Northampton’s Forbes Library is offering a series of free technology classes for people with vision loss. Taught by Dr. Rick Ely, the classes will be held from 3:30-5 PM on the second Monday of the month. The first class will be “Keep Reading Digitally via Ear or through Larger Text” on February 8. Future classes will focus on Apple mobile apps, audio description for theater and television, and speech synthesis on personal computers. Seating is limited so preregistration is requested: contact Lisa Downing at 413‑587‑1017 or ldowning@
This series of classes is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. They are free of charge and open to the public. Classes will be held at the Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA 01060.
Forbes Library is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Lisa Downing at 413‑587‑1017 or info@
Donate food at the library during the month of January and we’ll clear your overdue fines. Win-win!!
During January, patrons may pay overdue fines with canned goods (please check your expiration dates) or healthy non-perishable food items. This applies to late fines only and not to lost or damaged fees. All food collected will be given to the Northampton Survival Center for distribution to those in need in our community.
Suggested donation is one item for each $2 waived in fines.
We’ll be accepting food all month long. Tell your friends and neighbors!
Click on the link below by December 31st to help the Friends receive a generous donation from Florence Bank
Forbes Library provided $7,062,976 in services last fiscal year: A $42 investment per capita with a $278 return.
|Unit cost (without library)||Source of unit cost||Total Value|
|Adult Books Borrowed||110,802||$17.00||Amazon.com average price||$1,883,634|
|Young Adult Books Borrowed||10,143||$12.00||Amazon.com average price||$121,716|
|Children’s Books Borrowed||67,428||$17.00||Amazon.com average price||$1,146,276|
|Audiobooks Borrowed||42,749||$9.95||Audible.com average price||$425,353|
|Interlibrary Loan Requests||35,345||$25.00||Amazon.com average price plus shipping||$883,625|
|eBooks Downloaded||8,665||$15.00||Average Barnes & Noble/Amazon average||$129,975|
|Magazines Read||11,310||$5.00||Estimated purchase price average||$56,550|
|Newspapers Read||3,900||$2.00||News stand average||$7,800|
|Movies Borrowed||99,347||$4.00||Estimated Netflix average||$397,388|
|Meeting Room Use||3,044||$25.00||Estimated value||$76,100|
|Adult Program Attended||9,294||$15.00||Entertainment/program admission fee
(estimated average per adult)
|Young Adult Program Attended||199||$12.00||Entertainment/program admission fee
(estimated average per youth)
|Children’s Program Attended||11,281||$7.00||Entertainment/program admission fee
(estimated average per child)
|Museum Pass Borrowed||1,607||$20.00||Museum admission fee
(estimated average for two adults)
|Computer Use (perhour)||33,852||$12.00||FedEx/Kinkos price||$406,224|
|Database Searches||42,165||$19.95||Average cost for online article search||$841,192|
|Reference Assistance||62,034||$7.00||Average library cost||$434,238|
The cost figures for library services were derived by the Massachusetts Library Association based on data from the Swiss Army Librarian.
Want to write a novel this November?
Forbes Library will be supporting National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an event that encourages writers of all experience levels to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November. Launched in 1999, NaNoWriMo inspires its 300,000+ participants with pep talks, a huge and supportive online community, and a host of web-based writing tools, http://nanowrimo.org/
Spearheaded by Forbes Writer in Residence, Naila Moreira, the library will support writers daring enough to take on the NaNoWriMo challenge by hosting regular “write-ins” during the course of November where participants gather to work on their novels as a group. The library will also host a kick-off party with best-selling novelist Jacqueline Sheehan to inspire and answer questions about the novel writing process on Wednesday, 10/28 from 4-6 PM. NaNoWriMo will wrap up with a community reading on Wednesday, 12/16 from 7-9 and prizes will be awarded to all participants who complete the challenge.
For the full schedule of NaNoWriMo events at Forbes Library see http://forbeslibrary.org/events/nanowrimo/
Find out more about NaNoWriMo at a brainstorming and informational session on Friday, 10/23 from 3-5 PM in the Watson Room or contact the library at 413-587-1017 or by email at email@example.com.
Beginning this fall, patrons and followers of the ukulele can regularly meet The Well Tempered Ukes as they begin a musical residency at Forbes Library. This residency, the first of its kind for the library, aims to support artist process and program development by providing time, space and opportunity for teaching, performance, and conversation.
Once a month The Well Tempered Ukes, a trio which plays and sings mainly early music, and parlor and art songs, will present an hour long public session. They will perform selected new and old songs from their repertory, share historical and cultural information about the songs and their ukuleles, and offer tips and insights into ukulele playing and performance.
Sessions will take place in the historic Calvin Coolidge Museum housed in the Forbes Library. Dates and times for the fall are Monday, October 19 at 7 pm; Saturday, November 21 at 1 pm; and Monday, December 21 at 7 pm. Open and free to the public.
Forbes Library will be open from 9 to 5 on Saturdays from September 12, 2015 through June 2016. For complete hours see http://forbeslibrary.org/info/hours/.