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

February 3

March 3

April 7

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. Follow the links above to register for each session.

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

If you have questions or need more information, please email Meg at mgalbreath@springfieldlibrary.org.

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

Life Skills Teens Need To Know

Meet with experts and learn important life skills.


Wednesdays Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 | 7-8 p.m. | Teens 13-18

Okay, so you’ve learned in school that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. But what about the things that you wish you were taught?

This Zoom online meeting series will cover all of the life skills that you need to know! Each week, an expert will give a talk on different subjects and answer your questions.

We’ll have a session on finding a job, a session on managing your money and credit, a session on filling out the FAFSA and other college application musts, and a session on apprenticing for a trade.

Everyone who attends gets a swag bag from our presenters! Ages 13-18. FREE, no registration required!

Zoom link to join: http://bit.ly/TeensLifeSkills

January 6 – How do I get a job?

Learn how to get that first job and what you need to do to prepare to work. With speaker Phyllis Gedeon, Youth Specialist, YouthWorks Springfield.

January 13 – How do I manage my money?

Learn how to use credit, how purchasing big items like cars works, and how renting a home works. With speakers Anthony Thomas and Stephen Plummer, Asset and Credit Counselors, Springfield Partners for Community Action.

January 20 – How do I prepare for college?

Learn about filling out the FAFSA and applying for scholarships. With speaker Apelila Joseph, Administrator, Springfield Promise Program.

January 27 –How do I learn a trade?

Learn about apprenticeships and a variety of trades. With speaker Walter Rice, Business Community Liaison & Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Westover Job Corps.

For more information, call or email Sara Deignan at sdeignan@springfieldlibrary.org or 413-263-6853.

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

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+
December 7
January 4
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 3

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 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
If interested, please contact 413-263-6836.

East Springfield Branch
Teen Advisory Board
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.