News from the WW Library (Feedback Requested!)

From the Wildwood Library: Wow! In 180 days our community has checked out 25,300 books!  Top-Circulation awards were given out at this week’s assembly.  Ms. Bing-Owen topped the charts with over 330 books checked out and in second place one of 5th graders, who checked out 290 books this year!
  • If you could spare an hour or so to help put away a few of those 25,000 books we would welcome the help please!  Please come on in (really!) or call 413-362-1424/ email: wellss@arps.org
Our Summer Reading Bingo Challenge is back!  Click here for details and student created summer reading lists!
Summer Reading programs at all the local libraries begin SOON.  Check www.joneslibrary.org for details!
We have had such a lovely school year here in the library!  I am sad to see such fun come to an end but my summer reading list is long and I can’t wait to begin reading some MCBA (Massachusetts Children’s Book Award) Mashup books!
Happy Reading!
Susan Wells

Spanish Lessons for Children

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Dynamic and engaging lessons that bring story telling, singing, games, and more into the path of language acquisition.

A TPRS based approach to language learning that helps to develop all language skills in an integrated manner and addresses different learning styles. Lessons are taught by a native Spanish speaker and experienced educator.

Summer 2016 lessons upon request
For more information contact: Juan-Carlos Carpio at wordofspanish@gmail.com

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Not a school sponsored event.

 

 

Ready, Set, React Chemistry Demo Show at UMass

The Department of Chemistry invites students and their parents or guardians to our 4th Annual Chemistry Demonstration Show.

Friday June 16, 2017
 
7:00-9:00 pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Integrated Sciences Building Room 135
661 North Pleasant St
Amherst MA 01373
There will be exciting explosions, colorful chemistry, and cool experiments!   Stay afterwards for some hands-on activities.
To RSVP or to inquire for more information, please email rkittilstved@chem.umass.edu. website: http://www.chem.umass.edu
FREE and open to the public (not a university or school sponsored event).

The Enchanted Bookshelf by The Center Dance Studio

Date: Sunday, June 4th
Time: 5PM – 7PM
Location: Amherst Regional High School Auditorium
Cost: $10 for adults, FREE for children 12 and under
 
A dance performance for the whole family! The Center Dance Studio proudly presents “The Enchanted Bookshelf,” a captivating tale of friendship, courage, and the healing power of a good book. Sunday, June 4th at Amherst Regional High School. Curtain rises at 5PM. Purchase tickets online or at the door.  FREE for kids 12 and under.

Events at the Eric Carle Museum

ericclarleEXHIBITIONS                                                                                                      

David Weisner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling
June 18 – November 5, 2017

David Weisner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art.  The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Weisner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007).  Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published just this year.

This exhibition has been organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Its presentation at The Carle is supported by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes
Through November 27, 2017

Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak.

Eric Carle and Friends: What’s Your Favorite Color?
Through August 27, 2017

Everyone has a favorite color. Some last a lifetime, others change from day to day. Eric Carle’s newest publication, What’s Your Favorite Color?, poses the age-old question to fifteen famous children’s book artists. Each responds with a unique illustration and a personal story. Carle’s original collage art is paired with the various color choices of Lauren Castillo, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, Anna Dewdney, Rafael López, William Low, Marc Martin, Jill McElmurry, Yuyi Moralies, Frann Preseton-Gannon, Uri Shulevitz, Philip. C. Stead, and Melissa Sweet.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

 

PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                       

A Rawther Splendid Tea Party
June 3, 2017
10:30am – 11:30am
$10 Youth / $12 Adult (Members $5) Price includes Museum Admission

Come for a breakfast tea party all about Eloise!  Participants will enjoy a selection of fruit and baked goods, making wearable art, and playing Pin the Bow on Skipperdee!

Reservations required.  Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336.

Cinema Sunday: Funny Face (1957)
June 4, 2017

1:00pm

Think Pink!  Enjoy a screening of this classic musical romantic comedy starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and Kay Thompson.

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Big Littles
June 10, 2017
11:00am
$5; Museum Admission extra

Matt Singer and Liam Hurley are both dads of super cute toddlers, they both live in super cute Brooklyn and together they make up the Big Littles, a super cute acoustic pop rock duo that deftly walks the tightrope of making genuinely enjoyable music for kids and grownups.  If they don’t sound super cute enough, Matt plays a little guitar and Liam plays a little drum set.  Super cute.

