September 15, 2021

*FREE* internet access

From your home for one month for up to 10 devices! Swing by the Munson or the North Amherst Libraries and pick up your Family Wi-Fi Hotspot.


September 2, 2021

Music for the masses

 Free outdoor concert at the Jones for everyone! 

Come listen, dance, sing, have fun!


July 13, 2021

May 10, 2021

Next Monday, May 17

Undoubtedly you know it best as Norway's national day, and you wouldn't be wrong there, Friends. BUT? You can also strum to your heart's content on your uke that day, too. 

Maybe you'd even like to pluck out Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet?


May 9, 2021

April 23, 2021

Virtual Poetry Reading!


Some folks read poems aloud.

Others don’t dare.

Some people write great stuff,

Others get nowhere.


But Friends, here’s your chance!

Come join in the fun.

Read a poem from your favorite poet

Or hey! Read an original one.


Everyone is welcome.

In any language you choose.

We guarantee your poems

Will cure those pandemic blues.


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April 21, 2021

April 20, 2021

April 16, 2021

Inside the World’s Largest Jewish Cookbook Collection

A librarian with a love for eBay built this trove of culinary history. "Saltzman’s beloved community cookbooks, though, may be the collection’s most poignant historical records." 

Hungry for a community cookbook after you read this article? The Jones Library happens to have copies of Amherst's own "The Well-Read Cook" for sale! Check it out.

April 15, 2021

April 14, 2021

Monday, April 19

Two FABULOUS things are happening this day, Friends.
First? That's the day Massachusetts opens up vaccines to EVERYONE 16 and older. YEEHAW, Friends!
And second? Ukelele strum. You can exercise your sore upper arm by playing your uke! Win-win.
Brighter days are coming, Friends.


April 8, 2021

Station Eleven book discussion!

 You get two bites at the apple here. Busy Tuesday? Come by Wednesday! 

Who loves you?

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April 2, 2021

Opponents of Oliver Cromwell published his family recipes, with a side of fake news

Check out how Oliver Cromwell ate with this 17th century cookbook. Not only that but the Cromwell Museum has decided to print 500 copies for distribution. You could own your very own!

March 30, 2021

Brutal Early Reviews of 20 Classic 20th-Century Novels

In her review for the New York Evening World, critic Ruth Snyder said, “We are quite convinced after reading The Great Gatsby that Mr. Fitzgerald is not one of the great American writers of to-day.”

That review aged well.

Read more reviews here.

March 27, 2021

On the Same Page


Friends, learn more about this fabulous community read at:!

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March 19, 2021

How Soviet poets performed in football stadiums in front of thousands


“A poet in Russia is more than a poet,” Yevgeny Yevtushenko, a leading author of his time, famously stated. He knew what he was talking about. During Nikita Khrushchev’s cultural years of Thaw, Soviet poets were public figures like rock stars. They performed to sell-out crowds, predicted the future and helped get over the past.

Pretty much how it used to be in the Trustees' Room at the Jones during jubilat/Jones readings.

March 16, 2021

Rare Andy Warhol cookbook Wild Raspberries goes to auction


Wild Raspberries, "a funny cookbook for people who don’t cook," might not be showing up in the Jones any time soon, Friends. But you can read more about it here.

March 12, 2021

Lizzie Borden


The story begins on that fateful day in August 1892 with a striking description of the days events and the murders that took place. What happens from there? Join us to learn the Lizzie Borden story.

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March 1, 2021

Challenging discrimination has never been easy.


And Lucy Stone would know. She was the first to challenge many discriminatory practices.

Did you know she was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree? Her belief in the equality of the sexes was evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Did you know as a suffragette, her passionate speeches helped galvanize Susan B. Anthony to join the women's rights movement? Did you know, Lucy Stone opted be the first woman not to take her husband’s name and, as a result, the phrase “a Lucy Stoner” became synonymous with a married woman who kept her maiden name?

Learn more about this woman of firsts at this free event:

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February 23, 2021

Spring WILL come, Friends!


Be prepared for it, when it does! 

Learn how to use plants to lure the birds and the bees.

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January 26, 2021

January 21, 2021



Discuss The Metamorphosis with Amherst College scholar Ilan Stavans next Wednesday at 8:00.

Haven't read it yet? That's okay! It's a novella; there's still time! Unless, of course, you wake up one morning with no hands to hold the book.

Should that happen, though, you could always get the audiobook...

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January 8, 2021

Have you been enjoying Bridgerton lately?


Did you already finish?? Are you now bereft, needing more? If this is you, fear not! The good people at the New York Public Library have some more suggestions for you.

January 6, 2021

Vote on Massachusetts' State Dinosaur!

Ooooh! Oooooooh! Friends, this is really important!
We feel J Mascis would agree...


Merriam-Webster's 8 words for being quiet suggestions


Per chance, in this age of WFH and remote learning, should you need to tell someone to pipe down over there, here are a few assorted ways in which to yell at various members of your household.

The Friends. Always here for you. Silently.

January 5, 2021

7 Fascinating Facts About F. Scott Fitzgerald


Since "The Great Gatsby" has now entered the public domain, and we all now have a GREEN LIGHT to use it as we wish, we thought you might enjoy learning a little more about its author...