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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now is your chance to help Bilbo cross Middle Earth! Can you walk 950 miles to complete the adventure? | All Ages
All Library Locations
May 1 – September 30 | Open Hours | All Ages
Now is your chance to help Bilbo cross Middle Earth by walking from The Shire to The Lonely Mountain to steal from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Bilbo went 950 miles – can your group do the same?
The goal is to get families moving and adventuring this summer! It’s also a chance to read The Hobbit as a group, if you want.
1 – The walking challenge starts May 1. Go to your favorite library location, pick up a group walking log (or print your own) and up to 2 pedometers per family/group while supplies last. Define your group however you like – friends, families, whatever!
2 – When your log reaches 250 miles, bring it to the library and pick up a couple water bottles for your group for walking hydration, while supplies last.
3 – Turn in your log when you’re done or by Sept 30 – we don’t expect most groups to finish! But it’s fun to try. Get a fancy personalized certificate with your mileage!
4 – Top 3 mileage groups will get a lovely gift illustrated edition of The Hobbit. Seven more copies of the book will be raffled off randomly to all other groups who turn in their log at the end of the challenge!
ALSO – join us on Wednesday, September 20th at East Forest Park Branch to watch the 1977 animated Hobbit movie!
Enter the contest and send us your photos! | Teens
Drop by your library, and see what craft is being offered this week! | Children
All Library Locations
All Open Hours | Ages 5-10
Drop by your library and see what craft is being offered this week! Appropriate for kids 5-10, but others are welcome.
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?
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!
Get your Happily Ever After fix from the Romance Book Club! | Online | Adults
ONLINE via Zoom
Saturdays once a month | 10:00-11:00 AM | Adults
CLICK FOR ZOOM LINK for meeting each month.
Join us for the Romance Book Club! We read as many romance genres as we can, sharing our thoughts and expanding our romance reading experience. As long as it has a Happily Ever After, it’s fair game.
Typically each month we choose the book for the following month.
August Book Choice
We will be reading The Baller
by Vi Keeland.
The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room. It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster. The famed quarterback decided to bare all. And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets. No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby–screwing with me. When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me. But I don’t date players. And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football. I’d date an athlete. It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid. Brody Easton was the ultimate player. Every woman wanted to be the one to change him. But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl. Simple, right? Let’s face it. It never is. There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…And this one is ours.
See previous group book choices below the group guidelines – scroll down.
Our Romance collection librarian will tell you all about exciting additions to the collection, and we’ll get your input on what you’d like to see more of and what we should read.
Register if you’d like to be added to our email list, but no registration is required – just join us at the Zoom link, above. For adults 18+.
Please email Elizabeth McKinstry at email@example.com or Anna Mickelsen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, or call either one of us at 413-263-6828 x213.
The book group will meet monthly via zoom to discuss books in the romance genre. Our definition of romance includes both HEA (Happily Ever After) and HFN (Happy For Now) endings. We will discuss what we read on our own, talk about forthcoming titles, and also pick books to read as a group, either voting on titles prepared by group leaders or taking turns selecting titles.
This book group will strive to be a safe and inclusive space. Racist and homophobic remarks will not be tolerated, and the group may set other content lines to be drawn in discussion or in reading material (e.g., mentions of self-harm, gore, sexual assault) in order to make the experience as fun for all participants as possible. As this is a romance book group, it should be assumed that books read and discussed will often include sex, sometimes explicit in nature.
Book group leaders will:
- Read the entire book
- Gather information to help enhance the discussion
- Be prepared to offer counter opinions – even if they differ from our own
- Be prepared to begin new lines of discussion when necessary
- Not let one person monopolize the discussion
- Be willing and prepared to take control of the group, firmly but respectfully
Book group participants will:
- Make their best effort to complete the book
- Come ready to both share and listen
- Be ready to back up opinions with the “why”
- Have a great time — if you stop enjoying it, let the leader know
Previous books read:
- August 2023 – The Baller, Vi Keeland
- July 2023 – I’m in Love with Mothman, Paige Lavoie
- June 2023 – Scandalous Passions, Nicola Davidson
- May 2023 – D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding, Chencia C. Higgins
- April 2023 – Mafia Casanova, M Robinson and Rachel Van Dyken
- March 2023 – Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors, Sonali Dev
- February 2023 – Hard Sell, Hudson Lin
- January 2023 – The Duke Who Didn’t, Courtney Milan
- December 2022 – Reader’s Choice Holiday Romance
- November 2022 – The Ex Hex, Erin Sterling (Witchy Romance)
- October 2022 – Natural Born Charmer, Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Sports Romance)
- September 2022 – Neon Gods, Katee Robert (Fantasy Hades/Persephone Romance)
- August 2022 – Fatal Affair, Marie Force (Romantic Suspense)
- July 2022 – Never Been Kissed, Timothy Janovsky (Contemporary New Adult Queer Romance)
- June 2022 – Polaris Rising, Jessie Mihalik (Science Fiction Romance)
- May 2022 – Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas (Historical Romance)
- April 2022 – Writing Her In, Holley Trent (Polyamorous Romance)
- March 2022 – A Cowboy to Remember, Rebekah Wetherspoon (Contemporary Black Cowboy Romance)
- February 2022 – Battle Royal, Lucy Parker (Contemporary British Romance)
- January 2022 – Every New Year, Katrina Jackson (Holiday Second-Chance Contemporary Romance)
- November and December 2021 – The Matzah Ball, Jean Meltzer (Holiday Contemporary Romance)
- October 2021- How To Bang A Billionaire, Alexis Hall (Billionaire M/M Romance)
- September 2021 – Deal With The Devil, Kit Rocha (Science Fiction Romance)
- August 2021 – Gray Hair, Don’t Care, Karen Booth (Second Chance Romance)
- July 2021 – Angel’s Blood, Nalini Singh (Paranormal Romance)
- June 2021 – Entangled, Melissa Brayden (Contemporary Lesbian Romance)
- May 2021 – The Obsession, Nora Roberts (Contemporary Romantic Suspense)
- April 2021 – Destiny’s Embrace, Beverly Jenkins (Historical Romance)
- March 2021 – Loathe At First Sight, Suzanne Park (Contemporary Romance)
- February 2021 – Reader’s Choice
The Read/Write/Now Center is accepting reservations for free citizenship classes.
Library Express at Pine Point
A new round of Free Citizenship Classes will be starting soon. The Read/Write/Now Center will provide the study materials and instructional support. Please call for more information at 413-263-6839.
These classes are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.