Greenfield Notebook: May 14, 2022

  • The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. in Greenfield. Contributed Photo

Published: 5/13/2022 3:52:17 PM
Modified: 5/13/2022 3:50:39 PM
Celebration set for Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest finalists

GREENFIELD — The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library will hold an in-person celebration of the 2022 Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest finalists on Tuesday, May 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Geissler Gallery.

Finalists will read their winning submissions from the three contest categories: adult, youth ages 12 to 14 and youth ages 15 to 18. Poets from across Franklin County entered their work in what is the contest’s 31st year.

The Geissler Gallery is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible restroom. Signs will be posted directing attendees to the parking lot nearest the gallery. Seating will be distanced and attendees must wear masks except when eating or drinking.

The annual competition is held in honor of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, a Greenfield resident from 1847 until his death in 1873, who was considered by his contemporaries to be a gifted poet.

The finalists, not ranked, are as follows:

Adult finalists

■“The Belonging” by Mara Bright.

■“Who’s a Good Boy” by G. Greene.

■“May Woods, for Leah” by Louise Minks.

■“Last Run, for Ben” by Louise Minks.

■“Caste” by Anne Yeomans.

■“Whippoorwill” by Anne Yeomans.

■“Twenty-eight” by Tamara Grogan.

■“After Chemo” by F.D. Kindness.

■“Remnants” by Barbara Ann Lemoine.

■“Going to Ground” by Abrielle Sanderson.

Youth finalists (ages 12 to 14)

■“Thought” by Sara Pontani.

■“Origami Birds” by Sara Pontani.

■“The Wind” by Jacobia Tyminski.

■“Write About It” by Abbie Ray.

■“Waiting on You” by Chenziz Melissa Opiyo.

Youth finalists (ages 15 to 18)

■“Diamonds in the Rough” by Xinni (Sunshine) Chen.

■ “Eyes Closed and Shoulders Curved” by Sadie Ross.

■“Taking Control” by Sabrina Marie Cote.

■“Malinois” by Wyatt Browne.

■“Murmuration” by Wyatt Browne.

Assistive technology coming to Senior Center

GREENFIELD — United Cerebral Palsy of Western Massachusetts will bring its mobile assistive technology lab to the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St., on Tuesday, May 31.

Participants, who can register for either the 1 to 2 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. time slot, can see and try dozens of unique items that can help them live more independently, such as hearing, sight and mobility assistive devices and software. According to a notice from Senior Center Activities Director Kathy Dunn, participants can also learn about the organization’s equipment loan program.

Registration is required by stopping by the center’s front desk or by calling 413-772-1517, ext. 0. The program is free, open to the public and offered in partnership with the Greenfield Commission on Disability Access.

Museum pass feature gains flexibility

GREENFIELD — Borrowing museum passes through the Greenfield Public Library recently became easier for patrons, with several museums allowing for an e-voucher or “Print from Home” option.

According to a notice from Assistant Library Director Lisa Prolman, this change means that when a patron borrows a museum pass, they no longer need to come to the library on the day of their museum visit to pick up a pass, nor do they need to return it. They can print a pass at home. However, those without printers can still borrow a physical pass from the library and return it before 8:30 a.m. the day after their museum visit.

Prolman notes that not all museums are offering electronic passes; the limit of one museum attraction per patron, per day is still in effect; and the late fee for physical passes returned after 8:30 a.m. the next day is still in effect.

With questions, contact the library at 413-772-1544.


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