Music & Entertainment | Art Exhibits | Writing Workshops, Readings & Author Talks | Arts & Crafts

Music & Entertainment

Too Human

Too Human In Concert
Saturday, June 17, 1 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library

Join us for a free, hour-long concert with the band Too Human. They have performed at The Kennedy Center, The Bushnell Theater, and Bottom Line with such great artists as 10,000 Maniacs and Janis Ian. The band performs music for all ages and most musical styles. According to the Too Human website, “they cover jazz standards from the American Songbook, but with a fresh interpretation that brings new life to those classic songs. And their songwriting influences are Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Buck Owens, Duke Ellington, Thom Bell, Carole King, Cole Porter and the Gershwins – from jazz and blues to pop to R&B. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.



Art & Photography Exhibits

Springfield My Home Local Photography Exhibit

Central Library, Lower Level, through 2017

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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.



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Art Central: Paintings by Gloria Caballer-Arce
Art Central at Central Library, 220 State Street
Monday, May 1 – Thursday, June 29, 2017
Reception: Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

On display this season are selected paintings by Springfield artist Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce. New works in her trademark style of bold colors, interweaving lines, and abstract shapes will enliven and inspire with their beauty and strength. Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce is a retired Springfield Public Schools administrator, and has displayed her artworks widely in the Greater Springfield area and beyond.

A public reception in honor of the artist and her works is scheduled for Monday, May 1st starting at 6:30 p.m. Join her and others to see her latest paintings, as well as a selection of her handmade jewelry and painted plates. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library with free attendance raffle to all who participate.



Writing Workshops, Readings & Author Talks



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Literary Spotlight: Creative Readings by Local Writers
Next scheduled date is July 8
Central Library Community Room

Enjoy the readings of local writers in this showcase of local literary talent. Featured writers offer a sampling of their creative writing in brief segments, some of which will be accompanied by slide-show visuals. Following the scheduled readings will be an open mic as time allows.



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Continuing the Artist’s Way Journey
Thursdays, April 20-July 13, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m., Forest Park Branch
(April 20 & 27; May 4, 11, 18, & 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29; and July 6 & 13, 2017)

Sign up online

This is an in-depth exploration of the book Finding Water: the Art of Perserverance, by Julia Cameron. It is a thirteen-week series where each week participants will review a chapter and respond with written and/or spoken exercises. The series extends the ideas developed in an earlier workshop series called The Artists’ Way, though new and returning members are equally welcomed. The series 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 Phyllis St. George, published poet and editor, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.



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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Canvas Cafe
Friday, June 30, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Brightwood Branch Library

Sign up online

Here’s the perfect paint party for the Early Bird! Join us for coffee, bagels and — brushes! We’ll spend the morning in the beautiful, air-conditioned meeting room creating a painting you will be proud to hang; and have you out and about before lunch! Supplies and refreshments provided. Painting TBD. Please dress for spills.



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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.



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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.

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!