Looking at Art: An Historical Review Series

Take this four-part class series for an overview of world art from the Middle Ages to the present. | Adults

Central Library, Community Room
4 Mondays | 6:30 – 7:45 PM | 18+

Take a tour of world art from the Middle Ages to the present. Art historian and librarian Guy McLain will review the architecture, painting, and sculpture of some of art history’s most significant traditions and styles in this fascinating, four-part series complete with visuals and lively discussion.

Consideration of major political and social movements and how they affected art will help make this a well-rounded review of some of the worlds most enduring art. Please register below. 18+

September 16 –  Class 1 – includes a look at the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.   Register

September 23 – Class 2 – takes students through the Baroque and the Neo-Classical periods.   Register

September 30th – Class 3 – covers the 19th Century, concentrating on Impressionism, and the American Gilded Age.   Register

October 7 – Class 4 – explores Twentieth Century art, and continues through the present time.   Register

Feng Shui for the Senior Spirit – September 11

Freshen your space with Feng Shui! | Seniors

Indian Orchard Branch
Wednesday September 11 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Seniors and caregivers

Please join us for a workshop presented by Susan LaForte, a Certified Feng Shui Practioner. Learn new insights on dealing with clutter, one of the biggest obstacles to Feng Shui. Freshen up your front door for more happiness and how to enhance the Chi in your living space. For seniors 60+ and their caregivers.

Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

Introduction to Sewing for Adults – Forest Park

Learn to sew and make a small project in this 3-part beginner class for Adults.

Forest Park Branch
Tuesday September 24 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults   Register

Tuesday October 22 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults   Register

Tuesday November 26 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults   Register

Learn the basics of hand sewing and design through the creation of a small handbag, tote bag or pillow. A variety of fabrics and embellishments will be provided to create your customized project. A review and discussion of the evolution of sewing is included.

For this beginner sewing program no prior sewing experience is expected or required. This is a recurring monthly program to be held on the fourth Tuesday of September, October, and November.

The program is for ages 11 – 18. Registration required.

Genealogy with RootsMagic™ at East Springfield

Learn to use RootsMagic software for your genealogy projects and easily keep track of all your research. | Adults

Are you looking to start entering all your relatives, facts, and documents into a genealogy management application, or trying to better understand your new installation of RootsMagic™, or want to move over to RootsMagic from another program? This 3-part class is designed for you.

Professional Genealogist Hillary Schau will guide you through the process in these hands-on classes.

Class 1
Saturday, September 7th 9:00am
Monday September 9th 10:00am
The first class will provide an overview of the program, both the free version and the upgraded version. We will then go over the installation and the features as well as the process for entering the first people in your tree and/or uploading a Gedcom from Ancestry.com or Family Tree Maker™.

Class 2
Saturday September 14th 9:00am
Monday September 16th 10:00am
The second class will continue with a focus on sources and citations to more easily and consistently document where facts are discovered. We will also explore the web search feature of the program and how it can be modified to include any sites that you are currently subscribed to as well as the free sites you enjoy visiting.

Class 3
Saturday September 21st 9:00am
Monday September 23rd 10:00am
The third class will cover the various reports and charts available to you through your RootsMagic™ program. In this session we will also provide tips and tricks to aid in entering and reviewing your information and best practices in backing up.

Note: These classes will take place prior to open hours. Please knock on the door to gain access into the library. 18+

Participation in all three classes is recommended, but not required. Saturday and Monday classes duplicate each other, you need only attend one, not both. Participants can bring their own laptops for use.

Registration is required – please register below.

Class 1:

Saturday, September 7, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM   Register

Monday, September 9, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM   Register

Class 2:

Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM   Register

Monday, September 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM   Register

Class 3:

Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM   Register

Monday, September 23, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM   Register

Make a Plan: Get Your Household Disaster-Ready! September 25

City of Springfield emergency experts will discuss ways to protect your home, family, and neighborhood. | Ages 16+

Central Library, Community Room
Wednesday Sept 25 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | 16+

Know Plan Prepare     Informese Planee Este Listo

Protect your household from natural disasters and make your home safer. City of Springfield emergency experts will discuss ways to protect your home, family, and neighborhood in this practical and exciting presentation about avoiding tragedy when natural disasters hit. Checklists will be provided, including lists of household emergency supplies, with questions and answers offered as time allows.

There will be light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library. Ages 16+

This is a Massachusetts Climate Preparedness Week event. See more at https://www.climatecrew.org/prep_week.

Stargazing Party at East Springfield Branch – POSTPONED

Look through out telescope at East Springfield at some of summer’s most amazing heavenly bodies. | Teens and Adults

East Springfield Branch
NEW DATE TBD | 7:30 – 9:00 PM | Ages 12+

If you’ve ever looked at the sky and wondered what was out there, you need wonder no more! Come to East Springfield and have a chance to look through our telescopes at some of the summer’s most amazing heavenly bodies. Learn how you can star gaze with binoculars. See some of the apps on phones and tablets that can help you find out what you’re looking at.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Because this is an after hours program, a parent or guardian must accompany minors. Siblings under the age of 11 are welcome also with parent supervision.

Now You’re Cooking! – Sixteen Acres

Share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library’s new cooking club | Adults

Sixteen Acres Branch
Third Tuesday of the month, from 6:15-7:15 PM | Adults

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library’s new cooking club. Led by Springfield native Christina Raschi, the group will enjoy a new dish each month prepared by a different group member. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. Now You’re Cooking meets on the third Tuesday of each month. 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

Computers For Today – August

All of these workshops will be held at the Central Library, Computer Lab.

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.

Thursday mornings, 10:30-12 noon

August 15 – Part 1 – Using the Internet, and text editing


August 22 – Part 2 – Search engines, and file management


August 29 – Part 3 – Continue working on file management, explore the Invisible Web, and more


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! Monthly at Central

Calling all creative writers! A new group has started to workshop your writing. | Adults

Saturday Central Library, Community Room
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, September 14
Saturday, November 2
1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults

Creative writers of all types are invited to join Write-Up Springfield at their monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and creative sharing. Here, writers share their creative work for feedback and constructive comments from others in the group in this interactive, adult-only workshop.

Newcomers welcomed, though please preregister at 413-263-6828, x221 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org so we can properly plan.

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

Tai Chi for Everyone at East Springfield

Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. | All Ages

East Springfield Branch
First Saturday of the month | 10 – 11  AM | For Adults, Teens, and Children Ages 10+

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age.  Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting.