SUPPORT FOR THE JONES LIBRARY 

"To The Jones Library, my first serious collector and long time friend under Charles Green." Robert Frost, Poet, inscription dated November 7, 1952, Amherst

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"... For fifty years a privately endowed "free public library" in Massachusetts, unique in architectural design, literary acquisitions, and personal associations." Subtitle, The Jones Library in Amherst 1919-1969, by Frank Prentice Rand

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"We've been here since 1979 and have always thought the Jones Library and Garden are the town jewels.  What a travesty it would be to spend money just to ruin it."  Michael & Barbara Levine, Amherst 

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"My work experiences at The Jones Library encouraged me to pursue a career in library science. I started out as a page and later had substantial responsibilities both in the Children’s Room and in Circulation. While I was a professional academic librarian, I participated in planning a new university library. I appreciate the need for facilities and services to evolve to meet changing needs. I understand the importance of providing more space for younger people to meet and use library resources. However, I have particular concerns as a retired person. The existing plans, as I understand them, seem to inhibit access for older patrons such as myself and/or people with mobility challenges. I’m not convinced that existing renovations plans will result in the“welcoming atmosphere for everyone” promised in the library’s vision statement. Nor am I persuaded that the planning process to date has adequately honored the historical value of the building."  Margy Andrews, Amherst native & current resident

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"We are amongst the many residents of Amherst who do not want to see this kind of 'improvement' to the Jones Library for all the reasons that have been so well articulated by librarians, architects, and historians in additon to the legitimate concerns of regular users. The Jones library does not have one location, it has 3. The North Amherst (branch of) the Jones Library is in desperate need of addition/renovation and expansion. ...We urge again, the Jones Trustees to think again. Make only necessary repairs to the downtown Jones and realize your dreams at the older library in North Amherst.Melissa & Jim Perot

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"We love the Jones Library just the way it is - repair, replace only where needed...but please don't destroy one of the crown jewels in our town center." Denise Kim & Rob Kusner, Professor of Mathematics, UMass Amherst

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"Amherst's Jones Library building and Kinsey Garden are simply beautiful. We have so many ugly buildings in our historic town, please do not add yet another one.  Let's demonstrate that our town leadership really does have both sense and sensibility."  Julian Tyson & Holly Davis, Amherst

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"I feel strongly that the charm of the building will be jeopardized and that modifications such as those planned would seriously challenge this building's historical value, not to mention its beauty and its place in America's heritage.  It will aslo destroy the exquisite garden there, with many old and unusual trees that I feel need to be treasured. To gut and modify such a special place, building and gardens alike, in order to create something new, at great financial expense, seems tragic, given that the charm of the place contributes to the charm of Amherst itself. Having such a place untouched can only be beneficial, not only to the library visitors and the inhabitants of the entire region, but to all who come and visit, far and wide such as I did, and are totally taken by its loveliness."  H.R.H. The Princess Sophie of Romania

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"It is very important that town residents have an equal voice in determining the future of the Library both functionally and structurally."  Ira Addes, Amherst resident since 1974

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"We must understand how vital preservation of the Jones Library is to the well being of all who live in Amherst.  We must care for our heritage. Molly Turner, former Jones Library Trustee President

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Education and providing the right technology and resources are more important for Amherst townies like me, than expanding it and making it look fancy.  That will not serve us.  I'm all for mindful expansion within a reasonable budget.  Expansion that is cost effective and realistic.  We don't need long, pointless "gallerias" and big open spaces.  What we need is more computers. More books. Tania Douglas, recent college graduate, Amherst resident since early childhood

 

The Kinsey Garden: An oasis in downtown Amherst (Source: The Hampshire Gazette)

SUPPORT FOR THE KINSEY MEMORIAL GARDEN

"The Kinsey Memorial Garden is a downtown oasis: a beautiful place to walk through or to stop and pause.  It is tucked away and yet accessible. The plantings are a once unusual and entirely fitting to their environment.  Amherst is lucky to have this remarkable garden at its center. Whatever the future of The Jones Library, I hope and trust the Kinsey Garden will be accorded the respect it deserves." Meredith Michaels, President, The Garden Club of Amherst

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"The Kinsey Garden is one of Amherst's little gems, a beautifully designed and cultivated moment of repose, integrated with the notion of a library's purpose. Its preservation is a measure of Amherst's commitments to those qualities which render our town unique." Haim B. Gunner, Ph.D, Chief Scientist, LidoChem, Inc.

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"Not only does the Kinsey Garden memorialize a great man, it is a quiet, intimate green space in the heart of Amherst. It is horticulturally sophisticated, tastefully designed and truly a gem tucked away behind the library.  I have admired and valued this space since it was first created, as many others do." Thomas E. Clark, Former Garden Supervisor, Mt. Holyoke College and volunteer for the Kinsey Garden Horticultural Committee

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"The Kinsey Garden is not only a delicate, lovely place to be and to relax, but it represents the best in Amherst citizenship--Carol Pope has enabled the community to share the remembrance of one of Amherst's great professors, who contributed to all mankind, not least the Amherst community." Tom Roeper, Dept. of Linguistics, UMass South College, Amherst, MA

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"As a photographer, I am often drawn to the variety of wonderful plantings that have been so well kept over the years.  Since we have no other public garden downtown, it's a joy to be able to walk through the peaceful green space away from the street noise." Paul Lisseck

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