Posted on: March 28, 2017

Jones Library Celebrates Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read

Thoreau Bicentennial


Amherst, MA – This spring, the Jones Library is participating in the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read, a yearlong event that has events taking place in every city and town in Massachusetts through 2017. The Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide ...

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Read the full press release & list of events (PDF)
Posted on: February 27, 2017

Democracy: What is it and why is it worth fighting for?

American Flag


Amherst, MA – Many Americans are watching the decisions and actions by the current administration with concern. Please join us in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 16, 2017 as Austin Sarat explores...

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Event details
Posted on: December 13, 2016

New Jones Library Trustee Appointed

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette article by Scott Merzbach (November 15, 2016):

An enthusiastic champion of the proposed project to expand and renovate the Jones Library will fill a vacancy on the trustees’ board.

Alex Lefebvre, of 52 North Prospect St., re...

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Read the full article on the Gazette website
Posted on: December 5, 2016

Library Trustee Vacancy to be filled by Joint Election with Select Board

On December 12th, 2016, a vacancy on the Jones Library Board of Trustees will be filled at a joint meeting of the five member Select Board and the remaining five voting members of library trustees. Interested candidates must submit a Letter of Interest to...

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Learn more (from the Town of Amherst website)
Posted on: November 16, 2016

B&N bookfair supporting the library on Dec 4th

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

If you shop at Barnes & Noble in Hadley on Sunday, December 4th, 2016, and you present this voucher at checkout, a percentage of your purchases will be donated to the Jones Library and branches!
Or, you can place an online order on that date, and enter t...Read more �

Posted on: November 16, 2016

Jones Library trustee Michael Wolff dies at 89

Michael Wolff

Read Michael Wolff's obituary. Please note: there will be a public memorial celebrating his life on Sunday, February 19th, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community of Amherst, located at 742 Main Street.

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette article by S...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

UPDATED: Munson Library Closed Until Oct 3rd

UPDATE: Due to continued work on the building, the Munson Memorial Library will be closed until Monday, October 3rd, at the earliest.


The Munson Memorial Library in South Amherst will be closed until Monday, September 26th, due to the repair and...Read more �

Posted on: September 1, 2016

Amity Street Sidewalk Closed Beginning Sept 6th

Sidewalk Closed Sign

Beginning on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, the sidewalk in front of the Jones Library will be closed due to a construction project to improve the crosswalk, the sidewalk, and a section of Amity Street. The sidewalk, the adjacent parking spots, and the lib...Read more �

Read the Town's Construction Notice for details
Posted on: July 22, 2016

UPDATED: Library Trustee Vacancy to be filled by Joint Election with Select Board

The date for election of a Jones Library Trustee will now be at a joint meeting of the Select Board and the remaining members of the Jones Library Trustees on Sept 26, 2016 . A Letter of Interest must be received by 4 p.m. Wed., Sept. 21, 2016.
The perso...Read more �

Learn more (from the Town of Amherst website)
Posted on: July 6, 2016

The Oxford English Dictionary: 'Nothing Else Comes Close'

Excerpt from the OED (word-twisting)

The Oxford English Dictionary.
It calls itself "the definitive record of the English Language," and rightly so. If you're a writer, a poet, or just a "word-lover" (first documented usage in 1857, says the OED), you might lose yourself...Read more �

Posted on: June 28, 2016

Munson Library Open During Sidewalk Construction

Munson Sidewalk Construction

The sidewalk leading to the Munson Memorial Library entrances will be replaced beginning June 28, 2016. The work is expected to take about 3 weeks.

The library will be open during the construction. However, library patrons will be asked to enter the li...Read more �

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Amity Street Lot Closed for Construction

Beginning on Monday, May 9th, 2016, work will begin to demolish and rebuild the Amity Street Parking Lot. The work includes complete demolition, repaving, lighting and electric, drainage, curbing, and sidewalks.

The entire parking lot and sidewalk on ...Read more �

Map of Alternative Parking Options
Posted on: March 31, 2016

Garden Statement from the Jones Library Trustees

Trustee President Austin Sarat, writing on behalf of the Jones Library Board of Trustees, addresses concerns about the library garden in the following statement:

Full Text of the Statement (PDF)
Posted on: January 22, 2016

Introducing... Jones Library News

We've just launched Jones Library News -- an email newsletter with announcements from our libraries about special events, services, collections, and more.

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Significant Robert Frost Donation Given to the Jones Library


The family of Warren R. Brown has generously donated an exciting new addition to the Robert Frost Collection housed in Special Collections at The Jones Library. These items highlight Frost’s connection to Brown, his good friend and a long...Read more �