Computer Literacy Skills

Take part in weekly beginner or intermediate classes to learn how to use a computer. | Mason Square | Adults

Computer Literacy Skills: Beginner Level

Mason Square Branch
Wednesdays: September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19, 26
10:00 – 11:00 AM | Adults

Take part in weekly classes to learn how to use a computer. Topics covered in the beginner level include: learning to use a mouse and keyboard, searching on the internet, saving and finding files on a computer, and creating an email account. Registration is required.

Visit our online calendar to register!

If you have any questions, you can call (413) 263-6853 to talk to a librarian.

Computer Literacy Skills: Intermediate Level

Mason Square Branch
Wednesdays: September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19, 26
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Adults

Take part in weekly classes to learn how to use a computer. Topics covered in the intermediate level include: how to use Word and Excel, design a cover letter and resume, create a LinkedIn and Indeed profile, and attend Zoom meetings. Registration is required.

Visit our online calendar to register!

If you have any questions, you can call (413) 263-6853 to talk to a librarian.

Let’s Talk Money! Financial Literacy Series

Attend our workshops to help instill positive personal finance habits, while follow-up sessions include working with an expert one-on-one to boost your financial skills. | East Forest Park | Adults

Topic-Specific Drop-In Sessions

East Forest Park Branch
First Wednesday of the Month | 6:00-7:30 PM | Adults

  • September 7th: All About Budgets
  • October 5th: Benefits & Financial Terms
  • November 2nd: Financial Planning

We are excited to host an interactive series about personal finance! The workshops help instill positive personal finance habits, while follow-up sessions include working with an expert one-on-one to boost your financial skills. Just getting started? No problem! Our workshops are for all experience levels.

Individual Follow-Up Sessions

East Forest Park Branch
Third Wednesday of the Month: September 21, October 19, & November 16
6:00-7:30 PM | Adults

Cut the Cord: Letting Go of Cable – October 8

This workshop will highlight various budget-friendly streaming alternatives to cable. | East Springfield | Adults

East Springfield Branch
Saturday, October 8 | 1:00-2:00 PM | Adults

Are you tired of paying a high cable bill for channels you don’t even watch? Do you want to quit cable and subscribe to streaming services but don’t know where to start?

This workshop will highlight various streaming alternatives to cable and covers how streaming can be a more budget-friendly option to watch your favorite shows.

So You Want to be a Librarian! – October 20

Join us to learn more about becoming a librarian! | Mason Square | Adults

Mason Square Branch
Thursday, October 20 | 5:30-7:00 PM | Adults | Register

Have you ever thought about working as a librarian? You might just be the next Belle, or the next Carla Hayden. Or even the next member of the Springfield City Library staff!

Join us to learn more about becoming a librarian. Hear from current library staff and representatives from graduate schools of library services. Doors open at 5:30 with light refreshments and a raffle. The program starts at 6 pm with time for questions.

Chair Yoga – Fall Classes

Using gentle stretching while seated, chair yoga allows adults of all abilities to improve flexibility and balance. | Mason Square | Adults

Chair Yoga for Adults

Mason Square Branch
Thursdays: October 6, 13, 20, 27 & November 3, 17 | 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Adults

No registration required!

Join us for 45 minutes chair yoga. Using gentle stretching while seated, chair yoga allows adults of all abilities to improve flexibility and balance. Instructor Cindy Senk, who is a certified accessible yoga teacher, will lead the class. Note: Class will begin before the branch is open to the public.

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
Moving to East Forest Park Branch in October!
Sep 27 (canceled), Oct 26, Nov 30
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: The World in a Skillet by Christopher Kimball


These programs are funded by a grant from LSTA.

Genealogy Help

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

By Appointment

Central Library |Online via Zoom or In-Person

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 Beginners

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

Basic Computer Classes

Central Library Computer Lab
Thursdays: October 6, 13, 20, and 27 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm | Adults

Do computers intimidate you? This is a great class for beginners. It’s a hands-on, relaxed course that will help you get comfortable with computers, even if you’ve never used one before.

By the end of the course, you will be ready to explore on your own. Registration is required to participate, but 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 September 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
October 6 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm

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
October 13 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm

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
October 20 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm

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
October 27 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm

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. | East Forest Park | Adults

Write-Up Springfield!

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

Upcoming dates:
– October 8
– November 12

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 register on our online calendar or call 413-263-6836 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.

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.