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.  Limited seating; early arrival recommended

Special Sundays in the Studio: Unexpected Perspectives
June 11, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Create artwork that takes a different viewpoint and tells a surprising story.

Gallery Talk with David Wiesner
June 18, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Join artist David Wiesner for a gallery talk on the special exhibition David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling.  A book signing will take place in the Great Hall following the program.

Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

12th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Dig It!  Build It!  Dream It!
June 25, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

10:30am
Groundbreaking Celebration (Orchard)

11:00am
Special Storytime with Tom Lichtenheld (Reading Library)

11:30am
Book signing with Tom Lichtenheld (Great Hall)

12:30am
Cupcakes celebrating Eric Carle’s birthday!

1:00 – 2:00pm
Happier Family Comedy Show (Auditorium)

2:00pm
Storytime (Reading Library)

Special Storytime: Tom Lichtenheld
June 25, 2017
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Join illustrator Tom Lichtenheld for a special storytime and drawing demonstration for Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site, the companion book to the international bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.  All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site—this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small!

Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

June 29, 1999…in 2017!
June 29, 2017
1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Artichokes in Anchorage!  Parsnips in Providence!  In David Weisner’s book, June 29, 1999, a young girl’s science project begins with seedlings sent up in the atmosphere, and ends with an invasion of giant vegetables!  Come to The Carle for a special storytime followed by a collaborative window installation project where young artists imagine what vegetable they see flying through the sky.

Signed copies of June 29, 1999 will be available in the Museum Shop.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

Summer Ultimate League of Amherst

Summer of Ultimate Frisbee, this league is geared for people who want to enjoy the thrill and excitement of ultimate Frisbee, regardless of experience level. All levels of ability will be welcomed to join. All players will be assigned their own team in this fun and competitive league! Register at LSSE.org and then sign up at SULADISC.COM

Price: $45 (Save $10 if you sign up before June 2)
Time and Location: All Sessions start at 6:00 PM at Plum Brook Recreational Area

SULA Flyer 2017

Junior SULA

Tuesdays, June 27th—August 8th

Session A, Activities for Kids (Ages 7-8)
Session B, Elementary Division (Ages 9-11)
Session C, Middle School Division (Ages 12-14)
Adult SULA

Session A

Recreational Co-Ed (Ages 14+)
Thursdays, June 22nd—August 10th

Session B

Competitive Co-Ed (Ages 15+)
Wednesdays, June 21st—August 9th

Session C

Women Only (Ages 13+)
Mondays, June 19th—August 7th

Free Book for Children who visit LWV Book Sale on 7/26/17

The League of Women Voters is planning a “young readers day” at their annual book sale on July 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Each young reader may choose one free book that day. The book sale will also be held on July 28-30 and August 4-6, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The sale will be at the Fort River Elementary School Gymnasium, 70 South East Street. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Books will be priced at 50 cents, $1 or $2. Please visit http://www.lwvamherst.org for more information.

11th Annual Latino Achievement Night (LAN)

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m
Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School Auditorium

Under the direction of Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Morris and Director of Family and Student Engagement, Dr. Marta Guevara and in keeping with the Social Justice Commitment of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools, the 11th Annual Latino Achievement Night aspires toward equity in opportunity, inclusion, respect and community-building in and out of the classroom. All families, friends, staff and
community members are invited to attend.

The Latino Achievement Night was envisioned over 12 years ago by the members of the Latino Student Achievement Initiative. This group, comprised of district students, staff and community members, came together to explore ways to increase the academic achievement of students of Latino heritage. A series of recommendations was formulated to address this critical issue and strengthen the district’s’ efforts to support at-promise students. A resulting step was the creation of a community event celebrating the achievements of Latino Students paralleling the customs of Latin American countries.

All students of Latino heritage will be celebrated in this event and those in transition
years (K, 6, 8 and 12) will be highlighted for their academic achievement, leadership,
community spirit, progress and/or effort. The evening’s program will include spoken
word, music and dance presentations by students and staff of the Amherst/Pelham
Elementary Schools and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle/High School. In
addition, ARHS Seniors will be presented with a traditional graduation stole to be worn
over their robes at the graduation ceremony in June.

The evening’s featured speaker will be Dr. Carmen Cosme. Dr. Cosme obtained her PhD
in Hispanic Languages and Linguistics from the Dept. of Languages, Literatures and
Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently the VELA
after-school program coordinator in our Middle School.

Please contact Mildred Martinez at 413 362-1871 with any questions or concerns.

Auditions for the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus

Does your child love to sing? The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus (YPC), an award-winning youth choir, will hold audit ions on June 6 for new members for the 2017-2018 year.

YPC offers children the opportunity to experience choral singing in a comfortable and encouraging atmosphere. Healthy vocal technique and fundamental music skills are taught through singing a wide range of music from many styles and traditions. The choir’s roster includes more than 45 children in two age divisions – Concert Choir (grades 3-6) and Chamber Singers (grades 6-10). Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays in Amherst. For more information, please visit http://www.hampshireypc.org or call the director, K.C. Conlan, at 413-530-9337.

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UMass Electrical & Computer Engineering Demos, 4/29

Saturday, April 29, 2017
This all-ages tech day is for anybody interesting in seeing cutting-edge tech projects up close. Give yourself (or your kids) a crash-course in a wide variety of emerging tech subfields!
Two events happening in the same building at UMass:
ECE Senior Design Project demos
Saturday, April 29, 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: Gunness Engr. Student Center, on the 100-level of Marcus Hall, UMass Amherst
See all 28 teams senior design project teams!
Project details at: http://bit.ly/umass-sdp17
Circuits and Code 2017
Saturday, April 29, 1 PM – 3 PM
Location: M5, the ECE Makerspace
Lower level of Marcus Hall, Room 5
M5 is the UMass Amherst Electrical and Computer Engineering makerspace/ hackerspace/ techspace/ projectspace. Stop by and see demos of the M5 projects which Charles Malloch and I have mentored this semester.
Park in any of the numbered parking lots near Marcus Hall. As always, parking permits are not required on weekends. Lot 65 is best. Map attached.
Google Maps link to Marcus Hall:

Youth on Broadway Performance

Youth on Broadway is a musical revue performed by area kids and teens. This is a wonderful opportunity to see and support youth in the arts, while taking in some fine entertainment. The show runs May 6 at 1:30 and 7 pm, and May 7 at 1:30 pm at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.

Tickets at LSSE 413-259-3065 or at the door.

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Amherst Sustainability Festival This Weekend

Saturday April 22, 10 AM – 4 PM on the TOWN COMMON

Join us for a day of family fun, education and entertainment. The Sustainability Festival is in its eighth year and is bigger and better than ever! There is literally something for everyone with over 100 vendors of renewable energy, energy efficiency product suppliers, advocacy groups as well as sustainable crafts and artisans!

Schedule of Stage Performances:

10 AM – Under the Tree Music

11 AM – Chris Scanlon and the Other Guys

Noon – Tuff Riddim International

1 PM – Valley Women Drummers

2 PM – Luke DeRoy Trio

3 PM – Piti Theatre Company

TAKE A SPIN ON THE ORBITRON!

Demo Workshops:

     11 AM – David Lovler “Grow, Save and Eat Beans: Complete the Garden Protein Cycle Noon – Megan Brockelbank “Heathy Gluten Free and Sugar Alternatives in Cooking and Baking” 1 PM – Shoshona King “How to Make ‘Plarn’” 2 PM – Emma Hayes – “Growing Wine Caps and Allying with the Fungal Kingdom”

ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON DISPLAY – CENTER COMMON – CHECK OUT TESLA MODELS X and MODELS S!    

FACE PAINTING Noon – 3 PM

THE ‘CLIMATE TRANSFORMER’ – NEW THIS YEAR – FEATURED CENTER COMMON! An interactive art installation and exhibit

Don’t forget to bring your clean, used, dry clothing and textiles for the annual Textile Drive sponsored by the Amherst Recycling and Refuse Management Committee! The drop off will be located on Boltwood Avenue across from the Lord Jeff Inn.

5 Recycling Collections this year!:
1. Pellet bags 
2. Large Styrofoam chunks (no peanuts)
3. Textiles (No pillows, rugs or carpets please!)
4. Cell Phones and Accessories (working and non-working)
5. Computers and related equipment (printers, laptops, scanners, faxes and modems)

Single-use Plastic Bag Turn-In:
Bring your single-use plastic bags to the festival and turn them in for a really cool reusable folding nylon bag! Turn-in located at the Recycling Booth.

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Money Smart Week® Comes to the Jones Library

Libraries have long been advocates for reading and literacy for the people in their communities.  Another community need now being addressed by libraries in an annual campaign is financial literacy and money management.  Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances, will be observed with programs at the Jones Library during the week of April 22-29, 2017.

