March 31, 2013

Managing Your Financial Info to Prevent Identity Theft

Identity theft is one of the most pervasive and insidious crimes of the 21st century.  Local author and attorney Steve Weisman can tell you where you are at risk as well as how to protect yourself.  This is the first in the Money Smart Week series of programs offered by the Jones Library.

Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm - Woodbury Room

March 30, 2013

jubilat/Jones Poetry Reading Series

Join us for the fourth installment of the 2012-13 jubilat/Jones Reading Series, featuring poets Ben Kopel, Laurie Saurborn Young, and Amanda Nadelberg.  Meet the poets at an informal Q & A session that will follow each reading.

Sunday, April 21 at 3 pm - Woodbury Room

March 29, 2013

Creepy or Scary?

Stephen King's The Shining

Some Stephen King novels are scary: you jump, you scream, you startle. Is The Shining creepy or scary? And how much of this distinction is transformed in the translation of the text from novel to film?  Join us for an exploration of The Shining, led by Marisa Parham, Associate Professor of English at Amherst College, before its screening at the Amherst Cinema on April 23. 

Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 pm - Woodbury Room

This program is the third in a “Books into Films Series” by the Jones Library and the Amherst Cinema.

March 28, 2013

Library hours for Sunday and Monday

Don't forget, the Jones Library will be closed on March 31, Easter Sunday.

And then, no fooling, the Jones Library will be open all day on Monday, April 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Jones will return to its normal schedule and open at 1:00 p.m. on future Mondays.

Hope: A Tragedy

People of the Book Reading Group

Join this scholar led book discussion of Hope: A Tragedy  by Shalom Auslander.  The discussion will be led by Rachel Rubinstein, from Hampshire College.

Thursday, April 18 at 7 pm - Woodbury Room

March 27, 2013

A Celebration of Song:

The Great American Songbook & Beyond

Too Human in Concert at the Jones Library.  Roger Bruno and Ellen Schwartz are joined by Lou Bocciarelli on upright bass for jazzy, bluesy originals and jazz standards.

Tuesday, April 9 at 7 pm - Woodbury Room

March 25, 2013

Woo-hoo!! Winners!!

Congratulations to our basket winners: Joan, Alan, Ellie, Tom, Bonnie, and Fern

And THANK YOU to all of you who purchased raffle tickets and who attended Saturday's Spring Fling. Your support helps makes our town libraries great!

Tribal Pageantry: The Sing Sings of Papua New Guinea

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March 22, 2013



Spring Fling Party
Saturday, March 23, 2013
3 to 5 pm
The Jones Library’s
Woodbury Room

$5.00 for one raffle ticket
$20 for five raffle tickets


All ages welcome
Light refreshments
See who has the winning raffle tickets!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Library System

March 18, 2013

Spring Fling Party!

Survival in Auschwitz

Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm - Woodbury Room

People of the Book Reading Group

Join this scholar led book discussion of Survival in Auschwitz  by Primo Levy.  The discussion will be led by James Young, of UMass-Amherst.

Feeling musical?

The Jones Library now has two child-size violins which circulate, thanks to the generous donation of Stamell Stringed Instruments, located at 18 Kellogg Avenue in Amherst!

We also have ukuleles, guitars, a dulcimer, a duombek (drum), and a glockenspiel available to borrow.

(Extra bonus points to patrons who can correctly spell all those instruments without peeking.)

March 15, 2013

Danke! Grazie! Merci! Takk! Gracias!

The Friends of the Jones Library would like to thank the following wonderful local businesses for their donations to our 2013 basket fundraiser:

Kristin Nicholas
Russell's Liquors

As you patronize these businesses, please give them a thank-you for supporting our libraries.

Spring Fling at the library!

Please join us on Saturday, March 23 from 3-5 in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library for a Spring Fling party and drawing of the winning basket raffle tickets!

March 14, 2013

The Quadriporticus Project

If your idea of ancient history is Washington's fiscal cliff, TONIGHT'S discussion is for you:

From Column to Concrete: Archaeological Innovations of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project

Ancient history comes to the Jones Library on Thursday, March 14 in this presentation about archaeology in Pompeii.  Professor Eric Poehler, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, will share some of the secrets revealed through his years of work in Pompeii, as well as some of the modern techniques used to make the mute stones speak.

