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 Fermenting Vegetables at Home with Mark Phillips
2:00-3:30pm
@Ramsdell Fermenting Vegetables at Home with Mark Phillips
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2:00-3:30pm@Ramsdell Fermenting
Ramsdell Library
Join local fermentation enthusiast Mark Phillips for a three-part series on vegetable fermentation that will prepare you to ferment at home with confidence. Workshops will provide a general introduction to lacto-fermentation using ingredients locally and seasonally sourced in the Berkshires. Partici...read more
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@Mason Berkshire Mountain Laurel Sangha (BMLS)
1:30-4:30pm
@Mason Berkshire Mountain Laurel Sangha (BMLS)
Monday, Oct. 2, 1:30-4:30pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
3:30-4:15 PM
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
Monday, Oct. 2, 3:30-4:15 PM@Mason Read and Wag
Mason Library

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-a...read more


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@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
10:30-11:30am
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10:30-11:30am@Mason Brain Builder
Mason Library
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.
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@Mason Chess Club
3:30-5pm
 @Mason Chess Club
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 3:30-5pm@Mason Chess Club
Mason Library
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 Fermenting Vegetables at Home with Mark Phillips
5:30-6:30pm
@Mason Fermenting Vegetables at Home with Mark Phillips
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:30-6:30pm@Mason Fermenting Ve
Mason Library
Join local fermentation enthusiast Mark Phillips for a three-part series on vegetable fermentation that will prepare you to ferment at home with confidence. Workshops will provide a general introduction to lacto-fermentation using ingredients locally and seasonally sourced in the Berkshires. Partici...read more
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
6:30-8:00pm
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30-8:00pm
Ramsdell Library
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.
 
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@Mason Berkshire Women’s Action
10:30-12:00
@Mason Berkshire Women’s Action
Thursday, Oct. 5, 10:30-12:00
Mason Library
In the Community Room
@Mason STEAM for Homeschoolers
1:30-3pm
 @Mason STEAM for Homeschoolers
Thursday, Oct. 5, 1:30-3pm@Mason STEAM for Hom
Mason Library
Veteran homeschooler mom, Elaine Caliguiri, returns to offer a series of STEAM makerspace classes for students to learn innovative & critical thinking.

Good for ages 9 & up (7-8 year olds welcome with parental assistance); Limited class size

7 Thursday classes: Septembe...read more

@Mason "Club Maison" Kids Book & Activities
3:30-4:30pm
@Mason "Club Maison" Kids Book & Activities
Thursday, Oct. 5, 3:30-4:30pm@Mason Club Maison K
Mason Library
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
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Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts!
10:30-11:30am
 Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts!
Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:30-11:30amRamsdell: Fun with F
Ramsdell Library
Weekly drop in art workshop for children ages 4&up
@Mason First Saturday Film: Dear White People
7:00-10:00pm
@Mason First Saturday Film: Dear White People
Saturday, Oct. 7, 7:00-10:00pm
Mason Library


 
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BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY
BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY
Sunday, Oct. 8,
Mason Library
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BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY
BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY
Monday, Oct. 9, BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSE
Mason Library
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@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
10:30-11:30am
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10:30-11:30am@Mason Brain Builder
Mason Library
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.
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@Mason Parks & Rec
5:00-7:00pm
 @Mason Parks & Rec
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:00-7:00pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room
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@Mason GB Trails
3:30-5:00pm
 @Mason GB Trails
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 3:30-5:00pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room
@Mason Chess Club
3:30-5pm
 @Mason Chess Club
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 3:30-5pm@Mason Chess Club
Mason Library
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 Girl Scouts Information Session
6:00-7:00pm
@Mason Girl Scouts Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:00-7:00pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
6:30-8:00pm
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:30-8:00pm
Ramsdell Library
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.
 
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@Mason Stanton Home Training
10:30-4:30
 @Mason Stanton Home Training
Thursday, Oct. 12, 10:30-4:30
Mason Library
In the Community Room
@Mason STEAM for Homeschoolers
1:30-3pm
 @Mason STEAM for Homeschoolers
Thursday, Oct. 12, 1:30-3pm@Mason STEAM for Hom
Mason Library
Veteran homeschooler mom, Elaine Caliguiri, returns to offer a series of STEAM makerspace classes for students to learn innovative & critical thinking.

