Upcoming Events

Monday, May 1, 2017
Local Authors Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry Villemarie
6:00 PM -

 Holyoke Public Library to present
Conversation with Author Series:
Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry Villemarie,
"
Labyrinth Reflections"
Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6:00pm

Join us as Lorraine Villemaire and Cathy Rigali present their recently released book “Labyrinth Reflections” at the Holyoke Public Library on Monday, May 1st at 6:00pm.

One of the first things Sister Lorraine Villemarie of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will explain to you is the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. A maze is a puzzle designed to confuse you, while a labyrinth is a design that takes its walker in a circular path with one way in and one way out.

A labyrinth is also a means for self-reflection and meditation and Villemarie has been teaching about the effect for years.

Labyrinth Reflections by Lorraine Villemaire and Cathy Rigali is now available. The initial section covers information about the labyrinth, its history, spirituality and purpose. What follows are over forty themes that merge into the fabric of one's life. Among them are seasons of the year, the moon, universe, music, forgiveness, change, peace, compassion, time, doors, meditation, wisdom, healing, in memoriam, journal writing, clouds, and much more. Labyrinth walkers are encouraged to reflect on each theme from their own perspective. Although the book is invaluable to labyrinth facilitators, the themes can also be used for private meditation. A final chapter gives instructions on how to build a 7-circuit labyrinth.

The event is free and open to the public; copy of the book is available at the Library to borrow and read before the event on Monday, May 1st.

And on Friday, April 28, before their presentation at the library, join us and experience the Labyrinth walk at Mont Marie starting at 11 am.

For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact library@holyoke.org or 413-420-8101.

Conversation with Local Author series are relaxed conversations between our members and an outstanding member of our author community.

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.

After our discussion,Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry Villemarie will sign books. Books will be available for purchase or bring your own.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Western MA Employment
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Makerspace Workshop
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM



Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation Class
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
6:30pm Orientation for beginners
6:45pm Regular attendees arrive
8:00pm End



Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Teen Photography Series
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Early Childhood Program
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM



Thursday, May 4, 2017
HASHPACC
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Thursday, May 4, 2017
Drop In Writing Group for Teens
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Saturday, May 6, 2017
FREE Comic Book Day!
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Monday, May 8, 2017
Fair Housing Laws For Tenants
6:00 PM -



Tuesday, May 9, 2017
HELIO-5
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM



Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Game On
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation Class
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
6:30pm Orientation for beginners
6:45pm Regular attendees arrive
8:00pm End



Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Author Carol A. Leary
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



Wednesday, May 10, 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.

 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Author Samuel E. Abrams
6:30 PM -

Join us for a talk by Holyoke native Samuel E. Abrams about his recently published bookEducation and the Commercial Mindset
at the Holyoke Public Library
on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30pm

250 Chestnut Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
 

Drawing on his book, Education and the Commercial Mindset (Harvard University Press, 2016), Sam Abrams, a Holyoke native, will discuss the divergent paths taken by education policymakers in Chile, Finland, Sweden, and the United States. In addition, Abrams will address the implications of Donald Trump’s presidency for schooling in the United States. Joining Abrams on stage for a Q&A will be Gus Morales, another Holyoke native and a veteran local teacher.
 
Writing in The New York Review of Books, Diane Ravitch described Education and the Commercial Mindset as “an elegant analysis of the workings of market forces in education.” Reviewing the book for Teachers College Record, Margaret Stange-Topkins described it as “exceptionally balanced, meticulously researched, and rooted in a deep understanding of the historical, cultural, and social antecedents of the widespread use of business practices and norms in education.”

 
This excerpt from Education and the Commercial Mindset concerning Finnish education policy was published by The Stanford Social Innovation Review. For a Q&A with Abrams about his book, see this column by Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post. For his assessment of Trump’s approach to education policy, see this op-ed from The Los Angeles Times.
 
  
   Abrams is the director of the
National Center for the
   Study of  Privatization in Education
at Teachers College,
   Columbia University. Dedicated to fitness as well as
   scholarship, Abrams is a veteran coach in the Ice Hockey
   in Harlem program in New York’s Central Park. He is the
   son of long-time area residents Robert and Frances
   Abrams.



The event is free and open to the public. A copy of the book is available at the Library to borrow and read before the event. Following the discussion, Abrams will sign copies.His book will be available for purchase at the event. Or you may bring your own.

For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact library@holyoke.org or 413-420-8101.

