We’re Moving! East Forest Park Branch Temporarily Closing November 3

East Forest Park Branch Library is moving into an amazing new building.

The East Forest Park Branch Library will be closing after Saturday, November 2nd, so we can move into our amazing new building!

We don’t a have a firm Grand Opening date yet for the new building, but we hope early December. Check our website, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to stay updated on our progress!

You can read more about the Promise Realized campaign and the new library building by clicking here.

Forest Park Branch: “Gun violence, equality: The raw concerns of Springfield’s youth” (WWLP)

Outside the Forest Park Library are dozens of lawn signs with the raw concerns of Springfield’s youth.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – They can’t vote yet, but Springfield’s youth has a good handle on what issues face their community and their country.

Outside the Forest Park Library are dozens of lawn signs that look like the ones you typically see during election season. If you look closer, however, you’ll see the raw concerns of Springfield’s youth: gun violence, racism, and sexual harassment.

The project was spearheaded by Forest Park Library’s supervisor Alex Remy and allowed Springfield middle and high schoolers to fill in what they wanted ‘Freedom From’ and ‘Freedom For.’ It was inspired by a similar project at Waltham Public Library.

Click through for article and picture gallery.

Springfield Central Library Renovations Completed (WAMC)

A major renovation project has been completed at one of the most historically significant and heavily used public buildings in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

A major renovation project has been completed at one of the most historically significant and heavily used public buildings in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

The $4 million project at the Central Library on State Street included replacing the entire flat roof and gutter system and substituting the crumbling terracotta cornices and lion head ornaments with molded plaster.  The front marble stairs were reconstructed and in the rear of the building a new access ramp was put in.

All the work has resulted in the building becoming more accessible and safe for library patrons and protecting its collections from any possible damage, according to Molly Fogarty, Director of the Springfield City Library.

Read more and listen to the radio version – click here.

Springfield Central Library Celebrates Completion of $4 Million Renovation Project

The Springfield City Library hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today at the Central Library located at 220 State Street to celebrate the completion of a $4 million renovation and historic restoration project.

10/09/2019 – The Springfield City Library hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today at the Central Library located at 220 State Street  to celebrate the completion of a $4 million renovation and historic restoration project.  The ceremony featured a number of speakers including Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Helen Caulton-Harris, Health and Human Services Commissioner, Stephen Cary, Chair of the Springfield Library Commission, Peter Garvey, Director of Capital Asset and Kay Simpson, President of the Springfield Museums.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “This is my administration’s continued efforts to improve the physical plan of our municipal buildings.  This effort will also enhance accessibility and the welcoming experience to our Andrew Carnegie Central Library and Quadrangle Museum complex.”

Library Director Molly Fogarty expressed her enthusiasm. “The Central Library is an information and cultural resource for the entire city and is one of Springfield’s most historically significant and heavily used public buildings. The completed renovations provide increased accessibility and enhance the experience for more than 400,000 visitors every year and for generations of visitors.”

The Central Library was built in 1912 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.  It is among four Springfield libraries and 17,00 around the United States that were funded in part by donations from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Read more at the city website – click here

 

 

Springfield Central Library unveils new ramp and plaza (WWLP)

Improved access to a historical library branch in downtown Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Improved access to a historical library branch in downtown Springfield.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and City Library Director Molly Fogarty cut the ribbon, unveiling the new ramp and plaza at the library Wednesday morning.

A disabled Springfield woman was also invited to help open the newly upgraded entrance-way.

A proud moment for Goldie Clark, who loves coming to the Springfield Central library branch several times a week from her home on nearby Chestnut Street.

Read more – click here.

Springfield Central Library unveils new ramp and plaza

 

Springfield children clock over 500,000 summer reading minutes… so far

MassLive highlights Springfield kids’ summer reading totals so far – join our Summer Reading Club to contribute!

From the article at MassLive:

So far this summer, Springfield children have read 27,919 times at 20 minutes a session, amounting to 558,380 minutes of page-turning as part of the Springfield Reads to Build a Better World summer reading project. The results were announced at an assembly Tuesday at Central High School.

“We’re more than halfway there, and we have a few weeks left of the summer,” said Goren-Watts, a principal planner and manager of data, education and municipal technology at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. “We need you all to keep reading, tell all your friends to keep reading.”