On Tuesday, April 25 at 7 pm, join us for a workshop called Identity Theft: Are You Protected?  This workshop will help explain the best practices to protect yourself in this world of ever-changing technology. Learn how to minimize the risk of having your identity stolen by managing personal information wisely and cautiously. This program is co-sponsored by UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.

On Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 pm, teens ages 14-17 are invited to a Money Matters Million Dollar Event, which is designed to share with you some information about how to become a millionaire and retire before you turn 30.  Please pre-register at 313-259-3091.

Throughout the week, the story times in the children’s room will talk about money, saving, and much more.

On Saturday, April 29 at 2:30 pm, learn about how to incorporate planned giving into your estate planning at a program entitled Creating a Charitable Legacy.  Join Attorney Seunghee Cha, from Bulkley Richardson and Gelinas, and the Community Foundation’s Vice President for Philanthropic Services Ellen Leuchs for a joint presentation on ways you can give through estate planning and how the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts can help you support your favorite causes in our community, including the Jones Library!

Money Smart Week® was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, and is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of thousands of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. For more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org/.

All programs are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

Museum Passes Available for FREE at Jones Library

Looking for something to do over the break? Borrow a museum pass.

Our local libraries make regional museums accessible to their patrons! Borrow a museum pass and get out and visit one of these many community resources. Some of these passes allow free admission and others allow discounted admission. The number of adults and children admitted varies from pass to pass.

Be amazed at the community-based educational opportunities waiting for you and your family!

For more info about activities at the library, visit: www.joneslibrary.org/

Family Math Night – April 6, 2017

Wildwood Elementary School Presents a Title 1 and PGO sponsored school-wide math event.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5:45-7:30 pm*

“Play and Take” Math Games

Pizza dinner in the cafeteria: 5:45-6:15

Math games in rooms around school: 6:15-7:15

Grand prize raffle in the cafeteria: 7:15-7:30

*Buses will pick up at entrance (and drop off after the event):

Boulders @ 5:15,   North Village @ 5:25,   Village Park @ 5:35,    Olympia Oaks @ 5:40

Please RSVP for the event.

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April Events at Jones Library and a special storytime

View the monthly calendar of programming for the Jones Library Kids Room. There are interesting events happening over the school vacation week, in case April Showers lead people to indoor activities.

View a flyer for a special evening storytime coming up on April 4th. A grad student from Umass who is part of the school psychologist program is presenting a storytime in honor of World Autism Awareness day (April 2nd) .

 

Jones Library Celebrates the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read

The Jones Library Celebrates the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read,

Marking Henry David Thoreau’s 200th Birthday

Amherst, MA –   This spring, the Jones Library is participating in the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read, a yearlong event that has events taking place in every city and town in Massachusetts through 2017.  The Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read is part of a global celebration that highlights the continued relevance of Thoreau’s writings and philosophical contributions, even 200 years after his birth on July 12, 1817.

A variety of events for all ages will be taking place at the Jones Library throughout the spring, and the Amherst community is invited to participate.  While the book club reading “Walden” has already filled, we invite the Amherst community to join us in other programming being offered – or to use these events as inspiration to read one of Thoreau’s works on your own.  Please join us in celebrating this great American author, philosopher, and poet.  His message still rings clear in our hectic society, and perhaps some of his words might help alleviate the pressures of modern-day life.

On Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm, Dr. Thomas Dumm of Amherst College will present a program entitled “Thoreau on Resignation and Resistance”, exploring Thoreau’s understandings of resignation and resistance, and suggesting ways in which we may be able adapt his understanding to the current political crisis in the United States.

On Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm, Dr. David Glassberg of the University of Massachusetts will present an interactive lecture on Thoreau and his legacy.

The Special Collections department will feature an exhibit entitled Let Us Consider Walden. This exhibit explores the influences of Henry David Thoreau on Clifton Johnson and Robert Francis, two writers living in Western Massachusetts. The exhibit is on display in Special Collections at the Jones Library in Amherst from May 1st to June 30th. Special Collections is open Monday and Saturday from 2pm to 5pm and TuesdayFriday from 10am to 5pm.

There are also events planned for young people.  On Thursday, April 20 at 1 pm, Tom Ricardi of Mass Birds of Prey will give an informational demonstration and provide a chance to meet live birds of prey. As an introduction to the program, there will also be a story about Thoreau, and a true story about a wounded hawk and how Mr. Ricardi helped to rescue and rehabilitate her. This program is free and open to children ages 4 and up.

On May 1st at 2:00 pm, Story and Play story time will feature stories of nature and Thoreau.

