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On September 17, the United States honors those who were either taken prisoner or went missing during wartime. Learn more with these books, available through the Springfield City Library. #SCLRecs ...

Fans of #OuterBanks should check these out! #SCLRecs ...

The world has been watching in deep concern while the Taliban has retaken the nation of Afghanistan and while thousands of Afghans have tried to flee their own country. What has led to this grim situation? Find out more from these books, available through your library. #SCLRecs ...

Make Your Mark. Unleash your child’s, or your, inner creativity. Don’t be afraid. Join thousands of other schools, libraries, and families who are making their mark on September 15th-ish. These books will give you inspiration. Paint, draw, create! #SCLRecs ...

There is a movement in this country to not only reform our criminal justice system, but also to transform it completely. Supporters of transformative justice argue that prisons should be abolished and that the prevention of crimes--and justice for those who have been harmed by them--should occur within each affected community. To learn more about reforming and transforming criminal justice, check out these books, available through your library. #SCLRecs #CriminalJustuceReform #JusticeReform ...

On September 9, 1971, around 1,300 incarcerated men led an uprising at the overcrowded Attica Correctional Facility, demanding humane living conditions and taking 42 staff members hostage. On September 13th, heavily armed state police officers opened fire on the protestors, killing 10 hostages and 29 prisoners. Following the Attica uprising, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons began to soar. See the book list link in bio for a full list of resources, curated by a librarian, that you can request directly from our catalog. #Attica #AtticaRiots #SCLRecs ...

Do your tweens have questions about 9/11, with all the emphasis in the news for the 20th anniversary? Grab some books recommended by our children's librarian to help talk about the event. #SCLrecs ...

This Saturday is the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda carried out several coordinated attacks on the United States, causing the deaths of 2,996 people in New York City, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon. First responders and everyday people displayed great heroism on September 11th, but fears about future attacks led the US government to engage in the torture of terror suspects and prompted some US residents to unfairly suspect all Muslim people of being terrorists. Learn more in these books, available through your library. #SCLRecs ...

Fan of the White Lotus tv series? Try these books! #WhiteLotus #Readalikes #SCLRecs ...

The world has been living under the threat of nuclear annihilation since August of 1945, when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yet, even the peacetime uses of radioactive elements can pose serious risks to humans, animals, and plants. Read more about the destructiveness of nuclear weapons and the dangers of nuclear power in these books, available through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs ...

Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek, with the iconic characters of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the crew of the Starship Enterprise, in 1966. The original series only lasted three years, but eventually spun off nine tv series, thirteen movies, and hundreds of novels, toys, and games. Roddenberry invited viewers “to boldly go whre no one has been before.” And it turned out, viewers fell in love with that journey. #SCLRecs ...

Fan of #booktok? We have all these trending titles - get them at your favorite location, or as ebooks or eaudiobooks via OverDrive on your device! #SCLRecs ...

Wealthy, politically powerful, yet assailed by an outsize number of tragedies and human problems, the Kennedy family has long fascinated the world. Learn more about this influential Massachusetts clan by exploring these books. #SCLRecs ...

Everyone is afraid of dying, right? Actually, no. Some people are able to face death and make peace with it. Read these books to learn how to let go of fear and usher in acceptance.
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Are you a big fan of the Great British Bake-Off? (Our social media manager is a FANATIC, not just a fan!) If so, pick up one or more of these at your favorite library location! #GBBO #GBBOBooks #SCLrecs ...

MTV premiered on Aug 1, 1981, adding a visual medium to music. Celebrate MTV’s 40 years by checking out some of our music books. #MTV #MTV40years #SCLRecs ...

Fans of Ted Lasso will enjoy these sweet and funny books! #TedLasso #SCLRecs ...

Paperback books have the same great stories you love, in a small and portable format! Tuck one in your pocket to read in line at the grocery store! Take a stack to the beach! #PaperbackBookDay #Paperbacks #SCLRecs ...

Today is the day to lift up the power of friendship - in families, communities, and among cultures and countries. The United Nations created this day in 2011 to inspire us to create peace through friendship. #Friendship #UnitedNations #IntlDayOfFriendship #SCLRecs ...

Floyd Cooper, "an award-winning illustrator and author of children's books whose mission to offer candid and positive images of Black history included subjects ranging from Frederick Douglass and the civil rights movement to Venus and Serena Williams," died July 16. Get books written and/or illustrated by him at you local library. #SCLRecs ...

Because of systemic racism, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color do not have equal access to mental health care in the United States. In addition, racism causes BIPOC people to experience extra stress in every area of life, including employment, housing, criminal justice, and education. Learn more about the effects of racism on mental health by reading these books, available through curbside pickup.#SCLRecs ...

Kids love ice cream! Chill out on a hot day by reading how ice cream is made or even making some at home! #NationalIceCreamDay #IceCream #YouScreamIScream #EndlessSummer #SCLRecs ...

🐍 It's World Snake Day! 🐍 Learn about the snek by picking up a book or video at your local library!
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Love Olivia Rodrigo and wallowing in the heartbreak? Check out these books, perfect for her fans! #SCLRecs #oliviarodrigo ...

Pandemic Service Updates

Central Library Building Reopens; All 9 Springfield City Library Locations Resume Regular Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, September 7th 2021, the Central Library will open its doors to the community after 17 long months. Branch libraries will also resume operating full schedules on that date.

Increasing Community Internet Access: Introducing Hotspots

The Library will circulate internet hotspots for those in the community that do not have internet access at home.

Apply for A Library Card Online

Apply for a Springfield City Library Card online.

Library News

Family Roots In Old Neighborhood Bring Gift To New Library (WAMC)

In recognition of the gift, the library named the children’s reading room in honor of William and Patricia White. This brings the $2 million campaign up to $1.6 million.

Brightwood Library in Springfield offering up 20 books for youngsters to read during Hispanic Heritage Month (Masslive)

Connecting with culture can be done through food and music and family traditions, but it can also be done through literature.

Central Library Building Reopens; All 9 Springfield City Library Locations Resume Regular Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, September 7th 2021, the Central Library will open its doors to the community after 17 long months. Branch libraries will also resume operating full schedules on that date.

2021 School Summer Reading Lists

2021 Springfield, Massachusetts area school summer reading lists.

Reopening News

Springfield City Library branches reopen for limited hours starting July 6. Click for more details.