Discover Your Summer: Read and Win Prizes!

Join the Summer Reading Club 2022 for kids, teens, and adults at Springfield City Library! | All Ages

Summer Reading Challenge: June 21 to August 27, 2022
This summer, join the Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read, get rewards, enter raffles for prizes, and more!
Read at least 20 minutes a day for 30 days during the challenge to win the completion prize! More details below.

LOG YOUR READING: June 21 – August 27, 2022

Log your reading digitally using Beanstack Online or the Beanstack Mobile App!

If you prefer to log your reading on paper, you can pick up your paper reading log at any library location or download and print your own log with the links below.

What Counts As Reading?

Books • Magazines • Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga • Audiobooks • E-books • Online Articles • Gaming Manuals • Cereal Boxes • Street Signs • As a Family • During Storytimes • To Pets and Toys • And more! Check out our Book Lists below to get started!

YOUNG CHILDREN AGES 0-5

  • Reading to a child each day helps them to become a READER!
  • Color a circle in the reading log for each day you read together or log your reading in Beanstack.
  • Complete 10, 20, and 30 days of reading and return your log for a variety of books and prizes.
  • Attend a library program to earn digital Raffle Tickets towards a prize!

KIDS, TEENS, & ADULTS

  • Read every day!
  • Read at least 20 minutes a day, then color or check off a circle on your reading log (or log your reading in Beanstack).
  • Complete 10, 20, and 30 days of reading and return your log for a variety of books and prizes.
  • Write a book review or attend a library program to earn digital Raffle Tickets towards a prize!

BOOK REVIEWS = RAFFLE TICKETS

  • Write a review for each book you have read, and submit it on Beanstack or to a librarian.
  • Earn a digital Raffle Ticket for each review written for a chance to win a prize!

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Check out our Discover Your Summer themed events, happening at several library locations throughout the summer!

Let’s Talk Money! Financial Literacy Series

Attend our workshops to help instill positive personal finance habits, while follow-up sessions include working with an expert one-on-one to boost your financial skills. | East Forest Park | Adults

Topic-Specific Drop-In Sessions

East Forest Park Branch
First Wednesday of the Month | 6:00-7:30 PM | Adults

  • September 7th: All About Budgets
  • October 5th: Benefits & Financial Terms
  • November 2nd: Financial Planning

We are excited to host an interactive series about personal finance! The workshops help instill positive personal finance habits, while follow-up sessions include working with an expert one-on-one to boost your financial skills. Just getting started? No problem! Our workshops are for all experience levels.

Individual Follow-Up Sessions

East Forest Park Branch
Third Wednesday of the Month: September 21, October 19, & November 16
6:00-7:30 PM | Adults

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.

Say Their Names: Finding African American Ancestors

Learn about the new resources and tools that can help Black people piece together the lives of their ancestors and reclaim their stories. | Central Library | Adults

Central Library
Saturdays: September 10, 17, 24 | 9:30 – 11:00 AM | Adults

Genealogy for African Americans is fraught with special challenges, but it is not impossible. New resources and tools can help Black people piece together the lives of their ancestors and reclaim their stories. This class will be held over three Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 am and will utilize the library’s computer lab to explore some of these resources. Cliff McCarthy is a life-long genealogist and the archivist at the Wood Museum of Springfield History. Some computer experience is helpful to use the electronic resources. Please register on our online calendar – spaces are limited.

Introduction to Sewing – September & October

We will cover the basic functions and techniques common to all sewing machines, as well as how to read a pattern. | East Forest Park | Adults

Make a Mug Rug

East Forest Park Branch – Makerspace
Saturday, September 10 | 1:00-2:30 PM | Adults | Register

Make a Duffle Bag

East Forest Park Branch  – Makerspace
Saturday, October 1 | 1:00-2:30 PM | Adults | Register

If you have never used a sewing machine, or just want to brush up your skills, this is the workshop for you! We will cover the basic functions and techniques common to all sewing machines, as well as how to read a pattern, while working on personalized Mug Rugs and/or Duffle Bags.

All materials will be supplied, including use of a sewing machine. Space is limited, registration is required.

Chair Yoga – Fall Classes

Using gentle stretching while seated, chair yoga allows adults of all abilities to improve flexibility and balance. | Indian Orchard & Mason Square | Adults

Chair Yoga for Seniors & Friends

Indian Orchard Branch
Thursdays: September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Seniors & Adults

Register on via our online calendar!

September is National Yoga Month. Join us for Chair Yoga lead by Cindy Senk, a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Where regular classes may be more limiting, Chair Yoga allows older people and those with chronic pain to gain flexibility and balance in a gentle and relaxing environment.

Chair Yoga for Adults

Mason Square Branch
Thursdays: October 6, 13, 20, 27 & November 3, 17 | 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Adults

No registration required!

