Books About Anti-Racism and Marginalized Voices

A selection of books and audiobooks on anti-racism and marginalized voices from the Springfield City Library.

This is a list of anti-racism books held at the Springfield City Library as of June 27, 2020, with links to our catalog.

Those books available as electronic items (eBooks and eAudiobooks) in Hoopla have links as well.

We also have an extensive curated collection of electronic items (eBooks and eAudiobooks) available on Overdrive and through the Libby app.

Here are some top choices, alphabetical by author, with a more extensive list below.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (2011) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

El color de la justicia: la nueva segregación racial en Estados Unidos por Michelle Alexander (2017) (también en Hoopla como audiolibro electrónico)

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DeAngelo (2018)

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (2017)

Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change by Angela Hattery and Earl Smith (2018)

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall (2020)

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (2019)

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (2016) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele (2018) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde (1984) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris (2018) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (2018) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds (2020)

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad (2020) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward, editor (2016)

Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence by Chad Louis Williams, Kidada E. Williams, and Keisha N. Blain (2016)



Black Lotus: A Woman’s Search for Racial Identity by Sil Lai Abrams (2016)

Cuz: Or, the Life and Times of Michael A. by Danielle S. Allen (2017)

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden (2018)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (1969)

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua (1987)

Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America by Nefertiti Austin (2019) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

Malaya: Essays on Freedom by Cinelle Barnes (2019)

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin (2018) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard (2019)

A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali N. Gross (2020)

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (2008)

Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination by Herb Boyd (2017)

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore, and Veronica Chambers (2018) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (2018)

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown (2019)

The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard Bryant (2018)

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn (2017) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler (2017) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

This Stops Today: Eric Garner’s Mother Seeks Justice After Losing Her Son by Gwen Carr and Dave Smitherman (2018) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene A. Carruthers (2018)

We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang (2016)

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2017)

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney C. Cooper (2018) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capo Crucet (2019)

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom, Tressie McMillan (2019) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

A Drop of Midnight: A Memoir by Jason Timbuktu Diakite (2020)

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir by Jaquira Diaz (2019) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

“All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker (2016) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson (2016) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson (2017)

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt (2019)

How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad (2016)

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal M. Fleming (2018)

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin (2017)

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2019)

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay (2014) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (2017) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903 by Lawrence Goldstone (2011)

On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone (2020) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership by Ed Gordon (2020)

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford (2016)

En el país que amamos: mi familia dividida por Diane Guerrero y Michelle Burford (2016)

The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell it Like It Is by Fannie Lou Hamer (2011)

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry (2011) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes 2017

A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez (2017)

Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (2020) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaMaris B. Hill (2019)

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill (2016) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin (2018)

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong (2020)

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris (2018)

Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream [graphic novel] written by Blair Imani and illustrated by Rachelle Baker (2020)

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (2014) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape our Multiracial Future by Deepa Iyer (2015) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson (2019)

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins (2018) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets by Feminista Jones (2019)

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones (2019)

Talking About Race: A Workbook About White People Fostering Racial Equality in Their Lives by Kaolin (2010)

Black Indians: A Heritage by William Loren Katz (2012) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism by Nikki Khanna (2020)

Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time by James William Kilgore (2015) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon (2018)

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee (2015)

My Sister: How One Sibling’s Transition Changed Us Both by Selenis Leyva, Marizol Leyva, and Emily Chammah (2020)

The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival by Denise Low (2017)

The War on Neighborhoods: Policing, Prison, and Punishment in a Divided City by Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Daniel Cooper (2018)

Real American: a Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims (2017) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire (2010)

Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown by Lezley McSpadden and Lyah Beth LeFlore (2016) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem (2017)

My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children by Denene Millner (2017)

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock (2017)

Latinas and Latinos on TV: Colorblind Comedy in the Post-racial Network Era by Isabel Molina-Guzman (2018)

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore (2011)

Brown, White, Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion by Mehra Nishta (2019) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama (1995)

Becoming by Michelle Obama (2018)

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz (2018)

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry (2019)

Excessive Use of Force: A Mother’s Continuing Fight Against Police Misconduct by Loretta P. Prater (2018)

Invisible No More: Police Violence against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie (2017)

You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson (2016)

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (2017)

Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City by A.K. Sandoval-Strausz (2019)

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen (2018)

Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, & Threatens Our Future by Thomas M. Shaprio (2017) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman, editors (2019)

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith (2016)

All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn by Jason Sokol (2014)

How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin (2019)

Handcuffed: What Holds Policing Back, and the Keys to Reform by Malcolm K. Sparrow (2016) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police by Norm Stamper (2016)

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings (2019) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi (2017)

Can We Talk About Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation by Beverly Daniel Tatum (2007)

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2019) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2017) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

Black Fathers: A Call for Healing by Kristin Clark Taylor (2003)

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis (2018)

We Matter: Athletes and Activism by Etan Thomas (2018) (also on Hoopla as eBook)

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby (2019) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer (2019)

Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer (2012) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

The Good the Bad and the Blue by M. Triplett and H. Triplett (2018)

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy (2015)

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis (2016)

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward (2013)

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington (2006) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A. Washington (2019)

Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race – And Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us by Benjamin Watson (2015) (also on Hoopla as eBook and eAudiobook)

Well-read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves: An Anthology by Glory Edim, editor (2018)

The autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (1965)

Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes by George Yancy, Maria del Gaudalupe Davidson, and Susan Joan Hadley, editors (2016)

The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays by Wesley Yang (2018) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young (2019) (also on Hoopla as eAudiobook)

Descubra su verano: ¡lea y gane premios!

