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 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 :

Email 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:
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

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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