ChibiCon 2020 Online

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

Monday November 2 – Saturday November 7
All Ages

ChibiCon, our annual celebration of anime and comics culture, is back in an all-online format!

Details below – and be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram for more on the con!

Events All Week

Art Contest

  • Art can be from any fandom or an original character
  • Art may be any medium
  • Art must be rated PG 13 or less
  • Artists should tag their art with any character names or property names that will help the judges identify what fandom they belong to
  • If the art is of original characters, please tag with #0riginalcharacter
  • Artists will post the image of their art on Instagram and tag with #Chibicon2020
  • Winners will be announced by tagging the winners on Instagram. We will then contact you for information to send your prize.
  • You may post your art anytime between Monday Nov 2, 9 A.M. ET, and Saturday Nov 7, 9 P.M. ET.
  • LOCATION REQUIREMENT?

Cosplay Contest

  • Cosplay can be from any fandom or an original character
  • Cosplay must be rated PG 13 or less
  • Cosplayers should tag pic(s) with any character names or property names that will help the judges identify what fandom they belong to
  • If the cosplay is an original character, please tag with #0riginalcharacter
  • Cosplayers will post the image of their art on Instagram and tag with #Chibicon2020
  • Winners will be announced by tagging the winners on Instagram. We will then contact you for information to send your prize.
  • You may post your cosplay anytime between Monday Nov 2, 9 A.M. ET, and Saturday Nov 7, 9 P.M. ET.
  • LOCATION REQUIREMENT?

Monday November 2

To Be Announced

Tuesday November 3

3:30-4:30 Chibicon Trivia Contest

Show your knowledge of all things Geek! The triumphant team will win the title of Chibicon Champions. (Teen)

Wednesday November 4

10:00-10:30 Stories with Queen Ramonda of Wakanda.

Join Actress Dee Cross as she brings the Queen Mother of Wakanda to life to share some favorite stories from around the world. (Children)

3:00-4:00  Attack of the Mary Sues: Fanfiction 101.

What’s a fan who truly loves their fandom to do when the property itself just isn’t enough? Write your own stories based on the fandom of course! In this workshop, we start with talking about the history of fan fiction in America, and move on to legal issues, critique, and avoiding the pitfalls of writing. Presented by Springfield City Library’s own Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe. (Teen)

Thursday November 5

All Day – Avengers Assemble Virtual Escape Room

Do you have what it takes to help the Earth’s Mightiest heroes? Test your skills in our escape room, and help save the world from the forces of evil. (All Ages)

Friday November 6

10:00-10:30 Stories with Queen Ramonda of Wakanda

Join Actress Dee Cross as she brings the Queen Mother of Wakanda to life to share some favorite stories from around the world. (Children)

2:00-3:00pm A talk with voice actress Danielle McRae

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice of your favorite characters? How do you get into the voice acting business anyway? Actress Danielle McRae has voiced characters in properties such as League of Legends, Sword Art Online, Pokemon Journeys, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.  Come and find out all about the world of voice acting. (Teen)

6:00-7:00 Geek Mad Libs

“Your mom vs the Noobs is on ESPN!” A phrase like this could only come out of an Otaku-themed game of Mad Libs.  Come join the fun as we fill-in-the-blanks and create some memorable stories that may or may not be rooted in reality.  Hosted by McKenzie Barton, manga librarian and staff member of Popculture Anime Con. (Teen)

Saturday November 7

10:00-10:30 Stories with Queen Ramonda of Wakanda

Join Actress Dee Cross as she brings the Queen Mother of Wakanda to life to share some favorite stories from around the world. (Children)

2:00-3:00pm A Talk With Voice Actress Kari Wahlgren

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice of your favorite characters? How do you get into the voice acting business anyway? Actress Kari Wahlgren can be heard in works from Marvel, DC, Disney, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and a host of anime and video games.  You may know her as Tayuya in NARUTO, Zatanna in DC Superhero Girls, or Jessica and Rick’s Ship in Rick and Morty. She’s here to talk about the art of voice acting, and to answer your questions! (Teen)

 

Scattergories for Teens – Online

Play games remotely with the group via Zoom!

