The First Wednesday Speaker Series is pleased to present Jeanne Douillard speaking about her research and unique perspectives of the French presence in New England.
Jeanne began researching her own family genealogy and discovered she had Québécois, Acadians, Algonquin and English roots. She wanted to find out more about these people and her passion led her to delve deeply into the quagmire of conflicting historiographies. English, French and American historians of the past offered up irreconcilable views of La Nouvelle France [New France] and its people, and clarifying these inconsistencies has been a labor of love. As a published author, she is one of the major contributors to the book Building a Better Life – The French-Canadians in Western Massachusetts published by the Republican newspaper in Springfield, MA.
First Wednesdays are sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Public Library, are free, and open to the public.
Greenfield Public Library Teen Programming Presents:
Wonder Woman Day!
This program is free and for all ages!
When two brothers find out they might lose their house they are desperate to find a way to keep their home. They find a treasure map and bring some friends along to find it. They are all out looking for the “X” and trying to get away from a group of bad guys who also want the treasure.
Join Teen Librarians Francesca and Steve the first Tuesday of each month in the library’s LeVanway Meeting room for pizza and a movie! This program is free and intended for ages 12-17.
Mayor William Martin is pleased to announce that the Greenfield Public Library Building Committee has selected Johnson Roberts Associates of Somerville, Massachusetts, to design the town’s new library.
Founded in 1996 by J. Stewart Roberts, Johnson Roberts specializes in public library design and has provided design services and feasibility studies to 60 communities, and completed construction of 27 public libraries.
Stew Roberts, founding principal of Johnson Roberts states: “The library is an iconic symbol of community and an important contributor to a town’s identity and culture. Our libraries are designed to act as a gathering place for their communities. We place special emphasis on the creation of spaces appropriate to everyone in the community: children, teens, adults, and seniors.”
Johnson Roberts Associates has assisted dozens of towns in Massachusetts with successful applications for millions of dollars in construction grant money distributed by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Johnson Roberts is committed to designing environmentally responsible and high performance buildings. The firm includes LEED accredited personnel and many of their public library projects have achieved or are seeking LEED certification.
Building Committee chair, Jean Wall states that Johnson Roberts was the committee’s unanimous choice because the firm has “an excellent understanding of public library planning, a successful relationship with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and a focus on sustainable design.” Wall adds: “we are excited about the possibilities this partnership offers us, and we look forward to an amazing new library for Greenfield.”
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For security purposes, the front doors are locked five minutes before closing and the back door ten minutes before closing.