Library Lowdown: Feb. 8 to 14, 2018

Wednesday, February 07, 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.

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.

Saturday, 10

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten:, 10 a.m. to noon. A kickoff party for a year-round reading program for children birth to age 5. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with program starting at 11. A special kid’s party with interactive play, author Astrid Scheckels and refreshments.

Monday, 12

“Alice’s Ordinary People”: 6 p.m. Filmmaker Craig Dudnick will show his film about Civil Rights activist Alice Tregay and her work with the Chicago Freedom Movement. In spending time with Tregay and her colleagues, Dudnick was able to record firsthand accounts of historical events — including some important items that the historical texts omitted. Free.

Warrior Writers Workshop: 6 to 8 p.m. Tell your story and share your military experience through writing prompts and exercises. No previous writing history necessary. The group will be facilitated by Eric Wasileski and is open to veterans, active service members, military families and the public. Warrior Writers will meet the second Monday of each month.

Tuesday, 13

Board of Trustees meeting: 5:15 p.m. The monthly meeting of the GPL trustees will be held in the Greenfield Room and is open to the public.

Wednesday, 14

Chess Club: 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Meet up with other chess players. Contact calderrossi@gmail.com with any questions.

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.

Homeschool Science: Hands-on science with Angela or special guest at the Carnegie Library on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Designed for home-schoolers of all ages. Held weekly except for and Feb. 28.

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.

Snow Off the Ave. Contest: When do you think the pile of snow in the Food City parking lot will be gone? The Carnegie Library's annual free contest has returned along with the huge mound of snow across the street. Come into the Carnegie and give your best guess and contact information. One entry per person by Valentine’s Day. Winner will receive a Second St. Bakery Gift Certificate.

Thursday, 8

Millers Falls Valentine Party: 3 to 6:30 p.m A Valentine Party will be held at the Millers Falls Library. Free beading, origami, and valentine making for all ages. Refreshments will be served. Presented by the Millers Falls Community Improvement Association.

Saturday, 10

Children’s Valentine Party: 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free event at the Carnegie Library. Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to make valentine-inspired crafts and cards. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Wednesday, 14

“Reading Aloud for Grownups”: 7 p.m. Two popular readers with extensive theatrical background, Dee Waterman and Richard Trousdell, will be reading together from two different plays, assuming the roles of their characters. Wine, cheese, coffee, tea and desserts will be offered during the program. Free. Snow date for Feb.21. For questions or additional information, call 978-544- 8916.

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.

Tuesday, 13

Electric vehicles: The Future is Now: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (Snow date is Feb. 20). Wondering what the recent talk of electric vehicles (EVs) is all about? Seeing EVs like the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Prius Prime or Tesla buzzing around town or plugged in to a charging station and curious to learn more about them? The workshop is free and open to all, and no registration is required.

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.

Third Thursday Book Discussion: Meets at 6:30 p.m. “Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither” by Sara Baume is the first of six debut novels discussed.

Mystery Book Discussion: Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Check tiltonlibrary.org for titles and to reserve a copy of the book. Open to all.

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

Thursday, 8

Sew Good Thursday: 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m. Introduction to new sewing machine to borrow with Katie Cavacco, M.A. Sustainable Fashion. Bring your sewing questions. Sign up for one or all three sessions at library or by calling.

Saturday, 10

Find Yourself @ Tilton: 3 p.m. Learn the delicate craft of making your own crackers. No sign up needed.

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 daycares 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.