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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms


Alturas Duo
Sunday, October 19, 1 pm
Central Library Rotunda

The Alturas Duo is recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing chamber music today. The only group of its kind, the Duo plays South American folk and classical music by bringing together unique sounds and instruments to create a passionate music that moves fluidly and excitedly between styles and eras. Not to be missed, the Alturas Duo is an Hispanic celebration good for the entire family.


Cabaret Classics
Sunday, November 9, 1 pm
Central Library Rotunda

Enjoy the best of Broadway and more in this cabaret review of American songbook favorites. From Richard Rodgers to Stephen Schwartz, or Jacques Brel to Cole Porter, there’s something here for everyone. Make it a date, or bring the entire family! Singers include Sue Dziura, Matt Meers, Lisa Woods, and Springfield librarian Matthew Jaquith with Abby Thomsen on piano.


La Dawn Owens
Sunday, December 14, 1 pm
Central Library Rotunda

Springfield’s own La Dawn Owens, singing diva of rhythm & blues, will entertain with an exciting selection of song favorites. Good for the entire family, La Dawn brings energy, enthusiam, and power to all of her cover songs adding electricity and style to every stage.

Poetry & Writing Workshops


Fiction Writing Group for Adults and Young Adults at East Forest Park

Join a new group of fiction writers seeking inspiration or encouragement for projects they are working on. Prompts will be provided along with a friendly critiquing environment. Meets monthly on the first Wednesday from 6 – 7:30 pm at the East Forest Park Branch. Please note that the November meeting will be the last.

For more information, contact Theresa Boulrice at 413-263-6836 or email

Poetry Slams


Saturday, October 25, 1-2:30 pm, Forest Park Community Room
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Maurice "Soulfighter" Taylor

Poets, are you ready to compete? Bring your best, original rhymes and spoken word to a Springfield Poetry Slam and show us what you’ve got. And audience members: don’t think you’re just there to watch—you may be selected to be the judge for the day. Winners will compete in our final slam in October. Our goal: form a Springfield Slam Team to compete nationally.

Springfield Poetry Slams will be coordinated by Maurice “Soulfighter” Taylor.


Vitamin P for Poetry: Workshops and Readings

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Saturday, November 15 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) Indian Orchard Branch Library
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Get a dose of poetry at these workshops. In the first hour, come prepared to read and to discuss poems by established poets. In the second hour, engage in writing prompts inspired by the very poems we read together and then share aloud your ideas for new poems. Facilitated by local award-winning multilingual poet and educator, María Luisa Arroyo.


Saturday, December 13 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) Indian Orchard Branch Library
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Join your friends and neighbors as they share their inspired poetry in this public reading. Local poets will share their work in this family-friendly, bilingual event (Spanish & English). Copies of the poets’ books and audio materials will be available for sale at the reading. Preregistration is required for all poets who would like to read. The emcee, award winning poet Maria Luisa Arroyo, will accept as many entries as can be accommodated in this two hour reading. Please preregister by calling 413-263-6846, or sign up online.

Exphrasis Reading:

Saturday, October 11 (1-3 p.m.) Central Library Community Room
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This creative workshop allows poets to find inspiration from displayed paintings, sculpture, and/or other visual arts to then write poetry in response to that inspiration. It’s fun, and always very popular. Adult poets of all stages are welcome including novices. Facilitated by local award-winning multilingual poet and educator, María Luisa Arroyo.

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!