Jan 14th – 20th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

The government is shut down, which means your neighbors need your help. If you’ve got the ability to give, give to the Food Bank of Western Mass and the Northampton Survival Center. Call your legislators and let them know that you support a clean Continuing Resolution. You can easily get the contact information you need via 5 Calls.

If you’re a furloughed worker in Massachusetts you are able to receive unemployment.

Don’t forget to check out Nerd Nite NoHo this Monday!

January 14: Un-bear-able Technology
World War II club
50 Conz Street, Northampton MA
Monday, January 14, 7:00pm, $5.00 admission
Guests are welcome to bring their own food or order take-out at the venue

What’s the Hulla-Baloo About Bears?
Stacey Schmeidel spent six weeks this summer volunteering for the National Park Service at Katmai National Park, Alaska — one of the world’s best places to see bears in the wild. She’ll talk about what bears can teach us about motherhood, workplace behavior, resilience, and body image, among other things. Stacey Schmeidel has a long career as a college public relations professional — but when she grows up, she wants to be a National Park Service ranger. In addition to volunteering with the National Park Service (at Katmai, Yosemite and the Springfield Armory), she also leads hikes for the Wilbraham Hiking Club and serves as a volunteer camera operator for the explore.org, the world’s largest collection of nature Web cams.

Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Little-Known Ways Everyday Tech is Compromising Our Privacy and Security
We’ve all heard how our mobile apps are spying on us, but this isn’t about that. What you may not know is that our phones, cars, fitness trackers, and even our houses are all conspiring against us in secret, and anyone with some modest technical knowledge a few spare dollars can watch us more closely than we ever suspected. Michael Barnard is a long time supporter, first time presenter, for Nerd Nite. He is a Systems and Applications Manager at Mount Holyoke College with around 20 years of experience in systems administration and development.

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!



Monday, January 14th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Knitting Group
Knitting is a good skill and a fun thing to do with other people. Get together and knit!
Wednesday, January 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Knitting Group Drop In
Bring your own supplies and gather to work on your current knitting or crocheting project! Share tips and information with other attendees! Light refreshments will be served, no pre-registration required!
Thursday, January 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
“January’s topic is the role of Forbes Libary in the life and law career of Calvin Coolidge. Learn about Charles Forbes’ book collection (on display in the Watson Room bookcases), their use by Calvin Coolidge to study and read law and how President Coolidge and Librarian Joseph Harrison created the only Presidential Library in a Public Library.”
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, January 18th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
“Session Topic: “White:” An Exploration of Dickinson’s Iconic Color with “White Heat: Emily Dickinson in 1862: A Weekly Blog” There is no color more connected to Dickinson than white, the color of the house dress she began wearing sometime around 1862. What does this color stand for? Innocence or spiritual/sexual purity? Coldness, snow, and the forbidding blankness of New England winters? Bones and marble, alabaster chambers, pearls, death shrouds and ghosts? Or renunciation of society? As her assumption of white clothing occurred during the years of the Civil War, we cannot ignore the meaning of white as a racial marker of class privilege and power, a category of identity that was undergoing cultural re-consolidation during this period.” The fee for Museum Friends is $12/session; the general fee is $15/session.
Saturday, January 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday Crafternoons: Oragami
Oragami Steve? HELL yes he can fold a paper crane. He can fold anything! He can fold a paper crane that’s folding a paper crane! Asking if Oragami Steve can fold something psssh pssssssh. Ages 12 and up, preregistration required!

Board Games:

Tuesday, January 15th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Pandemic at Off The Wall Games
“This week’s board game Pandemic followed up by the Forbidden Island then choice from our games library. As always there is an optional $5 for pizza, and all boardgames are 15% off.” Hosted by Mayham Games, of Belchertown MA! They seem to have some very good and cute games!
Thursday, January 17th
2 Flights Up Game Studio [399 Main St., Dalton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night
“Doors open at 6 pm! There will be board games, card games, and people to teach them! 2 Flights Up is a month-to-month fee-based gaming association. The membership fee is $5 a month. You can save money by buying a year’s membership for $50. This will include the All Day Game Days and every Thursday game night. This fee will be due only in the months that you come to 2 Flights Up to play games. If, for instance, you don’t come at all in February, you don’t pay for February.”
Friday, January 18th
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 Pioneer Valley 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 striving for improvement and publicity! Get feedback from fellow developers and passionate gamers alike! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know! All developers who bring a demo to test and play get free admission! Other developers looking to network get a discounted weekend admission at $10. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom; open until midnight.”
Saturday, January 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!


Wednesday, January 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!

Card Games:

Saturday, January 19th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease at Off the Wall
Oooh we actually have seen some of this. One of the Commanders is an Elf Ooze Wizard! Wonderful. “Call 413-586-5451 or send us a message to reserve a spot! Prereleases are Sealed Deck format events, where you build a minimum 40-card minimum deck using the contents of a themed Prerelease Pack (6 Ravnica Allegiance booster packs and a Premium foil date-stamped promo card, spin down life die.) plus basic lands that may be provided to you by the store.”