Join us for 45 minutes chair yoga. Using gentle stretching while seated, chair yoga allows adults of all abilities to improve flexibility and balance. Instructor Cindy Senk, who is a certified accessible yoga teacher, will lead the class. Note: Class will begin before the branch is open to the public.

You’re Invited! Coffee Hour For Seniors

Seniors are invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle. | East Springfield & Indian Orchard | Senior Adults

Indian Orchard – Community Room
Tuesdays: August 16, 30 & September 13, 20, 27
9:30-11:00 AM | Seniors 60+ and their caregivers

East Springfield
Every Friday
10:00-11:00 AM | Seniors 60+ and their caregivers

You’re invited to stop by for a visit! Bring along your knitting, grab some books, or catch up with a friend over coffee and a puzzle.

Every week, folks from the neighborhood, and those that provide services for Seniors will pop by to keep you informed and entertained. Refreshments provided.

For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

Genealogy Help

Get help with family history, for beginners and experts alike. | Central Library

Walk-In Wednesdays

Central Library – Computer Lab
Every Other Wednesday: September 28, October 12 & 26
4:00-6:30 PMAdults 18+

Join us at the Central Library in the computer lab every other Wednesday afternoon to learn more about genealogy, researching tips, resources at the library, and overall topics!

By Appointment

Central Library |Online via Zoom or In-Person

Get 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.

Call to make a phone appointment  – 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.

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

Seed Library at Mason Square

Free seed library with organic non-GMO seeds for the Springfield community. Request some today from our Mason Square Branch!

The Mason Square Branch Seed Library features a great variety of FREE 100% organic, non-GMO seeds for vegetables, greens, herbs, and flowers, made possible through a grant from Vermont-based seed company, High Mowing Organic Seeds. With multiple varieties, there’s something for everyone!

Because there is a limited supply of seeds, we ask that patrons request no more than 5 seed envelopes per library visit. Please call the Mason Square Branch Library to reserve your FREE seeds for pickup!

We also have a variety of gardening books, covering urban gardening, vegetable gardens, container gardens, flower gardens, and more – ask library staff to help you find the perfect book!

2022 Seeds Available
Mardi Gras Blend Bean
Mardi Gras Blend Bean

Beans & Peas:
Gold Rush Bush Bean
Mardi Gras Blend Bean
Maxibel Haricot Vert Bush Bean
Midori Giant Soybean
Provider Bush Bean
Quincy Pinto Bean
Rattlesnake Pole Bean
Roma II Bush Bean

Broccoli & Cauliflower:
Belstar Broccoli

Red Cored Cantenay Carrot
Red Cored Chantenay Carrot

Beets, Carrots, Parsnips, Radishes, & Turnips:
Bull’s Blood Beet
Early Wonder Tall Top Beet
Guardsmark Chioggia Beet
Cosmic Purple Carrot
Dolciva Carrot
Napoli Carrot
Red Cored Chantenay Carrot
Yaya Carrot
Yellowstone Carrot
Halblange Parsnips
Watermelon Radish
Purple Top White Globe Turnip

Artichokes, Celery, Cucumbers, & Okra:
Tavor Artichoke
Green Finger Cucumber
Clemson Spineless 80 Okra

Evening Colors Sunflower
Evening Colors Sunflower

Flowers:
Pacific Beauty Calendula
Sensation Blend Cosmos
Galilee Blend Larkspur
Dark Orange Marigold
Evening Colors Sunflower
Goldy Double Sunflower
Yellow Zinnia

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm

Herbs:
Catnip
Lemon Balm
Rutgers Obsession DMR Basil
Caribe Cilantro
Common Sage
Summer Savory

Tokyo Bekana
Tokyo Bekana

Lettuces & Leafy Greens:
Mizuna Asian greens
Tokyo Bekana
Shanghai Green Bok Choy
Farao Cabbage
Fordhook Giant Chard
Orange Chard
Ruby Red Chard
Lacinato Dinosaur Kale
Red Russian Kale
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
Green Towers Romaine Lettuce
Gourmet Blend Lettuce
High Mowing DMR blend lettuce
Lolla Rossa Lettuce
Optima Butterhead Lettuce
Yankee Hardy Blend Lettuce
High Mowing Blend Mesclun
Hotshot Spicy Blend Mustard Greens
Wasabina Mustard Greens
Red Planet Salad Blend
Renegade Spinach

Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper
Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper

Peppers:
California Wonder Sweet Pepper (sweet)
Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper (hot)
Shishito Pepper (mild)

Pumpkins, Squashes, & Eggplant:
Howden Pumpkin
Burgess Buttercup Squash
Brulee Butternut Squash
Honeynut Butternut Squash
Waltham Butternut Squash
Black Beauty Eggplant

Peacevine Cherry Tomato
Peacevine Cherry Tomato

Tomatoes:
Peacevine Cherry Tomato
Roma VF Paste Tomato
Starlight Grape Tomato