Good for ages 9 & up (7-8 year olds welcome with parental assistance); Limited class size

7 Thursday classes: Septembe...read more

@Mason Library Trustees Meeting
5:30-7:00 PM
 @Mason Library Trustees Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7:00 PM
Mason Library
Open to all residents of Great Barrington and Housatonic.
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@Mason Family Mexican Bingo "Loteria" & Dessert Pot Luck
6:15-8pm
@Mason Family Mexican Bingo "Loteria" & Dessert Pot Luck
Friday, Oct. 13, 6:15-8pm@Mason  Family Mexic
Mason Library
FUN FAMILY EVENT! Play Mexican Bingo "Loteria" and eat dessert! Similar to American Bingo, Loteria Mexicana is a game of chance that uses richly decorated playing cards instead of numbers and bingo balls. Cards are in English and Spanish--suitable for all ages. The night's winners will...read more
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Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts!
10:30-11:30am
 Ramsdell: Fun with Fine Arts!
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10:30-11:30amRamsdell: Fun with F
Ramsdell Library
Weekly drop in art workshop for children ages 4&up
@Ramsdell Ramsdell Readers
1:00-2:30pm
 @Ramsdell Ramsdell Readers
Saturday, Oct. 14, 1:00-2:30pm@Ramsdell  Ramsdell
Ramsdell Library
This month we are reading The Red Room by Nicci French.

Books are available at the circulation desks of both Mason and Ramsdell libraries.
@Mason A Concert of Poetry presented by Chris Malcomson
1:30-2:30pm
@Mason A Concert of Poetry presented by Chris Malcomson
Saturday, Oct. 14, 1:30-2:30pm@Mason  A Concert of
Mason Library
Chris Malcomson, a poet, painter, and engineer, has been interested in poetry from an early age; producing several volumes of poetry for private publication and publishing his work as part of anthologies.

This "concert of poetry" will be a selection of favored poems from several...read more
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@Mason Writing Workshop for Kids
11:30-12:45
@Mason Writing Workshop for Kids
Monday, Oct. 16, 11:30-12:45
Mason Library
For more information, please contact Kristin Grippo. 
@Mason Berkshire Mountain Laurel Sangha (BMLS)
1:30-4:30pm
@Mason Berkshire Mountain Laurel Sangha (BMLS)
Monday, Oct. 16, 1:30-4:30pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
3:30-4:15 PM
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
Monday, Oct. 16, 3:30-4:15 PM@Mason Read and Wag
Mason Library

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-a...read more


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@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
10:30-11:30am
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 10:30-11:30am@Mason Brain Builder
Mason Library
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.
.read more
@Mason Mystery Book Club
5:45-6:45pm
 @Mason Mystery Book Club
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:45-6:45pm
Mason Library
This month's book: Free Fire by C.J. Box
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@Mason Chess Club
3:30-5pm
 @Mason Chess Club
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 3:30-5pm@Mason Chess Club
Mason Library
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 Daisy Troop Meeting
5:45-6:45pm
 @Mason Daisy Troop Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 5:45-6:45pm@Mason  Daisy Troop
Mason Library
In the Community Room
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
6:30-8:00pm
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30-8:00pm
Ramsdell Library
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.
 
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@Mason "Club Maison" Kids Book & Activities
3:30-4:30pm
@Mason "Club Maison" Kids Book & Activities
Thursday, Oct. 19, 3:30-4:30pm@Mason Club Maison K
Mason Library
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 GB Agriculture Commission
4:30-5:45pm
@Mason GB Agriculture Commission
Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30-5:45pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room
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@Ramsdell Halloween Treats & Crafts
10:30-11:30am
@Ramsdell Halloween Treats & Crafts
Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:30-11:30am@Ramsdell Halloween
Mason Library
Get in the Halloween holiday spirit by joining Leslie for two sessions of crafting and decorating cookies.

Saturday Oct 21 and Saturday Oct 28

Good for ages 3 & up; no registration necessary
@Mason Coding with Minecraft
1:00-3:00pm
 @Mason Coding with Minecraft
Saturday, Oct. 21, 1:00-3:00pm@Mason Coding with M
Mason Library
Calling all crafters! Rhode Island Computer Museum returns to host their popular Minecraft program. Students will learn how to build the game using code based on the Javascript programming language. The set-up is easy for beginners, challenging for experienced gamers, and fun for everyone!

