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Thursday October 19, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Story Yoga  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   413-568-7833   sscott@westath.org
   

Engage your child's creativity with a story-themed yoga hour. Kids and their grownups will learn yoga poses, hear stories, and complete a craft. Sponsored by the Westfield CFCE and presented by yoga instructor Heather Monson.

*Registration required. You can register online here or call the CFCE at 568-5242.

    Location: Lang Auditorium
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The BookClub  
    Contact: Sandy   568-7833   
   

They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine

From one of America’s greatest comic novelists, a hilarious new novel about aging, family, loneliness, and love

The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don’t just grow, they grow old, and the clan’s matriarch, Joy, is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would have wished. When Joy’s beloved husband dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother’s loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy’s college days. And they didn’t count on Joy herself, a mother suddenly as willful and rebellious as their own kids.

The New York Times–bestselling author Cathleen Schine has been called “full of invention, wit, and wisdom that can bear comparison to [ Jane] Austen’s own” (The New York Review of Books), and she is at her best in this intensely human, profound, and honest novel about the intrusion of old age into the relationships of one loving but complicated family. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.

    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Friday October 20, 2017
   3:45 PM  -  4:45 PM KNIT WITS JR.  
    Contact: Miss Susan   413-562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

Have you always wanted to learn to knit or do you want to improve your skills?  Students will cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

Participants will take home their knitting needles and yarn to continue to build their skills at home.

This program is for students ages 8 and up.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room

Monday October 23, 2017
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Knitting Group  
    Location: Whitney Study
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Bookworms Reading Group  
    Contact: Mary Regan   413-562-6158 x5   mregan@westath.org
   

We will read the book Amelia Bedelia Bookworm together and do fun activities based on the story. The first 10 people to register get free copies of the book to keep!  Grades 1 &2

Registration required

 

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room

Tuesday October 24, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Tuesday Morning Club  
    Contact: Susan Kingra   568-2118   
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Book Group for Kids  
    Contact: Patti Brose   413-562-6158 x5   pbrose@westath.org
   

Join us as we discuss and play games based on

I Survived The American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren

Tarshis. The first 10 people to register get free copies of the book to keep!  

Tuesday, October 24th| 4:00-4:45pm | Activity Room| Grades 3-5 | Registration required

 

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday October 25, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising Committee  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Who Goes There? with Agawam Paranormal  

Thursday October 26, 2017
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Whitney Study

Friday October 27, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   413-562-6158   sscott@westath.org
   

Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities and a craft.

    Location: Lang Auditorium

Saturday October 28, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Family Movie  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   413-562-6158   sscott@westath.org
   

Halloween Town (1998, 1hr 24min, rated G). After learning she is a witch, a girl (Kimberly J. Brown) helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures.

No registration required.

    Location: Lang Auditorium

Monday October 30, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Terrific Twos & Threes  
    Contact: Patti Brose   413-562-6158 ext. 5   pbrose@westath.org
   

Children ages 2 and 3 are invited to come to the library to hear stories, sing songs and do a craft.

Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, Sept. 26th.

 

 

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Knitting Group  
    Location: Whitney Study

Tuesday October 31, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Halloween Storytime & Costume Parade  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   413-562-6158   sscott@westath.org
   

Show off your Halloween costume at the library. Join us for this story time followed by a parade through the library.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Hallowteen  
   

It's that time of year again.  Time for the ghosts and ghouls and wicked awesome teens to come out and have a blast!  Grab your favortie family friendly costume and join us for a scary good time with costume contests, games, activities and more!

Registration is required.

Open to all students in grades 6-12.

    Location: Lang Auditorium
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday November 1, 2017
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM TAB Meeting  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   562-6158x5   sscott@westath.org
   

Join us for our monthly YA meeting where we brainstorm ideas, plan upcoming programs, and have a lot of fun!

No registration required, just drop in.

    Location: Whitney Study
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising Committee  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study

Thursday November 2, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM First Thursdays Concert Series - Laurie Fest  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Senior Center, 45 Noble St.
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Friday November 3, 2017
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM KNIT WITS JR.  
    Contact: Miss Susan   413-562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

Have you always wanted to learn to knit or do you want to improve your skills?  Students will cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

Participants will take home their knitting needles and yarn to continue to build their skills at home.

