Gravestone Rubbing Workshop

Presented by Brenda Sullivan of Gravestone Girls

Saturday, Sept. 10th, 10 am – 1 pm

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A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s Through the Music of The Beatles


Tues. Aug. 16th at 6:30 pm in the New Salem Public Library Community Room

Fran Hart, founding member of the Beatles tribute band 4EverFab presents this multi-media program that highlights the influence The Beatles had on world culture, particularly during the 1960s.

This presentation features live acoustic music and audience sing-alongs, coupled with rare audio and video clips. This hour-long presentation is suitable for all ages and it is family-friendly. The Beatles have fans in every generation, and their songs are beloved by all. For more information about Fran Hart, go to his website: http://www.franhart.com/ .

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Summer Reading Program 2022

This year's theme is "Read Beyond the Beaten Path", so almost anything goes; although we are focusing on nature and outdoor activities. Anyone (all ages) interested in participating can stop by the library to sign up for the reading program. The SRP will run for 8 weeks (6/25-8/20). For more information, click here.The Storytime programs have ended for the summer.


The New Salem Public Library Presents Alchemy Laboratory with

Ed the Wizard. Alchemy class is about to begin! Magical Secrets will be shared! You will be amazed as we perform vanishes, transfigurations, and other feats of magic with everyday items that can be found at home! Alchemy Laboratory…where Harry Potter meets real science.

Saturday, May 21, 2:00 pm in the community room at the library.

Call 978-544-6334 to register. Registration is required.

Magic meets real science in this hands-on performance/workshop. Learn how to perform magic, and the science behind it, using items you have at home. Recommended for all ages; however, ages 7 and older might get more out of the program.

Participants are challenged with questions about alchemy, scientific principles, and their general knowledge of the physical world.

Volunteers help with each "experiment" or magic routine. They are then asked their thoughts as to how and why the effect worked, after which Ed will explain the science, or magic, behind each effect. Each workshop is about 45 minutes with a short Q&A afterward.

This program is sponsored by a grant from the New Salem Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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BEES, BEAVERS AND BEASTS: ANIMAL TALES- Rona Leventhal, Storyteller, will be coming to the New Salem Library on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 6:30pm. Pull up a seat and join us for a journey around the world & back with multi-cultural tales about animals! Rona is one person, but many voices. Through her, skies talk, turtles sing and magic happens! She'll have you singing, dancing in your seats and laughing out loud! Who will bring back the sun? What do turtles do in winter? How were dragonflies created? Come have a listen...and find out the answers to these & other intriguing questions!!

Everyone is welcome and the program is free.

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."

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“Library Day” at the Quabbin Harvest Food Co-op

Thurs., May 19, 10:00 – 4:00

Local farm tables:

10:00 Farm School (Athol) promoting food programs & school

12:00 New Salem Preserves & Heritage Ciders (New Salem)

(Apple cider vinegar & applesauce)

2:00 Seeds of Solidarity (Orange) (sample greens) and gardening Q&A

Raffles (3 free drawings):

Book: The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

Book: Making Love While Farming: A Field Guide to a Life of Passion and Purpose by Ricky Baruch & Deb Habib (Seeds of Solidarity)

Gift Certificate: Quabbin Harvest $25

Come on down to the Co-op and visit our local producer tables to sample products, learn how various foods are produced, and celebrate our local farms. There will also be an informational table for the libraries. The Co-op will be serving free coffee & chai, and they will have information on their CSA and co-op membership.

Presented in conjunction with the Libraries in the Woods Community Read. This year’s community read book is The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball. Check it out at your local library!

Sponsored by the New Salem Public Library, Orange Public Libraries, Warwick Free Public Library, and the Wendell Free Library

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Saturday, June 4th at 1:00pm the New Salem Public Library will be hosting:

Creating a Pollinator Garden: Designing with Native Plants to Support Pollinators

Presented by Master Gardener Larri Cochran

Master Gardener Larri Cochran will be discussing the many ways you can incorporate native plants in your garden designs to help our struggling local pollinators.

Insects rely on native plants and native plants rely on insects to survive. Estimates are that over ninety percent of native plants have unique relationships with specific insects for pollination - without whom they would not be able to reproduce. The pollinator/plant relationship is not only critical for those plants and insects - but also for the web of animal life they support.

This talk will use two examples of local plant/pollinator relationships: monarchs & milkweed and swallowtails and their species-specific host plants to discuss this topic. We will leave ample time for question & answers to help everyone in the audience better understand why it is important to use native plants and how to use them in traditional lawn and garden environments as well as in smaller "meadow" planting. We will have a PowerPoint presentation in the Library Community Room and then stroll over to the Community Garden to look at the library’s future “Pollinator Garden” area.

Larri Cochran offers consulting & design services for sustainable gardens and habitats which support pollinators, other native animal species, and native plants. She teaches design workshops throughout the region and manages habitats for clients in both urban and rural settings. She is a certified horticulturist and Landscape for Life Trainer, co-directs the Northampton Community Garden, and is currently co-president of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.

Registration is required: please contact the library at 978-544-6334 or n_salem@cwmars.org

New Salem Public Library, 23 S. Main St., New Salem, MA 01355

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The New Salem Public Library is sponsoring a Composting Workshop on Saturday, May 7, 1:00 PM at the New Salem Community Garden (located behind the Stowell Building – 19 S. Main St.)

Meghan Siudzinski from the Franklin Conservation District will be sharing the ins and outs of basic composting techniques for home gardens, including open compost piles and tumbling bins. Get tips on the essentials for starting (or improving) your own compost. We will also have a hands-on demonstration of adding materials to the compost and incorporating compost into a garden area. If you want to participate in the hands-on portion, gloves are recommended.

Call or email for more information: 978-544-6334 or n_salem@cwmars.org

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The New Salem Public Library Celebrates Earth Day with “Earth Rhythms: Songs for the Environment”

On Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 am, the New Salem Public Library will present “Earth Rhythms: Songs for the Environment” with local musician and storyteller, Roger Tincknell.

This special event is a participatory program of songs, stories and legends that celebrates and teaches environmental awareness and responsibility. From rain forests to recycling, “Earth Rhythms” journeys from our own backyard to around the world. The program is performed on a variety of instruments, including the Aztec rain stick, Inca flute, African drum, banjo, guitar, and more. The audience participates in singing, moving, and playing rain sticks and percussion instruments. Join us for a celebration that is both educational and fun for the whole family!

The program will be held outside (weather permitting) or indoors if needed.

This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the New Salem Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

To register: contact the New Salem Public library at 978-544-6334 or n_salem@cwmars.org


Investigating Insects! Presented by The Hitchcock Center (Amherst)

Saturday, June 25th at 10:00 am

The program will be outside the library (weather permitting)

What is an insect? Why are insects important? What makes them so cool? Participants will become “Insect Investigators” as we observe live insects up close in our own outdoor “entomology lab”. We will use special tools to look in different habitats around the library where we can find and collect insects and their relatives. (Recommended for ages 5 and older.)

Join us for a fun & informative romp through the world of insects!

This program is the kick-off event for the library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program. Register for the reading program…and start reading!

This program is fully funded by a grant from the New Salem Academy.

New Salem Public Library

23 South Main St., New Salem, MA 01355

978-544-6334 / n_salem@cwmars.org



Monday, October 28th 7p.m. - 8 p.m.

Yoga is a beautiful way to get in touch with your body and bring peace to your mind. Join instructor Stephanie Julian for this gentle, yet energizing class. You can expect stretching, vibration, relaxation breathing, energy meditation, visualizations, and life particle healing. Time for tea and sharing!

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Valley Gives: Reimagining our Library!

May 1: All Day

Valley Gives Day is May 1, 2018. This 24-hour online giving event is an opportunity for people who care about the quality of life in the Pioneer Valley to make a difference.


Donations to the New Salem Library will be put towards creating a multi-use community room for all to use.  

On May 1st just go to valley-gives.org to donate! Or you can link straight to the library donation page here.


Want to make your donation count for more? Check out the Valley Gives Prizes to see when your donations will have the most impact. 

Thank you for your support!

Guerilla Gardening with Danny Botkin

Tuesday, May 22 6:30 PM

New Salem Agricultural Commission presents a Free workshop on Guerilla Gardening!


This is an intro-level talk for those who seek to grow (more/better) high-quality, nutrient-dense produce from backyard plots, containers, rooftops, passive greenhouses, etc., in a variety of "marginal" and "real-life" conditions. Inspired both by permaculture principles as well as "strategic minimalism", diversified grower Danny Botkin of Laughing Dog Farm will explain and show slides of his uniquely "low-tech" gardening practices, including "low-till"

soil building, as well as season-extension methods!


