Come with or without glasses to the Eclipse Viewing Party

Forbes Library has a limited number of eclipse viewing glasses set aside for families that have pre-registered for the Scientific Kids Club on Monday, August 21 at 2:00 PM. A limited additional number may be available for people who come to the event who haven’t pre-registered. Everyone is welcome to join the party, despite the fact that we won’t have glasses for everyone.

Staff members Ralph and Steven will be on hand to answer questions and help people to make simple pinhole viewing projectors, which are another way to safely enjoy the eclipse.

For more information about pinhole projectors visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/how-make-pinhole-projector-view-solar-eclipse. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety has more information about safe viewing.

New streaming film database: Kanopy

Looking for something good to watch tonight? Forbes Library is excited to announce the addition of a new streaming film database, Kanopy, to our digital collection. We are the first public library in C/W MARS and one of only a few in the state to offer this service to our patrons.

All Forbes Library cardholders can now access Kanopy and watch popular films and documentaries anytime by visiting: http://forbes.kanopystreaming.com

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest and most unique collections in the world. It features over 26,000 feature films, documentaries, independent and foreign language films from hundreds of producers including The Criterion Collection, Great Courses, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Their collection is six times the size of Netflix!

Kanopy is committed to diversity, with an amazing array of foreign language films and films on race, LGBT, gender and international political issues. Recent categories on the Kanopy front page include “Immigration Stories”, “New York Times Critics’ Picks” and “Banned! Films from Countries in the U.S. Travel Ban”. Kanopy’s films are accessible for the hearing and visually impaired (Kanopy is compatible with technologies such as JAWS and all films come with optional captions and transcripts). All films come with public performance rights and can be used by teachers and community non-profits for free film events.

Kanopy films are free for Forbes Library cardholders, who can watch up to eight films a month. If library patrons need assistance creating an account, logging in with their Forbes Library card or have any questions, we encourage them to call, email or visit us at the library. Kanopy has just released apps for iOs and Android to go along with their previously released Roku app, giving the public even more ways to enjoy great films for free on their computer, tablet, phone or TV.

Please welcome our new Head of Reference, Alene Moroni!

Alene Moroni

Alene Moroni


Alene has worked at Forbes for two years as an Information Services Librarian, focusing on helping patrons, connecting people with books, making enticing displays, and maintaining the library’s collections. Her favorite thing about being a librarian is giving someone a book they will enjoy. In her new role, she looks forward to continuing to work with her stellar colleagues to improve the collections and Information Services department to best meet the needs of library patrons and the community at large. Before Forbes, Alene worked for the King County (WA) Library System​ as the manager of collection development. She began her library career at The New York Public Library.

Trustees’ statement and radio interview about the Agreement of June 29, 2017

Please click to read the Trustees’ statement about the Agreement of June 29, 2017.

Sound clip of interview: Trustee Chair Russell Carrier and Director Lisa Downing on the Bill Newman Show, July 12, 2017

Full text of the Agreement: Agreement for Judgement between the City of Northampton and the Trustees of Forbes Library

Editorial about the agreement, Daily Hampshire Gazette, July 25, 2017

Updated on July 28, 2017

Thank you for your input!

Photo of winner of Northampton gift cardThank you to the 1060 people filled out the Forbes Library Community Survey. We are thrilled to hear from so many people who care about the future of Forbes Library. The survey is one part of our new strategic plan to identify priorities for services and programs for the next five years. Knowing your needs and interests will guide decisions on specific library goals and activities. The strategic plan will be available early this fall, and will include analysis of the survey results. The winner of the $100 Northampton gift card is Alice Rich Lewis.

Thank you for a successful Valley Gives Day!

Forbes Library raised $7,905 from 134 generous donors on Valley Gives Day 2017. This exceeded the library’s matching challenge grant of $6,000 from the Friends of Forbes Library. The library was the lucky winner of a $500 “golden ticket” as well, bringing the total for the day to $14,405.

