Hamptons + Holyoke Read


Holyoke Public Library is partnering with Forbes Library, Lilly Library and the libraries in Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton and many community partners to present a Community Read in March and April, 2017. The program will invite readers to participate in book discussions, film screenings, gallery exhibits, and a wide range of other events.

The book chosen for 2017 is Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman, popularized by the Netflix series. Originally published in 2010, this book tells the true story of the author’s time in a federal women’s prison where she served a 15-month sentence for drug trafficking. The author attended Smith College. Although the book gives a narrow view of prison life, we are using the title to have a wide-ranging community conversation including mass incarceration, youth in prison, prison reform, community policing, and more.
Orange is the New Black book cover

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison

by Piper Kerman
Follows the author’s incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.
States of Incarceration

States of Incarceration: a traveling exhibition

Concurrent with Hamptons + Holyoke Read, the national exhibit States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories is coming to Holyoke and Northampton during the month of March. For more information about the exhibit and related programs, please visit https://pv-soi.org/.

Legislation

The Real Cost of Prisons Project has provided a flier: Current Massachusetts Legislation Concerning Incarcerated and Criminalized Women

Contact

https://www.facebook.com/HamptonsHolyokeRead

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Events List

Title: States of Incarceration Exhibit (Holyoke)
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: All Day Event
Location: Off Site
Categories: Exhibitions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: March 1 through March 12

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At the Wauregan Building, 420 Dwight Street, Holyoke. Hosted by Wistariahurst Museum.

Details at https://wistariahurst.org/events/11696/

Full list of programs and events: https://pv-soi.org/programs/

This spring the national traveling exhibit States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories is coming to Holyoke and Northampton, hosted by Forbes Library, Historic Northampton and Wistariahurst in partnership with the UMass Amherst Public History Program and co-sponsored by the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series of the UMass Amherst Department of History.

In coordination with the exhibit, over 15 local organizations across 6 Pioneer Valley cities and towns are hosting lectures, workshops, film screenings, book discussions, performances and more on this critical social issue. The goal of the exhibit and programs is to spark public dialog about the history — and future — of mass incarceration in the U.S., a issue that impacts so many of our residents and communities in deep and far-reaching ways.

This is not the beginning of a conversation; It is the illumination of a dialogue and body of work that already exists in our region, with opportunities for all to learn more and get involved.

Title: Opening Reception/Kick-off
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Receptions
Description: at Holyoke Community College, Frost Building Room 309 (3rd floor)

Open-to-the public opening reception/kick-off for the partnership between HCC and Holyoke + Hamptons Read, just before the viewing of 13th. We will have food, coffee and tea. Welcoming speakers are still to be determined.

Title: Viewing of 13th
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: at Holyoke Community College‘s Fine & Performing Arts building
Title: Opening Reception for States of Incarceration Exhibit (Holyoke)
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Exhibitions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Receptions
Description: At the Wauregan Building, 420 Dwight Street, Holyoke. Hosted by Wistariahurst Museum.

Speakers will include Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and UMass Amherst Provost Katherine Newman.

After two years of intense effort by dozens of people, the national traveling exhibit States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories opens in the valley on March 1 at the Wauregan in Holyoke, before continuing on to Forbes Library and Historic Northampton. Please join us for the opening reception as partners, community members, experts, and others gather to learn and converse together.

Together, over 500 students and others deeply affected by incarceration in 20 cities created a diverse genealogy of the incarceration generation. It challenges all of us to remember our own past and use the insights of history to shape what happens next.

States of Incarceration is a project of the Humanities Action Lab, a coalition of universities led by The New School working with issue organizations and public spaces to create traveling public projects on the past, present, and future of pressing social issues.

RSVP appreciated: public@history.umass.edu

Title: Online photograph exhibit by Sara Bennet
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: All Day Event
Location: Off Site
Categories: Exhibitions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: March 1-31 on the Holyoke Public Library website

Life After Life in Prison: Portraits of Formerly Incarcerated Women. The four women here—convicted of murder and incarcerated for decades before their release—are the embodiment of a redeemed life, worthy of a second chance. I hope my photographs will remind us of the countless people still in prison who deserve that same chance.

