Discover Paper Quilling – August 7

Learn the lovely art of paper quilling at the East Forest Park Branch. | Adults

Example of paper quillingEast Forest Park Branch
Wednesday August 7 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Adults

Now is your chance to learn the craft of paper quilling. Library staff Delphine Williams will provide basic instruction on how to roll specially prepared paper into paper quill designs. Participants will be able to create a hand designed card.



All materials will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library. No experience necessary. Adults 18+

“The Good, the Bad, and the Blue” – August 5

Local author Haven Williams presents his new book “The Good, The Bad, and the Blue.” | Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
Monday August 5 | 6:15-7:45 PM | Adults

Book Cover - THe Good, The Bad, and The BlueLocal author Haven Williams presents his new book “The Good, The Bad, and the Blue,” which takes a bold look at how slavery, racism, and occupational power intersect to become an underlying cause in today’s conflicts between civilians and law enforcement. Following the presentation, the floor will be open to questions and answers about the book, and the larger topic of police brutality and racism.

Copies of Mr. Williams’ book will be available for sale and signing, and refreshments will be offered compliments of the Friends of the Library. Adults 18+

Farmer’s Market Cooking Challenge at East Forest Park Branch

Enter to win with your recipe for tasty, nutritious dishes baked or cooked with local ingredients. | All Ages

East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday August 14 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Adults

Put your culinary creativity to work this summer with foods you buy at the Forest Park Farmer’s Market, or other local farmer’s market! We are looking for tasty, nutritious recipes baked or cooked with local natural ingredients.

Present your best item with a printed recipe at the beginning of the program to be judged by local food experts.  Prepare enough for at least three judges to taste (more to share if you can). First, second, and third prizes will be awarded.

To submit an entry, please sign-up online or with a librarian. All ages.

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The Softer Side of Celtic – August 17

Musician Jeff Snow combines magical sounds from instruments with vocals and his love and knowledge of Celtic history. | All Ages

Sixteen Acres Branch
Saturday August 17 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM | All Ages

Hear the soothing sounds of the Celtic harp in this enchanting music concert of song. Made complete with Celtic stories and history, this is a perfect program for music lovers and Celtic enthusiasts alike.

Meet the artist after the concert in a free reception compliments of the Friends of the Library. All ages.

Jeff Snow brings the rich tradition of  classic Celtic music to life.  His  vibrant arrangements of  the classics blend perfectly with his original Celtic compositions.
– Joseph Carvalho III, Retired President, Springfield Museums

Introduction to Gmail

Learn about the power of Gmail to keep organized and elevate your email game. | Adults

Central Library, Computer Lab
Tuesday July 9 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM| Adults 18+

Improve your use of Gmail to keep organized and to write professional looking messages. Skills covered in the hands-on workshop include working with attachments, configuring your inbox, assigning labels, forward vs. reply, and more. Space is limited, so sign-up early and include your Gmail address.

Having a Gmail address and the ability to use a keyboard and a mouse is needed for success in this program.

Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library.


Scratch the Surface, a Display on Disabilities – July 22-31

An interactive art display celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act | All Ages

Central Library, Rotunda
July 22 – July 31 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is Scratch the Surface, a display created by people living with disabilities. Do you have a condition that makes it harder to get by, and you wish people understood it better? SCRATCH THE SURFACE!

Use our scratch-art paper to let your colors shine through! Tell us about your condition(s) and experiences with disability. Responses will be tacked onto the display, which will be on view throughout the week. Share your experiences, and come learn about your neighbors!

Job Training Information Table

Find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area | Teens 16+ and Adults

Mason Square Branch
Thursday, July 18 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 15 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Adults and Teens 16+

Want to improve your job skills or change careers? Stop by the Job Training Information Table from 2-4 pm to find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area. The information table will be staffed by workforce development specialists from Holyoke Community College.

Now You’re Cooking! – Sixteen Acres

Share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library’s new cooking club | Adults

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

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library’s new cooking club. Led by Springfield native Christina Raschi, the group will enjoy a new dish each month prepared by a different group member. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. Now You’re Cooking meets on the third Tuesday of each month. 18+

Adults Love YA: Book Club – Summer Reading at Forest Park

Summer book club for Millennials who love Young Adult literature | Adults

Forest Park Branch
Last Tuesday of the month, at 12:30 – 1:30 PM | Adults aged 18-30

  • June 25 – Book Selection – “Pride” by Ibi Zoboi
  • July 30 – Book Selection – “Dread Nation” by Justina Ireland
    July’s event has been canceled.
  • August 27 –  Book Selection – “The Loneliest Girl in the Universe” by Lauren James

Are you a Millennial who loves Young Adult literature? Are you looking to connect with other YA lovers in your area? Tired of there being no book clubs for you? We’ll be reading a YA book a month for Forest Park Library’s summer book club.

Come prepared the last Tuesday of June, July, and August to enjoy junk food, a book related take-home craft, and fan gossip about the most talked about YA Lit.

At the end of the summer, we’ll draw a raffle including prizes from Owl Crate and Out of Print Clothing. The more meetings you attend, the more entries you get!

And obviously feel free to spread the word to all of your #bookstagram followers! See you soon!

For more information, contact Alexandra at 413-263-6843

Art Central Shows Ice Cream – July 1 – August 21

See the display of colorful photos of ice cream signs and advertisements | All Ages

Central Library
July 1 – August 21 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Art Central Ice Cream Sign PhotoDiane Savioli-Chase captures whimsical depiction of ice cream in this colorful display of ice cream signs and advertisements. With photographs from around the world, the viewer sees advertising at its creative best with delightful installments that double as public art.

Come-in, cool off, and enjoy the eye candy! All ages.