This program is for students ages 8 and up.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room

Saturday November 4, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  5:00 PM Craft Table  
    Contact: Nina Stromgren   413-562-6158 x5   
   

Come to the library to make a craft or bring the supplies home to complete.

No registration is necessary.

While supplies last.

    Location: Boys' & Girls' Library

Monday November 6, 2017
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Knitting Group  
    Location: Whitney Study

Tuesday November 7, 2017
     Friends Meeting rescheduled for Nov. 14  
   8:30 AM  -  8:00 PM Vote for Winter Reading Club Theme  
    Contact: Sarah Scott/ Patti Brose   413-562-6158 x5   
   

Election Day!!

Children of all ages can come into the library and cast their ballot for the Winter Reading Club Theme.

Receive a special reward.

    Location: Boys' & Girls' Library
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday November 8, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Parenting Workshop  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

FREE Workshop for Parents presented by Peggy Hoime from Cooperative Kids of Agawam and sponsored by the CFCE.

Understanding your child's temperament is key to knowing how to connect with them on a level that will cause them to want to cooperate, listen, and make better choices. Participants will learn how to decipher the temperament of their child and strategies for improving communication, motivation, parent/child relationships. Peggy Hoime will also help parents develop effective strategies to redirect and discipline their children based on their temperament. 

This is a two-part workshop presented on Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 16. Register online here or call the CFCE Office at 568-5242

 

    Location: Lang Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising Committee  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study

Thursday November 9, 2017
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Greeting Card Workshop  
   

Please contact Donna King for registration. There is a $10 fee for the workshop.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM The Art of Pastel:Demo and Workshop  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   413-568-7833 x111   jperegrin@westath.org
   

You can Pastel Paint !!
Two hour workshop after Georgia O’Keeffe's Calla Lily
With Gregory Maichak
All materials provided  - No experience required
Free of charge  - Registration required

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Athenaeum

To register call 413-568-7833 or visit www.westath.org

 

 

 

    Location: Lang Auditorium

Friday November 10, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  8:00 PM Room Unavailable  
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   413-562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

Kids ages 3-5 are invited to join us for a fall-themed story, some songs, and a craft.

Registration required.

 

 

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room

Saturday November 11, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  5:00 PM Library Closed  
   

The library is closed all day in honor of Veterans' Day.

We will reopen on Monday, November 13th at 8:30am


Monday November 13, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  8:00 PM Friends Toy and Booksale Set-Up  
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Knitting Group  
    Location: Whitney Study

Tuesday November 14, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  8:00 PM Friends Toy and Booksale Set-Up  
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Piece of My Art Painting Class for Kids  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

Children ages 7-11 will enjoy creating their very own masterpiece with Jen Dorgan from Piece of My Art Studio in Westfield. Each child will create a painting as they learn various techniques using acrylic paint. All supplies will be provided. Join us for an afternoon of art and fun!

This event is generously sponsored by a grant from the Shurtleff Foundation.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Friends Mtg.  
    Contact: Bill Westerlind   413-335-6976   
    Location: Whitney Study

Wednesday November 15, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  8:00 PM Friends Toy and Booksale set-up and preview night  
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM TINY TOTS LIBRARY TIME SAMPLER  
    Contact: Mary Regan   413-562-6158 ext. 5   mregan@westath.org
   

Stories, songs and rhymes for little ones, followed by play time!

This program is open to children ages birth to 18 months.

NEW: registration is required.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Little Ones Library Time  
    Contact: Mary Regan   413-562-6158 ext. 5   
   

Stories, songs and rhymes for little ones, followed by play time!

This program is open to children ages 19-36 months.

NEW: registration is required.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising Committee  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Speaker Series - Dog Pals  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
   

November 15th @ 6:30 pm

Raising Puppies A-Z with Jim Helems

 

 Jim Helems, Owner of Adventure Dogs USA Sports Camp & Healthy Pets USA, has over 22 years of emergency medical experience with the U.S. Air Force and over 10 years of working with dogs. This combined experience gives Jim unique qualifications in teaching pet owners how to care for and provide emergency first aid for their pets.

