Today's Events

Title:Treasures of Forbes Library Special Collections
Date:Monday, January 26, 2015
Time:All Day Event
Location:Hosmer Gallery
Categories:Exhibits, Local History
Description:

photo: Sioux beaded moccasions belonging to President Calvin Coolidge, photo by Stephen Petegorsky

Treasures of the Forbes Library Special Collections will feature works that are visually fascinating not only as historical documentation but also as graphic art and as tangible artifacts of Northampton’s past.  Archivist Julie Bartlett Nelson and Arts & Music Librarian Faith Kaufmann have curated a selection of photographs, prints, letters, diaries, paintings, posters, and objects of historical significance from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Some have never been on display before and as a group they shed insight on the lives of the area's residents and the artists and collectors who documented and preserved our past.

Recently acquired materials which will be exhibited for the first time include photographs of Pioneer Valley Ballet's early productions in the 1980s, donated by artist Maurine Sutter; and art created for the annual "Show Us Your Bra" auctions benefiting the Breast Form Fund between 1994 and 2010. Some of the oldest items to be on display are photographs of Northampton's Civil War veterans, broadsides from the mid-1800s, and Sioux beadwork given to Calvin Coolidge during his presidency.

For more information see the Hosmer Gallery website.

Title:Story Time
Date:Monday, January 26, 2015
Time:10:30am - 11:30am
Presenter:Ellie Doyle
Location:Children's Department
Categories:Children's Events
Description:

Join us for a special story time with Ellie in the Children's Room every Monday.

Title:Tummy Time!
Date:Monday, January 26, 2015
Time:11:00am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Ellen Sulzycki
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Bring your baby to Tummy Time!

A fun social hour for our youngest patrons.

There will be some Tummy Time toys available but please bring your own Boppy or prop pillow.

(Not appropriate for active crawlers or walkers)

Title:CANCELED: The Reclamation Project
Date:Monday, January 26, 2015
Time:4:15pm - 6:15pm
Presenter:Rose Selavy
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Artist's Way, Recurring Events, Writing
Description:

TODAY'S GATHERING HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE OT THE PENDING STORM. WE'LL ADD A COUPLE OF WEEKS AT THE END TO MAKE UP FOR THE LOST TIME

Blocked artists, writers, and shadow artists.*

*Often found in the helping professions: doctors, nurses, lawyers, therapists—you know who you really are.

A twelve-week workshop is forming for a small group of writers, artists and shadow artists who want to knock down a few walls that are hiding your voice and blocking your passion. Find your lost muse. Let Being into your life. Open your hidden gifts.

We’ll meet in the Watson Room at the Forbes Library on Mondays (except holidays) from 4 to 6 pm, beginning on January 5.

The essential requirement is a commitment to show up for the duration of the workshop. Threads set out in Julia Cameron’s books, The Artist’s Way and Finding Water will lightly guide us. Track down a copy of one or both of these books. See which you prefer and make it a gift to yourself. Bring it to each workshop.

For more information or to reserve a spot contact Rose Selavy at thereclamationproject@earthlink.net or call 413-341-3691. Then...

Hit the ground running in 2015 !

Title:CANCELED: Mystery Book Discussion: Garnethill
Date:Monday, January 26, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Mystery Book Group, Recurring Events
Description:

TONIGHT'S DISCUSSION HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE WEATHER. WE WILL DISCUSS THIS BOOK ALONG WITH OUR FEBRUARY SELECTION NEXT TIME.

This month we'll be reading Garnethill by Denise Mina 

Mental breakdown survivor Maureen is about to end her affair with a married man when she discovers his body in her living room, his throat slit. Suspected of murder, Maureen must act fast—before the real killer comes after her. 

The Mystery Book Discussion Group meets monthly at the library for a casual discussion. New members are always welcome. Pick up a copy of this month's discussion book at the library.

Title:Great Books Discussion: Madame Bovary
Date:Monday, January 26, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Hilary Caws-Elwitt
Location:Community Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Great Books, Recurring Events
Description:

Front CoverMadame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Bored and unhappy in a lifeless marriage, Emma Bovary yearns to escape from the dull circumstances of provincial life. Flaubert's powerful, deeply moving examination of the moral degeneration of a middle-class Frenchwoman is universally regarded as one of the landmarks of 19th-century fiction.

About Great Books Discussion Style

The Great Books discussion is structured so that the evening’s selected reading is discussed in a think tank environment with the intention of gaining insight from other readers that one would not have by reading alone. The seminar facilitator asks questions of the participants about the reading selection and helps the discussion stay focused. Our main goal is to have fun and take many interpretations from the group in order to enjoy a greater understanding of a selected reading.

Discussions are open to everyone and free of charge.

About the facilitator:

Hilary Caws-Elwitt has her BA in English & American Literature from Harvard, MLS from University of Arizona, and ran Susquehanna County Reads for its first 4 years. But mostly she loves reading and discussing the books!