May is Get Caught Reading month and you can help Bushnell-Sage Library by buying beer. Yep, Big Elm Brewery is going to donate 10% of their tap room sales to us for the entire month of May! If you like supporting local businesses this is a win win scenario. They are located at 65 Silver Street, Sheffield, MA and the Tap Room is open from 12-6 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for pints and beer to go. They do free tours on Saturdays and have beer to sell by the six pack & four pack or they can fill your growlers. Get Caught Reading for a cause!
There are always many exciting things going on here at the library. Besides our ongoing events for adults and children, we have added jigsaw puzzles for you to enjoy at home. Come borrow one and choose between at least six unique puzzles. Of course on a clear night you could always borrow our telescope and look at the stars, or that bright planet up there. If you’re feeling musical you can take home our newest addition of a fiddle, aka the Cricket from the Magic Fluke Co. Or just come in and color your stress away at our coloring book table. It’s always warm and welcoming here at Bushnell-Sage!
If you want to take a class and expand your horizons, come and learn how to cut and sew a wing chair slipcover at the workshop Thursdays January 26th, February 2nd and February 9th. Take Your Child to the Library is a local movement started in Connecticut to bring children into their local library. We will have snacks and coloring pages to enjoy along with a story in the gazebo on Saturday February 4th from 10-2:00. Want to learn to play Mahjongg? Wednesday the 1st and 8th of February we will be teaching beginners how to play, registration required. During the school break in February we will host a Pottery Glazing Class for all ages, registration required.
The list goes on and the calendar fills up as we slowly approach spring. Check for weather cancellations by calling 229-7004. If a machine picks up, we are closed! You can always check our Facebook page and our website as well. Hope to see you around the stacks!
and that means reading is recommended for students to help prevent “summer slide”. There are so many resources and helpful hints but the bottom line is read! If you have a little one read to them at least 15 minutes a day and if you’re older keep reading or listening to audio books, every little bit helps to exercise your mind.
Did you know that the Berkshire United Way has Book Boxes all around the county? You can “take a book, read a book, leave a book” all over our beautiful Berkshires. Brain Building in Progress has a website full of information for you and your children. An activities map of the whole state is helpful if you’re traveling this summer. We’ve partnered with another wonderful organization called Read Aloud whose goal it to help spread the word on the importance of parents reading aloud to their children for at least 15 minutes every day starting at birth. Another fabulous site for you to visit for more information is Reach Out and Read. This is just a sampling of what the internet has to help parents and caregivers learn more about the importance of early literacy.
Of course the library is a great place to start in any community you happen to pass through! Don’t forget your library card says CWMARS, that means Central Western Massachusetts and you can pick up or drop off a book from Williamstown to Worcester or North Adams to Northampton. While you’re off on that day trip or vacation enjoy this amazing system and the books that open up an endless possibility of adventures this summer!