413 Gourmet Club

A cooking class meets book club series for those who love to cook at home. Cook together – hands-on and in-person! | Sixteen Acres | Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
Last Tuesday every month
Jun 28, Jul 26, Aug 30, Sep 27
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Adults

Join us for a new cooking class meets book club series that will be hands-on and in-person for those who love to cook at home.

During the class, participants will assist in creating a pre-selected dish from the chosen cookbook of the month. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to check out the selected cookbook ahead of time and to bring an accompanying dish from it to share.

Registration for this event is required with a limit of 10 participants.

Register on our online calendar.

Book List (subject to change):

November: Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman
December: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
January: Cravings or Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen
February: Barefoot Contessa Month: any Ina Garten cookbook!
March: Eating Out Loud by Eden Grinshpan
April: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
May: Simply Julia by Julia Turshen
June: The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken
July: Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski
August: The Pioneer Woman Month: any Ree Drummond cookbook!
September: Indian-ish by Priya Krishna


These programs are funded by a grant from LSTA.

Cooking for Beginners

Learn to cook easy meals with our Cooking for Beginners course – separate classes for Teens and Adults! | Sixteen Acres

Cooking For Beginners – Teen Edition

Sixteen Acres Branch
3rd Tuesday every month
Jul 19, Aug 16, Sep 20
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Ages 13-17

Start your culinary journey with our Cooking for Beginners course. Teens will learn meals and snacks that you’ll be able to recreate at home in no time. Come ready to learn and enjoy some tasty morsels at the end of the class!

The lesson for each month will be shared ahead of time. Pre-registration is required with a limit of 10 people per class.

Register on our online calendar.


Cooking for Beginners – Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
1st Tuesday every month
Jul 5, Aug 2, Sep 6
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Ages 18+

Start your culinary journey with our Cooking for Beginners course.

Reference librarian Chelsea will teach the class to make meals and snacks that you’ll be able to recreate at home in no time. Come ready to learn and enjoy some tasty morsels at the end of the class.

The lesson for each month will be shared ahead of time. Pre-registration is required with a limit of 10 people per class.


These programs are funded by a grant from LSTA.

Lunch Bunch Cooking Classes

Join us for cooking classes for tweens and for parents to learn to make easy healthy lunches! | Sixteen Acres | Children and Adults

Lunch Bunch – Tween Edition

Sixteen Acres Branch
1st Saturday every month
Jul 9, Aug 6, Sep 3
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Ages 8-12

Are you a kid who wants to be more independent and find ways to cook for yourself? Join us to learn how to make fun, healthy lunches. For tweens ages 8-12. Classes limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required.

Register on our online calendar.


Lunch Bunch – Parents

Sixteen Acres Branch
One Saturday every month
Jul 16, Aug 20, Sep 17
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Ages 18+

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to making healthy, easy lunches for your children? Parents, join us to learn some fun ways to make healthy lunches. For parents ages 18+. Classes limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required.


These programs are funded by a grant from LSTA.

Genealogy Help

Get help with family history, for beginners and experts alike. | Central Library

Online via Zoom, or In Person at Central Library
By Appointment

Get help with genealogy questions! We can show you how to access the library’s and other genealogy resources, get started with your family history, or tackle a stumbling block on your existing project.

Call to make a phone appointment  – 413-263-6828 x395, ask for Gary, or email gpysznik@springfieldlibrary.org.

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate on Zoom.

Free Computer Classes

Hands-on workshops to build basic computer skills | Central | Adults

Computer Basics Class Series

Central Library Computer Lab
Thursdays: August 4, 11, 18, and 25 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm | Adults

Do computers intimidate you? This hands-on series provides a respectful environment to help you get comfortable with computers, even if you’ve never used one before.

Students who participate in all four classes will be prepared to explore on their own. Registration is required to participate, however you do not have to attend all four classes – feel free to try the first before thinking about the rest. Registration for each class begins July 5.

If you have any questions, you can call (413) 263-6828 ext. 213 to talk to a reference librarian. We can help you register for one of our classes or figure out where to start!

Part 1: Getting Started
August 4 | 9:30 – 11:30 am

Overwhelmed by computers? This class starts at the very beginning and will help you understand what a computer is and get comfortable with the basics. No experience is necessary!

Part 2: The Internet
August 11 | 9:30 – 11:30 am

In this class, we will talk about the internet, how to use it, and learn some tips to make it easier to navigate. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Part 3: Finding Files
August 18 | 9:30 – 11:30 am

This class is all about saving things to a computer—and how to find them again. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Part 4: Email
August 25 | 9:30 – 11:30 am

In this class, you will get a chance to set up an email account and learn how to send and receive messages online. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.


Free Computer Resources

Write-Up Springfield!

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

Write-Up Springfield!

Forest Park Branch
One Saturday every month
12:30 – 2:30 PM | Adults

Upcoming dates:
– July 9
– August 13

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 Alexandra at 413-263-6836 or adupuis@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.

Introduction to Microsoft Word & Excel

Free Microsoft Office computer classes covering both Microsoft Word and Excel | Central | Adults

These classes are for adults. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in these workshops.

Need a tutorial on using a keyboard and mouse? Getting Started on a Computer


Microsoft Word & Excel Class Series

Getting Started with Microsoft Word

Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 1:30-3:00 PM | Adults | Register

Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with common functions like selecting text and capitalization, spellcheck, saving, and printing.

Fabulous Formatting in Word

Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 1:30-3:00 PM | Adults | Register

In this workshop, we will review of the basics from the “Getting Started Microsoft Word” session, and take a deep dive into the formatting options on the “home” tab in Word – including font, paragraph, and styles.

Budgeting with Excel

Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 1:30-3:00 PM | Adults | Register

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, the world’s leading desktop spreadsheet. Excel is used both at home and in the office to help with a wide range of personal and business management services including basic bookkeeping and accounting, to maintaining mailing lists, and more. In this session, we will learn the basics and take you through a guided activity to build Bruce Wayne’s annual budget.

Free Citizenship Classes

The Read/Write/Now Center is accepting reservations for free citizenship classes.

Library Express at Pine Point

A new round of Free Citizenship Classes will be starting soon. The Read/Write/Now Center will provide the study materials and instructional support. Please call for more information at 413-263-6839.

These classes are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.