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Library Lowdown: Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, 2018


Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Buckland Public Library30 Upper St., Buckland 413 625-9412 Ongoing

Buckland Fiber Friends: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Knit, spin, weave, felt, sew and crochet. Share yarn, tools, ideas and camaraderie.

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

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

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

Knitting Drop-In: 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday. All knitters are invited to drop by to knit, chat, exchange helpful hints and share ideas. Facilitated by Kathy O’Shea, a graduate of WEBS expert knitting program.

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

Ongoing

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.

Summer Reading Program: Stop by the library to sign up for the summer reading program. Children track how many hours they read, adults read special library staff selections and teens log their reading selections and write reviews. Each program has incentives to entice readers to read more books. Program for children, through grade 6, runs through Aug. 31; for teens, grades 7 through 12, runs through Aug. 2; and for adults runs through Aug. 28. Various prizes and raffles.

1000 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, Aug. 16

Magic Tree House Book Club: 3:30 p.m. Read or listen to “Afternoon of the Amazon,” book 6 of Mary Pope Osborne’s classic series, and come to book club for some venturing along the mighty Amazon.

Saturday, Aug. 18

Raina Telgemeier Fan Club: 10 to 11 a.m. The Baby-Sitters Club Book 6 launch party, featuring a raffle to win a copy of “Kristy’s Big Day.” Intended for youth in grades 4 through 7, this book club is for fans of the popular graphic novels, “Smile,” “Sisters,” “Drama” and “Ghosts,” as well as the many pre-teen spin-off books they’ve inspired. Each meeting includes a craft and/or writing project. Drop-ins are welcome. No advance registration is necessary.

Monday, Aug. 20

Author Talk with Al Norman: 6 p.m. Norman will read from “Ravings: American Wild Talk,” his new book of 19 short stories. In the LeVanway Room.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Teen and Tween Graphic Novel Series: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Join library assistant and published graphic novel author, Steve Murphy, for a three-part series. Attendees will build on a original comic they developed during a July 31 session.

Children’s Book Writers Group: 6 to 8 p.m. A critique group for adults who write for children, led by Nell Wright. Meets in the LeVanway Room every third Tuesday of the month. Participants will discuss skills, share tips and opportunities for development, and read and discuss their stories.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Jane Austen Book Discussion: 6 p.m. Join librarians Diane Holmes and Lisa Prolman for lively discussions of Jane Austen’s six published novels. Sessions will be held every other month on Wednesday evenings. This month’s focus will be the beloved “Pride and Prejudice.”

Chess Club: 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Contact calderrossi@gmail.com with questions.

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

Ongoing

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, Aug. 16

Beth Raffeld Concert: 7 to 8 p.m. Free.

M.N. Spear Memorial Library10 Cooleyville Road413-259-1213

Thursday, Aug. 16

The Curious Giraffe Show: 6:30 p.m. at the library. Dorothy Cresswell and Curious Giraffe will engage children’s hearts, minds and muscles with an interactive “Libraries Rock” show. Music, puppets and more. Rain location: Town Hall.

Montague Public Libraries 413-863-3214

Ongoing

Story Time: Wednesday mornings weekly at 10:15 a.m. at the Carnegie Library. Thematic stories, projects and snacks for young children and caregiver.

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 Montague Center Library through August.

Sign-ups for Summer Reading Program: Sign up and get a prize at any of the Montague Public Libraries. For children of all ages through young adults.

Book and DVD Donations: Gently used, clean books, DVDs and CDs are being accepted at the Carnegie Library. No text books, moldy or abridged books. Book sales are held on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 16

First and Third Thursday Matinee: 3 p.m. Screening of “A Wrinkle in Time” at the Carnegie Library.

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

Ongoing

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.

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

Ongoing

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

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

Thursday, Aug. 16

Third Thursday Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Focusing on “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.

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.