Trustees meet 3/10 @ 2pm

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
RESCHEDULED Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 2:00 pm

MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM

CONTACT (603) 383-3100 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

  1. Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
  2. Library Director’s Report, including status of pandemic service plan and modifications required, if any, and recap of discussions regarding purchase of generator and designation of Library as secondary emergency shelter.
  3. Friends’ Report.
  4. Treasurer’s Report.
  5. Discussion of requirements for investing trust funds and donations made directly to the Library (see RSA 202-A:23, RSA 31:25, RSA 31:25-d and RSA 41:6).
  6. Amendment to Bylaws to permit 3 alternates.
  7. Approve recommendations to be sent to Board of Selectmen: 2 new alternates, replacement for vacated elected position.
  8. First amendment audits.
  9. Discussion of Personnel Policy – Holidays, Vacation and Personal Days
  10. Other Business.
  11. Non-Public Session: If applicable.
  12. Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 4:00 pm.

POSTPONED Trustees meet 3/2 @ 4pm

Update:: Because of high winds, downed trees, and power outages, the Library trustees meeting schedule for today is cancelled. Standby for rescheduled meeting.

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 4:00 pm
MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM

CONTACT (603) 383-3100 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

  1. Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
  2. Library Director’s Report, including status of pandemic service plan
    and modifications required, if any, and recap of discussions regarding purchase of generator and designation of Library as secondary emergency shelter.
  3. Friends’ Report.
  4. Treasurer’s Report.
  5. Discussion of requirements for investing trust funds and donations
    made directly to the Library (see RSA 202-A:23, RSA 31:25, RSA
    31:25-d and RSA 41:6).
  6. Amendment to Bylaws to permit 3 alternates.
  7. Approve recommendations to be sent to Board of Selectmen: 2 new alternates, replacement for vacated elected position.
  8. First amendment audits.
  9. Discussion of Personnel Policy – Holidays, Vacation and Personal Days
  10. Other Business.
  11. Non-Public Session: If applicable.
  12. Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 4:00 pm.

The Tough Times are killing me

This painting is one of my favorites, and the author has local ties… anyone recognize the name?

After investing some time troubleshooting for and communicating with the team at the Museum of Bad Art, our libraries have decided to cancel the formally postponed event Living in Tough Times: From Having a Bad Day to Dystopian Apocalypse.

It was lovely to see so many familiar Jackson faces on the Zoom meeting even if I was melting into the floorboards. I know we were all looking forward to a belly laugh so please accept apologies from all parties.  We are working on other awesome programs throughout the spring.

Museum of Bad Art: Living in Tough Times

The libraries of the Northern New Hampshire Library Cooperative are proud Living in Tough Timesto present Living in Tough Times: From Having a Bad Day to Dystopian Apocalypse from Boston's Museum of Bad Art via Zoom on Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at 5pm.

The Museum of Bad Art collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. Their art is sourced from thrift stores, yard sales, and even sidewalk trash. They analyze it, compare it to classic art, and share it with our thousands of fans around the world.  As we endure a global pandemic, political upheaval, and unrelenting climate change, Living in Tough Times examines works from the MOBA Collection to discern how art reflects adversity.

Patrons of the libraries of any NNHLC libraries - Conway, Jackson, Madison, or Cook in Tamworth - may register to participate. The Zoom information will be shared closer to the date. Please address questions to Lichen at the Jackson Public Library.

Board of Trustees meet 2/2 at 2pm

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 2:00 pm
MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM

CONTACT (603) 383-3100 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
Library Director’s Report, including status of pandemic service plan and
modifications required, if any.
Friends’ Report.
Treasurer’s Report and Budget Discussion.
Dates for Town Elections (5/11/21) and Town Meeting (5/15/21).
Timing for request to Board of Selectmen to fill alternate positions, and
whether to increase the number of alternates to 3.
Other Business.
Non-Public Session: If applicable.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 4:00 pm.

Ty Gagne event Sunday 1/31

Join author Ty Gagne and the Friends of the Jackson Public Library on Sunday, January 31st at 5pm to discuss his new book The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites. Register online to receive Zoom details.

The Last TraverseOn a mountain somewhere above treeline, in some of the coldest and worst winter conditions imaginable, two men lie unconscious in the snow as explosive winds batter the nearby summits.

In The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites, Ty Gagne masterfully lays out the events that led up to an epic and legendary rescue attempt in severe and dangerous winter conditions in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. More than a cautionary tale, it is a tribute to all the volunteers and professionals who willingly put themselves in harm's way to save lives. This is a must read for anyone who hikes the Whites.

"In his first book, Where You'll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the last Climb of Kate Matrosova, Ty Gagne established his credentials as a writer of well-researched and objective analysis of mountain accidents. Moreover, Where You'll Find Me reads like a novel, a book I couldn't put down. In his latest book, The Last Traverse, Gagne takes the combination of analysis and storytelling to a new level in a tale of survival and tragedy in the White Mountains."

