June 29, 2017

10 Characters Left Out of the Movie Versions of Popular Books

If nothing else, the Good Witch of the North should've been in 
The Wizard of Oz so we could've heard her name spoken.

Which is absolutely sophomoric. We Friends recognize our immaturity.

June 20, 2017

Real! Live! Author!

At The Pub tonight at 6. 
Just My Luck author Cammie McGovern will be there. 

You may even win a prize.

If you're lucky...

It's tonight, Friends! TONIGHT!

Go have dinner at The Pub tonight and 15% of your tab will go to benefit the Friends of the Jones Library System.

It'll be a Literary Feast!

June 17, 2017

Walden exhibit through July at the Jones

When it's too hot outside and your crabby. When you're feeling like you need a little culture. When you want to go for a hike but it's pouring and you can't. Come visit Special Collections exhibit at the Jones Library. They've got an exhibit that you'll love.

June 16, 2017

June 13, 2017

America’s Bookish Unsung Heroes

Librarians hold a deceptively humble, yet powerful, role...

Librarians are on the front lines, helping millions of Americans...

Who our librarians are, then, actually matters a great deal.

An article in the Huffington Post looks at a new book about librarians, This is What a Librarian Looks Like. It reminds us that "libraries are more important to our world than people realize." This book "is a touching reminder of the loving human work that keeps our libraries thriving, ready to help us when we need them."

Hey Jones, Munson, and North Amherst librarians? We love you guys.

June 12, 2017

*** Friends Recommendation of the Month ***

by Jack Weatherford

In Genghis Khan and the Quest for God by Jack Weatherford, 2016, the author expands upon Khan's reputation as a ruthless, medieval conqueror to include his legacy as a promoter of religious freedom. How amazing to learn that Thomas Jefferson was influenced by an early 18th century biography of the Mongol warlord. Jefferson composed Virginia's first law of religious freedom in 1777, and religious tolerance and freedom were later incorporated into the United States Constitution as the First Amendment.

Genghis Khan's rise to power from a childhood of extreme deprivation to become ruler of a massive world empire is explored in depth with fascinating, counterintuitive details by Jack Weatherford.

-- Nancy C., member, Friends of the Jones Library

June 7, 2017

The Icelandic publisher that only prints books during a full moon – then burns them

A country where one in 10 citizens will publish a book, burning said books??

Despite how horrifying this may be to some Friends, at least they burn the books "with a lot of care and respect, using only first-grade French cognac to help to fuel the flames."

That's got to help east the pain a bit...

June 6, 2017

Literary Feast June 20th at The Pub!

Join the Friends of the Jones Libraries for a Literary Feast at The Pub on Tuesday evening, June 20th.The Pub will generously donate 15% of sales to benefit the summer reading clubs at all three libraries and other programs that are funded by the Friends.

Local author Cammie McGovern’s deeply moving novel  Just My Luck is the evening’s suggested reading. The story follows the ups and downs of Benny and his family as he copes with fourth grade, teachers, friends at school, his brother who is autistic. In addition, the family must adjust to his father’s injuries following a serious accident.
The next Literary Feast will be hosted by Osteria Vespa on Thursday, July 27.  Enjoy an evening of Italian/Mediterranean cuisine and celebrate the crime novels by Donna Leon set in Venice and featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. Great reading, great food, great libraries!

June 5, 2017

Why the Music of Reading Aloud Matters for Kids

An article to remind us all that "Kids need that expressive reading when their parents are reading to them, even before they can read themselves." So go ahead and channel your inner pigeon when reading Mo Willems.