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The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, begins tomorrow, February 16. Out with the Rooster, in with the Dog! This fine specimen is demonstrating both a talent for yoga and expertise as a hockey goalie.
#throwbackthursday

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Come see our new exhibit, Wonder Women of Amherst! It features 10 ordinary women, like Mittie Hall Anderson (pictured here) who lived extraordinary lives.

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These young ladies from the Girls Club prepare for their Valentine Dance, February 4, 1956. Photo by Nathan Tilley.
#throwbackthursday

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Come see the newest items in our collections! Once owned by Ray Stannard Baker, the camera and honey scale were generously donated by his descendents. You've got to view them in person to appreciate them - clearly our curator has little skill as a photographer!

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While Pennsylvania has Punxsutawney Phil and New York has Staten Island Chuck, Jones Library Special Collections would like to introduce Quabbin’s own Herman the Woodchuck! (Although Herman seems much more interested in eating lunch than in marmot meteorology…)
#throwbackthursday

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We are honored and delighted to be the recipients of an original Edith Byron painting. Edith was an ardent library supporter and dedicated Friend of the Jones Library System. Her work now hangs in the children's department, the place in the library she loved most, so that all can enjoy it. Thanks to Katherine Fite for her generous donation! (And, fear not, sheep lovers! The Wiggins sheep landscape has been herded to another location in the library. Can you find it?)

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Ursula Le Guin was never at a loss for words. She participated in our card catalog auction by signing several of her books' cards - and made her opinions known! She will be missed.
#ursulaleguin #amherstma #librariesofinstagram #archivesofinstagram

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Just arrived!! We don't normally accept donations of artifacts for our collections, but there's an exception to every rule. This camera and honey scale belonged to Amherst author Ray Stannard Baker and were generously donated by his descendents. Look for them in our February spotlight exhibit!!

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This photograph was taken by the staff of the Amherst Record in January 1974. One wonders if a specific incident prompted that sign to be posted at the Amherst Public Works Department…
#throwback

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We are all deeply saddened by the death of Julius Lester, one of the kindest men we've had the privilege to meet. We are honored to be the repository of his papers so generations to come can learn about Julius and his work.

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A view of Route 116 through the Notch taken by Lincoln Barnes during the winter of 1931. After seeing that road, I think I’d prefer the one-horsepower vehicle from last week! #throwbackthursday

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Amherst has a long history of celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and has held a community breakfast in his honor for the past 34 years. Pictured here are examples of past years' programs and tickets from our collections.

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