November 26th – December 2nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!

Okay so we really enjoyed the Ancillary series by Ann Leckie. Or we should say we really enjoyed most of the series, and were excited to get the last book. Until we realized that a lot of the character development was being re-trod, and frankly there were some reused jokes and… went to our bookshelf to double-check something.

Turns out, we had read the first book, the third book, and then bought the third book again. To be fair we did remember thinking that it was a really ambitious time skip from book one to two but…

Anyway we highly recommend books one and three, Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Mercy, and we assume book two will really help fill out some of what we did think were odd gaps in the narrative.

Also! Are you an artist? The Sunderland Library needs art to display! Maybe yours?

The Sunderland Public Library offers bi-monthly art exhibits in the library’s Lane Family Reading Room. These exhibits feature local artists displaying works of a variety of mediums. The Lane Family Reading Room Gallery offers approximately 37 linear feet of wall space and adjacent open shelves.

The Trustees of the Sunderland Public Library are continually seeking applications from artists to display their work in the gallery. Work that shows diverse mediums and viewpoints are encouraged.

Applications must include:

  1. Artist’s name and contact information (including email address)
  2. Description of the artwork
  3. Digital images (.jpg, .png, or .pdfs are accepted) or high quality color photocopies of the artwork
  4. A brief biographical paragraph
  5. Months the artist is available to exhibit their work

Applications may be submitted at the library in person, by mail, by email, or using the online form below.

Mailing Address:
Sunderland Public Library
20 School Street
Sunderland, MA 01375

Email Address:

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, November 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Write-In for National Novel Writing Month
Open to the public! Come write your danged novel, it’ll be great!
Wednesday, November 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Creative Writing Fun! Ages 10-17
Play with your words! Open to students ages 10+ who love to write, like to write, or hate to write! Sure it’s a bit odd to do this if you hate writing, but maybe you’re working on it! Play writing games, make up fun stories, hang out and generally enjoy being literary. Drop in whenever you like! Led by Nell Wright, local author and writing teacher! Oooooh we get it.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Come hang out and make some zines! There are zines for all tastes, and all are welcome! Whether you’re 6 or 66, a zine is a fun way to spend an evening!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-In
“Led by Forbes Writer in Residence, Emeritus, Naila Moreira, the library will support writers daring enough to take on the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo will wrap up with a community reading on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm, and prizes will be awarded to all participants who complete the challenge.” Win a prize! Also win: your novel! You’re in the home stretch! You can do it!
Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College [Amherst Downtown] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
“Courtesans and Curtains: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899)”
“The Amherst College Department of French is pleased to present a talk by special guest lecturer Heidi Brevik-Zender titled “Courtesans and Curtains: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899)”. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be given in English. It is sponsored by the Amherst College French department, the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College.”
Thursday, November 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Student Picks: “no gender i’m feral,” curated by Sofia Canale-Parola ’21
“This show is about when Kristin Chang said “Godhood is just like girlhood: a begging to be believed,” or when Laurie Penny said “It’s no surprise that so many women and girls have control issues around their bodies,” or when Fiona Apple said “There’s no hope for women,” or when Elana Dykewomon said “Almost every woman I have ever met has a secret belief that she is just on the edge of madness,” or when Carolyn Gage said “You can terrorize her with her own body and then she will torture herself” or when Angela Carter said “I often felt like a female impersonator” or when Leslie Feinberg said “I don’t feel like a man trapped in a woman’s body, I just feel trapped.””
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Thirty Third Annual Quabbin History Calendar Slideshow
The calendar has pictures of the four towns of the Swift River Valley that were disincorporated in the 1930’s to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir. They sleep down there… waiting for us to forget. Waiting for us to be vulnerable. The 2018 calendar and copies of the author’s books on Quabbin will be available for sale!
Friday, November 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-In
This is the perfect day to start if you find time pressure REALLY increases your performance.
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst Downtown] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Soundscapes of the Connecticut River Valley: Screening and Presentation
“”Soundscapes of the Connecticut River Valley” will include screenings and presentations of work by Sam Croff and Max Nemhauser, Dean Gordon and Joaquin Townsend, Ailey Verdelle and Emely McKeown, Bela Haye and Eli Salcedo, as well as a performance by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo. A reception will follow.”
Saturday, December 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”

