‘All Eyes Are Upon Us,’ a Zoom event on October 8th

COVID closures and Zoom conferences can be tricky, but they can also offer us new opportunities. One of those is a chance for us to partner with the libraries of Cook Memorial in Tamworth, Conway, Freedom, Madison, as well as the NH Humanities to bring you an exciting event relevant to our particular place in time and geography.

Jackie Robinson
Join us for an online event October 8th at 6:30pm

From Brooklyn to Boston, from World War II to the present, Jason Sokol traces the modern history of race and politics in the Northeast. Why did white fans come out to support Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 even as Brooklyn’s blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods? How was African-American politician Ed Brooke of Massachusetts, who won a Senate seat in 1966, undone by the resistance to desegregation busing in Boston? Is the Northeast’s history a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, but inwardly conflicted over race?

We invite you to join us on Zoom on October 8th at 6:30pm for Jason Sokol's presentation: All Eyes Are Upon Us: Racial Struggles in the Northeast, from Jackie Robinson to Deval Patrick. Please sign up to receive a Zoom invite or tune in to the Conway Public Library's Facebook page for a live feed. Contact Lichen  (603-383-9731) if you don't have the skills or equipment to participate, but would like to.

Cloth masks for pick up

We have cloth masks in our foyer for free pickup. Thank you to Shelley from The Skinny Towel & Washcloth Co. for providing them to the Jackson Library community.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting via ZOOM 6/2 at 4pm

The Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public Library has scheduled a Zoom meeting in place of their normally scheduled meeting at the Jackson Library. All are invited to attend.

Topic: Jackson Library, Board of Trustees Meeting
Time: June 2, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Dial number, follow phone prompts when requested
+1 646 518 9805 US (New York)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 470 381 2552 US (Atlanta)
Use Meeting ID: 860 3915 4378

Please call the library at 603-383-9731 or email trustees@jacksonlibrary.org should you have difficulties getting in to the meeting on June 2.

Full agenda is available.

What-are-you-reading Wednesday 5/27?

I was so pleased with your response last week that I decided What-are-you-reading Wednesday? should be a regular thing. Of course, I knew that the wider Jackson community is full of sophisticates, but I had no idea you maintained the impressive intellect during a pandemic! Here's a list of what Jackson was reading last week, in case you didn't keep up to date with the comments:

Thank you to everyone who responded. I really enjoyed reading your mini-reviews. I hope you'll update us this week.

I am listening to Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore on audio this week and reallyOona Out of Order enjoying it. The titular young woman jumps to a different age every year on her birthday so, during her first jump, he age on the inside is 19, but on the outside it's 51. For each jump, she has left herself a letter. A plot like this could easily turn gimmicky, but it avoids that unwinding something like a mystery. She's trying to figure out why certain things have happened despite the direction they were going when she had left them. I don't find it forced at all. There are a few questions about her experience that I have not unraveled, how does she know the incoming Oona is younger or older when she writes her letter? The usual pitfalls of time travel, I suppose. It's perfectly diverting for a hot spring afternoon.

I seem to have returned to my usual antsyness about having trouble sitting still to read a  paper book so we've been focused on audios so I can knit or cook or clean while listening. Wendell and I are also really enjoying the third book in the York Series by Laura Ruby. We only have the first book in the Library. It didn't circulate enough to justify buying the second or third, but I really recommend both. They are fun and exciting. Wendell just turned eight and a few scenes are scary, but he gets through them ok.

Lotte turns 10 on June 10. She is allowed to read one new Harry Potter per year so over the weekend she re-read The Goblet of Fire and The Prisoner of Azkaban - in one day a piece!  Things really get real in The Order of the Phoenix, but I think she's up to it. Those stories just never get old, do they?

That's what we are up to. What are you reading, Wednesday? Tell us in the comments!


What-are-you-reading Wednesday?

It is hard to believe it has now been over two months since we have welcomed you into the Library. The staff continues to keep busy. Lisa and Gloria are doing an extraordinary job pulling your holds and getting them ready for Tuesday and Saturday pick-ups. Meredith is answering emails, phone messages, and chats from the website in between she's recording those charming story times and planning for an online Summer Reading Program. As for me, I am doing basically what I have always done: taking care of the building, preparing for meetings, making plans, preparing, and some fun stuff like researching and planning new ways to deliver remote services.

Last week I spent a day filling in a grant application for some federal CAREs act money earmarked for NH libraries. The grant is meant to help us to recover some of the revenue we have lost by having the building closed as well as help to fund new expenses we have encountered. I am very proud that yesterday I learned that the Jackson Public Library has been awarded $10,000 toward these expenses. That will mean we will meet our budget for the year and that we can execute some of the new ideas we are cooking up. If only the federal government could provide us more hours in a day!

