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   Friday, February 28, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CFCE Baby and Me
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   (413) 536-0363

Drop in baby group 0-2 years of age. Free breakfast and parent social.




   Saturday, February 29, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Going Paperless: Digitizing your Genealogical Research
Event Location:
Contact: Eileen Crosby   4134208107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org

Digitizing years of genealogical research documents, notes and research logs may seem like a daunting task, but advances in technology make going digital easier than ever. Learn how using various electronic devices, as well as mobile apps, metadata and tagging, to digitize your existing files and work paperless in the future can help you become a more effective, efficient and organized genealogist. 

We have invited nationally-known genealogist and workshop leader Melissa Johnson to come to the Holyoke Public Library to conduct this live, interactive webinar. Limit 30. 

Please pre-register by calling (413) 420-8107. 

Melissa A. Johnson is a Certified Genealogist® specializing in genealogical research, lecturing, writing, editing and publishing. She focuses on forensic genealogy research, including locating missing heirs and providing due diligence in cases with legal implications. She also lectures on genealogical topics and is a frequent lecturer at historical and genealogical societies throughout New Jersey and the northeast.




11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Learn Origami for Teens
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact:    

Drop by and learn some beginner-friendly origami! For teens aged 13-18. Supplies and instruction provided.




   Monday, March 2, 2020
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday Night Arts & Crafts for Teens: Button Making
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact:    

Come hang out in the Teen Room and make some buttons to add to your jackets, bags, and hats! Art Supplies provided, limit 3 buttons each- Free of cost!




5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
CFCE Story Time and Art
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   413-536-0363

Join us for a fun, interactive literacy event designed to engage children and adult audiences in stories and arts.





   Tuesday, March 3, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Story Time
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Nathan   413-420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Children are invited to come hear several stories, play games and meet new friends.




   Wednesday, March 4, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Using RootsMagic Family Tree Software
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   4134208107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org

In this three-part class (March 4, 11, 18), Hillary Schau will introduce participants to RootsMagic, a powerful family tree software program that allows you to build your family tree and organize your family history records, securely, on your own computer.  

By pre-registration only.  Limit 12. Call (413) 420-8107.  Due to limited space, we ask pre-registrants to commit to all three classes.  For those who cannot, Hillary will be offering drop-in genealogy sessions at the Library in the spring and will be happy to help new users of RootsMagic during these sessions. Watch for an announcement.  

Workshop leader Hillary Schau is a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society. 




   Thursday, March 5, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pokemon Club
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

Pokemon Club is an event for Pokemon fans- play the card game, Pokemon Go, battle and trade with your friends, or just nerd out about everyone's favorite franchise! This event is family friendly (kids, teens and their families are welcome to attend) and will happen every Thursday from 4-5pm in the Children's Activity Room. Children under 10 will need adult supervision.





   Friday, March 6, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CFCE Baby and Me
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   (413) 536-0363

Drop in baby group 0-2 years of age. Free breakfast and parent social.




   Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Story Time
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Nathan   413-420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Children are invited to come hear several stories, play games and meet new friends.




2:00 PM -
Poetry by Dan Shanahan
Event Location: 250 Chestnut St
Contact: Nancy Kocsmierksy   413-420-8109
nancy@holyokelibrary.org

Everyone is welcome to come hear Dan Shanahan perform selections from his new book of Holyoke poetry:  

The Ground We Stand On
 
Poems 
 
Character of the Landscape
&
Landscape of Characters

 

 

 

"A library is a kind of ship               embarked on a sea of curiosity

Stored in its hold              the cargo of the world’s language

Hauled to the port of each generation"

 

 

Come hear this popular local poet share his poems and stories, including memories from the 1960's when he found this library a safe haven from grief. 

This event starts at 2:00 pm in the Library Community Room. 




   Monday, March 9, 2020
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday Night Arts & Crafts for Teens: Friendship Bracelets
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact:    

Come make friendship bracelets in the Teen Room! Supplies provided! Teens 13-18 welcome to attend.




5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
CFCE Story Time and Art
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   413-536-0363

Join us for a fun, interactive literacy event designed to engage children and adult audiences in stories and arts.





