August 31st – September 6th

Make a plan to vote! You can request a ballot and register easily in MA. Everyone in MA can get a mail-in/absentee/whatever you want to call it ballot AND if you’re nervous about how the USPS is getting fucked around with, you can drop it off early! You can find more information here: https://www.wgbh.org/news/politics/2020/07/30/13-questions-about-voting-by-mail-in-massachusetts-answered!

Your application for a vote-by-mail ballot for the state primary must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 26. Your application for a vote-by-mail ballot for the November general election must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 28.

These are both “received by” deadlines and not “postmarked by” deadlines.

Make a plan, vote early. And you can still vote in the MA Primary on Tuesday!


Protests are still ongoing! It’s important to keep supporting folks, not just so that we see actual lasting change but also so that we keep protesters safe from retaliation.

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.


Oooh, big news from Comics N’ More!

For the first time, again!IN STORE SHOPPING BY APPOINTMENT. Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Advance notice & confirmation required. Way more chill than it sounds. More days added in future as necessary. Some restrictions may apply.Book a curated + in store comixshop visit soon! Message or email soon!

A curated visit to a comic shop! What a delightful day out that would be. Email them soon to visit!

Probably the biggest event this week is that there’s finally a new Pioneer Valley Game Devs event! You can join the event to see the link here: https://www.meetup.com/pioneer-valley-game-developers/events/272536494/.

I’m excited about this month’s MAKE TALK PLAY. Michelle Barthelemy, professor in the Business and Information Technology department at Greenfield Community College, will give a brief overview of the Ice House Entrepreneur Mindset program.

As aspiring game devs, I think we could all benefit from learning new tools and methodologies to help us recognize opportunities that will improve our development and the business behind our games. This talk is open to all who may be interested so please spread the word!


This Monday from 8PM – 10PM you can check out the Far Out Film Discussion!

Far Out Film Discussion will have a zoom meeting to talk about Queen of Diamonds, from 1991, written and directed by American filmmaker Nina Menkes. The trailer can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qTuZlAo2Ks. The film can be found online at kanopy: https://forbes.kanopy.com/product/queen-diamonds. To virtually attend this discussion, click the link: https://zoom.us/j/838291785

Tuesday from 3PM – 4PM teens can hang out with the Anime & Manga Club!! (for teens)! They’ll stream anime, hang out in voice chat, do crafts, and learn about Japanese culture! Newcomers welcome. Fill out a super short form here to register: https://bit.ly/2DK8WqH.

Also on Tuesday you can check out a film screening of “Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames”, from 7PM – 8:30PM. The event takes place on Zoom, so be sure to pre-register here!

Borderland chronicles the life of Massachusetts visionary, Blanche Ames and her pivotal role in the struggle for women’s rights. A true, unsung hero in the attainment of women’s suffrage, although she achieved great things in her lifetime, there is still very little scholarship on her efforts and accomplishments. BCN’s intention, through this film, is to highlight Ames’ contribution to the shaping of the Massachusetts political landscape.

On Wednesday from 7PM – 8PM you can hang out at the Virtual Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion to talk about Isaac Asimov’s “Pebble in the Sky”. Anyone interested in SF is welcome to come talk SF!

From 7:30PM – 8:30PM Wednesday on Facebook you can hang out with the Westfield Atheneaum Librarians as “Librarians Discuss: How Has COVID Changed Your Reading?”

Join us on Facebook Live on the first and third Wednesdays of each month for a group of Westfield Athenaeum librarians to discuss a variety of book and life related topics. You can either join live and be part of the discussion or watch the episode later on our Facebook page.

Today, we will be discussion how COVID has changed our reading. Have we been reading books we never expected? Re-reading? What has what we’ve come to read said about what we need our of our lives? Come join us, and let us know how your reading has changed! 

Also on Wednesday from 7PM – 11:30PM, it’s Start Playing Games as always! A delightful mid-week celebration of board game fun. Join the Discord here: https://discord.gg/fAM8yJw and you can hang out and chat any time, and attend game night on Wednesday! We’ll be happy to have you.

This Thursday teens can talk about Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce from 3:30PM – 4:30PM. Please email mbishop@forbeslibrary.org to receive the Zoom meeting link.

“Flora knows better than to take shortcuts in her family home, Crackpot Hall–the house has eleven thousand rooms, and ever since her mother banished the magickal butler, those rooms move around at random. But Flora is late for school, so she takes the unpredictable elevator anyway. Huge mistake. Lost in her own house, she stumbles upon the long-banished butler–and into a mind-blowing muddle of intrigue and betrayal that changes her world forever.”

Also Thursday you can check out the Summer tea and conversation with curators at Smith College Museum of Art! The latest is part V of the five senses series: hearing. You can register for this conversation here: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FXJ-uE5GSw-xvjJXajGEUQ!

From 4:30PM to 5:30PM you can attend the Library Chat with Sustainability Committee at Jones Library via Zoom.

And from 7PM – 8PM Thursday there’s a multimedia presentation by Josh “Socalled” Dolgin at the Yiddish Book Center. Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qa9iJVJDRAya2h00MnGY1A

Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is a pianist, accordionist, producer, journalist, photographer, filmmaker, magician, cartoonist, and puppet maker based in Montreal, Quebec. One of the twenty-first century’s most forward-looking young visionaries, he has lectured and led master classes in music festivals around the world—from Moscow to Paris, London to LA, and Krakow to San Francisco—and has performed on every continent. Josh’s multimedia presentation will consider Yiddish sheet music from the early-to-mid-twentieth century in America—much of his work draws from this music—some of which he’s discovered in the Yiddish Book Center’s collection.

Also starting at 6:30PM Amherst Arts Night Out will be having a virtual reading!

Join us for our September reading by three Pioneer Valley authors with new books this year. Crater & Tower (Duck Lake Books) by Cheryl J. Fish is a collection of poetry of inspired research and engaged imagination that centers on the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens and 9/11.  Kathryn Holzman’s historical novel, Real Estate (Propertius Press) is a fascinating account of the rise of Silicon Valley. Eileen P. Kennedy’s poetry collection, Touch My Head Softly (Finishing Line Press) sensitively explores the anguish of dying of Alzheimer’s disease for both the victim and the partner. This program is free to attend. Registration is required. To sign-up and receive the link, click here.

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