Library Lowdown: March 14 to March 20, 2019

Published: 3/13/2019 4:05:20 PM
Buckland Public Library30 Upper St., Buckland 413-625-9412 Ongoing

Buckland Fiber Friends: 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room. Wednesdays. Knit, spin, weave, felt, sew and crochet. Share yarn, tools, ideas and camaraderie. For more information: or 413-489-3196.

Bridge Club: 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Open to beginners.

Coffee and Conversation: 9 a.m. each Saturday. The library provides coffee, doughnuts and the day’s newspapers; you provide the conversation.

Thursday, March 14

Thursday Afternoon Book Club: 4 p.m. This month’s book is “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. Copies are available at the library in regular and large print, as well as on audiobooks.

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.

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.

Saturday, March 16

Makerspace Workshop: 10:30 a.m. to noon. Suggested for ages 8 to 12, this activity will feature virtual reality and robotics equipment.

Monday, March 18

Raina Telgemeier Fan Club: 4 to 5 p.m. Intended for youth in grades four through seven, 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. This month, read the graphic novel, “Real Friends.” Bring a friend, take a friendship quiz and make friendship bracelets. Drop-ins are welcome. No registration is necessary.

WordPress 101: 6 p.m. Bring your WordPress problems to this Q&A session with John Paganetti, who has been designing WordPress websites since 2006. Both general questions and specific issues are welcome. Expect troubleshooting on the big screen so everyone can follow along and learn.

Tuesday, March 19

“Stranger than Fiction” Screening: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20

“Swipe Left on Your Inner Critic: 5 Techniques for Quieting the Voice of Unhelpful Judgement”: 6 p.m. Through wise and wise-cracking stories and easy-to-do, interactive exercises, Happier Valley Comedy President and Founder Pam Victor will provide practical and immediately applicable techniques for disempowering the inner critic, so you can better reach your full potential and live with more joy and ease.

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.

Sunday, March 17

K-9 Trackers: 2 to 3 p.m. With Montague Police Officer James Ruddock and K-9 Artie.

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.

Tuesday, March 19

Yoga Series for Preschoolers: 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Carnegie Library. Preschool-age children and their caregivers are invited to join local yoga instructor Jackie Howard for a fun, three-part series.

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.

Monday, March 18

Book Discussion: 7 p.m. A discussion of “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel, as part of “Libraries in the Woods: A Community Read.”

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, March 16

Music & Movement: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Children up to age 5 and their caregivers will make music, appreciate music and dance to music each Saturday in March. Free.

Wednesday, March 20

“A History of the Book: The Early Years”: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join Professor Debbie Felton of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Department of Classics for a look into the earliest beginnings of the book. 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.

Wendell Free Library7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell978-544-3559Friday, March 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 third 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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