Around Amherst: Jones Library prepares for yearlong celebration

  • Jones Library JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Friday, March 08, 2019

AMHERST — The Jones Library is preparing for a yearlong celebration of its centennial with a series of activities that begin March 21, the date in 1919 when then Gov. Calvin Coolidge signed the legislation that incorporated the vision of Samuel Minot Jones.

Starting that day at 9:30 a.m. is a hands-on history of the Jones, during which visitors will be able to view scrapbooks and other artifacts from the library’s 100-year history in the atrium. That will last for two hours and will be repeated again at 2:30 p.m.

A community storytime with a birthday theme takes place in the children’s room at 10:30 a.m.

From noon to 1:15 p.m., people can record a personal story or memory of the Jones Library with Dr. Sam Redman’s oral history class. People can sign up in advance to participate by contacting special collections.

At 6 p.m. in the Woodbury Room, there will be a cake and other refreshments, before a public toast to the library.

For more information about the kickoff anniversary events, contact Cynthia Harbeson, curator of special collections, at 259-3182.

More information about the centennial, and a complete list of events, is at http://www.joneslibrary.org/centennial.

Common Good comes to Amherst

A downtown Amherst business is among the first in Hampshire County to join Common Good, a nonprofit financial institution owned collectively by its members.

Amherst Copy and Designworks recently became part of the network of local businesses that accept Common Good credit, which is based in Greenfield.

Sean Cleary, owner of the East Pleasant Street business, said he appreciates the community-building aspect.

“I see how the account holders in Greenfield are able to help out their local businesses and non-profits with Common Good, and I really want that for the Amherst area, too,” Cleary said.

Account holders in Common Good load dollars to their account in exchange for credit they redeem when making local purchases. As the credit circulates in the community, these dollars can then be invested in the community. Account holders in Greenfield last year put $19,000 toward environmental and social projects.

Cleary said that he believes Common Good can be a way to make more environmental projects occur in town, and because it is a free card, businesses don’t have to absorb any credit card fees.

Franklin County already has 50 participating merchants and 300 account holders.

Feast for the Future

The Amherst Boys & Girls Club is holding its annual Feast for the Future Gala at the Inn on Boltwood at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The event raises money for the 110-year-old club, which offers education, recreational activities and interpersonal programs from a Cottage Street location it moved to last summer.

This is the fourth year for the gala.

For additional information about the event and the club, contact Tom Crossman at tom@crossmanproperties.com or 687-7582.

Supporting the performing arts

The Amherst Regional Public Schools Friends of Performing Arts is being formed to support education in the public arts in the town’s public schools.

The nonprofit organization is made up of parents, guardians, students and community members, with a goal to provide both financial and logistical support to programs at the regional middle school and high school, and to advocate for continued investment in the performing arts department.

The Friends group will have a table with more information set up during the high school musical, Tuck Everlasting, which is being performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit www.arpsfpa.org


MONDAY: Residents’ Advisory Committee, 11 a.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall; Gardens Advisory Committee, 12:30 p.m., Goodwin Room, Jones Library; Local Historic District Commission, 4 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall; Amherst School Committee, 6 p.m., high school library.

TUESDAY: Disability Access Advisory Committee, 11:30 a.m., Stavros main conference room, 210 Old Farm Road; Buildings and Facilities Committee, Goodwin Room, Jones Library; Public Shade Tree Committee, 5:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

THURSDAY: Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m., Town Room Town Hall.