April 28, 2018

Valley Gives Day is coming but you can give now!


The Friends love your donations up through May 1, 2018, Valley Gives Day. We're a local 501(c)3 organization relying on donations to run. We love supporting our town libraries through programming and we can only do that, if you support us! 


Please consider donating to the Friends this Valley Gives Day.

April 27, 2018

Spring cleaning?


You go with your KonMari self!

If you're looking to clear some bookshelves, bring your books, DVDs, and CDs to the Friends! Pack up a box or two and tote it off to the Jones. Then, sit back and enjoy the beauty of your clutter-free shelves.

Here's a helpful list of what we can take and what we can't.

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And thanks for supporting the Friends through your donations.

April 26, 2018

Psst! It actually starts today!



The Friends bet you thought you couldn't donate until Valley Gives Day on May 1st. SURPRISE! You CAN! The advanced giving period begins TODAY, April 26, and continues through Monday, April 30.

Then on Tuesday, May 1st? The Real Valley Gives Day. Also, it's the final day you can donate to the Friends.

Please help us help our community. Donations to the Friends help create such cool programs as Sing With Your Baby, the chess club, museum passes, the jubilat/Jones poetry series, book clubs for kids and adults, and so much more.


April 13, 2018

Support the Friends on Valley Gives Day!


The 4th annual Valley Gives Day is fast approaching! The Friends of the Jones Library are one of 400+ non-profits participating this year.

What is Valley Gives Day?
It's an online fundraising event created to help raise as much money in a 24-hour period as possible for local organizations. Throughout the day donors will be randomly chosen and your gift may be augmented with various prizes, creating potentially hundreds of dollars in support of the Friends.

When is Valley Gives Day?
Tuesday May 1, 2018. Please mark your calendar. Please make a note somewhere. Please help the Friends help our libraries.

To maximize the potential of the Friends on Valley Gives Day, please do these three things:

(1) Mark May 1, 2018 on your calendar and bookmark our Valley Gives Page.

(2) Follow the Friends on Facebook and Twitter and help build excitement for Valley Gives Day by using the hashtag: #ValleyGives whenever you can! When you tweet, when you post on Facebook, when you blog, hey even when you write letters: "Dear Grandma, Thank you for the socks. #ValleyGives. See you at Christmas."

(3) Help the Friends spread the word! Pass this post to your family and friends and tell them why you believe in the Friends and why they should give on May 1st.

And thanks. Thanks very much You guys are the best. Really. We couldn't do it without you. 
XO, 
the Friends.

April 7, 2018

Literary pet names using puns unworthy of their namesakes



The brilliant folks over at McSweeney's will have you groaning at their collection of what to call various pets you may, or may not, have.

April 6, 2018

21 phrases you use without realizing you're quoting Shakespeare


That Will. He's EVERYWHERE. 
We don't even know how many phrases we use 
that can be attributed to him. 

Actually? We do.

April 5, 2018

Too. Much. Stuff.

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Literary-inspired scents


Now you don't have to don your faux reading glasses 
to look bookishly smart. 

(This particular perfume is called In The Library.)

April 4, 2018

Ever seen a 21-stringed harp? Now's your chance!


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10 literary masterpieces on which every Russian was raised


Thanks to a school curriculum that includes masterpieces by Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, and others, Russians from all segments of society have a common cultural bond and intellectual reference point. This is an important factor in fostering national identity and social cohesion.

Here are a few of the classics every Russian has studied.

Happy reading, Comrade.

April 3, 2018