Birds of Prey – August 12

Come meet and learn about live birds of prey. | All Ages

Indian Orchard Branch
Monday August 12 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM | All Ages

Join us for this educational and entertaining program that will provide an interactive presentation featuring live birds of prey! Meet a retired fish and wildlife game warden/licensed wildlife rehabilitator who cares for injured birds, operates a successful captive-breeding program and helps people appreciate, respects and assist in the conservation of these important raptors. Come with the entire family!

Jubilant Jewelry Making – August 6

Make earrings or a bracelet at Sixteen Acres Branch. | Ages 9-19

Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesday August 6 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Ages 9-19

Hooks, pins, and spacers, Oh My!  Design and create earrings or a bracelet using findings, beads, wire and elastic.

This workshop is best suited for ages 9-19, however children 7-9 who are accompanied by an adult are welcome. Registration required.


Design an Alien Contest – August 2

Show us your design of an alien and its homeworld! | Ages 11-18

East Springfield Branch
Friday August 2 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 11-18

The universe is vast, and many life forms may exist in it! Now its your chance to show us what you think might be out there… and maybe win a prize! Design your own alien life form, and show how it would thrive in its environment. Place it on a known planet, or create a new planet yet to be discovered! Its all up to you. We’ll have snacks for all who create, and a small prize for the alien chosen as “Best in Universe.” Ages 11-18 welcome!

Farmer’s Market Cooking Challenge at East Forest Park Branch

Enter to win with your recipe for tasty, nutritious dishes baked or cooked with local ingredients. | All Ages

East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday August 14 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Adults

Put your culinary creativity to work this summer with foods you buy at the Forest Park Farmer’s Market, or other local farmer’s market! We are looking for tasty, nutritious recipes baked or cooked with local natural ingredients.

Present your best item with a printed recipe at the beginning of the program to be judged by local food experts.  Prepare enough for at least three judges to taste (more to share if you can). First, second, and third prizes will be awarded.

To submit an entry, please sign-up online or with a librarian. All ages.

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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




Anime Thursday at Forest Park Branch

Watch a different anime series every Thursday at Forest Park | Teens

Forest Park Branch
Thursdays July 11 – August 30 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Ages 13-17

Stop in every Thursday starting July 11 and ending August 22 to watch anime and eat snacks. We’ll be playing a new anime series every week in the activity den. Manga and drawing materials will be out for added entertainment.

2019 School Summer Reading Lists

2019 assigned summer reading lists and resources for area schools | Children and Teens

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Academy Hill School, Springfield MA

2019 Summer Reading Assignments (website)

Central High School, Springfield MA

AP Summer Assignments (website)

Chicopee Comprehensive High School

2019 Reading Lists (website)

Hampden Charter School of Science, Chicopee MA

Summer Reading (website)

Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA

Band of Sisters by Kirsten A. Holmstedt – Non-Fiction Selection
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith – Classic Selection
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens- Fiction Selection/ coming of age.
The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – YA Fantasy Selection
The Young World by Chris Weitz- Science Fiction

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, South Hadley MA

Incoming 7th Grade Summer Reading Assignment (Updated July 15, 2019)
8th Grade Summer Reading Assignment
9th Grade Summer Reading Assignment
10th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

Pope Francis High School, Chicopee MA

Summer Reading List 2019 – Freshman
Summer Reading List 2019 – Sophomore
Summer Reading List 2019 – Junior
Summer Reading List 2019 – Senior

Springfield Public Schools, Springfield MA

6th Grade Summer Reading List 2019
7th Grade Summer Reading List 2019
8th Grade Summer Reading List 2019
9th Grade Summer Reading List 2019
10th Grade Summer Reading List 2019
11th Grade Summer Reading List 2019
12th Grade Summer Reading List 2019

St Michael’s Academy, Springfield MA

2019 Summer Work (website)