Springfield Reads to Build a Better World started in 2017. It is made up of 13 summer reading programs throughout the city along with the city’s summer schools.

 

Music on Order

Check out the new music on order for the Springfield City Library. Place your hold now!


If you wish to place a hold on a title, you may do so by placing a request yourself through the online catalog, or by calling your local library branch, or by using our AskaLibrarian service.

Music November 2019
ArtistTitleGenreDate
Alter BridgeWalk The SkyPop/Rock10/18/2019
BabymetalMetal GalaxyPop/Rock10/11/2019
BeckHyperspacePop/Rock11/22/2019
Bee GeesUltimate Bee Gees, ThePop/Rock2/10/2017
Brantley GilbertFire & BrimstoneCountry10/4/2019
Brittany HowardJaimePop/Rock9/20/2019
Celine DionCouragePop/Rock11/15/2019
Cold War KidsNew Age Norms 1Pop/Rock11/1/2019
ColdplayEveryday LifePop/Rock11/22/2019
Harry NilssonLosst And FounndPop/Rock11/22/2019
Hildur GuonadottirJoker: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackSoundtracks10/2/2019
Jeff Lynne's ELOFrom Out Of NowherePop/Rock11/1/2019
Jimmy Eat WorldSurvivingPop/Rock10/18/2019
John LunnDownton Abbey Original Motion Picture SoundtrackSoundtracks9/20/2019
Jon PardiHeartache MedicationCountry9/27/2019
Lady AntebellumOceanCountry11/15/2019
Leonard CohenThanks For The DancePop/Rock11/22/2019
Lil TeccaWe Love You TeccaRap/Hip-Hop12/6/2019
Luke CombsWhat You See Is What You GetCountry11/8/2019
Miranda LambertWildcardCountry11/1/2019
Summer WalkerOver ItR&B11/15/2019
SuperMSupermPop/Rock10/4/2019
Van MorrisonThree Chords And The TruthPop/Rock10/25/2019
Various Artists2019 Grammy NomineesPop/Rock1/25/2019
Music October 2019
ArtistTitleGenreDate
Atlantic StarrUltimate Collection: Atlantic StarrR&B9/26/00
Benny GoodmanLive At Carnegie Hall 1938 Jazz ConcertJazz11/2/99
Cars, TheMoving In Stereo: The Best Of The CarsPop/Rock5/6/16
Eddie MoneyComplete Hits And More!, ThePop/Rock10/7/16
Hootie & The BlowfishImperfect CirclePop/Rock11/1/19
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer OrchestraI Shouldn'T Be Telling You ThisJazz11/1/19
Melanie MartinezK-12Pop/Rock9/6/19
Neil Young & Crazy HorseColoradoPop/Rock10/25/19
Peter Green Splinter GroupVery Best Of Peter Green's Splinter Group, ThePop/Rock5/10/19
Ray CharlesAnthologyBlues3/10/17
Various Artists100 Hits: The Best Country AlbumCountry5/10/19
Various Artists100 Hits: The Best Disco AlbumPop/Rock5/10/19
Who, TheWhoPop/Rock11/22/19
Wilder WoodsWilder WoodsPop/Rock8/9/19
Music September 2019
ArtistTitleGenreDate
Beatles, TheAbbey Road: The Anniversary EditionsPop/Rock9/27/19
Beatles, TheSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandPop/Rock5/26/17
Hot TunaLive At New Orleans House Berkeley, CA 9/69Pop/Rock12/4/12
Lionel RichieHello From Las VegasR&B8/16/19
Michael RiesmanPhilip Glass Soundtracks Vol. IISoundtracks6/7/19
MidlandLet It RollCountry8/23/19
Philip GlassGlass: Samurai Marathon Original ScoreSoundtracks9/20/19
Post MaloneHollywood's BleedingRap/HipHop9/6/19
Third Eye BlindScreamerPop/Rock10/18/19
