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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Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Wendy Mnookin

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry:
Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Wendy Mnookin on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.  To join the Zoom Meeting,  CLICK HERE.

Wendy Mnookin received her BA from Radcliffe College and her MFA in Writing from Vermont College. She has received a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a book prize from the New England Poetry Club. Her poems have been featured on Poetry Daily and The Writer’s Almanac.

Mnookin has taught poetry at Emerson College, Boston College, Grub Street–a writing center in Boston–as well as at various writing workshops. Her most recent book is Dinner with Emerson, from Tiger Bark Press. Her other books are The Moon Makes Its Own Plea, What He Took, and To Get Here, all from BOA Editions, and Guenever Speaks, a collection of persona poems. Wendy lives with her husband in Newton, Massachusetts, where they raised their three children. You can find out more about her work at www.wendymnookin.com.

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Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00 am

Stockbridge Writers Meet Virtually

The Stockbridge Library invites writers and would-be-writers to take a leap into creative and skillful writing! The Stockbridge Writers will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays through the end of August from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.  All writing levels welcome!

Led by Stockbridge resident Ramelle Pulitzer, MEd., writing sessions will gently follow the outline set in the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Ramelle writes on a regular basis for her website New View Tours. She looks forward to coordinating and leading a group of like-minded writers ready to explore writing practice as a way to improve and enjoy expressing oneself.

Meeting ID: 951 2218 7369
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Tuesday, July 21 at 2:00 pm

Introduction to Immunology: How It Can Provide Protection but also Drive Diseases with Dr. Leonard Sigal

Introduction to Immunology:
How It Can Provide Protection but also Drive Diseases with Dr. Leonard Sigal

Tuesdays
June 30 – July 28, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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The Stockbridge Library invites you to Introduction to Immunology.  This five-week series will be given by Dr. Leonard Sigal and will discuss immunology and how it can provide protection but also drive diseases.  This program will be held virtually through Zoom.

Dr. Leonard Sigal has been a full-time resident of Stockbridge since returning to the Berkshires in 2015. He is a rheumatologist and clinical immunologist, seeing patients at Berkshire Health Systems in Pittsfield two days a week, a consultant in drug development, a neophyte golfer, and, above all else, an avid reader.

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Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring P. Scott Cunninham

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry:
Medicine for the Soul featuring poet P. Scott Cunningham on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.  To join the Zoom Meeting,  click here 

Scott Cunningham is a poet and essayist originally from Boca Raton, FL. He is the author of Ya Te Veo (University of Arkansas Press, 2018), selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Series. His work has appeared in The Awl, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, POETRY, A Public Space, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Monocle, RHINO, The Guardian, PANK, Electric Literature, and others. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he is the founder and director of O, Miami, a non-profit organization that celebrates Miami, FL through the lens of poetry, and the co-founder & executive editor of Jai-Alai Books, a regional publishing imprint. Named one of “20 Under 40 Emerging South Florida Leaders” by The Miami Herald and one of 51 “brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America’s future” by Fast Company, he lives in Miami with his wife, Christina, and his daughters, Ada and Frankie.

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Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring P. Scott Cunningham

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet P. Scott Cunningham on Wednesday, June 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.  To join the Zoom Meeting,  click here.

Scott Cunningham is a poet and essayist originally from Boca Raton, FL. He is the author of Ya Te Veo (University of Arkansas Press, 2018), selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Series. His work has appeared in The Awl, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, POETRY, A Public Space, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Monocle, RHINO, The Guardian, PANK, Electric Literature, and others. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he is the founder and director of O, Miami, a non-profit organization that celebrates Miami, FL through the lens of poetry, and the co-founder & executive editor of Jai-Alai Books, a regional publishing imprint. Named one of “20 Under 40 Emerging South Florida Leaders” by The Miami Herald and one of 51 “brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America’s future” by Fast Company, he lives in Miami with his wife, Christina, and his daughters, Ada and Frankie.

Our highlighted poet will recite a number of poems and provide insight into one or several of the poems, immediately followed by a question and answer session. The online poetry event will last one hour.

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Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 pm

Alison Larkin – Bringing Back the Classics on Audiobook

Join us as we welcome Alison Larkin – Bringing back the classics on audiobook, on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

We present British comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator, and bestselling author of The English American Alison Larkin. Raised in England and Africa by loving adoptive parents, when Alison learned her birth parents were from the American South she moved to New York and became a stand-up comic because what else do you do? She wrote The English American, a bestselling autobiographical novel on the subject, appeared on Broadway and has since narrated over 200 audiobooks, including The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, all of which were recorded in the Berkshires. Hailed by The Times as “Hugely entertaining,” Alison will talk about her journey to and from America and her recent audiobook releases, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, both of which received AudioFile Earphones award for excellence. For more info visit www.alisonlarkinpresents.com.

