December 7th – December 13th

Keep up the momentum into the Georgia Runoff! You can find out how to help via a Google Doc created by Fair Fight, an election integrity organization. You can also just donate at It’s incredibly important that control of the Senate goes to the party that does actually want to give people the resources they need to stay alive after this awful year.

Monday from 10:30AM – 11:15AM Sing With Your Little One at Jones Library will help entertain your kids!

The Jones Library is excited to partner with Pelham Public Library to present Sing With Your Little Ones, with Wendy and Anna Plummer. Join us for 45 minutes of music, fingerplays, and movement. This program can be enjoyed by babies, big siblings, and caregivers. Email to receive the zoom link. 

Monday from 8PM – 10PM you can attend the Virtual Far Out Film Discussion via Zoom: Kind Hearts and Coronets!

Far Out Film Discussion will have a zoom meeting to talk about the 1949 black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets directed by Robert Hamer. View the trailer here: It can be found online at kanopy To virtually attend this discussion, click the link:

Tuesday from 12PM – 1PM you can attend the Light Lunch Cookbook Bookclub with folks from the Westfield Athenaeum! December 8- Hungry Girl Simply 6-All natural recipes with6 ingredients or less  by Lisa Lillien

Meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at noon over Zoom, this club will focus on cooking healthy meals from a variety of cookbooks. There will be copies reserved and available for pick up. Each cook uses the book throughout the month and gives a review at the meeting, sharing the good, the bad and the worth repeating. There will also be a topic discussed each month, on subjects such as menu planning, techniques, finding ingredients, etc.  **THE COOKBOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP AT THE CIRCULATION DESK DURING A BROWSING APPOINTMENT OR PLEASE CALL 413-568-7833 TO GET YOUR COPY THROUGH LIBRARY TO GO**

Wednesday from 2PM – 3PM you can attend a Virtual Storytime for Grownups.

Why should kids have all the fun? Join Forbes Library staff, volunteers and community on December 9 for a bimonthly 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. If you’d like to read a selection in the next Storytime for Grownups, please email with your name, author & title of the reading, and how many minutes your reading will be (15 max)  and we’ll be in touch about putting you on the program!  Reading choices can include anything you like that’s 15 minutes or less and appropriate for a general audience. Please register to receive the Zoom link!

Wednesday from 7PM – 8PM you can learn Christmas songs on your (or the Westfield Athenaeum’s) ukulele!

Have a ukulele but don’t know how to play it? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You’ll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you’ll be able to play songs. No experience necessary. Registration required! The Westfield Athenaum has 12 ukuleles to loan for this program. Please call 413-568-7833 ext 111 to reserve yours!  Thank you to the Friends of the Westfield Athenaeum who have graciously funded the purchase of the ukuleles and the classes with Ukulele Julie!

Wednesday from 7PM – 8PM you can attend the Historic Northampton lecture “Northampton’s Poor Farm & the Barrett Street Marsh Conservation Area”. You can register here!

Just a ten-minute walk from downtown Northampton, the Barrett Street Marsh is one of Northampton’s oldest conservation areas and one of its most accessible. Located adjacent to Barrett Street, the bike path, Super Stop & Shop and other King Street businesses, this 15-acre marsh is the last remnant of what was once a much larger wetland that extended across King Street and all the way to North Street. During the last 200 years it has been ditched, drained, filled, farmed and manipulated dozens of times. And yet, in spite of that long history of alteration, this rejuvenated wetland is a haven for wildlife and has played an important role in the City’s history.

Wednesday from 7PM – 8:30PM you can attend a virtual talk on Calvin Coolidge’s record on Civil Rights. Register here!

In his 1923 First Annual Message to Congress (State of the Union), President Coolidge affirmed that African-Americans’ “rights are just as sacred as those of any other citizen. It is both a public and a private duty to protect those rights. The Congress ought to exercise all its powers of prevention and punishment against the hideous crime of lynching.” He also went on to advocate for about half a million dollars for medical courses at Howard University to train new doctors. Join us for an interview and conversation with scholar Rushad Thomas and commentator Bill Scher on Calvin Coolidge’s complex record on race and civil rights.  

Wednesday from 7PM – 9PM you can join the nice folks at the Forbes Library Virtual Zine Club!

Zoom with Zine Club! Come to a show and tell of zines you’ve been reading or zines you’ve been making! Let’s share ideas, hang out and make art zoom-style! Zoom link: password – 614664

Wednesday from 7PM – 11PM you can hang with Start Playing Games people! They’re nice and they play boardgames online. It’s a good time! Just head to the discord here:

Thursday all day teens can grab supplies from the Palmer Library to make an ornament!

Supplies are limited, so reserve your kit soon! Tweens and teens ages 11-18 can make a snowy clear plastic ornament for seasonal decorating! Register on our website, or call 413-283-3330 x 128, or email to register!

Thursday from 12PM – 1PM you can attend the virtual Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration!

You are cordially invited to the Emily Dickinson Museum’s virtual celebration of the poet’s 190th birthday! On Thursday, December 10, join us for an afternoon of fun including a team bake of Dickinson’s famous Black Cake, a make-at-home craft demo, music including Dickinson settings by Israeli artist Efrat Ben Zur, an aerial journey over Amherst, screenings of videos from our “My Emily Dickinson” collecting project, and finally the singing of the birthday song. Don’t forget to sign the virtual guest-book, and be prepared for poll questions and surprises along the way!

All are welcome to this free program but registration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 

Thursday from 6PM – 7PM you cann check out the last OEB Science Cafe of the season! “Your Child’s Brain: How we Learn to Trust and Navigate our World”. Dr. Carrie Palmquist will get into her research in childhood learning and nonverbal communication. Please register here!

Thursday from 7PM – 8PM teens can join the Westfield Athenaeum’s Teen Chess Tournament!

Play chess online in matches against other Westfield Teens!  When you sign up, you will be randomly matched with an opponent.  Both of you will receive a link and game code to your own board.  Then you’ll play! Winner will move onto the next round.   There will be prizes! For grades 7-12. This tournament will utilize, find out more about this site here.  You will not have to make or need an account at Cool Math Games to play.

Thursday from 7:30PM – 9:30PM you can attend the Virtual Poetry Discussion with Carl Phillips at Forbes.

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 1PM – 1:30PM Good Book Hunting at the Westfield Athenaeum will help you find more books to love!

Introducing Good Book Hunting, a new pre-recorded series where four Athenaeum librarians show you how to use a variety of book resources to find readalikes for the top requested titles by you, our patrons. We will provide you with a list of books you might want to pick up while you wait – and show you how to replicate what we do to do the same for your own favorite books! These videos will be available to watch on our Facebook page at You do not need a Facebook account to view, just click on the “Videos” tab and look for the Good Book Hunting playlist. Today, Gretchen will use Goodreads to show you how to get to some reader-generated read-alikes, while the others use Google Books, the catalog, and NoveList!

Friday from 1PM – 2PM you can attend a Virtual Book Chat at Forbes Library!

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:

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