February Activities for Adults

Join us for these events and activities at the library in February! | Adults

adult craft – embroidered heart card

East Springfield Branch
Wednesday, February 1 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Ages 18+ | Register 

This fun heart can be stitched onto a card or a canvas to create a great gift for your Valentine!

valentine bracelets

Forest Park Branch
Saturday, February 11 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Ages 18+

Join us to make chainmail bracelets in time for Valentine’s Day! Make one for yourself or for a loved one! No expertise needed, supplies provided.

relive your childhood

East Springfield Branch
Wednesday, February 15 | 3:00 PM-7:00 PM | All Ages

Stop by anytime between 3-7 to take a trip down memory lane with some fun activities like finger painting, play-dough, Legos, puzzles, coloring, games, and snacks to relive childhood fun. All ages are welcome, but adults are very much encouraged to participate and join in on the fun!

winter coffee craft

Indian Orchard Branch
Wednesday, February 15 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Ages 18+| Register

Come and get warmed inside and out with a warm beverage and coffee-themed mixed-media craft.

no-bake dog treats

Sixteen Acres BranchEast Springfield Branch
Thursday, February 23 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | All Ages

February 23rd is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day and we are celebrating by whipping up a batch of homemade, no-bake dog treats! Come by and make a batch of your own.

super Soap Making Symposium

East Forest Park Branch – Community Room
Saturday, February 25 | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Ages 16+

Come learn the science and process behind soap making, leave with your own tray of homemade soap! Kristie Valenze will walk participants through the saponification process and how to create basic bars of soap in this hands on program. Safety goggles and gloves provided, but feel free to bring your own.

crafting with delphine: scrapbooking!

East Forest Park Branch – Makerspace
Saturday, February 25 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Ages 18+ | Register

Join us for crafts with the incredible Delphine Williams! Delphine will share all of her knowledge, talents, and expertise during each monthly session. Come craft with us! This month features a Scrapbooking workshop – but space and supplies are limited, and registration is required.

 

D&D: The Keeper’s Flames

Go on an adventure and solve mysteries in this 12-week D&D campaign. Beginners and experienced players welcome. | Central | Adults

Central Library – Community Room
Saturdays: January 14th through April 8th
1:00-3:30 PM | Adults 18+

Candlekeep is the most famous library in existence – the place where elite magicians and researchers from all over the world go, to find the information they need. You and your friends have been hired by its leader for an entirely new position – the Keeper’s Flames.

Go on an adventure and solve mysteries in this 12-week D&D campaign. Beginners and experienced players welcome.

Register via our online calendar!

James Baldwin Photography Exhibit

Photography exhibit showcasing the 60th birthday celebration of writer James Baldwin. | Central Library | All Ages

Central Library – Wellman Hall Art Wall, and Rotunda
Ongoing through February 2023 | Open Hours | All Ages

The library is thrilled to host a photography exhibit curated by local and beloved photographer, Edward Cohen.

The exhibit is being kicked off with a free talk and reception Sunday, December 18th from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Central Library will be home to Cohen’s photography exhibit celebrating the late American writer, James Baldwin. Photos of Baldwin’s 60th birthday celebrations at the UMASS Campus Center and Amherst College, along with friends such as Maya Angelou, will be on display.

Ed Cohen is a Springfield, MA based freelance photographer who has been photographing in the Pioneer Valley since 1975. He attended UMass Amherst and received a degree in Communications Studies with a concentration in Afro-American and Diversity in Communications. Cohen is a published author, exhibition curator, and an accomplished political demonstration, musical and community events photographer; having participated and captured many local monumental moments for the city of Springfield and surrounding areas. He takes pride in presenting diversity in his imagery.

Cohen received a grant from The Springfield Cultural Council in order to showcase Baldwin’s birthday celebration. He says, “I had the honor of being given permission to take photos at James Baldwin’s birthday celebrations in August of 1984. In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown I edited several of the negatives of Baldwin and his close friend Maya Angelou and had time to publish a photo book and eventually to create a photo exhibit of the Birthday party events. James Baldwin remains an important figure because of his activism around racial and sexual discrimination and his literary genius. I felt it was a great time to have an event to feature the photos to generate a discussion about James Baldwin and the issues that he was so passionate about.”

UMass Professor Emeritus, Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, will serve as reception speaker. A pioneer in Afro-American Studies, in 1970 Thelwell became the founding chairman of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department. The Jamaican-born writer, activist, educator, came to the United States in 1959 to attend Howard University and went on to do his graduate work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Ayana Irene Pierre-Maxwell, currently a freshman at University of Miami, will present a painting based on a photo taken by Cohen at a UMass Commencement in 1978 where Baldwin received an honorary degree.

Pierre-Maxwell says, “While I did not take the photo, I am honored and delighted to have painted this image of the inspirational James Baldwin. I hope that when people view my art they are able to separate themselves from their world and enter mine [and] my work can evoke an emotion in those who view it.”

The exhibition is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. The exhibit will be on display through the end of Black History Month in February 2023.

This exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Springfield City Library, and Monson Savings Bank.

 

 

A Musical Evening with Dulce Santana – Feb 16

Join us for a musical evening with Dulce Santana & Co., introducing a fusion of Afro-Latin rhythms as we celebrate the Black History Month. | Brightwood | Adults & Families

Brightwood Branch
Thursday, February 16 | 6:30-7:30 PM | Adults & Families

Join us for a musical evening with Dulce Santana & Co., introducing a fusion of AfroLatin rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Colombia and the Caribbean as we celebrate the Black History Month.

Free Computer Classes for Beginners

Hands-on workshops to build basic computer skills | Central & Mason Square | Adults

Computer Classes for Beginners

Do computers intimidate you? These classes are great for beginners. These are hands-on, relaxed courses that will help you get comfortable with computers, even if you’ve never used one before.

