Mayor Sarno Joined with the Springfield Library’s Reading Success by 4th Grade Program to Kick off the Story Walks Series

Unveiling of the Story Walks series

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with the Springfield Library’s Reading Success by 4th Grade program for the unveiling of their Story Walks series. The first installation is at the Gardening the Community’s Walnut Street Farm Store and Garden at 200 Walnut Street.

The program has partnered with local sites to post laminated pages of children’s books in sequence so families can walk along, see, and read each page of the story together, promoting exercise and early literacy in a socially distanced way.  Sites include Gardening the Community, the Springfield Symphony’s office windows, and the East Forest Park Branch Library’s windows.

Mayor Sarno stated, “This is such a great program for our children and families.  It is so nice to see that even amid this COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic our dedicated Springfield Library’s and community partners have gotten creative in making this successful reading program available for families through this new Story Walks series which will be opening up throughout our City, starting first here at the Gardening the Community’s Walnut Street Farm Store and Garden.”

Also attending the event were City Councilors Tim Allen and Jesse Lederman, Chrissy Howard, Manager for Reading Success by 4th Grade, Zee Johnson of Olive Tree Books N Voices, and Tye Weir of Springfield Rise Academy.

See photos at the City website!

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

COVID-19 and Novel Coronavirus Resources

Reliable, trusted, up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus.

Looking for information about COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus? See below for links from reliable, trusted, up-to-date sources.

If you have additional suggestions or questions, you can call us at one of our library locations or send us a question online.

NEW 6/12/20:  City of Springfield Phased Reopening Plan

NEW 3/21/20: The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. The call is toll-free, multilingual, and confidential.

NEW 3/18/20: has collected resources from all the state websites with COVID-19 Guidance and Directives, including information for Health Care Professionals & Organizations, Education, Businesses & Employers, State and Local Government, Insurance, Caregivers, Transportation and Other Guidance.

NEW 3/16/20: Please check the City of Springfield website for the latest information on the City’s response to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

NEW 3/15/20: Baystate Health COVID-19 Updates and Guidance

NEW 3/11/20: The federal government has created an easy-to remember web address that will direct you to the latest information from the CDC:

NEW 3/11/20: In the News: Coronavirus and “Alternative” Treatments

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What is COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, causes respiratory illness in people. It can spread from person to person through “respiratory droplets” that occur when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Common symptoms that present 2-14 days after exposure include:

  • Fever or chills
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When to seek emergency medical attention

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
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*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020.

What is the novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. That virus, called the novel coronavirus, is also known as SARS-CoV-2.

Links to Important Resources

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Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are our nation’s premier authority on public health information.

World Health Organization (WHO) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is a trusted, authoritative source for public health information. The WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2019-2020 outbreak of coronavirus disease: COVID-19.

Massachusetts Department of Health – The Massachusetts Department of Health’s page provides general and state-specific information.

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Massachusetts first lady Lauren Baker, Springfield officials launch PJ Drive for children (

The first lady of the commonwealth was joined by Blades, the mascot of the Boston Bruins hockey team, and by local officials and library patrons.

By Peter Goonan |

SPRINGFIELD — Lauren Baker, the wife of Gov. Charlie Baker, joined Springfield officials at the new East Forest Park branch library on Friday to help kick off the 13th annual PJ Drive to provide new pajamas to needy children around Massachusetts.

The first lady of the commonwealth was joined by Blades, the mascot of the Boston Bruins hockey team, and by local officials and library patrons.

“Last year we were in Pittsfield, this year we are in Springfield and we are trying to get to all of the commonwealth because there are kids in needs of pajamas everywhere,” Lauren Baker said. “We are trying to make that happen.”

The PJ Drive is sponsored by the Boston Bruins in partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the PJ Drive “will go a long way in helping our children.”

The drive benefits the Department of Children and Families Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons.

All pajamas donated to the drive will be given to children and teens living in foster care, and local donations benefit local children.

“I’m very excited to have this kick off at our new East Forest Park library,” said Molly Fogarty, the city’s director of libraries. “It’s a really very important effort.”

Read more and see all the great photos here!

Boston Bruins 13th annual PJ Drive held in Springfield to help children, teens living in foster care (WWLP)

The Boston Bruins PJ Drive was held at the new East Forest Park Branch Library in Springfield Friday afternoon.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – The 13th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive was held at the new East Forest Park Branch Library in Springfield Friday afternoon.

