Free Comic Book Day – August 14

On Free Comic Book Day, stop by and pick up a super-fun bag of free comics and comic-inspired activities. | All Ages

All Library Locations
August 14 | All Day | All Ages

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Stop by your favorite branch and pick up a super-fun bag of free comics and comic-inspired activities.

Available during open hours, while supplies last. All ages.

Count The Seashells

How many seashells in the box? Guess to win a prize! | All Ages

Online and All Library Locations
August 1-31

How many seashells are in the box? Take a good look! The person whose guess comes closest wins a fun summer prize! Ties will be decided by a random drawing. All ages.

count the seashells in the box

Chose your local branch to pick up your prize if you win!
Just one guess per day!


August Take & Makes for All Ages

Get fun take and make activities for kids, adults, and teens this August! | All Ages


August 2-31

Baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo! Pick up a bag of supplies and have some sensory fun with your small child along with a Baby Shark board book! For children under 5.

At the following library locations: Brightwood Branch, Central Library, East Forest Park Branch, Forest Park Branch, Mason Square Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch


August 2-14

Set sail for seaside fun! Catch a wave for a treasure bag filled with activities and crafts inspired by the sea and sand. Instructions and related activities included. Designed for families with children in grades K-5.

Available at all library locations.

Discover: Zentangles for Teens

August 2-14

Grab a take and make bag with plenty of supplies and instructions to learn Zentangles – abstract drawings made using repetitive patterns! It’s meditative, creative, and you can do it anywhere. Pick up curbside, and be sure to join the Discover Your Summer reading club! Ages 13-18.

Available at all library locations.

Discover: Sparkly Mobile for Adults

August 2-14

Use coppery wire and embellishments to build a twirly mobile perfect to display in a breezy place.

This take and make a kit contains everything you need to build your own unique, artful creation. Supplies limited. For adults and seniors 18+.

Available at all library locations.

SEASIDE SENSORY scavenger hunt

August 1 – 31

What can you find in August? Pick up a scavenger hunt curbside, or download and print from online! Return the completed list during curbside hours to claim a prize. Take pictures of what you find and share them with us!

Available online or at all library locations.

Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt

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

July 1-31 | Ages 13-19

Get ready to think outside of the box! This July, 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 July 31st.

Participants will receive instructions after they register online and will submit their challenge photos digitally.

Register at the link.

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 with any questions!


Discover Your Summer: Read and Win Prizes!

Join the Summer Reading Club 2021 for kids, teens, and adults at Springfield City Library! | All Ages

This summer from June 14 to August 14, 2021, join our Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read and get rewards, and enter raffles for prizes!

(Haga clic aquí para Español)

This year we offer both the paper reading log, and also the option to play online using Beanstack! Go to starting June 14th. See these instructions for Beanstack!

Young Children Ages 0-5

  • Reading to a child each day helps them to become a READER!
  • Color a circle in the reading log for each day you read together.
  • Complete 30 days of reading and the library will order you a book of your choice (limitations apply) – simply fill out the form on the back of your log and turn it in at your nearest library location.

Kids, Teens, and Adults

  • Read every day!
  • Read at least 20 minutes a day, then color or check off a circle on your reading log .
  • Complete 30 days of reading and the library will order you a book of your choice (limitations apply) – simply fill out the form on the back of your log and turn it in at your nearest library location.
What Counts As Reading?

Books • Magazines • Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga • Audiobooks • E-books • Online Articles • Gaming Manuals • Cereal Box • Street Signs • As a Family • During Storytimes • To Pets and Toys • And more!

Read, Write, and Win!

  • For kids, teens, and adults, write a review for each book you have
    read, submit it to a librarian, and earn a raffle ticket for each
    review written.
  • Submit your log and reviews in person, or go
    digital with Beanstack at: starting June 14th.
  • Raffle prizes for reviews written include a Nintendo Switch Lite with case and game!

Nintendo Switch Lite and case and Minecraft Game

And there’s more!

Get Your Reading Log

You can pick up your reading log and a Discover Your Summer bag at any library location or download and print your own log!

Reading Log 2021 – click to download (English)

Registro de Lectura 2021 – haga clic aquí (Español)

Comics Club for Teens

Join us for the Comics Club for Teens as we share our favorites in Anime, Manga, and American comics. | Teens

Monthly, 4th Monday, 3:45 – 4:45 pm on Zoom | Ages 13-19

July’s event is canceled – see you in August!

Do you wait on the edge of your seat for the next Marvel movie? Do you promote your favorite My Hero Academia character every time you see your friends? Then this is the club for you!

Join us on Zoom as we share our favorites in Anime, Manga, and American comics. The club will meet every month on the fourth Monday from 3:45-4:45.

Members will read a graphic work of their choice that fits a monthly theme and tell the group about it. Members will also help shape what the club does! Come and geek out with us! For Teens 13-19.

Virtual Gardening Workshops on Zoom

An online series of classes on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults

ONLINE via Zoom
April – September

Anna Muhammad of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association leads this online series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike.

Zoom link for all classes:

April 22nd
Soil Testing – how it helps soil health and safety
This session explains the UMASS soil test and how gardeners can use it to determine soil safety, and how to add basic amendments. Participants will look at a Logan Labs test, compare the differences and learn how to make basic adjustments to add soil amendments.

May 13th
Healthy Transplants and Healthy Produce – How to Maintain Their Health
This session covers how to work with transplants, and how to keep them healthy as well as some aspects of seed starting including in-home incubation.

July 28th
Basic Gardening Techniques and Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
During this session, participants will work with basic gardening techniques that include weeding without harming the soil, pruning vegetable plants, some companion planting techniques and planting to deter certain pests.

August 12th
How to recognize plant nutrient deficiencies in plants and soil
During the growing season, plants can act as a good indicator of how healthy the soil is. This session will cover detecting mineral deficiencies in plants, how to make corrections in soil mineral deficiencies using household products.

August 26th
Introducing Cover Crops to Small Gardens
Cover crops are a great way to add minerals to the soil year- round. It can be sown under adult summer crops to promote growth and to replace nutrients. This session will cover the best cover crops to use, and when to plant a cover crops. Some cover crop seeds will be made available to gardeners.

September 16th
Fall Soil Health and Preparing the Garden for Winter
Preparing a garden bed for winter is as important as at the start of the season. This session will guide gardeners on soil health and fertility in the fall months and will look at soil testing in the later part of the fall.

QTs of Western MA

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens

Monthly, second Thursdays from 7-9pm on Zoom | Ages 13-19

Register at

July 8
August 12
September 9

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


Virtual Teen Check-In

Join other Springfield Teens for fun and games! | Teens

Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come hang out with us! Relax, play games, and get to know other Springfield area teens.

Register to get the Zoom link. Ages 13-18.

If you have any questions, contact Emma Peterson at (413) 263-6858 or

Romance Book Club

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

NOTE: For now, please join our Romance Book Club meetings online! Registration is optional, click for  link. 

ONLINE via Zoom
Saturdays once a month | 3:00-4:00 PM | Adults
February 27 – FIRST MEETING!
March 27
April 24
May 22
June 19
July 31
August 28


Join us for the new Romance Book Club!

July Book Choice
Angel's Blood by Nalini SinghWe will be reading Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh.

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.

One Saturday a month, 3-4 pm, online via Zoom. 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 or Anna Mickelsen at 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