Photo of Trustees: Joseph Twarog, Marjorie Hess, Elaine Reall, Katy Wight, Russell Carrier. Lisa Downing, Director; Cheri Buckhout, Treasurer; Molly Moss, Assistant Director.

Left to right, standing: Trustees Joseph Twarog, Marjorie Hess, Elaine Reall; Treasurer Cheri Buckhout; Trustee Russell Carrier. Seated: Director Lisa Downing, Trustee Katy Wight, Assistant Director Molly Moss.

The Forbes Library is governed by an elected board of trustees, as stipulated in the will of Charles E. Forbes. Trustees serve in a volunteer capacity. They are elected for a four-year term beginning the first Monday in January after the November municipal election, and may be re-elected.

Each year the Trustees honor a community member with the Trustees Award.


Trustees’ meetings are open to the public and the Trustees follow the Commonwealth’s Open Meeting Law (M.G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25). Meetings are usually, but not always, held on the third Thursday of each month, at 4:00 PM in the Watson Room on the mezzanine of the Library.

Upcoming Meetings

Minutes of past Trustees meetings


Board Members

The current Trustees are:

All of the Trustees may be reached c/o the Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton MA 01060.

Annual Reports