Events in the next month

Title: Exhibit: Sharing Stories, Creating Change: Hampshire County Community Story Archive
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Reading Room
Categories: Exhibits, Recurring Events, Sustainability
Description:

Hampshire County Food Policy Council exhibit.

Reception: June 6 at 5:30

Teach-In: "Storytelling for Social Change", June 26 at 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Stories have the unique ability to shift our perspectives, build empathy, and help us learn new things. But can stories ignite social change within our communities? The Hampshire County Food Policy Council (HCFPC) thinks so. 

 

The HCFPC’s new Community Story Archive launches with a special exhibition in the Forbes Library Reading Room throughout the month of June. Kicking off with an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 6th at 5:30pm, the exhibit will highlight a debut collection of stories told by local residents about their food-related experiences during the pandemic. The public is also invited to explore the stories through the online Story Archive, which houses audio recorded stories, artwork, and photos from local residents.

 

The HCFPC, a coalition supported by the Collaborative for Educational Services, conceptualized the Story Archive in response to community feedback that their experiences and ideas were being excluded from public conversations. In turn, the Community Story Archive aims to amplify stories of Hampshire County’s most marginalized community members, providing a platform for individuals to share their stories of resilience, struggle, and hope, particularly amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

 

This initial collection, comprising 25 diverse stories, shares the experiences of community members across Hampshire County, including public housing residents, low-income parents, people with disabilities, youth, immigrants, senior citizens, and more. Stories were collected by HCFPC members who share many of the same life experiences. 

 

“These stories are not just narratives of survival - they are powerful testimonials of the resourcefulness, determination, and solidarity that thrive within communities often overlooked and underestimated by society,” says Kia Aoki, one of the HCFPC members who worked on the project. “They remind us that the circumstances leading to food insecurity are not chosen - they result from systemic barriers that require urgent and empathetic action from our lawmakers.”

 

The HCFPC aims to not only elevate the lived experiences of Hampshire County residents through the Story Archive, but also to catalyze action and dialogue surrounding food justice issues in Massachusetts. The online Story Archive will serve as a resource for community organizations, educators, and legislators, deepening their understanding of the challenges faced by residents and amplifying potential solutions.

 

In addition to the Opening Reception on June 6th, the HCFPC will host a Teach-In event titled "Storytelling for Social Change" on June 26th at 5:30pm at the Forbes Library. Both events are free, open to the public, and offer opportunities for engagement, reflection, and dialogue.

 

This project is funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. 

 

For more information about the Story Archive or the Hampshire County Food Policy Council, visit hcfpc.collaborative.org or contact Kristen Whitmore at (413) 247-4765 or kwhitmore@collaborative.org

 

 

Title: Stan Sherer Photography Retrospective
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Categories: Adult Events, Exhibits, Recurring Events
Description:

––From June 3 to 29, the Hosmer Gallery of the Forbes Library will host a retrospective exhibition of the career of Northampton photographer Stan Sherer. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 8, 2–4:30 pm.

The exhibit will include Sherer's early photographs on the streets of New York City and later photographs of Northampton's shopkeepers, Massachusetts farmers, and the Northampton State Hospital. It will also include images from Albania, China, France, Israel, the Philippines, Russia, and West Africa, showing how Sherer has depicted daily life in varied cultures.

Sherer is an independent photographer, fine art digital printmaker, and filmmaker in Northampton. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. He has exhibited across the United States as well as in Europe and China, and has published seven books of photographs. He is donating his photographic work (prints, negatives, and digital files) to the Special Collections and University Archives of the W.E.B Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, and to the Forbes Library.

more info: Hosmer Gallery website

Title: Baby Storytime
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us for stories, songs, and puppets! We'll do a 20-minute storytime together, then we'll put out toys for free play and social time until 11. For babies under 18 months and their caregivers.

Title: CANCELLED: Drop-in Tech Help
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Reference Room
Categories: Adult Events, Cancelled, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Do you need help using your computer, tablet, or smartphone? Did you run into a sticky software problem? Do you want to learn how to use a new piece of technology?

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

Title: Teen Gaming Lounge
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Children's Department
Categories: Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

Every Tuesday, teens ages 12+ are invited to play our Nintendo Switch in the YA Room! We'll have enough controllers for 8 players at a time. Challenge your friends to a Mario Kart race, try out new games, and meet fellow gamers!

This program is for teens only; we have a separate game time for players under the age of 12.

Title: TIHC's Film Series: "JOIN OR DIE"
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Community-Led Programs, One-Time Events
Description:

Trauma-Informed Hampshire County hosts "JOIN OR DIE," a 2024 film that follows the journey of legendary social scientist Robert Putnam, whose groundbreaking "Bowling Alone" research/book into America's decades-long decline in community connections could hold the answers to our democracy's present crisis. Film also features many notable people like Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Raj Chetty, as well as inspiring community groups across the country. 

Post film discussion will be led by Molly Keehn, Founder of CoJourn: Stay the Path with "Together-Help"

More info at: https://hampshiretihc.org 

Title: Magical Girls & Fighting Dreamers: An Exploration of Queer Representation in Manga & Anime
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories: Adult Events, One-Time Events, Teen Events, Virtual
Description:

Join fellow anime-enthusiast and Morrill Memorial Library Youth Services Librarian Dina Delic to learn about the history of queer representation in manga and anime! This virtual program will give an overview of queer representation throughout various series, from The Rose of Versailles to Yuri on Ice, and will answer your most pressing questions: What is shipping? What is the difference between yaoi and yuri? Why are the greatest love stories in anime always platonic? 

Note: This program may contain spoilers for some series.

About the presenter: Dina Delic is a Youth Services Librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library. When she is not covering the Children's Desk or ordering young adult books, Dina can be found attending conventions, running around Jo-Ann Fabrics getting materials for her next cosplay, and reading manga. Some of her favorite series include D.Gray-manFruits BasketHunterxHunter, and Jojo's Bizarre Adventures.

