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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05/18/2019
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Mango Languages is a popular tool for learning a new language. It's available on the web or as an app, and it's free to Forbes Library cardholders!

Want to form your very own Baby-Sitters Club, or know a teen who might? We're very excited to be hosting Cooley Dickinso...
05/17/2019

Want to form your very own Baby-Sitters Club, or know a teen who might? We're very excited to be hosting Cooley Dickinson's Supersitters Course on Saturday, June 1, from 12- 4:30. Supersitters need to be 12 or older, and must sign up in advance by calling Cooley Dickinson at 1-888-554-4234. The cost for this course is partially covered by our wonderful Friends of Forbes, so the fee for each participant is only $20.

Group photo of recruits, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Wednesday, May 5, 1943. This photo is featured in our lobby display ca...
05/16/2019

Group photo of recruits, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Wednesday, May 5, 1943. This photo is featured in our lobby display case as part of a display honoring former librarian Stanley Greenberg's war service and the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

We are not sure if the order of names correspond to the men pictured. Can anyone confirm who was who in this photo? There is also one name missing.

This photo was printed in the Gazette of local Men leaving to join Armed Forces At Fort Devens. They are shown at the railroad station, where Mrs. Grace Coolidge and Mrs. John Finn aided in the send-off by presenting them with a box lunch and gifts. The men were listed as: Stephen J. Bondo, Bernard F. Wilga, Henry Krawczynski, John Moraski, Walter Spokowski, Richard C. Himmelsbach, Leslie Savino, Raymond G. Blondin; (second row): Francis I. Parisson, Daniel T. O’Shea, Jr., Stanley Greenberg, William C. Golden, Robert E. Parent, William H. McGill, Francis D. Ertel, Alfred Straw, Francis Kielbowicz, Robert R. Rauch, Roger F. Bassett and Victor B. Frenier.

Photo courtesy of the Greenberg family.

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-435 ***There are two new bes...
05/15/2019

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

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There are two new bestsellers, 49 new movies, one new audiobook, two new music CDs, 14 new children's books, and 41 other new books, including one that is available online.

The new bestsellers this week are "Neon Prey" and "Machines Like Me: A Novel." The new movies this week include "Finding Nemo," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition," and "Perfect Blue."

Sometimes getting to the library is manageable, but getting into the library is just too much. Whether it's a sick kid o...
05/11/2019
Curbside Pickup Program | Forbes Library

Sometimes getting to the library is manageable, but getting into the library is just too much. Whether it's a sick kid or bad knee, we are happy to meet you in the parking lot with the books and other library materials you have on hold. Checkout the link for details!

Curbside Pickup ProgramSick kid? Arthritis flare-up? Broken leg?Let us bring library items to your car.This service is intended for patrons who find it difficult to access the library building for any reason.How It Works:Place the item(s) you want on hold in the library catalog or call the Children....

Do you want to tell a story? Record your cat purring? Interview your grandma? Make noise? Report the news? Produce music...
05/10/2019

Do you want to tell a story? Record your cat purring? Interview your grandma? Make noise? Report the news? Produce music? Start a podcast? Our sound artist workshops for middle and high schoolers are continuing in May (5/23), June (6/27), and July (7/25)! Sign up required: email [email protected], call (413)-587-1010 or visit the YA & Children's Desk.

Three views of the Old Mill River path from Veterans Field through Downtown Northampton. Come out this upcoming Monday a...
05/09/2019

Three views of the Old Mill River path from Veterans Field through Downtown Northampton. Come out this upcoming Monday at 6:30 PM to Forbes for our event "Rediscovering the Hidden Mill River". https://www.facebook.com/events/347821319271788/
Come learn, listen and discuss the history of the hidden Mill with Laurie Sanders of Historic Northampton, Wayne Feiden of Northampton Planning & Sustainability, and John Sinton of the Mill River Greenway Initiative and author of the amazing new book "From Devil's Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River through Landscape & History" on Levellers Press. At the end of the evening we will screen two short films on the 1936 flood from the collections of Historic Northampton and Forbes Library. #throwbackthursday

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-434 ***There are 23 new best...
05/08/2019

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

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-434 ***

There are 23 new bestsellers, 32 new movies, two new audiobooks, four new music CDs, 57 new children's books, and 64 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee," "No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir," and "A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II." The new movies this week include "The Mule," "Green Book," and "On the Basis of Sex."

Arts Night Out is this Friday from 5-7 PM. Check out the amazing work of Northampton High School students in drawing, pa...
05/07/2019

Arts Night Out is this Friday from 5-7 PM. Check out the amazing work of Northampton High School students in drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics!

Happy Pride, Northampton!
05/04/2019

Happy Pride, Northampton!

