Get inspired by using a wide array of art materials: write that masterpiece you’ve been pondering or play one of our many board games — and let’s not forget all the inspiration that rests right on our shelves. Enjoy the company of others or grab a quiet space for some precious alone time.
Have you ever wanted to learn chess? Would you like to improve your skills or enjoy a game with other chess enthusiasts? Come get expert training from a seasoned chess player with years of teaching experience!
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. | Children
Indian Orchard Branch Mondays (except holidays) | 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 1-6 years, siblings welcome
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required.
Sixteen Acres Branch Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.
Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. No registration required
Central Library Family Time – Imagine Explore Create Saturdays (except holidays) | 10:30-11:30 AM | Fun for the whole Family
Join us for stories, songs, activities, and crafts. No registration required.
If you love discussing important issues concerning American history, we have good news for you. A United States history discussion group that focuses on American history books and documentaries meets monthly at the Sixteen Acres Branch. Join us!
We will also view critically acclaimed documentaries on a number of history topics. The books and documentaries are sure to spark lively discussions. Refreshments will be available.
For more information, contact Reggie at 413-263-6858.
Come join us for fun and learning at a playgroup facilitated by the Children’s Librarian . Meet other families, chat with the librarian about great books for your child, enjoy the toys in our Activity Center, try out art projects, and so much more! No registration required.
Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults
Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.
Sixteen Acres Every Wednesday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6858
East Forest Park Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6836
East Springfield Every Friday, from 10-12 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840
Forest Park Every Saturday, from 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
For more information, call Ann Harper at 413-623-6843
Youth and their families are welcome to drop in at any location to make a Valentine card for residents of the Holyoke Soldiers Home. The library provides all the materials and will hand deliver your homemade creation in time for the holiday.
LEGO enthusiasts let your imagination run wild! Drop in for freestyle building – meet new friends, and browse the library’s many LEGO themed books. | Children
Forest Park Branch Mondays | 3:30-4:45 PM | Children
LEGO builders are invited to join the Forest Park Brickyard for a weekly after school open building session. LEGO bricks provided! What can you invent?
Sixteen Acres Branch Mondays | 1:30-4:30 PM | Ages 5-10
Attention LEGO enthusiasts! Drop in on Mondays for freestyle building, meet new friends, and browse the library’s many LEGO themed books.
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