February 16, 2020

Puppets! Puppets! Puppets!

Wednesday morning come to the Jones for a free, fun puppet show
 for all ages, from bubbes to babies.

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February 14, 2020

Make a picture book with a real! live! picture book! artist!

During February break there are loads of fun things to do at the Jones. 
Here's a list of what you can do at the library alongside
local children's book illustrator David Hyde Costello.

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February 13, 2020

Any room...

Eudora Welty, the great Southern writer, loved books from an early age. Her mother told her, when she was two, “Any room in our house, at any time of day, was there to read in, or be read to.”

February 12, 2020

Refugees HERE

We read about refugees around the world in the newspapers and watch videos on our screens. BUT if you'd like to learn more about refugees right here in Western Mass, come to the Jones Tuesday night for a free discussion about what it's actually like for folks who resettle here.

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February 11, 2020

Local author, local bookshop.

Special Storytime!

Come to the Odyssey Bookshop on Sunday, February 16 at 2:00pm for a very special storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert, author of A Kid of Their Own.

About the Book

In this fresh and funny follow-up to the Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book A Crow of His Own, rooster Clyde is forced to adjust to new roommates on the farm when Fran the goat and her kid, Rowdy, take up residence. Can Clyde handle having a new kid in town?

Rooster Clyde has just settled in and found his voice when everyone demands that he take his hard-earned crow down a notch so as to not disturb newcomer Rowdy. That doesn't sit well with Clyde. Neither does the fact that motherly goose Roberta seems to have taken the new animals' side. The farm community learning to deal with a young member of the group is the main story in text and is paired with a wordless story in illustrations that shows Farmer Jay and Farmer Kevin getting ready for their adopted child to arrive on the farm.

About the Author

Amherst author and international superhero Megan Dowd Lambert is the author of A Crow of His OwnReal Sisters Pretend, and Reading Picture Books with Children. She is an instructor at the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University, where she earned her master's degree. She writes about books and parenting for Horn Book Magazine, has served on a Caldecott Committee, and worked at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for many years.

Jessica Lanan is the illustrator of Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock StoryThe Story I'll Tell, and Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth. She attended Scripps College and has a BA in fine art. She lives with her husband and a three-legged cat in Colorado. www.jessicalanan.com


This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.

Get Your Copy

Books will be available to purchase at the event, but if you would like to reserve a copy ahead of time, you may do so below.
Event date: 
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

February 10, 2020

TOMORROW NIGHT book discussion!

This year's On The Same Page book is Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin. Learn more about it at one of these two book discussions this week.

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February 7, 2020

A MAXI thank you for MINI golf!

The 2nd Annual Friends of the Jones Library Mini Golf Classic sponsored by the UMassFive College Federal Credit Union was a HUGE success! Thank you to EVERYONE who came and putted the library! Thank you to Jones Library staff and librarians!

Thank you to our WONDERFUL sponsors: Allergy & Immunology Associates of New England, PeoplesBank, the individual Jones Library Trustees, Jones Group Realtors, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, PV Squared, Pelham Auto, Northsquare Apartments, Amherst Golf Club, All Energy Solar, the Amherst Club, the Rotary Club of Amherst, and West Branch Capital!

Thank you to the anonymous donors who gave in honor of: the Amherst Fire Department, the Amherst Police Department, the Amherst Survival Center, Cherry Hill Golf Course, and Kestrel Land Trust!

Thank you to our raffle & other donors: 110 Grill (Hadley, MA), 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition, Dave DiRico's Golf and Racquet, Andrews Greenhouse, Pinz Entertainment (Hadley, MA), Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events (Hadley, MA), Hampshire Athletic Club, Cherry Hill Golf Course, Northampton Area Pediatrics, Amherst Cinema, Amherst Golf Club, Antonio's Pizza, Amherst Books, AJ Hastings, and www.allkidsgolfclubs.com!

Thank you to our celebrity golfers: the Amherst College Zumbyes, Sam the Minuteman, the Amherst College men's golf team, Amherst Regional Public Schools principal Derek Shea, and the Jones Library's own Sammy the Owl!

When you patronize these businesses around town, see these performers, watch these teams, and meet up with these principals and owls, please thank them for supporting our town libraries through the Mini Golf Classic.

Stayed tuned to a blog near you for the 2nd Annual Friends of the Jones Library Mini Golf Classic SLIDESHOW. You'll laugh. You'll cry. It will definitely be life-altering. Probably.

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But we know, we know. 
There's only so much enlarging you can do. 
EVERYONE in Amherst supported this fundraiser!)

We're so lucky.

February 5, 2020

Did you know...?

If you accidentally take home a golf ball from the 2nd Annual Friends of the Jones Library Mini Golf Classic and then you mail it back at the Amherst Post Office with a very carefully drawn stamp, it WILL make it to the library?


Free documentary about Ida B. Wells

This Tuesday, come to the Jones. 
Learn about Ida B. Wells. 
Leave inspired to make the world a better place.

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February 3, 2020

Poems for the People

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
We've got live poets
To read poems for you!

P.S. It's free.
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February 2, 2020

Somalis in the States

Learn more about the nomadic way of life. 
Learn more about Somalis.
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January 30, 2020

Putt through the stacks, Friends.

Have you been practicing your putts?
(Pro tip: better putts come from small adjustments.)

Have you been using your golf terminology?
(Try to work "Mulligan" into your next work email.)

Have you blocked off your tee time on Saturday's schedule?
(2nd Annual Mini Golf Classic at the Jones Library, baby!)
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January 27, 2020

Library trounces movies!

Did you know that last year more people went to the library than the movie theater? By. Far. Going to the library is the most common cultural activity Americans engage in. And? The library was most frequented by young adults, women and low-income households.


Want to learn more? Check out this Gallup poll.

January 16, 2020

Kanopy -- just for you

Dear Amherst Resident,

Do you like watching stuff on your computer, tablet, smart phone, or smart TV, maybe snuggled under a cozy blanket on the couch? Movies such as A Quiet Passion, about our own Belle of Amherst? Or Agn├Ęs Varda's laugh-out-loud Faces Places? Or the poignant not-a-documentary-but-coulda-been Eighth Grade? Or 30,000 OTHER acclaimed independent, foreign, documentary, and classic films?


The Jones Library is here to make all your dreams come true. Go check out Kanopy and discover all  you could be watching.

In your jammies.

your Friends

P.S. This service is only available to folks who live in Amherst. Don't live in Amherst? Make friends with someone who does and show up on their doorstep with snacks!

January 14, 2020

The 10 Most Checked-Out Books in N.Y. Public Library History

“The idea was to see what has been generally popular out in the world,” Medlar said. “We wanted to start from the love of books and the love of reading rather than the numbers.” More than half of the books on the list are children's books but there's also:
Hey Jones Library, any idea what our books are? 
Inquiring minds want to know...

January 13, 2020

Get out your mini golf pants!

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The golf is mini, not the publicity.

January 9, 2020

You know why we've been quiet recently, Friends?

Because of THIS!

Mini golf is coming!
Mini golf is coming!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 1, from 9:00-4:00. 

And then? 
There's Wine and Nine, adults only putt from 6:00-7:30 while enjoying snacks and an adult beverage.

Come join us.