Currently Jim is creating a Canine Sports Camp for Canine Agility, Dock Diving, Herding arenas for sheep or ducks and a Search &  Rescue Obstacle course opening in 2017

 

    Location: St. John's Lutheran Church, 60 Broad St.

Thursday November 16, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  8:00 PM Friends Toy and Booksale  
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Terrific Twos & Threes  
    Contact: Patti Brose   413-562-6158 ext. 5   pbrose@westath.org
   

Children ages 2 and 3 are invited to come to the library to hear stories, sing songs and do a craft.

Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, October 24th.

 

 

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The BookClub  
    Contact: Sandy   568-7833   
   

The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing

The Good Terrorist follows Alice Mellings, a woman who transforms her home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. As Alice struggles to bridge her ideology and her bourgeois upbringing, her companions encounter unexpected challenges in their quest to incite social change against complacency and capitalism. With a nuanced sense of the intersections between the personal and the political, Nobel laureate Doris Lessing creates in The Good Terrorist a compelling portrait of domesticity and rebellion.

    Location: Whitney Study
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Bookworms Reading Group  
    Contact: Nina Stromgren   413-562-6158 x5   nstromgren@westath.org
   

We will read a book  together and do fun activities based on the story. The first 8 people to register get free copies of the book to keep!  Grades 1 &2

Registration required

 

    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Parenting Workshop  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

FREE Workshop for Parents presented by Peggy Hoime from Cooperative Kids of Agawam and sponsored by the CFCE.

Understanding your child's temperament is key to knowing how to connect with them on a level that will cause them to want to cooperate, listen, and make better choices. Participants will learn how to decipher the temperament of their child and strategies for improving communication, motivation, parent/child relationships. Peggy Hoime will also help parents develop effective strategies to redirect and discipline their children based on their temperament. 

This is a two-part workshop presented on Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 16. Sign up online here or call the CFCE at 568-5242. 

There will not be any childcare provided for this workshop.

    Location: Whitney Study
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM 350th His/Edu Mtg  
    Contact: Candy   568-0638   
    Location: Old B&G

Friday November 17, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  5:00 PM Friends Toy and Booksale  
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM KNIT WITS JR.  
    Contact: Miss Susan   413-562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

Have you always wanted to learn to knit or do you want to improve your skills?  Students will cast on, knit, purl and cast off.

Participants will take home their knitting needles and yarn to continue to build their skills at home.

This program is for students ages 8 and up.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room

Saturday November 18, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  5:00 PM Friends Toy and Booksale  
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Monday November 20, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  8:00 PM Room Unavailable  
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Knitting Group  
    Location: Whitney Study
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Pajama Storytime  
    Contact: Patti Brose   413-562-6158 x5   pbrose@westath.org
   

Children all ages are invited to come to the library in their pajamas and listen to some stories, sing some songs and do fingerplays.

Registration is required  and begins on Tuesday, October 24th.

 

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room

Tuesday November 21, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  3:00 PM Room Unavailable  
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Book Group for Kids  
    Contact: Miss Susan   413-562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

Join us as we discuss and play games based on Pax by Sara Pennypacker.

The first 8 people to register get free copies of the book to keep!  

 Grades 3-5 

Registration required

 

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday November 22, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  8:00 PM LIBRARY CLOSING AT NOON  
   

The library will be closing at Noon today.

We will be closed all day tomorrow, November 23rd.

We will reopen Friday, November 24th at 8:30am.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday November 23, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  8:00 PM Happy Thanksgiving!  
   

The library will be closed for Thanksgiving.

We will reopen at 8:30am Friday, November 24th.


Friday November 24, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Movie  
    Contact: Sarah Scott/ Patti Brose   413-562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org or pbrose@westath.org
   

Join us for the movie "Emoji" 2017 rated PG 

Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

Registration NOT required

    Location: Lang Auditorium
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM LIBRARY BUILDING BLOCKS CLUB  
    Contact: Sarah Scott/Patti Brose   413-562-6158 ext. 5   
   

Bring your imagination to the library for our exciting  Library Building Blocks Club.  We will spend about an hour developing masterpieces with lego blocks.

