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 Junior Engine
Mason Library
Thursday, Sep. 19, 12:00-1:15pm
Homeschool STEAM for 4-7 year olds. The Science of Innovation and Maker Space where children explore, tinker, discover, and create with enthusiasm. Parent volunteers needed, Space limited to 8 children. Tuition $60 for 12 sessions:
  1. 9-19-2019
  2. 9-26-2019
  3. 10-3-2019
  4. 10-10-2019
  5. 10-17-2019
  6. 10-24-2019
  7. 10-31-2019
  8. 11-7-2019
  9. 11-14-2019
  10. 11-21-2019
  11. 12-5-2019
  12. 12-12-2019

 
@Mason Kid’s B
Mason Library
Thursday, Sep. 19, 3:30-4:45pm
Book Club for ages 9-12 is fun! Facilitated by retired teacher extraordinaire, Mrs. Ebitz, we'll discuss the nominee books for the 2019-20 Massachusetts Children's Book Award and do related lively activities. We’ll use real experiences to deepen the discussions to understand the setting, plot, characters, conflict, point of view, and more. We’ll celebrate with a pizza party in the Spring. CLICK HERE for list of books.
2019 Sessions: 9/19/ 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19
2020 Sessions: 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/27, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2 PIZZA PARTY
@Mason RSYP: Q Club
Mason Library
Thursday, Sep. 19, 3:30-5:00pm
In the History Room (unless otherwise specified)
Mason Library
Thursday, Sep. 19, 6:00-7:00pm
In the Community Room

PLEASE NOTE this is a Town task force using a Town Building after the library's open hours.  If you arrive after 6pm please use the side entrances to gain access. Thank you.
Mason Library
Friday, Sep. 20, 10:30am-12:00pm
In the Community Room
@Mason What Is Lost,
Mason Library
Saturday, Sep. 21, 10:00am-4:30pm
 

What Is Lost, Is Found: Discarded Books as Page-Sized Canvases for Collage and Found Word Poetry

In this workshop we will use discarded books to create individual works of art. We will explore a variety of mixed media art including frottage and basic transfer techniques to make found word collages with stencils & acrylic & watercolor paints. When we work with old pages in this way, new stories emerge. 

Please bring an apron and water bottle. This workshop is open to all aged 13 and up. No previous experience necessary.
There will be a one hour lunch break from 12:30-1:30pm.

This workshop is FREE and limited to 12 participants. Please register at gblibraries.org.

 

Suzi Banks Baum uses writing, hand bound books, photographs and mixed media collage to say what she means. She believes daily creative practice is a super food.

Suzi’s collage work has spread in the world through a mail art exchange called FeMail, with artist Karen Arp-Sandel. Her artist books have been exhibited and archived at the Brooklyn Art Library, at No. Six Depot gallery in West Stockbridge, and in personal collections. She is editor and publisher of An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice. Published in the Walloon Writers Review and The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory.

Most Wednesdays, Suzi can be found leading the Powder Keg Writing Workshop for Women at the Ramsdell Public Library in Housatonic, MA. Suzi travels yearly to work with women artists in Gyumri, Armenia for New Illuminations, a book arts residency. Learn more at suzibanksbaum.com.

 

@Mason Death Cafe
Mason Library
Saturday, Sep. 21, 1:30-2:45pm

"to increase awareness of death
with a view to helping people
make the most of their finite lives"
 
Join us over cake & tea for an open ended
group-led discussion on how we die.
Potential topics include aging,
mourning, alternative care plans,
and community support.

Hosted by Camille Roos.
 
Death Cafe is a respectful and confidential space where people can express their views safely. Death Cafe seeks to maintain positivity and tolerance.
Death Cafe is not for profit, unaffiliated with any religion or business, and has no intention of leading participants to a definite conclusion or course of action.
We believe that death belongs to everybody.
deathcafe.com
In the Mason Library History Room.
Ramsdell Library
Sunday, Sep. 22, 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.
PLEASE REGISTER

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, Sep. 23, 9:00-10:00 am
This month we are reading "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan.

