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Book Discussion The New Salem Public Library Book Discussion Group will be discussing The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. Books, including audio, are available at the front desk. The book discussion will be on February 22.

Relax and Color Tuesdays @ the library, 6:30 to 7:00 pm

Tween & Teens Program Wednesdays 1:30-5:30 p.m.
The week of February 20 is school vacation week; therefore, the regularly scheduled Wednesday, February 22 Teen -Tween Program at the New Salem Public Library will be closed for the week. The following week’s regularly scheduled March 1 program will also be canceled, as I will be away on a business trip. During the two-week break, please think of the type of programming you’d like to have during the months leading up to the summer break. Have a great two weeks off. Genevieve Fraser, Program Coordinator

Aromatherapy 101 with Kim Larkin

February 26 at 2:00 p.m. A presentation on the history and health benefits of essential oils as well as healing botanicals. The talk explores the findings of ancient cultures and how they were at the forefront of natural healing remedies using plants and their essences. The hands-on portion of the program allows participants to make healthy bath salts, a dream pillow, and more. Join us for an afternoon of education, creativity and relaxation. This program is free and open to all. The library's phone number is (978) 544-6334. "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."

One Hundred and One Visual Haiku by Amy Fagin: Seriously Light-hearted

One Hundred and One Visual Haiku, Volume One remains on sale at the New Salem Public Library until March 14.  Half of all proceeds from sales will be donated to the Friends of the New Salem Library.

Friends of the New Salem Public Library
2017 Annual Appeal
The Friends of the New Salem Public Library wish to thank everyone who has donated so far to their 2017 Annual Appeal and to remind library patrons that it is not too late to contribute! Forms (printed in the 2016 Winter newsletter) and envelopes are available in the library by the Friends’ News Bulletin Board, or simply mail a check made out to Friends of the New Salem Public Library, P.O. Box 5, New Salem, MA 01355.  Thank you again, for your continued support! All donations are tax deductible.

The Friends wish to remind everyone that there is a wonderful selection of used paperback and hardcover books for sale on the “Ongoing Book Sale” racks by both library entranceways.

Upcoming programs from the Friends of the New Salem Public Library include two Massachusetts author nights:

  • March 23 - Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History by Joshua Shifrin and Tommy Shea.
  • April 13th - Gardening is Murder by Neal Sanders

Council on Aging

On Friday, February 10th, we will meet at the Stowell Building Senior Center at 10 for coffee and visiting. At noon we will serve tacos for lunch. Please let Hendra Reidy know if you are coming. (968-544-2178).


Busy Bees continue to meet on Wednesday at the Stowell Building from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., when the weather allows!! Please bring your project and join us.

Free Weekly Playgroup

Come and enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families from your community at the Swift River School on Tuesdays, 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. This Playgroup, facilitated by Emily Joseph, is intended for children 0-5 years of age and is sponsored by the Swift River School and Union #28 Community Network for Children. Program not held during school closures. See the CNC Website for program and event schedules. For more information please contact Gillian Budine, (978) 544-5157 or email


Talk, Read & Play home visits for little folks

Talk, Read & Play is a free home-visiting program for families with children two years old and younger who live in New Salem, Wendell, Shutesbury, Leverett and Erving. Help build the foundation for your child's learning. Participants will receive free books, toys, and learning materials. When children talk, read, and play, they build skills that prepare them for a lifetime of success. To participate in this free program or to ask questions, call 978-544-5157.   Find flyer and more details at the Community Network for Children’s website.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The New Salem Prayer Shawl Ministry members are welcome to join Busy Bs to crochet or knit on Wednesdays afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. during the winter. Regular gatherings for the Prayer Shawl Ministry will resume on the Friday, April 21, in the Stowell Building from 9 -11 a.m. For additional information contact Judy Jewett: (978) 544 2611.

Battery and cell phone recycling
Battery and cell phone recycling is available at the transfer station. Bring the batteries and cell phones in a plastic bag and give them to the attendant – don’t put them in the trash or recycling bins. Attached is a detailed flier from the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District about the various kinds of batteries, their dangers, and how they can be disposed of.

New Salem Academy Summer Arts Intensive
This summer the Friends of Historic New Salem will launch a summer learning intensive in the arts July 18 -22. With support from the New Salem Academy, the The “New Salem Academy Summer Arts Intensive” will launch its pilot project in the coming months. Several local artists will provide a week of introductory professional training in a variety of arts professions such as Photography, Digital Printmaking, Writing for Business and Intro to Commercial Film Making, among other subjects. Evening lectures and a gala closing on Old Home Day is planned. The courses are open to anyone who lives in Franklin County. A modest course fee will be requested and certificate of completion provided. For more information, contact Amy Fagin at 978-799-5332

SBroadband Stories

Our neighbors (and would-be neighbors) talk about why they need broadband. 

See their stories here.

New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
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Job Opportunity
The New Salem General Store is looking to hire someone part time. One of their staff is moving out of state. People should apply in person, at the store. 410 Daniel Shays Highway, New Salem.

Active Bystanders training: Creating Safety in Contentious Times Wendell Library Friday, February 24, 6:00 to -8:00 p.m. Presented by Quabbin Mediation.

 If you are a bystander witnessing a harmful situation, you have a choice to make. Do you do something? What do you do? Training Active Bystanders (TAB) helps participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze situations, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others. The workshop stresses safety and helps participants develop a variety of intervention techniques and helps participants create action plans to break the inhibitors in the future when they encounter harm being done.

 Pre-register by calling the Wendell Free Library 978-544-3559. For more information, contact Quabbin Mediation(978) 544-6142 Sharon Tracy of New Salem is one of the trainers and curriculum co-author.

New, Free Magazine about the Quabbin Towns - Uniquely Quabbin
There is a new, free, 56-page magazine with a glossy cover and a photo of the New Salem Route 202 Look-Out by Dale Monette on the back cover. Look for it at New Salem General Store. It contains articles by 20 local writers and has Calendar Listings of Events in the area from for May to September. Note: New Salem resident, Jane Clukay, is the Associate Editor and Calendar Listing Editor.

Democrat Outreach

Any New Salem Democrat interested in finding out more about the local committee and its activities should contact John Ryan, chair ( or Sharon Tracy, co-chair (

Service Forestry Program

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Service Forestry Program provides technical assistance to private landowners and municipalities in forest resource planning, forest management, and forest protection within districts across the state. 

With 235,000 non-industrial private landowners in Massachusetts and approximately 78% of the Commonwealth's forest land in private ownership, private lands play a key role in sustaining clean water, protecting our soil, providing wildlife habitat and producing quality timber resources.

The Service Forestry Program meets the needs of these landowners through: 

The Service Forestry Program is based on the belief that we can best serve the citizens of the commonwealth by helping landowners make educated decisions about their woodlots, and protecting our valuable forest resources through fair and consistent application of environmental regulations. For more information contact one of our regional administrative offices or contact the service forester working in your town. 

Quabbin Harvest Food Co-op hours increased.

Quabbin Harvest, the co-operative food market located at 12 North Main Street in downtown Orange, is now open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm on Tuesdays thru Saturdays, and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays.