|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.
Book Drop: Located to the right of the main entrance, facing Plainfield St.
PVTA Bus Route: B4
Manager: David Meeks
Supervisor: Haydee Hodis
|The libraries will be closed on the following dates for holidays:|
|January 1, 2023 (Sunday)||New Year's Day: Central Library Closed|
|January 2 (Monday)||New Year's Day (Observed)|
|January 16 (Monday)||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|February 20 (Monday)||Presidents’ Day|
|April 9 (Sunday)||Easter: Central Library closed|
|April 17 (Monday)||Patriot’s Day (MA holiday)|
|May 29 (Monday)||Memorial Day|
|June 19 (Monday)||Juneteenth|
|July 4 (Tuesday)||Independence Day|
|September 4 (Monday)||Labor Day|
|October 9 (Monday)||Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day|
|November 10 (Friday)||Veterans Day (Observed)|
|November 22 (Wednesday)||Thanksgiving Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm|
|November 23 (Thursday)||Thanksgiving Day|
|December 24 (Sunday)||Christmas Eve: Central Library closed|
|December 25 (Monday)||Christmas Day|
|January 1, 2024 (Monday)||New Year's Day|
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.
Mayor Sarno Recognizes our Springfield City Libraries During National Library Week
April 24th marks National Library Workers Day. Thank you to all our dedicated Springfield Library workers for your tremendous service.
Springfield City Library collecting pajamas for Boston Bruins drive (WWLP)
The Springfield City Library has partnered with the Boston Bruins to take part in the Bruins PJ drive that benefits children. The drive runs through March 15 at all nine library locations in the city.
‘Anthony’s Book Club’ to support literacy in Springfield (WWLP)
Join Thunderbirds forward Anthony Angello for ‘Anthony’s Book Club’, created in partnership with the Springfield City Library and the T-Birds Foundation.
Discover Your Summer Events & Activities
Join us for Discover Your Summer: Summer Reading kickoff parties, live music, animal programs, crafts, and more! | All Ages
Connecticut River Birding and Nature Walk
Join us for a stroll along the Riverwalk in Springfield to learn more about the plants and animals that live in the Connecticut River Watershed. | Adults
Raymond Jordan Senior Center Book Club
Come join us for a fascinating book club at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center! | Adults
Middle Earth Walking Challenge: May 1 – September 30
Now is your chance to help Bilbo cross Middle Earth! Can you walk 950 miles to complete the adventure? | All Ages
Hit Us with Your Best Shot: a Photography Contest
Enter the contest and send us your photos! | Teens
Discover Your Springfield Photo Scavenger Hunt – June through August
Each week we’ll announce a new prompt here on our website and on social media, and you will snap a photograph based on that prompt! | Online | Teens
Job Corps & AmeriCorps Information Tables
Come learn about career programs that help people obtain high school diplomas, job training, and employment. | Teens & Adults
Kids’ Weekly Drop-In Crafts
Drop by your library, and see what craft is being offered this week! | Children
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Read just one book a day to build a foundation for lifelong success. Prizes awarded for every 100 books! | Children
Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. | Brightwood | Children