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Music & Entertainment

Summer Concerts at the Forest Park Branch Library

Too Human

Too Human
Thursday, June 23, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m

Celebrate the arrival of summer with our first garden concert. The June concert will feature Too Human in an hour’s performance of popular songs (singing, guitar, percussion) including covers and originals and will be held out-of-doors on the southwest lawn in the new garden, weather permitting. The concert will be held in the Community Room in the event of bad weather. The program is good for all ages.


The Ethel Lee Trio
Thursday, July 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join us in the Reading Garden at the Forest Park Branch Library to hear Ethel Lee sing pop songs, jazz standards, and r&b favorites, accompanied by her talented trio! The concert will be held in the Community Room in the event of inclement weather.


Art & Photography Exhibits

Art Central: Birds of the Northeast
Central Library Art Central: June 1-June 30, 2016

Join us for a display of full-color bird photographs including both portraits and action shots (flying, feeding, bathing, singing, etc.). Photographers from the Allen Bird Club (a Springfield-based birding group) and beyond will display their works in this month-long exhibit.

The exhibit will move to the Central Library in June.

Birds of the Northeast is made possible with funds from the Springfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library.

Robert Waleryszak

Artworks at the Library: The Paintings of Newell Murri and Robert Waleryszak
Reception: Thursday August 4, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Branch Library
Display’s run: Monday July 11 through Friday September 9, 2016 at both Forest Park Branch Library and the Central Library

Two celebrated Springfield painters, Newell Murri and Robert Waleryszak, are featured in two eight-week displays showing this summer at two Springfield City Library branches, the Forest Park Branch, 380 Belmont Avenue, and the Central Library, 220 State Street.

Please join us from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the Thursday, August 4 reception to meet the talented artists, enjoy their creations and toast their accomplishments. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Springfield Library.

These programs are provided in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council.

Writing Workshops & Readings


7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight

Central Library Community Room
To continue this summer! Saturdays, June 11, July 9, August 13, and September 10, 2016, 1-3 p.m.

This two-hour public reading by literary writers and poets welcomes scheduled readers for the first hour in seven-minute blocks, and is open to impromptu readings during the second hour’s open mic. To register for the first hour, please contact María Luisa Arroyo (; to register for a 5-minute slot during the open mic, please arrive by 12:45 p.m. and sign up on the day of the event. Every genre is welcomed, and the writings may be original or by another. Audience members (18+) are welcomed and do not need to preregister.

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 her at: or

The Artist’s Way: a workshop series for aspiring artists


Sixteen Acres Branch Library Community Room
This is a weekly series running on consecutive Thursday afternoons
April 7, 14, 21, & 28; May 5, 12, 19, & 26, and June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2016, 1-3 p.m.

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 will 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 Louise White, a local painter, retired school teacher, and winner of the Hallmark Award for Art, and Alice Kelly, a seasoned spiritual coach and exponent of The Artist’s Way, with supplemental support by Phyllis St. George, Springfield editor, poet, and writing coach.

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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How to Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Mason Square Branch Library (Community Room) from noon-2 p.m.
Sign up online

Greg Maichack will lead a free, adult-audience painting workshop on how to pastel paint still lifes 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 take-home painting and an enjoyable learning experience.

Visit Greg’s website for more information.

Partial funding provided 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!