3d Printer Dungeons and Dragons Workshop – Feb 21

Time for ancient realms to meet modern technology. | Teens

Forest Park Branch
February 21 | 3:15 – 4:30 PM | Ages 13-17

Using 3D printer technology, teens are invited to come design and print their own Dungeons and Dragons character miniatures. This will be a two session program. One session will be used to design and print characters and the second session will be when players can start a new D&D campaign with their freshly printed miniatures!

Space is limited so please register in advance as well as coming prepared with your completed D&D character sheet! Don’t have one? Stop in to the Forest Park Library and your librarian can help you create one!

Teen Tuesdays – Sixteen Acres

If you are looking for a welcoming place to be after school, look no further.

Sixteen Acres Branch
Every Tuesday | 1 – 6 PM | Ages 12 – 18

Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you’ve been pondering or play one of our many board games — and let’s not forget all the inspiration that rests right on our shelves. Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.

Monthly: Otaku Meet-Up

The Otaku Meet-Up is all about Anime and Manga debates! Teens

Mason Square Branch
Thursday, February 21 | 6-7 PM | Teens 13-18
Thursday, March 21 | 6-7 PM | Teens 13-18

At the monthly Otaku Meet-Up, anime fans from all over Springfield will come to discuss characters, manga, and have some snacks and a chill time.

This event is for teenagers, and snacks are generously provided by the Friends of the Springfield Library.

FriDIY: Crafty Fridays at Mason Square

Join us for all sorts of fun crafts. | Children & Teens

Mason Square Branch
Every Friday  | 2:30 – 4 PM | For children and teens

FriDIY means crafts for the whole family! Stop by Children’s and Teens area at the back of the library for this week’s craft any time after 2:30 on Friday. Some crafts will be based on children’s books, others on holidays, some on natural science, and twice a year we will make slime!

February 15: Pony Bead Snails
February 22: Make a Parachuting Person

March 1: Handprint Dragonflies
March 8: Pirate Ships
March 15: Pom Pom Butterfly Finger Puppets
March 22: Troll Puppets
March 29: Geometric Puzzles

Teen Advisory Boards

Would you like to make changes at the library? Join one of our Teen Advisory Boards and share your ideas. | Teens

East Forest Park
Every other month on the 2nd Saturday, from 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 13 – 19

If interested, please contact the young adult reference librarian Beth Ortiz at bortiz@springfieldlibrary.org or 413-263-6836.

Meeting dates for this school year are September 8 and November 10, 2018, and January 12, March 9, and May 11, 2019.

East Springfield Branch
Teen Advisory Board
First Friday of the month, from 3:30 – 4:30 PM | Ages 13-18

Teens, shouldn’t you have a say in what your library does? We want you to join our Teen Advisory Board. Share ideas about improving library programming and events and give input on  material selection. Talk about your ideas to make the library a better place. Come and enjoy refreshments while you meet new friends, and make your voice heard.

Sixteen Acres Branch
Teen Readers Advisory Panel
Last Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 – 5:45 PM | Ages 13-19

Here’s your chance to meet regularly to share ideas about improving library programming for your age group, plan events, give input for materials selection and other fun activities. Light refreshments will be served.  If interested, please fill in this online application below or contact the young adult reference librarian.

Application for the Teen Readers Advisory Panel (TRAP) - Sixteen Acres
Please read the Teen Advisory Information sheet before completing the form. Thank you.

Stargazing 101, What You Need to Know to Get Started

Considering a new hobby? Come learn about some of the equipment involved. | March 20

Sixteen Acres Branch
Wednesday, March 20 | 6:15 – 7:30 PM | Ages 15 and up

If you are thinking of participating in the out of this world hobby of stargazing, we have the perfect program for you. Branch Manager Reggie Wilson will describe various types of telescopes, mounts, and eyepieces to help you select the proper equipment. Stargazing can be a very expensive hobby and newcomers often make unnecessary, costly purchases. The program will also cover what you can realistically see with a telescope by cutting through manufacturers’ inflated claims.

Library staff member Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe will talk about her experience using a bargain telescope. Are they worth buying or is it just better to save for a better first scope? On display will be many middle and upper end telescopes to help you figure out what makes sense for you.

This is an after-hours program.

Comic Book Creation for Teens at East Forest Park

Do you love comic books, graphic novels or webcomics? Did you ever want to create your own? | Teens

East Forest Park Branch
Second Wednesday of the month, from 6-7:30 PM | Ages 10 – 18

Whether you are an artist or a writer, come work on your project with fellow enthusiasts. Prompts will be provided to help your creative juices. There will also be opportunities for writers and artists to team up to create stories together and, occasionally, guest artists and writers will visit. Snacks will be provided.