Library Lowdown, March 1 to 7, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Cushman Library28 Church St., Bernardston 413-648-5402 ONGOING

Story Hour: Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Families with children of all ages can enjoy thematic stories, crafts and snack. Justin Lawrence and Karen Stinchfield take turns as presenters.

First Fridays Preschool Story Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Children birth to 5 years old can enjoy stories, puzzles, play and exploration. Snack will be provided.

Bonjour! 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on second Tuesday of each month. The Bernardston French Conversation Group meets to speak French. Free. Just drop in.

Wednesday Night Knitters: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Knitters of all skill levels. Instructor Rebecca Lawlor shares her expertise and experience with anyone seeking help or encouragement.


A visit with Roxann Davis, author of “Nightbeat”: 7 p.m. Along with talk of Nightbeat, participants may even get a teaser of what’s to come in Davis’ second book in the series featuring the team of crime reporter Devon Bailey and police officer Ari Knowles. Copies of Nightbeat will be available for purchase and signing.

Dickinson Memorial Library
115 Main St., Northfield


Story Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Stories, snacks, crafts, music and movement. For toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers.

Slate Public Library360 Main Road, Gill413-863-2591 Ongoing

Story Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Thematic stories, popcorn and crafts for preschool and elementary school-age children with their caregivers. Free and open to all.

Greenfield Public Library
402 Main St.


Mother Goose on the Loose: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Kay Lyons leads a lap-sit story hour for children ages 3 and younger (with a grown-up). Lyons reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts. Each session is 45 minutes, with a half-hour of structured activity and about 15 minutes of visiting time.

Writers’ Lunch Workshop: This two-hour writing workshop runs on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. Joannah Whitney leads the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share. Participants are encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well. There is no charge for the workshop and registration is not required.

WEdnesday, 7

Beyond Medication: Improve Mood, Memory and Concentration through Diet: Wednesday, 6 p.m. The First Wednesday Speaker Series welcomes Dr. Georgia Ede to discuss her research on the impact of diet on mood, memory and concentration. Dr. Ede is convinced that what we eat is by far the single most important factor in our mental and physical health. Learn how macronutrients (fat, protein, carbohydrate, cholesterol) affect the brain and which foods are the ideal sources of each one.

Leverett Library75 Montague Road, Leverett, 413-548-9220 ONGOING

Lego Club: The first Thursday of every month from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Open to elementary school-age children. Snack provided.

Qigong: Meet and play with others at the library on Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m.

Tales and Tunes: Join us every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon for stories, songs and play with Heleen Cardinaux. Developed for children ages 5 and under, but open to all families. Sponsored by the Community Network for Children.

Montague public libraries 413-863-3214 ONGOING

Book and DVD donations: Gently used, clean — books, DVDs and CDs accepted at Carnegie Library, Avenue A, Turners Falls. No textbooks, moldy or abridged books. Monthly book sales are held on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Carnegie Library.

Music and Movement: This fun series for young children with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson is held on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Carnegie Library in Turners Falls through April.

Story Time: 10:15 a.m. Wednesday mornings. Thematic stories, projects and snacks for young children and their caregivers with Karen Wartel. Carnegie Library, Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Saturday, 3

Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Carnegie Library. Thousands of sorted books, DVDs, and audio books are available for $1 each or less. Benefits the Friends of the Montague Public Libraries.

New Salem Public Library
23 South Main St.


Teens and Tweens Video Game Day: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. Free. Students from throughout the region are welcome. Snacks provided.

Thursday, 1

Learn how simple it is to grow mushrooms at home! 6 p.m. Local hero Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm will talk about growing mushrooms at her facility and strategies you can use to grow mushrooms at home. The talk will include an overview of the mushroom life cycle and the basic ecology of saprophytic fungi. She’ll cover basic DIY mushroom growing techniques using a variety of species of mushroom growing kits and an in-depth introduction into mushroom log culture. Suggested donation $10-20, no one turned away. Mushroom growing kits will be available for purchase. Please RSVP to: nsagcommission@gmail.com.

Sunderland Library 20 School St. 413-665-2642 ONGOING

Story Time: 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Stories, songs and crafts for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Free.


Pottery Wheel Demonstration and Pinch Pot Workshop: 2 to 3:30 p.m. See how a potter throws a variety of forms on the potter’s wheel, and learn how to make your own pinch pot. Registration required. All ages welcome. Free.

Tilton Library
75 North Main St.
South Deerfield


Story Time Wednesdays: 11 a.m. Meet Duffy the therapy dog and feed the worms in our vermiculture worm bin. Preschool children and their caregivers. No sign up needed.

Find Yourself at Tilton: Saturdays at 3 p.m. A different creative activity each week for adults and children.

Thursday, 1

Mystery Book Discussion: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Not a Sound” by Heather Gudenkauf. Join us for a lively discussion and a slice of pizza while it lasts. Free.

Wheeler Memorial Library
49 East Main St., Orange,


Baby and Me: 10:30 a.m. Mondays. For infants to age 3. Join us for songs, rhymes, bounces and a board book. Includes 45 minutes of informal playtime. Older and younger siblings always welcome at storytime. Free.

Rise and Romp: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. For children ages 2 to 5. We’ll read stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, dance and make an easy craft. Home day cares are welcome. Older and younger siblings always welcome at storytime.

Lego Club: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Kids ages 5 to 12. Adults may build with their children.