“We are so touched by the outpouring of generosity. The funds raised are so gratefully appreciated and will be used to provide free educational and life-enriching programs for patrons of all ages,” said Lisa Downing, Library Director. Programming at Forbes Library is an integral part of the library’s mission, which serves to support the civic, intellectual, and cultural pursuits of the community. Last year over 20,000 people attended a program at the library. “Our programs bring the community together and encourage curiosity, free inquiry and lifelong learning for all ages and income levels. The funds raised on Valley Gives Day will support a year’s worth of amazing free programs and we couldn’t be more delighted,” said Downing.

Thank you to all the Forbes Library 2017 Valley Gives Day donors!!

Casey Accardi
Brian Adams
Carolyn Anderson
Nick and Kayla Ang
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anonymous
anonymous : In honor of my community
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anonymous : In honor of Richard Groening
Elizabeth Armstrong
Kristen Atwood
Ruth Banta
Lisa Baskin
Elizabeth Bedell
Marguerite Bedell
David Bliss
Danielle Brown : In honor of Steven the librarian! 🙂
Morgan Brown
Catherine Brown
Mary Ellen Bruce
Mark Brumberg
Marcia/Ed Burick/McColgan : In memory of Daniel Goldstein
Lale A Burk
Rebecca and Jonah Busansky and Zuckerman
Janet Bush
Ellen Cain
Russ Carrier
Hilary & Jonathan Caws-Elwitt
Anne Cernak
Adam Cohen
Carla Cooke : In honor of my parents
William Cooley
Kay Cowperthwait
Carolyn Cushing
Kendra Dahlquist : In honor of Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Carole DeSanti
Joseph & Janet Dibrindisi
Lisa Downing : In honor of Jason Mazzotta
Candace Drimmer : In memory of Rivkah Peller
Christine Duckworth
Kate Faulkner
Jenny Ferreia
Ronnie and Lawrence Field
Maureen Flannery
Herman Fong
John and Gail Gaustad
Joanne Gold
Hannia Gonzalez
Tzivia Gover
Suzy Groden
Margaret Groesbeck
Deborah Haas
Johanna Halbeisen : In honor of All children with library cards
Rachel Hannah
Stephen Hathaway In memory of Marie Hershkowitz
Portia Henle
Marjorie Hess
Kelley Hopkins : In honor of the hardworking staff at Forbes library
Elizabeth Horn
James Humphreys
Joanna James
Elizabeth Jones
Margo Jones
Benjamin Kalish
Alla Katsnelson
Deborah Koch
Kaitlyn Konzen
Lisa Levheim : In memory of Jane Sanders
Claire Lobdell : In honor of Simona & Annelise
Madeleine Lombard : In honor of Nerdy librarian musicians everywhere
Patricia Loomis : On behalf of Rio Santos
Louise Lopman
Ina Luadtke
Margaret Lucey
Jo Ellen Mackenzie : In memory of Dorothy Brozoski
Maya MacLachlan
Charles Maguire
Flora Majumder
Daniel Manseau : On behalf of Gram Flynn
Judith Markland
Jason Mazzotta
Martha McCormick
Nancy McEwen
Ellen Meeropol
Kate Miller
Robert Moore
Molly Moss
Richard Moulding
Catherine Obbard
Marie Panik
Joe Pater
Sally Popper
Alicia Ralph : In honor of Janet
Elaine Reall : In memory of Ann Wilson
Chris Ridout
Susan Rogers
Kathryn Rother
Karen Saakvitne
Lauret Savoy
Maxine Schmidt
Elizabeth Schoenfeld
Jacqueline Scott
Janet Sharp
Nicole Sibley : In honor of Lisa Downing
Serah Sibley
Jean Simmons
Harriet Smith
Suzanne Smith
Ruth Solie
Susan Spencer
Karen Spindel
Barry Steeves
Christopher Stetson
Susan Stinson
Maurica Thomas
Todd Trebour
Naomi Tropp
Joseph Twarog
Sky Vanderlinde
James Vaughn
Elizabeth Volkmann
Daisy von Furth
Doreen Weinberger
Carol Werba
David Wicinas
Katy Wight
Cheryl Willems
Megan Wolf
Kim Wolfson : In memory of Karen P Wolfson
Virginina Wooster
Katherine Wyatt

