Winter Reading Challenge

This online-only challenge will have you reading during the coldest months of the year! | All Ages

All Library Locations
January 3 – February 18

Cozy up with some good books this winter and meet the challenge! Read for just 20 minutes a day to earn a reading badge. Earn 30 badges between January 3 and February 18, and get a reward! This fun challenge will be offered online only using Beanstack.

Visit springfieldlibrary.beanstack.org to track your reads digitally.

Beat the winter blues by treating yourself to a terrific title from the Springfield City Library! All ages. For more information contact your local library or call (413) 263-6828 ext. 293.

Simple Crafts for Adults

Join other adults for low-pressure, simple crafts you can complete in an evening. | Adults

This program is canceled for January.

Central Library – Mezzanine, in Rice Hall
3rd Wednesday every month | 5:30-7:30 PM | Adults 18+

Come join other grown folks for easy crafts and conversation. We’ll provide all the supplies and you can go home with something you made yourself!

No registration, just drop in – but supplies are limited!

 

Soothing Adult Coloring

Need a chance to unwind, color beautiful designs, and leave your stress behind? Join us every month for coloring for adults.

This program is canceled for January.

Central Library – Mezzanine, in Rice Hall
1st Wednesday every month | 5:30-7:30 PM | Adults 18+

Come join other grown folks for some low-key coloring and conversation – or feel free to come color with your headphones if you just need some wind-down time!

We’ll provide all the coloring supplies. No registration, just drop in!

Out/Spoken Words: Workshops with Springfield’s Poet Laureate

Join a master class with Springfield’s Poet Laureate, Magdalena Gómez, for an introduction to writing and performing poetry! | Teens and Adults

POSTPONED, new date TBA
Mason Square Branch For young women 14 to 19 years old
Saturdays, October 30 and November 6 | 1-3 pm

Brightwood Branch For women 20 years old and up
Tuesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 18 | 6-8 pm

Mason Square Branch Rehearsal for ALL participants
Saturday, November 20 | 10:30  am – 2:30 pm

Mason Square Branch Performance for ALL participants for the public
Saturday, December 4 | 1-2:30 pm
The performance will be recorded and uploaded at a later time, TBD.

Join this master class with Springfield’s Poet Laureate, Magdalena Gómez, for an introduction to writing and performing poetry in ways that invite/excite/inspire!

Space is very limited in each of the cohorts with pre-registration required. Fill out the application form here.

PLEASE NOTE: A commitment to attend both sessions as well as participate in one four-hour rehearsal with participants from all three cohorts at the Mason Square Library on Saturday, November 20, and the big group performance on Saturday, December 4 are required.


Out/Spoken Words is for participants at ALL levels in their poetry writing and performance. Master Classes are usually for professionals in a particular field. This is a Master Class for anyone who truly loves poetry and/or spoken word and wants to share that passion with others.

Participants will be provided with tools and encouragement to conjure poems and voice for performance of their original writing. All we ask is your willingness to fully participate, and to bring a poem that matters to you to your first session, whether you wrote it or not. You will be expected to always arrive 15 minutes before start time; complete simple assignments; and commit to your sessions, the rehearsal and performance.

Space is limited – so be certain you want this! Only sign up if you will commit to the entire process, out of your kind consideration for others.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and soft soled shoes or sneakers; this class will be physically interactive. Cost is $5 for each participant for materials.


About the presenter:

Magdalena Gómez was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She studied English and Theater at Lehman College, and Spanish Literature at the University of Sevilla, Spain. She is the author of Shameless Woman (Red Sugarcane Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012). Her new book of lyrical narrative will be released by Heliotrope Books, NYC, in April 2022.

The recipient of the New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Award, Gómez served as a member of the COVID-19 Cultural Impact Commission for the State of Massachusetts.

The Poet Laureate of Springfield, Massachusetts from 2019 to 2022, she received an Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2021, with funds from The Mellon Foundation. Her website is http://www.latinapoet.com/

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Knot Just Knitters

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

This program is canceled for January & February.

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or crewel, these groups are the place for you. New members are welcome, and current members are willing to teach their skills.

Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes.

Coffee and tea provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Central Library, Community Room
Thursdays, 12-1:30 pm

East Springfield Branch
Fridays, 10-11:30 am

Forest Park Branch
Saturdays, 11 am – 1 pm

Mason Square Branch
Fridays, 1-2:30 pm

Sixteen Acres Branch
Wednesdays, 1-2:30 pm

Write-Up Springfield!

Calling all creative writers! Join a group to workshop your writing. | Adults

Currently Online via Zoom
usually at East Forest Park Branch
Second Saturday every month
1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults

Upcoming dates:
– February 12
– March 12
– April 9

Western Mass creative writers are invited to Write-Up Springfield’s monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and collegial support. Members share writing samples for constructive comments in this lively, skills-building workshop. Newcomers welcomed. For adults 18+.

Newcomers welcomed, but please call Matthew at 413-263-6836 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org to register.

Funding comes from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


During the pandemic, members of Write-Up Springfield have shared poetry and other small pieces of writing on Facebook and Instagram! See their most recent work below.