P.O Box 1363   Northampton, MA  01061

The Friends of Forbes Library is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the interests of the Forbes Library so that its services, activities, and facilities may benefit the public to the greatest extent possible. The Friends provide financial support to programs, projects, events and materials whose costs cannot be met from the library’s annual operating budget.

Friends of Forbes funds its activities through an annual membership drive, a citywide tour of private gardens every June, a wine tasting at the library in the fall and other fundraisers. The Friends sponsor children’s and young adult programs, staff computer training, concerts and lecture series, purchase reference materials, support Special Collections preservation, and make annual contributions to the library Book Fund.

Please note, we have updated our by laws.

Bus trip to Hyde Park, NY, National Historic Sites

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.

You may make your reservation via phone at 413.584.8334 or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 1363, Northampton, MA 01061. Seats are limited. Deadline for reservations is March 29, 2017.

Tickets may also be bought online via PayPal.

Edible Book Northampton

The Edible Book Northampton is coming! Save the date for Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center.

Have Your Taxes Done and Help Us!

H&R Block Non-Profit Referral Program


Looking to get your taxes done? You can raise money for the Friends of Forbes Library by having H&R Block or Block Advisors prepare your taxes.

Take a copy of the referral form to a participating H&R Block and give it to your tax professional. If you’re a new client, our organization will receive $20.

Don’t want to print the form? Just tell them our non-profit referral ID: 40010001092104.

Thank you for your support!

Thank You to everyone who came out to the Wine Tasting this September and for supporting Forbes!

View pictures from the 6th Annual Wine Tasting on our event page.