-Mark Synnott, author of The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life and The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson Public Library. Registration is open to anyone and we have 100 'seats' in our Zoom subscription. In the unlikely event that over 100 people register, priority will be given to Jackson Library card holders and members of the Friends of the Jackson Public Library.

Online film screening and discussion “Communities & Consequences II” Jan. 26

Communities and Consequences II

“Every citizen, business and organization has a stake in the economic health of the Granite State.” This is the tagline for the New Hampshire PBS film, “Communities & Consequences II: Rebalancing New Hampshire’s Human Ecology.”

On Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m., the Cook Memorial Library, with the Madison Library, the Tamworth Economic Development Commission, the Tamworth Planning Board, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, MWV Housing Coalition, MWV Age-Friendly Community, and UNH Cooperative Extension, will partner with New Hampshire PBS to offer an online screening of this film followed by a panel discussion with people working to improve the human ecology of the Mount Washington Valley and surrounding area.

REGISTER for the virtual screening!

NHPBS will send you a link to the private screening and walk you through some set up FAQs once you register.

The program will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a screening of the hour-long film. After the film, there will be a moderated panel discussion with panelists Andrew Dean, Chair of Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition, Marianne Jackson of Mount Washington Valley Age Friendly Community, and Shannon Rogers, State Specialist of Nature Based Economic Development on UNH Cooperative Extension’s Community and Economic Development Team. Audience members will be able to submit questions during the film and discussion.

NHPBS will send you a link to the private screening and walk you through some set up FAQs once you register.

Corporate sponsors for the NHPBS “Communities and Consequences II” project: Cathartes | DTC Lawyers, PLLC | EnviroVantage | Exeter Hospital |Heritage Home Service | New Hampshire REALTORS | New Hampshire Electric Cooperative | New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority | Anagnost Companies | Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. | Orbit Group |Northeast Delta Dental | Chinburg Properties

The Last Traverse. Book talk with Ty Gagne

Edit:: Conway reports this program is now FULL. We are in touch with Mr. Gagne to offer an encore soon. Watch this space.

Join Ty Gagne and the Conway Public Library on Zoom January 21st at 6:30pm to discuss his new bookThe Last Traverse The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites. You may remember our 2018 our One Book, One Valley series featured Ty's first book, Where You'll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova by Ty Gagne. His followup is reported to be every bit as riveting.

The Conway Public Library has generously invited the Jackson Library community to join the event. To receive meeting details, please email Lichen.

 

 

Next book group selection is available

We just wrapped up a wonderful discussion of The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir. You may know the author's parents, Dan and Jan Weir. Always fun to read a book with a local connection - even better when it is a gripping, fascinating, and thought-provoking one. If you have read The Book of Essie and want to share your thoughts, please leave a comment here.

 

Our next book is nonfiction and entitled Ghost of the Innocent Man by Benjamin Rachlin. I have copies ready to check out now. Please reserve them online or phone us and we will prepare one for you to pick up. We will discuss it via Zoom at 4:30 on February 9th.

Bonus trivia rounds

The trivia we offered  over the vacation week was a resounding success. To beef up the competition we offered it to all the area libraries as a fun competition. I had a few goals with this project:

  • Provide families something to do together even if they were celebrating from a distance. Sometimes it's hard to find something to talk about on the phone when you see each other only once a year.
  • Offer a way for teams to feel a sense of community by providing a goal they can reach together.
  • Have a project that was fun for me to do over the week.

That last one is pretty low on the priority list, but it still figures. It's tricky to juggle heavy-duty work around the distraction of the holidays, but organizing trivia was easier to dig in to. I think I was successful on all counts. We had an amazing 65 teams register representing libraries from Freedom, Fryeburg, Jackson, Madison, Moultonborough, North Conway, Sandwich, and Tamworth. Approximately 45 of those teams played all the way to the end.

The Jackson teams, led by The Three Masketeers, held the top spot throughout the contest, but after a surprise upset in the final round, Donnydowoop won the day. In their honor a book went to the Freedom Public Library in their honor.  Freedom also won the contest among each library's to three point's earners. Two books commemorating their victory are on their way into the Freedom Library's collection.

One of our fine and generous Friends writes trivia questions and hosts contests for his friends and allows me to repurpose them for these contests. Appreciating the elegance of starting on Yule-eve and ending on New Year's Day, I only used eight of his rounds.

The end game here is to say that I am posting two more rounds open to anyone who wants to try it out. If you want to be notified by email when there is a new question posted, please register. If you are happy to monitor the library's trivia page for new rounds, simply dive into Bonus Round 3.9. I'll post results on our trivia page.