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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@Ramsdell Fun With F
@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Jun. 24, 10:30-11:30am
Arts and crafts for children
@Mason Build It! Fam
@Mason Build It! Family Saturday
Mason Library
Saturday, Jun. 24, 11:30am-12:30pm
Family Activity Saturdays are fun & active! Today's family activity is making Unicorns! Craft good for families with children ages 3 & up.
Drop in, no registration needed.
@Mason Lyme Alliance of the Berskhires - Support Group Meeting
Mason Library
Saturday, Jun. 24, 12:30-2:30pm
In the Community Room
@Mason Read with Luc
@Mason Read with Lucy!
Mason Library
Monday, Jun. 26, 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 Brain Builder
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Mason Library
Tuesday, Jun. 27, 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, Jun. 27, 1:00-4:00pm
In the History Room
@Mason Book Lovers’ Book Club
Mason Library
Tuesday, Jun. 27, 5:30-6:45pm
Putin Country by Anne Garrels.

In the Main Reading Room (this month only).
@Mason  Ergonomics:
@Mason Ergonomics: Improve your Environment, Improve your Body with Dave Halley
Mason Library
Tuesday, Jun. 27, 5:30-6:30 pm
Sore neck?  Sore back? How we sit, how we drive and how we spend our screen-time impacts our body far more than we might imagine.  Dave provides clear and concise info on how our bodies get worn down by the way we treat them and how to make simple practical changes to alleviate 80% of the stress we put them through. 

Learn more about Dave here: http://www.pairofhealinghands.com/about

This program is FREE and open to the public!
 
@Mason Craft: Minecr
@Mason Craft: Minecraft Keyrings & Pendants
Mason Library
Wednesday, Jun. 28, 4:15-5:15pm
We'll be using Perler Beads to make Minecraft pendants, fridge magnets and keyrings

Good for ages 6 and up
@Ramsdell Storytime for Tots
Ramsdell Library
Friday, Jun. 30, 3:30-4:30pm
Stories and Crafts for the under-fives.

In the Ramsdell Children's Room.
@Mason Family Movie
@Mason Family Movie Night: "The Lego Batman Movie"
Mason Library
Friday, Jun. 30, 6:15pm
For June's Family Movie, join us for "The Lego Batman Movie" (click for CommonsenseMedia.org review)

PG | 1h 44min | Animation, Action, Adventure| HIGH Rating 7.6/10
A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.


No need to register.  Popcorn & beverages included. Wear jammies! 
@Ramsdell Fun With F
@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Jul. 1, 10:30-11:30am
Arts and crafts for children
@Mason Build It! Fam
@Mason Build It! Family Saturday: Sidewalk Chalk & Curious George
Mason Library
Saturday, Jul. 1, 11:30am-12:30pm
Family Activity Saturdays are fun and active! Today's family activity is making sidewalk chalk. Bring your own silicon molds or use cups provided by the library. We'll also make Curious George  monkeys.

Craft good for families with children ages 3 & up.
Drop in, no registration needed.
@Mason Read with Luc
@Mason Read with Lucy & Sylvester!
Mason Library
Monday, Jul. 3, 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 or Sylvestor!" 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 Mtg
Mason Library
Monday, Jul. 3, 4:30-6:00pm
In the Community Room
BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSE
BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
Mason Library
Tuesday, Jul. 4
Craft: Everything Po
Craft: Everything Pokemon!
Mason Library
Thursday, Jul. 6, 4-5pm
Gotta craft 'em all! Calling all trainers, join us for an afternoon of DIYing all things Pokemon!

Good for ages 6 and up
@Ramsdell Storytime for Tots
Ramsdell Library
Friday, Jul. 7, 3:30-4:30pm
Stories and Crafts for the under-fives.

In the Ramsdell Children's Room.
@Ramsdell Fairy House with Allen Timmons
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Jul. 8, 10:30-11:30am
Build a fairy house with local artist and landscaper Allen Timmons!

In Ramsdell Library Children's Room.

FREE and open to the public.
@Ramsdell Fun With F
@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Ramsdell Library
Saturday, Jul. 8, 10:30-11:30am
Arts and crafts for children
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