Cold Iron Chef – November 27

We provide ingredients, you make a dish! Who will be left standing with the title of Cold Iron Chef? | Teens

Central Library – Community Room
Saturday, November 27 | 1-3 pm | Teens

We provide the ingredients! You create your best dishes for the judges to try! Who will be left standing with the title of Cold Iron Chef!

Open to teens 13-19.

Chibicon 2021 – November 13-14

Join our our annual celebration of anime and comics culture! | All Ages

Central Library
Saturday, November 13 | 9:30 am -4:30 pm – Register!
Sunday, November 14 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm – Register!

ChibiCon, Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture is back and better than ever!

This year we will continue to offer the best in animated entertainment – Saturday will feature some of your favorites in animation in our film festival, and other surprises!

Sunday will include our famous art and costume contests, and much more!

Snacks will be provided both days, and best of all- it’s completely free!

Details coming soon – stay tuned!

Simple Crafts for Adults

Join other adults for low-pressure, simple crafts you can complete in an evening. | Adults

Central Library – Mezzanine, in Rice Hall
3rd Wednesday every month | 5:30-7:30 PM | Adults 18+ – Starts November 17!

Come join other grown folks for easy crafts and conversation. We’ll provide all the supplies and you can go home with something you made yourself!

No registration, just drop in – but supplies are limited!

 

Soothing Adult Coloring

Need a chance to unwind, color beautiful designs, and leave your stress behind? Join us every month for coloring for adults.

Central Library – Mezzanine, in Rice Hall
1st Wednesday every month | 5:30-7:30 PM | Adults 18+ Starts November 3!

Come join other grown folks for some low-key coloring and conversation – or feel free to come color with your headphones if you just need some wind-down time!

We’ll provide all the coloring supplies. No registration, just drop in!

Self Care 101 for Teens

Make your own calming tea blend, an aromatherapy scrub, and learn journaling skills at this fun session. | Teens

Central Library – Teen Area
Wednesday, November 3 | 4-6 pm | Teens

Forest Park Branch
November 8-12 | 3-5 pm | Teens
November 13 | 1-3 pm | Teens

Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesday, November 9 | 4-6 pm | Teens – CANCELED

East Springfield Branch
Wednesday, November 10| 4-6 pm | Teens

Self care is especially important as we head into the colder times of the year. Make your own calming tea blend, make an aromatherapy scrub, and learn journaling skills that can help you organize your thoughts.

Open to teens 13-19, first come first serve, while supplies last.

 

Halloween Party with Live Family-Friendly DJ

Join us out on the Museum Quad behind the Central Library for an afternoon of family friendly tunes spun by local Springfield DJ Boogy! All ages.

Central Library – Museum Quad
Saturday, October 30 | 1-4 pm | All Ages

Join us out on the Museum Quad behind the Central Library for an afternoon of family friendly tunes spun by local Springfield DJ Boogy!

We’ll have dancing for all ages, and a costume contest for teens! Join us at the Mad Scientist photo booth, and visit the museums as well for all the trick-or-treating you could want!

(In case of weather, the party will move into the Rotunda.)

Horror Story Challenge – October 27

Drop in, write a horror story, and compete for prizes! | Teens

Central Library – Teen Room
October 27 | 5-7 PM | Teens

Check in at the teen room anytime between 5-7 pm on the contest day for the writing prompts and write a short horror story using one of the themes. Story cannot be more than 1,500 words (that’s around 3 pages) but can be shorter.

Prizes will be awarded! Refreshments and writing supplies will be provided in the room!

All stories must be given to the teen librarian by no later than 7pm on the same day.

 

 

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

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

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.

Robert Meeropol: Justice for Ethel Rosenberg – October 25

Robert Meeropol examines the controversial trial and execution of his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. | Adults

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Monday, October 25 | 6:30-7:30 pm | Adults

Join us for an informative program via Zoom examining the controversial 1953 trial and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Our featured guest will be Attorney Robert Meeropol, the younger son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Robert and his brother Michael are demanding an official exoneration of his mother Ethel for espionage. They claim their mother was not a spy and her trial was a perversion of justice.

Attorney Meeropol strongly suggests that those interested in this program read Anne Sebba’s book Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy.

To join this Zoom program, please use this link.

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