Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program!

It’s time for our annual summer reading program! And guess what? It’s not just for kids anymore! This year we have three separate summer reading programs.

Our first is for children up to age 12. Come into the library to sign up and get a free goody bag and reading log. For every 20 minutes of reading, color in a circle on the log until you reach each of the three goals. When you reach a goal, come into the library and get a prize! While you’re here, check out our rock ‘n roll photobooth and get your picture taken!

We also have brand new programs for teens aged 13-18 and for adults 18+. Come in for a summer reading Bingo card to fill out. For each row you complete, you get entered into a raffle! If you complete the entire card by August 27th, you get a prize!

Tie Dye T-Shirt Day!

Tie Die Colors

Do you want to make your very own t-shirt? You can! Just sign up at the library or on Facebook and let us know your t-shirt size. We take care of the rest — you just show up and get creative! This event is for children ages 2-15, is limited to 25 children and is sponsored by the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library, Inc. It will be held on Wednesday, July 25th from 4:30-5:15pm.

Overflow parking is at the Town Hall Annex or bottom of the Congregational Church lawn. Please do not block or park in the neighboring driveway.

Ice Cream Story Hour

Ice Cream Sundaes
In honor of National Ice Cream Day (which is on Sunday, July 15th) we are hosting a special ice cream story hour with Bonnie on Wednesday, July 18th from 4-4:45pm! This event is limited to 15 participants ages 3-10. Please call the library at 245-3518 or sign-up on Facebook. We will be sampling home made ice cream and making sundaes! If our parking lot is full, please park next door at the Town Hall Annex.

Ukulele Workshop

Ukuleles

Join us for a Ukelele Workshop at the library on June 7th from 6 – 7pm.  You can bring a ukulele or borrow one at the show. This show is for patrons aged 10 and older and is limited to 15 participants – call the Library at 245-3518 to reserve a spot or sign-up here on Facebook.

You can play and sing along to pop, rock ’n’ roll, children’s songs & more and learn about ukulele types and playing techniques. This event is led by teacher/musician/comedian Dave M.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brimfield
Cultural Council.

Happy Birthday Toto!

Toto illustration

Join us for a visit with one of the most famous creatures in Brimfield — TOTO!! On June 2nd from 10:30am – 11:30am, our very own tornado kitten (cat) is coming with his very own special person (Jonathan) to read us Toto’s book(s) and celebrate Toto’s birthday. Come take your picture with Toto and bring a cat related item (food, snacks, toys) to donate to ‘Here Today Adopted Tomorrow’ in honor of Toto’s 7th birthday! This event is free for folks of all ages. Space is limited to 25 participants so please sign-up here or by calling the library at 245-3518. Overflow parking is at the Town Hall Annex if the parking lot is full, please do not park in the neighbor’s driveway next door.

Babysitter Training Course

Baby

We are holding a 2-day Babysitter Training Course on Thursday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th. This course is for children aged 11+, and space is limited to 15 particpants. You  must commit to both sessions.

Topics to be covered:
-Babysitting I, Safety- Police and Fire Department officials will discuss phone etiquette, dealing with strangers, responding to fires and other safety related issues.

-Babysitting II- Practice basic first-aid. Covers minor injuries, choking, cuts, bruises, poisoning and how to make a first-aid kit.

-Babysitting III- Discuss what activities are appropriate for certain ages, the Seven Principles of Discipline and common behavioral issues. Also includes “how to entertain” children and the business aspect of babysitting.

-Babysitting IV- Learn what foods are appropriate and how to feed a newborn, infant, toddler and pre-schooler. Thinking “safety first” you will discuss food preparation, servings, allergies and how to make nutritious snacks.

This class is made possible thanks to the 4-H Youth Development Program, UMASS Extension

Please call the library to register 413-245-3518 or message us on Facebook.

Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wondrous Water Lilies

Monet Water Lillies

Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack returns to the Brimfield Public Library from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th to present his new adult workshop titled, “Monet’s Wondrous Water Lilies.” This fun pastel painting workshop is designed for patrons from beginners to experienced artists.

Participants will experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. All materials will be provided, and everyone who attends will get to take home his/her artwork.

Maichack is an experienced professional at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils.

Seating is limited, so registration is required. Call 413-245-3518 or sign-up on Facebook! There is no charge to attend. This event is for particpants aged 15 and older.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brimfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Funding was also provided by the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library, Inc.

Bunny Story Hour with Bonnie

Rabbit
Join us for a bunny story hour with Bonnie on Wednesday, May 25th, from 4:15pm – 5pm! This event is limited to 12 participants ages 3-10. Please call the library at 245-3518 or sign-up on Facebook. If our parking lot is full, please park next door at the Town Hall Annex.

Seed Saving Program

Seed Packets

Guess what we are doing at the BPL?! A Seed Saving Program! All you have to do is come in take out a few seed varieties, plant them, cultivate them, enjoy the fruits of your labor and at the end of the season harvest the seeds and return them to the library for others to use next year. Who’s interested?!

Easter Story Hour with Joanie

Easter picture books and Easter egg craft
Join us for a special Easter story hour with Joanie on March 28th from 4:15pm – 5pm! We will be reading Easter books and making sparkly eggs to take home. This event is limited to 12 participants ages 3-10. Please call the library at 245-3518 or sign-up on Facebook. If our parking lot is full, please park next door at the Town Hall Annex.