Central Library visitors will enter through Quadrangle door starting December 12.

Visitors to the Springfield City Library’s Central Library should enter through the door facing the Springfield Museums, starting December 12. Doors on State Street will not reopen until the next construction phase is complete. The Library’s newly constructed ramp means that pedestrians and wheelchair and stroller users alike can enter the building on the Quadrangle side. Museums staff welcome library visitors to park in their lots on Edwards Street. Accessible parking for vehicles displaying a license plate or placard is in a small lot between the George Walter Vincent Smith and Springfield Science museums; enter through the State Street driveway.

The new ramp is part of a renovation of the historic Central Library which opened in 1912. The City of Springfield is funding the project, with supplementary grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through its Cultural Facilities Fund. Besides the ramp construction, ongoing improvements include remediation of water leaks, replacement of a worn roof, and restoration of cornices lining the roof profile. The next step dismantles and restores the marble staircase on the State Street side of the building, necessitating the closure of the surrounding doors for public safety.

The Central Library, located at 220 State Street, is the headquarters for Springfield’s nine-location system. It remains open its regular schedule during construction: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12 to 8; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 to 5; and Sundays, 12 to 5. The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit

Mitten Tree – December 1-31

Donations of new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves may be added to the mitten tree in any library location. | All Ages

December 1-31 | During open hours | All library locations

Donated items will be distributed throughout Springfield in January. Thank you!

UNITE Teens is Coming to Springfield!

Are you bored after school? Do you feel unwelcome in Springfield? Have no idea what you want to do with your future?

Calling all teens in the Brightwood neighborhoods! Do you like free food and stuff to do?

Brightwood Branch, 359 Plainfield Street – Springfield MA 01107
Meets every Tuesday and Thursday | 3:00 – 5:00 | Ages 13 – 18

We at Springfield City Libraries asked teens in the community what we could do to address teens feeling bored, aimless, and disconnected from their community. What we came up with is called UNITE Teens!

Starting in November, every Tuesday and Thursday at the Brightwood Library branch, the community room will be closed off from 3:00pm-5:00pm and made into YOUR space–no parents, no younger kids, just teens! Tuesdays will have a fun activity–a craft, a makeable or DIY project, a creative activity, or games–and every Thursday will have speakers from the community who’ll talk to you about paths you can take, how to get there, and projects they want YOUR help on!

Some of these speakers include:

  • Carlos McBride of local radio station WNEPR, who will talk about podcasting
  • Several speakers from ARISE Springfield who’ll tell you about ways you can get active in making your community a better place
  • Make-It Springfield, the local makerspace
  • Local politicians and business leaders who can tell you how to follow in their footsteps
  • College students and professors to share projects they’re working on and tell you how you can make the path to college more attainable
  • Creative professionals to teach you new outlets for self-expression
  • …and more!

And, of course, there will be pizza and snacks every day!

You can just show up, but you should definitely sign up here (it helps us order the right amount of food)!

UNITE Teens…it’s where you can Make Do Be U!

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Holiday Book and Bake Sale – Mason Square

The Mason Square Branch will host a used book sale and bake sale this December.

Mason Square Branch

Prices will be: $5 for a bag full of books, $1 for hardcovers, and $0.50 for paperbacks and kids’ books. Baked goods will be bagged and priced individually. Branch staff will serve hot cocoa for free on December 12th. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library, an organization which funds library events for all ages.

Wednesday, December 12, from 3-5 PM
Thursday, December 13, from 1-8 PM
Friday, December 14, from 1-5 PM
Saturday, December 15, from 11 AM – 3 PM
Monday, December 17, from 1-5 PM
Tuesday, December 18, from 1-5 PM

Small Talk Springfield Parent Groups

Parents! You have the power to jumpstart your baby’s development!

Sign up for Small Talk and participate in 13 FREE classes filled with learning, support and fun! Light refreshments and childcare are provided, and your child will receive a FREE book after each session.

About the classes: We’re providing a new program where you can learn how to help your baby’s brain grow through talk and play. Everything is free!

Benefits of Participating:

  • You will learn fun new ways to talk, read and play with your baby and receive feedback with an exciting new talk pedometer.
  • You will learn how these skills help your baby’s brain grow.
  • You will receive free baby supplies – and a chance to win gift cards!

