Looking at Art: An Historical Review Series

Take this four-part class series for an overview of world art from the Middle Ages to the present. | Adults

Central Library, Community Room
4 Mondays | 6:30 – 7:45 PM | 18+

Take a tour of world art from the Middle Ages to the present. Art historian and librarian Guy McLain will review the architecture, painting, and sculpture of some of art history’s most significant traditions and styles in this fascinating, four-part series complete with visuals and lively discussion.

Consideration of major political and social movements and how they affected art will help make this a well-rounded review of some of the worlds most enduring art. Please register below. 18+

September 16 –  Class 1 – includes a look at the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.   Register

September 23 – Class 2 – takes students through the Baroque and the Neo-Classical periods.   Register

September 30th – Class 3 – covers the 19th Century, concentrating on Impressionism, and the American Gilded Age.   Register

October 7 – Class 4 – explores Twentieth Century art, and continues through the present time.   Register

The Hometown Team and Red Sox History – September 14

Sportswriter Mike Shalin talks about his new book The Hometown Team and Red Sox history. | Adults and Teens

Sixteen Acres Branch
Saturday September 14 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM | 14+

The Hometown Team book coverVeteran sportswriter Mike Shalin comes to Springfield to talk about his new book The Hometown Team and Red Sox history. With insights from a long career as a sportswriter at both the Boston Herald and New York Post, Shalin speaks with passion and a love for the game. Of his new book, critics say: “The Hometown Team is for Red Sox fans eager to relive the glory days of their favorite players.” Photos and interviews with some of the Red Sox’s most famous players such as Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Pedro Martinez, and Mookie Betts make this an excellent and exciting book. Signed copies of his books will be available for sale. 14+

Feng Shui for the Senior Spirit – September 11

Freshen your space with Feng Shui! | Seniors

Indian Orchard Branch
Wednesday September 11 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Seniors and caregivers

Please join us for a workshop presented by Susan LaForte, a Certified Feng Shui Practioner. Learn new insights on dealing with clutter, one of the biggest obstacles to Feng Shui. Freshen up your front door for more happiness and how to enhance the Chi in your living space. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

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

Rotunda Rhythms Presents the Spanish Guitar of Tony Silva – September 22

Enjoy guitarist Tony Silva performing the beautiful music of Spain. | All ages

Central Library, Rotunda
Sunday September 22 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | All Ages

Tony SilvaBack by popular demand is award winning composer and guitarist Tony Silva performing the music of Spain. From colorful tarantellas to passionate flamenco, Mr. Silva covers it all in a diverse, educational, and thrilling program of great Spanish guitar music. Free attendance raffle available to all who stay for the concert.

Funding provided by the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All ages.

Genealogy with RootsMagic™ at East Springfield

Learn to use RootsMagic software for your genealogy projects and easily keep track of all your research. | Adults

Are you looking to start entering all your relatives, facts, and documents into a genealogy management application, or trying to better understand your new installation of RootsMagic™, or want to move over to RootsMagic from another program? This 3-part class is designed for you.

Professional Genealogist Hillary Schau will guide you through the process in these hands-on classes.

Class 1
Saturday, September 7th 9:00am
Monday September 9th 10:00am
The first class will provide an overview of the program, both the free version and the upgraded version. We will then go over the installation and the features as well as the process for entering the first people in your tree and/or uploading a Gedcom from Ancestry.com or Family Tree Maker™.

Class 2
Saturday September 14th 9:00am
Monday September 16th 10:00am
The second class will continue with a focus on sources and citations to more easily and consistently document where facts are discovered. We will also explore the web search feature of the program and how it can be modified to include any sites that you are currently subscribed to as well as the free sites you enjoy visiting.

Class 3
Saturday September 21st 9:00am
Monday September 23rd 10:00am
The third class will cover the various reports and charts available to you through your RootsMagic™ program. In this session we will also provide tips and tricks to aid in entering and reviewing your information and best practices in backing up.

Note: These classes will take place prior to open hours. Please knock on the door to gain access into the library. 18+

Participation in all three classes is recommended, but not required. Saturday and Monday classes duplicate each other, you need only attend one, not both. Participants can bring their own laptops for use.

Registration is required – please register below.


Class 1:

Saturday, September 7, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM   Register

Monday, September 9, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM   Register

Class 2:

Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM   Register

Monday, September 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM   Register

Class 3:

Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM   Register

Monday, September 23, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM   Register

Make a Plan: Get Your Household Disaster-Ready! September 25

City of Springfield emergency experts will discuss ways to protect your home, family, and neighborhood. | Ages 16+

Central Library, Community Room
Wednesday Sept 25 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | 16+

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Protect your household from natural disasters and make your home safer. City of Springfield emergency experts will discuss ways to protect your home, family, and neighborhood in this practical and exciting presentation about avoiding tragedy when natural disasters hit. Checklists will be provided, including lists of household emergency supplies, with questions and answers offered as time allows.

There will be light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library. Ages 16+

This is a Massachusetts Climate Preparedness Week event. See more at https://www.climatecrew.org/prep_week.

Stargazing Party at East Springfield Branch – POSTPONED

Look through out telescope at East Springfield at some of summer’s most amazing heavenly bodies. | Teens and Adults

East Springfield Branch
NEW DATE TBD | 7:30 – 9:00 PM | Ages 12+

If you’ve ever looked at the sky and wondered what was out there, you need wonder no more! Come to East Springfield and have a chance to look through our telescopes at some of the summer’s most amazing heavenly bodies. Learn how you can star gaze with binoculars. See some of the apps on phones and tablets that can help you find out what you’re looking at.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Because this is an after hours program, a parent or guardian must accompany minors. Siblings under the age of 11 are welcome also with parent supervision.

Revival: A Literary Arts Spotlight at Mason Square

Enjoy the readings of poets and other literary artists in this showcase of creative writing | Adults

Mason Square Branch
Saturday, September 7 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM | Adults

Enjoy the readings of poets and other literary artists in this showcase of creative writing. Writers from different genres will share their recent creations for everyone to enjoy.

A mid-program social is included, complete with refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library, to give everyone a chance to meet the artists.

To find out more and to be invited as a speaker for a future Revival, contact María Luisa Arroyo at: mlarroyo67@hotmail.com

Job Training Information Table

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

Mason Square Branch
Thursday, July 18 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 15 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Central Library 
3rd Thursday of every month | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
– September 19
– 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.