Local Resources for Small Business Owners

A panel presentation with representatives of local groups that assist small business owners. A detailed resource guide will be shared. | Adults

ONLINE ON ZOOM
Wednesday, June 9 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm | Adults

Did you know that there are several organizations in Western Mass that provide free guidance to people who want to start or grow a small business?

Join the library and Valley Venture Mentors for this panel presentation with representatives of six local groups that specialize in assisting current and future small business owners.

A detailed resource guide will be shared with everyone who attends.

Register at the Valley Venture Mentors link – choose the June 9 date.

Presented in partnership with:

Valley Venture Mentors

 

 

Presenters include:
SCORE Western Massachusetts
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
U.S. Small Business Administration
Common Capital
EforAll/EparaTodos

Virtual Gardening Workshops

A series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults

ONLINE via Zoom or Video
April 22, May 13, & Sept. 16, 2021 live on Zoom starting at 7 p.m.
June 18, July 16, & August 20, 2021 prerecorded video, hosted on Facebook

Anna Muhammad of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association leads this series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike.

April 22nd – Click to Enter Zoom
Soil Testing – how it helps soil health and safety
This session explains the UMASS soil test and how gardeners can use it to determine soil safety, and how to add basic amendments. Participants will look at a Logan Labs test, compare the differences and learn how to make basic adjustments to add soil amendments.

May 13th – Click to Enter Zoom
Healthy Transplants and Healthy Produce – How to Maintain Their Health
This session covers how to work with transplants, and how to keep them healthy as well as some aspects of seed starting including in-home incubation.

June 18th – Pre-recorded Video
Basic Gardening Techniques, and Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
This review of standard gardening techniques including weeding without harming the soil; vegetable pruning; companion planting techniques, and planting to deter pests helps gardeners get started with the basics.

July 16th – Pre-recorded Video
Recognize Plant Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants and Soil
During the growing season, plants can indicate how healthy the soil is. This session covers detecting soil mineral deficiencies, and how to correct soil mineral deficiencies using household products.

August 20th – Pre-recorded Video
Introducing Cover Crops to Small Gardens
Cover crops add minerals to the soil year round. They can be sown under adult summer crops to promote growth and to replace nutrients. Learn the best cover crops to use, and when to plant a cover crops for your small gardens.

September 16th – Zoom
Fall Soil Health, and Preparing the Garden for Winter
Preparing a garden bed for winter is as important as at the start of the season. This session will guide gardeners on soil health and fertility in the fall months and will look at soil testing in the later part of the fall.

Romance Book Club

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults

NOTE: For now, please join our Romance Book Club meetings online! Registration is optional, click for  link. 

ONLINE via Zoom
Saturdays once a month | 3:00-4:00 PM | Adults
February 27 – FIRST MEETING!
March 27
April 24
May 22
June 19
July 31
August 28

CLICK FOR ZOOM LINK.

Join us for the new Romance Book Club! We’ll alternate months reading your own choice and reading the group’s choice.

May Book Choice
Several of us are reading The Obsession, but you can read any stand-alone Suspense Romance by Nora Roberts. Examples include: Hideaway, Under Currents, Shelter In Place, Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach, and The Witness, but she has many others! Pick one that appeals to you.

Our Romance collection librarian will tell you all about exciting additions to the collection, and we’ll get your input on what you’d like to see more of and what we should read.

One Saturday a month, 3-4 pm, online via Zoom. Register if you’d like to be added to our email list, but no registration is required – just join us at the Zoom link, above. For adults 18+.

Please email Elizabeth McKinstry at emckinstry@springfieldlibrary.org or Anna Mickelsen at amickelsen@springfieldlibrary.org if you have any questions, or call either one of us at 413-263-6828.


Group Guidelines

The book group will meet monthly via zoom to discuss books in the romance genre. Our definition of romance includes both HEA (Happily Ever After) and HFN (Happy For Now) endings. We will discuss what we read on our own, talk about forthcoming titles, and also pick books to read as a group, either voting on titles prepared by group leaders or taking turns selecting titles.

This book group will strive to be a safe and inclusive space. Racist and homophobic remarks will not be tolerated, and the group may set other content lines to be drawn in discussion or in reading material (e.g., mentions of self-harm, gore, sexual assault) in order to make the experience as fun for all participants as possible. As this is a romance book group, it should be assumed that books read and discussed will often include sex, sometimes explicit in nature.

