Volume 7 No.1 December 30, 2023






In This Issue:




  • Poet's Seat Poetry Contest Submit by February 26


  • Appointments for Book Donations Jan 27- Feb 2


  • Writing Workshop Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31


  • GPL Goes to the Movies Jan 4, 11, 18, 25


  • Winter Farmers Market Jan 20


  • Makerspace: Winter Themed Zines Jan 20


  • Tumble Science for kids at the Market Jan 20


  • Winter's Market Drop-In Tech Session Jan 20


  • GPL Presents - Fierce Females: Women in Art. Jane Oneail Jan 17


  • Virtual Video Tour Library


  • Meet your Neighbors: Andra Daunhauser, Ecopsychology Jan 17


  • Teen Homeschool Drop-in Jan 4 & 11


  • Tween Tuesday for Middle Schoolers - Big Ol' SNowflakes Jan 23


  • Officer Frank & Llewlyn - Comfort Dog Jan 19


  • GPL Wants Your ZINES for our Zine collection


  • Box Play - Drop-in, Ages 2 - 12 Jan 3


  • Teen/Tween Makerspace: Collage Jan 5 Cartooning Jan 12


  • D & D with Hugh Jan 2 & 16


  • Oddly Satisfying, Thick Painting Tween/Teen Jan 13


  • Teen Room Craft Kits Starting Jan 16


  • Teen Volunteer Meeting Jan 8


  • Exploring Non-Fiction Nature: What An Owl Knows, Jennifer Ackerman Jan 16


  • Spice Club - National Soup Month No kit this month


  • Scrabble Night Jan 2 & 16


  • Youth Knitting Group (Ages 8 - 12) Jan 12 & 26


  • Lego Club Jan 8, 22, 29





  • Book Babies Storytime Jan 16, 23, 30, 


  • Toddler Storytimes Jan 10, 17, 24, 31


  • Family Storytime Tumble Science Jan 20
  • Weekend Lego Club Jan 13


  • Cat Castles (Age 12 - adult) Jan 10


  • Chess Club Jan 8, 22, 29


  • Conversational French Jan 2 & 23


  • MahJong Jan 4, 11, 18, 25


  • Greenfield Ukulele Players Jan 5 & 19


  • Virtual Author Talk: Rebecca Serle, One Italian Summer Jan 10


  • Virtual Author Talk: Rajiv Nagainch, Your Retirement: Dream or Disaster, Jan 23


  • Virtual Talk: Dr. Robert Lustig, Metabolical, Jan 30


  • Crafterschool: Paper Bear Sweater Jan 30


  • WordPress Meetup Jan 10


  • Drop in Knit and Crochet Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30


  • Library Closed Jan 1, 9, & 15


  • Learn a New Language, Transparent Language Free online


  • New Digital Legal Resources Available free forms on line 


  • New Teen to Go Kits Ages 12 - 18 Nine Available


  • Notary Services, Free at the GPL


  • Museum Passes Check them out


  • Library Hours, Check it out


  • Mobile Hotspot Lending Program devices to borrow


  • Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange Take a Puzzle, Leave a Puzzle


  • Free Digital Resources including some changes


  • Sign up on Beanstack: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten


Announcing the 2024 Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest


Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library


The 33rd Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest is open to all Franklin County residents and to students ages 12-14 and 15-18 who attend school in Franklin County.


Each entrant may submit a maximum of three poems.


Rules for Submission


● Poems must be unpublished.

● Previous 1st Place Adult winners of the Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest are not eligible to enter again.

● Previous top-placing Youth winners of the Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest are eligible to enter again when they enter a new age category.

● Entrants may submit up to three poems; they will be reproduced as originally submitted. 



● Entries must be submitted by one of these methods.


  1. sent via email to: poetsseatcontest@gmail.com
  2. via USPS: Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, 412 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
  3. link: https://forms.gle/KLKk612KDwD4ZZhE6 



● Multi-page poems must have page numbers clearly marked.

