April 3, 2012

Snapshot Day!

On Thursday April 12, the Jones Library, Inc. will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens on a day in the life of libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Finding a tax form?  Doing their homework? During Snapshot Day, libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever.

Everyone can participate in this second annual event, simply by coming to the library.  Stop by and pick up the book you’ve requested, find a DVD to watch that weekend, attend story hour in the children’s room, read a newspaper, or use the Internet.  Talk to a librarian about downloading digital books from the library, get some homework help, or pick up last minute income tax forms.  Help us get a good snapshot of a day in the life at the Jones Library by stopping by on April 12.

New this year is online participation. Patrons can go to www.mass.gov/libraries and post comments about the ways they use the library. “With so many people using our online resources, we wanted to include them in the fun,” said a Snapshot Day organizer.   There is a wealth of library resources available online at any time, including digital books to download and access to full text magazine articles.  Last year, residents downloaded more than 9 million articles from trusted library resources.

Hope to see you at any one of Amherst's public libraries on Thursday, April 12, 2012!