Discover Your Summer Events & Activities

Join us for Discover Your Summer: Summer Reading decorating events, kickoff parties, crafts, and more! | All Ages

SUMMER READING CLUB CHALLENGE

June 21 – August 27 | All Ages

This summer, join our Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read and get rewards, enter raffles for prizes, and more! Click the button below to learn more.

Learn About Summer Reading Club!

Summer Reading kickoff concert & Party!

Thursday, June 2 | 3:30-7:00 PM | All Ages

Join us at Forest Park Library as we kick off Summer Reading! Celebrate summer with games, prizes, activities, and a live concert by regionally renowned salsa group, Orquesta Sensacional! Let’s Party!

At the following library locations: Forest Park Branch

Create summer reading program decorations!

Wednesdays, June 8 & June 15 | 5:00-6:00 PM | Ages 3+

Help the Children’s Room create decorations for the Summer Reading Program! We’ll be making sea-themed decorations this year, and we want to make as big a splash as possible!

At the following library locations: Central Library

Decoration Day!

Wednesdays, June 8 & June 15 | Open Hours | Children & Families

Join the fun as we decorate the library for Summer Reading Club. Help us create an ocean-full of sea-inspired crafts just right for this year’s Summer Reading Club.

At the following library locations on June 8: East Springfield, Mason Square
At the following library locations on June 15: Sixteen Acres

Discover Your Summer: Drop-In Crafts!

June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9, 16, & 30 | Open Hours | Teens

Stop into the Central Branch Library every other Tuesday between June 14 to Aug 30, to see what creative project is waiting for you.

At the following library locations: Central Library

Discover Your Summer: Crafts & Scavenger Hunts!

All Summer Long | Open Hours | All Ages

Check with your local library branch to see what activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts they have going on that week! Available while supplies last.

At All Library Locations

Summer reading Challenge accepted!

3rd Wednesday of the Month: June 15, July 20, August 17
3:00-4:30 PM | All Ages

The Summer Reading Challenge is on! Join us for a monthly meet-up to enjoy some snacks and chat about the books that we’re reading – and what we’re excited to read next!

At the following library locations: East Forest Park Branch

Summer Reading Kickoff with Sparky the fire dog!

Wednesday, June 15 | 3:00-4:30 PM | All Ages

Come join Sparky and the firefighters from the East Forest Park station to celebrate summer reading – with a special guest appearance by Bruins mascot, Blades!! Enjoy some ice cream, check out the cool fire truck – and while you’re at it- sign up for this year’s Discover Your Summer Reading program!

At the following library locations: East Forest Park Branch

Central Library Summer Reading Kickoff!

Saturday, June 18 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | All Ages

Join us to kick-off summer fun! Music by DJ, activities and games, as well as face painting by the Happy Face Painter. While you’re here, DISCOVER our annual summer reading program. Ed Popielarczyk will stop by with walk-about magic too! Fun for all ages. On the Springfield Museum quad. No rain date.

At the following library locations: Central Library

Summer Reading Kickoff!

Wednesday, June 22 | 1:00-3:00 PM | All Ages

Join us on the lawn for games, raffles and crafts to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation- and summer reading! Discover your summer at the Springfield City Library.

At the following library locations: Indian Orchard Branch

How Many? How much? How heavy?

June 20 – August 27th | Open Hours | All Ages

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize.

At the following library locations: Indian Orchard Branch

summer reading celebration!

Thursday, July 7th | 1-2 PM at Brightwood | 3-5 PM at East Springfield
Children & Families

Celebrate Summer Reading! Performer Tom Sieling will keep your toes tapping with an “ocean-full” of songs guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Come join the fun! Refreshments provided.

At the following library locations: Brightwood Branch & East Springfield Brach

Summer Feeding = Summer Reading

Monday through Friday: June 27 – August 26th | All Ages Up to 18

Visit the library locations listed below for special activities, like gardening programs, food trucks visits, as well as delicious nutritious lunches for kids up to age 18!

For more information go to: www.homegrownspringfield.org

June Crafts for Children, Teens, & Families

Crafts and activities at the library in June! | Children, Teens, and Families

Father’s Day Cards

Saturday, June 4 – Saturday, June 18 | Open Hours | All Ages

Drop by to make a card for dear ol’ Dad. Supplies and templates will be provided so that you can craft a card that will put a smile on the face of Dad, Pop, Grandpa and Uncle Joe. Show someone how special they are with a personalized card made by you! All supplies provided.

At the following library locations: All Library Locations

bad art night

Wednesday, June 29 | 5:00-6:00 PM | Children & Teens

Head to the children’s room at Central Library to make the weirdest and worst art you’ve ever seen! Geared for ages 5+.

At the following library locations: Central Library

Music Fridays

Stop by on Fridays for a low-pressure learning environment with guitar, ukulele, percussion, and more! | Forest Park | Teens

Forest Park Branch
Fridays, except school holidays | 3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 11-18

Did you try one of our ukulele programs and want to keep practicing, or always wanted to try learning an instrument? Stop by the Forest Park Branch Community Room on Fridays for a low-pressure learning environment with guitar, ukulele, percussion, and more!

