they can write an imitation of the passage using their own characters and style writing free-form in the Amherst Writers and Artists method. If participants do not have pages or are beginners, the leader will have examples to choose from. Feedback on the writing will focus on what is enjoyable and strong.

Phyllis St. George is a published poet, editor, and local writing coach. She last published a writing anthology in 2008 called Spring Forth with funding from the Springfield Cultural Council.

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.

Adventures in Upcycling: Making Journals from Repurposed Materials
Sixteen Acres Branch
Saturday, May 17, 11:30-1:30 p.m.

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With artist and crafter, Candace Bradbury-Carlin, learn to make blank journals that are easy to construct yet have huge creative potential. Inside pages will also act as pockets, making the books serve many purposes. We will include recycled materials that can be found around the house or from a walk in the woods. Be prepared to get creative and have fun! Limited to adults. All supplies provided.

Candace Bradbury-Carlin is a local artist, designer, teacher, material collector, and frequent library visitor. She constructs sculpture, collage, and books using recycled materials. She has exhibited locally and nationally, and has taught several art classes at local libraries.

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!