● No individual poem may exceed 3 standard pages.

● Please do not staple multipage poems.

● On reverse of poem (or on a second page in the case of an email entry) indicate ADULT or YOUNG POET entry and please include the following contact information for the poet:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Youth categories must also include phone/email of parent/guardian or teacher


● No identifying information should be written on the same side of the paper as the poem(s).

● Young Poets entries must include their age at the bottom right hand corner of their poem(s) and then circle.

● Submit on white 8.5 x 11 paper, printed clearly or typed in plain typeface; no markers. Notification of receipt of entry will occur, generally, on or after the February 26th deadline, via email, unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with a mailed entry.

● Poems will not be returned.

● Entries must be received by February 26, 2024 (postmark or email received date).


Awards will be given as follows


Adult category:


First Prize, Adult: Stewardship of the Poet’s Seat Chair for one year (name engraved on plaque), handcrafted poet’s ceramic platter and a $25 bookshop gift certificate.


Second and Third Place Prizes, Adult $25 bookshop gift certificate and a mug.



Youth category:


There will be two winners for each subcategory (ages 12-14 & ages 15-18); these winners are not ranked.


The top two places from each Young Poet groups: $25 bookshop gift certificate and a mug.



For further information visit our facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsGPL


Entries must be received by 

February 26, 2024 


Poet's Seat Contest

Awards Ceremony


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

6 – 7:30 pm

Greenfield Public Library


Make an appointment for your book donation

January 27 to February 2



Saturday

February 10

10am - 1:30pm



In the past, the Friends of the GPL Book Sales were one of the highlights of the season in Greenfield. As you might remember, they occurred in the basement of the old library. Since this space is no longer available, there will be a modified version of the book sales. In the past it not only raised thousands of dollars to run programs at the library, but people throughout Franklin County were able to donate their used books, and then find a myriad of books to buy at amazing prices for their own enjoyment. We hope to make this give and take available again.



We will be accepting books by appointment only from January 27 until February 2

Saturday, January 27 at 15 minute intervals from 10:00–1:00


Monday, January 29 at 15 minute intervals from 9:45–11:45 and 5:30–7:30


Tuesday, January 30 at 15 minute intervals from 11:30–1:30 and 5:00–7:00


Wednesday January 31 at 15 minute intervals from 10–12 and 5:00–7:00


Thursday, February 1 at 15 minute intervals from 10–12 and 2:30–4:30


Friday, February 2 at 15 minute intervals from 11:30 to 1:30 and 2:30–4:30


Please email to make an appointment to: fgplbooksales@gmail.com  or call or text

413 824 0468 and leave a message.


Books must be in newer, clean condition.


No:

Encyclopedias

Dictionaries

Text books

Media (CD’s, DVD’s, etc)

Computer Manuals

Self-help

Health,

Travel books no more than 5 years old

Science books no more than 20 years old


Donations will be limited to no more than 2 boxes per donor, and no more than one box per subject.


Wednesday Night Writers Workshop

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 6 pm

Local History Room

Writers are invited to attend a weekly informal gathering on Wednesday nights at 6 pm, in the GPL Local History Room, to workshop their prose and poetry in-progress. Everyone is welcome to bring three single-spaced or six double-spaced pages max and enough copies so that everyone can read along and provide feedback. Writers will take turns reading their work aloud, with a volunteer moderator leading the discussion. Writers aren’t allowed to talk while being critiqued.



This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for ages 12 and up. 



Thursday, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2 pm

Meeting Room



Join us on Thursdays at 2 pm for “GPL goes to the Movies,” beginning on January 4 with a New Year’s classic Rom-Com.


The movies selected reflect a range of styles, from joyous animation to historical fiction.


  • January Movie Schedule:
  • 
  • January 4: Best friends debate the question of whether or not sex will ruin the perfect friendship.Rated R.


  • January 11: A young 1-inch-tall shell lives with his grandmother, the only residents of their town after their neighbors' sudden, mysterious disappearance. Rated PG


  • January 18: This movie chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Rated PG-13


  • January 25: Double Feature. (Starts at 11 AM).
  • If you live here, you are a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Rated PG-13


  • The story of an American scientist and his role in the development of the atomic bomb. Rated R


Doors open 30 minutes before the show starts. Outside food and drink are allowed. All movies start at 2 p.m. and run until completed, unless otherwise indicated. 


For more information contact Jeremiah Rood at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org or call (413) 772-1544.


Movies are free to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.


Saturday, January 20th

10am - 1pm


 Join us as the Greenfield Farmers Market Association brings their Winter Market to the GPL with local farmers, artisans, music and more! 


After shopping, stop by our information table to learn how to stream free movies, and drop into the Makerspace for our Farmers Market Day craft project, winter themed zines! 


For the kids, there will be a special Family Science Storytime at 10 am, followed by ASK Me!, with the hosts of the Tumble Science Podcast for Kids


This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library and the Greenfield Farmers Market Association, is open to everyone in our community. 

Winter Farmers Market Drop In Tech Session,

Saturday, January 20, 10 am - 1pm, Main Lobby


Would you like to get free movies, audiobooks and ebooks? Stop by the Tech Information table in the Main Lobby on Saturday, January 20, between 10 am - 1 pm, and we’ll show you how! Don’t have a library card? No worries….you can sign up for a card at the same time!



GPL Presents

Fierce Females:

Women in Art with Jane Oneail


Wednesday, January 17 at 7 pm

for the virtual program


Women have long been the subject of art, often depicted as nothing more than objects of desire. How do images of women change when women become the creators? This program examines the history of women in art in brief and then explores the lives, careers and works of several major women artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, including Artemisia Gentileschi and Mary Cassatt.


Jane Oneail (pronounced OH-neel) is the founder of Culturally Curious, an arts education consulting firm specializing in art appreciation programs. She curates and delivers programs throughout New England and beyond.


This program is free, but registration is required. Get the Zoom Link at: 


https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316935738599/WN_IzCDv2y6R52b37vBk4MCXA


NOTE: This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within a week of the program.


The Greenfield Public Library would like to thank the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough for organizing this event, which is free and open to everyone.


Launch Your Tour


Although many of you are using the new library, some of you have not had an opportunity to visit and partake of the services offered. In order for you to get your bearings even before visiting and to get a feel for the services offered, you have an opportunity to take a virtual library tour.


It is a wonderful, brief, yet comprehensive, video tour of the new library facilities produced by librarian Pamela McBride and Philippe Simon of GCTV. Just click on the link below and enjoy.


https://youtu.be/fi492ogvBSA

Dr. Andra Daunhauer

 

Ecopsychology: How understanding humans as part of nature changes everything

Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 pm


Meeting Room


Join Ecological Psychologist, Dr. Andra Daunhauer to learn about how attending to the relationships between ecology and psychology helps us reconfigure harmful narratives and behavior into responsible and responsive ones.


Andra moved to Greenfield in late 2019 and lives with her partner, child, three strange creatures that moonlight as house cats, and an evolving garden.


For more information, contact Lisa Prolman at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org, or call (413) 772-1544.


This program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and open to the public.


An opportunity to get out of the house and spend some time with friends! This weekly program focuses on positive interactions and connecting with peers through board games, discussions, makerspace activities and more.


For more information please contact Francesca Passigilia at francesca.passiglia@greenfield-ma.gov


This program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library and is intended for middle and high school age youth

Tween Tuesday (drop-in)

at the Greenfield Public Library

Tuesday, Jan 23 , 2:30 - 4 pm


Big Ol' Snowflakes!


Join us at the Greenfield Public Library for Tween Tuesday, a monthly activity program especially for tweens aged 8-12… with an after school snack (cookies and cocoa)! This month we will make giant hanging snowflakes from paper bags.