One simple new initiative is What-are-you-reading Wednesdays! Where I share my literary adventures and invite all of you to do the same in the comments. I knAll the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen Whiteow that one thing we all miss is browsing the shelves and I thought this may be a fun alternative.

I have been focusing on very light reading lately. Just before our building closed in March the historical fiction trio of Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White released a new book called All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris. That one has been checked out but I read The Glass Ocean in April and was riveted. I think it was a perfect book. A little mystery, but with an humble body count, some romance, and adventure as it is set on the Lusitania. I could not recommend it more highly. Unfortunately, we do not own a copy, but there is an eBook and downloadable audio in our collection.

What are YOU reading, Wednesday?

Trivia Winners!

The answers to the final round:

Q: What is a mixture of 75% potassium nitrate, 15% charcoal and 10% sulfur?
A: Gunpowder.

Q: What is the 19th-century doctrine or belief that the expansion of the US from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean was both justified and inevitable?
A: Manifest Destiny.

Q: Sonic, Sega's iconic main character, is what kind of animal?
A: Hedgehog.

The final standings are all posted on our Trivia page. I want to thank all the teams for your participation and patience. We are separate by necessity, but isolation is a choice and hosting trivia certainly reminded me of the vibrant community I live in. I hope it did the same for you. And without further ado... drum roll please...

  • Our overall third place winner is: Chinook Trailers! They win a $10 gift certificate and private shopping spree at The Local Bookie in Conway!
  • In second place is: The Trivia Twerps representing North Conway Public Library! They win a gift certificate $25 to White Birch Books, reopening soon or shop online!
  • And in first place for with outstanding participation and consistently the highest number of correct answers is Jackson's own: Border Patrol! They win a socially distanced sunset cruise on Silver Lake this summer provided by my friend and yours Clay Groves of The Fish Nerds!

As you know, I had some trouble figuring out how to fairly score the winning Library. My original intent was straight points, but with such a big variation between each Library's number of teams, average score seemed to be a bit more fair. I decided to award both. Their teams won North Conway Public Library 479 total points and the teams playing for the Fryeburg Public Library had the highest average points at 75. They will both get a hardcover book of their choice with a bookplate inside listing their team names!

I will be in touch with all the winners. These three businesses generously donated these prizes to our little game: White Birch Books, The Local Bookie, and The Fish Nerds Guide Service. Please support them in return! They are all owned by incredible community members and friends.

Tamworth Library's beloved Chinook Trailers swept the the Pyramid Round with a perfect score. Right behind them was Jaybird, also representing Tamworth, and our own Border Patrol. The rest of you should be very proud and if I ever get a chance to name a motorcycle, you are my first call. Here are my favorites: Superhawk, Hawk Wing, Roadhawk, Silverhawk, and Skyhawk. Aren't those wonderful!?

The Pyramid Round was a hawk theme, but I did not accept simply 'hawk' for any of the answers. You know me better than that by now, friends! Here are the answers:

Q: American alternative country and country rock band whose biggest songs are Waiting for the Sun and Blue? (Five points)
A: The Jayhawks
That was a really hard question. If you're one of the five teams who answered correctly, I tip my hat to you.

Q: What pro sports team plays at the State Farm Arena? (Three points)
A: Atlanta Hawks

Q: What is the Iowa State University nickname? (Three points)
Eagle-eyed Border Patrol pointed out that actually the mascot of Iowa State is The Cyclones and it's actually the University of Iowa who are the Hawkeyes. Indignant, I looked into it and, GASP, they are correct. I accepted both answers... though no one put Cyclones either. I am ashamed.
A: Hawkeyes OR Cyclones


Q: Nighthawk
A: This handsome fellow is a Nighthawk.

Q: Ethan Hawke
A: This handsome fellow is Ethan Hawke.

Q: Red Tailed Hawk
A: This handsome fellow is a Red Tailed Hawk.

Q: American retired pro skateboarder? (One point)
A: Tony Hawk. Puts me right back to my Gleaming the Cube days... if only I weren't so scared to actually learn to ride one. I hate pain.

Q: Honda Nighthawk
A: Honda Nighthawk. Mine was a 750cc. It was way too big for me. I had to wear high heeled boots to reach the ground and balance it. I loved that ride, though.

Q: What is a single-handled axe resembling a hatchet? (One point)
A: Tomohawk.

Q: English theoretical physicist? (One point)
A: Stephen Hawking.

