Events in the next month

Title:Ancient Greek Language Study Group
Date:Tuesday, March 28, 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:Canceled Today: Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Reference Department
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Cancelled, Life Skills, Recurring Events
Description:

Drop-In Computer Help is canceled today.

Title:Kids' Craft Club
Date:Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Sarah Johnson
Location:Community Room
Categories:Arts and Crafts, Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Read a story and make a fun craft! For children ages 5-12.

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, March 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 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, March 29, 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, March 29, 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, March 29, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
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.

This week, Chess will meet at the Arts & Music tables on the second floor.

Title:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Wednesday, March 29, 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:Book Discussion: Holes
Date:Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Book Discussions, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events, Teen Events
Description:

A discussion of the young adult novel Holes by Louis Sachar. Come for a chat and a snack!

Title:Far Out Film Discussion : El Topo
Date:Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 9:00pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Book Discussions, One-Time Events, Recurring Events
Description:

This new program is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.)

Our next movie is El Topo- written, directed and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. Copies of the film are available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept.

Join us in the Community Room on Wednesday March 29th at 7:00pm to discuss the film!

Title:Real Madness: Warehousing People with Mental Illness in Prisons
Date:Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events
Description:

Sponsored by Historic Northampton and Forbes Library

The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country and a substantial percentage of those prisoners have a serious mental illness. Contrary to their mission, prisons and jails have become the new asylums. Institutional responses to mentally ill prisoners are sometimes grossly inappropriate and harmful. In this presentation, Bob Fleischner, will discuss the reasons why so many people with mental illness are in prison, what prison life is like for many mentally ill prisoners, the very harmful misuse of solitary confinement, why prisoners' rights litigation is important, how enlightened prison administrators have instituted important reforms, and why it will take more than reforming prisons to solve the problem.

Bob Fleischner is an attorney at the Center for Public Representation, a Northampton-based national public interest law firm. For more than 40 years, Bob has represented people with disabilities in systemic reform cases in Massachusetts and other states. His work focuses on people who are kept in segregated and isolated facilities, including prisons, jails and juvenile facilities.

Title:LEGO Club
Date:Thursday, March 30, 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, March 31, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Sarah Johnson
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, March 31, 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:Tuck Everlasting
Date:Friday, March 31, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 5:00pm
Presenter:Ralph Holley
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us and have some snacks as we show the film Tuck Everlasting at 3:30 on Friday, March 31st in the Community Room! 

Tuck Everlasting is a 2002 film based on the book by Natalie Babbitt. 

The following week in the Watson Room at 3:30 on Friday, April 7th, we will be hosting a children’s Fiction ’n Flicks! Book & Film Club, discussing both the original Natalie Babbitt book as well as the film! Copies of the book are available in the Children's Department. 

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Saturday, April 1, 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 1, 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:Discovering the Sacred in Everyday Places of Living and Working
Date:Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 3:30pm
Presenter:Terry Cline
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, One-Time Events
Description:

A free transformational experiential presentation, Guaranteed to leave you with immediate, practical, no-to-low cost take-away techniques to use at home, office, classroom, or any room for the enrichment of your physical, psychological, social, spiritual, & global well-being. 

Terry Cline is a SpaceBehavior® Architect, Consultant and Public/Keynote Speaker. 

For More Information & Required Pre-Registration: info@dwellright.com  508.579.8233  www.dwellright.com 

Title:Spanish Conversation Group
Date:Saturday, April 1, 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:The Edible Book
Date:Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:The Friends of Forbes Library
Location:Off Site
Categories:Adult Events, Children's Events, One-Time Events, Teen Events
Description:

Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St., Florence (next to Lilly Library)

The Edible Book — an event sponsored by The Friends of Forbes Library to benefit Forbes Library

Admission: $5. Children under 10: Free.
Entry fee: $10. Create and register your entry.

Some attend. Some create. Everybody eats!

Edible Book Main Page

 

Title:Dharma Gentle Yoga
Date:Monday, April 3, 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, April 3, 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, April 3, 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:Northampton Applied Meditation
Date:Monday, April 3, 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, April 3, 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:Dramatic Reading of Getting Out
Date:Monday, April 3, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events, Performance
Description:

A staged reading by the Holyoke Community College Theatre Department of Getting Out, a play by Marsha Norman, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for ’Night, Mother. Getting Out is the story of Arlene, a woman struggling to survive on the outside after being incarcerated for eight years in a Kentucky prison. The guards, prison officials, and her former self (Arlie) all appear on stage in flashbacks.

Sponsored by Historic Northampton and Forbes Library

Title:Paradise City Readers: Clear Springs
Date:Monday, April 3, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Bak Study 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 Clear Springs by Bobbie Ann Mason

Book Summary:

People love and remember the novels of Bobbie Ann Mason because they ring so true. This dazzling memoir saga of three generations, their aspirations, their conflicts, and the ties that bound them to one another. Spanning decades, Clear Springs gracefully weaves together the stories of Mason's grandparents, parents, and her won generation. The narrative moves from the sober industriousness of a Kentucky farm to the hippie lifestyle of the countercultural 1960s; from a New York fan magazine to the shock-therapy ward of a mental institution; from a county poorhouse to the set of a Hollywood movie; from a small rustic schoolhouse to glittering pop music concerts. In the process of recounting her own odyssey--the story of a misfit girl who dreamed of distant places--Mason depicts the changes that have come to family, to women, and to heartland America in the twentieth century. Ultimately, Clear Springs is a heartfelt portrait of an extended family, and a profound affirmation of the importance of family love.