For more information, contact Children’s Librarian Ellen Lavoie at

ellen.lavoie@greenfield-ma.gov or call (413) 772-1544 x5104.


This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for ages 8 -12.

Come visit with the Greenfield Police Department’s comfort dog, K9 Frank, and his handler Officer Llewelyn. Frank is a chocolate lab that loves meeting kids and families! 


This program, made possible through the generosity of the Greenfield Police Department, is free and open to all kids 0 - 12.


New Collection:

Zines at The Greenfield Public Library



Greenfield Public Library is building a circulating zine collection for our new library. We want this collection to highlight local creators as much as possible, especially patrons of GPL!


If you have a zine you'd like to see displayed, read, and circulated throughout Central/Western Massachusetts, please use the form below to submit information about your work:


https://forms.gle/R5e5dcNQHPJ5PpeSA

For more information, please contact Jesse Cole, Technical Services Coordinator, at jesse.cole@greenfield-ma.gov or call (413) 772 - 1544 x 5122


Box Play (drop-in)

Wednesday, January 3 , 12 - 8 pm

Children's Room


Get creative with boxes!  Kids can use their imaginations to build big block creations out of recycled cardboard boxes. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own cardboard box! 


For more information, contact Children’s Librarian Ellen Lavoie at ellen.lavoie@greenfield-ma.gov or call (413) 772-1544 x5104.



This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and recommended for children ages 2 - 12. 


Teen and Tween Arts & Crafts

Friday January 5 &12 from 3 - 4:30 pm

Makerspace



Stop by the makerspace and whip up an original creation!


  • January 5: Explore the Magic of Collage - self portraits and vision boards

  • January 12: Cartooning 101 - create a caricature of yourself and then pop it into a series of wild and wacky prompts



For more information, contact Teen Librarian Francesca Passiglia at francesca.passiglia@greenfield-ma.gov, or call (413) 772-1544.


This program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for middle and high school aged youth

D&D with Hugh


Tuesday, January 2 & 16


3 - 6 pm

Makerspace

This teen led program is currently full


If you are interested in joining a future campaign please stop by the Teen Room and speak with Teen Librarian Francesca or email francesca.passiglia@greenfield-ma.gov


This program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for youth ages 12 - 20.

Saturday, January 13, 11 am

Makerspace


You know that feeling of happiness after you’ve completed a repetitive and relaxing task? That’s what Oddly Satisfying is all about! Join Danielle (of Deerfield Academy Summer Art Camp fame!!) for a monthly oddly satisfying TikTok inspired art project. In January we’ll be painting using cake decorating tools.


This program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for middle and high school aged youth.

Premiering Tuesday, January 16


Can’t make it to our amazing programs? Fear not, we’ll be launching a full menu of arts and crafts activities to use in the teen room. Premiering in January: Rubber Stamp Making, Zine Making, Friendship Bracelets and Manga/Anime Drawing. Kits may be borrowed from the teen services desk.


Funded by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, the kits are intended for use in the Teen Room only, for youth ages 12-20.


Monday, January 8, 3:30 pm

Teen Room


Interested in volunteering at the library? Join our Teen Advisory Board. At each meeting we plan programs, community service projects and more. Plus you can apply your volunteer hours to school volunteer requirements.


This program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for middle and high school aged youth.

Exploring Non-Fiction Book Discussion: What an Owl Knows


Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 pm

Conference Room


Join us at the GPL for our bi-monthly book discussion as we explore different authors and genres. This month we are exploring the Science of Nature with Jennifer Ackerman’s book What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds.


For millennia, owls have captivated and intrigued us. Our fascination with these mysterious birds was first documented more than thirty thousand years ago in the Chauvet Cave paintings in southern France. With their forward gaze and quiet flight, owls are often a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and foresight. But what does an owl really know? And what do we really know about owls? 


