September 30, 2014

So we tweet on, boats against the current...



Did you know there's a person out there who's tweeting The entire Great Gatsby, word by 144-character-word?  Begun on September 9, this opus will take five years to complete.

Tweet on, old sport.


September 29, 2014

See Hear Feel Film



Many Amherst children have already or will be participating in the Amherst Cinema's See Hear Feel Film program during 3rd grade.  In a nutshell it uses film and filmmaking tools to inspire children's creative writing and critical thinking skills.  Want to know more? Now you have a chance to experience it for yourself! 

Amherst Cinema will hold free, one hour sessions of See Hear Feel Film for adults on these dates: Wed. October 8; Sunday, November 2; and Monday, December 15 from 6-7 pm.  No reservations or tickets are necessary.  Come and experience what Amherst Cinema offers over 1,000 students in the Valley every year.

Free popcorn included.


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Spoiler alert!


The 10 best closing lines in literature have been compiled just for you.  While this list might be a little subjective, you can now relive those moments just before you gently, and with some sorrow at the ending of such a life-changing experience, closed the book with a sigh.


Or you can just quote the endings of these books and sound as though you've read them when we all know you secretly spend your time reading these.

Don't worry: your secret is safe with the Friends.

September 26, 2014

Perfectly normal and often banned


NPR has a segment for Banned Books Week discussing "It's Perfectly Normal," a book meant to teach children 10 and older about sexual health, emotional health and relationships, and has sectoins on puberty, pregnancy, and sexual orientation.  Click here to read it, and click here to listen to it (it's less then 4 minutes).


Then feel free to go check out the book from the library and read it for yourself.  

September 25, 2014

Snack Facts

The Jones Library’s Children’s Department will present a free puppet show titled“Snack Facts” on Saturday September 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. in theWoodbury Room.

Nicol Wander, puppeteer, and her hand-crafted puppets, Bobby Broccoli and Cleo Carrot, will encourage children to know their facts about their snacks.                                               

Open to children ages 4-8.  For more information, please contact Sondra Radosh at413/259-3091.

This program is supported by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council.

September 24, 2014

Um, yeah. Pretty much AWESOME!





Kids these days


Did you know that people under 30 read more books last year than people over 30?  Check out NPR's article.  Then, if you're over 30, go to the Jones, pick up a book, and get busy.  There's a competition to be won, people!