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Music & Entertainment

Jazz Fest at Mason Square

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On Thursday, May 26th, the library will will transform from quiet library to concert hall for our Second Annual Jazz Festival. The music will be amplified, so put down your paperback, just this once, and join us for some live jazz!

6:00 The Billy Arnold Trio (Springfield)

7:00 SMB (Northampton)

Sample some Cajun food from Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou

Summer Concerts at the Forest Park Branch Library

Too Human

Too Human
Thursday, June 23, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m

Celebrate the arrival of summer with our first garden concert. The June concert will feature Too Human in an hour’s performance of popular songs (singing, guitar, percussion) including covers and originals and will be held out-of-doors on the southwest lawn in the new garden, weather permitting. The concert will be held in the Community Room in the event of bad weather. The program is good for all ages.


The Ethel Lee Trio
Thursday, July 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join us in the Reading Garden at the Forest Park Branch Library to hear Ethel Lee sing pop songs, jazz standards, and r&b favorites, accompanied by her talented trio! The concert will be held in the Community Room in the event of inclement weather.


Celtic Lore and Song by Jeff Snow
East Springfield Branch Library
Wednesday, May 25, 6 p.m.

Join us for a solo performance by Jeff Snow who will recite stories of Celtic history, culture, and lore punctuated by Celtic song and music. He sings and performs with plucked and strummed stringed instruments and small percussion. A treat for the whole family.

Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who shares the music, and the stories behind the music, of Scotland, Ireland and England.


Art & Photography Exhibits

Brightwood Gallery: Birds of the Northeast
Exhibit: Monday, May 2 through Friday May 27, 2016 at the Brightwood Branch Library
Reception: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Brightwood Branch Library
Central Library Art Central: June 1-June 30, 2016

Join us for a display of full-color bird photographs including both portraits and action shots (flying, feeding, bathing, singing, etc.). Photographers from the Allen Bird Club (a Springfield-based birding group) and beyond will display their works in this month-long exhibit.

The exhibit will move to the Central Library in June.

This project is made possible with funds from the Springfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library.

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Our Neighborhood Through Our Eyes: Art Walk and Reception
Forest Park Branch Library, June 3, 2016, 5:30-6pm
Exhibit will run from June 3 – June 11

Opening Reception and Community Art Walk. Come celebrate the beauty of the Forest Park neighborhood. Fifth grade students from Sumner Avenue Elementary School have taken photos that remind them of how beautiful Forest Park truly is. Join us at the Forest Park Branch Library at 5:30 p.m. on June 3 to hear from students and community leaders. Enjoy some light refreshments and then walk together to visit each of the seven sites in the neighborhood that have displayed the photos.

Participants completing the entire Art Walk can enter a raffle for a gift certificate. Businesses participating in the Art Walk include: The Forest Park Branch Library, The Drama Studio, Food Zone, Forest Park Eye Care and Trinity United Methodist Church. The exhibit will continue through June 11.

Sponsored by the Sumner Avenue Elementary School, Trinity United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Springfield Library.

Robert Waleryszak

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 Friday September 9, 2016 at both Forest Park Branch Library and the Central Library

Two celebrated Springfield painters, Newell Murri and Robert Waleryszak, are featured in two eight-week 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.

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

Author Talk: Dingers, the 101 Most Memorable Homeruns, by Tom Shea

Sixteen Acres Branch Library, Tuesday, June 7 from 6-7:30 p.m.
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East Springfield Branch Library, Wednesday, June 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. (outdoors weather permitting)
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If you are a baseball fan you cannot miss a memorable book signing by local author Tom Shea at the Sixteen Acres and East Springfield Branch libraries. The avid baseball expert’s latest gem is a book co-authored with Joshua Shifrin titled Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History and what a great idea it is for a book. It tells the stories of the authors’ choices of the top 100 homers and how each affected the game of baseball. Whether it’s “The Shot Heard ’Round the World” or Hank Aaron’s 715th blast, readers will get an inside scoop on some of the most famous moments that now live in baseball lore.

If you haven’t seen Tom in a while or are just looking for a memorable sports program, come by and join the fun. Shea will do a reading from Dingers and participants may purchase signed copies of the book.

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


Sixteen Acres Branch Library Community Room
This is a weekly series running on consecutive Thursday afternoons
April 7, 14, 21, & 28; May 5, 12, 19, & 26, and June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2016, 1-3 p.m.

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 by Louise White, a local painter, retired school teacher, and winner of the Hallmark Award for Art, and Alice Kelly, a seasoned spiritual coach and exponent of The Artist’s Way, with supplemental support by Phyllis St. George, Springfield editor, poet, and writing coach.

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, June 11, 2016 at the East Forest Park Branch Library from noon-2 p.m.
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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!