April 8th – 14th


We really like Baba Is You!

It’s just a good game. Good puzzles! Programming-ish puzzles that work very well as abstract problems to solve, and we appreciate the gentle hints in the level names.

Also speaking of good games we got to play Root 1v1 a few times this weekend and it remains shockingly great. Took like an hour a game, was fun and competitive. We really cannot wait to see what the next expansion brings when it finally arrives from the Kickstarter!

Don’t forget to go to Nerd Nite NoHo this week! It is 100% of the time a great time for all, everyone agrees! Even you!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, April 8th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A Poetry Reading: Peter Cole with Terry Winters
“Join award-winning poet Peter Cole for a reading of his work including “A Winters Trail,” inspired by the art of Terry Winters, currently on view at the University of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Following the reading, Nathan McClain facilitates a conversation between the artist and the poet about the relationship between their work. This program is free and open to the public…”
Wednesday, April 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Crafternoons: Scrapbook Sparrows
Make cute birds out of scrapbooks! Or just scraps of whatnot! They’ll be cute.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Lou’s Upcycling
“Participants will learn about upcycling plastic bags through the process of fusing. Using the heat and pressure of a household iron, a new type of textile is formed from un-recyclable plastic bags and wrappers that would usually be thrown away. This 101 class teaches the basics of plastic bag fusing and each participant will complete a final project using the fused textile.” Check out Lou’s website: http://www.lousupcycles.com/donate-recycle-upcycle/
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
PVPA Poetry Night
“Please join us for an evening of poetry with Pioneer Valley Performing Arts! Students will be performing original pieces in addition to works by their favorite poets. The students are in Alyson Miller’s Poetic Voice class, which offers an in-depth study of the genre of of poetry including analysis of both form and open verse. Students study various poetic devices and apply this knowledge to their original poetry. The event will be preceded by a short reception beginning at 6:00 pm with cider and dessert. The reading will begin at 6:30 pm emceed by PVPA student Jake Fisher. Family, friends, and community members welcome! Space is limited; Dessert donations gratefully accepted!”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Find friendly folks who you can work on zines with or around! Zines are fun and you if you haven’t already made one you’re missing out! And if you haven’t already met these folks you’re missing out too!
Friday, April 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Writer’s Lunch Workshop
“Joannah Whitney leads the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants are encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well. There is no charge for the workshop and registration is not required. Call 413-772-1544 for more details.”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
From 4pm – 7pm, art making for all ages inspired by the works on view! This month: Plastic Entanglements, explore how artists have woven together materials and ideas to encourage self-reflection on the looming issue of single use plastic. Then, make your own weaving from found materials! Then at 6pm, Open Eyes guided conversation that explores an art object. Complimentary light refreshments!
Saturday, April 13th
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!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Button Making
Make unique buttons with a button maker! We suggest you make a button that says “By looking at this button you have agreed to give me $5”. It only has to work a few times to pay off!

Board Games:

Thursday, April 11th
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night
“Doors open at 6pm! 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.”
Friday, April 12th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Co-Op Board Game Night – Feat. Castle Panic
“Cost: $12/human (regular admission cost), but BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE if you’re here for the co-op games. Let us know at the door; a great post-Valentine’s date night, no? Ages 13+! Open 4pm to midnight. Admission includes all night, unlimited gameroom play! Bring your friends and work together for this co-op board game night, hosted by Goose Gosselin. Goose will be available from 6pm to 10pm to play and/or assist your gameplay. Castle Panic will be the showcase; a simple to learn co-op. Or… bring your own game and gather with others!”
Saturday, April 13th
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!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of dukes as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
April Warhammer 40k Tournament
“2000 pt Warhammer 40k Tournament! $20 Entry – Pizza will be provided for lunch! 20 Slots are available! Last Tournament the slots filled up fast. Please register as soon as you can if you are interested. All signups need to email their list to the store email address (below) so it can be verified. They need to be emailed to us by 4/11. If we do not have it by 4/11, we may have to give your spot to another player on the alternate list. Anyone who signs up for the Alternate list does not need to pay in advance, but should submit a list. You may sign up by e-mailing the store at Offthewallgamestore at gmail dot com”

Card Games:

Monday, April 8th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Modern Mondays at Off the Wall
“Monday Modern! // 7 p.m. // $5 to play! 4 rounds! 4-0 $20 credit! 3-0-1 $15 credit! 3-1 $10 credit! 2-0-2 $5 credit! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, April 12th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
FNM at Off The Wall Modern Format
Friday Night Magic, Modern format! Play some magical cards with your pals at Off The Wall!

Comic Books:

Thursday, April 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Join Callie in the YA department to talk comics! Share comics! Create Comics! There will be supplies to make your own books, and time to get some good recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists.

