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


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”



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

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:

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 or visit


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:

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

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/

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



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



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

Won Two Oscars





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.”




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.



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


Multi-Arts: February Vacation Activities

Multi-Arts School of the Arts Programs & Camps

February Vacation Activities for children ages 4 to 12

Sign up for one day, two days or the whole week!

Multi-Arts programs expose and encourage children to explore different forms of artistic expression. Throughout the week they work with professional artist in the fields of drama, art, black-light theater, mime, music, funk styles and flamenco dance, and creative writing.

 “What is truly rare and special is the amount of support, flexibility, and tolerance offered by everyone involved, creating an environment where being who you are and trying something new is not just accepted but encouraged.” Sandra M., Amherst


Camps in Amherst and Northampton — February 20-24


For more information and to register, please visit our website:, or email us:


Register today! Space is limited…

February Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at the Carle


It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight
February 12, 2017 – June 4, 2017

More than 60 years after her debut, Eloise remains a six-year-old star. What accounts for her enduring appeal? Perhaps it is her sly face transfigured with successful sin, that endearing potbelly, or the extravagant world in which she lives. Whatever her magic, Eloise’s charm comes down to two things: that audacious voice and those filigree illustrations. The voice was cabaret star Kay Thompson’s, a comic riff with which she amused her friends. The pictures came from the pen of a young artist, Hilary Knight. Their unlikely collaboration was the alchemical formula from which the successful Eloise series was born.

It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight includes more than 90 artworks from the Eloise collaborations—as well as art from the rest of Knight’s prodigious career as a children’s book artist, poster artist, magazine illustrator, and painter. Never before-seen artwork from Knight’s archive include his 1954 trial drawings for the first Eloise book, two Eloise In Paris sketchbooks, a Hollywood notebook with a double-page spread of Thompson belting out “Think Pink!” from Funny Face, a magnificent suite of final art from Eloise In Moscow, and the 1993 Eloise watercolor for New York Is Book Country. There’s a kicker, too: for the first time since its infamous disappearance from the Plaza Hotel in 1960, Knight’s original 1956 Eloise portrait will be on public display.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and the Walton Family Foundation.

A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle

Through May 7, 2017
Step back in time with Brinton Turkle and his tales of American lore. Whether set on the island of Nantucket or in the mountains of Appalachia, his stories and poetic imagery capture both the history and nuances of place. Turkle follows the escapades of a young Quaker boy in his Obadiah series, offers a surprising twist on a favorite fairy tale in Deep in the Forest, and sprinkles magic realism throughout the pages of Sky Dog. All work is from the museum’s permanent collection, generously donated by the artist’s children. A highlight is surely Turkle’s watercolor illustrations from Thy Friend, Obadiah, awarded a 1970 Caldecott Honor.

Brown Bear Turns 50

Through March 19, 2017

Published in 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? had an immediate appeal to children and adults alike. Bill Martin Jr’s rhythmic call-and-response text builds anticipation at each turn of the page, while Eric Carle’s bold graphics and parade of animals encourage learning and imagination. Brown Bearhas been translated into 31 languages—from Arabic to Vietnamese—and has sold 16 million copies. In addition to the original 1967 book, Carle re-illustrated editions in 1970, 1984, and 1992.

Artwork from every page of the famous book is on display, as well as a selection of Carle’s collages from additional collaborations with Martin. One of only two surviving collages from the 1967 edition—Brown Bear himself—has been faithfully restored and is on view for the first time.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation, with additional support from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.


Every Day Art Program: Lines that Hop, Skip, and Jump

February 1, 2017 – February 7, 2017   All day
Free with Museum Admission
Experiment with paint and explore a range of interesting and unusual drawing tools.

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Open Book, Open Play
February 3, 2017
10:30am – 11:30am
February 10, 2017
10:30am – 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)

Share picture books at story time in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations inspired by them.

Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

First Book Friendiversary!
February 4, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. Bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant & Piggie plus – a FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends while supplies last! To learn more about First Book, visit

Special Storytime: Mike Curato

February 11, 2017


Free with Museum Admission
Join author/illustrator Mike Curato for the latest addition in his Little Elliot books! In Little Elliot, Big Fun, Little Elliot and his friend Mouse head to an amusement park. When some of the rides are a little scary, Mouse figures out a way for Little Elliot to overcome his fears.

A bravura celebration of the healing effects of acceptance and friendship.   ~ Booklist

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Everything Eloise
February 12, 2017<
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission
Celebrate The Carle’s special exhibition It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight with a day of programs all about Eloise, declared by The New York Times as “one of the most recognizable characters in children’s literature.”

