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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms Returns!


Jim Argiro Jazz Trio
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2 p.m.
Central Library Rotunda

Performing a mix of jazz duos and trios, the Argiro Trio will help chase away the mid-winter blues with original arrangements of jazz standards and upbeat, toe-tapping numbers too. The trio comes together for this special performance highlighting the lush vocals of Andrea Niki and the expert playing of Jim Argiro on piano and Jason Schwartz on bass. Stories of Jim’s work in show business as well as how he approaches the arrangements of the songs performed will offer insight into the life of a jazz musician. Free raffle sponsored by the Friends of the Library for all those who attend.


The Softer Side of Celtic: Music and Stories
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2 p.m.
Central Library Rotunda

The Softer Side of Celtic brings the stories of music from Scotland, Ireland and England into a program that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. There will be singing, laughing, clapping, and perhaps a few tears, as he tells the songs’ stories. Jeff Snow is a highly regarded guitarist who also plays the autoharp, bouzouki, and other instruments. His relaxed presentation is warm and friendly, perfect for children, teens, and adults. Attendees earn a chance to win the free raffle sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This program is sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.


Mardi Gras Concert at Mason Square Branch
Thursday, March 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, March 2nd the Mason Square Branch Library will once again transform into a music hall. Join us for an evening of funky, jazzy tunes featuring Krewe Les Gras and students from Springfield’s Community Music School.

Inspired by the sounds of the Crescent City, the birthplace of so much American music, Krewe Les Gras seeks to bring the New Orleans experience to the masses. Cajun rhythms, funky grooves, and wild improvisations are sure to keep you on the dance floor all night and day.

So come down to the library, grab some king’s cake and a pair of beads and get into the spirit of Mardi Gras!

Art & Photography Exhibits

Springfield My Home Local Photography Exhibit

Central 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 Artistry of Maria LaPorte
Art Central, Central Library and
Brightwood Gallery, Brightwood Branch Library
Tuesday, January 3 – Thursday, February 23, 2017


Showing January 3 through February 23 at both Art Central and the Brightwood Gallery is The Photographic Artistry of Maria LaPorte. Enjoy her stunning photography of flowers and flower-loving wildlife at the Central Library, and visit the Brightwood Gallery for a calming display of seascapes. Good for all ages, this is an inspiring show with beauty, interest, and real artistry.

Attend the reception on January 11th and earn a chance to win the free raffle! The lucky winner will be awarded one of Maria’s finished artworks, compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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Art Central: Photography of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club
Wednesday March 1, 2017 – Thursday April 27, 2017
Reception: Sunday, March 12, 2- 3:00 p.m.
Central Library

On display in Art Central through April 27 are photographs of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club including shots of their many activities and newly redeveloped docking area in the North End. Photographs of their youth lessons and rowing on the Connecticut River, including the perennially popular Dragon Boat Festival and more, give the viewer a fascinating glimpse into some of the many wonderful things they do here in Springfield and beyond.

Join the members of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club in a public reception on Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. Refreshments and musical entertainment are compliments of the Friends of the Library and others. Free attendance raffle to all who participate; prizes include a $30 Stop & Shop gift card and a copy of the book Suga Water.

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.

NEW SERIES: January 19 and 26; February 2, 9, 16, and 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and April 6 and 13, 2017
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 Phyllis St. George, a Springfield editor, writing coach, and exponent of The Artist’s Way.


Literary Spotlight: Creative Readings by Local Writers
CANCELLED & TO BE RESCHEDULED Sunday February 12, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
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.

This month’s readers includes Linda Cardillo Platzer (novelist), author of Across the Table and others; Melissa Volker (novelist), author of Delilah of Sunhats and Swans and others; Everett Decker (poet), author of Haiku Emily!; Doug Foresta, author of The Courage to; and four children’s books writers including Mo MacPhail, author of Little Blue; Albert Garner, author of The Adventures of Dimi; Milagros Johnson, author of Lolita’s Rainy Day and Jacqueline Williams-Hines, author of Joshua, That’s Sooo Slimming and others.

Refreshments and free attendance raffle compliments of the Friends of the Library is offered for all who attend. For more information, contact Matthew V. Jaquith at 413-263-6828 ext. 221 or email him at

Katherine Kraver II

Katherine Kraver Book Signing
Wednesday, March 29, From 6:00-7:00 p.m. East Springfield Branch AND
Saturday, April 1, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Sixteen Acres Branch

Celebrate International Children’s Book Day! Join us for a special family event featuring local author and educator Katherine Kraver. A globetrotter who has visited Jordan, Haiti and two dozen other countries, she is dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of refugees and hardships that children face across the globe.

She will be reading from her newest book, The Boy with the Red Shoes. This moving story centers on the hardships that a young boy goes through in Haiti whose home and community is destroyed by an earthquake.

The program will also include crafts, a slide show on the author’s travels and writing process, and a book signing. $1.00 from the sale of each of her books will be donated to The Red Cross to help children.

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.


Release Your Inner Artist
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

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This workshop is designed to give aspiring visual artists a practical strategy for getting started on painting and creating impactful works of art. After viewing a slide show presenting the concepts and demonstrating the process, students create their own paintings of a projected image using pastels. Janet helps everyone apply the techniques and paint the subject in darks, lights, and midtones, focusing on details and toward the end using pastels. Everyone leaves very excited about their artworks, equipped with strategies and some tools to continue painting! This program is made possible by funds from the Springfield Cultural Council and is presented by Janet Schwartz.


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.

East Forest Park Branch, Tuesdays, 3-4:30 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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 p.m.


Pastel Paint the 45-Million-Dollar Flower.

Central Library, Saturday, April 15, 2017, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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East Forest Park Branch, Saturday, September 23, 2017, 12 – 2 p.m.
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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!