Blades visit
Jul
24
2:30 PM14:30

Blades visit

Blades will be joining readers for a story, some game day fun and a craft. Participants will dance with Blades, design their own space helmet, take pictures in a space photo booth, and more. All ages and abilities welcome!

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Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

GROW GARLIC!!!

“Garlic is divine “ said the late Anthony Bourdain, and used in almost every ethnic cuisine. Garlic festival season will be upon us soon; so, join Master Gardener Ron Kujawski in exploring the different garlic varieties and how to grow them.

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Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

VISION BOARDING FOR TEENS

Join local artist and teacher Barbara Beach in creating a personal vision board. A Vision Board is a mixed media collage on what you celebrate in life now and in the future. No art skills necessary, just bring your imagination. For ages 12 to 20. Registration required by calling 413-229-7004 or email bushnellsage@gmail.com. Please bring favorite photos, magazines, and memorabilia for your board.

Photo taken from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/54606214206100329/

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Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

HOW TO MARKET YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

Area small business owners and budding entrepreneurs will learn the 8 key points of small business marketing with Thad Kubis of Birch Mountain Integrated Marketing Group. Learn how to use integration of demographics, message, narrative, media, response/results, based on selected, targeted marketing solutions, for your small to mid-sized business.

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Jun
1
2:00 PM14:00

The Path of a Fulbright Winner

Meet Stephanie Graham, fine arts teacher from Mt. Everett High School. Both Stephanie and her sister Kari Giordano, also an art teacher at Mt. Everett have won the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant this year. Stephanie will explain what paths led them to earn this prestigious grant.

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May
31
5:30 PM17:30

HOW TO MARKET YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

Area small business owners and budding entrepreneurs will learn the 8 key points of small business marketing with Thad Kubis of Birch Mountain Integrated Marketing Group. Learn how to use integration of demographics, message, narrative, media, response/results, based on selected, targeted marketing solutions, for your small to mid-sized business.

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Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

Earth Day Program - Reconciling with the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited to, anthropogenic climate change.

Join us for the viewing of the documentary Anthropocene.


A working group of international scientists coined the term and created this film as a platform for discussion regarding the nature of human impacts on the Earth’s ecosystem.

In addition to the documentary, there will be a visual display based on the book
Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming.

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Apr
2
12:30 PM12:30

2020 Census Recruiting

Census positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine your state's representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. This is your chance to play a part in history and help ensure everyone in your community is counted!

In addition to helping your community, census jobs offer great pay every week, flexible hours and paid training. The state recruiter for Southern Berkshires will be here to answer questions and assist in filling out applications.

The recruiter will be here the following days:
April 9, 2019, 11:00 - 4:00 PM
April 25, 2019, 11:00 - 4:00 PM
May 17, 2019, 4:00 - 8:00 PM

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Mar
9
3:00 PM15:00

The Future of Dairy Farming in the Berkshires and Beyond – a Film and Forum

Location: The Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center (TAC-PAC)
Mt. Everett High School
491 Berkshire School Rd.
Sheffield, Massachusetts

Free refreshments: Massachusetts cheese and ice cream!

Sheffield is home to five dairy farms—far more than most other towns in Massachusetts. Dairy farms manage most of the farmland in our region and supply more local food than any other type of farm, but all dairy farms are feeling squeezed by low milk prices and high costs. Massachusetts has been fortunate to have lost fewer farms than neighboring states during the recent years of record low milk prices and high rates of farm closures. Last year, New York lost 160 dairy farms, Vermont and New Hampshire each lost 10 farms. Of the 140 dairy farms in Massachusetts, Berkshire County has 19 dairy farms remaining. The future of our remaining Berkshire dairy farms is a critical concern because the Berkshire’s agricultural future, farmland, agricultural economy and regional food security rely on them.  

