Events in the next month

Title:Reframing Islam: A Photographic Resolution
Date:Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:All Day Event
Location:Reading Room
Categories:Adult Events, Exhibits, Recurring Events
Description:

Local artists Brittany Hathaway and Erica Chick photograph exhibit is on display in the Reading Room until 10/20.

Artists' Statement:

My greatest hope for “Reframing Islam” is that audience members across all media platforms challenge their current understanding of the words “Muslim” and “Islam”; to ask questions, to relinquish fear of the unknown, and to develop acceptance. 

The intention is to replicate the dialog between two humans: face to face. By allowing audience members to fully engage with the series of intimate portraits of Muslim Americans, and their heartfelt personal statements to the world, the viewer is allowed and encouraged to suspend judgments and to listen without having to respond. 

This photographic resolution is about human rights as much as it is about American rights. It’s about nurturing compassion and decency with our audience members; so that we can all remember that the United States of America is a country that welcomes diversity and celebrates the many cultures of its people. 

Title:Job Readiness Workshop - Interviewing Skills
Date:Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Community Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Learn how to prepare for your interviews and position yourself as a qualified candidate. Commonly asked questions will be reviewed.

Participants must register by calling the Greenfield Career Center: 413-774-4361.

Title:Cookies with a Curator
Date:Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, Cookies with a Curator, Local History, Recurring Events
Description:

Cookies with a Curator

Informal conversation and show and tell of objects

in the Forbes Library’s collection  

Third Thursdays at 2pm in the Coolidge Museum

Title:Rainbow Makers: LGBTQ+ Group for ages 13-17
Date:Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Ewan Hill
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Teen Events, Writing
Description:

Rainbow Makers is a creative bi-weekly discussion group for youth ages 13-17. Our group’s goal is to publish an annual magazine featuring articles, reviews, opinions, and artwork by group members. If you are not a writer that is OKAY!
 
We welcome artists, gamers, music fans, makeup enthusiasts, aspiring chefs, meme fanatics and everyone in between. If you have interests and would like to share them with others, we would love to have you.
Title:Trustees of Forbes Library
Date:Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:4:00pm - 5:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Recurring Events, Trustees of Forbes Library
Description:

Monthly meeting of the Trustees of Forbes Library. Open to the public.

Past meeting minutes and additional information is available on the Trustees website.

Agenda

  1. Bills and Warrants

  2. Public Comment

  3. Secretary’s Report of September 21

  4. Treasurer’s Report

  5. Department Report - ARIS, Molly Moss

  6. Administrative Report  

  7. Friends of Forbes

  8. Next Meetings

    1. Trustees: Tuesday, November 21 at 4:00 PM

    2. FOF Meeting: Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 PM

    3. CCPLM Advisory Board, December 4 at 3:30 PM (Marjorie Hess)

  9. Communications

    1. MLTA Fall Focus Invitation

  10. Financial Report

    1. FY18 First Quarter Report (Lisa Downing)

  11. Action Items

    1. Smith Collaborations (Lisa Downing)

  12. Informational Items  

    1. Windows/HVAC Project Update (Lisa Downing)

    2. Tree Work Update (Lisa Downing)

    3. Circ/Lobby Renovations (Molly Moss)

    4. Internet Archives Grant (Lisa Downing)

    5. Grand Army of the Republic Medal (Lisa Downing)

    6. Community Engagement (Molly Moss)

    7. Reports on workshops/meetings/activities  

      1. Landscape Subcommittee Report of September 21

  13. Miscellaneous    

    1. Events Calendar

    2. Press Cuttings

Title:Reframing Islam: A Photographic Resolution
Date:Friday, October 20, 2017
Time:All Day Event
Location:Reading Room
Categories:Adult Events, Exhibits, Recurring Events
Description:

Local artists Brittany Hathaway and Erica Chick photograph exhibit is on display in the Reading Room until 10/20.

Artists' Statement:

My greatest hope for “Reframing Islam” is that audience members across all media platforms challenge their current understanding of the words “Muslim” and “Islam”; to ask questions, to relinquish fear of the unknown, and to develop acceptance. 

The intention is to replicate the dialog between two humans: face to face. By allowing audience members to fully engage with the series of intimate portraits of Muslim Americans, and their heartfelt personal statements to the world, the viewer is allowed and encouraged to suspend judgments and to listen without having to respond. 