Monday, January 14th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
The best nite of them all! This one will talk about bears and technology, the most reasonable double-act of all time! Also you already read about this up at the top, obviously! We miss doing Nerd Nite… it was a lot of fun! Attend it in our honor. Also in our honor shout THE OLD HOST WAS BETTER AND YOU WILL NEVER LIVE UP TO THEIR LEGACY several times.
Tuesday, January 15th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
AUTHOR TALK | “Annelies” with David Gillham
“The year is 1945, and Anne Frank is sixteen years old. Having survived the concentration camps, but lost her mother and sister, she reunites with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. But it’s not as easy to fit the pieces of their life back together. Anne is adrift, haunted by the ghosts of the horrors they experienced, while Pim is fixated on returning to normalcy. Her beloved diary has been lost, and her dreams of becoming a writer seem distant and pointless now. Anne Frank is a cultural icon whose diary painted a vivid picture of the Holocaust and made her an image of humanity in one of history’s darkest moments. But she was also a person—a precocious young girl with a rich inner life and tremendous skill as a writer. In this masterful new novel, David R. Gillham explores with breathtaking empathy the woman—and the writer—she might have become.”
Wednesday, January 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
GPL Movie Night
“January is for the dogs. Service dog program on January 3 and GPL movie night with the cutest darn puppies.” Hey! WE like puppies!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Thursday, January 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! My Hero Academia continues to be very fun and silly.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
People talking in public to get over the fear of talking in public, we think! Or like that might not be the literal reason for this but it’s the way we’ve generally known people to interact with it! Be nice!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Best Costume Movie Series: Alice in Wonderland
“Tonight’s film is Alice in Wonderland, a 2010 version of the timeless tale of a girl who gets lost in a beautiful but deadly fantasy world, featuring Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp. Based on the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Alice returns to the magical world of her childhood adventure, where she reunites with old friends and learns of her true destiny. This film is rated PG. Free and open to the public!”
Saturday, January 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Fountain of Ukes
Come see the fantastic Fountain of Ukes! The magical musical wonder that provides us all with what we crave: fresh, hot, well-tuned ukuleles! This is your chance to snatch one out of the stream of ukes that constantly pours from this enormous fountain! It’s your one chance this year, and no one knows where the Fountain may appear next!
Sunday, January 20th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Itzhak”
“From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love. Student $4, Member $6, General $8!”


Tuesday, January 15th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Community & Creativity: The Arts in Northampton Then, Now & Going Forward
“​This event is filled to capacity. A waitlist has been started. This special program will take a closer look at Northampton’s arts scene — from the 1970s on into the future and include the public premiere of Vision of Thornes, a 13-minute documentary about Gordon Thornes’ philosophy about the arts and his experience in Northampton. Suggested donation: $5-$10 at the door. Limited seating. First come, first served or reserve a seat by emailing info@historicnorthampton.org.”
Wednesday, January 16th
First Congregational Church [125 Elmer St, Westfield, NJ 07090] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
History of the New Haven Canal with Bob Madison – Westfield Wednesdays 350th Anniversary
Attention: This event has been moved to the First Congregational Church in Westfield to accommodate larger crowds. Which is how you know it’s good!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Afternoon Tea & A Talk Northampton Parks: An Unexpected History
“Join Historic Northampton and co-host Look Park for afternoon tea in the Garden House and an illustrated talk about Northampton’s parks by Laurie Sanders, Historic Northampton’s co-director. During this presentation, Laurie will place Northampton’s (Look, Chi​lds, Pulaski and others) within the context of American history and share their individual stories–from the parks that were proposed and never created to those that we enjoy today, all of which were controversial. Reservations Required. $10 for afternoon tea & talk. Call 413-584-5457 to make your reservation. “
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Geneaology Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!


Tuesday, January 15th
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!
Wednesday, January 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Music Storytime with Mr. Liam
Mr Liam is really going all-out with his photo here. Clown nose, kazoo, … snare brushes? Anyway he’s going to play music and tell stories! You know, for kids!
Thursday, January 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Magic Tree House Book Club
A book club for magic tree houses! We guess they need to entertain themselves, too.
Saturday, January 19th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Our Voices: Sharing Stories of Family and Kindness
“Come join Onawumi Jean Moss, the soulful storyteller, as she reads from picture books highlighted in the special exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards.”


Thursday, January 17th
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, January 19th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!


Wednesday, January 16th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash II – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“There will be two brackets and you may only enter one; one for Smash Ultimate and another for Smash Melee. Either bracket will be a $5 bracket entry. Cash only; cash prizes. There is an ATM upstairs in Eastworks. Admission to Prodigy Gameroom: $5/human (cash, credit, mobile) if you will be entering one of the brackets. Venue fee waved if you bring a full Ultimate setup (Switch, Adapter, and Monitor). $10 for regular admission without entering a bracket. Ages 13+. With admission, you are granted full access to all 1100+ plus games in the room from 4pm to 10pm so come early and take advantage of the admission. Brackets will begin at 7pm sharp. Please let us know if you will be running behind so we can account for your entry.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
What does the internet know about me?: Understanding and combating digital surveillance
“Claire Lobdell, Distance Education Librarian at GCC and graduate of the Library Freedom Institute, will lead an interactive workshop about digital privacy. Participants will learn how online ad tracking works, discuss how data brokers collect information, and leave with tools and techniques for enhancing online privacy and security. Participants are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet.”


Monday, January 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Plant and Take Flower Bulbs
“A new year of Teen Arts Program is here! Join us to plant flower bulbs and then take your plant home and watch it bloom. Materials and snacks always provided. This event is for teens only.”
Tuesday, January 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan Club
Cards! Games! Pokemon Go! Which just got battling! That’s going to be awesome! Also tournaments, other card games, trading, drawing, and snacks! Also Pokemon Let’s Go is so goooood!
Friday, January 18th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Winter Camp Early Release Teen Lounge
“On Early Release dates Jones Library hosts a special extended Teen Lounge program in the Woodbury Room. Teens are invited to watch movies and use library resources. “

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