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Music & Entertainment

New Rotunda Rhythms Concerts will be scheduled in 2017.

Art & Photography Exhibits

Springfield, My Home Local Photography Exhibit

Art Central at the Central Library
Brightwood Branch Library
October 3 – November 30, 2016

Reception and Award Ceremony, Central Library, Wednesday, November 2, 6 p.m.


What do you love about living in Springfield? Stop by the Central Library or the Brightwood Branch for Springfield My Home, a photography exhibit showing why residents live in and love Springfield, Mass.

Springfield My Home will be displayed at the Central Library and at the Brightwood Branch Library this fall from October 3rd through November 30th. It is a judged exhibit with prizes for Best Photograph, Most Artistic Photograph, and Best Springfield Spirit, including an honorable mention for each catagory. As a bonus, the winning photographs will remain on display for one year at the Central Library for the general public to see and enjoy. Ms. Judy Matt of the Spirit of Springfield will select the winning photograph for Best Springfield Spirit, whereas the other two categories are selected by the participating photographers.

The Central Library will host a public reception on Wednesday, November 2nd where the prize winners will be announced. RSVP to librarian Matthew Jaquith at 413-263-6828, x221, please, should you like to attend. See our blog post for more information about Springfield My Home, including the prizes offered.

Writing Workshops, Readings & Author Talks


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: Kate Anderson on her popular thriller, Hospital Hill
Saturday, Oct. 29, 12 – 2 p.m.
Indian Orchard 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.

You Can Write a Novel!

Workshops, Saturday, October 29 and November 5, 1-2:30 p.m.
Write Ins!, Saturdays, November 12, 19 and 26, 12 – 3 p.m.
Mason Square Branch Community Room

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Have you always wanted to write a book? November is National Novel Writing Month! Often shortened to NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month is a creative writing challenge to compose a full novel of 50,000 words between November 1st and November 31st. To support those interested in writing a book, the Mason Square Branch Library will host two writing workshops led by local author, Haven Williams, as well as three Write In days.

Getting Started on a Book
The first workshop, on Saturday, October 29th, will focus on brainstorming ideas for starting a book. Williams will discuss both character and setting development.
Plotting It Out
During the second workshop, on Saturday, November 5th, Williams will go over strategies for plot development. The group will discuss pacing and the way that different plot structures work for different genres.
Come Write In!
On Saturdays November 12th, 19th, and 26th, the Branch’s Community Room will become a Write In space. Writers working on their NaNoWriMo books–or any bit of composition really–can grab a coffee and get down to writing.
Need some inspiration? The Branch will provide writing worksheets and author pep talks for free!

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!