Library Lowdown: Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, 2019

Published: 1/30/2019 5:39:00 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Better Angels Skills Workshop: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Are you experiencing stress with family members or friends because you are politically divided? Learn how to have respectful conversations that clarify differences, look for common ground and affirm the importance of relationships. Workshop led by Bernardston resident Susan Hackney, an interpersonal communications trainer and conflict coach with The Mediation & Training Collaborative. Limited to 12 participants. Free, but advance registration is required.

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 trucks.

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.

Friday, Feb. 1

Hot Chocolate and Board Game Social: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Play areas will be set up throughout the main floor.

Downtown Poetry Walk: All day Friday through Sunday. Stop by the library or look online for a map of the first-ever Winter Carnival-themed poetry walk. A dozen poems will be posted around town.

Instagram Winter Carnival Scavenger Hunt: Find the items on the scavenger hunt list, take a picture and post it on Instagram. Everyone who plays wins a prize. The list will be posted online and will be available at 10 a.m. Friday morning. Continues through Sunday.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the library basement. More than 9,000 books are alphabetized and categorized for easy searching. Volunteers are also available for assistance. Hardcovers are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Fill a shopping bag full of books in the special bargain section for $2. A large selection of children’s books, CDs and DVDs are also available.

Monday, Feb. 4

Warrior Writers Writing Workshop: 6 p.m. A workshop for veterans, active service members and military families who have a story to tell. 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. Meets the first Monday of each month.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Tween/Teen Movie Night: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the LeVanway Room. Open to youth in grades five through 12. Held on the first Tuesday of each month. Pizza provided. Free.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

First Wednesday Speaker Series: 6 p.m. in the LeVanway Room. Katie Korby of Real Pickles will introduce basic pickling techniques and the fermentation process. Real Pickles works to promote human and ecological health with delicious and nourishing food. Free.

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.

Friday, Feb. 1

First Friday Mystery Activity: 3:30 p.m. You won’t know what you’re doing until you get to the Carnegie Library. Possibilities include crafts, science experiments and experimenting with tech-tools. For children ages 8 and up.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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


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.

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

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 978-544-3559Saturday, Feb. 2

Screening of “Tremors”: 7:30 p.m. A half-hour episode of “Fireball XL5” will precede the film. Part of a monthly series of science fiction/fantasy and horror/monster movies. 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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