Discover Your Summer Events & Activities

Join us for Discover Your Summer: Summer Reading decorating events, kickoff parties, crafts, and more! | All Ages

SUMMER READING CLUB CHALLENGE

June 21 – August 27 | All Ages

This summer, join our Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read and get rewards, enter raffles for prizes, and more! Click the button below to learn more.

Learn About Summer Reading Club!

Summer Reading kickoff concert & Party!

Thursday, June 2 | 3:30-7:00 PM | All Ages

Join us at Forest Park Library as we kick off Summer Reading! Celebrate summer with games, prizes, activities, and a live concert by regionally renowned salsa group, Orquesta Sensacional! Let’s Party!

At the following library locations: Forest Park Branch

Create summer reading program decorations!

Wednesdays, June 8 & June 15 | 5:00-6:00 PM | Ages 3+

Help the Children’s Room create decorations for the Summer Reading Program! We’ll be making sea-themed decorations this year, and we want to make as big a splash as possible!

At the following library locations: Central Library

Decoration Day!

Wednesdays, June 8 & June 15 | Open Hours | Children & Families

Join the fun as we decorate the library for Summer Reading Club. Help us create an ocean-full of sea-inspired crafts just right for this year’s Summer Reading Club.

At the following library locations on June 8: East Springfield, Mason Square
At the following library locations on June 15: Sixteen Acres

Discover Your Summer: Drop-In Crafts!

June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9, 16, & 30 | Open Hours | Teens

Stop into the Central Branch Library every other Tuesday between June 14 to Aug 30, to see what creative project is waiting for you.

At the following library locations: Central Library

Discover Your Summer: Crafts & Scavenger Hunts!

All Summer Long | Open Hours | All Ages

Check with your local library branch to see what activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts they have going on that week! Available while supplies last.

At All Library Locations

Summer reading Challenge accepted!

3rd Wednesday of the Month: June 15, July 20, August 17
3:00-4:30 PM | All Ages

The Summer Reading Challenge is on! Join us for a monthly meet-up to enjoy some snacks and chat about the books that we’re reading – and what we’re excited to read next!

At the following library locations: East Forest Park Branch

Summer Reading Kickoff with Sparky the fire dog!

Wednesday, June 15 | 3:00-4:30 PM | All Ages

Come join Sparky and the firefighters from the East Forest Park station to celebrate summer reading – with a special guest appearance by Bruins mascot, Blades!! Enjoy some ice cream, check out the cool fire truck – and while you’re at it- sign up for this year’s Discover Your Summer Reading program!

At the following library locations: East Forest Park Branch

Central Library Summer Reading Kickoff!

Saturday, June 18 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | All Ages

Join us to kick-off summer fun! Music by DJ, activities and games, as well as face painting by the Happy Face Painter. While you’re here, DISCOVER our annual summer reading program. Ed Popielarczyk will stop by with walk-about magic too! Fun for all ages. On the Springfield Museum quad. No rain date.

At the following library locations: Central Library

Summer Reading Kickoff!

Wednesday, June 22 | 1:00-3:00 PM | All Ages

Join us on the lawn for games, raffles and crafts to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation- and summer reading! Discover your summer at the Springfield City Library.

At the following library locations: Indian Orchard Branch

How Many? How much? How heavy?

June 20 – August 27th | Open Hours | All Ages

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize.

At the following library locations: Indian Orchard Branch

summer reading celebration!

Thursday, July 7th | 1-2 PM at Brightwood | 3-5 PM at East Springfield
Children & Families

Celebrate Summer Reading! Performer Tom Sieling will keep your toes tapping with an “ocean-full” of songs guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Come join the fun! Refreshments provided.

At the following library locations: Brightwood Branch & East Springfield Brach

Summer Feeding = Summer Reading

Monday through Friday: June 27 – August 26th | All Ages Up to 18

Visit the library locations listed below for special activities, like gardening programs, food trucks visits, as well as delicious nutritious lunches for kids up to age 18!

