Forbes Library

Forbes Library Northampton's public library offers a large collection of books, movies, and other materials for public use, answers questions, and hosts a variety, of workshops, lectures, and other programs for all ages and interests.
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See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-462 ***There are 14 new best...
11/20/2019

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:

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There are 14 new bestsellers, two new movies, 20 new audiobooks, seven new music CDs, 39 new children's books, and 93 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "David Baldacci Fall 2019," "The Queen of Nothing," and "Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse." The new movies this week are "The Addams Family" and "Another State of Mind."

Consumer Reports has information on food safety, data privacy, car safety, consumer protections, Robocalls, and many oth...
11/16/2019

Consumer Reports has information on food safety, data privacy, car safety, consumer protections, Robocalls, and many other topics, including, of course, product ratings and reviews. Forbes Library card holders can access Consumer Reports online from anywhere in the world. Just enter your library card when prompted. And everyone can use Consumer Reports online and Consumer Reports' many print publications here in the library.

https://forbeslibrary.org/blog/lib_databases/consumer-reports/

We're delighted to be hosting an Art Sparks party this Saturday, 11/16, at 11:00 in the Community Room. Meet art educato...
11/15/2019

We're delighted to be hosting an Art Sparks party this Saturday, 11/16, at 11:00 in the Community Room. Meet art educators Marion Abrams and Hilary Emerson Lay and make a felt bird craft from their new book, Art Sparks! All art materials will be provided for free, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. This event is intended for children ages 5+.

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-461 ***There are 13 new best...
11/13/2019

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-461 ***

There are 13 new bestsellers, one new movie, ten new audiobooks, 16 new music CDs, one new children's book, and 58 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "Twisted Twenty-Six," "A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston," and "Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods." The new movie this week is "The Teaching Company - Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance."

Tomorrow! Fiery Hope: an evolution of the Amandla Chorus closes out our 2019 series, PLUS Eveline McDougall reads excerp...
11/12/2019
Music and Social Justice Series: Fiery Hope: an evolution of the Amandla Chorus

Tomorrow! Fiery Hope: an evolution of the Amandla Chorus closes out our 2019 series, PLUS Eveline McDougall reads excerpts from her new memoir about 30 years of Amandla!
https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/5190527

Forbes Library's Music and Social Justice series finishes with a performance by Fiery Hope, an Evolution of the Amandla Chorus. Founder and director Eveline MacDougall will also present selected readings fr...

Forbes Library has many museum passes available to borrow! Passes can be reserved for up to four hours by calling 413-58...
11/09/2019

Forbes Library has many museum passes available to borrow! Passes can be reserved for up to four hours by calling 413-587-1011, extension 2.

https://forbeslibrary.org/help/museum-passes/

Helpful tip: Libraries list museum passes in the online catalog, just like books! The titles are most often entered as Museum Pass for [name of museum]

National Novel Writing Month is the perfect time to check out our Writing Club for ages 8-12! We're meeting next Wednesd...
11/08/2019

National Novel Writing Month is the perfect time to check out our Writing Club for ages 8-12! We're meeting next Wednesday, November 13, at 3:30. We'll warm up with a few writing prompts, have some snacks, and get writing! Feel free to bring writing projects in progress, and if you feel comfortable sharing your work, new or old, we'll have time for that too!

11/07/2019

The elevator is working again.

11/06/2019

[11/7/2019 12:36. Update! It's fixed!]

Our main elevator is out of order. We hope to have it back in operation soon. The elevator in the front entrance, which gives access to the first floor, is working. We will update this post with more information.

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-460 ***There are 11 new best...
11/06/2019

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-460 ***

There are 11 new bestsellers, 12 new movies, ten new audiobooks, 47 new children's books, and 72 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "Dog Man #8," "Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel," and "Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry." The new movies this week include "The Big Clock," "Harmonia," and "The Ice King."

11/02/2019
Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors

Thanks to Amandine Vaget who nominated Forbes to be the subject of this video!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1320825884732376

Northampton's Public Library, The Forbes Library, opened in 1894, as a result of a bequest by Judge Charles E. Forbes, who wished to build a public library for the citizens of Northampton, Massachusetts. The massive three-story stone building, which is on the Register of Historic Buildings, was designed to be completely fire proof with all steel framing and stone, slate, and copper exterior. A complete renovation of the interior was finished in 2001 accentuating many of the Forbes' unique features such as the glass mezzanine floors, expansive spaces, and the Guastavino arches which actually support the second floor.