Please join us in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 7 pm TODAY Thursday, March 14.

Eric Poehler is a classical archaeologist with sixteen years of experience in the field at Pompeii, Italy.   He is co-director of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, an archaeological investigation of one of the largest monumental structures at Pompeii, which employs non-invasive methods and cutting-edge research technologies.  In this presentation, Dr. Poehler will share some of his discoveries on this project and the techniques utilized in making them.

This is the second program in a new Town/Gown Discussion Series by the Jones Library and the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.  The series continues in May.

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

March 12, 2013

Baskets, Books, and Chocolate! Oh my!

The Friends of the Jones Library's annual “Baskets, Books, and Chocolate” fundraiser is getting a makeover.

This year, the Friends have created six elegant baskets, each with a different theme.  YOU have a chance to win the baskets through a raffle.  Raffle tickets are currently on sale at the library for the low, low price of just $5.00 each or $20.00 for five.  A veritable steal!

The fundraising effort will culminate with a delicious wine tasting on Saturday, March 23 from 3-5pm, in the Woodbury Room.  Lovely wines and light hors d'oeuvres will be served and winning raffle tickets will be drawn.  Come mingle with your friends, tempt your palate, and maybe, just maybe, win a BASKET!

Basket themes are:
·         Gardeners Gambol
·         Nuts for Knitting
·         A Night on the Town
·         Cookʼs Catch
·         Fun and Games
·         Cuddly Kids

All baskets are chock-full of gift certificates from local businesses, books, gifts of the theme, and, natch, chocolate.

Proceeds will benefit the Jones Library, including their wonderful summer reading club, a program serving over 300 students each summer that keeps children reading and coming to the library throughout the summer.

Love Was Atticus… TONIGHT!

TONIGHT, Tuesday, March 12, 7pm in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library!

Join us for an exploration of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, led by Michael Lawrence-Riddell, English teacher at the Amherst Regional Middle School, before its screening at the Amherst Cinema on March 19th at 7pm (advance tickets recommended).

This program is the second in the “Books into Films” series co-sponsored by the Jones Library, the Amherst Cinema and the Amherst BID.

Library hours

This year, the Jones Library will be closed on March 31, Easter Sunday.

The Jones Library will be open all day on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.   No fooling!

The Jones will return to its normal schedule and open at 1:00 p.m. on future Mondays.

See you at the library!

March 11, 2013

Nooks & eReaders!

We’ve added the latest NOOK and Kindle E-Readers to our lending program!  You can now borrow the following:

* NOOK HD (7” tablet)
Available at the Jones Library, Munson Memorial Library, and North Amherst Library

* NOOK HD+ (9” tablet)
Available at the Munson Memorial Library ONLY

* Kindle Fire HD (7” tablet)
Available at the Jones Library ONLY

Learn more about the program by visiting our website:

If you have any additional questions or if you'd like to request an E-Reader, please call the Reference Desk at 413-259-3096 or call a branch directly (North: 413-259-3099; Munson: 413-259-3095).

March 10, 2013

...And they're gone.

There are *no tickets* left for Junot Díaz on Monday, March 11.  He will be speaking at 7 pm in the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium.  Free tickets were available at the Jones Library and now?  They're not.

One of the lucky few who has tickets?  You MUST be seated by 6:50 pm in order to guarantee those seats.

Don't have tickets?  There's still 6:50 pm, unclaimed seats will be made available for open seating to those without tickets.

March 5, 2013

Oscar Wao book discussion

Wednesday, March 6 at 3 pm - Woodbury Room - AND - 
Thursday, March 7 at 7 pm - Trustees’ Room

On the Same Page - Amherst: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Book Discussion

Join us for one of these book discussions led by Barry O'Connell, Professor of English at Amherst College. A friendly discussion open to all - come to share your thoughts or just to listen to others.

What's Growin' On?

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