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 Coding Club f
Mason Library
Thursday, Jan. 17, 10:15-11:15am
Interested kids ages 7 & up should try to attend the Hour of Code on Dec 6 when they will have an introduction to Scratch. In this three-session club kids will learn the Scratch programming language, a graphical programming language, developed by MIT. Children can drag and combine code blocks to make a range of programs, including animations, stories, musical instruments and games. It’s a bit like the programming equivalent of LEGO!  Coding builds soft skills of focus and organization as they write more complicated code. Coding teaches logical communication, strengthening both verbal and written skills. Learning to code means learning a new language!
3-sessions: Thursdays in January 10, 17, 31
@Mason Homeschooling
Mason Library
Thursday, Jan. 17, 1:30-3:00pm
Homeschooling classes teaching science, technology, engineering, arts, and math: eight class series. Good for ages 7 & up. We're capping program at 10 students. Differentiated teaching for older kids.
Thursdays: 1/10/2019, 1/17/19, 1/24/19, 1/31/19, 2/7/19, 2/14/19, 2/28/19, 3/7/19
$40 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  Kids Chess C
Mason Library
Thursday, Jan. 17, 3:30-4:30pm (December 6 & 20, January 17 & 31, March 7)
Open chess time to meet others who enjoy playing, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Chess boards and light snack will be provided.
Good for grades 1 & up, drop in--no registration needed
3:30-4:30 Thursdays: Oct 4, 25;  Dec 6, 20;  Jan 17, 31;  Mar 7, 21
@Mason  RSYP:  Q Clu
Mason Library
Thursday, Jan. 17, 3:30-5:00pm
In the Community Room
@Mason Baby & Me!
Mason Library
Friday, Jan. 18, 10:15-11am
Join us for rhymes, lapsit stories & fingerplay in a Story Time for babies birth through 18 months. Sponsored by CHP Children’s Health program.
@Mason  Creating Int
Mason Library
Saturday, Jan. 19, 10:00-11:30am
In the Community Room
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Jan. 19, 10:30-11:30am
Weekly craft and storytime for young children, ages 3 and up.
Please call ahead on holiday weekends to confirm that there is a program
@Mason Death Cafe
Mason Library
Saturday, Jan. 19, 1:30-2:45pm






"to increase awareness of death
with a view to helping people
make the most of their finite lives
"

Saturdays:
January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20

1:30-2:45pm
no cost

Join us over cake & tea for an open ended
group-led discussion on how we die.
Potential topics include aging,
mourning, alternative care plans,
and community support.
Hosted by Camille Roos.

 
Death Cafe is a respectful and confidential space where people can express their views safely. Death Cafe seeks to maintain positivity and tolerance.
Death Cafe is not for profit, unaffiliated with any religion or business, and has no intention of leading participants to a definite conclusion or course of action.
We believe that death belongs to everybody.

deathcafe.com

In the Mason Library Community Room.
Ramsdell Library
Sunday, Jan. 20
Mason Library
Monday, Jan. 21
@Mason Brain Builder
Mason Library
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 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 CHP (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care).
@Mason Girls Robotic
Mason Library
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 3:30-5:30pm
Join Flying Cloud Institute's regional Girls Robotics Club. Open for free to all 3rd through 5th grade girls. Registration required (click HERE) On Saturday March 23 the girls can demonstrate what they've created.
  • Create a mission to solve a real-life problem
  • Build an original robot equipped to achieve your mission
  • Program your robot to complete the mission
Dates: 10 sessions  Jan 8, 2019, Jan 15, 2019, Jan 22, 2019, Jan 29, 2019, Feb 5, 2019, Feb 12, 2019, Feb 26, 2019, Mar 5, 2019, Mar 12, 2019, Mar 19, 2019

($50 suggested donation to help support the cost of the program.)
Mason Library
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4:30-6:00 PM
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, Sam will be offering basic tech support and instruction for PCs, Macs, smart phones, iPhones, iPads, tablets and probably other things as well.  Basically, if you can bring it in and we can plug it in, Sam will see if he can help!
More information:
-Sessions are 30 minutes long
-Best to have a question or problem
-PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, smart phones, tablets, basic computer skills and operation
-Book in advance at the Main Circulation Desk or by calling Mason Library (413)-528-2403
Mason Library
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 5:30-6:45pm
In the Community Room
Mason Library
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 4:00-5:00pm
In the Community Room
@Mason Homeschooling
Mason Library
Thursday, Jan. 24, 1:30-3:00pm
Homeschooling classes teaching science, technology, engineering, arts, and math: eight class series. Good for ages 7 & up. We're capping program at 10 students. Differentiated teaching for older kids.
Thursdays: 1/10/2019, 1/17/19, 1/24/19, 1/31/19, 2/7/19, 2/14/19, 2/28/19, 3/7/19
$40 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  RSYP:  Q Clu
Mason Library
Thursday, Jan. 24, 3:30-5:00pm
In the Community Room
Mason Library
Thursday, Jan. 24, 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. 

November 1, 15, 29  December 13  January 10, 24  February 7, 14, 28  March 14, 28

Apr 4 Pizza Party

 Excellent for homeschoolers!

No registration necessary.
At the last Book Club we will celebrate with a pizza party!
 
@Mason Baby & Me!
Mason Library
Friday, Jan. 25, 10:15-11am
Join us for rhymes, lapsit stories & fingerplay in a Story Time for babies birth through 18 months. Sponsored by CHP Children’s Health program.
@Mason  Creating Int
Mason Library
Saturday, Jan. 26, 10:00-11:30am
In the History Room
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