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Saturday, July 25 at 4:00 pm

ON THE TOWN: History Walks Around a Neighborhood -Prospect Hill Road, above the Turnpike

ON THE TOWN: History Walks Around a Neighborhood – Prospect Hill Road, above the Turnpike

This summer, Museum & Archives volunteers will be leading walking tours, pandemic numbers permitting. Following safety guidelines for Covid 19, we will require registration in advance, limit the number of participants, and provide technology that will allow for social distancing. If you care to join us send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the M&A at 413-298-8190 with your name and contact information to register.

Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 4 p.m., Church Street

Saturday, September 19, 2020, time TBA, Elm Street from 1862


Tuesday, July 28 at 10:00 am

Stockbridge Writers Meet Virtually

The Stockbridge Library invites writers and would-be-writers to take a leap into creative and skillful writing! The Stockbridge Writers will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays through the end of August from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.  All writing levels welcome!

Led by Stockbridge resident Ramelle Pulitzer, MEd., writing sessions will gently follow the outline set in the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Ramelle writes on a regular basis for her website New View Tours. She looks forward to coordinating and leading a group of like-minded writers ready to explore writing practice as a way to improve and enjoy expressing oneself.

Meeting ID: 951 2218 7369
Password: 613188


Tuesday, July 28 at 2:00 pm

Introduction to Immunology: How It Can Provide Protection but also Drive Diseases with Dr. Leonard Sigal

Introduction to Immunology:
How It Can Provide Protection but also Drive Diseases with Dr. Leonard Sigal

Tuesdays
June 30 – July 28, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE ZOOM MEETING

The Stockbridge Library invites you to Introduction to Immunology.  This five-week series will be given by Dr. Leonard Sigal and will discuss immunology and how it can provide protection but also drive diseases.  This program will be held virtually through Zoom.

Dr. Leonard Sigal has been a full-time resident of Stockbridge since returning to the Berkshires in 2015. He is a rheumatologist and clinical immunologist, seeing patients at Berkshire Health Systems in Pittsfield two days a week, a consultant in drug development, a neophyte golfer, and, above all else, an avid reader.

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Tuesday, July 28 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Farm to Table Cookbook with Rob & Elisa Bildner

Join us for a presentation of The Berkshire Farm to Table Cookbook with Rob & Elisa Bildner.

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For the last four years, Robert and Elisa have been working on a cookbook that pays tribute to the farmers and farm-to-table chefs of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, including neighboring New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, an area where they have lived part-time for over 35 years. Their book, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook, was published May 19th by The Countryman Press/W. W. Norton & Company. Who could have foreseen when they began this journey, that the book’s mission, increasing awareness of the health and environmental benefits of buying from local farmers, would be more important than ever when it came out? We are all scrambling to maintain our well-being during a time when our food options become more limited.

In The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook, we meet farmers and chefs through personal profiles, striking photographs and kitchen-tested, homegrown recipes—125 in all. More than ever, during this crisis we need to support these hard-working, dedicated and principled people.


Wednesday, July 29 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Jessica Laser and Kendra Allen

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poets Jessica Laser and Kendra Allen on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.
To join the Zoom Meeting,  click here 
More details to follow.

Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am

Stockbridge Writers Meet Virtually

The Stockbridge Library invites writers and would-be-writers to take a leap into creative and skillful writing! The Stockbridge Writers will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays through the end of August from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.  All writing levels welcome!

Led by Stockbridge resident Ramelle Pulitzer, MEd., writing sessions will gently follow the outline set in the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Ramelle writes on a regular basis for her website New View Tours. She looks forward to coordinating and leading a group of like-minded writers ready to explore writing practice as a way to improve and enjoy expressing oneself.

Meeting ID: 951 2218 7369
Password: 613188


Thursday, August 6 at 12:00 pm

Virtual Cookbook Club

Join us for our virtual cookbook club on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at noon.

More details to follow.

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Tuesday, August 11 at 10:00 am

Stockbridge Writers Meet Virtually

The Stockbridge Library invites writers and would-be-writers to take a leap into creative and skillful writing! The Stockbridge Writers will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays through the end of August from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.  All writing levels welcome!

Led by Stockbridge resident Ramelle Pulitzer, MEd., writing sessions will gently follow the outline set in the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Ramelle writes on a regular basis for her website New View Tours. She looks forward to coordinating and leading a group of like-minded writers ready to explore writing practice as a way to improve and enjoy expressing oneself.

