All month long, the library will be promoting and counting along with the Great Backyard Bird Count. We will be highlighting our involvement with Cornell, The National Audubon Society and Birds Canada to highlight the world's love of birds.
Between February 12 and 15, our patrons of all ages are invited to take an active part in getting out and counting the birds you see. All it takes is 15 minutes of being outdoors and recording the number of birds using the eBird Mobile App or the eBird website. (BirdCount.org) There is even the Merlin Bird ID mobile app to help identify birds. Families can enjoy spending time on an easy hike or walk in a local park, or simply count birds in their own backyards.
Our staff would LOVE to see the birds that you come across over this four-day period. Please email photos to Laura Paul to be included on our website and social media platforms. Laura's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The library will also highlight bird-related materials in our collections and provide a Grab & Go Craft with the supplies to make your own birdseed ornaments. The author of Birder on Berry Lane, Robert Tougias, will also talk about his book on February 11th. See below for details on all of our programming this month. Stay tuned to our social media throughout the month for more resources!
For more information on our Bird Count programming, please contact Laura Paul. 413-789-1550 X8858.
Nature writer Tougias celebrates the avian visitors to his suburban Connecticut backyard in this affecting chronicle. He shares scientific information about birds’ life cycles, habitats sometimes imperiled by development, and identifying features, such as their distinctive calls—the sparrow’s trills, catbird’s meow, and owl’s hoots. (Publisher's Weekly)
Robert Tougias is the author of Birding Western Massachusetts, and Quest for the Eastern Cougar. His nature articles have appeared in articles across New England, and his birding column runs regularly in the New London Day News.
Adult Grab & Go Craft Let's spread a little love this month with Birdseed Ornaments and Heart-Shaped Book Folding!
Included in your bag are supplies to create Birdseed Ornaments to hang outside for our feathered friends ( an probably the furry ones too). Keep track of the type of birds you see during the Great Backyard Bird Count. The library has many resources to help you identify them. All you will need to provide are come cooking spray and a muffin pan.
The book folding craft creates a nice gift for yourself or someone special. Pages are folded according to specific measurements and the result is a 3-D heart in the middle of the book! A pencil and ruler with centimeters are provided. You will need supplies from home if you wish to decorate the finished project.
Craft bags are limited and you will be notified when yours is ready to pick up. Bags will be located in the lobby inside the bins and will be held for one week.
Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston
February 24 @ 2:00 p.m.
Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Friends of the Library First Open Juried Virtual Photography Show
The Friends of the Agawam Library will be holding their first virtual photography show this month. For a complete list of winners, please visit their online gallery. Friends of the Library Photography
The Library will be closed on Monday, February 15th for Presidents' Day.
In the event of inclement winter weather, please tune in to or log-on to Channel 22 (WWLP) or Channel 40 (WGGB/WSHM).
Tax Season Begins! Tax forms will be available inside the library's front lobby. It is not necessary to make an appointment to come in and pick up forms. However, if you need tax form assistance, please make an appointment to visit the Reference Desk for help. We will be carrying the IRS 1040 forms and instructions and the Massachusetts Form 1.
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