April 3, 2020

Still strumming!

Jones Library is offering a Ukulele Strum Along every Sunday in April at 3 pm. Led by our wonderful Julie Stepanek using the Zoom platform, grab your ukulele - or any other instrument - and join us for a jam session.

Get your instrument (it doesn't have to be a ukulele) and join Julie for 40 minutes of singing and playing. Lyrics and ukulele chords provided. Participants are muted so you don't have to worry about how you sound :-)

Topic: Ukulele Strum Along

Time: Apr 5, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time
Every week on Sun, 4 occurrence(s)
Apr 5, 2020 03:00 PM
Apr 12, 2020 03:00 PM
Apr 19, 2020 03:00 PM
Apr 26, 2020 03:00 PM

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Weekly: https://bit.ly/2yxFPo7

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Meeting ID: 120 272 516

Folks will need that Meeting ID to get in. There's no password needed, just the ID.

March 21, 2020

Food for kids.

The ARPS Nutrition Services Department, the ARPS Family Center, and, beginning Monday, the UMass Baby Berk Food Truck that assisted with our summer food program are doing the critical work of ensuring that students who rely on the schools for breakfast and lunch have access to those meals even though school is closed. Here's information about when and how to get some food to your kids.

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March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020

March 18, 2020

Library lions

The New York Public Library lions, Patience and Fortitude, like big books


March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Even if St. Patrick's Day parades have been cancelled and you can't go to the pub to have a pint with friends, the Friends still want you to have a good St. Patty's Day. Toward that end, we present you with 13 lucky facts about the day.


March 16, 2020

Need something for the kids in your house to do? Here's an idea!

The Odyssey Bookshop's 26th Annual Spring Writing Contest

This year’s prompt:
One day you wake up and realize that you can talk to animals! Maybe you were part of a science experiment or given the gift by a friendly animal you saved. What animals do you talk to? What do they say? What happens next because of this new power you have?
Children in Grades 1-5 are eligible and encouraged to enter. An entry form must be attached to each submission. Contact details for the child’s parent or guardian must be provided so we can easily contact the winners.
The entries will be judged on the originality of the story, the creativity of the idea, and the quality of writing, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
The deadline for entries is 7:00 PM on Friday, April 24th. Winners will be notified by Friday, May 1st in time for the Awards Ceremony at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 7th, at the Odyssey Bookshop. We will award prizes to the winners, who will be invited to read their stories aloud at the ceremony.
Please see the files in the link to download the Writing Contest informational sheet and extra entry forms, both of which you can also find at the Odyssey! If you have any questions, please email web@odysseybks.com or call 413-534-7307 and ask for Kinsey.

How J. Edgar Hoover used the power of libraries for evil


Apparently FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover used America's public libraries for "tracking adversaries, hiding evidence, and other no good dirty deeds." 


March 14, 2020

** All Amherst Municipal Buildings Closed to Public Starting Monday, March 16th **

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 all Town of Amherst municipal buildings, including the Town Hall, Senior Center, Jones library and branches will be closed to the public, with a tentative reopening date of April 3, 2020. This does not include the Amherst Police Department building.

The Amherst Regional Public Schools will close for two weeks starting on Monday, March 16th, with a tentative return date of Monday, March 30.

The Amherst Transfer Station will also be making changes to their operations starting on March 13, 2020. More details on this can be found here.

Meetings of public bodies, except governing and adjudicatory bodies, will be canceled. Governing bodies include the Town Council, School Committee, and Board of Library Trustees. Adjudicatory bodies include the Board of Health, Planning Board, Local Historic District Commission, Historical Commission, Conservation Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals. All meetings until April 3rd will be conducted remotely. The Town will have technology to allow for remote participation and public comment. Meetings will be recorded or broadcast live where possible.

There are no confirmed cases of the virus currently in Amherst or in Hampshire County. These steps are the best health mitigation measures the Town can implement to slow the spread of COVID-19 and are in line with responses from our surrounding communities and best practices.
We encourage you to conduct your business online. Please visit our website www.amherstma.gov to submit a service request or to make payments online. You may contact the various staff and departments by phone or by email by visiting the staff directory on our website. Any payments, forms and documents that need to be submitted to the Town, and cannot be transmitted electronically, can be deposited in the Treasurer/Collector’s Dropbox on the Main Street side of Amherst Town Hall.

How to Stay Connected:

· Visit www.amherstma.gov/covid19

· Sign up for Emergency Alerts at www.amherstma.gov/prepare

· Visit our home page at www.amherstma.gov 

YA Novels we’d love to see adapted for Netflix


"What would happen if Netflix swept up a ton of really excellent YA novels and turned them all into movies? Here are our picks, not that anyone was asking."

March 13, 2020

The "Vibrant Intellectual Ecosystem"

When he died last month, Larry McMurtry left behind a lot of books. 
Take a look at his home library here.


March 12, 2020


Beginning today, all programs scheduled to take place at the Jones Library, the North Amherst Library, or the Munson Memorial Library are CANCELLED until further notice. This includes public and private use of the Woodbury, Amherst, Goodwin, and ESL Tutor Rooms. The 2020 Sammys Award Ceremony is also cancelled. 
Be well and keep washing those hands. 

"I thought you’d like to read this."

Do those words strike fear in your heart? Here's a book-giving guide.

Hint: "Good etiquette is to 'choose for the recipient, rather than what you think they should read.'"

March 11, 2020

Indoor activities

In case you're stuck inside in the coming weeks and are looking for something to keep you busy, the Friends suggest you try your hand at this Lego bookshop


We think it's so cool! Do you think there are tiny Lego books in it??

March 9, 2020

Libraries have a public spirit that most museums lack


A stunningly broad swath of society feels welcome within a public library and not a museum. Why? Read more to find out...

March 8, 2020

French language guardians release guidelines on how to swear correctly

Created in the 17th century, L'Academie Française is supposed to regulate the French language, keeping it pure. And, solely in the interests of doing their intellectual duty, L'Academie has some vocabulary guidelines for you on the correct way to swear at people en français.


Parce que c'est vachement important!

February 26, 2020

Think you know librarians? Think again.

Wartime librarians' everyday activities were fraught with mystery, uncertainty, and even danger. Learn more about the far-flung librarian-spy network during WWII in Information Hunters, a history of librarianship that isn't as quiet as some of us might believe.


February 25, 2020

Come hear Abdi Iftin

Maybe you listened to Weekend Edition and heard his interview with Lulu Garcia-Navarro? Maybe you're a fan of This American Life and heard Ira Glass talk about him? Maybe you saw him interviewed on WGBH?

Or hey, maybe you read the On the Same Page 2020 book: Call Me American?

However you've come across him, now's your chance to hear Abdi Iftin in person for free. Come to the middle school on Thursday, March 5th, and learn more about his amazing story.

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February 24, 2020

Just like the Jones, Munson, and North Amherst libraries

Check out this recent New York Times article about how  


Music for the masses

Come to the Jones Library Saturday morning to hear some string instruments make their musical magic. This event is free, there's stuff for all ages, and it'll make you happy. 


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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, Western Mass Family Golf Center, the Emily Dickinson Museum 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 Agnès 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.