Why Do Bears Matter? – November 16

All about bears. | All Ages

Central Library
Saturday November 16 | 2:30 – 4:00 PM | All Ages

Why do bears matter? This all-ages program will tell you why! Stacey “The Bear Lady” Schmeidel, staff at Smith College and volunteer ranger at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, will offer an enlightening talk about how hibernation works, what to do if you meet a bear in the woods, and how to keep them out of your trash cans!

Bring the kids too… we’ll have a bear-themed snack and Katmai Junior Ranger activity books for them! All Ages.

Laugh for the Health of It! – November 12

Health and wellness activities to keep people happy, healthy, and productive. | Seniors and caregivers

Indian Orchard Branch
Tuesday November 12 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | For seniors and their caregivers

We all need a good laugh! Laughter lowers stress, increases energy and builds positive social connections. Facilitator Trevor Smith will introduce health and wellness activities to keep people happy, healthy, and productive.

For seniors ages 60+ and their caregivers. Refreshments served.

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

Chibicon 2019 – Anime and Comics – November 9-10

Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture. | Teens and All Ages

Central Library, Community Room
Saturday November 9 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday November 10 | 12:30 – 4:30 PM
For Teens and All Ages

Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture is back and better than ever! On Saturday, our film festival will feature some of your favorites in animation and other surprises! Sunday will include art and costume contests and much more! Snacks will be provided both days. Best of all, it’s completely free!

Final schedule below! Updated 10/26/19.

Saturday Nov 9, 2019

9:30-12:30 – Anime Showings (Titles TBA)

12:30-1:30 – Trivia Contest. Show your knowledge of all things Geek! The triumphant team will win the title of Chibicon Champions.

1:30-2:30 – Japanese cuisine talk by Springfield Librarian Marisa Reichert. Learn about the delicious foods your favorite anime characters eat.

2:30-3:30 – Stranger Things Themed Escape Room: Can you figure out the clues to help a young boy escape from a dark alternative dimension?

3:30-4:30 – Name that Geeky Tune: Can your team identify the music from popular movies, series, and video games?

Sunday Nov 10, 2019

12:30-1:30 – Swap Meet. Bring old comics, manga, or other geek media you don’t need anymore. You may find someone else’s trash is your treasure, and make a trade!

1:30-2:30 – Origami with McKenzie Barton. Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into art. McKenzie will have origami paper for attendees to make their own beautiful creations, and offer guidance to those who have never made origami before.

2:30-3:30 – Cosplay Panel: Join Doug Wilder, Kate Harrison, McKenzie Barton, and other special guests from the New England Convention Circuit as they talk cosplay, charity, and what nerd costuming is really all about.

3:30-4:15 – Cosplay Contest: Its Chibiconn’s yearly costume contest. Show off your skills, be your favorite character, and maybe take home a prize! All levels of cosplay skill are welcome. Remember our motto: Cosplay is for Everyone!

4:15-4:30 – Art Contest judging.

Job Training Information Table

Find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area | Teens 16+ and Adults

Central Library 
3rd Thursday of every month | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
– October 17
– November 21
– December 19

Adults and Teens 16+

Want to improve your job skills or change careers? Stop by the Job Training Information Table from 2-4 pm to find out about free job training offered in the Springfield/Holyoke area. The information table will be staffed by workforce development specialists from Holyoke Community College.

You’re Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors

Grab some books, work on a project, or catch up with a friend over coffee while making new friends and checking out the library. | Seniors

Indian Orchard, Community Room
Tuesdays | 9:30-11 AM | Seniors 60+ and their caregivers

Senior services reps will be there, too!

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