NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley – Events


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Emily St. John Mandel's "Station Eleven" book cover. Large tents under a starry sky.The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association launched its 7th National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read this Spring, in partnership with Tilton Library and more than 40 other organizations and businesses in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties. PVMA is one of 84 communities nationwide awarded an NEA Big Read grant for 2020-21. With a full calendar of events from late March through November, our community will explore Emily St. John Mandel’s novel, Station Eleven. We are extremely grateful to all our partners for their creative participation!

Learn more about the novel and why PVMA chose this title here. View a complete list of partners here.

Events with confirmed dates are listed first, but many programs are still developing. Get a sneak preview of those events in the “Developing Programs” section at the bottom of the page. Keep checking back for confirmed dates and new events—spring, summer, and fall!

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NEABig Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

 


SEE PREVIOUS EVENTS HERE.

 



APRIL 27 KEYNOTE EVENT!

Media sponsor logo: New England Public MediaApril 27  Tuesday, 7 pm
What: A Conversation with Emily St. John Mandel
Where:  Zoom, hosted by New England Public Media, a Watch & Learn Event
A RECORDING IS AVAILABLE UNTIL MAY 22nd HERE.

Event sponsor logos: PVMA (Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association), Libraries in the Woods, Springfield Public Forum, All Hamptons Read, and The Care CenterIn partnership with Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Libraries in the Woods, The Care Center, Springfield Public Forum, and All Hamptons Read



 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. April 29  Thursday, 8 pm
What:
The Suitcase Junket: Found Music—A performance  in the spirit of The Traveling Symphony of Station Eleven
Where: Zoom, Tilton Library in South Deerfield
♦ Find information and register here.

 

MAY 2021 EVENTS

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 2  Sunday, 2 pm
What:
Zine and Comic Workshop with Anne Thalheimer
Where: Zoom, Leverett Library (with Ashfield, Greenfield, and Wendell libraries)
♦ Find information and register here.

 

All Hamptons Read logo, compass. Includes the words, "North, East, South, West, Plus Burgy"May 3  Monday, 4-5 pm
What: Book Discussion
Where: Online, Forbes Library
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 3  Monday, 6:30-7:30 pm
What: Book Discussion
Where: Zoom, Cushman Library in Bernardston
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 5  Wednesday, 2 pm
What: Book Discussion
Where: Zoom, Arms Library in Shelburne Falls, Buckland Public Library, Griswold Memorial in Colrain, Heath Public Library, and Shelburne Public Library
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 5  Wednesday, 7:30 pm
What: Book Discussion (virtual anticipated)
Where: Zoom, M.N. Spear Memorial Library in Shutesbury, Pelham Library, Leverett Library
♦ For information and to register, email library.director@shutesbury.org.

 

All Hamptons Read logo, compass. Includes the words, "North, East, South, West, Plus Burgy"

May 6  Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm
What: Book Discussion
Where: Online, Emily Williston Memorial Library in Easthampton
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 6  Thursday, 7 pm
What:
Conversation with Local Newspaper Editor Mike Jackson (Montague Reporter) about independent local journalism
Where: Zoom, Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield
♦ Find information here and register by emailing dmemlib@gmail.com.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 11  Tuesday, 6:30–7:30 pm
What:
Coping with Trauma and Loss: How Therapy Can Help
Presentation and discussion with Susannah Sheffer, LMHC.
Where: Zoom, Sunderland Public Library
♦ Find information and register here.

 

All Hamptons Read logoMay 12  Wednesday, 7–8pm
What:  What is the role of museums in community history and legacy?
Where: Zoom, Forbes Library in Northampton
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 15  Saturday, 10 pm–12 noon
What:
Fire by Friction, presented by Wolf Tree
Where: Wendell Free Library (in person, 24 person limit)
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 18  Tuesday, 6:30 pm
What: Book Discussion
Where: Zoom, Belding Memorial Library in Ashfield, Field Memorial Library in Conway, and S. White Dickinson Memorial Library in Whately
♦ Find link here. For information, contact sfernandez@cwmars.org.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 19  Wednesday, 7:00pm
What: Two Plays, Two Actors – with Nick deRuiter and Jerri Higgins. Plays to be announced.
Where: Zoom, Cushman Library in Bernardston
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 20  Thursday, 7 pm
What:
 Ask an Airline Attendant
Where: Zoom, Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield
♦ Find information here and register by emailing dmemlib@gmail.com.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 22  Saturday, 10 am
What: Walk and Talk Book Discussion
Where: Wendell Free Library
♦ Find information here.

 

May 23  Sunday, 2 pm
What: Foundations of Survival Skills
Join us for a conversation that will build your resiliency in survival situations. We’ll discuss the basics of how to find and maintain food, water, shelter, and fire amidst challenging situations, and explore what skills and knowledge are necessary for turning survival into sur-thrive-al. Our time together will include some fun activities and tangible to-do’s for all ages! Presented by WolfTree Programs of Montague
Where: Erving Public Library
This is an outdoors, in-person program and places are limited. Registration required by emailing: library@erving-ma.gov.
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May 24  Monday, 6 pm
What: Virtual Walking Tour of Erving Center
Join local historians Philip Johnson and Sara Campbell as we take a virtual walking tour of Erving Center. They will point out some of the historical highlights of our Town that we may not have thought about lately. Let’s slow down and talk about the physical remnants of our history. We look forward to hearing from you and what these landmarks mean to you as we virtually get together via Zoom. After the presentation, you may want to pick up the fact sheet at the library and take a walk around town by yourself or with your family.
Where: Zoom, Erving Public Library
♦  Registration required by emailing: library@erving-ma.gov
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Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background.

May 24  Monday, 6:30 pm
What:
Station Eleven: The Collapse of Systems and the Reemergence of Neighborliness — a book discussion featuring David B. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Where:  Zoom, Sunderland Public Library
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 25  Tuesday, 6 pm
What: Book Discussion
Where: Zoom, Erving Public Library and Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield
♦ Register by emailing library@erving-ma.gov.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 25  Tuesday, 6:30 pm
What:
“Survival is Insufficient,” a discussion of this phrase’s meaning in Station Eleven and the Star Trek Voyager episode from which it was drawn.
Where: Zoom, Field Memorial Library in Conway,  Belding Memorial Library in Ashfield, Arms Library in Shelburne Falls
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. May 29  Contest ends
What: Build a “bug-out bag” contest. Prizes for “Most Prepared,” and “Most Creative”
Where: Virtual, Griswold Memorial Library in Colrain
♦ Find information and register here.

 

Developing Programs

Information and registration links coming soon. Meanwhile, reach out to the hosting organization for information.

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background.

Date, Day & Time  TBD
What:
Book Discussion
Where: Zoom, Wendell Free Library

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. Date, Day & Time  TBD
Name of Event:
Book Discussion (virtual anticipated)
Library & Location: Arms Library, Buckland Public Library and Shelburne Free Public Library

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. Date, Day & Time  TBD
What:
Book Discussion (virtual anticipated)
Where: Leverett Library

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. Date, Day & Time  TBD
What:
“Survival is Insufficient” Poetry After the Rains
Collaborative Public Art Stenciling and Invisible Messages, Until It Rains!
Where: Arms Library and Shelburne Falls downtown, with the Art Garden

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. Date, Day & Time  TBD
What:
Citizen Journalism Workshop
Where: Belding Memorial Library in Ashfield

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. Date, Day & Time  TBD (May, evening program)
What: 
Memory Making Journaling
Where: S. White Dickinson Memorial Library in Whately

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. Date, Day & Time  TBD
What:
Book Discussion
Where: Zoom, Orange Library

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. Date, Day & Time  TBD
What:
Trivia Night: what is this and what is it for?
Where: Zoom, Orange Library

 

Libraries in the Woods logo. Black and white line-drawing of a person sitting under a tree with a book. Winding path to a library in the background. Date, Day & Time  TBD
What:
Allen Steele PowerPoint presentation on the history of Science Fiction
Library & Location: S. White Dickinson Memorial Library in Whately

 

JUNE–NOVEMBER 2021 EVENTS

Stay tuned for New England Public Media’s new online Book Group and Summer and Fall events—including a Pioneer Valley History Network project, Memorial Hall Museum exhibit reception, Exploded View performance(s), and more!

 

Logo: National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, Managed by Arts Midwest. Includes website: arts.gov/neabigread.

Three logos, Big Read sponsors. PVMA (A Project of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association), Tilton Library, and New England Public MediaNEABig Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.