Meet photographer Diane Savioli-Chase as she returns to Springfield with a new collection of Cuban photographs. | Adults
Thursday October 3 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Adults
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and meet world traveling photographer Diane Savioli-Chase as she returns to Springfield with a new collection of Cuban photographs. See her images of the island nation, and meet the artist in this one hour social complete with refreshments and free attendance raffle.
To attend, please RSVP to the librarians at 413-263-6828, x221 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 18+
Let’s get weird in this unusual book club focused on quirky and odd tales. | Adults
Forest Park Branch
Second Thursday of every month | 1:30 – 2:30 PM | 18+
Let’s get weird in this unusual book club of quirky and odd tales. This one is for those who are looking for something outside of the bestsellers list, and are unafraid of trying new books! Join if you dare!
October 10th: The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters
November 14th: Ten Dead Comedians, by Fred Van Lente
December 12th: Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer
Meet recently published authors and talk about their books in many genres. | Teens and Adults
Central Library, Rotunda
Saturday September 28 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Ages 14-Adult
Come to the Fair to meet recently published authors and enjoy their works in this showcase of local talent and achievement. Authors will be on-hand to meet the public, discuss their books, and sell and sign copies of them to interested readers. A wide range of reading genres will be on display including memoirs, novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and more. With such a wide selection, there’s likely to be something for readers of all ages! 14+
Authors will include:
Adult nonfiction or memoir
Visit the library to see photos of today’s Cuba by Diane Savioli-Chase. | All Ages.
Sixteen Acres Branch
During Open Hours | All Ages
See contemporary Cuba through the eyes of photographer Diane Savioli-Chase. Recent trips to the island nation gave her a bevy of beautiful photographs depicting the lives, culture, and traditions of modern day Cuba. Full color photographs of farmers, musicians, school children, urban scenes, and the famous Santiago de Cuba harbor offer a view of the Caribbean’s largest country – all in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!
On display at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library for September, and October at the Brightwood Branch Library. All ages.
Come see paintings created by contemporary Guatemalan artists in this vivid exhibit. | All Ages
September 2 – October 31 | During Open Hours | All Ages
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Central Library is hosting A Mayan Tapestry, paintings created by contemporary Guatemalan artists. Brought to Springfield by the Guatemala Art & Culture Connection, A Mayan Tapestry reflects the life and customs of Mayan life, one of the America’s greatest ancient cultures. With its diversity, boldness, and magic-like wonderment, A Mayan Tapestry catches the eye with powerful creativity and unusual beauty. All ages.
Test your knowledge of banned books and authors at this annual trivia event! | Teens and Adults
Central Library, Community Room
Saturday September 28 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM | Ages 14-Adult
It’s back! Think you know your rabble-rousing books and authors? Show us! Stop in for a few rounds of Banned Book Trivia, and see if you can name titles, authors, and facts about the ways in which they were challenged for removal from public spaces. Compete solo or in teams of up to four; you’ll be given lists of frequently banned titles, but cellphone “research” is a no-no!
There’ll be prizes, snacks, and of course, the most important thing… bragging rights! Ages 14-Adult, please pre-register.
Learn tips and tricks for basic cell phone photography. | Adults
Mason Square Branch
Thursday September 26 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Adults
Your cell phone camera is good for more than just selfies! Learn the basics of your cell phone camera, and pick up some tricks to make your pics awesome. 18+
Come see an informative presentation with photographs and audio recordings of our region’s songbirds. | Adults
Forest Park Branch
Thursday September 26 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Adults
Local naturalist John Root presents photographs and audio recordings of our region’s songbirds in this informative and attractive presentation about local birds and their habits. The role of song in these birds’ lives as well as their diet, social behavior, and other adaptations for survival are discussed. You will also learn how to provide attractive habitat for songbirds in your own yard. 18+
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a state agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Get caught reading a banned book in our photo booth and share your selfie to social media. | All Ages
September 23-26 | Open Hours | All Ages
Get caught reading a banned book! Use our background and props and your own phone to snap a photo of yourself with your favorite book from the lists of Frequently Banned and Challenged Books. Then post it to your social media to let people know you support the right to read freely! If you don’t mind us using your photo on our social media, use our hashtag #SCLReadsFreely and you could be featured on SCL’s Twitter or Facebook!
All ages, free and open to the public during all open hours.
Can you read three banned books of your choice in a week? Celebrate Banned Books Week with reading.
September 22-28 | Open Hours | Ages 8 to Adult
We’re doing it again! Due to last year’s response, Banned Books Week this year will again include our all-ages Readathon! Can you read three banned books of your choice in a week? Sign up for our challenge and tell us what you plan on reading. For each book you finish, you get one entry into a raffle to win some cool prizes! Challenge yourself and bone up on classics old and new.
Like Isaac Asimov said, “If a book is worth banning, it’s worth reading!” Ages 8+, register with a Central Library reference librarian.