Art Central: Breathing In, Monotypes by Doris Madsen – Mar 2 – Apr 25

Meet the artist on Sunday, March 3rd for the free opening reception. | 18+

Central Library
March 2 – April 25 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Doris Madsen, a retired Springfield City Librarian, displays her new art show, Breathing In, for the months of March and April. Her one-of-a-kind contemporary prints include shapes and subjects in various arrangements and from a variety of vantage points to to create a unique blend of color and ideas.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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

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.

Indian Orchard Branch Library – 110th Anniversary Party

Come visit for a day full of fun, food, and festivities! | March 18

Indian Orchard Branch
Monday, March 18 | 10 AM-5 PM | All Ages

It’s not every day you turn 110!  We’ll have lively music during the lunch hour thanks to award-winning polka band, Dennis Polisky and the Maestro’s Men, and after school activities for the kids. Come sign our guest book, and be part of the festivities.

Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Library and Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc. the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

Rotunda Rhythms: Katherine First and Kitchen Sink – March 31

Katherine First & Kitchen Party create a festive atmosphere just like the good old times. | All Ages

Central Library, Rotunda
Sunday, March 31 | 2-3 PM | All Ages

With fiddle, banjo, voice, and percussion the group blends traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Nova Scotia, and beyond to make an hour of energetic and entertaining music good for the whole family.

Free attendance raffle to all those who stay for the concert, compliments of the Friends of the Library. Additional funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Author Fair

Come to the Fair to meet recently published authors and enjoy their works in this showcase of local talent and achievement. | March 30

Central Library, Rotunda
Saturday, March 30 | 12:30 – 3:30 PM | All Ages

Authors will be on-hand to meet the public, discuss their books, and sell and sign copies of them to interested readers. A wide range of reading genres will be on display including memoirs, novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and more. With such a wide selection, there’s likely to be something for readers of all ages!

See below for the list of authors:

1.     Helene Houston and Patricia Martin, Well-come to Retirement

2.     Youme Nguyen Ly, Mali Under the Night Sky

3.      Gerald McFarland, T.T. Mann Ace Detective

4.      Warren Onufer, Tales of the Vampire Hadley

5.      Kathleen Pellegrino, Brothers of Another Mother

6.     Maurice Proulx, Reclaiming Little Moe

7.      Norman Schell, The Ballade of Mary Reede

8.     Ferris Shelton, Seven Full Days

9.     Eric Shortridge, Landon’s Cry

10.   H. Triplett, The Good, the Bad, and the Blue

11.   Bill Wells, Run for Rwanda

 

Games & Puzzles available for loan! at the Central Library

Games & puzzles available for loan! | Adults & Teens

Central Library
During open hours | Adults & Teens

The Central Library has board games, brain teasers, and coloring sheets available for you to borrow with a library card. Scrabble, chess, checkers, and dominoes are ready for you and your friends to play in the building, and collections of brain teasers like cross word puzzles, Sudoku, and word searches can be checked-out with a library card. Coloring sheets, pencils, and markers are available too for artful explorations of fantasy and relaxation. Ask a librarian in Wellman Hall for more details.

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.