Book group leaders will:

  • Read the entire book
  • Gather information to help enhance the discussion
  • Be prepared to offer counter opinions – even if they differ from our own
  • Be prepared to begin new lines of discussion when necessary
  • Not let one person monopolize the discussion
  • Be willing and prepared to take control of the group, firmly but respectfully

Book group participants will:

  • Make their best effort to complete the book
  • Come ready to both share and listen
  • Be ready to back up opinions with the “why”
  • Have a great time — if you stop enjoying it, let the leader know

Genealogy Help Online Drop-In

Drop in online for help with family history, for beginners and experts alike.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
One Saturday monthly | 2-3 PM | Ages 18+

April 10
May 8
June 5
July 17
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 6
December 4

Drop in for help with genealogy questions. We can show you how to access the library’s and other genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project. No registration required – just drop in!

If you can’t make it to the online Zoom drop-in time, call to make a phone appointment with the same librarian! 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.

Click for Zoom link.


Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate on Zoom.

Ukulele Strum-Along – Online

Play along with other ukulele enthusiasts online, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. | Teens and Adults

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
First Monday of every month | 7-8 PM | Ages 16+

Come and strum with other ukulele enthusiasts in a fun and relaxed atmosphere guided by the Valley’s Ambassador of the Ukulele, Julie Stepanek.

Use your own ukelele, or borrow one from the Central Library (a limited number are available to borrow on a first-come first-serve basis).

Click here to join the Strum-Along on Zoom!


Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate in the strum-along on Zoom.

This event is supported by the Rose Smith Music Fund.

Now You’re Cooking! – Sixteen Acres

Share your favorite recipes at the cooking club | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed and in-person programming is suspended, please join our online meetings! To join the email list for this group, contact Reggie Wilson at rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org.

Sixteen Acres Branch
This program meets online via email, no specific time | Adults

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library’s new cooking club. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. For adults 18+.

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed, please join our Facebook group for Knot Just Knitters! Click and answer a few quick questions to be approved. We hope to see you in the group soon!

Knot Just Knitters – Live At Lunchtime! – currently on hiatus

Most Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m., check our calendar.

Do you secretly wait for lunch to pick up your yarn and knit or crochet a few rows? Then KJK Live at Lunchtime is just what you ordered! Relax and stitch while you catch up with old friends, and make new ones. Are you a beginner, or need help with a pesky pattern? Seasoned needle artists are here to help and to give advice about tools, yarns and techniques. No registration required, just click on the link to join! To join us live online, here is the Zoom link!


Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or crewel, this group is the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Books & Brew Book Club

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion. | Adults

NOTE: For now, please join our Books & Brew meetings online! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Ann Harper at aharper@springfieldlibrary.org.

ONLINE via Zoom
First Wednesday of the month | 7:00-8:00 PM | Adults

Join a lively Zoom discussion with other book lovers, and bring your favorite brew too!

Copies of the book will be available at the East Forest Park Branch Library, and most often are available via Hoopla with a Springfield City Library card too. If Hoopla is new to you, check out this tutorial.

The online discussion works best with an internet connected laptop or desktop computer, but you can use your smartphone too, or even call-in with a regular telephone.

Upcoming selections:
April 7 – One Good Momma Bone by Bren McClain (audiobook on Hoopla).
May 5 –  Dominicana by Angie Cruz (audiobook on Hoopla).
June 2 –  When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal.
July 7 –  Eartheater by Dolores Reyes
August 4 – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (audiobook and e-book available on Libby)

Please email Ann Harper at aharper@springfieldlibrary.org if you have any questions or to get the Zoom link.

Write-up Springfield!

Calling all creative writers! Join a group to workshop your writing. | Adults

NOTE: While in-person programming is suspended, please join Write-Up Springfield meetings online! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Matthew Jaquith at mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org.

Online on Zoom
Second Saturday every month
1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults

Upcoming dates:
– April 10
– May 8
– Jun 12

Western Mass creative writers are invited to Write-Up Springfield’s monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and collegial support. Members share writing samples for constructive comments in this lively, skills-building workshop. Newcomers welcomed. For adults 18+.

Newcomers welcomed, but please preregister with Matthew at 413-263-6836 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org so we can get you set up.

Funding comes from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


During the pandemic, members of Write-Up Springfield have shared poetry and other small pieces of writing on Facebook and Instagram! See their most recent work below.

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group

A traditional book discussion group where everyone reads and discusses the same book. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed and in-person programming is suspended, please join our Afterthoughts book group meetings online!

Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. New members are always welcome!

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at the Central Library
Online via Zoom
Second Tuesday of each month, from 12 – 1 PM

The group meets at noon on the second Tuesday of every month. Library copies of the book are available for curbside pickup.

Click on this link for the 2021 Reading List.

For further information or to receive an invitation to the monthly online Zoom meeting, please contact Lisa Lipshires at llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org.