Events in the next month

Title:Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann in the Reference Room Computer Area.

Title:Unemployment Insurance (UI) Online Assistance:
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:9:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Walk-in assistance; first-come, first-served.

Hampshire County residents only.

Please see Mary Ann in the Reference Room Computer Area (see sign) for assistance.

Title:Storytime
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:10:30am - 11:00am
Presenter:Ellie Dole
Location:Children's Department
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Storytime with Ellie

Join Ellie for storytime on Monday mornings at 10:30. 

Title:Baby Storytime
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:11:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Kat Janeczek/Ralph Holley
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us to read books, sing songs, play with puppets and toys, and meet other babies and caregivers! The first 20 minutes are storytime, followed by 40 minutes of free play with toys. For children ages 0-18 months. 

Title:Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann on the Mezzanine level.

Title:Unemployment Insurance (UI) Online Assistance (by appointment)
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:1:15pm - 3:30pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann on the Mezzanine level to check in.

 

For afternoon appointments, please call the Greenfield Career Center: 413-774-4361, by Thursday of the preceding week.

Title:Writing Your Life: A Four-Week Workshop
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

What's your story? In this encouraging, non-judgmental workshop, create a written record for yourself, for loved ones, or for publication. With fun prompts, inspiring reading selections, and some simple tips, you'll learn how to transform personal or family history into compelling stories. Class format: Short warm-up/group discussion, followed by 45 to 60 minutes of writing time, followed by optional sharing of work. 

Workshop Leader: Debra Jo Immergut (www.evergoodworkshop.com) is a published author of two books and a veteran journalist and editor. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and taught writing at University of Maryland and University of Iowa.

Please register: Email dimmergut at gmail dot com

Title:Second Monday Book Discussion: My Brilliant Friend
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

We'll be reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

 

A rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

The first in a tetralogy, this is a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight fans and win new readers.

 

Literary minded discussion. Open to new members.

Title:Far Out Film Discussion : Fanny and Alexander
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 9:00pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Book Discussions, One-Time Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it.

(We will not be screening the film at the program.)

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Our next movie is 1982's Fanny and Alexander, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman.

View the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkszXVEUHco

Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept.

Join us in the Community Room on Monday December 11th at 7:00pm to discuss the film!

Title:Poetry Discussion Group
Date:Monday, December 11, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Naila Moreira
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, Poetry, Recurring Events
Description:

This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. 

Every Monday, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. Copies of the poems are provided for each participant.  No prior reading or preparation required.

7 pm in the Calvin Coolidge Museum on the second floor of the Forbes Library!  

Full Schedule

Schedule may be subject to change. Updates will be posted here.

December 11 – Participants’ Reading

Title:Ancient Greek Language Study Group
Date:Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Nicolas Gross
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Language, Recurring Events
Description:

Weekly gathering to study the Ancient Greek Language with retired professor, Nicolas Gross. Study based on Athenaze Book 1 [2nd edition] (eds.) Maurice Balme  & Gilbert Lawall (ISBN 0-19-514956-4.) For more information contact nicolaspgross at gmail.com

Title:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Reference Department
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Adult Events, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Do you need a little help using a computer? Are you having trouble getting started? Did you run into a sticky problem? Do you want to get an email account? Are you looking for a better way to format a document?

Come to a drop-in computer help session! Bring your wireless laptop, or use one of the library's computers to have your questions answered by a knowledgeable volunteer.

Title:LEGO Club
Date:Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Ralph Holley
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Come enjoy a fun afternoon playing with LEGOs! For ages 5 and up.

Title:Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann in the Reference Room Computer Area.

Title:Dharma Gentle Yoga
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:9:30am - 10:45am
Presenter:Vickie Healy
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:

Dharma Gentle is a weekly yoga class.  No yoga experience is required, but participants must be able to get up and down from the floor independently. Drop-ins are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and blocks, if you have them.  Limited supplies are available.  Please come at least 15 minutes early if you are dropping in, to complete registration forms.

This gentle, yoga class is appropriate for all who wish to add the healing qualities of yoga to their lives. We move the body through the classical poses very slowly, gently and conscientiously. Rests are taken between poses as the body moves towards inner introspection on a physical and meditative level. This class is highly beneficial for those who are ready to return to physical activity after an illness or injury, or for those who have not moved much in a long time. Everyone will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Your teacher, Vickie Healy is a registered Dharma Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Certification. She is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years of nursing experience.  Vickie believes that practicing yoga is a powerful way to increase health and longevity.

