Pachinko book discussion
Today's discussion of Pachinko will take place in a hybrid format at 4:30pm. You may choose to participate in-person or on Zoom. I have a fancy new meeting gadget that will hopefully make it easier to do these hybrid and, with the cold and the rise in cases, not a moment too late!

If you would like the Zoom link, please email me.

Our next book is Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI and copies are ready for pickup now.
Annual town report

What a difference a year makes! Well, maybe not so much since Covid-19 is still here. Despite the challenges, Jackson Public Library continues to thrive, with a focus on keeping our community healthy and safe (thank you for wearing your mask when you visit!) while providing the books and services you expect and enjoy.

The JPL Library Staff is unmatched for enthusiasm, dedication, and patron-centered focus. From finding that perfect read, to assisting with research, to accessing technology - just ask a Staff member! Many thanks to Lichen, Meredith, Lisa and Gloria for all they do to keep the JPL
open and welcoming for patrons and visitors alike.

Here are some of our highlights for 2021:

  • JPL is open 5 days each week, with curbside delivery available upon request.
  • Internet access capabilities were upgraded and expanded. Other IT services include patron computer availability, remote printing and Chromebook lending.
  • For the most part, indoor programs have been limited to small groups (we welcome your ideas in this area!) or Zoom format.
  • Our Summer Reading Program was a great success, with our tent providing a safe environment in which children could interact and learn.
  • Summer concerts on the lawn and under our tent proved to be challenging - we just couldn’t predict or control the weather! Our performers received high praise from the brave souls who showed up despite some damp and dreary weather.
  • JPL and the Jackson Grammar School are partnering to provide weekly Library visits and services for students in grades K-6. The excitement shown by the students tells us that the Library is an important part of their lives.

And now for the 2021 numbers. Total circulation was 19,477 items loaned, comprised of 6587 adult books, 5954 juvenile books, 4477 DVD’s, 2182 audiobooks, 1099 eBooks and 449 other non-print materials. Total patron visits were over 14,428. Active patrons totaled 508.
Visit our website at for Library news, and information about upcoming events and materials available to borrow. Look for our newly enhanced catalog system (Aspen Discovery) in 2022 for improved user-friendly access to JPL’s many offerings.

Thanks to the dedicated JPL Staff for continuing to step up to the challenges of operating in a Covid-19 environment, to my colleagues on the JPL Board of Trustees for their guidance in navigating the many issues we faced this year, and to the Friends of the Jackson Public Library who continue to provide funding for many a program, book purchase, special project and other needs as they arise. It is a privilege to be associated with this team of people who are passionate about the Jackson Public Library and its place in our community.

And thanks to you for supporting the Jackson Public Library!

Linda M. Terry, Chair
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees

Last call for weekend ‘shopping’

Today is your last day to come and get your Library business done. We are closed Friday and Saturday for the holiday weekend.

Our New shelf is groaning with fiction and nonfiction reads. Our Christmas music has barely seen any action.  And most of our movies including Elf, Holiday Inn, and It's a Wonderful Life are all here waiting.

Don't forget that we have puzzles in the hallway for taking home and more upstairs to check out. They are a great excuse to keep your head down and just spend a few quiet hours. I love doing them with someone I haven't seen in awhile - it seems to take some pressure off and allow conversations to flow more naturally.

I'm working on some amazing new projects in the new year and I'll look forward to sharing them!


Our Library community lost two well-loved members in November, Ms. Joanne Clarey and Mr. John Pepper.

Joanne was a local author and active participant in writing groups. We have several of her books in our collection and will miss her enthusiasm for literature. Her family has asked that donations to the library in her memory be used to purchase fiction by female authors. We are looking forward to filling that request.

John was a well known figure in Jackson for a variety of interests. I've been touched by the cards and letters we have received with generous donations in his memory. He seemed to be universally loved for his kindness - a consummate gentleman. I was always impressed with John's open curiosity as well as touched by how comfortable he was allowing us to help him find a book or assist with a device. He seemed to trust us as professionals and we responded by working extra for him.

