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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Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 pm

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens adapted and read by audiobook narrator Alison Larkin -What if Scrooge were a woman?

What if Scrooge were a woman?  Join us Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. to find out!  Audiobook narrator, Alison Larkin, will read from her adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  This virtual event will be held through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

Alison Larkin – award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author of The English American is now producing top quality audiobooks under her imprint Alison Larkin Presents.


Wednesday, December 9 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Margo Stever

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Margo Stever on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

Margo Taft Stever’s poetry collections include Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019); Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019); The Lunatic Ball (Kattywompus Press, 2015); The Hudson Line (Main Street Rag, 2012); Frozen Spring (Mid-List Press First Series Award, 2002) and Reading the Night Sky (Riverstone Press Poetry Chapbook Competition, 1996). She co-authored Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to China (Zhejiang University Press, 2012). Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Verse DailyPrairie Schooner; Connecticut Review; “poem-a-day” on poets.org, Academy of American Poets; Cincinnati Review; upstreet; Plume; and Salamander. She is founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. She lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York.


Thursday, December 10 at 4:00 pm

Virtual Book Club

The Stockbridge Library invites you to join us for our monthly book club on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.  This month’s selection will be Sex, Drums, Rock ‘n’ Roll!: The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business by Kenny Aronoff.

The library has copies of the book for borrowing. Please call the library at 413.298.5501 to reserve your copy.

The book club generally meets on the second Thursday of the month.  We will be holding the book club virtually through Zoom.  We always welcome friends and new members!  We encourage you to join us even if you haven’t read the book!


Wednesday, December 16 at 1:30 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Holly Iglesias

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Steven Leyva on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

Holly Iglesias is the author of three collections of poetry— Sleeping Things; Angles of Approach; and Souvenirs of a Shrunken World—as well as a critical work, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry. Her most recent publication is a collaborative chapbook, Myth America (Anhinga Press), co-written with Maureen Seaton, Carolina Hospital and Nicole Hospital-Medina.  Holly has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami, with a focus on archival and documentary poetry. Her current project is an intergenerational memoir in prose fragments with the working title Theories of Flight.


Wednesday, January 6 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Danusha Lameris

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Steven Leyva on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

Danusha Laméris is the author of The Moons of August (Autumn House, 2014), which was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press poetry prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Book Award. Some of her poems have been published in: The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The SUN Magazine, Tin HouseThe Gettysburg Review, and Ploughshares. Her second book is Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press), and she was the 2020 recipient of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She teaches poetry independently, and is a Poet Laureate emeritus of Santa Cruz County, California.


Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 pm

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

Save the date: April 24, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.Benefit concert to feature the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Music for String Quartet” at the Linde Center at Tanglewood  For information on ticket refunds visit bso.org

Join us for a benefit concert to feature the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Music for String Quartet” 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.