May 7th – May 13th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Free Comic Book Day was incredibly fun and we hope you all had a great time of it. And, with the sad news of Modern Myths shutting down at the end of the month we hope you are all ready to head to Comics N’ More for all of your comic book needs! They’re great folks and we hope they can keep their shop open for as long as they possibly can because we like going to comic shops.

You can set up a pull at Comics N’ More and get a really nice discount, which is cool. Comics N’ More has a bunch of good locally-produced and off the beaten path books, too. Which is neat! More people should support more work from a wider variety of folks than just the big two publishers. They’ve got the movies, they’ll be fine. And it’s right in Easthampton, the town that we have on good authority is just as cool as Northampton.

Also the next Nerd Nite is coming up! It’ll be next Monday, so mark your calendars! And if you’re interested in presenting, you should drop us a line by entering your information into this form! Also this time we’ve got some special guests and some special treats! We’re going to have Beerology Beer Trivia! Winners will get Beerology T-Shirts! We’re also going to have the folks from Puzzled Escape Games with one of their mobile games! It’ll be neat! Both of these will be a prod to get you in the dang door before 7:15, you slackers.

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, May 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Palmer Public Library K-12 Art Show Reception
Reception and light refreshments while you gaze upon the wondrous art produced by K-12 folks!
Wednesday, May 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
“A club to talk and create all-things-zine! Meeting at Forbes Library on the second floor in the Arts and Music Department.” We met the organizers and they seemed really nice! You can expect to find a wide range of ages, occupations, and of course Zine Power Levels at this club! So long as you don’t challenge a higher ZPL member to battle the first day it’ll all go smoothly.
Thursday, May 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Drop In Mother’s Day Craft
“Drop in after our regular Thursday morning story-time to make a sweet little something for your favorite lady. We’re celebrating moms, grandmothers, aunts and friends!”
Friday, May 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Student Art Show Reception
See student art! Though really aren’t we all students of art? And all artists students? Can we really say that we have learned all we can from art? Or that art has learned all it can from us? Or that us is art all we can learned? Who’s to say?
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art making from 4pm-7pm! Pay tribute to Mary Bauermeister’s sculptural Eighteen Rows as you assemble your own “pebble painting” playing with tint, shade, and value scale! You can also get a guided tour starting at 6pm and some free refreshments! Go hang out in your great local museum!
Saturday, May 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Paint a Kindness Rock
Paint a rock with a friendly message! Frankly, rocks have been unkind to too many people for too long. Good job starting to make them a little more friendly! You can keep it or leave it at the library for others to see! Free and open to all ages!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Annual Poetry Walk
“The Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk marks the anniversary of the poet’s death (on May 15, 1886) with readings of her poetry at historic sites in Amherst. This spring’s Walk will feature Dickinson’s works inspired by the natural world and the plants she grew in her conservatory at the Homestead, which was restored in 2017.” Head over to the Homestead and toast to a great poet who lived in Amherst a long time ago and by all accounts thought it was alright.

Board Games:

Wednesday, May 9th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday Games: Back Outside!
“It’s finally happened folks! After what felt an endless winter we finally broke through into better warmer weather! And with that, weather permitting, WE ARE BACK OUTSIDE. And what better way to celebrate than with Trees! This week I’ll be featuring Photosynthesis (yes I featured it before but OUTSIDE)! In Photosynthesis, each player is playing a specific species of tree vying for control of the forest. Every round you’ll be throwing out new seeds and growing your trees across the board to get the most sun and keep your opponents in the shade as much as possible.” We tried Photosynthesis a while back and loved it! You should give it a shot too!
Saturday, May 12th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Board games! Nice folks! A good time will be had by all. Bring your favorite game to share with your new friends!

Books:

Tuesday, May 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Book Launch & Reading with Donna Jenson
“Donna Jenson’s new book, Healing My Life from Incest to Joy, focuses not on the details of the author’s abuse, but on the steps she took to build a life of meaning. It’s a detailed account of what helped Jenson, how and why she came to learn new tools for introspection, storytelling, and growth, and where any person could find them. Jenson doesn’t pretend to speak on behalf of all survivors, but she clearly speaks to all survivors. In her readings she helps audiences face the taboo subject of sexual exploitation with an open dialogue; creating a safe space, a space where all can stay open to the possibility of healing, for one’s self, for people we care about, for whole communities.”
Wednesday, May 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jason Sokol, The Heavens Might Crack
“A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King’s death and legacy in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. At the time of his murder, King was a polarizing figure–scorned by many white Americans, worshiped by some African Americans and liberal whites, and deemed irrelevant by many black youth. In The Heavens Might Crack, historian Jason Sokol traces the diverse responses, both in America and throughout the world, to King’s death. Whether celebrating or mourning, most agreed that the final flicker of hope for a multiracial America had been extinguished.” Learn more about an important and tragic moment in US history.
Thursday, May 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, The Map of Salt and Stars
“This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart–a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker–places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.” This sounds like a neat book to read!
Saturday, May 12th
Montessori School of Northampton [51 Bates St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
What If… Book Launch with Mike Curato & Samantha Berger at We Need Diverse Books Book Fair!
“Mike Curato and Samantha Berger will kick off their book tour with a first event at the Montessori School of Northampton. In addition to their books, the Odyssey will be bringing books by other authors for the We Need Diverse Book Book Fair. Come for the books and authors, stay for playtime and games on MSN’s wonderful playground!” Adorable and fun! A great chance to meet your favorite authors and have fun playing.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends Book Sale
A book sale for friends of the library put on by friends of the library! A delightful day!

