|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 2020 holidays:|
|January 1, 2020 (Wednesday)||New Year’s Day|
|January 20, 2020 (Monday)||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|February 17, 2020 (Monday)||Presidents’ Day|
|April 12, 2020 (Sunday)||Easter: Central Library closed|
|April 20, 2020 (Monday)||Patriot’s Day (MA holiday)|
|May 25, 2020 (Monday)||Memorial Day|
|July 3, 2020 (Friday)||Independence Day (Observed)|
|July 4, 2020 (Saturday)||Independence Day|
|September 7, 2020 (Monday)||Labor Day|
|October 12, 2020 (Monday)||Columbus Day|
|November 11, 2020 (Wednesday)||Veterans Day|
|November 25, 2020 (Wednesday)||Thanksgiving Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm|
|November 26, 2020 (Thursday)||Thanksgiving Day|
|December 24, 2020 (Thursday)||Christmas Eve|
|December 25, 2020 (Friday)||Christmas Day|
|December 31, 2020 (Thursday)||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.
Links and information about resources for adults during this period of Coronavirus closures and service changes.
Online Educational and Entertainment Resources for Children and Families. Recursos educativos y de entretenimiento en línea para niños y familias.
Links and information about resources for families during this period of Coronavirus closures and service changes.
Super-fans and curious newcomers alike can learn about the power of K-Pop. | Teens
Join us for an afternoon of BINGO, snacks, and fun. | Teens
Drop in to taste test interesting flavors of popular snacks from around the world. | Teens.
The library has a different scavenger hunt every month! | Children
Stop by and make a fun craft! | 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
A wide selection of free store and manufacturer coupons are available for you to take.