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 Berkshire Mountain Laurel Sangha (BMLS)
1:00-4:00pm
@Mason Berkshire Mountain Laurel Sangha (BMLS)
Monday, Apr. 3, 1:00-4:00pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room.
@Mason Read with Lucy!
3:30-4:15pm
 @Mason Read with Lucy!
Monday, Apr. 3, 3:30-4:15pm@Mason Read with Luc
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!" in April (except the 17th). Please register ahead, or drop in to check availability. Good for ...read more


@Mason Berkshire Center for Justice - board meeting
4:30-6:00pm
@Mason Berkshire Center for Justice - board meeting
Monday, Apr. 3, 4:30-6:00pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room
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@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
10:30-11:30
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 10:30-11:30
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. NO CLASS April 18, SPRING BREAK.
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@Mason Housatonic Valley Association Training
5:30-7:00pm
@Mason Housatonic Valley Association Training
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 5:30-7:00pm@Mason  Housatonic V
Mason Library
In the Community Room
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After School Kid’s Chess
3:30-5
 After School Kid’s Chess
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 3:30-5 After School Kid&rsq
Mason Library
Open chess time to meet others who enjoy playing, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. There will be no formal instruction, so partcipants must already have a working knowledge of the game. Chess boards and light snacks will be provided

Good for grades 1-6
@Mason GB Trails and Greenways
3:30-5:00pm
 @Mason GB Trails and Greenways
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 3:30-5:00pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room
@Mason Salisbury Bank seminar
5:30-7:00pm
 @Mason Salisbury Bank seminar
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 5:30-7:00pm
Mason Library
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
6:30-8:00 pm
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 6:30-8:00 pm
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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@Ramsdell Time for Tots
10:30-11:30am
 @Ramsdell Time for Tots
Friday, Apr. 7, 10:30-11:30am
Ramsdell Library
Storytime and crafts for the under-fives and their caregivers.
@Mason Agricultural Commission
3:00-4:30pm
 @Mason Agricultural Commission
Friday, Apr. 7, 3:00-4:30pm
Mason Library
In the History Room
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@Mason "Organic Gardening for Everyone" with naturalist and landscaper John Root
10:30am-12:00pm
@Mason "Organic Gardening for Everyone" with naturalist and landscaper John Root
Saturday, Apr. 8, 10:30am-12:00pm@Mason  Organic Gard
Mason Library
Learn natural and effective techniques for the cultivation of a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers.
 
This program is FREE and open to the public.
Edible perrenials and bluebird boxes will be available for purchase.

 
@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
10:30-11:30am
 @Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Saturday, Apr. 8, 10:30-11:30am@Ramsdell Fun With F
Ramsdell Library
Arts and crafts for children
@Ramsdell Design & Sew a Colorful Garden Flag
11:30am-12:30pm
@Ramsdell Design & Sew a Colorful Garden Flag
Saturday, Apr. 8, 11:30am-12:30pm@Ramsdell  Design &
Ramsdell Library
Learn how to design, choose fabric for, cut, and piece a flag for display outside or in your home.
This class is suitable for people with intermediate sewing skills, sewing will take place at home, not during class time.

Class will meet Saturday mornings
March 25, April...read more
@Ramsdell Ramsdell Readers
1:00-2:30pm
 @Ramsdell Ramsdell Readers
Saturday, Apr. 8, 1:00-2:30pm@Ramsdell  Ramsdell
Ramsdell Library
Please join our discussion of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
Books are available at the circulation desks of both Mason and Ramsdell libraries.
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@Mason Read with Lucy!
3:30-4:15pm
 @Mason Read with Lucy!
Monday, Apr. 10, 3:30-4:15pm@Mason Read with Luc
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!" in April (except the 17th). Please register ahead, or drop in to check availability. Good for ...read more


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@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
10:30-11:30
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Tuesday, Apr. 11, 10:30-11:30
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. NO CLASS April 18, SPRING BREAK.
...read more
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@Mason Binocular Workshop
5:00-7:00PM
 @Mason Binocular Workshop
Wednesday, Apr. 12, 5:00-7:00PM@Mason Binocular Wor
Mason Library
Learn all there is to know about binoculars. This workshop is designed to help you to know the ins and outs of choosing and using your binoculars. We will try out different field glasses and practice skills for using them at nearby River Walk. The perfect way ...read more
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
6:30-8:00 pm
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Wednesday, Apr. 12, 6:30-8:00 pm
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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Club Maison - Explore New Worlds with Reading
3:45-4:45
Club Maison - Explore New Worlds with Reading
Thursday, Apr. 13, 3:45-4:45Club Maison - Explor
Mason Library
Club Maison is a book activity club for readers 3rd grade and up. We discuss the nominee books for the 2016-17 MCBA and do related fun activities. We'll use real life experiences to deepen the discussions to understand the setting, plot, characters, conflict, point of view, and more.

