English Conversation Circle

Come practice your English conversation with a small group of peers and your local librarians. | Adults and Families

This program is canceled for January & February.

Forest Park Branch
Tuesdays | 12-1 PM | Adults and Families

Come practice your English conversation with a small group of peers and your local librarians! Intermediate to advanced English preferred. We’ll have coffee and light snacks. Families welcome.

Venga a practicar su inglés en conversación con un grupo pequeño y sus bibliotecarias locales! Inglés intermedio a avanzado preferido. Tendremos café y desayuno ligero. Familias bienvenidas.

 

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! | Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
Last Tuesday every month
Nov 30, Dec 28 (on Zoom), Jan 25 (canceled), Feb 22 (canceled), Mar 29, Apr 26, May 31, 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!

Cooking For Beginners – Teen Edition

Sixteen Acres Branch
3rd Tuesday every month
Nov 16, Dec 21, Jan 18 (postponed), Feb 15 (postponed), Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17, Jun 21, 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
Nov 2, Dec 7, Jan 4 (postponed), Feb 1 (postponed), Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7, 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! | Children and Adults

Lunch Bunch – Tween Edition

Sixteen Acres Branch
1st Saturday every month
Nov 6, Dec 4, Jan 8 (postponed), Feb 5 (postponed), Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, Jun 4, Jul 2, 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
Nov 20, Dec 18 (postponed), Jan 15 (postponed), Feb 19 (postponed), Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18, 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.

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 For Adults

Hands-on workshops including: Using the Internet, File Management, and Online Resources. | Adults

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


Getting Started with Computers

Do you wish you were more comfortable using a computer? This hands-on series of classes is designed for those with limited to no experience, and will help strengthen your computer and Internet skills.

Attendees must commit to all 3 classes. Registration is required.

This class has been cancelled. We have no other computer classes currently scheduled.

Central Library Computer Lab
Tuesdays: October 12, 19, and 26 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm | Adults 18+

Register at this link starting September 20. To speak speak with a reference librarian,  call 413-263-6828 ext. 213, or e-mail askalibrarian@springfieldlibrary.org

More Computer Resources

Computer Tools & TutorialsFree resources to help you learn and expand your technology skills.

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.

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Free Microsoft Office computer classes including: Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel | 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


No classes are currently scheduled – please check back or subscribe to our newsletter for program information.

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this workshop.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is everywhere. PowerPoint is used at home and at work for organizing slides and photos, and helping people give great presentations. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll make multipaged, basic PowerPoint files complete with edited images and enhanced with stylish templates giving you the skill needed for success with PowerPoint. This class is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills.

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher

Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with Microsoft Publisher, a convenient desktop publishing software package. We’ll look at making multipage handouts and multifold brochures using Publisher‘s powerful templates and explore basic aspects of working with images, shapes, layout, and more. Skill with a keyboard is needed for success in this hands-on workshop.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

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. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this hands-on workshop.

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 contact Janet Kelly for more information at 413-263-6839 or email jkelly@springfieldlibrary.org

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.