Local Resources for Small Business Owners

A panel presentation with representatives of local groups that assist small business owners. A detailed resource guide will be shared. | Adults

ONLINE ON ZOOM
Wednesday, June 9 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm | Adults

Did you know that there are several organizations in Western Mass that provide free guidance to people who want to start or grow a small business?

Join the library and Valley Venture Mentors for this panel presentation with representatives of six local groups that specialize in assisting current and future small business owners.

A detailed resource guide will be shared with everyone who attends.

Register at the Valley Venture Mentors link – choose the June 9 date.

Presented in partnership with:

Valley Venture Mentors

 

 

Presenters include:
SCORE Western Massachusetts
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
U.S. Small Business Administration
Common Capital
EforAll/EparaTodos

May Family Activities

Take and make activities for children and families in May – pick up curbside while supplies last.

Easy Collage Kits

May 1-29

Encourage your child’s brain building with this highly creative, no-fuss activity! Collage making teaches fine motor skills and develops an understanding of textures, shapes, and patterns. Pick up a kit containing oversize paper and a glue stick plus plenty of pre-cut tissue paper, cellophane, yarn, stickers, ribbon, and more. Ideal for ages 3-5 with younger and older children welcome.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, Forest Park Branch, East Forest Park Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch

Mother’s Day Cards Take and Make

May 1-8

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th! Express your affection and admiration for that special woman in your life with a personalized card made by you!  All supplies provided. Pick up curbside. Ages 4-18.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, East Forest Park Branch, East Springfield Branch, Forest Park Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Mason Square Branch

Rainbow Ribbon Dancers

May 1-29

Celebrate May with these colorful ribbon accessories.The Take and Make bag includes everything that you need to make a Rainbow Ribbon Dancer – pick it up at curbside! Decorate your wrist cuff with colorful ribbons, then wear your finished Rainbow Ribbon Dancers when you dance and play!  Ages 4-8.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, East Springfield Branch, Forest Park Branch, Mason Square Branch

Spring Fun Bag Take and Make

May 1-29

Looking for fun this Spring? Look no further! We have exciting, inspiring and fun activities and crafts in the bag! Make your own ball launcher! Plant a flower garden! And more! There’s also a few surprises, so make sure to stop by and get your bag curbside. Ages 5-10.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, Central LibraryEast Springfield Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Mason Square Branch

Mystery Detective Take and Make

May 10-22

May is Mystery Month so we’ve created a take and make kit for budding Private Investigators. Activites include honing observation skills, cracking codes, fingrprint identification, and more! For ages 8-12. Available during curbside hours.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, East Springfield Branch

Rainbow Flowers Craft

May 10-15

This fun, easy Spring craft is great for all ages to make. Pick up a Take and Make bag kit at our curbside that will include the supplies needed to make this fun family craft. For children of all ages.

At the following location: East Forest Park Branch

Shapes scavenger hunt

May 1 – June 30

What shapes of items can you find outside this spring? Pick up a scavenger hunt curbside, or download and print from online! Head outside to find what’s on the list. Return the list during curbside hours to claim a prize. Take pictures of what you find and share them with us!

Available online or at all library locations.

Supporting Yourself and Your Community: A Mental Health Workshop for Teens

A workshop to help teens recognize signs of mental health distress in themselves and others. | Teens

ONLINE ON ZOOM
Wednesday, May 26 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm | Teens 13-18

Join us on Zoom where Mental Health Advocate an Social Justice Educator Ysabel Garcia will lead a workshop for teens on recognizing signs of mental health distress in themselves and others.

We will learn what Community Care is and how we can use it to support our friends and family who are experiencing mental distress.

Register at the link: Register

For more information, please contact Emma at epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org or at 413-263-6858.

Everything Grows Storytime

Enjoy this wonderful storytime about gardening and growing for ages 0-5. | Children

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Saturday, May 8 | 10:00 am | Ages 0-5

April showers bring May flowers – and this wonderful storytime about gardening and growing!

Caregivers and their little ones are invited to join Grace and Ellen for stories and songs on Zoom for this special springtime event. Ages 0-5.

Register beginning April 15 to get the Zoom link: Register

Lapsit Storytimes Online

Join us Tuesdays in May to read books, sing songs, and do lap bounces together over Zoom. | Babies and Toddlers

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
4 Tuesdays in May
May 4, 11, 18, 25
10:30-11:00 am

Join us for a special Lapsit Storytime every Tuesday in May!

Every week we’ll read books, sing songs, and do lap bounces together over zoom.

