November 29, 2012

Books Into Films series

The Amherst Cinema and the Jones Library have joined forces to create a new series titled "Books Into Films."  For each title chosen, the Jones Library will hold a discussion, and the Amherst Cinema will show the film.

The first selection in this series is "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy.

*  The 2012 film version of "Anna Karenina" starring Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley (Rated R; 130 minutes) will be playing at the Amherst Cinema from Friday, November 30, 2012 through Thursday, December 6, 2012.  Click here for more information and to buy tickets online:

*  On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 7pm in the Trustees Room of the Jones Library, Dr. Boris Wolfson, assistant professor of Russian at Amherst College, will lead us in an exploration of "Anna Karenina," the world of the novel, the quest of its author, and some of the earlier attempts to reconstruct and re-imagine on screen the book's "labyrinth of linkages."

November 26, 2012

North Amherst & Cushman talk

Local history comes to the Jones Library on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2:30pm in the Woodbury Room.  Local historian Patricia Holland will speak on her newly released book, entitled “North Amherst & Cushman,” from the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, a publishing house which focuses on local history.

Holland and co-author William Robinson will give a talk and presentation of the images used in the book, as well as other images that were not included.

Images used in the book came from a variety of sources, including local residents and the University of Massachusetts.  The majority of images were from the Special Collections archive at the Jones Library.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.  The profits from the sale of the books will be donated to support the Special Collections Department of the Jones Library.

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

November 16, 2012

Give books away. Please.

What do My Antonia,


and The Phantom Tollbooth all have in common?

Find out as a part of World Book Night 2013!

Want to make a little difference in someone's life?  Give a small piece of happiness to a stranger?  Promote reading to folks who might not otherwise pick up a book?

Be part of World Book Night 2013!

It's free!  It's easy!  And you'll be happy you did it!  World Book Night.  Spreading the love of reading, person to person.

(Kind of like the Friends.)

November 13, 2012

jubilat/Jones Reading Series

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"The Giver" book discussion

Please join us on Thursday, November 15, 2012; 7-8:30pm; in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library as Barbara Goldin, children's book author and Director of the Edwards Library in Southampton, leads us in a discussion of the book "The Giver" by Lois Lowry.

To see the list of upcoming discussion books which will be a part of this scholar-led series, as well as book reviews, please go to

Hope to see you there!

November 6, 2012

Osteoporosis discussion at the Jones

Please join us on Thursday, November 8, 2012; 7-8:30pm at The Jones Library, Inc. to learn:

•  What causes osteoporosis?
•  What laboratory tests are used for evaluating bone loss?
•  Why nutritional support for bone health requires more than calcium and vitamin D.
•  How to take a balanced, multidisciplinary approach to bone health.

This program will be presented by Dr. R. Keith McCormick, chiropractic physician, competitive athlete and author of "The Whole Body Approach to Osteoporosis: How to Improve Your Bone Strength and Reduce Your Fracture Risk."

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 413-259-3132.

No Room For Wishing

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November 1, 2012

Ed2go online classes

The Jones Library is very pleased to offer patrons access to a new lifelong
learning resource called Ed2go. If you are a Jones Library cardholder,
you can now take free instructor-led online courses from your home or
office — at whatever times are most convenient for you!

Choose from over 300 online courses on topics such as: Personal
Finance, Creative Writing & Memoir Writing, Website & Graphic Design,
Test Preparation, Grant Writing, Computer Skills & Programming,
Accounting & Business Skills, Digital Photography, Resume Writing &
Job Searching, Genealogy Research, Gardening, and much more!

Expert instructors develop, lead, and interact with students in each
course. All courses run for six weeks (with a two-week grace period at
the end). Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes,
hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and a
final exam. And the best part is: you can complete your course work
anytime — day or night.

To get started, browse our Ed2go course catalog:

If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk at
413-259-3096 or Additional details about
Ed2go are here:

The next round of courses begins on November 14th, and a new round of
courses begins each month. Enroll today!

Please note: These courses are designed for those seeking personal and
professional development and are not college equivalent courses.