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 SBETC Meeting
Mason Library
Thursday, May. 25, 10:00-11:30 AM
Meeting for the SBETC (Southern Berkshire Elderly Transportation Corporation).  In the History Room.  
@Ramsdell Storytime for Tots
Ramsdell Library
Friday, May. 26, 3:30-4:30pm
Stories and Crafts for the under-fives.

In the Ramsdell Children's Room.
@Mason  Afternoon LE
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
Mason Library
Friday, May. 26, 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 Family Movie
@Mason Family Movie Night: "Sing"
Mason Library
Friday, May. 26, 6:15 PM
For May's Family Movie, join us for "Sing" (click for CommonsenseMedia.org review)
PG | 1h 48min | Animation, Family, Comedy  | HIGH Rating 7.2/10

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.


No need to register.  Popcorn & beverages included. Wear jammies! 
@Ramsdell Fun With F
@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, May. 27, 10:30-11:30am
Arts and crafts for children
BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY
Mason Library
Monday, May. 29
@Mason Brain Builder
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Mason Library
Tuesday, May. 30, 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. NO CLASS JULY 4TH.
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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.
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, May. 31, 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 GB Agricultural Commission
Mason Library
Thursday, Jun. 1, 3:00-5:00pm
In the History Room
@Mason Library Trustees Meeting
Mason Library
Thursday, Jun. 1, 5:30-7:00 PM
Open to all residents of Great Barrington and Housatonic.
@Ramsdell Storytime for Tots
Ramsdell Library
Friday, Jun. 2, 3:30-4:30pm
Stories and Crafts for the under-fives.

In the Ramsdell Children's Room.
@Mason  Afternoon LE
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
Mason Library
Friday, Jun. 2, 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, Jun. 3, 10:30-11:30am
Arts and crafts for children
@Mason Read with Luc
@Mason Read with Lucy!
Mason Library
Monday, Jun. 5, 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 Lucy!" in May. 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 Berkshire Center for Justice - board meeting
Mason Library
Monday, Jun. 5, 4:30-6:00pm
In the Community Room
@Mason Brain Builder
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Mason Library
Tuesday, Jun. 6, 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. NO CLASS JULY 4TH.
.
  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.
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, Jun. 7, 6:30-8:00 pm
Informal reading at the Ramsdell Library.

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 Storytime for Tots
Ramsdell Library
Friday, Jun. 9, 3:30-4:30pm
Stories and Crafts for the under-fives.

In the Ramsdell Children's Room.
@Mason  Afternoon LE
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
Mason Library
Friday, Jun. 9, 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, Jun. 10, 10:30-11:30am
Arts and crafts for children
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