Summer hours & events

I cannot tell you how pleased I am to announce that on June 17 we will return to being ALMOST fully open. Here's the scoop:

  • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
  • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you're unable to mask, let us know and we will make arrangements to get you what you need.
  • If we get so many people inside and they have having trouble distancing, you may be asked to wait outside. We don't anticipate this happening often, but it is possible.
  • We will continue to request only one family at a time in the kids room since little ones are not vaccinated.
  • Our bathrooms and meeting room remain closed for the time being.
  • Please continue to return items in our outdoor bookdrop on your way inside - it's just easier for us and less likely to get things mixed up.

Change to picking up holds
In my last newsletter, I asked folks to log their preferences about contact-free pickups vs. picking up holds at the desk. I know some have really gotten used to grab and go so I was surprised that the vote was split down the middle.

So, here is the plan when you have requested an item is held for you. You will receive and email informing you the item is available for you to pick up at the desk.

If you prefer to pick up in the foyer

  1. Please respond to that email and tell us when you expect to grab it.
  2. We will adjust the due date, wrap it up for privacy, and put it in the closet in the foyer with your first name.

If you are happy to pick items up at the desk, simply come in during open hours and we will check the item out to you as usual.

We are beyond excited for this big step forward - it's been a tough year during which we have been asked to rethink every aspect of our work in order to continue any semblance of library services to you.

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our Library Board of Trustees, our town's Emergency Manager, Selectmen, and most of all, our dedicated staff who have shown unparalleled enthusiasm, grace, and dedication. They have worked tirelessly and deserve only praise and appreciation.

Stay tuned!

Don't forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Program for reminders about programs as well as daily games, trivia, and fun in your email.

Watch this space for more exciting news about summer events.

The Vagabond Trilogy: The Story in History w/ Olga Morrill 6/15 @ 7pm

Local author Olga Morrill defines what is fact and what is fiction in The Vagabond Trilogy, an historical fiction series that is currently in the works. Two of the three books are now published. Join the discussion! This event is sponsored by the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, the Conway Public Library, The Pope Memorial Library in North Conway, the Madison Public Library, and the Jackson Public Library.

Sign up for Zoom access here:

Books are available through your local library, White Birch Books, and Amazon.


Annual meeting of the Friends of the Jackson Library

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 4:30p-5:30p on the Library Patio.
All supporters of the Jackson Public Library are invited to the Annual Meeting of the Friends. Come and learn about our how our library continued to serve our community during the pandemic; share your ideas about how the Friends can support our library; and elect the Friends’ officers for the coming year.

Library trustees meet Tu May 24 @ 4pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 4:00 pm



1. Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
2. Library Director’s Report, including status of pandemic service plan
and modifications required, if any.
3. Discussion of Library staffing needs.
4. Attendance at other Town Board meetings.
5. Other Business.
6. Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II-a to discuss revisions to
‘Vacation’ and ‘Personal Days’ sections of Personnel Policies.
7. Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 2:00 pm.

New titles added to Kanopy

I hope all is well! I’m excited to share a list of the films added to Kanopy in April. These films are already available for you to stream for Jackson residents with their library card.

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Kanopy has created a collection of related films.

To use Kanopy's streaming movie service, create an account using your 14 digit library card, and away you go.

Trustees meet Tues 5/4 @ 4pm on Zoom

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 4:00 pm


1. Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
2. Library Director’s Report, including status of pandemic service plan and modifications required, if any.
3. Treasurer’s Report.
4. Friends’ Report.
5. Library service if regular staff unavailable.
6. Timing of Library Director’s evaluation.
7. Other Business.
8. Non-Public Session to Discuss Personnel Policies Pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II-a.
9. Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 2:00 pm.

Visiting us

All visitors must be wearing a mask over nose and mouth before entering the building. Masks must stay in place at all times within the building.

If the building is full to capacity, you may be asked to wait outside.

Nicholas Black Elk 5/2 @ 5pm

The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota

Join Damian Costello, the Friends of the Jackson Library, and New Hampshire Humanities to explore the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (c.1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book Black Elk Speaks.

