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Library Lowdown: Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2019

Published: 1/9/2019 3:21:22 PM
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 Lee: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Stories, snacks, crafts, music and movement. For toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers.

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.

Sew What: A drop-in embroidery group for teens ages 13 to 18. Meets in the teen area on the first Saturday of each month. Beginners welcome. Materials provided.

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.

Warrior Writers Writing Workshop: 6 p.m. A workshop for veterans, active service members and military families who have a story to tell, held on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will provide prompts and topics for discussion covering issues and experiences relating to living in a military community, deployment and homecoming of loved ones, relationships, supporting each other, healing and growth. No previous writing or artistic experience is necessary.

Tween/Teen Movie Night: Youth in grades five to 12 are invited to meet in the LeVanway Room on the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for pizza and a movie. Free.

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

Friday, Jan. 11

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

Monday, Jan. 14

Supporting Health with Essential Oils: 6 p.m. Nora Zinan, holistic nurse, shares her natural approach to the use of plant-based essential oils to help the body heal itself. Holistic nursing supports healing the mind, body and spirit in natural ways that complement traditional medicine. Part of a three-workshop series on essential oils. Free.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Movie Night: 5:30 p.m. Screening of a documentary about puppies in training for guide dog school.

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 text books, moldy or abridged books.

Genealogy Gathering: An informal discussion of local family research meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Library. Led by Sarah Campbell.

Mystery Activity: Children and teens ages 8 and up are invited to the Carnegie Library the first Friday of every month from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. for a mystery activity. Possibilities involve crafts, games, science experiments and tech tools.

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.

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.

Whately Public Library 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately413-665-2170

Saturday, Jan. 12

Read to Finn: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mary Ellen Smith, a volunteer from Bright Spot Buddies, will bring her dog, Finn, so children can read to him in a private and cozy spot. The program is designed to help children gain confidence and reduce anxiety about reading. Children are asked to bring a picture book or a couple of pages from a chapter book. For ages 5 and up. There are six slots and a wait list for six names. Register in advance.

Wendell Free Library 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell 978-544-3559

Thursday, Jan. 10

“Deep Community in a Salvadoran Mountain Village”: 6 p.m. Diane Nassif will share photos and stories from her journey to a small mountain village in El Salvador in early 2018. She hopes to encourage attendees to consider the meaning of community and colonialism in today’s world, and to shed light on the impact current immigration policies in the U.S. have on Salvadorans. Free. Snow date of Jan. 24, 6 p.m.

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


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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