Board Games:

Wednesday, November 28th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat – Birthday Edition!
Not your birthday, or maybe it is! But the point is it is definitely Justin’s birthday! That’s right, the extremely excellent host of Wednesday Games is turning 247! “I’ll be featuring the Co-Op giggle fest, Ravine! In Ravine, players have just crash landed on an island and must survive until they are rescued in 10 days. Be careful though, the strain of survival could make you take on some very unusual behaviors. Huge thanks to Kaliis for letting me borrow her copy! As usual, I’ll be bringing a pile of games with me and you better believe I’ll be playing some games. Walkthrough of Ravine!
Saturday, December 1st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Age of Sigmar Tournament
“$15 entry free includes pizza lunch (please inform TO of dietary restrictions as you will be accommodated) Pre-registration begins at 11 AM; dice roll promptly at 12 PM. Please have your army list printed for review at time of registration 2000 points; Match Play 3 rounds – 2 hours and 15 minutes per round. Lunch break between rounds 1 and 2. Prizes will be offered for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, best painted, and additional door prizes.” We’ve never understood door prizes. Who doesn’t already have all the doors they need in their apartment? We guess we could add one in the middle of the hallway to class it up a bit…


Tuesday, November 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Chris Locke & Gary Metras, Ordinary Gods & Captive in the Here
“Ordinary Gods is a collection of essays and poems detailing Christopher Locke’s 25 years of travel throughout Mexico and Central America. Captive in the Here explores some of the themes that Gary Metras has made his hallmarks: the natural world and his own place in it, and well as painful and more appealing memories of the past.”
Thursday, November 29th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Diamond Age book discussion + dinner
“For our last book discussion of 2018 we’ll be reading The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, and we’ll meet to talk about it on Thursday, November 29. CLICK HERE ( ) for a list of what we’ll be reading for the book group in 2019! Synopsis: Vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, The Diamond Age is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our time” We remember liking it, though we read it a ways back!
Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Laboratory [Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leah Penniman,Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice
“Sponsored by the Miller Worley Center for the Environment. The Odyssey Bookshop will be on hand selling books. Leah Penniman, a well-known farmer, educator, author and food sovereignty activist will present a lecture on food justice, “Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice” Join us to learn how you can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Book Talk & Social Commentary with Jim Barnhill
“Join us for a book talk and discussion by retired attorney and teacher James H. Barnhill on the misuse of wealth to distort law into an instrument of oppression against powerless, destitute people. His new mystery, Dirt Road to Death, published by Levellers Press in June 2018, features attorney-investigator Shawn O’Donovan, who grapples with these very issues. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. Free & open to the public.”
Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College [Amherst Downtown] at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fiction Reading: Amy Bloom
“Amy Bloom has been called “a national treasure” by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham and “one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices” by novelist Colum McCann. She is the author of a nonfiction book; a children’s book; three story collections, including New York Times bestseller Where the God Of Love Hangs Out and National Book Award finalist Come to Me; and four novels, including the New York Times bestseller Away and her most recent White Houses.”
Saturday, December 1st
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Special Storytime: Kevin Barry
“Yo ho ho! It’s the first day of kindergarten. Just imagine all the fun things to learn and experience! And who better than a pirate captain to drive the bus to school? Join illustrator Kevin Barry as he reads from his new picture book Kindergarrrten Bus, a hilarious story that playfully addresses the anxiety many feel on their first day of school – or at the start of any new undertaking! ” Hopefully the book keeps it a secret that kindergaten is full of vampires!
Sunday, December 2nd
Amherst Woman’s Club [35 Triangle St, Amherst MA] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
After Emily: A reading and book signing with Julie Dobrow
“After Emily (Norton, 2018) is a a new biography that weaves together the stories of Dickinson and her posthumous editors, exploring how these fraught relationships affected the introduction of the poet’s work to the world.” We didn’t realize how much work went in to making Dickinson well-known! Thank goodness.


