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

Art & Photography Exhibits

Springfield My Home Local Photography Exhibit
Central Library, Lower Level, through 2017

Artists in the Acres by Earskin Sloan
Artists in the Acres by Earskin Sloan

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!

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.

Art Central: Shadows of New England’s Asylums, photography by Kate Anderson
Central Library, during regular library hours
Tuesday, September 5 through Thursday, October 26, 2017

Kate’s powerful photography captures the heartache and loneliness felt by those in custody and care of the state’s hospitals and homes for the mentally ill. It’s a story of the recent past, and one which continues to affect thousands even today. See also her books Behind the Walls and Hospital Hill, a novel set in the former Northampton State Hospital.

Photographs by Kate Anderson

Writing Workshops, Readings & Author Talks

Author Talk: Close to Home Sixteen Acres by Patricia Banusewicz
Sixteen Acres Branch, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Register Online

Author and local resident Patricia Banusewicz’s book Close to Home Sixteen Acres centers on early Sixteen Acres history, but the discussion will probably include the days when residents shopped at Grants, House of Television and got great deals at Caldor. You could dine at Mykonos III or the Wilbraham Road Friendly’s after taking in a movie at the Springfield Cinemas. In 2004 you could see Ella Enchanted of Kill Bill II there and all seats were a mere $2.00! Refreshments will be provided, compliments of the Freinds of the Library, and autographed copies of the book will be on sale.

Author Talk: You’ll Like It Here by Ed Orzechowski
Sixteen Acres Branch, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
East Springfield Branch, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.

You’ll Like it Here: The Story of Donald Vitkus is a gripping, true story by author Ed Orzechowski that chronicles the story of Belchertown State School patient #3394 Donald Vitkus. Vitkus became a ward of the state as an infant after being abandoned by his mother. He was bounced around to a few foster homes, and was misdiagnosed with an I.Q. of 41. At age 6 he was committed to Belchertown State Hospital. The book traces his wretched treatment in B.S.H. and how he triumphed later in life. After leaving the infamous institution at age 17, Vitkus served in Vietnam, earned an associate degree, and raised a family. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.

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.


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.

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!