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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Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, Sep. 19, 6:30-7:55pm
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 Homeschooling
Mason Library
Thursday, Sep. 20, 1:30-3:00pm

Things that roll...things that fly...things that shoot into the sky.

Homeschooling classes teaching science, technology, engineering, arts, and math: seven class series. Good for ages 7 & up. Differentiated teaching for older kids.

Thursdays: 9/20/18, 10/4/18, `10/18/18, 11/1/18, 11/15/18, 11/29/18 & 12/13/18

$35 cost per student. Payment reserves your spot in class.

For more details about curriculum, contact Elaine Caliguiri 
Drop off policy: Children can be left at the library unattended by a parent when they are at least 9 years old.  Younger children may need your assistance in program. Check in with Laurie & Elaine.
 
Mason Library
Thursday, Sep. 20, 3:30-4:30pm
Kids love our Book Club! Susan Ebitz leads 4th through 6th graders in discussing some of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award (MCBA) 25 nominees. There is always a fun activity to go along with the book of the day.  All selections will be available for check out throughtout the Book Club year--both in print & audio (when available). CLICK HERE for a brochure that lists the book titles & reading levels.

Check in with Massini Bus (413-229-7962) about your child coming to the library directly from school. A staff person will meet the Muddy Brook bus at the bus stop in front of the library/post office.


Excellent for homeschoolers!

No registration necessary.
At the last Book Club we will celebrate with a pizza party!

 
Mason Library
Friday, Sep. 21, 2:00-4:00pm
In the Community Room
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Sep. 22, 10:30-11:30am
Weekly acraft and storytime for young children, ages 3 and up.
Please call ahead on holiday weekends to confirm that there is a program
@Ramsdell Sunday Sew
Ramsdell Library
Sunday, Sep. 23, 1:00-3:00pm
Informal Sewing Circle - join us with an existing project or to start a new one!

In Ramsdell Art Room
Mason Read and Wag R
Mason Library
Monday, Sep. 24, 3:30-4:15pm
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 Romeo the Basset Hound and Benny the Portuguese Water Dog. Both of our boys are sweet and love kids, so drop in to read and make a new furry friend! 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.
Sponsored by Canine Link .
@Mason Kristin Gripp
Mason Library
Tuesday, Sep. 25, 10:15-11:15am
Students will read a shared novel and meet to discuss, explore, and work on extension activities related to the text.

Upper Elementary ages (9-12)
Book: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

In the History Room
@Mason Brain Builder
Mason Library
Tuesday, Sep. 25, 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 Kristin Gripp
Mason Library
Tuesday, Sep. 25, 11:20am-12:20pm
Students will read a shared novel and meet to discuss, explore, and work on extension activities related to the text.

Middle School/Ear;y high School (ages 13-16)
Book: Animal Farm by George Orwell

In the History Room
Mason Library
Tuesday, Sep. 25, 5:30-6:45pm
This month's selection: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Mason Library
Wednesday, Sep. 26, 3:30-4:30pm
In the History Room
Mason Library
Wednesday, Sep. 26, 6:00-7:00pm
In the History Room
Mason Library
Wednesday, Sep. 26, 6:00-7:00pm
In the Community Room

(Ends promptly)
Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, Sep. 26, 6:30-7:55pm
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 Library
Thursday, Sep. 27, noon-1:30pm
In the History Room
@Mason Family Movie
Mason Library
Friday, Sep. 28, 6:15pm
Join us for September's Family Movie "Eleanore's Secret" (click for commonsensemedia.com review)
PG | 1h 20min | Animation, Family, Adventure 

Natanaël, seven, still doesn't know how to read. His eccentric old aunt bequeaths her house to his parents and her book collection to the young boy. Nat discovers that the books serve as a shelter for all the heroes found in children's literature. They are the original characters and are counting on him for protection. For if they leave the library, they will disappear along with their stories forever! When his parents start selling off the books, Nathanaël, who is shrunk by the evil witch Carabosse, braves everything to save his tiny friends.

Popcorn & drinks provided.
Mason Library
Saturday, Sep. 29, 10:30-noon
In the Community Room
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Sep. 29, 10:30-11:30am
Weekly acraft and storytime for young children, ages 3 and up.
Please call ahead on holiday weekends to confirm that there is a program
@Ramsdell Sunday Sew
Ramsdell Library
Sunday, Sep. 30, 1:00-3:00pm
Informal Sewing Circle - join us with an existing project or to start a new one!

In Ramsdell Art Room
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