¡Únase al Club de Lectura del Verano 2020 para niñxs, adolescentes y adultxs en la Biblioteca de Springfield!

Descubra Su Verano

Este verano, del 15 de junio al 15 de agosto del 2020, ¡únase a nuestro club de lectura Descubra Su Verano para leer y obtener recompensas, y participar en sorteos de premios!

Niñas, niños, y niñxs de 0-5 años

  • ¡Leerle a un(a) niñx todos los días le ayuda a convertirse en LECTOR(A)!
  • Coloreen un círculo por cada día que lean juntos.
  • Complete 30 días de lectura y la biblioteca le pedirá un libro de su elección – simplemente llene el formulario en la parte posterior de su registro y entréguelo en su biblioteca más cercana.

Niñxs, adolescentes y adultxs

  • ¡Lea todos los días!
  • Lea al menos 20 minutos al día, luego coloree o seleccione un círculo.
  • Complete 30 días de lectura y la biblioteca le pedirá un libro de su elección – simplemente llene el formulario en la parte posterior de su registro y entréguelo en su biblioteca más cercana.
¿Qué cuenta como lectura?

Libros • Revistas • Novelas gráficas, cómics y manga • Audiolibros • Libros electrónicos • Artículos en línea • Manuales de videojuegos • Leer en familia • Asistir a la Hora de Cuentos • Leerles a sus mascotas y juguetes • ¡Y más!

¡Y hay más!

  •  Visite la ubicación de su biblioteca más cercana para obtener una bolsa semanal de actividades para “Llevar y Hacer” para niñxs pequeñxs, niñxs y adolescentes.  (Recoja usando el procedimiento de Recogida en la Acera.)
  • Para niñxs, adolescentes y adultxs, escriba una reseña por cada libro que haya leído, envíenoslo y gane un boleto de rifa por cada reseña escrita. Envíe las reseñas mediante el formulario a continuación. ¡Lea, escriba y gane!

Niñxs – haga clic aquí para escribir y enviar una reseña de libro.

Adultxs y adolescentes – haga clic aquí para escribir y enviar una reseña de libro.

También puede enviar sus reseñas en un correo electrónico al

Obtenga un registro de lectura

¡Puede recoger su registro de lectura en la Recogida en la Acera o descargar e imprimirlo a continuación!

Reading Log 2020 – haga clic para descargar (inglés)

Registro de Lectura 2020 – haga clic para descargar (Español)

Statement on Racial Justice

Statement from the Library Director and the Springfield Library Commission on Racial Justice

June 5, 2020

On behalf of the Springfield Library Commission and the Library Administration, we are writing to share our personal sense of heartbreak and devastation at the events surrounding the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis. And we join you and the Springfield Community in your grief and justified anger. As we witness repeated episodes of violence and killings perpetrated against our Black Community by rogue police officers, it is impossible not to experience a deep sense of outrage, disbelief and grief. We honor the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others. We are reaching out to you to share the grief and anger that we know you also feel, but also to reaffirm our common resolve. Both as private citizens and as members of this great institution, we must all do what we can to ensure that we foster a culture of inclusion, equity, and respect for one another. We promise to keep our resolve and strengthen our combined efforts against systemic racism until we can all see that this time justice will prevail and endure. We need to look to each other for strength and hope, and recommit ourselves to our shared goals of making the world a better place for all, especially black and brown people. Now is the time for us to come together as we serve together. Our work has never been more critical. Our concern for each other has never been more important.

We saw a young woman at a recent protest holding a sign with a quote from Angela Davis. It reads, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept” This quote is a perfect nest of powerful words to reflect about George Floyd’s death and a call to justice. These words beg people and organizations to change this unacceptable and systemic racism.

The Springfield Library Commission cherishes the work that library staff perform to address literacy challenges, the digital divide, to provide a place where everyone can share ideas and gain knowledge. We believe the incredible mission of the Springfield City Library serves as a powerful force to counter many inequities including racism.

The Springfield City Library is proud to have signed the Urban Library Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity through which we, along with 167 other Urban Libraries have steadfastly committed to:

  • Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies and practices.
  • Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity , inclusion and respect both in our library system and in all aspects of our community role.
  • Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice.
  • Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges.
  • Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities.

