Discover Your Summer: Read and Win Prizes!

Join the Summer Reading Club 2021 for kids, teens, and adults at Springfield City Library! | All Ages

This summer from June 14 to August 14, 2021, join our Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read and get rewards, and enter raffles for prizes!

(Haga clic aquí para Español)

This year we offer both the paper reading log, and also the option to play online using Beanstack! Go to starting June 14th. See these instructions for Beanstack!

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.
  • Complete 30 days of reading and the library will order you a book of your choice (limitations apply) – simply fill out the form on the back of your log and turn it in at your nearest library location.

Kids, Teens, and Adults

  • Read every day!
  • Read at least 20 minutes a day, then color or check off a circle on your reading log .
  • Complete 30 days of reading and the library will order you a book of your choice (limitations apply) – simply fill out the form on the back of your log and turn it in at your nearest library location.
What Counts As Reading?

Books • Magazines • Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga • Audiobooks • E-books • Online Articles • Gaming Manuals • Cereal Box • Street Signs • As a Family • During Storytimes • To Pets and Toys • And more!

Read, Write, and Win!

  • For kids, teens, and adults, write a review for each book you have
    read, submit it to a librarian, and earn a raffle ticket for each
    review written.
  • Submit your log and reviews in person, or go
    digital with Beanstack at: starting June 14th.
  • Raffle prizes for reviews written include a Nintendo Switch Lite with case and game!

Nintendo Switch Lite and case and Minecraft Game

And there’s more!

  • Visit your nearest library location to get a “Take and Make” activity bag for toddlers, kids, and teens. (Pick up using Curbside Pickup.)

Get Your Reading Log

You can pick up your reading log and a Discover Your Summer bag at Curbside Pickup or download and print your own log!

Reading Log 2021 – click to download (English)

Registro de Lectura 2021 – haga clic aquí (Español)

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!

The library works with the Northeast Organic Farming Association and the Mason Square Community Garden Group to provide Springfield residents with hands-on gardening workshops led by experienced gardeners. Interested in learning more about gardening? Be sure to check out our virtual gardening workshops, a series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike.

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!

2021 Seeds Available
Kentucky Wonder pole bean
Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean

Beans & Peas:
1. Antigua bush bean
2. Gold Rush bush bean
3. Kentucky Wonder pole bean
4. Laxton’s progress shell pea
5. Midori Giant soybean
6. Provider bush bean

Broccoli & Cauliflower:
7. Belstar Broccoli
8. DeCicco Broccoli
9. Goodman Cauliflower

Red Cored Cantenay Carrot
Red Cored Cantenay Carrot

Carrots, Radishes & Beets:
10. Napoli Carrot
11. Red Cored Cantenay Carrot
12. Cherry Belle Radish
13. Cylindria Beet
14. Detroit Dark Red Beet

15. Green Finger Cucumbers
16. Marketmmore 76 Cucumbers
17. Suyo Long Cucumbers

Evening Colors Sunflower
Evening Colors Sunflower

18. Double Click Cosmos
19. Evening Colors Sunflower
20. Giant Coral Zinnia
21. Lemon Queen Sunflower
22. Mammoth Sunflower
23. Pacific Beauty Calendula
24. Planéte Rouge du Jura Poppy
25. Polka Dot mix Bachelor Buttons
26. Resina Calendula
27. Sensation Blend Cosmos
28. Velvet Queen Sunflower
29. Yellow Zinnia

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm

30. Catnip
31. Genovese Basil
32. Giant Parsley
33. Lemon Balm
34. Lemon Basil
35. Rosie Basil
36. Sacred Basil
37. Summer Savory
38. Sweet Thai Basil

Green Wave Mustard Greens
Green Wave Mustard Greens

Lettuces, Greens & Celery:
39. Astro Arugula
40. Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
41. Capture F1 Cabbage
42. Emiko Cabbage
43. Georgia Collards
44. Gourmet blend Lettuce
45. Green Wave Mustard Greens
46. Green Towers Romaine Lettuce
47. Lolla Rossa Lettuce
48. Parris Island Romaine Lettuce
49. Red Giant Mustard Greens
50. Red Salad Bowl
51. Tango Celery
52. Vates Kale

King of the North Sweet pepper
King of the North Pepper

53. Corno di Toro (sweet)
54. Early Jalepeño (hot)
55. Hungarian Hot Pepper (hot)
56. King of the North Sweet pepper (sweet)
57. Shishito Pepper (mild)

Pumpkins & Squashes:
58. Baby Pam Pie Pumpkin
59. Cinderella Pumpkin
60. Jack-be-Little Pumpkin
61. New England Pie Pumpkin
62. Triple Threat Pumpkin
63. Delicata Winter Squash
64. Ronde de Nice Zucchini
65. Success PM Straight Neck Summer Squash
66. Waltham Butternut Winter Squash

Peacevine Cherry Tomato
Peacevine Cherry Tomato

67. Bing Cherry Tomato
68. Cherokee Purple Tomato
69. Matt’s Wild Cherry Tomato
70. Peacevine Cherry Tomato
71. Red Pear Cherry Tomato
72. San Marzano Paste Tomato
73. Supernova Grape Tomato
74. Super Sweet Hybrid 100 Tomato


Virtual Gardening Workshops

A series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults

ONLINE via Zoom or Video
April 22, May 13, & Sept. 16, 2021 live on Zoom starting at 7 p.m.
June 18, July 16, & August 20, 2021 prerecorded video, hosted on Facebook

Anna Muhammad of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association leads this series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike.

April 22nd – Click to Enter Zoom
Soil Testing – how it helps soil health and safety
This session explains the UMASS soil test and how gardeners can use it to determine soil safety, and how to add basic amendments. Participants will look at a Logan Labs test, compare the differences and learn how to make basic adjustments to add soil amendments.

May 13th – Click to Enter Zoom
Healthy Transplants and Healthy Produce – How to Maintain Their Health
This session covers how to work with transplants, and how to keep them healthy as well as some aspects of seed starting including in-home incubation.

June 18th – Pre-recorded Video
Basic Gardening Techniques, and Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
This review of standard gardening techniques including weeding without harming the soil; vegetable pruning; companion planting techniques, and planting to deter pests helps gardeners get started with the basics.

July 16th – Pre-recorded Video
Recognize Plant Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants and Soil
During the growing season, plants can indicate how healthy the soil is. This session covers detecting soil mineral deficiencies, and how to correct soil mineral deficiencies using household products.

August 20th – Pre-recorded Video
Introducing Cover Crops to Small Gardens
Cover crops add minerals to the soil year round. They can be sown under adult summer crops to promote growth and to replace nutrients. Learn the best cover crops to use, and when to plant a cover crops for your small gardens.

September 16th – Zoom
Fall Soil Health, and Preparing the Garden for Winter
Preparing a garden bed for winter is as important as at the start of the season. This session will guide gardeners on soil health and fertility in the fall months and will look at soil testing in the later part of the fall.

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

Click for Zoom link.

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