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Northfield library seeks programming help

NORTHFIELD — From yoga hikes and classic movie nights to free museum and pool passes, the Dickinson Memorial Library has plenty of ways to help patrons enjoy the end of summer and the onset of autumn.

The staff is doing it all without its program director, after Halie Thoharides left to pursue a master’s degree. The library is looking for a new part-time assistant librarian to fill her shoes.

In the meantime, Library Director Deb Kern said the library is reaching out to the community and collaborating with other institutions to provide programming for children and adults.

“We’re definitely looking for ideas from our patrons,” Kern said.

She’s teamed up with local yogi Jenny Tufts and Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center to hold an afternoon yoga hike from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 5. Originally intended as a moonlight hike, plans had to be canceled for rain twice, and Kern is hoping the third time’s a charm. Registration is required for the yoga hike.

Local film and theater buff David Rowland will host a monthly movie discussion group. Rowland taught theater and directed plays at the Northfield Mount Hermon School for 35 years until his retirement last year.

The first film will be “Pleasantville,” a 1998 movie about two teenagers who get “zapped” into the black-and-white world of an old 1950s sitcom. The screening and discussion will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 18.

While “Pleasantville” takes its main characters back in time, another library program takes viewers down memory lane.

The library has collaborated with the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Library for “first Friday movies,” screening classic films on the first Friday of each month.

“This month we showed the Marx brothers’ ‘Duck Soup,’” said Kern.

Though the classic films are geared toward seniors, Kern said a few families were drawn in by “Duck Soup,” introducing some children to Harpo, Zeppo, Groucho and Chico, circa 1933.

The next film will be the 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” shown at 12:30 p.m., Sept. 6. Seniors who would like a ride to the library for the film can have the senior van pick them up by calling Betty Stafursky at 413-834-4084.

For those looking for something more modern, the library now offers free passes to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, good for two adults and two children per visit.

“It’s a great place to go in the fall,” Kern said, mentioning the fantastic fall foliage views along Route 2, especially from the hairpin turn on Florida Mountain.

The passes, provided by the Friends of the Library, are available by reservation, and may be taken out for 24 hours.

The library also has passes for Historic Deerfield and Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens.

Some other new free passes may leave you all wet. The library recently got four passes to the Northfield Golf Club’s swimming pool. Families may take out two passes at a time, for use Monday through Friday.

Though the library’s staff and patrons are doing what they can to offer programming while an assistant librarian is sought, Kern would like to fill the position as soon as possible. If you’d like to apply, a job description and requirements can be found on the town’s website at goo.gl/mRebSs.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279 On Twitter, follow @RecorderRain

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