Events in the next month

Title:Ancient Greek Language Study Group
Date:Tuesday, April 25, 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] (edds.) Maurice Balme  & Gilbert Lawall (ISBN 0-19-514956-4.) For more information contact nicolaspgross at gmail.com

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

Do you need a little help with the computer? Having trouble getting started, or ran into a sticky problem? Want to get your first email account? Looking for a better way to format a document?

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

Title:Kids' Craft Club
Date:Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:15pm
Presenter:Sarah Johnson
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Make a fun craft with your friends! For children ages 4-12.

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 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, April 26, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Kat Janeczek
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Stories, songs, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddler and caregivers.

Title:Tong Ren Energy Healing
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time:12:00pm - 12:45pm
Presenter:Ken Alan Hadden
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:

Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of "Chi" or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality The basis of Tong Ren Energy Healing is to access Universal Chi and sending this  healing energy to specific targeted points, depending on the persons condition to break up blockages in the body that cause dis-ease. Removal of these blockages restores the natural flow of nurturing Chi energy which allows the body to return to homeostasis and naturally corrects itself to function properly and heal. Tong Ren calms the mind and is very relaxing.

The facilitator, Ken Alan Hadden has been practicing Tong Ren in the Boston area for over five years, including the Boston Living Center, AIDS Action Committee and  the Carson Center in Ware, MA.

He is also a Board Member of theOriental Culture Institute Healing Research Foundation (OCIHRF) in Quincy, MA, a non-profit organization established for education, research and the advancement of Tong Ren Healing worldwide with the intention of developing safe and more cost effective health care.

This class is free of charge.  Nominal donations of up to $10 accepted.

For more information please visit:www.amazinghealings.org

Contact: Ken kahadden@aol.com

Title:Drop-in Chess
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring 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:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Reference Department
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Do you need a little help with the computer? Having trouble getting started, or ran into a sticky problem? Want to get your first email account? Looking for a better way to format a document?

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

Title:Needle Felting and Fiber Crafts
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Arts and Music Department, Hosmer Gallery
Categories:Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, One-Time Events, Recurring Events
Description:
Needle Felting with Wool, and other Fiber Crafts
 
Join us Wednesdays in the Arts and Music library lounge area from 2 pm to 4 pm, beginning April 5!
 
At the first session April 5, Lisa Melnick will demonstrate how to felt flat and sculpt three-dimensional objects, figures, animals, jewelry or anything else you can imagine.  We'll start with bits of loose, fluffy, colorful wool and special felting needles. The wool is shaped and compacted by stabbing with the needle, becoming firmer. We'll start with simple shapes and learn how to join them together. I'll show how to sculpt faces and embellish figures. Some rough knitting wools like Lopi can be added. You can also embellish wool clothing with needle felting.  The library will supply some wool. Additional supplies (foam work base and felting needles may be available for purchase at the library or New England Felting Supply in Easthampton.
 
Feel free to bring your own fiber craft projects to work alongside similarly occupied companions!
 
Lisa Melnick is a self-taught fiber artist and former social worker with decades of experience in sewing clothes and accessories, knitting, making art dolls, drawing, painting, and mixed media.
 
Title:Tweens and Teens Book Club
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

We'll be discussing Scythe, by Neal Shusterman. 

Title:Film: White Helmets
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 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:

Northampton Committee to Stop War 2nd and 4th Wednesdays film series. Free and accessible. Discussion follows.

The “White Helmets”, this year’s Academy Award winner for best documentary short subject. It shows volunteer rescue workers putting their lives on the line to save civilians amidst daily airstrikes, risking their lives to rescue victims from the rubble. The film follows the daily operations of the group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets. 

While the film, by Orlando von Einsiedel, is full of harsh images, they are leavened with heartening comments by some of the volunteers about why they run toward danger while others are running away. One is a former fighter who decided it was “better to rescue a soul than to take one.” Another, speaking of those he saves, says, “I consider them all to be my family.” Still, there’s a little bit of hope here in a seemingly hopeless conflict. “In the White Helmets we have a motto,” one man says at the end of the film. “To save a life is to save all of humanity.”

Title:Forbes Library Zine Club
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 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:Law Enforcement Panel
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events
Description:

Panel discussion on community policing with law enforcement officials and activists including Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper; Hampshire County Sheriff Patrick Cahillane; Don Perry, local activist and founder of Project Operation Change; Tyrone A. Wallace, Sr., criminal justice reform activist, founder of S.T.E.P. Services, a program designed to reduce recidivism of previously incarcerated individuals and assist in their reintegration back to the community, and co-founder of Critical Resistance Western Mass; and Laura Briggs, chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst.

Title:Valley Time Trade Orientation
Date:Wednesday, April 26, 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:Meditation and Journaling
Date:Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time:1:15pm - 2:30pm
Presenter:Fairin Woods
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, Mind and Body, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

For more joy. For better sleep, too!

Be inspired as you practice simple mindfulness meditations. Calm your body, mind & spirit with written or art journaling. Plus, enjoy the camaraderie and buoyancy of this awesome group.

Weekly gatherings are open to all. Bring your journal and art supplies if you wish. No experience needed. You are welcome to drop in. 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 and teaching. Via coaching and massage practice she inspires and guides women in improving their sleep. Visit Fairin's blog at www.joyofsleeping.com to find out more or call 413-426-0252.

Title:LEGO Club
Date:Thursday, April 27, 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:Toddler Time
Date:Friday, April 28, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Sarah/Ralph
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

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

Title:Coraline
Date:Friday, April 28, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:40pm
Presenter:Ralph Holley
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us and have some snacks as we show the film Coraline at 3:00 on Friday, April 28th in the Community Room! 

Coraline is a 2009 film based on the book by Neil Gaiman. 

The following week in the Watson Room at 3:30 on Friday, May 5th, we will be hosting a children’s Fiction ’n Flicks! Book & Film Club, discussing both the original Neil Gaiman book as well as the film! Copies of the book are available in the Children's Department. 

Title:Italian Conversation Circle
Date:Friday, April 28, 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 new 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, April 29, 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, April 29, 2017
Time:10:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:AEIOUkes
Location:Community Room
Categories:Music Participation, Recurring 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:Western MA Humanists
Date:Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Western MA Humanists
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring Events
Description:

A Meetup discussion group for local humanists, agnostics, and atheists. Low key and friendly- all are welcome.

Title:Spanish Conversation Group
Date:Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Language, Recurring Events
Description:

Join our FREE Spanish conversation group where you can improve or practice your Spanish language skills. This group is formatted as an immersion group so we will be speaking in Spanish for the entire hour-and-a-half. Join us for a fun way to improve your Spanish!

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:Dharma Gentle Yoga
Date:Monday, May 1, 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:Baby Storytime
Date:Monday, May 1, 2017
Time:11:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Kat Janeczek/Sarah Johnson
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:Pet and Pencil
Date:Monday, May 1, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 2:45pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Hosmer Gallery
Categories:Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:

Percy Therapy DogJoin us as we set aside 45 minutes for adults to color! Many adults use coloring as a way to relax and relieve stress. Drop in to do some coloring with provided sheets and coloring materials, or bring your own materials to work with. 

Bright Spot certified therapy dog Percy Jackson will be on hand as well. He loves to be petted and is sure to bring a smile to your face.

"Pet and Pencil" takes place on Mondays from 2-2:45 PM in the Arts & Music Department. 

Title:Reading Buddies: Read with Percy Jackson, therapy dog
Date:Monday, May 1, 2017
Time:4:00pm - 5:00pm
Presenter:Kat Janeczek
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Title:Northampton Applied Meditation
Date:Monday, May 1, 2017
Time:5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us for guided practices using Heart-Rhythm Meditation (HRM). We will focus on developing a daily meditation practice and the impact it has on our everyday life. For more information, visit www.NoHoMeditation.org.

Title:Invest to Win
Date:Monday, May 1, 2017
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Andrew Leonard
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

An opportunity for new and experienced investors to meet, learn and discuss the stock market. Using the easy to read and understand book Invest to Win by Gordon Scott and bestselling author Toni Turner, we discuss topics that include: mutual fund and individual stock selection in a 401k, IRA or non-retirment account, locating top performing sectors and evaluating current market conditions using the book's market mood signals.  Our members range from long term investors to short term traders.

All concepts discussed can be accessed online through a number of free, easy to use websites like Yahoo! Finance & FreeStockCharts.com

Possible new members, who have not read the book in advance, are welcome to join any meeting as an observer.  The group is run at the pace of regular attendees who all have a familiarity with the stock market and the concepts in Invest to Win.  Until new members have read the book it may take a meeting or two to follow topics discussed and actively participate.

