August 20th – August 26th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

Ooooh you’d better have already registered to vote we swear to goodness. If not, it isn’t too late to get set for the November 6th election! Do it now,  now!

Other than that the big news is that we’ve been playing Dead Cells and it’s fun, so try Dead Cells! Also interesting, the studio that made it – Motion Twin – is an Anarcho-Syndicalist cooperative that pays every employee the exact same wage. That’s a very smart way to arrange yourself if you find you’d like to be a corporate entity we think.

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!



Tuesday, August 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tween and Teen Graphic Novel Series
“Join library assistant and published graphic novel author Steve Murphy for this 3 part series: Class 1 (July 9) — attendees will make a mini-comic book story out of a single sheet of paper; they will also design the main characters to their story. Class 2 (July 31) — the mini-comics will be enlarged and expanded into a lengthier comic book format; character design and development will finish up. Class 3 (August 21) — time to draw and write your comic book! Each session will include free drawing and GN discussion time:”
Wednesday, August 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Make a zine about your favorite songs! Make a zine about your favorite authors! Make a zine about your favorite zines! Then, get someone else to make a zine about their favorite zines about favorite zines and include your zine.
Thursday, August 23rd
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Friday, August 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Visiting Artist Series: Recycled Paper Chickens
Learn how an artist works, and collaborate on an art project! Make some recycled paper chickens, and watch a really good recycled paper chicken get made by a local artist!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Free Fun Friday at SCMA
A Packed Schedule! “~ Self-guided activities available all day ~ Little Trúc food truck 11am–3pm ~Ask the Curator in the exhibition “体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia” 12pm ~ Crooked Stick Pops 1:30-3:30pm ~ Mountain River Taiko drum performance 2:30–3:30 pm”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Fun Friday at the Emily Dickinson Museum
“The Emily Dickinson Museum consists of 3 acres, 2 historic houses—the Homestead, where the poet was born and lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, the home of the poet’s brother—and the story of 1 exceptional poet! During self-guided tours, knowledgeable guides are on hand to answer your questions.”

Board Games:

Friday, August 24th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Local Game Developer Night
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers attempting to make great games! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know. All developers pay a $5 table fee for displaying their game. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom.”


Monday, August 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Talk: Al Norman
“The Greenfield Public library is pleased to present Albert Norman reading from Ravings: American Wild Talk, his new book of short stories in the LeVanway Room on Monday August 20 at 6pm. Ravings tells nineteen stories about the ravings of wild Americans, from the 1700s until today–all based on real events.”
Tuesday, August 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Thursday, August 23rd
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Hugo Award Nominated Short Fiction & Dinner
“For our August science fiction book discussion, we’re going to read the short stories and novelettes that were nominated as finalists for the Hugo Awards this year.”
Sunday, August 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Active Citizens Book Group Reads The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
“Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history.”


Wednesday, August 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Share Your Sight Training / Information about programs offered
“Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired confident living with vision loss. SHARE YOUR SIGHT! Volunteer to read, shop or walk with a blind or visually impaired person in your area. Volunteer partnerships allow people to remain as independent as possible in their homes. No special skills needed; flexible schedule (volunteer during the day, evening or weekend); six-month commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult. Not sure if this is the right kind of volunteering for you? Register for a training, then come decide for yourself! Call to register for training being offered: call 508-854-1733 e-mail Light Refreshment Will be Provided! Become a Volunteer receive a $25 Gift Card or Refer a Volunteer receive a $15 Gift Card! “
Thursday, August 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
“We hold a monthly support group for women living with a variety of chronic illnesses (e.g. autoimmune disorder, MS, arthritis, Crohn’s and colitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, etc.). It is free and open to the public.”
Saturday, August 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Job Search Strategies
You need to use a lot of different methods to get a job in the new and terrifying job market. Networking, going to job fairs, doing “informational interviews” and using social media. Also like 10 different job posting sites. This course will help you navigate all of that!


Monday, August 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM
The Prince of Pirates and The Witch of Wellfleet: A Love Story
“Storyteller Rona Leventhal will be doing a dress rehearsal of her new show: “The Prince of Pirates and The Witch of Wellfleet: A Love Story”. This is an ADULT show and is not appropriate for young children! (ages 16 and up welcome). Content Warning: some violence, reference to sex and harsh language. The public is welcome to come. Please be on time if you can. THANK YOU!” The capitalizing of ADULT is giving us some expectations we doubt the story can actually deliver. Check out for more about the teller!
The Harp Irish Pub [163 Sunderland Road, Amherst MA] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
The Science Buzz: Simple Minds, Big Finds: What Invertebrate Brains Teach Us About the Nervous System
Most animals on this planets don’t have a spinal cord. Even so, invertebrates have fascinating nervous systems. learn more about how they work from Dr. Paul Katz! Also, apps and trivia! Delightful.
Friday, August 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Music: The Rear Defrosters
Honky-tonk country music at the library! Usually we’re only able to get our hands on tonk, so honky-tonk is a real treat.


Monday, August 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft with friends at Forbes! Sign up in advance at the Children’s desk or by calling 587-1010. We think the kids have moved on to making Fortnite the thing that literally every child spends all their time playing but Minecraft is probably a more thorough creative outlet.
Tuesday, August 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Wednesday, August 22nd
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bingo for Books
“Kids ages 4-8 are invited to join us for B-I-N-G-O. You will take home new books to keep! Sponsored and hosted by the CFCE. Registration required.” B I N G O? What’s that spell again?


Monday, August 20th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Movie Monday: Annie
Annie! The redheaded scamp! The terror of the streets, the little engine that could, the lich king, Annie! Annie, the one true ruler of all Britannia, the Nameless One, the best of the best don’t mess with the rest. Annie from 1982, to be clear.
Wednesday, August 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Film Screening | The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator A Film by Stan Sherer
“Northampton’s Masonic Block (sometimes referred to as the “Fitzwilly Building”) on Main Street, which opened in 1898, featured an ornate water-powered elevator, state-of-the-art engineering at the time. But it was more: the elevator and its chatty, cheery operators created a community of the building’s shops, offices, denizens and visitors. This came to an end in 2017, when the elevator was decommissioned. To preserve this fascinating bit of Northampton’s history, documentary filmmaker Stan Sherer interviewed former operators and the repair service person who maintained it from the mid-1980s until the end. We learn how elevators work and why they matter, and what this one, and its operators, meant to the people and the City of Northampton.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Coco on the Lawn
A free screening of Pixar’s great new movie “Coco”! Bring a blanket and some food, wait until dark and then leave, stunning the crowd as they try to figure out what sort of person leaves before the film starts! Or just watch a fun movie, should start around 8:30pm. Based on prior rain delays, expect a rain delay.


Tuesday, August 21st
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!


Monday, August 20th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Room Activities
Stop by to play games from the library collection, read, craft things, draw stuff, hang out, make buttons, all the teen trends!
Wednesday, August 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Youth Leadership Program
A hands-on series during which the youth will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and interact with their community through games, conversations, field trips, and other activities! You’re going to want to pay attention to how to lead, the youth, we really need you to tell us to stop being horrible.
Thursday, August 23rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle! Like from the TV! Only this time, with friendly friends!

Video Games:

Tuesday, August 21st
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+!


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