'Top Chef' and Author Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques

Monday November 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Kristen Kish was born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI. She showed an affinity for cooking at a young age. Her mother suggested she go to culinary school and since attending Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Kish has never looked back.

After moving to Boston, Kish worked in many high-profile restaurants including Michelin-star Chef Guy Martin’s Sensing and Barbara Lynch’s Stir as Chef de Cuisine, overseeing all back of house operations, including the design and execution of nightly menus and demonstration dinners for 10 guests. Kish competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10 where she won the coveted title, becoming the second female chef to win the prestigious competition. She went on to become Chef de Cuisine of Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch’s fine dining restaurant. She left this position in 2014 to travel the world and write a cookbook.

Kish was co-host of “36 Hours,” a Travel Channel show that partnered with The New York Times to bring the hit newspaper column to television. In each episode, co-hosts Kish and Kyle Martino arrived in a new city where they had 36 hours to explore the most delicious foods and hot spots, and experienced the best attractions unique to each place.

Kish is currently traveling and will be going on tour with her first cookbook - Kristen Kish Cooking – which launches late October 2017.

Film: Death is NOT the Answer

Friday December 1, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Keith Famie unearths the roots of depression and explores the reasons for suicidal tendencies in this documentary. The film features people from all over the country whose lives have been affected by suicide and depression, including suicide survivors, those who have lost friends and family to suicide, and medical professionals specializing in mental health. Death is NOT the Answer explores the causes of suicide while conveying the message that there are always alternatives to taking one’s own life. Keith Famie will moderate discussion after the film.

Winter Ballet Storytime Fun!

Saturday December 2, 2017: 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool–grade 2.

Enjoy a special celebration of the art of ballet! Join us for a program of creative movement, music, and fun.

3D Sculptures

Sunday December 3, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 2

Use wire, foam, and your imagination to create your own 3D sculpture!

Film: The Armor of Light

Tuesday December 5, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 9 - Adult

In a gripping portrait of courage, director Abigail E. Disney follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the moral strength to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue.

This film is being screened in partnership with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America of Washtenaw County.

Cookies Galore with Keegan Rodgers!

Wednesday December 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make cookies galore!

In this class, students will learn all about how to make a variety of cookies for the holidays or anytime. The ingredients, the steps involved with each cookie, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. Keegan will have cookies to taste too!

This event is a partnership with the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Danish Heart Baskets

Saturday December 16, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 4-adult

In Scandinavia, they celebrate Jul, which stretches from mid-November to mid-January. One tradition of Jul is to weave heart baskets out of felt, fabric or paper.

Make your own Danish heart baskets to fill with goodies and decorate your own home!

Felt Ball Fun!

Sunday December 17, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop.

Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap, and some patience to get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration.

Preschool ArtStart

Monday December 18, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5, siblings welcome

Preschoolers can make art, too!

Join us for fun crafts for children age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Perler Bead Party

Wednesday December 27, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Make your own fusible bead creations.