On Saturday, March 9, join local dairy farmers, policy experts, land conservationists and dairy cooperative representatives for a screening of the movie “Forgotten Farms,” followed by a discussion about the future of family dairy farms in our region. Dairy farmers tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. In its enthusiasm for new and young farmers, the new food movement often overlooks the farmers at the foundation of the region's agricultural economy. As we strive to revive local production, we have a great deal to learn from dairy farmers who have been managing most of the farmland and sustaining the farm economy for decades. Through conversations with farmers and policy experts, "Forgotten Farms" reconsiders the role of these vital but forgotten farmers.

Co-sponsored by Berkshire Grown, Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield Agricultural Commission , and the Sheffield Land Trust, this event is event is free and open to the public. Additional supporters include Agri-Mark Cabot Dairy Cooperative, Berkshire County Farm Bureau, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Schumacher Center for a New Economics, Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.

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Mar
8
1:00 PM13:00

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Extra Special Teas will be back with their delicious gluten free brownie bites and tasty teas.  This year the pop-up abridged version of Alice in Wonderland will be read.  All ages are welcome, wheel chair accessible.  Sign-up welcomed for refreshment purposes.

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Science Fridays
Mar
1
3:30 PM15:30

Science Fridays

STEM educator Jane Burke will guide children as they do experiments to answer questions in Chemistry, Geology, Physics and Engineering. The explorations will help them understand how scientists pose a question, design an experiment and collect data that can reveal the answer.

Children ages 6-12 will investigate aspects of science and engineering including topics like the geology of clay and making clay using Sheffield clay, the chemistry of water, and the physics of motion.

Sessions are March 1, April 5 and May 3 from 3:30 to 5:30. Space is limited. Please sign up by calling 413-229-7004 indicating which dates you have chosen, all or just one is fine.

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN FUNDED BY THE SHEFFIELD CULTURAL COUNCIL THROUGH THE MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL A STATE AGENCY.

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN FUNDED BY THE SHEFFIELD CULTURAL COUNCIL THROUGH THE MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL A STATE AGENCY.

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Playful Engineers
Feb
19
10:00 AM10:00

Playful Engineers

Teaching artist Jay Mankita brings his traveling maker space to us. Come be a part of this kinetic adventure!

In this hands-on, STEM focused workshop, participants design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg "machines”, plus domino constructions, exploding popsicle-stick snakes, and other awesome engineering explorations. Free for all ages and abilities.

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Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Warm your Soul with Ginger

A Cooking Program with Janet Elsbach

Local cookbook author, Janet Elsbach will be on hand to cook up a warming winter treat with ginger, taken from her new cookbook Extra Helping: Recipes for Caring, Connecting & Building Community One Dish at a Time.

Reservations required, as space is limited in our kitchen. Please sign-up in person or by calling the library at 413-229-7004.

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Jan
19
2:00 PM14:00

The Southern Berkshires through Time

An Author Talk with Gary Leveille

Gary Leveille is no stranger to the Southern Berkshires, he has over 35 years experience as a writer, editor, photographer, humorist, and local historian who resides with his family in Great Barrington. He is the author of seven books, including the best-selling photo history entitled Old Route 7 – Along the Berkshire Highway. Also, Eye of Shawenon – A Berkshire History of North Egremont, Prospect Lake and the Green River Valley, Legendary Locals of the Southern Berkshires, and his newest book Southern Berkshires Through Time.

Gary will give us a visual tour of Sheffield landmarks then and now. He will also have his latest book available for purchase.

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Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

Graphic Novel Fest!

Like graphic novels? Want to share favorites? Want to create your own? Join us for a free... GRAPHIC NOVEL FEST! For kids in Middle School... (give or take a year or two).

Featuring author, artist and illustrator Adam Gudeon.

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Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Author Talk with Hester Velmans

Hester Velmans is an award-winning translator of contemporary Dutch and French literature, and the author of the  popular children's books Isabel of the Whales and Jessaloup's Song. She will be with us to discuss her new adult novel SLIPPER

SLIPPER is the story of a poor orphaned stepchild, a would-be princess, whose search for one true love or another takes her all over seventeenth-century England, France and the Low Countries.  Born under mysterious circumstances, she grows up to be a dreamer, a cinder sweep, a runaway, a camp follower, a kisser of frogs, a beggar, a mother and an artist.  Along the way she learns what to do about men.

It is hardly an exaggeration to say that hers is a fairy tale come true.

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Sep
25
10:30 AM10:30

The Incredible Whiteness Of Being: An Eight-Week Emily Dickinson Intensive

8 consecutive weekly sessions
Taught by Mark Scarbrough
at the Bushnell-Sage Library
48 Main Street, Sheffield, MA
413 229-7004


She was perhaps the most inscrutable, dazzling, and confounding poet the United States has ever produced. Tucked away in her room, safe in her alabaster chamber, Emily Dickinson crafted lyrics that still defy interpretation, cue the soul to its deep springs, and map the landscape of human emotions: rage to love, chained neediness to drunken freedom. Over eight weeks, we’ll explore her lyric poems in sets, both as she left them at her death in hand-sewn volumes and in thematic units curated to help us understand the curious, devious way she got at the human condition. There will be no set weekly readings. Instead, just come prepared each week to encounter a set of poems that will both define and hide the poet who crafted them.

The required book is THE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON: A READING EDITION, edited by R. W. Franklin and published by the Belknap imprint of Harvard University Press. This edition supersedes all previous collections, including the Johnson edition most of used in college, with solid scholarship and an unrelenting pledge to let her speak for herself (rather than “fill in some of the blanks,” as Johnson did). You’ll find this edition at the Bushnell-Sage library through interlibrary loan. Or better yet, obtain your own copy at The Bookloft in Great Barrington, MA, so you can take pen to page in class. Sign up well in advance to reserve a
spot. Then bring this book, an open mind and a cup of coffee—because no doubt there will be cake, too.

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Libraries Rock Concert!
Aug
16
3:00 PM15:00

Libraries Rock Concert!

 

Free Libraries Rock Concert!  Fat Boys and Little Men are a young rock band from South Eastern Massachusetts.  They cover classics and compose their own songs as well.  Meet and greet while building with legos from 3-3:30.  Then stick around to boogie on the back lawn for a free concert you don't want to miss!  Open to all ages.

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Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Introduction to the Alexander Technique

Maggie McRae, a certified Alexander Technique Teacher, will introduce the techniques, principles and applications for the proper relationship of the head, neck and back for mind and body health. The Alexander technique is a useful tool in prevention and recovery from neck and back injuries, chronic pain, orthopedic disorders, and chronic health problems (e.g. Asthma, sciatica, etc). Actors, dancers, musicians and athletes have found the technique improves their overall performance.

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Jul
8
3:00 PM15:00

Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change - Author Talk

Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change documents the human contribution to the dangerous spread of Lyme disease to dozens of countries and multitudes of people. In a book based firmly in science, author Mary Beth Pfeiffer shows ticks climbing mountains and crossing borders as temperatures rise and ecosystems altered. As important, Pfeiffer challenges medical dogma that has left many untreated. "Lyme" makes a powerful case for action to combat ticks, address patient pain, and recognize humanity's role in creating an epidemic.

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Jun
29
7:15 PM19:15

Author Talk with Simon Winchester

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created The Modern World the new title from revered New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

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Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Circus Minimus

will be here to entertain all ages! This show gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe. When Kevin opens his suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer–an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience.  Free as always.

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Ukraine Childrens' Art Show
Jun
26
to Aug 28

Ukraine Childrens' Art Show

Celebrating the 240th anniversary of Krivoy Rog, one of the most populous cities in the Ukraine, Fermata Arts Foundation is happy to announce a traveling exhibition of children's drawings that will be displayed around New England states from January 2016 until January of 2019. 

We're proud to exhibit the art from Ukrainian students aged 7-15, through the months of July and August.  Fermata Arts Foundation is dedicated to promoting peace through arts and culture.

 

 

 

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Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Envisioning your Library

The Long Range Planning Committee would like you to share in envisioning the future of the library. We are updating our Long Range Plan and value your ideas. Consider stopping in on June 2nd for a few minutes while you’re out running errands and give us your thoughts. For those who can’t make it, we’ll have a “vision box” set up in the library for the month of May, so people can contribute written suggestions.

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