A Meditation upon Merchants Row

Ed WilfertBusiness, Learning, and Life, West of the Common:
A Meditation upon Merchants Row

An Exhibit by Ed Wilfert

Explore the architectural history of Merchants Row and the surrounding block, including the south side of Amity Street and the east side of South Prospect Street. This exhibit will be on display in our atrium through the end of October November.

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TOP 10 THINGS you didn’t know you could do with your Jones Library card


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Thank you for your donations

Thanks to your donations, here are a few of the new programs that the Library has sponsored over the past year: Books Into Films series, On the Same Page Amherst, Town/Gown Lecture series, People of the Book Discussion Groups, and Artist-In-Residence. Your $100 gift will help add another great program to this list!

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World War II Community Conversation with Chris Demarest

World War II flyer

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Homebound? Get books & more to your door!

Giraffe at the front door, Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, KenyaAre you homebound? Do you know someone who is?

Get books and more to your door!

If you are an Amherst resident who is unable to get to the library, let us come to you!

We can deliver:

  • Books
  • Music CDs
  • Audiobooks
  • DVDs and Videos
  • Magazines

To request this free service, please call Amy Anaya at 413-259-3132.

If you’re interested in volunteering to deliver books to homebound patrons, please also call Amy at the number above.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Flowers by the front door

Each spring, people ask: “what are those beautiful little blue flowers in front of the library?”

We believe they are Veronica chamaedrys (aka: germander speedwell; aka: angels’ eyes), a perennial whose flowers are “blue with darker blue striations and white throat” (according to The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening, vol. 4, p. 653, published 1992). According to our records, they were planted on the grounds of the Jones Library in 2001. Our garden notebook reads:

Spring 2001, Front: Lovely Veronica “Angel’s Eyes” – little blue flowers, spreading ground cover. Maroon foliage after flowers leave.

The USDA plant database has more information. But for a full appreciation, you may need to stop by for a visit.


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Borrow a Pulitzer Prize winner

Pulitzer PrizeOn April 15th, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced its 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners. As luck would have it, we have many of the “Letters and Drama” selections already in our collection. Click the links below to place holds on these notable books:

If you have questions about placing a hold on a book, please ask a librarian for assistance — either in person, by phone at 413-259-3096, or by email. You can also watch our video tutorial on placing holds.

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Tune your string instrument online

trebleclefHere’s a short list of online tuners for your guitar, ukulele, or violin:

Did you know that you can borrow these instruments (and many others) from the Jones Library? Well, you can. And several are available in child sizes.

Here’s a full list of available instruments. Request one today!

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Ukulele jam – back by popular demand!

ukesWHERE: Jones Library, Woodbury Room

WHEN: Sunday, March 17, 2pm – 4pm

WHO: Joe Blumenthal of Northampton’s Downtown Sounds and his ukulele group, AEIOUkes!

There will be ukes to borrow if you don’t own one — yet! Please bring a music stand if you have one.

Come and strum, learn to play, sing along, or just listen! All levels welcome. This FREE program is brought to you by The Friends of the Jones Library and is intended for ages 13 and up.


Call 413-259-3132 or email anayaa@joneslibrary.org

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The Oxford English Dictionary: ‘Nothing else comes close’

OEDThe Oxford English Dictionary.

It calls itself “the definitive record of the English Language”, and rightly so. If you’re a writer, a poet, or even just a “word-lover” (first documented usage in 1857, says the OED), you might just lose yourself in it. Very possibly to the annoyance of those around you who don’t quite share your enthusiasm. (Ahem.)

For those unfamiliar with the OED, here is its claim to fame:

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find these in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.

The writer David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) once wrote:

No really serious writer should be without an OED, whether it’s bought or stolen or hacked into the online version of or whatever you need to do. Nothing else comes close.

We agree with PART of that.

And anyway, no hacking necessary. The Jones Library subscribes to the OED online so that you’ll always have this classic resource at your fingertips — in the library, at home, or about town. Just visit www.oed.com and “Sign in” with your Jones Library card number. (Or take the scenic route: visit www.joneslibrary.org, click Online Resources at the top left, and locate the OED among our many subscriptions. Then, click “Sign in”, enter your Jones Library card number in the “Library card login” field, and click Go.)

Of course, if you’d prefer to flip through the physical, hold-it-in-your-hand, printed and bound OED, just visit our Reference Room. We’ve got 17 volumes worth on the shelf.

In closing, you’re welcome.

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