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On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp located in southern Poland. Since 2005, the United Nations has set aside January 27th to commemorate the lives lost in the Holocaust and to reaffirm its opposition to antisemitism, racism, and all forms of bigotry that could lead to violence against groups. To learn more about the Holocaust and about how hatred and violence are growing again today, read these books, available through a curbside pickup appointment. #SCLRecs #INternationalHolocaustRemembranceDay ...

January isn't over yet - don't forget to be kind to food servers this January and always! Most states (including MA) don't require employers to pay minimum wage to tipped staff, and the pandemic has hit food servers especially hard. If you are able, please tip generously! #SCLRecs #FoodServersMonth #BeKindToFoodServers #TipYourServer ...

Jan 25, 1971 - In Los Angeles, California, Charles Manson is convicted, with Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkle, of the 1969 murders of Sharon Tate and 6 others. We know you love true crime - pick up a book or movie curbside and learn all about this world-famous case! #SCLRecs #CharlesManson #BookList ...

When a group of people has been made invisible, their achievements, dreams, and needs tend to be undervalued or ignored. Since the dawn of time, women--especially women of color, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women, and women who are old, disabled, or poor--have frequently been rendered invisible and have been denied equal access to financial, political, and social power. Now women are breaking through these barriers to be seen, heard, and accorded respect. Learn more about women becoming fully visible by reading these books, available through a curbside pickup appointment. #SCLRecs ...

Check out the fascinating backstories of some of our best known presidents and first ladies! Curbside pickup info in bio. #SCLRecs #InaugurationDay #Inauguration ...

To heal from racism, our society must first face it. We must acknowledge the racism that has been built into our institutions, and we must hear and recognize the truth of each other's experiences. To learn more about racism and how to heal from it, delve into these books, available through a curbside pickup appointment. #HowToHeal #NationalDayOfRacialHealing #LibrariesTransform #SCLRecs ...

It's #ThesaurusDay! Check out these picture book tributes to the joy and power of words! #SCLRecs ...

People are buzzing about the dazzling new television show based on Julia Quinn's #Bridgerton books. You can read the entire series, available at your library via curbside pickup and as e-books through Hoopla and OverDrive! #SCLRecs #Romance #Shondaland #ShondaRimes #Netflix #RomanceNovels #RomanceFiction ...

Here be dragons, well YA books with dragons. Celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day with these 8 YA novels that are on fire! #SCLRecs #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

Need a robust book to get through the winter? Try a fascinating microhistory! See link for curbside in bio. #SCLRecs #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

During a crisis, some people like to take their minds off what's happening, while others prefer to plunge into stories that echo their experience. If you want to read about how fictional characters cope with a pandemic, check out these books, available through a curbside pickup appointment. #SCLRecs #SpringfieldMass #SpringfieldMA #PandemicFiction #BookList ...

A new poll found that 13 percent of respondents polled January 4-5 were participating in “Dry January,” when people want to cut back on the booze. Most — 79 percent — attributed the decision to a health kick, while 72 percent were trying to drink less overall, 63 percent said they wanted a reset and 49 percent said they were drinking too much during the pandemic period. #SCLRecs #DryJanuary #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

One of the saving graces of 2020? Lots of wonderful new books! Check out these acclaimed picture books with your little one. #SCLRecs #PictureBooks #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

In order to address the inequities in sustainable growing, availability, and distribution of healthy foods to the most vulnerable populations, the United Nations has deemed 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. Read more about amazing fruit and veg via curbside pickup! #SCLRecs #FruitsandVegetables #UnitedNations ...

The January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol has shaken many Americans to the core and has made us ask ourselves, "How did we get to this place?" It's a complicated topic, but reading more about politics, government, and the power of conspiracy theories may help us to understand. Please call for a curbside pickup appointment (link in bio) or ask your librarian for further book recommendations. #Capitol #CapitolBuilding #CrisisInWashington #SCLRecs #BookList #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

January 5th is set aside to honor George Washington Carver, an agricultural scientist, inventor, conservationist, and educator. Born into slavery, Carver overcame numerous obstacles to become the first director of agricultural research at the Tuskegee Institute in 1896. He was a champion of small farmers and shared with them his findings on restoring soil that had been depleted by decades of growing cotton. Learn more about George Washington Carver and sustainable farming by reading these books, available through a curbside pickup appointment. ⠀
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It's National Trivia Day! Check out these related books, call for curbside - link in bio! #SCLRecs #TriviaDay #NationalTriviaDay ...

