Citywide Mask Mandate Will Expire; At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kit Distribution Centers Consolidated

The City of Springfield mask mandate will expire February 28, 2022. At-home COVID-19 testing kit distribution centers will also be consolidated.

02/23/22 – Mayor Sarno and HHS Commissioner Caulton-Harris Announce Citywide Mask Mandate will expire Monday, February 28, 2022

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services (HHS) Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris announced today that the citywide mask mandate will expire on Monday, February 28, 2022. The mask mandate for the Springfield Public Schools will remain in effect through the month of March.

Mayor Sarno states, “After reviewing the recent COVID-19 trends with Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, we are happy to report that we have seen five consecutive weeks of a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases.  Based on this news, our citywide vaccination rates steadily increasing and the positive trends we are seeing, Commissioner Caulton-Harris and I are confident that we can let this citywide mask mandate expire on Monday, February 28, 2022.  We have all worked so hard and our efforts have worked in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.  It is important to not to ostracize anyone who wishes to continue to wear a mask when this mask mandate expires, as they may feel safe wearing them still and/or they may have a compromised immune system.”

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Beginning February 28, 2022: rapid at-home COVID-19 testing kits will only be available at the New North Citizens Council, South End Community Center, Clodo Concepcion Center (Greenleaf Community Center), and the Department of Health and Human Services.  Locations, days and hours listed below:

  • Dept. of Health & Human Services – 311 State Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesday
  • New North Citizens Council – 2455 Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesday
  • South End Community Center – 99 Marble Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesday
  • Clodo Concepcion Center (Greenleaf Community Center) – 1187 Parker Street, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. on Thursdays

The City of Springfield continues to offer a vaccination clinic at the Department of Health and Human Services every Tuesday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Residents can also get their vaccination and booster shot at any one of the many vaccination clinics throughout the city, including at your local pharmacy stores such as CVS and Walgreens.

For more information on the City of Springfield’s COVID-19 statistical information, please visit the City of Springfield’s COVID-19 situational update webpage at:  Health and Human Service COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Statistical Information: City of Springfield, MA (springfield-ma.gov)

For information and locations of vaccination clinics, please visit the City of Springfield’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments and Clinics webpage at:  COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment and Clinics: City of Springfield, MA (springfield-ma.gov)

Read more at the City website.

Get a Library eCard

Apply for a Springfield City Library eCard online.

Springfield City Library now has an option for you to sign up for an eCard!

What is an eCard?

An eCard is a CW MARS (Central Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing) library card that you can register for online without the need to visit a library in person. It provides cardholders access to electronic materials – such as ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and databases.

The eCard does not allow you to check out physical materials. It is for electronic materials only. eCards may be upgraded to a physical library card with full borrowing privileges by visiting your local library.

Am I eligible for an eCard?

You are eligible to apply for a CW MARS eCard, if you…

The eCard is for patrons who do not already have a CW MARS library card, and are not able to visit our library locations in person. If you need to renew an existing card, please call us at 413-263-6828 x218 or any Springfield City Library location. If you’re not sure if you have a CW MARS card already, ask us!

How do I apply for an eCard?

Click your desired language to be taken to the eCard application form:
English | Español | 中文 | Français | Polszczyzna | Русский

Please read through the form and Statement of Responsibility. The following information is required:

  • First and Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Address (your eCard number will be emailed to the address provided)
  • Current Home Address

After filling out the form, you’ll get instant* access to e-content.

*Eligible users will be provided with an eCard number immediately after registration that can be used to access resources on our eLibrary.

Can I check out physical material on my eCard?

No. To check out physical material at your library, you will need to upgrade your eCard to one with full borrowing privileges.

If you would prefer to apply for a library card with full borrowing privileges, you may begin the process online here or call your local Springfield City Library branch.

I’m having trouble using my eCard. What should I do?

If you’re having a problem with your eCard, you can start with the CW MARS eCard Troubleshooting FAQ. You may also call your local Springfield City Library branch for help or email us at askalibrarian@springfieldlibrary.org.

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.

01/11/22 – Mayor Sarno and HHS Commissioner Caulton-Harris Continue to Provide At-Home Rapid Covid-19 Testing Kits for Springfield Residents

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services (HHS) Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris continue to work to get rapid antigen at-home Covid-19 testing kits in the hands of our Springfield residents. Identification will be required and will be checked by HHS staff.

Mayor Sarno and Commissioner Caulton-Harris will make available another 25,000 at-home testing kits which will be distributed at the following locations, days, and times starting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

LOCATION TIME DAY(s)
Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
1476 Roosevelt Ave
10:00 am to 2:00 pm Thursdays
Department of Health and Human Services
311 State Street
10:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesdays and Wednesday
New North Citizens Council
2455 Main Street
10:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesdays and Wednesday
South End Community Center
99 Marble Street
10:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesdays and Wednesday
East Forest Park Library
136 Surrey Road
11:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays
Forest Park Library
380 Belmont Ave
1:00 am to 4:00 pm Fridays
Mason Square Library
765 State Street
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Fridays
Clodo Concepcion Center (Greenleaf Community Center)
1187 Parker Street
10:00 am to 2:00 pm Thursdays and Fridays
Indian Orchard Citizens Council
117 Main Street IO
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursdays

Two kits per household will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis, while supplies last.