For more information go to: www.homegrownspringfield.org

Discover Dungeons & Dragons

Curious about D&D but don’t know how to get started? Meet us for a beginner-friendly adventure every month! No equipment, commitment, or experience necessary. | Central | Adults

Central Library – Rice Hall Mezzanine
Saturdays: June 11, July 9, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 12
9:30-11:30 AM | 18+

Curious about Dungeons & Dragons but don’t know how to get started? Meet us on the mezzanine in Rice Hall for a beginner-friendly adventure every month. No equipment, commitment, or experience is required. If you only stop by a couple times or want to play every month, the real treasure will be the friends we make along the way!

Registration is optional, but encouraged. Register via our online calendar!

Amateur Photography Club

Participate in monthly photo challenges as a part of the Amateur Photography Club! | East Springfield | Teens & Adults

East Springfield Branch
Saturdays – April 30, May 28

1:00-2:00 PM | Ages 16+

Drop by the East Springfield Branch to join our Amateur Photography Club! At the beginning of each month a photo challenge will be assigned to the group. Over the course of the month we will take pictures on our own and at the end of the month we will meet to share and discuss our photos with the club. No special equipment needed – use your smartphone, or any kind of camera!

Houseplant Hangout

Make DIY pots, repot plants together, learn cool plant hacks, and meet others in the area with this hobby! | Forest Park | All Ages

Forest Park Branch
Last Saturday every month | 2:00-3:00 PM | All Ages

Do you love houseplants? So do we! Join the staff at Forest Park Library each month to talk all things houseplants! Make DIY pots, repot plants together, learn cool plant hacks, get new care tips, discover new plants, and meet others in the area with this hobby!

Eager Readers Book Club

The book group for reading enthusiasts reads mostly contemporary novels, although occasionally historical fiction, adventures, and some non-fiction. | Sixteen Acres | Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
Third Tuesday of the month | 6:30-7:30 PM | Adults 18+

Join this long-running book group of reading enthusiasts! Newcomers welcome. The group reads mostly contemporary novels, although occasionally historical fiction, adventures, and some non-fiction. The book club members jointly choose upcoming books. Check below for this month’s book! No registration required, just drop by.

Upcoming Selections:

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins - Book CoverJune 21 – American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins – (2020) fiction

Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy-two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city.

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro - Book CoverJuly 19 – The Art Forger
by Barbara A. Shapiro – (2012) fiction

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Makerspace Collaboratory Drop-In

There will be a variety of projects and experiments to get you and your family started exploring and creating! | East Forest Park | All Ages

East Forest Park Branch – Makerspace
Tuesdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – June 7, 14, 21  | 2:00 – 4:30 PM | All Ages

From traditional crafts to digital tinkering, the East Forest Park Makerspace is your place to create, invent, and learn. Each week we will have a drop-in project or two based on a theme.

Want to learn more? Contact the East Forest Park Branch Library at (413) 263-6836.

Model Makers Club

Join us in the Makerspace at the East Forest Park Branch for our monthly model building meet-up. Bring a project to work on, or just stop in to talk shop. | East Forest Park | Teens & Adults

East Forest Park Branch
2nd Wednesday of Each Month | 6:00-7:30 PM | Teens & Adults

What have you been working on? A ’69 Camaro, an Apollo Lunar Lander, a RX-78-2 Gundam? From classic cars to futuristic spacecrafts, find them all at your fingertips as you construct the perfect plastic model kit.

Join us in the Makerspace at the East Forest Park Branch for our monthly model building meet-up. Bring a project to work on, or just stop in to talk shop. For teens and adults of all experience levels.

Simple Crafts for Adults

Join other adults for low-pressure, simple crafts you can complete in an evening. | Central | Adults

Central Library – Mezzanine, in Rice Hall
3rd Wednesday every month (Canceled for May ’22)| 5:30-7:30 PM | Adults 18+

Come join other grown folks for easy crafts and conversation. We’ll provide all the supplies and you can go home with something you made yourself!

No registration, just drop in – but supplies are limited!

 

Soothing Adult Coloring

Need a chance to unwind, color beautiful designs, and leave your stress behind? Join us every month for coloring for adults. | Central Library & East Springfield | Adults

Central Library – Mezzanine, in Rice Hall
1st Wednesday every month | 5:30-7:30 PM | Adults 18+

East Springfield
1st Monday every month | 1:00-3:00 PM | Adults 18+

Come join other grown folks for some low-key coloring and conversation – or feel free to come color with your headphones if you just need some wind-down time!

We’ll provide all the coloring supplies. No registration, just drop in!