REOPENING: Central and Branches Return to Regular Hours
Beginning Tuesday, September 7, the Central Library building is reopening to the public, and all library locations are returning to regular hours.
The Springfield City Library is excited to announce that, starting September 7, all buildings will be open during their regular hours! 8 branches have been open since July with limited summer hours and now the Central Library, located at 220 State Street is ready to welcome back patrons as well.
Please note: Effective immediately, by order of the Department of Health and Human Services and Board of Health, the City of Springfield has expanded its mask policy and now requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask or face covering in all municipal buildings. If you do not have a mask at arrival, disposable masks can be provided to you by a staff member.
Curbside pick- up is still available by appointment. Please call your local branch for more details.
We can't wait to see you back in the buildings!
If You Give a Mouse A Library Card - September is National Library Card Month!
What happens when you give a kid a library card? The same thing as when you give a mouse a cookie; there’s bound to be a grand adventure!
Stop by the library and have your photo taken with Mouse, and find out how you can get your very own library card. There will even be a sweet surprise in store for you! For kids 2-10.
Librarians have created curated topic lists that you can click through to place a hold directly in the catalog! If you have suggestions for a list, please let us know at our Ask A Librarian page or just reply to this newsletter. You can also get personalized suggestions from our Your Next Great Story service. See previous lists here!
50th Anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising - On September 9, 1971, around 1,300 incarcerated men led an uprising at the overcrowded Attica Correctional Facility, demanding humane living conditions and taking 42 staff members hostage. On September 13th, heavily armed state police officers opened fire on the protestors, killing 10 hostages and 29 prisoners. Following the Attica uprising, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons began to soar. Read more about Attica and incarceration from this list.
Mushrooms Are Magical - September is National Mushroom Month! Did you know? Mushrooms are so unique they're their own kingdom! They’re not classified as a fruit or vegetable, but as fungi, which are so distinct in nature they are classified separate from plants or animals. Read all about them from the library!
National POW/MIA Recognition Day - On September 17, America honors those who were either taken prisoner or went missing during wartime. Read or watch more about them.
Storytimes and Playgroups for Little Ones
Circle Time Fun
Sixteen Acres Branch – Outside – Thursdays | 10:30-11 AM | Ages 0-5 September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 October 7, 14, 21, 28
Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. “Circle Time” is not only a fun experience for your child, but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten. Bring a blanket and sunscreen!
Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers birth to five with social time for caregivers.
Family Storytime Central Library – Children’s Room – Saturdays | 10:30-11:30 AM | Children and Families
Children of all ages and their families are invited to our weekly storytime featuring books, songs, activities, and crafts. No registration required.
Libraries are magical! Celebrate National Library Card Month with this special outdoor performance with local magician, Ed Popielarczyk. Come join the fun! All ages.
Reading With Therapy Dogs
Outdoor Storytime With Cadence
Sixteen Acres Branch- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm September 18th (rain date September 25th) October 16th (rain date October 23rd)
Bring your own blanket and join us for outdoor storytime with Megan Marshall and her dog Cadence. We’ll listen to paws-itively wonderful stories and then have time for a craft and to visit with Cadence. Ideal for ages 3-8, with children of all ages welcome.
Read to Reimi the Therapy Dog
East Forest Park Branch – Children’s Room Wednesdays | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | Grades K-5 September 8, October 6, November 10, December 8
Children are invited to read to Reimi, a hypoallergenic Goldendoodle who loves everyone!
Comics Club for Teens Monday, September 27, 3:45-4:45 pm
Do you wait on the edge of your seat for the next Marvel movie? Do you promote your favorite My Hero Academia character every time you see your friends? Then this is the club for you! Join us on Zoom as we share our favorites in Anime, Manga, and American comics. Come and geek out with us! For teens 13-19. More info on our website!
See our many ongoing adult programs at this link, including Ukulele Strum-Along, Genealogy Online Drop-In Help, Write-Up Springfield Creative Writing Group, and several Book and Discussion groups for every taste and interest!
Our Summer Reading Club Finale Event
To Bee or Not to Bee
We had such a great time last week with Piti Theatre at the East Forest Park Branch Library. Follow them for more fun events!