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Join us on Zoom for a heated battle of Scattergories! Test out your vocab and trivia knowledge to see if you’ll come out on top as winner. Register to receive the Zoom link! Ages 13-19

Tuesday October 27 | 6-7 PM | Teens 13-19

Register for October 27 Scattergories

Tuesday November 10 | 6-7 PM | Teens 13-19

Register for November 10 Scattergories

 

Guess How Many Candy Corn

From October 5-30, make your best guess to win some free candy!

Guess how many candy corn are in the jar! From October 5-30, make your best guess – once per day at most! – and the winner will receive their own prize of candy corn. Enter below!

Chose your local branch to pick up your prize if you win!
Just one guess per day!

 

Digital Skills for Job Seekers

Register for an online Digital Skills for Job Seekers class series.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

This is a three-part, teleconference series for job seekers. Sign-up for one or all three, the series is perfect for those new to the job market, or recently returning to the job-seeking process.

CREATING RESUMES
Thursday October 22 | 11 AM – 12 pM | Adults 18+

Register for October 22 Class

ONLINE JOB SEARCHING
Thursday October 29 | 11 AM – 12 pM | Adults 18+

Register for October 29 Class

APPLYING FOR JOBS ONLINE
Thursday November 5 | 11 AM – 12 pM | Adults 18+

Register for November 5 Class


You may sign-up for individual classes or the whole series.  Please register by at least one week in advance of each class.

Please register by contacting the librarians at  askalibrarian@springfieldlibrary.org, or call 413-263-6828, ext. 213.

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Each class will include video, discussion, and a special guest speaker involved with employment and career exploration.


This series is supported by United Personnel, and the Friends of the Library.

Knot Just Knitters

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

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed and in-person 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

Books & Brew Book Club

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed and in-person programming is suspended, please join our Books & Brew meetings online! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Kat Good-Schiff at kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org.

East Forest Park Branch
First Wednesday of the month, starting at 6:00 PM | Adults

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion. Library copies of each month’s book are available for checkout at the East Forest Park Branch. Adults.

No sign up is required, however, please email Kat at kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org if you have any questions.

 

Teen Advisory Boards

Would you like to make changes at the library? Join one of our Teen Advisory Boards and share your ideas. | Teens

East Forest Park
If interested, please contact 413-263-6836.

East Springfield Branch
Teen Advisory Board
Teens, shouldn’t you have a say in what your library does? We want you to join our Teen Advisory Board. Share ideas about improving library programming and events and give input on  material selection. Talk about your ideas to make the library a better place. Come and enjoy refreshments while you meet new friends, and make your voice heard.

Sixteen Acres Branch
Teen Readers Advisory Panel
Last Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 – 5:45 PM | Ages 13-19

Here’s your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served.  If interested, please fill in this online application below or contact the young adult reference librarian.

Application for the Teen Readers Advisory Panel (TRAP) - Sixteen Acres
Please read the Teen Advisory Information Sheet before completing the form. Thank you.

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Groups

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

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed and in-person programming is suspended, 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.

LEGO Clubs

LEGO enthusiasts let your imagination run wild! Drop in for freestyle building and browse the library’s many LEGO themed books. | Children

East Forest Park Branch, Children’s Room
Every Day | Open Hours | Ages 5-12
Drop in any time we’re open for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library’s many Lego-themed books. Name your creation and display it in our Children’s Room. Ideal for children ages 5-12, but all are welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Indian Orchard Branch
Tuesdays | 3:30-5:00 PM | Children
Let your imagination run wild!

Library Express at Pine Point Branch
Wednesdays | 5:00-5:45 PM | Ages 5-10
Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Sixteen Acres Branch
Mondays | 1:00-5:00 PM | Ages 5-10
Drop in for freestyle building, meeting new friends, and browsing the library’s many Lego-themed books. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.