In her book, Jennifer Ackerman illuminates the rich biology and natural history of these birds and reveals remarkable new scientific discoveries about their brains and behavior. By providing extraordinary new insights into the science of owls, What an Owl Knows pulls back the curtain on the nature of the world’s most enigmatic group of birds.


Copies of the book are available at the library.


For more information, contact Pamela McBride at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org or call (413) 772-1544. 


This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for ages 14 and up.


Greenfield Public Library’s Spice Club

Celebrating National Soup Month


The GPL Spice Club is taking a January Break, and will return with a new Spice Club Kit on Tuesday, February 6. To celebrate National Soup Month, we’re highlighting a few of the soup recipes from our previous spice club kits. You can find all of the Spice Club Kit recipes on our GPL Blog at https://gplibraryma.wordpress.com/


This program, generously supported by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for ages 13 and over.

Drop in Scrabble Night

Tuesday, January 2 & 16

4:30 - 6:30 pm

Adult Game Area 

Spellmasters are invited to join a by-weekly game of Scrabble. At Scrabble night we welcome all levels of experience, and the emphasis is on having fun! Games start at 4:30 and 5:30 pm.


This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for ages 12 and older. 


Drop in after school, for our ongoing knitting group for youth ages 8 - 12. Beginner knitting materials will be provided, or bring your own project!


 For more information, contact Shannon Gilcreast at: 

 shannon.gilcreast@greenfield-ma.gov or call (413) 772-1544 x5104.

 

This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for ages 8 - 12.


GPL Lego Club (drop-in) Monday

January 8, 22, 29

3:30 - 5pm


Come be a part of the kids' GPL Lego Club!


Legos will be available to play with in the Children's Room every Monday from 3:30 - 5pm. Complete one of the given challenges or make your own creation to be put on display until the next week.


For more information, contact Children’s Librarian Ellen Lavoie at ellen.lavoie@greenfield-ma.gov or call (413) 772-1544 x5104.

 

This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and recommended for children age 3+. 

Book Babies with Ellen Lavoie

Tuesday, January 16, 23, 30 at 10 am



Story time is back, babies! 


Join Children’s Librarian, Ellen Lavoie, in the new Children’s Room for reading, lap bouncing, and singing on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. It’s a great way to meet other babies, new parents, and caregivers! 


Recommended ages for this 30-minute program are birth-18 months. 


For more information, contact Children’s Librarian Ellen Lavoie at ellen.lavoie@greenfield-ma.gov or call (413) 772-1544 x5104. 


This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and open to the public. 



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Toddler Time with Ellen Lavoie

Wednesday, Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 at 10 am


Toddlers, get those wiggles out! 


Join Children’s Librarian, Ellen Lavoie, for stories, songs, and activities focused on early literacy, Wednesdays at 10 am in the new Children’s Room. 


Recommended ages for this 30–45 minute program is 18-36 months. 


For more information, contact Children’s Librarian Ellen Lavoie at ellen.lavoie@greenfield-ma.gov or call (413) 772-1544 x5104. 


Family Storytime

Saturday, January 20, 10am


Join us on Winter Farmer’s Market Day for Family Storytime at 10 am. This month is a science storytime with special guests from the popular Tumble Science Podcast for Kids.


ALSO


ASK Tumble! (drop-in)

Saturday, January 20

10:30 am - 1 pm

Main Lobby 


Join us on Winter Farmer’s Market Day to meet the hosts of the Tumble Science Podcast for Kids. Ask them a science question and it could be used on the podcast! 



For more information, contact Children’s Librarian Ellen Lavoie at ellen.lavoie@greenfield-ma.gov or call (413) 772-1544 x5104.



This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for kids age 0 - 12. 

Drop by the Children’s Room for a special Saturday Lego Club session! Use Library Legos to complete challenges, or make your own creations!


For more information, contact Children’s Librarian Ellen Lavoie at ellen.lavoie@greenfield-ma.gov or call (413) 772-1544 x5104. 