Tuesday, November 27th
Women’s & Gender Center, Keefe Campus Center, Amherst College [Amherst Downtown] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Sex Work and Labor Panel: Labor Intensive
“As part of our education series “Labor Intensive,” this panel will focus on sex work as a form of labor and how we frame this conversation in society. The panelists engage with sex work as researchers, activists and as people in the field. Dinner will be served!”
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst Downtown] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
“The Global Rise of Nativism and Illiberalism: A Conversation on the Contemporary Political Pathology”
“In the contemporary political pathology, two phenomena appear currently intertwined: exclusionary nativist beliefs and electoral preferences for illiberal styles of politics. Do we witness a global return to a longing for closed ethnic communities and authoritarian rulers, promising security in an age of perceived systematic crises? Whereas the rapid rise of the populist radical right in Europe as much as in the U.S. is an evident starting point, the aim of the panel is also to open up the conversation to a larger outlook. How can we explain these global reactions upon geopolitical developments as much as the globalization of uncertainty? These issues will be addressed by the four panelists, followed by a discussion in plenum.”
Wednesday, November 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
North Amherst Library Community Focus Group
“You are invited to share your vision for the North Amherst Library. Open to the public. All are welcome!” Our vision is for a cool speakeasy library where you need to know the password before they take you to the secret back library door!
Saturday, December 1st
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St., Hadley, MA] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Holiday Open House
“Please come join us for our Annual Holiday Party! Let’s celebrate the gift of community this holiday season. Enjoy the merry tunes of the Library Ukulele Group while browsing handmade knit and crocheted items for sale from the Goodwin Knitters. Snacks and beverages will be provided. All are welcome!”


Wednesday, November 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Rep Night
“The Odyssey Bookshop invites you to our first ever Rep Night for Odyssey staff, other local booksellers, and our customers. We will provide food, although home-baked goodies would be delightfully accepted. Meet our Publisher Sales Representatives and hear about many of the most exciting Fall titles for adults and kids. We are fortunate that sales reps from Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Norton, Chronicle, Hachette, and Simon and Schuster will join us. This will be a great opportunity to meet and hear from some of our best publisher reps about the major Adult and Kids Fall titles! There will be giveaways and raffles.” We’re imagining them all in mascot costumes.
Thursday, November 29th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Conversation with Bill Newman Public Interest Lawyer, Author, Podcast Producer, and Host of the “The Bill Newman Show”
“Join us for this special reception and evening presentation recognizing Bill Newman, one of Northampton’s most extraordinary and accomplished residents 6 pm: Reception and Event | $25, 7 pm: Event only |$20. Reservations Required. To register, email” We like the Civil Liberties Minute!


Tuesday, November 27th
First Churches [129 Main St., Northampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Escaping Slavery, Envisioning Freedom – NEW Location!
“Distinguished historians Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Barbara Krauthamer will explore how enslaved and formerly enslaved African American women envisioned and experienced freedom. This is the capstone event of All Hamptons Read, a community-wide reading of Armstrong Dunbar’s award-winning book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow.”
Saturday, December 1st
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Search for Lickingwater and the Making of Northampton A Public Talk and Book Signing by John Sinton
“John Sinton will talk about the physical creation of the Connecticut River Valley and of Nonotuck village. How did Northampton come to occupy primary of place in the Valley for its first one hundred fifty years? The central section of the presentation will focus on the Mill River itself, its major diversions in 1710 and 1940, and the role the river played in the formation and development of Northampton. Free and open to the public. ​Donations welcome. First come, first served.” Wait first come first served what? The talk?


