August 3rd – 9th

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.


Up top, Off The Wall Games has some news!

Great Scott! It’s finally happening!Off The Wall Games will be resuming some more-normal business hours on Friday, July 31st. We’ll be open Friday & Saturday from 10AM-10PM, and Sunday 10AM-8PM. We will be closed Monday – Thursday at this time. In this new COVID-19 world, however, there will be some changes that we need everyone to respect:

1. We will not be doing Magic singles sales or trade-ins right now. We are working on a solution to this issue and hope to have something up and running in the near future (stay tuned!)

2. Masks will be required in the store. This should not be a surprise. Storrs will be wearing one too, so it’s not all bad news.

3. We will only be open for retail sales – there is no gaming allowed in the store at this time. This is our least favorite rule right now, but, it is what it is. We can’t do our best to ensure your safety and our employee’s safety while having people in close proximity for hours at a time. We will adjust this policy as things improve.

4. We ask that we keep the register area clear as much as possible. We have missed you, and we hope you’ve missed us. For our sake, however, we hope to say hello, have some brief conversation, and send you on your way. Again, this is a safety thing, not an anti-social thing.

5. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or are feeling symptomatic in any way, please don’t come in. The name of the game is safety, here. Obviously, ensure your hygiene is on the up and up as well. We’ll be maintaining more fastidious cleaning of common areas.

As always, thanks for sticking with us (both through this pandemic, and through this wall of text). Stay safe, and we hope to see you soon!


Monday from 8PM – 10PM Far Out Film Discussion will have a zoom meeting to talk about Love and Anarchy, from 1973, written and directed by Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller. The trailer can be seen here :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTTzt_n24Vs. The film can be found online at kanopy : https://forbes.kanopy.com/product/love-and-anarchy. To virtually attend this discussion, click the link: https://zoom.us/j/838291785

From 7:30PM – 8:45PM on Monday you can check out the Presidents Book Group, which will be discussing Polk! Email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org for the the zoom link or to join the book group email list.

Do you want to deepen your understanding of the American presidency? Then join the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum’s new Presidential Book Group! We will be tracing the history of the presidency, beginning with George Washington, and watching how American democracy evolved in ways the Founders never anticipated. We’ll follow how presidents, both celebrated and forgotten, grappled with slavery, economics, executive power and America’s role in the world. In doing so, we’ll broaden our knowledge of Coolidge, how he determined the course of the modern Republican Party, and where his presidency fits in the American story. 

On Tuesday from 10:30AM – 11:30AM you can catch VIRTUAL: 123 Andrés Bilingual Family Beats!

THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON FACEBOOK LIVE. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/Forbes.Library/ on the date and time of the performance to watch–no registration required! 123 Andrés are the Latin Grammy-winning duo of Christina and Andrés. They’re bringing their bilingual tunes and irresistible Latin beats right to your home and will get your family up, moving and laughing. Get ready to enjoy catchy tunes, in both Spanish and English, and an interactive show! 123 Andres is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

This Wednesday from 7PM – 8:30PM you can check out Edible Landscaping: The Latest in Garden Design!

Edible landscaping is the newest gardening trend that answers the old question of how to utilize your limited garden space so it can be productive and beautiful at the same time.  Chef and gardener Liz Barbour has been including edible plants throughout her small cottage garden from the very beginning of its design.  Join her for a slideshow tour through her edible gardens and learn how she has introduced vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, edible shrubs, and herbs to blend beautifully and deliciously throughout. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of 2 seasonal recipes. Register in advance for this webinar: click the link below to register. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i0iG6YBJSK24qGZG_lhW3w. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Also Wednesday from 7PM – 11:30PM you can attend the always delightful Start Playing Online! Play board games with nice folks via the magic of the internet! You can join up with the Discord here: https://discord.gg/fAM8yJw!

Thursday from 3PM -3:30PM you can attend “Summer tea and conversation with curators: the five senses | smell”

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. Register here for this live virtual Zoom program

Also on Thursday you can attend a remote poetry reading hosted by the Emily Dickinson Museum! Featured poets Rebecca Hart Olander, Leah Umansky, and Omotara James

This program is free to attend. Registration is required. To sign-up and receive the link, click here.

And another fun thing on Thursday from 6PM – 7:30PM is that you can attend an Inter-generational Writing Class!

There is no story more personal than the story of your family. In this writing class, generations of family will weave their personal stories together – and learn about each other along the way! We will explore how to write family biographies as well as connect narratives across generations. Open to all ages. Groups can be as small as two and of any relation. This class will be held live on Zoom. Participants need no other supplies at home except for a writing utensil and paper. No one will be asked to share unless they want to – we’re here to write, learn, and have fun! Registration is required and space is limited. Register by contacting ghohmeyer@westath.org.

Finally on Thursday from 7PM – 8PM you can attend the interesting and useful talk “From Smoked Fish to Pickles—Getting Jewish Food Delivered to Your Door, with Lisa Newman”

Lisa Newman, host of The Shmooze, will be visiting with some of the country’s best mail-order Jewish food purveyors. From grandma’s chicken soup, smoked fish, and pickles to the best babka, learn how you can get it all delivered right to your door.

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.

On Friday you can head to the Virtual Book Chat at Forbes from 1PM – 2PM!

You are cordially invited to a Forbes Library Virtual Book Chat on Fridays at 1 pm! Participants may share what they’re reading, watching, and listening to, or just hang out to hear from others! Join the meeting:
https://meet.jit.si/ForbesLibraryBookChat

Be sure to check out the Remote 3D Printing Workshop (ages 9+) on Saturday from 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Learn about 3D printing with Makerspace hosts Arthur and Peter. Learn how to use 3D design software, and then your design will be printed and delivered to you! Note: a computer with an Internet connection and browser is needed (Chrome or Foxfire work best). 3D design software does not work on an iPhone or smart phone. Please pre-register by calling 413-259-3091 or emailing kids@joneslibrary.org. Registration closes 24 hours in advance. This program is made possible through CARES Act funding to Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 

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