Local Library Lowdown for Feb. 1 to 7, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 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 school-age children with their caregivers. Free and open to all.

Greenfield Public Library
402 Main St. 


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 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.

Teen Job Force Development Workshop: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Greenfield Public Library & Youth Career Specialist from the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board present a monthly series focusing on providing job skills to younger teens and tweens. Each month will focus on a different skill including resume writing, job applications, dressing for success, workplace behavior and more through games and fun activities.

GPL Tween/Teen Movie Night: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Teen Librarians Francesca and Steve invite all middle and high school kids on the first Tuesday of each month in the library's LeVanway Meeting room for pizza and a movie! This program is free and open to ages 12 and up.

Friday-Sunday, 2, 3, 4

Instagram Scavenger Hunt: Stop by the library to get the list of Winter Carnival-themed items to snap a shot of and post to Instagram to be in the running for a prize.

Friday, 2

Hot Cocoa and Board Game Social: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Heading downtown to see the ice sculptures? Stop by the library and play one of our many games. Enjoy a cup of cocoa and catch up with friends.

Saturday, 3

Missing Yeti Escape Room:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Search Dr. Hovey’s Cabinet of Curiosities for clues and figure out where the Yeti he supposedly brought back from a Himalayan Expedition in the mid 1800s is hiding. Our first ever escape challenge is open to groups of 4. There’s a 20-minute time limit and it’s first-come, first-served.

Friends of Greenfield Public Library Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join the Friends for a grand book sale featuring plenty of books for your reading and romantic pleasure. All money raised by the Friends of Greenfield Public Library are used to fund programs at the library that are free, and open to the public.

Wednesday, 7

First Wednesday Speaker Series — Pairing Tea with Chocolate: 6 p.m. Danielle Beaudette of the Cozy Tea Cart will present in the LeVanway Room of Greenfield Public Library. Attendees will sample a variety of chocolate-infused teas while getting a brief background on the production of the cocoa bean and the tea plant and their similarities. Limited seating and advance registration required.

Leverett Library75 Montague Road, Leverett, 413-548-9220ONGOING 

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 a.m. to noon for stories, songs and play with Heleen Cardinaux. Developed for children ages 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 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.

Saturday, 27

Lego Club: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carnegie Library. Children of all ages are invited to build and play with the library Legos.

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.

Mystery Book Discussion: Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Check tiltonlibrary.org for titles and to reserve a copy of the book. Open to all.

Find Yourself at Tilton: Saturdays at 3 p.m. A different creative activity each week for adults and children.

Wheeler Memorial Library 
49 East Main St., Orange,


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