Meeting ID: 951 2218 7369
Password: 613188


Thursday, August 13 at 2:00 pm

Virtual Book Club

The Stockbridge Library invites you to join us for our monthly book club on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.  This month’s selection will be No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg.

Please call the library to reserve your copy.

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Topic: Virtual Book Club
Time: Aug 13, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Saturday, August 15 at 4:00 pm

ON THE TOWN – History Walks Around a Neighborhood – Church Street

ON THE TOWN: History Walks Around a Neighborhood – Church Street

This summer, Museum & Archives volunteers will be leading walking tours, pandemic numbers permitting. Following safety guidelines for Covid 19, we will require registration in advance, limit the number of participants, and provide technology that will allow for social distancing. If you care to join us send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the M&A at 413-298-8190 with your name and contact information to register.

Saturday, September 19, 2020, time TBA, Elm Street from 1862


Tuesday, August 18 at 10:00 am

Stockbridge Writers Meet Virtually

The Stockbridge Library invites writers and would-be-writers to take a leap into creative and skillful writing! The Stockbridge Writers will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays through the end of August from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.  All writing levels welcome!

Led by Stockbridge resident Ramelle Pulitzer, MEd., writing sessions will gently follow the outline set in the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Ramelle writes on a regular basis for her website New View Tours. She looks forward to coordinating and leading a group of like-minded writers ready to explore writing practice as a way to improve and enjoy expressing oneself.

Meeting ID: 951 2218 7369
Password: 613188


Tuesday, August 25 at 10:00 am

Stockbridge Writers meet Virtually

The Stockbridge Library invites writers and would-be-writers to take a leap into creative and skillful writing! The Stockbridge Writers will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays through the end of August from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.  All writing levels welcome!

Led by Stockbridge resident Ramelle Pulitzer, MEd., writing sessions will gently follow the outline set in the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Ramelle writes on a regular basis for her website New View Tours. She looks forward to coordinating and leading a group of like-minded writers ready to explore writing practice as a way to improve and enjoy expressing oneself.

Meeting ID: 951 2218 7369
Password: 613188


Saturday, September 19 at 4:00 pm

ON THE TOWN – History Walks Around a Neighborhood – Elm Street from 1862

ON THE TOWN: History Walks Around a Neighborhood – Elm Street from 1862

This summer, Museum & Archives volunteers will be leading walking tours, pandemic numbers permitting. Following safety guidelines for Covid 19, we will require registration in advance, limit the number of participants, and provide technology that will allow for social distancing. If you care to join us send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the M&A at 413-298-8190 with your name and contact information to register.

Saturday, September 19, 2020, time TBA


Tuesday, September 22 at 8:00 am

Stockbridge Library 2020 Golf & Tennis Tournament

Stay tuned for more information!


Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 pm

World Premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Music for String Quartet”

Join us for a benefit concert to feature the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Music for String Quartet” this fall at the Linde Center at Tanglewood. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.

The concert also will include Bernstein’s rarely performed “Piano Trio” (for violin, cello and piano), “Elegies” for violin and viola by Bernstein’s close friend and colleague Aaron Copland, Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor K. 478, and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat, op. 44.
Bernstein wrote “Music for String Quartet” in 1936 at the age of 18. He asked an established quartet of young musicians in the Boston area to play through the piece, then gave the manuscript to the group’s first violinist Stanley Benson, who later served as a long-time violinist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Benson and his wife Clara, also a violinist, held onto the piece for more than 50 years, but it has never been performed publicly.
The Bernstein family’s publishing company, Amberson, has authorized this world premiere performance of the piece.
Bernstein’s “Music for String Quartet” will be performed by a stellar ensemble of musicians: Malcolm Lowe, violinist and recently retired concertmaster of the BSO; Natalie Rose Kress, a Washington, D.C.-based violinist currently studying at The Juilliard School; violist Daniel Kim, who holds the Lois and Harlan Anderson chair at the BSO; Ronald Feldman, retired BSO cellist who now is music director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston and the Berkshire Symphony at Williams College; and pianist Melvin Chen, who is Deputy Dean of the Yale Music School and director of Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Retired BSO Librarian John Perkel arranged to have the piece premiered as the centerpiece of the April 24, 2021 concert.  He said: “Ever since the approach of the Leonard Bernstein Centennial, I was determined to make this amazing event a reality. When I finally received the authorization to perform the Bernstein string quartet, I went into action and engaged these fine musicians and chose repertoire closely associated with Bernstein.”
According to Library Director Wendy Pearson, “We are delighted to host this world premiere as a benefit to fund cultural programming and community events for the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.”
The concert will be held at Studio E in Tanglewood’s Linde Center and will be followed by a dessert reception at the adjacent Cindy’s Café.