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@Mason Library Trustees Meeting
5:30-7:00 PM
 @Mason Library Trustees Meeting
Thursday, Apr. 13, 5:30-7:00 PM
Mason Library
Open to all residents of Great Barrington and Housatonic.
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@Ramsdell Time for Tots
10:30-11:30am
 @Ramsdell Time for Tots
Friday, Apr. 14, 10:30-11:30am
Ramsdell Library
Storytime and crafts for the under-fives and their caregivers.
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
4-5pm
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
Friday, Apr. 14, 4-5pm@Mason  Afternoon LE
Mason Library
Kids, drop by in the afternoon to make lego projects! ALL Fridays starting April 14 through June 16.
Good for ages 7 & up*. Includes light snack.
No need to register.
*Parent drop off or stay: Our library policy states if a child is under 9, parent must stay in build...read more
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@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
10:30-11:30am
 @Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Saturday, Apr. 15, 10:30-11:30am@Ramsdell Fun With F
Ramsdell Library
Arts and crafts for children
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BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR PATRIOTS’ DAY
BOTH LIBRARIES CLOSED FOR PATRIOTS’ DAY
Monday, Apr. 17,
Mason Library
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@Mason Meet Me at Mason: Postponed Until the Fall
10:30am-noon
@Mason Meet Me at Mason: Postponed Until the Fall
Wednesday, Apr. 19, 10:30am-noon@Mason  Meet Me at M
Mason Library
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...read more

After School Kid’s Chess
3:30-5
 After School Kid’s Chess
Wednesday, Apr. 19, 3:30-5 After School Kid&rsq
Mason Library
Open chess time to meet others who enjoy playing, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. There will be no formal instruction, so partcipants must already have a working knowledge of the game. Chess boards and light snacks will be provided

Good for grades 1-6
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@Mason GB Land Conservancy Finance Committee
5:30-6:45pm
@Mason GB Land Conservancy Finance Committee
Thursday, Apr. 20, 5:30-6:45pm
Mason Library
In the Community Room
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@Ramsdell Time for Tots
10:30-11:30am
 @Ramsdell Time for Tots
Friday, Apr. 21, 10:30-11:30am
Ramsdell Library
Storytime and crafts for the under-fives and their caregivers.
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
4-5pm
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
Friday, Apr. 21, 4-5pm@Mason  Afternoon LE
Mason Library
Kids, drop by in the afternoon to make lego projects! ALL Fridays starting April 14 through June 16.
Good for ages 7 & up*. Includes light snack.
No need to register.
*Parent drop off or stay: Our library policy states if a child is under 9, parent must stay in build...read more
@Mason Family Movie Night: "Moana"
6:15pm
@Mason Family Movie Night: "Moana"
Friday, Apr. 21, 6:15pm@Mason Family Movie
Mason Library
For April's Family Movie, join us for "Moana" (click for Common...read more
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@Mason Demystifying Poetry Part I, a workshop for writers & readers with Jayne Benjulian
10:30am-12:00pm
@Mason Demystifying Poetry Part I, a workshop for writers & readers with Jayne Benjulian
Saturday, Apr. 22, 10:30am-12:00pm@Mason  Demystifying
Mason Library
How do we read poetry? Why does it seem more complicated to read than ordinary prose? And what’s so special about poets anyway? We’ll read compelling poems, talk about some of the characteristics of poetry that engages us and begin to draft poems of our own.
 
