December Events & Activities for Teens

Join us for these events and activities at the library in December! | Teens

winter PINECONE gnome take and make

East Springfield Branch
Thursday, December 1 – Saturday, December 31 | Open Hours | Ages 5-18

Come pick up a Winter Pinecone gnome kit to make your very own good luck gnome! The kit contains everything you need, but you can add to it with whatever you have at home.

Sparkling Snowflakes for Everyone

Indian Orchard Branch
Saturday, December 3 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM| Children & Teens

Using a variety of materials we will create sparkling snowflakes to hang in your windows or on your tree. For ages 8 and up. For more information please call 413-263-6846.

build a gingerbread house

East Springfield Branch
Saturday, December 10 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM| All Ages

Get into the festive holiday spirit by making gingerbread houses with graham crackers and decorate it with sweets! While supplies last.

Jewelry workshop: earrings

Central Library
Saturday, December 10 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Ages 12-19 | Register

Come to the teen room and create a unique pair of earrings for you to keep or to gift to someone special! All supplies provided!

hot chocolate in a jar

Brightwood Branch
Tuesday, December 13 | 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM| Children & Teens

Short on time or money for a holiday gift? Or simply looking to have something handy for a cold winter’s day? Come down to Brightwood to make your very own Hot Chocolate in a jar using marshmallows, chocolate chips and more! Supplies and refreshments will be provided.

paint and sip

Central Library
Monday, December 19 | 4:00-5:30 PM | Ages 12-19 | Register

Join us in the teen room for a refreshing afternoon of art! Paint your own masterpiece, while you enjoy a soft drink you created from our juice bar! Keep your painting for your space, or gift it to someone special!

DIY SNOW GLOBE NECKLACES FOR TWEENS AND TEENS

Indian Orchard Branch
Wednesday, December 21| 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM | Ages 11-18 | Register

Make a Snow Globe necklace for yourself or as a stocking stuffer. Indian Orchard Library Community Room. Preregistration required. Preregister online or by calling 413-263-6846.

KARAOKE NEW YEAR’S PARTY

Central Library
Thursday, December 29 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Ages 12-19

We made it through 2022! Come to the teen room and sing your goodbyes to 2022, while enjoying food, and other New Years’ fun! Let’s welcome 2023 together!

Mitten Tree – December

Donations of new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves accepted for the mitten tree at all library locations. | All Ages

All Library Locations
December 1 – December 31 | Open Hours

Donations of new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves may be added to the mitten tree in any library location.

Donated items will be distributed throughout Springfield in January. Thank you!

Interfaith Holiday Sing Along – December 11

The audience is invited to sing along to the music of voices and strings, and add to the spirit of unity as we come together as a community through song. | Central Library | All Ages

Central Library – Rotunda
Sunday, December 11 | 2:00-3:00 pm | All Ages

The Suzuki Talent Education Partnership (STEP) and the Springfield City Library invite the public to a free multicultural interfaith holiday sing-along . Holiday sing-along will include songs in English, Chinese , Hebrew, German and Spranish, directed by STEP director Lani Bortfeld.

The audience is invited to sing along to the music of voices and strings, and add to the spirit of unity as we come together as a community through song. Families are most welcome, and children will be invited to come up and accompany the group for Jingle Bells and Las Navidades, using bells and small Latin percussion instruments.

One-Shot RPG

Curious about tabletop role playing games? Come to the teen room and play a game that allows you to create a character and play a whole story in just 3 hours! | Central Library | Teens

Central Library
Wednesday, November 30 (postponed – new dated TBD) | 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Teens

Have you ever wondered what a table top role playing game is like, but you’re not sure if it’s for you? Well come to the teen room and play a game that allows you to create a character and play a whole story in just 3 hours! The game title TBA! All equipment provided!

Teen Closet Cleaning Crafts

What can you create with our grab bag of crafting goodies? Your imagination is the limit! | Indian Orchard | Teens

Indian Orchard Branch
First Wednesday of the Month | 4:00-6:00 PM | Ages 11-18

What can you create with our grab bag of crafting goodies? We will have available a variety or crafting supplies – felt, foam, embroidery floss, paint, paper, markers, beads, SPARKLY stickers….. Your imagination is the limit! For more information please call 413-263-6846.

Switch It Up!

Come Switch It Up at the library and play your choice of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 or Mario Party Superstars! | East Springfield | Teens

Switch it up!

East Springfield Branch
2nd Friday Each Month | 3:00-4:00 PM | Ages 13-18

Come Switch It Up at the library and play your choice of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 or Mario Party Superstars! Light refreshments will be served.

Minecraft Clubs

Build, play, create – and battle zombies, of course! | Children & Teens

Indian Orchard Minecrafters

Indian Orchard Branch
Every Other Saturday: December 3 & 17 & 31, January 14 & 28
12:00-2:00 PM | Ages 10 +

Join us at the Indian Orchard Library for Minecraft at the Library, where we mine, craft, and trade Minecraft tips! Space limited to 6 participants so come early. Please call (413) 263-6846 for more information.

Code Builders

Build the skills you need to create animations, games, apps, and more using fun online tutorials! | East Forest Park | Teens

East Forest Park Branch

Information Sessions
Wednesday, December 7 | 6:00-7:30 PM | Ages 13-18
Saturday, December 10 | 1:00-2:30 PM | Ages 13-18

Starting in January we will be offering a coding club for aspiring coders aged 13-18, in partnership with Girls Who Code. Members of the club will learn how to create animations, games, apps, and more using GWC’s fun online tutorials.

If you would like to know more about our Code Builders club join us for this Information Session. Interested teens and guardians welcome!

Stay tuned! Club Sessions Begin January 18. Register here!

Teen Manga Squad

Do you want to meet other teens who love manga as much as you? Then we have the squad for you! | East Forest Park | Teens

East Forest Park Branch
3rd Wednesday of Each Month | 6:00-7:30 PM | Ages 10-18

Calling all manga fans! Do you want to meet other teens who love manga (Japanese comics or graphic novels) as much as you? Then we have the squad for you!

Teen Gaming Club

Come join us for an afternoon of board games and collectible card games at the East Forest Park Branch. | Teens

East Forest Park Branch
1st & 3rd Friday Each Month | 2:00-4:30 PM | Ages 12-18

It’s time to start the weekend with some games! We will have a couple of board games available, but collectible card games are welcome! Can you beat a librarian at Magic the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh? We’re guessing, the answer is “yes!”