Arts & Entertainment Programs
Too Human in Concert
Wednesday, August 9, 6 – 7 p.m.
Nathan Bill Restaurant Patio, adjacent to East Forest Park Branch Library
Join us for a free, hour-long concert by the band Too Human at Nathan Bill’s Restaurant Patio next door to the East Forest Park Branch Library. Too Human has performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Bushnell Theater in Hartford, and at New York’s legendary Bottom Line. They have performed with such great artists as 10,000 Maniacs and Janis Ian. Too Human performs music for all ages and features various musical styles, playing original music and standards of jazz, blues, pop, and R&B. All ages. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Springfield My Home Local Photography ExhibitCentral Library, Lower Level, through 2017
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.
The Photographic Art of Max Fehr
July 1 – August 31
Art Central at the Central Library
July 3 – July 28
Brightwood Gallery at the Brightwood Branch Library
On display for the summer months in Art Central at the Central Library and during the month of July at the Brightwood Branch Library are the photographic artworks of Max Fehr. Combining the artist’s love for poetry and photography, his art pieces include stunning landscapes, portraits, and still lifes coupled with a companion poem. His work is at once stark and dramatic, and offers insight into human experiences and natural beauty. Perfect for a moment’s contemplation or an hour of careful thought, his fine quality work are excellent for a summer’s repose. All ages.
The Springfield City Library offers occasional arts and crafts workshops throughout the year, including needlework coaching, pastel painting workshops, upcycling projects, and more.
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.
Pastel Paint the 45-Million-Dollar Flower.
East Forest Park Branch, Saturday, September 23, 2017, 12 – 2 p.m.
Sign up online
Greg Maichack will lead a free, adult-audience painting workshop on how to pastel paint flowers 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 painting to take home and an enjoyable learning experience. Sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.
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!