June 2015

Winifred Sayer in Robert Frost Room

This is Winifred  D. "Windy" Sayer, the first Curator of Special Collections after Charles R. Green. During her tenure at the Jones Library the historical collections were housed on all four floors of the library. Her work also involved rescuing and cataloging the hundreds of dolls she found in boxes under the basement stairs. In this photograph she is sitting in the Robert Frost Room, now the Goodwin Memorial Room.

(Originally posted on June 4, 2015)

Returning library books fine free

This is a patron returning overdue books in the Jones Library book drop during fine free month in 1973. The current incarnation of this long-standing library tradition is the Food For Fines program, held annually in January. During the time of this program, patrons may return overdue materials with a nonperishable food donation which benefits the Amherst Survival Center.

(Originally posted on June 11, 2015)

Weaving in the Arts and Crafts Room at Jones Library

This is a Jones Library original maker space! The Amherst Art Center, directed by Stephen Hamilton, a well-known local artist, was hosted by the library from 1955 through 1980. Classes offered included weaving (looms shown in photograph), poetry workshops, oil and watercolor painting, pottery, short story writing, jewelry making, and many others.

(Originally posted on June 18, 2015)

Reception for Robert Francis at Jones Library 1977

This reception at the Jones Library was in celebration of the 75th birthday of the poet Robert Francis in 1977. At this event, the sculptor Anna Wang presented the library with a bust of Francis that she had created. Left to right: unidentified woman, Mrs. Joseph Langland, Joseph Langland, Nathan Smith, Robert Francis, unidentified woman, and Horace W. Hewlett, chairman of the library’s board of trustees.

(Originally posted on June 25, 2015)