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“Midnight to Midnight” is a community photography blitz aimed to capture contemporary images of Northampton. This collaborative activity is a great educational opportunity for parents, families, and educators because it presents contemporary daily life and daily tasks as being significant (both now and to future generations), and can imbue participants with a sense of appreciation for, and pride of, the place the live, work and travel to.

The Forbes and Lilly Libraries are holding their Edible Book event on Sunday, April 6th this year, an annual event that crosses culinary arts and language arts with creative free play!

The Edible Book: A Benefit for the Friends of the Forbes & Lilly Libraries The Forbes and Lilly Libraries are holding their Edible Book event on Sunday, April 22nd this year, an annual event that crosses culinary arts and language arts with creative free play! And April vacation week is the perfect time to start thinking with your kids about participating and supporting our local libraries! What is an Edible Book? It’s… Read More

Cuenta Cuentos y Amiguitos Nuevos The Forbes Library will be hosting a free biweekly Spanish story time at 9:30am on Fridays beginning Jan. 13th followed by an informal Spanish speaking playgroup at 10:15am for families with preK children. The Forbes Library writes: Cuenta Cuentos con Paula García/Story Time with Paula Garcia Vengan y disfruten de literatura infantil en español para niños de 1-4 años. A partir del 13 de enero nos reuniremos… Read More

Back and Better Than Ever: Children’s Department at the Forbes Library Make no mistake that spring is coming, but until it stays over 55 for four days in a row, my body will continue to believe it is winter. We all have our winter routines. Just recently one of ours was disrupted by the temporary closure of the Forbes Library Children’s Room in Northampton, MA. The library is one of our regular… Read More

Diamond Bridge: Locally Made Board Game If you’ve ever dreamed about creating a board game and then decided it’s not possible to compete with Milton Bradley, take heart. Andy Grant, who moved to the Pioneer Valley a few years ago, not only created Diamond Bridge, he also had it produced…yes…locally…by the United Paper Box Company in Holyoke, MA. Andy and friends will demonstrate how this fascinating game is played at several local… Read More

Click Here Listen to PSA Cartoon-a-Palooza: May 23rd in Northampton Mark your calendars for Mo Willems’ Cartoon-a-Palooza on May 23rd, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA.  An afternoon of award winning animation to benefit the Forbes Library children’s department. The Forbes Library Children’s Department was last spruced up 18 years ago and the space is showing wear. The paint is peeling, the carpets are fraying, even… Read More

Karen Hidalgo of Northampton, MA is organizing a children’s used clothing swap/sale to benefit the Forbes Library on March 27th. Here’s more info she would like to share: It is called a swap because hopefully a lot of the same people will donate clothes and accept clothes but please feel free to do just one or the other, or both. Donating Clothes Collecting donated clothes March 1st to March 25th in the… Read More

Photo credit: presta. Lisa Downing, Assistant Director at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA writes: Did you know that the library lends laptops to patrons for in-library use? This program was instituted a few years ago and continues to be a very popular service for patrons. The program runs through the generous donation of laptops from the community. A patron can check out a laptop for up to two hours and use… Read More

Lisa Downing of the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA writes: Calling all Pack Rats and Collectors! Later this year, First Night Northampton will reach its 25 year anniversary milestone! It’s hard to believe! Forbes Library would like to build a collection of all the various posters that have heralded in this wonderful tradition for the library’s Special Collections. Not only do these posters depict important works of art, but they are also… Read More

Lisa Downing of the Forbes Library (Northampton, MA) writes: Forbes Library will be holding a “Food for Fines” program from Monday, January 5th through Saturday, January 17th, 2009. Support your local community, clear your library account and return our books to circulate to others! During this time, patrons may pay any overdue fines on their account with a donation of canned goods (please check your expiration dates) or healthy non-perishable food items…. Read More

Jude McGowan of the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA writes: Please help us to make the holidays happy for children who are less fortunate than our own. Tell all of your friends and relative… we need your help! More families have registered for assistance this year than in any previous year. Thank you! 19th Annual Giving Tree November 27 – January 4 For children ages birth-16 Sponsored by the Forbes Library Children’s… Read More

Forbes Library Seeks Applications from Community Member for Future Programming Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, has an active schedule of programs including lectures, workshops, classes, discussions, and more. We are seeking applications from the community for future programs. Do you have a special skill, body of knowledge, or other discussion topic to share with the community? Please consider applying to present a program at the library. Programs are generally offered on Monday… Read More

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