November 30th – December 6th

Sorry for the absence last weekend! We were unable to use the computer thanks to mysterious issues! But worry not, we have emerged from this trial stronger than ever, able to fire poisonous spines from our foreheads!

Keep up the momentum into the Georgia Runoff! You can find out how to help via a Google Doc created by Fair Fight, an election integrity organization. You can also just donate at

Monday from 10AM – 11AM you can join fiber arts enthusiasts fro some casual conversation while you work on whatever you’re making! The group is meeting virtually here!

Monday from 6PM – 8PM you can see the premiere of the video program TRANSMISSIONS, as part of the Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art 2020 program! RSVP at!

Monday from 8PM – 10PM you can join the Far Out Film Discussion via Zoom!

Far Out Film Discussion will have a zoom meeting to talk about A  Zed & Two Noughts, a 1985 film written and directed by Peter Greenaway. View the trailer here – It can be found online at kanopy

Tuesday from 7PM – 8PM you can attend ‘Museum Of Bad Art: Tough Times – A Bad Day to Dystopian Apocalypse’. You can register here!

The Museum Of Bad Art has been collecting paintings since 1994. Art has always helped get us through difficult times, and there’s been no time quite like the present. In this presentation we explore some of the ways artists react to disasters, small and large, real and imagined.

Tuesday from 7PM – 8PM you can join a Crowdcast conversation with Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao, co-authors of ‘Family in Six Tones’. Register for the event here!

The authors will be in conversation with Carole DeSanti, Elizabeth Drew Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College and author of The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. She was formerly Executive Editor at Viking Penguin, where she worked with Lan Cao on her first two novels. Questions about joining an online event? Email for more info.

Wednesday from 6PM – 7PM you can check out ‘Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For: A CONVERSATION WITH AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE’. Register for the event here!

National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will share pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy. Taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few, Amb. Rice now shares the wisdom she learned along the way and makes an urgent appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership.

Wednesday from 7:30PM – 8:30PM you can join Westfield Athenaeum librarians online to see them discuss “What Makes a ‘Real’ Movie?’ You can find it on the Westfield Athenaeum Facebook page!

For this episode, pop some popcorn and settle in for a cinematic discussion! We’ll talk about the controversy surrounding the Most Popular category at the Oscars, the discussion about superhero movies winning (and not winning awards), and just simply talk about our favorite movies. Is quality bias in movies different or similar to quality bias in books? What makes a “good” movie? A “real” piece of cinema? Come discuss with us!

Wednesday from 7PM – 11PM you should hang out with the nice folks of Start Playing Online! They’re good to hang with and they play boardgames online. Just pop on over to the Discord ( and say hi!

Thursday from 12PM – 12:20PM you can join Jones Library for a quick lunch break storytime! They’re working their way through the alphabet one story at a time, and you can find them here:!

Thursday from 3:30PM – 4:30PM the Virtual Teen Book Club will talk about Fable by Adrienne Young! This program is for teens only. This is a virtual program that will take place on Zoom; email for the meeting link.

Thursday from 6:30PM – 8:30PM you can attend the Virtual Book Discussion with the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup. This month is about The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull, which sounds very neat! You can head to this Meetup to join up and attend!

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of super-advanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last. A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

Thursday from 6:30PM – 8:30PM you can attend the Amherst Arts Night remotely with the Literacy Project. You can register for it by clicking here! The featured readers this month are The Literacy Project!

The Literacy Project presents original poems, essays, and stories written and read by students of The Literacy Project. The Literacy Project provides adult basic education programs and opportunities that support participants to engage meaningfully and equitably in the economic, social, cultural and civic life of their communities. With a staff of 20 and 75 volunteers, the Project now offers classes in basic literacy, high school equivalency and college and career readiness at 5 locations in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts: Greenfield, Orange, Northampton, Amherst and Ware.

Thursday from 7PM – 8:30PM you can attend a book launch with authors Susan Stinson & Elizabeth McCracken! Register for it here!

Join authors Susan Stinson (Martha Moody, Spider in a Tree) and Elizabeth McCracken (The Souvenir Museum, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry) online for a reading and discussion of the new edition of Susan Stinson’s novel Martha Moody which is published this month by Small Beer Press. Signed copies of Susan Stinson’s books are available for purchase below — personalized copies will be available at the event.

Thursday from 7PM – 8PM you can join the Yiddish Book Center for the presentation ‘CONVERSATION | Keeping It in the Family: Yiddish Writers and Their Legacies.’ Register for the event here!

How does Jewish identity play out in the families of Yiddish writers? What stories get passed down, and what are the burdens and pleasures of keeping alive the memory of an illustrious relative? This conversation brings together descendants of four famous Yiddish writers, all of whom migrated from Europe to America.

Friday from 11AM – 1PM you can check out Your Next Great Read Live with the folks from Forbes!

Post a title you’ve enjoyed on our Facebook post ( or on Twitter (, and we will respond with suggestions for other books (or movies, or music) we think you’ll like!

And then right after, why not check out Virtual Book Chat Friday at 1PM – 2PM?

Friday from 12PM – 1:15PM you cann join the Emily Dickinson Museum for a lovely lunchtime talk about the impact of Amherst College on the life of the poet Emily Dickinson! Register in advance here!

Saturday from 2PM – 3PM you can attend the virtual discussion ‘The Real Gentleman Jack: Transcribing the diaries of Anne Lister’! Register here to receive the Zoom link!

The BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack tells the story of the real-life 19th century Yorkshire landowner, entrepreneur, traveler, scholar and lesbian, Anne Lister.  This remarkable woman kept a detailed diary where she recorded everything in her life, from the times she woke up and went to bed and everything in between – the daily weather, what she read, where she went and all of her business and social interactions.  1/6th of the diary is written in a secret code, used by Anne to record the parts of her life that needed to be kept secret at the time that she lived – namely her same-sex relationships.  Hear from two of the volunteer transcribers who are working to make Anne’s handwritten diaries accessible to the world.  Sam Bennion and Alison Kirchgasser (UK and US based respectively) will talk about how they got involved in the transcription project organized by the West Yorkshire Archive Service, will describe the transcription process and will share some of the information available in the diaries, which give a fascinating look into the life of a lesbian landowner in early 19th century Yorkshire. 

Sunday from 2PM – 3PM you can join the Yiddish Book Center for a presentation! Celebrating A Decade of Story Collecting: The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project. Register for the event here!

Since its launch ten years ago, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has collected over 1,000 oral history interviews in seven different languages on six continents. In this multimedia presentation, the director of the Project, Christa Whitney, will reflect on a decade of collecting stories about Yiddish language and culture through interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds. Christa will share some of the most compelling stories in celebration of the Project’s milestone anniversary.

If you’re looking for a very unique and fun puzzle/adventure game we highly recommend checking out Heaven’s Vault! The central puzzle is to translate an ancient language, and they did a great job of turning that into an approachable puzzle! The walking-around bits were a little oddly clunky, but it’s totally worth taking a shot at it. We’ve really not played anything like it before.

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