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@Mason Writing Workshop for Kids
11:30-12:45
@Mason Writing Workshop for Kids
Monday, Oct. 23, 11:30-12:45
Mason Library
For more information, please contact Kristin Grippo. 
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
3:30-4:15 PM
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
Monday, Oct. 23, 3:30-4:15 PM@Mason Read and Wag
Mason Library

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-a...read more


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@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
10:30-11:30am
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:30-11:30am@Mason Brain Builder
Mason Library
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.
.read more
@Mason Book Lovers’ Book Club
5:45-6:45pm
@Mason Book Lovers’ Book Club
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5:45-6:45pm
Mason Library
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

In the Community Room.
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@Mason Chess Club
3:30-5pm
 @Mason Chess Club
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 3:30-5pm@Mason Chess Club
Mason Library
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
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@Mason Festival of Trees Crafting "Take Me to Hogwarts"
1:30-3pm
@Mason Festival of Trees Crafting "Take Me to Hogwarts"
Thursday, Oct. 26, 1:30-3pm@Mason  Festival of
Mason Library
Everything Harry Potter! This is our 7th year of crafting for the Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum. We have three age-based crafting activities. Please register ahead.

Thursday October 26  1:30-3pm (for ages 7 to 14)<...read more


@Mason Robert Tougias: The Quest for the Eastern Cougar
4:00-5:30pm
@Mason Robert Tougias: The Quest for the Eastern Cougar
Thursday, Oct. 26, 4:00-5:30pm@Mason  Robert Tougi
Mason Library
The cougar or Puma concolor once roamed free and wild all across the Northeast. It was extirpated from this region about 1890; however, ever since there have been sightings and even some field evidence. Yet local wildlife officials...read more
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@Ramsdell Senior Center Resource Counseling
2:00-4:00pm
@Ramsdell Senior Center Resource Counseling
Friday, Oct. 27, 2:00-4:00pm
Mason Library
Learn more about the Claire Teague Senior Center's programs and resources!

In the Art Room
@Mason Family Movie: Captain Underpants (2017)
6:15 PM
@Mason Family Movie: Captain Underpants (2017)
Friday, Oct. 27, 6:15 PM@Mason Family Movie:
Mason Library
For October's Family Movie, join us for "Captain Underpants" (click for CommonsenseMe...read more
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@Mason All Day Halloween Scavenger Hunt
10am-3pm
@Mason All Day Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct. 28, 10am-3pm@Mason  All Day Hall
Mason Library
Do our Library Bingo Scavenger Hunt for fun (and learn fun things about the library too!). Reach into the Scary Box for prizes!

All ages
@Ramsdell Halloween Treats & Crafts
10:30-11:30am
@Ramsdell Halloween Treats & Crafts
Saturday, Oct. 28, 10:30-11:30am@Ramsdell Halloween
Mason Library
Get in the Halloween holiday spirit by joining Leslie for two sessions of crafting and decorating cookies.

Saturday Oct 21 and Saturday Oct 28

Good for ages 3 & up; no registration necessary
@Mason Festival of Trees Crafting "Take Me to Hogwarts"
11:30am-12:30pm
@Mason Festival of Trees Crafting "Take Me to Hogwarts"
Saturday, Oct. 28, 11:30am-12:30pm@Mason  Festival of
Mason Library
Everything Harry Potter! This is our 7th year of crafting for the Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum. We have three age-based crafting activities. Please register ahead.

Thursday October 26  1:30-3pm (for ages 7 to 14)<...read more


@Mason Our Horses, Ourselves: Reading and signing with Paula Josa Jones
1:30-2:45pm
@Mason Our Horses, Ourselves: Reading and signing with Paula Josa Jones
Saturday, Oct. 28, 1:30-2:45pm@Mason  Our Horses,
Mason Library
For years horse trainers and equine experts have sought new ways to tap into that which for many remains elusive: the ability to use the human body, and our often neglected power of intent, to explain to the horse what we want, as ...read more
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@Ramsdell "Boo"satonic!
1:00-4:00 PM
 @Ramsdell "Boo"satonic!
Sunday, Oct. 29, 1:00-4:00 PM@Ramsdell Boosatonic
Ramsdell Library
Join the Housatonic Witch for a Halloween Celebration!

-Halloween Storytime
-Pumpking Decorating
-Movie: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
-Halloween Button-making
-Yummy snacks & treats!
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@Mason Bagels & Books
9:00-10:00am
 @Mason Bagels & Books
Monday, Oct. 30, 9:00-10:00am
Mason Library
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.

In the Community Room
@Mason Writing Workshop for Kids
11:30-12:45
@Mason Writing Workshop for Kids
Monday, Oct. 30, 11:30-12:45
Mason Library
For more information, please contact Kristin Grippo. 
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
3:30-4:15 PM
@Mason Read and Wag Reading Dogs!
Monday, Oct. 30, 3:30-4:15 PM@Mason Read and Wag
Mason Library

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-a...read more


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@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
10:30-11:30am
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10:30-11:30am@Mason Brain Builder
Mason Library
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.
.read more
    
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