In brief: Forbes expands offerings; Hampshire HOPE summer series; CDH’s new visitor policy

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Published: 7/7/2021 4:09:01 PM
Forbes Library opens more space

NORTHAMPTON — Forbes Library continues to expand its offerings to the public as the threat of COVID-19 lessens, and has opened many additional spaces such as study tables, computers and movie stacks.

Though visitors are still required to wear masks and curbside and home delivery services remain available, the Children’s and Young Adult sections are now open on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and later this month more hours will be added on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Items from these sections and information concerning Summer Reading are accessible whenever the library is open.

Services will continue to expand as the summer continues, and after Labor Day, the library expects to resume normal hours and services.

The Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum also anticipate full hours and services by September, but for now they have lessened their hours, and an appointment is necessary for access to the local history and special collections.

For more information, visit or call 413-587-1011.

CDH updates visitor policy

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Tuesday began using new guidelines for visitors to its inpatient, Emergency Department and outpatient units.

Two visitors over the age of 18 can see in-patients between 12-7 p.m., seven days a week. In-patients in the Behavioral Health unit are allowed one visitor from 5:15-6:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. These hours change to 2-5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

All visitors must wear a facility-issued mask, must wash their hands often, and practice social distancing. These visitation policies apply only to those who are not on enhanced respiratory isolations and have screening and visitation restrictions.

Only one visitor over the age of 18 is allowed for patients in the Emergency Department, and this same visitor must stay with the patient throughout their time in the department. Similarly, only one visitor over the age of 18 is allowed for Surgical Day Care, Endoscopy and Cardiovascular Interventional Suite patients, and the Kittredge Surgery Center is the designated waiting area. Presently, no visitors are allowed for patients in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit.

Hampshire Hope to kick off series on opioid epidemic

Hampshire HOPE opioid prevention coalition has launched a free “Lunch, Learn and Connect” virtual series where participants can engage in a number of topics related to the opioid epidemic.

Each of the sessions run for one hour, starting at 12 p.m. Presentations are followed by discussion and questions. They are free and open to all, but registration is required. The schedule for upcoming sessions include:

■Thursday, July 9, Kim Phu, a doctoral student at Western New England University and an intern with Hampshire HOPE, will speak about occupational therapy’s role in serving people who are struggling with opioid addiction.

■Monday, July 19, Michael Favala will read from “Dependency,” the book he translated by Tove Ditlevsen centered around a truthful depiction of addiction.

■Monday, Aug. 9, Franklin Cook, the director of Support After Death by Overdose (SADOD) and co-leader of a panel that contributed to the development of national guidelines for community-based grief support following suicide, will discuss support resources for those who are grief stricken.

SADOD is a program throughout Massachusetts that is dedicated to peer grief support following the death of someone struggling with substance abuse.

■Thursday, Aug. 12, Communities for Restorative Justice, more popularly known as C4RJ, and Becky Michaels, Northwestern assistant district attorney, will focus on restorative justice.

Registration is required, and can be completed at this link:

Additionally, all sections will be recorded and can be found on

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