Book Talk - "Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley - Drowned by the Quabbin" by author Elena Palladino

Missed the live discussion? View the BPL's recording below!

Did you miss out on hearing about this fascinating story of the LOST TOWNS OF THE SWIFT RIVER VALLEY - DROWNED BY THE QUABBIN, presented by the author Elena PalladinoFeel free to view Elena's presentation from the Boston Public Library! View the video here:

Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley: Drowned by the Quabbin by Elena ...                    

Elena Palladino grew up in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and now lives with her family in Marion Smith’s former home in Ware. She holds a BA in English from Simmons College, an MA in literary and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University and an EdM in higher education from Harvard University. She works in higher education in Western Massachusetts. This is her first book. For more information or to connect with Elena, visit or QuabbinHouse on Instagram.

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Adult Services

Reading room
The Holyoke library is expanding the the way of providing our Adult Services and the type of  programming we offer to the community.  Our space provides the opportunity for a variety of programs and with the Internet, we provide a variety of educational services online.  Quiet study rooms on the fourth floor may be used for tutoring sessions, work or study, for group project work and much more. 

Community meetings may be held in our first-floor Board Room or our large Community Meeting Room located on the ground floor.  The Community Room will also host library sponsored author visits, music programs, speaker series, dramatic programs and may be reserved by the community non-profit agencies for training, onferences, or meetings.  It is also the only place in the library where food is allowed.

Computer education will take place in the classroom section of our Computer Room. 
Our Online Reference section includes several databases and useful websites.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or feel that you can offer a level of expertise to a library program on a volunteer basis please call Maria Pagan, Library Director at 420-8101
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