December Events & Activities for Adults

Join us for these events and activities at the library in December! | Adults

Bracelet bead stitching

Forest Park Branch
Saturday, December 3 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Adults

Join us at the Forest Park Branch Library and make a bracelet by stitching! No expertise needed, supplies provided.

adult craft – stained glass

East Springfield Branch
Wednesday, December 7 | 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Adults | Register

Learn how to create your own personalized stained glass creations using glue and paint. Once dry, they can be hung in the window or use multiple creations to create a lampshade.

Wrap & yap

Brightwood Branch
Friday, December 9 | 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM | Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesday, December 13 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Adults

Indian Orchard Branch
Wednesday, December 14 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Adults

Join the librarians for a Wrap & Yap party! Get your wrapping out of the way, away from nosy family members while still enjoying the company of others. Some supplies will be available, but resource sharing is strongly encouraged! Bring any wrapping paper you’d like to share, wrapping scraps, newspaper, or gift bags. Get wrapping tips and up-cycle ideas! Refreshments provided.

build a gingerbread house

 East Springfield Branch
Saturday, December 10 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM| All Ages

Get into the festive holiday spirit by making gingerbread houses with graham crackers and decorate it with sweets! While supplies last.

crafting with delphine: cardmaking!

East Forest Park Branch
Saturday, December 17 | 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM | Adults | Register

Join us for crafts with the incredible Delphine Williams! Delphine will share all of her knowledge, talents, and expertise during each monthly session. Come craft with us! This month features a Cardmaking workshop – but space and supplies are limited, and registration is required.

adult craft – deluxe cards

East Springfield Branch
Saturday, December 17 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Adults

Learn how to create 3D, cutout, pop-out, and other cards for holidays, birthdays, or any occasion.

Raymond Jordan Senior Center Book Club

Come join us for a fascinating book club at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center! | Adults

Raymond Jordan Senior Center
Third Thursday of the Month | 10:00-11:00 AM | Adults

Come join us for a fascinating book club at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center! Do you love to read about real life events? Are you intrigued by learning more about others’ stories and experiences – whether in the present or the past? If so, then meet us at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center for our monthly Book Club, where we delve into the heart of historical fiction, non-fiction, and even memoir.

We will bring each month’s book in large and regular print to each book club meeting. If you need assistance getting additional copies, please contact Elizabeth McKinstry at emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org.

December Events & Activities for Children

Join us for these events and activities at the library in December! | Children

winter PINECONE gnome take and make

East Springfield Branch
Thursday, December 1 – Saturday, December 31 | Open Hours | Ages 5-18

Come pick up a Winter Pinecone gnome kit to make your very own good luck gnome! The kit contains everything you need, but you can add to it with whatever you have at home.

sparkling snowflakes for everyone

Indian Orchard Branch
Saturday, December 3 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Ages 8+

Using a variety of materials, we will create sparkling snowflakes to hang in your windows or on your tree. For ages 8 and up. For more information, please call 413-263-6846.

Chill Out Storytime

Sixteen Acres Branch
Mondays: December 5 & 19 | 1:30 PM & 4:00 PM (both days) | Ages 2-5

Need a break from the hectic holiday hubbub? Join us for your librarian’s favorite stories and a song or two. Ideal for ages 2-5 with younger and older children welcome.

WRITE A LETTER DAY

Sixteen Acres Branch
Monday, December 5 – Saturday, December 10 | Open Hours| Ages 5-13

December 7 is Letter Writing Day. Drop in all week and find supplies to write and mail your own letter or postcard! Envelopes and stamps provided.

Animal Tales with Forest Park Zoo!

Forest Park Branch
Tuesdays: December 6, 13, & 20 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Ages 2-5
Register via our online calendar!

