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Library groundbreaking set for Aug. 2 in Shutesbury
07-08-2024 11:36 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A ceremony to kick off the building of Shutesbury’s new public library, which will replace the 122-year-old M.N. Spear Memorial Library when it opens in fall 2025, is set for early August.Library trustees and the Library Building...

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George Ryan: Why support effort to rebid Jones expansion?
06-26-2024 5:49 PM

By GEORGE RYAN

After over an hour of intense discussion, the Amherst Town Council voted 4-8-1 on June 17 to reject Councilor Cathy Schoen’s motion to urge the town manager to not sign a contract extension with the Jones Library architects. This would have been in...


The long shadow of the Mill River flood: Multiple events on tap in May to mark 150th anniversary of the 1874 disaster
05-02-2024 4:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

On the morning of May 16, 1874, the dam on the Williamsburg Reservoir, up in the hills along the East Branch of the Mill River, suddenly collapsed, sending 600 million gallons of water roaring downhill.The flood, which soon became a 30-foot-high brown...


Time to celebrate kids and books: Mass Kids Lit Fest offers a wealth of programs in Valley during Children’s Book Week
04-25-2024 11:56 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Just in time to coincide with Children’s Book Week, a national event established in 1905, the Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) has created a children’s literary showcase here in the Valley.The Mass Kids Lit Fest, a new book festival taking...


As expansion project begins, Tilton Library move set for April 15
03-30-2024 11:44 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Tilton Library has an official date for its move next door to the South Deerfield Congregational Church’s function hall, as its long-awaited expansion project is nearly set to begin.The library will officially move on April 15, but...


Last look at old library: Amherst’s Jones giving tours through March
03-11-2024 9:16 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Final opportunities for patrons to get an inside look at both the original 1928 Jones Library building and its 1990s addition, before work commences on an expansion and renovation project at the 43 Amity St. site this spring, are taking...


Martin Miller: Jones Library project deserves continued support
12-01-2023 12:55 PM

By MARTIN MILLER

The Amherst Town Council will be making a very important decision at an upcoming December meeting. I, along with a likely majority of voters (based on the results of the town vote in 2021), are asking that the council vote in favor of amending the...


Jeff Lee: Amherst needs info before raising Jones borrowing cap
11-30-2023 6:00 PM

By JEFF LEE

Next week the Amherst Town Council will be deciding whether to add $9,860,100 to the $35.3 million borrowing authorization it approved in 2021 to pay for a renovation and expansion of the Jones Library that has been years in planning. Given Amherst’s...


Amherst Historical Commission OKs demolition of Jones Library addition
09-19-2023 2:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst’s Historical Commission is giving the green light for the building commissioner to issue a demolition permit so the 1990s addition to the Jones Library can be torn down, allowing the expansion and renovation of the 43 Amity St....


Shutesbury town library plans get smaller
08-07-2023 6:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Designs for a new town library to replace the 121-year-old M.N. Spear Memorial Library continue to be prepared by a Boston architecture company, with the latest plans bringing the building size to under 5,000 square feet as a necessary...


Public forum set for Tilton Library expansion
05-15-2023 4:08 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As Tilton Library’s expansion project moves through the design phase, residents will get a chance to provide feedback at a public forum on Tuesday.The forum will serve as a chance for residents to see the building’s updated design,...


Public forum set for Shutesbury library project on Tuesday
04-10-2023 1:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A Boston architect, working with a civil engineer and landscape architect, is beginning the process of developing a floor plan and a site plan for the $6.4 million, 5,490-square-foot library to be constructed at 66 Leverett Road next...


Guest columnist Russ Carrier: Forbes Library needs you now more than ever 
03-24-2023 2:13 PM

By RUSS CARRIER

One of the amazing aspects about living in Massachusetts is that most communities, regardless of their size, have a free public library. It is impossible to calculate the positive impact that these libraries have had since the initial ones were...


Book Bag: ‘Sun on the Muddy’ by Jim Armenti; ‘Common Place’ by Thomas E. Johnson, Jr.; ‘The Adventures of Robo-Kid’ by Diane deGroat
02-03-2023 4:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Sun on The MuddyPoems by Jim Armenti; photos by Dave Madeloni; edited by Dan Lombardo; Levellers PressJim Armenti is well known in these parts for the varied roles he’s had in the regional music scene. The multi-instrumentalist — guitar, bass,...


An ideal offer for the Easthampton’s library comes with a caveat
01-12-2023 7:52 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — The city’s public library might have an opportunity to move into a downtown location that’s more accessible to the public, has more space and has public parking available — for free.While the deal seems too good to pass up, members of...

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