Amherst’s Jones Library Not Among Nine to Win State Construction Grants; Project Put On Waiting List for “At Least A Few Years” (INCLUDES UPDATES)

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners announced yesterday (July 13) that it was awarding $67 million in provisional construction grants to nine communities, a  list that included libraries in Hadley and Springfield, but not Amherst's Jones Library. The Baker-Polito administration placed the Jones Library 9th on a "waiting list" of 24 libraries statewide that "will … Continue reading Amherst’s Jones Library Not Among Nine to Win State Construction Grants; Project Put On Waiting List for “At Least A Few Years” (INCLUDES UPDATES)

Guest Opinion Column By Molly Turner: Jones Library Expansion, other Capital Projects, Will Negatively Effect the Environment

By MOLLY TURNER In Amherst, we celebrate the earth, science and sustainability. We recently marched for science, and celebrated Earth Day.  We have a sustainability office, and Amherst has won "Green Community" status from the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environment. To do so we had to meet certain criteria, including setting requirements to minimize life-cycle costs … Continue reading Guest Opinion Column By Molly Turner: Jones Library Expansion, other Capital Projects, Will Negatively Effect the Environment

Amherst Town Meeting Narrowly Gives Green Light to Jones Library Renovation Project, and Calls for Investigation of President Donald J. Trump (INCLUDES UPDATES & PHOTOS)

A project to renovate and expand the Jones Library narrowly won approval from Amherst Town Meeting last night (May 10), after two hours of vigorous debate. Town Meeting voted 105 to 94, with 2 abstentions, to approve a preliminary design for the historic library, and authorize library trustees to apply for a Massachusetts Public Library … Continue reading Amherst Town Meeting Narrowly Gives Green Light to Jones Library Renovation Project, and Calls for Investigation of President Donald J. Trump (INCLUDES UPDATES & PHOTOS)

Touring the Jones Libary in Amherst: An Old Friend Reveals Secrets

I took a tour of the Jones Library last week, one of several being offered for Amherst Town Meeting members, who will vote May 10 on whether to approve a design for a $36 million expansion and renovation plan. I'd urge anyone on Town Meeting who hasn't yet gone on a library tour yet to … Continue reading Touring the Jones Libary in Amherst: An Old Friend Reveals Secrets

After Amherst Referendum for School Building Project Falls Short, Town Meeting to Vote on Wildwood Boiler, Fort River Study (UPDATED)

It is unknown whether the district will seek, or if the MSBA would grant any further extensions, and if the community overall has the stomach for any further campaigning or debate. However, Kevin Collins, director of the Red Barn Music School, has launched a petition drive to try and force a third Town Meeting vote on the issue. He posted on his public Facebook this morning that he has "only 148 signatures to go." https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158371471795545&set=a.10150614132745545.676098.633190544&type=3&theater

On Central Hubs, Locked Rooms, Ebooks, and the Jones Library’s Future

In this era of e-books being downloaded to hand-held devices, and books ordered by Internet arriving by mail within a day, it is hard to guess what the future holds for any public library, much less Amherst's historic, stone-fronted Jones Library. Will public libraries be mostly virtual, located primarily on servers that allow people to … Continue reading On Central Hubs, Locked Rooms, Ebooks, and the Jones Library’s Future