The creations will be on display in the Boys' and Girls' Library for all to see. This program is open to children ages two and up.  

***Please note that children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult***

Registration is required

 

 

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room

Monday November 27, 2017
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Knitting Group  
    Location: Whitney Study
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM 350th mtg.  
    Contact: Candy   568-0638   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Tuesday November 28, 2017
   3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Piece of My Art Painting Class for Teens  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

Tweens and Teens ages 12 and up will enjoy creating their very own masterpiece with Jen Dorgan from Piece of My Art Studio in Westfield. Each participant will create a painting as they learn various techniques using acrylic paint. All supplies will be provided. Join us for an afternoon of art and fun!

This event is generously sponsored by a grant from the Shurtleff Foundation.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday November 29, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Wreath making workshop  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   413-568-7833 x111   jperegrin@westath.org
   

Explore your creativity and learn how to make your own holiday wreath or    centerpiece decorating with an abundance of mixed foliage, ribbon, pinecones, holiday ornaments and berries!  The workshop includes all materials, refreshments and festive music!   Call 413-568-7833 x3 or visit www.westath.org to book your place

Payment required to hold reservation  Please bring cash or check made payable to Westfield Athenaeum by Nov. 21st.

Please bring wire cutters and garden shears if you have them!

 

    Location: Lang Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising Committee  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study

Thursday November 30, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Terrific Twos & Threes  
    Contact: Patti Brose   413-562-6158 ext. 5   pbrose@westath.org
   

Children ages 2 and 3 are invited to come to the library to hear stories, sing songs and do a craft.

Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, October 24th.

 

 

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Monday December 4, 2017
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Knitting Group  
    Location: Whitney Study

Tuesday December 5, 2017
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Friends Mtg.  
    Contact: Bill Westerlind   413-335-6976   
    Location: Whitney Study

Wednesday December 6, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising Committee  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study

Thursday December 7, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM First Thursdays Concert Series - Holiday Concert with Dan Kennedy  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Senior Center, 45 Noble St.
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Saturday December 9, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Enchanted Circle Reading Alive!  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   413-562-6158 ext. 5   sscott@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Monday December 11, 2017
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Knitting Group  
    Location: Whitney Study
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting  
    Contact: Dan Paquette   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study

Tuesday December 12, 2017
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday December 13, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising Committee  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Speaker Series - Christmas at the Whitehouse  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
   

 

December 13th @ 6:30 pm

Pat Perry presents Christmas at the White House

Come with Sneak Peek Productions as we walk through the grandeur of the White House at Christmas time. From Presidents past, we look at decorations, trees and ceremony through pictures, words and music. If you want to experience an old-fashioned Christmas, this is the show for you!

 

    Location: St. John's Lutheran Church, 60 Broad St.

Thursday December 14, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The BookClub  
    Contact: Sandy   568-7833   
   

Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey

A brief, lyrical novel with a powerful emotional charge, Rules for Old Men Waiting is about three wars of the twentieth century and an ever-deepening marriage. In a house on the Cape “older than the Republic,” Robert MacIver, a historian who long ago played rugby for Scotland, creates a list of rules by which to live out his last days. The most important rule, to “tell a story to its end,” spurs the old Scot on to invent a strange and gripping tale of men in the trenches of the First World War.

Drawn from a depth of knowledge and imagination, MacIver conjures the implacable, clear-sighted artist Private Callum; the private’s nemesis Sergeant Braddis, with his pincerlike nails; Lieutenant Simon Dodds, who takes on Braddis; and Private Charlie Alston, who is ensnared in this story of inhumanity and betrayal but brings it to a close.

This invented tale of the Great War prompts MacIver’s own memories of his role in World War II and of Vietnam, where his son, David served. Both the stories and the memories alike are lit by the vivid presence of Margaret, his wife. As Hearts and Minds director Peter Davis writes, “Pouncey has wrought an almost inconceivable amount of beauty from pain, loss, and war, and I think he has been able to do this because every page is imbued with the love story at the heart of his astonishing novel.”

    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Greeting Card Workshop  
   

Please contact Donna King for registration. There is a $10 fee for the workshop.

