Greenfield Notebook: July 16, 2021

  • Cummington resident Marty Schotz stands on the Greenfield Common on Saturday, passing out flyers regarding how peaceful solutions can be used to remedy war propaganda. Contributed photo

  • In-progress artwork by Andrew Del Valle from his “The Vampire of Provincetown” collaboration with writer Steve Murphy. Del Valle and Murphy will be at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market on Saturday. Contributed image

Published: 7/15/2021 4:11:07 PM
Senior Center welcomes book donations

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Senior Center hopes residents can help restock its book store through Book Donation Week, which will be held from July 26 to July 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. daily.

According to a notice from Activities Director Kathy Dunn, donors can bring up to seven new or gently used books per person.

Contemporary fiction and non-fiction books are preferred, and books with large print are especially appreciated. Puzzles are welcome, too, provided they have all their pieces and are in like-new condition.

“Volunteers will review your donation and books we cannot use will go home with you that day,” the notice reads. Dunn advises not to drop off books after hours.

The list of items that will not be accepted includes computer manuals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, trivia books, cookbooks, oversize books of any category, self-help books, textbooks, poetry, children’s books, and very worn or visibly soiled books.

Third Tuesday Greenfield Word resuming

GREENFIELD — Following a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Error Publishing is restarting the Third Tuesday Greenfield Word on Tuesday, July 20, at The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m., open mic starts at 7:30 and featured authors start at 8:30.

The LAVA Center has a new air filtration system and has been operating with COVID-19 health safety precautions, a press release from the arts center states.

Those who would like to be put on Human Error Publishing’s mailing list or who are interested in being a featured author at a Third Tuesday Greenfield Word are encouraged to email

Library operating under new hours

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library at 402 Main St. is now operating under new hours, which went into effect on July 12.

The library is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to a library press release, the back door, elevator and bathrooms are once again available for patron use. Limited seating and computer usage is also available.

Patrons who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear a mask while inside the building, the release states.

Locals distributing flyers regarding peaceful solutions

GREENFIELD — Marty Schotz of Cummington and Emily Greene of Greenfield, who residents may have noticed on the Greenfield Common on Saturday, are passing out flyers regarding how peaceful solutions can be used to remedy war propaganda.

Greene said they’ll be passing out flyers until after Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, the anniversaries of when the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Author-illustrator team coming to farmers’ market

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library Foundation will host a Greenfield Public Library pop-up and local author-illustrator team Steve Murphy and Andrew Del Valle at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Foundation members will be on hand to share the progress of the new Greenfield Public Library building with the community, according to a press release.

Murphy (writer) and Del Valle (artist) will preview pages from their non-fiction graphic novel in-progress, “The Vampire of Provincetown.” The novel tells the story of the events surrounding the investigation into the murder of several young women in Truro in 1969.

In addition, Del Valle will sell prints of some of his other, more family-friendly work, while Murphy will have copies of some of his earlier books for sale. Del Valle will also be doing sketches, the release states.

Art journaling topic of free Zoom class

GREENFIELD — Illustrator and online art teacher Corinne Roberts is offering the last session of her four-month series of free virtual drawing classes through the Greenfield Public Library on Tuesday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s topic will be art journaling. Participants will learn quick sketching techniques to create a visual diary, using art and words to record their memories and thoughts.

According to Greenfield Public Library press release, no prior drawing experience is needed, and the supplies required are simple: a pencil, paper and eraser.

For more information and to register to receive a Zoom link, email

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