May 31, 2018

The Scottish Play

How can you not want to high-five the audience when you read a line like this? Inside the theater, hecklers heaved a dead sheep onto the stage at Macready's feet, and it was game on.

Scene: Macbeth
Place: New York City
Time: 1849

If play reviews be the food of love, play on. Give us excess of it. Because this is one good review, Friends.

May 30, 2018

Helping you sound smarter, one blog post at a time.

We already know you're an erudite bunch but if you really want to impress your coworkers and neighbors, here are 13 mnemonic sentences to help boost your general knowledge.

Although the Friends have to admit we find #4 a bit cumbersome. We just use the acronym HOMES to remember 'em.

May 24, 2018

Amherst is the #1 town

Friends, if you get a little blue about town politics, here's a little pick-me-up for your Thursday afternoon. See if you can spot all three town libraries for the perfect trifecta.

Because you do live in the #1 town, after all.

May 11, 2018

You know what Sunday is?

'Course you do! It's Mother's Day. And there's no way you forgot to get your mom a little something. No. Way. You're on it! You've got A Plan! Ahem.

In case you haven't quite yet gotten your Mother's Day act together, swing by the Jones Library. Pick up a copy of The Well Read Cook for $10. Just 10 simoleons! What a bargain! Go home, wrap that baby up, make a card, and sit back and rest. Confident in the knowledge that you've got Mother's Day all taken care of this year.

You've just vaulted into Mom's Favorite status. 
Nicely done.

May 9, 2018

A visual collection of libraries

Swiss photographer and librarian Thomas Guignard 
has combined both of his loves on Instagram. Take a look at some of the 
libraries around the world he's photographed, just for our enjoyment.

May 7, 2018

A huge thanks

to the folks who braved the lousy weather yesterday and came to the 
Jill Lepore reception and author talk.

And? It was pretty cool having TWO Wonder Woman authors in the same space!

May 4, 2018

Famous author? Free food? Win-win!

Join us THIS SUNDAY at the middle school!

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May 2, 2018

Thank you, thank you!

Friends you gave so generously yesterday during Valley Gives Day. We raised over $900 -- our largest amount yet! Thank you. You guys really are the best. Mwah!💗

Lost in translation

It's always fun to discover the literal translation of words in other languages. We're lookin' at you, soutien-gorge

 Here's an article entitled 25 Foreign Words With Hilarious Literal Meanings that does just that. 'Course, makes you wonder what non-native English speakers make of terms like "ragamuffin," "sideburns," and "poppycock..."

May 1, 2018