December 14th – 20th

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 gasenate.com. 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.


Are you in need of help of any sort? Speak with Mass Support! They’re here to help, and they’re doing a lot of stuff virtually this year. You can also just get in touch via MASSSUPPORT@RIVERSIDECC.ORG or 888-215-4920.


Local author James L. Cambias has as new book out! The Godel Operation: “Science fiction at its sense-of-wonder best. A wild chase through the billion worlds of the Tenth Millennium in search of a mythical weapon that could save civilization—or doom it!” It sounds fun! We like ultra-far future sci-fi, it tends to allow for some really fun silliness.


Miss the movies? Watch Images Cinema online! Or watch Amherst Cinema online!


The Holyoke Public Library needs your help! Donate what you can to an important local institution, they’ve had a rough year.


Monday from 10AM – 11AM you can join the Virtual Knitting Circle with the Sunderland Public Library.

Description:Join fiber arts enthusiasts for casual conversation while you work on your crafts. This group is meeting virtually through Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/676648252

Monday from 6PM – 7PM kids aged 10 – 12 can attend Hour of Code: Python at the Westfield Athenaeum!

Learn how to code with Python 3 during our virtual Hour of Code. In each session we will go over a different concept of Python 3 and see what we can create using the concept. A computer and email address will be required. Level: Beginner. Registration required, contact tboulrice@westath.org.

Monday from 8PM – 10PM you can join the VIRTUAL : Far Out Film Discussion via Zoom : Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau)!

Far Out Film Discussion will have a zoom meeting to talk about the 1946 adaptation of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast directed by Jean Cocteau. View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N6Nmf-tVDo. It can be found online at kanopy: https://boston.kanopy.com/product/beauty-and-beast. To virtually attend this discussion, click the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87523942049.

Tuesday from 9AM – 5PM is Teen Craft Tuesday at Westfield Athenaeum! Grades 5 – 11 can get supplies to make a little carboard gingerbread house! You do need your own hot glue though. Register with oeberli@westath.org to participate!

Wednesday from 6PM – 7PM you can join the Virtual Reader’s Circle at Palmer Public Library! You can register here!

Have you read a great book that you want to share with others? Are you looking for new book or author recommendations? Join us for this brand new, all genres welcome, informal, friendly virtual monthly book discussion meet-up via Zoom! The first 10 people registered will receive a free book from a selection of Advance Reader copies. 

Wednesday from 6PM – 9PM you can hang out with some fun folks at the Northampton Webdive! It’s “A regular rendezvous of web makers, designers and creative coders. Held on the third Wednesday over the interwebs. Check back around the start of of the event for the link to join the Webdive.” Join up here to get a link to the event!

Wednesday from 6:30PM – 7:45PM you can attend the VIRTUAL: Coming To America Book Discussion: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

Copies of the books can be borrowed during self-service hours from the display area at the library, or reserved for curbside pickupA first novel by the award-winning author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds is written in the form of a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. It reveals the impact of the Vietnam War on their family history and provides a view into parts of the son’s life that his mother has never known.

Wednesday from 7PM – 11PM you can attend Start Playing Online!

Hey folks, ‘come on out’ every Wednesday night at 7:00pm and play some games ON THE INTERNET. We primarily play on Board Game Arena (you’ll need a free account) and use discord to chat with each other! Here is the link to the Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/fAM8yJw

Wednesday from 7:30PM – 8:30PM you can attend Librarians Discuss: What Do (and Don’t) You Recommend?

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. Giving book recommendations can be hard, but that’s kind of our job! We’ll be discussing what it takes to recommend a book to someone. Why don’t we recommend some books we really like? Why do we recommend some books we didn’t actually like? Maybe we’ll even help give YOU some recommendations on a book for your holiday shopping or next read! Come discuss with us!

Thursday from 12PM to 12:20PM your little kids can attend the Thursday Lunch Break Storytime online! They’ll work their way through the alphabet one story at a time with a few songs, rhymes, and a bit of sign language! Check it out here: www.facebook.com/joneslibkids!

Thursday from 1PM – 2PM you can attend the Westfield Athenaeum Book Club! This week they’re talking about Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

A compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story by Trevor Noah (host of late night’s Daily Show) about his coming-of-age as a bi-racial child – a crime in Apartheid South Africa – set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Please email Anne to be placed on the email list for the Zoom links. The Athenaeum will be requesting copies for book club members, so please do not place your own hold. Please call or place a Library to Go via the Google form on our website. A limited number of ebooks are also available through the Overdrive app.

