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City Library announces the following new programs

SPRINGFIELD - The City Library has announced the following programs:

City teens eager to learn new tricks in the kitchen can sign up for a spot in the popular "Cooking with Katie" program, coming to the Springfield City Library, April 19. The program will be offered at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library at 11 a.m.

"Teens love to snack, but they get tired of the same old chips and microwave pizza," said Martha Coons, young adult librarian for the Library. "What better place to learn something new than at the Library, with a lively teacher like Katie?"

The free one-hour hands-on cooking class includes a 20-minute presentation on cooking tips and about the recipes participants will make. Attendees will learn to make a fun selection of snack foods from yogurt fruit shakes to pizza wontons to cream cheese-filled strawberries and more.

The best part of all: students get to sample all of the recipes! Recommended for ages 12-14 and registration is required. Interested teens should pre-register by calling 263-6828 ext. 425 or dropping by the branch where they would like to attend the class.

Funding for this program has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


With April vacation on the horizon, kids and families looking for fun activities need not search far. Springfield City Library is offering a host of programs for kids from 2 to 102, and has just published its school vacation week events schedule. And the best part is that all the programs are free.

Programs suitable for a wide variety of interests are planned. The lineup includes:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament

    April 17, 1:00 pm, Pine Point Branch (204 Boston Road)

    April 20, 2:00 pm, East Springfield Branch (21 Osborne Terrace)

    Wanna duel? Bring your cards and play against new friends in a fun tournament led by games expert Haven Williams. Space is limited; please pre-register. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

  • Edible Experiments

    April 17, 2:00 pm, East Forest Park Branch (122 Island Pond Road)

    Ever wonder why apples turn brown when exposed to the air? Or what makes one type of ice cream a better quality than another? Find out this and more as you experiment with foods you can eat. Food experiments will include butter, ice cream, fruits and vegetables. And of course you'll get to sample some of your experiments. Space is limited; please pre-register. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Be a Mad Scientist!

    April 17, 2:00 pm, Central Library (220 State Street)

    Join us in the "lab" for some mad science fun! We'll do tabletop science activities fueled by mad science inspiration. Space is limited; please pre-register. Recommended for ages 8 12.

  • Cinematic Science Program

    April 18, 2:00 pm, Central Library (220 State Street)

    Learn about the science of special effects used in theatre and film. Explore various types of special effects and create some of your own! Please pre-register. Recommended for ages 8 12.

  • Travelin' Trunk of Black Inventions

    April 18, 1:00 pm, Forest Park Branch (390 Belmont Avenue)

    April 19, 1:00 pm, Central Library (220 State Street)

    Journey through The Traveling Trunk and learn about 15 black inventors. Through an interactive, hands-on approach, learn about inventions in agriculture, communications, transportation, household products, and recreation through the use of authentic artifacts, replicas, photographs, oral biographies, riddles, and storytelling. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

  • Oh, Put Your Hands Together!

    April 18, 2:00 pm, Mason Square Branch (765 State Street)

    Get ready to put your hands together when Janice Allen visits the Library! Allen will bring a range of African and African-American percussion instruments, thrill you with her trademark a cappella vocals, and take you on a rhythmic journey from the Georgia Sea Islands to the African continent. Be prepared to dance and sing traditional African-American children's circle games in this participatory program of music, dance, games, and stories. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

    Across the Americas

  • April 18, 2:30 pm, Brightwood Branch (359 Plainfield Street)

    April 18, 5:30 pm, Indian Orchard Branch (44 Oak Street)

    Join performer Roger Tincknell for a multi-cultural, multi-lingual folk music journey from Canada to South America performed on a variety of stringed, wind and percussion instruments. Learn about the folk instruments, songs, and dances found throughout the Americas. From the Rockies to the Andes, New England to New Orleans, Across the Americas is a celebration of the many cultural influences found throughout the Americas. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

  • Create a Critter!

    April 19, 11:00 am, Central Library (220 State Street)

    Get creative and make your own salt dough art creation! Great for kids ages 5-8. Pre-registration required.

  • Cooking with Katie

    April 19, 11:00 am, Sixteen Acres Branch (1187 Parker Street)

    Learn to make yummy snacks in this hands-on cooking class - just in time for summer! Limited space, registration required. Recommended for ages 12-14.

  • Spring has Sprung!

    April 19, 2:00-5:00 pm, Sixteen Acres Branch (1187 Parker Street)

    Spring is here, so drop in to the Library anytime between 2:00 and 5 p.m. to plant a seed and choose a springtime book to take home and read! Everything you need will be supplied-a snack, too! Recommended for young children.

  • Dominoes: Learn how to play, show your skills!

    April 19, 3:00 pm, Liberty Branch (773 Liberty Street)

    Dominoes is an old game that is still popular today. Games expert Haven Williams will teach you about the game, or you can play against other experienced players. Sharpen your math skills and learn some strategies. Bring your own set if you have one. Space is limited; please pre-register. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

  • Movie: Flubber

    April 20, 2:00 pm, Central Library (220 State Street)

    An absent minded professor tries to create a substance that's a new source of energy - but what he creates allows objects to fly through the air. It looks like rubber, so he calls it flubber. Will it save Medfield College where his sweetheart Sara is the president? Come and see! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

  • Creative Arts for Kids

  • April 21, 2-4 pm, Central Library (220 State Street)

    In conjunction with One Book, One Springfield, kids will explore the art of scrapbooking. Bring your own pictures or dig through our stash as you create your project. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

    In addition, the Library will continue its normal programming throughout school vacation week, including such popular items as book discussion groups, drop-in crafts, Anime/Manga Club and more.


    Dancing penguins: what could be more fun? Families looking for a fun afternoon film should head over to Springfield City Library on April 21 to see one of the year's most enjoyable and uplifting films, "Happy Feet." The showing will take place at noon at the Forest Park Branch Library, located at 380 Belmont Avenue in Springfield.

    The film features the voices of Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and other top stars, and is the story of Mumble, a sweet little ball of penguin fluff who has one big problem: no matter how hard he tries, he can't sing a single note. In a world where every penguin attracts their soul mate through their own special heart-song, he cannot ever truly belong. But as it happens, Mumble is a brilliant tap-dancer! When he unleashes his deepest feelings, they don't come from his beak.they pour out through his "happy feet." The movie won the 2006 Academy Award for best animated feature, and the 2006 Golden Globe for best original song.

    Funding for this program has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. To learn about this or any other Library events please visit our Website at