Libraries Transform: Group Read of “Book Of The Little Axe”

Join readers across the country for a group read of “Book of the Little Axe” | Adults

Online, on your own time
Monday, Sept 14 – Sunday, September 27 | Adults 18+

Springfield City Library is joining public libraries across the country in offering access to the same ebook for a two-week period through the Libraries Transform Book Pick.  From Sept. 14-28, ebook copies of “Book of the Little Axe” will be available without waitlists or holds through OverDrive. Readers will only need a library card and the Libby app to borrow and read the ebook.

Readers who download and read the book are entered to win one of three exciting raffle prizes (valued up to $50!), and all participants get to help build a webpage chronicling the book’s many wonderful details.

Ambitious and masterfully wrought, “Book of the Little Axe” is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.

In a starred review, Booklist said Francis-Sharma “offers fascinating characters across the broad sweep of the American continent at a time of great tumult, warring colonial powers, the spread of slavery, and expansion West” and described the story as a “compelling saga of family bonds, ambitions, and desires, all subject to the vagaries of powerful historical forces.”

The selection of “Book of the Little Axe” for the Libraries Transform Book Pick was made in consultation with experts at Booklist.

 

 

 

Teen Nights at Central Library

Join us in Teen Central every Wednesday night for games, crafts, and more! | Teens

Central Library, Teen Central (Rice Hall)
Wednesdays| 5:30 – 7:30 PM| Ages 13-18

Join us in Teen Central every Wednesday night for games, crafts, and more! Bring a friend and play a board game, create something new using supplies from our Art Cart, or grab a book to read.

No registration required. For teens ages 13-18.

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library is closed and programming is suspended, please join our Facebook group for Knot Just Knitters! Click and answer a few quick questions to be approved. We hope to see you in the group soon!

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Indian Orchard
Every Monday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

Sixteen Acres
Every Wednesday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6858

Central LibraryCommunity Room
Every Thursday, from 12-2 PM
For more information, call Matthew at 413-263-6828, x221

East Springfield
Every Friday, from 10 AM – 12 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

Mason Square
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6853

East Forest Park
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6836

Forest Park
Every Saturday, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6843

Free Computer Classes For Adults

Hands-on workshops including: Using the Internet, File Management, and Online Resources. | Adults

Need a tutorial on using a keyboard and mouse?
Getting Started on a Computer


Success with computers – january 2020

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, and more.

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Library Express at Pine Point
Thursdays 12 noon- 1:30 pm

January 16 – Part 1 – reviews standard Windows features, introduces the web, and editing documents

January 23 – Part 2 – continues with the web, introduces file management, and more

January 30 – Part 3 – continutes with file management, explores search engines, and introduces the Invisible Web


To Register: Use the sign-up links above, or register at any Springfield City Library branch. To speak speak with a reference librarian,  call 413-263-6828 ext. 213, or e-mail askalibrarian@springfieldlibrary.org

Attendance Raffle: Earn a chance to win a $15 gift card for a local retailer for each Hi!Tech workshop you attend. The more Hi!Tech workshops you attend, the greater your chances are to win. Join us, learn, and win!

Questions: If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about Hi!Tech, please contact Matthew at 413-263-6828 ext. 221 or email him at mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org

More Computer Resources

Computer Tools & TutorialsFree resources to help you learn and expand your technology skills.

Write-up Springfield! Monthly at Central

Calling all creative writers! A new group has started to workshop your writing. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library is closed and programming is suspended, please join our online Write-Up Springfield meetings! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Matthew Jaquith at mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org.

Saturday Central Library, Community Room
Second Saturday every month
January 11, February 8, March 14, and April 11
1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults

Creative writers of all types are invited to join Write-Up Springfield at their monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and creative sharing. Here, writers share their creative work for feedback and constructive comments from others in the group in this interactive, adult-only workshop.

Newcomers welcomed, though please preregister at 413-263-6828, x221 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org so we can properly plan.

Funding comes from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Groups

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

NOTE: Given pandemic circumstances, please join our Afterthoughts book group meetings online!

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. New members are always welcome!

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at the Central Library
Online via Zoom
Second Tuesday of each month, from 12 – 1 PM

The group meets at noon on the second Tuesday of every month. Library copies of the book are available for curbside pickup.

Click on this link for the 2020 Reading List.

For further information or to receive an invitation to the monthly online Zoom meeting, please contact Lisa Lipshires at llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org.


Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center
Fourth Thursday of each month, from 10 – 11 AM | Ages 55 and up

Library copies are available at the East Forest Park Branch Library in a variety of formats (large print, audiobook, etc.). For more information, contact Linda at 413-263-6836 or by email at lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org.

What’s Cooking Cookbook Club at Central Library

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

NOTE: While the Library is closed and programming is suspended, please join our online What’s Cooking cookbook group meetings! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Gary Pysznik at gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.

Central Library, Community Room
Third Wednesday of the month | 10 – 11:30 AM | Adults

Join the monthly Cookbook Club to hear about the latest cookbooks, share great recipes, and more in this casual yet informative discussion group. Members may bring-in prepared dishes to share so the group can sample great tastes and be inspired by something new.

Coffee provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.  For more information, contact Gary Pysznik at 413-263-6828 ext. 395 or by email at gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.