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

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.

April is Poetry Month

April is Poetry month! Here are some ways you can celebrate.

Poem With Your Pickup

poem clip artAll curbside pickups throughout April will include an age-appropriate poem (children, teens, adults). A new poem every week!

 

A List of Poetry Books

pile of booksClick to see a list of poetry books by local authors! Put one (or more) on hold for curbside pickup.

 

 

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month at Home or Online

This list from Poets.org has 30 activities to celebrate National Poetry Month while social distancing!

Here are just a few:

  • Read 2020’s most-read poem, Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness”
  • Record yourself reading a poem, and share why you chose that work online using the hashtag #ShelterinPoems. Be sure to tag @poetsorg on twitter and instagram!
  • Check out an e-book of poetry from your local library
  • Browse Poems for Kids
  • Take a socially safe walk and write a poem outside
  • Make a poem to share on Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 29, 2020

April Family Activities

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

Thank You Postcards to Baystate Medical Center

April 1-15

Send a thank you postcard to workers at Baystate Medical Center! The take and make kit will contain two addressed and stamped postcards and coloring supplies. Remember all the staff that have worked so hard to keep us safe and healthy! When finished, just mail the card, and Baystate Medical Center will display it for all the workers to enjoy.

At the following locations: Brightwood Branch, Central Library, Forest Park Branch, East Forest Park Branch, East Springfield Branch

The Lorax Take and Make

April 1-22

Do you speak for the trees? Celebrate Earth Day with the Lorax! Pick up a Take and Make Bag curbside to make a Lorax of your own. Ages 5-10.

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

Rainbow Ribbon Dancers

Postponed until May

Beading fun

March 1 – April 30

Looking for a fresh craft idea?  We have “bead-iful” fun just waiting for you! Children can make wristbands and necklaces to wear while practicing patterns, counting and fine motor skills.  We’ll provide a bag full of plastic and wooden beads along with a variety of string, yarn and pipe cleaners.  Ideal for children ages 3-8 with older children welcome. Call for convenient curbside pickup.

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

Color scavenger hunt

March 15 – April 30

What colored 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.

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

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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

What a fantastic event! Video coming soon – and 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!

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

Romance Book Club

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults

NOTE: For now, please join our Romance Book Club meetings online! Registration is optional, click for  link. 

ONLINE via Zoom
Saturdays once a month | 3:00-4:00 PM | Adults
February 27 – FIRST MEETING!
March 27
April 24 – Click for Zoom Link!
May 22
June 19
July 31
August 28

Join us for the new Romance Book Club! We’ll alternate months reading your own choice and reading the group’s choice.

April Book choice: Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins (click here for catalog, click here for Overdrive e-book, click here for hoopla e-book and audiobook)

Our Romance collection librarian will tell you all about exciting additions to the collection, and we’ll get your input on what you’d like to see more of and what we should read.

One Saturday a month, 3-4 pm, online via Zoom. Register if you’d like to be added to our email list, but no registration is required – just join us at the Zoom link, above. For adults 18+.

Please email Elizabeth McKinstry at emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org or Anna Mickelsen at amickelsen@springfieldlibrary.org if you have any questions, or call either one of us at 413-263-6828.


Group Guidelines

The book group will meet monthly via zoom to discuss books in the romance genre. Our definition of romance includes both HEA (Happily Ever After) and HFN (Happy For Now) endings. We will discuss what we read on our own, talk about forthcoming titles, and also pick books to read as a group, either voting on titles prepared by group leaders or taking turns selecting titles.

This book group will strive to be a safe and inclusive space. Racist and homophobic remarks will not be tolerated, and the group may set other content lines to be drawn in discussion or in reading material (e.g., mentions of self-harm, gore, sexual assault) in order to make the experience as fun for all participants as possible. As this is a romance book group, it should be assumed that books read and discussed will often include sex, sometimes explicit in nature.

Book group leaders will:

  • Read the entire book
  • Gather information to help enhance the discussion
  • Be prepared to offer counter opinions – even if they differ from our own
  • Be prepared to begin new lines of discussion when necessary
  • Not let one person monopolize the discussion
  • Be willing and prepared to take control of the group, firmly but respectfully

Book group participants will:

  • Make their best effort to complete the book
  • Come ready to both share and listen
  • Be ready to back up opinions with the “why”
  • Have a great time — if you stop enjoying it, let the leader know