Information about the exhibit and the artist: http://www.lifeafterlifeinprison.com/gallery/

Title: Book Drive for the Prison Book Program
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Time: All Day Event
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: March 6-April 3

Donation boxes will be located at Holyoke Community College and the public libraries in Westhampton, Easthampton, Holyoke, Southampton, and Northampton.

The Prison Book Program serves prisoners in hundreds of facilities (state and federal prisons in 44 states. They collect donated books and send them to prisoners based on requests received from individuals. Prison Book Program accepts new and very gently used paperback books, and most especially needs dictionaries and thesauri. Other most-needed books are

  1. Language dictionaries and grammar books (Spanish, Japanese, Hebrew, ASL)
  2. Exercise (yoga, weight lifting)
  3. Business (small business start-up, real estate, applying for loans)
  4. Hobbies (piano music, guitar, drawing, crocheting, chess, crossword puzzles, word games)
  5. Bible dictionaries and concordances as well as non-mainstream religions such as Wicca, paganism, spirits, dreams, tarot cards, etc.
  6. GLBTQ fiction, nonfiction and memoirs
  7. Japanese Manga and comics
  8. Westerns
  9. Cultural books, especially African American and Native American

They can’t accept hardcovers, spiral bound books or textbooks. A more complete list of what you can donate can be found on their website. http://prisonbookprogram.org/donatesection/donate-books/

Title: No More Talk About Us, Without Us!
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Presenter: Real Women Productions
Location: Off Site
Categories: Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events
Description: The Radical Real Women of ‘Orange is the New Black’ Speak

LOCATION: Franklin Patterson Main Lecture Hall, Hampshire College

Real Women of Orange is the New Black

Join several of the people whose lived experience informed the book and TV series ‘Orange is the New Black’ for a public panel discussion on the realities of women’s incarceration and the voyeuristic co-option of the experiences of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women for entertainment and profit.

The panel includes Carol Soto, Justine Moore, and Beatrice Codianni, all Founding Members of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (The Council), and will be moderated by Lois Ahrens, Founding Director of the Northampton-based Real Cost of Prisons Project and Founding Member of the Council.

Reception to follow at the Hampshire College Art Gallery, Harold F. Johnson Library

Presented by Real Women Productions in conjunction with Visiting Professor of Film & Video, Patricia Montoya, and Amy Halliday Director of the Hampshire College Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Forbes Library and the Hamptons + Holyoke Read program and the student group The Reader (Hampshire College).

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, through Credit Data Services, Inc. Fund; the President’s Discretionary Fund, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Ethics & the Common Good Project, Hampshire College, and HACU Hampshire 0271: ‘Pussy Grabs Back: Knowledge, Woman Power, and Art in the Contemporary Americas’.
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Title: States of Incarceration Exhibit (Northampton)
Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Time: All Day Event
Categories: Exhibitions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Recurring Events
Description: March 13 through April 1

At Forbes Library and Historic Northampton.

Open during each institution’s regular hours.

Details and additional events at https://pv-soi.org/.

Full list of programs and events at https://pv-soi.org/programs/

This spring the national traveling exhibit States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories is coming to Holyoke and Northampton, hosted by Forbes LibraryHistoric Northampton and Wistariahurst in partnership with the UMass Amherst Public History Program and co-sponsored by the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series of the UMass Amherst Department of History.

In coordination with the exhibit, over 15 local organizations across 6 Pioneer Valley cities and towns are hosting lectures, workshops, film screenings, book discussions, performances and more on this critical social issue.  The goal of the exhibit and programs is to spark public dialog about the history — and future — of mass incarceration in the U.S., a issue that impacts so many of our residents and communities in deep and far-reaching ways.

