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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