March 27, 2019

Jakarta libraries with book nooks on tuk-tuks

"Kinong is one of thousands of Indonesians who have opened their own library in their own communities. Estimates suggest there are thousands of such libraries in Indonesia, started by ordinary people with great initiative to address the lack of books in their area and funded by occasional donations." Read more in this Guardian article.

March 26, 2019

Reading in pubs is good for you

We've got proof for you right here. Now go to the library, grab a book, and head to Amherst Coffee, The Pub, Share, High Horse, Amherst Brewing Company...

You've got choices, Friends.

March 24, 2019

You're just my type

What happened when a national park ranger put a typewriter at the Grand Canyon for hikers to use? The great American novel? Haiku? Find out here.

And while you're reading the above NPR article, feel free to listen to this soundtrack.

March 23, 2019

British slang terms you'll enjoy

If you're skint, you sure could use a fiver or a tenner. But don't ask for a twentier because then you'd really be a tosser. (Also, nobody says that, you pillock.)

Here's a fun list of 28 British slang terms you should know before you pick up your next Nick Hornby or Neil Gaiman or JK Rowling or John Cleese. But not Mary Berry. She wouldn't use those terms. Except maybe cob, bap, or barm.

March 22, 2019

If someone calls you a Jobbernowl?

It's not a compliment.

And you should return the favor using one of these seven old-fashioned ways to call someone a nincompoop.

March 21, 2019

Free graphic novel book club for kids!

Well THIS looks super cool:

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Libraries under staircases

Want some inspiration? 
Check out these photos of 15 under-the-stairs libraries. 

Much better than under-the-stairs cupboards for small wizards.

March 20, 2019

Famous people reading letters

Letters Live, a celebration of literary correspondence, gives people the opportunity to spend a night out, having letters read to them by a bunch of actors and musicians.

"You can't help be drawn in, even when the letter is never written for you...Every human experience can be found in letters. They can make you feel something you can't feel yourself, experiences you will never live. Some of us will never lose a child. Some of us will never kill someone. You could sit at home to read them, but, through the alchemy of performance, everyone in that audience becomes the recipient."

Read more about it in this Guardian article. Then, go grab a pen and a piece of paper and dash off a little something to a friend.

March 19, 2019

Three Minute Thesis Competition

This Saturday come to the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library to hear graduate students pitch their brilliant ideas in 3 minutes or less. You'll be amazed. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll walk out of there feeling like a rocket scientist yourself.

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March 18, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Ellis

talks about American Dialogue, his most recent book, 
at the Jones Library on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:00. 

Read the NY Times review and then come hear the author himself!

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Book signing to follow event.

March 13, 2019

Uke jam this Sunday

"Danny Boy?" "Kiss Me I'm Irish?" "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling?" "The Fields of Athenry?" Who KNOWS what you'll strum this St. Patrick's Day? Maybe NOTHING Irish. You won't know if you don't go...

March 5, 2019

The Jones turns 100!

A year-long celebration of the Jones Library’s Centennial! 

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