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A half-century of photography: Forbes Library exhibit showcases the vintage work and world views of photographer and digital printmaker Stan Sherer
06-06-2024 3:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Stan Sherer was growing up in the Bronx in New York City in the 1950s, an uncle paid a visit to his family one day and brought along some World War II-era darkroom equipment.Sherer didn’t know it just then, but he was about to find his life’s...

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‘Join Or Die’ screening, discussion to take place Tuesday at Forbes Library
06-14-2024 4:34 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

NORTHAMPTON — Loneliness impacts everyone, but the cure could be as simple as joining a local organization.Trauma-Informed Hampshire County will host a screening of “Join Or Die,” a film chronicling the work of renowned social scientist Robert Putnam...


Amherst library dips into endowment to pay architects up to $551K to pare Jones project cost
06-10-2024 4:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $500,000 from the Jones Inc. endowment will be used to pay Finegold Alexander Architects for an additional 12 weeks of work, during which its team will aim to reduce the costs of the proposed expansion and renovation of the Jones...


State library board extends window for Jones project to land affordable bid
06-06-2024 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Trustees for the Jones Library and the Library Building Committee will have another six months to identify a general contractor to handle the estimated $46.1 million project to expand and renovate the 43 Amity St. building by the end of...


Amherst council rejects pulling plug on Jones Library project
06-04-2024 3:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A process to seek new general contracting bids for the expansion and renovation of the Jones Library by the end of the year is continuing after the Town Council narrowly rejected an advisory calling on the town manager to immediately halt...


The many faces of food insecurity: Exhibit at Forbes Library shares diverse stories of access issues in our community
05-30-2024 3:02 PM

By JACOB NELSON

History is everyone’s story. Its lessons can inform a bright future for everyone, but only if we truly listen to everyone.For almost a year, members of the Storytelling Circle of the Hampshire County Food Policy Council (HCFPC) have been collecting...


Repair-only Jones Library plan would need more funding
05-25-2024 5:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Repairs to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and fixes to the aging fire alert system and sprinklers are the most immediate upgrades that should be undertaken at the Jones Library, if a full-scale renovation and expansion...


Jones Library trustees to ask state for 6 more months to find contractor for expansion project
05-20-2024 5:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Jones Library trustees are appealing to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to extend the deadline for awarding a general contractor bid for the $46.1 million renovation and expansion of the 43 Amity St. building.Trustees on...


Jones trustees ask Amherst town manager to reject library bid
05-13-2024 4:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Trustees for the Jones Library are recommending that the lone bid for renovating and expanding the Jones Library, which is at least $6.5 million above projected costs, should be rejected.In 6-0 vote, the elected trustees advised Town Manager...


Deerfield’s Tilton Library expansion ‘takes a village’
05-13-2024 3:41 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With tosses of dirt, dozens of residents, town officials and legislators celebrated the start of Tilton Library’s expansion Friday morning.The ceremony was more than a decade in the making and officially kicked off the project as the...


With Jones project in question, Amherst won’t sign lease for temporary digs
05-08-2024 5:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A significantly higher bid for construction of an expanded and renovated Jones Library is causing Amherst officials to scrap plans for leasing a temporary location elsewhere in town, as well as raising worries about whether the new $97.5...


Doors open at Tilton Library’s temporary home at South Deerfield Congregational Church
05-04-2024 2:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It was business as usual at Tilton Library on Wednesday morning — just in a slightly different location.The library reopened Wednesday in its temporary space at the South Deerfield Congregational Church, 71 North Main St., just a few...


Amherst council hears call to scale back Jones work
04-30-2024 4:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In September 2022, the Town Council committed to keeping the $46.1 million project to modernize and expand the Jones Library going, at least until it reached the construction bid stage.For Amherst resident Toni Cunningham, that decision...


Sole over-budget bid could doom Jones Library expansion project
04-29-2024 4:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A lone $42.7 million bid by a general contractor for expanding and renovating the Jones Library building, coming in more than $7 million over cost estimates, could be putting the entire project at risk.“We are disappointed to have received...


Northampton firm lands Tilton Library project in Deerfield
04-07-2024 10:54 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Roughly 10 years after the project’s seeds were planted, Tilton Library’s expansion project is just weeks away from beginning, as the town has awarded the construction bid to D.A. Sullivan & Sons Inc.The Northampton construction...


Amherst’s Jones Library will take up temporary quarters on University Drive
04-02-2024 3:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A University Drive office building will be the temporary location for the Jones Library during the renovation and expansion of the library’s home at 43 Amity St. over the next year and a half.Trustees for the Jones Library and town officials...


Libraries turning the page: They’re still in the business of books, but embracing new role as community ‘third space’
03-22-2024 5:08 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

On a typical day at Forbes Library, people can be found lying on the lawn, participating in book clubs and other programs, checking out books or perhaps a ukulele, and chatting with friends and strangers.It’s not the traditional image of a library...


Jones trustees short on expected library project contribution
02-26-2024 5:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even though an end-of-January commitment from the Jones Library trustees to provide the town $2 million for the $46.1 million project to expand and renovate the 43 Amity St. building wasn’t met, town officials are anticipating no impact on...


A new chapter begins at renovated, expanded North Amherst Library
02-06-2024 10:19 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Arriving at the North Amherst Library from their home a short distance away Monday afternoon, Zahir Kazazi, 5, and Elsia Kazazi, 7, parked their scooters at the base of a new staircase and chairlift, excitedly looking up from the $1.7...


New campaign to push toward Tilton Library’s $2M goal for expansion project
01-31-2024 4:30 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With Tilton Library approaching the early-spring start date for its expansion project, the library is launching its newest capital campaign to continue climbing toward its goal of $2 million.The “I Heart Tilton” campaign launched on...


Amherst Historical Commission to support application for historic state tax credits for Jones Library project
01-16-2024 4:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst Historical Commission is supporting an application for historic state tax credits for the renovation and expansion of the Jones Library, even with some changes being made to interior spaces of the original 1928 building.The...

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