November 25, 2013

Oil paintings by Elizabeth Perkins

December 2013 Burnett Gallery Exhibit

Flowers: A Closer Look
Oil Paintings by Elizabeth Perkins

Opening Reception:
Thursday, December 5, 2013    
5 – 8p.m.
Burnett Gallery of the Jones Library

Artist’s Statement: Elizabeth Perkins

I paint in order to explore the effects of light on forms in the natural world.  Flowers, close-up, present a fascinating panorama of translucence and reflected light: transforming colors and rendering the contours of petals in abstract ways.  I welcome you to the world that I enter as I paint their images.  Pause, breathe and rest, in these interpretations of nature.

The Lathe of Heaven

Next Tuesday, December 3, 7-9 pm
Goodwin Room of the Jones Library

The Jones Library is pleased to announce a new book club:  The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club.  This new club will discuss a monthly selection as well as any other books and movies of interest.  All are welcome, whether you have read the main selection or not!

The club meets on the first Tuesday of the month, from 7:00-9:00 pm.  The discussion will be moderated by Amherst resident Paul Budney, a retired mathematics professor and long-time enthusiast of science fiction and fantasy books and movies.

For the first meeting on December 3, the selection is "The Lathe of Heaven", by Ursula K. LeGuin. Copies are available at the Reference Desk.

For more information, please contact Linda Wentworth at or 259-3168.

Food for thought

November 21, 2013

Why our future depends on libraries...

As author Neil Gaiman says, "Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication."  

The Friends of the Jones Library System couldn't agree more.  To read his full article, click here.

November 19, 2013

"The Orientalist" book discussion Thursday

Please join us Thursday, November 21; 7-8:30pm;  in the Amherst Room of the Jones Library as Mary Wilson, of UMass, leads a discussion of "The Orientalist" by Tom Reiss.

For a review of the book, click here.

To see the list of upcoming discussion dates/titles which will be a part of this scholar-led series, please go here.

Hope to see you there!

Book Fair at Barnes and Noble

Please help support the Jones Library by shopping at the Hadley Barnes & Noble on:

Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 1, 2013
In an effort to raise funds for children’s programming at the Jones Library, Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Hadley will be hosting a book fair during its open hours.

Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale made with a special book fair voucher to the Jones Library.  Vouchers will be available online at the Jones Library‘s website and in hard copy at the Jones Library.

You can also shop online in support of the Jones Library by visiting from 11/30/13 through 12/01/13 and include the book fair voucher ID: 11131935 on the payment page during checkout.

In conjunction with the weekend book fair, the following children’s events will also take place at Barnes & Noble:

Saturday:       11am, 1pm, and 3pm: Goose and Seuss

Sunday:          11am: Ukulele Sing Along
                      12pm: Reading and signing by author/illustrator
                                 Diane de Groat
                       2pm:  Ukulele Sing Along

Questions: call or email Sondra Radosh at 413-259-3091 or

November 12, 2013

Women's Voices Worldwide speech competition

Click on each image to enlarge it.

Girls' speech competition:

Women's speech competition:

Visit for more information.

Holiday Book Fair Saturday at the Jones!

On Saturday, November 16, thousands of beautiful, gently used books will be for sale at bargain prices at the Jones Library in Amherst.  For the first time, the Holiday Book Fair will welcome sixteen local authors and publishers selling new books, as well as new books and gifts from the Emily Dickinson Museum. 

Shoppers can visit with local authors, such as artist Nina Rossi, who makes craft items from old books, and children’s authors Diane DeGroat and Judith Inglese. Authors of books about Amherst’s history appearing on Saturday include Dan Lombardo, Pat Holland, Bill Robinson, Sheila Rainford and Ruth Owen Jones.  Gerald McFarlane, Margaret Lobenstine, Beth Anne Moonstone, Peter Blood, Annie Patterson, Seth Sherwood, and Ed Tick will all be available to sign and sell their work.  Signed books by local cartoonist Denis Kitchen will be available to purchase.

The Holiday Book Fair runs from 9:00 am-3:00 pm and admission is free.  Donations of recent 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. 

Questions:       Bonnie Isman, 413-256-1021

                        Linda Wentworth, 413-259-3168

November 8, 2013

Jones Library Lego Club tomorrow!

The next meeting of the Jones Library's Lego Club will be TOMORROW Saturday, November 9, at 3pm in the Woodbury Room.

The word of the day will be "velocity," and the building challenge will be "wheeled wonders."

For more information, please call the Children's Room or email Theresa Atteridge at

Happy building!

Jones Library Holiday Book Fair!

Sixteen (count 'em!) SIXTEEN Local Authors to Appear at the Jones Library Holiday Book Fair, Saturday, Nov. 16.

Shoppers at the fair can visit with local authors, including Nina Rossi, Diane DeGroat, Judith Inglese, Dan Lombardo, Pat Holland, Bill Robinson, Sheila Rainford, Ruth Owen Jones, Gerald McFarlane, Margaret Lobenstine, Beth Anne Moonstone, Peter Blood, Annie Patterson, Seth Sherwood, Ed Tick, and Denis Kitchen. All will be available to sign and sell their work.

Browse thousands of beautiful, gently used books offered at bargain prices. Also choose from new books and gifts from the Emily Dickinson Museum.

The Holiday Book Fair runs from 9:00 am-3:00 pm Admission is free.

Donations of recent books in good condition are welcome before November 14. The Holiday Book Fair is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Library System.

November 6, 2013

Upcoming library closings

·       The Amherst Public Libraries will be CLOSED on Sunday and Monday, November 10th and 11th, for the Veteran’s Day Holiday.

·       We will be OPEN on Saturday, November 9th, but our circulation system will be down, as we upgrade to a new release.  

        You must bring your library card with you that day if you plan on checking out materials.

·       From Friday, November 8th at 6 p.m. until Tuesday, November 12th, we will not be able to place holds for you and you will not be able to place holds from home.

We are very sorry for this inconvenience.

Questions: Amy Anaya 413-259-3132 or

November 5, 2013

jubilat/Jones Reading Series!

Come hear poetry readings Sunday, 11/17, at 3 p.m. in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library.  Free and open to the public!  Q&A immediately following.

Chris Bohjalian comes to Amherst!

On the Same Page -- Amherst

Bringing the local community together by encouraging residents to read the same book and by offering programming and opportunities for discussion about the book!

Read Chris Bohjalian's "The Sandcastle Girls" and come here him speak on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium. 

For further information about the “On the Same Page - Amherst,” please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.