Massachusetts libraries team up with the Boston Bruins to collect pajamas that will be donated to children and teens living in foster care during February and March. The drive benefits the Department of Children and Families Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons.

The First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Lauren Baker, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and Blades the Boston Bruins mascot were all at the kick-off celebration.

“I cannot thank First Lady Lauren Baker enough for all of her contributions to our communities across the Commonwealth, especially to our youths and libraries. In collaboration with our Springfield City Libraries, the Department of Children and Families, and the Boston Bruins, this event will go a long way in helping our children.”

-Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said in a news release sent to 22News


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Presidential Primary Election – Tuesday, March 3

Elections are Tuesday March 3 – this affects some library locations.

The Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday, March 3! The following library locations will be affected:

To learn more about the election, and to find your polling location, please click here for the City of Springfield Elections Website.

Springfield opens East Forest Park Branch Library (

Hundreds of guests gathered Thursday morning as the East Forest Park Branch Library officially opened at its new home.

SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of guests gathered Thursday morning as the East Forest Park Branch Library officially opened at its new home at 136 Surrey Road after 14 months of construction.

There is a large family and children’s room, a dedicated teen area and a makerspace. A sidewalk connects to the Mary Dryden School. The library will also interact with other nearby schools, including Pope Francis Preparatory School.

“For well over 40 years, they’ve talked about a standalone East Forest Library — I’m so glad that my administration has been able to deliver on this neighborhood enhancement project,” Mayor Domenic Sarno said in a statement. “Especially after the devastating EF-3 tornado (in 2011), this is a true testament of the resiliency of our East Forest Park residents.”

Previously the branch library occupied rented space in a commercial strip on Island Pond Road.

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Springfield students, donors get sneak peek inside East Forest Park library branch (

Mayor Domenic Sarno hosted a soft opening and tour of the almost-completed East Forest Park Branch Library on Surrey Road Tuesday morning.

SPRINGFIELD — There is a large family and children’s room, a dedicated teen area and lots more at the new East Forest Park library branch on Surrey Road.

Maybe the best new feature was added Tuesday as students from the nearby Mary A. Dryden Veterans Memorial School filled the children’s room for the library’s first-ever story time with Mayor Domenic Sarno.

This was a “soft opening” to show donors where their money was spent on the $9.5 million project. The official opening will occur later this year, according to Springfield City Library Director Molly Fogerty.

“We are getting shipments of furniture arriving and we are so excited to be looking forward to a grand opening in early to mid December,” she said.

Mentioning the adjacent Dryden school, nearby Pope Francis Academy and the Forest Park Civic Association, Sarno said the library will become the hub of the community.

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From Hoang ‘Leon’ Nguyen / The Republican

Mayor Sarno Holds Preview Tour at New East Forest Park Branch Library

Mayor Sarno invited community and local students for a special preview tour of their future library.

Mayor Sarno Invites the Community and Local Students for a Special Preview Tour of Their Future Library

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno hosted preview tour of the new East Forest Park Branch Library today at 136 Surrey Road in Springfield. Mayor Sarno led project donors and East Forest Park community members through the building to get the first glimpse of their almost-completed library. The tour featured the new library’s first-ever storytime, held by Mayor Sarno for students of the Mary. A Dryden Veterans Memorial School. The Mayor read “The Book With No Pictures,” by BJ Novak to the students. Florence Savings Bank also presented a $25,000 check to the Promise Realized Campaign.

Mayor Sarno stated, “This continues my administration’s efforts to enhance all our neighborhoods – today it’s our East Forest Park neighborhood. A stand-alone branch has been talked about for well over 40 years – I’m proud to say that this is another major accomplishment of the Sarno administration. This library is so well deserved, especially coming off the devastating EF3 tornado of June 1, 2011. It was the resiliency of our residents that not only kept me and my administration going 24/7, but just as important planning for the future rebuild of our affected areas. I am very grateful to all our benefactors, whether large or small, especially to retired Mayor Charlie Ryan and our Library Foundation’s generosity.”

Library Director Molly Fogarty expressed her enthusiasm. “We’re at the final stages of completion now and it’s truly amazing to see the years of hard work coming together. The positive impact this building will have on city residents will be immeasurable so it’s great they will be among the first to see it. We’re so grateful to everyone who has made this project possible.” According to Fogarty, the new library is expected to be a “model for the future”.

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Mayor Sarno Storytime