“Springfield Speaks” Coming Soon

Oral History Interviews
Saturday, April 23 and 30, 12 – 3 p.m.

Memoir Writing Workshops
Saturday, May 7 and 14, 1 – 3 p.m.
Mason Square Branch Library

Springfield MA riverfront

People have a lot to say about the City of Homes, its struggles, successes, and its future. This spring, city residents will have the opportunity to TELL their stories, WRITE their stories, and SHARE their experiences about living in Springfield. With permission, the library will compile these narratives and interviews into a digital exhibit, available to all City Library card holders.

Springfield Speaks: On Saturdays, April 23rd and April 30th, between 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. patrons are encouraged to join us in the Mason Square Branch’s Community Room where City Library volunteers will conduct brief oral history interviews focusing on life in Springfield, past and present. Do you have photographs of the city, your neighborhood, or Springfield events that you want to share? Feel free to bring them in. We’ll be adding photographs to the exhibit as well.

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Springfield Writes: Next, on Saturdays May 7th and May 14th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., adults of all writing backgrounds are invited to put pen to paper in a free, two-part memoir writing workshop, led by local author, Haven Williams.

The first workshop will help to answer the question: What is a memoir? How does one get started in writing one? Students will complete practice exercises designed to develop a focus in their writing.

In the second workshop, students will bring in samples of their writing and workshop one another’s work with assistance from Williams and librarian, Caitlin Kelley.

Please note: All participants will have to sign off on a permission slip, so that the library may use the content provided during each program. Anyone who does not wish for their work to be included in the digital exhibit is still encouraged to participate.

For more information, call the branch at 413-263-6853 or email ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org

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