Library Lowdown: April 25 to May 1, 2019

Published: 4/24/2019 3:39:07 PM
Arms Library60 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls413-625-0306Ongoing

Preschool Story Hour: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Stories, songs and art activities.

Saturday, April 27

Reading of “The Ferryman” by Jez Butterworth: An Irish comedy about a funny family still feeling the impact of The Troubles. Open to readers and audience members. Involves switching roles often so everyone has a chance to be a variety of characters. No registration required.

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.

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.

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.

Sunday, April 28

Author’s Visit with Karma Kitaj: 4 p.m. Kitaj will read from her book “Beguiled,” talk about her writing process, answer questions and sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. With refreshments. Free.

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 23

“World’s Worst Weather”: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Will Broussard will explain the extreme weather at Mount Washington Observatory, and what it can tell us about New England’s weather patterns. Presentation includes interactive demonstrations, weather instruments, stunning photography and video footage from the summit. Appropriate for adults and children. Free.

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.

Thursday, April 25

Magic Tree House Book Club: 3:30 p.m. Read the 14th book in the series, “Day of the Dragon King.” Book-related activities and a craft included.

Friday, April 26

Book to Movie Screening: 6 p.m. A screening of “The Hate U Give” in the Greenfield High School Auditorium.

Monday, April 29

Book to Movie Book Discussion: 6 to 8 p.m. Read the award-winning book “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and come ready to discuss it.

Wednesday, May 1

First Wednesday Speaker Series: 6 p.m. Fine woodworker Patrick Perkins will talk about the design and construction of Windsor chairs.

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.

Thursday, April 25

Book Discussion: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Focusing on “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel.

Friday, April 26

Screening of “Leave No Trace”: 7:30 p.m.

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.

Friday, April 26

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Drop off and register your stuffed animal between 3 and 5 p.m. on Friday. They will spend the night at the library, reading stories and playing games. Then pick up your stuffed animal on Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and noon, and see a slideshow of what they were up to overnight.

Tuesday, April 30

Art Series for Pre-Teens and Teens: 4 p.m. at the Montague Center Library. Cynthia Fulton, the founder and director of Meadowedge Art, will offer this three-part series for children and teens ages 10 to 15. Continues May 7.

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.

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 Public 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.

Saturday, April 27

SAT Math Boot Camp: 1 to 3 p.m. Teens are invited to attend this two-session course designed to prepare them to ace the SATs. Advance registration is required. Free.

Community Hike on Mount Sugarloaf: 10 a.m. to noon at Sugarloaf State Park, 300 Sugarloaf St. in South Deerfield. A silent hike up Mount Sugarloaf in celebration of “Libraries in the Woods: A Community Read.” The group will split in two, with one walking up the main trail and the other walking up the road. Share experiences — and refreshments — at the top. This event is a collaboration between the Sunderland Public Library and Tilton Library. Free.

Tuesday, April 30

Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Focusing on “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel.

Wednesday, May 1

Writing Fun with Nell Wright: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Teens ages 10 and up who love to write, like to write or aren’t even sure they want to write are invited to these drop-in creative writing classes. Free.

S. White Dickinson Memorial Library202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately413-665-2170Saturday, April 27

“Plant Communities for the Home Landscape”: 10:30 a.m. Join local ecologist Evelyn Lane and Lisa Krause from Broadfork Permaculture as they talk about the different plants that will grow well together in your yard. Free.

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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