December Crafts and Take & Makes for Kids

Crafts and activities for kids at the library in December! | Children

Make a Faux Gingerbread house

December 1-15

Make your very own Gingerbread House to keep all year long. We will supply the cardboard base, felt for the gingerbread & candies to decorate your house. Make it special by adding your own materials found at home. When finished send a picture to tlabroad@springfieldlibrary.org to be entered into a raffle to win a special prize. Kits can be picked up during open hours.

At the following library location: East Springfield Branch

New Year Cards for Meals on Wheels

December 1-23

Enjoy a special family activity while reaching out to your neighbors. All ages are welcome to drop in to any location and make New Year cards for homebound Meals on Wheels recipients. Materials provided. Finished cards will be delivered in early January.

At the following library locations: All library locations

Seasonal Ornament Workshop

December 1-23

Stop by and make a seasonal ornament suitable to display anywhere. We’ll make something different each week! A fun activity for all ages. During open hours.

At the following library location:  Mason Square Branch

Candy Cane Reindeer Craft

December 13-18

This fun seasonal craft makes a cute decoration, gift, or party favor. Join the fun- all ages welcome. While supplies last.

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

New Year’s Eve In A Bag

December 27-30

Countdown to the New Year with a bag of fun activities geared to families. Kit includes: clock craft, noisemakers, popcorn and more!

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

52 Thoughts for You Craft – December 10 & 13

Make a simple but heartfelt gift for someone you love with 52 messages to tell them how much you care. | Teens

Forest Park Branch
Friday, December 10 | 3-5 pm | Teens – Register

Central Library – Teen Area
Monday, December 13 | 5-6:30 pm | Teens – Register

Join us to make a simple but heartfelt gift for someone you love as you fill a decorated mason jar with 52 messages to tell them how much you care – one for each week of 2022.

It’s perfect for any family or friends who love homemade gifts. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies as you work. Ages 12-18.

Please register to make sure you get a spot.

Taste Test Tuesdays

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! | Children and Teens

Forest Park Branch
Tuesdays | 4-5 PM | Children and Teens – Starts December 7!

Come sample new snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We’ll supply anything from international to limited edition or seasonal snacks – open to your suggestions. Ages 5-18.

Mitten Tree

Donations of new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves accepted for the mitten tree at all library locations. | All Ages

All Library Locations
November 29 – December 30 | Open Hours

Donations of new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves may be added to the mitten tree in any library location.

Donated items will be distributed throughout Springfield in January. Thank you!

Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt

Get ready to think outside of the box! This December, complete the Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt to enter to win prizes! | Teens

ONLINE
December 1-31 | Ages 13-19

Get ready to think outside of the box! This December, complete the Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt challenges and earn points for a chance to win an Instax camera! Register online to receive your instructions. Submissions must be received by December 31st.

Participants will receive instructions when they register online and must submit their challenge photos digitally. Download the GooseChase phone app or submit via email!

Register at the link starting November 21. Instructions will be provided in the confirmation email.

Prize: Grand prize winner will receive a Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera and film, and the second and third place winners will receive gift cards to Dunkin Donuts.

Instax Mini Bundle

Please contact Talin at tlinina@springfieldlibrary.org with any questions!

 

English Conversation Circle

Come practice your English conversation with a small group of peers and your local librarians. | Adults and Families

Forest Park Branch
Saturdays | 10-11 AM | Adults and Families – Starts November 6!

Come practice your English conversation with a small group of peers and your local librarians! Intermediate to advanced English preferred. We’ll have coffee and light snacks. Families welcome.

Venga a practicar su inglés en conversación con un grupo pequeño y sus bibliotecarias locales! Inglés intermedio a avanzado preferido. Tendremos café y desayuno ligero. Familias bienvenidas.

 

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

POSTPONED, new date TBA
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
The performance will be recorded and uploaded at a later time, TBD.

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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Hora de Cuentos (Spanish Storytime)

Vengan y participen en una hora de cuentos en español: cuentos, cancioncitas, rimas, y actividades manuales. | Niños

Forest Park Branch
Tuesdays | 10-11 AM | Ages 1-5

Vengan y participen todos los martes en una hora de cuentos en español: cuentos, cancioncitas, rimas, y actividades manuales. Compartan con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5, familias bienvenidas.

Come and join us every Tueday for a story time in Spanish: stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5, families welcome.

Queer+ Teen Space

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield for an afternoon of anything YOU want to do! | Teens

Alternating between Central Library and Forest Park Branch:

Central Library – Community Room
October 16, December 18, February 19 | 2-3 PM | Teens

Forest Park Branch – Program Den
November 20, January 15 | 2-3 PM | Teens

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield for a Saturday afternoon for anything from astrology readings to zine making – whatever YOU want to do!

Every third Saturday of the month we’ll be meeting to build a safe space to hang out and taking your ideas for games, activities, your favorite books or shows to talk about, or just conversation topics you love.

Location will alternate between Central Library and Forest Park Branch.

Register below:

 

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

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