Monday, November 26th
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, November 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Saturday, December 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Legos! You like them, so why not play with them? Creations are displayed in the library until the next meeting!


Monday, November 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans
“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.) Our next movie is the 2009 crime drama Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog. View the trailer here: Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept. You can also view this film if you have a Forbes Library card on the streaming service Kanopy:
Wednesday, November 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Harvest of Empire
“Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America gives the roots of the crisis of thousands of refugees trying to enter the US amid heated and divisive debate over immigration. Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan Gonzalez (Democracy Now), it examines the direct connection between the immigrant crisis of today and the long history of US intervention in Latin America. The Resistance Film series is co-sponsored by The Resistance Center of Western MA and the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars. Free and accessible. “
Thursday, November 29th
Science Center, Amherst College [Amherst Downtown] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
“More Than a Word” Film Screening
“More Than a Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term “R*dskins.” Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than a Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation. The film screening will take place in the Lipton Lecture Hall (E110) located in the new Science Center, followed by a reception in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Frost Library 210).”
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
German Film Series: “Aimée & Jaguar”
“There will be two screenings of Aimée & Jaguar, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Based on a true story, this historical drama, set in wartime Berlin, centers on the unlikely romance that develops when Lilly Wust (Juliane Köhler), the dutiful wife of a Nazi soldier, meets free-spirited Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), who happens to be Jewish. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact for more information.”
Sunday, December 2nd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “The Prince and the Dybbuk”
“Who was Moshe Walks really? The son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from Ukraine, he died in Italy as Prince Michael Waszynski and was known as a Hollywood producer and exiled Polish aristocrat. He made more than 50 films, including cinema hits with Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. However, only one film was his true obsession: The Dybbuk. Based on an old Jewish legend, it’s the most important and mystical Yiddish film ever made, directed by Waszynski shortly before the outbreak of World War II.” Students $4, Member $6, General Admission $8!


Monday, November 26th
Science Center, Amherst College [Amherst Downtown] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Biology Monday Seminar: “Near Infrared Red Light Exposure Is Associated with Elevations in Nitric Oxide and cGMP”
“Join Tiffany Oliver, Ph.D, associate professor of biology at Spelman College for a discussion titled “Near Infrared Red Light Exposure Is Associated with Elevations in Nitric Oxide and cGMP.””


Tuesday, November 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan Club
Pokemon cards, pokemon games, pokemon go! Tournaments! Card games in general! Trading! Art! Snacks! Pokemon Let’s Go comes out in like a week, that could be fun at the next one! Yaaay pocket monsters. We just got our copy of Let’s Go and we’re pretty excited!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Eeens of any sort! Join this club to produce artworks of such staggering beauty that they inspire the adults around you to stop their endless work dismantling the world!
Wednesday, November 28th
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.
Thursday, November 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing or drawings or whatever, and get inspired to create more! Write! Create art! Play games!
Saturday, December 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sew What: A Drop-In Embroidery Group for Teens
Beginners welcome, materials are free and provided for you! It’s for folks ages 13-18, and you should embroider something real cool. That’s not in their description we’re just cheering you on!

Video Games:

Tuesday, November 27th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
We’re legitimately very excited for the new Smash Bros just because of how many danged things they seem to have smushed into it. We never get good at fighting games, but we do have fun unlocking things! 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 natrual. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.
Sunday, December 2nd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Holiday Party 2018!
“It’s that time of year where the PVGD holiday fairy will generate power-ups of good cheer for all! Come spread the cheer, play some games and help us celebrate the end of 2018 with a proper shindig at our favorite barcade, The Quarters. All are welcome so bring yourself, a friend and anything else you’d like to share with the group.” The Quarters is great, and so are the folks at the PVGD! What a great combo!

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