|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 dates for holidays:|
|December 24, 2020 (Thursday)||Christmas Eve|
|December 25, 2020 (Friday)||Christmas Day|
|December 26, 2020 (Saturday)||Day After Christmas|
|December 31, 2020 (Thursday)||New Year's Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm|
|January 1, 2021 (Friday)||New Year’s Day|
|January 2, 2021 (Saturday)||Day After New Year's|
|January 18, 2021 (Monday)||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|February 15, 2021 (Monday)||Presidents’ Day|
|April 4, 2021 (Sunday)||Easter: Central Library closed|
|April 19, 2021 (Monday)||Patriot’s Day (MA holiday)|
|May 31, 2021 (Monday)||Memorial Day|
|July 4, 2021 (Sunday)||Independence Day|
|July 5, 2021 (Monday)||Independence Day (Observed)|
|September 6, 2021 (Monday)||Labor Day|
|October 11, 2021 (Monday)||Columbus Day|
|November 11, 2021 (Thursday)||Veterans Day|
|November 24, 2021 (Wednesday)||Thanksgiving Eve: All libraries close at 5 pm|
|November 25, 2021 (Thursday)||Thanksgiving Day|
|December 24, 2021 (Friday)||Christmas Eve|
|December 25, 2021 (Saturday)||Christmas Day|
|December 31, 2021 (Friday)||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.
Watch these fun short videos about each of our 9 locations!
Eligible Springfield Residents Who Need Help Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment can Contact Springfield City Library and Department of Elder Affairs
Effective immediately, during open hours, Library and Elder Affairs staff will be available by phone to assist those eligible Springfield residents who do not have access to technology to book their vaccine appointments.
The Springfield City Library joins many organizations across the country in observing the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
La recogida de materiales en la acera comienza en todas las bibliotecas de Springfield.
Statement from the Library Director and the Springfield Library Commission on Racial Justice
A workshop to help teens recognize signs of mental health distress in themselves and others. | Teens
Enjoy this wonderful storytime about gardening and growing for ages 0-5. | Children
Join us Tuesdays in May to read books, sing songs, and do lap bounces together over Zoom. | Babies and Toddlers
A series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults
April is Poetry month! Here are some ways you can celebrate.
Take and make activities for children and families in April – pick up curbside while supplies last.
Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens
Join us for the 7th annual My Beloved Springfield women’s leadership event. | Adults and Teens
Join other Springfield Teens for fun and games! | Teens
Art journal your feelings with monthly prompts and online sessions. | Teens
Drop in online for help with family history, for beginners and experts alike.
Play along with other ukulele enthusiasts online, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. | Teens and Adults
Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults
Join our Any Book Club and share your recent reads. | Adults