Whether the Big E — the Northeast’s largest fair and country’s only multi-state fair — is an annual tradition or a source of regional pride, you’ll find much to learn from 100 Years on the Avenue: The Story of the Big E, airing tonight on WGBY at 8pm. WGBY’s production team, led by Dave Fraser, worked tirelessly to craft this important, new local documentary.
We can hear the dedication behind the film’s production in Fraser’s words: “I wanted to create a documentary that really told the story of The Big E from the perspective of each of the six New England states. The Big E is much more than amusement rides and corn dogs; it’s about industry and agriculture. It’s about our livelihoods and our food supply.”
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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. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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.
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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 Continue reading
My 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 Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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
You’ll find holiday magic this season on the second floor of the Springfield Science Museum where Seussian Holiday: Gingerbread Competition is casting its spell until January 3, 2016. Inside this enchanted space, the scent of sugary gingerbread and the festive sounds of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas set the stage for fantastic gingerbread creations of all shapes and sizes by young and old.
For resources on Dr. Seuss, gingerbread, The Cat in the Hat and more, Continue reading
WGBY celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with upcoming programming and a special event in our studios. This Friday at 10pm, the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards pays tribute to Latinos by Latinos with celebrated Hispanic artists. On October 15 at 5:30pm, WGBY hosts Herencia Latina as part of a celebration of our region’s Latino American Heritage. After a musical performance by Heshima Moja, we’ll screen “Episode IV: The New Latinos,” with Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, STCC Vice President of Student Affairs, facilitating the evening’s discussion.
PBS LearningMedia also offers hundreds of educational resources Continue reading