Volume 6 No. 10 September 30, 2023






In This Issue:



  • Rained Out Raffle  Buy Tickets


  • Spice Club Potluck Oct 24


  • Family Costume Parade Oct 24


  • Literary Teas: Alexandra Andrews, Who is Maude Dixon? Oct 17


  • Virtual Video Tour Library


  • Teen Halloween Crafts Drop in


  • Tween Tuesday for Middle Schoolers Oct 17


  • ZINETOBER Oct 3, 4, 11, 18, 25 Zine Labs, Drop in Zine Making, Show & Tell


  • GPL Wants Your ZINES for our Zine collection


  • Spice Club - Oregano Oct 3


  • Whalemobile is Coming Register Oct 21


  • Expedition Bigfoot, Ronny LeBlanc Oct 18


  • Pick up your tiny paintings Before Oct 4


  • Youth Knitting Group (Ages 8 - 12) Oct 6 & 20


  • Book Babies Storytimes Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31


  • Toddler Storytimes Oct 4, 11, 18, 25


  • Pre-school Storytime Oct 4, 11, 18, 25


  • Family Storytime Oct 7


  • Chess Club Oct 2, 16, 23, 30


  • Here Be Dragons, Writing in the Age of AI - Writing Workshop Oct 25


  • Let Freedom Read - Statewide Read-in Oct 3


  • Autumn Poetry Walk Starts Oct 3


  • Haunted Experiences with Jeff DePaoli Spooky World Oct 7, Barret's Haunted Mansion Oct 14, Delusion Oct 21, The Old Joliet Haunted Prison Oct 29


  • Five Nights at Freddy's Teen Party Oct 24





  • October Teen Makerspace Night Oct 10


  • Teen Half Day Lounge Oct 27


  • GPL Info Session 413Cares Oct 16


  • Meet the Author, Rick Steves, European Travel Tips and Tools Oct 10


  • Meet the Author: Ruth Ware Master of Suspense Oct 18


  • Meet the Author: John Irving On a Lifetime of Writing Oct 26


  • Crafterschool Leaf Mosaic Ages 5+ Oct 10


  • League of Women Voters Register to Vote Oct 19


  • Kids' Half Day Escape Room (Ages 8 -12) Oct 26


  • Children's Half Day Halloween Crafts (Ages 3 -12) Oct 27


  • GPL Foundation Third $500,000


  • Library Closed Monday Oct 9


  • 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


  • Mobil 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


It was a rainy Friday in September . . . at the Franklin County Fair. It was flooded and almost nobody was there and they closed at 7 o'clock and the Friends of the GPL lost hundreds of dollars in raffle ticket sales that we usually sell. So if you haven't already bought a bunch of tickets at the fair or the library, we really need you to click here and buy some right now so we can provide programs throughout the year.


Taste of the Towns Restaurant Raffle


organized by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.


This annual fundraising effort helps to bring in funds to support all of the programs hosted through the library—adult, teens and kids are able to enjoy special experiences because of the money raised. In addition, it supports the museum passes and the homebound program. We have had incredible support from our community in the past and we are hopeful for another wonderful turnout!


You can purchase tickets or make a donation online here 

OR

you can visit one of the following locations to buy tickets in-person:


Greenfield Public Library, all open hours

World Eye Bookshop and Imaginary Bookshop, all open hours

Yes, you read that right. It says if you win you get 9 (nine) $75 gift certificates

Have you picked up one of the GPL Spice Club Kits? Share your cooking with others at our first Spice Club Potluck, on Tuesday, October 24, at 6 pm in the Community Meeting Room.


Prepare a dish to share using one of the ingredients featured in the three recent Spice Club Kits: Thyme, Sage, or Oregano. Bring your completed dish to the potluck,with a printed copy of therecipe you used. Everyone can sample the dishes and discuss their cooking process!

 

Participants must follow CDC guidelines for safe food handling and allergen information.


Space is limited, and pre registration is required. Register for the Potluck at: https://forms.gle/kPrqW7TdvP7brqGL6


Registration opens on Tuesday, October 3.


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


This program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library is intended for ages 14 and older.


