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Posted on: October 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] October Library Programs

 I hope you take some time to stop in and see what your local public library has to offer. Please remember that masks are required to enter all public buildings in South Hadley, including both libraries.

Adult Programs at SHPL

  • Zoom Program: Unsolved Mysteries in New England with Chris Daley. Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30

This one hour slideshow presentation will focus on some of the more famous unsolved mysteries in the Northeastern United States. About the Lecturer: Christopher Daley has been lecturing all over New England for over 25 years on historical topics of interest; at libraries, historical societies, schools and all sorts of clubs and organizations! Register Here:

  • Zoom Program: Monsters Legends of New England with Michael Girard. Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30

Have you ever wondered what kind of ghouls could be lurking in your own back yard? If so, join us to listen as outdoor explorer Michael Girard from Strange New England shares some of New England's most interesting monsters. While exploring the more fascinating history of New England, Michael has uncovered some extraordinary tales of strange creatures, fiends, sinister brutes, and leviathans that most people have never heard of. Sit back and enjoy a bit of Strange New England history you never hear about in school. Register Here:

  • Adult Take Home Craft. Register by Wednesday, October 20

Make a cute Acorn Sign for the fall. All materials provided.  Register Here:


  • Documentary Society:  The Edwardian Larder. Discussion Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30

Watch the documentary at home on your own time, then either come in or connect with Zoom to discuss what you thought of the documentary. Think of it as a book club, but with documentaries. From the BBC Series Timeshift: Documentary about the first mass-produced food brands focusing on Perrier water, Cadbury's Dairy Milk, Typhoo tea and Marmite. The tea-tasters of Typhoo explain how their predecessors turned a waste product into a bestseller. Chef Matthew Kay tries out some Edwardian recipes designed for vegetarian marmite fans.

Watch the documentary on YouTube at this link: .  To participate remotely, Email Adult Services Librarian Desiree Smelcer to get the zoom link or come in at 6:30 that night to talk in the Community Room.

 Youth Programs at SHPL

Ready for Halloween?  Children up to age 10 are invited to stop in and pick up our October 'Take & Make' craft which will be Halloween Bookmarks.  Kids will be able to choose from three different styles.  Craft bags are available in the Children's Room from the 1st through the 21st or while supplies last. 

Chess Club for Kids & Teens continues in October on the 5th, 12th, and 19th.  Sessions are held in the Storytime/Craft Room  from 4:00 to 5:30.  Children in grade 3 and below need to be accompanied by an adult.  While there is usually space the day of each session, register in advance to secure your spot.  If space permits we welcome adults to join us too.

Outdoor Storytime will continue through the month of October.  Join us on Monday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 on the library lawn for a selection of picture books followed by outdoor fun geared especially for kids.  If it rains we bring it indoors into the Storytime/Craft Room located in the Children's Room.

Teen Programs at SHPL

  • Teen Takeaways- All Month. Our Teen Takeaways happen every month. For teens ages 11 through High School, sign up once and receive a new Takeaway every month! Do it on your own time. No online meeting needed. 
  • Xbox1 in the Afternoon #1- Tuesday, October 12 @ 3:30. Teens ages 11 through HS come and play Xbox at the library! No sign up needed.
  • Pulled String Art- Thursday, October 21 @ 4:00. Teens come and make Pulled String Art. Ages 11 through HS. Use string and paint to create a masterpiece. No sign up needed.
  • Xbox1 in the Afternoon #2 – Thursday, October 28 @ 3:30. Teens ages 11 through HS come and play Xbox at the library! No sign up needed


Going on at Gaylord

  • Need Books Delivered? Check out our Homebound Delivery Service

The Gaylord Memorial Library continues to offer a Homebound Delivery Service to residents of South Hadley who have health or transportation issues. Books and other library materials are delivered and picked up on a monthly basis. If you, or someone you know would like to learn more and sign up for Homebound Delivery, please visit: or call 538-5047.

  •  Nature Walk with Jan Lamberg. Saturday, Oct 9, 9:15-11am

All ages welcome!! Are you ready to get outside and explore nature with others? Join us! Gaylord Memorial Library, in collaboration with Jan Lamberg, a Bi-Lingual Family Support Specialist of the Support Network, on a guided nature walk through the Mount Holyoke College campus. Jan is a master birder, lover of nature, and a plethora of knowledge. She'll be pointing out birds, plants, and other animal species seen on the walk. Please remember to bring a water bottle, sun/bug protection (hat, sunscreen, repellent, etc.), and binoculars (if you have them). We will meet at Gaylord at 9:15 and begin the walk at 9:30. Sign up to join us!


  • New! Story Stroll: Do I have to Wear a Coat?

Our final outdoor story stroll of 2021 is Do I Have to Wear a Coat? by Rachel Isadora. Each story stroll is installed on the grounds of Gaylord Memorial Library. Visitors are welcome to walk and read the story anytime. It will be up for about a month, but may be temporarily taken down for lawn maintenance or inclement weather.

  •  Outdoor Story Time with Miss Janet. Fridays mornings at 10:30 (weather permitting)

Join Miss Janet Friday mornings at 10:30 for family-friendly fun and outdoor story time. Please remember to bring a towel or blanket to sit on, as the grass may be damp in the morning. 

  •  Take + Make Kits for Teens/Adults: Choose from 8 different projects

Are you looking for a simple craft project? Our upcycled take and make craft kits are now available anytime! Choose from eight different DIY kits, like seasonal Ghost and Gratitude garland or get a head start on the holidays with our upcycled gift toppers. Each kit is made from discarded book and/or magazine pages. The supplies needed to complete each project vary, but most are basic supplies like a glue stick, stapler, tape, and scissors. Kits are available for pickup during our regular hours Thursday-Saturday. View photos, the list of projects available, and sign up here.


  • Virtual Sit and Stitch with Timna Tarr. Thursday, October 14 from 6:00-8:00

Log in and spend an evening with your crafty neighbors. Bring your portable handwork of choice - quilting, crocheting, knitting, cross-stitch etc. - and enjoy the company of fellow slow stitchers while you work on your project from the comfort of your own home. Timna Tarr is a professional quilter and South Hadley resident whose work has been in numerous exhibits, books, and magazines. Details to connect to this virtual meeting will be sent via email to registered participants. The event is limited to 8 people. Register here.


Event calendar for library programs (including registration information)

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