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ADAMS PLAYGROUP
Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Play and Learn Group at Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., is for ages walking to 5 years.

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LANESBOROUGH PLAYGROUP
Lanesborough, 10-11 a.m.
A Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall Community Room, 83 North Main St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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EVERY CHILD READY TO READ
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Help your child develop pre-reading skills that will help them be ready to read in school. This is a FREE 5-week series for families with young children that includes a literacy workshop, story time and playgroup all in one! Each family will receive picture books, a book bag and helpful information & resources.
This series is for parents/caregivers and their child(ren) ages birth through five years.
You must register for the full five-week session: Fridays March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and April 3rd, 10:30-11:30 am. Please call (413) 274-3738 or sign up at the Ramsdell Circulation Desk.
Learning to read begins at birth! This program
is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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SING-A-SONG PLAYGROUP, SESSION MARCH 6 - 27
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Join Kim Waterman for a fun Sing-A-Song Playgroup. We're limiting each 4-week session to eight families. Please register! If filled, register for the next 4-week session.* (Please register for only one session at a time.) Good for children ages 2 to 5 years with their caregiver. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.
*Sing-A-Song Playgroup is also at the Sheffield Library on Thursdays at 10-11:30, open for drop in every week.
Sponsored by Community Health Programs (CHP).


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HEALTHY COOKING FOR KIDS
Williamstown, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
"Stone Soup! Healthy Cooking for Kids & Parents" will be led by Heather Mumford, a member of Wild Oats' Prepared Foods staff and the program manager for Wild Oats’ Healthy School Lunch Program at the Pine Cobble School in Williamstown. Heather prepares healthy and delicious lunches for the kids at Pine Cobble. Stone Soup!, her class for children ages 6-11 and their parents, is aimed at getting kids involved in choosing healthy foods for cooking and eating, so that even the most finicky eater will be excited about “what’s for dinner.” The class will begin with a short tour of our store to shop for ingredients. Then Heather will take the class through the steps involved in making “Stone Soup,” giving the young participants age-appropriate tasks to help the process along. Everyone will take home a jar of prepared ingredients for making their own “stone soup” at home. Cost for this class is $5 per child (parents are free), payable at the class. Sign up in the store at Customer Service, or call us at 413-458-8060, or email marketing@wildoats.coop.

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FAMILY MOVIE, "PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR"
Great Barrington, 6:15-8:15pm

Penguins of Madagascar is a nonstop action movie/spy thriller about the four madcap penguins from the Madagascar movies. Expect lots of explosions and chase scenes -- by plane, gondola, pest control truck, etc. -- that put the penguins in frequent peril; at one point, the team fears that one of their members has been killed. The penguins are fighting a team of evil octopi that are killed in different ways. There's a bit of crude humor (a penguin is cursed with a "butt hand") and one small, mild romantic subplot, but kids who like action, the Madagascar movies, and the penguins' TV show will enjoy the movie. Plus, there are positive messages about not judging others based on their appearance, as well as loyalty and bravery under pressure. Rated PG, 92 minutes. Popcorn & drinks provided. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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FUN WITH FINE ARTS
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Looking for something to help you be creative during the winter? Come make art with us at Ramsdell! This program is good for ages 4 and up, and is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.

 


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READ TO BEAR, THE LIBRARY THERAPY DOG
Great Barrington, 11:00am-12:00pm

Read to Bear, our reading therapy dog who is huggably helpful for school-age children who want to improve their reading. This adorable dog loves kids, and loves to make people smile. Check for availability in the Children's Room at Mason. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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BLUE’S ENCHANTED ADVENTURES
Great Barrington, 12:00-12:30pm

Join us in the Ramsdell Children's Room for a story time for young children. This program is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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APRIL FOOL’S INTERGENERATIONAL PLAYSHOP WITH JEANNE BASSIS
Great Barrington, 1:00-3:00pm

Intergenerational members of our community will together create more joy, celebration and delight. Join us for some wild and wonderful playfulness - lots of fun and laughter guaranteed!

  • Creative movement
  • Non-competitive games
  • Relaxation strategies
  • Imagination

No registration required.
This program is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.