Registration is required for this virtual program. Please register directly through this link. You will receive an email with a link and instructions about how to join the Zoom call once you are registered. This program will not be recorded.


This program is presented in partnership with Morrill Memorial Library, Ashland Public Library, and a multitude of MA public libraries. 

Title: VIRTUAL: Poetry Discussion: Marvin Bell 1937--2020
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Categories: Adult Events, Poetry, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

Join us this Tuesday for a discussion of the poetry of Marvin Bell:


Zoom meeting link

Meeting ID: 896 9249 9767
Passcode: 254365


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. 

Each week, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area.  No prior reading or preparation required. Email hfaerstein AT aol.com to join the weekly mailing list.

Title: Library Closed Today
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Categories: Library Closed, One-Time Events
Description:

We are closed today for the holiday. Access to thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks as well as powerful research databases are still available from the library's website.

Title: VIRTUAL ONLY - The Writing Room
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter: Forbes Library
Categories: Adult Events, Recurring Events, Virtual, Writing
Description:

On Wednesdays, the Writing Room meets virtually. In-person meetings have resumed for Saturday sessions.

On these mornings we will meet via videoconference at our regular time: 9:30-12:30, using the exact same structure as we would if we were gathered around the table in the Watson Room at Forbes. The only difference will be that we will be connecting by videoconference, rather than face-to-face.

Here's all you need to join the Writing Room via Videoconference:

  • Join us in the Virtual Writing Room on Zoom.  
  • I will come online 15 minutes before our starting time (at 9:15) to answer any questions you might have. 
  • You will have the option to have your camera off or on, so you can join however you feel most comfortable.
  • The sessions will NOT be recorded, and you have the option to be visible or not, so your privacy will be preserved just as it would if we were meeting at the library.

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. At 11:45 we 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.

Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session. No need to register in advance. 

Title: Exhibit: Sharing Stories, Creating Change: Hampshire County Community Story Archive
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Reading Room
Categories: Exhibits, Recurring Events, Sustainability
Description:

Hampshire County Food Policy Council exhibit.

Reception: June 6 at 5:30

Teach-In: "Storytelling for Social Change", June 26 at 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Stories have the unique ability to shift our perspectives, build empathy, and help us learn new things. But can stories ignite social change within our communities? The Hampshire County Food Policy Council (HCFPC) thinks so. 

 

The HCFPC’s new Community Story Archive launches with a special exhibition in the Forbes Library Reading Room throughout the month of June. Kicking off with an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 6th at 5:30pm, the exhibit will highlight a debut collection of stories told by local residents about their food-related experiences during the pandemic. The public is also invited to explore the stories through the online Story Archive, which houses audio recorded stories, artwork, and photos from local residents.

 

The HCFPC, a coalition supported by the Collaborative for Educational Services, conceptualized the Story Archive in response to community feedback that their experiences and ideas were being excluded from public conversations. In turn, the Community Story Archive aims to amplify stories of Hampshire County’s most marginalized community members, providing a platform for individuals to share their stories of resilience, struggle, and hope, particularly amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

 

This initial collection, comprising 25 diverse stories, shares the experiences of community members across Hampshire County, including public housing residents, low-income parents, people with disabilities, youth, immigrants, senior citizens, and more. Stories were collected by HCFPC members who share many of the same life experiences. 

 

“These stories are not just narratives of survival - they are powerful testimonials of the resourcefulness, determination, and solidarity that thrive within communities often overlooked and underestimated by society,” says Kia Aoki, one of the HCFPC members who worked on the project. “They remind us that the circumstances leading to food insecurity are not chosen - they result from systemic barriers that require urgent and empathetic action from our lawmakers.”

 

The HCFPC aims to not only elevate the lived experiences of Hampshire County residents through the Story Archive, but also to catalyze action and dialogue surrounding food justice issues in Massachusetts. The online Story Archive will serve as a resource for community organizations, educators, and legislators, deepening their understanding of the challenges faced by residents and amplifying potential solutions.

 

In addition to the Opening Reception on June 6th, the HCFPC will host a Teach-In event titled "Storytelling for Social Change" on June 26th at 5:30pm at the Forbes Library. Both events are free, open to the public, and offer opportunities for engagement, reflection, and dialogue.

 

This project is funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. 

 

For more information about the Story Archive or the Hampshire County Food Policy Council, visit hcfpc.collaborative.org or contact Kristen Whitmore at (413) 247-4765 or kwhitmore@collaborative.org

 

 

Title: Stan Sherer Photography Retrospective
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Categories: Adult Events, Exhibits, Recurring Events
Description:

––From June 3 to 29, the Hosmer Gallery of the Forbes Library will host a retrospective exhibition of the career of Northampton photographer Stan Sherer. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 8, 2–4:30 pm.

The exhibit will include Sherer's early photographs on the streets of New York City and later photographs of Northampton's shopkeepers, Massachusetts farmers, and the Northampton State Hospital. It will also include images from Albania, China, France, Israel, the Philippines, Russia, and West Africa, showing how Sherer has depicted daily life in varied cultures.

Sherer is an independent photographer, fine art digital printmaker, and filmmaker in Northampton. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. He has exhibited across the United States as well as in Europe and China, and has published seven books of photographs. He is donating his photographic work (prints, negatives, and digital files) to the Special Collections and University Archives of the W.E.B Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, and to the Forbes Library.

more info: Hosmer Gallery website

Title: Preschool Storytime!
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Presenter: Sarah Johnson
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us for books, songs, and puppets and participate in an open-ended art activity designed to encourage creativity! Great for ages 3-5. 

Title: Middle Grade Book Club: Not Quite a Ghost
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Book Discussions, Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us to discuss Not Quite a Ghost by Anne Ursu! Email sjohnson@forbeslibrary.org to sign up! This month we'll be meeting in person in the Community Room or on the lawn if it's sunny.