This photographic resolution is about human rights as much as it is about American rights. It’s about nurturing compassion and decency with our audience members; so that we can all remember that the United States of America is a country that welcomes diversity and celebrates the many cultures of its people. 

Title:Gratitude Journaling: For better sleep and a whole lot more!
Date:Friday, October 20, 2017
Time:10:30am - 11:45am
Presenter:Fairin Woods
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, Mind and Body, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

Express your gratitude with mindful and creative journaling. Each week we will practice unique & key aspects of gratitude. Going deeper is the intent. Plus, enjoy the camaraderie & buoyancy of this group.

Bring:
Bring your Journal and any art supplies you want to use. No experience needed. Come to all the sessions or drop in for one session. This class is free. Nominal donations of up to $5 accepted.

Facilitator:
Fairin Woods, MA. LMT. Wellness Coach Her background is in mental health counseling, massage therapy & teaching. Via coaching and touch/energy therapy practice she inspires and guides women in improving their sleep. Visit Fairin’s blog at www.JoyofSleeping.com

Contact: Fairin at 413.426.0252

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Friday, October 20, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Ralph/Kat
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Stories, song, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddlers and caregivers.

Title:Afternoon Book Discussion: My Real Children
Date:Friday, October 20, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:


This month's discussion will be about

My Real Children by Jo Walton

It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know-what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.

Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War-those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles?

Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. Jo Walton's My Real Children is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan's lives...and of how every life means the entire world.

The Afternoon Book Discussion group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month in the Watson Room for a casual hour long discussion. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices with a sprinkling of non-fiction, young adult, and classics with an emphasis on books appealing to an ecclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion.  Pre-registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Tea and light refreshments are served. 

Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk. 

Title:Alternative Health
Date:Friday, October 20, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, One-Time Events
Description:

Dr. Linda Nelson, from Utah, will be sharing information with the public for free on current health and wellness concerns, such as depression, skin rashes, headaches, fibromyalgia, and more.  She will share ways to heal your body and care for these, and other, health ailments.

Title:Italian Conversation Circle
Date:Friday, October 20, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Laura Bellusci
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, Language, Recurring Events
Description:

Map of ItalyPlease come and enjoy the Italian conversation group at the Forbes facilitated by Laura Bellusci. It’s free and there is no sign-up required. It is open to all levels of ability and designed as a full-immersion experience; that is, we’ll be speaking in Italian for the entire hour. Feel free to bring in photos, maps, stories, or anything that helps facilitate conversation. What a fun way to practice and improve your language skills. Benvenuto!

Laura Bellusci grew up in an Italian-American family in East Boston and has written extensively on the immigrant experience. Laura has taught elementary Italian privately, and in a continuing education curriculum. She continues to follow Italian literature and cultural studies at Mt. Holyoke College. 

 

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30-12:30 in the Watson Room, join fellow writers for some companionable writing time. The Writing Room is ongoing throughout the year.

How the Writing Room Works: Each session opens at 9:30 sharp with brief hellos, followed by the pleasure of getting work done in the company of others. Some writers work in other parts of the library, then join us at 11:45 to check in about how the work went and make announcements. At (roughly) 12, anyone who wishes to read for the group does briefly, without critique or spoken response. We're done by 12:30. There are writing prompts on the table for those who like to use them. There are four hour parking meters in the back of the lot. Consider bringing a sweater. Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session.

Title:AEIOUkes
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time:10:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:AEIOUkes
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, Music Participation, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

AEIOUkesAEIOUkes is a community ukulele club. We meet regularly to sing together and  to improve our playing,  and we occasionally have opportunities to  play in public.  The group has been meeting for several years and over the past year has expanded to include Saturday morning practices.  We are comprised of ukulele enthusiasts with all levels of playing experience, including beginners, and we always welcome new members to play, sing, or just watch and  listen.

 

Photo by Dale Ruff.

Title:Home Movie Day!
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time:12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Children's Events, Film, One-Time Events, Teen Events
Description:

Home Movie Day at Forbes Library is coming! Do you have old 8mm, Super 8mm or 16mm home movies you haven't seen in years? Bring them in to the Forbes Library Arts & Music Department by October 13th and we will have them inspected by a film conservator and show them at the big event on the 21st! Come watch home movies together and learn how to best preserve your film treasures! For more information, contact Dylan at dgaffney@forbeslibrary.org or call the Arts and Music Department at 413-587-1013. For more info on the national Home Movie Day event, now in its 15th year, visit http://www.centerforhomemovies.org/hmd/ We'd love to see your treasures!

