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Events: Seasons of Light

Celebrate the Season: Bring Light to the Darkness

During the dark months of November, December, January and February, join the Springfield Public Library as we celebrate light and how we can spread it through the community.  The Winter Reading Challenge has begun and scroll down to see other ways and dates to celebrate and spread light by:

  • joining our winter reading challenge;
  • donating to our Give Light drive;
  • enjoying Illumination, a downtown art installation;
  • creating Paper Lanterns;
  • taking part in a KINDword Challenge.

Seasons of Light Winter Reading Challenge

book graphicA relaxed reading challenge consisting of reading as much as you can, reading specific titles, exploring local art and businesses and rewards to inspire community members during our rainy winter months. As different aspects of 'Seasons of Light' are introduced, participants have the chance to earn badges and extra chances to win a bag of books the 'Friends of the Springfield Public Library'.

Register online for the Seasons of Light All Ages Winter Reading Challenge. The challenge runs from November 1st through February 12th.

Give Light Supplies Drive

hat and socks imageBEGINS NOVEMBER 8

In partnership with Carry It Forward, we invite you to give light to someone less fortunate by donating basic, life-saving supplies: specifically warm socks, hats, gloves, as well as hand and foot warmers.

Donations boxes are located inside the library, the Springfield History Museum and at participating businesses which includes:

  • Chuck and Alice;
  • Hap-Hazard Creativity;
  • Lovely;
  • Mezza Luna Pizzeria;
  • Pop 1 Sports Cards;
  • Trash-n-Treasures Antiques & Collectables;
  • The Washburne Cafe.

Illuminations: An Art Installation

Springfield history museum graphicDecember 10, 2021 - February 12, 2022

Visit downtown Springfield between December 10th and February 12th to enjoy the glowing power of art and history in our community. Photographer Ofelia Guzman and community organizer Johanis Tadeo collaborated to collect stories and oral histories from Springfield that enhance empathy, promote inclusion, and that celebrate our differences, and our shared dreams and values. For more information on the exhibit and related events click here.

Take Home Paper Lanterns

luminary graphicBEGINS DECEMBER 21

Pick up a paper lantern kit from the library, beginning December 21 and set it up in your home, window or business. Tag your illuminated lantern photo with #splseasonsoflight on social media or upload your photos to be included in our photo compilations!

KINDword Challenge


Explore downtown Springfield and complete a KINDword (rather than a crossword) puzzle at participating businesses. Dates and more information coming soon.