May 19, 2017

Charles Dickens exhibit

In a new exhibit at the Charles Dickens Museum highlights how, heartbreakingly, 'Nothing in Dickens is out of date.'

May 18, 2017

Did you know

"From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" turns 50 today?

May 17, 2017

Stephen King

Just in case his books weren't enough to scare the pants off you, here are some amazing visuals to go along with some of his terrifying books. We recommend you scroll through with the nightstand light on and the closet door firmly shut.

May 16, 2017

Next couple of days

it's supposed to be around 90 degrees. In honor of those temps, we have a few poems about summer for you.

To start things off right, here's one from Mary Oliver. Just to get you in the mood.

Remember sunscreen, Friends.

May 12, 2017


Sometimes the Friends have been known to verb nouns or, even on occasion, to make up words. 
But this one? This one IS a word, Friends.

Harry Potter-Themed Met Tour Promises Magic Inside Museum

Using a book to lure kids into a museum. Not a novel idea but a darn good one nonetheless. 

The Friends want to go check out the Met.

May 11, 2017

Interesting op-ed in today's Bulletin

The author writes, "To stand in the way of these renovations because we fear that the aesthetic might change, even when the state is offering assistance, is to block progress out of sheer vanity." Food for thought as we contemplate the Jones Library renovations. Read the entire piece here.

Need help creating a reader?

Not everyone is a natural-born lover of books. 
Not all dogs like to swim. It's just how it is. 

in the small people in your world.

May 10, 2017

May 9, 2017

What IS this library brouhaha??

If you have, by chance, heard about some proposed renovations to the Jones Library but, like so many of us, aren't too sure what's going on, look no further.

Amherst resident Oliver Broudy manages a local podcast, Let's Be Reasonable. Last week's episode discusses whether Amherst residents should pay $12 million to renovate the Jones. Broudy interviews supporters and opponents on their thoughts. The podcast lasts about 80 minutes but fact-checking begins at about the 60 minute mark.

Grab a beer and a bowl of nuts and sit in your comfy chair.

Plus? On-site bonus round with Jones Library Director Sharon Sharry. Will Oliver Broudy replace Peter Sagal on "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me?" You'll have to listen to the most recent episode of Let's Be Reasonable and judge for yourself.

May 5, 2017

Thank you so much, Friends!

You all are the best! 
The Friends of the Jones Library System received over 
$750 in donations on Valley Gives Day. 
Your gifts go a long way. 
Thanks, Friends. 


May 4, 2017

Hey, it's almost time!

Jump in your car, strap in the kids, and head on over!

May 2, 2017

Today's the day, Friends!

Help us give every 2nd grader in Amherst and Pelham's schools a book to keep! Help us provide you with museum passes to oodles of museums in the state! Help us fund poetry readings! Help us pay for books and DVDs and CDs!

May 1, 2017

Beginner Bookbinding at the *Whately Library*!

Ages 13-adult • Limited to 10 students • FREE
Please register at Whately Public Library or call 413-665-2170
Taught by Jean Potter of Rockpile Bindery
Learn the skills to make simple, elegant books without the use of glue or fancy bookbinding equipment. In this two-hour class, participants will master the basics of folding and binding paper into beautiful handmade books, and will leave with two or three finished structures. All materials provided.