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PRISON LIBRARY PROJECT
Sending Quality Books to Inmates Nationwide
THE CLAREMONT FORUM
For Arts, Ideas & Community Service
BOOKSHOP & GALLERY
Buy, donate and browse our bookshop - enjoy our events.
CLAREMONT FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET
Sundays | 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

WELCOME TO THE CLAREMONT FORUM

A non-profit community organization
sponsoring

Farmers & Artisans Market
Farmers & Artisans Market

Every Sunday on Second St. in the Village we host a unique market featuring fresh produce and artisan crafts.

THE PRISON LIBRARY PROJECT
THE PRISON LIBRARY PROJECT

The mission of the Prison Library Project is to provide books and educational resources to incarcerated adults nationwide.

ART GALLERY & COMMUNITY EVENTS
ART GALLERY & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Each month we invite an artist to display their work. We also host classes, community groups, musical events and speakers.

  • This bookstore is well-organized and they are super friendly. All proceeds go to the Prison Library Project. I donated books and found great reads for just $1. Don't miss this place the next time you're in the Village.

    Susana A. Bookshop Customer
  • Great way to spend my Sunday mornings with coffee in my hand. Love getting the sunflowers, and visiting vendors who sale organic produce. The apples are super sweet. Took the kiddos one morning and they received worms as they were taught how to compost. Love it!

    Lakeisha H. Farmers & Artisans Market Customer
  • This non profit is amazing. Wonderful store, more than reasonable prices, great quality and quantity of titles, super staff and loads of volunteers from the college. I pick up books from individuals who want to donate and drop them off here.

    Gene F. Bookshop Customer
  • Great farmers market. Most of it's organic and the people are super friendly. Not all are from the immediate area but still good produce. We've been going here for years and will continue to.

    Steve B. Farmers & Artisans Market Customer

ABOUT US

Who we are and what motivates our program…

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.

HISTORY

Since 1985, we’ve hosted over 800 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.

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.

LOCAL ARTISTS

Our Bookshop regularly showcases local artists. Additionally, local artisans bring an eclectic and unique selection of handmade arts and crafts to the weekly Farmers & Artisans Market every Sunday morning. Our organization is a place for local artists to reach the community easily and to celebrate the creativity around us.

PRISON LIBRARY PROJECT

The PLP receives more than 300 letters a week from inmates in 600 state and federal prisons and detention centers throughout the United States. We mail over 15,000 packages of books each year to individual inmates individuals. We also send boxes of books to prison librarians, educators, and chaplains. Our weekly postage bill is about $600.

 

We also host an online resource for inmates, the Ways & Means Resource List; a collection of educational and helpful links for inmates and their friends and family.

FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET

The Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market was founded in 1996 to connect California farmers and artisans to the local community. We now have over 100 grower and artisan members sharing their goods and services throughout the year. This unique Claremont farmers market is a weekly tradition.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Weekly writer’s workshop will help you get started (or finish) your writing project. All genres welcome. Our format is an effective method to review, evaluate, and improve your writing. Bring in that short story, novel or memoir and join the discussion! Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 PM  There is no waiting list, all are invited. Contact: Janet […]

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Japanese Language Lessons Students will learn basic Japanese language skills in a relaxed environment. All ages and levels welcome. Excellent brain exercise for seniors! Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Please contact us for more info: 909-626-3066

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