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Post Date: 02-17-2017

The Greenfield Public Library will host Greenfield author Jan Maher reading from her new book Earth As It Is.

The book takes place in Texas in the 1930s when Charlie Bader comes of age with urges he has struggled with since childhood and does not understand. After his new bride finds him wearing her own lingerie and leaves him in disgust, he moves to Chicago. There, he stumbles on a community of cross-dressers, and begins to attend their secret soirees. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, he volunteers for the army, serving as a dentist and trying once again to leave his obsession behind. Instead, his wartime experiences lead to his reappearance in the small town of Heaven, Indiana, as Charlene. There, Charlene opens a beauty shop where Heaven’s women safely share their stories and secrets as she shampoos, clips, curls, and combs their hair. Charlene deftly manages to keep her own story hidden and her sexual desires quiet until she falls in love with a female customer and her life begins to change.

Several copies of the book will be available at the library in advance of the program.

Maher’s previous writing credits include Heaven, Indiana (a novel and 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Awards finalist), Most Dangerous Women: Bringing History to Life through Readers’ Theater, and Intruders and Ismene (plays). Her short stories have been published in numerous on-line and in-print journals, most recently in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. She is a senior fellow at the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She lives with her husband in Greenfield.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library with the World Eye Book Shop. Refreshments will be served.

The First Wednesday Speaker Series welcomes Christine Bailey of Hilltown Holistic to speak on the benefits of Reiki on Wednesday, March 1 at 6pm in the library’s LeVanway Room.

Christine is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher and an Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) Master / Instructor.   She teaches the various levels of Usui Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) to individuals desiring to broaden their knowledge in the alternative healthcare field.  Depending on the client and issues, she combines modalities which helps release “issues from the tissues” and brings healing to her clients.

First Wednesdays are sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Public Library and are free and open to the public.

Post Date: 01-19-2017

The entire month of February, patrons at the Greenfield Public Library can have a blind date with a book!  Specially wrapped books will be on display at the library with only the first sentence available to give readers any clue as to their contents.  Take a chance on a book and see if it’s a marriage of convenience or a match made in heaven.

Guidelines:

  • Submit up to three poems.  Number pages of multi-page poems.
  • Only unpublished poems may be submitted.
  • Previous winners (first place) may not submit poems.
  • Top-placing youth poets may re-submit when they enter a new age category.
  • Indicate “Adult” or “Young Poet,” and Young Poets write your age on the front of the sheet where the poem appears, lower right hand corner, circled.
  • No identifying information on front of sheet, where poem appears; no staples.
  • On reverse side of each poem, write your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, if available.  Poems will not be returned.
  • Submit on white 8.5 x 11 paper, printed clearly in ink or typed in plain typeface; no markers.
  • Notification of receipt of entry will be via email, unless SASE is included with entry.      

First Prize, Adult:  Poet’s Seat Chair for one year and name engraved on plaque; hand-crafted, poet’s ceramic platter; a night at the Poetry Ridge Bed and Breakfast; and a $20 book store gift certificate.

All other prizes: 2nd and 3rd Place Adult, as well as top 4 Youth Poems (Youth poems judged in separate categories, ages 12-14 and 15-18) hand-crafted ceramic mug; $20 book store gift certificate.

Pottery courtesy of the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail potters http://www.asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com/

Awards ceremony: April 27, 2017 @   7 p.m. Capen Room, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Rd., Greenfield

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.”

Upcoming Events
  • March 1, 2017 First Wednesday Speaker Series: Reiki and its Benefits with Christine Bailey Presenting

    The First Wednesday Speaker Series welcomes Christine Bailey of Hilltown Holistic to speak on the benefits of Reiki on Wednesday, March 1 at 6pm in the library’s LeVanway Room. Christine is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher and an Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) Master / Instructor.   She teaches the various levels of Usui Reiki and Integrated Energy […]

  • Saturday, March 4 Meet the Author: Jan Maher

    The Greenfield Public Library will host Greenfield author Jan Maher reading from her new book Earth As It Is. The book takes place in Texas in the 1930s when Charlie Bader comes of age with urges he has struggled with since childhood and does not understand. After his new bride finds him wearing her own […]

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