There's always have a huge selection of books, music, movies, and children's multimedia. The Forbes Library even lends banjos, guitars, ukuleles and a variety of other musical instruments.

Their event calendar is jammed packed and you can check it out here - https://bit.ly/2kJaR5V.

At Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors, we're all about community and our Community Video series introduces you to the treasure that is Western Massachusetts. We invite you to check out all of our Community Videos. Just click on the "Videos" tab on the left hand side of this page. Enjoy!

Looking for some Saturday fun? On November 16, at 11 am, we're hosting an Art Sparks party! Meet art educators Marion Ab...
11/01/2019

Looking for some Saturday fun? On November 16, at 11 am, we're hosting an Art Sparks party! Meet art educators Marion Abrams and Hilary Emerson Lay and make a felt bird craft from their new book! All art materials will be provided
for free, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.
This event is intended for children ages 5+.

It's the first Friday of the month and time for YOUR NEXT GREAT READ LIVE!!! Post a title you've enjoyed here and we wil...
11/01/2019

It's the first Friday of the month and time for YOUR NEXT GREAT READ LIVE!!! Post a title you've enjoyed here and we will respond with suggestions for other books (or movies, or music) we think you'll like! Librarians are standing by 11:00 am till 1:00 pm.

Halloween costumes from 50 years ago, October 1969, courtesy of the Daily Hampshire Gazette collection at Forbes Library...
10/31/2019

Halloween costumes from 50 years ago, October 1969, courtesy of the Daily Hampshire Gazette collection at Forbes Library. Have a safe and fun evening everyone! #throwbackthursday

Trick or treat!
10/31/2019

Trick or treat!

Happy Halloween!

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-459 ***There are 20 new best...
10/30/2019

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-459 ***

There are 20 new bestsellers, 37 new movies, four new audiobooks, and 50 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "The Beautiful Ones," "A Warning," and "Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over." The new movies this week include "Ken Burns: Country Music," "Chernobyl," and "David Crosby: Remember My Name."

Read like there's no tomorrow, and then chat about it at our Kids' Book Club (ages 8-12), or our Teen Book Club! We meet...
10/25/2019

Read like there's no tomorrow, and then chat about it at our Kids' Book Club (ages 8-12), or our Teen Book Club! We meet monthly.

10/24/2019

The Hampshire Room for Local History will be closed today for work as part of the complete window restoration project of all 150+ windows in the library. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and expect to reopen the Local History Room tomorrow and Saturday for its regular 1-5pm hours.

For more info on the window restoration project:
https://forbeslibrary.org/blog/2019/05/22/historic-window-restoration-at-forbes-library/

125 years ago this afternoon...on October 23rd, 1894, Forbes Library officially opened our doors to the community. 600 p...
10/23/2019
Forbes Library Timeline | Forbes Library

125 years ago this afternoon...on October 23rd, 1894, Forbes Library officially opened our doors to the community. 600 people gathered in the spacious upper floor to celebrate and welcome all into the new building. We are so grateful to the community we serve for their support and all the ways they engage with the library. To celebrate our 125th birthday, we have created a new timeline of the library's history. It is designed to be a living document, with new entries, corrections, and updates to be added in the days and years ahead.

https://forbeslibrary.org/forbes-library-timeline/

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-458 ***There are 22 new best...
10/23/2019

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-458 ***

There are 22 new bestsellers, two new movies, and 118 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "The Guardians," "The Night Fire," and "Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life." The new movies this week are "The Mad Adventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob" and "The Erlprince."

We are so grateful to Friends of Forbes Library for being our BFF! Join us in applauding all their contributions to the ...
10/21/2019

We are so grateful to Friends of Forbes Library for being our BFF! Join us in applauding all their contributions to the programs and services of the library!

It's our favorite week of the year: National Friends of Libraries Week. We invite you to celebrate by "friending" the Forbes Library and renewing your membership today: forbeslibrary.org/friends. #nfolweek19

Toby's on vacation today, but next Friday, 10/25, our favorite reading dog is celebrating his birthday! Want to read to ...
10/18/2019

Toby's on vacation today, but next Friday, 10/25, our favorite reading dog is celebrating his birthday! Want to read to Toby on his special day? Call the Children's Department at 587-1010 or email [email protected] to sign up for a ten-minute spot!

