Resumes and Cover Letters with Google Templates

Learn about free resume and cover letter templates offered by Google. | Adults

ONLINE ON ZOOM
Wednesday, March 24 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 18+

In this online class, job seekers will be introduced to the free resume and cover letter templates offered by Google.

Librarians Lisa and Sara will talk about the features of a free Google account, show you how to find resume and cover letter templates in your Google account, and how to use and customize these templates.

This class will be held on Zoom. To sign up, click the registration link below, or contact Lisa Lipshires at llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org.

Register Here!

Learn Ukulele with Julie Stepanek

Learn the basics of the ukulele in this fun, stress-free set of classes. | Teens and Adults

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Two Parts | Ages 16+
Tuesday March 9, 4-5 PM
Wednesday March 10, 4-5 PM

Instructor Julie Stepanek teaches the basics of the ukulele in this fun, stress-free set of classes. They’re guaranteed to have you strumming in no time! For ages 16+.

If you need a ukulele, call Central Library at 413-263-6828 to borrow one and pick it up curbside.

Register for Zoom link!

Made possible through the generosity of the Rose Smith Fund.

SCORE Workshops For Small Businesses

Free workshops with expert advice to help you start your own small business. | Adults

ONLINE ON ZOOM
Thursdays March 4, 11, and 18 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Are you interested in starting a small business? Join us for this workshop series presented by Western Massachusetts SCORE, a local organization that provides free support for small business entrepreneurs.

In these workshops, you will receive expert advice that will help you start your own small business. Each week, there will be a workshop on a different small business topic.

Register at the links by clicking on the workshops below!

March 4: Validating Your Idea & Starting Your Business

March 11: Making a Business Plan

March 18: Basic E-Commerce

Cooking With Chelsea – Live Online!

Join us and cook with Chelsea live! | Adults

ONLINE via FACEBOOK LIVE
February 24, 6:00-7:30 PM | Adults 18+

Join librarian Chelsea for a live cooking class on Facebook Live. The shopping list will be sent to registrants ahead of the class so that participants can cook along. Prepare dinner for yourself and loved ones with this hands on class. For adults 18+.

There is no registration limit, but please sign-up early to receive the ingredient list. Click to register.

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

Zoom link coming soon!

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

At the first meeting, 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 first!

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, to be added soon. 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 one of us at 413-263-6828.

Hit Us with Your Best Shot: a Photography Contest

Enter the contest and send us your photos on the theme “The Many Wonders of Springfield.” | Adults

Entries Accepted (see rules below):
Tuesday, January 19 – Friday, February 19, 2021

Winners announced:
Monday, March 1, 2021

Get creative and send us your photos on the theme The Many Wonders of Springfield for chances to win one of four gift card prizes.

Find what “fills you with wonder” here in Springfield, capture it in a photograph, and enter the contest to win!

Submit photos (or ask questions) to photos@springfieldlibrary.org. Photos should be accompanied by:

  • Photographer’s full name
  • Contact information (email and telephone number)
  • Street address
  • Category: Amateur or  Semi-Professional

Rules and Details

  • Photos may be full color or black and white.
  • Up to three photographs may be submitted by each photographer.
  • Submissions will be accepted from amateur and semi-professional photographers, and will be judged in two separate categories.
  • Photos will be judged by a panel of three local photography enthusiasts on the following criteria:
    • How closely does the photograph match the theme The Many Wonders of Springfield? (30%)
    • How effective is its technique, such as balance, color contrast, and image quality? (50%)
    • How unique or creative is the photograph? (20%)
  • All entries must be original to the photographer, and suitable for all-ages, family-friendly viewing.
  • Accepted photographs will be posted on the library’s Flickr page.
  • Winning photographs will be promoted with the library’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
  • Submissions will be accepted from any adult, though prize winners will only be drawn from Hampden County photographers.
  • Photos that include people’s faces will need to be accompanied by a completed Photo Release Form for each depicted person.
  • All photos must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021 to be eligible for the contest.
  • Entrants must be adults ages 18 or above.
  • Prizes include four gift cards, one per winner, good for a local retailer or restaurant of the winners’ choice compliments of the Friends of the Library.
    • The Semi-Pro Photographers category will have one winner eligible for a $25 gift card.
    • The Amateur Photographers category will have three winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places) eligible for $40, $20, and $15 gift cards (one per winner).

Genealogy Help Online Drop-In

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

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Saturdays | 2-3 PM | Ages 18+

January 16
February 13
March 13

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+
December 7
January 4
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3

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!

We also have live knitting events, see below!

NEW: Knot Just Knitters – Live At Lunchtime!

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.

Indian Orchard
Every Monday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

Sixteen Acres
Every Wednesday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6858

Central LibraryCommunity Room
Every Thursday, from 12-2 PM

For more information, call Matthew at 413-263-6828, x221

East Springfield
Every Friday, from 10 AM – 12 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

Mason Square
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6853

East Forest Park
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6836

Forest Park
Every Saturday, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6843