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, April 3, 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:Ancient Greek Language Study Group
Date:Tuesday, April 4, 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 4, 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:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, April 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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:Teen Advisory Board
Date:Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Teen Events
Description:

Eat pizza and discuss current library happenings for teens!

Title:Friends Annual Meeting
Date:Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time:6:30pm - 7:00pm
Presenter:Friends of Forbes Library
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, One-Time Events, Performance
Description:

The Friends of Forbes Annual Meeting with an update from the President and Treasurer will be held from 6:30 - 7 PM followed by an entertaining program of American popular song.

Please join us for a most entertaining program of American popular song. Local performers Sarah Clay and Nick Kachulis are Skylarkz. Drawing on their backgrounds as musicians and educators, they present a variety of American popular songs and jazz, from the Roaring ‘20s through World War II and beyond.

Between songs they delight listeners with tales about the composers, the culture of bygone times, and the history behind the music. You’ll hear compositions by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, and other giants of the Great American Songbook. Music to please the whole family!

During our business meeting before the music program, we will ask for a vote from the membership on the revision of the bylaws of the Friends of Forbes. They are posted at: forbeslibrary.org/friends (Welcome/Contact )

Don’t miss this memorable evening. You may go home humming!

This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. 

 

Title:Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: A Wrinkle In Time
Date:Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events
Description:

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

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:Skylarkz Presents Popular American Songs
Date:Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
Presenter:Friends of Forbes Library
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Adult Events, One-Time Events, Performance
Description:

The Friends of Forbes Annual Meeting with an update from the President and Treasurer will be held from 6:30 - 7 PM followed by an entertaining program of American popular song.

Drawing on their backgrounds as musicians and educators, they present a variety of American popular songs and jazz, from the Roaring ‘20s through World War II and beyond. 

Between songs they delight listeners with tales about the composers, the culture of bygone times, and the history behind the music. You’ll hear compositions by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, and other giants of the Great American Songbook. Music to please the whole family! 

During our business meeting before the music program, we will ask for a vote from the membership on the revision of the bylaws of the Friends of Forbes. They are posted at:  forbeslibrary.org/friends (Welcome/Contact )

Don’t miss this memorable evening. You may go home humming

This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. 

 

Title:End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts
Date:Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time:6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Off Site
Categories:Adult Events, HHR calendar, Hamptons + Holyoke Read, One-Time Events
Description:

Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA

Pioneer Valley Project invites you to join us in the fight to end mass incarceration in Massachusetts. What they're fighting for:

  • Repealing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug-related offenses
  • Changing the felony threshold threshold for theft from $250 for $1500
  • Increasing funding for re-entry programs and for job training and education during incarceration
  • Reducing CORI sealing times
  • Juvenile record expungement

Have questions? Contact Tara at 413-214-5100 or tara@pioneervalleyproject.org

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Friday, April 7, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Sarah and 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, April 7, 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:Sensory Storytime
Date:Friday, April 7, 2017
Time:3:15pm - 4:15pm
Presenter:Kat and Mairead
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Title:Fiction 'n Flicks! Book Club: Tuck Everlasting
Date:Friday, April 7, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Ralph Holley
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Join us as we discuss Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting along with the 2002 film.

Fiction 'n Flicks is a book club aimed at elementary school readers who want to discuss and compare children's literature to their film adaptations.

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Saturday, April 8, 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 8, 2017
Time:10:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:AEIOUkes
Location:Coolidge Museum
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:Baby Yoga: Saturday Series
Date:Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time:11:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter:Kenzie Pause
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Mind and Body, Recurring Events
Description:

Baby and Me Yoga is back! 

Title:Doctor Who Club
Date:Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Jason Mazzotta
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, Children's Events, Film, One-Time Events
Description:

It's time for another DOCTOR WHO CLUB!!! Doesn't the Doctor look great in orange?

Free and open to all. Snacks are welcome and also strongly encouraged.

Questions? Comments? Contact Jason: junglejasonjr<at>gmail<dot>com

Title:Forbes Library Tour
Date:Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Brian Tabor
Location:Lobby
Categories:Adult Events, One-Time Events
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Forbes Library offers a wide range of services and collections spread over four floors in a grand Victorian building. This can also make it a daunting place to navigate. Please join us for a guided tour of the library where we will be presenting an introduction to the library's history and an overview of what awaits you on each floor. 

Preregistration is appreciated but not required. Meet us in the library's front lobby. For more information contact Brian in Circulation at 413-587-1011 ext. 4522 or by email at btabor@forbeslibrary.org.

Title:Spanish Conversation Group
Date:Saturday, April 8, 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.