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, July 11 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, July 11, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (note date change).  This month’s featured title will be Back in the Day Bakery, Made With Love: More Than 100 Recipes and Make-It-Yourself Projects to Create and Share by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day.  Leftover baked goods from this month’s meeting will be sold at the Library’s bake sale on July 13 and 14.

Here’s how it works:
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.


Thursday, July 11 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, July 11 , 2019  at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book, The Library Book by Susan Orlean.  Copies are available at the main desk.

The book club generally meets in the Bement Room 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!


Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 pm

In Plain Site: Eden Hill: From Mission House to Mercy Sunday

This summer, the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will present In Plain Site, a series of monthly history walks in different Stockbridge neighborhoods.  Each month, a volunteer from the Museum & Archives will lead a one-hour tour, explaining the neighborhood and talking about the history of the people who lived there.  $5.00 suggested donation.

Join us on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., to learn about “Eden Hill: From Mission House to Mercy Sunday”.  Inhabitants on the hill have ranged from John Sergeant in the 1700’s to David Dudley Field in the 1800’s.  Today the hill is the home of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy.  It is also the site of Kampoosa Bog.  The tour will start in the Eden Hill parking lot.

 


Saturday, August 17 at 4:00 pm

In Plain Site: From Bowker to Butler: The Woods & Beyond

This summer, the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will present In Plain Site, a series of monthly history walks in different Stockbridge neighborhoods.  Each month, a volunteer from the Museum & Archives will lead a one-hour tour, explaining the neighborhood and talking about the history of the people who lived there.  $5.00 suggested donation.

Join us on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., to learn about “From Bowker to Butler: The Woods & Beyond”.  More details to follow.


Saturday, September 14 at 4:00 am

Speaker Series: James Lasdun, Author of Victory

Program details to follow.