Library, Historical Society, offer events

SOUTHWICK – The Southwick Public Library and Historical Society are offering numerous ways for residents to take advantage of their services this month.
This Tuesday, and May 19, the Southwick Public Library’s Tuesday Storytime for children ages 2-5 years old will meet in the library’s Children’s Room at 10:30 a.m. Dance with bubbles! Make a new friend. Read a fun story. Create a craft! Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please register in the Children’s Room or call 413-569-1221 x4 to join the fun.
The LEGO Club will meet on Thursday, May 14 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Southwick Public Library. Kids in grades 2-6 may register to in the Children’s Room to join the fun. (Parents please note: the Library closes at 5 p.m. on Thursdays and LEGO Club members must be picked up before closing.).
Stockbridge Farm’s program Herbs of the Mediterranean will be held at the Southwick Public Library on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. This program is a unique combination of cooking and gardening. Herbs are essential ingredients in Mediterranean cooking. The cuisine of this area is uncomplicated, built on vegetables, fruits, grains, olive oil and fish. Mediterranean style cooking is easy to replicate. Each participant will receive a taste of all dishes prepared during the program as well as a copy of all recipes. Gardening tips on growing herbs will also be offered. Questions are welcome throughout the program. Stockbridge Farms will also have some of their handcrafted herbal products available. This program is limited to 40 participants. Registration will be required. Please register at the Circulation Desk when visiting the library or call 569-1221. The Friends of the Southwick Public Library is funding this program.
The next Teen Lounge at the Southwick Public Library is May 27 at 2:30 p.m. Open to all teens in grades 7-12, the Wii system will be set up as well as plenty of games to choose from. Teens can also play Minute to Win It games. Team up with your friends and see if you can beat the challenges…or will time not be on your side? Snacks will be served.
The Southwick Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Thursday May 28 at 6:30 p.m. with presenter Dennis Picard, director of Storrowton Village in West Springfield. Picard will speak about “Hand Made Shoe Making of the 17th and 18th Centuries.” The meeting will be held in the Christ Church United Methodist, Fellowship Hall at 222 College Highway. Dues may be paid at this meeting. As always the public is welcome to attend.
The Southwick Historical Society will end the month with its spring open house on May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring a show and sale of quilt boards as our fund raiser. This art form began in the mid-west and is a very popular tourist route. Years ago quilters wanted to have a way to display the various quilt patterns used in fabric. Someone had the brilliant idea of painting these patterns on boards and displaying them on the local barns. We have adapted this idea in to a smaller size to be used on homes, garages and even garden sheds. The boards are hand painted, framed and weatherproof. There are a myriad of patterns and color choices that will fit into your décor.
Along with the sale, the open house will feature tours of the Moore House and The C.J. Gillett Cigar Factory as well as demonstrations, door prizes and refreshments. Please join us at the museums at 84-86 College Highway, adjacent to Meadow View Farms.

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