New Salem Legacy Tree Program
Plant a sugar maple, white oak or other tree and establish a long-lived legacy. The New Salem Tree Committee is announcing an innovative program that will help the town replace and revitalize our beautiful shade trees starting with the Common area this year. By purchasing a young tree for $250 through the program, you can establish a legacy for your family or recognize a person or group that has made a special contribution to New Salem, in the past or in the present. A permanent record of your recognition will be maintained on the town web site and in a periodically updated booklet that will map the tree’s location and species information and the reason your Legacy Tree was established. Please pick up an application in the library and see the library display detailing the Legacy program and the species being planted this year. For more information, contact Bruce Spencer, 978-544-5144, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Salem Community Garden News
As your perennials begin to pop, please consider dividing some of your plants to donate. In preparation for our Old Home Day plant sale, we are asking for plant donations and we can help by coming to your home to dig with you.
The Agricultural Commission presents Carlen Rigrod 's Berry Berry presentation on April 27 at the library. Besides learning more about growing berries, we will be planting a berry patch at the garden in memory of Cal Coolidge. Contact email@example.com with questions, or if you have berry bushes/plants to contribute.
Vacation week Wendell library program
Friends of all Stripes
with Dorothy Cresswell is a program for preschool to middle elementary children Wednesday, April 19 from 11:30 to 12:15 at the Wendell Library. Sponsored by the Community Network for Children Program, the Wendell Cultural Council, and the Wendell Library. Contact Gillian at CNC with questions firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hats Off to the Earth! Celebrate Earth Day with Lorax activities Tuesday, April 25, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the New Salem Public Library. We'll watch the original Lorax cartoon movie, enjoy Lorax snacks, make a Lorax planter (and plant sunflower seeds) and other fun activities! Swift River students may take the bus directly to the Library (please send a note to school). Children 2nd grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Hosted by Betsy Bergantino and Janet Henderson. Sponsored by the Friends of the New Salem Public Library (not a school sponsored event).
Neurofitness Classes - New Dates
Weekly classes with Emily Hodos designed to explore movement and sensory exercises that address cognitive and physical concerns of aging... all while having fun! Wednesdays, Wednesdays, May 10 to June 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the New Salem Public Library. Free, but registration required. Call 978-544-6334. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant number LG-80-15-0041-15).
Help us Reimagine our Library
The Trustees of the New Salem Public Library are proposing to Re-Imagine our Library. Encouraged by the Friends of the Library, the Trustees have begun a review of library use with an eye to refresh, reconfigure and redefine the current library space to better serve the town. We are looking to form a committee that would look at the entire interior design of the library and formulate a redesign plan. To that end, we need volunteers for a short term library space design committee. This committee would be comprised of the Library Director, 2 Trustees, 2 Friends, and some patrons. It would be great if community members with interior design and/or carpentry experience could join this committee. If you are interested in helping us re-imagine our library, please email Monica Winters at email@example.com or Mary-Ann Palmieri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Body and Brain Yoga
at the New Salem Public Library starts April 4 at 9:15-10:15 a.m. with Stephanie Mitchell. Classes consist of stretching, vibration, relaxation breathing, energy meditation, visualization, and Life Particle healing. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Suggested donation $4.00 per session. Call to sign up 978-544-6334. Stephanie Mitchell has certifications from the Body & Brain Yoga Instructor Course, Brain Management Training and Dahn Master Course. She holds an MBA in International Business from Brandeis University as well as certifications in Reiki 1, Reiki 2 and Fundamentals of Feng Shui.
Relax and Color Tuesdays @ the library, 6:30 to 7:00 pm
Tween & Teens Program Wednesdays 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Hey Teens and Tweens: Get ready to make a movie!!! Start brainstorming characters, plot, setting...You know the drill. Our first production meeting with Director Bret and his worthy production side-kick will be Wednesday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. Information at email@example.com
Thoreau's Country Book Discussion
Thoreau's Country author David Foster, the director of the Harvard Forest in Petersham, will come on May 3 at 7:00 pm to talk about his book. Books are available at the library.
Friends of the New Salem Public Library News
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.
Valley Gives for the Friends of the Library
The Friends of the New Salem Library are excited to be participating this year, for the first time, in the Valley Gives fundraising day on May 2. This is the first fundraising effort toward to support the new project to “Reimagine our Library”. On May 2, you can go online to Valley Gives website (https://valley-gives.org/ ) and donate any amount to help fund this project. On the home page, click on the Libraries and Museums category and then on the Friends of the New Salem Library logo. If you are interested in learning more about Valley Gives and our project, the Friends will be at the New Salem Library on Sat. April 29 and Tuesday, May 2. Feel free to come and ask questions!
Summer Arts Intensive
The recently restored New Salem Academy Museum will sponsor a summer arts intensive July 18-22 for young people and adults interested in professional training in the arts. Detailed information about courses is in an attachment. Following the intensive program, students will host an exhibition / performance of their work at a collaborative cultural gathering in New Salem involving the Academy Museum and 1794 Meetinghouse. Classes will be provided free of charge with modest materials fees for several of the courses. Funders have granted generous stipends to those offering courses. Planners designed a curriculum booklet with course details, application, and registration materials. For more information, contact Ami Fagin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-799-5332 or go to the Facebook page “New Salem Academy Summer Arts Intensive.”
Council on Aging
Bus Trip: Thanks to a generous grant from New Salem Academy we will be taking a Wilson Bus trip to the Essex Connecticut Steam train and riverboat on Thursday, June 15. We will be leaving New Salem at 8:30and returning at 5:15. Lunch will be served on the train followed by a short riverboat ride. The cost will be $20 per person. Please call Hendra Reidy to sign up. (978-544-2178)
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.
Aging in Place: Two more sessions at the New Salem Public Library at 7:00pm:
- April 26 - How to feel safe and be safe in your home
- May 24 - How to make your home safe as you age
Safely aging in place
The Central Congregational Church, the Council on Aging, and the Friends of the Library are sponsoring a second series on Aging in Place. The first of two forums in this second series will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the New Salem Library. Topics included in this forum are Elder Protective Services, the Triad Program, and Safety in your Own Home. Everyone of all ages is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. A second forum on retrofitting your home as you age will be held on May 24. Contact: Mary-Ann Palmieri, email@example.com
Transportation Issues for aging in place
An outgrowth of last year’s “Aging In Place” series, was the formation of an AIP Task Force. We have produced and distributed copies of a Transportation Resource Guide for New Salem Residents that was distributed with the March Council on Aging newsletter and is available at the library and at the church. We hope to replicate Shutesbury's volunteer Med-Ride program. Contact: Mary-Ann Palmieri, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.