Led by Andrew Leonard, a resident of Florence, who has been mentored by Invest to Win co-author Gordon Scott. For more information and/or to RSVP before attending please contact Andrew at: andrewleonard.invest2win@gmail.com

Title:Paradise City Readers: Oryx and Crake
Date:Monday, May 1, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Community Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Station ElevenRespectful, queer/LGBT-friendly, easy-going bunch who want an excuse to get out more and talk about books. And have some snacks. Meetings take place on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

This month we'll be reading Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Book Summary:

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

We also have a google group, where people post info about the books and sometimes social events. You can find us at http://groups.google.com/group/westernmassbookgroup or write to westernmassbookgroup@googlegroups.com Copies of the discussion books are available to check out at the main desk most months unless the title is in too high demand.

Title:Poetry Discussion Group
Date:Monday, May 1, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Naila Moreira
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Poetry, Recurring Events
Description:

This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. 

Every Monday, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. Copies of the poems are provided for each participant.  No prior reading or preparation required.

Full Schedule

Schedule may be subject to change. Updates will be posted here.

  • 2/13  Laura Kasischke  (Reading at Smith 2/21)
  • 2/20 LIBRARY CLOSED
  • 2/27  Leonard Cohen
  • 3/6  Poems about Climate Change
  • 3/13  Showing of Il Postino (room location will be posted)
  • 3/20  Renato Rosaldo (Reading at Smith 3/21)
  • 3/27  Ocean Vuong (in the Watson Room due to a room conflict)
  • 4/3  Bob Dylan
  • 4/10  New Yorker Poems
  • 4/17 LIBRARY CLOSED
  • 4/24  Robert Pinsky  (Reading at Smith 4/25)
  • 5/1  Hannah Fries and James Heflin  (Hedgerow Poets)
  • 5/8  Claudia Emerson
  • 5/15  Participants’ Reading
Title:Forbes Four Valley Gives Day Concert
Date:Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time:1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location:Lobby
Categories:Adult Events, Children's Events, One-Time Events, Performance
Description:

Why do you love the Forbes Library? Today is Valley Gives Day! We invite you to celebrate your love of the Forbes Library during a free concert. The Forbes Four will perform the original hit "Library on the Hill" along with an acoustic set of Beatles covers. Enjoy this free concert and some refreshments. A donation station will be available. 

Make a gift by 11:59 p.m. tonight, May 2nd, and the Friends of Forbes Library will match it up to $6,000. You can make your gift online, call us at 413-587-1011, or visit in-person. Thank you!

“Forbes library is truly one of the joys of my life, and I cannot imagine how much less my life would be without it!”

“Forbes Library is a beautiful, spacious sanctuary for me.  I enjoy checking out books & DVDs, have borrowed a musical instrument there, & learned important info from the wonderful staff. It's a place where everyone is welcome & community is supported.”
 

 

 

 

Title:Ancient Greek Language Study Group
Date:Tuesday, May 2, 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] (edds.) Maurice Balme  & Gilbert Lawall (ISBN 0-19-514956-4.) For more information contact nicolaspgross at gmail.com

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

Do you need a little help with the computer? Having trouble getting started, or ran into a sticky problem? Want to get your first email account? Looking for a better way to format a document?

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

Title:Kids' Craft Club
Date:Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:15pm
Presenter:Sarah Johnson
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Make a fun craft with your friends! For children ages 4-12.

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 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, May 3, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Kat Janeczek
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Stories, songs, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddler and caregivers.

Title:Tong Ren Energy Healing
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:12:00pm - 12:45pm
Presenter:Ken Alan Hadden
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:

Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of "Chi" or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality The basis of Tong Ren Energy Healing is to access Universal Chi and sending this  healing energy to specific targeted points, depending on the persons condition to break up blockages in the body that cause dis-ease. Removal of these blockages restores the natural flow of nurturing Chi energy which allows the body to return to homeostasis and naturally corrects itself to function properly and heal. Tong Ren calms the mind and is very relaxing.

The facilitator, Ken Alan Hadden has been practicing Tong Ren in the Boston area for over five years, including the Boston Living Center, AIDS Action Committee and  the Carson Center in Ware, MA.

He is also a Board Member of theOriental Culture Institute Healing Research Foundation (OCIHRF) in Quincy, MA, a non-profit organization established for education, research and the advancement of Tong Ren Healing worldwide with the intention of developing safe and more cost effective health care.

