Fun events for kids and families at the library

The Springfield Public Library is hosting special events for kids and families over this year’s Spring Break. Oregon Reptile Man will once again be at the library with three shows on Wednesday, March 27th in the City Hall Council Chambers. Rich, the Reptile Man, will show and teach about a variety of animals including snakes, lizards, a turtle, a tortoise, and an alligator.  This will be a fun event for the whole family.

Due to the popularity of last year’s reptile shows, the library will be using ticketed entry. Free tickets can be picked up inside the library starting on Saturday, March 16th, with one set per family group. A small group of tickets will be available at the door for each individual show on the day of the performance. Shows will start at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27th and tickets will be for a specific showtime.

SpringFilm is hosting a free family film, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27th at the Wildish Theater. This documentary-style film uses stop-motion animation and live action to tell the sweet story of a small mollusk in search of his big family. The film is free. Rated PG for thematic elements and some suggestive material.

At 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 29th the library will hold an all-ages special presentation by Kelly Bartlett, a contestant from LEGO Masters. Kelly will speak about what life is like on a reality show. From casting to filming to on-air viewing, Kelly will talk about her experience, what it takes to get on the show, and life after LEGO Masters, as a professional LEGO builder. Kelly will have a slideshow as well as LEGO models to view. There will be a meet-and-greet after her presentation.

There will be a special Lego Club afterwards for families who are inspired by Kelly’s talk and are ready to build! Lego Club will meet in the Library Meeting Room from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Friday March 29th Families are asked to bring their creativity, and to leave their personal Lego pieces at home.

There will be regular Saturday Family Storytime at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday Baby Toddler and Preschool Storytimes at 10:30 a.m. Families are invited to visit the library over Spring Break to read, check out books, and use the Always Available collection of games and activities.

Who: Springfield Public Library

What: Spring Break at the Springfield Public Library

When: Week of March 23rd – 30th

Where: Springfield Public Library

Additional Information: Youth Services Librarian, Abigail Craig at 541-726-2238 or


Museum Volunteer Boot Camp for Teens

Earn community service hours volunteering at the Springfield History Museum

The Springfield Public Library and Springfield History Museum invite teens, ages 12 and older, to get a behind the scenes experience at the museum.  The Teen Museum Boot Camp will run from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, March 26th – 28th. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, and participants are expected to attend all three days.

The Springfield History Museum is closed for six months to “Take Care of Collection Business,” but teens are being offered a chance to not only see behind the scenes, but get hands on with collections, and make a difference.  Participants will earn community service hours, and experience working with delicate photos and items.

Pre-registration can be done at Questions? Email Teen Librarian, Cara Kinsey at or Museum Curator, Maddi McGraw at

Who: Springfield Public Library and Springfield History Museum

What: Teen Museum Boot Camp

When: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday, March 26th – 28th

Where: Meet at the Springfield Public Library at 225 5th St., Springfield, Oregon, 97477

Additional Information: Cara Kinsey at 541-726-4653 or, or Maddi McGraw at 541-726-3677 or


SpringFilm “With Your Shoes On”

Springfield Public Library’s film series presents “Marcel the Shell with the Shoes On”

Join the Springfield Public Library for a free showing of the 2021 indie, stop-motion film, Marcel the Shell with the Shoes On at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27th at the Wildish Community Theater in downtown Springfield. This showing is an all-ages event.

Marcel is an adorable shell who lives with his Grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once a part of a large community of shells that lived together, they now live alone due to a mysterious tragedy. That all changes when a documentary filmmaker finds Marcel, and together they try to find the family that he has lost. This film is rated PG for thematic elements and some suggestive material.

SpringFilm continues at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2024, with a free showing of the suspenseful, Spanish language film, Nine Queens/ Nueve Reinas.

SpringFilm is made possible by a partnership between the Springfield Public Library, the Springfield Public Library Foundation, Willamalane Parks and Recreation District, and the Wildish Community Theater, and is generously sponsored by Plank Town Brewing Company.

All SpringFilm events are free and open to the community.

Who: Springfield Public Library

What: SpringFilm Presents a free movie screening of Marcel the Shell with the Shoes On (2021)

When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27th

Where: Richard E. Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon 97477

Additional Information: Adult Services Librarian, Tim Williams at 541-726-2239 or


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