The Dharma Gentle Class was designed by Sri Dharma Mittra who founded one of the early independent schools of Yoga in New York City in 1975.  He is the author of the world-renowned masterpiece, The Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures.  For more information about Dharma Yoga go to http://www.dharmayogacenter.com.

This course is free of charge.  Nominal donations of up to $5 accepted.

Contact: Vickie Healy, RN, BSN, RYT at Vickie@VickieHealyRN.com

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 am-12:30 pm in the Watson Room, join fellow writers for companionable writing time. The Writing Room is ongoing throughout the year.

How the Writing Room Works: each session opens at 9:30 sharp with brief hellos, followed by the pleasure of getting work done in the company of others. Some writers work in other parts of the library, then join us at 11:45 to check in about how the work went and make announcements. At (roughly) 12, anyone who wishes to read for the group does briefly, without critique or spoken response. We're done by 12:30.

There are writing prompts on the table for those who like to use them. There are four hour parking meters in the back of the lot. Consider bringing a sweater. Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session.

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Sarah Johnson
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Stories, song, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddlers and caregivers.

Title:Career Center Seminar
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Community Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Participants must register by calling the Greenfield Career Center: 413-774-4361.

Title:Drop-in Chess
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:


Drop in for part or all of these casual chess meets. All experience levels welcome.  Please bring your own set if you have one. Every Wednesday from 1-3 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Title:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Reference Department
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Adult Events, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Do you need a little help using a computer? Are you having trouble getting started? Did you run into a sticky problem? Do you want to get an email account? Are you looking for a better way to format a document?

Come to a drop-in computer help session! Bring your wireless laptop, or use one of the library's computers to have your questions answered by a knowledgeable volunteer.

Title:Film: The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Northampton Committee to Stop War
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Film, One-Time Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Resistance Film Series of the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars

2nd and 4th Wednesdays film series. Free and accessible. Discussion follows.

Wednesday, December 13

The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs

Catholic nuns and priests with other anti-nuclear activists, challenge the security and legality of America's nuclear weapons when they break into the "Fort Knox" of uranium and a Trident nuclear submarine base.The military base in Bangor, Washington, is where country's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons are stored.

The protesters brought bolt cutters and entered the “secured” facility, walked around, and got very close to the nuclear weapons. Symbolically, they poured blood as they prayed and asked for an end to all nuclear weapons. In the film, the Bangor Five talk about their motivation for trespassing on the base, and what they hoped to accomplish by their so-called crimes. All were arrested at gunpoint, forced to lie on the ground for hours, jailed, and later charged. The film covers their trial, convictions and sentencing. All five were given federal prison terms. 

More than 25 years after the end of the end of the Cold War nuclear weapons are once again at the center of world attention. The ongoing North Korean crisis coupled with the uncertain future of the Iran nuclear deal have heightened tensions surrounding the world’s 15,000 nuclear weapons. This documentary profiles people on the frontlines of the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons, and chronicles diplomatic efforts at the United Nations to prohibit the use or threat of use of these weapons of mass destruction. As talk of nuclear war escalates daily, it is a must-see. 

The film also shows footage of the recent United Nations vote on an international nuclear ban.

Title:Forbes Library Zine Club
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:Arts and Music Department
Categories:Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, Recurring Events, Teen Events, Writing
Description:

A club to talk and create all-things-zine! Meeting at Forbes Library on the second floor in the Arts and Music Department.

Title:Celebration of Local Authors (The Modern Real and Surreal)
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:45pm
Presenter:Naila Moreira
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, Author Events, One-Time Events, Recurring Events, Writer in Residence
Description:

  • Kelly Link, author, Get in Trouble
  • Mira Bartok, novelist, The Wonderling
  • Ruth Lehrer, novelist, Being Fishkill

 American Sign Language Interpreters Communication Access Provided for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Community

Where the Real and the Surreal Meet

The Modern Real and Surreal: Writers and Artists on Our Age, is the Forbes Library’s author reading series. Now in its third season, the series explores contemporary themes on the premise that libraries offer vibrant spaces to engage with and explore our era’s most pressing questions – questions that in their surprises and contradictions can be understood through either a realistic lens or through fantasy, science fiction and the surreal. The series invites the community to join us in examining how story and art can provide empathy and insight in our accelerating world.

The series features writers in genres ranging from fiction to nonfiction to poetry. The role of the image in conveying literary themes will be explored, too, in events on comics & graphic novels, film and screenwriting, and nature word-and-image pairings. Current issues from our political and social milieu will also form an important backbone as these authors share from their fine work.

Title:Nature and Environment Book Club: Lab Girl
Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:


This month's book discussion will be about Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

 

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world
 
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. 

Lab Girl
 is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.


Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home. 

Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.

 

The Nature and Environment Book Club is devoted to the best of nature writing and environmental reporting with discussions on the second Wednesday of each month. Readers and writers interested in books ranging from such classics as Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to topical reportage like Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction will want to join the conversation.

Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the library. 

Title:Job Readiness Workshop - Writing Effective Cover Letters
Date:Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time:1:15pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Community Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Get tips on how to effectively introduce yourself to an employer, target employer needs, and demonstrate your ability to perform a job.

Participants must register by calling the Greenfield Career Center: 413-774-4361.

Title:Trustees of Forbes Library
Date:Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time:4:00pm - 5:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Trustees of Forbes Library
Description:

Monthly meeting of the Trustees of Forbes Library. Open to the public.

Trustees Agenda

1. Bills and Warrants 
2. Public Comment
3. Secretary’s Report of November 21
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Department Report - Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum and Special Collections, Julie Bartlett Nelson
6. Administrative Report  
7. Friends of Forbes 
8. Next Meetings 
a. Trustees: January Date To Be Set
b. FOF Meeting: Wednesday, January 3 at 6:30 PM
c. CCPLM Advisory Board, March 5 and June 4 at 4 PM
9. Communications 
None this month
10. Financial Report
None this month
11. Action Items
a. Hampshire Room Research Table
b. Director Evaluation
c. Career Center Access Point
d. Friends Membership Solicitation
12. Informational Items  
a. Smith Collaborations (Lisa Downing)
b. HVAC Project Update (Lisa Downing)
c. Coolidge Advisory Committee Charge Review (Lisa Downing)
d. Library Legislative Breakfast  (Lisa Downing)
e. Bike Share Station (Molly Moss)
f. Harassment Policy (Lisa Downing)
g. Community Engagement (Molly Moss)
h. Reports on workshops/meetings/activities  
i. Outreach Delivery Service Annual Volunteer Meeting (Lisa Downing)
ii. CCPLM Advisory Board
 
13. Miscellaneous
a. Events Calendar
b. Press Cuttings

Past meeting minutes and additional information is available on the Trustees website.

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Friday, December 15, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Ralph/Kat
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Stories, song, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddlers and caregivers.

Title:Afternoon Book Discussion: Between The World and Me
Date:Friday, December 15, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

This month's discussion will be about

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

The Afternoon Book Discussion group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month in the Watson Room for a casual hour long discussion. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices with a sprinkling of non-fiction, young adult, and classics with an emphasis on books appealing to an ecclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion.  Pre-registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Tea and light refreshments are served. 

Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk. 

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30-12:30 in the Watson Room, join fellow writers for some companionable writing time. The Writing Room is ongoing throughout the year.

How the Writing Room Works: Each session opens at 9:30 sharp with brief hellos, followed by the pleasure of getting work done in the company of others. Some writers work in other parts of the library, then join us at 11:45 to check in about how the work went and make announcements. At (roughly) 12, anyone who wishes to read for the group does briefly, without critique or spoken response. We're done by 12:30. There are writing prompts on the table for those who like to use them. There are four hour parking meters in the back of the lot. Consider bringing a sweater. Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session.

Title:AEIOUkes
Date:Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time:10:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:AEIOUkes
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Music Participation, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

AEIOUkesAEIOUkes is a community ukulele club. We meet regularly to sing together and  to improve our playing,  and we occasionally have opportunities to  play in public.  The group has been meeting for several years and over the past year has expanded to include Saturday morning practices.  We are comprised of ukulele enthusiasts with all levels of playing experience, including beginners, and we always welcome new members to play, sing, or just watch and  listen.

 

Photo by Dale Ruff.

Title:Support Group for the Visually Impaired
Date:Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time:12:45pm - 2:45pm
Presenter:Sandra Padernacht
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events
Description:

This meeting is primarily for people who are blind or visually impaired. Family and friends of participants may also attend. We will share information on subjects that pertain to our vision loss and well being in a supportive environment.

Title:Doctor Who Club
Date:Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:30pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Children's Events, Film, One-Time Events
Description:

Like watching Doctor Who with nice people? If so, stop by the Forbes Library Doctor Who Club! All are welcome.

Questions? Contact Jason: junglejasonjr<at>gmail<dot>com.

 

 

Title:Spanish Conversation Group
Date:Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Language, Recurring Events
Description:

The region's liveliest Spanish conversation group is opening up its fall season and accepting new participants. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere in weekly Saturday sessions at the Forbes Library's Watson Room. Sessions (which start promptly) are from 3-4:30 PM and include conversation, creative writing, storytelling, grammar and small group chats of 2 to 3. Room holds 15 people, with priority given to established participants, who keep returning enthusiastically. 
Since the room door will close at 3:15, we ask people to arrive at 3 pm to avoid interruptions For more info, email silmar7@juno.com or Pat Rector at pat.rector@gmail.com or simply show up at a session and give it a try.
This term goes from Sept. 9 to Dec. 16.

Grupo de conversación español gratis donde se puede mejorar o practicar tu fluidez con la lengua. Es un grupo de inmersión. Por eso, vamos a usar solamente español por la hora y media. Ven para una manera divertida a mejorar tu nivel de español.

Title:Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann in the Reference Room Computer Area.

Title:Unemployment Insurance (UI) Online Assistance:
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:9:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Walk-in assistance; first-come, first-served.

Hampshire County residents only.

Please see Mary Ann in the Reference Room Computer Area (see sign) for assistance.

Title:CANCELLED today- Storytime
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:10:30am - 11:00am
Presenter:Ellie Dole
Location:Children's Department
Categories:Cancelled, Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

 

Storytime with Ellie is cancelled on December 18th

Storytime with Ellie

Join Ellie for storytime on Monday mornings at 10:30. 

Title:Baby Storytime
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:11:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Kat Janeczek/Ralph Holley
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us to read books, sing songs, play with puppets and toys, and meet other babies and caregivers! The first 20 minutes are storytime, followed by 40 minutes of free play with toys. For children ages 0-18 months. 

Title:Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann on the Mezzanine level.

Title:Unemployment Insurance (UI) Online Assistance (by appointment)
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:1:15pm - 3:30pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann on the Mezzanine level to check in.

 

For afternoon appointments, please call the Greenfield Career Center: 413-774-4361, by Thursday of the preceding week.

Title:Writing Your Life: A Four-Week Workshop
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

What's your story? In this encouraging, non-judgmental workshop, create a written record for yourself, for loved ones, or for publication. With fun prompts, inspiring reading selections, and some simple tips, you'll learn how to transform personal or family history into compelling stories. Class format: Short warm-up/group discussion, followed by 45 to 60 minutes of writing time, followed by optional sharing of work. 

Workshop Leader: Debra Jo Immergut (www.evergoodworkshop.com) is a published author of two books and a veteran journalist and editor. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and taught writing at University of Maryland and University of Iowa.

Please register: Email dimmergut at gmail dot com

Title:Emotional Self Care and Well Being (during the Holidays and always)
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:
Intention Setting for Empowered Transformation
 
Have you ever felt stuck in old patterns in relationship with yourself or your loved ones? That no matter how hard you try to change yourself - or the other - the old ways of being and relating keep creating the same reality. One that you’d really like to grow beyond.
 
The holidays are a great time to set a clear intention for yourself and your relationships. More that setting a goal, which is about will - I will not over eat, I will not be reactive, I will be more more kind, I will take time out for self care, I will not argue with Uncle Bill - (you get the idea)
 
Intention setting is a powerful tool for transformation. 
For yourself, and for healthy wholesome relationships.
 
We’ll learn the 3 components of setting a clear and powerful intention, one that is a call to rise beyond the you you’ve known yourself to be and is aligned with the future you wish to create.
 
Join Eileen in supporting your relational health and well being through setting a clear intention that will empower you through the holidays and into your most amazing life!
 
Kindly RSVP to eileen@EileenJagerCoaching.com
Share the love, bring a friend! Doors open at 5:20, we’ll begin at 5:30.
 
Eileen Jager is a Transformative Relationship Coach. Dual credentialed in Conscious Uncoupling™ and Calling In “The One”™ and a certified practitioner of Interior Alignment Feng Shui. Longtime Easthampton resident and artist, she brings beauty and balance to life.
Title:Great Books Discussion: The Crying of Lot 49
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location:Community Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

 The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

A classic satire of modern America, about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in what would appear to be an international conspiracy.

When her ex-lover, wealthy real-estate tycoon Pierce Inverarity dies and designates her the co-executor of his estate, California housewife Oedipa Mass is thrust into a paranoid mystery of metaphors, symbols, and the United States Postal Service. Traveling across Southern California, she meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not-inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.

