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Monica Winters' beautiful paintings are on display right now at the library, come in and enjoy!

Hope you will join us for this fun evening event!


Franklin County Community Meals Program (FCCMP) is excited to announce New Salem Grab-and-Go Meals.  Located in the New Salem Public Library, this pilot program will offer a variety of frozen and refigerated soups and meals free of charge during library hours to anyone.  Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available.  All are encouraged to participate in this program.  "Our program is a success when folks come in for meals", explained Lisa DeWitt, a New Salem resident and Northfield Meal Site Coordinator for FCCMP. "If you or your family want a meal, for whatever reason, or if you'd like to bring one to a parent, relavtive, friend, or neighbor, please stop by and grab one."  The site is sponsored by FCCMP and supported by the Food Bank of Western Mass.  Please feel free to direct questions to

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Butterflies of our Woods, Fields, and Gardens

Tuesday, June 20th   7:00-8:00 pm

If you want to have butterflies in your yard, your garden can invite them!  Join us for a discussion led by New Salem’s own Sue Cloutier, who will explain the kinds of butterflies we have in town, what months to expect to see them, what plants they get nectar from, and what their caterpillars look like and need to eat.  The presentation will include take-home packets and resources for further exploration. 


New Salem Public Library

23 South Main Street, New Salem, MA  01355




This is a free program.  If you are able, donations to help support our program fund are always appreciated.

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This workshop series will be led by Phillip Johnson. Phillip is the Genealogist for the Pomeroy Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the assistant State Genealogist for Mass Chapter, and has been researching for about 30 years. The workshops will be hands-on and will be focused on the particular interests of the participants, but will cover topics such as: how to begin research; how to create a family chart; recommended software and sites for research (free and paid). Participants will need to bring a laptop to the workshops to access websites.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register in-person at the library or call 978-544-6334 during open
hours to register.

A Walk Through the Garden with Eleanor Roosevelt Tuesday, April 25
6.30 – 8:00 pm

Join author and historian Carol Cohen for a look into the life of  Eleanor Roosevelt.

During this presentation, Carol will provide us with a first- person narrative, allowing us to
meet Eleanor Roosevelt and learn about Eleanor’s own Victory Garden and her other humanitarian efforts
during World War II. Part portrayal and part power point presentation, this interactive program is great
for adults and Teens, as well as families with older children.
This program is funded by a grant from the New Salem Academy.

New Salem Public Library
23 South Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355


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This coming Tuesday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Old Time Radio will return to the library after its winter hiatus.  We will be listening to the shows on a fully restored 1936 Crosley radio using a blue tooth device.  For this month's presentation, Brian Casey will discuss and select episodes from one of the most popular shows on radio - Fibber Mcgee and Molly.  

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New Salem Public Library

23 South Main Street New Salem, MA 01355


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The New Salem Public library will be offering: Gore Make up-How to use make up to create a bruise

October 20th 5:00-5:30 pm

Nina Zale is a local twelve-year-old who got into gore makeup in Fall 2021 and has been continuing and improving in their hobby ever since. She decided to lead this program to share her interests with other people and to help folks spice up their Halloween costumes. This program will teach participants ages 12 and up how to make a realistic bruise out of makeup. We will talk about what bruises are, how they heal, and how to use makeup to simulate them. All supplies will be provided.

For more information call the library at 978-544-6334.

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New Salem Public Library
Friday, Sept. 30 th , 7 pm

Quabbin, Then and Now

Presented by Dale Monette

Local photographer
Dale Monette uses DCR images from the Quabbin Reservoir Archives taken in the mid-1930s with recreated photographs from the same location in present-day settings. Watch the houses and scenes taken during the 1930s fade on screen to images for an imagined present-day look. Many never-seen-before images from the Archives are included in this program. You will also see pictures showing everyday life in the four Quabbin Valley “lost” towns. Join us for an entertaining and informative look at our local history. Art Gallery Exhibit

This is also the final day of Dale’s photography exhibit in the New Salem Public Library Mini Art Gallery. The exhibit features wildlife from the Quabbin area.

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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

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

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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


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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