Demystif...read more

@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
10:30-11:30am
 @Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Saturday, Apr. 22, 10:30-11:30am@Ramsdell Fun With F
Ramsdell Library
Arts and crafts for children
@Ramsdell Design & Sew a Colorful Garden Flag - CANCELLED
11:30am-12:30pm
@Ramsdell Design & Sew a Colorful Garden Flag - CANCELLED
Saturday, Apr. 22, 11:30am-12:30pm@Ramsdell  Design &
Ramsdell Library
**CLASS CANCELLED***

Learn how to design, choose fabric for, cut, and piece a flag for display outside or in your home.
This class is suitable for people with intermediate sewing skills, sewing will take place at home, not durin...read more
@Mason Songs of World War I with Doug Schmolze
1:00-2:30pm
@Mason Songs of World War I with Doug Schmolze
Saturday, Apr. 22, 1:00-2:30pm@Mason  Songs of Wor
Mason Library
Join tenor and guitarist Doug Schmolze for an afternoon of music from World War I.   Doug is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music, and this is a wonderful opportunity to hear him play and discuss songs from the early 20th century!
 
In the Community Room
FREE a...read more
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@Mason Bagels & Books
9:00-10:00am
 @Mason Bagels & Books
Monday, Apr. 24, 9:00-10:00am@Mason  Bagels & Boo
Mason Library
Mason's early morning book club and breakfast!
For April we are reading My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.   

 
@Mason Read with Lucy!
3:30-4:15pm
 @Mason Read with Lucy!
Monday, Apr. 24, 3:30-4:15pm@Mason Read with Luc
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!" in April (except the 17th). Please register ahead, or drop in to check availability. Good for ...read more


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@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
10:30-11:30
@Mason Brain Builders! Play & Learn Playgroup
Tuesday, Apr. 25, 10:30-11:30
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. NO CLASS April 18, SPRING BREAK.
...read more
@Mason Book Lovers’ Book Club
5:45-6:45 pm
@Mason Book Lovers’ Book Club
Tuesday, Apr. 25, 5:45-6:45 pm
Mason Library
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@Mason Meet Me at Mason: Postponed Until the Fall
10:30am-noon
@Mason Meet Me at Mason: Postponed Until the Fall
Wednesday, Apr. 26, 10:30am-noon@Mason  Meet Me at M
Mason Library
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...read more

@Mason Astronomy for Homeschoolers
1-2:30pm
@Mason Astronomy for Homeschoolers
Wednesday, Apr. 26, 1-2:30pm@Mason  Astronomy fo
Mason Library
Astronomy for homeschoolers teaches children ages 9 & up earth space science guided by our Mass Science and Technology Curriculum Framework. Learn about the sun and the planets in our solar system: gravity, size, locations, qualities of inhabitable planets. Hands-on activities include each child...read more

@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
6:30-8:00 pm
@ Ramsdell The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women
Wednesday, Apr. 26, 6:30-8:00 pm
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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@Ramsdell Time for Tots
10:30-11:30am
 @Ramsdell Time for Tots
Friday, Apr. 28, 10:30-11:30am
Ramsdell Library
Storytime and crafts for the under-fives and their caregivers.
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
4-5pm
@Mason Afternoon LEGOS with Cole!
Friday, Apr. 28, 4-5pm@Mason  Afternoon LE
Mason Library
Kids, drop by in the afternoon to make lego projects! ALL Fridays starting April 14 through June 16.
Good for ages 7 & up*. Includes light snack.
No need to register.
*Parent drop off or stay: Our library policy states if a child is under 9, parent must stay in build...read more
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@Mason Demystifying Poetry Part II, a workshop for writers with Jayne Benjulian
10:30am-12:00pm
@Mason Demystifying Poetry Part II, a workshop for writers with Jayne Benjulian
Saturday, Apr. 29, 10:30am-12:00pm@Mason  Demystifying
Mason Library
I have a memory of an important event I want to articulate. How do I cast it as a poem—or is it an essay? What do I have to know, and will I ever know enough? We’ll read several stunning poems by contemporary poets, talk about the language and craft that makes them work and begin drafts ...read more

@Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
10:30-11:30am
 @Ramsdell Fun With Fine Arts
Saturday, Apr. 29, 10:30-11:30am@Ramsdell Fun With F
Ramsdell Library
Arts and crafts for children
@Mason A Pleasant Pairing: Tea and Chocolate Seminar
1:00-2:45 pm
@Mason A Pleasant Pairing: Tea and Chocolate Seminar
Saturday, Apr. 29, 1:00-2:45 pm@Mason A Pleasant Pa
Mason Library
Join Kim Larkin, of Klassic Kreations Gourmet and a licensed chocolatier, as she explores the history and health benefits of both tea and dark chocolate.
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