This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and recommended for ages 3 -12 

Makerspace Book Club

Cat Castles!

Wednesday, January 10, 5 pm

Makerspace


Are you obsessed with your cat? Do you have excess cardboard leftover from the holidays? Stop by the Makerspace and build a castle for your feline friend! You bring the cardboard, we’ll supply the cutting tools and fancy tape. For inspiration, stop by GPL and pick up a copy of the book Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself by Carin Olive.


Pre Registration is recommended, but not required. Register at: forms.gle/4EFYViwektBctBwb7


This program, funded by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is the first in a 4 part series, and is intended for teens and adults. 

GPL Library Chess Club

Monday, January 8, 22 & 29

5:30 - 7:30 pm


Meet up with other chess players at the Greenfield Public Library. All ages and skill levels are welcome, for both casual and serious games. Chess instruction is available for beginners, and anyone wanting to learn the game. Chess sets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!



This program is free and open to all, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Conversational French



Tuesday, January 2, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Local History Room


Tuesday, January 23, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Conference Room



--Vous parlez français? --Euh... oui, un peu.


If this is you, and you would like to put a few drops of oil on your rusty French conversation skills, have a seat at La Table Française, on Tuesday, January 2, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, in the GPL’s Local History Room.


This is an intermediate conversation group, not a class. Tamara Grogan, Greenfield resident and 25-year veteran French teacher, will facilitate. If interested, please send an email to Tamara at lagrogan1@gmail.com.


À bientôt!


This program is free and intended for ages 16+


Thursday, January 4, 11, 18, 25

2 - 4 pm

Adult Game Area


Join your neighbors in a fun and exciting round of American Mah Jong. 


Newcomers welcome. No experience required.


This program is free and intended for ages 14 and up.

Friday, January 5 & 19



Join The Greenfield Ukulele Players on the first and third Friday of each month from 1 - 2:30 pm in the GPL Conference Room. All you need is love…and a ukulele!


VIRTUAL

with

Rebecca Serle, Rajiv Nagainch, and Dr. Robert Lustig



Start the New Year with these new virtual author talks in January!




Rebecca Serle

One Italian Summer

Wednesday, Jan 10th, 8pm 


Join us on Wednesday, January 10, at 8 pm, as we kick off the New Year talking to Rebecca Serle, about her journey writing epic love stories to span generations, including One Italian Summer, In Five Years, The Dinner List, and many more.


Additionally, in a special preview, Serle will briefly discuss her forthcoming novel (due out on March 5, 2024) Expiration Dates. In Expiration Dates, Daphne Bell believes the universe has a plan for her. Every time she meets a new man, she receives a slip of paper with his name and a number on it—the exact amount of time they will be together. The papers told her she’d spend three days with Martin in Paris; five weeks with Noah in San Francisco; and three months with Hugo, her ex-boyfriend turned best friend. Daphne has been receiving the numbered papers for over twenty years, always wondering when there might be one without an expiration. Finally, on the night of a blind date at her favorite Los Angeles restaurant, there’s only a name: Jake.




For more information, and to register for this and other upcoming talks, go to https://libraryc.org/greenfieldpubliclibrary/21486/register 

 

Each talk features the opportunity to participate in author Q&A or pre-submit questions during registration! Copies of these books are available at the Library. 

Rajiv Nagainch

Your Retirement:

Dream or Disaster

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2pm



Join us on Tuesday, January 23, at 2 pm to learn how to avoid the hidden traps in retirement planning advice with Elder Law Attorney and bestselling author Rajiv Nagaich.


Did you know that a large financial portfolio, an estate plan, and long-term care insurance won’t be enough to prevent your dream retirement from becoming a disaster in the United States? Over his 20-plus years of experience in United States elder law, Rajiv Nagainch has developed a step-by-step guide to retirement planning by connecting the various dots of the retirement planning process. In this enlightening and informative webinar, he explains why “retirement plan failure” happens and how you can keep it from happening to you. 



