July 8th – 14th


There’s a PVGD event tonight so check it out if you can, because it’ll fun!

“☀☀☀ It’s summer! ☀☀☀

Please join us at Another Castle in Greenfield for our next installment of MAKE TALK PLAY! This time we’ll hear from another one of our PVGD members (and one of the most decent human we know), Judd Gledhill!

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An Intro to the GODOT Game engine.

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When we first met Judd a couple of years back, he shocked us as he blathered on about a shiny new game engine he called, Godot. Most of us were skeptical at first…but Judd persisted.

He told us about it’s node-based architecture, it’s open sourceness, the GDscripts, the blue robot logo, the ability to compete with the more popular 2D/3D game engines, and much more…

He’s even using Godot to create a great physics puzzle game called Holy Ship! Maybe he’ll even show you because on July 7thx @ 7pm, Judd is going to present at the next MAKE TALK PLAY!

Join Judd and all of us at Another Castle this Sunday (July 7th) to learn more about Godot and how it may be a good, free, open source alternative to your next project.”

ALSO! We’re off next week, because of reasons too interesting to share with the likes of you. You’ll just have to spend a few hours checking library websites on your own, like you all did before we started writing these newsletters!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon! And don’t forget to check out the Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, July 10th
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.
Friday, July 12th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Free Fun Friday
“SCMA is one of over 100 organizations participating in #FREEFUNFRIDAY, a program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation that provides free access to arts institutions across the state during the summer. This will be the museum’s third Free Fun Friday, a program that was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families. Every Friday from the end of June through the end of August, multiple cultural venues are open for free. Featured exhibition: Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. In the exhibition, design and write your own activist postcard or contribute to a collaborative journal to reflect on the problem of plastic.”
Saturday, July 13th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Easthamton Art Walk: An Evening With Charles Forsman
“Meet and greet with one of our favorite creators Charles Forsman! Come chat about the upcoming Netflix show based on his comic “I am Not Okay With This”! Or maybe you’ve seen “The End of the F**king World” on Netflx? Did you know that was also based on an earlier graphic novel of Forsmans? Grab a copy and get it signed! See you there!” Forsman is really fucking good, folks! You should take a chance to both meet and greet him!

Board Games:

Tuesday, July 9th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 12
“From dungeon delving to spell casting, Tabletop Tuesdays have your board game fix covered for the week! Last week, a band of strangers took the roll of heroic adventures flushing out a perilous raider encampment in an ongoing game of Dungeons & Dragons. Meanwhile, across the room, spells were being cast and reversed at lightening speeds, as our local Magic the Gathering players duked it out. Interested in joining the fray? Tabletop Tuesdays are only $5 for access to our wide tables, extensive boardgame collection and of course lots of dice. If you’re a DM looking to lead your own band of adventurers, you get in for free! Plus you get access to countless DM resources, like map tiles and over 300 pre-painted token for heroes and monsters. Adventure awaits you at Prodigy.”
Wednesday, July 10th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games – Sandcastles!
“I don’t know about you but I am feeling the heat now that we’re finally getting to enjoy some summer. You know what that means… TIME TO GO TO THE BEACH! Fine Sand is a deck-deconstruction game from lover of F’s and just such an awful green, Friedemann Friese. You are attempting to build the greatest sandcastle on the beach! Everybody builds with the materials on hand. Whoever depletes all their materials wins! Rahdo runs Through! https://youtu.be/LMguIE3Qs0Q! This one hit me from out of left field and is a simple, addicting game. Come on out, bring your friends and play some games!”
Thursday, July 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, July 12th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
BattleTech Organized Play
“Off The Wall will be running Organized BattleTech on Friday nights. We will be following the rules in the Mercenaries supplement. Each player will generate a Mercenary Group consisting of 4-6 Mechs, and will play 2 Missions a week, one with their company and one as a random set of Mechs to fulfill someone else’s Mission. Each game will be clocked at 2 Hours with the intention of keeping games moving and finishing. The campaign will start in the 3030’s with Level 1 Tech and will build toward 3050 and the Clan Invasion. However, this is a longterm goal.”

Books:

Wednesday, July 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Talk – Tom Phelan
“Author Tom Phelan will read from and discuss his book We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know it: a Memoir of My Irish Boyhood.”
Thursday, July 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Andrea Lawlor & Friends
“About the book: It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a flâneur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Women’s Studies major to trade, Paul transforms his body at will in a series of adventures that take him from the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival to Boystown to Provincetown and finally to San Francisco—a journey through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure.”

