July 20th – 26th

Sorry for the lack of an update last week! We were visiting our mom, which is a thing that’s so much more terrifying than it used to be for absolutely no good reason! Please make sure you’re registered to vote, and vote out every Republican you possibly can. We hope you’re doing alright during this Pandemic.


Thankfully, protesting doesn’t seem to spread the virus very effectively. 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.


Monday from 7PM – 8:30PM you can attend the virtual Great Books Discussion about the Mayor of Casterbridge!

Monday at 8PM – 10PM, Far Out Film Discussion will have a zoom meeting to talk about the 2017 crime thriller Good Time directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. The trailer can be seen here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVyGCxHZ_Ko. The film can be found online at kanopy: https://forbes.kanopy.com/product/good-time-0. To virtually attend this discussion, click the link : https://zoom.us/j/838291785

It’s full right now, but you can get on the waiting list of the Virtual D&D for Teens (ages 11-17) program at Jones! It meets Mondays, and hey just checking in would be a good idea if you like D&D, you can find some pals. email teens@joneslibrary.org to ask about the waiting list!

On Tuesday from 2PM – 3PM you can attend a virtual discussion about invasive insects in Massachusetts! This will be…

a presentation by Joshua Bruckner, the forest pest outreach coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, via Zoom. Learn about the invasive insects Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer, which are already in Massachusetts, and the spotted lanternfly, which poses a threat to our state if it becomes established.

Also Tuesday from 6PM – 7:30PM you can head to the Virtual Social Justice Book Group, which is going to talk about two NYT articles that you can grab from hdiaz@forbeslibrary.org if you run into any trouble. Join online via Jitsi!

From 7PM – 8PM on Tuesday it’s Teen Game Night at Westfield Atheneaeum! Grades 5-12 can contact oeberli@westath.org to register!

Also from 7PM – 8PM Tuesday you can check out a Virtual Book Discussion Group 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 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.

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

On Wednesday from 6PM – 7:30PM you can join the Virtual Frances Crowe Film Series to watch “Rebirth of a Nation”.

DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation is a 2004 film  remix of D.W. Griffith’s notorious 1915 silent film “Birth of a Nation” that was premiered in the White House by President Woodrow Wilson, now understood as a racist.

Watch the film BEFOREHAND at your convenience — we will be convening for a discussion only. You can watch the film online via YouTube: https://youtu.be/qQNp-VHAueE?t=240. (This YouTube video is from a Juneteenth 2016 showing in Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.) 

Also on Wednesday from 7PM – 9PM, you can join the Forbes Library Virtual Zine Club! The Zoom link is here!

And as always Start Playing Online will be happening from 7PM – 11PM Wednesday! This week’s featured game is Coloretto! You can join the Discord here: https://discord.gg/fAM8yJw!

From 3PM – 3:30PM Thursday you can check out the virtual event “Summer tea and conversation with curators: the five senses | taste”

Part II, “Taste” | Register here for this live virtual Zoom program | Facebook Event

Join SCMA curators as they explore the fives senses through the lens of the museum’s collection. We invite you to stay for the Q&A immediately following the curators’ presentations with Danielle Carrabino, Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Aprile Gallant, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

From 4:30PM – 6PM on Thursday is the NERD online happy hour! You can join the online event if you join the Meetup!

Most topics will relate, in some way, to developing digital experiences. Including:

* Business agility and strategies for product design and development
* Leadership qualities for high performing teams
* Career development for the tech industry
* UX/Frontend/Backend development trends and horizons
* Pivoting, iterating, supporting for ever evolving customer needs
* Surviving and thriving on disruption
* Tips and tricks for newly remote teams/businesses

Join us in our Slack workspace for any questions/conversation before/during/after this event https://nerd.ngo/join

From 6:30PM – 8PM on Thursday you can compete in the Triwizard Trivia Tournament!

Compete in teams to answer Harry Potter trivia questions.  There will be both book and movie questions.  Who will win the Triwizard Trivia Tournament? Play with friends and family from comfort of your own home.  So form your teams and sign up below!

This event will take place over Zoom and use Kahoot.   You will need an extra internet connected device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc).  You can also split the screen of a computer to play.

For all ages! You can contact oeberli@westath.org to register!

Also Thursday you can check out MULTI-MEDIA TALK | Immigration and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the Lower East Side, with Annie Polland from 7PM – 8PM. Register for the Zoom here!

“Jewish Women of the World, Unite!” In 1908 a Yiddish newspaper summoned the Jewish immigrant women of New York’s Lower East Side to unite—not to start a revolution but rather to observe the Sabbath. The Shabes Zhurnal, an effort led by Jewish rabbis and communal leaders, was chagrined at the blows immigration and adaptation had imposed on Jewish families and homed in on Jewish women as potential saviors. In this illustrated talk, drawing on cookbooks, memoirs, and advice columns, we’ll look at the revolution of immigration and Americanization and how immigrant women creatively grappled with adaptation.

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.

If you’d like to talk about Hugo-award winning book Dreamsnake with some other folks who like sci-fi, check out the Virtual Book Discussion with the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup! They’re going to be discussing it via Zoom from 6:30PM – 8:30PM!

Or if you’re not into books, there’s a virtual Harp Concert with Debbie Vinick, which you can register for by emailing RegisterPalmerLibrary@gmail.com!

On Friday from 1PM – 2PM you can check out the Virtual Book Chat at Forbes! Chat about whatever you like, the meeting link is here!

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