About the events

Every Tuesday, June 26-August 7, drop in anytime we’re open (1-8) for a make-and-take
kids’ craft, a different one every week, from making instrument to painting kindness rocks….

June 26 (Tues) 6:30-8:00pm — Toilets of Japan — Japan has high-tech toilets: mp3 players, bluetooth technology, medical functions, heated seats, and built-in blow dryers. Learn the history, culture, and aesthetics of Japan through its toilets, with Sharon Domier, East Asian Studies Librarian at UMass Amherst. Plus, enjoy Japanese tea and cookies, and share your own tales of travel and toilets.

June 29 (Fri) 6:00-7:30pm — Family-Friendly Karaoke & Pizza Dinner — Sing your heart out among friends.

July 11 (Wed) 1:00-2:00 — “To Bee or Not to Bee” at Northfield Elementary School gym — Piti Theater presents interactive musical-theater about human relations with bees, complete with puppetry, clowning, dance, live music, and lots of audience participation.

July 17 (Tues) 6:30-8:00 — Crankie Performance — Crankies are an old storytelling art form in which a long illustrated scroll is wound onto two spools; the spools are loaded into a box which has a viewing screen; and the scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told. Local artist-musicians Riverteeth will demonstrate this magical “moving panorama” accompanied by music.

July 18 (Wed) 1:00-2:00 — Make a Crankie — Make your own crankie (see above). Mary and Kiah will help 15 children make their own crankie with match boxes, cardboard, toothpicks, scissors, tape….Please pre-register by calling 413-498-2455.

July 19 (Thur) 6:30-8:00 — Trivia Night at Cameron’s Winery, adults only — (See June 21 for details.)

July 21 (Sat) 2:00-3:30 — Play Ukulele — All ages and experience levels are welcome, including folks who have never picked up a uke before. Julie Stepanek brings ukes and lessons. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

July 24 (Tues) 6:30-8:00 — Play Hand Drums — All ages and experience levels are welcome. Dave Curry brings drums and lessons (bring your own hand drum if you prefer), and we’ll create energy and music together.

July 25 (Wed) 1:00-2:00 — Dismantle Accordions — Find out how accordions work, with Doug Creighton, manager of the Button Box accordion store. Event open to 10 people, with preference given to children. Please pre-register by calling 413-498-2455.

July 27 (Fri) 6:00-7:30 — Movie Sing-Along — Eat and sing and watch a movie. Come to the library to cast your vote for the movie.

July 31 (Tues) 6:30-8:00 — The Last Warlord — Author, professor, and CIA consultant Brian Williams discusses his book and the story of the US military teaming up with horse-mounted Afghan warlords to fight the Taliban after 9-11, as seen in movie “12 Strong.”

Aug 1 (Wed) 1:00-2:00 — Paint Kindness Rocks to spread a little kindness around town.

Aug 3 (Fri) 6:00-7:30 — Kirtan Concert — Join Libby Volckening & James Robinson for meditative and energizing call-and-response singing. An original mix of rock, folk, blues and reggae on top of Sanscrit vocals. Refreshments will be available.

Aug 10 (Fri) 6:00-7:30 — Dance Video Game & Hot Dog Dinner — Dance, compete, watch, repeat. All ages welcome.

Aug 11 (Sat) 6:00-7:30 — Outdoor Concert at Stanley Wickey Pavilion (at Town Hall) — Calamity Physics (Steve Howland and friends) performs traditional New England contra music with fiddles, mandolin, piano, whistles….Bring a picnic, and bring your dancing shoes. Brought to you by the library and the Northfield Council on Aging.

Finally … stay tuned for the Grand Finale and the Grand Prize Raffle Drawings, which will take place after the school year begins.


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