Prison Library Project
Sending Books to Inmates Nationwide
Bookshop & Gallery
Browse, Buy, Donate
Farmers & Artisans Market
Sundays from 8 AM - 1 PM in the Claremont Village

A Non-Profit Community Organization

For Arts, Ideas & Community Service

The Claremont Forum is a non-profit community organization serving the city of Claremont and its neighbors. Our mission is to promote individual and social well-being through education, arts and wellness programs. We’re also proud to sponsor the nationwide Prison Library Project that sends books to inmates nationwide.

A Non-Profit Community Organization

For Arts, Ideas & Community Service

The Claremont Forum is a non-profit community organization serving the city of Claremont and its neighbors. Our mission is to promote individual and social well-being through education, arts and wellness programs. We’re also proud to sponsor the nationwide Prison Library Project that sends books to inmates nationwide.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Thu 24

Handcrafted Mysteries

October 24 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sun 27

Sunday Farmers & Artisans Market

October 27 @ 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Thu 31

Handcrafted Mysteries

October 31 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Nov 01

November Artist – Lindy Giusta

November 1 - November 30

1000 Dictionaries Drive Ramps It Up

Thank you for your support of our major fall fundraiser, to purchase 1,000 dictionaries. You may know that dictionaries are our most requested reading materials, and prisons will allow only NEW dictionaries (and thesauruses) to be sent to prisoners. Therefore it is necessary for us to purchase them. Our drive has exceeded its goal, so we have decided to increase our drive to raise funds for 2000 dictionaries before the end of the year. Please continue to donate to this worthy project in our bookshop and at the Sunday Farmers & Artisans Market bookstall.
Donate

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Thu 24

Handcrafted Mysteries

October 24 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sun 27

Sunday Farmers & Artisans Market

October 27 @ 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Thu 31

Handcrafted Mysteries

October 31 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Nov 01

November Artist – Lindy Giusta

November 1 - November 30

Stay Connected

Join our newsletter to learn about upcoming book sales, art events and more. (We won’t drive you crazy, our emails come out only occasionally.)

PLP Dictionary Drive

Help us reach our goal of purchasing 2000 new paperback dictionaries for inmates.
Donate
Claremont Farmers Market

Farmers & Artisans Market

Local, Independent & Non-Profit

The Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market is located on Harvard Ave. (between 1st St. & Bonita Ave) in the Claremont Village every Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM – rain or shine.

Our market offers certified organic and conventionally grown local produce. Find specialty foods, local arts and crafts, flowers, plants and more. Stroll beautiful Harvard Avenue and listen to live music while you shop one of the region’s best certified markets.

Claremont Farmers Market

Farmers & Artisans Market

Local, Independent & Non-Profit

The Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market is located on Harvard Ave. (between 1st St. & Bonita Ave) in the Claremont Village every Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM – rain or shine.

Our market offers certified organic and conventionally grown local produce. Find specialty foods, local arts and crafts, flowers, plants and more. Stroll beautiful Harvard Avenue and listen to live music while you shop one of the region’s best certified markets.

Prison Library Project

The Prison Library Project’s mission is to provide free reading materials to inmates nationwide. We prioritize educational and self-help literature as well as recognize the value of literacy development through active engagement with books in general.

Located in the Claremont Forum Bookshop, this volunteer run program maintains an extensive selection of used books. Our bookshop is where PLP volunteers gather to select books for inmates and where the community browse our latest titles, drop off donated books, admire local art and join community classes. 

Prison Library Project

The Prison Library Project’s mission is to provide free reading materials to inmates nationwide. We prioritize educational and self-help literature as well as recognize the value of literacy development through active engagement with books in general.

Located in the Claremont Forum Bookshop, this volunteer run program maintains an extensive selection of used books. Our bookshop is where PLP volunteers gather to select books for inmates and where the community browse our latest titles, drop off donated books, admire local art and join community classes. 

Bookshop & Community Gallery

Each month we invite an artist to display their work in our used bookstore at the Claremont Packing House.  We also host classes, community groups, musical events and speakers.

Artist receptions are the first Saturday of each month beginning at 6:00 PM. The Claremont Forum is part of the monthly Art Walk in the Village.

Check out our Events page for dates of upcoming book sales, art shows and more.

Bookshop & Community Gallery

Each month we invite an artist to display their work in our used bookstore at the Claremont Packing House.  We also host classes, community groups, musical events and speakers.

Artist receptions are the first Saturday of each month beginning at 6:00 PM. The Claremont Forum is part of the monthly Art Walk in the Village.

Check out our Events page for dates of upcoming book sales, art shows and more.

Our Perspective

Arts, Ideas & Community Service

Books and art enrich our lives.  Fresh, local produce from the farmers’ market enriches our health and helps connect us to our neighbors. Whatever project we take on, our goal is to enrich the community and help make a difference.We have a beautiful space in the Claremont Packing House and it serves as a used bookstore, community center, classroom, workshop and more.

Volunteer-Based

The Claremont Forum has limited staff and operates much of their organization with the help of volunteers. Our bookshop is stocked with your donations and the entire Prison Library Project operation is run by volunteers.

