Library Lowdown: April 11 to April 17, 2019

Published: 4/10/2019 5:11:26 PM
Athol Public Library568 Main St., Athol978-249-9515Wednesday, April 17

“Making Love While Farming” Book Release and Celebration: 6:30 p.m. Readings, signing and conversation with local authors Ricky Baruch and Deb Habib. Free. Visit for details.

Buckland Public Library30 Upper St., Buckland 413-625-9412 Ongoing

Buckland Fiber Friends: 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Community Room. Knit, spin, weave, felt, sew and crochet. Share yarn, tools, ideas and camaraderie. For more information: or 413-489-3196.

Bridge Club: 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Open to beginners.

Coffee and Conversation: 9 a.m. each Saturday. The library provides coffee, doughnuts and the day’s newspapers; you provide the conversation.

Preschool Story and Craft Program: 3 p.m. on Fridays. Led by Cara Downey.

Thursday, April 11

Book Club: 4 p.m. in the Community Room. April’s book is “The Ninth Hour” by Alice McDermott. Copies are available at the library’s circulation desk, including audio and large print editions. The book club meets the second Thursday of each month.

Cushman Library28 Church St., Bernardston413-648-5402 Ongoing

French Conversation Group: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.

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

Wednesday Night Knitters: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Knitters of all skill levels, even absolute beginners, are invited to drop by to enjoy the company of other knitters as everyone works toward completing their individual projects. Instructor Rebecca Lawlor shares her expertise and experience with anyone seeking help or encouragement.

First Fridays Preschool Story Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Children birth to 5 years old can enjoy stories, puzzles, play, exploration and snacks on the first Friday of each month during the school year.

Coloring Evenings for Adults and Teens: Every second Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. For ages 12 and up. Images and colored pencils supplied, or bring your own.

Dickinson Memorial Library 115 Main St., Northfield 413-498-2455 Ongoing

Story Hour with Dana: 10:30 a.m. on Fridays. Stories, snacks, crafts, music and movement. For toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers.

Tuesday, April 16

“Wildlife Cameras: How to See What’s Hiding in the Woods”: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sally Naser will explain all about trail cameras and share images of the kinds of animals you can find in the woods around Northfield. This program, inspired by the book “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit,” by Michael Finkel, is part of Libraries in the Woods, a collaboration between 10 local libraries during March and April.

Erving Public Library17 Moore St., Erving413-423-3348Sunday, April 14

Hike to Hermit’s Cave with Rob Fletcher: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Field Memorial Library 1 Elm St., Conway413-369-4646Saturday, April 13

Spring Book Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browse a large selection of hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks for every age and in every genre. Most books are $1 or less. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Field Memorial Library.

Greenfield Public Library 402 Main St., Greenfield 413-772-1544


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.

Chess Club: Meet up with other chess players each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Contact with questions.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: This literacy program is designed to increase the number of books that parents and other caregivers read to young children. Register any time at the Children’s Desk.

April 8 to April 13

National Library Week: Special events and offerings all week including an Instagram photo challenge, free library card replacement, children’s room activities and an open house with a resource fair.

Thursday, April 11

Community Resource Fair and Library Open House: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community groups will be displaying their offerings. Plus, punch, popcorn, homemade goodies, board game challenges and children’s room activities.

Friday, April 12

Game On!: 3 to 4:45 p.m. Play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 and board games. Snacks will be available.

Saturday, April 13

Second Saturday Story Hour: 10 a.m. Sally Ahearn leads a story hour for children ages 3 to 5. Sing songs, listen to stories and make crafts.

Tuesday, April 16

Author Talk with J.A. McIntosh: 6 p.m. McIntosh will read from and speak about her current book, “Niagara Fontaine,” and her next, “A. B. Hartwell,” which will be published this year.

Wednesday, April 17

Writing Practice Workshop: 2 to 4 p.m. Poets, memoir writers and fiction writers are all welcome, whether they have writing projects underway or are just beginning. Prompts will be provided and there will be sharing time with a small group. The class is about developing a practice of writing and learning to both receive and offer helpful feedback to other writers. Led by Greenfield author and poet Mary Clare Powell on Wednesdays in April and May.

Leverett Library 75 Montague Road, Leverett 413-548-9220


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

Tales and Tunes: Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Stories, songs and play with Heleen Cardinaux. Developed for children ages 5 and under, but open to all families.

Sunday, April 14

“Capturing Maine Landscapes with Drone Photography”: 3 p.m. With Jamie Malcolm-Brown of Shutesbury.

Montague Public Libraries 413-863-3214


Story Time: Wednesday mornings at 10:15 a.m. at the Carnegie Library. Thematic stories, projects and snacks for young children and caregivers, with Karen Wartel.

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

Homeschool Science: Hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for homeschoolers of all ages and their caregivers every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Carnegie Library. Call to register.

Book and DVD Donations: Gently used, clean books, DVDs and CDs are being accepted at the Carnegie Library. No textbooks, moldy or abridged books.

Tuesday, April 16

Movie of the Month: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carnegie Library. Snacks will be served.

New Salem Public Library 23 South Main St., New Salem 978-544-6334 Ongoing

Hatha Yoga: 5:45 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:15 to 9 a.m. Saturdays. With Natalie Reynolds. Donations accepted. No experience, registration or yoga mat necessary.

Thursday, April 11

“North Woods Nature and the Hermit”: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Naturalist Dawn Marvin Ward will offer a close-up look at some of the animals that the North Pond Hermit — subject of Michael Finkel’s book, “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” — may have encountered in his 27 years living in the woods. The presentation is part slideshow, part hands-on exploration of animal artifacts. Free.

Slate Public Library360 Main Road, Gill413-863-2591


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

Sunderland Library 20 School St., Sunderland 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.

LEGO Club: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Children ages 4 and up and their caregivers are invited to build and play with the library’s massive collection of LEGOs. Includes a new challenge each week.

Tilton Library 75 North Main St., South Deerfield 413-665-4683


Story Time: 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. For preschool children and their caregivers. No registration is necessary. Free.

Wheeler Memorial Library 49 East Main St., Orange 978-544-2495 Ongoing

Rise and Romp: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. For children ages 2 to 5. Read stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, dance and make an easy craft. Siblings welcome.

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

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