September 30, 2017

Cooking demonstration at the Jones!


Liz Barbour, author of Beautifully Delicious
will be at the Jones to speak with us about food! Food! Food! 
Come hear her talk.

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This program was entirely funded by your donations to the Friends. 
We can't do this stuff without you guys. 
Thank you.

September 28, 2017

The Beatles!!!


Every fall the Friends ask you for financial support. 
Programs like this are among the many things your dollars go towards.

We get by with a little help from our Friends...

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Thanks, Friends.

September 27, 2017

Idris Elba and Pong-Pong


The Friends have been fans of Idris Elba ever since we met him on The Wire. Just in case you're one of the three people out there not yet converted to the Idris Elba camp, here's yet another reason why you should love him, too.


Want to hear more great stories read by people you know? 
Check out ProjectLiteracy.

September 25, 2017

September 23, 2017

September 21, 2017

Uke Strum Along!


This is yet another one of the wonderful programs funded by 
your donations to the Friends. Thank you, Friend.

Now go sing your little heart out.

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Charlie wasn't originally a little white kid


In the much-loved children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, author Roald Dahl had originally intended Charlie Bucket to be a black hero, not a white one.

Read more here.

September 20, 2017

Outlander Facts


If you've fallen down the Outlander rabbit hole, you may think you know a thing or two about the series. The Friends are here to give you 15 surprising facts about Outlander that we bet even you, dear Jamie Fraser fan, might not have known.


September 19, 2017

Hey you scurvy dogs!


It's the 15th annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day! But then, you undoubtedly already knew that.

And in case you need any literary inspiration today, to go along with your grog and chowder, check out these pirate books.


Also? We recommend you swing by one of the three town libraries just to see if any of the librarians have donned a new name tag, perhaps have a parrot on their shoulder, or, best of all, are singing pirate shanties as they reshelve books.

Arrgh, mateys.

September 18, 2017

Double-dog dares


Here's a little article about 
Some of these are classics, some surprises. 
Check them out. 

Literally. 
They're all in the library system.

Okay, fine. Not #7.


September 16, 2017

Claiming Liberal Bias, Pub Drops Association with 'NYT' Bestseller Lists



A conservative book publisher based in Washington, DC, announced to its authors that it will no longer use the New York Times bestseller list as a basis for employee and author bonuses. Regnery Publishing wrote the Times doesn't "accurately reflect what is selling across the country...prioritizing liberal-themed books over conservative books and authors...There is a principle at stake here. We want to work with a list that reports accurate data."

September 15, 2017

Regency England fashion


Come see what your favorite hero and heroine would've really worn.

September 14, 2017

Poets in Amherst


This Saturday.
Second floor of the Jones.
Free.
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September 13, 2017

Where to Start: The 7 Must-Read Sherlock Holmes Stories



Perhaps you, like some Friends, have never actually read the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you'd like a gentle introduction to the great detective, here are seven places to begin.

September 12, 2017

Papa's cats are okay


In the news of all the death and destruction caused by our recent natural disasters, here's a welcome bit of good news. The six-toed cats descended from Ernest Hemingway's original kitty, Snow White, managed to survive Hurricane Irma.


Jane Austen at the Jones!


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September 11, 2017

11 Literary Destinations Every Book-Lover Should Visit In The Fall


It's autumn in New England and the Friends have 11 literary trips to take just for you, dear reader. Some of them are far, far away. Some of them are in our own home state.

So while you're enjoying your pumpkin-spiced bologna sandwich on your next lunch break, maybe you'll plan a trip to one of these exotic locations.