60 Bridge St. * 413-625-0306 * Housed in the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building since 1914

Hours

  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Upcoming Events

Friends of the Arms Library Book Sale
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Described as "The BEST Book Sale in the Valley!" 

The Friends of the Arms Library will be holding

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Hours

  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

A Conversation About Racism: Staying Curious, Moving Forward, and Being Part of the Solution

       A Community Workshop, Friday, June 7 at 6 pm

This workshop is designed to encourage an open and thoughtful discussion between black and white people and how we can learn to appreciate and understand experiences and perspectives different from our own. At the center of the conversation, moderated by Allen Davis, will be the experiences of three local black community members, Jeanne Hall, Richard Hall, and Gloria Matlock.

Jeanne Hall has worked as a merchandiser for American Greeting Cards and as Assistant to the Curator of Anthropology and Archaeology at the Springfield Science Museum. She has a long involvement with social and racial justice projects.

Richard Hall has had a career in Aerospace and Communications and his final project was working as a Technical Support Manager on the Big Dig in Boston.

Gloria Matlock is a member of Racial Justice Rising, a performing artist, an educator, and a writer. She has explored the interwoven fabrics that hold communities together. Through workshops and panels, she has challenged audiences to articulate their truths, to enable constructive communication and healing of biases. With observations drawn from years of experience and deep roots in the Western Mass area, Matlock seeks to foster an empathetic approach.

 

Join in for a lively talk about the
personal journeys, symbols, and unique
themes and motifs that are essential to
our lives, loves, conflicts, and questions.

The event will be held in the lower level meeting room. Please use the lower level entrance. Pakring is available at the back of the building.

About the Author. . .

Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, Ed. D., is a trained developmental and intercultural
psychologist, educator, global citizen, and activist who has journeyed into and
through eighty-eight countries and six continents to date. Having enjoyed a long
and productive career as a college professor, senior administrator, special
education teacher and leader, Daniel now travels the world as a consultant and
trainer. He has lectured widely at the undergraduate and graduate levels for
more than three decades. He is an avid photographer, poet, and lover of cats
and water-based activities.

About This Book. . .

In Journeying with Your Archetypes, Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, Ed.D. takes
readers on a personal tour: a narrated and curated adventure and journey into
the land of C.G. Jung’s psychology, focusing on his conception of archetypes.
Intended for those unfamiliar with Jungian terminology and psychology, the lucid
writing in this book invites beginners as well as those with experience with Jung
to look deeply into the meaning beyond one’s daily activities in expanding one’s
understanding of themselves and the world. The book engages readers through
its wit and integration of films, literature, history, the arts, and story to illuminate
and clarify the book’s major points and themes.

Advance Praise for Journeying with Your Archetypes. . .
Through the time-honored image of a journey, Daniel Yalowitz invites readers to
a homecoming. As a guide, he is seasoned. As a thinker, he is both practical
and visionary. But it is as a wise friend that Daniel comes across most clearly,
reflecting a lifetime of experience. His work with archetypes is timely and
thoughtful, inviting readers to discover the possibilities of relating the mythic to
the everyday.
Michelle LeBron, J.D., Professor of Dispute Resolution, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University
of British Columbia, Canada
This is a wise, accessible, and beautifully written overview of the archetypal basis
of Jungian psychology. I especially appreciate the embrace of paradox, the
unknown, and questions as openings to it all. As someone who has known
Daniel Cantor Yalowitz for many years as a gifted professor of human
development, education, and psychology, I did not know this dimension of his
life, which is so close to my own. I was delighted to read Journeying with your
Archetypes and celebrate its contributions to our understanding of Psyche and
the creative imagination.
Shaun McNiff, Ph.D., Professor, Lesley University; Author, Imagination in Action; Trust the
Process; An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go; Art Heals; Art as Medicine.

Final Thoughts and Comments from the Author
I am delighted and excited to learn of the spread and the enthusiastic response
to this book! Please feel free to send in your own personal reviews, comments,
questions, and reactions to it: I commit to doing my utmost to offer a personal-
ized response within less than two weeks! The subject matter, content, and
themes as articulated in my book are of deep and heartfelt personal and
professional interest to me, and it gives me great pleasure to come to know and
understand what my reading audience is thinking about this book. I hope and
trust your experience(s) with it will hold great meaning and growth for you and
yours. . .and I’d love to know, no matter your reaction or response! And I thank
you heartily in advance for your consideration of Journeying

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You can make a difference at the Arms Library!

Starting in early May we will need help with:

~Shelving our books, DVDs, etc.

~Staffing children's room

~Keeping our books, DVDs, etc. organized

We are seeking volunteers who can work one or more 2-3 hours shifts per week.

Want to know more?

Talk to Laurie at the library or call 413-512-3389. After mid-April call our regular number, 413-625-0306.

Put this on your calendars for May 3rd!

Friday May 3rd 2019 at noon
The Arms Library, Shelburne Falls MA
Corner of Bridge & Main

Gloria Matlock, voice
Michael Nix, guitar, banjar

Gloria Matlock and Michael Nix reach deep into the centuries-old tradition of African American song.

With a powerful and authentic voice, Gloria sings gospel songs, spirituals, story songs, work songs, songs of slavery and emancipation, and present day freedom songs.

Michael explores the African-American roots of banjo playing from early gourd instruments to arrangements and compositions for the modern seven-string instrument of his own design.

Arms Library and Footlights at the Falls of Shelburne Falls are holding four play readings in 2019, We welcome you to come to read and enjoy these wonderful plays!

Twelve people read "A Christmas Carol" at the temporary library in December, both experienced actors and novices alike! It was fun to share this classic play together!

The readings are free and open to readers and audience members, too. We switch roles often so everyone has a chance to be a variety of characters!

No need to RSVP -- just show up!

All play readings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls.

Footlights at the Falls began producing plays at Memorial Hall in 2016.

The schedule for the readings is:

April 27 -- The Ferryman A 2017 black Irish comedy by Jez Butterworth about a wonderful, very funny family still feeling the impact of The Troubles.

July 12 --  The Foreigner 1984 comedy by Larry Shue about a very shy man who visits a Georgia lodge and pretends he is a foreigner who can't speak English. He quickly charms everyone and foils a plot against the beloved lodge owner. 

Oct. 11 -- American Clock 1980. By Arthur Miller. Slices of life during the Great Depression, including a once affluent Manhattan family, a rails rider, stockbrokers and farmers. Woven throughout it are great, positive songs from the era.

Dec. 13 -- You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water is Running. 1967. By Robert Anderson Four one-act plays. In The Shock of Recognition, a playwright auditions a man for a role that requires nudity The Footsteps of Doves focuses on a married couple shopping for twin beds after many years of marriage. In I'll Be Home for Christmas, Chuck and Edith await the arrival of their adult children. I'm Herbert is a sympathetic and hilarious look at dementia.

Hope, redemption and the triumph of goodness! We're having a dramatic reading on Dec. 14th at 6:30 p.m. of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Join us for a community read-aloud of this classic, in a play written by Eggtooth Productions. Everyone,of all ages, is invited.There will be refreshments. Information, Arms Library: 413-512-3389. We are currently located at 33 Bridge Street in the meeting room of the Greenfield Cooperative Bank.index