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
Bring plants to swap for something new, and get advice from a master gardener! | All Ages
Forest Park Branch
May 5-7 | Drop Off During Curbside Hours
Saturday, May 8, 11 am – 2 pm – Plant Swap!
Co-sponsored by the Springfield Garden Club
Visit Forest Park Branch from May 5-7 and drop off any plants you want to swap (labeled if possible) in exchange for a ticket to the Plant Swap on Saturday May 8th from 11 am – 2 pm.
Swap out a different plant for each one you brought in, and consult with a local Master Gardener if you have questions! Your ticket will also get you entered into a raffle for a chance to win more plants and gardening related items!
All participants get a free flower starter and take-home craft kit! All ages welcome.
Please note: This is an outdoor-only event. For your safety, please wear a mask and maintain social distance – our staff and volunteers will be doing the same! The building will be closed, and no restrooms will be available.
For more information contact the Forest Park Branch library at (413) 263-6843.
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.
Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults
ONLINE via Zoom
Saturdays once a month | 3:00-4:00 PM | Adults
February 27 – FIRST MEETING!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Mickelsen at email@example.com if you have any questions, or call either one of us at 413-263-6828.
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
Drop in online for help with family history, for beginners and experts alike.
ONLINE VIA ZOOM
One Saturday monthly | 2-3 PM | Ages 18+
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click for Zoom link.
Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate on Zoom.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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+.
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.
Hands-on workshops including: Using the Internet, File Management, and Online Resources. | Adults
Need a tutorial on using a keyboard and mouse?
Getting Started on a Computer
Success with computers – january 2020
Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, and more.
Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library.
Library Express at Pine Point
Thursdays 12 noon- 1:30 pm
January 16 – Part 1 – reviews standard Windows features, introduces the web, and editing documents
January 23 – Part 2 – continues with the web, introduces file management, and more
January 30 – Part 3 – continutes with file management, explores search engines, and introduces the Invisible Web
To Register: Use the sign-up links above, or register at any Springfield City Library branch. To speak speak with a reference librarian, call 413-263-6828 ext. 213, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance Raffle: Earn a chance to win a $15 gift card for a local retailer for each Hi!Tech workshop you attend. The more Hi!Tech workshops you attend, the greater your chances are to win. Join us, learn, and win!
Questions: If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about Hi!Tech, please contact Matthew at 413-263-6828 ext. 221 or email him at email@example.com
More Computer Resources
Computer Tools & Tutorials – Free resources to help you learn and expand your technology skills.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions or to get the Zoom link.