Programs include:
-Eloise-inspired art project in the Studio
-1:00 pm Getting Bored is Not Allowed! A grand gallery tour with Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley
-2:00 pm From Dumpster to Diva: The Story behind The Plaza’s Stolen Eloise Portrait, with art conservator Lansing Moore

Special Sundays in the Studio: Busy Buildings

February 12, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission


Every Day Art Program: Statement Pieces

February 18, 2017 – February 28, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Get inspired by Eloise’s imaginative costumes and bold fashion sense as you create your own wearable art.
Special Storytime: Hazel Mitchell
February 20, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Author/Illustrator Hazel Mitchell will read her new book Toby, a heartwarming story about the growing bond between a child and a new pet—inspired by the author’s experience with a rescue dog of the same name. Afterwards, in a Draw-A-Long session, children will learn how to draw Toby and create pictures of their own real and imagined pets.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs
February 20-24, 2017
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Free with Museum Admission; advance sign-up required

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading.

Advance sign-up is required. Call 413-559-6307 or email to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

Nutshell Playhouse presents: Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventure
February 21, 2017
11:30am and 1:30pm
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission Extra

Can Mambo and Nemonee save the beautiful but endangered Floratius Serendipitus? Follow them on their hilarious adventures around the globe as they look for the special ingredients that will do the trick. Featuring masks, movement, live music and puppetry, this original performance provides a wonderful chance to awaken young children to earth’s mysteries and the delicate balance of nature. Berkshire County actors Stefanie Lynx Weber and Alexia Trainor are the performers, with Don Jordan providing live music.


Special Storytime: Astrid Scheckels
February 22, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge is the second in a series of books that follow the delightful adventures of Hector and his charming band of unique friends: Mo Marten, Charlie Chipmunk, Jeremiah Rabbit, and Lucy Skunk. Join author/illustrator Astrid Scheckels in this special storytime filled with adventure, mystery, and friendship.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Special Storytime: Josh Funk and Anna Staniszewski
February 23, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a storytime with all things dinosaurs! Josh Funk will read from his recent book Pirasaurs, a tale of pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure, while Anna Staniszewski gives us a sneak peek of her upcoming book, Dogosauraus Rex!

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

CactusHead Puppets Present: The Bremen Town Musicians
February 24, 2017
$5 (Members $4.50)

CactusHead Puppets tells the classic tale of a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster who set off on a journey together to start new lives as musicians, and the exciting adventures they have along the way.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336.

Special Storytime: Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig
February 24, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

In Are Pirates Polite?, mother-daughter team Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig use fun, rhyming text to show pirates’ rowdy activity as well as to teach manners!

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Jason Didner & Jungle Gym Jam
February 25, 2017
$5; Museum Admission Extra

Jungle Gym Jam seeks first to delight, entertain and make emotional connections, and then occasionally slip in a little scientific learning or a vital message about living in the moment and treating others kindly. Jason and Amy are the couple that created the Jungle Gym Jam out of the inspiration they got from parenting their now-4-year-old daughter. They co-write all their lyrics, often as a way of recapturing special family memories and making them universal.

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

The Valley’s Got Talent Auditions: Feb 6 2017 , 6:30 pm-8:00 pm.

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-4-53-47-pmThe First Annual Valley’s Got Talent competition will be held on Sunday, March 26th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

in the Bangs Community Center. This is an amateur talent competition for all ages!

1st Prize $1000, 2nd Prize $500, 3rd Prize $250!
Auditions will be held on February 6th in the Bangs Community Center from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm.
For an application go to:

Jones Library On the Same Page community read program series

On the Same Page – Amherst Program Series

Amherst, MA – The Jones Library is holding its fifth On the Same Page community reading program, this year featuring the book The Sixth Extinction:  An Unnatural History by bestselling author Elizabeth Kolbert.  The book explores the five mass extinctions that have occurred over the past half-billion years, when the diversity of life on earth has been severely reduced.  Kolbert explains how humans have altered life on the planet and how these actions may become our legacy.

This year, the Jones Library is pleased to partner with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment as we bring programs and discussions to the Amherst community during this community-wide read.  The following series of programs will be held during January and February at the Jones Library and at the Hitchcock Center, and are based on topics and themes from the book.  The author event will be held at the Amherst Regional Middle School.  For complete program descriptions, visit the program’s webpage at

Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 pm – Jones Library

Climate Change and the Connecticut River: What Unexpected Events We Should Begin to Expect – Dr. Richard Palmer explores what we can expect to occur to with respect stream-flows in the Connecticut River basin as we move into the 21st century.  Richard Palmer is Department Head and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts; and Northeast Climate Science Center, Director and Principal Investigator.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm – Hitchcock Center for the Environment

From Hurricane to Climate Change Film Screening and Panel Discussion – This short film documents how the Monadnock region of New Hampshire is addressing the challenges of an increasingly unstable climate. The film highlights a range of regional responses designed to adapt to this new norm and to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. A panel discussion follows, with the film’s director and editor Doug Challenger as well as local experts Dwayne Breger, Christine Hatch, Chris Mason, and Michael Sen.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm – Jones Library

The Human Footprint on the Earth’s Environment– Dr. Raymond Bradley explores the impact of humanity on our environment, especially over the last few decades, and discusses solutions that will lead to a more sustainable future.  These solutions would require foresight and leadership at an international level. Ray Bradley is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 pm – Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Book Discussion of The Sixth Extinction – Join us for an in-depth discussion of our selected title, hosted by the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, led by a Jones Library librarian and an environmental educator from the Hitchcock Center.