 

About Great Books Discussion Style

The Great Books discussion is structured so that the evening’s selected reading is discussed in a think tank environment with the intention of gaining insight from other readers that one would not have by reading alone. The seminar facilitator asks questions of the participants about the reading selection and helps the discussion stay focused. Our main goal is to have fun and take many interpretations from the group in order to enjoy a greater understanding of a selected reading.

Discussions are open to everyone and free of charge.  For a list of past and future discussion books and to contact the group visit, http://mail.salticid.com/mailman/listinfo/forbes_great_books_salticid.com.

About the facilitator:

Hilary Caws-Elwitt has her BA in English & American Literature from Harvard, MLS from University of Arizona, and ran Susquehanna County Reads for its first 4 years. But mostly she loves reading and discussing the books!

Title:Mystery Book Discussion: A Plague of Secrets
Date:Monday, December 18, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

This month we'll be discussing A Plague of Secrets by John Lescroart

When high-grade marijuana is found on a coffee-shop manager murdered in San Francisco, it suggests that the shop's owner, Maya Townshend, may be behind more than a caffeine fix. But when another murder exposes a drug-buying A-list celebrity and political clientele, a tabloid-fueled controversy takes the investigation into the realms of conspiracy and cover up.

 

The Mystery Book Discussion Group meets monthly at the library for a casual discussion. New members are always welcome. Pick up a copy of this month's discussion book at the library.

Title:Workforce Information & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Information Session
Date:Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Time:1:15pm - 2:15pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Community Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Learn about job search assistance, career counseling, and possible training programs.

Those laid off, income eligible, or receiving public assistance, may qualify for additional services through WIOA and other programs.

Participants must register by calling the Greenfield Career Center: 413-774-4361.

Title:Ancient Greek Language Study Group
Date:Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Nicolas Gross
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Language, Recurring Events
Description:

Weekly gathering to study the Ancient Greek Language with retired professor, Nicolas Gross. Study based on Athenaze Book 1 [2nd edition] (eds.) Maurice Balme  & Gilbert Lawall (ISBN 0-19-514956-4.) For more information contact nicolaspgross at gmail.com

Title:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Reference Department
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Adult Events, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Do you need a little help using a computer? Are you having trouble getting started? Did you run into a sticky problem? Do you want to get an email account? Are you looking for a better way to format a document?

Come to a drop-in computer help session! Bring your wireless laptop, or use one of the library's computers to have your questions answered by a knowledgeable volunteer.

Title:LEGO Club
Date:Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Ralph Holley
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Come enjoy a fun afternoon playing with LEGOs! For ages 5 and up.

Title:Dharma Gentle Yoga
Date:Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time:9:30am - 10:45am
Presenter:Vickie Healy
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:

Dharma Gentle is a weekly yoga class.  No yoga experience is required, but participants must be able to get up and down from the floor independently. Drop-ins are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and blocks, if you have them.  Limited supplies are available.  Please come at least 15 minutes early if you are dropping in, to complete registration forms.

This gentle, yoga class is appropriate for all who wish to add the healing qualities of yoga to their lives. We move the body through the classical poses very slowly, gently and conscientiously. Rests are taken between poses as the body moves towards inner introspection on a physical and meditative level. This class is highly beneficial for those who are ready to return to physical activity after an illness or injury, or for those who have not moved much in a long time. Everyone will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Your teacher, Vickie Healy is a registered Dharma Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Certification. She is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years of nursing experience.  Vickie believes that practicing yoga is a powerful way to increase health and longevity.

The Dharma Gentle Class was designed by Sri Dharma Mittra who founded one of the early independent schools of Yoga in New York City in 1975.  He is the author of the world-renowned masterpiece, The Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures.  For more information about Dharma Yoga go to http://www.dharmayogacenter.com.

This course is free of charge.  Nominal donations of up to $5 accepted.

Contact: Vickie Healy, RN, BSN, RYT at Vickie@VickieHealyRN.com

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 am-12:30 pm in the Watson Room, join fellow writers for companionable writing time. The Writing Room is ongoing throughout the year.

How the Writing Room Works: each session opens at 9:30 sharp with brief hellos, followed by the pleasure of getting work done in the company of others. Some writers work in other parts of the library, then join us at 11:45 to check in about how the work went and make announcements. At (roughly) 12, anyone who wishes to read for the group does briefly, without critique or spoken response. We're done by 12:30.

There are writing prompts on the table for those who like to use them. There are four hour parking meters in the back of the lot. Consider bringing a sweater. Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session.

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Sarah Johnson
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Stories, song, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddlers and caregivers.