...until they name a leech after you.
January 28, 2016
January 27, 2016
January 26, 2016
January 25, 2016
January 24, 2016
Has a child you know ever complained about his or her teacher? Too hard? Too strict? Too mean? HAH! The Friends have an alternative for the small disgruntled student in your life.
And Professor Snape isn't even the worst one.
January 23, 2016
January 22, 2016
There is still room in this weekend's Jones Library Makerspace!
Join us for our ongoing Makerspace (do-it-yourself spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn). We will have creative tools and equipment from robotics and coding programs to modeling clay and craft supplies.
This Makerspace program will also feature a 3D printer and CNC machine! (Even better, knowledgeable community volunteers Peter and Arthur Evans will be on hand to help answer your questions about these machines!)
For ages 8-12. Please pre-register in the youth room or call 413-259-3091.
Posted by Lucy at 11:42 AM
Having strong spatial skills has been identified by researchers as characteristics of those who are successful in STEM fields. Here are some books that might encourage your budding scientist. Or mathematician. Or programmer...
January 21, 2016
January 20, 2016
Some of the town's elementary schools have chess clubs. These are huge successes where children laugh, play, and learn chess with wild abandon. Undoubtedly you've been hearing the buzz while having a romantic dinner at Chez Albert or getting your morning joe at Amherst Coffee. The town is all atwitter about the grand, well pint-sized actually, chessmasters swaggering the halls of your local elementary schools every. single. day. Classmates want to know them, teachers want to be them.
Maybe you know a child who just can't get enough of chess? Maybe you know a child who's never tried chess and wants to check it out? Oh boy do the Friends of the Jones Library have a program for your kid!
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Posted by Lucy at 10:28 AM
January 19, 2016
January 18, 2016
"The community costs of reading this book in 11th grade outweigh the literary benefits." Philadelphia Quaker school drops Huck Finn.
What would Mark Twain say?
What would you say?
January 17, 2016
January 15, 2016
January 14, 2016
The Friends highly recommend you click here (or click on the photo below) to see bigger copy of this very cool, very old picture. This is Somewhere In Amherst. But where oh where?
If you can guess where it is, shoot special collections an email, and fame and glory will soon be yours, all yours.
Or at least you'll be entered into a drawing to win a Sammy's t-shirt. A real one.
Posted by Lucy at 1:58 PM
January 13, 2016
January 12, 2016
Despite there being only a two-burner electric stove for all the Friends' culinary masterpieces (especially recipe #9 in this case), we are completely drooling over F. Scott Fitzgerald's former digs.
But really we're wondering, will the new person to move in write the next great American novel?
January 11, 2016
by Sue Miller
If you're looking for a beautifully written novel, try "The Arsonist," by Sue Miller. I took it out of the North Amherst Library, and enjoyed it immensely. It's the story of a New Hampshire village where someone has been setting fire to summer homes. Sue Miller delicately and masterfully chronicles the shifting relationships between summer and year-round residents as the fires continue and the investigation develops. It's also a story of love, aging, family and the importance of place. I always admire Sue Miller's skill for inventing characters so alive that I find myself still thinking about them weeks after finishing her books. I am pleased to report "The Arsonist" is no exception!
-- Jean, member, Friends of the Jones Library System
Posted by Lucy at 11:06 AM
January 10, 2016
This is kinda neat. The New York Public Library's most popular books of 2015. Also broken down by (a couple of) boroughs.
Are you a New Yorker at literary heart?
January 9, 2016
January 6, 2016
Back by popular demand, Wendy Plummer sings with babies and toddlers and their caregivers during this special winter session of Sing With Your Baby. The program features a sing-along as well as time for children to play with musical instruments.
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P.S. This program is free and open to all. However this is a special extra bonus not-originally-planned-for "Sing With Your Baby" winter session. Anyone who'd like to make a donation to the Friends with this particular program in mind is very welcome to do so. Let us know if this is the specific reason you're donating in the memo line of your check by writing "Sing With Your Baby."
Posted by Lucy at 7:19 AM
January 5, 2016
January 4, 2016
January 2, 2016
Lois Barber & Elliot Blass:
Birdz of a Feather & Life: Writ Large & Small
Paintings, Prints & Photographs
January 3-30, 2016
Amherst artists Lois Barber & Elliott Blass will have a show of their current work at the Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library from Monday, January 4 through Saturday, January 30, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 7, from 5-8 pm, as part of Amherst Art Walk.
The show features original paintings and prints from Barber’s current watercolor series, “Birdz of a Feather.” These whimsical yet sophisticated birdz bring on smiles.
Blass’ photographs capture the essence of life—both the big picture and the small details—and give new perspectives and insights into familiar subjects in our lives.
Be sure to stop by in January and enjoy this month's exhibit!
Posted by Lucy at 4:05 PM