Join us for treats, crafts, and a costume parade for the whole family! The parade will start in the Children’s Room at 5 pm and march throughout the library!


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 all families. 


Tuesday, October 17

6:30 pm

Conference Room.


Good books, good tea & good company. What could be better to end your busy day? Literary Teas combines literary works of fiction with cozy cups of local tea, from Greenfield’s local tea shop, Alchemy of Avalon. Join Lisa and Diane for a GPL discussion of Who is Maud Dixon?, by Alexandra Andrews, on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room.


Florence Darrow has always felt she was destined for greatness, but after a disastrous affair with her married boss, she starts to doubt herself. All that changes when she sets off for Morocco with her new boss, the celebrated but reclusive author Maud Dixon. Amidst the colorful streets of Marrakesh and the wind-swept beaches of the coast, Florence begins to feel she’s leading the sort of interesting, cosmopolitan life she deserves.


But when she wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car accident, with no memory of the previous night—and no sign of Maud—a dangerous idea begins to take form. . . 


Copies of the book are available at the Library. To reserve your cup of tea, email us at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org.


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


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

Drop in to the Teen Room during the month of October to decorate a small spooky coffin, and make a Halloween Heishi bracelet while supplies last. We’ll also be converting our Barbie Dream House to a Scream House. Teens can make Barbie Halloween costumes and create tiny creepy props for the house.

Tween Tuesday (drop-in)

at the Greenfield Public Library

Tuesday, Oct 17 , 2:30 - 3:30 pm


Join us on Tuesday at the Greenfield Public Library for Tween Tuesday, a monthly activity program especially for middle schoolers held in the Children's Activity Room and patio - with an after school snack i! This month we will try Mandala Leaf Art.


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 all middle schoolers.

Tuesday, October 3

Wednesday, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 & Nov 1


Join Greenfield Public Library for Zinetober, a daily zinemaking challenge where creators use a list of prompts to create a new zine for every day of the month. Zinetober is a great way to practice making zines, try out new ideas, and get your creativity flowing. The library will be hosting weekly zine-themed events throughout October to support our patrons with the challenge. Stop by to connect with other creators!


Drop in Zinemaking, Wednesdays in October, 2 - 7:30 pm, Makerspace

Come to the makerspace to work on your zines in the library, use supplies from our zinemaking station, and meet other artists and writers.


Zine Labs with Ali Hager,, Tuesday, October 3, Wednesday 18

Get tips from an experienced artist on writing and distributing your zines in over two lab sessions:

  • Found word/Blackout Poetry with Ali Hager, Tuesday, October 3, 4:30-6:30 pm, Makerspace

Kickoff zinetober with creative writing and zine tips from Ali, including how to make your own found-word and blackout poetry!

Space is limited, and pre registration is required. Register at: https://forms.gle/Dh6morNycSMcWpWZ8

  • Printing + Copying Zines - October 18 4:30-6:30pm, Makerspace

Learn how to prep zines for photocopying and printing, so that your work still looks its best when distributed.

Space is limited, and pre registration is required. Register at: https://forms.gle/Dh6morNycSMcWpWZ8


Zinetober Show and Tell, Wednesday, November 1 5-7pm, Conference Room

A final celebration of Zinetober. Enjoy snacks and refreshments while sharing and reflecting on your zines and experiences making them from the month.

These programs, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, are free and intended for ages 13 and older.


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


Do you love to cook and want to try new flavors and recipes? Stop by the library and pick up this month’s Spice Club Kit, available on Tuesday, October 3.



In October, we are cooking with oregano, one of the most popular herbs in the cook's garden. Used fresh or dried, it adds plenty of flavor to all types of dishes from soups, sauces, and salads to meat and fish. Included in this month’s kit are a sample of oregano, recipes and information, along with tips on growing, planting and harvesting the herb. 


Registration is not required, but supplies are limited. Spice Kits can be picked up at the Reader’s Advisory Desk on the second floor, on a first come, first served basis.


Unavailable to make it into the library to pick up a kit? We have all the recipes for this and the other spices we’ve explored on our Spice Club 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.

Register for the Whalemobile coming to the Greenfield Public Library on Saturday, November 4, where you can join host Cynde to learn about Humpback whales while sitting inside one!