   Tuesday, March 10, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Time
Event Location: Children's Activity Room
Contact: Nathan   (413) 420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Hour

With a focus on inclusion and acceptance, Mr. Pickle and other drag performers will read relevant books to children who would enjoy a story.  Juice boxes and prepackaged snacks will be provided. Other activities include dressing up, singing and dancing, and other family friendly fun.
This event is FREE, FUN and LIMITED seats available!

Mr. Pickle promises a “safe place for all children to express themselves creatively.''

Mr. Pickle is local drag performer, and Holyoke resident, Danielle Pikul. She began “Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Hour” as a way to show children that with compassion, education, and a little exposure, acceptance and inclusion become second nature.  Each story hour will feature a guest from the local drag community.  If any performer is interested in being a guest of Mr. Pickle, please email pickledpikul@gmail.com

 




   Wednesday, March 11, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Walk-In Craft
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Nathan   413-420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Children are invited to come and craft until their heart's content. Supplies are provided, just bring your imagination.
 




4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Using RootsMagic Family Tree Software
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   4134208107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org

In this three-part class (March 4, 11, 18), Hillary Schau will introduce participants to RootsMagic, a powerful family tree software program that allows you to build your family tree and organize your family history records, securely, on your own computer.  

By pre-registration only.  Limit 12. Call (413) 420-8107. Due to limited space, we ask pre-registrants to commit to all three classes.  For those who cannot, Hillary will be offering drop-in genealogy sessions at the Library in the spring and will be happy to help new users of RootsMagic during these sessions. Watch for an announcement.  

Workshop leader Hillary Schau is a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society. 




   Thursday, March 12, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Story Time
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Nathan   413-420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Children are invited to come hear several stories, play games and meet new friends.




4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tapestry Presents: Sex and Relationship Mythbusting for Teens
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact:    

Tapestry Presents: Sex and Relationship Mythbusting for Teens!

Ask in person or submit anonymous questions about sexual health, relationships, bodies, or gender and have them answered by a local health expert. 

This Q&A facilitates discussion and empowers youth to understand their bodies and themselves!

For teens 13-18.




4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pokemon Club
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

Pokemon Club is an event for Pokemon fans- play the card game, Pokemon Go, battle and trade with your friends, or just nerd out about everyone's favorite franchise! This event is family friendly (kids, teens and their families are welcome to attend) and will happen every Thursday from 4-5pm in the Children's Activity Room. Children under 10 will need adult supervision.





   Friday, March 13, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CFCE Baby and Me
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   (413) 536-0363

Drop in baby group 0-2 years of age. Free breakfast and parent social.




   Saturday, March 14, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Teen Advisory Board Info Meeting
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact:    
vwhite@holyokelibrary.org

Want to know more about joining the Teen Advisory Board? Last year, the board helped plan and execute tons of exciting programs, activities, and projects for the teen room and made a huge difference for the teens of the Holyoke Library. We are seeking new members and holding a commitment-free, informational meeting on Saturday, March 14 at 1pm so you can learn more about how you can be a community contributor. All teens 13-18 welcome. Drop by the Teen Room for snacks and info!




   Monday, March 16, 2020
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday Arts & Crafts for Teens: Cupcake Wars!
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact: Veronica White   413-420-8119 x27
vwhite@holyokelibrary.org




5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Awesome Mother Goose
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   413-536-0363

Join us as Mary Jo Maichack plays Mother Goose in a fun and funny show of sweet nursery rhymes and tunes. Come for pizza at 5:00pm and watch the show starting at at 5:30pm.




   Tuesday, March 17, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Make & Take Tuesdays: St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hats
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

Come to our weekly drop-in craft night, happening 4-6PM in the Children's Activities Room!

This week we'll be making St. Patrick's Day leprechaun hats!




6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Kildare Pooka
Event Location:
Contact: Maria G. Pagan   413-420-8101
library@holyoke.org

Meet a horse who washes dishes for the kitchen boy, people who are sick of eating potatoes, a dream house, leprechauns and lilting tunes such as "Molly Malone" in this lively show for families. With performer Mary Jo Maichack.




   Wednesday, March 18, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Using RootsMagic Family Tree Software
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   4134208107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org

In this three-part class (March 4, 11, 18), Hillary Schau will introduce participants to RootsMagic, a powerful family tree software program that allows you to build your family tree and organize your family history records, securely, on your own computer.  

