June 22nd – 28th

Support protesters by donating to:

Do whatever you can. Find a protest (wear a mask, stay distant, stay safe), donate what you can, call your local government officials and ask why they’re spending more on police than they are on providing for people, go to virtual council meetings, write letters because some people still think letters mean more than emails, support your community any way you can.

To that end: we’re going to match any donations to the above organizations up to $1,000. Send us a receipt and we’ll double your donation.

Monday from 8PM – 10PM there’s a Far Out Film Discussion via Zoom about L’Age d’Or! ” one of the first sound films to come out of France in the year 1930. The surreal satire was directed by Luis Bunuel who wrote the screenplay with Salavador Dali.” It can be found online at kanopy and youtube. To virtually attend this discussion, click the link : https://zoom.us/j/838291785.

This Tuesday from 6PM – 7PM you can learn a bit about history with the virtual history presentation “Paddy on the Railway with Dennis Picard”. “Join us as professional storyteller Dennis Picard discusses Irish laborers and their role in the building of the Massachusetts “Western Railroad” with stories that include Palmer.” To register send an email to RegisterPalmerLibrary@gmail.com!

Also Tuesday, from 1PM – 2PM, you can join the Nonfiction Book Tasting at Westfield Athenaeum!

On the fourth Tuesday of every month until the end of the pandemic, the Westfield Athenaeum will host book tastings in a variety of topics. For the Nonfiction Book Tasting, lovers of all things biography, history, humor, and other nonfiction can join us for an hour and bring in the stories you’re currently reading and what you’ve recently enjoyed. All the readers will share what we’ve loved and we’ll all leave with new books for next time.

To sign up, follow the link to the Google Form and leave your email. You will receive a link to the video chat in your email prior to the event. You can join with a computer or phone. Link as follows: https://forms.gle/3RMWr93LxzZdU5oK7 

On Wednesday from 3:30PM – 4:15PM there will be a Virtual Kids’ Book Club about Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. “We’re holding our monthly book club on Zoom! Please email sjohnson@forbeslibrary.org to register and receive the meeting link and password. For ages 8-12. EBook copies of Race to the Sun are available through Hoopla with a Boston Public Library eCard, which is available to all Massachusetts residents.” It sounds like a solid adventure book!

Also on Wednesday you can check out the Forbes Library Zine Club! You can find out more when they post more!

Or if you want to try a different zine club Wednesday, why not check out a chat at 3PM – 3:30PM with the Jones Library Zine Club? A conversation with the Young Adult Services staff as they discuss Zine Club and their new virtual zine project Quaranzine! It will be livestreamed on the library Facebook page!

Or if you’re done with Zines, you can attend the Virtual History Lecture “Race, Class and Gender in Holyoke’s Struggle for Woman Suffarage” Wednesday from 4PM – 5PM. Sharon Farmer, Professor Emerita, U.C. Santa Barbara will share her research into the suffrage movement in Massachusetts. To attend, register here.

Also Wednesday there’s of course Start Playing Online! The best online boardgaming even that you can possibly attend!

First off, please follow this link to join the discord channel I set up: https://discord.gg/fAM8yJw. This will allow those of us with mics to talk with each other as we play (and also to hear me teach the game!). There’s also text chat as well if you don’t have a mic.

Discord also gives you a place to connect with each other to find games together (because let’s be honest, this game won’t play all of you at once). It’s an impressively intuitive tool.

I’m gonna try to do this weekly until some of our favorite places to go out in the world are safe enough to welcome us back. Let’s have some fun. SEE YOU ON THE INTERNET!

This Thursday from 4:30PM – 6PM you can hang out with nerds online! Which is the same as most days of the week, but this is specifically a NERD event, where you can hang out and talk with a bunch of local designers and web developers! You can join the Slack workspace ahead of time to converse if you’d like!

Most topics will relate, in some way, to developing digital experiences. This will be a Virtual Lean Coffee style happy hour!

Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated.

We will take our generated topics of interest, load them onto a virtual board, vote on them, and discuss in priority order together as a group.

Also on Thursday from 7PM – 8PM you can see a talk about Bronx Bohemians with David Mazower!

An illustrated presentation about the cosmopolitan literary salon of Yiddish poet Bertha Kling. From the 1900s to the 1950s, the Klings’ apartment in the Bronx was a gathering place for Yiddish writers, musicians, and actors, somewhere to hear the latest Yiddish modernist poetry, literary gossip, and news from Paris, Warsaw, or Hollywood. David Mazower—the Yiddish Book Center’s bibliographer and editorial director—draws on rare family archives to explore this unique group of Bronx bohemians, whose ranks included writers Mani Leib, Moyshe Nadir, Malka Lee, Peretz Hirshbein, and Esther Shumiatsher, musicians Lazar Weiner and Joseph and Lara Cherniavsky, puppeteer Zuni Maud, Sholem Asch, and the Sholem Aleichem family.

This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center’s Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required.

Or if you’d like to chat about books again, chat with the Virtual Book Discussion Group at Greenfield Public Library! “Grab a snack, get cozy on your sofa, and talk about what you have been reading while you have been home. Contact us at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org for the video link.”

And of course you can find the Virtual Book Chat at Forbes on Friday from 1PM – 2PM! Chat about lovely books you’re reading, or stuff you’re watching or stuff you’re listening to! To join the meeting, click here: https://meet.jit.si/ForbesLibraryBookChat.

Also on Friday you can do a virtual ukulele play-along with Julie! Just hang out and play, don’t worry about how you’re doing because all the mics but Julie’s are muted!

On Saturday and Sunday from 6PM – 7:30PM there will be some fun Virtual Trivia Nights at Palmer Public Library! To register just send an email with “General Trivia” in the subject line to regsiterpalmerlibrary@gmail.com! You’ll get the Zoom link there. Have a team name ready! Video and mics are disabled for participants so no worries about that, just make sure to have a functional screen!

There’s a really cute story in Publisher’s Weekly about local author Lisa Yee’s quarantine wedding!

The writing wasn’t going well, but the relationship was flourishing. I couldn’t imagine anyone else I’d rather be quarantined with. As the deadline loomed, my editor confessed that because of the pandemic she wouldn’t be able to get to my manuscript for another month. Suddenly, I had more time. This didn’t help my focus on writing. However, something else became clear.

This time, I asked Rob to marry me.

We obtained our marriage license wearing face masks. The flowers came from the florist down the street. I bought a used wedding dress online. A friend of friends gamely agreed to officiate. And instead of a bride and groom on the top of the cake, the baker wrote, “Love in the Time of Corona.”

You can hang with the Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers if you’re missing Magic: The Gathering!

Images Cinema has some great art-house flicks available online! You won’t get these cool films on your streaming services!

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