Read more at the City website.

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.

02/14/2022 – UPDATE

As of today, the library and all branches are resuming regular hours of operation. Public access to computers has been restored. In-person programming continues to be suspended, and masks are still required inside all library locations.

01/03/2022 – Mayor Sarno and HHS Commissioner Caulton-Harris Announce Senior Centers and Libraries to Switch to Hybrid Operations – Encourage Residents to Conduct City Business Remotely or Schedule an Appointment –

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris announced today that due to an alarming and significant increase in COVID-19 cases and out of an abundance of caution, the City of Springfield’s public libraries will switch to hybrid operations.

All neighborhood library branches will suspend programing but will offer pickup services for library patrons.

To see the limited open hours for each branch – mostly afternoons – please click here.

Library patrons may enter their local library to pick up their materials but all in-person programming will be suspended, including computer access and usage.

To see online and take-and-make events, please see our Events Calendar.

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.

Check out the full story and video from WWLP – they interviewed people at Central Library on the first day of handing out kits!

An excerpt:

As we approach Christmas and its many family gatherings, home testing has become a must for many people.

“We’re planning on going to our grandparents house for Christmas and there are those who are not getting vaccinated. So I think it’s our responsibility, out visiting everyone,” said Nicole Rooney of Springfield.

Emily Colon of Springfield has a child on the way, adding to her determination to take the test and get the result within fifteen minutes, “Me and my husband work full time and I’m in my first trimester of my pregnancy. So we’re just going to be cautious.”

Eugene Couser of Springfield just came to the library to take out a couple of books but after thinking if over, he too asked for a couple of the at home testing kits, “Even though I’ve got the vaccine, you can never be too safe, you know what I mean. And I want to do myself and my wife. My wife is right now under the weather.”

“Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and I want to thank the Baker-Politio Administration for their continued efforts partnering with us throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. These free rapid COVID-19 at-home test kits will provide our residents with another easy and convenient option to get tested. This distribution plan is part of my administrations continued commitment to making these testing kits readily available by utilizing our neighborhood library branches, the Raymond Jordan Senior Center and our many community partners and to increase access for our residents and their families,” said Sarno.

 

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.

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.- September 29, 2021 –  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. Space is very limited in each of the cohorts with pre-registration required. The application form is available on the Springfield City Library´s website.

The program series, Out/Spoken Words, is for participants at all levels in their poetry writing and performance. Master Classes are usually for professionals in a particular field. This is a Master Class for anyone who truly loves poetry and/or spoken word and wants to share that passion with others. Ms. Gómez added, “Participants will be provided with tools and encouragement to conjure poems and voice for performance of their original writing. All we ask is your willingness to fully participate and to bring a poem that matters to you to your first session, whether you wrote it or not.” The workshops will culminate in a public performance by participants at the Mason Square Branch Library Further information can be found at the Library’s website, or by calling 413-263-6828, ext. 291.

About the presenter:  Magdalena Gómez was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She studied English and Theater at Lehman College, and Spanish Literature at the University of Sevilla, Spain. She is the author of Shameless Woman (Red Sugarcane Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012). Her new book of lyrical narrative will be released by Heliotrope Books, NYC, in April 2022.

Mayor Domenic Sarno recently announced he has extended Gómez’ term as Springfield’s Poet Laureate for another year, to encompass 2019 through 2022. Ms. Gómez is the recipient of a $50,000 Poet Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets in 2021 with funds from The Mellon Foundation. A portion of those funds will support these workshops at the Springfield City Library.  Her website is http://www.latinapoet.com/

Jean Canosa Albano, Assistant Director for Public Services at Springfield City Library, commented. “Poetry has long been exceedingly popular among Springfield residents of all ages. From our bookshelves, to open mic events, to contests and workshops, the Library has responded by offering diverse ways for people to find joy, deal with pain, and explore their voices through poetry. We are thrilled to partner with Magdalena to expand these offerings.”

Information regarding the workshops by Ms. Gómez is available on the Library’s website now: https://www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/poetry-workshops/.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit www.springfieldlibrary.org.

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Out/Spoken Words: Workshops with Springfield’s Poet Laureate

Join a master class with Springfield’s Poet Laureate, Magdalena Gómez, for an introduction to writing and performing poetry! | Teens and Adults

POSTPONED, new date TBA
Mason Square Branch For young women 14 to 19 years old
Saturdays, October 30 and November 6 | 1-3 pm

Brightwood Branch For women 20 years old and up
Tuesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 18 | 6-8 pm

Mason Square Branch Rehearsal for ALL participants
Saturday, November 20 | 10:30  am – 2:30 pm

Mason Square Branch Performance for ALL participants for the public
Saturday, December 4 | 1-2:30 pm
The performance will be recorded and uploaded at a later time, TBD.

