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Forest Park Branch – 380 Belmont Avenue – Springfield MA 01108
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Services 9-5 9-5 10-6 9-5 9-5 9-3 Closed
Curbside 2-5 2-5 2-6 2-5 2-5 11-3 Closed
380 Belmont Avenue
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





413-263-6843

Manager: Grace Larochelle – glarochelle@springfieldlibrary.org
Supervisor: Lee Moonan

The Forest Park Branch will be closed for the following holidays:

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
Computers: Twelve internet computers, one iPad pre-loaded with preschool games. Each session lasts one hour. Children may have one session per day. Headphones are only provided for the preschool computer, not the internet ones. Earbuds are available at the Circulation desk for $1.

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.

Photograph of the Forest Park Community Room
Forest Park Branch

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.

Photograph of the Forest Park Branch Library circa 1909
Photograph of the Forest Park Branch Library circa 1909

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.

Entrance to the Activity Den Forest Park Branch Library

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.

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National Day of Racial Healing 2021

The Springfield City Library joins many organizations across the country in observing the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

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Local Resources for Small Business Owners

A panel presentation with representatives of local groups that assist small business owners. A detailed resource guide will be shared. | Adults

May Family Activities

May Family Activities

Take and make activities for children and families in May – pick up curbside while supplies last.

Supporting Yourself and Your Community: A Mental Health Workshop for Teens - ONLINE

Supporting Yourself and Your Community: A Mental Health Workshop for Teens

A workshop to help teens recognize signs of mental health distress in themselves and others. | Teens

Everything Grows Storytime

Everything Grows Storytime

Enjoy this wonderful storytime about gardening and growing for ages 0-5. | Children

ONLINE LAPSIT STORYTIME

Lapsit Storytimes Online

Join us Tuesdays in May to read books, sing songs, and do lap bounces together over Zoom. | Babies and Toddlers

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Plant Swap at Forest Park Branch

Bring plants to swap for something new, and get advice from a master gardener! | All Ages

Virtual Gardening Workshops

Virtual Gardening Workshops

A series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike. | Adults

QTs of Western MA

QTs of Western MA

Meet other LGBTQIA+ or allied teens from Springfield and beyond. | Teens

Virtual Teen Check-In

Virtual Teen Check-In

Join other Springfield Teens for fun and games! | Teens

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Romance Book Club

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults

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Drawn Together: Art Journaling for Teens

Art journal your feelings with monthly prompts and online sessions. | Teens

Genealogy Drop-In Help

Genealogy Help Online Drop-In

Drop in online for help with family history, for beginners and experts alike.

Ukulele Strum Along

Ukulele Strum-Along – Online

Play along with other ukulele enthusiasts online, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. | Teens and Adults

Knitting and Fiber Crafts

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

Any Book Club

Any Book Club (ABC)

Join our Any Book Club and share your recent reads. | Adults