This is not the beginning of a conversation; It is the illumination of a dialogue and body of work that already exists in our region, with opportunities for all to learn more and get involved.

Title: Opening Reception for States of Incarceration Exhibit (Northampton)
Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Categories: Exhibitions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events, Receptions
Description: At Forbes Library and Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St.

Guided tour of the exhibition: 6 PM at Forbes Library.

A short discussion and guided tour of the exhibit will be offered by several local residents — scholars, students and activists — who played a role in creating the exhibit. Two of the presenters were members of the Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition, which fought the construction of the Chicopee jail in the early 2000s. Scenes from the protests are featured in the exhibit.

Voices Carry, reading by Voices From Inside: 7 PM at Historic Northampton.

After two years of intense effort by dozens of people, the national traveling exhibit States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories opens in the valley on March 1 The Wauregan in Holyoke, before continuing on to Forbes Library and Historic Northampton. Please join us for the opening reception as partners, community members, experts, and others gather to learn and converse together.

Together, over 500 students and others deeply affected by incarceration in 20 cities created a diverse genealogy of the incarceration generation. It challenges all of us to remember our own past and use the insights of history to shape what happens next.

States of Incarceration is a project of the Humanities Action Lab, a coalition of universities led by The New School working with issue organizations and public spaces to create traveling public projects on the past, present, and future of pressing social issues.

 

Title: Get a Clue with Lt Ian Illingsworth of the SPD
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Edwards Public Library, Southampton.

Children and their families are invited to spend the evening with Lt Illingsworth of the Southampton Police Department – learn how to find clues and use your powers of deduction! A kid friendly evening of finger printing fun!

Title: Afternoon Book Discussion: Just Mercy
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Book Discussions, Friday Afternoon Book Discussion, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Recurring Events
Description:
This month’s discussion will be about
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

 

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

The Afternoon Book Discussion group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month in the Watson Room for a casual hour long discussion. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices with a sprinkling of non-fiction, young adult, and classics with an emphasis on books appealing to an ecclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion.  Pre-registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Tea and light refreshments are served. 

Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk.

Title: Dick Evans: Marijuana, Beyond Legalization
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Lecture
Description: Florence. Hosted by Lilly Library.
Title: Coffee with a Cop
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Reference Room
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Meet & Greet, One-Time Events
Description:

Join us for a drop-in session where you can meet with Sgt. Corey Robinson of the Northampton Police Department. The Coffee-With-A-Cop program involves monthly opportunities for police officers and citizens to sit down, enjoy a beverage, and chat with each other.

coffee with a cop

 

Title: Book Discussion: Orange is the New Black
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Book Discussions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events
Title: Introduction to Stony Brook Jail and House of Correction
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Presenter: Sgt. Henry LaFortune, Hampden County Sheriff Department
Location: Off Site
Categories: Adult Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Young Adult Events
Description:

Holyoke Public Library

Sgt. Henry LaFortune’s presentation, “Introduction to Stony Brook Jail and House of Correction”. There will also be a display of items made by residents in the welding section of the House of Correction.

Title: What Drives Mass Incarceration in the United States and Here in Massachusetts
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Lecture
Description: Join Lois Ahrens, Founding Director of the Real Cost of Prisons Project and Founding Member of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls in exploring how our prisons and jails have grown from 250,000 incarerated women and men in the 1970’s to 2-3 million women and men incarcerated today. And, what you can do about it.

At Edwards Public Library, Southampton.

Title: Screening of 13th at Smith College
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Smith College, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Screening of Ava DuVernay’s film 13th. This Oscar-nominated documentary powerfully explores the intersection of racism and criminal justice, from its roots in slavery to today’s modern-day prison labor system.

Presented by Historic Northampton and the American Studies Department at Smith College.

Title: Voices Carry: Voices from Inside Reading
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Author Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton.

