December 20, 2015
... check out #2! 21 Writers on Their Favorite Bookstores.
December 18, 2015
Food for fines
The Jones library and branches will be offering a "food for fines" amnesty period from January 2-31, 2016. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to pay back all those book fines, bring in non-perishable, non-expired food donations and you're absolved!
If only it were that easy to keep all your New Year's resolutions...
December 14, 2015
This saturday, Jedi training is. Yes, hmmm.
And? Come see a funny movie.
As excitement builds for the next film in the Star Wars series, the Jones Library is taking a lighthearted look at the genre. Join us for a screening of the 1987 film written and directed by Mel Brooks, in which a space bum helps rescue a princess from an evil overlord with the help of a benevolent elder. Although it borrows most of its plot from the Star Wars series, this film also pokes fun at Star Trek, Snow White, and Planet of the Apes, in true Mel Brooks fashion.
Join us in the Woodbury Room this Saturday, December 19, at 2 p.m. for the screening of this feature film. More information about the movie can be found on the Jones Library website at www.joneslibrary.org. The film is rated PG.
Children ages 7 and up are invited to attend a Jedi Training at 11 a.m. on the same day. Come make your Light Saber and a Star Wars craft, then test your skills with our Jedi obstacle course! Costumes welcomed and encouraged. Drop-ins are welcome for the Jedi obstacle course, but registration is required for the craft project. Please contact the Children's Room at 413.259.3091 (or by using Jedi mind tricks) to register.
Free and open to the public. Questions? Please contact Janet Ryan at 413.259.3223.
Also? THIS will be pretty useful to your training, young Jedi.
Friends Book Recommendation of the Month
Written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
This 2015 children’s picture book is simply a visual and literary masterpiece. Children of all ages and their adult companions are invited into a fantastical golden world with a little girl in a red hat who once was given a special book for a day. She soon discovers that many of the words just aren’t there. My favorite illustration shows this girl, so excited to read, running home with her book in hand as the words fly away, in the shape of birds migrating, only to be caught in a butterfly net by a fox. Zagarenski’s landscapes of overlapping shapes, light, and color in a palette reminiscent of Gustav Kilmt give us time to breathe and wonder.
Where are the stories, the little girl wants to know. Along with a lion, a rabbit, bees, bears, and other appealing creatures, she opens her book and reads page after page of beginnings. In a whisper sent to the girl by the wind, she is encouraged to make her own stories: “Start with a few simple words and imagine from there.” And, like the girl, we realize that we, too, can create our own beginnings, middles, and ends. Story-making is for everyone.
- Mary Ellen, member, Friends of the Jones Library System
December 11, 2015
That Charles Dickens...
Apparently Dickens created two bookshelves with completely fake books in his study. He made up the titles all himself and even asked a bookbinder to construct "imitation book-backs" to fill those bookshelves.
Although the Friends didn't get all the humor in the titles, we figured you might. You're way more literary than we are. Here's the list of Charles Dickens's ersatz books, for your reading amusement.
History of a Short Chancery Suit
Catalogue of Statues of the Duke of Wellington
Five Minutes in China. 3 vols.
Forty Winks at the Pyramids. 2 vols.
Abernethy on the Constitution. 2 vols.
Mr. Green's Overland Mail. 2 vols.
Captain Cook's Life of Savage. 2 vols.
A Carpenter's Bench of Bishops. 2 vols.
Toot's Universal Letter-Writer. 2 vols.
Orson's Art of Etiquette.
Downeaster's Complete Calculator.
History of the Middling Ages. 6 vols.
Jonah's Account of the Whale.
Captain Parry's Virtues of Cold Tar.
Kant's Ancient Humbugs. 10 vols.
Bowwowdom. A Poem.
The Quarrelly Review. 4 vols.
The Gunpowder Magazine. 4 vols.
Steele. By the Author of "Ion."
The Art of Cutting the Teeth.
Matthew's Nursery Songs. 2 vols.
Paxton's Bloomers. 5 vols.
On the Use of Mercury by the Ancient Poets.
Drowsy's Recollections of Nothing. 3 vols.
Heavyside's Conversations with Nobody. 3 vols.
Commonplace Book of the Oldest Inhabitant. 2 vols.
Growler's Gruffiology, with Appendix. 4 vols.
The Books of Moses and Sons. 2 vols.
Burke (of Edinburgh) on the Sublime and Beautiful. 2 vols.
King Henry the Eighth's Evidences of Christianity. 5 vols.
Miss Biffin on Deportment.
Morrison's Pills Progress. 2 vols.
Lady Godiva on the Horse.
