July 19-21 City of Springfield Heat Advisory and Cooling Centers

Beat the heat at a cooling center in Springfield Friday July 19 – Sunday July 21.

Mayor Sarno, along with the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Helen R. Caulton-Harris, announced today that the City of Springfield will open Cooling Centers in the City on Friday, July 19, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019.  The sites are:

Libraries Address Days and Hours
Brightwood 359 Plainfield St. Friday, July 19, 9am-5pm
East Forest Park 122 Island Pond Rd Friday, July 19,  10am-5pm
Saturday, July 20,  11am-3pm
East Springfield 21 Osborne Terr Friday, July 19,  10am-5pm
Saturday, July 20,  11am-3pm
Forest Park 380 Belmont Ave. Friday, July 19,  1pm-5pm
Saturday, July 20,  11am-3pm
Indian Orchard 44 Oak St. Friday, July 19,  1pm-5pm
Saturday, July 20,  11am-3pm
Mason Square 765 State Street. Friday, July 19,  1pm-5pm
Saturday, July 20,  11am-3pm
Sixteen Acres 1187 Parker St. Friday, July 19,  1pm-5pm
Saturday, July 20,  11am-3pm
Additional Sites:
Raymond A. Jordan 1476 Roosevelt Ave Friday, July 19, 8am-4pm
Saturday, July 20, 12pm-6pm
Sunday, July 21, 12pm-6pm
Clodo Conception y Center 1187 1/2 Parker St. Friday, July 19, 9am-8pm
Saturday, July 20, 12pm-6pm
Sunday, July 21, 12pm-6pm
Kenefick Park Plainfield Street (Behind Gerena School) Saturday, July 20, 12pm-6pm
Sunday, July 21, 12pm-6pm

Heat stress is a serious condition that poses a health threat to many people, particularly the elderly.  Heat stress places a strain on the body, and if the strain becomes too great, it can cause serious and permanent damage, even death. Preventive measures should be taken in order to avoid heat stress.

Certain medical conditions and prescription drugs can make you more vulnerable you more vulnerable to heat stress. Those who have high blood pressure, diabetes, a weak or damaged heart, infection or fever, diarrhea, problems with circulation, skin diseases, sunburn, those who are overweight, or who have had a previous stroke are at a greater risk of falling victim to heat stress.  In addition, those who take medication for sleeplessness, high blood pressure, nervousness, depression, or poor circulation are also more susceptible to heat stress. If you fall into either of these categories, consult your doctor of pharmacist for advice.

Loss of appetite, lack of energy, fainting, and cramps are signs that you are losing the battle against heat.  Take the appropriate steps to protect yourself.

What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals.  Avoid using salt tables unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.  Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

Keep your four legged friends safely and comfortably at home during the extreme heat. 

  • Never leave an animal in a parked car.  Car rides can quickly turn deadly as the inside of a car can reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees in several minutes.
  • Bring outdoor animals into cooler areas of your home.  If they must stay outside, ensure they have protection from the sun.  A dog house does not provide relief or protection from the heat.  Access to plenty of shade and cool, potable water is critical to their well being.
  • Limit exercise to hours when the sun is down and take it easy or better yet, wait until the heat wave ends.  Pets are prone to heat exhaustion just like people.  In addition, hot asphalt can burn their feet.
  • Animals are susceptible to sunburn.  Be sure any topical sunscreen products you use are labeled for use on animals.

Source: City of Springfield

Discover Your Summer: Read and Win Prizes!

This summer from June 17 to August 17, join our Reading Club to read and get rewards, and enter raffles for prizes! | All Ages

This summer from June 17 to August 17, join our Reading Club to read and get rewards, and enter raffles for prizes!

Young Children Ages 0-5
Reading to a child each day helps them to become a READER! Color an icon in a reading log (pick up at any library location) for each day you read together. Complete 10 days and bring in your log for a prize. Return the log when you reach 15, 20, 25, and 30 days and you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a variety of prizes.

Kids, Teens and Adults
Read every day! Read at least 20 minutes a day, then color an icon on your reading log (pick up at any library location). Complete 10 days and return your log to get a book bag filled with incentives and prizes. Return the log when you reach 15, 20, 25, and 30 days and you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a variety of prizes.

What Counts as Reading?
Books • Magazines • Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga • Audiobooks • E-books • Online Articles • Gaming Manuals

And Kids Can Count as Reading:
A cereal box • As a family • On street signs • During storytimes • To pets and toys

But wait, there’s more!

Roller Skating Party!
Monday, August 12th 6-8 PM
Kids can earn a ticket to our special roller skating party! Ask us how to get an invitation.

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.

