Zoo on the Go – February 19

Learn about a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and more! | All Ages

East Forest Park Branch, Community Room
Wednesday February 19 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM | All Ages

Zoo on the Go is an exciting, hands-on program that is an interactive, fun and educational way for children and adults to learn about a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians etc. Knowledgeable Zoo staff will lead you through a presentation of each Zoo animal’s background, diet, habitats, and more!

Author Talk: Pink Sneakers, by Dolores Yergeau – February 8

Springfield author Delores Yergeau introduces her new book Pink Sneaker. | Adults

East Springfield Branch
Saturday February 8 | 1:15-2:15 PM | Adults

Springfield author Delores Yergeau introduces her new book Pink Sneakers, a charming romance of second chances, self-discovery, and the power of art to bring people together. The author, active in the East Springfield Branch Library’s book group, will make copies of Pink Sneakers available for sale and signing at the public reception following her talk.

Funding provided by Friends of the Library. Ages 18+

(Snow date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 1:15-2:15 p.m.)

Documentary Series on Climate Change

Three-part video screening series presented by Springfield’s Earth Optimism Coalition focusing on climate change. | Teens and Adults

Central Library, Community Room
For Adults and Teens

Monday, February 10 | 6:00-8:00 PM

An Inconvenient Truth – This powerful documentary is a wake-up call that cuts through myths and misconceptions to deliver the message that global warming is a real and present danger. It presents former Vice President Al Gore’s persuasive argument that we must act now to save the earth. Winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. Rated PG.

Saturday, February 15 | 3:00-5:00 PM

TED Talks featuring Majora Carter, Jim Hanson, Katherine Wilkinson, and Greta Thunberg – This is a set of TED Talks on climate change including Greening The Ghetto by Marjora Carter, Why I Must Speak Out on Climate Change by Jim Hanson, How Empowering Women and Girls Can Help Stop Global Warming by Katharine Wilkinson,
and The Disarming Case to Act Right Now on Climate Change by Greta Thunberg. Not rated.

Wednesday, February 19 | 6:00-8:00 PM

Normal Is Over – Award-winning feature documentary about humanity’s wisest responses to climate change, species extinction, resource depletion, income inequality and the connection between these issues. A film connecting the dots: A look at the financial and economical paradigm underlying our planetary problems, while offering various solutions to reverse the path of global decline. Movie is unrated.

Refreshments are compliments of the Friends of the Library. Ages 16+

Author Talk: Out on a Limb, by Robert Loesch – February 29

Springfield author Robert Loesch will talk about his new book, Out on a Limb. | Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
Saturday February 29 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM | Adults

Mr. Loesch, a United Church of Christ minister, has lived in Springfield for over a quarter century, and has penned four books to date. Out on a Limb features nine short stories set in Springfield and surrounding towns between 2010-19.

The author writes that “the fictional adult characters, representing several diverse ethnic, religious and racial identities, engage in a variety of important situations and problems in positive ways.”

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing, and refreshments are provided by Friends of the Library. Ages 18+.

Rotunda Rhythms Presents You, Me, Us

Wayne, Ed, and Zack will light-up the room with their light-jazz covers of popular songs and originals. | All Ages

Central Library, Rotunda
Sunday February 23 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | All Ages

Wayne, Ed, and Zack will light-up the room with their light-jazz covers of popular songs and originals. Good for the whole family, this energized concert will be a great way to enjoy the standards with new and fun interpretations. You, Me, Us is  Zack Danziger on guitar; Ed Orgill on saxophone, clarinet, and flute; and Wayne Roberts on bass.

Arrive early to get the best seat, and stay for entire program to earn a chance win in the free raffle. Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All ages.

Learn Origami with Valley Folds

Explore the ancient Japanese art of paper folding: origami! | All Ages

Sixteen Acres Branch
3rd Saturdays | 12:00 – 2:00 PM | Ages 8-Adults, under 7 with adult supervision

Explore the ancient Japanese art of origami with an experienced teacher. We typically teach beginner through intermediate, although all levels of experience are welcome. Origami paper is provided. Come fold paper with us!

This workshop is intended for ages 8-adults. Younger children may participate assisted by a parent.

Origami usually meets the third Saturday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. Occasionally dates may differ, so please call 263-6858 to confirm.

Winter Canvas Cafe – February 8

Complete a painting from start to finish before lunch! | Adults

Mason Square Branch
Saturday February 8 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Adults

Join in on a morning of fun while completing a painting from start to finish, but still finish up by lunch! Supplies will be provided.

Limited to 12 participants, so please preregister.  Register Here

Morning refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library. For adults.

Art Central: Artworks by Donna Estabrooks

See the exhibit of inspiring works by Donna Estabrooks. | All Ages.

Central Library
January 4 – February 27 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Donna’s art focuses on the human condition such as courage or hope, love, unity, and relationships. She is dedicated to world peace, and works to produce art that touches people’s lives. Technically, she works with acrylic and collage, but she feels her work is more about Buddhist spirituality involving such disciplines as listening and letting go. Her display this season includes original art of words with images. All ages.

Chair Yoga for Special Needs

Yoga workshop designed for adults with special needs. | Adults

East Springfield Branch
Tuesday January 28 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults
Tuesday February 25 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults
Tuesday March 24 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults
Tuesday April 28 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults

Yoga can have many benefits including increased flexibility and focus, and building a sense of calm. This small-session workshop is designed for adults with special needs specifically, though the general public is welcomed to attend too.

Led by Bonni-Lynne Sandler of HeartnSoul Yoga, Bonni-Lynne is a certified yoga instructor and MSEd.

Space is limited, so please sign-up online or with a librarian. 18+

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens; please knock loudly for entry.

Registration starts December 31 – Register – January 28 Class

Registration starts January 28 – Register – February 25 Class