Color My World – Relaxing Coloring Time for Grown-Ups

Feeling like you need to de-stress? Want to do something creative? Just need a break? | Thursdays

Mason Square Branch
Thursdays | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Adults and Teens

Take a break and feel the stress ease away with creative coloring. The library has a collection of attractive coloring sheets and coloring pencils you can use to find your inner artist and make something beautiful. For the children, the library runs its LEGO Club at the same time allowing you and your children to enjoy the hour.

Both programs are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Sixteen Acres
Every Wednesday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6858

Central Library
Every Thursday starting March 7, from 12-2 PM
For more information, call Matthew at 413-263-6828, x221

East Forest Park
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6836

East Springfield
Every Friday, from 10-12 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

Forest Park
Every Saturday, from 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
For more information, call Ann Harper at 413-623-6843

Art Central: Big Larry, Experience and Observation – Feb 3 – 28

Meet the artist, be inspired his wonderful paintings, and enjoy a social hour with your friends and neighbors. | Feb 4

Central Library
February 3 – 28| During Open Hours | All Ages

Mr. Daniels (aka Big Larry) finds inspiration through observation, history, and feeling enabling his style to span hundreds of years. In the three years since he first picked-up a brush, Mr. Daniels has created exceptional pieces that rival established artists in his field. Working exclusively in oil, his approach to time, space, and storytelling reveals a body of work that is fresh and stimulating. His exhibit Experience and Observation is a walk through life as only he knows it. Recently, Mr. Daniels debuted at Art for the Soul Gallery, and on opening day his featured works nearly sold out. One attendee commented: I never knew Larry could paint! He never talked about his work, nor did he ever acknowledge the fact that he was an artist. He truly tells his story and the observations of his experiences since his arrival to the Valley some 30 years ago.

This show is a partnership between the Springfield City Library and Art for the Soul Gallery.

Revival a Literary Arts Spotlight – Mason Square

Enjoy the readings of Pioneer Valley poets and writers in this showcase of literary artists. | March 16

Mason Square, Community Room
Saturday, March 16 | 12:30-2:30 PM | Ages 18 and up

Enjoy the readings of poets and writers in this showcase of literary artists. Curated by María Luisa Arroyo, Springfield’s first Poet Laureate, writers from many literary genres will read as highlighted features including Magdalena Gomez and many others including those from Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. To find out more, please contact María Luisa Arroyo at mlarroyo67@hotmail.com.

Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library with free raffle for those in attendance.

Rotunda Rhythms Presents: Cantabile – Feb 24

The Cantabile Vocal Ensemble brings its program of 10 Centuries of Music by Women to Rotunda Rhythms. | All Ages

Central Library, Rotunda
Sunday, February 24 | 2-3 PM | All Ages

The program includes works by pioneering women composers such as Hildegard von Bingen and Fanny Mendelssohn, but also includes jazz standards and more. Founded in 2002, Cantabile specializes in the music of the European Renaissance, with far-ranging forays into other repertoire. The ensemble has been featured in music series from Boston to Warwick, N.Y., as well as by local venues including the Arcadia Players, Mohawk Trail Concerts, and the Renaissance Center at UMass-Amherst, among a number of others. Cantabile is Mary Hubbell, Kayla Werlin, Justina Golden, James Mead, and Peter Shea, all music professionals practicing in western Massachusetts.

Underwritten by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library, the concert includes a free attendance raffle open to all those who stay for the concert.

Game of Thrones Monopoly – Feb 27

See who will ascend to the Iron Throne! Adults & Teens

East Forest Park Branch
Wednesday February 27 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Adults and older Teens | Register

Winter is Coming! And still no new Game of Thrones episodes. So let us get together for a fun evening playing Game of Thrones Monopoly. Bring your favorite meat pies, ‘oysters, clams and cockles’, or other foods of Westeros. Sorry, no Dornish wine available. Dress in your favorite attire of the Seven Kingdoms.

Please contact Linda at 413-263-6836 or lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org with questions or to sign-up. All adult and older teen fans are welcomed to come and play!

‘King in the Wilderness’ a Documentary

Join us for a free showing of the remarkable 2018 HBO documentary King in the Wilderness. | April 3

Sixteen Acres Branch
Wednesday, April 3 | 6:15 – 8 PM | Ages 15 and up

Reverend Martin Luther King traveled to Memphis Tennessee to lead a non-violent march in support of sanitation workers quest for a living wage and humane working conditions. On April 4, 1968 Reverend King was murdered on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel.  According to the film’s producer the documentary “Chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. Dr. King’s unyielding belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos.”

Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library.