Voices from Inside makes a difference in the lives of incarcerated women by giving them the opportunity to find their voices and the power to change their lives through creative writing workshops.

http://www.voicesfrominside.org/

Title: Punishment in Paradise
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Presenter: Mike Ryan
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Lecture, Local History, One-Time Events
Description: The Peneology in Northampton, 1654-present 

lecture by Mike Ryan, a native of Northampton, board member of Historic Northampton, a former District Attorney, and a retired lawyer and judge. 

Sponsored by Historic Northampton and Forbes Library

Title: Mariposa & the Saint: A Play Through Letters
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Presenter: Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Performance
Description: At Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Ending Prolonged Solitary Confinement

Longtime friends and current collaborators Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca and Julia Steele Allen have written a play through the prison wall. Over the course of three years, crafted only by letters, they produced a story that is urgent, emotional and profound.

Now, from inside the isolation of solitary confinement, Mariposa speaks directly to an audience. Her words will change you. Join co-writer Julia Steele Allen for a performance of this play followed by a discussion with advocates, activists, formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. Learn how you can help end the torture of prolonged solitary confinement.

For more information, please go to www.plsma.org/Mariposa or contact Lizz Matos, Prisoners’ Legal Services, at lmatos@plsma.org.

Light refreshments will be served.

Free, donations welcome.

Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst in conjunction with Prisoners’ Legal Services and EMIT.

Title: Pathway to Change: The Jail Labyrinth Project
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Holyoke Public Library.

Documentary filmed at The Hampshire County Jail, about the labyrinth program started by Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry Villemaire. The film shows the development of curriculum, construction and dedication of the labyrinth.

Title: Book Discussion: Orange is the New Black
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Book Discussions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton.
Title: Collateral Consequences
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events, Panel Discussion
Description: Panel conversation with four Massachusetts residents with direct experience with incarceration. Elaine Arsenault, Veronica McNair, Donald Perry, and Jafet Robles will share their stories and views, providing a first-hand, human perspective on the effects of being directly impacted by the carceral state.
Title: Book Discussion: Orange is the New Black
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Book Discussions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Edwards Public Library, Southampton.
Title: Book Discussion: Holes
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Book Discussions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events, Young Adult Events
Description:

A discussion of the young adult novel Holes by Louis Sachar. Come for a chat and a snack!

Title: Book Discussion & Teen Workshop: OITNB and Race To Incarcerate
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Book Discussions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Young Adult Events
Description: At Holyoke Public Library.

Book discussion and workshop on Orange Is The New Black and the graphic novel Race To Incarcerate.

Group activity with teens based on Race to Incarcerate

The graphic novel focuses on mass incarceration and the impact on communities of color. We will read excerpts of the graphic novel and create our own “zines” surrounding themes of juvenile justice, mass incarceration, and the school to prison pipeline. Cheryl O’Connell from Wistariahurst will be co-facilitating this group.

Title: Real Madness: Warehousing People with Mental Illness in Prisons
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Lecture, One-Time Events
Description: Sponsored by Historic Northampton and Forbes Library

The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country and a substantial percentage of those prisoners have a serious mental illness. Contrary to their mission, prisons and jails have become the new asylums. Institutional responses to mentally ill prisoners are sometimes grossly inappropriate and harmful. In this presentation, Bob Fleischner, will discuss the reasons why so many people with mental illness are in prison, what prison life is like for many mentally ill prisoners, the very harmful misuse of solitary confinement, why prisoners’ rights litigation is important, how enlightened prison administrators have instituted important reforms, and why it will take more than reforming prisons to solve the problem.

Bob Fleischner is an attorney at the Center for Public Representation, a Northampton-based national public interest law firm. For more than 40 years, Bob has represented people with disabilities in systemic reform cases in Massachusetts and other states. His work focuses on people who are kept in segregated and isolated facilities, including prisons, jails and juvenile facilities.

Title: Dramatic Reading of Getting Out
Date: Monday, April 3, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events, Performance
Description: A staged reading by the Holyoke Community College Theatre Department of Getting Out, a play by Marsha Norman, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for ’Night, Mother. Getting Out is the story of Arlene, a woman struggling to survive on the outside after being incarcerated for eight years in a Kentucky prison. The guards, prison officials, and her former self (Arlie) all appear on stage in flashbacks.