Title:Spanish Conversation Group
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Language, Recurring Events
Description:

The region's liveliest Spanish conversation group is opening up its fall season and accepting new participants. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere in weekly Saturday sessions at the Forbes Library's Watson Room. Sessions (which start promptly) are from 3-4:30 PM and include conversation, creative writing, storytelling, grammar and small group chats of 2 to 3. Room holds 15 people, with priority given to established participants, who keep returning enthusiastically. 
Since the room door will close at 3:15, we ask people to arrive at 3 pm to avoid interruptions For more info, email silmar7@juno.com or Pat Rector at pat.rector@gmail.com or simply show up at a session and give it a try.
This term goes from Sept. 9 to Dec. 16.

Grupo de conversación español gratis donde se puede mejorar o practicar tu fluidez con la lengua. Es un grupo de inmersión. Por eso, vamos a usar solamente español por la hora y media. Ven para una manera divertida a mejorar tu nivel de español.

Title:tinydance Performance
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:tinydance
Location:Library Grounds
Categories:One-Time Events, Performance
Description:

What's that, you say? Technology and tinydance? Well, it's true that we sometimes use technology for outreach and archival purposes, and we invite you to join us on Saturday, October 21st at 3:30pm while we film our most recent piece, treading our path. If you missed the 2017 tiny tour, this is your chance to see that work! We will perform twice in a row, at 3:30 and 4:00pm, at Forbes Library in Northampton.

Title:Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann in the Reference Room Computer Area.

Title:Unemployment Insurance (UI) Online Assistance:
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:9:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Walk-in assistance; first-come, first-served.

Hampshire County residents only.

Please see Mary Ann in the Reference Room Computer Area (see sign) for assistance.

Title:Cancelled- Storytime with Ellie
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:10:30am - 11:00am
Presenter:Ellie Dole
Location:Children's Department
Categories:Cancelled, Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Storytime with Ellie is cancelled on Monday, 10/23. See you next week!

 

Storytime with Ellie

Join Ellie for storytime on Monday mornings at 10:30. 

Title:Baby Storytime
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:11:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Kat Janeczek/Ralph Holley
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us to read books, sing songs, play with puppets and toys, and meet other babies and caregivers! The first 20 minutes are storytime, followed by 40 minutes of free play with toys. For children ages 0-18 months. 

Title:Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann on the Mezzanine level.

Title:Unemployment Insurance (UI) Online Assistance (by appointment)
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:30pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann on the Mezzanine level to check in.

 

For afternoon appointments, please call the Greenfield Career Center: 413-774-4361, by Thursday of the preceding week.

Title:Writing Your Life: A Four-Week Workshop
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

What's your story? In this encouraging, non-judgmental workshop, create a written record for yourself, for loved ones, or for publication. With fun prompts, inspiring reading selections, and some simple tips, you'll learn how to transform personal or family history into compelling stories. Class format: Short warm-up/group discussion, followed by 45 to 60 minutes of writing time, followed by optional sharing of work. 

Workshop Leader: Debra Jo Immergut (www.evergoodworkshop.com) is a published author of two books and a veteran journalist and editor. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writer Workshop and taught writing at University of Maryland and University of Iowa.

Please register: Email dimmergut at gmail dot com

Title:Reading Buddies with Percy Jackson, therapy dog
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:4:00pm - 5:00pm
Presenter:Cathy Beck
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

 

Sign up in advance to read to Percy Jackson, Bright Spot licensed therapy dog! See staff at the Children's Desk, or call 587-1010 for details.

 
This program was created to help emerging and struggling readers gain confidence in their abilities. Participants sign up for a 20 minute solo session reading to Percy. Because research has shown it's most effective for a reader to read one-on-one in this setting, only Percy and his owner, Cathy, sit in on the session. Pictures and hellos are welcome before the reading begins! 
 
Don't forget to bring a "just right" book with you, or arrive with enough time to browse before it's time for you to read to Percy. 
 

Title:Meet the Author: _Bad Dad_ by Alice Shane
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Author Events, One-Time Events
Description:

A Psychological Thriller: There's a Dark Side to Wealth & Privilege

Let's chat about crime vs. punishment * The relativity of good & evil in a changing world ...

