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, Aug. 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. 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.
@Mason Rug Hooking Group
Mason Library
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1:00-4:00pm
In the History Room
@Mason Book Lovers’ Book Club
Mason Library
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 5:45-6:45pm
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

In the Community Room.
@Mason W.E.B. DuBois Education Series planning committee meeting
Mason Library
Friday, Aug. 25, 10:00-11:30 am
In the Community Room
@Mason Family Movie
@Mason Family Movie Night: "Storks"
Mason Library
Friday, Aug. 25, 6:15 PM
For August's Family Movie, join us for "Storks" (click for CommonsenseMedia.org review)
PG | 1h 27min | Animated, Adventure, Comedy| HIGH Rating 7/10


Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.
No need to register.  Popcorn & beverages included. Wear jammies! 
Ramsdell: Fun with F
Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts!
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:30-11:30am
Weekly drop in art workshop for children ages 4&up
@Mason Celebrating V
@Mason Celebrating Veterans with Ashley & Karina
Mason Library
Saturday, Aug. 26, 11:30am-12:30pm
Project 351 encourages teens to engage in service projects across Massachusetts. Great Barrington locals, Ashley & Karina, will create a 9-11 Memorial, honoring the men & women who lost their lives during this national disaster. Today's event is also to honor all veterans who serve or have served their country in time of war. Children who participate today will make cards to veterans to show their gratitude.

All ages
Drop in, no need to register
@Mason Lyme Alliance of the Berskhires - Support Group Meeting
Mason Library
Saturday, Aug. 26, 12:30-2:30pm
In the Community Room
@Mason Bagels & Books
Mason Library
Monday, Aug. 28, 9:00-10:00am
Do Not Say That We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien.

In the Community Room.
@Mason Read and Wag
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
Mason Library
Monday, Aug. 28, 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, Aug. 29, 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.
@Mason Rug Hooking Group
Mason Library
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1:00-4:00pm
In the History Room
Ramsdell: Fun with F
Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts!
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Sep. 2, 10:30-11:30am
Weekly drop in art workshop for children ages 4&up
@Mason  Medicinal Fo
@Mason Medicinal Foods from Backyards, Parks, and Interstitial Spaces (Part 1)
Mason Library
Saturday, Sep. 2, 1:00-3:00pm
Learn how to find, gather, and tend edible and medicinal plants growing in abundance in feral outdoor spaces. Meet common plants, including many so-called "weeds" and "ornamentals" often found in suburban and urban ecosystems here in Western Mass.  We will taste and discuss a variety of easy and effective ways to preserve autumn’s feral bounty, prioritizing nutrient preservation and flavor, stretching the green world's gifts through the depths of winter.  Classes will include handouts and a foraging walk.

Seasonal Fare: Acorns, Autumn Olives, Black Walnuts, Kousa Dogwood, Rosehips, Plantain Seeds, Wild Carrot, Burdock Roots, Wild Grape, Wild Apples, Sunchokes, Hawthorne   

Carly has studied herbalism and wild food cookery for close to a decade.  She completed a 2-year clinical herbalism training with Chris Marano at the Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine. She has also studied with Sage Mauer at the Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education and is currently apprenticing with whole foods chef Alice Cozzolino at Alice's Kitchen.  In 2009 she co-founded Acorn Kitchen with Felix Lufkin, a wild food education collaborative and preserve business.  She's a regular contributor to Edible Pioneer Valley, offering a quarterly Wild Edibles D.I.Y column.
 

 This program is FREE and open to the public.
Please register at gblibraries.org.
Photo courtesy of Erik Hoffner
BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSE
BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY
Mason Library
Monday, Sep. 4
@Mason Brain Builder
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Mason Library
Tuesday, Sep. 5, 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.
@Mason Berkshire Women’s Action
Mason Library
Wednesday, Sep. 6, 1:00-3:00pm
In the Community Room
Ramsdell: Fun with F
Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts!
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Sep. 9, 10:30-11:30am
Weekly drop in art workshop for children ages 4&up
@Mason  Film Showing
@Mason Film Showing: Forgotten Farms
Mason Library
Saturday, Sep. 9, 1:00-3:00pm
Forgotten Farms examines class divides in our farm and food communities. Most people buy their food in supermarkets and don’t have a chance to meet their farmer, as the bumper sticker recommends. But in more affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants, farmer's markets and CSAs are booming and the new farmers are celebrated.There is another farmer who is left out of the local food celebration.New England has lost over 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years; fewer than 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, they tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. In our enthusiasm for the new food movement, we often overlook the farmers at the foundation of the regional agricultural economy. Only 100 years ago, New England produced most of its own food on 16 million acres of farmland. Climate change will demand that more of our food is grown closer to where we live. As we strive to revive local production, we have much to learn from dairy farmers who have been managing most of the farmland and sustaining the farm economy all along. Through conversations with farmers and policy experts, the film reconsiders the role of these vital but forgotten farmers.Forgotten Farms gives us a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system. The documentary shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, highlighting the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding, and find common ground. A truly sustainable local food system that benefits everyone will rely on all of our farmers.

Film showing is followed by a "talkback" with the filmakers and a dairy farmer.
This program is FREE and open to the public.
@Ramsdell  Ramsdell
@Ramsdell Ramsdell Readers
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Sep. 9, 1:00-2:30pm
This month we are reading The Farm by Tom Rob Smith.

Books are available at the circulation desks of both Mason and Ramsdell libraries.
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