Forbes Library’s Valley Gives Day Challenge Grant


Forbes Library offers free educational and life enriching programs to people of all ages. Last year alone, over 1800 programs were held at the library and attended by over 30,000 people. These programs provide early literacy experiences for our community’s young children, summer reading activities to support academic success for our school aged children, discussion and socializing activities for teens, and a wide array of programs for adults and seniors including book discussions, film screenings, author panels, and so much more.

Programming at Forbes Library is supported by the generosity of the Friends of Forbes Library and many individuals in our community. Forbes is participating in Valley Gives Day on May 2. This 24-hour online day of giving is organized by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and supports non-profit organizations like Forbes Library in raising critical funds. The Friends of Forbes Library have offered a challenge grant to the library and will match all funds raised on May 2 up to $6000 for library programming.

Gifts can be made online starting on April 25, http://forbeslibrary.org/vgd/, call us at 413-587-1011, or visit in person.

“Forbes library is truly one of the joys of my life, and I cannot imagine how much less my life would be without it!”

“Forbes Library is a beautiful, spacious sanctuary for me. I enjoy checking out books & DVDs, have borrowed a musical instrument there, & learned important info from the wonderful staff. It’s a place where everyone is welcome & community is supported.”

Forbes Library Community Survey 2017

Take this survey online and enter to win a $100 Northampton gift card!
http://forbeslibrary.org/survey

Forbes Library is developing a new strategic plan to identify priorities for services and programs for the next five years. Knowing your needs and interests will guide decisions on specific library goals and activities. This survey is voluntary and anonymous, and will take five to ten minutes to complete, depending on your answers. Thank you for participating. 
If you have questions, please contact Molly Moss at (413) 587-1017 or mmoss@forbeslibrary.org.

New Kanopy streaming movie service free @ Forbes

Kanopy-Logo-Thoughtful-Entertainment26,000 more great movies, documentaries, independent films now available to all Forbes Library cardholders. 

Forbes Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new streaming video service, Kanopy, to our digital collection.

All Forbes Library cardholders can now access Kanopy and watch popular films and documentaries anytime by visiting http://forbes.kanopystreaming.com

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest and most unique collections in the world featuring over 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers including The Criterion Collection, Great Courses, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Kanopy is also committed to diversity, with an amazing array of foreign language films and films on race, LGBT and more. Kanopy’s films are also compatible for the hearing (with captions and transcripts) and visually impaired (compatible with technologies such as JAWS).

We are so excited to expand our streaming film collection and think you will discover a wealth of great content in this new database. If you need assistance creating an account, logging in with your Forbes Library card or have any questions don’t hesitate to call us at 413-587-1013 or email us at reference@forbeslibrary.org.

The new Kanopy service is free for Forbes Library cardholders. Patrons can watch up to eight films a month. To get started and enjoy films visit http://forbes.kanopystreaming.com

Forbes Library, Historic Northampton and Wistariahurst host States of Incarceration, a traveling exhibition

States of Incarceration imageSTATES OF INCARCERATION
A NATIONAL DIALOGUE OF LOCAL HISTORIES

March 13-30, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA and Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Northampton, MA

Opening reception: March 13, 5-8 PM; featuring a guided tour of the exhibit at 6pm at Forbes, led by local residents who are featured in the exhibit, and a public reading by Voices from Inside at 7pm at Historic Northampton.

Forbes Library and Historic Northampton are partnering to present States of Incarceration, the first national traveling multi-media exhibition and coordinated public dialogue to explore the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States.

The exhibition will also be on view March 1-12 in Holyoke at The Wauregan (420 Dwight St), hosted by the Wistariahurst Museum with an opening reception on March 1 from 6-8 PM.