It is our collective responsibility to examine what we are doing now in light of our commitments that we signed onto, to reevaluate our services and internal culture and to constantly improve and stand with our communities of color.

In the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”


Stephen Cary: Chair, Springfield Library Commission

Molly Fogarty: Library Director

Molly Fogarty, Director
Springfield City Library – All Yours, Just Ask
220 State St.
Springfield, MA 01103
413-263-6828 ext. 290

Stephen Cary

Curbside Pickup

Curbside pickup of materials starts June 8 at all Springfield City Library locations.

NEW – Saturdays added starting September 12!

We miss you! And although we can’t open our doors just yet, we want you to safely get the library items you want. Beginning Monday, June 8, we’ll start curbside pickup. Our contactless curbside pickup is as easy as A, B, C!

Curbside Procedure
A. Request items you’d like to borrow. (See methods to request below.)

B. We’ll let you know when the items are ready for pickup, and schedule an appointment with you to get them.

C. When it’s your turn to pick up your items, follow the signs at your library, call the number provided, and we’ll bring your items out for you to pick up.

You can use one of the following to reserve books, movies, video games, and music, as well as Summer Reading Club materials (only one method is necessary):

  • Our online catalog
  • The CW/MARS app for mobile (Android or iPhone)
  • Call us for library staff help (we are happy to make recommendations!)
  • An online form (below)

Please review the following information:

  • You may only book a pickup appointment after receiving a notice from the Library that your items are ready. Staff will assist you with this service.
  • Our employees wear face masks for everyone’s safety. We require that all of our patrons also wear face masks while they come for curbside pickup.
  • For the safety of our staff and patrons, we will not be opening our doors for any reason. If you need help, please call us at the number on the sign outside the location you are visiting.
  • Please follow the instructions on the signs outside the library: remain in your car until signaled to approach the materials transfer table and do not approach staff while they are outside.
  • Items such as puzzles, puppets, and kits are not available at this time.
  • We are ONLY accepting returns in our drop boxes, NOT at the pickup table. Items are being quarantined for 4 days before being checked in. If you are concerned about the check-in status of an item, please call us.
  • Please note that fines will be waived during this pandemic time – if you have accrued fines, please call us to adjust.

We also can print some documents for you for curbside pickup. Contact your nearest branch by phone or email for details.

Call-In and Appointment Times for Curbside Orders
LOCATIONSCall to Place
Curbside Orders
Appointments to
Pick Up Curbside
220 State Street Springfield MA 01103
9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
359 Plainfield Street Springfield MA 01107
9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
East Forest Park
136 Surrey Road Springfield MA 01118
9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
East Springfield
21 Osborne Terrace Springfield MA 01104
9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Forest Park
380 Belmont Avenue Springfield MA 01108
9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Indian Orchard
44 Oak Street Springfield MA 01151
9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Library Express
at Pine Point

204 Boston Road Springfield MA 01109
Mon, Wed, Fri
9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Mon, Fri
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mason Square
765 State Street Springfield MA 01109
9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sixteen Acres
1187 Parker Street Springfield MA 01129
9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discover Your Summer: Read and Win Prizes!

Join the Summer Reading Club 2020 for kids, teens, and adults at Springfield City Library!

This summer from June 15 to August 15, 2020, join our Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read and get rewards, and enter raffles for prizes!

(Haga clic aquí para Español)

Young Children Ages 0-5

  • Reading to a child each day helps them to become a READER!
  • Color an icon in a 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 check off an icon 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 • As a family • During storytimes • To pets and toys • And more!

And there’s more!

  •  Visit your nearest library location to get a weekly “Take and Make” activity bag for toddlers, kids, and teens.  (Pick up using Curbside Pickup procedure.)
  • For kids, teens and adults, write a review for each book you have read, submit it to us, and earn a raffle ticket for each review written! Submit the reviews below. Read, Write, and Win!

Kids – click here to write and submit a book review!

Adults and Teens – click here to write and submit a book review!

You can also submit book reviews by emailing

Get a Reading Log

You can pick up your reading log at Curbside Pickup or download and print your own!

Reading Log 2020 – click to download (English)

Registro de Lectura 2020 – haga clic aquí (Español)

Online Educational and Entertainment Resources for Children and Families

Online Educational and Entertainment Resources for Children and Families. Recursos educativos y de entretenimiento en línea para niños y familias.

NOTE: If you need access to the internet to use these educational resources, Comcast is making Xfinity Wifi free for the next 60 days. Find more information here. 

NOTA: Si necesita acceso a Internet para usar estos recursos educativos, Comcast está haciendo que Xfinity Wifi sea gratuito durante los próximos 60 días. Haga clic aquí para más información.

Click this link to access our ebook, e-audiobook, and streaming music and movie services for free! Note: you must have a library card to use these resources.

Haga clic en este enlace para acceder a nuestro servicio de libros electrónicos, audiolibros electrónicos y transmisión de música y películas de forma gratuita. Nota: debe tener una tarjeta de biblioteca para usar estos recursos.