History

Since 1985, we’ve hosted over 1000 community events, including lectures, workshops, art exhibits and performances. We sponsor Claremont’s Sunday Farmers & Artisans Market and have created a vibrant community service program for local volunteers through the Prison Library Project.

Mission

The Claremont Forum is a non-profit community organization serving the city of Claremont and its neighbors. Our mission is to promote individual and social well-being through education, arts and wellness programs. We’re also proud to sponsor the nationwide Prison Library Project that sends books to inmates nationwide.

Our Perspective

Arts, Ideas & Community Service

Books and art enrich our lives.  Fresh, local produce from the farmers’ market enriches our health and helps connect us to our neighbors. Whatever project we take on, our goal is to enrich the community and help make a difference.We have a beautiful space in the Claremont Packing House and it serves as a used bookstore, community center, classroom, workshop and more.

Volunteer-Based

The Claremont Forum has limited staff and operates much of their organization with the help of volunteers. Our bookshop is stocked with your donations and the entire Prison Library Project operation is run by volunteers.

History

Since 1985, we’ve hosted over 1000 community events, including lectures, workshops, art exhibits and performances. We sponsor Claremont’s Sunday Farmers & Artisans Market and have created a vibrant community service program for local volunteers through the Prison Library Project.

Mission

The Claremont Forum is a non-profit community organization serving the city of Claremont and its neighbors. Our mission is to promote individual and social well-being through education, arts and wellness programs. We’re also proud to sponsor the nationwide Prison Library Project that sends books to inmates nationwide.

348s

Very comfy, spacious, well-stocked used bookstore. Can't believe I didn't know about this before; can't wait to come back and spend more time! Right around the corner from Eureka Burger in the packing house; everyone complains that Eureka is always a long wait... now I know where I can wile away the hours. Glad I came here with friends who are more well-read than I am (worst English major ever). They snagged me two paperbacks from the Fiction shelf that I am now very excited to dig into (Everything Matters, and Special Topics in Calamity Physics)!

Frances N.

Bookstores are good and pure places. This one is no exception. It's cozy and good~

Cari M.

The bookshop has art displays, community groups, lectures and a very good and inexpensive selection of books. Great atmosphere and a good cause! Check it out!

Rachel M.

This is a wonderful organization! PLP sends FREE books to prison inmates to help improve literacy (most prisoners read at a 3rd grade level) which reduces recidivism and improves public safety. PLP's used bookstore is a treasure, and the store's proceeds pay for mailing expenses and for buying selected new books (like dictionaries) which are in high demand. Everybody wins!

Steve B.

Love this place so much! They have great great prices on their books, you cannot beat it! They have their $1 sale every few months on the WHOLE store. I went Thursday and Friday because I could not pass it up. I also love that I am supporting their prison project. I love just digging for treasure here, keep it up guys!

A comfortable used bookstore whose mission is dope. Low-keyed place to spend a few hours indulging in your innermost bibliophile.

Roy V.

Wonderful, eclectic collection of used books and a wonderful mission to send books to incarcerated individuals around the country. Great mission, nice people, good service.

Patricia E.

Beautiful space to gather or be solo. Book Store Clerks are helpful. Vibe is relaxing & intellectually stimulating. Great way to start exploring Claremont!

Amazing bookstore! I always find something good to read and I don't have to pay a lot. Support your local bookstores!

Marie B.
348s

Very comfy, spacious, well-stocked used bookstore. Can't believe I didn't know about this before; can't wait to come back and spend more time! Right around the corner from Eureka Burger in the packing house; everyone complains that Eureka is always a long wait... now I know where I can wile away the hours. Glad I came here with friends who are more well-read than I am (worst English major ever). They snagged me two paperbacks from the Fiction shelf that I am now very excited to dig into (Everything Matters, and Special Topics in Calamity Physics)!

Frances N.

Bookstores are good and pure places. This one is no exception. It's cozy and good~

Cari M.

The bookshop has art displays, community groups, lectures and a very good and inexpensive selection of books. Great atmosphere and a good cause! Check it out!

Rachel M.

This is a wonderful organization! PLP sends FREE books to prison inmates to help improve literacy (most prisoners read at a 3rd grade level) which reduces recidivism and improves public safety. PLP's used bookstore is a treasure, and the store's proceeds pay for mailing expenses and for buying selected new books (like dictionaries) which are in high demand. Everybody wins!

Steve B.

Love this place so much! They have great great prices on their books, you cannot beat it! They have their $1 sale every few months on the WHOLE store. I went Thursday and Friday because I could not pass it up. I also love that I am supporting their prison project. I love just digging for treasure here, keep it up guys!

A comfortable used bookstore whose mission is dope. Low-keyed place to spend a few hours indulging in your innermost bibliophile.

Roy V.

Wonderful, eclectic collection of used books and a wonderful mission to send books to incarcerated individuals around the country. Great mission, nice people, good service.

Patricia E.

Beautiful space to gather or be solo. Book Store Clerks are helpful. Vibe is relaxing & intellectually stimulating. Great way to start exploring Claremont!

Amazing bookstore! I always find something good to read and I don't have to pay a lot. Support your local bookstores!

Marie B.