By the end of one of our courses, you will be ready to explore on your own. Registration is required to participate, but you do not have to attend all of the classes – feel free to try the first before thinking about the rest.

If you have any questions, you can call your local library to talk to a reference librarian. We can help you register for one of our classes or figure out where to start!


Computer Basics at Central Library

Central Library Computer Lab
Tuesdays: January 10, 17, 24, and 31 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Adults

Part 1: Getting Started
January 10 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Overwhelmed by computers? This class starts at the very beginning and will help you understand what a computer is and get comfortable with the basics. No experience is necessary!

Part 2: The Internet
January 17 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this class, we will talk about the internet, how to use it, and learn some tips to make it easier to navigate. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Part 3: Finding Files
January 24 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This class is all about saving things to a computer—and how to find them again. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Part 4: Email
January 31 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this class, you will get a chance to set up an email account and learn how to send and receive messages online. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Getting STarted with Computers At Forest Park Branch

Forest Park Branch
Thursdays: January 12, 19, 26
6:00 – 7:30 PM | Adults

Want to improve your computer skills in 2023? Join us at Forest Park for a fun, low pressure introduction to using a computer, navigating the internet and more. Sign up for all three sessions, or just one!

Visit our online calendar to register!

If you have any questions, you can call (413) 263-6843 to talk to a librarian.

Beginner Computer Literacy Skills At Mason Square Branch

Mason Square Branch
Currently on Hiatus | Adults

Take part in weekly classes to learn how to use a computer. Topics covered in the beginner level include: learning to use a mouse and keyboard, searching on the internet, saving and finding files on a computer, and creating an email account. Registration is required.

Visit our online calendar to register!

If you have any questions, you can call (413) 263-6853 to talk to a librarian.

Free Computer Resources

50+ Job Seekers Networking Group – Online

Libraries across Massachusetts have partnered to offer this free 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group online series. | Online | Adults

Online via Zoom – See links below
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the Month | 9:30-11:30 AM | Adults
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the Month | 6:00-8:00 PM | Adults

More than 60 Massachusetts public libraries have partnered to offer this FREE 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group series to support people fifty years and older looking for a new job, a new career direction, or a Second Act career.

Take advantage of these free biweekly skill-building and networking group meetings. A new topic will be covered at each meeting. Attendance at each session is not necessary – but highly recommended! Job seekers can join at any time.

WHO: Debbi Hope, MBA, PCIC, MC, an experienced Executive Career Coach and Certified Master Coach

WHERE: All meetings are on Zoom.

WHEN: We offer morning & evening classes. Please choose the time that works best for you:
– 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 9:30am-11:30am
– 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6pm-8pm

registration links

If you are interested in registering for the morning meetings, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vdO2rqjovE9xW_F5wfL_jbfjGkgU_Gnbz.

If you are interested in registering for the evening meetings, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclcOuupj0pEtJQAa0w8VAsWex6BOJcWBFn.

Meeting Schedule

Morning Meetings

Evening Meetings

Intermediate Computer Literacy Skills

Take part in weekly intermediate classes to learn how to use a computer. | Mason Square | Adults

Computer Literacy Skills: Intermediate Level

Mason Square Branch
Currently on Hiatus | Adults

Take part in weekly classes to learn how to use a computer. Topics covered in the intermediate level include: how to use Word and Excel, design a cover letter and resume, create a LinkedIn and Indeed profile, and attend Zoom meetings. Registration is required.

Visit our online calendar to register!

If you have any questions, you can call (413) 263-6853 to talk to a librarian.

Watercolor Workshops

Take a break and join us for this vibrant watercolor workshop, perfect for beginning and experienced artists alike! | East Forest Park | Teens & Adults

Balancing Birds Workshop

East Forest Park Branch – Makerspace
Saturday, February 4 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Adults 18+ | Register
Saturday, February 4 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM | Teens 13-18 | Register

Shake off the winter doldrums with this vibrant watercolor workshop, perfect for beginning and experienced artists alike! All materials will be provided.

Space is limited in both workshops, and registration is required. Register at the links above!

Mountain Pathway Workshop

East Forest Park Branch – Makerspace
Wednesday, April 19 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Adults 18+ | Register
Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Adults 18+ | Register

Craft a journey along a serene mountain top with this vibrant watercolor workshop, perfect for beginning and experienced artists alike! All materials will be provided.

Space is limited in both workshops, and registration is required. Register at the links above!

Introduction to Sewing

We will cover the basic functions and techniques common to all sewing machines, as well as how to read a pattern. | East Forest Park | Adults

East Forest Park Branch  – Makerspace
Saturday, February 18 | 12:30-2:30 PM | Adults

If you have never used a sewing machine, or just want to brush up your skills, this is the workshop for you! We will cover the basic functions and techniques common to all sewing machines, as well as how to read a pattern, while working on personalized Mug Rugs and/or Duffle Bags.

All materials will be supplied, including use of a sewing machine. Space is limited, registration is required. Register via our online calendar!

Ask a Law Librarian – Online

Join us on Zoom every Tuesday from 1-2 pm to ask a Hampden County Law Librarian your legal research questions. | Adults

Online via Zoom – Click here to join via Zoom
Tuesdays | 1:00-2:00 PM | Adults

The Springfield City Library is delighted to partner with the Hampden County Law Library to offer the public the opportunity to talk with a Law Librarian from the Hampden County Courts.

Join us on Zoom every Tuesday from 1-2 pm to ask the Law Librarian any legal research questions you may have. The law librarian is not a lawyer and cannot advise on legal issues, but can provide comprehensive resources regarding the law and your rights.

Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/4nh6j96r