Submissions are now open for our second annual Young Poets Award! If you're a teen living in Western Massachusetts and e...
05/03/2019

Submissions are now open for our second annual Young Poets Award! If you're a teen living in Western Massachusetts and entering grades 9-12 in the fall, you're eligible to submit up to two poems, and potentially win the chance to read with Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola on Saturday, August 17th! Submit your poems by July 10, and read up on the full guidelines here: https://forbeslibrary.org/teens/forbes-library-young-poets-award/

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...
05/03/2019

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

1938 view across the Connecticut River showing parts of 4 bridges.  This photo is taken from the Coolidge Bridge ("new b...
05/02/2019

1938 view across the Connecticut River showing parts of 4 bridges. This photo is taken from the Coolidge Bridge ("new bridge") under construction and shows the Trolley Bridge, Hadley Bridge (for motor vehicles) and the railroad bridge. Photo is from a scrapbook by Forbes Librarian Joseph Harrison who documented the construction of the Coolidge Bridge.

Today is International Worker's Day, more commonly referred to as May Day. Join us next Monday at 6:30PM in the Coolidge...
05/02/2019

Today is International Worker's Day, more commonly referred to as May Day. Join us next Monday at 6:30PM in the Coolidge Museum for an illustrated Talk by Tom Goldscheider on the extraordinary labor history of Franklin County.

https://www.facebook.com/events/317963942213239/

Franklin County's remarkable industrial history is matched by an equally remarkable history of organized labor. This small manufacturing center made the precision steel tools that drove the industrial process around the world. Less well known is that the men and women who crafted those tools have an equally remarkable story to tell.

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-433 ***There are 38 new best...
05/01/2019

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

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-433 ***

There are 38 new bestsellers, nine new movies, one new music CD, 71 new children's books, and 143 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "The Second Mountain," "Redemption," and "The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West." The new movies this week include "A Dog's Way Home," "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season Seven," and "Jumbo."

Does your guitar no longer spark joy?If you have a musical instrument that works fine but you just don't feel like playi...
04/27/2019

Does your guitar no longer spark joy?

If you have a musical instrument that works fine but you just don't feel like playing it anymore, you can de-clutter and make others happy at the same time by donating it to the Forbes Library musical instrument collection!

Forbes lends ukuleles, banjos, hand drums, synthesizers and many other string, percussion, and electronic instruments. They're much in demand and we'd love to grow the collection and shorten the waiting lists. We welcome donations of instruments in good condition to share with the community.

If you'd like to offer an instrument, please look over the checklist below, and contact the Arts & Music Department at 413-587-1013. Please talk with us first before dropping an item off, to make sure it meets the collection's needs. We'll give you a receipt, but can't give a valuation.

- Good working order, nothing broken or warped, in tune or easily tunable
- easy-to-carry size and weight (no acoustic pianos, please!)
- not a delicate antique requiring extra-special care
- no mouth-blown instruments, for hygiene reasons
- a carrying case is a plus!
- especially wanted: guitars, bass uke, electronics, banjo ...

Thank you for thinking of us!

Join us for a Baby Sign Language workshop next month, hosted by Sheryl White of Baby Kneads! On Saturday, May 18 at 2:00...
04/26/2019

Join us for a Baby Sign Language workshop next month, hosted by Sheryl White of Baby Kneads! On Saturday, May 18 at 2:00, review research and benefits, learn and practice several signs, and learn how to teach American Sign Language to your baby. Space is limited, so sign up at the Children's Desk, or by calling 587-1010.

Photo postcard of the view from Holyoke Street overpass toward Pleasant Street in the 1936 flood. You can see the painte...
04/25/2019

Photo postcard of the view from Holyoke Street overpass toward Pleasant Street in the 1936 flood. You can see the painted Coca-Cola advertisement that was, until very recently, still visible on the side of Ye Ol' Watering Hole. Postcard from the new Gregory Wilson Postcard Collection at Forbes. Don't miss a rare chance to hear Gregory talk about the history of postcards and present a selection of local postcards and tradecards this Saturday at 2pm in the Coolidge Museum at Forbes. https://www.facebook.com/events/831271627228981/
The original photograph by Robert P. Emrick from which this postcard was made is part of the Emrick Collection within Forbes Library Special Collections. #throwbackthursday

The first of these cool collaborations with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art kicks off tonight, Wednesday 4/24!...
04/24/2019

The first of these cool collaborations with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art kicks off tonight, Wednesday 4/24! Join Zine Club in the Arts and Music Department at 6:30 to make a zine that will inspire what's created at the next two events.

We hope you've had time to read some good books over April break! Next Wednesday, the Kids' Book Club is meeting to disc...
04/19/2019

We hope you've had time to read some good books over April break! Next Wednesday, the Kids' Book Club is meeting to discuss Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes, which actually takes place during a school break week. It's a super quick read, so don't fret if you haven't started it yet! Join Sarah for a chat and a snack on 4/24 at 3:30.

