September 30, 2014
September 29, 2014
Many Amherst children have already or will be participating in the Amherst Cinema's See Hear Feel Film program during 3rd grade. In a nutshell it uses film and filmmaking tools to inspire children's creative writing and critical thinking skills. Want to know more? Now you have a chance to experience it for yourself!
Amherst Cinema will hold free, one hour sessions of See Hear Feel Film for adults on these dates: Wed. October 8; Sunday, November 2; and Monday, December 15 from 6-7 pm. No reservations or tickets are necessary. Come and experience what Amherst Cinema offers over 1,000 students in the Valley every year.
Free popcorn included.
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Posted by Lucy at 12:13 PM
The 10 best closing lines in literature have been compiled just for you. While this list might be a little subjective, you can now relive those moments just before you gently, and with some sorrow at the ending of such a life-changing experience, closed the book with a sigh.
Or you can just quote the endings of these books and sound as though you've read them when we all know you secretly spend your time reading these.
Don't worry: your secret is safe with the Friends.
Posted by Lucy at 9:40 AM
September 26, 2014
NPR has a segment for Banned Books Week discussing "It's Perfectly Normal," a book meant to teach children 10 and older about sexual health, emotional health and relationships, and has sectoins on puberty, pregnancy, and sexual orientation. Click here to read it, and click here to listen to it (it's less then 4 minutes).
Then feel free to go check out the book from the library and read it for yourself.
September 25, 2014
The Jones Library’s Children’s Department will present a free puppet show titled“Snack Facts” on Saturday September 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. in theWoodbury Room.
Nicol Wander, puppeteer, and her hand-crafted puppets, Bobby Broccoli and Cleo Carrot, will encourage children to know their facts about their snacks.
Open to children ages 4-8. For more information, please contact Sondra Radosh at413/259-3091.
This program is supported by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council.
Posted by Lucy at 2:55 PM
September 24, 2014
September 23, 2014
From 'Banned in Boston' to Ethnic Studies in Arizona – Intellectual Freedom in America Today
Thursday, September 25, 2014
This program will explore the meaning of Banned Books Week and what censorship means, as well as looking at what gets "banned" in America these days. Laura Quilter, a local librarian and information policy attorney, will lead a lively discussion of the law and politics of "banning books" -- from Comstockery through modern-day removal of identity studies curricula in Arizona and LGBT-themed children's books in public and school libraries.
Laura Quilter is a librarian and information policy lawyer. Her practice has included First Amendment, privacy, media, and intellectual property. At UMass, she principally helps campus members with copyright and open access issues. Laura speaks and teaches frequently, including teaching "Intellectual Freedom" to library science students.
Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.
More information about Banned Books Week can be found at http://www.bannedbooksweek.
Posted by Lucy at 10:39 AM
September 22, 2014
September 20, 2014
In case you missed it, there was a rockin' block party downtown on Thursday! While there were contortionists and stilt-walkers and dancers and loads of tasty foods to eat, the real star of the evening was THIS booth.
Postcards, a raffle for autographed hardcover books, and lollipops. Good times.
Posted by Lucy at 9:56 AM
September 19, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our five winning raffle tickets from last night's block party in hand. And the winners are...
(Drum roll, please.)
... Jade Lebel, Jayden Perez, Joanne J., Rob Mattson, and Nina Kliman!!!!
Message us so we can get your your hardcover, author-signed, way cool books!
Posted by Lucy at 2:54 PM
September 18, 2014
Does fall make you want to curl up with a good book and a steaming mug of tea in front of a roaring fire? Maybe you want to check out the Jones book groups? They've got five, count 'em, FIVE book clubs to choose from.
(The Friends kind of think you should read this book
just for its cover alone.)
Posted by Lucy at 10:44 AM
September 17, 2014
The Jones Library Children’s Department will present a STORYWALK as part of the town’s second annual Poetry Festival on September 19, 20, 21, featuring the book PLEASE, LOUISE by Toni and Slade Morrison. Follow the pages of the book displayed in a succession of store windows starting at the Toy Box at the north end of North Pleasant St. and ending at the Jones Library Children’s Room. Storywalk guides can be picked up at the library or at any of the participating stores. At the end of the walk participants sign in at the Children’s Room to register for a raffle prize.
Posted by Lucy at 10:29 AM