Color My World – Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break? | Thursdays

Mason Square Branch
Thursdays | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Adults and Teens

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour.

Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

Wednesdays: You’re Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors

Grab some books, work on a project, or catch up with a friend over coffee while making new friends and checking out the library. | Seniors

Indian Orchard, Community Room
Wednesdays | 9:30-11 AM | Seniors 60+ and their caregivers

Senior services reps will be there, too!

Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

Stargazing 101, What You Need to Know to Get Started

Considering a new hobby? Come learn about some of the equipment involved. | March 20

Sixteen Acres Branch
Wednesday, March 20 | 6:15 – 7:30 PM | Ages 15 and up

If you are thinking of participating in the out of this world hobby of stargazing, we have the perfect program for you. Branch Manager Reggie Wilson will describe various types of telescopes, mounts, and eyepieces to help you select the proper equipment. Stargazing can be a very expensive hobby and newcomers often make unnecessary, costly purchases. The program will also cover what you can realistically see with a telescope by cutting through manufacturers’ inflated claims.

Library staff member Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe will talk about her experience using a bargain telescope. Are they worth buying or is it just better to save for a better first scope? On display will be many middle and upper end telescopes to help you figure out what makes sense for you.

This is an after-hours program.

Art Central: Big Larry, Experience and Observation – Feb 3 – 28

Meet the artist, be inspired his wonderful paintings, and enjoy a social hour with your friends and neighbors. | Feb 4

Central Library
February 3 – 28| During Open Hours | All Ages

Mr. Daniels (aka Big Larry) finds inspiration through observation, history, and feeling enabling his style to span hundreds of years. In the three years since he first picked-up a brush, Mr. Daniels has created exceptional pieces that rival established artists in his field. Working exclusively in oil, his approach to time, space, and storytelling reveals a body of work that is fresh and stimulating. His exhibit Experience and Observation is a walk through life as only he knows it. Recently, Mr. Daniels debuted at Art for the Soul Gallery, and on opening day his featured works nearly sold out. One attendee commented: I never knew Larry could paint! He never talked about his work, nor did he ever acknowledge the fact that he was an artist. He truly tells his story and the observations of his experiences since his arrival to the Valley some 30 years ago.

This show is a partnership between the Springfield City Library and Art for the Soul Gallery.

U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group at Sixteen Acres

Members are encouraged to share any conversation-provoking history books that they are reading with the group. | Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
Third Tuesday of the month, at 6:15 – 7:15 PM | Adults

If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch. Join us!

We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are sure to spark lively discussions. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, contact Reggie at 413-263-6858.

Rotunda Rhythms Presents: Cantabile – Feb 24

The Cantabile Vocal Ensemble brings its program of 10 Centuries of Music by Women to Rotunda Rhythms. | All Ages

Central Library, Rotunda
Sunday, February 24 | 2-3 PM | All Ages

The program includes works by pioneering women composers such as Hildegard von Bingen and Fanny Mendelssohn, but also includes jazz standards and more. Founded in 2002, Cantabile specializes in the music of the European Renaissance, with far-ranging forays into other repertoire. The ensemble has been featured in music series from Boston to Warwick, N.Y., as well as by local venues including the Arcadia Players, Mohawk Trail Concerts, and the Renaissance Center at UMass-Amherst, among a number of others. Cantabile is Mary Hubbell, Kayla Werlin, Justina Golden, James Mead, and Peter Shea, all music professionals practicing in western Massachusetts.

Underwritten by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library, the concert includes a free attendance raffle open to all those who stay for the concert.

Get a Job with Skillsmart

Springfield WORKS Jobs Portal will connect you to the right resources to help you achieve your career goals. | Adults

Connect to SkillSmart at Springfield Works

Come learn how to use SkillSmart: an easy online resource to help you identify your strengths and efficiently apply for positions at some of Greater Springfield’s largest organizations.

Members of the AISS team from the Sheriff’s Department will also be on hand to offer job search tips and advice.

Mason Square Branch,  Community Room
Thursday, March 21 | 1-2 PM| Adults |  413-263-6853

Brightwood Branch, Community Room
Friday, April 26 |  1-2 PM | Adults | 413-263-6805

This program is for adults. Registration is encouraged, but not required.