Presented by the author, Alice Shane

Title:Laugh for the Health of It
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
Presenter:Mark Sherry
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:

Absolutely no Laughter experience necessary!

Feeling stressed? Want a release from the everyday demands of life? Come join us for 60 minutes of fun and laughter. Play fun Laughter Games while you strengthen your immune system and lower your blood pressure. Join Certified Laughter leader Mark Sherry each month for an evening of fun!

This program is free and open to the public! All physical abilities welcome. Donations appreciated (suggested donation $3-$5).

Contact: Mark Sherry 413-374-7671

Title:Northampton Arts Council Biennial Poetry Reading
Date:Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, Exhibits, One-Time Events, Poetry
Description:

Offered as a companion evening to the Northampton Arts Council's Juried Exhibition in the Hosmer Gallery during the month of October, poetry selected by three jurors: Northampton’s poet laureate Amy Dryansky; Diana Babineau Owen, Managing Editor at Orion Magazine; and Robbie Dunning, will be presented along with a celebration of the release of an accompanying publication. 

Image: Priya Green (Springfield, MA)
Pleasure Index 4, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in

Title:Ancient Greek Language Study Group
Date:Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Nicolas Gross
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Language, Recurring Events
Description:

Weekly gathering to study the Ancient Greek Language with retired professor, Nicolas Gross. Study based on Athenaze Book 1 [2nd edition] (eds.) Maurice Balme  & Gilbert Lawall (ISBN 0-19-514956-4.) For more information contact nicolaspgross at gmail.com

Title:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Reference Department
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Adult Events, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Do you need a little help using a computer? Are you having trouble getting started? Did you run into a sticky problem? Do you want to get an email account? Are you looking for a better way to format a document?

Come to a drop-in computer help session! Bring your wireless laptop, or use one of the library's computers to have your questions answered by a knowledgeable volunteer.

Title:LEGO Club
Date:Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Ralph Holley
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Come enjoy a fun afternoon playing with LEGOs! For ages 5 and up.

Title:Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Mary Ann in the Reference Room Computer Area.

Title:Dharma Gentle Yoga
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:9:30am - 10:45am
Presenter:Vickie Healy
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:

Dharma Gentle is a weekly yoga class.  No yoga experience is required, but participants must be able to get up and down from the floor independently. Drop-ins are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and blocks, if you have them.  Limited supplies are available.  Please come at least 15 minutes early if you are dropping in, to complete registration forms.

This gentle, yoga class is appropriate for all who wish to add the healing qualities of yoga to their lives. We move the body through the classical poses very slowly, gently and conscientiously. Rests are taken between poses as the body moves towards inner introspection on a physical and meditative level. This class is highly beneficial for those who are ready to return to physical activity after an illness or injury, or for those who have not moved much in a long time. Everyone will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Your teacher, Vickie Healy is a registered Dharma Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Certification. She is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years of nursing experience.  Vickie believes that practicing yoga is a powerful way to increase health and longevity.

The Dharma Gentle Class was designed by Sri Dharma Mittra who founded one of the early independent schools of Yoga in New York City in 1975.  He is the author of the world-renowned masterpiece, The Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures.  For more information about Dharma Yoga go to http://www.dharmayogacenter.com.

This course is free of charge.  Nominal donations of up to $5 accepted.

Contact: Vickie Healy, RN, BSN, RYT at Vickie@VickieHealyRN.com

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 am-12:30 pm in the Watson Room, join fellow writers for companionable writing time. The Writing Room is ongoing throughout the year.

How the Writing Room Works: each session opens at 9:30 sharp with brief hellos, followed by the pleasure of getting work done in the company of others. Some writers work in other parts of the library, then join us at 11:45 to check in about how the work went and make announcements. At (roughly) 12, anyone who wishes to read for the group does briefly, without critique or spoken response. We're done by 12:30.

There are writing prompts on the table for those who like to use them. There are four hour parking meters in the back of the lot. Consider bringing a sweater. Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session.

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Sarah Johnson
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Stories, song, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddlers and caregivers.

Title:Drop-in Chess
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:


Drop in for part or all of these casual chess meets. All experience levels welcome.  Please bring your own set if you have one. Every Wednesday from 1-3 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Title:Career Center Seminar
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:1:30pm - 3:30pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Community Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Participants must register by calling the Greenfield Career Center: 413-774-4361.

