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!

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Tuesday, November 28 at 5:00 pm

Artist of the Month: Mark Chester

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape
Photographs of New Americans

Clemens Kalischer, Photographer, Germany

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape–Photographs of New Americans will be on view in the Library’s lobby gallery throughout the month of November. A reception with photographer Mark Chester will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

This exhibit of inspirational portraits, presented by nationally known professional photographer Mark Chester, offers a moving display of more than 400 newly naturalized U.S. citizens who hail from over 190 of the 196 countries and territories around the globe and are now residents of the Commonwealth.

Artist’s statement: “In youth my penchant to discover places and people began, National Geographic, my
guide; for 40 years with wanderlust and curiosity I covered the continents photographing cultural landscapes.  I’ve come full circle—traveling the world not leaving the state.  The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, supporting MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant Refugee Advocacy Coalition) is a collection of informal, environmental portraits of ethnic diversity in Massachusetts.  400-plus photographs that represent over 180 countries are touring the state; a companion book for donation to schools and libraries will bring awareness to our cultural diversity: subjects of various stations, foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens residing in the Commonwealth.  Prompted by the 2010 Census, the seed was planted earlier on assignment at Ellis Island for a 1978 essay by mentor Charles Kuralt.  Unlike my candid street photography, this is a straightforward approach: individuals looking into the camera, telling stories through expression, place and pose.”

About the artist: Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since 1972. He was director of photography and staff photographer at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, in New York City.  His photographs are in the permanent collections of the museums in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Cape Cod, Denver, Portland (Maine), San Francisco and Washington, DC, among other communities across the country.

Chester created, produced and photographed the book, No In America (Taylor, 1986), a tongue-in-cheek collection of photographs of “No” signs.  Previously, he photographed Charles Kuralt’s book, Dateline America (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979). His most recent book, the award-winning Twosomes (Un-Gyve Press), was released in 2011, and the touring exhibits of photographs from the book continue to travel the globe.

Friday, December 1 at 5:00 pm

Readings Around the Hearth

hearth2Gather ’round to hear classic stories of the season.  This event is free and open to the public, and offered in support of the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.


A 28th Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Event.

Tuesday, December 5 at 5:00 pm

Fall Films at Five: A Spielberg Sampler

The Library is pleased to offer another monthly film series, beginning September 5, 2017.  Four fabulous films from Director Steven Spielberg 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.

The final film in our fall series will be Bridge of Spies (2015), starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda.  During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.  Mark Rylance won an Oscar for his Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

Thursday, December 7 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 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, December 7, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.  This month’s featured title will be Appetizers!: Good Housekeeping Favorite Recipes.

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.

Friday, December 8 at 5:00 pm

Artists of the Month: Berkshire Waldorf High School

This month, the Library is pleased to feature artwork by Berkshire Waldforf High School students.

Entitled Self Portrait Mandalas, this project is comprised of a series of 3′ x 4.5′ flags as well as some preliminary drawings on paper and canvas.  23 Waldorf High School students participated in the Mandala Self-Portrait project in Ms. Brossard’s art class.

Mandala is a sanskrit word meaning “circle.” But it is more than a shape.The mandala appears in most cultures, across all continents and epochs. The mandala represents wholeness and is considered by many to represent the basic structure of life — from our cells, to our world, to the cosmos itself.

Using a variety of techniques and mediums, students designed mandalas with the intention to represent themselves. They studied the international history and usage of the mandala, as well as contemporary public art, and concepts of symbolism in order to contextualize and visualize their own project. The result is a series of large beautiful self portraits, meant to be exhibited in a public space in order to celebrate creativity and connection in our community.

This exhibit will be on display on the Library’s mezzanine and in the lobby art gallery throughout the month of December.  A reception with the artists will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 14 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book, Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin.  Copies available at the main desk.

The book club generally meets at 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.  New members always welcome – even if you haven’t read the book!