Upcoming Programs/Events

Program/Workshop ideas wanted: What types of programs would you like to see at the Library? For adults? For young people? Let’s get creative, have some fun, and maybe even learn something!

Saturday Morning Socials…: Are back!! So popular in the years before Covid, they’re happening again at the Library, with fresh coffee and home-baked sweet treats (like these Lemon Tart Polygons) available free to one and all (donations are welcomed). So come visit, and stay a while–or just grab a coffee and go! (Library is closed Saturdays July thru August.)

Good coffee, good times

Mondays at 10:30 amLearn & Play Group: Warwick Library is pleased to host this program for kids five and under and their families. Led by Debra Wood of Pioneer Valley RSD, the group offers stories, activities, free play and time to chat with other families.  For details contact Debra Wood at woodd@pvrsdk12.org or 413-334-9583.

The Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) network helps to promote and support parent education and family engagement, early literacy and child development, and more. 

Book Club reading group: Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 am to discuss a book read by all. Books are provided by the Library. All are welcome!

[Re-scheduled] Local author’s reading w/ Doc Pruyne – Tuesday, Feb. 20th @ 7 pm: That’s right, kiddies, Warwick’s own living version of Mark Twain (who’s dead) has done it again (his third), with “a fast-paced, full throttle comic novel” (IndieReader) called Kawabunga Kitten! Will Splendid Swamp, home to the splendid flaming hoohah—a rare newt—be saved from the gas pipeline? Check out this ”over-the-top saga of feisty villagers fighting the man” (Kirkus) to find out! Light refreshments will be served.

The Knitting Group meets most Thursday evenings at the Library from 6:30 – 8 pm. All are welcome.

Short Story Hour – 4th Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) @ 7:30 pm: Come to read or just to listen.

  • Feb. 22nd American Humor: We’ll read selections from A Subtreasury of American Humor, published in 1862–um, make that 1962. “The sole idea was to put together in one volume the funniest things that have ever been written in this country.” Come to read or just to listen, or just to snarl.

Past happenings:

Valentine Making Workshop – Saturday, Feb. 3rd,  1-3pm (Snow date –  Feb. 4th): Just in time for that special someone you adore on Valentines Day! Come join resident artist Kerry Stone to make fun and one of a kind valentines! Kerry will provide the cards and envelopes, collage papers, paints and glue sticks. Please bring scissors and any of your own collection of recycled papers–red envelopes are great, as are paper doilies and anything else you would like to incorporate. Contact the Library to register — first come, first served. Space is limited to 15. A $5 materials fee needs to be paid in cash at the Library prior to the workshop day to hold your place. Ages 10 and up are welcome, younger kids require parental supervision. 

January 25th – Anton Chekov: This month we’ll read selections from “Five Great Short Stories” by Anton Pavlovich Chekov. Checkov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician, short-story writer and playwright. While best known for plays such as “The Cherry Orchard” and “Uncle Vanya,” he wrote hundreds of stories that delved beneath the surface of Russian society, exposing the hidden motives of his characters and the ways in which prevailing social forces influenced their lives. Come to read or just to listen.

December 21st (3rd Thursday) – Sabrina Imbler: This month the short story group tries something new – non-fiction! We’ll read a selection from How Far the Light Reaches, Sabrina Imbler’s 2022 collection profiling ten of the ocean’s strangest creatures. Imbler is a widely-published writer and science journalist, and this book draws “astonishing connections between their lives and ours” while “illuminating wondrous models of survival, adaptation and identity” on our planet.

Thursday, December 7th at 7 pm – Local author’s talk with George Bennett: Join Warwick’s own George Bennett as he reads and tells stories from his new book Into the Distance: The Lost World of Long-haul Trucking, just published in the U.K. by Troubadour Press. Many of you know George as a respected and mild-mannered teacher. Into the Distance is his first-hand description of a world of truck driving that has long-since disappeared. Back in the 1970s and early 80s, in a world without mobile phones, truck driving required skill and resourcefulness, was exciting, sometimes hazardous and, ultimately, for George, very satisfying. 

It begins with a breakdown in Saudi Arabia, on his first trip to the Middle East, and goes on to describe brushes with smugglers, his inadvertent role in resolving a strike of French lorry drivers, and much, much more! All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

November 30th – Tessa Hadley: We’ll read selections from After the Funeral, Hadley’s newest story collection(2023). Hadley is a British author who writes novels, short stories and nonfiction. Her most recent novel is Free Love (2022).