LEGO Clubs

LEGO enthusiasts let your imagination run wild! Drop in for freestyle building – meet new friends, and browse the library’s many LEGO themed books. | Children

Forest Park Branch
Mondays | 3:30-4:45 PM | Children
LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?

Sixteen Acres Branch
Mondays | 1:30-4:30 PM | Ages 5-10
Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meet new friends, and browse the library’s many LEGO themed books.

Indian Orchard Branch
Tuesdays | 3:30-5:00 PM | Children
Let your imagination run wild!

Library Express at Pine Point Branch
Wednesdays | 5:00-5:45 PM | Ages 5-10
Join us on Wednesday each week as we have fun while strengthening creativity and engineering skills with LEGOs.

Mason Square Branch
Thursdays | 5:00-6:00 PM | Children
Join us for the LEGO Club and let your imagination run wild! LEGO Club is held every Thursday in the Children’s Workroom.

Color My World – Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break? | Thursdays

Mason Square Branch
Thursdays | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Adults and Teens

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour.

Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

FriDIY: Crafty Fridays at Mason Square

Join us for all sorts of fun crafts. | Children & Teens

Mason Square Branch
Every Friday  | 2:30 – 4 PM | For children and teens

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children’s and Teens area at the back of the library for this week’s craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. Some crafts will be based on children’s books, others on holidays, some on natural science, and twice a year we will make slime!

February 22: Make a Parachuting Person

March 1: Handprint Dragonflies
March 8: Pirate Ships
March 15: Pom Pom Butterfly Finger Puppets
March 22: Troll Puppets
March 29: Geometric Puzzles

Teen Short Story Contest – April 16-19

Calling all creative writers between the ages of 11-18!

Participating Branch Libraries: East Springfield, Mason Square, Sixteen Acres and Library Express at Pine Point

Here’s your chance to share your storytelling talents and maybe win a prize! During the week of April 16-19 stop by participating Springfield branch libraries during open hours to pick up the list of writing prompts you will have to choose from. Write a short story of no more than 1,500 words using one or more of the prompts. Stories will be due to the branch reference desk by 5pm on Friday, April 19. Stories may be of any theme, but please keep content and language to a PG-13 level. Three stories will win a $5 gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts.

The full list of rules will be available at branches starting on April 1.

Send an email to shodge-wetherbe@springfieldlibrary.org if you would like to be emailed the rules and prompts.

SAT Prep Workshop

Spend your Spring Break with librarians at two of the Springfield City Library branches over Spring Break for some hands-on and FREE SAT prep! | Teens

We will go over the process of signing up, how the scoring works, what the exam means to colleges, how to break down the essay questions, tips for studying vocab, evidence-based reading challenges, and strategies for solving math problems and multiple choice questions. We will also provide some coping mechanisms for test taking anxiety and methods for boosting test confidence.

There are two sessions (Registration Opens March 15):

Wednesday, April 17 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Mason Square Branch Library we will discuss the process of signing up for the exam and the math section. Register Online

Friday, April 19th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Library Express at Pine Point Branch Library we will discuss the critical thinking and writing portions of the exam, and go over coping mechanisms for test taking anxiety. Register Online

And the best part? Two lucky participants will have their fees COMPLETELY covered for the May exam, courtesy of the Mason Square C3 Group!

Lunch and beverages will be generously provided courtesy of the Friends of the Springfield City Library.

Revival a Literary Arts Spotlight – Mason Square

Enjoy the readings of Pioneer Valley poets and writers in this showcase of literary artists. | March 16

Mason Square, Community Room
Saturday, March 16 | 12:30-2:30 PM | Ages 18 and up

Enjoy the readings of poets and writers in this showcase of literary artists. Curated by María Luisa Arroyo, Springfield’s first Poet Laureate, writers from many literary genres will read as highlighted features including Magdalena Gomez and many others including those from Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. To find out more, please contact María Luisa Arroyo at mlarroyo67@hotmail.com.

Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library with free raffle for those in attendance.

Monthly: Otaku Meet-Up

The Otaku Meet-Up is all about Anime and Manga debates! Teens

Mason Square Branch
Thursday, March 21 | 6-7 PM | Teens 13-18

At the monthly Otaku Meet-Up, anime fans from all over Springfield will come to discuss characters, manga, and have some snacks and a chill time.

This event is for teenagers, and snacks are generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield Library.