Trippie ReddExclamation PointRap/HipHop10/11/19
Various ArtistsCountry Music: A Film By Ken Burns SoundtrackCountry9/13/19
Various ArtistsQuality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2Rap/HipHop9/20/19
Various ArtistsYankee Doodle Dandy! Studio Cast RecordingSoundtracks9/6/19
WilcoOde To JoyPop/Rock10/4/19
Music August 2019
Artist GenreDate
Andy GrammerNaïvePop/Rock7/26/19
AviciiTimPop/Rock6/7/19
BTSBTS World Original SoundtrackPop/Rock8/2/19
Calexico & Iron and WineYears To BurnPop/Rock6/14/19
Chris BrownIndigoR&B6/28/19
Chris Robinson BrotherhoodServants Of The SunPop/Rock6/14/19
Collective SoulBloodPop/Rock6/21/19
Ed SheeranNo. 6 Collaborations ProjectPop/Rock7/12/19
Elton John & Taron EgertonRocketman (Music From The Motion Picture)Soundtracks5/31/19
Frank TurnerNo Man's LandPop/Rock8/16/19
Jonas BrothersHappiness BeginsPop/Rock6/7/19
Killswitch EngageAtonementPop/Rock8/16/19
King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardInfest The Rats' NestPop/Rock8/16/19
LizzoCuz I Love YouR&B5/24/19
Machine Gun KellyHotel DiabloRap/Hip-Hop8/16/19
New Order & Liam Gillick(No,12K,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes..Pop/Rock7/12/19
Of Monsters and MenFever DreamPop/Rock7/26/19
Peter Frampton BandAll BluesBlues6/7/19
SkilletVictoriousPop/Rock8/2/19
Sleater-KinneyCenter Won'T Hold, ThePop/Rock8/16/19
SlipknotWe Are Not Your KindPop/Rock8/9/19
SoundgardenSoundgarden Live From The Artists DenPop/Rock7/26/19
Sugar RayLittle YachtyPop/Rock7/26/19
Taylor SwiftLoverPop/Rock8/23/19
The Allman Betts BandDown To The RiverPop/Rock6/28/19
Thom YorkeAnimaPop/Rock7/19/19
Ty SegallFirst TastePop/Rock8/2/19
Various ArtistsAladdin SoundtrackSoundtracks5/24/19
Various ArtistsNow That's What I Call Hits & Remixes 2019Pop/Rock5/3/19
Violent FemmesHotel Last ResortPop/Rock7/26/19
Music July 2019
ArtistTitleGenre
BastilleDoom DaysPop/Rock
Bruce SpringsteenWestern StarsPop/Rock
Dionne WarwickShe's BackR&B
DJ KhaledFather Of AsahdRap/hip-hop
Gloria GaynorTestimonyGospel
Mac DemarcoHere Comes The CowboyPop/Rock
MadonnaMadame XPop/Rock
Mark RonsonLate Night Feelings Pop/Rock
Neil Young & The Stray GatorsTuscaloosaPop/Rock
NewsboysUnitedChristian
PrinceOriginalsPop/Rock
SantanaAfrica SpeaksPop/Rock
Schoolboy QCrash Talk Rap/Hip-Hop
The Black KeysLet's RockPop/Rock
The RaconteursHelp Us StrangerPop/Rock
WhitesnakeFlesh & BloodPop/Rock
Willie NelsonRide Me Back HomeCountry
X AmbassadorsOrionPop/Rock
Music March 2019
ARTISTTITLEGENREDATE
Billie EilishWHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?Pop/Rock3/29/19
Chaka KhanHELLO HAPPINESSR&B2/15/19
DrakeSO FAR GONERap/hip-hop3/8/19
Dua LipaDUA LIPAPop/Rock6/2/17
George StraitHONKY TONK TIME MACHINECountry3/29/19
HozierWASTELAND, BABY!Pop/Rock3/1/19
JusticeWOMAN WORLDWIDE (SACD HYBRID)Pop/Rock8/24/18
Kris BowersGREEN BOOK ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORESoundtrack12/7/18
L.A. GunsDEVIL YOU KNOW, THEPop/Rock3/29/19
Luis FonsiVIDALatin2/1/19
Maren MorrisGIRLCountry3/8/19
