Make Your Own Fairy or Gnome Garden

Make a fairy or gnome garden to celebrate spring – take home a kit from Indian Orchard Branch. | Teens

Indian Orchard Branch
May 1-29 | Teens 12-18

Welcome Spring with your own Fairy or Gnome Garden! Using natural and supplied figures, create a magical space for a gnome or fairy.

Please register to make sure we have a garden kit for you – supplies are limited. We will call you to pick up your supplies curbside at the Indian Orchard Branch.

Register to get the kit at the link: Register

Take a picture of your garden to share and email it to, and we will share it on our Instagram! Or tag us at @spfldmasslib.

For more information, please contact Meg at  (413) 263-6846 or


Supporting Yourself and Your Community: A Mental Health Workshop for Teens

A workshop to help teens recognize signs of mental health distress in themselves and others. | Teens

Wednesday, May 26 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm | Teens 13-18

Join us on Zoom where Mental Health Advocate an Social Justice Educator Ysabel Garcia will lead a workshop for teens on recognizing signs of mental health distress in themselves and others.

We will learn what Community Care is and how we can use it to support our friends and family who are experiencing mental distress.

Register at the link: Register

For more information, please contact Emma at or at 413-263-6858.

Plant Swap at Forest Park Branch

Bring plants to swap for something new, and get advice from a master gardener! | All Ages

Forest Park Branch
May 5-7 | Drop Off During Curbside Hours
Saturday, May 8, 11 am – 2 pm – Plant Swap!

Co-sponsored by the Springfield Garden Club

Visit Forest Park Branch from May 5-7 and drop off any plants you want to swap (labeled if possible) in exchange for a ticket to the Plant Swap on Saturday May 8th from 11 am – 2 pm.

Swap out a different plant for each one you brought in, and consult with a local Master Gardener if you have questions! Your ticket will also get you entered into a raffle for a chance to win more plants and gardening related items!

All participants get a free flower starter and take-home craft kit! All ages welcome.

Please note: This is an outdoor-only event. For your safety, please wear a mask and maintain social distance – our staff and volunteers will be doing the same! The building will be closed, and no restrooms will be available.

For more information contact the Forest Park Branch library at (413) 263-6843.


QTs of Western MA

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens

Monthly, second Thursdays from 7-9pm on Zoom | Ages 13-19

Register at

March 11
April 8th
May 13th
June 10th
July 8th

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond! We’ll be gathering on Zoom once a month for a safe space to hang out in our PJs and watch videos, play games, listen to music or just talk!

Co-hosted by: House of Colors, GLSEN MA, Out Now, Holyoke Public Library, and Springfield City Library


Virtual Teen Check-In

Join other Springfield Teens for fun and games! | Teens

Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come hang out with us! Relax, play games, and get to know other Springfield area teens.

Register to get the Zoom link. Ages 13-18.

If you have any questions, contact Emma Peterson at (413) 263-6858 or

Drawn Together: Art Journaling for Teens

Art journal your feelings with monthly prompts and online sessions. | Teens

1st Wednesday | 3-4 PM | Ages 12-18

Upcoming dates:
– April 7
– May 5
– June 2
– July 7
– August 4
– September 1

NEW – Every Wednesday – optional mini sessions on Zoom!

See details below the weekly prompt.

Register for any session on our teen calendar – follow the link!

See the weekly prompt on our Instagram account – Sundays at 1pm!

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Peaceful? Happy? Join librarians Meg and Lee on Zoom as we Art Journal our feelings!

We will share a prompt and create art together on the first Wednesday of the month from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Register on our calendar – follow the link!

NEW – By popular demand, Lee and Meg will also be on Zoom every Wednesday from 3-4 pm to journal the weekly prompt together. It will be low key and informal. Register for any session(s) you want on the library’s teen calendar to get the Zoom link. Happy Journaling!

We will have journals and art supplies available for curbside pick up. Supplies are limited so sign up now! For ages 12-18.

If you have questions or need more information, please email Meg at

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

Ukulele Strum-Along – Online

Play along with other ukulele enthusiasts online, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. | Teens and Adults

First Monday of every month | 7-8 PM | Ages 16+

Come and strum with other ukulele enthusiasts in a fun and relaxed atmosphere guided by the Valley’s Ambassador of the Ukulele, Julie Stepanek.

Use your own ukelele, or borrow one from the Central Library (a limited number are available to borrow on a first-come first-serve basis).

Click here to join the Strum-Along on Zoom!

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

This event is supported by the Rose Smith Music Fund.

Teen Advisory Board

Do you want to make changes at the library? Join Teen Advisory Board and share your ideas! | Teens

The Springfield City Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) was developed with you in mind! It’s your chance to share your ideas about improving library services and to hang out with other Springfield teens.

What is TAB?

TAB is a group of teens who meet once a month to share ideas, plan events, talk about books, and more! TAB is a leadership opportunity. When you join, you’ll earn volunteer hours and gain experience to put on your resume or college application!

Who Should Apply?

Qualified applicants should:

  • Be a teen ages 13-18
  • Be able to commit 1 hour to TAB per month. TAB meets via Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Enjoy working as a team
  • Be respectful toward your fellow board members
  • Be ready to talk about your ideas for library events and offer thoughtful comments on the suggestions that others make
What are the benefits?

When you join TAB, you:

  • Flex your leadership skills
  • Gain valuable volunteer experience that can be included on resumes or college applications
  • Qualify for volunteer hours
  • Get the chance to request a reference letter for college, internships, or job applications

Please note:

The Springfield City Library TAB is rooted in the principles of respect, humility, and acceptance. We welcome teens of all racial and ethnic groups, religious affiliations, financial backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities. It’s important that we work together to make TAB a safe, fun space for all, where we celebrate the things that make you who you are!

If you’re interested in joining the Springfield City Library TAB, the next step is to fill out the online application.

If you have questions about TAB or its membership responsibilities, email Emma Peterson at or call (413) 263-6858.

We’re excited to collaborate with you!