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Letter Writing Week is here - how better to spend an hour inside, when it's so cold outside! Warm someone else up with a personal letter to someone you care about. You can even get books about letter writing from the library! #LetterWritingWeek #SCLRecs #LetterWriting ...

The first Black performer to win the Academy Award for best actor, for ''Lilies of the Field,'' he once said he felt ''as if I were representing 15, 18 million people with every move I made.'' Sidney Poitier, whose portrayal of resolute heroes in films like ''To Sir With Love,'' ''In the Heat of the Night'' and ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'' established him as Hollywood's first Black matinee idol and helped open the door for Black actors in the film industry, died on Thursday night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 94.
(Grimes, William. "Sidney Poitier, 94, Pioneering Black Oscar Winner, Dies." New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022, p. A1(L). Gale In Context: Biography) #SidneyPoitier #RIPSidneyPoitier #SCLRecs
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Anne Rice wrote best-selling novels that combined horror with sensuality in lavish historical settings. Ever popular, remind yourself why by picking up a book of hers at the library. #AnneRice #SCLRecs ...

Check out these books for podcast fans! #SCLRecs ...

Obsessed with the movie? Try these readalikes! #SCLRecs #Dune #DuneMovie #SCLRecs ...

November is Transgender Awareness Month, a time to honor, celebrate, and advocate for our transgender and gender diverse community.
#TransgenderAwarenessMonth #SCLRecs
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November is Transgender Awareness Month, a time to honor, celebrate, and advocate for our transgender and gender diverse community.
#TransgenderAwarenessMonth #SCLRecs
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For quirky murder mysteries like Hulu's Only Murders In The Building, get these books from your favorite library location! #SCLRecs #OnlyMurdersInTheBuilding ...

If you loved the Fear Street books or movies, try these read-alikes!
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Are you curious about becoming a vegetarian? What is a vegetarian or vegan anyway? Want to expand your cooking skills or become more familiar with different foods? Are you looking for healthy food choices? Check out these titles, and more, to help yourself and the planet! #VegetarianMionth #SCLRecs ...

September is Mushroom Month! We put together a list of books in our catalog - just click and reserve to learn about fabulous fungi! Link in bio. #MushroomMonth #SeptemberIsMushroomMonth #MushroomMonth2021 #SCLRecs ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pandemic Service Updates

Three Library Branches to Provide At-Home Rapid Covid-19 Testing Kits for Springfield Residents

The city will distribute another 25,000 at-home testing kits at several locations, including three library branches, starting Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Springfield City Library Temporarily Reduces Hours and Limits Services

Beginning January 4th, 2022, library patrons may enter their local library to pick up their materials but all in-person programming is suspended, including computer access and usage.

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.

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Library News

Three Library Branches to Provide At-Home Rapid Covid-19 Testing Kits for Springfield Residents

The city will distribute another 25,000 at-home testing kits at several locations, including three library branches, starting Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Free at-home COVID-19 testing kits available for Springfield residents (WWLP)

WWLP interviewed people at Central Library on the first day of handing out rapid home covid test kits to Springfield residents.

Poetry Workshops, Performance At Springfield City Library: Apply Now For Master Class With Poet Laureate Magdalena Gómez

Applications are now open for women, teen girls, and women-identified people interested in an introduction to writing and performing inviting, exciting, and inspiring poetry. Join this master class with Springfield’s Poet Laureate, Magdalena Gómez.

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.