October Crafts for Children, Teens, and Families

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

I Spy Mr. Pumpkin

Brightwood BranchEast Springfield Branch, Indian Orchard Branch
October 1-31 | Open Hours | All Ages

During the month of October, stop by each week to find a decorated hidden pumpkin. When you find it, let us know so you can enter into a raffle to win the pumpkin!

Guess the Candy Corn Weight

East Springfield Branch
October 1st – 29th| Open Hours| Children

Can you guess how much our special pumpkin container filled with Candy Corn weighs. Who ever comes closest without going over wins the Candy Corn.

Teen Closet Cleaning Crafts

Indian Orchard Branch
Wednesday, October 5 | 4:00-6:00 PM | Teens

What can you create with our grab bag of crafting goodies? We will have available a variety or crafting supplies – felt, foam, embroidery floss, paint, paper, markers, beads, SPARKLY stickers….. Your imagination is the limit! For ages 11-18. The first Wednesday of the month, from 4-6 pm. Indian Orchard Library. For more information please call 413-263-6846.

Pumpkin Painting

Central Library
Thursday, October 27 | 3:00-4:30 PM | Teens

Come to the teen room, pick your pumpkin and paint it into a masterpiece! All supplies provided, while they last. We’ll phototgraph your pumpkin for social media, and then you take it home! Teens 12-19 welcome!

Monster Mashup

Mason Square Branch
Thursday, October 27 | 4:00-5:00 PM | Children & Families

Celebrate all things monster! Enjoy stories and a monster mash-up craft.

Comic Zone! Make a Springfield City Library Comic Book

Your artwork can become part of a Springfield City Library comic book! | Teens

Indian Orchard Branch
October 1 – November 30 | Open Hours | Teens

Get your comic published! Come to your participating branch library to pick up templates and drawing pencils. Drop off your finished comic at your branch (with name, contact number and permission slip) before Nov. 30th. It will become part of a Springfield City Library comic book. Copies will be printed for all participants. Art should be in black and white.

For more information please call 413-263-6846.

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.

Minecraft Clubs

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

Minecraft Monday

Sixteen Acres Branch
Every Other Monday: October 17, October 31, November 14
3:00-4:00 PM | Ages 8+

Join us 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: September 24, October 8 & 22, November 5 | 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 8 participants so come early. Please call (413) 263-6846 for more information.

Chair Yoga – Fall Classes

Using gentle stretching while seated, chair yoga allows adults of all abilities to improve flexibility and balance. | Mason Square | Adults

Chair Yoga for Adults

Mason Square Branch
Thursdays: October 6, 13, 20, 27 & November 3, 17 | 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Adults

No registration required!

Join us for 45 minutes chair yoga. Using gentle stretching while seated, chair yoga allows adults of all abilities to improve flexibility and balance. Instructor Cindy Senk, who is a certified accessible yoga teacher, will lead the class. Note: Class will begin before the branch is open to the public.

Teen Choice Day

Suggest YOUR program idea that you would like to see at the library. Then join us for the fun! | Teens

Join us for YOUR choice in teen programming! We’re inviting all 13-19 year-olds to suggest super fun activities they would like to see at the library. Talk with your local branch librarian or connect with us through polls, suggestion boxes and more.

Central Library
2nd Monday of each month, 4-5:30 pm

East Springfield Branch
2nd Wednesday of each month, 4-5:30 pm

Convince Us! The Reader Challenge

Every month bring your FAVORITE book, and persuade others to read it. Can you? | Indian Orchard | Teens

Indian Orchard Branch – Teen Room
4th Wednesday monthly – September 28, October 26, November 23 | 5-6 PM | Ages 12-18

Is there a book you totally ADORE? or completely DETEST? Convince your fellow readers to read it (or avoid it).

Every month bring your FAVORITE book, and persuade others to read it. Can you?

Snacks will be served.

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!

You’re Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors

Seniors are invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. | East Springfield & Indian Orchard | Senior Adults

Indian Orchard – Community Room
Tuesdays: September 20, 27 & October 18, 25
9:30-11:00 AM | Seniors 60+ and their caregivers

East Springfield
Every Friday
10:00-11:00 AM | Seniors 60+ and their caregivers

You’re invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle.

Every week, folks from the neighborhood, and those that provide services for Seniors will pop by to keep you informed and entertained. Refreshments provided.

For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living.