Book Groups | Craft Groups


Traditional Book Discussion Groups

Everyone reads and discusses the same book. New members are always welcome; please drop in!

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at the Central Library

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Central Library’s Community Room. Ask for a copy of the current book at the second level circulation desk. For more information, contact Lisa Lipshires at 413-263-6828 ext 395 or email llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org.
The 2017 Reading List.

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at East Forest Park

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book are available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets every month from 6 – 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month at the East Forest Park Branch. For more information, contact Linda at 413-263-6836 or by email at lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org.
East Forest Park Book Discussion Group Booklist

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at Forest Park Branch

We select a new book to discuss every month. Library copies of the book will be available at the branch. Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. New members are always welcome. This group meets meets every month from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Forest Park Branch Library. For more information, contact Arlene at 413-263-6843 or aoconnell@springfieldlibrary.org.

Other Book Groups

Groups with non-traditional formats. New members always welcome.

BYOB Book Discussion Group at the Central Library

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively and long-running book group, and gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We’re always open to new members – join us! This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month in the Central Library Community Room. Due to holiday scheduling, the November and December meetings are: November 9, November 30, and December 14. For more information, contact Ann Keefe at 413-263-6828 ext 294 or by email at akeefe@springfieldlibrary.org.

BYOB Book Discussion Group at East Springfield

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and share your recent reads at this lively book group. Gain exposure to new authors, titles, and genres. We’re always open to new members – join us! This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon at the East Springfield Branch Library. For more information, contact the branch at 413-263-6840.

Books & Brew Book Club at Nathan Bill’s

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill’s Bar and Restaurant. This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome. Ages 21+. The group will meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
The East Forest Park Branch will have copies of each month’s title available for checkout. The current month’s title will be available to be picked up at the East Forest Park Branch in the days after the book group meets. No sign up is required, however, please email lmeier@springfieldlibrary.org if you have any questions.

U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group at Sixteen Acres

Meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library on the third Tuesday of the month.
If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries will meet monthly. Members will be encouraged to share with the group any conversation-provoking history book that they are reading. We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are guaranteed to spark lively discussions. We will also have guest speakers at some meetings. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Reggie at the branch.


Craft Groups

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome.

Knot Just Knitters at East Springfield

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Friday from 10-11:30 AM at the East Springfield Branch. For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840.

Knot Just Knitters at East Forest Park

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. This group meets every Friday from 1-2:30 PM at the East Forest Park Branch. Call the Branch at 413-263-6836 for more information.

Knot Just Knitters at Sixteen Acres

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Please call Emma at 413-263-6858 if you have knitting supplies to donate. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Wednesday from 1:30-3 PM. at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.

Knot Just Knitters at Indian Orchard

Meets every Monday from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. This group meets every Monday from 1:30-3 PM. at the Indian Orchard Branch Library.

Let’s Get Cooking! at East Forest Park

Wednesdays, November 16, 2016, January 18, March 15, and May 17, 2017, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the East Forest Park Branch Library
Calling all Foodies – the library is now a place for you! The East Forest Park Branch Library will be starting a Cooking Group which will focus on your food interests. We will pick a theme for each meeting, provide cookbooks and recipes to choose from, and then meet and eat. We will present our dishes and discuss the challenges and delights of our recipes. Future sessions may include guest speakers to discuss local restaurants, farmers markets and the food-to-table movement, culinary trends, new kitchen essentials, nutritional tips and whatever is recommended by the group. Whether you are a gourmet chef or a person who only heats up take-out food in the microwave, this will be a fun, useful and social group to help improve your cooking skills. Please contact Linda at the East Forest Park Branch (413-263-6836) with any questions.

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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.
East Forest Park Branch, Tuesdays, 3-4:30 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. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. Every Tuesday from 3-4:30 p.m.