Meeting is in the Community Room
@Mason Read and Wag
Mason Library
Monday, Sep. 23, 3:30-4:15pm
Therapy dogs have been shown to improve moods, mental health, and ease stress around reading. Kids love interacting with therapy dogs, whether it is reading to them in a relaxing, non-judgmental setting or just chatting with the dog’s handler and petting the animals. School-age children are welcome to drop by any Monday afternoon to read to one of our three specially trained CanineLink Therapy Dogs: Romeo, Benny or Java Joe.

Romeo is shown relaxing on his porch this summer. He is eager to begin listening to your child!
@Mason  Brain Builde
Mason Library
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 10:30-11:30am
CHP's Play and Learn Playgroup with Miss Sue. Read, sing, play, during circle time & continue with fun table time activities. Good for  baby through age 5.

You lay the foundation for your child's success: Caring adults are the ultimate brain builders. Whenever children are nurtured and engaged in an interactive, enriching environment at home or in the community, that's Brain Building in progress!
Sponsored by Children’s Health Program.
Mason Library
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 5:30-6:45 pm
Join us as we discuss "We Were the Mulvaneys" by Joyce Carol Oates.

Meeting is in the History Room. 
@Mason  Peter Zheutl
Mason Library
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 5:45-7:00pm
On the cusp of turning sixty-five, Peter Zheutlin and his beloved Albie, a rescue dog of similar vintage, take a poignant, often bemusing, and keenly observed journey across America and discover a big-hearted, welcoming country filled with memorable characters. They come away with a newfound appreciation for the life they temporarily left behind, and a determination to live more fully in the moment as old age looms. Inspired by John Steinbeck, this 9,000-mile odyssey allows Zheutlin to experience all that America is and means today, and having Albie by his side opens up people and pockets of this country (and a few new smells). Similar in approach and tone to Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel classics, but with an endearing canine sidekick, The Dog Went Over the Mountain will delight dog lovers, baby boomers, and anyone who seeks to experience life on the open road with a four-legged companion.

 Peter Zheutlin is the New York Times best selling author of Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway (Sourcebooks, 2015) and a freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Zheutlin has also written for The Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine, AARP Magazine and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad.
Mason Library
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 10:00am-1:00pm
In the HIstory Room
@Ramsdell The Powder
Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 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 Junior Engine
Mason Library
Thursday, Sep. 26, 12:00-1:15pm
Homeschool STEAM for 4-7 year olds. The Science of Innovation and Maker Space where children explore, tinker, discover, and create with enthusiasm. Parent volunteers needed, Space limited to 8 children. Tuition $60 for 12 sessions:
  1. 9-19-2019
  2. 9-26-2019
  3. 10-3-2019
  4. 10-10-2019
  5. 10-17-2019
  6. 10-24-2019
  7. 10-31-2019
  8. 11-7-2019
  9. 11-14-2019
  10. 11-21-2019
  11. 12-5-2019
  12. 12-12-2019

 
@Mason RSYP: Q Club
Mason Library
Thursday, Sep. 26, 3:30-5:00pm
In the History Room (unless otherwise specified)
Mason Library
Friday, Sep. 27, 10:30am-12:00 noon
Tech Help with Simon's Rock students
@Mason Family Movie:
Mason Library
Friday, Sep. 27, 6:00pm-8:15pm
Join us for September's Family Movie "Aladdin (2019)"(click for commonsensemedia.com review). SPECIAL EARLY START TIME!
PG | 2h 8min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
Popcorn and drinks provided!
@Mason Classic Liter
Mason Library
Saturday, Sep. 28, 10:00-11:30am
Come discuss The Chosen by Chaim Potok, in celebration of Rosh Hashanah - whether you're Jewish or not!
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