About the book: “Everything seemed to be changing at once. But sometimes, Violet tells herself, change is okay. That is, until Violet sees her new room. The attic bedroom in their new house is shadowy, creaky, and wrapped in old yellow wallpaper covered with a faded tangle of twisting vines and sickly flowers. And then, after moving in, Violet falls ill—and does not get better. And soon, Violet starts to suspect that she might not be alone in the room at all.”

“This is a story about a haunted house—but it’s also a fresh, modern look at unexplained health issues, COVID-19 anxiety, changing friendships, and blended families. Compulsively readable and relatable, Ursu’s twisty middle grade novel is highly recommended.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

***Starred reviews from School Library Journal, The Horn Book, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books***

Title: Unpacking a History of Systemic Racism in the American Education System with Tiffany Jewell
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter: Library Speakers Consortium
Categories: Adult Events, Author Events, One-Time Events, Virtual
Description:

Please register to attend this virtual author talk.

Join us as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell highlights the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School

From preschool to higher education and everything in between, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School focuses on the experiences Black and Brown students face as a direct result of the racism built into schools across the United States.

The overarching nonfiction narrative follows author Tiffany Jewell from early elementary school through her time at college, unpacking the history of systemic racism in the American educational system along the way. Throughout the book, other writers of the global majority share a wide variety of personal narratives and stories based on their own school experiences.

About the Author: Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first-generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator, and consultant. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks and everyone to wake up, take action, and do the work of becoming antiracist as well as The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism and the recently released Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School (2024).


This program is presented by the Library Speakers Consortium.

Title: Trustees of Forbes Library Meeting
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Recurring Events, Trustees of Forbes Library, Virtual
Description:

Monthly meeting of the Trustees of Forbes Library.

Meetings are open to the public and can be attended in person at the library or through the following zoom link.

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The agenda will be posted a few days before the meeting on the city website. There will be a public comment period at the start of the meeting, or people can submit written comments beforehand. Written comments emailed to director@forbeslibrary.org must be received 5 business days prior to the meeting to be included for the meeting.

Past meeting minutes are available online: Minutes of Trustees’ Meetings

Title: Northampton Literary Society Writing Meet-Up
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, Community-Led Programs, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

Join us down in the Forbes Library Community Room on Thursday nights for some lite socializing, low-stakes sharing, and informal critique - as well as some time writing, of course! We warmly welcome writers of all genres and levels of experience.

We will start every meeting with a friendly check in, followed by a 15-20 minute writing prompt. After an optional share out, you are welcome to hang out and work on whatever you’ve got - flesh out the prompt, work on your novel, maybe get crafty with some visual poetry or collage.

This is an inclusive, expansive creative space. If you have a cool idea, bring it and share - we welcome collaborators with open arms! We also understand that one's capacity and enthusiasm for participation fluctuates - come when you can, and stay as long as you like. Absolutely no sweat if you can't make it - we look forward to seeing you next time you're here. We are also working toward online accessibility - contact noholitsociety@gmail.com for info on accessing our prompts online!


 Let’s get together, get some good work done, and enjoy each other's company!

Optional pre-registration is through Eventbrite, where you’ll find info on our open mics and other events as well. Updates are also on Instagram @noholitsociety 

About us:

Northampton Literary Society is a vibrant and supportive community of readers, writers, and artists of all kinds. We are always seeking and offering opportunities for creative expansion and collaboration. Let's make meaningful connections and grow our writing community!

Sign up for our mailing list to get our monthly newsletter featuring local literary news, events, and featured writing from our members each month!

Title: Western MA CPUSA General Meeting
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Community-Led Programs, One-Time Events, Recurring Events
Description:

General meeting of the Western Massachusetts club of the Communist Party USA

Title: An Evening with Mercury Stardust
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories: Adult Events, One-Time Events, Teen Events, Virtual
Description:

From TikTok stardom to full-blown author, join us virtually to welcome famous trans handywoman, Mercury Stardust! The Rowley Public Library, in conjunction with 50+ other libraries state-wide are proud to present an author talk & moderated Q&A with Mercury herself.

Mercury is the acclaimed author of Safe and Sound: A Renter Friendly Guide to Home Repair and has also dedicated her time to helping people on TikTok reclaim their independence through home improvement. As an out and proud non-binary trans feminine person, Mercury has also used her platform to help raise over $2 million for trans healthcare.

This program is intended for people ages 13+ and registration is required. Register here - you will receive a Zoom link via email from Rowley Library.


This program is presented in partnership with Rowley Library and several Massachusetts public libraries.

Title: Exhibit: Sharing Stories, Creating Change: Hampshire County Community Story Archive
Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Reading Room
Categories: Exhibits, Recurring Events, Sustainability
Description:

Hampshire County Food Policy Council exhibit.

Reception: June 6 at 5:30

Teach-In: "Storytelling for Social Change", June 26 at 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Stories have the unique ability to shift our perspectives, build empathy, and help us learn new things. But can stories ignite social change within our communities? The Hampshire County Food Policy Council (HCFPC) thinks so. 

 

The HCFPC’s new Community Story Archive launches with a special exhibition in the Forbes Library Reading Room throughout the month of June. Kicking off with an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 6th at 5:30pm, the exhibit will highlight a debut collection of stories told by local residents about their food-related experiences during the pandemic. The public is also invited to explore the stories through the online Story Archive, which houses audio recorded stories, artwork, and photos from local residents.

 

The HCFPC, a coalition supported by the Collaborative for Educational Services, conceptualized the Story Archive in response to community feedback that their experiences and ideas were being excluded from public conversations. In turn, the Community Story Archive aims to amplify stories of Hampshire County’s most marginalized community members, providing a platform for individuals to share their stories of resilience, struggle, and hope, particularly amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

 

This initial collection, comprising 25 diverse stories, shares the experiences of community members across Hampshire County, including public housing residents, low-income parents, people with disabilities, youth, immigrants, senior citizens, and more. Stories were collected by HCFPC members who share many of the same life experiences. 

 

“These stories are not just narratives of survival - they are powerful testimonials of the resourcefulness, determination, and solidarity that thrive within communities often overlooked and underestimated by society,” says Kia Aoki, one of the HCFPC members who worked on the project. “They remind us that the circumstances leading to food insecurity are not chosen - they result from systemic barriers that require urgent and empathetic action from our lawmakers.”

 

The HCFPC aims to not only elevate the lived experiences of Hampshire County residents through the Story Archive, but also to catalyze action and dialogue surrounding food justice issues in Massachusetts. The online Story Archive will serve as a resource for community organizations, educators, and legislators, deepening their understanding of the challenges faced by residents and amplifying potential solutions.

 

In addition to the Opening Reception on June 6th, the HCFPC will host a Teach-In event titled "Storytelling for Social Change" on June 26th at 5:30pm at the Forbes Library. Both events are free, open to the public, and offer opportunities for engagement, reflection, and dialogue.

 

This project is funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. 

 

For more information about the Story Archive or the Hampshire County Food Policy Council, visit hcfpc.collaborative.org or contact Kristen Whitmore at (413) 247-4765 or kwhitmore@collaborative.org

 

 

Title: Stan Sherer Photography Retrospective
Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Categories: Adult Events, Exhibits, Recurring Events
Description:

––From June 3 to 29, the Hosmer Gallery of the Forbes Library will host a retrospective exhibition of the career of Northampton photographer Stan Sherer. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 8, 2–4:30 pm.

The exhibit will include Sherer's early photographs on the streets of New York City and later photographs of Northampton's shopkeepers, Massachusetts farmers, and the Northampton State Hospital. It will also include images from Albania, China, France, Israel, the Philippines, Russia, and West Africa, showing how Sherer has depicted daily life in varied cultures.

Sherer is an independent photographer, fine art digital printmaker, and filmmaker in Northampton. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. He has exhibited across the United States as well as in Europe and China, and has published seven books of photographs. He is donating his photographic work (prints, negatives, and digital files) to the Special Collections and University Archives of the W.E.B Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, and to the Forbes Library.

more info: Hosmer Gallery website

Title: Toddler Storytime
Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
Time: 10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us for Toddler Storytime every Friday morning! We will sing songs, read stories, and have fun. This event is best suited for 1.5-3-year-olds and their caregivers. 

Title: HYBRID: Afternoon Book Discussion: Better Living Through Birding
Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's book is Better Living Through Birding by Christian Cooper. 

You can request a copy of the book from the library catalog. 

About the book: 

Christian Cooper is a self-described “Blerd” (Black nerd), an avid comics fan and expert birder who devotes every spring to gazing upon the migratory birds that stop to rest in Central Park, just a subway ride away from where he lives in New York City. While in the park one morning in May 2020, Cooper was engaged in the birdwatching ritual that had been a part of his life since he was ten years old when what might have been a routine encounter with a dog walker exploded age-old racial tensions. Cooper’s viral video of the incident would send shock waves through the nation.In Better Living Through Birding, Cooper tells the story of his extraordinary life leading up to the now-infamous incident in Central Park and shows how a life spent looking up at the birds prepared him, in the most uncanny of ways, to be a gay, Black man in America today. From sharpened senses that work just as well at a protest as in a park to what a bird like the Common Grackle can teach us about self-acceptance, Better Living Through Birding exults in the pleasures of a life lived in pursuit of the natural world and invites you to discover them yourself.Equal parts memoir, travelogue, and primer on the art of birding, this is Cooper’s story of learning to claim and defend space for himself and others like him, from his days at Marvel Comics introducing the first gay storylines to vivid and life-changing birding expeditions through Africa, Australia, the Americas, and the Himalayas. Better Living Through Birding recounts Cooper’s journey through the wonderful world of birds and what they can teach us about life, if only we would look and listen.

This is a hyrbid meeting -- so you can either join us on Zoom or in the Watson Room this month!

 

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Title: HYBRID: Social Justice Book Group: The City We Became
Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month we will discuss: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin.

 You can request this title from our catalog. 

About the book:

Five New Yorkers must come together in order to save their city from destruction in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin. Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She's got six. When a young man crosses the bridge into New York City, something changes. He doesn't remember who he is, where he's from, or even his own name. But he can feel the pulse of the city, can see its history, can access its magic. And he's not the only one. All across the boroughs, strange things are happening. Something is threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.


We strive to learn more about the world outside our own bubbles. We read both nonfiction and fiction on timely topics and in our discussions try to challenge our own assumptions without judging one another.


Join us on Zoom! 

We will be hosting a hybrid meeting, so you can also attend in person in the Watson Room at Forbes. 


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Title: Exhibit: Sharing Stories, Creating Change: Hampshire County Community Story Archive
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Reading Room
Categories: Exhibits, Recurring Events, Sustainability
Description:

Hampshire County Food Policy Council exhibit.

Reception: June 6 at 5:30

Teach-In: "Storytelling for Social Change", June 26 at 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Stories have the unique ability to shift our perspectives, build empathy, and help us learn new things. But can stories ignite social change within our communities? The Hampshire County Food Policy Council (HCFPC) thinks so. 

 

The HCFPC’s new Community Story Archive launches with a special exhibition in the Forbes Library Reading Room throughout the month of June. Kicking off with an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 6th at 5:30pm, the exhibit will highlight a debut collection of stories told by local residents about their food-related experiences during the pandemic. The public is also invited to explore the stories through the online Story Archive, which houses audio recorded stories, artwork, and photos from local residents.

