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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms

Central Library Rotunda criollo clasico

Criollo Clasico, Sunday, January 25, 1 pm:
Criollo Clasico’s energized music is sure to entertain. Drawing on Puerto Rican traditions, this trio excites with powerful riffs, haunting melodies, and rousing selections. Shake-off the winter blues and bring the family to this fun-filled concert. “Your outstanding performance…made for one of the finest concerts we’ve held at the library.” Carol Eymen, Nashua Public Library.

Rising Tide, Sunday, February 22, 1 pm:
Re-live the folk-rock hits from the 1960′s & 1970′s with Rising Tide. The quartet’s blend of singing, guitar and percussion with a twist of violin make for an exciting sound covering the top hits of the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more. Rising Tide is Brad Alm, Jacques Hooten, Steve Saunders, and Ann-Marie Messbauer.

Sunday, March 29, 1 pm: To be announced


Vickie Phillips Sings! Sunday, April 26, 1 pm:
Award-winning cabaret artist Vickie Phillips shares her exciting song interpretations in this hour of theatrical music making. From Jacques Brel to Sheldon Harnick Ms. Phillips enchants with heart-felt songs delivered like a master. “Vickie Phillips is a Hope Diamond in the world of cabaret singers…Every facet of her voice and show fits together into one incredibly entertaining and moving whole.” Black Tie Magazine.

Poetry & Writing Workshops


7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight
This series will run on the last Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. in the Central Library Community Room. Those dates are: January 31, February 28, March 28, & April 25, May 23 & June 27, 2015.


In this literary showcase of local writers authors will share a seven-minute reading of their writing whether it be poetry or prose, new or old, fiction, biography, or non-fiction. All writers (18 +) are welcomed to read, and the general public is invited to join them and listen. Springfield’s first Poet Laureate and award-winning, multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo will emcee the monthly event.

Preregistration for readers is required. Sign up online or call Matthew at 413-263-6828 ext 211.

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. Contact here at: or

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!