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Library Lowdown: Nov. 8 to Nov. 14, 2018


Wednesday, November 07, 2018
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.

Friday, Nov. 9

Telescope 101: 6 p.m. The library recently acquired a 4.5-inch Orion StarBlast Telescope for patrons to borrow. Two astronomers from the Aldrich Astronomical Society will teach the technique of “star hopping,” an easy way to find what you're looking for in the night sky. Weather permitting, participants will practice outside with at least two telescopes, looking for celestial wonders such as the rings of Saturn, moons of Jupiter, dwarf planets, Orion’s Belt and Horsehead Nebula. For all ages, with space-themed door prizes for children. Free.

Greenfield Public Library 402 Main St., Greenfield 413-772-1544

Ongoing

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 calderrossi@gmail.com with questions. No chess on Oct. 31.

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.

Friday, Nov. 9

“Game On!”: 3 to 4:45 p.m. A video game playing program for youth in middle and high school. Drop in to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch and a variety of board games. Snacks included.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Story Hour: 10 a.m. With Sally Ahearn. Sing songs, listen to stories and make crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Author Talk with Allen Young: 6 p.m. Young will discuss and read from his new autobiography, “Left, Gay and Green: A Writer’s Life.” Having grown up during the 1960s and early ’70s, when political activism was at an all-time high, Young chronicles his life with stories and photographs that reflect his strong social commitment and dedication to making a difference in the world.

Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road, Leverett 413-548-9220

Ongoing

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.

Thursday, Nov. 8

Kelly Norris Reading: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Norris, author of the recently published memoir “Too White: A Journey into the Racial Divide,” will speak on her process of white identity development through her experiences of growing up in an isolated suburb, living in West Africa and joining a community of anti-racist educators.

Montague Public Libraries 413-863-3214

Ongoing

Story Time: Wednesday mornings weekly at 10:15 a.m. at the Carnegie Library. Thematic stories, projects and snacks for young children and caregiver.

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 December.

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.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Monthly Movie: 11 a.m. at Carnegie Library. Screening “Secret of the Wings.”

M.N. Spear Memorial Library10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury413-259-1213Thursday, Nov. 8

Line Dance Lesson: 7 p.m. at the Shutesbury Athletic Club.

New Salem Public Library 23 South Main St., New Salem 978-544-6334Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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. Free.

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

Ongoing

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.

Friends of Tilton Library Arts Auction: Bid on original art and performance tickets in a silent auction during library hours. The closing reception will be Nov. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8

PJ Story Time: 6:30 p.m. Wear your pajamas.

Wendell Free Library7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell978-544-3559Friday, Nov. 9

“Relearning an Ancient Art: Using Animal Tracking to Reconnect with Nature”: 7 p.m. A talk and slideshow presented by naturalists and animal trackers Nick and Valerie Wisniewski, directors of Walnut Hill Tracking and Nature Center since 2003. The program will focus on animal tracking, with additional topics including a multi-year effort investigating sightings of cougars in southern New England and a multi-year study of black bear communicative marking behavior. Free.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Screening of “Timeline”: 7 p.m. A half-hour episode of “Tales of Tomorrow” will precede the film. Part of a monthly series of science fiction/fantasy and horror/monster movies. Free.

Whately Public Library202 Chestnut Plain Road,Whately413-665-2170

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Mobile Sculpture Class: 6 to 8 p.m. Learn to make a mobile. The basic tools and wire will be provided. For ages 13 and up. Free, but sign-up is required. Limited to six students.

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.