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This Saturday, September 24, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, you can bring family and friends to the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle for LittleFest, Springfield’s annual celebration of literacy.  Arts & crafts activities, storytelling and much more await, and admission is free for WGBY members, museum members, and Springfield residents.

WGBY will be there with free books for children and special appearances by PBS KIDS’ Arthur.  The longest-running PBS KIDS program, Arthur — produced by Boston’s WGBH — offers a wealth of 21st Century resources for children, families and teachers.  (more…)

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For many years, WGBY has made its vast collection of PBS content available to educators throughout Western Massachusetts, giving direct access to over 2,000 DVD/Blu-ray discs for classroom viewing. Now, the general public will be able to enjoy this growing content — for free with just a library card.

The launch of the WGBY Collection at the Springfield’s Central Branch, 220 State Street, is May 24 at 1:00pm and (more…)

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Northampton’s 35th Pride’s Parade & Pride Event is this Saturday, May 7, and WGBY, as a proud supporter, will be participating in the parade festivities.

PBS also offers a range of LGBT resources (more…)

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Elms College has a BioBlitz at Chicopee Memorial State Park from 9-3pm this Saturday, April 30, 2016, in which scientists, naturalists, and volunteers will conduct an intense survey to find and identify all living creatures (birds, plants, insects, and mammals) in that particular region on that one day.

In addition to information about how students, teachers, parents, and friends as well as those able to act as experts can contact Elms College about the event, we want to share classroom resources about (more…)

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IMG_9456My name is Anna Grady and, as a senior at Westfield High School, I have been lucky enough to intern here at WGBY in the Education and Community Engagement Department these past few months.

Growing up in a large, close-knit family who celebrates its Irish heritage proudly, St. Patrick’s Day is a big day. Those of Irish heritage are often enthusiastic about their ancestry anytime of year; however, this day is extra special, a day to love and honor where their families come from.

Here in Western MA, the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a huge, annual event that draws many people from the area. With representation from many surrounding towns and cities, the local high school bands, fire and police departments, and all others marching by, there is no shortage of excitement.  This year the parade was even more special for me and my family.  As a member of the 2016 Westfield Colleen Court, I was (more…)

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As Valentines Day approaches, WGBY prepares to celebrate Love for Learning — a PBS Kids Fan Fair — on February 20th from 10am to 4pm at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.  Fun learning for families will fill the day, which includes PBS KIDS characters Elmo and Curious George, Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, children’s authors and illustrators, a special screening, and much more. (more…)

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The guiding questions for this year’s Technology in Education (TiE) Conference, “Connected Teachers / Connected Learners,” are compelling ones.   They have to do with how technology can engage local and global communities, center young people’s voices, support authentic and empowering partnerships, and connect teachers.  Equally important to ask, what are the skills, experience and mindset that teachers and students need to be successful?
WGBY will be among conference presenters on Thursday, January 14, at Holyoke Community College with


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