Great Barrington Libraries Programs

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Great Barrington Libraries! All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Registration required where noted.
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@Mason Brain Builder
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Mason Library
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 10:30-11:30am
Read, sing, play, & talk during circle time & continue with fun table time activities, combining STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) & Every Child Ready to Read, for baby through 5 years and their caregiver.  No registration required.
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  Sponsored by South Berkshire Kids (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care), and the CHP Family Network.
@Mason Mystery Book Club
Mason Library
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:45-6:45pm
This month's book: Free Fire by C.J. Box
@Mason Chess Club
@Mason Chess Club
Mason Library
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 3:30-5pm
Open chess time to meet others who enjoy playing, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Children must already have a working knowledge of the game.

Good for grades 1-6
Chess boards and light snack will be provided
@Mason  Daisy Troop
@Mason Daisy Troop Meeting
Mason Library
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 5:45-6:45pm
In the Community Room
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30-8:00pm
Are you ready to blow the roof off of your silence?  If you opened your mouth to speak your truth, would you know what to say?  Join author, blogger, mother and artist Suzi Banks Baum for the Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops.
 
@Mason Club Maison K
@Mason "Club Maison" Kids Book & Activities
Mason Library
Thursday, Oct. 19, 3:30-4:30pm
This school year we welcome retired Muddy Brook teacher, Mrs. Ebitz, to lead our book discussion and related fun activities. Snack included. Check with Massini Bus (413-229-7962) about your child taking the bus direct to the library.

Good for 4th grade & up
No registration needed
@Mason GB Agriculture Commission
Mason Library
Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30-5:45pm
In the Community Room
Ramsdell: Fun with F
Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts!
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:30-11:30am
Weekly drop in art workshop for children ages 4&up
@Mason Coding with M
@Mason Coding with Minecraft
Mason Library
Saturday, Oct. 21, 1:00-3:00pm
Calling all crafters! Rhode Island Computer Museum returns to host their popular Minecraft program. Students will learn how to build the game using code based on the Javascript programming language. The set-up is easy for beginners, challenging for experienced gamers, and fun for everyone!

For ages 9 & up, registration required (limited spots available)
@Mason Writing Workshop
Mason Library
Monday, Oct. 23, 11:30-12:45
@Mason Read and Wag
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
Mason Library
Monday, Oct. 23, 3:30-4:15 PM

Did You Know? Reading to dogs can boost reading skills in children as well as help with emotional and social skills.
Children in our community can "Read with Lucy, Sylvestor or Romeo!" Please register ahead, or drop in to check availability. Good for school-aged children.

Reading Skills

  • Reading to dogs gives children essential extra practice with reading and oral skills.
  • Some children feel that reading becomes less difficult when reading to a dog and are more willing to read aloud at school.
  • Reading to dogs has motivated some children to start reading more at home, especially to their pets.
  • Children want to try reading more difficult books as they go through the reading to dogs program.
  • Kids feel more confident when answering reading related questions.
  • Research studies have shown that reading fluency can increase after participating in a reading to dogs program.

Emotional Benefits

  • Children enjoy the program and think it's fun!  They look forward to coming to the library because a dog is waiting for them.
  • Children feel comfortable reading to dogs because dogs don't judge if a word is mispronounced.
  • The process of petting dogs can help with motor skills and is also known to be a calming factor that can reduce stress, blood pressure, and anxiety.
  • Some children feel nervous when reading aloud and reading with a dog immediately calms them down.
  • Kids feel safe when sitting with a dog from the program.
  • Reading to dogs boosts the confidence levels of struggling readers and gives children an increased sense of pride.
  • A child can feel like a leader by turning the book toward the dog, reading aloud, and pretending (s)he is the teacher. 
  • Children feel a sense of accomplishment by reading an entire book.
  • If a child has experienced a recent loss of a family member or pet, reading to a dog can help bring them comfort.

Social Benefits

  • Children learn to take turns while waiting for their chance to read to the dog.
  • Children can learn kindness and empathy by petting the dogs, cuddling with them, and bringing them treats.
  • Communication skills can be improved by practicing reading aloud.
  • Participants enjoy talking with each other and sharing books they have read.
Sponsored by Canine Link.
@Mason Brain Builder
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Mason Library
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:30-11:30am
Read, sing, play, & talk during circle time & continue with fun table time activities, combining STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) & Every Child Ready to Read, for baby through 5 years and their caregiver.  No registration required.
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  Sponsored by South Berkshire Kids (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care), and the CHP Family Network.
@Mason Book Lovers’ Book Club
Mason Library
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5:45-6:45pm
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

In the Community Room.
@Mason Chess Club
@Mason Chess Club
Mason Library
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 3:30-5pm
Open chess time to meet others who enjoy playing, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Children must already have a working knowledge of the game.

Good for grades 1-6
Chess boards and light snack will be provided
@Mason  Festival of
@Mason Festival of Trees Crafting "Take Me to Hogwarts"
Mason Library
Thursday, Oct. 26, 1:30-3pm (10/28/17)
Everything Harry Potter! This is our 7th year of crafting for the Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum. We have three age-based crafting activities. Please register ahead.

Thursday October 26  1:30-3pm (for ages 7 to 14)

Saturday Oct 28  11:30-12:30 (for ages 3 to 7)

Thursday November 2  3:30-4:30 (for ages 7 to 14)



 
@Mason  Robert Tougi
@Mason Robert Tougias: The Quest for the Eastern Cougar
Mason Library
Thursday, Oct. 26, 4:00-5:30pm
The cougar or Puma concolor once roamed free and wild all across the Northeast. It was extirpated from this region about 1890; however, ever since there have been sightings and even some field evidence. Yet local wildlife officials continue to tell us that they do not exist. In fact, the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the species extinct here in May of 2011. Only a month later, a 140 pound male cougar was struck and killed in Milford, Connecticut. If they are extinct then why do so many people see them and how do you explain the recent kill? Robert Tougias will answer this question and discuss the future of the large carnivore here in New England. The program will last forty five minutes and will be followed by questions.


Robert Tougias is a nature author and has been studying the eastern cougar story for two decades. He is the author of Birding Western Massachusetts - A Habitat Approach ( New England Cartographics) and presently has a column appearing in the New London Day Newspaper. He is considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the few experts on the subject. Robert's interest in the cougar peaked when he discovered large cat tracks near his family's cabin in northern Vermont. His new book The Quest For The Eastern Cougar is now available.
@Ramsdell Senior Center Resource Counseling
Mason Library
Friday, Oct. 27, 2:00-4:00pm
Learn more about the Claire Teague Senior Center's programs and resources!

In the Art Room
@Mason Family Movie:
@Mason Family Movie: Captain Underpants (2017)
Mason Library
Friday, Oct. 27, 6:15 PM
For October's Family Movie, join us for "Captain Underpants" (click for CommonsenseMedia.org review)
PG | 1h 29min | Animated, Action, Comedy


Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

No need to register.  Popcorn & beverages included. Wear jammies!
Ramsdell: Fun with F
Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts!
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Oct. 28, 10:30-11:30am
Weekly drop in art workshop for children ages 4&up
@Mason  Festival of
@Mason Festival of Trees Crafting "Take Me to Hogwarts"
Mason Library
Saturday, Oct. 28, 11:30am-12:30pm (10/28/17)
Everything Harry Potter! This is our 7th year of crafting for the Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum. We have three age-based crafting activities. Please register ahead.

Thursday October 26  1:30-3pm (for ages 7 to 14)

Saturday Oct 28  11:30-12:30 (for ages 3 to 7)

Thursday November 2  3:30-4:30 (for ages 7 to 14)



 
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