Today's Events

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Susan Stinson
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Writing

Every Wednesday (and Saturday morning except in July and August) from 9:30-12:30 in the Watson Room, join Forbes Writer In Residence Susan Stinson for some companionable writing time. The Writing Room is ongoing throughout the year.

How the Writing Room Works: Each session opens at 9:30 sharp with brief hellos, followed by the pleasure of getting work done in the company of others. Some writers work in other parts of the library, then join us at 11:45 to check in about how the work went and make announcements. At (roughly) 12, anyone who wishes to read for the group does briefly, without critique or spoken response. We're done by 12:30. There are writing prompts on the table for those who like to use them. There are four hour parking meters in the back of the lot. Consider bringing a sweater. Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session.

Title:Dharma Gentle Yoga
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:10:00am - 11:15am
Presenter:Vickie Healy
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Yoga

Dharma Gentle is a weekly yoga class.  Pre-registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome.  Register at  Contact Vickie Healy with any questions at   Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and blocks, if you have them.  Limited supplies are available.  Please come at least 15 minutes early if you are dropping in, to complete registration forms.

This gentle, healing yoga class is appropriate for all who wish to add the healing qualities of yoga to their lives. We move the body through the classical poses very slowly, gently and conscientiously. Rests are taken between poses as the body moves towards inner introspection on a physical and meditative level. This class is highly beneficial for those who are ready to return to physical activity after an illness or injury, or for those who have not moved much in a long time. Everyone will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Your teacher, Vickie Healy is a registered Dharma Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Certification.  She is happy to support you in your introduction to Dharma Yoga.  Vickie is a Registered Nurse with 33 years of nursing experience, helping people make positive changes in their lives by assisting them in removing health barriers that are keeping them from realizing healthier lives.  Nurturing mind, body and Spirit is the foundation of her nursing practice. Vickie believes that practicing yoga is a powerful way to increase health and longevity.  She believes that yoga is available to all who are willing to embark in the practice, regardless of previous injury, illness or health conditions. For more information about Vickie, please see New Karma Yoga.

The Dharma Gentle Class was designed by Sri Dharma Mittra who founded one of the early independent schools of Yoga in New York City in 1975.  He is the author of the world-renowned masterpiece, The Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures. Now 73 years old, Sri Dharma Mittra’s life represents intense service to mankind through the ethical, spiritual, and practical physical philosophy of Yoga in action. He has influenced hundreds of thousands of aspirants in his nearly half century of teaching. He continues to teach daily at the Dharma West Temple at 61 West 23rd St. in New York City, leads “Life of a Yogi” 200, 500, and 800 hour Teacher Trainings, and workshops worldwide. He is the author of Maha Sadhana DVDs I & II, Sun Salutation Yoga Course Chart, and Asanas 608 Yoga Poses book.

This course is free of charge.  Nominal donations of up to $5 accepted.

Contact: Vickie Healy, RN, BSN, RYT

Title:Toddler Time!
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Location:Children's Department
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events

Enjoy songs and stories with friends! No registration required.

Title:Tong Ren Energy Healing
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:12:00pm - 12:45pm
Presenter:Ken Alan Hadden
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Tong Ren

Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of "Chi" or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality The basis of Tong Ren Energy Healing is to access Universal Chi and sending this  healing energy to specific targeted points, depending on the persons condition to break up blockages in the body that cause dis-ease. Removal of these blockages restores the natural flow of nurturing Chi energy which allows the body to return to homeostasis and naturally corrects itself to function properly and heal. Tong Ren calms the mind and is very relaxing.

The facilitator, Ken Alan Hadden has been practicing Tong Ren in the Boston area for over five years, including the Boston Living Center, AIDS Action Committee and  the Carson Center in Ware, MA.

He is also a Board Member of theOriental Culture Institute Healing Research Foundation (OCIHRF) in Quincy, MA, a non-profit organization established for education, research and the advancement of Tong Ren Healing worldwide with the intention of developing safe and more cost effective health care.

This class is free of charge.  Nominal donations of up to $10 accepted.

For more information please

Contact: Ken

Title:Drop-in Chess
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Categories:Chess, Recurring Events

Drop in for part or all of these casual chess meets. All experience levels welcome.  Please bring your own set if you have one. Every Wednesday from 1-3.

Title:Drop-In Computer Help: CANCELLED
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Technology

Do you need a little help with the computer? Having trouble getting started, or ran into a sticky problem? Want to get your first email account? Looking for a better way to format a document?

Come to the drop-in computer help session! Bring your wireless laptop or use one of the library's computers to have your questions answered.

Title:Level Up Your Life Coaching
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Recurring Events

Terra is a successful entrepreneur and creative business coach who loves helping other passionate small business owners to build and refine their businesses or projects.  This workshop will discuss archetypes like the hero, warrior, lover, magician and many more, in terms of branding and attracting your ideal clients.  We will talk about how using the authentic and universal imagery of archetypes helps to put confidence behind your message as well as filter your audience to make you almost irresistible to your perfect clients. Come learn a bit about archetypes, and yourself as a business owner, with a fun and interactive workshop where you will leave with new insights, goals and also friends.

Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars
Location:Community Room
Categories:Film Showing, One-Time Events

Placeholder imageThe Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars presents a free screening.

COINTELPRO may not be a well-understood acronym but its meaning and continuing impact are absolutely central to understanding the government’s wars and repression against progressive movements. COINTELPRO represents the state’s strategy to prevent movements and communities from overturning white supremacy and creating racial justice. COINTELPRO is both a formal program of the FBI and a term frequently used to describe a conspiracy among government agencies—local, state, and federal—to destroy movements for self-determination and liberation for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous struggles, as well as mount an institutionalized attack against allies of these movements and other progressive organizations.

COINTELPRO 101 is a 56-minute educational film that will open the door to understanding this history. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the basics and direct them to other resources where they can learn more. The intended audiences are the generations that did not experience the social justice movements of the sixties and seventies.