Virtual Gardening Workshops

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

ONLINE via Zoom or Video
April 22, May 13, & Sept. 16, 2021 live on Zoom starting at 7 p.m.
June 18, July 16, & August 20, 2021 prerecorded video, hosted on Facebook

Anna Muhammad of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association leads this series on basic gardening practices designed to help novice and experienced gardeners alike.

April 22nd – Click to Enter Zoom
Soil Testing – how it helps soil health and safety
This session explains the UMASS soil test and how gardeners can use it to determine soil safety, and how to add basic amendments. Participants will look at a Logan Labs test, compare the differences and learn how to make basic adjustments to add soil amendments.

May 13th – Click to Enter Zoom
Healthy Transplants and Healthy Produce – How to Maintain Their Health
This session covers how to work with transplants, and how to keep them healthy as well as some aspects of seed starting including in-home incubation.

June 18th – Pre-recorded Video
Basic Gardening Techniques, and Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
This review of standard gardening techniques including weeding without harming the soil; vegetable pruning; companion planting techniques, and planting to deter pests helps gardeners get started with the basics.

July 16th – Pre-recorded Video
Recognize Plant Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants and Soil
During the growing season, plants can indicate how healthy the soil is. This session covers detecting soil mineral deficiencies, and how to correct soil mineral deficiencies using household products.

August 20th – Pre-recorded Video
Introducing Cover Crops to Small Gardens
Cover crops add minerals to the soil year round. They can be sown under adult summer crops to promote growth and to replace nutrients. Learn the best cover crops to use, and when to plant a cover crops for your small gardens.

September 16th – Zoom
Fall Soil Health, and Preparing the Garden for Winter
Preparing a garden bed for winter is as important as at the start of the season. This session will guide gardeners on soil health and fertility in the fall months and will look at soil testing in the later part of the fall.

My Beloved Springfield – 2021

Join us for the 7th annual My Beloved Springfield women’s leadership event. | Adults and Teens

ONLINE via Zoom
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Teens and Adults

Here’s the video in case you missed it!

What a fantastic event! Here’s a screen shot of our amazing presenters:

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The FREE seventh annual My Beloved Springfield Women’s Leadership event will focus on Resilience: How We Recover and Transform.

Explore local leadership development opportunities aimed at women and girls, then join us to be inspired by a panel of prominent local women as they tell us about their different paths to leadership. Time for questions and answers will be included.

Registration is now over.

NEWDownload a My Beloved Springfield background for your Zoom account! (Here are instructions.)

Moderator:

The leadership panel will be moderated by Vanessa Pabón Hernandez, Senior Director for Educational Engagement and Executive Producer of Presencia at New England Public Media.

 

 

Panelists include:
Halley Kelly, Chair, Ward 5 Democratic Council and current Springfield Technical Community College student;
Tanisha Arena, Executive Director, Arise for Social Justice;
Camryn Kynard, first African American female appointed commander of the Junior Air Force ROTC at Springfield Central High School and current Springfield College student;
Waleska Lugo-DeJesús, CEO of Inclusive Strategies and entrepreneur.
Additional Performances:
Poet Amina Jordan-Mendez will inspire us with a reading.
A BRAND NEW poem by Springfield’s Poet Laureate and host and creator of the Jazz Ready podcast, Magdalena Gomez. Magdalena’s new poem is named The Holiness of NO!

Now You’re Cooking! – Sixteen Acres

Share your favorite recipes at the cooking club | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed and in-person programming is suspended, please join our online meetings! To join the email list for this group, contact Reggie Wilson at rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org.

Sixteen Acres Branch
This program meets online via email, no specific time | Adults

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library’s new cooking club. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. For adults 18+.

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


Success with computers – january 2020

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, and more.

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Library Express at Pine Point
Thursdays 12 noon- 1:30 pm

January 16 – Part 1 – reviews standard Windows features, introduces the web, and editing documents

January 23 – Part 2 – continues with the web, introduces file management, and more

January 30 – Part 3 – continutes with file management, explores search engines, and introduces the Invisible Web


To Register: Use the sign-up links above, or register at any Springfield City Library branch. To speak speak with a reference librarian,  call 413-263-6828 ext. 213, or e-mail askalibrarian@springfieldlibrary.org

Attendance Raffle: Earn a chance to win a $15 gift card for a local retailer for each Hi!Tech workshop you attend. The more Hi!Tech workshops you attend, the greater your chances are to win. Join us, learn, and win!

Questions: If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about Hi!Tech, please contact Matthew at 413-263-6828 ext. 221 or email him at mjaquith@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

NOTE: While in-person programming is suspended, please join Write-Up Springfield meetings online! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Matthew Jaquith at mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org.

Online on Zoom
Second Saturday every month
1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults

Upcoming dates:
– June 12
– July 10
– August 14

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 preregister with Matthew at 413-263-6836 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org so we can get you set up.

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.  Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.

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


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.