The Haunting of Mirror Lake Manor: A D&D Mini-Campaign

Join us for a seven-week Mini-Campaign online! Beginners and seasoned players welcome. | Teens

Online
Saturdays | April 16, 23, 30 | May 7, 14, 21, 28 | June 4
2:00-4:30 pm | Ages 13-18 | Register for the Campaign

Have you been itching to play D&D? Join us for a seven week Mini Campaign “The Haunting of Mirror Lake Manor!” Beginners and seasoned players welcome.

This program will be held online only. We will use a combination of Zoom and Roll20. (Computers at library locations will be available for the program if needed.)

The campaign will run every Saturday afternoon between April 16th and June 4th, from 2:00-4:30 PM. Registration is required, as program space is limited to 6 players. The registration link is above. Please be aware that you will be registering for all dates of the campaign.

Please send any questions to DM Sam Hoffman: shoffman@springfieldlibrary.org

Teen Detective’s Book Club

Calling all detectives! Do you love solving a mystery? Join us at the Forest Park Branch once a month to hash out all the clues! | Forest Park | Teens

Forest Park Branch
First Tuesday of the Month – June 7, July 5, August 2
4-4:45 pm | Ages 14-19

Calling all detectives! Do you love solving a mystery? Join us at the Forest Park Library once a month to hash out all the clues!

Upcoming Selections:

Sadie by Courtney SummersJune 7
Sadie
by Courtney Summers – (2018) YA fiction

Sadie’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated Colorado town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. When Mattie is found dead, and the police investigation is botched, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice.

 

 

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica GoodmanJuly 5
They Wish They Were Us
by Jessica Goodman – (2020) YA fiction

At an exclusive prep school on Long Island, Jill Newman looks forward to her senior year as a member of the school’s most elite clique, the Players, until new evidence surfaces about the murder of her close friend Shaila.

 

 

The Project by Courtney SummersAugust 2
The Project
by Courtney Summers – (2021) YA fiction

Lo Denham, wants to expose the Unity Project as a cult and reconnect with her indoctrinated sister, but as she immerses herself in the group with no signs of Bea, Lo begins to question everything she thought was true.
After their parents died, Bea Denham joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She has spent the last six years of her life trying– and failing– to prove it. When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo’s investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren. Delving into The Project and the lives of its members upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her.

Minecraft Clubs

Build, play, create – and battle zombies, of course! | Forest Park & Indian Orchard | Children & Teens

Minecraft Monday

Forest Park Branch
Mondays: June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25 | 4:00-4:45 PM | Ages 12-17

Join us at the Forest Park Library every other Monday afternoon for Minecraft adventures! Join our library server and explore the ever-expanding, world-building awesomeness of Minecraft!

Indian Orchard Minecrafters

Indian Orchard Branch
Saturdays: May 21, June 25, July 23, August 27 | 12:00-2:00 PM | Ages 10 +

Join us at the Indian Orchard Library for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! The second Saturday of the month from 12:00-2:00pm. Space limited to 8 participants so come early. Please call (413) 263-6846 for more information.

Houseplant Hangout

Make DIY pots, repot plants together, learn cool plant hacks, and meet others in the area with this hobby! | Forest Park | All Ages

Forest Park Branch
Last Saturday every month | 2:00-3:00 PM | All Ages

Do you love houseplants? So do we! Join the staff at Forest Park Library each month to talk all things houseplants! Make DIY pots, repot plants together, learn cool plant hacks, get new care tips, discover new plants, and meet others in the area with this hobby!

Wednesday STEM Day

Stop by for some fun hands-on STEM activities: from making ice cream or slime to taking apart electronics! | Forest Park | Teens

Forest Park Branch
Wednesdays: May 4, May 11, May 18, June 2, June 8, June 15, June 22
3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 11-18

Stop by the Forest Park Branch after school on Wednesdays for some fun hands-on STEM activities – from making ice cream or slime to taking apart electronics!

Thursday Crafternoons

Join us for some de-stressing arts and crafts! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. | Forest Park | Teens

Thursday Crafternoons

Forest Park Branch
Thursdays | 3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 11-18

Join us at the Forest Park Library for some de-stressing arts and crafts every Thursday afternoon! Learn how to crochet, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft.

Teen Writer’s Guild

Join us for writing games and practice developing your creative writing skills. | Forest Park | Teens

Forest Park Branch
4th Thursday of each month | 4-4:45 pm Ages 13-18

Do you love Creative Writing? Can’t get enough of fiction? Love putting your thoughts into poems? Want to pen the next big screenplay? Then come join us at the Forest Park Library for a monthly Writers’ Guild just for you! Let’s discover writing games, learn new forms and genres, practice with prompts, and share your writing for workshop. Develop your creative writing skill and learn what it takes to edit your work. All skill levels are welcome, but please preregister!

Register on our online calendar.