Discover Paper Quilling – August 7

Learn the lovely art of paper quilling at the East Forest Park Branch. | Adults

Example of paper quillingEast Forest Park Branch
Wednesday August 7 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Adults

Now is your chance to learn the craft of paper quilling. Library staff Delphine Williams will provide basic instruction on how to roll specially prepared paper into paper quill designs. Participants will be able to create a hand designed card.



All materials will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. No experience necessary. Adults 18+

Farmer’s Market Cooking Challenge at East Forest Park Branch

Enter to win with your recipe for tasty, nutritious dishes baked or cooked with local ingredients. | All Ages

East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday August 14 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Adults

Put your culinary creativity to work this summer with foods you buy at the Forest Park Farmer’s Market, or other local farmer’s market! We are looking for tasty, nutritious recipes baked or cooked with local natural ingredients.

Present your best item with a printed recipe at the beginning of the program to be judged by local food experts.  Prepare enough for at least three judges to taste (more to share if you can). First, second, and third prizes will be awarded.

To submit an entry, please sign-up online or with a librarian. All ages.

Click to Sign Up!

Discover Body Tracing Art – July 31

Create a full size portrait using a variety of art supplies. | Children

East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday July 31| 3:00-5:00 PM | Children

This program will help children discover themselves through full scale portraits. Children will be creating life size self portraits by tracing themselves on large paper. They can then decorate, paint or collage their self portraits with a variety of craft supplies provided, including fabrics, yarn, markers, paint, crayons, colored pencils etc.

Knot Just Knitters

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

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.

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

Central Library
Please note this will be held in the Community Room starting July 11
Every Thursday, from 12-2 PM
For more information, call Matthew at 413-263-6828, x221

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

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

Books & Brew Book Club at Nathan Bill’s

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill’s Bar and Restaurant. | Adults

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

Nathan Bill’s Bar and Restaurant – 110 Island Pond Road

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew at Nathan Bill’s Bar and Restaurant. Library copies of each month’s book are available for checkout at the East Forst Park Branch.

No sign up is required, however, please email Beth at if you have any questions.

This program is intended for 20-30 somethings, but all are welcome. Ages 21+.

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
Every other month on the 2nd Saturday, from 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 13 – 19

If interested, please contact the young adult reference librarian Beth Ortiz at or 413-263-6836.

Meeting dates for this school year are September 8 and November 10, 2018, and January 12, March 9, and May 11, 2019.

East Springfield Branch
Teen Advisory Board
First Friday of the month, from 3:30 – 4:30 PM | Ages 13-18

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

Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. We select a new book to discuss every month. New members are always welcome.

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at the Central Library
Central Library, Community Room
Second Tuesday of each month, from 12 – 1 PM

Ask for a copy of the current book at the second level circulation desk. Click on this link for the 2019 Reading List. For more information, contact Lisa at 413-263-6828 ext. 395 or by email

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