And with that, we close our week of trivia. If you were one of the winners, I will be in touch privately. Thanks to everyone for playing!

<=> Round Answers & Pyramid Round posted

Well, I don't know about you, but today was my favorite. As hinted yesterday, part of my goal offering trivia is to create a sense of community for all of us. I hope you all read the wonderful comments by your competing teams - they are lovely!

As far as team performance in this round... well, I think it's a good time to tell you that I do not write these questions. We have a very generous trivia maestro who relaxes during this strange time by writing trivia questions for his friends. Luckily for me, I am one of those friends and he allows me to repurpose his work for all of you. Let's all say it together, "Thanks, Trivia Maestro!"

The gentlemen of Border Patrol absolutely crushed this round missing only one. North Conway trailed them via Deerbrook Duo and Agatha Quiztie (my favorite team name) taking second and third place. Border Patrol has also solidified their overall lead with Logix in second. Tamworth's proud Chinook Trailers have clawed their way up to third. Congrats! All the standings are final and posted.

Without further ado, here's the answers to the Greater than, Less than, Equal to Round:

  • Age: Mike Pence = Magic Jonson. Both are 60.
  • Diameter: Croquet Ball at 3.62 in < Softball at 3.82 in
  • 10 Euro > 150 Pesos. 10 Euros is worth 255 pesos.
  • Number: Dale Earnhardt's car = Babe Ruth’s Jersey
  • Density: Honey 1.36 g/cc > Blood 1.06 g/cc
  • Height: Niagara Falls at 167' < Hancock Building (Boston) at 790'
  • Pages: War & Peace with 1225 pages > Old Testament of the Bible with 939 pages.
  • Population: Ireland is 4.9MM < Massachusetts is 6.8MM
  • Top Speed: Greyhound is 40mph < Lion is 50mph
  • Number: Solid Orange in Billiards = Thou shall not kill commandment. Both are #5.
  • Copies Sold: Mao’s Little Red Book sold 1 billion < The Bible sold 5 billion.
  • Calories: Banana is 105 < Cup of brown Rice is 232.

Second section:

  • Length: Saco River is 136 miles < I-93 is 190 miles.
  • Height: Tom Brady and Abe Lincoln are both 6'4".
  • Number: Richard Petty's car is 43 > Jackie Robinson's uniform is 42.
  • Density: Gasoline is .748 g/ml vs. Ethyl Alcohol is 789 g/ml.
  • # of Films: Rocky & Harry potter both include 8 films.
  • Age: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 87 < Bob Newhart is 90.
  • Value/Number: K in Scrabble is 5 < 6 pieces in Clue.
  • Value: $2 Canadian is worth about £1.18 > 1 British Pound
  • Height: Yosemite falls is 2425' high > Empire State Building is 1454' high.
  • Diameter: Soccer Ball (pro) is 8.66" > Volleyball (Pro) is 8.15"
  • Value: Blue Bills in Monopoly = US Bill with Grant. Both are worth $50.
  • Number: Jayson Tatum averaged 22.3 ppg > Eduardo Rodriguez won 19 games.

The final untimed round is the Pyramid Round. Answers in tomorrow, Saturday 5/8 by 7p. That's also when I will mail out the final questions and they will be due back in by 7:05pm along with your Jeopardy-style bid from 0 to 10 points for each. The whole game can change right here.

Map round answers & Penultimate Round posted

Wow. Ya'll know your geography. Border Patrol (Jackson) and The Trivia Twerps (North Conway) both made a perfect score which means I have failed as a triviasta. Congratulations to both teams. Overall standings have shifted again and The Trivia Twerps take over the third position.

I love rounds like the Maps because there's not subjective scoring. The good old lappy scores everything up for me. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

1. Malaysia
2. Brunei
3. Philippines
4. Indonesia
5. Singapore
6. East Timor
7. Papua New Guinea
8. Australia
9. New Zealand

Spanish speaking countries

1. Mexico
2. Guatemala
3. El Salvador
4. Honduras
5. Nicaragua
6. Costa Rica
7. Panama
8. Colombia
9. Ecuador
10. Peru
11. Bolivia
12. Chile
13. Argentina
14. Uruguay
15. Paraguay
16. Venezuela
17. Puerto Rico
18. Dominican Republic
19. Cuba
20. Spain
21. Equatorial Guinea

Next up is a Greater than, Less than, Equal to challenge with a fun twist at the end.  Due tomorrow 5/8 by 7pm. One more regular round to be released tomorrow night and then the big finale on Saturday night. I scored a sweet grand prize today for the winning team.

