RECESS Critter songs, financial literacy and library fun

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Author and teacher Jana Laiz will at 1 p.m. on Thursday, talk about her book "Weeping Under This Same Moon," at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. The book is based on the true story of two teenage girls from different cultures, whose paths intertwine, dramatically altering the course of their lives. Laiz is the first and current writer-in-residence at Herman Melville's Arrowhead in Pittsfield. Info: Stephanie Bordeau at 413-499-9345 or

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Miss Hall's School, 492 Holmes Road, is seeking area professional women to volunteer as mentors for the 17th annual Money Matters financial literacy workshops to be held on Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 17, at the school in Pittsfield.

Volunteer mentors are asked to commit to one of the program's two days, which run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day. Mentors work in pairs with small groups of eighth-grade girls, who come from all over Berkshire County, to help students carry out instructions in the workshop. Mahnaz Mahdavi, Ph.D., professor of economics at Smith College, will lead the program. For more information or to RSVP as a mentor, contact Sandy Moon, assistant to the head of school at Miss Hall's, at 413-395-7027 or

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The Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown, will host from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, a free family program, "Greylock Critters: History Stories and Songs." Narrated by Park Interpreter Mike Whalen, this program features local folk trio Wintergreen along with a cast of colorful critters and a few of the human characters that have made their home in this special place. Info: or call 413-458-2160 and ask for Sarah.

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Preschool Story Time continues on Thursdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m., in the Children's Room of the Lee Library, 100 Main St., in Lee. Children ages 2 1/2 to 5 and their caregivers can come and enjoy this free, interactive program. Info: or 413-243-0385

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Volunteer Trail Work Day at Tamarack Hollow will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in Windsor. Participants can help clear while they learn about the trails and clear the site of the nature center building at Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. Snacks provided but please bring your own gloves. Email to register and for directions, and visit for more information.

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