Click this link to get to our Homework Help resources! We have many resources that you can use at home. Some require a Springfield Library card while others are open to all. Check out our list to learn more!

¡Haga clic en este enlace para acceder a nuestros recursos de Ayuda con la tarea! Tenemos muchos recursos que puedes usar en casa. Algunos requieren una tarjeta de la Biblioteca Springfield, mientras que otros están abiertos a todos. ¡Mira nuestra lista para aprender más!

Online Classes and Educational Resources / Clases en línea y recursos educativos

Need a project during your child’s computer time? Try out some of these websites with activities for anyone in grades K to 12. You don’t need to be a computer whiz to play!
¿Necesita un proyecto durante el tiempo de computadora de su hijo? Pruebe algunos de estos sitios web con actividades para cualquier persona en los grados K ​​a 12.

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Resource / recursoInformationInformación
Code.orgLearn how to code for free! Try making your own games, apps, and computer drawings.¡Aprende a codificar gratis! Intenta hacer tus propios juegos, aplicaciones y dibujos de computadora. Desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la página para cambiar el idioma.
Khan AcademyKhan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.Khan Academy es una organización educativa sin fines de lucro creada para proporcionar "una educación gratuita de clase mundial para cualquier persona, en cualquier lugar". Khan Academy ofrece ejercicios de práctica, videos instructivos y un tablero de aprendizaje personalizado. Abordan matemáticas, ciencias, programación de computadoras, historia, historia del arte, economía y más. Desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la página para cambiar el idioma.
ScratchWith Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.Con Scratch, puede programar sus propias historias interactivas, juegos y animaciones, y compartir sus creaciones con otros en la comunidad en línea. Desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la página para cambiar el idioma.
Scholastic Learn at Home: Day by DayEven when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! -The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.Incluso cuando las escuelas están cerradas, puede seguir aprendiendo con estos viajes especiales curriculares. Cada día incluye cuatro experiencias de aprendizaje separadas, cada una construida alrededor de una historia o video emocionante y significativo. Los niños pueden hacerlos solos, con sus familias o con sus maestros. ¡Simplemente encuentre su nivel de grado y deje que comience el aprendizaje! -Los editores de las revistas Scholastic Classroom. Desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la página para ver en español.
List of Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions During School ClosingsCheck out this long list of online companies currently offering free subscriptions!¡Mira esta larga lista de compañías en línea que actualmente ofrecen suscripciones gratuitas! Ver esta página en español usando Google Translate.
Free Educational Kits and Downloads for FamiliesFree Educational Kits and Downloads for is offering free activity guides, recipes, and more to support families unexpectedly at ofrece guías de actividades gratuitas, recetas y más para apoyar a las familias inesperadamente en casa. Ver esta página en español usando Google Translate.
The Kennedy Center: Interactive MediaFeatured content and media for students of all ages.Contenido destacado y medios para estudiantes de todas las edades. Ver esta página en español usando Google Translate.
PBS Learning MediaInspire students with thousands of free teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and games aligned to state and national standards.Inspire a los estudiantes con miles de recursos de enseñanza gratuitos que incluyen videos, planes de lecciones y juegos alineados con los estándares estatales y nacionales. Este sitio web está solo en inglés.
NeoK12Designated a “Great Site for Kids” by the American Library Association, this site provides educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 students in various subject areas, such as science, math, health, social studies and English.Designado un "Gran Sitio para Niños" por la Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos, este sitio ofrece videos educativos, lecciones, cuestionarios y juegos educativos para estudiantes de K-12 en diversas áreas temáticas, como ciencias, matemáticas, salud, estudios sociales e inglés. Use Google Translate para ver esta página web en español.
The Kid Should See ThisThis blog aggregates interesting, kid-friendly videos focusing on science, art, technology, and more. The videos weren’t necessarily made for kids, but kids can get a lot out of them. That’s the premise of the site.Este blog agrega videos interesantes y amigables para los niños que se centran en ciencia, arte, tecnología y más. Los videos no fueron hechos necesariamente para niños, pero los niños pueden sacarles mucho provecho. Esa es la premisa del sitio. Use Google Translate para ver esta página web en español.

Educational Online Games:

Looking for librarian-approved education games? Check out some of these links below.

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Arts and Crafts Ideas for At Home

Get crafty at home to pass the time!

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  • #StoryMarch – The Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group dreamed up #StoryMarch as the Covid-19 pandemic took over the daily lives of everyone we know. As schools and offices close and people are stuck at home without their usual activities and diversions, we hope that #StoryMarch might be a fun way for all artists of every age to stretch themselves a little and have fun.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka—author & illustrator -Award-winning illustrator will be hosting free drawing webcasts every weekday at 2pm EST for at least the next few weeks.
  • Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems – Join Mo’s videostream at 1pm EST each day, and follow along while you doodle together! Mo Willems is the author of the Pigeon series, the Elephant and Piggie series, and many more.
  • Ben Clanton: Squiggles and Scribbles on FB Live -Ben Clanton: FB Live Author Visit March 18th at 11:00 a.m. PST and March 20th at 2:00 p.m. PST “Stuck at home? Want to draw with me and talk about waffles and mermicorns? I’m doing two FB LIVE sessions this week. Hope to see you then!”
  • Craft Ideas Using 3 Supplies or Less -Try out this craft idea list using supplies you may already have at home!
  • MakeZine Projects -From electronics to crafts to robots with a side of drones, the Make: edit team picks the latest products, projects and tools to make you a better maker.
  • Instructables -Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY maker creations.