Saturday, February 25 at 2:30 pm – Jones Library

Book Discussion of The Sixth Extinction – Join us for an in-depth discussion of our selected title, led by a Jones Library librarian and an environmental educator from the Hitchcock Center.

Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 pm – Amherst Regional Middle School Library

Friends’  Reception – Please join the Friends of the Jones Libraries and author Elizabeth Kolbert at this special reception.

Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 pm – Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium

On the Same Page …with Elizabeth Kolbert – Join us for this author appearance, with an introduction by Julie Johnson, Executive Director of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Elizabeth Kolbert will speak about the book and the environmental themes she explores in her writing.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Copies of The Sixth Extinction can be borrowed from the Jones Library and branches, requested and checked out from the C/W Mars library catalog, or purchased at Amherst Books in Amherst.

The Sixth Extinction was the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, a finalist for the PEN Literary Award and the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a New York Times bestseller. The Sixth Extinction was included on many “Best Books” list of 2014 and 2015, including The Economist Magazine Books of the Year, New York Magazine Best Books of the Year,  Washington Post Best Books of the Year, Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year,  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, NPR Best Book of the Year, Library Journal Best Books of the Year, New Yorker Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year,

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999. Previously, she worked at the New York Times, where she wrote the Metro Matters column; from 1988 to 1991, she was the paper’s Albany bureau chief, and, from 1992 to 1997, she was a political and media reporter, and also a contributor to the Times Magazine.  She is the editor of “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009” and the author of  The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit; Field Notes from a Catastrophe, and The Sixth Extinction, for which she won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

On the Same Page – Amherst and its programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries.  For further information about On the Same Page – Amherst, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

Adult a Capella beginning on Monday, February 6th

Miss Leticia Music School is hoping to hold Adult a Capella with Kimaya Diggs on Monday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm on going.  Kimaya has been teaching this year at Miss Leticia Music School since Summer Camp and she teaches music at the Hartsbrook School.  She has toured successfully with her sisters performing vocally all over the world.  Miss Leticia Music School is very privileged to have Kimaya working here at the school.  
Come out and join us!  Tea and friendship are included.

Here are the details:
Mondays beginning on Monday, February 6th
@ Miss Leticia Music School, 41 Blue Hills Road in Amherst
10 classes for $250 with another session offered in the Spring
Classes limited to 9 participants so sign up now!!!
Want to sing with other adults?  Want to learn from the best?  Try it out!
Email Miss Leticia @

Multi-Arts: One day session Jan 23rd 8:30-3:30

Art, Theater, Dance, Mime, Story-telling & Crafts.

Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst

When: 8:30AM-3:30PM
Cost: $85 * financial aid available
$70 for any former Multi-Arts student
Space is limited.  Register now:…/1FAIpQLSeNtIuMTwU9Q0TUSb…/viewform

* We will offer a Multi-Arts rate of $70 to the first 10 new families who sign up before January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King Community Breakfast & Awards Ceremony (Jan. 14)

Don’t miss t1918844_166392343494_6501844_n.jpghe 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Community Breakfast and Awards Ceremony.

Date: Saturday 14th January 2017
Time: 8.30am. Breakfast starts at 9:00am


Music: Wildwood Elementary School Chorus, Amherst High School Jazz Band, Amherst Area Gospel Choir, Wesley United Methodist Church Choir, Hadley.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for for young persons aged 12 and under. Tickets available at the Jones Library, AJ Hastings and Global Cuts, Amherst. And at the door.

For more information:

Calling for Children ages: 8-13: Multi-Arts Theater Company SPRING 2017


Multi-Arts expands its educational and artistic mission throughout the academic year by creating the MULTI-ARTS THEATER COMPANY,  providing a platform for young writers and performers to cultivate and share their artistic talents.

The plays are originals pieces written by young, local play-writers.

Over the course of the session, participants rehearse 1.5 hours a week and present at least two public performances.

  • Children ages: 8-13
  • Program dates: Winter session: January 12 – April 15
  • Rehearsals: Thursdays 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Location rehearsals: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst
  • Shows: Thursday, April 6 – Amherst  &                                                                     Friday, April 14 – Northampton  &  Saturday, April 15 -Easthampton
  • Fee: $150   financial aid available

2nd Annual Library Book Swap, Dec. 5-9

THE 2ND ANNUAL BOOK SWAP in the Wildwood School Library
The Book Swap – December 5th-9th

EVERY STUDENT takes home at least 1 new–to-you book.

All books left after the swap will be donated to Square One a Springfield based charity.

Do you have a large quantity to donate or do you have questions? Contact Susan Wells 413-362-1424


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