December 12, 2013
It's here! It's here! Valley Gives Day is finally upon us! Please, won't you help the Friends?
Click here to give and help support prizes for reluctant readers in the three libraries' Summer Reading Clubs or send a second grade class to explore the Jones or open the doors to local museums with a library museum pass!
Just think of all the good you can do!
Posted by Lucy at 11:32 AM
December 11, 2013
December 6, 2013
That's right! You have less than one week until Valley Gives Day. 12.12.13. It's pretty exciting around Friends of the Jones Headquarters as we gear up for Valley Gives Day. We hope you're marking your calendars and marking this link.
And we really hope that on Thursday of next week, you'll give to the Friends of the Jones Library so we can give back to our community.
Posted by Lucy at 8:32 PM
December 4, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Woodbury Room of the Jones Library
Please join us as local author Devin Griffiths presents a reading from his new book,Virtual Ascendance: Video Games and the Remaking of Reality.
Virtual Ascendance examines the cultural influence of video games and the industry behind them, illuminating the ways games and gaming are impacting society and changing how we work, play, and live. The book introduces readers to gaming in a broader context, detailing both the expanded use of video games and the audience for them. Though it’s written predominantly for self-described non-gamers, the book offers insight to casual and hardcore gamers as well.
Devin C. Griffiths has been writing all his life and gaming almost as long. He studied science journalism at Hampshire College, and launched his own PR and marketing company, Catamount Communications, in the early 2000s. He lives in Belchertown with his wife and son, and is still an avid gamer. His first book, Virtual Ascendance: Video Games and the Remaking of Reality, chronicles his six-year journey down the rabbit hole of video games and the industry behind them.
This program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.
Posted by Lucy at 9:18 AM
December 2, 2013
It’s on! The Friends of the Jones Library is gearing up for Valley Gives on 12.12.13. During Valley Gives, western Massachusetts nonprofits (like us!) collaborate with the goal of getting thousands of Valley residents to support their favorite nonprofits. (Like us!) By donating here, you help charities become eligible for special prizes totaling $200,000.
The Friends raise funds to make our libraries welcoming places for all. We make possible free public programs featuring the talented musicians, poets, chess teachers, writers, and artists who encourage learning for all ages. We fund activities that give our children and teens safe, enjoyable things to do after school. The Friends museum pass program opens doors to cultural institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass MOCA in North Adams, and the Erin Carle Museum right here in Amherst.
This year all donations to the Friends through Valley Gives will go purely to children’s programming and museum passes. Learn more about where your Valley Gives dollars will go here.
Last year, more than 6,000 individuals donated over $1 million through Valley Gives. Won't you help the Friends help our community?
Posted by Lucy at 8:27 PM
The Jones Library will close at 3pm this Friday, December 6, so that library staff can attend the annual Town Employee Holiday Party.
The North Amherst Branch Library, however, will remain open so that residents.
If you happen to have some extra cookies and eggnog, maybe you should bring them by the North Amherst library and do a little caroling for the lovely librarians missing their holiday party for us.
Sadly, the Munson Library in South Amherst is always closed on Fridays, due to budget cuts. Bah humbug!
Posted by Lucy at 2:59 PM
November 25, 2013
December 2013 Burnett Gallery Exhibit
Flowers: A Closer Look
Oil Paintings by Elizabeth Perkins
Thursday, December 5, 2013
5 – 8p.m.
Burnett Gallery of the Jones Library
Artist’s Statement: Elizabeth Perkins
I paint in order to explore the effects of light on forms in the natural world. Flowers, close-up, present a fascinating panorama of translucence and reflected light: transforming colors and rendering the contours of petals in abstract ways. I welcome you to the world that I enter as I paint their images. Pause, breathe and rest, in these interpretations of nature.
Posted by Lucy at 2:08 PM