Join this master class with Springfield’s Poet Laureate, Magdalena Gómez, for an introduction to writing and performing poetry in ways that invite/excite/inspire!

Space is very limited in each of the cohorts with pre-registration required. Fill out the application form here.

PLEASE NOTE: A commitment to attend both sessions as well as participate in one four-hour rehearsal with participants from all three cohorts at the Mason Square Library on Saturday, November 20, and the big group performance on Saturday, December 4 are required.


Out/Spoken Words is for participants at ALL levels in their poetry writing and performance. Master Classes are usually for professionals in a particular field. This is a Master Class for anyone who truly loves poetry and/or spoken word and wants to share that passion with others.

Participants will be provided with tools and encouragement to conjure poems and voice for performance of their original writing. All we ask is your willingness to fully participate, and to bring a poem that matters to you to your first session, whether you wrote it or not. You will be expected to always arrive 15 minutes before start time; complete simple assignments; and commit to your sessions, the rehearsal and performance.

Space is limited – so be certain you want this! Only sign up if you will commit to the entire process, out of your kind consideration for others.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and soft soled shoes or sneakers; this class will be physically interactive. Cost is $5 for each participant for materials.


About the presenter:

Magdalena Gómez was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She studied English and Theater at Lehman College, and Spanish Literature at the University of Sevilla, Spain. She is the author of Shameless Woman (Red Sugarcane Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012). Her new book of lyrical narrative will be released by Heliotrope Books, NYC, in April 2022.

The recipient of the New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Award, Gómez served as a member of the COVID-19 Cultural Impact Commission for the State of Massachusetts.

The Poet Laureate of Springfield, Massachusetts from 2019 to 2022, she received an Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2021, with funds from The Mellon Foundation. Her website is http://www.latinapoet.com/

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Gun Violence and Art Therapy – October 26

Springfield College professor and freelance visual artist Simone Alter-Muri presents on gun violence and how art therapy can aid healing. | Adults

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Tuesday, October 26 | 6:30-7:45 pm | Adults

Please click to register in advance of the program.

Springfield College professor and freelance visual artist Simone Alter-Muri presents on gun violence and how art therapy can aid healing.

2020 was the deadliest gun violence year in decades (Washington Post, June 14, 2021). Hear how art therapy can promote healing in both individuals and in the community, and meet other local community member concerned about gun violence.

A question and answer will follow the presentation. For adults 18+.

This program is sponsored by the Springfield City Library, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and the Springfield Cultural Council. It is underwritten by the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency that receives funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Click for ZOOM link for event.

National Library Week – April 4-10, 2021

Celebrate National Library Week with fun activities for all ages!

National Library Week

April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library’s website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

Welcome to your library TOURS

See all the videos here or on our Facebook or Instagram pages!

Guess How Many Books

How many books are at your favorite neighborhood library location? Between April 4-10, guess closest, and win a $15 gift card to a bookstore. One guess per day per person – click here to enter!

Guess The Book

Guess the book by the outline of the main character! A picture book character outline will be posted every day on Instagram in the morning. At 5 p.m. the book cover will be posted and the character outline will be revealed!

Activity Pages

Enjoy these downloadable coloring pages and activity sheets!

#MyLibraryIs Social Media Contest

Share what you love about the resources and services available at your library. Post to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page, about how your library has made a difference for you. Use the hashtag #MyLibraryIs.

ALA will gather all the entries, and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. The promotion starts Sunday, April 4 at noon CT and ends on Saturday, April 10 at noon CT. Don’t forget to tag your library!

My Beloved Springfield – 2021

Join us for the 7th annual My Beloved Springfield women’s leadership event. | Adults and Teens

ONLINE via Zoom
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Teens and Adults

Here’s the video in case you missed it!

What a fantastic event! Here’s a screen shot of our amazing presenters:

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The FREE seventh annual My Beloved Springfield Women’s Leadership event will focus on Resilience: How We Recover and Transform.

Explore local leadership development opportunities aimed at women and girls, then 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 will be included.

Registration is now over.

NEWDownload a My Beloved Springfield background for your Zoom account! (Here are instructions.)

Moderator:

The leadership panel will be moderated by Vanessa Pabón Hernandez, Senior Director for Educational Engagement and Executive Producer of Presencia at New England Public Media.

 

 

Panelists include:
Halley Kelly, Chair, Ward 5 Democratic Council and current Springfield Technical Community College student;
Tanisha Arena, Executive Director, Arise for Social Justice;
Camryn Kynard, first African American female appointed commander of the Junior Air Force ROTC at Springfield Central High School and current Springfield College student;
Waleska Lugo-DeJesús, CEO of Inclusive Strategies and entrepreneur.
Additional Performances:
Poet Amina Jordan-Mendez will inspire us with a reading.
A BRAND NEW poem by Springfield’s Poet Laureate and host and creator of the Jazz Ready podcast, Magdalena Gomez. Magdalena’s new poem is named The Holiness of NO!