Max RichterMARY QUEEN OF SCOTS ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORESoundtrack12/7/18
Motley CrueDIRT SOUNDTRACK, THEPop/Rock3/22/19
Nicholas BritellIF BEALE STREET COULD TALK ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORESoundtrack3/8/19
Sara BareillesAMIDST THE CHAOSPop/Rock4/5/19
The Chemical BrothersNO GEOGRAPHYElectronic4/12/19
The CranberriesIN THE ENDPop/Rock4/26/19
The O'JaysLAST WORD, THER&B4/19/19
Wayne ShorterEMANONJazz8/24/18
Music February 2019
Artist TitleGenreDate
21 SavageI AM > I WASRap/Hip-Hop12/11/18
American AuthorsSEASONSPop/Rock2/1/19
Ariana GrandeTHANK U, NEXT Pop/Rock2/8/19
Cardi BINVASION OF PRIVACYRap/Hip-Hop2/22/19
Cody JohnsonAIN'T NOTHIN' TO ITCountry1/18/19
DidoSTILL ON MY MINDPop/Rock3/8/19
Dream TheaterDISTANCE OVER TIMEPop/Rock2/22/19
Flight of the ConchordsLIVE IN LONDONPop/Rock3/8/19
Florida Georgia LineCAN'T SAY I AIN'T COUNTRYCountry2/15/19
FutureFUTURE HNDRXX PRESENTS: THE WIZRDRap/Hip-Hop2/22/19
H.E.R.H.E.R.R&B2/8/19
HozierWASTELAND, BABY!Pop/Rock3/1/19
Juliana HatfieldWEIRDPop/Rock1/8/19
Lil Baby STREET GOSSIPRap/Hip-Hop1/25/19
Meat PuppetsDUSTY NOTESPop/Rock3/8/19
QueensrycheVERDICT, THEPop/Rock3/1/19
Steve Earle & The DukesGUYCountry3/29/19
Steve HackettAT THE EDGE OF LIGHTPop/Rock1/25/19
Tedeschi Trucks BandSIGNSPop/Rock2/15/19
Ty Segall & Freedom BandDEFORMING LOBES LIVEPop/Rock3/29/19
WeezerWEEZER (BLACK ALBUM)Pop/Rock3/1/19
Music January 2019
ArtistTitleGenreDate
Alessia CaraPAINS OF GROWING, THER&B11/30/18
Avril LavigneHEAD ABOVE WATERPop/Rock2/5/19
Backstreet BoysDNAPop/Rock1/25/19
Charles Jenkins & Fellowship ChicagoANY GIVEN SUNDAYReligious1/4/00
Ice Cube CORRUPTRap/Hip-Hop12/7/18
Joe JacksonFOOLPop/Rock1/18/19
Jon BellionGLORY SOUND PREPPop/Rock11/30/18
Jungle FireJAMBULatin2/3/17
KeuningPRISMISMPop/Rock1/25/19
Lupe FiascoDROGAS WAVERap/Hip-Hop10/12/18
Meek MillCHAMPIONSHIPSRap/Hip-Hop12/1/18
Nat King Cole CHRISTMAS SONG, THEHoliday9/21/18
Papa RoachWHO DO YOU TRUST?Pop/Rock1/18/19
Rupert Gregson-WilliamsAQUAMAN ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORESoundtrack12/14/18
SellingON REFLECTIONElectronic12/14/18
The DecemberistsTRAVELING ONPop/Rock12/14/18
The LemonheadsVARSHONS 2Pop/Rock2/8/19
Troy SneedTAKING IT BACKReligious10/6/17
Various ArtistsCHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! SOUNDTRACK, ASoundtrack12/14/18
Various Artists SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE SOUNDTRACKSoundtrack12/14/18
XXXTENTACIONSKINSRap/Hip-Hop12/7/18
Zayn Malik ICARUS FALLSPop/Rock12/21/18

Teens: Read off your fines!

Teens with overdue fines on their library cards can reduce or eliminate them by reading books, comics, magazines – whatever they enjoy.

Simply sign in at a reference desk at your local Springfield City Library branch and get comfortable nearby, and $2 of your Springfield City Library fines will be eliminated for each half hour you read, up to an hour and a half each day.

For ages 12-19 only. Bills for lost or damaged items are not covered by this special program.