September 14th – 20th

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.


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.


First up, we’ve heard that Beau Travail is a very good film, so you should probably watch it at Images Cinema! Oh! And they have Feels Good Man, which looks very interesting.

Tuesday from 2PM – 4PM there’s going to be an Emily Dickinson Marathon online!

An Emily Dickinson Museum tradition and a cornerstone of the annual Poetry Festival, the Marathon is a group reading of all 1,789 poems by Emily Dickinson over the course of about 14 hours. For this year’s remote Festival, the Emily Dickinson Museum is partnering with six other organizations to host the Marathon in two-hour sessions each day of this week.

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.

Monday afternoon from 4PM – 7PM there’s an all ages event at Prodigy!

This is a closed event only allowing admission with presale from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, September 14. Presales are just $10 per human for all access to Prodigy between 4pm to 7pm. Masks must be worn by all and tickets for admission are limited. Details at www.prodigyminigolf.com/presales.

Monday from 8PM – 10PM you can check out the Far Out Film Discussion! You can join here: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/emily-dickinson-marathon-part-2-september-15-time-tba/

Far Out Film Discussion will have a zoom meeting to talk about the 1990 dark comedy Trust by Hal Hartley. The trailer can be viewed here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIgv4Tvx3V0 The film can be found online on hoopla using your BPL e-card https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11374855 To virtually attend this discussion, click the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87523942049

Wednesday from 6:30PM – 7:45PM you can attend the “Coming To America Book Discussion: Motl the Cantor’s Son”

Motl is the spirited and mischievous nine-year-old boy who journeys with his family from their Russian shtetl to New York, and whose comical, poignant, and clear-eyed observations capture the struggles and hopes and triumphs of Jewish immigrants to America at the turn of the twentieth century.

Wednesday from 7:30PM – 8:30PM you can attend a live discussion on the Westfield Athenaeum’s Facebook page!

We will be discussing the genre of YA, and where the YA for boys is? YA tends to be skewed heavily towards girls, but why? What is the content of the books about boys, and what does that say to boys and about boys? What is the positivies and negatives of this approach to leaving out a huge group of readers from the genre? Come join us and let us know your thoughts!

Wednesday from 6PM – 9PM you can join folks at the online Northampton Webdive! It’s just folks hanging out talking about whatever, but also often about their jobs because web developers love to talk shop. Join here to see the online event: https://www.meetup.com/nerdsummit/events/zvlqwrybcmbvb/

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.

Thursday from 7PM – 8PM you can catch a MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION | “Kibbitzing in the Cafés of the New World,” with Shachar Pinsker. Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ih_DC5RyTI6yb9ppKWb5Cw

Join author Shachar M. Pinsker for a multimedia presentation on the place of coffeehouses in the creation of modern Jewish culture from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Shachar’s book, “A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture,” tells the story of the role of the coffeehouse as central to the modern Jewish experience in a time of migration and urbanization, from Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, and Berlin to New York City and Tel Aviv, and why Jews became their most devoted habitués.

Every Thursday from 7:30PM – 9:30PM you could attend the weekly Virtual Poetry Discussion Group: Selections from the Summer! Join the Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/92356592326?pwd=OVNHM3JFQW5uVGw2dDNtN0JUeElMQT09

This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. Each week, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area.  No prior reading or preparation required. 

Friday from 10AM – 10:30AM you can join children’s librarian Charlie for Online Story Time by visiting the Holyoke Public Library Facebook page!

Join children’s librarian Charlie and special guest Raspberry the Book Lover every Friday at 10am for Online Story Time on the library’s Facebook page! It’s a fun time full of silly songs, fantastic books, and more. We’d love for you to join us!

Friday from 10AM – 11AM children and their families can join Ms. Mary at Westfield Athenaeum’s Virtual Storytime! Register by contacting ghohmeyer@westath.org!

Friday from 10AM – 12PM you can join a Storytime for Grownups! To register email reference@forbeslibrary.org!

Why should kids have all the fun? Join Forbes Library staff, volunteers and community on September 18 for a monthly read-aloud of short, reader-chosen selections that may include novel excerpts, essays, poetry, short stories, or grocery lists! Stop by our virtual reading room for to listen, enjoy and celebrate the power of story and human voice to connect us.  

As always, Friday from 1PM – 2PM you can check out the Virtual Book Chat at Forbes! Join here: https://meet.jit.si/ForbesLibraryBookChat!


There’s also a bunch of MassHire stuff for help with job hunting and unemployment!

Monday from 1PM – 3PM: Interview Practice!

Tuesday from 1:30PM – 2:30PM: Unemployment Insurance Online Assistance Webinar!

Thursday from 1:30PM – 2:30PM: Strengthen your LinkedIn Profile!

And finally from 10AM – 12PM on Friday you can attend: Resume or Cover Letter Consultations!

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