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Small businesses have so much to offer, both in the products they sell and the personalized services they provide. Please shop at your local small businesses year round, but especially on Small Business Saturday, which takes place this year on November 28th. Want to start a small business of your own? Call to borrow these books with a curbside pickup appointment! #SCLRecs #SmallBusiness #BookList ...

November is National Family Caregivers Month. An AARP study estimates that more than 1 in 5 Americans are family caregivers. For resources see http://caregiveraction.org, http://mhanational.org/national-family-caregivers-month and #caregivingincrisis, or request books through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs #Caregiving #FamilyCaregiversMonth #Caregivers ...

Starting in 1970, Native Americans have gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving Day. To many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a time to celebrate the survival of the Pilgrims, but is instead a bleak reminder of the genocide, land theft, and racial discrimination experienced by indigenous peoples in the United States. Learn more about Native American history by delving into these books, available via a curbside pickup appointment. ⠀
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The United Nations has set aside November 25, 2020, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Violence against women and girls has been on the increase since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This human rights violation includes intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence and harassment. Do you want to learn more? Make a curbside pickup appointment to request these books. #SCLRecs #IDEVAW ...

When did the peanut butter say it would arrive? In a Jif! Celebrate peanut butter all month long by pairing it with chocolate, jelly, or these fun books that you can request via curbside pickup or check out with Hoopla! #SCLRecs #PeanutButterLoversMonth ...

Many people in the United States see racism as something that happens when White people put Black people down, but other groups are harmed by racism, too. Any time White people are valued as more important, more intelligent, or more deserving of basic rights than People of Color, racism is at work. Learn more about it in these great books, available via curbside appointment! #SCLRecs #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience: a day to honor the 350 lives lost to anti-trans hate so far this year and so many more in years past, but also to do our part to support and celebrate our trans siblings, friends, relatives and/or selves who are still with us. Start by checking out books and films for all ages by trans and nonbinary authors/filmmakers like the ones below. To learn more about the Trans Day of Resilience project, visit https://tdor.co/ #TDOR #TransgenderDayOfRemembrance #TransgenderDayOfResilience #SCLRecs ...

The holiday season is here - and there is no better time to try out some new recipes with your little one! Cooking together is not just a fun family activity, but also teaches math, reading, and science skills. #SCLRecs #BookList #Thanksgiving #KidsCook ...

Today is The Great American Smokeout! Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one - let the Great American Smokeout event be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk. Plus, the American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit! See link for resources in bio. #GreatAmericanSmokeout #QuitSmoking #BreatheBetter #GetHealthy #SCLRecs ...

Share the wonder of homemade bread with your child - no baking required! Check out these diverse picture books available through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs #HomemadeBreadDay #BreadDay #Baking #BakingWithKids ...

America Recycles Day educates and encourages individuals on how to be more mindful of what they consume, where and how to properly recycle, and to pledge to recycle more and recycle right in their everyday lives. ⠀

The #BeRecycled pledge is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by: ⠀
- Recycling at home, work, school and on the go; ⠀
- Buying products made with recycled content; and ⠀
- Educating and encouraging friends, family, and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled pledge ⠀
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Treat yourself to a festive novel! These new titles, plus our extensive backstock of charming holiday fiction, are waiting just for you. ⠀
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African American reads with a punk and alternative twist. Explore Black authors and the worlds of Afrofuturism and Afrofantasy with these books outside of the mainstream. Because sci-fi and fantasy is for everyone! Check them out using curbside pickup, link in bio! #SCLRecs #AfroPunk #AfroFuturism #AfricanFuturism #BookList #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

Over 50 years after its groundbreaking debut, #SesameStreet continues to educate and entertain preschoolers. Who was YOUR favorite character? #SCLRecs #HappyBrithdaySesameStreet #SesameStreetBirthday #BooksforKids #Booklist #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

In case you want to read their own writings, here are some books you can get curbside or online! Link for curbside info in bio. #SCLRecs #BookList #PresidentialElection #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

It's International Games Week, and there's no better time to discover a new game or return to old favorites! Check out these fun books available through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs #InternationalGamesWeek #GamesWeek #BookList #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. ⠀
Are you writing? Interested? Check out http://nanowrimo.org for more info and help with your project! Get books about writing at the library via curbside pickup!⠀
#NaNoWriMo #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass #AmWriting #WriteupSpringfield #Writeup #NovelWriting #SCLRecs
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November is Native American Heritage Month! The whole family will enjoy these beautiful and engaging picture books available through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #IndigenousHeritageMonth #BookList #PictureBooks #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass #Library ...

