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Kid and Family Friendly book- and author-related events and activities in & around the Berkshires, Berkshire County, Western Massachusetts

Berkshire Museum to host third annual WeeMuse Pajama Party Friday, Nov. 7

November is Family Literacy Month in Massachusetts and to celebrate the Berkshire Museum will host its annual WeeMuse Pajama Night this Friday, Nov. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. WeeMuse Pajama Night is presented in collaboration with the Pittsfield Transition Team. WeeMuse Pajama Night is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Additional support is provided by Berkshire United(…)

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Pittsfield library kicks off food for fines program

PITTSFIELD — Once again the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library, will offer a modified fines amnesty through Saturday, Nov. 29. During this four-week period the library will accept nonperishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books. According to Library Director Ron Latham, “This ‘Food for Fines’ initiative has become an annual tradition(…)

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Teen Read Week writing contest at the Milne Public Library kicks off today

WILLIAMSTOWN — Calling all teen writers in 7th through 12th grade: The Milne Public Library in Williamstown is seeking poems or short essays for a writing contest, to be held during this week’s Teen Read Week, Oct. 12-18. The theme is: “Turning Dreams Into Reality.” Submissions must be an original piece of work, and should be(…)

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Happy Read Across America Day: Tips for raising a reader

It’s Read Across America Day with celebrations throughout the county, and to celebrate Berkshire Family Focus has a few tips courtesy of the National Education Association for raising a reader. Set a good example as a reader — let kids see you reading every day. Get a subscription to an age-appropriate magazine for your child(…)

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Berkshire Family Focus and the Mount to host Kid Lit Night in Lenox Aug. 8

Berkshire Family Focus and the Mount to host Kid Lit Night in Lenox Aug. 8

LENOX — For those of you who regularly follow Berkshire Family Focus, you probably know one of the goals of this site is to introduce families living in and visiting the Berkshires to new activities and venues in the region that they may not have thought of as kid-friendly. One such venue is The Mount,(…)

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Aug. 8 Kid Lit at The Mount Schedule of Activities

Aug. 8 Kid Lit at The Mount Schedule of Activities

LENOX — Berkshire Family Focus and The Mount will co-host a Kid Lit Night at The Mount Thursday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening will feature reading by local children and young adult authors, signings, books for purchase, a Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom StoryWalk courtesy of South Berkshire Kids and more. A complete(…)

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Things to Do with Kids at the Mount this summer — there are plenty of events and activities, and many are free

Things to Do with Kids at the Mount this summer — there are plenty of events and activities, and many are free

LENOX — Yesterday I stopped by The Mount — the former summer home of famed author Edith Wharton — to learn about all this family-friendly Berkshire MA venue has in store for families this summer — and boy are we all in for a surprise. From its free Community Day scheduled for this Sunday, June(…)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney stops by the Saratoga (N.Y.) Arts Fest —a trip worth taking

SARATOGA, N.Y. — If you’ve got kids in elementary school chances are you’ve heard of Jeff Kinney — author of the bestselling “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” series, and on Wednesday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. he is stopping by the Saratoga Arts Fest courtesy of one of our favorite “Just Outside the Berkshires” locations(…)

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Free workshop and book to help parents raise reading-ready kids offered at Berkshire County Head Start

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County parents and educators can never get enough support around enhancing children’s early literacy skills, and once again Berkshire County Head Start is offering a free workshops for parents, grandparents and volunteers alike with the authors of “The Practical Guide For Reading Aloud To Children During Their First Five Years,” Susan Marx(…)

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