Super Cool Stress Balls – September 17

Make supercool squishy stretchy stress balls for the new school year. | Teens

Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesday September 17 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Ages 11-18

It’s the beginning of another school year, and you might be feeling a little stressed. Come in, meet and greet some new friends, and enjoy making some super cool squishy stress balls. They stretch, they squeeze, you can toss them and are so much fun! Ages 11-18.

Please register in advance.    Register

Design Your Own Tee Shirt – September 17

Make a personalized tshirt design with potatoes and fabric paint. | Teens

Brightwood Branch
Tuesday September 18 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM | Ages 12-18

Design your own T-shirts using fabric paint and a simple potato printing method! Adding a playful print to a basic T-shirt is as simple as slicing a potato. Thanks to their firm texture, raw potatoes can be easily shaped into stamps which can be used to decorate the tees.

All necessary supplies will be provided by the Friends of the Library, though participants are welcome to bring their own tee shirts. Light refreshments will also be served. Ages 12-18.

Introduction to Sewing for Teens – Forest Park

Learn to sew and make a small project in this 3-part beginner class for Teens.

Forest Park Branch
Tuesday September 10 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Ages 11-18   Register

Tuesday October 8 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Ages 11-18   Register

Tuesday November 12 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Ages 11-18   Register

Learn the basics of hand sewing and design through the creation of a small handbag, tote bag or pillow. A variety of fabrics and embellishments will be provided to create your customized project. A review and discussion of the evolution of sewing is included.

For this beginner sewing program no prior sewing experience is expected or required. This is a recurring monthly program to be held on the second Tuesday of September, October, and November.

The program is for ages 11 – 18. Registration required.

Teen Escape Room: The Great Nobel Caper – August 24

Work together to search for clues, solve puzzles, and crack a mystery! | Teens

East Springfield Branch
Saturday August 24 | 3:30-4:45 PM | Ages 12-18

Do you have what it takes to crack a mystery and right a scientific wrong? Then  this escape room is for you! Teens between the ages of 12-18 are invited to work together to search for clues, and solve the puzzles that will open a very special box.

Tutorial runs from 3:30-3:45, then the game will begin. You’ll have one hour to succeed. Are you up for the challenge?

Register here!

Stargazing Party at East Springfield Branch – POSTPONED

Look through out telescope at East Springfield at some of summer’s most amazing heavenly bodies. | Teens and Adults

East Springfield Branch
NEW DATE TBD | 7:30 – 9:00 PM | Ages 12+

If you’ve ever looked at the sky and wondered what was out there, you need wonder no more! Come to East Springfield and have a chance to look through our telescopes at some of the summer’s most amazing heavenly bodies. Learn how you can star gaze with binoculars. See some of the apps on phones and tablets that can help you find out what you’re looking at.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Because this is an after hours program, a parent or guardian must accompany minors. Siblings under the age of 11 are welcome also with parent supervision.

Cursive Writing for Beginners at East Springfield Branch – August

Learn the basics of cursive writing with this 3-session course for beginners! | Ages 8-18

Have you ever wanted to learn how to write cursive? Then this program is for you! Educational Instructor Ms. Deborah Pace will lead a 3-session beginners course of the basics of cursive with the end goal of each participant knowing how to read and write cursive.

Registration for each session is strongly encouraged for participants for maximum learning but it is not required.  Only the first 20 registered people will be guaranteed a spot for each date.

Friday and Saturday dates of each session will be exactly the same, so there is no need to sign up for both dates in the same week.

Session 1: Mechanics (Pencil Grip, Paper Position, Body) & Handwriting Motivators and Terms

Friday, August 9, 2019  | 1:00 – 4:00  PM   Register

Saturday, August 10, 2019 |  11:30 AM to 2:30 PM  Register

Session 2: Teaching Handwriting through Modality Strengths &  Diagnostic Chart for Cursive Writing and Paper Samples

Friday, August 23, 2019  | 1:00 – 4:00 PM  Register

Saturday, August 24, 2019 |  11:30 AM to 2:30 PM  Register

Session 3: Class collaboration, each individual will share and be critiqued about what they have learned and receive Certificate of Completion

Saturday, August 31, 2019 |  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  Register




Job Training Information Table

Find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area | Teens 16+ and Adults

Mason Square Branch
Thursday, July 18 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 15 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Central Library 
3rd Thursday of every month | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
– September 19
– October 17
– November 21
– December 19

Adults and Teens 16+

Want to improve your job skills or change careers? Stop by the Job Training Information Table from 2-4 pm to find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area. The information table will be staffed by workforce development specialists from Holyoke Community College.