|Brightwood Branch – 359 Plainfield Street – Springfield MA 01107|
359 Plainfield Street
Springfield MA 01107
Parking: Free parking is available in the lot shared by the Library and Chestnut Accelerated Middle School. On-street parking is also available. The Children’s area is on the right.
PVTA Bus Route: B4
Manager: David Meeks
Supervisor: Haydee Hodis
|The libraries will be closed on the following 2018 / 2019 holidays:|
|January 1, 2019 (Tuesday)||New Year’s Day|
|January 21, 2019 (Monday)||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|February 18, 2019 (Monday)||Presidents’ Day|
|April 15, 2019 (Monday)||Patriot’s Day (MA holiday)|
|April 21, 2019 (Sunday)||Easter: Central Library closed|
|May 27, 2019 (Monday)||Memorial Day|
|July 4, 2019 (Thursday)||Independence Day|
|September 2, 2019 (Monday)||Labor Day|
|October 14, 2019 (Monday)||Columbus Day|
|November 11, 2019 (Monday)||Veterans Day|
|November 27, 2019 (Wednesday)||Thanksgiving Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm|
|November 28, 2019 (Thursday)||Thanksgiving Day|
|December 24, 2019 (Tuesday)||Christmas Eve|
|December 25, 2019 (Wednesday)||Christmas Day|
|December 31, 2019|
|New Year's Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm|
To promote neighborhood culture and development, the library makes its community room available for educational, social service, and other organizations. The library also hosts community events such as musical performances, puppet shows, readings by authors, and exhibitions by illustrators and other artists. Visit the Meeting Room page for information about booking the Community Room, to review our meeting room rules and policies, and submit a meeting room request.
Through its Collections and Services, the Brightwood Branch Library provides for the informational, educational, and leisure needs of the community.
Do you know how the Brightwood area got its name? Josiah Gilbert Holland (born in Belchertown, MA in 1819), doctor, author, poet, and early editor of The Springfield Republican, wrote his second narrative poem titled “Kathrina,” in 1867 while staying at his new home in the north end of Springfield. He called his beautiful home (“painted a glowing Venetian red”) Brightwood, and the name was soon applied to the whole section of the city. Interestingly J.G. Holland married Elizabeth Chapin, a good friend of Amherst poet Emily Dickinson. Mr. Holland died in New York City in 1881 and is buried in the Springfield Cemetery; his bronze profile wrought by Augustus Saint-Gaudens adorns his cemetery monument.
MassLive highlights Springfield kids’ summer reading totals so far – join our Summer Reading Club to contribute!
Free play Mario Kart and Smash Brothers on the big screen. | Teens
Enjoy Gladius’ guitar playing in a thrilling combination of Baroque, Hispanic, and metal styles. | All Ages
Come to the library and take a guess. The person who comes closest wins the pumpkin! | All ages
Visit the library to see photos of today’s Cuba by Diane Savioli-Chase. | All Ages.
Come join us for family friendly fall fun! | All Ages
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an empanada contest. | All Ages
I Spy Mr. Pumpkin and Candy Corn Count games at several locations. | Children
Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. | niños
Stop by on Friday mornings for coffee and conversation. | Adults
From Super Smash Brothers to Wii sports- come and get your Game On! | Teens
Tabletop tennis, anyone? How about air hockey? | Teens