Come to the Library for Animal Tales! The Forest Park Zoo will be at the Forest Park Library on Tuesday mornings in December to introduce new animal friends – just for the littles! Preschool age children will enjoy a craft, game, or activity related to an animal storytime – and meet an animal ambassador from the book! Registration is requested.

build a gingerbread house

 East Springfield Branch
Saturday, December 10 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM| All Ages

Get into the festive holiday spirit by making gingerbread houses with graham crackers and decorate it with sweets! While supplies last.

holidays celebration

Brightwood Branch
Monday, December 12 & Wednesday,  December 14 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Ages 3-5

Let’s celebrate the spirit of the Holidays with favorite stories and craft related activities.

hot chocolate in a jar

Brightwood Branch
Tuesday, December 13 | 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM| Children & Teens

Short on time or money for a holiday gift? Or simply looking to have something handy for a cold winter’s day? Come down to Brightwood to make your very own Hot Chocolate in a jar using marshmallows, chocolate chips and more! Supplies and refreshments will be provided.

DIY SNOW GLOBE NECKLACES FOR TWEENS AND TEENS

Indian Orchard Branch
Wednesday, December 21 | 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM | Ages 11-18 | Register

Make a Snow Globe necklace for yourself or as a stocking stuffer. Indian Orchard Library Community Room. Preregistration required. Preregister online or by calling 413-263-6846.

New year’s eve in a bag

 East Springfield Branch, Mason Square BranchSixteen Acres Branch
Tuesday,  December 27 – Saturday, December 31 | Open Hours| Ages 5-11

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

cookies and cocoa party

 Sixteen Acres Branch
Thursday, December 29 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Ages 5-13 | Register

Celebrate winter break at the library! Stop by for a morning of tasty treats. Fill up your mug with steaming hot cocoa and decorate your own cookie with all sorts of wacky colors and shimmering sprinkles! We ask guardians to accompany any child under 10.

Mitten Tree – December

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

All Library Locations
December 1 – December 31 | 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!

Minecraft Clubs

Build, play, create – and battle zombies, of course! | Children & Teens

Indian Orchard Minecrafters

Indian Orchard Branch
Every Other Saturday: December 3 & 17 & 31, January 14 & 28
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! Space limited to 6 participants so come early. Please call (413) 263-6846 for more information.

Game Day Thursdays

Challenge friends to board or card games, relax, and hang out! | Forest Park | Teens

Forest Park Branch
Thursdays (starting December 1st) | 3:30-6:30 PM | Teens

Stop by the Forest Park Branch Library after school on Thursdays for some gaming fun! Challenge friends to board or card games, relax, and hang out! Tweens/Teens | Ages 11-18

Crafty Wednesdays

Learn how to make your own soap, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft! | Forest Park | Teens

Forest Park Branch
1st & 3rd Wednesdays (starting December 7th) | 3:30-4:30 PM | Teens

Join us for some de-stressing arts and crafts! You can learn how to make your own soap, make a collage, or try out a seasonal craft. For teens/ tweens age 11-18.

Tasty Tuesdays

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

Forest Park Branch
Tuesdays | 3:30-4:30 PM | Teens

Come enjoy snacks every Tuesday at the Forest Park library! We’ll supply anything from international to limited edition, or seasonal snacks. For teens/ tweens age 11-18.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read just one book a day to build a foundation for lifelong success. Prizes awarded for every 100 books! | Children

All Library Locations
Starts January 2022, ongoing

All it takes is sharing one book a day with your child to build a foundation for lifelong success. Start your child’s book journey today! The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts kindergarten.

If you read just 1 book a day, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think. So, let’s get started!

How to Participate

Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you.

Keep track of the number of books you read with your child. Ask your librarian for a paper log to start on your reading journey.

You may choose instead to log your books online using Beanstack. Visit our Beanstack website or download the app to log your books digitally. You can view Beanstack instructions here or ask a librarian on how to use it.

After each 100 books you read, visit your local Springfield City Library branch to collect your free book prize. After 1000 books, come in and get a tote bag!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this program?
– Any child from birth until they enter kindergarten.

How long does the program take?
– The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years. The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

Can we repeat books?
– Yes!

How many of my children can participate?
– All of them (provided they have not started kindergarten). Make it even more fun and read as a family!