Forbes Library’s beloved Outreach Program will continue for another year thanks to generous donations from the community. To date donations in excess of $8,000 have been received and this will allow the library to keep on staff member Frank Heston, the “Book Man”, on a somewhat reduced schedule. The donations were received anonymously from several community members who had personal connections to Outreach and knew its importance.
“Outreach serves an extremely vulnerable and isolated portion of our community. The books and movies that are delivered along with the relationship they have formed with Frank greatly improve the quality of life for those who are served by Outreach. We are very touched by and grateful for the generous response of the community to this situation,” said Janet Moulding, Library Director.
The Outreach program which has been in existence at Forbes for 25 years, delivers books and movies to low mobility Northampton residents who have difficulty visiting the library themselves. Library materials are delivered to private homes, Northampton Housing Authority sites and long-term care facilities. Patrons may specify genre—such as western, romance or non-fiction; format—such as books on CD, large print or video; or ask for specific books or authors.
Books are delivered to patrons every three weeks or as requested. At its height the program had two full-time staff people that served 400 individuals. Budget constraints have forced the program to shrink to its current staffing level consisting of one part time person with some volunteer assistance. The library trustees have formed a subcommittee charged with finding a sustainable solution to the budget issues and funding for Outreach that does not rely solely on volunteers and donors.
Exhibit Opportunity for Western Mass. Artists in All Media
From September 3 through October 10, 2015, artists may apply to exhibit their work in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library next year.
The application can be completed online or printed and mailed with a CD of images. Criteria for review include technical and artistic quality, a coherent theme, and contribution to an interesting and varied program for the year. Artists living and working in the greater Northampton area are eligible to apply. First-time exhibitors, individuals and groups are welcome.
Art exhibits featuring the work of local artists have been part of Forbes Library’s cultural mission for over 100 years. The Hosmer Gallery has versatile display panels, cases and pedestals to accommodate a variety of two- and three-dimensional art formats.
The Hosmer Art Gallery is designed to provide opportunities for local artists to show their work to the public. Exhibits include a wide range of media and content reflecting the diversity of the Pioneer Valley community. The gallery is curated and scheduled by the Head of the Arts & Music Department.
There is no fee for application or for the use of the space. Details and applications can be found at http://forbeslibrary.org/gallery/info-for-artists/.
Parts for the new elevator have started arriving! Kurtz Construction has begun to assemble it as of the first week of July and expect to complete the elevator cab installation in about 25 days. After that there will be finish work but the elevator should be functional no later than mid-September. There will be days during the construction time when the front entrance must be closed, but we hope to have enough notice to post closings on the website the day before. The bad news is that the new doors at the top of the stairs will not be delivered until October 20. It will take a couple of days to install them and the front entrance will be closed during that time.
Summer hours begin July 4th. The Library will be closed on Saturdays through September 5. We will also be closed July 3 in observance of Independence Day.
Hours through the summer are: Monday 9-9 (Children’s Department 9-6); Tuesday 1-5; Wednesday 9-9 (Children’s 9-6); Thursday 1-5; Friday 9-5.
The Trustees of Forbes Library will present Susan Stinson with the Twenty-Eighth Annual Trustees Award on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2 PM. The event will take place in the Coolidge Museum on the second floor of the library. The program will include brief readings by Susan Stinson, Outgoing Writer in Residence; Diana M. Gordon, First Writer in Residence; and Naila Moreira, Next Writer in Residence followed by a reception. The public is cordially invited to attend the award ceremony.
Each year the Trustees of Forbes Library honor a community member who has given exceptional volunteer service to Forbes Library with the Trustees Award. This year the recipient in Susan Stinson who has served as Writer in Residence at the library for the past five years. She has given countless hours of service in this role developing programming, engaging with writers and readers in our community. She has also served as a spokesperson for the library locally and
nationally through local traditional and social based media outlets.
Susan Stinson’s novels are Venus of Chalk (2004), Fat Girl Dances with Rocks (1994) and Martha Moody (1995). Spider In A Tree was published in Fall 2013 by Small Beer Press. Belly Songs, a collection of poetry and lyric essays, was published in 1993.
Her work — which has appeared in The Public Humanist, The Kenyon Review, The Seneca Review, Curve, Lambda Book Report and The Women’s Review of Books — has received the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Benjamin Franklin Award in Fiction as well as a number of fellowships. She was born in Texas, raised in Colorado, and now lives in Northampton, MA.
Susan was a visiting lecturer at Amherst College for the spring 2014 semester. She has given workshops and been a featured speaker at Dartmouth College, Mt. Holyoke College, University of California/Berkeley, San Diego State University, Wheaton College, Hampshire College, Dickinson College, Canisius College, University of Massachusetts, Yale University and Smith College, as well as conferences such as the National Women’s Studies Association, Nolose,
NAAFA, OutWrite, and Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. In the past, she did a monthly radio segment, Book Swap, with Bob Flaherty on WHMP1400 AM. She also supports other writers as an editor and writing coach.
There will be a vacancy on the Forbes Library Board of Trustees for the term beginning January 2016. The volunteer, four year, elected position will be decided at the city elections Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
Potential candidates must be Northampton residents and at least 18 years old. Election papers are available at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall. These papers must be signed by at least fifty registered Northampton voters and turned into the Northampton Registrar of Voters by July 24th.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Forbes Library Board of Trustees is encouraged to contact Library Director, Janet Moulding (email@example.com or 413-587-1016) or any of the current Board of Trustees of the library. More information is available on the library’s website at http://www.forbeslibrary.org/trustees/trustees.shtml.
Forbes Library has selected Naila Moreira as its new Writer in Residence. Ms. Moreira will begin a two year term in July succeeding Susan Stinson who has held the post for five years.
The Writer in Residence is a professional writer who furthers the library’s fundamental mission by volunteering approximately five hours each week creating, offering and promoting library programming. The intention of the WIR program is to further the engagement between the library and the community’s writers and readers. Forbes Library is unique among public libraries to have a Writer in Residence. “We are so fortunate to live in an area with such a rich literary community. Having a Writer in Residence at the library allows us to reach out to the writers as well as to readers in our community in exciting and meaningful ways,” said Lisa Downing, Assistant Director.
Naila Moreira is an essayist, poet, and science journalist. Her work frequently focuses on themes of science and nature, drawing on her past experiences in the sciences, including her doctoral work in geology. Her articles and essays, including nonfiction for children, have been published in numerous venues, including The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, Science News, The Common Online, and Science News for Students. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Gorgeous Infidelities, an art book published by Impossible Dream Editions in collaboration with internationally recognized photographer Paul Ickovic. She works at Smith College as a lecturer in the English Department and a writing instructor in the Jacobson Writing Center, and teaches a science and nature writing course for high school girls in Smith’s Summer Science and Engineering Program. She recently completed her first children’s novel and is at work on a novel for adults. You can learn more about Naila on her website, and follow her on Twitter (@nailamoreira) or on Facebook (naila.moreira).
Susan Stinson will receive the Twenty-Eighth Trustees Award at a public awards ceremony on Saturday, May 30 at 2 PM at the Forbes Library in recognition for her exceptional volunteer service.
April is Poetry Month and we’re celebrating with the annual Book Spine Poetry Contest!
How to Participate:
Create a poem using book spines. The poem can incorporate any element of the spine you like (color, text, whatever). Theme/length/format is entirely up to you. If you need some inspiration, take a look at last year’s entries: http://goo.gl/yHVjIq
Take a photo of your poem and upload the photo to the library’s
► Facebook: www.facebook.com/ForbesLibrary or www.facebook.com/ForbesLibraryTeens for teen entries. Tell us about your poem in the comment box.
► Tweet it: tag it with @ForbesLIbrary and #bookspinepoetry
► Post it to Instagram: tag it with @ForbesLibrary and #bookspinepoetry
You can include a list of the books you used, a transcription of the poem if you want, and any explanation you would like to add.
Stop by the Reference Desk if you want help uploading your picture.
Deadline: Add your photos by Thursday, April 30. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 11.
Prizes: A grand prize of a $25 Northampton Gift Card will be awarded in both the adult (20+) and teen (13-19) categories. We will also have honorable mentions in various categories.
Fine print: You can enter as many times as you like, but you can only win one prize. By entering the contest you certify your images and the poems are your own creations,
and you give the library the right to use your name and photograph of your poem for publicity and promotional purposes. All decisions as to winner will be made by Forbes Library staff, and our decisions are final. Library staff and family can enter, but can only be honored as prize-less runners-up. Prizes must be claimed in person.
Questions? Feel free to post questions/discussion/etc. on Facebook, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-587-1012.
Sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library.