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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 ...

People can feel grief over the loss of a person, a pet, a way of life, or a part of their identity. Learn more about grief and how to cope with it from these books - click the link to see the full list, and request online or at your local library location. https://tinyurl.com/SCLgrief or book list link in bio
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Bring on the barbecue! Make the most of summer with some new outdoor cooking ideas - get them at the library! #SCLRecs #GrillingMonth #NationalGrillingMonth #NatlGrillingMonth ...

Love Marvel's Loki? Check out these readalikes at the library!
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It's World UFO Day! There's been a LOT of talk about UFO's lately - get the scoop at the library! See a selection of books and movies in our catalog - just click to put on hold with your library card! https://tinyurl.com/SCLufolist or see book list link in bio.
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Today would have been the 60th birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales. Get some books or videos about her life and impact from your local library.⠀
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Asteroid Day was co-founded by astrophysicist and famed musician Dr Brian May of the rock group Queen, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, filmmaker Grig Richters, and B612 Foundation President Danica Remy, to educate the public about the importance of asteroids –their role in the formation of our solar system, their impact in space resources and the importance of defending our planet from future impacts. Asteroid Day is observed on 30 June to mark the date of Earth’s largest asteroid impact in recorded history, the Siberia Tunguska event.⠀
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The Stonewall Riots, which marked a turning point in the U.S. gay rights movement, began on June 28th, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. LGBTQ+ people had had enough of secrecy and police harassment, and they took to the streets for 6 days of protest. Read more about the Stonewall Riots and the political actions that arose from them in these books, available through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs #Stonewall #StonewallRiots #Pride #PrideMonth ...

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a biography series for children that introduces them to famous people whose childhood dreams became grown-up realities. These are available for curbside pickup at any Springfield City Library. ⠀
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It's Take Your Dog To Work Day! ⠀
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Octavia Butler (1947-2006) was a visionary speculative fiction author whose work is still relevant today. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she has influence many current authors. See the link for a list in our catalog - you can place items on hold directly! https://tinyurl.com/5zu5spfk
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Today is Father's Day! Fathers can be good or bad, absent or involved, but whatever their role, fathers and father figures have a tremendous impact on children's lives. Discover more about fathers and fatherhood in these books, available through curbside pickup. #FathersDay #SCLRecs ...

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the day--June 19th, 1865--when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced to the enslaved people there that, under the terms of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, they were finally free. Learn more about the struggle for freedom in the United States by reading these books, available through curbside pickup. #Juneteenth #SCLRecs ...

Juneteenth, the blending of the words June and nineteen, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. It pays homage to the day enslaved people of Galveston, Texas were informed that the Civil War had ended and they were now free. Get these kids' books about Juneteenth at the library! #SCLRecs #Juneteenth ...

The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines' Luzon Volcanic Arc was the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, behind only the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in Alaska. Learn more about volcanoes with these books and movies from the library! #SCLRecs #MtPinatubo ...

We've put together a list of graphic novels when you’re looking for something fresh to read over the summer! See the booklists link in bio to see the full list, and click through to put on hold for pickup! #SCLRecs ...

From Frog and Toad to Elmo and Big Bird, children's books are filled with funny and heartwarming friendships. Share a wonderful story of love, kindness and understanding with your little one. #SCLRecs #BestFriendsDay ...

These Young Adult novels are a beautiful batch of rainbow stories-with those characters front and center (i.e., decidedly NOT the stereotypical sidekick) or queer characters that do things above and beyond being gay. You know, more like real life. #Pride #PrideMonth #SCLRecs ...

Be your best self. Books for everyone from the youngest tots to questioning tweens (and parents) . Of course these books aren't just for families with a direct connection to LGBTQIA+ issues, everyone can use these books' messages of love and acceptance. #Pride #PrideMonth #SCLRecs ...

White supremacy is a racist and ethnocentric belief, backed up by racist practices and institutions, that White people of certain European backgrounds are superior to all other races and ethnic groups, especially Black people and Jews. To learn more about the history and harms of White supremacy, check out these books, available through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs ...

Looking for something new and different to watch? British comedies just might be your cup of tea! These are just a few of the hilarious Britcoms available at your neighborhood library. #SCLRecs ...

How do you explain the significance of Memorial Day to a young child? Parents and teachers will find thoughtful, age appropriate stories at the library. #SCLRecs #MemorialDay ...

From May 31st to June 1st, 1921, a White mob numbering in the thousands - supported by private airplanes dropping incendiary bombs - obliterated the Greenwood District, a prosperous Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Thirty-five city blocks were destroyed, while as many as 300 Black people were killed, and nearly 10,000 were left homeless. We have curated a list of books and educational resources to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of this terrible event: https://www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/book-list-tulsa-race-massacre/ #SCLRecs #TulsaRaceMassacre #TulsaMassacre #BlackWallStreet #Tulsa #TulsaOklahoma ...

Do you have a child who is reluctant to read? May is Get Caught Reading Month PLUS our popular Discover Your Summer kicks off soon on June 14th. This is the perfect time to encourage your child's reading with a fabulous book series. Make this a brain building summer! #SCLRecs #GetCaughtReading #GetCaughtReadingMonth ...

Are you a fan of Colson Whitehead's award-winning novel The Underground Railroad? (It's also now a TV series on Amazon Prime.) Check out these readalikes - get them curbside or on your device using Libby or hoopla! #SCLRecs #UndergroundRailroad ...

Pandemic Service Updates

Reopening News

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

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Curbside Pickup

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Library Services During Coronavirus Pandemic – Updated July 6

Available services from Springfield City Library during the coronavirus pandemic.

Library News

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.

East Forest Park Branch Library receives $150,000 from the Springfield Library Foundation Promise Realized Campaign

The East Forest Park Branch Library received $150,000 from the Springfield Library Foundation Promise Realized Campaign.

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.

Welcome To Your Library Videos

Watch these fun short videos about each of our 9 locations!