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Fun under almost any circumstances, people-watching can serve as a great tool for young writers and thespians. The observations made in a particular context can help inspire or contribute to the development or portrayal of a character. Visit some of our suggested people-watching locations!

Organized by Elms College, BioBlitz 2016 offers an important opportunity to engage in citizen science in Chicopee! Designed to identify and record as many species of living things as possible, the BioBlitz provides experiential learning opportunities for novice naturalists!

The first of its kind locally, the Sprout Film Festival features films about people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Scheduled for Sunday, February 28th, the event brings attention to meaningful human experiences and cultivates a local culture of understanding and inclusiveness.

No matter what age we are, humans spend lots of our time making observations and learning from them. We learn about each other in this way, too – but sometimes observation isn’t the best tool for learning about other humans. Drawing from information offered in a wealth of varied resources, families can read, listen, and watch to explore the experiences of people with many different cognitive and physical disabilities – introducing children to the idea that all humans experience the world differently.

Fun under almost any circumstances, people-watching can serve as a great tool for young writers and thespians. The observations made in a particular context can help inspire or contribute to the development or portrayal of a character. Visit some of our suggested people-watching locations!

If you missed the Human Library Project when it took place at Williams College this past February, you have another chance to participate on Earth Day, this time in the Pioneer Valley! The UMass Amherst Libraries invite the public and the campus community to participate in the Human Library on Earth Day.

Help children learn about world cultures by participating in a culture box swap! Sort of like a collection-sending version of an international pen-pal relationship, culture box swaps allow families all around the world to learn about each others’ lives and to teach about their own. While exploring the specifics of another culture can lead to valuable learning, curating a collection of items to represent your own culture can lead to discoveries about local culture that are just as important.

This month in “The Dinner Table: Ideas and Inspiration for Family Mealtime,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, John Sarrouf advocates for the return of the toast, a ceremonial way of leaving the day behind and marking the beginning our meal together, of celebrating, and of connecting…

This month in “The Dinner Table: Ideas and Inspirations for Family Mealtimes,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, John Sarrouf takes a look at how the dinner table is a child’s first classroom for diversity…

The story of the Jewish community in the Pioneer Valley is detailed in a new exhibit at the Springfield Museums titled “One Hundred Years of Jewish Life in the Valley: From Shtetl to Suburb,” opening today! Through a combination of artifacts, photos, film, and personal histories, the exhibit documents the growth of the Jewish community in both size and influence from the early 20th century to the present day…

Book Series: Amy Hodgepodge Amy Hodgepodge: All Mixed Up by Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts. Fourth grader Amy Hodges was nicknamed Amy Hodgepodge by her friend Lola because Amy’s Japanese, African American, Korean, and white–a hodgepodge of many races. Inspired by their 38 nieces and nephew, many who are multiracial, writers and actors Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts want to help young people “embrace diversity because diversity is a beautiful thing.” Read… Read More

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