Digital Storytime/Video Read-Alouds

Missing storytime? Check out these authors and storytellers online!

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  • Authors Everywhere – This is a Youtube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators. On this channel, you’ll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.
  • Story Preservation Initiative – You’ll find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab, found at To access click K-3 Learning Lab on blue banner. A one-time registration is required and then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost.
  • KidLit Tv – Explore and enjoy a collection of children’s authors and illustrators reading out loud.
  • Authors/Illustrators Sharing Resources – This is a library of resources for kids, families, teachers, and librarians to make sure that reading & learning can happen anywhere this spring. You’ll find a growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (shared with permission from publishers!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day.
  • HarperKids Storytime Read Alouds – We’re HarperCollins Children’s Books and we’re all about stories that young minds never forget. Whether for preschooler, tweens or teens, we’re home to the likes of Shel Silverstein, C.S. Lewis, Maurice Sendak, Beverly Cleary, Neil Gaiman, The Berenstain Bears, Fancy Nancy, Divergent series, The Selection series, Red Queen series and many more.
  • Story Time From Space – Astronauts from the International Space Station read children’s books in outer space for children on earth to listen to. They have science videos that compliment the books.
  • International Children’s Digital Library – ICDL is a nonprofit organization that provides access to the best children’s books of their culture, and cultures around the world regardless of where they live. There are over 4,000 titles in 59 languages to choose from that you can read to your children.
  • Phone-a-Story by Denver Public Library – Call 720-865-8500 and listen to stories, songs and rhymes in English, Spanish, Amharic and Vietnamese.
  • Physics Central Comic Books – PhysicsCentral, a web site run by The American Physical Society (an organization representing 48,000 physicists), has created a series of comic books designed to get kids excited about physics.

Songs, Rhymes, and Movement

Have little ones missing the library’s song times and playgroups? Check out these online resources here to sing and move together!

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  • Emily Arrow – YouTube – At Home with Emily Arrow Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. PST -“Singalong with me all week! And don’t worry, you can catch each show after if you miss it live.” Author Emily Arrow is an award-winning children’s songwriter with 10+ years of experience working with children in music education. Emily is also on Facebook Live –
  • StoryBlocks – “Storyblocks is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.” Includes 9 languages.
  • Tell Me a Story by KCLS – The King County Library System has a HUGE collection of songs and rhymes to sing with little ones.
  • Miss Nina – Children’s Sing & Move Along Songs – Miss Nina has a mix of original songs, old classics, and popular children’s books read aloud and paired with music.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga – To help with panic and anxiety try this YouTube channel which is “yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. “

Recommended Podcasts for Kids

Looking for a podcast to share with your children while you’re stuck at home? We’ve got recommendations for young children to middle schoolers.

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  • Kids Ask Authors podcast with Grace Lin – A podcast where kids ask authors their burning questions. Kids Ask Authors is aimed for elementary and middle school students.
  • Grim, Grimmer, Grimmest – (60 Days Free on A wildly enchanting original podcast series from Adam Gidwitz, bestselling author of A TALE DARK AND GRIMM. Weaving in and out of a classroom full of witty grade-schoolers and a weird world full of curious creatures and mischievous foes, each episode features a Grimm fairy tale retold with a fresh and surprising flourish. Join in as the students anticipate plot twists and question the logic of these very Grimm tales.
  • Storytime Seedlings – Provided by the Santa Clara County Library District, this podcast features “books, fingerplays, rhymes, stories and songs for a screen-free storytime experience, anytime.”
  • Sesame Street Podcast – “Featuring the furry and loveable Muppets of Sesame Street. Sing songs with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and Grover. Learn about friendship, patience and sharing with Bert and Ernie.”
  • Circle Round – “Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round is a podcast that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.”
  • Story Pirates – “Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.” Great for older kids too.

Virtual Field Trip Ideas

Stuck at home? See the world with these virtual tours.

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Resources for Families During Coronavirus Closures

Links and information about resources for families during this period of Coronavirus closures and service changes.