 

The HCFPC, a coalition supported by the Collaborative for Educational Services, conceptualized the Story Archive in response to community feedback that their experiences and ideas were being excluded from public conversations. In turn, the Community Story Archive aims to amplify stories of Hampshire County’s most marginalized community members, providing a platform for individuals to share their stories of resilience, struggle, and hope, particularly amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

 

This initial collection, comprising 25 diverse stories, shares the experiences of community members across Hampshire County, including public housing residents, low-income parents, people with disabilities, youth, immigrants, senior citizens, and more. Stories were collected by HCFPC members who share many of the same life experiences. 

 

“These stories are not just narratives of survival - they are powerful testimonials of the resourcefulness, determination, and solidarity that thrive within communities often overlooked and underestimated by society,” says Kia Aoki, one of the HCFPC members who worked on the project. “They remind us that the circumstances leading to food insecurity are not chosen - they result from systemic barriers that require urgent and empathetic action from our lawmakers.”

 

The HCFPC aims to not only elevate the lived experiences of Hampshire County residents through the Story Archive, but also to catalyze action and dialogue surrounding food justice issues in Massachusetts. The online Story Archive will serve as a resource for community organizations, educators, and legislators, deepening their understanding of the challenges faced by residents and amplifying potential solutions.

 

In addition to the Opening Reception on June 6th, the HCFPC will host a Teach-In event titled "Storytelling for Social Change" on June 26th at 5:30pm at the Forbes Library. Both events are free, open to the public, and offer opportunities for engagement, reflection, and dialogue.

 

This project is funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. 

 

For more information about the Story Archive or the Hampshire County Food Policy Council, visit hcfpc.collaborative.org or contact Kristen Whitmore at (413) 247-4765 or kwhitmore@collaborative.org

 

 

Title: Stan Sherer Photography Retrospective
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Categories: Adult Events, Exhibits, Recurring Events
Description:

––From June 3 to 29, the Hosmer Gallery of the Forbes Library will host a retrospective exhibition of the career of Northampton photographer Stan Sherer. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 8, 2–4:30 pm.

The exhibit will include Sherer's early photographs on the streets of New York City and later photographs of Northampton's shopkeepers, Massachusetts farmers, and the Northampton State Hospital. It will also include images from Albania, China, France, Israel, the Philippines, Russia, and West Africa, showing how Sherer has depicted daily life in varied cultures.

Sherer is an independent photographer, fine art digital printmaker, and filmmaker in Northampton. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. He has exhibited across the United States as well as in Europe and China, and has published seven books of photographs. He is donating his photographic work (prints, negatives, and digital files) to the Special Collections and University Archives of the W.E.B Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, and to the Forbes Library.

more info: Hosmer Gallery website

Title: Crocheting and Knitting Group
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Mezzanine
Categories: Adult Events, Arts and Crafts, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Title: Summer Reading Kickoff Party!
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Stop by to sign up for Summer Reading, eat a free popsicle, and enjoy:

10:00-12:00 Facepainting and bubbles on the library lawn

10:15-11:00 Ed the Wizard's Alchemy Laboratory!

11:15-12:15 Hula hooping demo and instruction on the lawn with Wildkat Hoops!

Thank you to The Friends of Forbes Library for sponsoring this event.

Title: Ukulele Strum Group
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter: Ukulele Strum Group
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Adult Events, Community-Led Programs, Music, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

Ukulele Strum Group is a community ukulele club, part of the larger Pioneer Valley Ukulele Community (Meetup). We meet weekly at Forbes Library in Northampton to sing and play together just for the fun and joy of it, but also to improve our skills. We are ukulele enthusiasts of all levels of playing experience, including beginners. And we always welcome new members to play, sing, or just watch and listen.

Find out more about our group on our Meet-Up page

 

 

 

 

Title: Ashplain Players Concert
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Adult Events, Music, One-Time Events, Performance, Teen Events
Description:

The Ashplain Players (Janice Wright, violin; Roy Rudolph, viola, and Laurie Israel, cello) will premiere an eclectic selection of Roy Rudolph’s arrangements of various classical music works for string trio.

Included will be arrangements of music by Elgar, Dvorak, Holst, Warlock and Grieg. To round out the program, The Ashplain Players will also perform some popular non-classical arrangements for string trio, including Scott Joplin and The Beatles. 

 

Title: VIRTUAL: Spanish Conversation Group
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter: Forbes Library
Categories: Adult Events, Community-Led Programs, Language, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This is an inviting program for learning in a friendly and
relaxed atmosphere through weekly Zoom sessions.
Sessions (which start promptly) are from 3-4:30 PM and include advanced conversation and text anaylsis.
Electronic devises are not permited during the classes.
For more information and zoom link, email Silvia at garabato.m7@gmail.com


Este es un programa diseñado para practicar y mejorar el idioma usando distintos temas de comunicación,
como literatura, análisis y conversación.
Es un grupo de inmersión y por esta razón sólo se habla en españnol, sin la ayuda de ningún aparato
electrónico durante el tiempo de clase.

Title: Exhibit: Sharing Stories, Creating Change: Hampshire County Community Story Archive
Date: Monday, June 24, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Reading Room
Categories: Exhibits, Recurring Events, Sustainability
Description:

Hampshire County Food Policy Council exhibit.

Reception: June 6 at 5:30

Teach-In: "Storytelling for Social Change", June 26 at 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Stories have the unique ability to shift our perspectives, build empathy, and help us learn new things. But can stories ignite social change within our communities? The Hampshire County Food Policy Council (HCFPC) thinks so. 

 

The HCFPC’s new Community Story Archive launches with a special exhibition in the Forbes Library Reading Room throughout the month of June. Kicking off with an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 6th at 5:30pm, the exhibit will highlight a debut collection of stories told by local residents about their food-related experiences during the pandemic. The public is also invited to explore the stories through the online Story Archive, which houses audio recorded stories, artwork, and photos from local residents.