Thursday from 3:30PM – 4:30PM teens can attend the Teen Writing Group at Westfield Athenaeum! Contact ghohmeyer@westath.org to register!

Do you like writing fantasy? Science fiction? Realistic fiction? All kinds are welcome at our Teen Writing Group. Each meeting tackles a new topic – suggested and voted on by group participants – with fun activities and writing prompts. In this class, you help pick what we learn and work on your creative writing skills! This group is for students in grades 5-12. Participents are not made to read their work unless they desire to do so. This class will take place on Zoom on the first and third Thursdays of every month.

Thursday from 4:30PM – 5:15PM you kids ages 6-9 can attend the online Nonfiction Book Club!

Our next virtual Nonfiction Book Club will meet via Zoom on Thursday, December 17th, from 4:30-5:15 pm. We will discuss the book “Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet” by Nanette Heffernan, with illustrations by Bao Luu. The book will be available for participants via Outdoor Holds Pick-Up at the Jones, with digital copies available on Hoopla. We will also provide supplies for a Take-and-Make STEAM activity! To register and learn more, send us an email (kids@joneslibrary.org) or leave us a voicemail (413-259-3091) and we will get back to you. This program is for children ages 6-9. Space is limited, so sign up today! 

Thursday from 6PM – 7PM you can join the Virtual Cookbook Club at Palmer Public Library! You can register here!

Pick a recipe from your favorite cookbook, place a hold on a cookbook from our catalog for curbside pickup, or download one from our digital catalog.  Make the recipe, and then virtually chat with others about how it turned out! 

Thursday from 6:30PM – 8PM you can attend Trivia Thursday: Disney! Contact ghohmeyer@westath.org to register!

Are you a Disney fanatic? Can you sing every song ever? Then this trivia event is for you Mouseketeers, young and old! Play with friends and family from comfort of your own home. 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.

Thursday from 7PM – 8PM you can attend a neat presentation at the Yiddish Book Center! PRESENTATION | How Folkways Records Planted the Seeds of the Yiddish Renaissance, with Hankus Netsky. Register for the event here!

Founded in 1948 by Moses Asch, Folkways Records sought to record music that no other record company was interested in, including folk traditions from every corner of the world and the most experimental contemporary creations of avant-garde poets and composers. But Asch, the son of one of the world’s most prolific and controversial Yiddish writers, Sholem Asch, also had another agenda: to document the music and spoken word poetry of Jewish immigrants who, by the time he started the label, had become marginalized within the mainstream Jewish community. In this talk, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist Hankus Netsky discusses the enduring Yiddish legacy of Folkways and how the label’s recordings continue to inform the current resurgence of Yiddish culture.

Thursday from 7:30PM – 9:30PM you can attend VIRTUAL: Poetry Discussion: Bring a poem to share!

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. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92356592326?pwd=OVNHM3JFQW5uVGw2dDNtN0JUeElMQT09. Meeting ID: 923 5659 2326. Passcode: 475928

Friday from 1PM – 1:30PM you can attend Good Book Hunting: Books Like Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half!

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 http://www.facebook.com/westath. You do not need a Facebook account to view, just click on the “Videos” tab and look for the Good Book Hunting playlist.

Friday from 1PM – 2PM you can attend the Forbes Library Virtual Book Chat! In fact you’re cordially invited!

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

Saturday from 10AM – 12PM you can attend the Holiday Singalong for Shelter!

Sing and play seasonal songs with the Ukulele Strum Group! The Zoom link will be posted here soon. Online donations to Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals gratefully accepted.


We just got back into Elite: Dangerous after like a five-year break and you know what? That’s a pretty neat little game. It’s a bit empty out there since there’s not a ton to do but get money or rep, but it’s also just very fun to be in a spaceship in that game. Honestly the least good part of the game is the lack of NPCs to give you a reason to get better stuff beyond the ability to do everything even faster, which is a bit understandable since there are like 50,000 inhabited systems and one trillion uninhabited stars. Just looking at the galaxy map at full zoom-out gives us anxiety, but it’s neat how you can legitimately stumble upon weird configurations of stars and planets this late in the game because they’re semi-procedurally generated.

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