Card Games:

Monday, July 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”
Tuesday, July 9th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Tuesdays
“Tuesdays night are the place to be for magic! We are holding three different events. Standard showdown @6pm/ $5 / Three rounds. Every 3-0 wins a standard showdown pack. Pauper @7:30 pm/ $5/ Three Rounds. Every 3-0 wins a showdown pack. Pick up Commander! Starts @5pm/ Free Entry/ Get a random promo card just by showing up! Prize Support for 8+ players. 3-0 $15 store credit +standard showdown pack. 2-0-1 $12 store credit. 2-1 $9 store credit”
Friday, July 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, July 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:

Thursday, July 11th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
“Amherst Community Connections (ACC) provides information and referral on emergency services including housing, food stamps, fuel & utility assistance, and emergency financial assistance to anyone in need. For those who cannot come during ACC’s walk-in hours, an appointment can be made by calling the office at 413-345-0737.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, July 10th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XXIII – 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!”
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Mini Golf in the Library!
“Kids and adults of all ages are invited to come play a 9+1 hole round of golf spread throughout the building of the Sunderland Public Library! This mini golf course will include hills, jumps, bumps, twists, loops, and many more challenges, but is appropriate for mini golfers of all levers. Fun for the entire community!” 9+1 is ten, right? We feel like we’re missing something.
Thursday, July 11th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 9:15 PM
YIDSTOCK! Night One!
“Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music brings the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great festival of music and related events. The eighth annual Yidstock takes place—rain or shine—at the Yiddish Book Center from July 11–14, 2019.” Too many events to list! Check the site! https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus Open Mic
“Join us during Amherst Arts Night Plus on July 11, 2019 for our monthly Open Mic. Poets, writers, and performers of any kind are welcome! Come early to view the pop-up, contemporary art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist. The open mic begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by this month’s featured readers. Those who would like to share their work should arrive between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. to sign up.”
Friday, July 12th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Virtual Reality Night w/ Pioneer VR! (Oculus Rift)
“Admission: $12 for access from 4pm to midnight, VR from 7pm to 9pm. Ages: 13+. Pioneer VR runs a VR Night once again here at Prodigy! System will be available from 7pm to 9pm. Arrive early to ensure a chance to play!”
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM
YIDSTOCK! Night Two!
So much music!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Sheryl Faye Presents Sally Ride!
“Bring the family for this exciting show all about Sally Ride, the first American Woman astronaut and scientist, as performed by actress Sheryl Faye. This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.”
Saturday, July 13th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
YIDSTOCK! Night Three!
So much entertainment!
School Street, Sunderland at 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Riverside Park Opening Celebration
Ribbon cutting at 9:30am, followed by an exciting day of free activities, games, guided walks, music, food, and fun for all ages! The finale is a concert by the Nields starting at 6:30pm!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Parsons Lawn Concert Series, Tim Eriksen: Local Music, Local History
“Drawing on materials discovered in Historic Northampton’s collection, local junk shops, church basements and old newspapers, Eriksen’s performance will include murder ballads, fiddle tunes, shape-note harmony and haunting originals about time, place, identity and mystery. The lawn opens at 6 pm for picnicking & Little Truc serving creative southeast Asian food on site.”
Sunday, July 14th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM
YIDSTOCK! Night Four!
So many talks!

History:

Thursday, July 11th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Summer Lecture Series: Going Global
Made in China: The Rise and Fall of the Old Canton Trade! Stephen R. Platt, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts. “The advent of trade in the 1500s between Asia, Western Europe, and the Americas would connect individuals across thousands of miles in a shared universe of consumer choice and consumption previously unimaginable. Traders, makers, and artists helped fuel a seemingly inexhaustible Western enthusiasm for India cottons, Chinese silk, porcelain, and especially tea.”
Saturday, July 13th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
350 Years in 90 Minutes: A Walking Tour of Downtown Northampton
“Elizabeth Sharpe, co-director of Historic Northampton and historian, will lead a walking tour of downtown Northampton. Registration is required. Space is limited to 20, $8 for members and donors, $12 for non-members”
Sunday, July 14th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Guided Tour
“Steve Strimer will be leading a tour of the African American Heritage Trail and Underground Railroad starting from the David Ruggles Center.” Learn more about the history of Florence!