Community:

Monday, April 8th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Talking About Race: Staying Curious, Moving Forward, and Being Part of the Solution
“This workshop is designed to encourage an open and thoughtful conversation on race, emphasizing how we can learn to appreciate and understand experiences and perspectives different from our own. At the center of the conversation will be three local African American residents, Grace Aldrich, Jim Guy, and Doug Sutherland.”
Wednesday, April 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The People’s Office with Senator Jo Comerford’s Team
“Senator Comerford’s team seeks to be as accessible to our constituents as possible in a district of 24 cities and towns in three counties. District Director Elena Cohen, District Aide Sam Hopper, and Jo will be holding regular office hours throughout the district. Senator Comerford’s team will be joined by Rep. Sabadosa.”
Thursday, April 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Greenfield Affordable Housing Project
Everyone needs a place to live! Help out your neighbors.
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Prospects for a Workers Co-Operative Economy in Massachusetts
“Worker-owned co-operatives have been part of the U.S. economy since the founding, but they’ve been easily eclipsed by an economy driven by corporate behemoths. Today they could be the alternative to corporate power and are attracting much interest again among community and labor organizers and more generally. In Springfield, Wellspring Cooperative Corporation is creating a network of worker-owned companies that will provide on-the-job training, employment, and wealth creation opportunities for low income and unemployed residents.”

Entertainment:

Monday, April 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Night NoHo
Two great talks at one great place! Fun times will be had by all! “Curious about Kidney Transplants? Urine Luck!” by Alex Squiers and “That’s CAPTAIN to You: The Evolution of Carol Danvers” by Ellie Hillis”
Tuesday, April 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gabrielle Hartley – Better Apart
“Marital strife and divorce can be your chance to profoundly transform yourself, your mindset and your relationship with a more harmonious and steady vision. While many of us may be better together, some of us can actually become better apart. What if you emerged from your divorce stronger and more resilient than ever before? Better Apart is the first book to apply the life-changing, healing wisdom of meditation and yoga, combined with practical advice, to help anyone going through the painful and seemingly intractable realities of divorce.” Gabrielle did a good Nerd Nite talk!
Wednesday, April 10th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XIV – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“Calling all Smash players. Here’s the deal…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. Bring your own controller!”
Thursday, April 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about robots! Or witches! We heard good stuff about Little Witch Academia! That’s an option!
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Drag Queen Bingo
“Join drag queen entertainers Jenayah De Rosario and Liz every second Thursday of the month, starting at 8 p.m., for Drag Queen Bingo! Games are 10 rounds for $10 or $1 a game, with fabulous prizes to win! We will be serving amazing cocktails and delicious food. If you feel like a snack but aren’t much of a player, feel free to join anyway—there’s no door charge”

History:

Tuesday, April 9th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
500 years In The Jewish Caribbean’ and ‘Puerto Rico: An Oral History’
“Lic. Harry A. Ezratty used his passion for history to write The New World Trilogy: “500 Years in the Jewish Caribbean,” “They Led the Way: The Creators of Jewish America,” and “The Builders: Jews and the Growth of America.” His retirement is filled with teaching Jewish history at the Community College of Baltimore County and lecturing at universities, synagogues, and other venues, when he’s not working on his newest book.
 Editor/publisher Barbara Tasch Ezratty started working on “Puerto Rico: An Oral History 1898-2008” because she wanted to learn ‘Why?’ ‘How?’ and ‘When?’ from original sources. Her novel covering American history is a work-in-progress that offers explanations for the same questions. “
Wednesday, April 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Tracking Down the Stories of Child Laborers – A Public Talk by Joe Manning
“For the past 13 years, author, historian and Florence resident Joe Manning has been tracking down and interviewing the descendants of children photographed by Lewis Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. Using the interviews and his own research, Manning tells us how the lives of these children turned out, what they were like, and how they are remembered by their families.”
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Seeing the Moon in Islamic Traditions
“Join us for a conversation with Amherst College Muslim Student Association and advisors to learn more about the lunar calendar and moon sightseeing in Islamic traditions leading up to the month of Ramadan. People of all religions, beliefs and experience levels are invited to attend. This program is offered in conjunction with Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein with support from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Muslim Students Association. This event is free and open to all!”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Forbes Library Memories
“Share your special Forbes Library memories with Lisa Downing, Library Director and then write them down to be recorded in our archives. Tea and treats will be provided. Stories may also be submitted by email to director@forbeslibrary.org.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Lewis Hine: Tracking Down the Stories of Child Laborers
“Lewis Hine (1874-1940) was an American sociologist, photographer and social activist. In the early 1900s, after photographing hundreds of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, he realized he could use his camera as a tool for social reform. For the past 13 years, author, historian and Florence resident Joe Manning has been tracking down and interviewing the descendants of the child laborers that Lewis Hine photographed. To learn more about the Lewis Hine Project and Joe’s other writing, visit his website, MorningsOnMapleStreet.com.”