Sponsored by Historic Northampton and Forbes Library

Title: Coffee with a Cop
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Meet & Greet
Description: At Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton.

Come to the Emily Williston Memorial Library for a drop-in session where you can meet with Community Officer Chad Alexander of the Easthampton Police Department.

Title: Prison Policy Initiative
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton.

Prison Policy Initiative published a report in early December that outlines imbalances in the ways probation fees are assessed and waived. Members of Prison Policy Initiave will present on their findings.

Title: End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Accessibility, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events
Description:

Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA

Pioneer Valley Project invites you to join us in the fight to end mass incarceration in Massachusetts. What they’re fighting for:

  • Repealing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug-related offenses
  • Changing the felony threshold threshold for theft from $250 for $1500
  • Increasing funding for re-entry programs and for job training and education during incarceration
  • Reducing CORI sealing times
  • Juvenile record expungement

Have questions? Contact Tara at 413-214-5100 or tara@pioneervalleyproject.org

Title: The Carceral Commonwealth/El estado de encarcelamiento del territorio autónomo
Date: April 6-29, 2017
Time: All Day Event
Location: Reading Room
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: Familias de Massachusetts y el encarcelamiento

For the month of April, Forbes Library will display a bilingual exhibit titled The Carceral Commonwealth on how incarceration impacts families and communities in Massachusetts. This five-panel series was created by students and faculty of the Public History program at UMass Amherst. It was displayed as part of States of Incarceration at Historic Northampton in March, and is now on display in the Forbes Reading Room.

Title: Prison Book Program Presentation
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Westhampton Public Library.

Katie Vhay from Prison Book Program to present on their organization and her experiences. Collection boxes will be available at participating libraries in the beginning of March to collect donations for the program.

Title: “Middle of Nowhere” Film Screening
Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Film Screenings, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Holyoke Public Library.

Screening of Ava Duvernay’s film Middle of Nowhere,about incarceration and the effects on family, with discussion following.

Title: Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Panel Discussion
Description: At Holyoke Community College‘s Fine & Performing Arts building.

Panelists are: Honorable Judge Michael Ponsor, State Senator Adam Hinds (tentative), Professor Jose Bou of Criminal Justice, and a speaker from Voices From Inside. HCC Criminal Justice Professor Nicole Hendricks will moderate.

Title: Book Discussion: Orange is the New Black
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Book Discussions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Westhampton Public Library.
Title: Book Discussion: Orange is the New Black
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Book Discussions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton.
Title: Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At A.P.E. Ltd., 126 Main Street, Northampton

Time's Up, by Larry Mocks

Artist, educator, and author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America (Princeton), Phyllis Kornfeld presents a slide talk on the alternative art world in prisons, a surprising collection of images and art forms that reveal this unseen culture and the faces of its inhabitants. She has been running visual art programs for incarcerated people and curating exhibitions of the work for 35 years. Kornfeld quotes men and women in institutions from county jail to death row. They are candid and insightful about their lives, their art, and their imprisonment.

Title: Introduction to Stony Brook Jail and House of Correction
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Presenter: Sgt. Henry LaFortune, Hampden County Sheriff Department
Location: Off Site
Categories: Adult Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Young Adult Events
Description:

Holyoke Public Library

Sgt. Henry LaFortune’s presentation, “Introduction to Stony Brook Jail and House of Correction”. There will also be a display of items made by residents in the welding section of the House of Correction.

Title: Book Discussion: Orange is the New Black
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Book Discussions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Lilly Library, Florence.
Title: Voices Carry Reading in Brattleboro, VT
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Presenter: Voices from Inside
Location: Off Site
Categories: Adult Events, Author Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events
Description:

113 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT

A reading in conjunction with a Marlboro College course on mass incarceration.