A program for teens ages 11 – 17 entitled “Plant Printing on Greeting Cards Celebrating Thoreau” will take place on Thursday, April 20 at 3:30 pm.  Thoreau spent a vast amount of time in nature, and to celebrate that time, participants are going to quickly study images of his sketches with the intent of being inspired, and then use the samples of plant material provided by the library to create greeting cards.  Pre-registration strongly encouraged at 413-259-3091.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Walden Woods Project (Lincoln, MA), Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area (Devens, MA), University of Massachusetts Lowell Honors College (Lowell, MA), and Massachusetts Center for the Book (Boston, MA) are co-sponsors of the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read.  Their goal is to have every town or city in Massachusetts participate by coordinating at least one event in 2017 that brings community members together to read a work by Thoreau.

In the spirit of self-determination championed by Thoreau, the coordinators of each town’s Read event can choose when in 2017 they want to carry out their Read; how they want to implement their Read; and which Thoreau piece they will read. With that said, to facilitate some shared experience among participants across the state, organizers will provide a brief excerpt from Walden for all participants to read, providing a connecting thread between all Read events across the state.

For more information on the Read event in Amherst, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

For more information about the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read as a whole, please contact the Walden Woods Project at education@walden.org or visit www.walden.org/bicentennial/read.

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Janet Ryan

Head of Programming & Outreach

Jones Library

Amherst, MA

AEF Celebrates Music in Our Schools

Saturday, March 18, 6-9pm, UMASS Marriott Center

In a time of anxiety and upheaval in the bigger world, we at AEF have chosen to focus on the creative energy that our schools encourage and develop in our children. The ARPS music program is a huge part of that, and Amherst Education Foundation is excited to host an event that recognizes the key role of music and music education.

AEF is thrilled to announce its spring fundraiser: AEF Celebrates Music in Our Schools!, on March 18th at 6pm at the UMass Marriott Center.

Emceed by Performing Arts Department Chair John Bechtold and State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, the evening will be filled with tributes, performances, and wonderful food and drink. AEF will be giving a special award to ARMS Chorus Director Dave Ranen and lifetime achievement recognitions to our district’s music educators, past and present, who have taught for more than 20 years in the schools.

We have invited all music educators to be our guests at our event, and we hope you will join us too. Proceeds will support AEF’s 2017 excellence grants, with a portion going directly to the ARPS music program.

Learn more and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com

Sing This Summer

Sing This Summer, offers exceptional week-long programs for young musicians in grades 2-12 on the beautiful Amherst College campus, in Amherst, MA. This summer we’ll be welcoming returning and new campers to our vocal and string programs from June 25-30. We would love to have your students join us! Students can now register online at www.singthissummer.com.

SING! (grades 7-12) offers daily classes in musical theater, choir, individual and group voice lessons, musicianship, movement and collegiate-style a cappella with recreational activities interspersed throughout the day for a balance of intensive music and fun.

SING! Jr. (grades 2-6) features all of the same classes and recreational activities as SING! while focusing on helping younger students explore their vocal skills and build musicianship skills.

Strings@Amherst (grades 2-12) offers a variety of instrumental classes such as group technique, chamber music, orchestra, fiddling, and musicianship with a focus on building orchestral, solo, and chamber music technique. Students participate in recreational activities alongside SING! participants.

Amazing Acapella @ The Jones Library

The Jones Library 40th Anniversary Children’s Music Series
Date: March 4, 10:30-11:30
Where: The Jones Library, Woodbury Room

Amazing Acapella

We welcome the Amherst College Zumbyes and Bluestockings acapella groups for a performance that will amaze listeners of every age. Without any instruments besides the human voice, these talented singers can sound like a whole symphony! Meet the students in our community who will share their songs, and teach us a little about how Acapella singing works.

ARHS presents Anything Goes – March 2-4!

With a timeless score from Cole Porter, Anything Goes is one of the great musicals that propelled Broadway into its golden age.

Join us on the deck of the SS America as it sails from New York to England with a shipful of separated lovers, excitable sailors and NYC’s not-so-infamous Public Enemy #13.

Replete with bright comedy and soaring music, over 130 ARHS student cast, crew and pit orchestra members will give you at least that many reasons to come.  Come see the school’s largest performing arts production of the year!

Purchase Tickets Online Here.