Also, I put some new info up on the standings page about the Library scores. I calculated the team averages per round and it looks like Fryeburg's high scorers puts them on top! Someone check my reasoning please.

Order round results & Map round posted

Team Tyrol from Jackson handily won this round with 17 out of 21 possible points. It was a tough outing for lots of you. Overall Madison's Logix is holding onto their lead after the Order Round and Jackson's Boarder Patrol stays in second. We have a new contender on the Board from Madison in the third position. Welcome to Silver Lake Literary and Shepard's Pie SocietyAll standings are up.

The Order Round is always a tricky one. Here is the correct order for each:

Put these athletes in order from tallest to shortest.

  • Zdeno Chara is 6' 9"
  • Jayson Tatum is 6' 8"
  • Chris Sale is 6' 6"
  • Jared Stridham stands 6' 3"

Put these events in order from earliest to latest.

  • Bay of Pigs Invasion 4/17/1961
  • John Glen, first man in orbit 2/20/1962
  • Kennedy Assassination 11/22/196
  • Beatles on Ed Sullivan 2/09/1964

[Put these events in order from earliest to latest.] This was an error. When I copied over the question, I forgot to change this. It should have asked for the books in order of publication. I will give credit for the events too.

  • The Hobbit 1937
  • Fellowship of the Rings 7/1954
  • Two Towers 11/1954
  • Return of the King 1955

Put these places in order from largest to smallest.

  • Maine 35,385 sq miles
  • Denmark 16,577
  • Sicily 9927
  • Lake Ontario 7320

Put these island chains in order (all of them) from most to least.

  • British Isles 6289
  • Thousand Islands 1884
  • Florida Keys 1700
  • Aleutian Islands 300

Next up is the Map Round due tomorrow 5/7 by 7pm.

Music Round answers

I got an email tonight that warmed my embattled little heart: "Even though I don't know many answers I am already looking forward to your emails." Those are the things that make everything worth it, aren't they?

We have a new leader, folks! Team Logix playing for the beautiful Madison Town Library is now leading by a point and a half. The current standings show that it's still anybody's game - the final round upon which we are all hinging our Saturday night - is a bidding round. Three questions. Max bid of ten point per question. The whole game can change.

Nothing like a music round to remind you what a geek you are, right? If it had been a musicals round or folk music round, I would have killed it. Here are your answers:

  • Robert Palmer sang "You're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love." I recommend listening while dancing in the kitchen in your socks. Hopefully you have children to embarrass or delight, depending on their age. Ours are on the fence.
  • Paul McCartney was the last member of The Beatles to get married for the first time.
  • Neil Diamond wrote I'm a Believer recorded by The Monkees in 1966.
  • She Loves You was written by Jon Lennon and Paul McCartney and included the lyric "with a love like that you know you know you should be glad, ooh"
  • MTV chose the Counting Crows as the Best New Artist in 1994 for their song, Mr. Jones.
  • Johnny Rotten considered his Sex Pistols band mate Sid Vicious a "waste of space."
  • Tina Turner released We Don't Need Another Hero in 1985.
  • To Sir with Love was a film starring and a song sung by Lulu.
  • In Our House sung by Madness brother has a date to keep.
  • Most of you are about to have your minds blown like mine was. David Bowie co-wrote the song Fame with Jon Lennon. Of course, we miss them both... but mostly Bowie.
  • According to the J. Geils Band in their song Centerfold "my blood runs cold, my memory has just been sold."
  • Jay Z was born as Shaun Carter.
  • Aerosmith guitar Slash used to be Saul Hudson.
  • Sting taught high school English when he was still Gordon Sumner.
  • Bono used to be Paul Hewson.
  • Pink signs her checks Alecia Beth Moore.
  • Alice Cooper's yearbook shows Vincent Furnier.
  • Mama Cass started out as Ellen Cohen.
  • Reginald Dwight became Elton John then got famous.
  • Lady GaGa seems much less glamorous as Stefani Germanotti.
  • Declan McManus croons much better as Elvis Costello.
  • Freddie Mercury started life as plain, ordinary Farrokh Bulsar.
  • Joni Mitchell used to be Roberta Anderson.
  • Would Meat Loaf have been as wild if he has stayed Marvin Aday.
  • Somehow Calvin Broadus Jr suits Snoop Dogg just fine, thank you very much.
  • Eminem is still Marshall Mathers to his parents' friends.
  • Katy Perry is a conservative dresser when she leaves home as Katherine Hudson.

For your Wednesday entertainment, we have the Order Round which will close at 7pm tomorrow. Sleep tight poppets. Thanks for playing.