January 26, 2015

This little piggie...

Did you love "Charlotte's Web?" The Freddy the Pig detective series? "Emmett's Pig?"  Surely there's a soft spot in your heart for Toot & Puddle.

This one's for you. Oxford University Press prohibits the mention of "pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork," according to authors.  

And OUP responds to the claims here.

And if none of those above titles ring a bell, zip over to your closest branch and chat with a librarian. There's a world of porcine literature awaiting you!  The Friends particularly like the Olivia series...

January 16, 2015

Read to your littles...

...and they'll read to themselves. 

This NY Times article discusses study findings.

January 14, 2015

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

NPR segment states: "Literacy begins at home -- there are a number of simple things parents can do with their young children to help them get ready to read.  But parents can't do it alone, and that's where community services, especially libraries, come in."

Further proof that libraries can teach children in myriad ways.  Bring your kid in today!

January 12, 2015

Zanna is a good Friend!

Thank you, Zanna!!  

Because of Friends wrapping and Zanna generosity, the Friends are $125 richer!  That means more library books!  More poetry readings!  More museum passes!  More concerts!  Yay!

Who needs Siri??

January 8, 2015

Mary Lou Ferro, local artist

For the entire month of January, Mary Lou Ferro of Shutesbury will be displaying her work in the Atrium of the Jones Library.

Please stop by any time to see her collection of original poetry and photography!

January 7, 2015

The New Jim Crow

Documentary Screening & Discussion
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

Thursday, January 8, 2015
7 pm
Woodbury Room

This is the fourth in a film and discussion series being held over several months which look at issues of race. A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening.

The New Jim Crow is a film of a lecture by Michelle Alexander, based on her book of the same name, which argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the criminal justice system acts as a system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

This film series is co-sponsored by the Jones Library and The Coming Together Project. More information about The Coming Together Project can be found at http://www.coming-together.org/.