June 15th – 21st

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 organizations up to $1,000. Send us a receipt and we’ll double your donation.


Monday from 8PM – 10PM there’s another Virtual Far Out Film Discussion about Ugetsu, a “romantic ghost story fantasy film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi”. It can be found online at kanopy  and youtube. You can join the discussion here: https://zoom.us/j/838291785!

Want to talk books instead? From 7PM – 8:30PM on Monday there’s a Virtual Great Books discussion about “The Way of All Flesh” by Samuel Butler which is apparently a real burn on Victorian society. Join them on Zoom! Email hcethatsme AT gmail.com for more information. 

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.

This Tuesday from 1PM – 2PM there’s a great Genre Fiction Book Tasting at Westfield Athenaeum!

On the third Tuesday of every month until the end of the pandemic, the Westfield Athenaeum will host book tastings in a variety of topics. For the Genre Fiction Book Tasting, lovers of all things fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, and other genre 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/eJCTbcWmZ4Q6TuyK7

On Wednesday from 7PM – 11PM there is another wonderful Start Playing Online event! We had a ton of fun with Potion Explosion this past week, and now they’re planning on featuring Dice Forge! Also if you’re interested in hearing host Justin talk about fun boardgames, go take a listen to podcast Bandwagon Nerds! As always:

First off, please follow this link to join the discord channel I set up: https://discord.gg/fAM8yJw. This will allow those of us with mics to talk with each other as we play (and also to hear me teach the game!). There’s also text chat as well if you don’t have a mic.

Discord also gives you a place to connect with each other to find games together (because let’s be honest, this game won’t play all of you at once). It’s an impressively intuitive tool.

Also Wednesday from 3PM – 3:30PM you can see a conversation with local author Wally Swist as he discusses his newest books, “The Map of Eternity” and “On Beauty”. It’ll be livestreamed!

And from 11AM – 12PM on Wednesday you can do some book chatting with folks from Greenfield Public Library! Contact them at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org for the video link!

Thursday from 7PM – 8PM you can see a talk at the Yiddish Book Center virtually! The Kabbalah of Bob Dylan, with Seth Rogovoy. Register here!

A multimedia presentation in which Yidstock artistic director Seth Rogovoy—the author of “Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet”—examines the life and songs of the Nobel Prize-winning rock poet through a Jewish lens.

This live event will be presented via Zoom. 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.

Also Thursday, from 5PM – 6PM, there will be an OEB Science Cafe! Learn about how cities domesticate nature, and what it means for us! Sign up here to get a link to the webinar!

Also on Thursday you can see a Martha Ackmann Virtual Book Talk from 7PM – 8PM via a webinar on Zoom! Martha is the author of author of These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson. Matha will be in conversation with Cindy MacKenzie, Associate Professor, emerita, at the University of Regina, and author of A Concordance to the Letters of Emily Dickinson.

On Friday from 1PM – 2PM there’s another Virtual Book Chat at Forbes!

Saturday you can participate in Disney Trivia with the folks from Palmer Public Library!

1) To register, send an email of interest to: RegisterPalmerLibrary@gmail.com 2) Friday, June 19th we’ll email you the Zoom link to join and instructions. (Please note-this link will not be active until Saturday, June 20th at 6:00PM) 3) Have your team name ready. 4) At 6:00PM on Saturday, June 20th, follow the Zoom link in your email to join. 5) Game on! Video and microphone options will be disabled for participants, so no need to worry about having a working webcam to play. The ability to view slides on a screen is all you need for fantastic trivia fun.


Check if your local library is doing Curbside Pickup! We just saw that Holyoke Public Libary is doing it now alongside Sunderland Public Library

At Images Online this week you can check out “Picture a Scientist”, a documentary about the women trying to make science more diverse, equitable, and open. Or if that’s too depressing, check out Marona’s Fantastic Tale! It’s a beautiful animated film about a dead dog retelling her life’s story.


We’ve been playing Divinity: Original Sin 2 recently and it’s a fun big RPG. It’s not our favorite writing ever but it gets the job done, and the combat system works a lot better than most of the giant RPGs we’ve played. Seems like fewer of the fights are boring clean-up, and more involve some actual thinking.

Oh! Speaking of games, if you’ve got that gigantic bundle up top, check out this list of some good games from that bundle!

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