January 29, 2014

"People of the Book" reading group at the Jones

Please join us tomorrow Thursday, January 30, at 7-8:30 pm in the Amherst Room of the Jones Library as Andrea Malaguti,of UMass, leads a discussion of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani.

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 click here.

Hope to see you there!

January 27, 2014

May I have the envelope, please?

At our next board meeting, we'll be voting on officers.  The 2014-2015 Friends of the Jones Library System official officer roster to be proposed at our annual meeting will be....


President -- Bonnie Isman
VP -- Mary Sitze
Treasurer -- Kathy Caputo
Secretary -- Nancy Gregg


January 23, 2014

Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!

Dear Friends,

Want to know what we talk about ?  Our next board meeting will be our Annual Meeting (which we had to reschedule due to inclement weather).  And YOU are cordially invited.

Want to hear more about who we are and what we do?  Want to know which intrepid citizens will soon join our ranks?  Want to know what eutrapely means?  (Friends board meetings are a textbook example of eutrapely.)  Come join us!  

We'd love to see you there.

Your friends,
the Friends

January 21, 2014

Under the Tuscan Sun

Need a little warmth this week? Come watch...


Thursday, January 23, 7 pm
Woodbury Room of the Jones Library

January 17, 2014

Iron Man 3 at the Jones

Today!  Friday, January 17!  3 pm
Woodbury Room of the Jones Library

 I'm Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, got a great girl, occasionally save the world.

January 16, 2014

"Friendiversary" at the Eric Carle (Feb. 1)

File this under "sweet events for local book-lovers."

Amherst's Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is partnering with First Book to host a FREE family day on Saturday, February 1.  

Friendiversary, a celebration of friendship and reading, will feature costume characters Elephant and Piggie from Mo Willems’ award winning book series, Newbery Honor artist Grace Lin, and storytimes, films, exhibitions, and art activities—all surrounding the theme of friendship.  [Click here for a schedule of the day's events.]

Peter Pan Bus Lines is providing free, round-trip transportation to the Museum from Holyoke and Springfield. (Seating is limited. Call 413-658-1126 or email katem@carlemuseum to reserve.)
You can pack a lunch or enjoy food by Foley's Franks.

The first 500 children will receive a FREE Elephant and Piggie book.

January 15, 2014

"Catching Teachable Moments with Kids" at the Jones Library

This Thursday, TOMORROW, January 16, 7 pm
Woodbury Room at the Jones Library

Make the most of those unexpected moments where the right words can help kids of all ages learn important things about what’s happening just then with Dr. Connie Herbert.


Wednesdays January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 3-4 pm
Woodbury Room of the Jones Library

·       Acting games, improv and more with former professional actor Becca Greene Van Horn

·       For teens in grades 7-12

To register or for more information, call the Jones Library at 413-259-3091.

January 10, 2014


Did you receive an eReader, tablet, iPhone, or laptop for the holidays?  Your library card gives you access to lots of free library items, from wherever you may be!

The Jones Library has books, audios, and magazines for you to enjoy online.  From the Digital Catalog, you have access to thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be downloaded to your device.  Through our Zinio Service, you can download free issues of popular magazines including National Geographic, Rolling Stone, and Oprah (and keep them for as long as you wish).

Bring your device to our January Device Drop-in Sessions on Wednesday-Friday, January 15-17 and 22-24, from 3:00-5:00 pm, and we will help you get started.  Or stop by or call our Reference Desk any time.

January 9, 2014

Jones Library's Lego Club

The next meeting of the Jones Library's Lego Club will be on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3 pm in the Woodbury Room.

The word of the day will be "phenomenon" and the building challenge will be "to create your own extraordinary wonder!"

For more information, please call the Children's Room at 413-259-3091 or email Theresa Atteridge at atteridget@joneslibrary.org.

Happy building!

Pacific Rim at the Jones

Pacific Rim
rated PG-13

Tomorrow, Friday, January 10, 3:00 pm 
Woodbury Room of the Jones Library

January 8, 2014

Food for fines

Through the 21st, you can bring non-perishable food into the library to pay all your overdue fines.  It's a win-win: you pay off your debt and make the world a better place!

Check THAT off your new year's resolution list.

Classics Book Club to read Barchester Towers

In January, the Jones Library Classics Book Club will discuss one of the most slyly funny novels of the 19th century, Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers.  Join us and discover why it really is o.k. to marry a widow for her money.
Copies of Barchester Towers are available for check-out at the Jones Library Reference Desk.

The Book Club meets on Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:00pm. The first meeting will be on January 11, 2014.

For more information, visit the Classics Book Club blog at http://classicsbookclub.worpress.com or contact Seth Rothberg at rothbergs@joneslibrary.org or 413-259-3092.

January 7, 2014

Pirates of the Caribbean at the Jones!

Join us at the Jones Library on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7 pm as we escape winter for a swashbuckling trip to the Caribbean!

(Come to the Caribbean via the Woodbury Room).

Got FAQs about your PC that you need answers to ASAP?

PC Software Doctor Hank will be at the Munson Memorial Library on the next four Tuesdays STARTING TODAY:

January 7th, January 14th, January 21th, and January 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

to help PC and tablet users with those pesky software problems.  Bring that new laptop, tablet or use one of the Munson Library’s computers to find the answers that the manual does not explain.

Call the Munson for more information at 259-3095.

PC Software Doctor Hank is funded by the Friends of the Jones Library System and is free and open to the public.