COVID is significantly worse now than it was earlier in the year when you were probably feeling more anxious. Do not travel to meet friends or family in person for a Thanksgiving dinner this year. Just don’t. Please.
Want to play board games? Join the Start Playing Online community! They’re friendly and they’re fun and you’ll have a good time playing board games online. Just click the link to join the Discord: https://discord.gg/fAM8yJw!
Also this week begins the third session of D&D at Jones Library! We don’t know if they still have room for folks but:
Dungeons & Dragons campaign which will start on Monday October 26th from 4:15-6pm and last 5 weeks (Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 23). The program is for ages 11-17 and beginners are welcome! Spaces are limited so reserve your spot asap by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To help ensure a successful campaign priority will be given to teens who can attend all sessions.
This Monday from 4PM – 4:45PM kids can experience the joy of cooking with the Now Eat It challenge! This week’s challenge: DIP IN! Can you create a sauce that will make you want to eat vegetables? Prove it! Any recipe requiring cutting or heat needs and adult there for safety. Our recommendation: Soy Sauce + Peanut Butter + a bit of water to thin it out. Simple but delicious on anything. Kids grades 2-4 can register by emailing email@example.com!
Monday from 6PM – 8PM Alexander George, a professor of philosophy at Amherst College with an amateur interest in spiritualism and local history will present:
A short history of Spiritualism, the fascinating religious movement that took the United States by storm in the second half of the 19th Century. Its rich history is populated by spirits, mediums, and charlatans – and unfolds against the backdrop of significant social and intellectual changes in our culture. This will be an informal presentation illustrated by many photographs, with attention to Spiritualism’s significant manifestations in western Massachusetts. (If time permits, we might try a demonstration – bring a deck of cards if you can!)
You can join the Zoom using Meeting ID 97494969116 passcode 300542!
Monday from 8PM – 10PM Far Out Film Discussion will have a zoom meeting to talk about the 2014 film Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal, directed by Denis Villeneuve. View the trailer here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJuaAWrgoUY. It can be found online at kanopy https://forbes.kanopy.com/product/enemy-0. To virtually attend this discussion, click the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87523942049
Tuesday from 9AM – 5PM students in gradese 5 – 11 can register for the Teen Craft Tuesday! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about the craft and how you can get materials!
This Tuesday you can check out the film Dream Big: Engineering Our World if you’re a kid interested in engineering as a future career! It’s available in English: https://vimeo.com/463655567. Password: dreambignov17 (Closed Captioning available by clicking the CC icon on the lower right) as well as Spanish: https://vimeo.com/463459829. La contraseña: dreambignov17.
Tuesday from 7PM – 8PM you can attend the lecture “Burt’s Pit, Peat Fever, Abolitionists and Avarice” and learn something fascinating about a little piece of the local land! There’s a sliding scale fee from $5 – $15, and you can register here.
Every piece of land has a story to tell, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to a 15-acre wetland in Florence that includes Northampton’s only extant bog, Burt’s Pit. Not only is the site’s geology and ecology interesting, but its human history connects topics ranging from 19th-century agricultural trends and attitudes about slavery and abolition to the impact of out-of-control development and wetland regulation in the 20th century. There aren’t many places in America where 15 acres can connect so many different strands of history, but this is one of them.
Wednesday from 3:30PM – 4:15PM you can hang out at the Virtual Middle Grade Book Club which will be reading Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez.
We’re holding our monthly book club on Zoom! Please email email@example.com to register and receive the meeting link and password. For ages 10-14. EBook copies of Sal & Gabi Break the Universe are available through Hoopla with a Boston Public Library eCard, which is available to all Massachusetts residents.
Wednesday from 7PM – 9PM you can attend the Forbes Library Zine Club virtually via this link! Password – 614664.
Wednesday from 6PM – 9PM you can attend the virtual Northampton Webdive to hang out and talk about web-dev stuff! Just sign up for the group to join in!
Wednesday from 6:30PM – 7:45PM you can register here to discuss Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Herman Broder, a refugee and survivor of the Holocaust, is involved with two women when he learns his first wife is miraculously still alive. Resigned to a life of evasion, Herman navigates a crowded, Yiddish New York with a sense of perpetually impending doom.
Also Wednesday from 4PM – 6PM you can see a lecture hosted by the Holyoke Public Library about the Newton Brothers and their contribution to shaping Holyoke into an industrial city in the late 1800s.
This Zoom lecture with Will Melton draws on archival sources and materials in private collections to assemble the story of the Newton Brothers and assess their impact on Holyoke and on the region. This is the second dive into history by retired South Hadley professional Will Melton, whose first appearance at the Holyoke Public Library introduced his book about his father’s experience serving on WWII Liberty Ships. Free, but pre-registration is required. Pre-Register for November 18 Here
Thursday from 7PM – 8PM you can attend and Author Talk with the Yiddish Book Center! “American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball,” with Larry Ruttman. You can sign up here!
Most fans don’t know how far the Jewish presence in baseball extends beyond a few famous players such as Greenberg, Rosen, Koufax, Holtzman, Green, Ausmus, Youkilis, Braun, and Kinsler. In fact, that presence extends to the baseball commissioner Bud Selig, labor leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr, owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg, officials Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, sportswriters Murray Chass, Ross Newhan, Ira Berkow, and Roger Kahn, and even famous Jewish baseball fans like Alan Dershowitz and Barney Frank. In his edifying and entertaining book, “American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball,” Larry Ruttman tells the life stories of these and many others, compiled from nearly fifty in-depth interviews and arranged by decade. Together they tell, as no previous book has, the history of the larger-than-life role of Jews in America’s favorite pastime.
Also Thursday from 7:30PM – 8:30PM you can attend “Librarians Discuss: Is Nonfiction Fiction?” at the Westfield Athenaeum Facebook page!
Every library and bookstore has a nonfiction section, where you expect to find real stories and real truths. But what is a “real” truth? Nonfiction books are still narratives crafted by one or more authors, who we often assume are experts in their area of writing, so how can a layreader judge a book’s authenticity? We will discuss our favorite nonfiction titles and authors and debate exactly how many books we think we should read on one topic before we think we know the whole story.
Then Thursday from 7:30PM – 9:30PM you can attend a virtual Poetry Discussion Group! This week’s poet is Carmen Giménez Smith. You can join the Zoom here! Meeting ID: 923 5659 2326. Passcode: 475928
This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. Each week, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. No prior reading or preparation required.
Saturday you can hang out in the Virtual Spanish Conversation Group hosted by Forbes from 3PM – 4:30PM! For more information and zoom link, email Silvia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a cute game to play? We’ve had fun with Monster Prom! It’s a very quick dating game that’s mostly about having funny things happen on the way to asking out one of the objectively terrible potential objects of your affection.