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December 31, 2018
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Dear Jones Library Supporter,
The end of 2018 is fast approaching. As you contemplate your year-end charitable giving, we hope you will consider the Friends of the Jones Library. The Jones Library is one of the best investments that you can make to sustain what makes Amherst a vibrant and wonderful place to live and work.
Few other institutions more vividly represent the heart and soul of our Town; our library helps define who we are. Amherst’s library should be one of the premier public libraries of western Massachusetts – and it is.
Did you know that each year:
- almost 500,000 items are borrowed;
- 300,000 people enter the library buildings;
- our computer workstations are used 29,000 times;
- 4,800 adults, 6,500 youths, and 2,800 teens attend programs;
- 3,200 people attend ESL tutoring sessions; (25% of the children in Amherst’s schools come from families whose first language is not English).
The Jones Library can play this role because, from its inception, it has thrived with private support above and beyond Town funding. Samuel Minot Jones’ original bequest ($16 million in today’s dollars) allowed its unique building, and an endowment, to create a town library that is not just a place to borrow books, but to serve as the core of our community as well.
In consolidating the financial appeals of both the Friends of the Jones Library and the Jones Library, Inc., we’re seeking to revive that private support. Tax revenue alone doesn’t provide the support to maintain the quality of services the library provides each year. We want every resident of Amherst to continue to be able to benefit from a library that is so much more than what tax revenue delivers. We need your help.
We hope you will remember the Friends as we say goodbye to 2018. We look forward to providing the community with more programming, books, and materials in 2019. The Friends cannot do it without you and we are so grateful for your support. Thank you.
Co-Chair, Friends of the Jones Library
Co-Chair, Friends of the Jones Library
Director, Jones Library
December 10, 2018
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December 1, 2018
Go pick up a book, maybe even a heavy one -- read a few pages now, get lost in it for the day, or read it over the course of the next six months. Go back and reread the stuff that didn't make sense the first time around. It's okay to take your time.
November 30, 2018
November 29, 2018
November 28, 2018
Silly question. 'Course you are. You wouldn't be staring at this particular thing on your screen if you weren't. You'd be watching this.
But since you're here, look at these photos and click how they make you feel. You'll find out how truly obsessed you really are.
November 27, 2018
The Friends particularly liked the statement that
We say, bring it.
November 26, 2018
November 25, 2018
This illustrator really gets how it is to be a bookworm.
November 24, 2018
We'll give you a hint. One of them said, "No fiction I have read in the last five years has given me more joy."
November 23, 2018
Be like Odysseus. Strap yourself to the mast of the ship as the siren songs of fear and doubt try to drown your hope and ability, and keep going.
November 22, 2018
Friends, as we sit down together to break bread and remember the good in our lives, we want to make sure you know how very much we appreciate you. The Friends of the Jones Library System literally could not survive without community support. You complete us.
This Thanksgiving, please know that the Friends are thankful for all of you.
November 21, 2018
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November 18, 2018
Here are some Soviet children's books that broke the rules of propaganda. "The more you dig into Soviet children's literature the more you find outliers doing really interesting things..."
Posted by Lucy at 2:25 PM
November 17, 2018
Take this little time-waster to find out "what kind of 'smart' you are" based on the way you'd build your perfect reading nook. The Friends learned we "visualize the world in a way that no one else can, and that's what makes you special and unique."
Proving once again that Mom was right: we are special.
Posted by Lucy at 2:15 PM
It's a great read (and it's available here!) but it sure is a mouthful to say.
And that's just when you're saying it in English.
November 16, 2018
Well of course Mr. Darcy's on the list.
But you might be surprised who else makes the cut.
November 15, 2018
November 14, 2018
"The following bits of poetry contain perspectives which may have eluded readers in the United States, where African culture remains chronically unknown and undervalued. Spare a moment for these poets..."
You must be from my country
I see it by the tick
of your soul around the eyelashes
and besides you dance when you are sad
you must be from my country.
November 13, 2018
November 12, 2018
This year the Jones Library is serving as a collection point for the Amherst Regional Public Schools winter clothing drive. There's a box in the Kids' Room to collection donations and a school volunteer will be coming weekly to pick up donations.
The Jones will serve as a collection location from Nov. 7th through Nov. 28th. The three town elementary schools will be the distribution places for donated items.
We need winter coats, jackets, and other outdoor winter clothing for both ARPS students and community families.
ALL SIZES ARE NEEDED (infant to XL)
coats * jackets * snow pants * snow boots
hats * mittens * gloves
scarves * snowsuits
Donations should be clean and in good condition.
Posted by Lucy at 2:38 PM
November 11, 2018
November 10, 2018
It's a time-waster, sure, but it's a fun one. And? It's quick. Try the Merriam-Webster Difficult Spelling Words quiz. It's got 14 of the most difficult common English words and one difficult word that's ... less common.