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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Miss Hall’s Ho
Miss Hall’s Holiday Storytime & Craft
Mason Library
Thursday, Dec. 14, 10:15-11am
Join our Miss Hall's girls in some holiday stories and a craft.
Good for preschoolers age 2 & up
@Mason Club Maison K
@Mason "Club Maison" Kids Book & Activities
Mason Library
Thursday, Dec. 14, 3:30-4:30pm
This school year we welcome retired Muddy Brook teacher, Mrs. Ebitz, to lead our book discussion and related fun activities. Snack included. Check with Massini Bus (413-229-7962) about your child taking the bus direct to the library.

Good for 4th grade & up
No registration needed
@Mason Library Trustees Meeting
Mason Library
Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30-7:00 PM
Open to all residents of Great Barrington and Housatonic.
@Mason Meet Me at Ma
@Mason Meet Me at Mason: music group
Mason Library
Friday, Dec. 15, 10:30-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 seasonal music and old favorites!
This program is possible because of the generous support of the Great Barrington Cultural Council.
@Ramsdell Fun With F
@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts: Marshmallow Dreidels & Cookie Decorating
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10:30-11:30am
@Mason Gingerbread H
@Mason Gingerbread Houses!
Mason Library
Saturday, Dec. 16, 1:15-2:30pm
Make your own gingerbread house! All supplies included. For ages 6 & up (with parent assistance as needed). Limited spaces available: Registration necessary.
Often a family will choose to share one house. If so, please register one child only & tell us "sharing with [other names]" in "special needs" area.
@Mason Bagels & Books
Mason Library
Monday, Dec. 18, 9:00-10:00am
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
This group meets in the downstairs Community Room before the library opens. Please use the side entrance off the parking lot and take the elevator to the lower level.
@Mason Writing Workshop for Kids
Mason Library
Monday, Dec. 18, 11:30-12:45
For more information, please contact Kristin Grippo. 
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
Mason Library
Monday, Dec. 18, 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, 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, Dec. 19, 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 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 Chess Club
@Mason Chess Club
Mason Library
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 3:30-5pm
Open chess time to meet others who enjoy playing, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Children must already have a working knowledge of the game.

Good for grades 1-6
Chess boards and light snack will be provided
@Mason Staff Use
Mason Library
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 4:00-5:00pm
Community Room
@Ramsdell  Songwriti
@Ramsdell Songwriting Workshop with Michael Lesko
Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 5:00-7:00pm
Join local musician and songwriter Michael Lesko for a songwriting workshop!

Former Berklee College of Music student and local Berkshire performing artist, Michael Lesko, seeks to share a strength that is gained when exploring our vulnerability in the songwriting process and performance. It is a journey of faith and honesty with our self, and its effects are profound and healing, and ripple into all areas of our life. This workshop is for teens and adults, no musical background necessary!

Program is FREE and open to the public.

In the Ramsdell Library Art Room.
@Mason  Daisy Troop
@Mason Daisy Troop Meeting
Mason Library
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 5:45-6:45pm
In the Community Room
Mason Library
Saturday, Dec. 23
@Ramsdell Fun With F
@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts: Making Holiday Ornaments
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10:30-11:30am
Mason Library
Sunday, Dec. 24
Mason Library
Monday, Dec. 25
@Mason Staff Use
Mason Library
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 4:00-5:00pm
Community Room
@Mason A Welsh Famil
@Mason A Welsh Family Christmas
Mason Library
Thursday, Dec. 28, 3:00-5:30
Come experience a bit of Wales at Mason Library. At 3:00 Ronnie Cunningham will recite Dylon Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales. Immediately following we'll make wooly sheep magnets. At 4:30 we'll show the delightful family movie, "A Child's Christmas in Wales." 
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