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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms


Solstice Sackbuts
Sunday, September 28, 1 pm
Central Library Rotunda

Enjoy this varied concert of trombone music from the sixteenth century to the present. Famous composers, including Mozart, Gershwin, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, and more will be showcased in this engaging and educational program good for the entire family. Funding provided by the Springfield Cultural Council.


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.


Storytelling Workshop

Thursday, September 25, 6:30 pm
Forest Park Branch

Come and learn about the art of telling stories! Bring a story to share with a group. Some possible stories are: family stories, anecdotes and funny things that happened to you. The Springfield Storytellers will be on hand to help you! Light refreshments will be served. Call 413-263-6843 for more information.

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.

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

Poetry Slams


Saturday, September 27, 1-2:30 pm, Central Library Community Room
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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, September 13 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) Indian Orchard Branch Library
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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

Writers Series at Forest Park Branch


Finding Your Voice
Saturday, September 6, 1 – 2:30 pm
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This workshop is a fun introduction to writing beyond grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The participants write free form from prompts given by the workshop leader who is trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists’ philosophy of running workshops. Emphasis is on finding a writer’s unique voice using the free form exercises. This workshop is great for the novice and the experienced, and also for those where English is a second language.

Taming Grisly Grammar, Punchy Punctuation, and Surly Spelling
Saturday, September 13, 1 – 2:30 pm
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The workshop leader will describe many resources on the Internet and in the library to use when looking up issues with your writing as you edit your work. Common grammar mistakes will be reviewed using a handout provided. A guide to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary resources (online and print) will be provided to all participants. The leader will provide two examples of writing from published books and review these pages in the workshop. The group will do at least one free writing piece from a prompt and discuss what part of their writing is the most difficult to edit. Constructive feedback will be provided by the leader and the group.

Editing Your Own Writing
Saturday, September 20, 1 – 2:30 pm
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Participants will bring in their work or send it in prior to the workshop for review. Every participant gives three to four pages of their work to the leader who then describes common grammar mistakes and provides a guide to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary resources (online and print). The group will review each participant’s work for basic grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style issues. This workshop is for writers who are currently working on a project and/or who are ready to share their work with others. If time permits, the group will rewrite the pages they brought.

Reading to Find Your Own Voice
Saturday, September 27, 1 – 2:30 pm
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The best writers are people who read. Writers often read the same type of books that they write. Each participant is asked to bring in a few pages from a favorite book, story, or essay which we will then workshop so that they can write an imitation of the passage using their own characters and style writing free form in the Amherst Writers and Artists method. If participants do not have pages or are beginners, the leader will have examples to choose from. Feedback on the writing will focus on what is enjoyable and strong.

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.

The Regatta by Claude Monet

How to Pastel Paint as Impressionists

Saturday, September 27, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, Mason Square Branch
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Participants in this expressive and fun workshop will easily learn Impressionist painting concepts including color harmonies, Impressionist Shimmer, and more. If you love color, this is the workshop for you. We’ll use Vincent van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace as a study piece for copying and inspiration. All materials are being supplied. Led by artist and teacher Greg Maichack.

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!