My Beloved Springfield – March 11

Sixth annual free My Beloved Springfield women’s leadership event. | Teens and Adults

Mason Square Branch
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 5:30 – 8:00 PM | Teens and Adults

At the FREE sixth annual My Beloved Springfield women’s leadership event, you can explore local leadership development opportunities aimed at women and girls at our information fair, then join us to be inspired by a panel of prominent local women as they tell us about their different paths to leadership.

Please register online  Register or by calling 413-263-6828, ext. 291.

5:30-6:00 PM: Explore local leadership development opportunities aimed at women at our information fair.

6:00-8:00 PM: Join us to be inspired by a panel of prominent local women as they tell us about their different paths to leadership.

Time for questions and answers, light refreshments, and networking will be included.

Speakers and panelists to be announced soon.

Artworks at the Library: Jewelry by Anita F. Brown

Springfield artisan Anita F. Brown displays her handcrafted jewelry in celebration of African-American History Month.

Central Library
February 3-27, 2020 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Springfield artisan Anita F. Brown displays her handcrafted necklaces and earrings in celebration of African-American History Month. Using upcycled seashells, fabric, and even bones, her works appeal to crafters and environmentalists alike.

On display on Level 1 near the Lower Circulation Desk, during regular library hours. All ages.

Documentary Series on Climate Change

Three-part video screening series presented by Springfield’s Earth Optimism Coalition focusing on climate change. | Teens and Adults

Central Library, Community Room
For Adults and Teens

Monday, February 10 | 6:00-8:00 PM

An Inconvenient Truth – This powerful documentary is a wake-up call that cuts through myths and misconceptions to deliver the message that global warming is a real and present danger. It presents former Vice President Al Gore’s persuasive argument that we must act now to save the earth. Winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. Rated PG.

Saturday, February 15 | 3:00-5:00 PM

TED Talks featuring Majora Carter, Jim Hanson, Katherine Wilkinson, and Greta Thunberg – This is a set of TED Talks on climate change including Greening The Ghetto by Marjora Carter, Why I Must Speak Out on Climate Change by Jim Hanson, How Empowering Women and Girls Can Help Stop Global Warming by Katharine Wilkinson,
and The Disarming Case to Act Right Now on Climate Change by Greta Thunberg. Not rated.

Wednesday, February 19 | 6:00-8:00 PM

Normal Is Over – Award-winning feature documentary about humanity’s wisest responses to climate change, species extinction, resource depletion, income inequality and the connection between these issues. A film connecting the dots: A look at the financial and economical paradigm underlying our planetary problems, while offering various solutions to reverse the path of global decline. Movie is unrated.

Refreshments are compliments of the Friends of the Library. Ages 16+

Rotunda Rhythms Presents You, Me, Us

Wayne, Ed, and Zack will light-up the room with their light-jazz covers of popular songs and originals. | All Ages

Central Library, Rotunda
Sunday February 23, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | All Ages

Wayne, Ed, and Zack will light-up the room with their light-jazz covers of popular songs and originals. Good for the whole family, this energized concert will be a great way to enjoy the standards with new and fun interpretations. You, Me, Us is  Zack Danziger on guitar; Ed Orgill on saxophone, clarinet, and flute; and Wayne Roberts on bass.

Arrive early to get the best seat, and stay for entire program to earn a chance win in the free raffle. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All ages.

Art Central: Artworks by Donna Estabrooks

See the exhibit of inspiring works by Donna Estabrooks. | All Ages.

Central Library
January 4 – February 27, 2020 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Donna’s art focuses on the human condition such as courage or hope, love, unity, and relationships. She is dedicated to world peace, and works to produce art that touches people’s lives. Technically, she works with acrylic and collage, but she feels her work is more about Buddhist spirituality involving such disciplines as listening and letting go. Her display this season includes original art of words with images. All ages.

Artworks at the Library: Jewelry and Other Art Pieces by Gloria Caballer-Arce

Hand-crafted tableware and jewelry from Gloria Caballer-Arce. | All Ages

Central Library
December 8 – January 30 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Springfield artist Gloria Caballer-Arce displays her hand-crafted jewelry and other art pieces throughout the months of December and January. From highly finished glass and semi-precious stone earrings and necklaces, to decorative bowls and platters there’s much to admire in this bold and colorful collection of wearable art and tableware.

Level 1 near Lower the Lower Circulation Desk. All ages.

Necklace by Gloria Caballer-Arce

Rotunda Rhythms Presents Criollo Clasico

Criollo Clasico delivers an eclectic mix of Puerto Rican sounds. | All Ages

Central Library, Rotunda
Sunday January 26, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | All Ages

José Gonzalez and his sons Ahmed and Rene return for a thrilling performance of their unique, Latin-fused music. With jazz, rock, classical, and pop influences this trio delivers an eclectic mix of Puerto Rican sounds that has earned them a passionate following throughout the area.

Arrive early to get the best seat, and stay for entire program to earn a chance in the free raffle. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Friends of the Library. All ages.

A Double Dose of Art – November 3

Celebrate the art and artists of two newly commissioned art projects in this free public reception.

Central Library
Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Adults

Celebrate the art and artists of two newly commissioned art projects in this free public reception.

The Springfield Cultural District will reveal the winners of Uplifting, their exciting elevator art project, and Art Central will unveil Color and Light, a new collection of art works created by Artists of Springfield MA.

Representatives from both groups will offer brief presentations of their inspired work, and the featured artists will be on hand to meet the public. Free refreshments are available to all who stay for the unveiling.

The artists of Color and Light are Mary Blaxland, Ellen Pollock, José Gamaliel Crespo Rosado, and Wanda Dávila; and the winning artists for Uplifting are Joy Smith, Mariela Chavez, and Ryan Murray.

 

Art Central: Color and Light

Artists of Springfield MA presents “Color and Light,” a show of original works. | All ages.

Central Library
November 2 – December 29, 2019 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Artists of Springfield MA presents “Color and Light,” a show of original works by four artists living, working, or contributing to the arts community in Springfield. Participating artists include illustrator Mary Blaxland, painters Ellen Pollock and José Gamaliel Crespo Rosado, and photographer Wanda Dávila.

Included in the display will be the original artwork used to produce Springfield artist notecards, a continuous project that serves to raise the visibility of Springfield artists and promote Springfield’s artist community to the rest of the region. For more information about the notecard series, find Artists of Springfield MA on Facebook and Instagram, or email artistsofspringfieldMA@gmail.com.

Meet the artists at the free public reception on Sunday, November 3rd from 2-4 p.m. at the Central Library (level 2).

Brightwood Gallery: Photography from Cuba

Visit the library to see photos of today’s Cuba by Diane Savioli-Chase. | All Ages.

Brightwood Branch
October, 2019 | During Open Hours | All Ages

See contemporary Cuba through the eyes of photographer Diane Savioli-Chase. Recent trips to the island nation gave her a bevy of beautiful photographs depicting the lives, culture, and traditions of modern day Cuba. Full color photographs of farmers, musicians, school children, urban scenes, and the famous Santiago de Cuba harbor offer a view of the Caribbean’s largest country – all in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!

On display at the Brightwood Branch Library for October. All ages.