This event is Free but donations are appreciated and will be used to support the Community Garden.

Snacks will be provided.

For more information on Danny's work check out his website : laughingdogfarm.com

Email nsagcommision@gmail.com with questions.

Aging In Place Seminar: Local Services for Elders

May 23 at 7:00 PM

Presentations by local organizations designed to help elders to continue to live healthy lives in their homes and communities! 

First Presentation: Village Neighbors
This newly formed non-profit community of neighbors in the towns of Shutesbury, Wendell, Leverett and New Salem will begin offering services in the Fall of 2018. It is a part of the national Village to Village Network and works closely with LifePath and local Councils on Aging.

Second Presentation: New Salem Council on Aging Med-Ride Program
The Med-Ride program will be available mid-summer of 2018 to New Salem elders age 55 and older who are unable to transport themselves to Medical and Dental appointments in Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties as well as the Athol-Orange area.

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Friends of the New Salem Library, the New Salem Council on Aging and the Central Congregational Church of New Salem.

Teen First Aid Training

Wednesday, May 30 at 3:00 PM

Teens and Tweens (Ages 11-16) are invited to join Judie O'Donnell, RN of the Wachusett Medical Reserve Corps for a FREE First Aid course on Wednesday, May 30, starting at 3:00 pm at the New Salem Library.


Every Wednesday (except holidays) 1:30-5:30pm

Tweens and teens need not worry! We will be back with more programming and fun in the fall. We are starting back up on October 4th from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Check back for a list of programs!

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Markerspace Workshop: Virtual Reality

April 14 @11 am

Join Arthur and Peter Evens for a Virtual Reality Makerspace Workshop! We will play with Robotics and Virtual Reality. Come try out some cool equipment and learn about the evolving world of technology!


This program is open to adults and teens.

Call the library to sign up: 978-544-6334

This event is made possible with a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

Library for All Seasons: Earthday!

April 24 3:30-4:30 PM

Come join us for an afternoon in honor of the earth. There will be crafts, seed planting, snacks, and a showing of The Lorax!

This event is FREE for everyone.

Sponsored by the New Salem Public Library and the Friends of the New Salem Public Library

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March 27 and April 3 @ 6pm

What is Illustrated Journaling?
"The Practice of recording everyday life with simple sketches and words." Kerry Stone will teach a simple "draw what you see" technique on water color paper. Using contour drawing and watercolor, we'll get you started creating a journal of your choice. This class is geared toward beginners, all are welcome.

There is a $12 material fee.

This class is limited to 12 students. To register call the New Salem Library at 978-544-6334 or sign up at the library.

About the instructor: Kerry Stone is a painter and collage artist. She has taught art to children and adults for over 30 years. She has created many journals of her travels over the years. Kerry finds this technique to be really fun and easy! Check out her website to see her work: www.kerryjstone.com
This class is sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New Salem Library.


March 14th @ 7pm

Martha vonMering and Sally Howe will be reading for us this month!

Wine, cheese, coffee, tea and special desserts are offered during the program. There is no charge, but the Friends are very appreciative of any donations you feel moved to offer. In the event of snow, the program will be held the following Wednesday. 

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Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm on 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, & 3/20 (Please note: No class on March 13!)

Learn how to read planets, signs, houses and aspects using your own birth chart! Discover information specific to your soul's purpose and apply it to your life. Classes are on Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm February 20th, February 27th, March 6th, and March 20th. PRE-REGISTRATION is required! Please call or stop by New Salem Library to sign up. 

Mara Bright is the leader of these classes. She has been studying evolutionary astrology for more than 10 years. Her main teacher is Steven Forrest. Check out her website at www.astroki.com.

This program is FREE and is supported in part by the New Salem Cultural Council. 

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The Friends of the New Salem Public Library will be having a Holiday Book Sale during the month of December! This annual event kicks off at the Edwardian Christmas Tea on the 3rd, where lightly used books suitable for gift giving will be for sale at very reasonable prices. 


The Friends offer a wide selection of titles for adults, young adults and children ranging from novels to non-fiction, gardening, cooking, art travel, exercise and craft books, as well as coffee table books. The books will be for sale during regular library hours after the Edwardian Christmas Tea on December 3rd. All proceeds help support library needs and a variety of programs for adults and children.

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