Today's Events

Title:Light: Photographs by Paul Hetzel and Oil Paintings by David Skillicorn
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:All Day Event
Location:Hosmer Gallery
Categories:Exhibitions
Description:

Reception: Saturday December 3, 2-4 PM

Black and white explorations of light and architecture by Paul Hetzel

Intuitive abstract expressionist paintings by David Skillicorn

Details at http://forbeslibrary.org/gallery/

Title:The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Watson Room
Categories: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:Baby and Me Yoga
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:10:00am - 10:45am
Location:Community Room
Categories:Children's Events, Parenting, Recurring Events
Description:

Title:Toddler Time
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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 cargivers.

Title:Tong Ren Energy Healing
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:12:00pm - 12:45pm
Presenter:Ken Alan Hadden
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Wellness
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, December 7, 2016
Time:1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Forbes Library
Location:Mezzanine
Categories:Chess, 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.

Title:Drop-In Computer Help
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:Reference Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Technology
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 Mystery and the Meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Thomas Bernard
Location:Community Room
Categories:Adult Events, One-Time Events
Description:

The Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular Christmas song which people generally sing with great gusto but with almost no understanding. The basic premise of Dr. Bernard's book is that there is a logic to the twelve sequences. His hypothesis is that the lyrics reveal a cartographic code of an esoteric route map by which pilgrims in the Middle Ages could make the long journey from England to Jerusalem.

Dr. Thomas L. Bernard was born and raised in Scotland, and received his education in Wales, and in the USA where he earned a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts and a postgraduate certificate from Harvard University. His professional career as an educator, professor, administrator and lecturer has spanned over 50 years with service on five continents. He has authored or co-authored over a hundred books or articles, and takes particular pride in The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Mystery and the Meaning, which he feels is the first significant attempt to explain by translation the underlying message of the twelve parts of this popular Christmas song. 

Title:Knitting Clinic
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:4:30pm - 6:00pm
Presenter:Margaret Bruzelius
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Arts and Crafts, Recurring Events
Description:

Lost in the pattern? Confused by inscrutable directions? Or do you want to modify a pattern you already have? Bring your stalled knitting project to the Knitting Clinic, where we will figure out what the directions really mean or how to get the result you want. We will undertake to try to salvage any project and also teach some simple tips to improve your knitting.

Margaret Bruzelius has had her knitting patterns published in Vogue Knitting, McCall's Craft and Needlework, and other knitting magazines. While she no longer publishes patterns, she continues to knit in her spare time.

Title:Literature From and About Prison
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:7:00pm - 8:45pm
Presenter:Naila Moreira
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Author Events, Modern Real & Surreal: Writers & Artists on Our Age, One-Time Events, Recurring Events
Description:

Part of the literary series, Modern Real and Surreal: Writers & Artists on Our Age.

As part of a year-long exploration of incarceration at the Forbes and Five Colleges, we welcome four prison writers and activists who will read from their work and discuss what writing can bring to those who have been or are in prison - and what the formerly and currently incarcerated can bring to us through their writing.

Real Cost of Prisons ComixLois Ahrens – creator of Real Cost of Prisons Project and Real Cost of Prisons Comix

Daisy Hernandez & Tara McNamara -  Voices From Inside

Kempis Songster – activist and poet (read by Michael Lewis)

Revan Schendler – oral historian and educator

For questions concerning access or to request accommodations, please contact 413-587-1017 or info@forbeslibrary.org. Two weeks notice requested.

 

 

Title:Sci-Fi and Fantasy Discussion: The Left Hand Of Darkness
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Book Discussions, Recurring Events, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Discussion
Description:

 The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

When the human ambassador Genly Ai is sent to Gethen, the planet known as Winter by those outsiders who have experienced its arctic climate, he thinks that his mission will be a standard one of making peace between warring factions. Instead the ambassador finds himself wildly unprepared. For Gethen is inhabited by a society with a rich, ancient culture full of strange beauty and deadly intrigue—a society of people who are both male and female in one, and neither. This lack of fixed gender, and the resulting lack of gender-based discrimination, is the very cornerstone of Gethen life. But Genly is all too human. Unless he can overcome his ingrained prejudices about the significance of "male" and "female," he may destroy both his mission and himself.

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.