 

The HCFPC, a coalition supported by the Collaborative for Educational Services, conceptualized the Story Archive in response to community feedback that their experiences and ideas were being excluded from public conversations. In turn, the Community Story Archive aims to amplify stories of Hampshire County’s most marginalized community members, providing a platform for individuals to share their stories of resilience, struggle, and hope, particularly amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

 

This initial collection, comprising 25 diverse stories, shares the experiences of community members across Hampshire County, including public housing residents, low-income parents, people with disabilities, youth, immigrants, senior citizens, and more. Stories were collected by HCFPC members who share many of the same life experiences. 

 

“These stories are not just narratives of survival - they are powerful testimonials of the resourcefulness, determination, and solidarity that thrive within communities often overlooked and underestimated by society,” says Kia Aoki, one of the HCFPC members who worked on the project. “They remind us that the circumstances leading to food insecurity are not chosen - they result from systemic barriers that require urgent and empathetic action from our lawmakers.”

 

The HCFPC aims to not only elevate the lived experiences of Hampshire County residents through the Story Archive, but also to catalyze action and dialogue surrounding food justice issues in Massachusetts. The online Story Archive will serve as a resource for community organizations, educators, and legislators, deepening their understanding of the challenges faced by residents and amplifying potential solutions.

 

In addition to the Opening Reception on June 6th, the HCFPC will host a Teach-In event titled "Storytelling for Social Change" on June 26th at 5:30pm at the Forbes Library. Both events are free, open to the public, and offer opportunities for engagement, reflection, and dialogue.

 

This project is funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. 

 

For more information about the Story Archive or the Hampshire County Food Policy Council, visit hcfpc.collaborative.org or contact Kristen Whitmore at (413) 247-4765 or kwhitmore@collaborative.org

 

 

Title: Stan Sherer Photography Retrospective
Date: Monday, June 24, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Categories: Adult Events, Exhibits, Recurring Events
Description:

––From June 3 to 29, the Hosmer Gallery of the Forbes Library will host a retrospective exhibition of the career of Northampton photographer Stan Sherer. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 8, 2–4:30 pm.

The exhibit will include Sherer's early photographs on the streets of New York City and later photographs of Northampton's shopkeepers, Massachusetts farmers, and the Northampton State Hospital. It will also include images from Albania, China, France, Israel, the Philippines, Russia, and West Africa, showing how Sherer has depicted daily life in varied cultures.

Sherer is an independent photographer, fine art digital printmaker, and filmmaker in Northampton. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. He has exhibited across the United States as well as in Europe and China, and has published seven books of photographs. He is donating his photographic work (prints, negatives, and digital files) to the Special Collections and University Archives of the W.E.B Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, and to the Forbes Library.

more info: Hosmer Gallery website

Title: LEGO Club!
Date: Monday, June 24, 2024
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

We've got bricks, baseplates and minifigs--now all we need is you! Join us for LEGO Club Mondays at 3:30 in the Forbes Library Community Room. Pick a design challenge out of the bowl or simply build a creation of your own choosing. This program is great for ages 4+.

Title: HYBRID Presidents Book Group
Date: Monday, June 24, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: Coolidge Museum
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Coolidge, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

The Presidential Book Group, recently concluded its first journey, reading biographies of every American president from Washington to Trump.

If you want to embark on the journey, now is your chance! The group will start anew on January 22, beginning with “Washington: A Life” by famed biographer Ron Chernow.  In this group you will deepen your understanding of the American presidency as we trace the history of the presidency, beginning with George Washington, and watching how American democracy evolved in ways the Founders never anticipated. We'll follow how presidents, both celebrated and forgotten, grappled with slavery, economics, executive power and America's role in the world. In doing so, we'll broaden our knowledge of Coolidge and where his presidency fits in the American story. 

The group meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 PM EST, which you can attend in person in the Coolidge Museum or on Zoom. Discussions will be facilitated by Bill Scher, vice president of the museum’s Standing Committee.

 

Email Coolidge@forbeslibrary.org to join the email list or for more information.

 

Title: Mystery Book Discussion: Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
Date: Monday, June 24, 2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories: Adult Events, Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Virtual
Description:

This month's selection is Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

About the book: 

Knives Out meets Kim's Convenience in this captivating mystery by Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties. Vera Wong is a lonely little old lady--ah, lady of a certain age--who lives above her forgotten tea shop in the middle of San Francisco's Chinatown. Despite living alone, Vera is not needy, oh no. She likes nothing more than sipping on a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy detective work on the Internet about what her college-aged son is up to. Then one morning, Vera trudges downstairs to find a curious thing--a dead man in the middle of her tea shop. In his outstretched hand, a flash drive. Vera doesn't know what comes over her, but after calling the cops like any good citizen would, she sort of ... swipes the flash drive from the body and tucks it safely into the pocket of her apron. Why? Because Vera is sure she would do a better job than the police possibly could, because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands. Vera knows the killer will be back for the flash drive; all she has to do is watch the increasing number of customers at her shop and figure out which one among them is the killer. What Vera does not expect is to form friendships with her customers and start to care for each and every one of them. As a protective mother hen, will she end up having to give one of her newfound chicks to the police?

The Mystery Book Discussion Group meets monthly for a casual discussion. New members are always welcome. Pick up a copy of this month's discussion book at the library. Email Maureen Carney, the facilitator, for updated virtual meeting info.

 

 

Title: Exhibit: Sharing Stories, Creating Change: Hampshire County Community Story Archive
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Reading Room
Categories: Exhibits, Recurring Events, Sustainability
Description:

Hampshire County Food Policy Council exhibit.

Reception: June 6 at 5:30

Teach-In: "Storytelling for Social Change", June 26 at 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Stories have the unique ability to shift our perspectives, build empathy, and help us learn new things. But can stories ignite social change within our communities? The Hampshire County Food Policy Council (HCFPC) thinks so. 