Register for one of four 30-minute sessions held inside Nile, the life-sized inflatable whale. Children must be age 5 or older.

Space is limited and pre registration is required. Register at https://greenfieldpubliclibrary.org/


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 children aged 5 - 12.


Ronny LeBlanc


Wednesday, October 18

6:30 pm, Meeting Room


Discovery and Travel Channel star Ronny LeBlanc, a Massachusetts native, will be at the Greenfield Public Library for “Expedition Bigfoot”, on Wednesday, October 18, at 6:30 pm, in the Community Meeting Room.


Star of Discovery Channel’s “Expedition Bigfoot” and Travel Channel’s “Paranormal Caught on Camera”, Ronny LeBlanc’s interest in the supernatural is deeply rooted in his upbringing. Also the author of Monsterland: Encounters with UFOs, Bigfoot and Orange Orbs, he will share insights on what the elusive creature Bigfoot might really be.


Copies of Monsterland will be available to purchase and be signed by the author.


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


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.


Book Babies with Ellen Lavoie

Tuesday, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 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, October 4, 11, 18, 25 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. 


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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Preschool Storytime with Ellen Lavoie,

Wednesday, October 4, 11, 18, 25 3:30 pm 


Preschool kids, meet and make new friends! 


Join Children’s Librarian, Ellen Lavoie for stories, songs, and activities designed to support early learning on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm in the new Children’s Room. 


Recommended ages for this 30 - 45 minute program is 3 - 5 years. 


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


Family Storytime

Saturday, October 7, 10 am


Join Children's Librarian, Ellen Lavoie, for a family storytime on Saturday, August 5 at 10am. This 30 minute fun filled storytime is for families with children of all ages.


Supervised children of all ages are welcome to attend. 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 all.

GPL


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

GPL Library Chess Club

Monday, October 2, 16, 23, 30



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 must be accompanied by an adult.

NANOWRIMO meets AI


Join Jeremiah Rood on Wednesday, October 25, at 6:30 pm for “Here Be Dragons: NANOWRIMO meets AI”, in anticipation of National Novel Writing Month at the GPL.


This year’s NaNoWriMo is the first year in which AI tools have become widely available to the public. Join Jeremiah Rood for a discussion of Artificial Intelligence from a writer’s perspective, including considering the privacy implications, considering the tools available, and discussing how AI might be helpful in the novel writing process.


During the month of November, GPL will serve as a”Come Write In” location for National Novel Writing Month, offering writers and want-to-be writers a place to embrace their inner creativity. The library will host a number of milestone events to help encourage writers to both keep going to and build connections with fellow writers in the area.


This program is free, but registration is requested. Please register at: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXDgx-RJXwEsq30R5fqI0iqfLFwCObkEB8bJ_JrOq8rkPmkg/viewform


For more information, contact Asst. Head of Borrower’s Services at jeremiah.rood@greenfield-ma.go, or cal 413-772-1544.


This program, generously supported by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for ages 18+.


Grab a book and head to the GPL for Let Freedom Read, a statewide read-in to celebrate the freedom to read, on Tuesday, October 3.


The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library will be on hand to offer snacks to readers. Staff will prepare a selection of their favorite books from the past year to help inspire a day of reading at the library.


Digital participation is also welcomed. Download an eBook or audiobook through CWMARS, Libby, or Hoopla, and use #LetFreedomReadMA to post pictures to social media. For a complete list of participating libraries go to libraries.state.ma.us


Let Freedom Read is supported by your local library, and the Joint Task Force for Intellectual Freedom with members from the Massachusetts Library Association, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Massachusetts Library System, and the Massachusetts School Library Association. 


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

Enjoy downtown Greenfield this Fall with the Annual Greenfield Public Library Fall Poetry Walk throughout the month of October!


Starting Monday, October 3, and continuing throughout the month, there will be ten autumn poems posted at different downtown locations. A poetry walk map can be picked up at the Library or downloaded from our website at https://greenfieldpubliclibrary.org/. There will also be a posted map at each of the locations.


This program, generously funded by The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and open to everyone. The GPL would also like to thank the local downtown businesses who have graciously provided their window space to post poetry.



