Library Lowdown: Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, 2019

Published: 2/13/2019 5:25:43 PM
Arms Library Main Street, Shelburne Falls 413-625-0306 Friday, Feb. 15

Open Prose and Poetry Reading: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library’s temporary location in the Greenfield Cooperative Bank’s meeting room, 33 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls. Open mic with five-minute slots. This event is a fundraiser for Eve Christoph, who lost her home in a fire.

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.

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. This week’s theme is penguins.

Saturday, Feb. 16

“Making and Tinkering: Hands-On Science and Engineering”: 10 a.m. Tinkering is a fun and exciting way to engage in serious learning and problem-solving. Presented by the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Open to children in grades three to six. Register in advance.

Winter Birds: 1:30 p.m. A presentation with David Small, co-sponsored by the Northfield Bird Club.

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.

National Library Lovers Month: To celebrate ...

■Share your library stories on camera through Feb. 16. Drop in or schedule a time to share what makes libraries special to you. Questions and prompts are available to help.

Write a Valentine to the library.

Take an insider’s tour of the library. See what is up the grand staircase and where the books, DVDs and CDs get processed. Stop by anytime during February and ask at the front desk.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Children’s Author Visit: Eric Bennett: 10 a.m. Bennett will read from his latest children’s book, “Noodles’ and Albie’s Mermaid Parade,” a delightful tale of two friends: a penguin and a fish. Bennett will bring penguin culture and exotic Antarctica to life.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Author Talk with Douglas Selwyn: 6 p.m. Selwyn will discuss his latest book, “All Children Are All Our Children.” At a time when corporate reformers demand test-based hyper-accountability in public schools, Selwyn reminds us of the broad economic, health and environmental realities that stress students and communities. He argues we must first attend to the well-being of students and communities, and gives specific suggestions for action.

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.

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 series for young children with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson is held on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Millers Falls 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.

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 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, Feb. 16

Short Story Reading: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Local actors provide dramatic readings of short stories by celebrated African-American authors. Free.

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


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

Story Time: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. For preschool children and their caregivers.

Warwick Free Public Library4 Hotel Road, Warwick978-544-7866 Ongoing

Warwick Winter Writing Wednesdays: 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 27. The core of the course, led by Warwick poet Elaine Reardon, is weekly writing exercises and a longer piece of writing. These writings may grow into finished poetry, memoir or flash literature. The focus is poetry, but those who prefer writing prose narrative are also welcome. Work from initial impulse to final edits. Open to all experience levels. Hot tea will be provided. Free. Call the library or email or to register.

Wendell Free Library 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell 978-544-3559 Friday, Feb. 15

Shape Note Singing Workshop: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Shape note singing is a tradition that began in New England and later moved into Appalachia and the deep south. Shapes were used to help people learn to sing in four-part harmony, without the help of a piano. This workshop is the first in a four-part series, but attending all four is not necessary. No experience necessary. Free. Contact Rachel Stevens at with questions.

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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