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.

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

Local History and Genealogy

Searching for you family history? Check out our local and national resources for genealogical research.

The Central Library maintains a collection of published works on Springfield area history, including local publications such as the Springfield Planning Department’s neighborhood studies.

All titles are catalogued and searchable in the online catalog. For a more comprehensive local history collection, including archival material, and assistance with genealogical research, please contact the Springfield History Library & Archives at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The Central Library maintains a near-complete collection of City Directories dating back to 1866 through 1989, and a limited collection of Springfield college and public high school yearbooks dating from the early 1900s to the late 1980s. Please contact the Wellman Hall reference desk with inquiries about these resources at 413-263-6828 ext 213 or use our Ask a Librarian reference form. City directories and yearbooks are also available for reference use at the Museum of Springfield History Library & Archives.

Digital versions of many of the Springfield Directories are also available courtesy of the Internet Archive.

The library offers access to Springfield newspapers on microfilm from 1900 to the present at the Central Library. For an (incomplete) online index to the Springfield newspapers from 1877 – 1987, click here. Please note that the library does not have access to the online archives prior to 1988, only to the index.

Access to the Springfield Republican database from 1988 to present is available. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. C/WMARS cardholders from Western Massachusetts visit your home library link for access.

Digital microfilm readers are available for self-service use. Librarians are available for assistance. Springfield newspapers prior to 1900 are held at the Springfield History Library & Archives at the Wood Museum of Springfield History on Edwards Street off the Quadrangle. The Local History and Genealogy Archive is open Tuesday through Friday, 11am-4pm; first Saturday of the month, 11am-4pm; the reference desk number is 413-263-6800 ext. 230.

The library offers in-library access to the genealogical database, Ancestry.com and remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders to HeritageQuest.

More Free Online Resources


Local and National Resources for Genealogical Research
Vital RecordsArchivesNewspapersHistorical Organizations Digitized BooksGeneral

Census Records – National Archives – The first Federal Population Census was taken in 1790, and has been taken every ten years since. Because of a 72-year restriction on access to the Census, the most recent year available is 1940. In-library access to the census is available through the  genealogical database, Ancestry.com

City of Springfield, MassachusettsHow to obtain copies of Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates

Commonwealth of Massachusetts –
Vital Records – Search Records of birth, marriage, and death (1841 – 1910)
Passenger Manifest Lists – Search for passengers arriving in the Port of Boston (1848 – 1891)
How to obtain copies of Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates

Connecticut State LibraryConnecticut Deaths 1897-1968
Connecticut State LibraryConnecticut Marriages 1897-1968

Drouin Collection – Ancestry.org – Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records, 1621-1968

The Ellis Island FoundationPassenger SearchShip Search

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991Ancestry.org

United States Social Security Death IndexFamilySearch.org

Commonwealth or Massachusetts – Archives Collection – (1629 – 1799)

DigitalCommonwealth.org – Explore historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts.

Boston Public Library19th Century US Newspapers – Searchable full-page and article reproductions of newspapers from across the country. Massachusetts Coverage: Boston: Atlas, Congregationalist, Courier, Daily Advertiser, Emancipator & Republican, Investigator, Liberator; Lowell: Lowell Daily Citizen. New York Times (1851-2015) – Searchable full-page and article reproductions back to the first issue on Sept 18, 1851.

Obituary Database – The Obituary Database indexes obituaries appearing in the Boston Evening Transcript (BET), Boston Globe (BG), and the Boston Herald/Herald American (BH) from 1932–1941 and 1953–2010.

The above resources are available with a BPL eCard – If you are a Massachusetts resident and don’t already have a Boston Public Library card, you can register for one online.

Library of CongressChronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Springfield City Library – Available on Microfilm. For an (incomplete) online index to the Springfield newspapers from 1877 – 1987, click here.