Please note: ALL TICKETS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to curtain.   Tickets are $10 for students and staff and can be purchased online via the Performing Arts website or by cash or check in the cafeteria the week of the show.  Students on free/reduced lunch can be tickets at reduced prices by contacting Mr. Bechtold.

Jones Library: Vacation week programs 2/20-25

We hope you enjoy this special edition of Jones Library News, which highlights all the fun programs and activities taking place at the library next week during school vacation week.  The regular weekly edition will come out on Saturday, as usual!

Bilingual Story Time En Español!
Tuesday, February 21 from 2 – 2:45 pm

This bilingual story time in English and Spanish features stories, songs, and activities designed to introduce preschool-aged students to new vocabulary and concepts. In February, we will be learning about penguins. Seven species of penguin live in South America!
Join us in the Kids Room!

Movie Matinee:
Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania

Tuesday, February 21 from  3 – 4:30 pm
A crew of surfing penguins team up to find a secret spot with great waves. Hang ten!
Join us for the feature film in the Woodbury Room.
Film is rated PG.

The Enchanted Circle Theater Presents: Reading Alive!

Wednesday, February 22 from 10:30 – 11:30 am
In this interactive presentation, Enchanted Circle Theater makes words jump off the page and the stories of Arnold Lobel  (Frog and Toad Are Friends) come to life through dramatic readings and theater games!  This program is recommended for kids preschool – 3rd grade and their caregivers.

Lego Club

Wednesday, February 22 from 3:30 – 5 pm

Kids ages 6 – 10 are invited to join us in the Woodbury Room for some Lego fun!  Come work solo or with a team! Create something from your imagination or be inspired by our monthly theme.

Annual Kids’ Library Tea Party

Thursday, February 23 from 2 – 3:30 pm
Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to the library for our annual tea-party! This fancy affair will include stories, crafts, games, and tea time.
Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at 413-259-3091/ kids@joneslibrary.org

Teen Lounge & Laser Tag

Friday, February 24 from 3 – 5 pm
Friday, February 24 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Teens 11 – 17 are invited to attend our regular Friday Teen Lounge in the Woodbury for fun with friends in the afternoon.
Then join your friends for several games of Spaceships and Laser Beams as you run around our “arena” either in group play, or solo play.
Please pre-register at the Kids’ desk or  413-259-3091 .
This is an after library hours event.  Patrons should use the back entrance – through the garden – to enter and exit Laser Tag.

Teen Book Club

Saturday, February 25 from 1 – 2 pm
Teens ages 11-17 are invited to join us for a discussion of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, followed by snacks and a craft.
Please pre-register and pick up a copy of the book at the Kids’ desk or 413-259-3091.

Teen Craft Program

Saturday, February 25 from 2 – 3 pm
Join us for a Loom Weaving craft following Teen Book Club.  (You do not have to participate in book club to participate in crafting club.) All materials will be provided.  For teens ages 11 – 17.
Please pre-register at the Kids’ desk or 413-259-3091.

KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017 (2/20-2/24)

KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-6-12-02-pmKidsBestFest is a FREE children’s film festival that takes place at the iconic movie house, The Academy of Music Theatre. The week-long film event also includes YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers. Come join us to watch these great films together for FREE at THE historic theater in Downtown Northampton during school vacation week.

  • When: Monday February 20 – Friday February 24, 1:30 PM Showtime, Doors 1:00PM
  • Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
  • How Much: FREE – DONATIONS ENCOURAGED, Seating limited to 400, Online Tickets Not Available

 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 20, 1:30 PM – EAGLE HUNTRESS (2016)
DIRECTED BY OTTO BELL
87 MINUTES, RATED G
TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfi5JS6HTH0

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

“”The Eagle Huntress” is all at once an inspiring story for children of all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection of the unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of the world.”

– Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 1:30 PM –  THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)
DIRECTED BY RON CLEMENTS & JOHN MUSKER
83 MINUTES, RATED G

TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVIg91QF9g4

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.

Won Two Oscars

 

 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22 – TRASH DANCE (2012)
DIRECTED BY ANDREW GARRISON
65 MINUTES, RATED NR

TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiW–U3UxLE

Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks — and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.”

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 – A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY (2015)
DIRECTED BY DANIEL JUNGE & KIEF DAVIDSON
95 MINUTES, RATED G

TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw53u2mtpMg

Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LEGO Group has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of LEGO around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and LEGO master builders are building human scale and larger structures. LEGO bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire “to build.” This documentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world.

 

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24 – YOUTHFILM 2017
SCHEDULE – TBA

YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers.