October 24, 2014

Free For All

Watch this.  It's the best 3:36 minutes you'll spend today.

For all you English nerds out there

And you know who you are, you will totally like this.  The secret emotional lives of five punctuation marks.

There's more to the . than meets the i.

October 22, 2014

It was a hot and muggy night...

...in a city that already was already feverish.  The fan in my office just blew hot air around a hot room on a hot night.  It was the kind of night where every booze party ends in a fight.  A night where anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.  She walked into my office and from 30 feet away she looked like she had a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away.

A fan of Raymond Chandler?  Here's a fun time-waster for you.  A map of Raymond Chandler's fictional LA in real LA.

If any part of LA is real...

October 19, 2014

Hey! All you tree huggers!

Have you been pining for a nature-themed book group?  Yew don't need to look any further!  The Friends of the Jones has some re-leaf to offer you.  We've got a new book club to offer that's sure to be poplar.  Wood we lead you astray?

Announcing our newest adult book club:  The Nature & Environment Book Club!

First Meeting:

Thursday, November 6, 2014
7-9 pm
Goodwin Room

In this club, we will read and have lively discussions about historical and contemporary books; fiction as well as non-fiction. The club will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 7-9 pm (except for January, when it will meet on the 8th because of the holiday), and will be moderated by Ellen X. Silverberg, an avid amateur naturalist, photographer, and educator. 

For the kick-off meeting, we will discuss Walden, by Henry David Thoreau (any edition). Copies are available to borrow at the reference desk.

For more information, please contact Jones Library staff member Linda Wentworth at wentworthl@joneslibrary.org.

Sorry if we were barking up the wrong tree with all the puns.

Amherst Ballet Company at the Jones

The Jones Library presents dancers from the AMHERST BALLET CO. performing excerpts from the classic fairy tale CINDERELLA in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library on Saturday, October 25 at 11 a.m.

Totally. Free.

And if "ballet" and "free" doesn't start your toes tappin', we give up.

October 10, 2014

The Hanging Judge

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Woodbury Room

Join us as local author Michael Ponsor speaks and reads from his new book The Hanging Judge in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library.  The Hanging Judge was selected as one of the Must Read Books at the 2014 Massachusetts Book Awards.

The Hanging Judge is a thriller set in Western Massachusetts.  The 2014 Massachusetts Book Awards Must-Read Book list describes the novel like this:

A drug dealer and a hockey mom/nurse are killed in drive-by shooting in Holyoke, and a rival gang member is arrested as the prime suspect.  When the case is moved to federal court so that the prosecutors can seek the death penalty, a judge who has served only two years on the bench must preside over his trial.  With a colorful cast of primary and secondary characters, this legal thriller is told from the unique perspective of the presiding judge and is based on the author's own experience.

Michael Ponsor graduated from Harvard, received a Rhodes Scholarship, and studied for two years at Pembroke College, Oxford. After taking his law degree from Yale and clerking in federal court in Boston, he began his legal career, specializing in criminal defense. He moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1978, where he practiced as a trial attorney in his own firm until his appointment in 1984 as a U.S. magistrate judge in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed him a life-tenured US district judge. From 2000 to 2001, he presided over a five-month death penalty trial, the first in Massachusetts in over fifty years. Judge Ponsor continues to serve as a senior U.S. district judge in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Western Division, with responsibility for federal criminal and civil cases in the four counties of western Massachusetts. The Hanging Judge is his first novel.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

All Legos, all the time at your house?

Then you need to come to the Jones tomorrow.  The next meeting of the Jones Library's Lego Club will be on Saturday, October 11, at 3 pm in the Woodbury Room.

The word of the day will be "traverse.”  The challenge will be to build a bridge into your fantasy world. 

For more information, please call the Children's Room or email Theresa Atteridge atatteridget@joneslibrary.org.

Happy building!