 

The HCFPC’s new Community Story Archive launches with a special exhibition in the Forbes Library Reading Room throughout the month of June. Kicking off with an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 6th at 5:30pm, the exhibit will highlight a debut collection of stories told by local residents about their food-related experiences during the pandemic. The public is also invited to explore the stories through the online Story Archive, which houses audio recorded stories, artwork, and photos from local residents.

 

The HCFPC, a coalition supported by the Collaborative for Educational Services, conceptualized the Story Archive in response to community feedback that their experiences and ideas were being excluded from public conversations. In turn, the Community Story Archive aims to amplify stories of Hampshire County’s most marginalized community members, providing a platform for individuals to share their stories of resilience, struggle, and hope, particularly amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

 

This initial collection, comprising 25 diverse stories, shares the experiences of community members across Hampshire County, including public housing residents, low-income parents, people with disabilities, youth, immigrants, senior citizens, and more. Stories were collected by HCFPC members who share many of the same life experiences. 

 

“These stories are not just narratives of survival - they are powerful testimonials of the resourcefulness, determination, and solidarity that thrive within communities often overlooked and underestimated by society,” says Kia Aoki, one of the HCFPC members who worked on the project. “They remind us that the circumstances leading to food insecurity are not chosen - they result from systemic barriers that require urgent and empathetic action from our lawmakers.”

 

The HCFPC aims to not only elevate the lived experiences of Hampshire County residents through the Story Archive, but also to catalyze action and dialogue surrounding food justice issues in Massachusetts. The online Story Archive will serve as a resource for community organizations, educators, and legislators, deepening their understanding of the challenges faced by residents and amplifying potential solutions.

 

In addition to the Opening Reception on June 6th, the HCFPC will host a Teach-In event titled "Storytelling for Social Change" on June 26th at 5:30pm at the Forbes Library. Both events are free, open to the public, and offer opportunities for engagement, reflection, and dialogue.

 

This project is funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. 

 

For more information about the Story Archive or the Hampshire County Food Policy Council, visit hcfpc.collaborative.org or contact Kristen Whitmore at (413) 247-4765 or kwhitmore@collaborative.org

 

 

Title: Stan Sherer Photography Retrospective
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Categories: Adult Events, Exhibits, Recurring Events
Description:

––From June 3 to 29, the Hosmer Gallery of the Forbes Library will host a retrospective exhibition of the career of Northampton photographer Stan Sherer. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 8, 2–4:30 pm.

The exhibit will include Sherer's early photographs on the streets of New York City and later photographs of Northampton's shopkeepers, Massachusetts farmers, and the Northampton State Hospital. It will also include images from Albania, China, France, Israel, the Philippines, Russia, and West Africa, showing how Sherer has depicted daily life in varied cultures.

Sherer is an independent photographer, fine art digital printmaker, and filmmaker in Northampton. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. He has exhibited across the United States as well as in Europe and China, and has published seven books of photographs. He is donating his photographic work (prints, negatives, and digital files) to the Special Collections and University Archives of the W.E.B Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, and to the Forbes Library.

more info: Hosmer Gallery website

Title: Baby Storytime
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us for stories, songs, and puppets! We'll do a 20-minute storytime together, then we'll put out toys for free play and social time until 11. For babies under 18 months and their caregivers.

Title: The Process and Options of IRS & MA DOR Collections
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 10:15am - 1:15pm
Location: Watson Room
Categories: Adult Events, Community-Led Programs, One-Time Events
Description:

Collection Representation:

The Process and Options of IRS & MA DOR Tax Collections

3 hours, 2 IRS CE for Enrolled Agents

Another MaSEA, (MA Society of Enrolled Agents), program in an ongoing series of tax presentations. John Warren, EA will discuss seven practical IRS installment agreement plans and five typical MA DOR payment options. A dozen forms are included. There is an emphasis on preparing the financials for Offers in Compromise and Non-Conventional Payment Plans. Without a handle on all possible collection settlements, it’s impossible to determine the most favorable resolution.

After this presentation,

  • You will be able to apply the appropriate pricing strategy to resolve a tax collections dispute.
  • You will recognize easy resolution situations.
  • You will better determine what are the more involved tax resolution situations.
  • You will employ more effective strategies to collaborate with tax authorities.

Branded as America’s Tax Experts, Enrolled Agents are credentialed by the US Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS. For more information about EA’s, visit NAEA.org and MaSEAOnline.org

No fee and available to the general public.

Title: Drop-in Tech Help
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Reference Room
Categories: Adult Events, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Do you need help using your computer, tablet, or smartphone? Did you run into a sticky software problem? Do you want to learn how to use a new piece of technology?

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

Title: Teen Gaming Lounge
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Children's Department
Categories: Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

Every Tuesday, teens ages 12+ are invited to play our Nintendo Switch in the YA Room! We'll have enough controllers for 8 players at a time. Challenge your friends to a Mario Kart race, try out new games, and meet fellow gamers!

This program is for teens only; we have a separate game time for players under the age of 12.

Title: Fundamentals of Homebrewing with SPARGE
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Adult Events, One-Time Events
Description:

Would you like to brew beer at home? Do you like to cook? Then you can brew beer.

The SPARGE Homebrew Club will present the fundamentals of homebrewing. We will discuss the process and the equipment necessary to brew and bottle your own beer. We are all beer enthusiasts who like to share our knowledge about beer styles and how we can achieve this in our own kitchen, basement, shed, garage, or back yard.

Not only will we discuss beer, but we will talk about other fermented beverages like cider, perry (pear cider), mead, and NA/LA beer, and hop water. Brewing beer at home can be done with a lot of what you might already have at home. 

If you have never brewed before, or if you have dabbled a few times, or if you are an experienced homebrewer, come on down on June 25. We will have some samples of our homebrew to try after the presentation (21+).


This program is presented in partnership with SPARGE Homebrew Club.

Title: Silent Book Club
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Priya Charry
Location: Reading Room
Categories: Adult Events, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

Bring your own book--or borrow one from our collection--and read alongside neighbors and friends. Gather at 6:30pm for a group welcome, then settle in for an hour of quiet reading, followed by (optional) sharing and socializing. You might just discover your new favorite book!