Coronavirus Tips for Kids and Caregivers / Consejos sobre coronavirus para niños y cuidadores

Resource / recurso
Helping Children Cope ( for caregivers on helping children copeInformación para cuidadores sobre cómo ayudar a los niños a sobrellevar.
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR)Comic that includes information from healthcare experts interviewed for an NPR story. Can also be printed and folded into a zine.Cómic que incluye información de expertos en salud entrevistados para una historia de NPR. También se puede imprimir y doblar como de revista.
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (NCTSN)This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.Este recurso ayudará a los padres y cuidadores a pensar acerca de cómo un brote de enfermedad infecciosa podría afectar a su familia, tanto física como emocionalmente, y qué pueden hacer para ayudar a su familia a sobrellevarla.
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (NASP/NASN)Guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses.Directrices de la Asociación Nacional de Psicólogos Escolares y la Asociación Nacional de Enfermeras Escolares.
Coronavirus Infographic and GameFree resources for teaching children about the Coronavirus and hygiene.Recursos gratuitos para enseñar a los niños sobre el coronavirus y la higiene.

Diaper Banks / Pañales

Libraries are not distributing diapers at this time. / Las bibliotecas no están distribuyendo pañales en este momento.

Resource / recurso
Springfield WIC Offices (North and South)WIC will offer emergency diapers to WIC participants with a scheduled appointment.WIC ofrecerá pañales de emergencia a los participantes de WIC con una cita programada.
The Gray House Food Pantry (The Market)Located at 22 Sheldon Street in Springfield, the Market will be open Thursdays, 9 AM-12 PM; 2nd & 4th Friday of the month from 4 PM-6 PM with curbside food distribution (ID, proof of income and address needed-intake form to complete). Ubicado en 22 Sheldon Street en Springfield, el mercado estará abierto los jueves, de 9 AM a 12 PM; 2do y 4to viernes del mes de las 4 PM a 6 PM con distribución de alimentos en la acera (identificación, comprobante de ingresos y dirección para completar el formulario de admisión necesaria).
Square OneLocated at 1095 Main Street, Springfield will continue to offer emergency diapers to families. Families must email or message via the Square One Facebook page.Ubicada en 1095 Main Street, Springfield continuará ofreciendo pañales de emergencia a las familias. Las familias deben enviar un correo electrónico a o enviar un mensaje a través de la página de Facebook de Square One.
Open Pantry Community ServicesLocated at 2460 Main Street in Springfield will provide emergency diapers. They are open 9 AM-3 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Families can call (413) 737-5354 for more information.Ubicado en 2460 Main Street en Springfield proporcionará pañales de emergencia. Están abiertos de 9 AM a 3 PM los lunes, martes, miércoles y viernes. Las familias pueden llamar al (413) 737-5354 para más información.

School Information / Informacion de la Escuela

Resource / recursoInformationInformación
Springfield Public SchoolsSchools are currently scheduled to re-open on Monday, May 4th, 2020.Las escuelas están programadas para volver a abrir el lunes 4 de mayo.

Meals and Food / Comidas y comida

Resource / recurso
Meals for Students and FamiliesThe district's food service provider has set up meal centers at several locations during the closure.El proveedor de servicios de alimentos del distrito ha establecido centros de comidas en varios lugares durante el cierre de la escuela COVID-19.
Western Mass Food BankCheck their website for the latest information on mobile foodbank.Consulte su sitio web para obtener la información más reciente sobre el banco de alimentos móvil.
Mass Food DeliveryDelivers food throughout Massachusetts from Massachusetts farmers. Deliveries to Western Mass happen once a week.Entrega comida en todo Massachusetts de los agricultores de Massachusetts. Las entregas a Western Mass ocurren una vez por semana.
Open Pantry Community ServicesGroceries will be available for curbside pickup at Emergency Food Pantry at 2460 Main Street in Springfield. Open Hours are 11 AM- 2 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Families can call (413) 737-5353 for more information. Take-out meals at Loaves & Fishes locations (Lunch at 12pm, Dinner at 5pm except on Sundays lunch will be served at 1pm.) Los comestibles estarán disponibles para su recogida en la acera en Emergency Food Pantry en 2460 Main Street en Springfield. El horario de atención es de 11 a.m. a 2 p.m. los martes, miércoles y viernes. Las familias pueden llamar al (413) 737-5353 para más información. Comidas para llevar en los lugares de Loaves & Fishes (Almuerzo a las 12 p.m., Cena a las 5 p.m. excepto los domingos, el almuerzo se servirá a la 1 p.m.)
The Gray House Food Pantry (The Market)Located at 22 Sheldon Street in Springfield, the Market will be open Thursdays, 9 AM-12 PM; 2nd & 4th Friday of the month from 4 PM-6 PM with curbside food distribution (ID, proof of income and address needed-intake form to complete). Ubicado en 22 Sheldon Street en Springfield, el mercado estará abierto los jueves, de 9 AM a 12 PM; 2do y 4to viernes del mes de 4 PM a 6 PM con distribución de alimentos en la acera (identificación, comprobante de ingresos y dirección para completar el formulario de admisión necesaria).
The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services Emergency Food PantryLocated at 3 Rutland Street in Springfield. Open on Thursdays from 6 –11 AM. Please contact (413) 746-3655 for more information.Ubicado en 3 Rutland Street en Springfield. Abierto los jueves de 6 a 11 de la mañana. Póngase en contacto con (413) 746-3655 para más información.
The Salvation Army Emergency Food PantryLocated at 170 Pearl Street in Springfield will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 AM-Noon. Please call (413) 733-1518 for more information. (ID, proof of income and address needed-intake form to complete). Ubicado en 170 Pearl Street en Springfield estará abierto los martes, miércoles y jueves de 9 AM a Mediodía. Por favor llame al (413) 733-1518 para más información. (Identificación, comprobante de ingresos y dirección del formulario de ingreso necesario para completar).
The Community Survival Center Food PantryLocated at 240 Main Street, Indian Orchard. The food pantry will be open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9 AM –3 PM and Thursday 9 AM-4:30 PM. They serve Ludlow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Sixteen Acres, Indian Orchard and Pine Point. Address, income, and other verifications needed.Please contact (413) 543-3930 for more information.Ubicado en 240 Main Street, Indian Orchard. La despensa de alimentos estará abierta los lunes, martes y viernes de 9 a.m. a 3 p.m. y los jueves de 9 a.m. a 4:30 p.m. Sirven a Ludlow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Sixteen Acres, Indian Orchard y Pine Point. Dirección, ingresos y otras verificaciones necesarias. Comuníquese con (413) 543-3930 para obtener más información.

