Today's Events

Title:Food for Fines
Date:Friday, January 20, 2017
Time:All Day Event
Categories:Food for Fines

Support your local community & clear your library account.

During this time, pay overdue fines by donating items in demand by the Northampton Survival Center for distribution for those in need in our community. This year the drive has been expanded to include personal care items and cleaning supplies.

Food: Canned goods (please check your expiration dates), healthy non-perishable food items 

Personal care items: deodorant, lotion, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, conditioner, powder, shaving cream, razors, diapers, lip balm,  feminine hygiene, shampoo

Household cleaning supplies: laundry detergent, dish soap, and any household, kitchen or bathroom cleaners. 

This applies to late fines only and not to lost or damaged fees.  All items collected will be given to the Northampton Survival Center for distribution to those in need in our community. Suggested donation is one item for each $2 waived in fines.

Title:Hosmer Gallery applications open
Date:Friday, January 20, 2017
Time:All Day Event

Applications to exhibit your art in the Hosmer Gallery will be available from January 3 to February 5, 2017.

See for details.

Title:Paintings by Miriam Wells and Patricia Dorr Parker; Bird sculptures by Janice Doppler
Date:Friday, January 20, 2017
Time:All Day Event
Location:Hosmer Gallery

Janice Doppler: Bird sculptures of carved and painted wood

Miriam Wells: Paintings and drawings of Turners Falls people and places

Patricia Dorr Parker: Close to Home: Paintings and drawings of nature

Reception: January 14, 1-4 PM

Details at

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Friday, January 20, 2017
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Sarah Johnson
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events

Stories, songs, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddlers and caregivers.

Title:Afternoon Book Discussion: Shelter
Date:Friday, January 20, 2017
Time:1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Friday Afternoon Book Discussion, Recurring Events

This month's discussion will be about

Shelter by Jung Yun


Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future.

A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Growing up, they gave him every possible advantage―private tutors, expensive hobbies―but they never showed him kindness. Kyung can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes, and he’s compelled to take them in. For the first time in years, the Chos find themselves living under the same roof. Tensions quickly mount as Kyung’s proximity to his parents forces old feelings of guilt and anger to the surface, along with a terrible and persistent question: how can he ever be a good husband, father, and son when he never knew affection as a child?

As Shelter veers swiftly toward its startling conclusion, Jung Yun leads us through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope. Shelter is a masterfully crafted debut novel that asks what it means to provide for one's family and, in answer, delivers a story as riveting as it is profound.

The Afternoon Book Discussion group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month in the Watson Room for a casual hour long discussion. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices with a sprinkling of non-fiction, young adult, and classics with an emphasis on books appealing to an ecclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion.  Pre-registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Tea and light refreshments are served. 

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

Title:Submissions And Revisions
Date:Friday, January 20, 2017
Time:3:00pm - 5:00pm
Presenter:Naila Moreira
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Writing

Submissions And Revisions is a free, drop-in group gathering to polish and send out submissions of work to literary magazines, agents and editors.   All writers know the submissions process can be lonely, confusing, frustrating and at times (all too often!) demoralizing.  This space will allow us to suffer together, but also to pool our knowledge and courage.  Materials and information about submitting will be available.  After a 15 minute introductory gathering, you can choose to work anywhere in the library you like, but for those who work in the Watson Room, each time you hit "send" on a submission, you are welcome to announce "Sent!" for group applause.  We'll reconvene 15 minutes before the end of the session to discuss our progress. We'll meet the 3rd Friday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Watson Room.

Title:Italian Conversation Circle
Date:Friday, January 20, 2017
Time:3:30pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Laura Bellusci
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Adult Events, Italian Conversation Circle, Recurring Events

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.