Today's Events

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Susan Stinson
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Writing

Every Wednesday (and Saturday morning except in July and August) from 9:30-12:30 in the Watson Room, join Forbes Writer In Residence Susan Stinson 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:Dharma Gentle Yoga
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:10:00am - 11:15am
Presenter:Vickie Healy
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Yoga

Dharma Gentle is a weekly yoga class.  Pre-registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome.  Register at  Contact Vickie Healy with any questions at   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, healing 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 happy to support you in your introduction to Dharma Yoga.  Vickie is a Registered Nurse with 33 years of nursing experience, helping people make positive changes in their lives by assisting them in removing health barriers that are keeping them from realizing healthier lives.  Nurturing mind, body and Spirit is the foundation of her nursing practice. Vickie believes that practicing yoga is a powerful way to increase health and longevity.  She believes that yoga is available to all who are willing to embark in the practice, regardless of previous injury, illness or health conditions. For more information about Vickie, please see New Karma Yoga.

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. Now 73 years old, Sri Dharma Mittra’s life represents intense service to mankind through the ethical, spiritual, and practical physical philosophy of Yoga in action. He has influenced hundreds of thousands of aspirants in his nearly half century of teaching. He continues to teach daily at the Dharma West Temple at 61 West 23rd St. in New York City, leads “Life of a Yogi” 200, 500, and 800 hour Teacher Trainings, and workshops worldwide. He is the author of Maha Sadhana DVDs I & II, Sun Salutation Yoga Course Chart, and Asanas 608 Yoga Poses book.

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

Contact: Vickie Healy, RN, BSN, RYT

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Ellen Sulzycki
Location:Children's Department
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events

Enjoy songs and stories with friends! No registration required.

Title:Tong Ren Energy Healing
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:12:00pm - 12:45pm
Presenter:Ken Alan Hadden
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Tong Ren

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

Contact: Ken

Title:Drop-in Chess
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Categories:Chess, Recurring Events

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.

Title:Tai Chi/Qi Gong for Health
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:1:00pm - 2:00pm
Presenter:Linda Peck
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Tai Chi/Qi Gong

Tai Chi/Qi Gong are meditative martial art forms that enhance balance, flexibility, breathing, circulation, stability ,liver , kidney and heart functions. Studies by the NIH say," Tai Chi is better then resistance aerobic training for mental and physical health." Join Linda Peck, certified Tai Chi Instructor, as we learn about Chinese culture and practices through Tai Chi/Qi Gong.

Title:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Technology

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:Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:5:30pm - 6:30pm
Presenter:Helen Blatz
Location:Community Room
Categories:Financial Education, One-Time Events

Common/Preferred Stock, Capital Gains, Dividend Yield, Diversification, Market Capitalization....need a better understanding of this terminology? Would you like to increase your knowledge of investments in your employer's 401k or Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA's)? Then join Helen Blatz, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Florence for her "Stocks: The Nuts & Bolts" seminar Thursday 4/1/15 from 5:30 to 6:30 at Forbes Library. Admission is free, all interested in learning more about investing are welcome!

Title:Northampton and the Coolidges in the 1920s
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Julie Bartlett
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:All Hamptons Read, Local History, One-Time Events

The Maltese Falcon was published in 1930 and the story is set in 1928. What was Northampton like during that time? Calvin Coolidge was finishing up his term as the 30th President of the United States and returning to live out remainder of his years in Northampton. Join Julie Bartlett-Nelson, Elise Bernier-Feeley and Dylan Gaffney from the library's Information Services team as they set the scene both locally and nationally including a visual tour using historic photographs of Northampton during the 20s and 30s. What has changed and what has been lost?

This program is presented by All Hamptons Big Read. The communities of Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton are coming together for this project to present discussions and events in March through May of 2015 based on the noir classic, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. All Hamptons Read has been awarded a “Big Read” grant by the National Endowment for the Arts which will assist us to purchase copies of the book and offer programming in each community. 

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Title:Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Group: Dragonsong
Date:Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

This month's discussion will be about Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)Every two hundred years or so, shimmering threads fall, raining black ruin on Pern. The great dragons of Pern hurl themselves through the beleaguered skies, flaming tongues of fire to destroy deadly Thread and save the planet. It was not Threadfall that made Menolly unhappy. It was her father who betrayed her ambition to be a Harper, who thwarted her love of music. Menolly had no choice but to run away. She came upon a group of fire lizards, wild relatives of the fire-breathing dragons. Her music swirled about them; she taught nine to sing, suddenly Menolly was no longer alone

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