This Silent Book Club chapter meets on the last Tuesday of each month in the Reading Room. All are welcome to come read in community with us, no library card needed!

Title: Exhibit: Sharing Stories, Creating Change: Hampshire County Community Story Archive
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Reading Room
Categories: Exhibits, Recurring Events, Sustainability
Description:

Hampshire County Food Policy Council exhibit.

Reception: June 6 at 5:30

Teach-In: "Storytelling for Social Change", June 26 at 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Stories have the unique ability to shift our perspectives, build empathy, and help us learn new things. But can stories ignite social change within our communities? The Hampshire County Food Policy Council (HCFPC) thinks so. 

 

The HCFPC’s new Community Story Archive launches with a special exhibition in the Forbes Library Reading Room throughout the month of June. Kicking off with an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 6th at 5:30pm, the exhibit will highlight a debut collection of stories told by local residents about their food-related experiences during the pandemic. The public is also invited to explore the stories through the online Story Archive, which houses audio recorded stories, artwork, and photos from local residents.

 

The HCFPC, a coalition supported by the Collaborative for Educational Services, conceptualized the Story Archive in response to community feedback that their experiences and ideas were being excluded from public conversations. In turn, the Community Story Archive aims to amplify stories of Hampshire County’s most marginalized community members, providing a platform for individuals to share their stories of resilience, struggle, and hope, particularly amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

 

This initial collection, comprising 25 diverse stories, shares the experiences of community members across Hampshire County, including public housing residents, low-income parents, people with disabilities, youth, immigrants, senior citizens, and more. Stories were collected by HCFPC members who share many of the same life experiences. 

 

“These stories are not just narratives of survival - they are powerful testimonials of the resourcefulness, determination, and solidarity that thrive within communities often overlooked and underestimated by society,” says Kia Aoki, one of the HCFPC members who worked on the project. “They remind us that the circumstances leading to food insecurity are not chosen - they result from systemic barriers that require urgent and empathetic action from our lawmakers.”

 

The HCFPC aims to not only elevate the lived experiences of Hampshire County residents through the Story Archive, but also to catalyze action and dialogue surrounding food justice issues in Massachusetts. The online Story Archive will serve as a resource for community organizations, educators, and legislators, deepening their understanding of the challenges faced by residents and amplifying potential solutions.

 

In addition to the Opening Reception on June 6th, the HCFPC will host a Teach-In event titled "Storytelling for Social Change" on June 26th at 5:30pm at the Forbes Library. Both events are free, open to the public, and offer opportunities for engagement, reflection, and dialogue.

 

This project is funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. 

 

For more information about the Story Archive or the Hampshire County Food Policy Council, visit hcfpc.collaborative.org or contact Kristen Whitmore at (413) 247-4765 or kwhitmore@collaborative.org

 

 

Title: Stan Sherer Photography Retrospective
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: All Day Event
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Categories: Adult Events, Exhibits, Recurring Events
Description:

––From June 3 to 29, the Hosmer Gallery of the Forbes Library will host a retrospective exhibition of the career of Northampton photographer Stan Sherer. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 8, 2–4:30 pm.

The exhibit will include Sherer's early photographs on the streets of New York City and later photographs of Northampton's shopkeepers, Massachusetts farmers, and the Northampton State Hospital. It will also include images from Albania, China, France, Israel, the Philippines, Russia, and West Africa, showing how Sherer has depicted daily life in varied cultures.

Sherer is an independent photographer, fine art digital printmaker, and filmmaker in Northampton. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. He has exhibited across the United States as well as in Europe and China, and has published seven books of photographs. He is donating his photographic work (prints, negatives, and digital files) to the Special Collections and University Archives of the W.E.B Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, and to the Forbes Library.

more info: Hosmer Gallery website

Title: VIRTUAL ONLY - The Writing Room
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter: Forbes Library
Categories: Adult Events, Recurring Events, Virtual, Writing
Description:

On Wednesdays, the Writing Room meets virtually. In-person meetings have resumed for Saturday sessions.

On these mornings we will meet via videoconference at our regular time: 9:30-12:30, using the exact same structure as we would if we were gathered around the table in the Watson Room at Forbes. The only difference will be that we will be connecting by videoconference, rather than face-to-face.

Here's all you need to join the Writing Room via Videoconference:

  • Join us in the Virtual Writing Room on Zoom.  
  • I will come online 15 minutes before our starting time (at 9:15) to answer any questions you might have. 
  • You will have the option to have your camera off or on, so you can join however you feel most comfortable.
  • The sessions will NOT be recorded, and you have the option to be visible or not, so your privacy will be preserved just as it would if we were meeting at the library.

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. At 11:45 we 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.

Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session. No need to register in advance. 

Title: MassHire Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Mezzanine
Categories: Adult Events, MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Recurring Events
Description:

Please see Annemarie from the MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center for Career Center registration, job search assistance, UI and other available services. Meet on the Mezzanine between 10am and 1pm.

Questions about other job seeker services? Please call the MassHire Greenfield office at 413-774-4361.

Title: Collaborative Resolutions Group
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Lobby
Categories: Adult Events, Community-Led Programs, One-Time Events
Description:

Meet staff from the Collaborative Resolutions Group and learn about their work to help individuals and organizations communicate effectively, manage differences, resolve conflict, and work collaboratively.

The Collaborative Resolutions Group offers mediation, customized training, facilitation, restorative practices processes, and conflict coaching services online and (when possible) in-person. Services are offered to the community at sliding scale rates, and no one is turned away for inability to pay. Staff from CRG will be available to answer questions and help interested folks learn more about what we offer.

Title: Drop-in Chess
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter: Forbes Library
Location: Mezzanine
Categories: Adult Events, Games & Gaming, Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

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