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Sunday Market Update

Our popular market is held every Sunday from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Harvard Ave between First St & Bonita Ave in the Claremont Village. We offer certified organic produce, a variety of gourmet specialty foods, arts, crafts and jewelry from local area vendors, flowers, plants, farm fresh eggs and more!
Be sure to drop by our weekly bookstall at the market and browse our latest books. Talk to our staff and learn more about the Prison Library Project or sign up for our newsletter.

Artisans Market

The Artisans are back at the Sunday Market. Please stop by and say “HELLO”. Follow our Facebook page for weekly updates and previews of upcoming artists.

Claremont Kiwanis, Key Club and Market Volunteers

The Claremont Forum would like to thank the Claremont Kiwanis for generously volunteering every Sunday to help keep the market running smoothly and in compliance with COVID-19 regulations. We are truly grateful to all our fabulous volunteers who have helped to get the market reopened!
New Board Members
Four new members have recently
joined the Board of Directors:
Merrill Ring
Christina Frausto
Rachel McDonnel
Debra Olson

Forum Bookshop News

Expanded Days & New Store Hours
The Bookshop in the Packing House is now open Thursdays & Sundays 12-7 PM and Fridays & Saturdays 12-9 PM

Dates for upcoming $1 Book Sales

Our one dollar book sales return! All paperbacks and hardcovers are just one dollar (excludes books in our featured collection).
  • April 23 – 25
  • May 21-23
  • June 25 – 27

The Gallery Re-opens June 1

We are so very pleased to announce that beginning in June, we will once again be exhibiting the work of local artists. Although we are not yet able to schedule an artist opening reception, because of COVID restrictions, when you patronize the Bookshop (in the Packing House) you can enjoy viewing our “ART WALL” and learn more about the artist.
All artwork will be offered for sale. As always, part of the proceeds for art sales supports the Prison Library Project.

Donation of First Edition Children’s Books

A collector’s delight! The WWII era Augustus Series, by Le Grand Henderson, was published by Bobbs-Merrill Company, aimed at adventurous boys.
We have specially priced this collection, eight first editions and two circa 1939. View the collection in our specially priced books showcase. The books themselves are in very good condition, with well worn dust jackets, and the owners name, written in ink, on the endpaper.
Amazon Smile
When you shop at, you can easily contribute to our programs by naming The Claremont Forum as your selected charity. Thanks to our AmazonSmile’s friends, we received $1,261 since January, 2021. Please help us increase our Smile contributions for the second quarter. Click the link (below) or visit for more information. And THANK YOU if you are already a contributor.

The Claremont Forum Receives a $20,000 Gift

In late March, a long-time donor who wishes to remain anonymous contributed $20,000 to the Forum. This gift comes at a time when our need for donations is crucial because of a year of challenges for the Forum and our programs, such as the Prison Library Project. These unexpected funds will help us recover some of our losses due to the COVID crisis.
Your donations are welcome and your investment in our programs will help us to fulfill our mission at a challenging time. Thank you to all of our donors, large and small. We, as always, appreciate your help.

Prison Library Project news

The Ever-Growing Challenges of Getting Books into Prisons
The Claremont Forum continues to receive requests from prisoners, although at somewhat lower numbers from one year ago. However, in April 2020, we decided to temporarily discontinue sending books to prisons during the COVID crisis, and although we have plenty of donated books in our used bookstore, we have put the PLP on hold until we can be confident that the books we send and ship will find their way to the prisoner who made the request.
We hope to re-start the PLP operations sometime this spring (2021). Each month at our Board meetings we tackle the problems and challenges through dialogue and evaluation of updated information. We are eager to restart this important program to which we are so committed, and we encourage your thoughts and any information you may have that could help us with this decision.
Through the U.S., there are about three dozen programs working to establish prison libraries and get books to incarcerated populations. Most rely on donations and volunteers and prison systems often all have varying and often-changing rules. Some schedules show that prisoners, at some institutions, are given only 30 minutes per month to visit the prison library.
Under the current COVID crisis, the situation has grown painful. The Equal Justice Initiative writes, “incarcerated people are infected by the Coronavirus at a rate more than 5 times higher than the nation’s overall rate . . . This has meant the closure of prison libraries all across the U.S. The number of books prisoners could keep in their cell was already limited, and now their access to libraries has been cut off.”
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