Website: http://pv-soi.org / Programs and events: https://pv-soi.org/programs/

States of Incarceration was created by the New School’s Humanities Action Lab, a coalition of 500 university students and formerly incarcerated individuals from 20 cities, including students and faculty from UMass Amherst Public History Program and several local community organizers. It explores the history of incarceration by focusing on human stories from 20 different local communities from across the U.S., including here in western Massachusetts. The exhibit offers a diverse genealogy of the incarceration generation and challenges all of us to remember our own past and use the insights of history to shape what happens next. A Spanish-language exhibit catalog accompanies the exhibit.

States of Incarceration will be on view alongside several additional installations, including an exhibit titled The Carceral Commonwealth on how incarceration impacts families and communities in Massachusetts, a photographic installation about Holyoke-based community organizations (on display in Holyoke), and exhibit panels and artifacts on history of incarceration in Hampshire county (on display at Historic Northampton).

Simultaneous to the exhibition, Wistariahurst, Forbes Library, Historic Northampton and several other organizations are offering public programs on this theme, including field trips, film screenings, workshops, and lectures. Events include a youth-led workshop for school-based professionals led by Pa’lante, a restorative justice group from Holyoke High School; a Know Your Rights workshop led by local civil rights and defense attorney Luke Ryan on March 9; and a talk about the history of the Northampton state hospital on March 29, hosted by Historic Northampton and Forbes Library.

In addition, six local libraries have teamed up to present Hamptons + Holyoke Read, featuring a community read of the book Orange is the New Black and other related programs, including a panel discussion with three women who were incarcerated with Piper Kerman and whose lived experience informed the book and the TV series. On March 30, the exhibit culminates with a “Local Action Forum”, bringing local students, scholars, community members and activists together to discuss ongoing work to build the collective power of communities affected by mass incarceration, hosted by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation and sponsored by the Feinberg Series. Additional programs will continue into April.

 

States of Incarceration is presented by the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, the UMass Amherst Public History Program, Forbes Library, Historic Northampton and Wistariahurst, with support from the Humanities Action Lab, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support was provided by The Wauregan, NEPR, the UMass History Department, and the UMass Office of Research Development.

States of Incarceration was created by the Humanities Action Lab and designed by Matter Practice. The web platform, statesofincarceration.org, was created by Picture Projects. The Spanish-language exhibit catalog was created by María José Giménez (translator) and Maggie McDonald (graphic designer). The Carceral Commonwealth was created by UMass students and local residents and designed by Jennifer Luxton. Wistariahurst created the photographic exhibit about Holyoke-based community organizations, and Historic Northampton and UMass students collaborated to create the exhibit components on incarceration in Hampshire county. More than three dozen additional students, faculty, activists, community leaders and people with direct experience with incarceration contributed to the creation of these exhibitions and programs.

CANCELED: Friends of Forbes bus trip to Hyde Park, NY, National Historic Sites

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's home[Update: The Friends of Forbes Bus Tript to Hyde Park has been canceled due to low enrollment. 3/28/2017]

The Friends of Forbes are presenting a 1-day bus trip on Saturday, May 13, 2017, to Hyde Park, NY, with guided tours of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home & library and the Vanderbilt mansion, plus lunch. Both homes are National Historic Sites. The cost is $139 per person, which includes a donation to the Friends of Forbes and is based on 42-50 participants. Motor coach departs at 7:00 a.m. from Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. Estimated return is 7:00 p.m.

If you have not reserved a seat yet, you may use PayPal (below) or mail a check to Friends of Forbes Library, P.O. Box 1363, Northampton, 01061. For questions call 413.584.8334.

You may park for the day on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Smith College parking garage, which is just a few doors beyond the library on West Street. There is no charge for that parking. The 1st floor is for students, who have paid to park there.

Seats are limited. Deadline for reservations is March 29, 2017.

Tickets may also be bought online via PayPal.