December 20, 2018

Our end of year appeal to you, dear Friends.

December 15, 2018
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.
Elaine Donoghue                                
Co-Chair, Friends of the Jones Library

Lucy McMurrer          
Co-Chair, Friends of the Jones Library

Sharon Sharry                         
Director, Jones Library