For more information, and to register for this and other upcoming talks, go to

https://libraryc.org/greenfieldpubliclibrary/21486/register 

 

Each talk features the opportunity to participate in author Q&A or pre-submit questions during registration! Copies of these books are available at the Library. 


Dr. Robert Lustig

Metabolical:

The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2pm


Launch your New Year healthy with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has long been on the cutting edge of medicine and science. Dr. Lustig’s book, Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine, weaves the interconnected strands of nutrition, health/disease, medicine, environment, and society into a completely new fabric by proving on a scientific basis a series of iconoclastic revelations.


He insists that if we do not fix our food and change the way we eat, we will continue to court chronic disease, bankrupt healthcare, and threaten the planet. But there is hope: his book and this webinar explain what’s needed to fix all three. Dr. Lustig offers a doable plan for us to heal and restore our health and well-being with real food and, in the process, boost our immunity to viruses like Covid-19.



For more information, and to register for this and other upcoming talks, go to

https://libraryc.org/greenfieldpubliclibrary/21486/register 

 

Each talk features the opportunity to participate in author Q&A or pre-submit questions during registration! Copies of these books are available at the Library. 


This program, brought to you by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium, is free and open to the public.


Join GPL’s Shannon Gilcreast each month for an after school craft program designed for kids age 5+. This month drop in between 3 - 4 pm on Tuesday, January 9 to make a cozy and colorful paper sweater for your bear!


For more information, contact Shannon Gilcreast at shannon.gilcreast@greenfield-ma.gov or

call (413) 772-1544 x5104.



This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for children ages 5-12. 

WordPress Meetup

Wednesday, January 10, 6 - 7:50 pm

Conference Room


Come to the Greenfield Library’s Conference Room on Wednesday, January 10, at 6 pm to connect with other WordPress users! This meetup is open to anyone interested in WordPress: newbies, developers, designers and administrators.


Bring your WordPress questions! This is a great time to figure out where you're stuck, and make some progress on your project. You may wish to bring a laptop to take notes or to share your screen. You may need a HDMI port or adapter if you want to plug into the big screen.


This program, which meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, is free and open to everyone in our community.



Tuesday, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30



Drop in at the Greenfield Public Library for a knitting/crocheting group! All skill levels are welcome, whether you’re new with needles and hooks, or an old pro. Bring your own supplies, and enjoy some time working on your project while connecting with other crafters.


This program is free and intended for ages 12 and up.


Also, the library is closed Monday, January 1st, for New Years

Oh, the things you can do with a Greenfield Public Library Card! 



Transparent Languages Online provides an effective and engaging experience for language learners looking to build their vocabulary, practice their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and maintain what they learn. With courses and supplemental resources in 110+ languages, Transparent Languages can be accessed 24/7, on any device by visiting the library’s website or https://library.transparent.com/massachusettsA library card is not required.


For more information, and to access all the GPL digital resources, go to https://greenfieldpubliclibrary.org/.  You’ll find the “Quick links to GPL Resources'' on our home page. 

Questions? Contact us at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org or call us at (413) 772 -1544.


These digital resources, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System are free, but some services may require a library card.


New! Gale Digital Legal Resources Now Available

Selling a house? Making a will? Signing a lease? The Greenfield Public Library now offers Gale Legalforms, an online digital resource, to help residents with basic legal needs. Gale Legalforms offers Massachusetts-specific “attorney forms'' - officially approved forms actually used by law firms. 


Many of the forms and documents are available in Word and Adobe format so you just need to simply “fill in the blanks''.


Gale Legalforms can be accessed 24/7, on any device by visiting the library’s website https://greenfieldpubliclibrary.org/. Questions? Contact us at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org or call us at (413) 772 -1544, option 6.

A library card is not required.


