Diane Savioli-Chase Artist Reception – October 3

Meet photographer Diane Savioli-Chase as she returns to Springfield with a new collection of Cuban photographs. | Adults

Brightwood Branch
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 mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org. 18+

A Quirky and Contemporary Book Club

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!

Book selections:
October 10th: The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters
November 14th: Ten Dead Comedians, by Fred Van Lente
December 12th: Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer

The Author Fair – September 28

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 fiction
Adult nonfiction or memoir
Children’s books

Art in the Acres: Photography from Cuba – September 3-26

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.

Art Central Presents A Mayan Tapestry – Sept 2 through Oct 31

Come see paintings created by contemporary Guatemalan artists in this vivid exhibit. | All Ages

Central Library
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.

Banned Books Week 2019 Trivia Game – September 28

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.

Songbirds of the Northeast – September 26

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.

Banned Books Week 2019 Selfie Booth – September 23-26

Get caught reading a banned book in our photo booth and share your selfie to social media. | All Ages

Central Library
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.

Banned Books Week 2019 Readathon – September 22-28

Can you read three banned books of your choice in a week? Celebrate Banned Books Week with reading.

Central Library
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.