March 21, 2020

Food for kids.

The ARPS Nutrition Services Department, the ARPS Family Center, and, beginning Monday, the UMass Baby Berk Food Truck that assisted with our summer food program are doing the critical work of ensuring that students who rely on the schools for breakfast and lunch have access to those meals even though school is closed. Here's information about when and how to get some food to your kids.

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March 20, 2020

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March 18, 2020

Library lions

The New York Public Library lions, Patience and Fortitude, like big books

March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Even if St. Patrick's Day parades have been cancelled and you can't go to the pub to have a pint with friends, the Friends still want you to have a good St. Patty's Day. Toward that end, we present you with 13 lucky facts about the day.

March 16, 2020

Need something for the kids in your house to do? Here's an idea!

The Odyssey Bookshop's 26th Annual Spring Writing Contest

This year’s prompt:
One day you wake up and realize that you can talk to animals! Maybe you were part of a science experiment or given the gift by a friendly animal you saved. What animals do you talk to? What do they say? What happens next because of this new power you have?
Children in Grades 1-5 are eligible and encouraged to enter. An entry form must be attached to each submission. Contact details for the child’s parent or guardian must be provided so we can easily contact the winners.
The entries will be judged on the originality of the story, the creativity of the idea, and the quality of writing, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
The deadline for entries is 7:00 PM on Friday, April 24th. Winners will be notified by Friday, May 1st in time for the Awards Ceremony at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 7th, at the Odyssey Bookshop. We will award prizes to the winners, who will be invited to read their stories aloud at the ceremony.
Please see the files in the link to download the Writing Contest informational sheet and extra entry forms, both of which you can also find at the Odyssey! If you have any questions, please email or call 413-534-7307 and ask for Kinsey.

How J. Edgar Hoover used the power of libraries for evil

Apparently FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover used America's public libraries for "tracking adversaries, hiding evidence, and other no good dirty deeds."