We will begin with Black Elk's Great Vision and his struggle to discern his calling during the events of the Great Sioux War. During his long life, Black Elk lived out his vision in three overlapping roles: as a traditional healer, a Catholic teacher, and a revivalist of Indigenous traditions. In the midst of great tragedy, Black Elk wove these three strands into one beautiful life exemplifying survival, hope, and reconciliation.

We will discuss the relevance of Black Elk's legacy for broader questions of Abenaki survival in Northern New England, hope in the face of global environmental problems, and reconciliation in the midst of growing political and religious sectarianism. This talk is based on extensive historical research, extended residency in Indian Country, and continuing conversation with Lakota elders.

Introduction to Chess 5/16 @ 3pm

This program is for anyone interested in learning about chess including kids, parents, and teachers.  If you are a complete beginner or haven't played in a long time and need a refresher, this would be a great place to start.  You'll learn about the fundamentals of chess (the chess board, pieces, and setup), the rules, some basic strategies, and how to improve your chess skills going forward.

Register to receive the Zoom link.

Library report to the town

The year 2020 required that we adapt in order to thrive. And Jackson Public Library is definitely thriving! Although the building was completely closed for several months, the Library is OPEN in so many ways!
Patrons can schedule 20 minute visits to the Library to browse the collection or use the computers, and are welcome to explore the storybook trail behind the building.
Curbside pickup is available (and the Library was among the first to implement this service during the pandemic) for books, DVD’s, magazines, hot spots, Chromebooks, puzzles, museum and recreation passes and preloaded Kindles.
Online services include downloading of eBooks and Audiobooks, participation in the monthly Book Group, movie streaming with Kanopy, taking craft classes with Creative Bug, printing from anywhere for pickup at the Library, story time(twice monthly) and applying for a Library card.
Our Library staff deserves well-earned thanks for stepping up to the many challenges presented by working in this time of COVID-19. Of course, our dedicated staff of 4 has always been ready to serve the Library’s many patrons, but has now been faced with adding a regimen of new health and safety measures to keep everyone safe - e.g., wearing masks, frequent hand sanitizing,wiping down work surfaces, holding returns “in quarantine.” Typically the Library staff would receive assistance from a large group of volunteers, but due to the pandemic, volunteers have not been allowed in the building. Consequently, the Library staff has shouldered all responsibilities for keeping the Library running. Special thanks go to our outstanding Library Director, who applied and received for the Library a special $10,000 grant under the CARES Act (administered by New Hampshire Humanities) to be used to recover lost income and fund new initiatives aimed at providing services that can be accessed outside the building. Thanks to the CARES Act grant, the Library updated its WiFi systems within and outside the building, purchased additional Chromebooks for checkout and added patio furniture on the pergola to allow for outdoor meetings (socially distanced, of course).
The Library continues to benefit from the support of the strong Friends of the Jackson Library. We thank them, and you, for your generosity in providing funding for book purchases, programs and other needs. The Friends organized and hosted two successful outdoor concerts featuring Jackson musicians  and October. We look forward to the return of more frequent programs and the annual book sale in 2021. As a reminder, the Friends of Jackson Library provide significant funding for the Library’s needs; the Town budget supports only the Library’s staff and utilities.
Now for a few statistics which show how the Library continued to meet the needs of its patrons during 2020. Total circulation was more than 14,000 items;this comprised almost 5,000 adult books, 4,000 juvenile books, 1200 DVDs,2,000 audio books in a variety of formats, 1,600 eBooks and 300 other non-print materials. Total patron visits (including curbside pickup & appointments) were over 5,000. There were 558 active patrons. Our small library remains one of the top three busiest in the state per capita.
Library news, upcoming events and new materials are always available on the newly designed this year (and awesome) website at www.jacksonlibrary.organd announced in Jackson eNews. The Jackson Library always welcomes suggestions and donations to assist in providing you informative programs and needed services.Remember - the Library is OPEN for you!