I know that so many in Jackson love their library. At the same time you may not realize how much your library loves you back. Your librarians truly care for you. We know what you read, a very personal thing. We watch your kids grow up. We are privileged to play a role in so many lives. And we feel losses deeply.

Memorial donations to the library are a loving gesture of dedication to the community. It is, after all, everyone's library. On behalf of the staff and the Board of Trustees, our volunteers, and the whole community, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to both families.

Volunteer appreciation

Every year around this time, I review my list of folks who have helped the library along. These could be official volunteers, casual helpers, Board members, or other town employees who all work to support our services. It's a great way to end the year - with a gratitude review.

This year I invited each of those people to choose a book from our wishlist to add to our collection with a book plate in their honor. It's always fun to see what they choose.

I'm not going to tell you who the volunteers are - you'll have to check out the books and see their names on the bookplate! But here are the books that have come to the town of Jackson by way of just a few of the people who help to make our library so special.

If you see someone on our wishlist you think someone may like, we offer a way to buy it in that person's honor, for our collection.

Trustees meet 12/7 @ 4pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 4:00 PM
*Jackson Town Offices
Masks Required

Contact (603) 383-3100 for Further Information

1. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
2. Reports
o Library Director (including status of pandemic service plan and modifications
required, if any)
o Treasurer
o Friends
3. New Business
o 2022 Budget
4. Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II-a for discussions of employee
5. Next Meeting - Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 4:00 pm

Be our friend

Thanksgiving 2021

Dear Friends of the Jackson Public Library,

“Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.”

This quote from Professor R. David Lankes of the University of South Carolina echoes a conversation I had recently with another Friend. Libraries are among the few inclusive multi-generational institutions in our cities and towns. From the book clubs to the summer concerts to the wildly popular children’s programs this year, the Jackson Public Library has been building community.

For our library to continue to build community, while also providing us with books and services, our financial support is needed. Our donations to the Friends will be used to purchase new books, office and bathroom supplies, electronic media, and fund programs for children and adults. Jackson tax dollars keep the lights on, the building maintained, and our hard-working staff paid, but most everything else depends on your gifts! We hope your generosity will continue.

As important as money is, it is not the only thing that helps the library maintain its vital role in our community. While some of the volunteer opportunities at the library have not been available during the past two years, as we move out of the pandemic there will be many more ways to support our library: shelving returned books and media, outdoor maintenance, grant writing, and supporting the library’s budget at the annual Town Meeting.

One of the most public ways that the Friends have raised money has been our used book sale at the Whitney Center on Memorial Day weekend. We did not hold that sale in the past three years. We plan to return to the Whitney Center for a sale in the spring. Our fall used book collection days were successful and we plan to have more in the early spring. Volunteers will be needed for the book sale.

As some of you know I was raised by a librarian and had my first job shelving books at the library where she worked. When she retired in Jackson she volunteered at the library. It made sense when my wife and I retired in Intervale for us to make Jackson’s library our library. It also made sense for me to respond positively to the suggestion that I serve as president of the Friends. It is both those capacities that I thank you for your continued support.

Yours truly,

Daniel Weir, President
Friends of the Jackson Public Library

This year we again offer online giving.

Best books of 2021

Goodreads just released their annual survey to identify the best books of 2021. If you're a heavy reader, and have a Goodreads account, fill it out and make your voice heard. If you don't use Goodreads, I do recommend it. It's handy to keep track of what you have read and fun to see what your friends are reading. Feel free to friend me and join the Jackson Public Library group!

I love filling these out every year, but don't read enough of the books on the list to be able to make much of a difference in the voting.

As most of you know, I love to match books and readers. One of the intangible bonuses of using your library is that we love to get to know what you like and then when I'm buying new books, I keep my readers in mind. That's right, I'm a personal reading concierge for those who come in often.

For me, though, this means when I'm looking for a new book to read, I usually go for the ones that no one is checking out so I can match it to a reader and get it out there.

Anyway, it's fun to vote!