Haunted Experiences with Jeff DePaoli

October 7, 14, 21, 29, on Zoom


Join the Greenfield Public Library, in collaboration with other Massachusetts Libraries, for a virtual “Haunted Experiences with Jeff Paoli”, this October.


Jeff DePaoli grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts, has been obsessed with Halloween from a very early age, and it truly is his favorite day of the year. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he works as a segment producer with the world's largest Halloween and horror convention, Midsummer Scream. Jeff is an avid podcaster where he shares his love of Halloween with special guests on "That Halloween Podcast." Learn more about Jeff's podcasts at www.DePodcastNetwork.com and follow @JeffDePaoli on social media.


Spooky World with creator David Bertolino

Saturday, October 7, 1 pm


In 1991, Spooky World opened in Berlin, Massachusetts as the first Halloween scream park. The attraction became so popular that it expanded well beyond its original haunted hayride and shaped a generation of New England Halloween lovers. Join David Bertolino, the man who started it all, and Jeff DePaoli, Host of "That Halloween Podcast", to hear how an idea became a Halloween institution in Massachusetts.


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

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8316928337865/WN_TwBbeKVvQ1mxDPPTYXG-dw#/registration



Barrett's Haunted Mansion with Mary Barrett Costello

Saturday, October 14, 9 am



During most of the year Mary Barrett Costello is busy running her restaurant, the Abington Ale House, in Abington, Massachusetts. But every Halloween season, things get considerably more scary behind the beloved restaurant. 


Barrett's Haunted Mansion is a labor of love for all involved. Along with their two haunted houses that are changed each year, they also offer special nights like Bite & Fright, a Lights on Tour, and extreme nights for guests who don't mind being touched in total darkness for an extra scary experience.


Join owner, Mary Barrett Costello, and Jeff DePaoli, Halloween Enthusiast, as they talk all about the history and creation of this local haunt. 


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

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7916928338359/WN_UwjwlyqMTKeKlZmGMSyQzg




“Delusion” with Creator Jon Braver

Saturday, October 21, 12 pm


Since 2011, Jon Braver has been creating this new and unique, location-based theatrical production where guests step inside a horror movie and become part of the story. Part theater, part haunted house, part interactive experience, "Delusion" is unlike any other experience.

 Join us as Jon Braver and Jeff DePaoli, Halloween Enthusiast, discuss the making of this chilling experience, and how the New England Halloween season has been a big inspiration.

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

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1716928338754/WN_GaNzbaR-SYK5aGEVGxJm-w



The Old Joliet Haunted Prison with Chris Stafford

Sunday, October 29, 12 pm


Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group produces haunted attractions all over the U.S.A. One of their newest haunts is The Old Joliet Haunted Prison. But this prison isn't all fiction. The Old Joliet Haunted Prison is a real haunted location with a history of its own. Join Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group CEO and Founding Partner Chris Stafford and Jeff DePaoli, Halloween Enthusiast, as they talk all about the history and creation of this mega-haunt. 

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

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3416928339155/WN_dTB4lYaIQrGfAtkcIaV3CQ


NOTE: These programs will be recorded and uploaded to the Ashland Public Library's YouTube Channel. All registrants will receive the video link soon after the program.


The Greenfield Public Library would like to thank the Ashland Public Library for organizing this event, which is free and open to the public.



In anticipation of the FNAF movie coming out on 10/27, teens can come to the GPL Teen Room and try their hand as a night security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza.


Tasks and activities include games, trivia, crafts and snacks all based on your favorite creepy animatronic characters. Costumes encouraged!


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


This programs, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, are free and open to Teens aged 12 - 20.




Teens will meet in the makerspace to decorate pumpkins and make spider web wreaths.


Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.


Register at: https://forms.gle/XWboGxqig69hcrFv8


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


These programs, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, are free and open to Teens aged 12 - 20.


The Teen Room at GPL will host a casual drop in Halloween themed afternoon. We’ll be screening two classic Halloween movies, with pizza, spooky board games, creepy origami and more.


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


These programs, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, are free and open to Teens aged 12 - 20.



