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 Library
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 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.
  Sponsored by CHP (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care).
Mason Library
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 11:30am-12:30pm
Ages 13-15
With Kristin Grippo, in the History Room
Mason Library
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 5:30-6:45pm
The Road From Coorain by Jill Conway
Mason Library
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 5:45-6:45pm
This month's selection: Invisible by Andrew Grant

In the History Room
@Mason Town Use
Mason Library
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 4:00-5:00pm
In the Community Room
Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 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 Hola Amigos B
Mason Library
Thursday, Apr. 25, 10:30-11:30am
CHP Bilingual Playgroup with Marcela every Thursday.
Join us for an activity and stories! Make new friends and play. Stories in Spanish and English! For caregivers with children baby – 7 years old.
CHP Grupo de juego bilingüe con Marcela cada Jueves.
¡Únete a nosotros para una actividad e historias! Haz nuevos amigos y juega. Historias en Español e Ingles! Para cuidadores y niños edades desde bebés hasta 7 años.
  Sponsored by CHP (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care).
@Mason Northeast Res
Mason Library
Thursday, Apr. 25, 11:00am-5:30pm
Series of workshops, held in the Community Room
@Mason RSYP: Q Club
Mason Library
Thursday, Apr. 25, 3:30-5:00pm
In the History Room
@Mason Baby & Me!
Mason Library
Friday, Apr. 26, 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 Arbor Day wit
Mason Library
Friday, Apr. 26, 3:30-5:00pm
The Great Barrington Tree Committee will hold its annual Arbor Day Celebration at Mason Library in Great Barrington on Arbor Day, April 26th, from 3:30 to 5pm.
The highlight of this year's festivities is the replanting of a red maple on the library front lawn. Arborist Tom Ingersoll and Greg Ward from Ward's Nursery are donating the tree to replace one that succumbed to disease several years ago. Mr. Ingersoll, a descendant of Laura Secord Ingersoll, will rededicate the plaque honoring her birthplace on the site of the library.
Friends of the GB Libraries will hand out Laura Secord chocolates to honor her place in local and Canadian history. 
Information tables will be sponsored by the Great Barrington Agricultural Commission, Great Barrington Land Conservancy, The Great Barrington Libraries and the Friends of the GB Libraries. Devan Arnold, owner of Sassafras Land Care, will reveal his plan for pollinator gardens in the Main Street foundation beds of the Library and will be on hand for questions and advice on how to make your property part of the pollinator highway.
The community is invited to take the River Walk Tree ID Challenge and enter the raffle to win a native tree. Participants can pick up an entry at Mason Library from Earth Day through Arbor Day. Two prize winners (12 and older, 11 and younger) will be selected at the Tree Raffle Drawing at 4:45pm.As a culmination of the design plan and caring for the 80 plus trees planted on Main Street following the downtown street reconstruction, The Tree Committee and Tree Warden have documented all of the trees spanning 20 different species into a map for the public which gives each tree an address. The handouts will be available in the Library during and after the celebration.
@Mason Family Movie
Mason Library
Friday, Apr. 26, 6:00pm
Join us for April's Family Movie "Mary Poppins Returns"(click for review)
Special start time of 6:00pm
PG | 2h 10min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.
Popcorn & drinks provided
Mason Library
Saturday, Apr. 27, 10:00am-12:00pm
In the Community Room 

The Intentional Community in the Berkshires Group welcomes Jenny and Greg Donner from the Living Miracles Community. 
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Apr. 27, 10:30-11:30am
Arts & Crafts for kids 3 and up
@Ramsdell  Dog Park
Ramsdell Library
Sunday, Apr. 28
In the Main Reading Room
@Ramsdell Painting i
Ramsdell Library
Sunday, Apr. 28, 2:00-3:30pm
This is a stress-free, fun "Painting In Oils" class offered to adults, teens and children of all skill levels. We will be creating beautiful scenes of the seasonal Berkshire area in oils. No scene will be difficult with my guidance and one-on-one assistance as needed. Help with drawing will be provided as needed and composition, mixing colors, depiction of light and shadow and perspective will be shown during the process. Demonstrations, talks and critiques provided. Everyone paints at their own pace from their photo or my photo. Painting wet-on-wet demonstrated as well as glazing. Assistance with making a competent observational painting will be the goal, using correct proportions in an expressive manner. The painting process is exhilarating, transporting and joyful.

This class is ongoing on Sunday afternoons.  Drop-ins welcome. Margaret welcomes projects in media other than oils, if the student brings their own supplies.

Please note the class will not meet on days the library is closed.
Mason Library
Monday, Apr. 29, 9:00-10:00am
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Mason Library
Monday, Apr. 29, 10:15-11:15am
Ages 9-12
With Kristin Grippo, in the Community Room
Mason Library
Monday, Apr. 29, 3:30-4:30pm
In the Community Room
Mason Read and Wag R
Mason Library
Monday, Apr. 29, 3:30-4:15pm
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.
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