Add a new twist to evening storytime with these super fun glow in the dark books! Pick up curbside, link in bio! #SCLRecs #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

January 2nd, the birthday of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, is celebrated by fans in the United States as National Science Fiction Day. Science Fiction is not just about spacecraft and wars between the worlds. It can give us a window into what our world--or our universe--might be like if things were different. Experience the wonder and imagination of science fiction by exploring these books, available through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs #ScienceFiction #BookList #ScienceFictionDay #SpringfieldMass #SpringfieldMA ...

Looking for that fun movie you missed or an old favorite you would love to watch again? We have hundreds of great titles available through convenient curbside pickup! Link in bio. #SCLRecs ...

Check out these Kwanzaa and Christmas romances! Grab them at curbside, give us a call. #SCLRecs #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass #Kwanzaa ...

The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it takes place this year on December 21. Cultures around the world have long held feasts and celebrated holidays around the winter solstice. Fire and light are traditional symbols of celebrations held on the darkest day of the year. Read more with these books for kids and adults - request for curbside! #SCLRecs #WinterSolstice ...

Full of charm, humor and romance, these stories of modern love are just the prescription for holiday stress. Call us to pick up at curbside! #SCLRecs ...

Migrants contribute their knowledge, networks, and skills to build stronger, more resilient communities. During the past months, migrants have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. Their work in health, transportation and food services made our lives under lockdown more bearable. Learn more by reading - call for curbside pickup. #SCLRecs #IntlMigrantsDay #InternationalMigrantsDay #Migrants #Migration ...

Biting social commentary and wicked humor have made the The Simpsons one of America's longest running television shows. Check out these view-alikes and plan a winter binge watch! #SCLRecs #TheSimpsons #Simpsons ...

Jane Austen lived and worked over 200 years ago, but she has never been more popular! Check out these recent novels inspired by both her personal life and her extraordinary books. #SCLRecs #JaneAusten #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

The art of letter writing lives on in these poignant novels of love and friendship. Check one out in honor of Write to a Friend Month! #SCLRecs #LetterWriting #LetterFiction #BookList ...

Did you know that, between May and October of this year, 8 million Americans slipped into poverty, many of them children and people of color? Did you also know that 26 million people reported to the 2020 U.S. Census that they often don't have enough to eat? This has been happening at the same time that some wealthy Americans have been growing richer during the pandemic. Find out more about #inequality in our nation by reading these books, available through a curbside pickup appointment. ⠀
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Magnum P.I. premiered 40 years ago, can you believe it!? That show had it all: fun, glamour, action and mystery. Try out our binge worthy view-alikes, including the 2018 reboot! #SCLRecs #MagnumPI #DVDs #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

Mountains are home to 15% of the world´s population and host about half of the world's biodiversity hotspots. They provide freshwater for everyday life to half of humanity. Their conservation is a key factor for sustainable development. Unfortunately, mountains are under threat from climate change and overexploitation. Learn more about mountains and how important they are to our planet! #SCLRecs ...

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document, which has been translated into 500 languages, declares that people everywhere have fundamental rights to safety, freedom, economic dignity, and more. To fully understand the importance of human rights, dig into these books, available through a curbside pickup appointment. #SCLRecs #HumanRightsDay #HumanRightsWeek #HumanRights #BookList ...

Set your child up for years of academic success by encouraging their love of favorite book characters. Request these stories through curbside pickup by appointment (link in bio) and enjoy them together! #SCLRecs #Hanukkah ...

Pandemic Service Updates

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Curbside Pickup

Curbside pickup of materials available at all Springfield City Library locations.

Library Services During Coronavirus Pandemic

Available services from Springfield City Library during the coronavirus pandemic.

Library News

National Day of Racial Healing 2021

The Springfield City Library joins many organizations across the country in observing the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Interactive literacy program encourages families to explore Springfield (MassLive)

An initiative to get families out into the community reading books

Mayor Sarno Joined with the Springfield Library’s Reading Success by 4th Grade Program to Kick off the Story Walks Series

Unveiling of the Story Walks series

Statement on Racial Justice

Statement from the Library Director and the Springfield Library Commission on Racial Justice

COVID-19 and Novel Coronavirus Resources

Reliable, trusted, up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus.