Drum Away the Blues, a Celebration of America’s Great Musical Heroes with Craig Harris


Join us this Thursday, July 30, from 2:30-3:30pm for Drum Away the Blues: Celebration of America’s Great Musical Heroes. In conjunction with library reading initiative 2015, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, percussionist/author/educator Craig Harris leads this all-ages, multicultural, and participatory celebration, using songs, stories, and guided percussion playing to pay homage to the shapers of America’s music including Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, and Ray Charles.

All ages welcome, no experience necessary.
This program is FREE and open to the public.

What’s New at the Great Barrington Libraries

design a vehicle

Design a Superhero Vehicle

Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, July 29, 3:30-4:30pm

If there’s one things superheroes know, it’s how to get around in style! If you were a superhero, what would your dream vehicle look like? Come design it with us at Ramsdell.
golem and jinni

Book Lover’s Book Club

Mason Library
Thursday, July 30, 5:30-7:00pm

For July we are reading The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.In the Polish town of Konin, a corrupt kabbalist named Yehudah Schaalman creates a golem in the shape of a woman at the request of young Otto Rotfeld, who seeks a submissive wife. Rotfeld dies during a subsequent sea voyage to New York City, leaving the newly awakened golem in an unfamiliar environment. A rabbi takes in the golem and, naming her Chava, starts teaching her to pass as human among the diverse groups of people living in New York at the end of the 19th century. Meanwhile, a tinsmith in New York’s Little Syria accidentally frees a jinni from a flask in which he has been imprisoned for centuries. With no memory of how he was subdued, the jinni is virtually powerless and trapped in human form. He takes the name Ahmad and apprentices with the tinsmith while searching for a way to return to his natural form.

art together

Art Together

Mason Library
Friday, July 31, 10:30-11:30am

A story and art playgroup for parents and children ages baby to 5.

We’ll read wonderful picture books and then enjoy related arts and crafts.
Explore an array of media and creative projects, together with your children!
Sponsored by CHP & South Berkshire Kids.