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Getting the vote: Forbes Library kicks off suffrage series this month with look at 19th Amendment

June 11, 2020 — by Steve Pfarrer in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, June 10, 2020

A Letter from the Director

May 22, 2020 — As we come upon the end of our second month of the building being closed, I want to let you all know how much our staff miss seeing you and serving you in the building. I know this has been a very difficult time for many of us and we look forward to when we…

Virtual / Online Events

March 26, 2020 –

We are offering some library programs and events online so you can participate at home. Please see for the complete schedule.
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Resources for Family Learning at Home

March 18, 2020 — Authors, illustrators, and educators are stepping up to provide free resources for all ages designed to encourage creativity and learning at home! Virtual Author Events, Resources and Read-alouds Mo Willems will be hosting a livestream doodle every weekday at 1:00. Ben Clanton will be doing Instagram Live events every Monday at 12:30pm EST, each of…

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center Update

March 18, 2020 — MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Centers are temporarily closed to the public for in-person services in an effort to protect our customers and staff from potential exposure to Coronavirus (Covid-19). Forbes Library in Northampton is temporarily closed. Career Center services will not be available at Forbes Library during this time. Our staff continue to work, and…

Get the Facts on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 11, 2020 — Check out these resources for up-to-date information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Massachusetts Department of Public Health Northampton Health Department Just for Kids: A Comic Explaining the Coronavirus (NPR) How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus and ease their fears (NBC) Quick Facts (global data updated every 10 minutes) WorldOmeter World…

The Right To Vote: Past, Present, Future — Mass Humanities grant

March 5, 2020 — A series of public presentations and discussions about voting in America Events On this 100th anniversary of the year U.S. women gained the right to vote, Forbes Library is presenting a series of scholar-led public discussions about voting in America. Forbes Library received support for the event series through “The Vote: A Statewide Conversation About…

“Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries

January 24, 2020 —   Discussion dates Forbes Library is excited to be participating in the Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries. Forbes is one of twenty-two public libraries from eighteen states that have been selected to be part of the program. The “Coming to America” library project is being presented as part of…

Quark Quartet: New Musicians In Residence

January 10, 2020 — The Forbes Library is delighted to announce the Quark Quartet as our Musicians in Residence for 2020. In our fifth Musical Residency we’ll feature classical chamber music in programs for both children and adults. We are excited to present concerts for all ages in this year’s Musician in Residence program! The Quark Quartet is comprised…

New and re-elected Trustees sworn in

January 8, 2020 — Congratulations to Katy Wight and Joseph Twarog on their re-election to the Forbes Library Board of Trustees and to Emily Prabhaker upon joining the board. Each brings strong community connections and a passion for libraries. We are so grateful for their volunteer service in this important role.

Forbes Library Timeline : 125 Years

October 23, 2019 — <no preview available>

Moving Memories Lab Grant Awarded

October 18, 2019 — We have great news! Forbes Library was awarded the Accelerating Promising Practices for Small and Rural Libraries grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop the Moving Memories Lab, which will allow community members to record and preserve their stories, photos and other memories. This project, with its focus on building and…

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