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 Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Mason Library
Tuesday, Apr. 25, 10:30-11:30
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. NO CLASS April 18, SPRING BREAK.

  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, Apr. 25, 5:45-6:45 pm
@Mason  Meet Me at M
@Mason Meet Me at Mason: Postponed Until the Fall
Mason Library
Wednesday, Apr. 26, 10:30am-noon
Sharon Lazerson has been leading “The Off Key Chorale”, a daily singing group for people with dementia and drop-in friends and companions, for nearly 7 years. Knowing how much fun it is to sing together, she is so pleased to offer the opportunity to people living at home. Step out of the shower and sing like no one’s listening!
We will enjoy Broadway show tunes, great American standards, classic folk songs, and anything else participants might choose.
This program will take place in the Community Room.
Please register.

 
This program is possible because of the generous support of the Great Barrington Cultural Council.
 
@Mason  Astronomy fo
@Mason Astronomy for Homeschoolers
Mason Library
Wednesday, Apr. 26, 1-2:30pm
Astronomy for homeschoolers teaches children ages 9 & up earth space science guided by our Mass Science and Technology Curriculum Framework. Learn about the sun and the planets in our solar system: gravity, size, locations, qualities of inhabitable planets. Hands-on activities include each child making an accurate planet piñata. Please register.
  • $20 student fee for all four classes
  • We'll meet for four Wednesday classes 1pm-2:30pm on April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17
Rick Costello is an amateur astronomer and educator who has always been fascinated by our universe. He has presented three astronomy programs at Mason Library (& other libraries in the area) including telescope viewing and lecture. He has worked with schools for 20 years, six years at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT, and other groups. 
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, Apr. 26, 6:30-8:00 pm
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.
 
@Ramsdell Time for Tots
Ramsdell Library
Friday, Apr. 28, 10:30-11:30am
Storytime and crafts for the under-fives and their caregivers.
@Mason  Afternoon LE
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
Mason Library
Friday, Apr. 28, 4-5pm
Kids, drop by in the afternoon to make lego projects! ALL Fridays starting April 14 through June 16.
Good for ages 7 & up*. Includes light snack.
No need to register.
*Parent drop off or stay: Our library policy states if a child is under 9, parent must stay in building
@Mason  Demystifying
@Mason Demystifying Poetry Part II, a workshop for writers with Jayne Benjulian
Mason Library
Saturday, Apr. 29, 10:30am-12:00pm
I have a memory of an important event I want to articulate. How do I cast it as a poem—or is it an essay? What do I have to know, and will I ever know enough? We’ll read several stunning poems by contemporary poets, talk about the language and craft that makes them work and begin drafts of our own poems.

 
Demystifying Poetry is a two-part series. Participants may take one or both workshops.
This workshop is for older teens and adults (ages 16+).
Bring a travel mug of your favorite morning beverage and join us!

Jayne Benjulian is the author of Five Sextillion Atoms. She has always been a writer. She grew up in suburban backyards near New York City and spent summers swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Drawn to coastlines, she also lived on the West Coast—on an island, in a cabin in the hills, and a house under the redwoods. She began writing as a young girl, leaving letters under the mattress to read years later and see who she had been. Her work appears in numerous literary and performance journals, including Agni, Barrow Street, The Cortland Review, Poet Lore, Nimrod, HowlRound, Women’s Review of Books and Poetry Daily.

Jayne’s careers have been as varied and many as places she has lived: she served as chief speechwriter at Apple, investigator for the public defender in King County, Washington, and director of new play development at Magic Theater. She was an Ossabaw Island Project Fellow; a teaching fellow at Emory University; a lecturer in the Graduate Program in Theater at San Francisco State University; and a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Lyon, France. She holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Jayne lives in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, where she teaches the writing and performance of poetry and monologue. For the January 21st, 2017 Gathering at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, she curated Rock the Constitution.
 
@Ramsdell Fun With F
@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Apr. 29, 10:30-11:30am
Arts and crafts for children
@Mason A Pleasant Pa
@Mason A Pleasant Pairing: Tea and Chocolate Seminar
Mason Library
Saturday, Apr. 29, 1:00-2:45 pm
Join Kim Larkin, of Klassic Kreations Gourmet and a licensed chocolatier, as she explores the history and health benefits of both tea and dark chocolate.
 Highlights will include a trivia quiz, the tea ceremony, how to brew a proper cup, fun poetry and of course, samplings of teas, chocolates and tea infused baked goods. A multi sensory experience to delight your eyes, mind and palate!
FREE and open to the public.
In the Community Room.
@Mason Berkshire Mountain Laurel Sangha (BMLS)
Mason Library
Monday, May. 1, 1:00-4:00pm
In the Community Room.
@Mason Berkshire Center for Justice - board meeting
Mason Library
Monday, May. 1, 4:30-6:00pm
In the Community Room
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Mason Library
Tuesday, May. 2, 10:30-11:30
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. NO CLASS April 18, SPRING BREAK.

  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  Meet Me at M
@Mason Meet Me at Mason: Postponed Until the Fall
Mason Library
Wednesday, May. 3, 10:30am-noon
Sharon Lazerson has been leading “The Off Key Chorale”, a daily singing group for people with dementia and drop-in friends and companions, for nearly 7 years. Knowing how much fun it is to sing together, she is so pleased to offer the opportunity to people living at home. Step out of the shower and sing like no one’s listening!
We will enjoy Broadway show tunes, great American standards, classic folk songs, and anything else participants might choose.

This program will take place in the Community Room.
Please register.

 
This program is possible because of the generous support of the Great Barrington Cultural Council.
 
@Mason  Astronomy fo
@Mason Astronomy for Homeschoolers
Mason Library
Wednesday, May. 3, 1-2:30pm
Astronomy for homeschoolers teaches children ages 9 & up earth space science guided by our Mass Science and Technology Curriculum Framework. Learn about the sun and the planets in our solar system: gravity, size, locations, qualities of inhabitable planets. Hands-on activities include each child making an accurate planet piñata. Please register.
  • $20 student fee for all four classes
  • We'll meet for four Wednesday classes 1pm-2:30pm on April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17
Rick Costello is an amateur astronomer and educator who has always been fascinated by our universe. He has presented three astronomy programs at Mason Library (& other libraries in the area) including telescope viewing and lecture. He has worked with schools for 20 years, six years at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT, and other groups. 
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After School Kid’s Chess
Mason Library
Wednesday, May. 3, 3:30-5
Open chess time to meet others who enjoy playing, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. There will be no formal instruction, so partcipants must already have a working knowledge of the game. Chess boards and light snacks will be provided

Good for grades 1-6
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, May. 3, 6:30-8:00 pm
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  Afternoon LE
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
Mason Library
Friday, May. 5, 4-5pm
Kids, drop by in the afternoon to make lego projects! ALL Fridays starting April 14 through June 16.
Good for ages 7 & up*. Includes light snack.
No need to register.
*Parent drop off or stay: Our library policy states if a child is under 9, parent must stay in building
@Ramsdell Fun With F
@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, May. 6, 10:30-11:30am
Arts and crafts for children
@Ramsdell  Design &
@Ramsdell Design & Sew a Colorful Garden Flag - CANCELLED
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, May. 6, 11:30am-12:30pm
**CLASS CANCELLED**

Learn how to design, choose fabric for, cut, and piece a flag for display outside or in your home.
This class is suitable for people with intermediate sewing skills, sewing will take place at home, not during class time.

Class will meet Saturday mornings
March 25, April 8, April 22, and possibly May 6
11:30am-12:30pm
 
 
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