Sign up if:

  •  Your child is 0-32 months old.
  • You have access to a cell phone.
  • Your schedule allows you to commit to attending the classes and completing the word counter recordings.

Join us!

We are always adding new sessions. Call to sign up or to ask questions.

Contact information:

Jean Canosa Albano
413-263-6828 x 291

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.

December 2018

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
Switchfoot NATIVE TONGUEPop/Rock1/18/19
Tory LanezLOVE ME NOWRap/Hip-Hop11/30/18
Van Morrison PROPHET SPEAKS, THEJazz12/7/18
Various ArtistsGREATEST SHOWMAN, THE: REIMAGINEDSoundtracks 11/16/18


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
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


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
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
Richard Thompson 13 RIVERSPop/Rock9/14/18
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

September 2018

Ace Frehley SPACEMANPop/Rock10/19/18
Cher DANCING QUEENPop/Rock9/28/18
Chris TomlinHOLY ROARChristian10/26/18
Culture Club & Boy George LIFEPop/Rock10/26/18
Cypress Hill ELEPHANTS ON ACIDRap/hip-hop9/28/18
Echo & The BunnymenSTARS, THE OCEANS & THE MOON, THEPop/Rock10/5/18
Elvis Costello & The Imposters LOOK NOWPop/Rock10/12/18
Eric ChurchDESPERATE MANCountry10/5/18
Eric Clapton HAPPY XMASHoliday10/12/18
For King & CountryBURN THE SHIPSReligious10/15/18
Joe Bonamassa REDEMPTIONPop/Rock9/21/18
John Hiatt ECLIPSE SESSIONS, THEPop/Rock10/12/18
Kids See GhostsKIDS SEE GHOSTSRap/Hip-Hop9/28/18
Mudhoney DIGITAL GARBAGEPop/Rock9/28/18
Rod StewartBLOOD RED ROSESPop/Rock9/28/18
Steve Perry TRACESPop/Rock10/5/18
Tom MorelloATLAS UNDERGROUND, THEPop/Rock10/12/18
Travis Scott ASTROWORLDRap/Hip-Hop9/14/18
Twenty One PilotsTRENCHPop/Rock10/5/18
Uriah Heep LIVING THE DREAMPop/Rock9/14/18
Various Artists NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 67Pop/Rock8/3/18

August 2018

Alice in Chains RAINIER FOGPop/Rock8/24/18
Ann Wilson IMMORTALPop/Rock9/14/18
Billy F. Gibbons BIG BAD BLUES, THEPop/Rock9/21/18
Carrie UnderwoodCRY PRETTYCountry9/14/18
Cody Jinks LIFERSCountry7/27/18
Good Charlotte GENERATION RXPop/Rock09/14/18
Josh GrobanBRIDGESPop/Rock09/21/18
Lauren DaigleLOOK UP CHILDChristian09/07/18
Lenny Kravitz RAISE VIBRATIONPop/Rock09/07/18
Mac MillerSWIMMINGRap/Hip-Hop08/03/18
Macy Gray RUBYR&B/Soul09/07/18
Meghan TrainorTREAT MYSELFPop/Rock08/31/18
Paul McCartney EGYPT STATIONPop/Rock09/07/18
Paul Simon IN THE BLUE LIGHTPop/Rock09/07/18
Prince PIANO & A MICROPHONE 1983R&B/Soul09/14/18
Slash LIVING THE DREAMPop/Rock09/21/18
The Plain White T's PARALLEL UNIVERSEPop/Rock08/24/18
Tony Bennett & Diana KrallLOVE IS HERE TO STAYJazz09/14/18
Troye SivanBLOOMPop/Rock08/31/18
Willie Nelson MY WAYCountry09/14/18
YgSTAY DANGEROUSRap/Hip-Hop08/31/18

Women@Work: a City-Wide Collaborative

Women@Work: Influence and Impact is a city of Springfield-wide collaborative of programs, exhibitions, and gatherings celebrating the power of women.

Women@Work highlights women’s achievements in visual and performing arts, science and literature,
and community-building and social outreach.

