The library will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 for the annual winter holidays. The staff wishes everyone a safe and joyous holiday season beginning with Hanukkah this evening all the way through to Epiphany (or little Christmas) on January 6. No matter how your family celebrates, we wish you health and happiness. Thank you for being part of our library family.
A new program called “Look Up” with an emphasis on astronomy will kick off at the library in the new year. Anchored by some of the most entertaining films on space and space exploration with links to NASA’s year-long space education program, the “Look Up” celebration will also feature guest lectures and visits to the nearby Williams College planetarium. Starting with the January 1 supermoon and a chance to view the next January 30 supermoon through our library telescope, we will be building fun and educational tools for patrons to learn more about space exploration and reflect on the wonder of our universe.
Funds and impetus for this flight into outer space come from a special gift given to the library by our late State Representative, Gailanne Marie Cariddi. People have speculated about Gail’s restricted gift, but at the library we like to think she wanted us to reflect on our relative insignificance when looking at the vast and hauntingly beautiful universe. We also think she wanted us to consider the bravery of the men and women who continue to press outward, preparing for exploration on worlds so different from our own. Or maybe she wanted us to be ready for contact
Our first film will be the wild and crazy “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on Thursday, January 18 at 6 p.m. in the community room. Popcorn will be available.
Seeking to raise money for a very specific cause (weatherization of the belvedere windows), the Trustees have launched “Piggy Bucks.” Bright blue ‘piggy banks’ are now available at the library for a nominal fee of $5. Once a purchased piggy is filled to the brim, patrons may return it, we will keep the coins, and give you back the bank.
The Trustees are unsure of the final cost of weatherizing the windows but are hoping to raise enough to tackle the middle floor of the three-story structure where the large windows offer a 360 degree view of the City and surrounding Berkshire Hills. An added benefit would be bat-proofing the library.
If you need a last-minute gift, these sturdy, blue piggy banks emblazoned with the library’s name, offer a chance to raise a little money for a great cause. See them at any circulation desk or ask a librarian about “Piggy Bucks” today.