    Location: Lang Auditorium

Monday December 18, 2017
   5:45 PM  -  7:45 PM Knitting Group  
    Location: Whitney Study

Tuesday December 19, 2017
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday December 20, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising Committee  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study

Thursday December 21, 2017
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Monday December 25, 2017
   8:30 AM  -  8:00 PM Library Closed  
   

The library will be closed all day in observance of Christmas Day.

We will reopen Tuesday, December 26th at 8:30am.


Tuesday December 26, 2017
   4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Bldg. Cmte. Mtg.  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday December 27, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Fundraising Committee  
    Contact: Dan   568-0638   
    Location: Whitney Study

Thursday December 28, 2017
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: Ann Marie Waller   413-528-5070 x103   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Monday January 8, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM HiSET Registration Night  
    Contact: Kelly Pelkey   413-336-3100   kelly.wce@gmail.com
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Tuesday January 16, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM HWA Tri-Club Mtg.  
    Contact: Candy   562-3472   candypenn460@gmail.com
    Location: Whitney Study

Wednesday January 17, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Speaker Series - Ice Harvest  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Thursday January 18, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The BookClub  
    Contact: Sandy   568-7833   
   

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger

The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive ? until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...

    Location: Whitney Study
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Bingo for Books  
    Contact: Sarah Scott   562-6158 x5   sscott@westath.org
   

Try your luck while playing B-I-N-G-O to win books!

This event is sponsored by the CFCE.

Space is limited to 12 participants, so please register.

    Location: Boys and Girls Library Activity Room

Tuesday January 23, 2018
     Tuesday Morning Club  
    Contact: Susan Kingra   568-2118   
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Tuesday Morning Club  
    Contact: Susan Kingra   568-2118   
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Thursday February 1, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM First Thursdays Concert Series - WHS Jazz Band with Patrick Kennedy  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Thursday February 15, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The BookClub  
    Contact: Sandy   568-7833   
   

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

From the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist Sebastian Barry, “a master storyteller” (Wall Street Journal), comes a powerful new novel of duty and family set against the American Indian and Civil Wars

Thomas McNulty, aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars—against the Sioux and the Yurok—and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in.

Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days Without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

    Location: Whitney Study

Wednesday February 21, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Speaker Series - Mighty Aphrodite  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Thursday March 1, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM First Thursdays Concert Series - Party of Two  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Thursday March 15, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The BookClub  
    Contact: Sandy   568-7833   
   

Hawaii by James Michener

Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959. As the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries—until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey across the Pacific, flourishing in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions. Then, in the early nineteenth century, American missionaries arrive, bringing with them a new creed and a new way of life. Based on exhaustive research and told in Michener’s immersive prose, Hawaii is the story of disparate peoples struggling to keep their identity, live in harmony, and, ultimately, join together.

    Location: Whitney Study

Wednesday March 21, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Speaker Series - Hawaii  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Thursday April 5, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM First Thursdays Concert Series - Jon Berman  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday April 18, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Speaker Series - Autism Speaks  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Thursday April 19, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The BookClub  
    Contact: Sandy   568-7833   
   

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it—her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don't quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs.

What they don't know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She's found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her—even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she's desperate to get it back, to make things right.

But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands…

Benjamin Ludwig's whip-smart, unforgettable novel is an illuminating look at one girl's journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years.

 

    Location: Whitney Study

Thursday May 3, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM First Thursdays Concert Series - Jerry Noble  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday May 16, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Speaker Series - History Under Our Feet  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Thursday May 17, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The BookClub  
    Contact: Sandy   568-7833   
   

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
      Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
      In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 
      In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

    Location: Whitney Study

Thursday June 7, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM First Thursdays Concert Series - Dan Daniels  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Wednesday June 13, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Speaker Series  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   568-7833   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Lang Auditorium

Thursday June 21, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM The BookClub  
    Contact: Sandy   568-7833   
   

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

    Location: Whitney Study

Saturday June 23, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Summer Reading Kickoff  
    Contact: Joyce Peregrin   413-568-7833 x111   jperegrin@westath.org
    Location: Town Green

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