RECESS | Things to do this week: Launch a book, explore history, watch a new film

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From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Norman Rockwell Museum, located on Route 183 in Stockbridge, will celebrate the launch of the children's books, "Norman Rockwell's A Day in the Life of a Girl" and "Norman Rockwell's A Day in the Life of a Boy." At 1:30 p.m., enjoy a conversation between author Will Lach, vice president and editorial director of Abbeville Press, and Mary Whalen Leonard, one of Norman Rockwell's favorite child models. A reading and booksigning will follow. Guests are also invited to create an artwork that describes a day in their lives.

These activities are included in regular admission: free for youths 18 and under, $10 for college students, $17 for veterans, $18 for seniors, $20 for adults. Info: 413-931-2221 or

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The Library of Congress has launched three web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civic participation for use in K-12 classrooms. From stepping behind the camera with photographers who fought against child labor to building a timeline that traces African Americans' journey towards freedom, students are able to do all these things and more using the set of new free educational interactives, available at

Eagle Eye Citizen, developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, engages middle and high school students in solving and creating interactive challenges on American history, civics and government. Engaging Congress, developed by Indiana University Center on Representative Government, offers game-based learning activities. KidCitizen, developed by Muzzy Lane Software, teaches K-5 students to engage with history through using primary sources.

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UBU Theater will screen at 7 p.m. on Saturday the documentary "Spettacolo," at the Union Church Of Tyringham, 128 Main Road, Tyringham. The screening is $5 general admission, free for Tyringham residents. Directed by Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen, the film chronicles a tiny Tuscan village's 50 years of community-based theater, demonstrating theater's impact and transformative influence. The 89-minute film runs in Italian, with English subtitles. Info:

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The Trustees of Reservations will offer two special family events on Friday.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bartholomew's Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, in Sheffield, will host a free Story Book Walk, during which families can meander down a trail and find a sequence of pages from a beloved children's story along the way. Info: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or

At 10 a.m. at Notchview on Route 9 in Windsor, meet at the Budd Visitor Center and enjoy a hike down the new kids' trail, with a s'mores treat at the finish. The fee is $5 general admission. Info: 413-200-7262 or

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Deborah Rothschild, consulting curator to the Equal Justice Initiative and former senior curator at the Williams College Museum of Art, will visit Williams College on Tuesday, Nov. 28, to discuss the origin and evolution of Bryan Stevenson's multi-layered National Memorial for Peace and Justice that will open this coming spring on six acres of land in Montgomery, Ala. The exhibit addresses the thousands of lynchings of African Americans in the southern U.S.

This free, public talk will take place at 7 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium at the college's Paresky Center, in Williamstown.


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