Listening Sessions

We Want to Hear from YOU!

Do you have a Jones Library story or memory to share? On Thursday, March 21, from 1:00-2:15 PM, the library will host several 15 minute segments for patrons to record their stories about the library with students from Dr. Sam Redman's oral history class.

Please call 413-259-3097 or email specialcollections@joneslibrary.org to sign up for a session.

Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Another opportunity to record your story will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Stay tuned for more details.

Don’t know what to talk about?

No need to worry! We will have prompting questions to ask that will help jog your memory.

Or here are some ideas to get you started:

  • The day you got your first library card
  • Bringing your children or grandchildren to the library
  • Attending an event including ESL, book club, story time, etc.
  • A memorable interaction with a staff member
  • Working or volunteering in the library
  • Finding a great book, movie, CD, or manuscript
  • How library resources have helped you
  • How the library has changed or stayed the same over the years
  • Experience with the homebound program
  • Visiting the library for a second grade field trip

How will these listening sessions be used?

These mini-oral histories will be added to the Jones Library Collection and will remain a permanent part of Special Collections at the Jones Library. They will be publicly accessible. The interviews, or portions thereof, may be uploaded to the Jones Library website, the Digital Amherst website, or used in social media. Copies will also be donated to the Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The centennial celebration is funded in part by federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.