GPL Information Sessions


HOUSING - HEALTHCARE - BILLS - FOOD - SUPPORT - If you or someone you care about needs help in any of these areas, 413Cares is the place to look!


Representatives from 413Cares will be at the Greenfield Public Library on Monday, October 16, from 10 - 11 am to teach you how this resource website works, and how to find what you and your loved ones need most.


413Cares.org is a free online website that people and organizations can use to find and connect to services they need. It mostly lists free or reduced-cost direct services along with other programs that are valuable to the community. If you have ever tried to find help for yourself or someone you care about, this is a great site to know and use. We'll teach you all about it, answer your questions, and help you search for what you need.



This program is free and open to the public.


with

Rick Steves, Ruth Ware, and John Irving




Rick Steves

European Travel Tips and Tools

Tuesday, Oct 10th, 4pm 


Rick Steves:European Travel Tips and Tools, Tuesday, October 10, 4 pm

Join guidebook author and TV host Rick Steves as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, Rick will teach you the secrets of safe, smart, inexpensive travel — low on stress and high on fun. You’ll learn how to travel smoothly and affordably by planning an efficient itinerary, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, packing smartly, and more. 




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. 

Ruth Ware

Master of Suspense

Wed, Oct 18th, 2pm



You’re invited to tune in as we chat with New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and The It Girl as she talks about her newest book, Zero Days. 


In the adrenaline fueled thriller, Zero Days, Jack and her husband, Gabe, are hired by companies to break into buildings and hack security systems, and their best penetration specialists in the business. But after a routine assignment goes horribly wrong, Jack arrives home to find her husband dead. To add to her horror, the police are closing in on their suspect—her. Suddenly on the run and quickly running out of options, Jack must decide who she can trust as she circles closer to the real killer. 


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. 

John Irving

On a Lifetime of Writing

Thursday, Oct 26th, 7pm



John Irving: On A Lifetime of Writing, Thursday, October 26, 7 pm

Join us for an intimate conversation with John Irving as he chats about not only his most recent novel, The Last Chairlift, but also about his prolific body of work and a lifetime spent writing. Irving’s first novel was published when he was just twenty-six years old. He has gone on to be nominated for a National Book Award three times and won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.


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.

GPL Kids Crafterschool (drop-in)

Paper Leaf Mosaics

Tuesday, October 10, 3-4 pm


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, October 10 to create paper leaf mosaic art.


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. 

Halloween Escape Room (drop in)

Thursday, October 26, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Can you solve the coded clues that lead to a sweet prize?

Drop in to the Children’s Room on Thursday, October 26, from 11:30 am - 4:30 pm and try your hand at our escape room set up in the Activity Room.


GPL Kids Halloween Craft (drop in)

Friday, October 27, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm.


Come and make a Halloween craft in our Activity Room on Friday October 27, from 11:30 am - 4:30 pm. You can make a paper puppet or bead a witches broom!


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


These programs, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and recommended for kids age 3 and older.


GPL FOUNDATION MAKES THIRD $500,000 DONATION TO CITY OF GREENFIELD 

The Greenfield Public Library Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has presented the city of Greenfield with its third check for $500,000 to offset the construction costs of the new Greenfield Public Library building. This is the third of four fund transfers the Foundation expects to deliver to the city. 
The Foundation makes this gift to Greenfield on behalf of the hundreds of citizens of Greenfield and beyond who have given funds to help build the new library. 

Board members also wish to acknowledge and thank the many dedicated and hard-working members of the City’s staff and the volunteers who have led this project to its completion delivering our amazing state-of-the-art library for the citizens of the community to enjoy.  The Library Building Committee is particularly saluted for its time and efforts.

The full $2-million fundraising goal is already pledged to the Foundation enabling it to have made transfers to the City on a regular basis. As pledged funds for this project continue to be collected, the Foundation plans to make its final payment at some point next year.  
As the Foundation moves into its next fundraising phase in support of the new library building, community members interested in making a donation can visit the Greenfield Public Library Foundation’s website to donate online at https://www.greenfieldpubliclibraryfoundationma.org/online-giving.html or mail checks to PO Box 352 Greenfield MA 01302. The Foundation is always available through email at gplfoundation.info@gmail.com.

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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