October 30, 2013

Calling All Amherst Authors, Illustrators, and Booksellers!

Saturday, November 16, 2013
9:00 am - 3:00 pm, the Jones Library

As part of this year’s Friends of the Jones Library Holiday Book Sale, we are inviting Amherst authors, illustrators, booksellers, and nonprofit organizations to take part.  We will provide tables so that they can sell their books and/or book-related materials.  This is an excellent opportunity for authors to sell signed copies of their book(s).

Participation is free, and all proceeds are yours to keep.  We will publicize the event in the local media and at the library.

Interested parties should contact Linda Wentworth, wentworthl@joneslibrary.org by Friday, November 8, 2013.

October 29, 2013


Contact:  Bonnie Isman, 413-256-1021 or Linda Wentworth 413-259-3168

Jones Library Holiday Book Fair

Saturday, November 16, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Find gifts for the booklovers on your list: like-new used books, local history books, books by local authors, book bags, and more! 

Donations of recently published books in good condition are welcome before November 14.  The Holiday Book Fair is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Library System. Visit the Jones Library at 43 Amity Street in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

October 28, 2013

Frankenstein the movie!

at the Jones

This Thursday, Halloween, October 31!
7:00 pm
Woodbury Room of the Jones Library

Mwah ha haaaa....

Got books?

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October 17, 2013

The Wild Swans

This Saturday, October 19, 2:30pm
Woodbury Room of the Jones Library

Young dancers from Amherst Ballet will present an excerpt from the ballet The Wild Swans.  This will be an original ballet based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Choreographed, directed, and narrated by Heather Reichgott, the performance will feature several dance students ages 8 – 10.  The full ballet will be performed by Amherst Ballet at a later date – details to be announced.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

October 16, 2013

Ghostology 101

Friday, October 18, 2013
6:30 pm
The Woodbury Room of the Jones Library

Agawam Paranormal presents:

a Basic Introduction to the Paranormal World 

For ages 12 and up...If you dare....

Questions: please call Tomi Eve, Young Adult Services Coordinator, at 413-259-3091.


Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, October 17, 7-8:30pm, in the Amherst Room of the Jones Library as Maddy Blais, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, leads a discussion of "Pentimento" by Lillian Hellman.

For a review of the book, click here: http://www.clivejames.com/books/pillars/hellman.

To see the list of upcoming discussion dates/titles which will be a part of this scholar-led series, please go to http://guides.library.umass.edu/people.

Hope to see you there!

October 10, 2013

"Light in August" by William Faulkner

Come discuss "Light in August" on Saturday, October 12, at 2:30pm Amherst Room of the Jones Library!

Join the Classics Book Club this October to discuss William Faulkner's "Light in August." We'll meet on Saturdays from 2:30-4:00 on October 12th, 19th and 26th. Copies of "Light in August' are available to check out at the Jones Library’s Reference desk.

Contact Seth Rothberg at 413-259-3092 with any questions, and check out the Classics Book Club blog athttp://classicsbookclub.wordpress.org/.

Haven't read it yet? You still can! It's Faulkner! He's a quick read.

October 8, 2013

jubilat/Jones Reading Series!

Come hear poetry readings Sunday, 10/20, at 3 p.m. in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library.  Free and open to the public!  Q&A immediately following.

Go see some art!

If you want to road trip on a beautiful fall afternoon in New England or if you're just looking for something to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the Friends of the Jones can help you out.

We've purchased museum passes to all the places below (We even hyperlinked them here for you, too. Because we're good Friends.) to make your museum outings that much more pleasant!

Amherst Historical Society & Museum
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Historic Deerfield
Children's Museum at Holyoke
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Mass State Parks Pass
Mystic Aquarium
Smith College Museum of Art
Zoo in Forest Park

After you've decided which museum you want to visit, swing by the Jones (the branches also have some of these passes), pick up a pass, and you're on your way.  Enjoy!

TOMORROW! All teens: get your craft on!

Join us as we create monsters to be used to decorate your rooms, backpacks or lockers.

Wednesday, October 9, 3:30-5pm
Woodbury Room of the Jones Library

Questions: please call Tomi Eve, Young Adult Services Coordinator, at 413-259-3091.

October 4, 2013

Donating is a snap!

You know how you have the best of intentions and you keep meaning to donate to the Friends but then...you forget?  Or you lost that Friends membership letter you got in the mail last week?  Or your checkbook is waaay over there and you're right here?

The Friends want to make life just a little bit easier on you.  Click here.  You can donate to us from the comfort of the chair you're sitting in right now.  Or the couch you're lounging on right now.

But if you're reading this in the tub, you really shouldn't.  You can ruin your computer that way.

What Congress should be reading...

Quirk Books, an independent book publisher in Philadelphia, has compiled a list of books for our senators and representatives to read during this government shutdown:

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October 3, 2013

North Amherst Library closed tomorrow

Thanks to the Town of Amherst, insulation is being installed in the North Amherst Library tomorrow, Friday, October 4.

Thus, the Branch will be CLOSED.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  But in February when it's really toasty in the North Amherst Library, you'll be so happy...

October 2, 2013


Thursday, October 3, 7pm
Woodbury Room of the Jones Library

Local author Susannah Sheffer presents a reading from her new book, Fighting for Their Lives:  Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys.  A time for discussion will follow the reading.

Susannah Sheffer is the author of several books and articles, most recently Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys (Vanderbilt University Press, 2013).

This program is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.