Richard Frary has gifted 2 large binders full of postcards! Here is a page of Forbes Library postcards. To see this new ...
10/17/2019

Richard Frary has gifted 2 large binders full of postcards! Here is a page of Forbes Library postcards. To see this new collection visit the Hampshire Room for Local History on Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1-5 or by appointment.

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-457 ***There are 11 new best...
10/16/2019

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-457 ***

There are 11 new bestsellers, four new movies, five new music CDs, 35 new children's books, and 68 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "The Giver of Stars," "The 19th Christmas," and "What Happens in Paradise." The new movies this week include "Abominable," "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," and "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark."

MassHire is having a Google Drive for Job Seekers workshop. Sign up at the Greenfield office (413) 774-4361 (800-457-260...
10/15/2019

MassHire is having a Google Drive for Job Seekers workshop. Sign up at the Greenfield office (413) 774-4361 (800-457-2603 toll-free) or email [email protected].

Sign up for our second ever Google Drive for Job Seekers workshop, which is taking place at the Forbes Library in Northampton!

The Massachusetts Center for the Book has opened the call for submissions to the 20th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. ...
10/12/2019
Mass Book Awards — Massachusetts Center for the Book

The Massachusetts Center for the Book has opened the call for submissions to the 20th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. The awards recognize significant achievements by Massachusetts residents in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, middle-grade/young adult literature, and picture books/early readers.The Call for books published in 2019 is open from October 1 to December 31, 2019.

https://www.massbook.org/mass-book-awards

We're getting into the October spirit in the Children's Department! Join Sarah next Friday to make spooky, fancy, or sil...
10/11/2019

We're getting into the October spirit in the Children's Department! Join Sarah next Friday to make spooky, fancy, or silly pumpkins- we'll provide the supplies, including the mini pumpkins! For ages 3-8.

Forbes Library Mezzanine and spiral stairs prior to their removal for elevator construction, 1986. Join us for 2 upcomin...
10/10/2019

Forbes Library Mezzanine and spiral stairs prior to their removal for elevator construction, 1986.
Join us for 2 upcoming programs on the history of the library as we conclude celebrating our 125th year! Librarian Elise Bernier-Feeley at Arts Night Out on Friday October 11 at 5pm will lead an architectural tour of the interior of the library. On Thursday October 17 at 3PM as part of the Cookies with a Curator series, Brian Tabor and JoAnn Petcen will lead Library Spaces : Past, Present & Future, a then and now look at the Forbes. The tours will be moving about the building with a portable amplifier and all spaces are accessible by elevator. If you have mobility or accessibility questions, email [email protected] or call 413-587-1014

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-456 ***There are 27 new best...
10/09/2019

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-456 ***

There are 27 new bestsellers, five new movies, 19 new music CDs, two new children's books, and 84 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled," "Bloody Genius," and "Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity." The new movies this week include "Shadow," "The Third Wife," and "The Wild Pear Tree."

10/05/2019
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Do you know about the Northampton Senior Center's Dial-a-Ride program?

The Dial-A-Ride program is a door-to-door transportation service available to residents of Northampton, Florence, and Leeds, aged 60 or older. Van rides are for local trips only. One-way trips cost $1; round trips cost $2. It a great way to get around town and a great way to visit Forbes Library!

Please note that drivers are not allowed to leave the van. Please plan ahead with a friend or care provider if you require assistance getting to and from the van.

The Senior Center recommends that you book your trip at least 48 hours in advance (1 week in advance for medical trips).

https://forbeslibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Northampton-Senior-Services-NEW-Transportation-Booklet-6.23.17-PDF.pdf

Check out our October Teen Arts schedule! Next Monday, October 7, at 3:00, make a paper-mâché mask! All materials prov...
10/04/2019

Check out our October Teen Arts schedule! Next Monday, October 7, at 3:00, make a paper-mâché mask! All materials provided, teens only.

It's the first Friday of the month and time for YOUR NEXT GREAT READ LIVE!!! Post a title you've enjoyed here and we wil...
10/04/2019

It's the first Friday of the month and time for YOUR NEXT GREAT READ LIVE!!! Post a title you've enjoyed here and we will respond with suggestions for other books (or movies, or music) we think you'll like!