Springfield Daily News – 7/3/1950-8/15/1972, 8/16/1972-9/30/1986
Springfield Morning Union & Sunday Republican – 1/1/1950-5/15/1954, 5/16/1954-4/10/1973, 4/11/1973-5/16/1987
Springfield Republican – 4/7/2003 –
Springfield Union News AM Edition – 6/1/1987-1/31/1994, 2/1/1994-4/6/2003
Springfield Union News PM Edition – 10/1/1986-6/19/1992

New England Historic Genealogical SocietyAmericanAncestors.orgDatabase Search

Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. – 8 Lyle Road
New Britain, CT – Library and Resource Center

The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts – 33 South Street, Chicopee, MA – Research Library

Polish Genealogical Society of America

Western Massachusetts Genealogical SocietyResources

AmericanAncestors.orgDatabase Search

Connecticut State LibraryHistory & Genealogy: Reference

FamilySearch.org – Free Family History and Genealogy Records

Maine Genealogy – Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians

National Archives – Resources for Genealogists

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.

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS MEANS NEW ENTRANCE FOR CENTRAL LIBRARY

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 www.springfieldlibrary.org.

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.

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
jcanosa@springfieldlibrary.org

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.

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.

Click on images for enlarged views.

Springfield Library Foundation Unveils $2 Million Capital Campaign

Springfield Library Foundation to Raise Funds for New Library
$2 Million “Promise Realized” Capital Campaign Launching in September

September 2017 –

The Springfield Library Foundation is launching a $2 million Capital Campaign to support replacement of the current East Forest Park Branch Library with a new building. The fundraising effort is officially titled “Promise Realized” to recognize the both the potential within the East Forest Park neighborhood and the promise to continue rebuilding following the destruction of the 2011 tornado. The Foundation, which provides significant funding for Springfield City Library operations, made the formal announcement during a press conference on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Library.

The new East Forest Park Branch Library will be constructed using a $4.9 million state grant and municipal support. The Foundation’s Capital Campaign will raise additional funds needed to complete the project. The Springfield Library Foundation has contracted Financial Development Agency to coordinate the campaign.

The existing branch is one of the busiest locations in Springfield, but struggles to serve the high numbers of visitors with only 4,100 square feet of strip mall space. Springfield residents are underserved in the facility, which lacks program and meeting rooms, high-speed internet access, and accessible entrances and restrooms. The new building will consist of 17,000 square feet of community space, including special areas for children and teens, a community room, study rooms, dozens of public computers, and a maker space. The new branch is expected to be “a model for the future” according to Springfield City Library Director Molly Fogarty.

Mayor Sarno said, “This new library branch is a key part of revitalizing the city, especially the tornado stricken area of our East Forest Park neighborhood. A stand-alone library for East Forest Park has been talked about for nearly 40 years. I’m proud to say that my administration is going to get it done. It’s also great to again partner with former Mayor Charlie Ryan and our Library Foundation to raise additional funds for this important ‘quality of life’ neighborhood project. No donation is too small or too large. Please be a part of history.”

“We’re so fortunate that the state, city, and Library Foundation will be coming together to make this plan a reality. The new library will have a significant positive impact for the East Forest Park neighborhood and the city as a whole,” said Director Fogarty.

“As a member of the Library Foundation and a resident of East Forest Park, this is an especially important announcement for me and all of the residents who have taken advantage of the current location and have been anxiously awaiting a full service library for many years. This Library will be the foundation for education and community development for generations to come,” said Commissioner Caulton-Harris.

Charlie Ryan, former Springfield Mayor and Treasurer of the Foundation board, said,”We’re looking forward to bringing the message with this branch to our fellow citizens. We trust that they will agree with us that its benefits will be felt for generations to come.”

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides over 800,000 free print, physical, and digital resources for public enrichment, as well as nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit www.springfieldlibrary.org.

For further information please contact Jessica Blasko, Springfield City Library Community Relations Coordinator, at (413) 263-6828 x422, or jblasko@springfieldlibrary.org.