Free Citizenship Classes

The Read/Write/Now Center is accepting reservations for free citizenship classes.

Library Express at Pine Point

A new round of Free Citizenship Classes will be starting soon. The Read/Write/Now Center will provide the study materials and instructional support. Please call for more information at 413-263-6839.

These classes are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or crewel, these groups are the place for you. New members are welcome, and although we don’t provide formal lessons, current members are often willing to teach their skills.

Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items are always welcome!

Central Library, Wellman Hall
Tuesdays, 2-3 pm

East Springfield Branch
Fridays, 10-11:30 am

East Forest Park Branch
Tuesdays, 1:30-3 pm

Mason Square Branch
Fridays, 1-2:30 pm

Sixteen Acres Branch
Wednesdays, 1-2:30 pm

Free Computer Classes for Beginners

Hands-on workshops to build basic computer skills | Central Library | 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
Thursdays: Three sessions in series
November 2, 9, and 16 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm | Adults


Part 1: Getting Started
November 2 | 1:30 – 3:30 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
November 9 | 1:30 – 3:30 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: Search and Email
November 16 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm



In this class, we will talk about searching the internet, and email basics including 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
Currently on Hiatus | 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

Genealogy Help

Get help with family history, for beginners and experts alike. | Central Library

By Appointment

Central Library |Online via Zoom or In-Person

Get help with genealogy questions! We can show you how to access the library’s and other genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project.

Call to make a phone appointment  – 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate on Zoom.

Seed Library at Mason Square

Free seed library with organic non-GMO seeds for the Springfield community. Request some today from our Mason Square Branch!

The Mason Square Branch Seed Library features a great variety of FREE 100% organic, non-GMO seeds for vegetables, greens, herbs, and flowers, made possible through a grant from Vermont-based seed company, High Mowing Organic Seeds. With multiple varieties, there’s something for everyone!

Because there is a limited supply of seeds, we ask that patrons request no more than 5 seed envelopes per library visit. Please visit the Mason Square Branch Library to choose your seeds!

We also have a variety of gardening books, covering urban gardening, vegetable gardens, container gardens, flower gardens, and more – ask library staff to help you find the perfect book!

2023 Seeds Available

Beans & Peas:
Antigua Bush Bean
Seychelles Pole Bean
Oregon Sugar Snow
SS 141 Snap Pea

Broccoli & Cauliflower:
Waltham 29 Broccoli
Spring Broccoli Raab
Nautic Brussels Sprouts

Beets, Carrots, Parsnips, Radishes, Turnips:
Danvers 126 Carrot
Napoli Carrot
Detroit Dark Red Beet
Guardsmark Chioggia Beet
Azur Star Kohlrabi
Lancer Parsnip
Schwarzer Radish
Cherry Belle Radish
Purple Top White Turnip

Flowers:
Pacific Beauty Calendula
Resina Calendula
Double Click Cosmos
Sensation Blend Cosmos
Jasmine Scented Nicotiana
Planéte Rouge du Jura Poppy
Evening Colors Sunflower
Hella Sonnenblume Sunflower
Hopi Black Dye Sunflower
Mammoth Sunflower
Medium Red Sunflower
Red Scarlet Zinnia
Yellow Zinnia

Herbs:
Genovese Basil
Lemon Basil
Rosie Basil
Rutgers Obsession DMR Basil
Sweet Thai Basil
Cribe Cilantro
Santo Cilantro
Bouquet Dill
Greensleeves Dill
Giant Italian Parsley
Italian Flatleaf Parsley
Common sage
Thyme

Lettuces & Leafy Greens:
Astro Arugula
Bellezia Arugula
Esmee Arugula
Golden Acre Cabbage
Farao Cabbage
Belle Isle Cress
Red Giant Mustard Greens
Hotshot Spicy Mustard
Green Wave Mustard Greens
Ruby Streaks Mustard
Curly Roja Kale
Ironman Kale Mix
Lacinato Dinosaur
Vates Kale
White Russian Kale
Green Towers Romaine Lettuce
High Mowing DMR Blend
Lolla Rossa Lettuce
Outredgeous Romaine
Red Oakleaf Lettuce
Salad Bowl Lettuce
Red Planet Salad Blend
White Stemmed Pac Choy
Yukina Savoy
Giant Winter Spinach
Butterflay Spinach

Peppers:
Candlelight Hot
Early Jalepeño (hot)
Ring Fire Cayenne Hot
Shishito Pepper (mild)

Eggplant:
Black Beauty Eggplant
Little Finger Egglant

Tomatoes:
Brandywine
Goldie Ground Cherry
Moskvich
Prudens Purple
Sweetie Cherry
Toma Verde Tomatillo

Sixteen Acres Community Quilt

Images from the Sixteen Acres branch Community Quilt, created September 2023.

This September, patrons at the Sixteen Acres branch contributed to a community quilting project! Here’s what we posted:

Help us build a Community Quilt to be displayed in the  Sixteen Acres Branch Library. Each quilt square you decorate will be added to the quilt and displayed on the wall. Draw pictures, write poems or a paragraph, now is your chance to leave your mark. You can sign your name, or decorate one anonymously.

Need help figuring out what to do on your square? Try pondering these questions – What makes Sixteen Acres special? Why do you love the library? Have any wisdom to pass on?

And here are some photos of the beautiful quilt squares the library received!

Job Corps & AmeriCorps Information Tables

Come learn about career programs that help people obtain high school diplomas, job training, and employment. | Teens & Adults

Job Corps Information Tables

Stop by to learn about Job Corps. Job Corps is a free residential and job training program that helps both young adults as well as adults of any age who have a disability to gain employment.

Central Library – Rotunda
7/3, 8/7, 9/11, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4 | 3:00-6:00 PM | Ages 16+

Forest Park Branch
7/11, 8/1, 9/12, 10/3, 11/14, 12/5 | 12:00-3:00 PM | Ages 16+

Brightwood Branch
6/13, 9/19, 12/12 | TBD | Ages 16+

Mason Square Branch
 6/28, 7/26, 8/30, 9/27, 10/25, 11/29, 12/27 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Ages 16+

East Springfield Branch
6/29, 7/27, 8/31, 9/28, 10/26, 11/30, 12/28 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Ages 16+

East Forest Park Branch
6/16, 9/22, 12/22 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Ages 16+

Sixteen Acres Branch
6/17, 7/15, 8/19, 9/16, 10/14, 11/18, 12/16 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Ages 16+

Indian Orchard Branch
6/23, 7/24, 8/23, 9/25, 10/23, 11/27, 12/26 | 2:00-5:00 PM | Ages 16+

Any Book Club (ABC)

Join our Any Book Club and share your recent reads. | East Forest Park | Adults

East Forest Park Branch
2nd & 4th Thursdays | 10 – 11:30 AM | Adults 18+

The Any Book Club (ABC) meets bi-monthly to share stories about their recent reads. In rotation with one another, members review books they’ve read recently so others can learn about what’s great and, sometimes, what’s not! Those who enjoy adult fiction will feel especially at home, but all adult readers are welcomed.

Members can attend either or both sessions. For Adults 18+.

Books & Brew Book Club

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion. | Adults

Nathan Bills Bar and Restaurant
First Wednesday of the month | 6:00-7:30 PM | Adults

Join a lively discussion with other book lovers, and bring your favorite brew too!

Copies of the book will be available at the Forest Park Branch Library, and often are available via Hoopla with a Springfield City Library card too. If Hoopla is new to you, check out this tutorial.

Please email Chelsea Bell at cbell@springfieldlibrary.org if you have any questions.

See the books we are reading for upcoming meetings on our calendar!