May 18th – May 24th

Hello! It is us again, your friendly neighborhood a newsletter!

On Monday May 18th at 7PM – 8PM Forbes Library is going to have a Virtual Great Books Discussion about Sense and Sensibility! Which is a Jane Austen book that has had like 40 movies adapted from it and is Great.

The Great Books discussion is structured so that the evening’s selected reading is discussed in a think tank environment with the intention of gaining insight from other readers that one would not have by reading alone. The seminar facilitator asks questions of the participants about the reading selection and helps the discussion stay focused. Our main goal is to have fun and take many interpretations from the group in order to enjoy a greater understanding of a selected reading.

Email hcethatsme AT to find out how to join the discussion, and get a free PDF copy of the book here!

Or maybe you’d prefer to talk about films on Monday? Forbes has you covered with a Virtual Far Out Film Discussion from 8PM – 9PM, the topic will be the movie “Man With a Movie Camera” which can be found online at Kanopy. To attend, click this link!

Do you need technical help? Good news! Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2PM – 4PM you’ll be able to get in touch with a librarian who can help you set up or do or otherwise technical thing your way through whatever it is you want to do! You can drop by to ask questions on Jitsi:

On Wednesday the 20th you can join a conversation with the local author Cammie McGovern about her new young adult novel, Just Breath. It’ll be livestreaming at 2PM – 2:30PM on the Jones Library Facebook page and archived there for later viewing!

Also on Wednesday you can join a Virtual Book Discussion Group at Greenfield Public Library from 11AM – 12PM!

Missing talking about books with people? The Greenfield Public Library has just the thing to cure your book discussion blues. Join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 11am 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 for the video link.

Interested in doing some boardgaming on Wednesday? Why not join up with the Start Playing Online Discord group? You can join up here. Folks will be playing games from around 7PM – 11PM, we had a great time there last week!

Thursday the 21st at 7PM you can see the talk “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” with director of the Yiddish Book Center Roger M. Sherman. You can register to join the Zoom here!

“In Search of Israeli Cuisine” is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. The film profiles chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheesemakers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today—Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. A rich and human story of the people emerges from their food. The film has played in more than 160 festivals and special screenings around the world and has been shown in theaters across the United States and Canada.

It is recommended to watch the film before viewing the talk—and also to eat beforehand, as it will undoubtedly make you hungry! The film is available in the U.S. and Canada on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Youtube, and Google Play. The film is available in the UK, South Africa, Australia/New Zealand and Israel on Amazon.

On Friday at Forbes from 1PM – 2PM you can join a Virtual Book Chat! Share what you’re reading, why you’re reading, how you’re reading, where you’re reading, and who you’re reading! You can join via or you can join via phone by calling +1.512.402.2718,,143892102#.

Also Friday May 22nd at Virtual Sunderland Public Library you’ll be able to see a presentation on Indigenous Environmentalism with Larry Spotted Crow Mann. “… He will discuss historic and current environmental efforts made by indigenous peoples locally and nationally. Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a citizen of the Nipmuck Tribe of Massachusetts, and serves as a board member of the Nipmuck Cultural Preservation organization.”

You can join via the Zoom link here:

Hungry for some interesting movies? Check out the options available at Images Cinema’s site! More interesting than flipping through Netflix another hundred times.

Want some digital boardgames to play with pals? Check out this Humble Bundle! Tons of board games for your enjoyment.

Want a signed copy of What It’s Like to Be a Bird by David Allen Sibley? Dang do we have the link for you! Order it here from the Odyssey book store!

Itching to play some Magic: The Gathering? Join up with the Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers on Zoom sometime! You can join their meetup group here to find out when they’re playing next!

Have you shared your story about life during the Pandemic? You can submit one here! Help future historians pick apart what the hell is going on with us.

Want to support a friendly local game cafe? Order take out from Avalon Game Cafe!

Would you like to play a really cool RPG made by a local creator? Why not join the Bloody-Handed Name of Bronze Discord Server? It’s a great group, and the best part is that it’s an RPG that’s amenable to an audience! Pop on and Know the Will of the World for a bit if you want to just dip your toes in! And if you love it… why not buy the book?

We finished playing XCOM: Chimera Squad and it was a good time, we recommend it to you if you enjoy that sort of game, which is the most basic possible recommendation.

We’ve also had a lot of fun with Deep Rock Galactic! It’s a game for 1-4 players where you get shot down into a cave system on a big drill and sent to find stuff and bring it back. It’s all about traversing deadly environments and shooting giant deadly creatures. The core gameplay feels neat and critically with a multiplayer-focused game it feels fun playing alone and works well with a pickup group.

We’ve had the most fun playing as the Scout, who gets to launch bright flares into the darkness and reveal these beautiful procedurally generated caverns. Just a neat feeling no matter how often we’ve done it.

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