Won't you join your Friends in tucking a little poem close to you somewhere today?
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...where does that money go?
- weekly Sing With Your Baby sessions for toddlers
- new books purchased with $12,000 from the Friends
- free art classes for tweens and teens
- free or discounted admission to local museums
- supporting On The Same Page
- a library card, free book to keep, snack, tour, and story time for every 2nd grader in Amherst & Pelham
- hands-on computer help from Dr. Hank at the Munson and North Amherst libraries
- live poetry! with real poets! for free!
- summer reading clubs for kids, teens, and grown-ups
And these are just some of the ways your donations are put to good use.
Please help us continue programming and services such as these with a Valley Gives donation to the Friends on Tuesday, May 2.
April 20, 2017
What IS Valley Gives Day? It's a 24-hour giving day that helps organizations (such as us, the Friends of the Jones Library) throughout the Pioneer Valley raise needed funds to support their missions. Valley Gives 2017 is on Tuesday, May 2.
The goal for Valley Gives 2017 is to reach more people across the 70 communities of the Pioneer Valley -- the more people who participate and donate, the more nonprofits (like your Friends) benefit.
Save your pennies and mark your calendars, Friends.
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It's not a distraction: reading fiction can help you work through complex problems and be more empathic. Check out Fast Company's article.
Plus? It's a known fact people look more attractive reading fiction than any other genre.
April 17, 2017
The Friends recently acquired a new but really bad thesaurus. Not only is it terrible, it's terrible.
But synonyms? Well, we know plenty of alternate or substitute words for synonyms. Why, the equivalent euphemisms about! How up are you on your synonyms, dear Companion, Confidant, Pal...? Take this quick quiz to learn if your synonyms are up to snuff.
April 13, 2017
Greenfield Games is coming to the Whately Library! They will bring one complex board game (Mysterium) for 5-6 people, as well as a few short and simpler board games for 7-8 people, to teach and play. People are also welcome to bring their own board games to play with friends and family. Spaces are filling up, so please sign up.
P.S. The Friends recognize that the Whately Library isn't actually part of the Amherst public libraries but we're all part of the same library family. Plus? Games, people! The Friends are wicked competitive.
Posted by Lucy at 12:28 PM
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Comics and graphic novels have become a flourishing space for explorations of race and identity. But what are the compromises they have to make to reach and please wide audiences? NPR's Code Switch team delves more deeply into the comic book world.
April 6, 2017
Chelsea Clinton is among the many people whom Elizabeth Warren inspired when she refused to be silenced in the Senate. She Persisted will tell the stories of 13 women who overcame immense opposition to achieve their goals. "With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country -- and the world -- that persistence is power."
Posted by Lucy at 10:52 AM
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This Guardian article discusses how "Such successes have only led to more dominance...'The number and frequency of recent deals is making many of us consider our involvement in the business. It's depressing to say the least,'" says children's book author Lucy Coats.
Posted by Lucy at 10:35 AM