Title:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Reference Department
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Adult Events, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Do you need a little help using a computer? Are you having trouble getting started? Did you run into a sticky problem? Do you want to get an email account? Are you looking for a better way to format a document?

Come to a drop-in computer help session! Bring your wireless laptop, or use one of the library's computers to have your questions answered by a knowledgeable volunteer.

Title:Film: Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Northampton Committee to Stop War
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Film, One-Time Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Resistance Film Series of the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars

2nd and 4th Wednesdays film series. Free and accessible. Discussion follows.

 

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary: The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants

Directed by a schoolteacher, this film became a lightning bolt in the immigration debate as the Rockefeller Foundation labeled it "One of the most important films on American race relations." Hoover Elementary is located in Pico-Union, known as the 'Ellis Island' of Los Angeles. After the passage of Proposition 187 into law, teacher Laura Angelica Simon feared she would be forced to turn in her undocumented students to the INS. She was equally disturbed by the support the Proposition was receiving from teachers, even though it would harm their own students. Armed with borrowed equipment, Simon began chronicling this troubled and divisive chapter at Hoover Elementary.

Speakers: Local immigrant advocacy workers.

Title:Forbes Library Zine Club
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:Arts and Music Department
Categories:Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, Recurring Events, Teen Events, Writing
Description:

A club to talk and create all-things-zine! Meeting at Forbes Library on the second floor in the Arts and Music Department.

Title:Climate Change in Your Backyard
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Meadow City Conservation Coalition
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, One-Time Events
Description:

C:\Users\Fred Zimnoch\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\MCCC_3,5inch.jpgMeadow City Conservation Coalition Fall Meeting

Given the early fall record-breaking heat wave, the hottest years on record all occurring in the last 4 years, the recent drought, and the extreme storms that the northeast and the country are experiencing, you may be wondering what climate change has in store for our own Connecticut River Valley. This presentation will focus on the expected impacts of climate change to the natural environment, including gardens, invasive plants, trees, and wildlife in your own backyard.

SPEAKER: Dr. Toni Lyn Morelli is a USGS Research Ecologist for the NE Climate Science Center. Toni Lyn uses field work, computer modeling, mapping, and genetics to help resource managers and conserve species in the face of climate and land use change. Her current projects include identifying and conserving climate change refugia, studying the effects of snow loss on montane and Arctic species, exploring the effects of climate change on sugar maple and maple syrup production, and developing decision analysis tools for climate adaptation.

Title:Valley Time Trade Orientation
Date:Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Valley Time Trade
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Valley Time Trade is part of a worldwide social change movement called “timebanking.” We have close to 500 members in Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Counties, with the largest concentration right here in Northampton! We trade time instead of money, in the form of services we provide to one another – and everyone’s time is worth the same. One hour of your time helping another member earns you one hour of another member’s time – all without the use of money. Our members offer gardening, babysitting, hair cuts, language lessons, computer tutoring, home organizing, driving, cooking, ski instructions, and dozens of other services, as well as requesting services that they need from other members. A computer program keeps track of everyone’s hours, offers, and requests.

If you’d like to learn more, go to our website, www.valleytimetrade.org. An orientation to timebanking is required for membership; it takes between an hour and an hour and a half. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to join. Orientations are held once a month at Forbes Library in Northampton. Questions? Contact us at membership AT valleytimetrade.org.

Contact: Valley Time Trade     membership AT valleytimetrade.org

Title:Job Readiness Workshop - LinkedIn Overview
Date:Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Franklin Hampshire Career Center
Location:Community Room
Categories:Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Learn how this professional social networking tool may enhance your job search. We will review aspects of the basic profile, and do job and other searches. Laptops provided. LinkedIn account not necessary. 

Participants must register by calling the Greenfield Career Center: 413-774-4361.

Title:Tweens and Teens Book Club
Date:Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

Come discuss Warcross, by Marie Lu, and help us choose our next book! 

Title:Gratitude Journaling: For better sleep and a whole lot more!
Date:Friday, October 27, 2017
Time:10:30am - 11:45am
Presenter:Fairin Woods
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, Mind and Body, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

Express your gratitude with mindful and creative journaling. Each week we will practice unique & key aspects of gratitude. Going deeper is the intent. Plus, enjoy the camaraderie & buoyancy of this group.

