Discover Your Summer Events & Activities

Join us for Discover Your Summer: Summer Reading decorating events, kickoff parties, crafts, and more! | All Ages

SUMMER READING CLUB CHALLENGE

June 21 – August 27 | All Ages

This summer, join our Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read and get rewards, enter raffles for prizes, and more! Click the button below to learn more.

Learn About Summer Reading Club!

Download our Summer Event Guides below!

Discover Your Summer: Drop-In Crafts!

August 9, 23, & 30 | Open Hours | Teens

Stop into the Central Library every other Tuesday between June 14 to Aug 30, to see what creative project is waiting for you.

At the following library locations: Central Library

Discover Your Summer: Crafts & Scavenger Hunts!

All Summer Long | Open Hours | All Ages

Check with your local library branch to see what activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts they have going on that week! Available while supplies last.

At All Library Locations

Summer reading Challenge accepted!

Wednesday, August 17
3:00-4:30 PM | All Ages

The Summer Reading Challenge is on! Join us for a monthly meet-up to enjoy some snacks and chat about the books that we’re reading – and what we’re excited to read next!

At the following library locations: East Forest Park Branch

How Many? How much? How heavy?

June 21 – August 27th | Open Hours | All Ages

Using your best guesses, guess how many, or how much, or how heavy are the items in our Guessing Jar. Twice a month there will be a new jar. Closest guess wins a small prize.

At the following library locations: Indian Orchard Branch

Summer Feeding = Summer Reading

Monday through Friday: June 27 – August 26th | All Ages Up to 18

Visit the library locations listed below for special activities, like gardening programs, food trucks visits, as well as delicious nutritious lunches for kids up to age 18!

For more information go to: www.homegrownspringfield.org

August Crafts for Children, Teens, and Families

Crafts and activities at the library in August! | Children, Teens, and Families

Sand and Sea art

Mason Square Branch – Reading Garden
Wednesday, August 3 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Ages 5-10 & Families

Join us for summer fun as we make a beautiful craft using sand and seashells.

Beach Drink Creations

East Springfield Branch
Wednesday, August 17 | 3:00-5:00 PM | Children & Teens

You don’t have to be at the beach to learn how to create these special drinks. Come try out a few and find out which one is your favorite!

Let’s draw Manga!

Brightwood Branch
Tuesday, August 16 | 5:00-6:00 PM | Teens

Do you love manga or anime? Do you love to draw? Then come on down to the Brightwood Branch for manga drawing and refreshments!

Sharpie T-Shirts: Start School in Style – August 17

Start school in style by decorating your own tee-shirt using sharpies! | Indian Orchard | Teens

Indian Orchard
Wednesday, August 17 | 4:00-6:00 PM | Ages 12-18 | Register

Start school in style with a beautiful tee-shirt using sharpies and rubbing alcohol. Bring your own or we will provide a shirt. Preregistration is required, space is limited. Please call 413 263-6846 to preregister, or register online.

End of Summer Karaoke Party – August 20

Come celebrate the end of summer and show off your performance chops! | Central | Teens

Central Library – Teen Area
Saturday, August 20 | 2:30-4:00 PM | Ages 12-19

Come celebrate the end of summer, and show off your performance chops at our End of Summer Karaoke party! Enjoy refreshments as you cheer each other on!

Teen Game Night – August 24

Stop by for a night of games, snacks and prizes! | East Springfield | Teens

East Springfield
Wednesday, August 24 | 4:30-7:00 PM | Teens

Stop by for a night of games, snacks and prizes. For every game you play you will collect a ticket. At the end of the night redeem your tickets for a small prize while supplies last.

Watercolor Birch Trees Workshop – Sept 7 & 17

Take a break from the last of the summer heat in our wintry watercolor workshop! | East Forest Park | Teens & Adults

East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday, September 7 | 6:00-7:30 PM | Adults | Register

East Forest Park Branch
Saturday, September 17 | 1:00-2:30 PM | Teens & Adults | Register

Take a break from the last of the summer heat in our wintry watercolor workshop! This workshop is perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike. All materials will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

A Call to Arms: A Virtual Author Event with Haven Williams – Sept 10 & Oct 8

Local author presents a discussion on how slavery, racism, and occupational power intersect. | East Forest Park | Teens & Adults

East Forest Park Branch
Saturday, September 10 & October 8 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM | Ages 16+

Local author Haven Williams presents a discussion on his updated book, “A Call to Arms,” which takes a bold look at how slavery, racism, and occupational power intersect. Following the presentation, the floor will be open to discussion both about the book itself and the larger topic of police brutality and racism.

Teen Detective’s Book Club

Calling all detectives! Do you love solving a mystery? Join us at the Forest Park Branch once a month to hash out all the clues! | Forest Park | Teens

Forest Park Branch
First Tuesday of the Month – September 13
4-4:45 pm | Ages 14-19

Calling all detectives! Do you love solving a mystery? Join us at the Forest Park Library once a month to hash out all the clues!

Upcoming Selections:

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica GoodmanSeptember 13
They Wish They Were Us
by Jessica Goodman – (2020) YA fiction

At an exclusive prep school on Long Island, Jill Newman looks forward to her senior year as a member of the school’s most elite clique, the Players, until new evidence surfaces about the murder of her close friend Shaila.

Minecraft Clubs

Build, play, create – and battle zombies, of course! | Forest Park & Indian Orchard | Children & Teens

Minecraft Monday

Forest Park Branch
Mondays: August 22, September 19
3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 12-17

Join us at the Forest Park Library Monday afternoon for Minecraft adventures! Join our library server and explore the ever-expanding, world-building awesomeness of Minecraft!

Indian Orchard Minecrafters

Indian Orchard Branch
Saturdays: August 27, September 10 & 24 | 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 8 participants so come early. Please call (413) 263-6846 for more information.

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!