By pre-registration only.  Limit 12.  Call (413) 420-8107. Due to limited space, we ask pre-registrants to commit to all three classes.  For those who cannot, Hillary will be offering drop-in genealogy sessions at the Library in the spring and will be happy to help new users of RootsMagic during these sessions.  Watch for an announcement.  

Workshop leader Hillary Schau is a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society. 




6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Mystery Night for Kids
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

A valuable book has been stolen from the Holyoke Public Library and now it’s up to you to help us solve the crime! Join us on Wednesday, March 18th from 6-7:30PM in the Children’s Room to find clues, collect evidence, and unravel the ultimate library mystery. Will you be the one to crack the case?

This event is open to students in grades 4-6 and we ask that all children under 10 are accompanied by an adult. For more information please contact Charlie at cpope@holyokelibrary.org. We hope to see you there!

 



   Thursday, March 19, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Story Time
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Nathan   413-420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Children are invited to come hear several stories, play games and meet new friends.




4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pokemon Club
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

Pokemon Club is an event for Pokemon fans- play the card game, Pokemon Go, battle and trade with your friends, or just nerd out about everyone's favorite franchise! This event is family friendly (kids, teens and their families are welcome to attend) and will happen every Thursday from 4-5pm in the Children's Activity Room. Children under 10 will need adult supervision.





6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
New England Legends
Event Location:
Contact: Maria G. Pagan   413-420-8101
library@holyoke.org

New England Legends offers a tour of haunts, monsters, aliens, and weird history from our region. Based on Jeff’s popular weekly podcast and his Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and Amazon Prime, the program presents highlights from his own adventures, his work, and the stories that make New England a place like no other.

For over 20 years, Jeff Belanger has been exploring the unexplained. He seeks out history, folklore, ghosts, monsters, and legends all over the world and in your backyard. Belanger’s presentation will delve into the reasons behind the legends.




   Friday, March 20, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CFCE Baby and Me
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   (413) 536-0363

Drop in baby group 0-2 years of age. Free breakfast and parent social.




   Monday, March 23, 2020
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
CFCE Story Time and Art
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   413-536-0363

Join us for a fun, interactive literacy event designed to engage children and adult audiences in stories and arts.





   Tuesday, March 24, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Time
Event Location: Children's Activity Room
Contact: Nathan   (413) 420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Hour

With a focus on inclusion and acceptance, Mr. Pickle and other drag performers will read relevant books to children who would enjoy a story.  Juice boxes and prepackaged snacks will be provided. Other activities include dressing up, singing and dancing, and other family friendly fun.
This event is FREE, FUN and LIMITED seats available!

Mr. Pickle promises a “safe place for all children to express themselves creatively.''

Mr. Pickle is local drag performer, and Holyoke resident, Danielle Pikul. She began “Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Hour” as a way to show children that with compassion, education, and a little exposure, acceptance and inclusion become second nature.  Each story hour will feature a guest from the local drag community.  If any performer is interested in being a guest of Mr. Pickle, please email pickledpikul@gmail.com

 




4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Make & Take Tuesdays
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

Drop-in craft nights every Tuesday for children of all ages and their families. This week we will be making Art Alien Invasion.




6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bookworm Book Club
Event Location: Children's Activity Room
Contact: Charlie Pope   (413) 420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

The Holyoke Public Library's Bookworm Book Club is a group for children in grades 3-5 and their parents/guardians. We will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month to talk about our book of the month and have some snacks.

This month's book is Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall. Pick up your copy at the circulation desk in the Children's Room.




   Wednesday, March 25, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Storycatchers Book Club
Event Location: Children's Activity Room
Contact: Charlie Pope   (413) 420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

The Storycatchers Book Club is a brand new book club for kids in sixth and seventh grade where we'll have snacks and discuss this month's book, From The Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. Pick up your copy at the circulation desk in the Children's Room.




   Thursday, March 26, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Story Time
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Nathan   413-420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Children are invited to come hear several stories, play games and meet new friends.




4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pokemon Club
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

Pokemon Club is an event for Pokemon fans- play the card game, Pokemon Go, battle and trade with your friends, or just nerd out about everyone's favorite franchise! This event is family friendly (kids, teens and their families are welcome to attend) and will happen every Thursday from 4-5pm in the Children's Activity Room. Children under 10 will need adult supervision.