Health Insurance / Seguro de salud

Resource / recurso
MassHealth Coronavirus UpdatesWondering about your healthcare coverage through MassHealth and what it will mean through this pandemic? Check out more information here.¿Se pregunta sobre su cobertura de atención médica a través de MassHealth y qué significará a través de esta pandemia? Mira más información aquí.
MassHealth EnrollmentIn response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, an extended enrollment period is available through April 25, 2020 for qualified Massachusetts residents who are uninsured. You can enroll online, by phone, or by mail.En respuesta al brote de coronavirus (COVID-19), un período de inscripción extendido está disponible hasta el 25 de abril de 2020 para los residentes calificados de Massachusetts que no tienen seguro. Puede inscribirse en línea, por teléfono o por correo.

Parent Support / Apoyo de los padres

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.
Si usted o un ser querido están en peligro inmediato, llame al 911 de inmediato.

Resource / recurso
Parents Helping ParentsThe current national health emergency is causing many parents anxiety. Online Parent Support Groups, Parental stress line counselors are still there to listen to your concerns and problem-solve with you. 24-7, free and confidential. CALL: 800-632-8188La actual emergencia nacional de salud está causando ansiedad a muchos padres. Grupos de apoyo para padres en línea, consejeros de línea de estrés parental todavía están ahí para escuchar sus inquietudes y resolver problemas con usted. 24-7, gratis y confidencial. LLAMADA: 800-632-8188
The National Alliance on Mental Illness24/7 Crisis Textline. Text NAMI to 741741. For mental health resources that are no urgent, contact the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264Línea de texto de crisis 24/7. Envíe un mensaje de texto a NAMI al 741741. Para obtener recursos de salud mental que no son urgentes, comuníquese con la línea de ayuda de NAMI al 800-950-6264
National Suicide Prevention LifelineIf you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.Si usted o alguien que conoce está en crisis, ya sea que estén considerando suicidarse o no, llame a la línea gratuita Lifeline al 800-628-9454 para hablar con un asesor de crisis capacitado las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana.
National Domestic Violence HotlineFor anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call 1-800-799-7233, or if you're unable to speak safely, you can log onto or text LOVEIS to 222522. You are not alone.Para cualquier persona afectada por abuso y que necesite apoyo, llame al 1-800-799-7233 , o si no puede hablar de manera segura, puede iniciar sesion en o enviar un mensaje de texto con "LOVEIS" al 22522. No esta solx.
National Sexual Assault HotlineCall all 800-656-HOPE (4673) to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is aslo available online.Llame al 800.656.4673 para conectarse con un miembro del personal capacitado de un proveedor de servicios de agresión sexual en su área que ofrece acceso a una gama de servicios gratuitos. El soporte de chat de crisis también está disponible en línea.

Postpartum Support InternationalFor those pregnant or postpartum seeking support and not in crisis or an emergency, call 1-800-944-4773 or text (English) 503-864-9453 or (Spanish) 971-420-0294Para aquellas embarazadas o posparto que buscan apoyo y no están en crisis o en una emergencia, llame al 1-800-944-4773 o texto 971-420-0294.

Employment / Empleo

Resource / recurso
Applying for Unemployment BenefitsIf you are out of work or have had your hours cut back due to coronavirus closures, this is the link to apply for unemployment.Si no tiene trabajo o le han reducido sus horas debido al cierre de coronavirus, este es el enlace para solicitar el desempleo.
COVID-19 Guidance and DirectivesFrom, guidance and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and other state agencies related to COVID-19.Desde, orientación y directivas de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), el Departamento de Salud Pública de Massachusetts (DPH) y otras agencias estatales relacionadas con COVID-19.

Library Services During Coronavirus Closure

Available services from Springfield City Library during the coronavirus closure.

Curbside Pickup  Begins June 8!

Click here for details.

