Chibicon 2021 – November 13-14

Join our our annual celebration of anime and comics culture! | All Ages

Central Library
Saturday, November 13 | 9:30 am -4:30 pm – Register!
Sunday, November 14 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm – Register!

ChibiCon, Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture is back and better than ever!

This year we will continue to offer the best in animated entertainment – Saturday will feature some of your favorites in animation in our film festival, and other surprises!

Sunday will include our famous art and costume contests, and much more!

Snacks will be provided both days, and best of all- it’s completely free!

Details coming soon – stay tuned!

Simple Crafts for Adults

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

Central Library – Mezzanine, in Rice Hall
3rd Wednesday every month | 5:30-7:30 PM | Adults 18+ – Starts November 17!

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 – Mezzanine, in Rice Hall
1st Wednesday every month | 5:30-7:30 PM | Adults 18+ Starts November 3!

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!

English Conversation Circle

Come practice your English conversation with a small group of peers and your local librarians. | Adults and Families

Forest Park Branch
Saturdays | 10-11 AM | Adults and Families – Starts November 6!

Come practice your English conversation with a small group of peers and your local librarians! Intermediate to advanced English preferred. We’ll have coffee and light snacks. Families welcome.

Venga a practicar su inglés en conversación con un grupo pequeño y sus bibliotecarias locales! Inglés intermedio a avanzado preferido. Tendremos café y desayuno ligero. Familias bienvenidas.

 

413 Gourmet Club

A cooking class meets book club series for those who love to cook at home. Cook together – hands-on and in-person! | Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
Last Tuesday every month
Nov 30, Dec 28, Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 29, Apr 26, May 31, Jun 28, Jul 26, Aug 30, Sep 27
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Adults

Join us for a new cooking class meets book club series that will be hands-on and in-person for those who love to cook at home.

During the class, participants will assist in creating a pre-selected dish from the chosen cookbook of the month. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to check out the selected cookbook ahead of time and to bring an accompanying dish from it to share.

Registration for this event is required with a limit of 10 participants.

Register on our online calendar.

Book List (subject to change):

November: Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman
December: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
January: Cravings or Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen
February: Barefoot Contessa Month: any Ina Garten cookbook!
March: Eating Out Loud by Eden Grinshpan
April: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
May: Simply Julia by Julia Turshen
June: The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken
July: Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski
August: The Pioneer Woman Month: any Ree Drummond cookbook!
September: Indian-ish by Priya Krishna


These programs are funded by a grant from LSTA.

Local Author Talk: Guy McLain – November 3

Meet local author Guy McLain, and join a discussion about his newest book, Drawing Without an Eraser. | Adults

East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday, November 3 | 6-7 pm | Adults

Meet local author Guy McLain, and join a lively discussion with other book lovers from the Springfield area community about his newest book, Drawing Without an Eraser.

What does it take to become a great artist? Is it simply a matter of unlocking our innate talent, or is it something developed through training and experience? What obstacles must you overcome, especially if you are a woman in a male dominated art world? This novel explores those questions through the story of a woman who grew up in rural Texas during the Great Depression.

In addition to being an author, Guy McLain is the Executive Director of the Westfield Library and retired Executive Director of the Wood Museum of Springfield History.

Copies of Drawing Without an Eraser are available from the Springfield City Library.

This event is an offshoot of our Books and Brew Book Club that meets monthly at Nathan Bill’s Restaurant.

Cooking for Beginners

Start your culinary journey with our Cooking for Beginners course – separate classes for Teens and Adults! Join us monthly and learn to cook easy meals.

Cooking For Beginners – Teen Edition

Sixteen Acres Branch
3rd Tuesday every month
Nov 16, Dec 21, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17, Jun 21, Jul 19, Aug 16, Sep 20
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Ages 13-17

Start your culinary journey with our Cooking for Beginners course. Teens will learn meals and snacks that you’ll be able to recreate at home in no time. Come ready to learn and enjoy some tasty morsels at the end of the class!

The lesson for each month will be shared ahead of time. Pre-registration is required with a limit of 10 people per class.

Register on our online calendar.


Cooking for Beginners – Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
1st Tuesday every month
Nov 2, Dec 7, Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 2, Sep 6
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Ages 18+

Start your culinary journey with our Cooking for Beginners course.

Reference librarian Chelsea will teach the class to make meals and snacks that you’ll be able to recreate at home in no time. Come ready to learn and enjoy some tasty morsels at the end of the class.

The lesson for each month will be shared ahead of time. Pre-registration is required with a limit of 10 people per class.


These programs are funded by a grant from LSTA.

Lunch Bunch Cooking Classes

Join us for cooking classes for tweens and for parents to learn to make easy healthy lunches! | Children and Adults

Lunch Bunch – Tween Edition

Sixteen Acres Branch
1st Saturday every month
Nov 6, Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, Jun 4, Jul 2, Aug 6, Sep 3
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Ages 8-12

Are you a kid who wants to be more independent and find ways to cook for yourself? Join us to learn how to make fun, healthy lunches. For tweens ages 8-12. Classes limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required.

Register on our online calendar.


Lunch Bunch – Parents

Sixteen Acres Branch
One Saturday every month
Nov 20, Dec 18, Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18, Jul 16, Aug 20, Sep 17
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Ages 18+

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to making healthy, easy lunches for your children? Parents, join us to learn some fun ways to make healthy lunches. For parents ages 18+. Classes limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required.


These programs are funded by a grant from LSTA.

Halloween Party with Live Family-Friendly DJ

Join us out on the Museum Quad behind the Central Library for an afternoon of family friendly tunes spun by local Springfield DJ Boogy! All ages.

Central Library – Museum Quad
Saturday, October 30 | 1-4 pm | All Ages

Join us out on the Museum Quad behind the Central Library for an afternoon of family friendly tunes spun by local Springfield DJ Boogy!

We’ll have dancing for all ages, and a costume contest for teens! Join us at the Mad Scientist photo booth, and visit the museums as well for all the trick-or-treating you could want!

(In case of weather, the party will move into the Rotunda.)

You’re Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors

Seniors are invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. | Senior Adults

Indian Orchard – Community Room
Tuesdays | 9:30-11 AM | Seniors 60+ and their caregivers – Starts October 5!

You’re invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle.

Every week, folks from the neighborhood, and those that provide services for Seniors will pop by to keep you informed and entertained. Refreshments provided.

For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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