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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 ...

Book Groups


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Romance Book Club

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults

Books & Brew Book Club

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion. | Adults

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Groups

A traditional book discussion group where everyone reads and discusses the same book. | Adults

What’s Cooking Cookbook Club at Central Library

Do you enjoy cooking, or would you like to improve your cooking skills?  | Adults

U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group at Sixteen Acres

Members are encouraged to share any conversation-provoking history books that they are reading with the group. | Adults