Black History Month Poster Contest

Design a poster that celebrates Black History Month, and gain a chance to win a prize! | Teens

All Library Locations
February 1 – 28

Design a poster that celebrates Black History Month, and gain a chance to win our fantastic grand prize! The winner will also see their poster used in displays across the city libraries for Black History Month 2023.

Check with your librarian for details. Ages 13-19 welcome!

February Crafts and Take & Makes for Kids

Crafts and take-and-make activities at the library in February! | Children and Families

ChinesE New Year Dragon

January 31 – February 5

Come pick up a kit to make a Dragon just in time for Chinese New Year.

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

Valentines for Vets

January 24 – February 7

Create a special Valentine for veterans to be delivered to the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Send in completed cards by February 7 so we can deliver your homemade creation in time for the holiday.

At the following library locations: All library locations

Valentine Card Workshop

February 7-12

Create a Valentine card for that special someone. Pick up supplies during our open hours and make at home!

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

Cookies and Cocoa 2 Go

February 7-12

Stop by curbside for Cookies and Cocoa to go! Each package contains enough to share with a friend. During open hours while supplies last.

At the following library location: East Forest Park BranchEast Springfield Branch, Forest Park Branch, Indian Orchard BranchMason Square Branch

It’s Snowman Week!

February 22-25

It is Snowman Week! Come join us for a flurry of snowman-making fun. During open hours. Come pick up the supplies and make at home!

At the following library location: Brightwood BranchEast Springfield Branch

January Crafts and Take & Makes

Crafts and activities at the library in January! | Children and Families

MLK Dream Quilt

January 3-31

Martin Luther King had a dream. What’s your dream? Design a paper quilt square to be fashioned into a Dream Quilt to be displayed throughout Black History Month. All ages. Open hours. Pick up supplies and make at home!

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

Dream Mobile

January 18-22

Martin Luther King Jr had a dream. Create a dream mobile and write your own dreams on it. For ages 4-13. Pick up supplies and make at home!

At the following library location:  Mason Square Branch

Valentines for Vets

January 24 – February 7

Create a special Valentine for veterans to be delivered to the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Send in completed cards by February 7 so we can deliver your homemade creation in time for the holiday.

At the following library locations: All library locations

ChinesE New Year Dragon

January 31 – February 5

Come pick up a kit to make a Dragon just in time for Chinese New Year.

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

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

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!

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

 

Romance Book Club

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults

Our Romance Book Club meets online! Registration is optional to get reminders and book choices, click for  link.

ONLINE via Zoom
Saturdays once a month | NEW TIME! 10:00-11:00 AM | Adults

Dates coming up:
February 12
March 12
April 23
May 21

CLICK FOR ZOOM LINK for meeting each month.

Join us for the Romance Book Club! We try and 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.

February Book Choice
We will be reading Battle Royal by Lucy Parker.

Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her ingenious, creations captivated viewers and intrigued all but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere. When Sylvie’s unicorn cake went spectacularly sideways, Dominic was quick to vote her off the show. Since then, Sylvie has used her fame to fulfill her dream of opening a bakery. The toast of Instagram, Sugar Fair has captured the attention of the Operation Cake producers…and a princess.

Dominic is His Majesty the King’s favorite baker and a veritable British institution. He’s brilliant, talented, hard-working. And an icy, starchy grouch. Learning that Sylvie will be joining him on the Operation Cake judging panel is enough to make the famously dour baker even more grim. Her fantastical baking is only slightly more troublesome than the fact that he can’t stop thinking about her pink-streaked hair and irrepressible dimple.

When Dominic and Sylvie learn they will be fighting for the once in a lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for the upcoming wedding of Princess Rose, the flour begins to fly as they fight to come out on top.

The bride adores Sylvie’s quirky style. The palace wants Dominic’s classic perfection.

In this royal battle, can there be room for two?

Catalog link (paper book)
CWMARS Overdrive link (e-book)

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 emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org or Anna Mickelsen at amickelsen@springfieldlibrary.org if you have any questions, or call either one of us at 413-263-6828.


Group Guidelines

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:

Free Citizenship Classes

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 contact Janet Kelly for more information at 413-263-6839 or email jkelly@springfieldlibrary.org

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.