|Forest Park Branch – 380 Belmont Avenue – Springfield MA 01108|
Springfield MA 01108
Parking: On-street parking is available on Belmont Avenue and Oakland Street. There are time limits on Belmont.
PVTA Bus Route: G2
Manager: Grace Larochelle – firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor: Lee Moonan
|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|
Fax Service: Fax service is available. There is a $1 per job charge for a traditional fax. We cannot receive faxes. There is no charge to scan your document to an email address, USB, tablet or smartphone. To scan to your smartphone you must have a QR code app.
Note: As of January 9, 2020, the community room is now available for booking again.
To promote neighborhood culture and development, the library makes its community room available for educational, social service, and other organizations. 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.
Forest Park neighborhood residents outgrew the provisional circulating library that was set up at Park Memorial Baptist Church and residents wanted a full service branch library. In 1908, industrialist Andrew Carnegie provided $50,000 for three branch libraries that included Forest Park Branch Library. Carnegie required that neighborhood citizens subscribe for land to match his donation of money for the building. Over 500 prominent Forest Park citizens subscribed for land and soon Forest Park Branch Library was completed in 1909.
The renovated Forest Park Branch Library children’s area, now the Charlie & Joan Ryan Family Place, was made possible through the generosity of the Barker Foundation and Troy and Pat Murray. Honoring former Springfield Mayor Charles V. Ryan and his wife Joan, the creative new space will provide inspiration and learning opportunities for so many area children, just as the original room did for young Charlie and Troy.
Thanks to our benefactors the changes are astonishing, the room looks phenomenal, and the Charlie & Joan Ryan Family Place is ready to welcome all ages.
For more information about the history of the Forest Park Branch, download our brochure.
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 panel presentation with representatives of local groups that assist small business owners. A detailed resource guide will be shared. | Adults
Take and make activities for children and families in May – pick up curbside while supplies last.
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
Bring plants to swap for something new, and get advice from a master gardener! | All Ages
A series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults
Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens
Join other Springfield Teens for fun and games! | Teens
Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults
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