June 8th – 14th

Support protesters by donating to:

Do whatever you can. Find a protest (wear a mask, stay distant, stay safe), donate what you can, call your local government officials and ask why they’re spending more on police than they are on providing for people, go to virtual council meetings, write letters because some people still think letters mean more than emails, support your community any way you can.

To that end: we’re going to match any donations to the above 4 organizations up to $1,000. Send us a receipt and we’ll double your donation.

Libraries are setting up take-out/pick-up services now! Stay safe while getting free books! It’s a great idea. No inter-library loan yet! Just place an order and arrange a pickup time!

Sunderland Public Library, you can call 413-665-2642 or email director@sunderlandpubliclibrary.org to make a request.

Goodwin Memorial Library, you can call 413-584-7451 or email goodwinlibrary@hadleyma.org.

The Westfield Athenaeum: fill out an order form here, call 413-568-7833 ext 2 or email itemrequests@westath.org.

Monday from 8PM – 10PM Virtual Far-Out Film Discussion will be discussing the 1922 silent film Haxan, written and directed by Benjamin Christensen, who also stars in the film. It can be found online at kanopy  and youtube. To virtually attend this discussion, click the link : https://zoom.us/j/838291785

Also Monday from 7PM to 8PM there will be a virtual SciTech Cafe about summer stargazing! You can get the Zoom link here!

Get an overview of the early Summer 2020 sky, including tips and tricks
to identify constellation, planets, and deep sky objects.

How much can be seen in urban skies?
What nights are best for star watching?
When is the best time to observe the Moon?

Jason Young is a visiting professor at Mount Holyoke College, his research focuses on star formation in a wide variety of galaxies, ranging from active quasar host galaxies to quiet low surface brightness galaxies. He’s also taught a variety of astronomy and physics courses at Mount Holyoke, Amherst College, and Penn State.

Tuesday from 1PM – 2PM there will be a “General Fiction Book Tasting”with folks from the Westfield Athenaeum.

On the second Tuesday of every month until the end of the pandemic, the Westfield Athenaeum will host book tastings in a variety of topics. For the General Fiction Book Tasting, lovers of all things literary fiction can join us for an hour and bring in the stories you’re currently reading and what you’ve recently enjoyed. All the readers will share what we’ve loved and we’ll all leave with new books for next time.To sign up, follow the link to the Google Form and leave your email. You will receive a link to the video chat in your email prior to the event. You can join with a computer or phone. Link as follows: https://forms.gle/GntRd3ni6VhKuzMA8

And if you’re not content with that book discussion, you can have more discussion Tuesday from 7PM – 8PM with folks from the 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 every other Tuesday evening 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.

This Wednesday will again have a fun Start Playing Online event! Join the Discord here! It’s a great way to meet some super fun folks and play great games online!

Also Wednesday from 3PM – 3:30PM local author Lawrence Douglas will be discussing his new book “Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020” on a Livestream with the Jones Library.

On Thursday from 8PM – 9:15PM there’s a book discussion about Robinson Crusoe hosted by the Jones Library folks. You can register here!

Also on Thursday you can join the Yiddish Book Center for a Virtual Public Program, CONVERSATION AND READING | Yiddish Comes to America, with Lisa Newman and Madeleine Cohen.

Drawing from the Yiddish Book Center’s recently published “2020 Pakn Treger Digital Translation Issue: Yiddish Comes to America,” editors Mindl Cohen and Lisa Newman will talk about the Yiddish writers whose work appears in translation and how the selected works speak to—and inform—our understanding of this year’s Decade of Discovery theme, Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters. The anthology includes newly translated works; excerpts of some of the translations will be read by actors and translators. The program will include a brief Q&A with Mindl Cohen.

Register here!

On Friday Forbes is having Virtual Book Chat again from 1PM – 2PM! Attend and talk about a fun book!

Also Friday from 7PM – 8PM there’s a Virtual Ukulele Play-Along with Julie! Participants hear Julie only, all other mics are muted so don’t worry about how you sound. Sing as loud as you like! To register email registerpalmerlibrary@gmail.com with the subject line “Palmer Play-Along” and they’ll send you the invite!

On Saturday from 10:30AM – 12PM there’s going to be a virtual book chat about “Keeping the Lights on for Ike” by Rebecca Daniels. You can register here!

Daniels’s book, a memoir about her parents’ courtship and marriage while her father was deployed in Algeria, Italy, and Europe, is based on her own extensive collection of family correspondence and photographs. A love story at its heart, the book is enriched by her meticulous research into personal correspondence during wartime and into the lives of support soldiers in WWII. Sponsored by the Holyoke History Room. 

We’re going through that gigantic Itch.Io bundle that we linked above and there’s just at on of neat games! We think we’ll play Wide Ocean, Big Jacket tomorrow.

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