This class is free of charge.  Nominal donations of up to $10 accepted.

For more information please visit:www.amazinghealings.org

Contact: Ken kahadden@aol.com

Title:Drop-in Chess
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Adult Events, Recurring 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:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Reference Department
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Do you need a little help with the computer? Having trouble getting started, or ran into a sticky problem? Want to get your first email account? Looking for a better way to format a document?

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

Title:Needle Felting and Fiber Crafts
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Arts and Music Department, Hosmer Gallery
Categories:Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, One-Time Events, Recurring Events
Description:
Needle Felting with Wool, and other Fiber Crafts
 
Join us Wednesdays in the Arts and Music library lounge area from 2 pm to 4 pm, beginning April 5!
 
At the first session April 5, Lisa Melnick will demonstrate how to felt flat and sculpt three-dimensional objects, figures, animals, jewelry or anything else you can imagine.  We'll start with bits of loose, fluffy, colorful wool and special felting needles. The wool is shaped and compacted by stabbing with the needle, becoming firmer. We'll start with simple shapes and learn how to join them together. I'll show how to sculpt faces and embellish figures. Some rough knitting wools like Lopi can be added. You can also embellish wool clothing with needle felting.  The library will supply some wool. Additional supplies (foam work base and felting needles may be available for purchase at the library or New England Felting Supply in Easthampton.
 
Feel free to bring your own fiber craft projects to work alongside similarly occupied companions!
 
Lisa Melnick is a self-taught fiber artist and former social worker with decades of experience in sewing clothes and accessories, knitting, making art dolls, drawing, painting, and mixed media.
 
Title:Teen Advisory Board
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

Come discuss library programming with other teens, and eat pizza!

Title:Community Forum
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, One-Time Events
Description:
Forbes Library is developing a new strategic plan to identify priorities for services and programs for the next five years. Knowing your needs and interests will guide decisions on specific library goals and activities. We are soliciting feedback through our community survey and this open community forum.
 
This forum will be facilitated by Kristi Chadwick who is a consultant with the Massachusetts Library System. She will lead the group through a brainstorming activity and the information and suggestions gathered will help inform the library's five year plan. Please consider participating in this important discussion. 
For more information contact Molly Moss, Assistant Director at 413-587-1017 or by email at info@forbeslibrary.org
Title:Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: Rendezvous With Rama
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredible, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence. It will kindle their wildest dreams... and fan their darkest fears. For no one knows who the Ramans are or why they have come. And now the moment of rendezvous awaits -- just behind a Raman airlock door.

Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out.

Title:Meditation and Journaling
Date:Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time:1:15pm - 2:30pm
Presenter:Fairin Woods
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, Mind and Body, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

For more joy. For better sleep, too!

Be inspired as you practice simple mindfulness meditations. Calm your body, mind & spirit with written or art journaling. Plus, enjoy the camaraderie and buoyancy of this awesome group.

Weekly gatherings are open to all. Bring your journal and art supplies if you wish. No experience needed. You are welcome to drop in. 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 and teaching. Via coaching and massage practice she inspires and guides women in improving their sleep. Visit Fairin's blog at www.joyofsleeping.com to find out more or call 413-426-0252.

Title:LEGO Club
Date:Thursday, May 4, 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:Stuffed Animal Sleepover!
Date:Friday, May 5, 2017
Time:All Day Event
Location:Children's Department
Categories:Children's Events, One-Time Events
Description:

Have you ever wondered what happens at the library after it closes? Your stuffed animals can find out! Drop your stuffed friend off in the Children's Department anytime on Friday, and pick them up on Saturday! 

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Friday, May 5, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Sarah/Ralph
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

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

Title:Italian Conversation Circle
Date:Friday, May 5, 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 new 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:Nonviolent Peaceforce
Date:Friday, May 5, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Tiffany Easthom
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, One-Time Events
Description:

The Nonviolent Peaceforce (www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org) uses Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) to de-escalate confrontations and reduce harm to civilians caught in the midst of civil and inter-tribal wars. They are currently working in South Sudan, Iraq, Philippines, and Myanmar. 
Executive Director Tiffany Easthom, who has worked in the field in most of these countries, and Director of Advocacy Marna Anderson will share stories from the field and explain how UCP works and why its effectiveness far surpasses all military, diplomatic, and even UN peacekeeping efforts when it comes to reducing the suffering of civilian populations in the midst of conflict.