Upcoming Events

Monday, July 24, 2017
Free Zumba!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free Zumba!



At The Holyoke Public Library
Mondays from June 5th - August 28th
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Library Community Room
Please pre-register, space is limited!
Linda 413-420-8101 or lkurowski@holyokelibrary.org

Limit class size: 25



Monday, July 24, 2017
Game On!
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Monday, July 24, 2017
Board games
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Monday, July 24, 2017
How Crops and Livestock Came to Puerto Rico
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
A presentation by Holyoke author Eric Toensmeier. Learn the history of Puerto Rico through food as we discover the crops and livestock brought to the island by Taino indians, African slave ships, and Spanish galleons. We'll learn to see the history in every bowl of arroz con gandules.

Arroz con gandules and other examples of Puerto Rican food will be served. This event is brought to you by the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library.
 
Eric Toensmeier, Holyoke author
Photo by Rob Deza

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, and an international trainer, presenting in English and Spanish in the US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean. Eric has studied permaculture and useful plants of the world for over two decades. He managed an urban farm project for five years, ran a seed company, and co-developed a farm business training curriculum that is now used in eight US states and three Canadian provinces. Eric is currently writing Carbon Farming: a Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices.
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Preregistration appreciated (to help us plan food):
413-420-8101 (Library Circulation Desk) or email friendsofthehpl@gmail.com



Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Story Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM



Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pastel Painting Workshop for Adults, with Pastelist Gregory John Maichack
3:00 PM -

The Holyoke Public Library, located at 250 Chestnut Street, in Holyoke, MA will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack to present an adult hands-on workshop, “Pastel Paint the 45-Million- Dollar Flower,on July 25, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Seats may fill quickly so please call (413) 420-8101 to pre-register. Participants will freely experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop.
 
In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, participants have fun producing their own pastel painting of Georgia O’Keeffe’s elegant Jimson flower that sold for $45.4 million. Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and over 800 libraries and local cultural councils.
 
Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1 has been described as a vehicle for pure expression. Maichack will demonstrate again how beginners to accomplished artists can pastel paint easily using techniques of masters such as O’Keeffe. As always, all will keep their pastel paintings.
 
Mr. Maichack’s workshops have been so well-liked, many libraries and senior centers have booked and rebooked him, often twice a year. “What I heard through students’ comments reflects a teaching style that is rare: encouraging, positive and constructive, with information given in a style that students find approachable, accessible, and clear,” wrote Melinda Georgeson, Director of Education, Norman Rockwell Museum.
 
Artist Gregory John Maichack lives in western Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels. Winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003, he also was awarded the Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack was commissioned by Westfield State College to paint the pastel portrait of the past president of Westfield State University, Doctor Frederick Woodward, which was unveiled at the dedication of the Woodward Center; and pastel painted dictionary great Charles Merriam, unveiled by Merriam-Webster Co. at Merriam-Gilbert Library. He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded numerous Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. In addition to portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunkport, Maine to San Francisco, California. Maichack is accepting requests to do portraits, and various commissions to do pastel paintings. Please call (413) 532-3667 or e-mail Mr. Maichack at EmJay7@aol.com. Visit his new web site at www.GregoryMaichack.com.
 
Maichack has been a faculty member of the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, MA; and taught at Holyoke and Greenfield Community Colleges, Westfield State University, East Works, the MFA, Boston, and The Guild, Northampton. Maichack’s pastel paintings have been selected twice for the Annual National Exhibition of the Academic Artists Association and as a result Maichack was invited to be a member of this prestigious organization.
 
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Holyoke Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”

The event is free and open to the public. For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact library@holyoke.org or 413-420-8101.

Parking available along the street in front of the new entrance to the library and in generous lots adjacent to and immediately across the street from the library.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Story Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Bikes and Books Club
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM



Thursday, July 27, 2017
Drop-in Craft
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sex, Dating, and the Media: Weekly Movies for Teens
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM



Friday, July 28, 2017
Summer Reading Party at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round!
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Friday, July 28, 2017
Paperbacks and Snacks
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM



Saturday, July 29, 2017
CLOSED
8:30 AM -



Monday, July 31, 2017
Free Zumba!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free Zumba!



At The Holyoke Public Library
Mondays from June 5th - August 28th
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Library Community Room
Please pre-register, space is limited!
Linda 413-420-8101 or lkurowski@holyokelibrary.org

Limit class size: 25



Monday, July 31, 2017
Game On!
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM



Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Bikes and Books Club
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM



Thursday, August 3, 2017
Sex, Dating, and the Media: Weekly Movies for Teens
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM



Friday, August 4, 2017
Paperbacks and Snacks
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM



Monday, August 7, 2017
Free Zumba!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free Zumba!



At The Holyoke Public Library
Mondays from June 5th - August 28th
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Library Community Room
Please pre-register, space is limited!
Linda 413-420-8101 or lkurowski@holyokelibrary.org

Limit class size: 25



Monday, August 7, 2017
Game On!
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Western MA Employment
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM



Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Bikes and Books Club
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM



Wednesday, August 9, 2017
LEARN IN MOTION!
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

COME PLAY!
LEARN IN MOTION is a preschool age sports group that nurtures, challenges, and engages your child in a fun and secure environment. We believe physical activity plays the most important role in your child's academic success.
Our classroom is the field.

 


Thursday, August 10, 2017
Western MA Employment
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM



Thursday, August 10, 2017
Sex, Dating, and the Media: Weekly Movies for Teens
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM



Friday, August 11, 2017
Paperbacks and Snacks
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM



Monday, August 14, 2017
Free Zumba!
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free Zumba!



At The Holyoke Public Library
Mondays from June 5th - August 28th
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Library Community Room
Please pre-register, space is limited!
Linda 413-420-8101 or lkurowski@holyokelibrary.org

Limit class size: 25



Monday, August 14, 2017
Game On!
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM



Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Bikes and Books Club
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM



Thursday, August 17, 2017
Sex, Dating, and the Media: Weekly Movies for Teens
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM



Friday, August 18, 2017
Paperbacks and Snacks
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM