Adult Programs

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives presents various programs of interest throughout the year. Check the Calendar for specific topics and events. All are welcome!

Do you have a suggestion for a program that you’d like to see at the Library?  Please share your ideas with us by emailing them to email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Thursday, February 2 at 12:00 pm

Cookbook Club

Do you like to cook? Would you like a reason to learn to cook or try new recipes? Do you just want something fun and different to do at lunchtime? Then join our new cookbook club!

On the first Thursday of the month, we invite you to gather together with fellow cooks and friends for lunch, while exploring different cuisines and cookbooks from the Library’s collection.

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. This month’s featured title will be Tapas: Traditional and Contemporary Tapas Dishes.

Here’s how it will work:
1. Check the information in our enewsletter or on our website for the date of the next lunchtime meeting. You’ll also see which cookbook is going to be the source for our upcoming exploration. Typically, we’ll choose cookbooks that have interesting things to make but do not require elaborate preparations or impossible-to-find ingredients.
2. Stop in at the Library and ask for the month’s featured cookbook at the front desk. You won’t take it out; just browse at your leisure and have a look at the recipes.
3. From your browsing, choose a recipe that you’ll prepare and bring to the next Cookbook Club meeting. Copy the recipe and put a post-it on that recipe with your name (that way we won’t end up with duplicates).
Tip: choose something you’ll enjoy making—of course—but also keep in mind that the Library does not have a full kitchen, just a microwave and refrigerator. Things that can be served easily in small portions and that don’t require last minute prep will work best.
4. On the designated day, please bring your finished dish to the library with any needed serving utensils. If it is easier with your schedule, you’re welcome to drop your dish off in the meeting room, using the refrigerator if necessary.
5. If possible, also bring some plastic containers for those who may want to bring leftovers home (assuming we have leftovers!).
6. At each meeting, we’ll enjoy the shared food while also chatting about the featured cookbook and your experiences with the recipes. What would you recommend? What surprises, challenges, or need for creative adaptations did you encounter?
7. The Library will provide plates, utensils, etc. Clean-up assistance is always welcomed.
8. At the end of the meeting, we’ll survey the group for their future cookbook interests and any other suggestions.

Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.


Saturday, February 4 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Reese Erlich on the Islamic State, Assad, Russia, and the Failure of US Policy

Join us on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. for a talk by freelance foreign correspondent Reese Erlich entitled A Reporter’s Perspective: Islamic State, Assad, Russia, and the Failure of US Policy.  Based on numerous reporting trips to the region, Erlich will discuss the growth of Syrian extremist rebel groups, the status of the Assad regime, foreign intervention, and the failure of US policy. He will provide up to date analysis and what the new US president faces in one of the world’s major crises.

Reese Erlich is a Peabody winning journalist and author of Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect (Foreword by Noam Chomsky), recently out in paperback. He has written a total of five books on US foreign policy. He reports for NPR, Foreign Policy, VICE News, and The Progressive, among others.

 


Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 pm

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge

Have you ever driven down streets in Stockbridge, passed an interesting house, and wondered why it was there and who had lived in it?  This winter, on the first Tuesday evening of each month, the Stockbridge Library’s Museum & Archives will once again offer a series of programs about the interesting people who have made their homes in Stockbridge over the years.  Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge will feature current Stockbridge homeowners talking about the families who lived in their houses before them.  Each program will include stories of two existing homes, as well as one other home that has been lost over the years.

Join us on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (**please note date change) at 6:30 p.m. for the second program in our 2017 series.  Full program details to come.


Friday, February 10 at 5:45 pm

Investment Club

Join us on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. in the Stockbridge Room for a meeting of our investment club, led by retired Wall Street bond trader Jon Budish. The club will discuss current world and local economic events, personal finance, individual stocks, and retirement! All questions and comments are welcome.

If you are interested in joining the group, or if there is a  financial subject or stock you would like to discuss at the next meeting, please email Jon Budish at jemail hidden; JavaScript is required.

Jon Budish received his BA and MBA  from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He recently retired after working on Wall Street for 35 years as a bond trader.  He has been involved in many start-up companies, primarily in the medical robotic sector.  He recently started a student investment club at Monument Mountain High School in Great Barrington.  Mr. Budish lives with his wife in Stockbridge and New Jersey.


Tuesday, February 14 at 5:00 pm

Four Fabulous Food-Themed Films

The Library is pleased to launch a new monthly film series, beginning January 2017. Four fabulous food-themed films will be shown – one each month – at 5:00 p.m. in the Morris Stockbridge Room. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

This month’s featured film will be Mostly Martha (2001), an award-winning film starring Martina Geddeck, Maxime Foerste, and Serge Castellitto. When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.

Coming up:
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Eat Drink Man Woman
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Big Night


Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 pm

The Art and Business of Coffee

Come to the Library on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Lisa Landry, co-owner of No. Six Depot, talk about the intersection of art and business and how it all relates to a “beautiful cup of coffee.”  Learn more about the bean we love and this very special place nestled in the heart of West Stockbridge.

Lisa’s talk will include specifics on coffee: where it comes from, how it’s grown, how it’s processed, and how to brew it.  Two types of coffee samples will be offered for tasting.  Lisa also will give us a look at the inner workings of No. Six Depot: how they select and roast the coffee, their business model and branding, and all that goes into combining a roastery, cafe, art gallery, and event space.

For more on No. Six Depot visit: http://sixdepot.com/.


Tuesday, March 14 at 5:00 pm

Four Fabulous Food-Themed Films

The Library is pleased to launch a new monthly film series, beginning January 2017. Four fabulous food-themed films will be shown – one each month – at 5:00 p.m. in the Morris Stockbridge Room. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

This month’s featured film will be Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), directed by Ang Lee. A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

Coming up:
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Big Night


Tuesday, April 11 at 5:00 pm

Four Fabulous Food-Themed Films

The Library is pleased to launch a new monthly film series, beginning January 2017. Four fabulous food-themed films will be shown – one each month – at 5:00 p.m. in the Morris Stockbridge Room. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

This month’s featured film will be Big Night (1996), an award winning film written and directed by Stanley Tucci, starring Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, and Marc Anthony. A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.