   Friday, March 27, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CFCE Baby and Me
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   (413) 536-0363

Drop in baby group 0-2 years of age. Free breakfast and parent social.




   Monday, March 30, 2020
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
CFCE Story Time and Art
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Maritza   413-536-0363

Join us for a fun, interactive literacy event designed to engage children and adult audiences in stories and arts.





   Tuesday, March 31, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Story Time
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Nathan   413-420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Children are invited to come hear several stories, play games and meet new friends.




4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Make & Take Tuesdays
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

Drop-in craft nights every Tuesday for children of all ages and their families. This week we will be making Puppet Pals.




6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
1620: The First Year
Event Location: Holyoke public library Community Meeting Room
Contact: Maria G. Pagan   413-420-8101
library@holyoke.org

As the 400th Anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims approaches, we are reminded of the trials and tribulations of the Pilgrims.  They came seeking religious freedom and found an untamed inhospitable wilderness fraught with innumerable dangers.  They struggled with disease and death and survived through the grace of God and with the help of the "People of the Dawn" - the Wampanoag Nation.

The first part of the talk will examine the difficult voyage over the Atlantic and the decision to land on Cape Cod rather than the intended destination; near the Hudson River.

The second part of the talk will focus the beginnings of Plymouth Colony with a short discussion on the history of "Plymouth Rock."




   Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Mini Golf and Games at the LIbrary
Event Location: Holyoke Public Library
Contact: Nancy Kocsmiersky   413-420-8109
nancy@holyokelibrary.org

Fun for the whole family!  18 "holes" of mini golf INSIDE the library -- our 5th annual Mini Golf in the Library!  

New for 2020:  a tournament of human Foosball outside the Library!

Save the date!  Details will be posted as the date approaches.




6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Margaritas and Mini Golf
Event Location: Library Community Room
Contact: Nancy Kocsmiersky   413-420-8109
nancy@holyokelibrary.org

Come party in the Community Room (bar and refreshments), and play 18 holes of Mini Golf in the Library!    Ages 21+

$20 Ticket includes 1 Margarita, appetizers, and unlimited mini golf.

Save the date for this evening party and fundraiser to benefit the library. Cash bar and a "Lucky Ticket" Auction will be available.




   Tuesday, April 7, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Make & Take Tuesdays
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

Drop-in craft nights every Tuesday for children of all ages and their families. This week we will be making Comic Books.




   Tuesday, April 14, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Time
Event Location: Children's Activity Room
Contact: Nathan   (413) 420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Hour

With a focus on inclusion and acceptance, Mr. Pickle and other drag performers will read relevant books to children who would enjoy a story.  Juice boxes and prepackaged snacks will be provided. Other activities include dressing up, singing and dancing, and other family friendly fun.
This event is FREE, FUN and LIMITED seats available!

Mr. Pickle promises a “safe place for all children to express themselves creatively.''

Mr. Pickle is local drag performer, and Holyoke resident, Danielle Pikul. She began “Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Hour” as a way to show children that with compassion, education, and a little exposure, acceptance and inclusion become second nature.  Each story hour will feature a guest from the local drag community.  If any performer is interested in being a guest of Mr. Pickle, please email pickledpikul@gmail.com

 




4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Make & Take Tuesdays
Event Location: Children's Room
Contact: Charlie   413-420-8105
cpope@holyokelibrary.org

Drop-in craft nights every Tuesday for children of all ages and their families. This week we will be making Kindness Rocks.




   Tuesday, April 28, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Time
Event Location: Children's Activity Room
Contact: Nathan   (413) 420-8105
nhayes@holyokelibrary.org

Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Hour

With a focus on inclusion and acceptance, Mr. Pickle and other drag performers will read relevant books to children who would enjoy a story.  Juice boxes and prepackaged snacks will be provided. Other activities include dressing up, singing and dancing, and other family friendly fun.
This event is FREE, FUN and LIMITED seats available!

Mr. Pickle promises a “safe place for all children to express themselves creatively.''

Mr. Pickle is local drag performer, and Holyoke resident, Danielle Pikul. She began “Mr. Pickle and Friends Story Hour” as a way to show children that with compassion, education, and a little exposure, acceptance and inclusion become second nature.  Each story hour will feature a guest from the local drag community.  If any performer is interested in being a guest of Mr. Pickle, please email pickledpikul@gmail.com