Did you know that Mount Greylock is named after Chief Wawanotewat "Greylock", a warrior from the Pocumtuc tribe of Western Massachusetts? Massachusetts has been the home to almost 10 tribes throughout recorded human history and is named after an Algonquian Indian word, Massachuset, meaning "by the range of hills." Today, Massachusetts is home to multiple Indian tribes including one Federally recognized tribe, the Wampanoag, out of Gay Head, MA. Use your library card to check out stories and writings from Native American authors across the country and to learn about the original owners of the lands we live on. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #SCLRecs #BookList #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

Daylight saving time officially ends 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 - you will need to move your clock back one hour before going to bed tonight! ⠀

Stand up to these cold, dark nights by curling up with an escapist time travel story! ⠀

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Go pink this October! Check out these diverse, inspiring memoirs by breast cancer survivors. #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #SCLRecs ...

In 1920, the hard-won 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution of the United States, giving women the right to vote. There is much to celebrate with this historic victory, but it is also important to note that it would take decades for Black women, Native American women, and Asian American women to fully access the right to vote. Want to know more? Call to borrow these books via a curbside appointment! #SCLRecs #BookList #Library #SpringfieldMa #SpringfieldMass ...

These new and upcoming books are perfect for the spooky season. To reserve these fresh frights, call your library or go to http://www.springfieldlibrary.org #SCLRecs #newbooks #horror #thriller #suspense #SpringfieldMass #413 #springfieldma ...

Scientific studies have proven that sitting down together with your family for a meal leads to healthier food choices and healthier lives. Celebrate cooking and eating together as a family this October with recipes from these cookbooks. Check them out in the CWMARS catalog or schedule a curbside pickup today! #SCLRecs #EatBetterTogetherMonth #EatBetterTogether ...

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 and enjoy them together! #SCLRecs #SpringfieldMa #SpringfieldMass #HalloweenBooks #BookList ...

October 17th, Black Poetry Day, honors Black poets past and present. The day also commemorates the birth of the first published Black poet in the United States, Jupiter Hammon, who was born in Long Island, New York, in 1711. #BlackPoetryDay #BlackPoetry #Poetry #SCLRecs #BookList #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass #Library ...

When people talk about systemic racism, they often include the criminal justice system. This is because Latinx Americans are imprisoned at over twice the rate of white Americans, and Black Americans are imprisoned at over 5 times. To learn more about how racism and criminal justice are interconnected, call us or go online to arrange for curbside pickup of these books. #SCLRecs #BookList ...

They're wiggly. They're furry. And they'll eat just about anything. This month, we're celebrating the joy of dogs and the importance of rescuing dogs from shelters! Dogs and other animals bought from pet stores are frequently raised in puppy mills, an abusive practice where dogs are raised in crowded and sickly cages. Approximately 660,000 shelter dogs are euthanized in America each year for various reasons, including not being able to find a home. Save a life, adopt a shelter pet! You can learn more about shelter pets at http://aspca.org or adopt from local shelters. Check out some of these reads in the CWMARS catalog or at curbside pickup to learn more about one of America's favorite pets! #SCLRecs #AdoptAShelterDog #AdoptDon'tShop #AdoptAShelterDogMonth #AdoptADog ...

K-POP and comic cons and starship captains and... wiener dogs? These YA fandom fictions may span the galaxy of fandoms, but slay at telling far out stories of romance, geekdom, and diving headfirst into pop culture passions. Check them out at your local library or on the CWMARS catalogue! #SCLRecs #BookList #SpringfieldMA #SpringfieldMass ...

This is NOT your parents' playlist - check out this fun, innovative music that adults can enjoy too. Listening and singing with your young child encourages memory and attention skills, vocabulary and much more! ⠀
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Pandemic Service Updates

Apply for A Library Card Online

Apply for a Springfield City Library Card online.

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

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

Resources for Adults During Coronavirus Closures

Links and information about resources for adults during this period of Coronavirus closures and service changes.

COVID-19 and Novel Coronavirus Resources

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