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

Music & Entertainment

New Rotunda Rhythms Concerts will be scheduled in 2017.

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Medley of Songs by the Chestnut Middle School Band
Brightwood Branch Community Room
December 8, 4:15 – 5 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of entertainment as the Chestnut Middle School Band, lead by Music Teacher Ms. Rivard, performs in the Brightwood Branch Library Community Room. A group of 30 band members will perform a medley of songs for the public’s enjoyment. All are welcome to attend.


Boris Kogan and Sofya Shainskaya in Concert
Tuesday, December 27, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library

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Springfield Symphony cellist Boris Kogan and his wife Sofya Shainskaya of the Springfield Community Music School entertain in an hour of music and conversation. Playing classical favorites from the Baroque and Romantic eras and more, Boris and Sophya are masterful musicians who bring a personal warmth to their performances with stories of their earlier life in Russia.

Art & Photography Exhibits

Springfield, My Home Local Photography Exhibit

Art Central at the Central Library
Brightwood Branch Library
October 3 – December 16, 2016

Reception and Award Ceremony, Central Library, Wednesday, November 2, 6 p.m.


What do you love about living in Springfield? Stop by the Central Library or the Brightwood Branch for Springfield My Home, a photography exhibit showing why residents live in and love Springfield, Mass.

Springfield My Home will be displayed at the Central Library and at the Brightwood Branch Library this fall from October 3rd through December 16th (December 15th at the Central Library). It is a judged exhibit with prizes for Best Photograph, Most Artistic Photograph, and Best Springfield Spirit, including an honorable mention for each catagory. As a bonus, the winning photographs will remain on display for one year at the Central Library for the general public to see and enjoy. Ms. Judy Matt of the Spirit of Springfield will select the winning photograph for Best Springfield Spirit, whereas the other two categories are selected by the participating photographers.

The Central Library will host a public reception on Wednesday, November 2nd where the prize winners will be announced. RSVP to librarian Matthew Jaquith at 413-263-6828, x221, please, should you like to attend. See our blog post for more information about Springfield My Home, including the prizes offered.


The Photographic Artistry of Maria LaPorte
Art Central, Central Library and
Brightwood Gallery, Brightwood Branch Library
Tuesday, January 3 – Thursday, February 23, 2017
\ Reception at the Central Library, Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6:30 – 7: 30 p.m.


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 great artistry.

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, though it will not meet during the week of Thanksgiving in November.
September 15, 22, & 29; October 6, 13, 20, & 27; November 3, 10, & 17; and December 1, 8, and 15, 2016, all are from 2-4 p.m.
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 Tina Payne-Brissette, published writer and public relations specialist, and Alice Kelly, a seasoned spiritual coach and exponent of The Artist’s Way.


Literary Spotlight: Creative Readings by Local Writers
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

Enjoy the readings of local writers in this showcase of active area writers. Featured writers include poets, novelists, and children’s book writers, all of whom will offer a sample from their creative writing.

Participating readers are Jane Schneeloch, Springfield poet; Don Fisher, Chicopee poet; Price Van Ray, South Hadley poet and novelist; Jacqueline Lynch, Chicopee novelist; Peter Cianciolo, Springfield author of A Father’s Love; Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis, Springfield author of Sky Cloud City; Patrick Shanahan, Holyoke author of The Bird Song, and Betsy Sheehan, East Longmeadow author of Grace O’Malley, the Queen of the Sea. Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library, with a free attendance raffle for all who attend.

For more information, contact Matthew Jaquith at 413-263-6828 ext 221 or email

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.

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!