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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Thursday, December 13 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday,December 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book,  In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett.  Copies are available at the main desk.

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


Sunday, January 20 at 4:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The third concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Program information to follow.

The final concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.


Sunday, January 27 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Martin Miller on Broadcast Media and the Political Divide

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to welcome Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of New England Public Radio, to its Speaker Series on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  Miller will discuss how broadcast media and decisions made at the federal level about media have contributed to the vast political divide in our country and why non-commercial media are more important than ever.

Photo: Joyce Skowyra/NEPR

Martin Miller has been CEO and General Manager of New England Public Radio (NEPR) since 1995.  During his tenure at NEPR, its audience and annual budget have almost doubled, and the station has grown from just WFCR 88.5FM to a thirteen station network with three program services, a website, and active social media presence.

Under his leadership the station moved into state-of-the-art headquarters in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts in 2014 and re-opened the renovated Five College Studios in Hampshire House on the UMass Amherst campus in 2016.

Before coming to New England Public Radio, Martin served in a number of capacities over a ten year period for WGBH Radio.  During his career he has earned multiple awards including the prestigious Ohio State Award.

He currently serves on the board of the Board of the Springfield Central Cultural District, and he is as an SJC qualified mediator Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Miller studied trombone at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned a BFA and MFA in Music Education.


Saturday, February 23 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Brendan Mathews, Author of This Is Not a Love Song

We are pleased to welcome back author Brendan Mathews for a book reading and signing for his new short story collection, This Is Not a Love Song, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

This engrossing first story collection by rising star Brendan Mathews is packed with compelling tales such as “My Last Attempt to Explain to You What Happened with the Lion Tamer,” in which a love triangle complicates things between a lion tamer, a trapeze artist, and the strongman.  Mathews effortlessly weaves irresistible stories from a wide array of situations, as in “Airborne,” in which a couple’s obsession with a mold in their house causes them to tear it apart plank by plank.
A worker in architectural salvage trying to two-time his boss by stealing a valuable antique, a father and his sons haggling over the family business during high-stakes rounds of golf, and a widow of the Bosnian conflict recalling her husband’s demise and her dramatic escape are only a few of the warm and intimately revealed characters populating Mathews’s enchanting collection.
This Is Not a Love Song is proof positive that Mathews is every bit the expert minimalist that he was the boisterous maximalist, as each of these ten stories brings its world and its sympathetic characters to life with vivid detail, emotional precision, and winning humor.

Photo by Tricia McCormack

About the author: Brendan Mathews is the author of This Is Not a Love Song: Stories and the novel The World of Tomorrow.  A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, his fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK.  He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council,  Sustainable Arts Foundation, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the University of Virginia, where he received his MFA.  He lives with his wife and their four children in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.


Friday, March 29 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The final concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Program information to follow.

 

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.


Saturday, May 18 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Simon Winchester, Author of The Perfectionists

Details to follow.


Sunday, June 9 at 4:00 pm

Fifth Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture

Details to follow.