 


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MARY POPE OSBORNE
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will launch its first annual Festival Book Expo with "A Writer’s Life: An Interview with Mary Pope Osborne." Hosted by Jenny Laird, this special event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1 West St. Osborne has been writing books for young readers since 1982. While her work includes more than 50 young adult novels, picture books, retellings of myths and folklore, biographies, and mysteries, she is best known for her #1 New York Times best-selling Magic Tree House series, which has sold more than 120 million books worldwide. In this in-depth interview, Mary will share with grown-ups the joys of writing for all ages.  Tickets are available for $15 each at the festival website www.berkshirewomenwriters.org/events.

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WILLIAMSTOWN PLAYGROUP
Williamstown, 10-11:30 a.m.
Monday Play and Learn Group meets at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., for ages walking to 5 years old.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., meets for ages walking to 8 years.

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HASKINS CENTER PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Preschool Group at the Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages 2.5-5 years old.

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BRAIN BUILDERS! PLAY & LEARN PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Read, sing, play, & talk during circle time & continue with fun table time activities, combining STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) & Every Child Ready to Read. No registration required, intended for children ages baby through 5 years, with their caregiver. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details. Sponsored by South Berkshire Kids (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care), and the CHP Family Network.


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GREYLOCK APARTMENTS PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Play and Learn Group at Greylock Apartments' Community Room on Angeli Street is for ages walking to 8 years old.

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TODDLER PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Toddler Play and Learn at Haskins Center Lower level Playroom, 210 State St., is for ages 1 to 2.5 years.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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ADAMS PLAYGROUP
Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Play and Learn Group at Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., is for ages walking to 5 years.

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LANESBOROUGH PLAYGROUP
Lanesborough, 10-11 a.m.
A Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall Community Room, 83 North Main St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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WILLIAMSTOWN PLAYGROUP
Williamstown, 10-11:30 a.m.
Monday Play and Learn Group meets at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., for ages walking to 5 years old.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., meets for ages walking to 8 years.

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HASKINS CENTER PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Preschool Group at the Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages 2.5-5 years old.

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GREYLOCK APARTMENTS PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Play and Learn Group at Greylock Apartments' Community Room on Angeli Street is for ages walking to 8 years old.

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TODDLER PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Toddler Play and Learn at Haskins Center Lower level Playroom, 210 State St., is for ages 1 to 2.5 years.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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ADAMS PLAYGROUP
Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Play and Learn Group at Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., is for ages walking to 5 years.

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LANESBOROUGH PLAYGROUP
Lanesborough, 10-11 a.m.
A Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall Community Room, 83 North Main St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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CREATURE FEATURE: LIFE IN A VERNAL POOL
State, 10 a.m. - Noon
Saturday,  Bartholomew’s Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA Vernal pools are teeming with life during the month of April! They're the only places where many amphibians breed. Join us for a visit to a large vernal pool where we’ll look for egg masses of wood frogs and salamanders, fairy shrimp and fingernail clams, and learn about the ecology of this complex natural community. Come prepared to get wet and muddy! You’ll leave with pointers on how to identify – and protect – these important, but temporary, ponds in your own community. Trustees of Reservations Members: Adult/Child $5; Family $15. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $8; Family $20. Please pre-register: call 413.229.8600 or e-mail bcobble@ttor.org   
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PUPPET PLAYS
Great Barrington, 10:30 a.m.
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s Spring Puppet Series for children ages 2 to 6 returns to usher in spring, starting Feb. 28 with “The White Bird,” the story of an old couple visited by a mysterious white bird one cold winter’s night. GBRSS early childhood teachers will perform two free morning shows using their own handmade, needle-felted puppets at 10:30 and 11:30am, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main St. As spring advances, puppet plays continue with “The Straw Broom,” on Saturday, March 21, also at Matrushka, and “Little Rabbit Finds Spring,” Saturday, April 11, at 10:30am in the GBRSS Early Childhood building, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. Based on an original story by GBRSS kindergarten teacher Somer Serpe, “Little Rabbit Finds Spring” will be followed by playtime in the classroom and an opportunity for parents to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. All events are free. To learn more, call Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit gbrss.org

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