June 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

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

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

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

December 2018

ARTISTTITLEGENREDATE
BeatlesBEATLES, THE (ANNIVERSARY EDITION)Pop/Rock11/9/18
Brett Young TICKET TO L.A.Country12/7/18
Bruce Springsteen SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAYPop/Rock12/14/18
Bryan FerryBITTER-SWEET Jazz11/30/18
Jeff TweedyWARMPop/Rock11/30/18
John MellencampOTHER PEOPLE'S STUFFPop/Rock12/7/18
Lil Baby & GunnaDRIP HARDER Rap/Hip-Hop11/30/18
Metro BoominNOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPESRap/Hip-Hop 12/7/18
QueenGREATEST HITS - PLATINUM COLLECTIONPop/Rock9/24/02
Switchfoot NATIVE TONGUEPop/Rock1/18/19
The 1975BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS, A Pop/Rock11/30/18
Tory LanezLOVE ME NOWRap/Hip-Hop11/30/18
Van Morrison PROPHET SPEAKS, THEJazz12/7/18
Various ArtistsBESIDE BOWIE: THE MICK RONSON STORY THE SOUNDTRACKSoundtracks6/18/18
Various ArtistsGREATEST SHOWMAN, THE: REIMAGINEDSoundtracks 11/16/18

November 2018

ARTISTTITLEGENREDATE
6LACKÿEAST ATLANTA LOVE LETTER R&B10/26/18
Barbra StreisandWALLSPop/Rock11/2/18
Black Eyed Peas, TheMASTERS OF THE SUN VOLUME 1Rap/Hip-Hop11/16/18
Casting CrownsONLY JESUSReligious11/16/18
Celtic WomanANCIENT LANDCeltic10/26/18
Chris CornellÿCHRIS CORNELLPop/Rock11/16/18
Coheed and CambriaUNHEAVENLY CREATURES, THEPop/Rock10/5/18
Ella MaiELLA MAIR&B10/12/18
Imagine DragonsORIGINSPop/Rock11/9/18
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer OrchestraÿCAPITOL STUDIOS SESSIONS, THEJazz11/9/18
John LegendLEGENDARY CHRISTMAS, AHoliday10/26/18
Justin HurwitzFIRST MAN ORIGINAL SCORESoundtracks10/12/18
Kane BrownEXPERIMENTCountry11/9/18
Lil WayneTHA CARTER VRap/Hip-Hop9/28/18
Mariah CareyCAUTIONR&B11/16/18
Mark KnopflerDOWN THE ROAD WHEREVERPop/Rock11/16/18
Michael BubleLOVEPop/Rock11/16/18
Mumford & SonsDELTAPop/Rock11/16/18
MuseSIMULATION THEORYPop/Rock11/9/18
Neneh CherryBROKEN POLITICSPop/Rock10/19/18
PentatonixCHRISTMAS IS HERE!Holiday10/26/18
Pistol AnniesINTERSTATE GOSPELCountry11/2/18
QuavoQUAVO HUNCHORap/Hip-Hop11/2/18
Smashing Pumpkins, TheSHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT VOLUME 1/NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.Pop/Rock11/16/18
T.I.ÿDIME TRAPRap/Hip-Hop10/5/18
TobyMacELEMENTS, THEReligious10/12/18
Ty SegallFUDGE SANDWICHPop/Rock10/26/18
Various ArtistsNIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMASSoundtracks12/24/06
Various ArtistsUNCLE DREW ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACKSoundtracks6/15/18

October 2018

ArtistTitleGenreDate
Ben Folds Five THE COMPLETE SESSIONS AT WEST 54THPop/Rock7/13/18
Big Red MachineBIG RED MACHINEPop/Rock8/31/18
Bob Seger & The Last Heard HEAVY MUSIC: THE COMPLETE CAMEO RECORDINGS 1966-1967Pop/Rock9/7/18
Calvin Johnson A WONDERFUL BEASTPop/Rock10/12/18
David Crosby HERE IF YOU LISTENPop/Rock10/26/18
David Guetta7Pop/Rock9/28/18
Dead Can Dance DIONYSUSPop/Rock11/2/18
EminemKAMIKAZERap/hip-hop9/7/18
EverlastWHITEY FORD'S HOUSE OF PAINPop/Rock9/7/18
Graham Parker CLOUD SYMBOLSPop/Rock10/12/18
Greta Van Fleet FROM THE FIRESPop/Rock11/10/17
Greta Van Fleet ANTHEM OF THE PEACEFUL ARMYPop/Rock10/19/18
Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperA STAR IS BORNSoundtracks10/5/18
Longbranch/Pennywhistle LONGBRANCH/PENNYWHISTLEPop/Rock9/28/18
Loretta Lynn WOULDN'T IT BE GREATCountry9/28/18
Nile Rodgers & ChicIT'S ABOUT TIMEPop/Rock10/19/18
OzunaAURASpanish9/14/18
Queen BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY SOUNDTRACKSoundtracks10/19/18
Richard Thompson 13 RIVERSPop/Rock9/14/18
RussZOORap/hip-hop9/7/18
Tenacious D POST-APOCALYPTOPop/Rock11/2/18
The Prodigy NO TOURISTSPop/Rock11/2/18
Various ArtistsNOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MERRY CHRISTMAS (2018)Holiday10/5/18
Various ArtistsNOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 68Pop/Rock10/26/18

Book List – 2018 Teens’ Top Ten

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

TitleAuthor
Turtles All the Way Down John Green
One of Us is LyingKaren M. McManus
WarcrossMarie Lu
Wonder Woman: Warbringer Leigh Bardugo
CaravalStephanie Garber
Long Way Down Jason Reynolds
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican DaughterErika L. Sánchez
Paper HeartsAli Novak
Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor
Once and For AllSarah Dessen

2018 Teens’ Top Ten list announced!

Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen voted online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 7-13, 2018) on the Teens’ Top Ten site.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a project of ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association. For more great reads visit their Teen Book Finder Database.

Download a pdf file of the Teens’ Top Ten list.

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.