September 16, 2019

Reading With Austen

We just found out there's a website called Reading With Austen that digitally recreates the library at Godmersham Park, Jane Austen's brother's estate. You can explore the library as Jane Austen might've seen it and look at photos of the very editions she might have handled.

Janeites, how cool is this??

September 15, 2019

Now these hotels have their priorities right

Books you can read in a pool or a tub or at the beach.
Er, don't try this with library books, mkay?

September 14, 2019

Tonga to open first public library system with thousands of books donated from NZ

Tonga, a small South Pacific kingdom has a 99% literacy rate and is full of avid readers. The problem? They didn't have a single "catalogued library system, allowing books to be issued and loaned out to members of the public."

September 13, 2019

A problem for penguins

Come hear National Geographic speaker, TED talker
and award-winning author of The Great Penguin Rescue,  

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September 12, 2019

Book reading and discussion

Springfield eye surgeon and novelist, Dr. Andrew Lam, discusses his new novel Repentance. Read about it in the Gazette here. Or better yet? Come hear the man himself at the Jones!

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September 8, 2019

Join former State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose

for a discussion about forms of government this Tuesday. 
Got questions? You'll get answers!

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September 5, 2019

9 Facts About The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Did you know that Beatrix Potter originally wanted her Peter Rabbit books to be small for children's hands but that publishers wanted them to be bigger and, therefore, more expensive? "Potter refused, explaining that she would rather make two or three books costing one shilling each than one big book because 'little rabbits cannot afford to spend six shillings on one book, and would never buy it.' In December 1901, she self-published The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The 250 copies sold out in a few months..."

Here are more interesting facts about your favorite bunny.

September 4, 2019

Big Y and the Jones Library

We are so excited to share that the Jones Library has been selected to be a part of the Big Y Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of September, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Big Y located at 175 University Drive, Amherst, $1 will be donated to the Jones!

Waffle House has a poet laureate

Which we think is wicked cool. Read more about it here.

We also think Bueno y Sano ought to have one.

What do you think, Bueno?

August 30, 2019

A Rediscovered Erotic Poem Might Indicate the Middle Ages Were Sexier Than We Thought

"Erotic poetry" and "Middle Ages" aren't often used in the same sentence. Read further to learn about a clever text that's really a wry commentary on how a person cannot be separated from his or her sex.

August 29, 2019

Want to explore the centuries old silver bible known as the Codex Argenteus?

You have to go to Sweden.

Library closings!

On the upcoming three day weekend, 
the town libraries will be closed on Monday. 
So zip over on Saturday to get your reading 
(and listening and watching) fix in! 

August 28, 2019

Discover Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium

An herbarium, in case you (like we) didn't know, is when you press plants and flowers in a book to preserve their beauty. Want to take a look at Emily Dickinson's herbarium that she completed by the time she was 14?

August 26, 2019

Summer Reader Poll 2019: Funny Books

NPR recognizes that no one survives on news alone. Sometimes we all need a break. Levity. HUMOR! And those good folks have compiled a list of books to make us smile, quietly giggle, or howl until tears of mirth stream down our face.

If your favorite funny book isn't here, help a Friend out and let us know. 
We all could use a little laugh now and then.

August 24, 2019

Silent Book Club

Unlike Fight Club, where the first rule is not to talk about Fight Club, the first rule of Silent Book Club is, well, not to talk. "Members meet up at a bar, a library, a bookstore or any venue that will host them. Once the bell rings, silent reading time commences. After an hour, the bell rings again." Learn more about this lovely phenomenon from this NPR article.

Want to start one? Here's a little primer.

August 23, 2019

The REAL Mr. Darcy

Sure longtime Jane Austen fans picture Mr. Darcy like this:

but did you know he was more like this?

Here are 7 facts about Thomas Lefroy, the real-life Mr. Darcy, that maybe you didn't know.

August 20, 2019

The Museum of Literature Ireland

Ireland has had a long history of literary genius. Now they have a museum to commemorate it all. Next month the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) opens its doors to the public.

P.S. Bradley has direct flights to Dublin, Friends. Shall we?

August 19, 2019

How to Find Your Literary BFF

Five ideas to help you find like-minded book brethren.

And although it doesn't even mention the L-word, 
you can try all of these tricks out at the library, too!

August 6, 2019

What Would the Golden Girls Read?

Remember The Golden Girls?

Of COURSE you do! They were an important part of a well-rounded 1980's life worth living. Well, the good folks at the NYPL have compiled a list for your reading pleasure based on what The Golden Girls would've read, if they'd shared their book recommendations with the rest of us. The way good Friends do.

Happy reading, Friends!

August 5, 2019

Summer reading stats

 Perhaps you, too, are a Numbers Nerd? 
You geek out on your steps taken each night before you snuggle into bed?
You count all the states you've visited during those boring staff meetings?
You pay close attention to your car mileage using a smartphone app?

Surely this can't just be us, Friends.

Here are some WICKED COOL numbers for you to chew on:

August 2, 2019

You'll get a gift card!

Turn in your adult reading log by August 23, Friends. 
You've got three weeks. 
Mark your calendars.

July 31, 2019

Snacks! Photo ops! Raffle drawing!

End of summer reading party, Friends! 
This Saturday! 
Come join us!

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July 16, 2019

You know where it's not hot and humid?

The Woodbury Room at the Jones Library. 

And outerspace. But one is easier to get to.

Go enjoy a free movie in the cool library.

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July 2, 2019

The LA Review of Books recommends...

Pride month just ended but reading lists last forever. 
Check out the LA Review of Books' Reading the Rainbow: A Pride List.!

July 1, 2019

June 27, 2019

Beowulf in the bath??

This NPR article tells you just WHY you should read Beowulf to your kids. 

Noli timere, Friends.

June 25, 2019

A literary tube map of London

This tube map replaces stations with famous novels based on the area they were set in London. How many have you read?

June 18, 2019

My Father's Stack of Books

Perhaps you can relate to Kathryn Schulz's dad in

"When he was a child, books were gifts. 
For his daughters, he made sure they were a given."

Make a space helmet!

If you've ever read Officer Buckle and Gloria or Wonder, you'll know the value in a good helmet. Come make one for yourself at the Jones.

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June 14, 2019

Yoga for littles!

See a real child doing a real child's pose!

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June 13, 2019

11 Travel Destinations Bookworms Need to Go to Before They Die

"The road of the traveling book lover is fraught with hardship: while the carefree traveler traipses from one destination to the next with a light carry-on and a spring in their step, the travels of the fretful book connoisseur are typically weighed down by questions such as “How many books can I fit into my carry on?” and “Should I pack more underwear, or more books?”

While we can’t offer answers to these real-life dilemmas, we can share with you eleven destinations where you certainly won’t be judged for having packed more books than clothes in your suitcase."

June 11, 2019


A Book&Bed hotel, where you can

No, Friends, no you're not dreaming.

Those plucky Kiwis

In case you haven't see it, Air New Zealand has offered to host Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin on a vacation to help him finish his latest GOT book in peace. If you've got a couple minutes, watch their funny video.

If you've got a couple of months, read the books.

June 7, 2019

A History of the American Public Library

CityLab’s visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger shares the story of how America’s public libraries came to be, and their uneven history of serving all who need them.

June 3, 2019