Please welcome our new Assistant Director, Molly Moss!
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.
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 on Saturday, February 25th in the library lobby from 10:00-noon, 2:00-4:00. Cash, credit card, or check payable to Friends of Forbes Library. If you cannot come in on the 25th, call 413.584.8334. Seats are limited. Deadline for reservations is March 29, 2017.
Tickets may also be bought online via PayPal.
Is it difficult for you or someone you know to get to the library?
Let us bring the books to you! Forbes Library volunteers deliver and return library materials to home bound residents in Northampton, Florence and Leeds.
Apply online or pick up an application at the library. For more information call 413-587-1019.
Exhibit Opportunity for Western Mass. Artists in All Media
Applications and details: http://forbeslibrary.org/gallery/info-for-artists/
From January 3 through February 5, 2017, 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. Applications and details can be found at http://forbeslibrary.org/gallery/info-for-artists/.
Please welcome our new head of Children’s and Young Adult Services, Sarah Johnson!
Sarah is originally from Mendon, Massachusetts and is thrilled to be back in her home state. For the past five years she worked for Brooklyn Public Library in New York. While there, she launched a storytime at a nearby community garden, co-wrote the library’s strategic plan, helped create an online readers’ advisory service, and served on BPL’s Children’s New Books Showcase Committee. Some of her favorite parts of being a Children’s Librarian are introducing patrons to great books and hosting interactive storytimes with songs, puppets, and felt board stories. In her new role at Forbes she looks forward to conducting lots of outreach, increasing programming, and working with colleagues to launch interesting new projects to meet the needs of our community.
We now offer pre-loaded Kindles with over 100 ebooks on each. Selections include current bestsellers and classics. Take a small library on your vacation! Check one out at the Arts & Music desk.
Little Pim is an online language learning system for ages 0-6. It’s a fun way for kids to learn a foreign language!
- Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method makes it fun and easy to learn.
- Kids love Little Pim, the animated panda who teaches each lesson.
- It’s fun for the whole family.
- Just like the rest of the Mango system, it’s accessible anywhere you get online, right through the library website!
Forbes Library is collecting new and unwrapped toys, gifts, and clothes for kids ages 0-15 as well as gift cards for tweens/teens, from now until December 27th. This is the 28th year that Forbes has collected for its annual “Giving Tree” program. Donations will be given to Casa Latina of Northampton for their Three Kings’ Day celebrations. Casa Latina offers educational and community-supporting programming for the local Latino community. For more information contact 413-587-1010 or email@example.com.
Forbes Library, the public library in Northampton, MA seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Director/ Patron Services Librarian.
Northampton, MA is one of the top small arts cities in the United States and lies in the heart of the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. The city of just under 30,000 offers a vibrant downtown unique for its number of independent businesses and a lifestyle rich in cultural, artistic, and academic resources.
The library has a collection of 360,000 and a dedicated staff of 24 FTE, including full and part-time employees. The budget for FY 2017 is $1.49 million. The Richardsonian Romanesque building opened in 1894 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes an inviting children’s area, exemplary arts and music collections, a strong reference department, an art gallery, extensive local history and genealogy materials for Hampshire County, and the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. There is an active and supportive Friends group.
The Assistant Director/ Patron Services Librarian is a member of the administration of the library and assists the director in all matters, assuming the role of director in absence of director. This position requires balancing multiple responsibilities in a fast paced and forward thinking environment with an emphasis on quality customer service. We seek candidates who see challenges as opportunities and will continually strive to develop and improve service models through creative thinking and effective use of technology. Library staff are encouraged to work collaboratively at all times, and the Assistant Director/Patron Services Librarian serves as a team leader and mentor to staff in various work teams and across all departments.
Responsibilities of this position include both administrative and direct patron services. The focus of this position is on borrower services, collection development, personnel management, community engagement, library programming, data analysis and volunteer coordination. For a detailed job description see, http://forbeslibrary.org/info/jobs/.
Qualifications: Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association-accredited library and information studies program; enthusiasm for and a record of success in developing innovative patron services; 3 or more years of experience in public library supervisory roles and the ability to effectively plan and supervise the work of others; attention to detail, strong organizational skills; strong service orientation; ability to organize work, develop effective work processes and work within budget; assess work priorities and work independently; aptitude and experience with social media and technology savvy; analytical skills.
SALARY: Full time benefited position, $66,000 annually
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and names of three references to Director, Forbes Library, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org — Deadline to apply is December 19, 2016.
Lisa Downing, Assistant Director/Patron Services Librarian of Forbes Library, was chosen by the Trustees as the 10th director of Forbes Library. During the meeting Lisa Downing was shown to have the overwhelming support of the trustees, community and staff.
The Trustees have now finished all 4 director interviews. They will meet on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 3:15 pm in the Coolidge Museum to select their choice for director. The meeting, like the interviews, is open to the public. Public feedback about the candidates is welcomed. Please send to email@example.com