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Music & Entertainment

Rotunda Rhythms

Central Library Rotunda


Music from Marengo, Sunday, March 22, 1 pm:
Music from Marengo is a one-man-band performing an intriguing mix of musical selections from American roots, jazz standards, and country ballads. A variety of instruments are showcased including lap steel guitar, clarinet, and mandolin ensuring an interesting and eclectic mix of sound, technique, and musical variety. Good for the entire family, this is a fun and educational program performed by Joel Meginsky, Springfield Symphony Orchestra member and retired Springfield music teacher. Funding provided by the Springfield Cultural Council.


Vickie Phillips Sings! Sunday, April 26, 1 pm:
Award-winning cabaret artist Vickie Phillips shares her exciting song interpretations in this hour of theatrical music making. From Jacques Brel to Sheldon Harnick Ms. Phillips enchants with heart-felt songs delivered like a master. “Vickie Phillips is a Hope Diamond in the world of cabaret singers…Every facet of her voice and show fits together into one incredibly entertaining and moving whole.” Black Tie Magazine.

Art & Photography Exhibits

Rewards of Freedom Photography Exhibit
Forest Park Branch Library
Exhibit runs January 15 – February 28, 2015

Struggle for Freedom

Come to the Forest Park Branch Library and experience the photography featured in the book, The Struggle for Freedom: The History of African Americans in Western Massachusetts. Photographs in the exhibit include local heroes and dignitaries, as well as moments of Springfield’s rich history. Special thanks to the Springfield Republican, Wayne Phaneuf, and Marianna McKee for providing the photographs for the exhibit. More….

The exhibit will run from Thursday, January 15 through the end of February, 2015.

Artwork by Gina Beavers and Earskin Sloan
Brightwood Branch Library
Exhibit runs at the Brightwood Gallery from February 2 through February 26
Central Library Rotunda
The exhibit will move to the Central Library Rotunda from March 2 through March 26

In celebration of African-American History Month the Springfield City Library is showcasing the art works of two Springfield artists, painter Gina Beavers and photographer Earskin Sloan. Enjoy meeting the artists, viewing their works, and celebrating local African-American culture in this public reception.


Gina’s bold colors and strong images remain powerful while highlighting the subject’s beauty. Gina says her art “can best be summarized as homage to Byzantine stained glass and Mexican muralists. I love the bold and powerful cubist influences of Diego Rivera, but I seek the order of clearly defined color fields as in the works of the stained glass artists in medieval churches. Like both, however, my work is infused with vibrant saturated colors.”


Earskin is the owner of CSP Digital Images in Springfield, and his diverse photography captures excitement, introspection, and community spirit with remarkable balance, clarity, and focus.

The work of these two artists will be on display throughout February at the Brightwood Branch Library, and then will move to the Central Library Rotunda for the month of March.

Poetry & Writing Workshops

The Artist’s Way: a workshop series for developing writers and artists
Thirteen-week series on Thursdays, 1-3 pm, beginning February 5
Forest Park Branch

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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 will review a chapter and respond with written and spoken exercises. The Artist’s Way develops artists by sharpening their artist-spiritual connection, and promises to be a highly personal and exciting journey. Workshops will be led in alteration by Phyllis St. George, Springfield editor, poet, & writing coach; Ellen Rivers, local actor/director; and Alice Kelly, a seasoned spiritual coach and exponent of The Artist’s Way.


7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight
This series will run on the last Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. in the Central Library Community Room. Those dates are: January 31, February 28, March 28, & April 25, May 23 & June 27, 2015.


In this literary showcase of local and regional writers, pre-registered literary artists (18+) will share a seven-minute reading of their writing from ANY genre. The public (18+) is invited to come listen. Books and other literary materials will be available for sale and for autographs.

Springfield’s first Poet Laureate and award-winning, multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo will host this monthly event. Please contact María Luisa ( for registration information.

Maria Arroyo Spr Poet Laureate2014

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

Special programs in April for National Poetry Month

Ekphrasis: Writing Poetry in Response to Art
Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Mason Square Branch Library Community Room

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Always a popular workshop, local and regional visual artists come and share their art as poets of all levels learn or refresh their knowledge of ekphrastic poetry. In the first hour, all participants, including the artists, are welcome to discuss ekphrastic poems inspired by poets. In the second hour, all participants then view the art on display, free-write socs (streams-of-consciousness) in response to the art, and then share aloud their drafts. Facilitated by award-winning multilingual poet and Springfield’s first Poet Laureate María Luisa Arroyo. [18+]

The ABCs of Publishing Poetry
Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1-3:00 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

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How do I put together a chapbook? Are entering poems into fee-based poetry contests the only way I can get published? How do I learn which markets are best for my poems? If I have enough poems for a full-length book, how do I approach publishers? In this engaging workshop facilitated by award-winning multilingual poet and Springfield’s first Poet Laureate, María Luisa Arroyo, bring all of your questions and a few poems in order to begin or continue your poetry publishing career. [18+].

An Evening of Poetry / Noche de Poesia
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 pm
Brightwood Branch Library

Join us for an evening of bilingual poetry (English and Spanish) featuring local poets including Isabel Marcheselli, Sheldon Alexander, Mayra Rohena, and others. Tonight’s emcee is Damaris Perez-Pizarro, writer for El Pueblo Latino.

Words of Inspiration: The Poetry of Laura Chagnon
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1-2:30 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library Community Room

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Please join us during National Poetry Month for a poetry reading and book signing by local poet Laura Chagnon. Despite a brutal assault that left her legally blind and a quadriplegic, Ms. Chagnon’s love of poetry inspired her to learn the wonderful art form and create her own works. Laura’s zeal for poetry comes from her love of sharing her words with others. Laura Chagnon said in a May 20, 2014 MassLive article, “I hope people feel amazed and inspired by the poetry I have written,” she said. “After reading my words and knowing what I have overcome, perhaps others will learn it is possible to do anything if they put their heart into it.”

The Friends of the Library will sponsor a raffle of a tote bag complete with two complimentary books.

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.


Mason Square Paints
Saturdays: May 16th, May 30th, July 11th, and July 25th from 1:00-3:00 pm
Mason Square Branch Reading Garden

Patrons of all ages are encouraged to join us at the Mason Square Branch’s Reading Garden for a free painting and art making session. Keep cool under our umbrellas as you paint whatever inspires you, be it the garden’s new blooms, the branch’s collection of art books, or whatever you like! Comfortable Adirondack chairs and tables are available thanks to a generous grant.

Paper, watercolor paints, crayons, and collaging materials will be provided for free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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!