Forbes Library to close summer Saturdays

Because of budget shortfalls this year, Forbes Library will close Saturdays from July 1st through September 2nd

We are often asked “Why Saturdays instead of another day of the week?”

Every day of the week is an important one to our patrons and we realize that Saturday closings are a hardship for many library users. However, financial realities meant that one day had to be chosen for closing and each day of the week is special to someone. There is no one overarching reason to choose Saturdays instead of a weekday. It is merely the least bad of all the unpleasant options.

The reasons Saturday was chosen:

  • Interlibrary loan deliveries come Monday through Friday and staff must be here to process the 600 to 1,000 items delivered daily. The library does not have the shelf space to store two days’ worth of ILL materials if the library is not open for patrons to pick up their holds each day that they are delivered.
  • Closing Saturdays saves money primarily by not paying staff those days. Saturday is the day with the fewest permanent, salaried employees working, therefore closing that day causes the least disruption to library employees’ schedules and maximizes personnel savings. It also allows us to close the building for 2 consecutive days and this saves on cooling.
  • Closing Saturdays in the summer is common for many libraries, because typically libraries are much less busy on weekends in the summer. Because Forbes and Lilly Libraries coordinate their schedules, our community will still have access to Lilly Library which is open 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday.

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

On Thursday, June 29, 2017 there was a hearing before Judge Fidnick of the Hampshire Probate and Family Court about the Agreement for Judgement between the City of Northampton and the Trustees of Forbes Library. Both parties characterize the agreement as providing clarification on the original will of Charles Forbes by which the library was founded and a strong framework for both parties to work together going forward.

The full text of the agreement can be found on the library’s website.

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 : 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 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.

Hamptons + Holyoke Read: Orange is the New Black

For Immediate release.

February 22, 2017 – Five communities are coming together during March and April in a new partnership called Hamptons + Holyoke Read. The inspiration for this multi-community initiative is the book Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman, popularized by the Netflix series. Spearheaded by the public libraries in Holyoke, Northampton, Florence, Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton, Hamptons + Holyoke Read is sponsoring dozens of events exploring incarceration through discussion, art, film and lecture. Community partners for this project are wide reaching including Holyoke Community College, Historic Northampton, Wistariahurst, Prison Policy Initiative and UMass Amherst Public History Program.

Originally published in 2010, Orange is the New Black tells the true story of the author, a Smith College graduate, who served a 15-month sentence in a federal women’s prison for drug trafficking. Although the book and to a larger extent the Netflix series give a narrow and often unrealistic view of prison life, the organizers of Hamptons + Holyoke Read are using this book as a jumping off point to encourage community conversations about pervasive issues of mass incarceration affecting our communities and our nation.

There are currently 2.2 million people serving time in the United States, which represents a 500% increase over the last 40 years according to the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit research and advocacy group. In Massachusetts alone there are nearly 20,000 people currently serving time. The State Senate will be discussing three important criminal justice related bills this year and nationally prison policy is receiving lots of attention. “The topics raised by this year’s community reading event are extremely timely and important. Participants will have the opportunity to increase understanding and foster conversation about the past, present and future of prison and its impact on our society,” said Lisa Downing, Hamptons + Holyoke Read Co-Chair.

Copies of Orange is the New Black are available to borrow from the participating libraries. For a complete list of events and exhibits please visit http://forbeslibrary.org/hhr.

Concurrent with Hamptons + Holyoke Read, the national exhibit States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories is coming to Holyoke and Northampton during the month of March. For more information about the exhibit and related programs, please visit https://pv-soi.org/.

Molly Moss is appointed new Assistant Director/Patron Services Librarian

Please welcome our new Assistant Director, Molly Moss!

Molly Moss, Assistant Director

Molly Moss, Assistant Director

Head of Reference at Forbes Library since 2010, Molly is excited to take on this new role at Forbes. Molly has worked as a Reference Librarian since 1997, spending several years as an academic science librarian before making the move to public libraries in 2003. Since starting at Forbes, she has led an LSTA grant for Readers Advisory services, remodeled the Doland Reference Room, and co-founded the Readers Advisory Round Table for Western Massachusetts. Molly has also served as a library trustee, both in Illinois and currently in Shutesbury, Massachusetts. In her new role at Forbes, she looks forward to continuing her focus on improving customer service and working more with programming, collections, and community outreach.

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.