June 30, 2020

The Souls of Black Folks

Mark your calendars: July 16th.

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June 26, 2020

6 Obscure Words for Messes

Because face it, we're all kind of a mess right now.


And now we can have the vocabulary to describe it.

June 25, 2020

Don't feel bad

Even Real Live Librarians don't always read the books they're "supposed" to have read. The NY Public Library 'fessed up.


June 22, 2020

Research Shows Virus Undetectable on Five Highly Circulated Library Materials After Three Days

Hey Friends, as the town libraries slowly begin opening back up (the Jones is accepting returns right now!), this might allay some fears.


Little Free Library stewards for their dedication to the mission

In case you need some happy news, check out the 2nd annual Todd H. Bol winners for Outstanding Achievement. Todd Bol was the inventor of the Little Free Library movement and these are examples of people continuing his amazing work.


June 20, 2020

Books! Food!

The only thing better than books and food is books about food. Maybe your cookbook shelves, like some of ours, need a little diversifying? If so, here are a few suggestions to check out:


And hey, if you make any particularly tasty dishes, let us know!

June 19, 2020

Juneteenth Celebration 2020:

** African American History in Amherst **

A slide show of materials relating to the African American community in Amherst from the Jones Library Special Collections. 

Here's what the entire town of Amherst is doing to commemorate the day.

June 18, 2020

8 of the most beautiful Russian libraries

"As is well known, Russians are the most well-read of nations. And it goes without saying that throughout its vast territory Russia has lots of libraries, both old ones and trendy modern city spaces." 
Plus? Their books are so LONG they need big libraries to house them all.

Looking at you, Tolstoy.

June 17, 2020

The Utilitarian Pleasures of Playing Board Games By Yourself

With people quarantining worldwide, having a reliable indoor hobby that doesn’t require others is more valuable than ever. Read more about playing yourself at a table for one.


June 16, 2020

Happy Bloomsday everyone!

Affectionately called Bloomsday, today we commemorate June 16, 1904, when readers followed Leopold Bloom all throughout the streets of Dublin in James Joyce's "Ulysses." Join a virtual Bloomsday Festival all day today (well, 11:00-8:00) here.


June 12, 2020

Libraries Strive to Stay ‘Community Living Rooms’ as They Reopen

"Libraries around the country are tiptoeing toward reopening, but they’re not just trying to figure out how to safely lend out books. These are community hubs where parents bring their toddlers for story time, where people come to use the computer, where book groups meet. Now all of that has to be rethought." Read more in the New York Times here.


Virtual ukulele concert you can participate in!

For more info, click here.


June 3, 2020

Reading about race

Odyssey Bookshop continues to offer adult and children's book selections dealing with the issue of race. Here are some of their suggestions. Better yet, pop over to their website for more.