Kids:

Tuesday, July 9th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley MA] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Zoo on the Go – Animal Program
“Animals from the Forest Park Zoo will be visiting the Goodwin Library for an hour long program on Tuesday, July 9th. SPACE IS LIMITED! Please call the library to sign up. Kids will learn all about each of the visiting animals: Habitat, food, personality and habits. Some of the animals may let you touch them! Perfect for ages 3-10”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
STEAM TEAM Arts and Engineering Challenges from Space
This time: Rockets and shuttles!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Robo Adventures!
“Each week, we’ll build a cool simple bot, and talk about a related STEM principle. Week 1: Wigglebot! Space is limited. Participants must be between the ages of 8 and 11. Please sign up at the Children’s Desk, or by calling 587-1010. Robo Adventures is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.”
Wednesday, July 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Author/Illustrator David Hyde Costello
“David Hyde Costello is the author and illustrator of HERE THEY COME, I CAN HELP, LITTLE PIG JOINS THE BAND, and LITTLE PIG SAVES THE SHIP. He is the illustrator of A CROW OF HIS OWN by Megan Down Lambert. He created the cover illustration for SHELLY AND THE SECRET UNIVERSE, a book which exists only in the Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom. With a background in theater as well as visual arts, David has painted scenery for plays and motion pictures including Amistad, Spider-man (2002), The Fighter, and The Heat. He is also a ukulele player, “self-taught through the productive use of procrastination.” David lives in Amherst, MA.”
Thursday, July 11th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
STEM Activities
“Join us for an hour of educational fun with games related to (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering and (M)ath.” Aw dang we though it was (S)mells, (T)rampolines, (E)lephants and (M)ars
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM
Cupcake Wars
“Compete against others to have the most beautiful cupcake! All materials needed for decorations will be provided. Participants will have plenty of time to create and will be judged by your peers. For students going into grades 4 & 5! Registration Required”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
A Universe of Stories: Summer Reading 2019
“Fancy a trip to the Moon, to Mars, a black hole, or the stars? Books are all the rocket fuel you need! Every Thursday afternoon librarians will share some of our favorite children’s books about space exploration, and we will screen recordings of real astronauts reading their favorites from the International Space Station!”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Friday, July 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Music & Movement at the Library
Music making, music appreciation, and moving around for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers! We feel like the minimum age is probably slightly higher than literally 0, it feels like something you should be like at least a few days old to enjoy.

Movies:

Tuesday, July 9th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
See the second LEGO movie! The first one was pretty danged fun all told, this one seems like it’s probably cute too!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adult Summer Reading Movie: ARRIVAL
“Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial.” The short story and the film are both good in different ways!
Saturday, July 13th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Movie Matinee: Star Trek
“Stay cool this summer and join us for our Saturday matinée series, inspired by the summer reading program theme of “A Universe of Stories”. This 2009 film is a prequel to the long-running television series and other feature films. In it, a young James T. Kirk takes command of the Enterprise during an enemy attack against the wishes of his first officer, Spock. This film features Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Karl Urban, and Ben Cross. This film is rated PG-13. Free & open to the public. “

RPGs:

Tuesday, July 9th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:45 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!

Technology:

Tuesday, July 9th
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. We’ll be meeting from 6:00 – 8:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Dinner and drinks are on us! How do I get involved? Come to the meetup! Be a part of the discussion and join a team working with an organization working on issues in our communities! Join the Slack group to participate in the online discussion: https://h4wmslack.herokuapp.com/

Teens:

Monday, July 8th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Make It Monday — Friendship Bracelets
“Stop by the Teen Loft to make friendship bracelets or bring materials home! All materials will be provided. For grades 5-12”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Binary Beads
“Make bead work encoded with secret messages. As always, materials and snacks provided. Open to teens only.”
Tuesday, July 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writer’s Circle
Write creatively using prompts or your own ideas! Share your work and get feedback from your peers! Intended for ages 14-18 and folks who would like to write a lot! Any questions? Contact Bridget in Young Adult Services at bkennedy@palmer.lib.ma.us!
Wednesday, July 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, July 11th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 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
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Escape Room Planners
“Help design and plan an escape room! You’ll put together clues, locks, and decorations to create the ultimate all ages escape room. When you have finished designing the escape room, you’ll put it on for all members of Westfield to escape! This group will meet twice a month to work on all elements of creating an escape room. The finished escape room will be presented in late August. Registration required for each session. For students going into grades 5-12! This is great way for students to earn volunteer credit over the summer!” Warning to parents: This is how the Saw guy got started we’re pretty sure.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
YA: Galaxy in a Jar
Take good care of your little Galaxy, it’s a big responsibility to create billions upon billions of stars and trillions of other celestial bodies! Put a twig and a leaf in there to simulate a galaxy’s natural environment!
Friday, July 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Relationships on Screen
“Join us for movies, tv shows, SNACKS, and honest conversations about friendship and dating as a teen today. Youth ages 13-18.” Snacks is always a reason to attend an event!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Y.A. Sewing With Felt
“Learn to sew and embellish a felt pouch with instructor Heather Wynne. Outer Space theme optional!” It would be weird if it wasn’t optional, like they kicked you out because you made a nice landscape theme.

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