Please note that while we generally are able to respond quickly when you comment between 11:00 am till 1:00 pm, we will not be so prompt today. We will respond over the next few days as time allows. Thanks for your understanding.

Photo of the Forbes Library 1st floor lobby, 1916.  Join us for 2 upcoming programs on the history of the library as we ...
10/03/2019

Photo of the Forbes Library 1st floor lobby, 1916. Join us for 2 upcoming programs on the history of the library as we conclude celebrating our 125th year! Librarian Elise Bernier-Feeley at Arts Night Out on Friday October 11 at 5pm will lead an architectural tour of the interior of the library. On Thursday October 17 at 3PM as part of the Cookies with a Curator series, Brian Tabor and JoAnn Petcen will lead Library Spaces : Past, Present & Future, a then and now look at the Forbes. The tours will be moving about the building with a portable amplifier and all spaces are accessible by elevator. If you have mobility or accessibility questions, email [email protected] or call 413-587-1014

10/02/2019

Due to construction, the usual exit to the Forbes Library parking lot will be closed until 3PM today. Until that time our handicap parking spaces and drive-up access to the bookdrops will be unavailable. We are sorry for the inconvenience!

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-455 ***There are seven new b...
10/02/2019

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-455 ***

There are seven new bestsellers, 64 new movies, three new audiobooks, 54 new children's books, and 33 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "Rebel," "American Royals," and "Serpent & Dove." The new movies this week include "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum," "Yesterday," and "Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island."

We are so pleased to congratulate local author Ocean Vuong who has been named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. Ocean will be rea...
09/28/2019

We are so pleased to congratulate local author Ocean Vuong who has been named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. Ocean will be reading at Forbes in April as part of the series Our Work and Why We Do It, run by our Writer in Residence, Art Middleton. Congratulations, Ocean!

https://www.macfound.org/fellows/1052/

Did you know that we have Baby Storytime on Mondays at 11? Babies (0-18 months) and their parents and caregivers come to...
09/27/2019

Did you know that we have Baby Storytime on Mondays at 11? Babies (0-18 months) and their parents and caregivers come together for 15-20 minutes of stories, songs, and bounces. The rest of the hour is playtime, with toys provided by the library!

Two views of the Northampton State Hospital generously donated to Forbes Library Special Collections this month. Photogr...
09/26/2019

Two views of the Northampton State Hospital generously donated to Forbes Library Special Collections this month. Photographer and dates unknown.

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-454 ***There are 29 new best...
09/25/2019

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-454 ***

There are 29 new bestsellers, six new movies, one new audiobook, three new children's books, and 126 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "Inside Out: A Memoir," "Know My Name: A Memoir," and "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know." The new movies this week include "Echo in the Canyon," "The Lion King," and "Ping Pong the Animation: Complete Series [Blu-ray]."

Podcasting Workshops for teens continue through the fall and winter! The next one is Thursday, September 26, at 3:15. Si...
09/20/2019

Podcasting Workshops for teens continue through the fall and winter! The next one is Thursday, September 26, at 3:15. Sign up today by emailing [email protected], or calling 587-1010.

Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum
09/19/2019

Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum

From September 18, 1929 the opening of Mt. Tom Bridge in Easthampton. Photo of Grace Coolidge, Dr. John C. Allen (Coolidge friend), Calvin Coolidge, Avalon Robertston (state engineer) and A. P. Rounds (bridge contractor) standing on the bridge. The photo location today is on Mt Tom Road (Rte. 5) at the Northampton/Easthampton town line near the public boat ramp and before East Street in Easthampton. (Photo # CC: A10.36A).

Address

20 West St
Northampton, MA
01060

General information

Located in downtown Northampton, just across from Smith College, Forbes Library is Northampton's public library. The Forbes collections are large and varied including not only popular fiction and non-fiction, large arts and music and children’s departments, and an impressive art gallery, but also an extensive local history and genealogy collection for Hampshire County as well as the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. Forbes also offers Northampton an array of programming and reference services for both children and adults, ranging from author readings, to music and dance demonstrations, dramatic readings and performances, to writing workshops, book and poetry discussion groups, internet training workshops, knitting, chess, and storytime. Catering to underserved populations of the community, Forbes offers an Outreach Program which delivers materials to nursing homes and the homebound. Forbes Library is a member of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System and the C/W MARS network of libraries in Central and Western Massachusetts.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(413) 587-1011

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