Title: Getting Out, a play by Marsha Norman
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Presenter: Holyoke Community College
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Performance
Description: At Holyoke Community College, Leslie Phillips Theater

The play, which will be directed by Professor Pat Sandoval, concerns a female prisoner just released from prison, who returns to her home in Kentucky.

http://www.hcc.edu/news/events/getting-out

Title: Getting Out, a play by Marsha Norman
Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Presenter: Holyoke Community College
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Performance
Description: At Holyoke Community College, Leslie Phillips Theater

The play, which will be directed by Professor Pat Sandoval, concerns a female prisoner just released from prison, who returns to her home in Kentucky.

http://www.hcc.edu/news/events/getting-out

Title: Getting Out, a play by Marsha Norman
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Presenter: Holyoke Community College
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Performance
Description: At Holyoke Community College, Leslie Phillips Theater

The play, which will be directed by Professor Pat Sandoval, concerns a female prisoner just released from prison, who returns to her home in Kentucky.

http://www.hcc.edu/news/events/getting-out

Title: Getting Out, a play by Marsha Norman
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Presenter: Holyoke Community College
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Performance
Description: At Holyoke Community College, Leslie Phillips Theater

The play, which will be directed by Professor Pat Sandoval, concerns a female prisoner just released from prison, who returns to her home in Kentucky.

http://www.hcc.edu/news/events/getting-out

Title: Law Enforcement Panel
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Adult Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events
Description:

Panel discussion on community policing with law enforcement officials and activists including Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper; Hampshire County Sheriff Patrick Cahillane; Don Perry, local activist and founder of Project Operation Change; Tyrone A. Wallace, Sr., criminal justice reform activist, founder of S.T.E.P. Services, a program designed to reduce recidivism of previously incarcerated individuals and assist in their reintegration back to the community, and co-founder of Critical Resistance Western Mass; and Laura Briggs, chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst.

Title: Labyrinth Walk at Mont Marie
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: At Mont Marie in Holyoke.

Experience the labyrinth walk with Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry.

Title: Voices Carry (Voices from Inside Reading)
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Author Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read
Description: at Holyoke Community College‘s Fine & Performing Arts building.

Performance and poetry reading by formerly incarcerated women via Voices From Inside.

Title: Women, Crime and Justice: Mass Incarceration and Mothering
Date: Monday, May 8, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, Lecture, Local History
Description: At Westhampton Public Library.

Nicole Hendricks of HCC will present. The number of women behind bars or under some form of correctional control has risen significantly in the last four decades, where now, no country incarcerates more women than the United States. At the intersections of this crisis, we find disproportionate numbers of women of color, and poor women, many of whom leave behind children, and are more likely to be locked up thousands of miles away from those children. What are the collateral consequences for our communities when parenting takes place behind bars?

Title: Open Mic Featuring Writers from Voices From Inside
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Off Site
Categories: Adult Events, Author Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events
Description:

9 Mill Street, Greenfield, MA

Open Mic at Third Tuesday Greenfield Word

 

Sponsors and Participating Organizations

 

Edwards Public Library, Southampton
Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton
Forbes Library, Northampton
Holyoke Public Library
Lilly Library, Florence
Westhampton Public Library
Historic Northampton
Wistariahurst Museum
University of Massachusetts Amherst/Public History Program
The New School/Humanities Action Lab
Holyoke Community College
Smith College
City of Holyoke
Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
A.P.E. Gallery
Prison Policy Initiative
Voices From Inside
Real Cost of Prisons Project
MA Northwestern District Attorney
Northampton Police Department
Easthampton Police Department
Southampton Police Department
Hampshire Sheriff’s Department
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department
Center for Public Representation
Daily Hampshire Gazette
Easthampton Savings Bank
Florence Bank

With additional support from Emily’s Friends of the Library, Friends of Lilly Library, Friends of the Holyoke Public Library, Friends of Forbes Library, Friends of the Edwards Public Library, and Friends of the Westhampton Public Library.