Pick up a take home bag at curbside to follow along at home with your little one (while supplies last). This event is for families and caregivers with children ages 0-3.

Register beginning April 15 to get the Zoom link:
May 4 – Register
May 11 – Register
May 18 – Register
May 25 – Register

Virtual Gardening Workshops

A series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults

ONLINE via Zoom or Video
April 22, May 13, & Sept. 16, 2021 live on Zoom starting at 7 p.m.
June 18, July 16, & August 20, 2021 prerecorded video, hosted on Facebook

Anna Muhammad of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association leads this series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike.

April 22nd – Click to Enter Zoom
Soil Testing – how it helps soil health and safety
This session explains the UMASS soil test and how gardeners can use it to determine soil safety, and how to add basic amendments. Participants will look at a Logan Labs test, compare the differences and learn how to make basic adjustments to add soil amendments.

May 13th – Click to Enter Zoom
Healthy Transplants and Healthy Produce – How to Maintain Their Health
This session covers how to work with transplants, and how to keep them healthy as well as some aspects of seed starting including in-home incubation.

June 18th – Pre-recorded Video
Basic Gardening Techniques, and Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
This review of standard gardening techniques including weeding without harming the soil; vegetable pruning; companion planting techniques, and planting to deter pests helps gardeners get started with the basics.

July 16th – Pre-recorded Video
Recognize Plant Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants and Soil
During the growing season, plants can indicate how healthy the soil is. This session covers detecting soil mineral deficiencies, and how to correct soil mineral deficiencies using household products.

August 20th – Pre-recorded Video
Introducing Cover Crops to Small Gardens
Cover crops add minerals to the soil year round. They can be sown under adult summer crops to promote growth and to replace nutrients. Learn the best cover crops to use, and when to plant a cover crops for your small gardens.

September 16th – Zoom
Fall Soil Health, and Preparing the Garden for Winter
Preparing a garden bed for winter is as important as at the start of the season. This session will guide gardeners on soil health and fertility in the fall months and will look at soil testing in the later part of the fall.

QTs of Western MA

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens

ONLINE ON ZOOM
Monthly, second Thursdays from 7-9pm on Zoom | Ages 13-19

Register at https://bit.ly/3rrmKd2

March 11
April 8th
May 13th
June 10th
July 8th

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond! We’ll be gathering on Zoom once a month for a safe space to hang out in our PJs and watch videos, play games, listen to music or just talk!

Co-hosted by: House of Colors, GLSEN MA, Out Now, Holyoke Public Library, and Springfield City Library

 

Virtual Teen Check-In

Join other Springfield Teens for fun and games! | Teens

ONLINE ON ZOOM
Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come hang out with us! Relax, play games, and get to know other Springfield area teens.

Register to get the Zoom link. Ages 13-18.

If you have any questions, contact Emma Peterson at (413) 263-6858 or epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org

Drawn Together: Art Journaling for Teens

Art journal your feelings with monthly prompts and online sessions. | Teens

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
1st Wednesday | 3-4 PM | Ages 12-18

Upcoming dates:
– April 7
– May 5
– June 2
– July 7
– August 4
– September 1

NEW – Every Wednesday – optional mini sessions on Zoom!

See details below the weekly prompt.

Register for any session on our teen calendar – follow the link!


See the weekly prompt on our Instagram account – Sundays at 1pm!


Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Peaceful? Happy? Join librarians Meg and Lee on Zoom as we Art Journal our feelings!

We will share a prompt and create art together on the first Wednesday of the month from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Register on our calendar – follow the link!

NEW – By popular demand, Lee and Meg will also be on Zoom every Wednesday from 3-4 pm to journal the weekly prompt together. It will be low key and informal. Register for any session(s) you want on the library’s teen calendar to get the Zoom link. Happy Journaling!

We will have journals and art supplies available for curbside pick up. Supplies are limited so sign up now! For ages 12-18.

If you have questions or need more information, please email Meg at mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org.


Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate on Zoom.

Genealogy Help Online Drop-In

Drop in online for help with family history, for beginners and experts alike.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
One Saturday monthly | 2-3 PM | Ages 18+

April 10
May 8
June 5
July 17
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 6
December 4

Drop in for help with genealogy questions. We can show you how to access the library’s and other genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project. No registration required – just drop in!

If you can’t make it to the online Zoom drop-in time, call to make a phone appointment with the same librarian! 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.

Click for Zoom link.


Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate on Zoom.