Bring:
Bring your Journal and any art supplies you want to use. No experience needed. Come to all the sessions or drop in for one session. This class is free. Nominal donations of up to $5 accepted.

Facilitator:
Fairin Woods, MA. LMT. Wellness Coach Her background is in mental health counseling, massage therapy & teaching. Via coaching and touch/energy therapy practice she inspires and guides women in improving their sleep. Visit Fairin’s blog at www.JoyofSleeping.com

Contact: Fairin at 413.426.0252

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Friday, October 27, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Ralph/Kat
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Stories, song, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddlers and caregivers.

Title:Italian Conversation Circle
Date:Friday, October 27, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Laura Bellusci
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, Language, Recurring Events
Description:

Map of ItalyPlease come and enjoy the Italian conversation group at the Forbes facilitated by Laura Bellusci. It’s free and there is no sign-up required. It is open to all levels of ability and designed as a full-immersion experience; that is, we’ll be speaking in Italian for the entire hour. Feel free to bring in photos, maps, stories, or anything that helps facilitate conversation. What a fun way to practice and improve your language skills. Benvenuto!

Laura Bellusci grew up in an Italian-American family in East Boston and has written extensively on the immigrant experience. Laura has taught elementary Italian privately, and in a continuing education curriculum. She continues to follow Italian literature and cultural studies at Mt. Holyoke College. 

 

Title:Minecraft Club
Date:Friday, October 27, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us for the monthly meeting of Minecraft Club! Sign up at the desk in advance, or call the Children's Department at 587-1010. 

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30-12:30 in the Watson Room, join fellow writers for some companionable writing time. The Writing Room is ongoing throughout the year.

How the Writing Room Works: Each session opens at 9:30 sharp with brief hellos, followed by the pleasure of getting work done in the company of others. Some writers work in other parts of the library, then join us at 11:45 to check in about how the work went and make announcements. At (roughly) 12, anyone who wishes to read for the group does briefly, without critique or spoken response. We're done by 12:30. There are writing prompts on the table for those who like to use them. There are four hour parking meters in the back of the lot. Consider bringing a sweater. Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session.

Title:AEIOUkes
Date:Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time:10:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:AEIOUkes
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, Music Participation, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

AEIOUkesAEIOUkes is a community ukulele club. We meet regularly to sing together and  to improve our playing,  and we occasionally have opportunities to  play in public.  The group has been meeting for several years and over the past year has expanded to include Saturday morning practices.  We are comprised of ukulele enthusiasts with all levels of playing experience, including beginners, and we always welcome new members to play, sing, or just watch and  listen.

 

Photo by Dale Ruff.

Title:Drag Queen Story Hour and Sparkle Party
Date:Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time:11:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Lesléa Newman and Jenayah De Rosario
Location:Community Room
Categories:Author Events, Children's Events, One-Time Events
Description:

Come to Drag Queen Story Hour and Sparkle Party at the Forbes Library on Saturday, October 28, at 11:00 A.M.!

 

Children of all ages are invited to wear their sparkly, shimmery, glittery best and join local author and former Northampton poet laureate Lesléa Newman along with local drag queen entertainer Jenayah De Rosario for Drag Queen Story Hour!

 

The Forbes Library is excited to be hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour, which is exactly what it sounds like: Drag Queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. According to the Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) website, https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org  “DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, and where dress up is real.” Drag Queen Story Hour was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, and now takes place in communities all over the world.

 

Lesléa Newman and Jenayah De Rosario will read picture books that celebrate everyone’s right to sparkle and shine including Lesléa Newman’s latest picture book, Sparkle Boy.

 

Sparkle Boy tells the story of Casey and his older sister, Jessie. Casey loves to play with his blocks, puzzles, and dump truck, and he also loves things that shimmer, glitter, and sparkle. Jessie thinks shimmery, glittery, sparkly things are only for girls. Or are they? This sweet and refreshing story speaks to us all about acceptance, respect, and the simple freedom to be yourself.

 

After the reading, there will be a sparkly art activity, face painting, and book signing.

 

Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages including the children’s books, Heather Has Two Mommies, The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, and Ketzel the Cat Who Composed. From 2008 – 2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton.

 

Jenayah De Rosario is a charismatic queen with a big heart and lots of love for the community. She is an extraordinary entertainer who performs regularly throughout the Pioneer Valley and hosts a monthly Drag Queen Bingo Party at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA.