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Meet Athena!

May 11, 2024 — You may have noticed the new sculpture and landscaping in front of the library. Athena, goddess of wisdom, and her owl companion have taken up residence in our front garden. The sculpture was created by artist Brian McQuillan, commissioned and donated to Forbes by Eileen Travis in memory of her husband Tom Ruane. Eileen also…

Forbes Library Appoints Two New Board Members

April 13, 2024 — Forbes Library Board of Trustees welcome Ann Michele “Shelly” Ruocco and Rebekah Anderson who were recently appointed to fill two vacancies that were created when a change in the board’s bylaws was made to increase the number of seats from five to seven. Ruocco and Anderson were chosen from among a very strong pool of 8 candidates.…

Libraries turning the page: They’re still in the business of books, but embracing new role as community ‘third space’ (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

March 23, 2024 —

Forbes Library Board of Trustees Seeks Candidates for Appointment

March 16, 2024 — Forbes Library, Northampton’s public library, seeks applications for the position of Trustee of Forbes Library to fill two vacancies. These vacancies were created when a change in the board’s bylaws was made to increase the number of seats from five to seven. The board sought this change to allow for broader representation from the community…

Northampton Lions Club donated life-saving devices to two local libraries (WWLP 22 News)

February 1, 2024 —

Forbes Library Unveils Strategic Plan

October 17, 2023 — Forbes Library, a beloved cornerstone of the Northampton community, is thrilled to announce the launch of its comprehensive Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2025 through 2027. This visionary plan charts an exciting course for the library to better serve the community and elevate its offerings. Developed through extensive community engagement, including input from Northampton residents…

Audio talks by local artists in Forbes collection

October 5, 2023 — Artist Talks

Trustee Candidates: Video statements

October 5, 2023 — Northampton Open Media invited all those appearing on the fall ballot to record statements.  Here is the Candidate Statement playlist on YouTube. It includes the four people running for the three open seats on Forbes Library’s Board of Trustees: Katy Wight (incumbent), Ruth Francis, Alexander George, and Anne Teschner. 

Coolidge Museum Endorses Statement on Civility in Politics

September 25, 2023 — Press Release – For immediate release Contact: Lisa Downing, Library Director, or 413-587-1016 The Calvin Coolidge Standing Committee of the Forbes Library Board of Trustees voted at its Sept. 11, 2023 meeting to support the joint statement of thirteen presidential foundations and centers “regarding the future of our nation and an urgent call to action for all Americans.”…

The climb to the White House: 100 years ago today, Northampton’s Calvin Coolidge rose to the presidency

August 3, 2023 — The Daily Hampshire Gazette published this excellent local historical & biographical article by Bob Flaherty on August 3, 2023. (includes 9 photos)

All things Calvin: Coolidge library and museum contains trove of info about the Northampton man who became president

August 3, 2023 — The Daily Hampshire Gazette published this article on August 3, 2023, the 100th anniversary of Calvin Coolidge’s swearing in as the 30th President of the United States. (includes 11 photos)

La Galería Hosmer busca aplicaciones de artistas para el 2024

July 24, 2023 — Es con gusto que la biblioteca Forbes invita propuestas de exhibiciones para la Galería Hosmer!  Planearemos las exposiciones de febrero 2024 a febrero 2025. La convocatoria cierra: el 8 de septiembre, 2023, 6 PM El horario será finalizado en octubre. La galería de arte Hosmer, que abrió en el 2002, está diseñada para proveer oportunidades a artistas locales…

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