Comics:

Thursday, May 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“We’ll discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will be artist’s supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists, this meeting will run from 3:30 to 4:15.” A delightful excuse to talk about comics. We just got a collection of old Mister Miracle stories and dang if we don’t think that Jack Kirby might be good at making comic books. Remember to head to Comics N’ More in Easthampton for all of your comic-buying needs!

Community:

Tuesday, May 8th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Designing a Suburban Permaculture Homestead
Join Ashley Schenk of Broadfork Permaculture to learn how to live simply and in community with others in order to become a steward of the land! Learn how the permaculture design process can help make a single suburban acre into something more than a bunch of horrible lawn. Seriously, lawns are the worst, and boring! Make a tiny farm or whatever, at least it’ll be interesting.

Computers:

Monday, May 7th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. Who is Hack for Western Mass? We are developers, UX designers, design thinkers, graphic designers, data scientists, project managers, NGO leaders, hackers, and others who want to be active in our community.” Go do something useful with all that computer tinkering beside playing (pause for SEO maximization…) FORTNITE!

Entertainment:

Monday, May 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Conversation with Author Series: Jana Millbocker – The Garden Tourist
The Garden Tourist is a travel guide for weekend gardeners, landscape professionals, and vacation travelers that comes packed with 665 color photos, regional maps, and all the information you need to find some cool as hell gardens and walk around in them! Jana Millbocker is an avid gardener, lecturer, and writer, and she’s going to be able to tell you a lot about extremely beautiful gardening.
Tuesday, May 8th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
TALK | “People of the Picture Book:” The Invention of Childhood, with Ilan Stavans
“The second lecture surveys the parallel rise of psychoanalysis and the comic-strip industry in the twentieth century as the background against which Jewish children’s book classics like Curious George, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerged.” The Very Hungry Caterpillar sounds familiar, but we can’t place it. Was that written by someone in … the Unhappy Mountains?
Wednesday, May 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching a bit of Children of the Whales right now. It’s neat! It’s very pretty.

Kids:

Monday, May 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
“Join us for May’s Minecraft Club meeting. Sign up at the Children’s Desk, or by calling 587-1010. Space for library laptops is limited. Let us know if you’ll be using a library laptop or bringing your own device!” Play Minecraft with some friends!
Tuesday, May 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Play with LEGO! Have fun! Ages 5 and up!
Wednesday, May 9th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Lost Sock Memorial Day
“Join us to mourn the loss of our sock to the dark hole that is the washing machine, the space under the bed, and the crack behind that dresser. We will honor our socks by finding new uses for a single, lonely sock. Socks will be provided, unless you want to bring your lonely sock. Please register for this program! For ages 12-18 CONTACT: Olivia Eberli, oeberli@westath.org”
Saturday, May 12th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Laundry Day
“Learn about how people washed their clothes long ago with Dennis Picard, a local historian. Kids will have a chance to use washboards, ringers, and other old fashioned equipment, then hang the clothes to dry. Bring your own piece of clothing to wash. Ages: 5-13 years old. Registration required and space is limited. CONTACT: Sarah Scott 413-562-6158 x5 sscott@westath.org” A spectacular way to trick your children into doing chores for you!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Aaron Becker
“Join Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker as he reads from A Stone for Sascha, his first picture book following the conclusion of his best-selling Journey trilogy, and talks about his creative process.” WARNING: SAD STORY ABOUT DOG. We’re sure it’s good, just go in with both eyes open.
Sunday, May 13th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Samantha Berger and Mike Curato
“Creativity, imagination, self-expression, and the resilience of the human spirit are celebrated in What If…, a picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends Samantha Berger and Mike Curato. Join Samantha and Mike for a special story-time followed by a found objects studio art project inspired by the mixed media illustrations in their new book.” Being described as ‘real-life best friends’ is pretty great.

Movies:

Monday, May 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Teen Movie: Pitch Perfect 3
Pitch Perfect 3 is a movie that 100% represents the actual life experiences of any person who chooses to join acapella in any capacity. It’s a wild ride, so be sure to think about how much excitement you’re willing to endure before signing up for that school club!
Wednesday, May 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Disturbing the Peace
“Resistance Film Series of the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars. Free and accessible. Discussion follows. Disturbing the Peace follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian armed fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” The film reveals their transformation journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace.” A worthwhile thing to learn about, we think.
Sunday, May 13th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “The Women’s Balcony”
“An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.” Sounds like a good time at the movies, in Hebrew with English subtitles! Students | $4, Member | $6, GA | $8!

RPGs:

Wednesday, May 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Saturday, May 12th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
The big old standard one! The RPG with swords and shields and dragons and dungeons! It’s fun and you can play it with pals!

Science:

Thursday, May 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Hummingbirds of the World
“Join us for “Hummingbirds of the World”, a presentation by naturalist John Root, which features spectacular images of hummingbirds from around the world. Topics discussed include myths and legends about hummingbirds in different cultures, special adaptations for flight, co-evolution of hummingbirds and the flowers that they visit, courtship and nesting behavior, and migration.” Hummingbirds NOT of this world will not be discussed. Not after what happened last time…
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Super Soils: Why Dirt is Key to a Greener Planet
Soil! The wonder-material that makes life possible! A teaspoon can contain a billion teeny cells, and soils can contain enormous amounts of carbon that would otherwise be in the atmosphere! A panel of grad students will welcome you to the wonderful world of soil and let you in on the mysteries that thereby abound! Snacks and drinks are available!

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