Munchausen's Modern Miracles. 4 vols.
Richardson's Show of Dramatic Literature. 12 vols.
Hansard's Guide to Refreshing Sleep. As many volumes as possible.
And just for the record? The Amherst libraries do not have any of these titles. Not even "Drowsy's Recollections of Nothing," Volumes 1-3.
But the Friends think they should.
December 10, 2015
Brazil has an excellent idea
In Brazil, people only read an average of two books a year. In order to promote more reading, some Brazilian publishers did this.
Take the subway, read a book. Your ticket is paid for.
How do you say
"That's a wicked awesome idea, Brazilian publisher people"
December 9, 2015
Michelle Obama Reads 'The Night Before Christmas' With Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy has always been known to keep it real.
Just giving you another reason to love Michelle Obama.
(Not that you need one.)
December 8, 2015
Incorporate books into the holidays.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
December 7, 2015
Books in your house
According to this weekend's New York Times, "Owning books in the home is one of the best things you can do for your children academically."
And if it's in the Times, you know it has to be true.
December 3, 2015
Hey, SOMEONE'S gotta win...
...why not you?
Enter to win a book lover's dream prize from Read It Forward.
And hey, if you win, share with your Friends, m'kay?
December 2, 2015
Come to the Jones tomorrow for Trivia Night! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. but the two rounds of quite challenging and utterly inconsequential questions start promptly at 6:30. Bring your team of ringers or make a team there with all the other friendly trivia lovers.
There will be refreshments. And? Maybe even eggnog. And? No fruitcake. How can you pass this up?
Suggested donation of $5 - $10 to benefit the Jones Library.
The Penguin Hotline
You know how Butterball has that turkey hotline you can call with questions about cooking your bird? The folks over at Penguin Random House have got your back when it comes to needing book recommendations for that special someone.
Hanukkah starts on Sunday -- give 'em a call quick!
December 1, 2015
Every Nerdy Fashionista's Dream Come True
Maybe you'll ask for one of these in your letter to Santa this year?
November 30, 2015
Winter craft time at the Jones
November 28, 2015
17 Little House on the Prairie facts we betcha you didn't know
Sure you read (and re-read) the Little House on the Prairie series. Yeah, you hated Nellie Oleson with a passion. C'mon, who didn't? Maybe you dressed as Laura for Halloween for a couple of years. And hey, you watched it after school every day.
BUT did you know this about the cast of your beloved show?
We'll never view Pa the same again...
November 26, 2015
November 25, 2015
Perfectly Nerdy Thanksgiving Feast Ideas
Food is great. Books are great. Food inspired by books? Great!
Happy Thanksgiving to our favorite book-loving eaters.
November 24, 2015
Calling all 1st and 2nd graders!
November 21, 2015
SOS -- Calling All Black People
November 20, 2015
Restoration Retrospective this Sunday
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Shoot Special Collections an email at
Come make stuff! For free!
Know someone ages 8-12?
Have a Saturday free?
Does the Jones have something cool for them!
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November 19, 2015
TONIGHT! Professor Chris Appy @ the Jones
Join us for two exciting engineering youth programs!
** Lego Club **
For ages 6-10. Saturdays from 3:00- 4:30 in the Woodbury Room 11/14 and 12/12. No registration is required. Imagine, build, and create using the library’s LEGO bricks.
** JONES/ ARPS Makerspace **
For ages 8-12. Saturdays 2-3:30 in the Crafts Room 11/21, 12/5, and 12/19. Please pre-register for one of the three sessions in the kids room. Use a variety of tools and materials to experiment and create! From robotics and coding to Legos and art supplies, this lab encourages kids to try out new technologies, learn new processes, and make something awesome!
November 18, 2015
Oh just for fun...
Let the British newspaper, The Independent, guess how old you are based on your favorite books.
November 17, 2015
November 16, 2015
Downtown Donation Days
The Blue Marble will be donating to the Friends this coming weekend (starting Thursday!).
Please help support local businesses and local non-profits!
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November 13, 2015
It's tomorrow! It's tomorrow! Woo-hoo!
November 12, 2015
Need technical assistance?
Come to the Munson every single Wednesday* for the rest of the calendar year. You can put away your Magic 8 Ball because all your questions will be answered by Dr. Hank.
*Well, not the day before Thanksgiving since you'll be cooking and all. And not Wednesday 12/23. But other than that...
19th Century Women Artists
November 11, 2015
Breathe deeply, Friend.
Holiday Book Fair!
Don't forget! 9-3 this Saturday at the Jones!
