COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
On Friday, December 13th, The Friends of the New Salem Public
Library, The New Salem Central Congregational Church, and the New Salem Fire
Department Association are holding a COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION.
All Ages Caroling Party: Meet at 5:00 p.m. at the Church to get torches and caroling
books. Janet Kraft will warm up your vocal chords and your memories by playing
a few of the carols. Next you'll light the torches and be off to carol the
residents around the Common and up and down South Main St. with Sharon and Hugh
Caroling: At 6:00-7:00 p.m. (or so), the carolers will head over to the Fire
Station where Santa Claus will be waiting. The Friends of the New Salem Public
Library will be serving up hot chocolate and the Fire Department is hosting
Santa Claus who will give a gift to each child attending. Ho, Ho, Ho, and off
you go to a Merry Christmas Season.
Santa Coming to New Salem
Santa will be
arriving at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 13th (snow
date: Friday, December 20th) at the annual New Salem Firefighters Association
Christmas Party at the Fire Station, 33 South Main Street. Children are asked
to arrive by 6:00 p.m. Refreshments
will be provided by the Firefighters with thanks to the culinary arts of Franklin County Technical
Santa would like you to please RSVP by Monday, December 9
include your children's names, ages and gender to ensure he has a gift for
Library Book Discussion Postponed
The date for the Book
Discussion featuring Complete Ficciones by Jorges Borges which had been
scheduled for November 20th has been postponed until Wednesday, December 4th at
7:00 p.m. This is a book of "intriguing and ingenious fictions that
reimagined the very form of the short story." Copies are available
at the New Salem Public Library, so pick one up at the front desk and plan to
join in the discussion.
Congregational Church Third Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
New Salem Library News
The 3rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Central Congregational Church on
the town common is scheduled for Sunday, December 8th at 5 p.m. Come out and
join us as we light the tree and sing a few holiday songs to ring in the
yuletide season. We will be sharing hot drinks for children and adults alike!
NEW LIBRARY HOURSEnergy Bag: The New Salem Public Library has
something new for you to check out: The Energy Bag contains a Thermal Leak
Detector and a "Kill a WattEZ” gadgets. Check out the Energy
Bag and use it to check out your home's energy use and be ready for winter! The
Energy Bag is on display at the Front Desk. Check it out!
Beginning December 1st, the Library will be open at the following
Tuesdays: Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 am - 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.
International Labor Poster Exhibit from Stephen
Lewis Collection: From December 4-30, the Library will be displaying an international labor poster exhibit
from the collection of Stephen Lewis. This project is supported in part by IBEW
Classics and Favorites: The Friends of the New Salem Public
Library want you to know we are beginning a new program in December. This
program will focus on Classics and Favorites. Keep your eyes open for
the first selections.
READING ALOUD FOR GROWN-UPS DATES
Wednesday January 8th, 7:30 pm
Wednesday February12th, 7:30 pm
Wednesday March 12th, 7:30 pm
Wednesday April 13th, 7:30 pm
Council on Aging News
We have resumed “Winter Hours”, meeting once a month until we can return to the
Town Hall Basement and have meals provided by the Massachusetts Council on
Christmas Party: On December 13 we will meet in the Council of
Aging Room in the Stowell Building for our “Christmas Party” which will include
a Pot Luck and optional gift exchange. Gifts should be generic in nature
and cost between $5 and $10. Snow Date was set for December 20th.
Again, please call Hendra at 978-544-2178 to let her know what you’ll be
Busy Bees: This sewing group will continue to meet at the Senior
Center Room in the Stowell Building on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00
p.m. Please feel free to bring your handcrafts and join us for
companionship and conversation.
Community Network for Children Programs
Community Network for Children is a
CFCE grant funded program through the Massachusetts Department of Early
Education and Care. We provide playgroups, story hours, parent workshops,
and special programming for families with children birth to grade 3 in Erving,
Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury, Wendell and surrounding areas. Check out
our website and Facebook page for more details!
If you have any questions about the following programs, call or email Gillian
at Community Network for Children, 978-544-5157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Salem Nursery Rhymes Tales and Tunes at the New Salem Public
Library, 23 South Main Street. Most every Thursday from 10-11am.
Julie Stepanek facilitates this story hour and entertains both children and
their adult with many instruments, songs, stories and an art project.
Best for children 1-5 years of age. Free! No pre-registration necessary.
Let's Get Moving Playgroup at the YMCA in Greenfield, 451 Main
Street. Sundays, November 10 and 24 from 2:15-3:15pm. Best for
children in 3rd grade and younger. Come get moving, play in the gym's
foam pit, on the climbing structures, balance beams, tumble tracks and play
with friends. Adults will need to supervise their children at all
times. Free! No pre-registration necessary.
Erving Story Hour-Holidays Around the World: Enjoy an interactive story with Jennifer Couturier of We Tell
Tales as she presents Holidays Around the World. Free. Most appropriate for children
0-8 years of age. Sunday, December 1st from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Erving Public
Library, 17 Moore St.,
Erving. Sponsored by the Union #28 Community Network for Children. No
Amherst College Beneski
: Fred Venne, museum educator, will give us a brief intro and let us explore
the museum on our own - fossils, dinosaur footprints, info about our local
geology and more! Free
. Best for children 2-9 years old. Saturday, December 14 from 11:00-12 p.m.
Beneski Museum, 11 Barrett Hill Road, Amherst.
Please pre-register (and get information on parking!) with Gillian or Jessica
at (978) 544-5157 or email email@example.com
Reminder for Community gardeners, now is the time for clean-up
of your garden. We have some spaces for new gardeners. Each 10’ x 10’ garden
all ready for your plants and seeds costs $10.00. Share the work with a
neighbor. The Community Garden is centrally located behind the old Town Hall.
Call Pat at 978-544-8983 or Lyn at 978-544-5120 for more information.
New Salem Old Academy Building
Museum and Cultural
The newly restored Old Academy
1838) at 3 Academy Drive,
now serves the public as a museum and cultural center. The museum is open on Fridays from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
and on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Tours or visits are
available by appointment.
Parks Pass Available to Borrow DCR State Parks Pass available at the Library and can be signed out. They pass
waives the parking fees for over 50 state parks with swimming and hiking
opportunities. Of note: The MassParks Senior Citizen Pass is available to Massachusetts residents
62 years of age or older. The pass allows parking for the vehicle occupied by
the pass holder, whether they are driving or a passenger. Senior Citizen Passes
are available at all parks that charge a parking fee. The passes are free of
charge and valid for the life of the pass holder. You can also obtain a MassParks Senior Citizen
Pass by writing to: DCR
MassParks, 251 Causeway Street,
Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Senior Citizen Pass
Coordinator. Please include either a copy of your Driver’s License or proof of
MA residency with your request. A MassParks Senior Citizen Pass is not valid at
campgrounds and is subject to available parking. In addition, the Library has a
pass to the Old Constitution
Museum in Charlestown,
and Walking Routes Maps for Franklin
County available for
Notes on "Lost" Wildlife from Mass Wildlife
See links below for information:
Notes on lost wildlife