Kids:

Tuesday, April 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!

Movies:

Tuesday, April 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
National Library Week Movie Night!
Aw this is cute they’re doing The Librarian! We remember seeing some of the TV series and it was fun. “GPL presents The Librarian — Quest for the Spear! Academically brilliant, socially awkward New york intellectual Flynn Carsen successfully postulates for a post as librarian. Only once accepted, he learns it’s not really about managing books but mainly hunting relics. His first mission, in three parts, is for a magical Biblical spear, the key to unlimited destructive energy, which is broken into three parts, hidden in different countries, from Amazonia to Shangri La. He finds himself teamed up against a sinister, bloodthirsty serpent brotherhood with a martial arts specialist who failed to protect his predecessor Edward Wilde, or actually worse.”
Wednesday, April 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse
“This film explores the devastating personal and environmental fallout from advertising, commercial culture, and rampant American consumerism. The film tracks the emergence of the advertising industry in the early 20th century to the full-scale commercialization of the culture today, identifying the myth running throughout all of advertising: that corporate brands and consumer goods are the keys to human happiness and fulfillment. Made by reknowned media scholar Sut Jhally, whose Media Education Foundation is Northampton-based, the film shows how this powerful narrative– backed by billions of dollars a year and clever manipulative minds– has blinded us to the catastrophic costs of ever-accelerating rates of consumption. Members of the local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America will kick off the post film discussion.”
Thursday, April 11th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Gran Torino
“Join us for the next event in this ongoing film and discussion series that may educate you, touch your heart, and inspire you to action to help dismantle racism. “
Sunday, April 14th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Remember Baghdad: Iraq’s Last Jews Tell the Story of Their Country”
“Five families from the Jewish community look back on a scarcely imaginable time in Baghdad—Iraq was booming, it was pleasure-seeking, and there was inter-communal trust. Iraq was once one of the most diverse places on earth, more tolerant of its minorities than any European nation. Today, after decades of war and instability, Iraq is a very different place. In spite of the danger, North Londoner Edwin Shuker decides to return to the country he loved. We follow him back to Baghdad. He wants to buy a house in Iraq so that he can say “the Jews have not all gone”. He wants to plant a seed of hope for the future. Student | $4; Yiddish Book Center and Springfield JCC Members | $6; General Admission | $8″

RPGs:

Thursday, April 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Saturday, April 13th
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 trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Science:

Thursday, April 11th
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Science Cafe: Itchy Eyes, Warming Skies: How Climate Change Impacts Human Health
“What aspects of your life will be different under climate change? The widespread effects of climate change are more surprising and more personal than you might expect.” A good talk to attend if you needed a kick in the pants to donate to climate charities.

Teens:

Monday, April 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Games and Gab
“Come by the Teen Room to play games and hang out with Laura from River Valley Counseling! Laura will be on hand to answer your sex education questions in a safe and judgement free environment.” Dang that’s better than our experience asking our sex education questions in that pit with the pendulum. They weren’t judgemental but frankly it didn’t feel safe.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Eternal Calendars
“Come make a calendar that will last forever! Keep on your desk or give it as a gift. Snacks and materials always provided. This event is for teens only.”
Tuesday, April 9th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
The Pokemon 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
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Graphic Novel Club (ages 10-Up)
“We’ll discuss Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, and create our own mini comic books at the Jones Library on April 2nd. Then, we’ll meet for a tour of the special exhibition “Out of the Box:The Graphic Novel Comes of Age” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on April 9th!”
Wednesday, April 10th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holyoke Media Pop-Up Recording Studio
Come to the Teen Room to learn about media literacy and gain hands-on experience recording songs, doing interviews, and sound mixing with Iohann from Holyoke Media.
Thursday, April 11th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:45 PM to 5:30 PM
Garden Girls Gardening Program
“Garden Girls is a nature connection program, where curiosities are ignited! Young women will find a safe space to be themselves, through games, exploration, and hands on projects. Learning empowering skills such as fire tending, basketry, wild plant ID, and gardening allow us to connect to each other and the land.” Fire tending does come in handy.
Friday, April 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Game On!
“Get your Game On at the library on second Friday of each month. Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Challenges, board games like Exploding Kittens and Superfight. Snacks and more! ” Oooh we recommend Towerfall as well, try Towerfall!

Video Games:

Sunday, April 14th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
ALL AGES Sunday Family Morning!
All ages, all people, come to Prodigy to play games! $12 per person! Kids must be with a participating adult!

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