Conversation with Local Author series are relaxed conversations between our members and an outstanding member of our author community.

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.



Thursday, May 11, 2017
HSNI
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM



Thursday, May 11, 2017
Drop In Writing Group for Teens
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Creative Movement With Enchanted Circle Theater
1:00 PM -
Creative Movement with
 
Enchanted Circle Theater
A Movement & Literacy Workshop
for children 3-8 & their families

When:  Saturday, May 13th, 1:00 pm
Where: Holyoke Public Library  250 Chestnut Street
How: Pre-register by calling 413.420.8105

 
Registration required, limited enrollment

Join Enchanted Circle Theater teaching artist Terre Vandale in bringing a children's book to life through movement. We will play with creating the shapes, colors, characters, and actions in the book with our bodies and voices. Children will gain motor skills, and spatial and physical awareness. Parents will learn and engage in  fun activities to support literacy at home.

      







 


Monday, May 15, 2017
Labyrinth Around America Tour
8:30 AM -

Have you heard?...
Labyrinth Around America Tour will be at the Holyoke Public Library
Monday, May 15th.
Clive Johnson, from England will travel to some cities in the United States with his new U.S.A labyrinth and Holyoke is one of his selected cities. 

ONE LABYRINTH. 10,000 MILES OF OPEN ROAD.

Labyrinth Around America is a an initiative to take a labyrinth around the United States, making stops in each state that marks the border of the mainland (i.e. those states that share a border with Canada or Mexico, or those which have a coastline). The labyrinth may journey to other states later – including Alaska and Hawaii – but the initial intention is to encircle the mainland with a trail of positive energy, bringing an invitation for people to come together in walking this wonderful path.

On this website, you can find out about the inspiration for the project and what it hopes to achieve, discover where you can learn more about labyrinths and how you might bring one into your community or to use for yourself, and read about the different ways in which you might get involved with the project, not least finding out the places the labyrinth is visiting next, and knowing what to expect if you drop by for a walk! We've also compiled an extensive list of books and resources for finding out more about labyrinths.

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.



Monday, May 15, 2017
Fair Housing Laws For Landlords
6:00 PM -



Monday, May 15, 2017
Author Mary Newman
6:30 PM -

 Holyoke Public Library to present
Conversation with Author Series:
Mary Newman and her book,
"Edible Flowers"
Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

Join us as Mary Newman presents her book “Edible Flowers” at the Holyoke Public Library on Monday, May 15 at 6:30pm.
 
Most of us like to look at them, but why on earth would anyone want to eat them? As Constance L. Kirker and Mary Newman show in this book, however, flowers have a long history as a tasty ingredient in a variety of cuisines. The Greeks, Romans, Persians, Ottomans, Mayans, Chinese, and Indians all knew how to cook with them for centuries, and today contemporary chefs use them to add something special to their dishes.

Edible Flowers is the fascinating history of how flowers have been used in cooking, from ancient Greek dishes to the today’s molecular gastronomy and farm-to-table restaurants. Looking at flowers’ natural qualities: their unique and beautiful appearance, their pungent fragrance, and their surprisingly good taste, Kirker and Newman proffer a bouquet of dishes—from soups to stews to desserts to beverages—that use them in interesting ways. Tying this culinary history into a larger cultural one, they show how flowers’ cultural, symbolic, and religious connotations have added value and meaning to dishes in daily life and special occasions. From fried squash blossoms to marigold dressings, this book rediscovers the flower not just as something beautiful but as something absolutely delicious.

The event is free and open to the public; copy of the book is available at the Library to borrow and read before the event on Wednesday, September 21st.

For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact library@holyoke.org or 413-420-8101.

Conversation with Local Author series are relaxed conversations between our members and an outstanding member of our author community.

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.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Game On
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation Class
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
6:30pm Orientation for beginners
6:45pm Regular attendees arrive
8:00pm End



Wednesday, May 17, 2017
HPS
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM



Thursday, May 18, 2017
Neighbor to Neighbor
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM



Friday, May 19, 2017
Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM



Monday, May 22, 2017
Financial Skills
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2 sessions: 12pm and 1pm


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Preschool Enrichment
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM



Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Game On
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation Class
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
6:30pm Orientation for beginners
6:45pm Regular attendees arrive
8:00pm End



Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Teen Movie: A Thousand Words
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



Thursday, May 25, 2017
Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM



Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Game On
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation Class
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
6:30pm Orientation for beginners
6:45pm Regular attendees arrive
8:00pm End