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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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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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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Mar
23
5:00 PM17:00

CANCELED Berkshire Photographic Portrait Project

Become part of local photographer Thad Kubis and his “Berkshire Photographic
Portrait Project ”
. This public library based project will capture, (using both flash and
continuous lighting as well as images in color and/or B & W digital technology), portraits of Berkshire residents, who register and attend one of the sessions taking place at the participating public libraries listed below.

Lee Library – Tuesday, February, 6th , 2018 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Lee Library – Tuesday, February, 20th , 2018 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mason Public Library – Tuesday, April 3rd , 2018 - 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Mason Public Library – Tuesday, April 10th , 2018 - 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Project’s Goal
The goal of this project is to develop an online, portrait gallery, of Berkshire residents, as
well as to develop an on demand, on line and printed photographic book, of selected
portraits. There is NO fee for participating in this project, Participant’s will be asked to
sign a photographic release form. Email copies of the images/portraits as jpeg files will
be provided free of charge to any Berkshire resident who sit for the project. Individual,
family, and groups are welcomed to participate with the restrictions indicated above.

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Pre-Registration is required.
To participate you will need to pre-register for any of the locations listed, to do so please
call Thad at 917.597.1891, each portrait session (individual or family) has been allocated
15 minutes, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session.

Families/groups are requested to register for a single session, allocating 15-minute
segment for the portrait.

To register please call Thad at 917.597.1891 and he will review the open sessions and
register you to participate in the project.

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Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

Author Talk with Mystery Writer Leslie Wheeler

An award-winning author of books about American history and biographies, Leslie Wheeler now writes two mystery series: the Miranda Lewis Living History Mysteries and the Berkshire Hilltown Mysteries. The Berkshire Hilltown Mysteries debuts with Rattlesnake Hill.  A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime,  Leslie divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Berkshires, where she does much of her writing in a house overlooking a pond.

Leslie will be with us to discuss her new mystery Rattlesnake Hill and mystery writing in the Berkshires. Join us for a captivating afternoon.

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Mar
9
5:00 PM17:00

CANCELED Berkshire Photographic Portrait Project

Become part of local photographer Thad Kubis and his “Berkshire Photographic
Portrait Project ”
. This public library based project will capture, (using both flash and
continuous lighting as well as images in color and/or B & W digital technology), portraits of Berkshire residents, who register and attend one of the sessions taking place at the participating public libraries listed below.

Lee Library – Tuesday, February, 6th , 2018 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Lee Library – Tuesday, February, 20th , 2018 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mason Public Library – Tuesday, April 3rd , 2018 - 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Mason Public Library – Tuesday, April 10th , 2018 - 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Project’s Goal
The goal of this project is to develop an online, portrait gallery, of Berkshire residents, as
well as to develop an on demand, on line and printed photographic book, of selected
portraits. There is NO fee for participating in this project, Participant’s will be asked to
sign a photographic release form. Email copies of the images/portraits as jpeg files will
be provided free of charge to any Berkshire resident who sit for the project. Individual,
family, and groups are welcomed to participate with the restrictions indicated above.

thad.jpg

Pre-Registration is required.
To participate you will need to pre-register for any of the locations listed, to do so please
call Thad at 917.597.1891, each portrait session (individual or family) has been allocated
15 minutes, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session.

Families/groups are requested to register for a single session, allocating 15-minute
segment for the portrait.

To register please call Thad at 917.597.1891 and he will review the open sessions and
register you to participate in the project.

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Mar
6
4:00 PM16:00

Introduction to Khan Academy for Parents, Students and Teachers

Parents, students and teachers! Learn new ways to use Khan Academy at home and in the classroom with local expert Dave Travis.

Used by 40 million students and 2 millions teachers every month, Khan Academy is an online resource that’s available to anyone, anywhere, who wants to learn just about anything – for free.

  • Independent learners track their progress towards their educational goals as they collect “energy points” and build their avatars.
  • Parents and coaches assign engaging content to their children and students.

  • Teachers in the classroom use a daily dashboard to tell them which students need help, and in which skills.

Info session free to the general public

Dave Travis is Khan Academy’s Test Prep Content Manager. He is sharing what he knows so that interested members of the public may be better informed about the ways this free resource is being used by students, parents and teachers to improve educational outcomes in Massachusetts and around the world.   

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Jan
5
6:00 PM18:00

Megan Spaniol Art Reception

Artist of the Month

Megan Spaniol

Megan is an artist and illustrator from Great Barrington and a graduate of the Hartford Art School. She uses mainly ink and colored pencil to create bright imaginative imagery to illustrate folktales and original stories.

The whole family will enjoy this show.

Join us for a reception Fri. January 5th, 6:00—7:45

 

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