You can browse used books for sale and,
best of all, Friends of the Jones Library SWAG!
We're talking private label Friends tea,
lovely Friends mugs to enjoy it in, and
fashionable totes. Totes, people!
The 10 best quotes in a crisis
"Who knows, my friend?
Maybe the sword does have some magic.
Personally, I think it's the warrior who wields it."
-- Redwall, Brian Jacques
November 5, 2015
Barnes & Noble book fair
Bring your holiday gift list to Barnes & Noble on Saturday, Nov. 28, and get all your shopping done and benefit the Jones Library. Extra added bonus: Donate a coupla bucks and get your newly purchased items wrapped for you by the Friends right in the bookstore!
And then? Well, then you can sit back and relax the rest of the holiday season. Pat yourself on the back and sip that well-deserved pumpkin latte.
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Can't make it to the store in-person? Shop online at Barnes & Noble! Just remember to type in the Bookfair ID 11714409.
And hey. Thanks.
November 4, 2015
November 3, 2015
Love books AND your sweetie?
Check out our own #16!
November 2, 2015
Friends Book Recommendation of the Month
by Ian McEwan
In 1962 Florence and Edward celebrate their wedding at a hotel on the coast of Dorset. Each brings different experiences and expectations to their first night together, and they are unaware that decisions made that evening will have dramatic consequences for the future. This is a story described as how lives are transformed by gestures not made, and words not spoken. It is a short, beautifully written novel that lingers long after reading it.
-- Tamson, Trustee, Jones Library
November 1, 2015
Hear ye, hear ye!
October 30, 2015
This Sunday! Poems!
Tweets any book lover's going to enjoy
And #18 made some of us Friends giggle at our desks.
October 29, 2015
Come join us!
Here's a bookshelf idea
In case you never, ever want to know where that one book is.
October 28, 2015
Halloween's almost here
If you still don't have your costume figured out, the Friends have some inspiration found in children's books for you!
October 27, 2015
Did you catch last week's letter to the editor in the Gazette?
UMass Press Reads at the Jones Library
Tuesday, November 3, 7 p.m.: Carla Panciera, winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and author of Bewildered: Stories. Carla Panciera is the author of two collections of poetry, One of the Cimalores and No Day, No Dusk, No Love. A high school English teacher, she lives with her husband and three daughters in Rowley, Massachusetts.
Tuesday, November 10, 7 p.m.: Bruce Laurie, author of Rebels in Paradise: Sketches of Northampton Abolitionists. Bruce Laurie is professor of history emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of Beyond Garrison: Antislavery and Social Reform.
Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m.: Chris Appy and Clark Dougan, editors of the series Culture, Politics, and the Cold War, discuss the genesis of the UMass Press Cold War series, writing about the American war in Vietnam, and Appy’s newest book, American Reckoning (Viking).
Tuesday, November 24, 7 pm: John Bracey, James Smethurst, and UMass Amherst Afro-American Studies students read from SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader. Bracey and Smethurst are both professors of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Please join us!
Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.
October 26, 2015
You just NEED a short story.
October 25, 2015
THE VICTORIAN LADY: DRESSING FROM CORSETS TO GLOVES
Please join us on Saturday November 7th at 1:30 in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library for The Victorian Lady: Dressing from Corsets to Gloves with performance artist Kandie Carle. Come discover the fashion and customs that existed during Emily Dickinson's lifetime. While dressing in actual vintage and authentically reproduced undergarments, clothing, and accessories, Kandie Carle adds humor, history, and intriguing anecdotes about fashion, home life, and etiquette of men and women during the Victorian Era.
Free and open to the public with refreshments to follow. Arrival at the library by horse-drawn carriage optional.
October 24, 2015
jubilat/Jones Reading Series continues
Next Sunday, November 1, at 3:00 pm in the Goodwin Room of the Jones Library, come hear the poetry of Monica McClure and Paige Taggart.
Want more details? Click here.
Because the Friends have attended poetry readings before, we know that not all poems are limericks.
There are haikus, too.
littleBits is back!
October 23, 2015
You think you're soooo smart...
Do you own a Thinking Cap? What about Smarty Pants? On occasion have you donned a Rally Cap? Put 'em all on, baby. It's Trivia Night at the Jones!
On the first Thursday of the month (that's this coming Nov. 5th, Einstein), from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm, join your fellow Mensa Members for Trivia Night in the Woodbury Room. All trivia buffs are invited to participate and support the Jones Library.
Bring your college friends! Bring your know-it-all boss! Bring your crazy Uncle Irwin! But mostly? Just bring it.
For your budding novelist...
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