At the hub of this collaborative is a major exhibition at the Springfield Museums
exploring artist Isabel Bishop’s work, which depicts ordinary women in an extraordinary
way. Isabel Bishop’s Working Women: Defying Convention explores how Bishop
not only defined herself as a unique, independent, and unconventional artist, but also
how she changed how artists perceive and portray women.

Bishop’s work and her subject matter prompted Museum Director Kay Simpson and her
team to think about broadening the examination of women and their work and to involve
community partners from the arts and culture, area colleges, the media, social services
and businesses led by women.

Simpson convened a group of stakeholders and the idea blossomed into a year-long
calendar of exhibits and events highlighting the work women have done and do today.
Please join us to celebrate the influence and impact of Women@Work.

Click here to view the Women@Work events calendar.

Special thanks to TSM Design for the Women@Work logo.

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!

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.

Museum Passes

Check out our museum passes! Free or reduced admission to area Museums and Parks.

Zoo in Forest Park
293 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA

Passes available at all library locations – Check for availability in the catalog

Admits: 5 people, any age.  Pass must be presented with a valid photo ID at the entrance; children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. May not be combined with any coupons or other offers, or used during paid special events. Pass privileges include a 10% discount at the gift shop.

Note: The pass does not cover the parking fee to enter Forest Park.

Massachusetts Annual Parks Pass
Please check the list of parks available with the pass in the catalog description.

Passes available at the Central Library – Check for availability in the catalog

The pass entitles the bearer to free parking for one vehicle (excluding buses and 15-passenger vans) at over 50 day-use facilites in the State Parks system that charge a parking fee.

Mystic Aquarium and Ocean Exploration Center
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT
(860) 572-5955

Passes available at the Central Library, East Forest Park Branch, Forest Park, Indian Orchard Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch – Check for availability in the catalog

Pass valid for $5.00 off per person for up to four people. Good on general admission only. This offer cannot be copied or combined with any other offer. Pass cannot be used for special events and programs. Pass must be presented at time of admission. Pass may only be used once per day.
Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours vary, please see the Aquarium’s website for hours.

USS Constitution Museum
Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston. MA
(617) 426-1812

Passes available at all library locations – Check for availability in the catalog

Admits: Free admission. Limited to parties of 9 or fewer – 1 pass per party.
“The USS Constitution Museum, located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of ‘Old Ironsides’ and the people associated with her. The museum offers a variety of engaging activities, exhibits, and programs, including our interactive exhibit, All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812, where visitors can furl a sail, sleep in a hammock, and scrub the deck as they join Constitution’s crew in 1812!”
“This year [2015] is particularly exciting as restoration work is planned for USS Constitution. The ship is scheduled to enter dry dock in May right outside the museum’s front door. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the ship from a completely new perspective. We’re celebrating with a new exhibit about the ship’s construction – Forest to Frigate – opening this summer.”

Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA
(413) 322-5660

Passes available at the Central Library, East Forest Park Branch, Indian Orchard Branch, Sixteen Acres Branch – Check for availability in the catalog

Wistariahurst Museum offers docent-led tours of the house during regular operating hours with open hours every Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 12 and 4 p.m. Gardens and grounds open daily until dusk.

Hours vary according to season. Contact museum for hours.

Pass admits two adults. Valid for admission to one house tour OR one lecture, workshop, or concert (Reservations required for lecture, workshop, or concert admissions). Library Pass not valid for admission to fundraising events and select partner events, including the Nutcracker.


FYISpringfield Residents always have free general admission to the Springfield Museums. Five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden are located right downtown next to the Central Library.

Come Explore!

Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA
(413) 263 – 6800

Free general admission for Springfield Residents during regular museum hours with valid ID. Visitors ages 3-17 accompanied by a non-Springfield resident adult must present a Springfield school ID.

Central Library Plaza Construction Update

New artist renderings of the plaza are available for public viewing.

March 2018 –

The Central Library is currently undergoing renovation, repairs, and construction. Part of the project includes tearing down the old, unsafe entrance ramp at the northwest library entrance (facing the Springfield Museums). The old ramp will be replaced by a new accessible ramp, stairs, and plaza connecting to the Smith Museum. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2018.

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