May 11th – 17th

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On Tuesday the 12th at 11AM – 12PM there will be a Virtual Brown Bag Book Discussion at Greenfield Public Library!

Missing talking about books with people?  The Greenfield Public Library has just the thing to cure your book discussion blues. Join us on Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm for a virtual book group!  Grab a snack, get cozy on your sofa, and talk about what you have been reading while you have been home.  Contact us at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org for the video link.  

We look forward to finding out what you have been reading!

On Wednesday the 13th at 7PM, you can Start Playing Online! With the great folks who are hosting Start Playing Online! You can head to the Discord early to get acquainted, and to arrange other online games! The featured game will be Sub Terra!

Also on Wednesday at 7PM you can head to the Nature and Environment Book Club! They’re discussing “My First Summer in the Sierra”, but you can pop by to discuss and find out what their next book is going to be!

Yet again on Wednesday at 6PM – 7PM you can head to the Virtual Frances Crowe Film Series: Activized.

ACTIVIZED follows a handful of ordinary Americans who have surprised themselves by becoming political activists. The subjects of this film are passionate newcomers to the political arena; people who never saw themselves as rabble-rousers or trouble-makers. But something in the past three years inspired each of them to step up, put themselves on the front lines, and make a decision to defend American values and democratic institutions they believe are under threat.

We will be watching this film via Zoom, followed by a Q&A with director Eric Stange, impact producer Marga Varea, film subject (TBA) and local activists. 

On Thursday the 14th at 12PM – 1PM you can check out the OEB Science Cafe presenting Paleontology: New Insights from Old Bones!

Bones and stones often reveal long-standing mysteries and stories. Fossils help unravel biological curiosities, with paleontological marvels often unearthed in our own backyards! Join Dr. John Rowan as he shares his experience of working with fossils in answering crucial questions in conservation biology.

You can sign up to join the Zoom here!

You can also hear the talk “The Essential Klezmer, with Seth Rogovoy” on Thursday the 14th at 7PM!

A multimedia presentation in which Yidstock artistic director Seth Rogovoy—the author of “The Essential Klezmer,” the bestselling guidebook to Yiddish roots and soul music—recounts the evolution of klezmer from Old World shtetls to New World nightclubs and concert stages.

This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center’s Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required.

You can sign up to join the Zoom here!

On Friday the 15th you can join the Virtual Book Chat at Forbes from 1PM – 2PM!

Sunday the 17th you can see a reading of the play “Kaddish for My Father” with Ilan Stavans.

Ilan Stavans will present a reading of his play “Kaddish for My Father,” followed by a brief Q&A. As a famous Mexican theater and telenovela actor lies in his deathbed, his son tried to come to terms with the emotional trail he left behind and with the tension between the public figure and private man. Directed by Daniel Lombardo

This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center’s Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required.

You can sign up here!

Want to buy some comic books from the world’s greatest comixmongers at friendly local shop Comics N’ More? You should! They just got a big shipment of some great Star Wars comics from local artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka and they even got them all signed!

Want to watch interesting indie movies? Take a look at the Images Cinema website!

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