This service, provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System, is free and available to all Massachusetts residents.

https://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=TGLF&locid=mlin_w_greenpub



The Greenfield Public Library has nine Teen To-Go Kits available:


· Nature Journaling

· Mind Reading and Fortune Telling

· Mindfulness

· How to Play D&D

· How to Play Ukulele

· How to Crochet

· How to Knit

· Cartoon Your Story

· Writing 101


Each kit contains everything a teen will need to learn a new skill. Kits are intended for youth ages 12-18 and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Kits must be picked up and

dropped off at Greenfield Public Library and can be checked out for 3 weeks. They are available in the teen area at the library.



This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for youth ages 12 – 18.

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Free of Charge at the GPL


Need a document notarized? One of our library staff members is a notary public, and able to notarize documents as staffing allows. Notary services are available most weekdays, but an appointment is required. This service is provided free of charge.


To schedule an appointment, and to verify that your document meets the Massachusetts Notary Law requirements, please contact us at 413-772-1544, or email Pamela McBride at pamela.mcbride@greenfield-ma.gov


Documents can only be notarized in person. Please bring the unsigned document and a state or federally issued photo ID to your appointment. 


Because we are not experts in law or finance, we are unable to notarize some documents. Visit our website at www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org for more details.

Museum Passes at the Greenfield Public Library


Greenfield Public Library’s museum passes are now available! Pass availability will depend on museum hours. Check museum websites for admission requirements before using passes. Each museum has different requirements. Passes may only be picked up on the day you have them reserved; only one attraction’s pass per day can be reserved. All museum passes must be returned by 8:30 the next morning.


For more information, and to reserve a pass, visit our web page at: https://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org , or call us at: (413) 772-1544.


Museum passes are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.

The Greenfield Public Library is open the following days and hours:


Monday through Wednesday: 9:30 am – 8 pm

● Thursday and Friday: 9:30 am – 5 pm

● Saturday: 9:30 am – 2 pm


For security purposes, the upstairs floor closes 15 minutes before closing time.

Main Doors are locked 5 minutes before closing.


The Greenfield Public Library has mobile hotspots for patrons!


GPL has devices to lend to CWMARS library cardholders who are in good standing and are at least 18 years of age.

Hotspots must be picked up and returned to the Information Services desk at the library and may not be checked out again for at least a 24-hour period. Each device circulates for one week with an automatic renewal and supports up to ten mobile devices.


Mobile Beacon is the primary provider for the hotspots, which support 4G and LTE mobile networks, but not 5G.


Contact the Information Services desk at 413-772-1544 x5103

with any questions or for more information.


Mobile Hotspots, provided by The Greenfield Public Library, are free and available to CWMARS cardholders aged 18 and over.


Free Digital Resources at the Greenfield Public Library.

Oh, the things you can do with a Greenfield Public Library Card! 

With your GPL card, you have 24/7 access to many digital resources, all free of charge! In addition to movies, books and music, you can read digital comics and the New York Times, access Craftsy, get book reviews and recommendations, find local resources,, and more. 

For more information, and to access all the GPL digital resources with your library card, go to https://greenfieldpubliclibrary.org/You’ll find the “Quick links to GPL Resources” on our home page.

These digital resources, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, are free, and available to all GPL Library card holders.
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Now Available on Beanstack


With Beanstack, an all-in-one and easy to use program that is called the "Fitbit for reading”, you can log what you are reading and earn badges along the way.

Reading aloud helps strengthen language skills, builds vocabulary, and sparks imagination and creativity. Sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading, and other resources to foster a love of reading for your child. It is easy to play: reading 1 book every day = 1,095 books in 3 years!

Sign up at greenfieldpubliclibrary.beanstack.com for an online reading log, and other resources.
For more information and book recommendations, contact Children’s Librarian Ellen Lavoie at ellen.lavoie@greenfield-ma.gov, or call (413) 772 -1544.

This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and open to all.

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412 Main Street

Greenfield, MA 01301

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