Centennial Events

December 2019

Amherst in 1919

Thursday, December 12 @ 7:00 PM
Drawing on the 1919 Amherst city directory and other sources, Marianne Curling will provide photographs and stories about what Amherst was like a century ago.
Location: Woodbury Room

The United States in 1919

Tuesday, December 17 @ 7:00 PM
Learn about the broader context of society in 1919 with Mount Holyoke College professor Daniel Czitrom
Location: Woodbury Room

January 2020

Amherst Through the Ears

Saturday, January 11 @10:30 AM
Have you ever heard poems sung to the strumming of a ukulele? Julie Stepanek and friends will bring the works of Amherst poets to life through music.
Location: Woodbury Room

February 2020

Amherst History Day

Friday, February 21 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A hands-on exploration of different activities from Amherst's past. Fun for all ages! More information to come.
Location: Woodbury Room

March 2020

100+ Years of Amherst Authors

Saturday, March 21 @ 2:30 PM
Celebrate the works of Amherst authors of the past as we look toward the next 100 years of The Jones Library.
Location: Woodbury Room

Past Events

March 2019

Centennial Kick-off Events on Thursday, March 21

Hands-on History of the Jones Library @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Get a chance to look at and (carefully) handle artifacts and archival items from the Jones Library's 100 year history.
Location: Atrium

Celebration Storytime10:30 AM
Our regular weekly Preschool Storytime will have a special celebration theme as well as balloons and a special guest.
Location: Kids Room

Share Your Story Listening Sessions @ 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Sign up for a session with Dr. Sam Redman and students from his UMass oral history class to share your story about the library. Please call 413-259-3097 to register for a time slot.
Location: Woodbury Room

Hands-on History of the Jones Library @ 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Get a chance to look at and (carefully) handle artifacts and archival items from the Jones Library's 100 year history.
Location: Atrium

Centennial Celebration @ 6:00 PM
Come celebrate the Library's last 100 years and toast to its future at this evening reception. Cake cutting at 6:30 PM with remarks and toasts to follow.
Location: Woodbury Room

April 2019

Centennial Storytime and Drop-in Craft

Thursday, April 18 @ 10:30 AM, Drop-in Craft 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Celebrate our centennial with stories and crafts that show us just how big the number 100 is!
Location: Kids Room (Storytime), Crafts Room (Drop-in Craft)

Share Your Story Listening Sessions

Saturday, April 27 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sign up for a session with Dr. Sam Redman and students from his UMass oral history class to share a memory about the Jones Library. Please call 413-259-3097 to register. Walk-ins are also welcome as space allows.
Location: Amherst Room

May 2019

Hearth and Soul: The Jones Library at 100 book talk and signing

Thursday, May 9 @ 7:00 PM
Author Bruce Watson will share stories about The Jones Library's first 100 years from his new book, Hearth and Soul. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Location: Woodbury Room

June 2019

Classics Book Club discusses My Man Jeeves

Saturday, June 8 @ 2:00 PM
Join Seth Rothberg and the Classics Book Club as they read and discuss the P.G. Wodehouse book, My Man Jeeves, published in 1919.
Location: Amherst Room

Classics Book Club discusses My Man Jeeves

Saturday, June 15 @ 2:00 PM
Join Seth Rothberg and the Classics Book Club as they read and discuss the P.G. Wodehouse book, My Man Jeeves, published in 1919.
Location: Woodbury Room

1918-1919 Spanish Influenza Epidemic

Tuesday, June 18 @ 6:30 PM
Did you know the Spanish Flu is directly related to the establishment of the Jones Library? Assistant Professor of History Emily Redman from UMass will talk about the nationwide implications of the epidemic.
Location: Woodbury Room

Classics Book Club discusses My Man Jeeves

Saturday, June 22 @ 2:00 PM
Join Seth Rothberg and the Classics Book Club as they read and discuss the P.G. Wodehouse book, My Man Jeeves, published in 1919.
Location: Amherst Room

July 2019

An Evening of Frost

Thursday, July 18 @ 6:30 PM
Hear and discuss Robert Frost poems with Stephen Collins. The original manuscript of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" will be on display.
Location: Woodbury Room

August 2019

Meet Our Collections

Thursday, August 22 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (RESCHEDULED)
Join us for an open house in Special Collections where selections from our collection will be on display, including some of our unusual items.
Location: Special Collections Reading Room

September 2019

Naturalization Oath Ceremony

Wednesday, September 4 @ 12:00 PM
Judge Katherine A. Robertson will preside at an oath ceremony as we celebrate new Americans joining our community.
Location: Woodbury Room

Amherst Walking Tours

Saturday, September 14 @ 10:00 AM — This tour is FULL

Saturday, September 21 @ 10:00 AM *Another Date Added!*

Come explore the history of Amherst on foot. We will meet on the front lawn outside the library and walk downtown to view some of the same sights that our library founder, Samuel Minot Jones, saw more than 100 years ago. Registration required, limited to 10 participants. To register, please call 413-259-3097.
Location: Jones Library Front Lawn

October 2019

Postcards from the Past: A Teen Time Travel Adventure!

Thursday, October 17 @ 4:00 PM
Using Martin W. Sandler's 1919: The Year That Changed America as a jumping off point, we'll explore what life was like 100 years ago. Our esteemed guest, Cyndi, from Special Collections will join us. To register, please call the Children's Room at 413-259-3091.
Location: Amherst Room

November 2019

Short Skirts, Oh My! History of Women's Rights

Saturday, November 2 @ 2:00 PM
When Abigail Adams begged her husband to "remember the ladies" in drafting a new code of laws, John wrote back that he "could not but laugh" at her extraordinary suggestion. Less than 150 years later, women were working, voting, and experiencing the first taste of freedoms unheard of just a generation earlier. In this talk, Anne Barrett traces the exciting social and historical milestones in the fight for women's rights.
Location: Woodbury Room