Drawn Together: Art Journaling for Teens

Art journal your feelings with weekly prompts and online sessions. | Teens

1st Wednesday | 3-4 PM | Ages 12-18

Upcoming dates:
– June 2
– July 7
– August 4
– September 1

NEW – Every Wednesday – optional mini sessions on Zoom!

Register on the form below!

See the weekly prompt on our Instagram account – Sundays at 1pm!

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.

NEW – By popular demand, Lee and Meg will also be on Zoom every Wednesday from 3-4 pm to journal the weekly prompt together. It will be low key and informal. Happy Journaling!

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

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

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

Genealogy Help Online Drop-In

Drop in online for help with family history, for beginners and experts alike.

One Saturday monthly | 2-3 PM | Ages 18+

April 10
May 8
June 5
July 17
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 6
December 4

Drop in for help with genealogy questions. We can show you how to access the library’s and other genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project. No registration required – just drop in!

If you can’t make it to the online Zoom drop-in time, call to make a phone appointment with the same librarian! 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.

Click for Zoom link.

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

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+

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.

Now You’re Cooking! – Sixteen Acres

Share your favorite recipes at the cooking club | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed and in-person programming is suspended, please join our online meetings! To join the email list for this group, contact Reggie Wilson at rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org.

Sixteen Acres Branch
This program meets online via email, no specific time | Adults

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library’s new cooking club. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. For adults 18+.

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed, please join our Facebook group for Knot Just Knitters! Click and answer a few quick questions to be approved. We hope to see you in the group soon!

Knot Just Knitters – Live At Lunchtime! – currently on hiatus

Most Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m., check our calendar.

Do you secretly wait for lunch to pick up your yarn and knit or crochet a few rows? Then KJK Live at Lunchtime is just what you ordered! Relax and stitch while you catch up with old friends, and make new ones. Are you a beginner, or need help with a pesky pattern? Seasoned needle artists are here to help and to give advice about tools, yarns and techniques. No registration required, just click on the link to join! To join us live online, here is the Zoom link!

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or crewel, this group 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.

Teen Advisory Board

Do you want to make changes at the library? Join Teen Advisory Board and share your ideas! | Teens

The Springfield City Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) was developed with you in mind! It’s your chance to share your ideas about improving library services and to hang out with other Springfield teens.

What is TAB?

TAB is a group of teens who meet once a month to share ideas, plan events, talk about books, and more! TAB is a leadership opportunity. When you join, you’ll earn volunteer hours and gain experience to put on your resume or college application!

Who Should Apply?

Qualified applicants should:

  • Be a teen ages 13-18
  • Be able to commit 1 hour to TAB per month. TAB meets via Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Enjoy working as a team
  • Be respectful toward your fellow board members
  • Be ready to talk about your ideas for library events and offer thoughtful comments on the suggestions that others make
What are the benefits?

When you join TAB, you:

  • Flex your leadership skills
  • Gain valuable volunteer experience that can be included on resumes or college applications
  • Qualify for volunteer hours
  • Get the chance to request a reference letter for college, internships, or job applications

Please note:

The Springfield City Library TAB is rooted in the principles of respect, humility, and acceptance. We welcome teens of all racial and ethnic groups, religious affiliations, financial backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities. It’s important that we work together to make TAB a safe, fun space for all, where we celebrate the things that make you who you are!

If you’re interested in joining the Springfield City Library TAB, the next step is to fill out the online application.

If you have questions about TAB or its membership responsibilities, email Emma Peterson at epeterson@springfieldlibrary.org or call (413) 263-6858.

We’re excited to collaborate with you!

Any Book Club (ABC)

Join our Any Book Club and share your recent reads. | Adults

2nd Wednesday and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10 – 11 AM | Adults 18+

The Any Book Club (ABC) meets twice a month to share stories about their recent reads. Each member gets 5-10 minutes to review the books they’ve read recently so others can learn about what’s great and, sometimes, what’s not!

Those who enjoy adult fiction will feel especially at home, but all adult readers are welcomed.

To help keep the program energized and focused, each session is limited to ten readers so please sign-up early to save your seat. The Zoom link will be emailed to each registered person.

The Any Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Tuesday of each month from 10-11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Members can attend either or both as space allows.

Register for available spots on our online calendar!

U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group at Sixteen Acres

Members are encouraged to share any conversation-provoking history books that they are reading with the group. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed and in-person programming is suspended, please join our online meetings! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Reggie Wilson at rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org.

Sixteen Acres Branch
First Tuesday of the month, at 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Adults

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.