Meet new people, take a mental break from work, and just have fun. Do some of it, all of it, or just observe and enjoy. The board puzzles are next to the adult computers, and are provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.
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.
Have you ever wanted to learn chess? Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts? Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!
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.
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.
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.
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.