How You Can Reach Us

At this time, all library locations have staff available for phone support, and you can still email us at Ask A Librarian for help.

Staff are available for phone and email support during the following times:

Central Library413-263-6828Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Brightwood Branch413-263-6805Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
East Forest Park Branch413-263-6836Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-3pm
East Springfield Branch413-263-6840Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-3pm
Forest Park Branch413-263-6843Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-3pm
Indian Orchard Branch413-263-6846Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-3pm
Library Express at Pine PointCall CL at 413-263-6828
Mason Square Branch413-263-6853Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-3pm
Sixteen Acres Branch413-263-6858Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-3pm

Online Resources in our eLibrary 24/7

You can find a world of resources at your fingertips in our eLibrary! Ebooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, Movies, TV, Music, Language learning, Newspapers – all available 24/7. Check it out, and call or email us with questions.

If for some reason your card doesn’t work for the eLibrary, please call us and we will do our best to solve the problem. Please note that some resources depend on having a card specifically from Springfield, and they indicate that in the description.

Our Dropboxes Are Now Open for Returns

  • Items are quarantined for 4 days before being checked in.
  • All late fees accrued during our closure will be waived.
  • We will happily extend your due dates – call us if you want to do that.

Book List – YALSA 2020 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

The official titles of YALSA’s 2020 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list have been announced. | Teens

YALSA Top Graphic Novels 2019

The official titles of YALSA’s 2020 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list have been announced.

The list consists of 103 titles selected from 178 official nominations – view the full list here.

The YALSA blogging team chose the following titles as its top ten – click the title to put on hold and pick up at a library near you!


Bloom. By Kevin Panetta. Art by Savanna Ganucheau. A recent high school graduate, Ari, works in his family-owned bakery and plays in an indie band with 4 of his best friends in a small coastal town. When an accident occurs at the bakery, Ari has to rethink what he wants to do with his life and what will bring him happiness.

Cosmoknights: Book One. By Hanna Templer. Art by the author. Pan lives a very ordinary world on a planet called Verdian. She spends most of her time working in her father’s shop and hanging out with her friend, Tara, who is a princess. But when Tara’s life takes a very different turn, Pan gets a chance to bring down an archaic medieval-type jousting tradition.

I Was Their American Dream: a Graphic Memoir. By Malaka Gharib. Art by the author. Malaka tells her story of being Filipino, Egyptian and American growing up in Cerritos, California. She details her life of being the “perfect Filipino kid” during the year with her mom while also trying to navigate the customs of her father’s home in Egypt during the summer.

Kiss Number 8. By Colleen AF Venable. Art by Ellen T. Crenshaw. The first seven kisses 16-year-old Amanda has experienced were less than exceptional. But after finding out that her father, her ultimate best friend, is keeping a secret from her, and realizing she may have a crush on Cat, her best friend from her conservative Catholic school, everything in Amanda’s life starts to shift. Which leads to her 8th kiss—the one that changes everything.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. By Mariko Tamaki. Art by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. Laura Dean has broken up with Freddy three times. Laura Dean keeps coming back and Freddy keeps taking her back despite Laura Dean’s blatant cheating. After visiting a medium, Freddy finds herself questioning whether or not Laura Dean can be monogamous and how she can get on with her life without Laura Dean.

The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave’s Journey from Bondage to Freedom. By David F. Walker. Art by Damon Smyth, Marissa Louise. The story of Frederick Douglass from his birth into slavery to his celebration by dignitaries is brought to readers in this spectacular graphic novel.

Pumpkinheads. By Rainbow Rowell. Art by Faith Erin Hicks. On their final night of work at DeKnock’s Pumpkin Patch, high school seniors and “Patch” friends Josiah and Deja decide to make their final shift an adventurous one as they explore the park’s many sights and tasty treats in search of the Fudge Girl, Josiah’s long-time, unrequited crush.

Simon & Louise. By Max de Radiguès. Art by the author. The school year is over and it’s time for Louise to leave on her family vacation for two months, leaving boyfriend Simon on his own. Within a day, Louise has changed her Facebook status to “single” and Simon has no idea why. Louise tells him her Dad forbids the relationship, but Simon refuses to accept that and leaves home to hitchhike to the beach town to win Louise back.

They Called Us Enemy. By George Takei and Justin Eisinger. Art by Harmony Becker. Before he was Sulu on the starship Enterprise, boldly going where no one has gone before, actor George Takei was a little boy struggling to understand why his family was packing up and going to live in a horse stable. Readers see history in a clear, concise, compelling context and follow Takei on his journey from childhood ignorance to righteous teenage anger and finally to a life of dedicated activism.

Witch Hat Atelier. By Kamome Shirahama. Art by the author. Coco dreams of being a magician. In her world, the only way to learn magic is to already be a witch and Coco is not. One day a band of traveling witches comes to town, and Coco meets the enigmatic Qifrey. Her world is turned upside down when she accidentally performs a spell that traps her mother in stone. To rescue her, she must leave with Qifrey and become his magical apprentice in a land far from home.

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.

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