The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Premiere Screening of Forbes Library Documentary

WHAT: Premiere Screening of Forbes Library Documentary
WHEN: 7:00 PM on Wednesday April 7th 
WHERE: Online / Virtual. Register at 

Local photographer and videographer Stan Sherer has produced and directed a 32 minute documentary about the history of Forbes Library. “I made this film in my admiration and appreciation for the enormous contributions the library has made to our cultural and intellectual lives, as well as our general well-being. I wanted to recognize the hard work and dedication of the staff of the library and point out some of the remarkable programs that have made this library much more than a lender of books and media,” said Sherer.Using historic and contemporary photos as well as interviews with staff, Sherer weaves together the 125 year history of the library, paying tribute to its architectural beauty, its philanthropic roots, its dedicated staff, and its evolving role in the community. “This film honors the library and will be of interest to longtime patrons as well as those who want to learn more about the library,” said Lisa Downing, director of the library.

The film will be streamed online at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 7 following a brief business meeting of the Friends of Forbes Library beginning at 6:30 PM. Following the screening Stan Sherer, along with Lisa Downing and Dylan Gaffney, Local History Library Associate, will hold a panel for questions. 

Register for the Zoom event at and the link will be emailed to you the day before the event. For additional information contact

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