September 28, 2019

Why Some People Become Lifelong Readers

"A chief factor seems to be the household one is born into, and the culture of reading that parents create within it." But that's not all...

September 27, 2019

Perhaps it was the words...

..."the library’s onsite 26-room B&B" that first caught our attention.  
Perhaps it was merely the title of the Smithsonian Magazine article:  
 Regardless. We're smitten.

Want to learn how you, too, can spend the night in a library?

September 26, 2019

A Map of Forbidden Books in 2019

For almost as long we’ve been writing, governments and religious groups have attempted to censor what we read. Click here to see a cool map of a bunch of banned books from this year.

September 24, 2019

Banned Books Week

Because we're in the midst of Banned Books Week, we thought you all might be interested in this two minute video by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom:

Then? Go check out George, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, Captain Underpants, Junie B. Jones, The Hate U Give, Drama, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Tintin, Brave New World, The Catcher in the Rye, The Satanic Verses...

NEXT Tuesday!

Trying to get a little more organization in your life? 
Feeling overwhelmed by your To-Do list?
Curious about Bullet Journaling
If you want to learn more, here's your chance!

30 books in 30 days. Possible?

This Fast Company article discusses 
one woman's attempt to read a book a day. 
And what she learned.

September 22, 2019

The Book Thief of Monastery Mountain

"When priceless texts began disappearing from a seventh-century hilltop abbey, the police were mystified. They were even more befuddled when they finally caught the culprit...He was our Arsène Lupin.” 

Who WAS this mystery man?? 

September 20, 2019

In a world...

(you should be reading that with your movie trailer voice)

...  of books set in worlds without books.

Here are four books that have no books in them. Once you're done, go over to your TBR pile and give it a gentle little thank-you caress. Because, thankfully, we DON'T live in a world without books.

September 19, 2019

Do you know where the first public library in the Americas?

Go on, guess. 
Here's a hint: it was established in 1646. 

Here's a visual hint:

Give up?  

Raise your hand if you knew that. Now raise your other hand and 
high five yourself, you smartypants, you.

September 17, 2019

jubilat/Jones Poetry for the masses, Friends!

And? It's free!

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Dickensian Character Names

Other than JK Rowling, we know of no one else who comes up with names like Charles Dickens. He was a master. Here's a fun article deciphering ten names he invented, from Mr. Pumblechook to Mr. Pecksniff.

Happy reading, Friends!

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 10, 2019

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?