December 2, 2020

J.R.R. Tolkien House Comes on the Market


In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. But in a house on a lawn there lived an author. And YOU could live there, too...

November 16, 2020

Um, thanks, pandemic?

Research compiled by writing and proofreading service Global English Editing shows that 35% of people in the world have read more books than usual since COVID began.

November 5, 2020

A library brings hope in "The Book Collectors"


"It is heartening to remember that heroes emerge in unpredictable places." NPR reviews a new book depicting "the savagery of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's regime contrasted with the life-saving symbol of civilization: a library."

Available from the Jones here.

October 30, 2020

Because it's hard to read on an empty stomach.

From Amherst Regional Public School Superintendent Mike Morris:


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Posting it larger here. Because this is important:

"Since our schools first closed last March, our amazing Food Services team has worked tirelessly to ensure that our students have uninterrupted access to free, nutritious meals, distributing well over 100,000 meals to date. Thanks to the extension of the USDA's universal free meals program, the District can now provide free meals for any child age 18 and under throughout the 2020-2021 school year (until June 30, 2021).  I want to stress that any child (living in any location in our towns) is eligible for these free meals and participation helps not just the children, but the District benefits from increased reimbursements.  Meals are distributed for Monday and Tuesday each Monday, meals for Wednesday and Thursday are distributed each Wednesday, and meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are distributed each Friday. The pick-up sites are included in the newsletter below, and families are welcome to pick up meals at whichever site is most convenient for them."

October 29, 2020

How a Tiny Indian Publisher Brings a World of Comics to Tamil Readers


Chandamama, a children’s magazine, was published for 60 years in 13 languages in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. More than 70 million people speak Tamil, making it even more widespread than Italian, but many popular international comics were not being translated. 

M. Soundrapandian changed all that.

October 28, 2020

How well do you know your forms of government?


Take this quick Merriam Webster quiz to find out.

And if you find yourself needing to brush up on the American system, check out any of these books by Amherst author Joseph Ellis!