Discover Your Summer: Read and Win Prizes!

Join the Summer Reading Club 2021 for kids, teens, and adults at Springfield City Library! | All Ages

This summer from June 14 to August 14, 2021, join our Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read and get rewards, and enter raffles for prizes!

(Haga clic aquí para Español)

This year we offer both the paper reading log, and also the option to play online using Beanstack! Go to https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org starting June 14th. See these instructions for Beanstack!

Young Children Ages 0-5

  • Reading to a child each day helps them to become a READER!
  • Color a circle in the reading log for each day you read together.
  • Complete 30 days of reading and the library will order you a book of your choice (limitations apply) – simply fill out the form on the back of your log and turn it in at your nearest library location.

Kids, Teens, and Adults

  • Read every day!
  • Read at least 20 minutes a day, then color or check off a circle on your reading log .
  • Complete 30 days of reading and the library will order you a book of your choice (limitations apply) – simply fill out the form on the back of your log and turn it in at your nearest library location.
What Counts As Reading?

Books • Magazines • Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga • Audiobooks • E-books • Online Articles • Gaming Manuals • Cereal Box • Street Signs • As a Family • During Storytimes • To Pets and Toys • And more!

Read, Write, and Win!

  • For kids, teens, and adults, write a review for each book you have
    read, submit it to a librarian, and earn a raffle ticket for each
    review written.
  • Submit your log and reviews in person, or go
    digital with Beanstack at:
    https://springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org starting June 14th.
  • Raffle prizes for reviews written include a Nintendo Switch Lite with case and game!

Nintendo Switch Lite and case and Minecraft Game

And there’s more!

Get Your Reading Log

You can pick up your reading log and a Discover Your Summer bag at any library location or download and print your own log!

Reading Log 2021 – click to download (English)

Registro de Lectura 2021 – haga clic aquí (Español)

Virtual Gardening Workshops on Zoom

An online series of classes on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults

ONLINE via Zoom
April – September

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

Zoom link for all classes: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3544522825

April 22nd
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
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.

July 28th
Basic Gardening Techniques and Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
During this session, participants will work with basic gardening techniques that include weeding without harming the soil, pruning vegetable plants, some companion planting techniques and planting to deter certain pests.

August 12th
How to recognize plant nutrient deficiencies in plants and soil
During the growing season, plants can act as a good indicator of how healthy the soil is. This session will cover detecting mineral deficiencies in plants, how to make corrections in soil mineral deficiencies using household products.

August 26th
Introducing Cover Crops to Small Gardens
Cover crops are a great way to add minerals to the soil year- round. It can be sown under adult summer crops to promote growth and to replace nutrients. This session will cover the best cover crops to use, and when to plant a cover crops. Some cover crop seeds will be made available to gardeners.

September 16th
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!

July Book Choice
Angel's Blood by Nalini SinghWe will be reading Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh.

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.

Knot Just Knitters

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

NOTE: While in-person programs are suspended, 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:
– June 12
– July 10
– August 14

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 reade and discusses the same book. Join us! | Adults

NOTE: Due to the pandemic, until further notice, 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.

What’s Cooking Cookbook Club at Central Library

Do you enjoy cooking, or would you like to improve your cooking skills?  | Adults

NOTE: While in-person programming is suspended, please join our What’s Cooking cookbook group meetings online! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Gary Pysznik at gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.

Central Library, Community Room
Third Tuesday of the month | 10 – 11:30 AM | Adults

Join the monthly Cookbook Club to hear about the latest cookbooks, share great recipes, and more in this casual yet informative discussion group. Members may bring-in prepared dishes to share so the group can sample great tastes and be inspired by something new.

Coffee provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.  For more information, contact Gary Pysznik at 413-263-6828 ext. 395 or by email at gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.