Local Library Lowdown for week of Jan. 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 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, Gill413-863-2591Ongoing

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 and open to all.

Greenfield Public Library
402 Main St. 


Children’s Book Writers Group: 6 to 8 p.m. Meets every third Tuesday of the month. A critique group for adults who write for children meets in the LeVanway Room. Nell Wright facilitates the group. Participants will discuss skills, share tips and opportunities for development, and read and discuss their stories.

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.

Open for Business: 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Those looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace are invited to the library’s Greenfield Meeting Room. Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work.

Warrior Writers Workshop: 6 to 8 p.m. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. 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 general public.

Writers’ Lunch: Noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  The Library’s LeVanway Meeting Room will be open for this self-directed free-writing time. Any writer who is looking for a place to work through lunch.  Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part. 

Writers’ Lunch Workshop: This two-hour writing workshop runs on Fridays from noon to 2 pm. 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.

Monday, 15

The library will be closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, 17

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

Leverett Library75 Montague Road, Leverett413-548-9220Ongoing

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 to noon for stories, songs and play with Heleen Cardinaux. Developed for children age 5 and under, but open to all families. Sponsored by the Community Network for Children.

Montague public libraries 413-863-3214ONGOING 

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 Jan.17 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.

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. 

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.

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.

Thursday, 11

Introduction to Fly Fishing: 6:30 p.m. Mike Didonna of Deerfield Fly Shop will present a talk about this popular sport. Free.

Wheeler Memorial Library 
49 East Main St., Orange,


Baby and Me: 10:30 a.m. Mondays. For infants to 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.