Postcards from the new Gregory Wilson Postcard and Trade Card Collection! Gregory "the Button Man" Wilson has been colle...
04/18/2019

Postcards from the new Gregory Wilson Postcard and Trade Card Collection! Gregory "the Button Man" Wilson has been collecting and selling Northampton area post cards and trade cards for decades. In 2017, the Gutterman-Pohlman family purchased 1500 cards from Wilson to donate to the Forbes Library Special Collections. On Saturday April 27th, Greg will give an illustrated talk about the history and collecting of local post cards and show highlights of the collection. This is not to be missed!
https://www.facebook.com/events/831271627228981/
Selections from the collection are on display for all of April in the Gallery and Arts&Music display cases here at Forbes.

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-431 ***There are two new bes...
04/17/2019

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

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-431 ***

There are two new bestsellers, three new movies, one new audiobook, one new music CD, 57 new children's books, and 115 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are "A Woman Is No Man: A Novel" and "Aurora Rising." The new movies this week are "The Happy Prince [Blu-ray]," "Fantomas," and "The Wild Boys."

It is National Librarian Day! Here is an 1898 staff photo.  For our 125th anniversary this year, there is a selection of...
04/17/2019

It is National Librarian Day! Here is an 1898 staff photo. For our 125th anniversary this year, there is a selection of items from our Special Collections on display in the Hosmer Gallery each month. If you missed this photo in the January physical exhibit, you can now see it online http://images.forbeslibrary.org/exhibits/show/125th-anniversary
#nationallibrarianday

School break week is almost here! We have lots of fun events planned, and, as always, we have the books, audiobooks, mov...
04/12/2019

School break week is almost here! We have lots of fun events planned, and, as always, we have the books, audiobooks, movies, and more to help you enjoy vacation!

Check out our full list of events here: https://forbeslibrary.org/events/childrens-events/

Forbes Library's cover photo
04/12/2019

Forbes Library's cover photo

Next Thursday, April 18 at 3pm in the Coolidge Museum join us for Cookies with a Curator.  This year's series is highlig...
04/11/2019

Next Thursday, April 18 at 3pm in the Coolidge Museum join us for Cookies with a Curator. This year's series is highlighting topics related to the 125th anniversary of Forbes Library. This month learn more about our 3rd Librarian Joseph Harrison. He collected and documented the history of our community during his 1912-1950 tenure leading Forbes Library. His early efforts helped to establish what is now our Coolidge Museum and Hampshire Room for local history. Image of Harrison circa 1912 from the Forbes Library Special Collections.

04/10/2019

We feel awesome because our community is awesome! Today we raised $7475 for #LibraryGivingDay which means we exceeded the $6500 matching goal set by the Friends of Forbes Library. But it's not too late to support your favorite place to borrow DVDs, hear authors reading and discussing their work, play chess, read magazines on the lawn, meet your neighbors . . . Please consider donating today!

04/10/2019
Get Down To the Library

Have you seen our great #LibraryGivingDay video yet?

It’s National Library Week, and Forbes Library is celebrating with Library Giving Day! We’re inviting you to “get down to the library for everything from Lego club and arts and crafts to a reference staff who knows what it’s all about.”

We also invite you to make a gift (https://forbeslibrary.org/giving/library-giving-day/) to Forbes Library. As a bonus, today you can double your impact – the wonderful Friends of Forbes Library will match all gifts up to $6,500!

https://youtu.be/nvpGWfuca8E

Wednesday April 10th, 2019 is Library Giving Day and the Friends of Forbes Library are matching all gifts up to $6,500. Please give! https://forbeslibrary.or...

See what's new this week at the Forbes Library at:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-430 ***There are 13 new best...
04/10/2019

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

*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=6594-430 ***

There are 13 new bestsellers, 39 new movies, four new audiobooks, seven new music CDs, 51 new children's books, and 94 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed," "Howard Stern Comes Again," and "Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law." The new movies this week include "A Star Is Born," "Creed II," and "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer."

04/10/2019

It’s here! Today is #LibraryGivingDay, a one-day online fundraising event to help support your library! Now through midnight, your gift to Forbes Library at https://forbeslibrary.org/giving/library-giving-day/ will be matched up to $6500 and go twice as far to help, thanks to the Friends of Forbes Library.
Your donation can be worth twice as much!

Forbes Library's cover photo
04/09/2019

Forbes Library's cover photo

Thank you to the Friends of Forbes Library for the Library Giving Day matching gift! Please donate at forbeslibrary.org/...
04/08/2019

Thank you to the Friends of Forbes Library for the Library Giving Day matching gift! Please donate at forbeslibrary.org/giving Thanks for the support, Lily 🥰

Are you as excited for Library Giving Day on 4/10 as we are?!? We’re so jazzed that matching all gifts up to $6,500. Please donate at forbeslibrary.org/giving. Even Friends board member cat, Lily, can get behind that. (And, folks, she’s a bit of a hater.)

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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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