Music, Stories & Too Much Fun

Poster for Music, Stories, & Too Much Fun eventOn Saturday September 24th from 7-9:30 pm at the Whitney Community Center, the Friends of the Jackson Library is presenting the show Music, Stories & Too Much Fun. The money raised will pay for a tent the Library is purchasing.

Spend an evening with lovers of music and stories ready to have too much fun. Join musician/DJ Caroline Cotter and storyteller Greg Marsello as they transform the Whitney Community Center into a radio station music and storytelling competition. All monies raised support the purchase of a tent for outside Library activities and events.

Three ticket options:

Table of Six for $250 located closer to the stage
$25 per person
Can't make it, but want to lend support? Become a sponsor!

Visit our online ticketing to register or get a check to the Library.

Please share the poster or this post with anyone you know who may be interested in attending the Show and/or can help get the word out to others.

SRP Week 4

Don’t lose steam now, buckaroos. There’s less than two weeks to go in our reading log challenge. Yesterday I had a call from Pirate’s Cove offering us free game tokens to our readers. I ran right now there and picked them up! 

This week we have our usual outdoor story time with Meredith at 11am on 7/19. We love these events with our youngest friends – last week we ended with an impromptu dance party! 

At 3:30pm on 7/19, Greg Hufford of the NH Cooperative Extension will join us. He will give us some facts about rocks and minerals and some fun activities!

Then on Saturday 7/23 at 4pm join the Friends of the Library on our patio and under our tent for a potluck featuring recipes from Local flavors : cooking and eating from America’s farmers’ markets by Deborah Madison. We have lots of copies available now. It’s sure to be a pleasant afternoon picnic. 

Summer Reading week 3

Now we are hitting a real stride with our Summer Reading. It so wonderful to see our summer families return to us. Some of you we haven’t seen in three years and the kiddos are all grown up!

This week we have our usual outdoor story time with Meredith at 11am on 7/12. Followed by a special Ocean Discoveries activity at 3:30pm with Meredith that I’m sort of sad I can’t participate in.

For the grown-ups out there, our book group will be discussing An American Marriage by Tahari Jones on Wednesday at 4pm after which the August selection will be available. That one is Detective in the Dooryard, by my friend Tim Cotton. I’ve been following his writing for years on the Bangor PD Facebook page. He’s a funny guy and this book should be great for late summer!

I have not seen many copies of Local flavors: cooking and eating from America’s farmers’ markets by Deborah Madison go out! This is our debut cookbook for our club meeting on 7/23. The idea is a group of us check out the same cookbook, then prepare something from it to share. This one features farmer’s market goodies! I hope you’ll join us – I would hate to picnic alone. Copies available now!

Downloadable audiobook purchase

I just sat down to order downloadable copies of our 2022 One Book One Valley selection, Night of the Living Rez for Libby/Overdrive and threw a few other titles in there as well. In total I bought five audiobooks and one eBook. Can you guess how much that cost? $350!

And that’s not all. Three of them are only available in ‘metered access’ so we pay $40-$100 for a recording on Libby and can only circulate it 24 times OR for 2 years, which ever comes first. For Night of the Living Rez, this works out to $1.67 per listen and then we have to pay another $40. For perspective, these same titles in physical formats – CDs and print – would cost us $129.63 and we would have them forever.

Legislation is just starting to be considered to help regulate these obstacles for libraries. Readers First, an advocacy group for libraries, has published an excellent position paper on this issue, for those interested.

If you’re a downloadable book lover and want to help out, we offer sponsorships! Let me know if you want a specific title.

If you’ve read this far, you have earned this. The following books are available for download for Jackson resident cardholders only. This means far shorter wait times!

Night of the Living Rez

Rep. Chris Pappas Office Hours

Christian Seasholtz, from Rep. Chris Pappas’ office, will be in the Library tomorrow, Thursday July 7, from 10-11:30am. Christian is here to answer questions and provide information about federal resources and programs. Congressman Pappas’s office can help constituents with federal issues including Social Security, VA benefits, passports, IRS, and more.

“Night of the Living Rez” by Morgan Talty is the 2022 Selection

The One Book One Valley committee is happy to announce Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, is its selection for 2022. Set in a native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez, is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy. A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance, Night of the Living Rez is an unforgettable portrayal of an indigenous community and marks the arrival of a standout talent in contemporary fiction.

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022), and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). Talty teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Mr. Talty will give a presentation and hold a book signing at the Majestic Theater on October 27th at 7PM. There is no charge to attend this event, which will also be live streamed. Just prior to the grand finale event, Mr. Talty will be the guest of honor at a “Meet the Author” event to be held at the Conway Public Library. Tickets for this event will be limited and cost $25 with proceeds benefiting One Book One Valley. Be on the lookout for TBD associated programming related to the themes of the book for the fall. Copies of the book will be available at all participating OBOV locations including White Birch Books. Comprised of White Birch Books and the public libraries of the Mount Washington Valley and beyond, One Book One Valley is a community read program for the Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally.

Radio, tent, and garden!

Pizza garden

On Tuesday we hosted Plant-a-pizza by starting our plot in the new community garden. We purchased some tomato, pepper, and zinnia seedlings and started basil and micro-greens from seed. A kind resident gave us oregano and thyme. Sounds like a tasty dinner! When you have a chance, stop by and check out the beautiful work by our neighbors in the new space. There’s still one plot available! Get in touch with me for details.

Lots going on this week. Yesterday I appeared on the Magic 104.5 morning show with my friend, Clay. We discussed the summer reading events and activities in Jackson as well as our other NNHLC libraries. If you missed it live, the recording is almost as good!

And finally, I was up and out early this morning to meet Abbott Tent Rental at the Library and supervise the delivery of a tent for our summertime events! We have lots planned and, just like the patio, it’s available for anyone to use at any time. Thanks to the Friends of the Jackson Library for generously funding the tent for us this summer.

Welcome to summer reading!

We have planned a whole summer of reading and activities in all kinds of places.

  • On Tuesdays we have story time at 11am on our patio or under our tent.
  • Also on Tuesdays, there are afternoon activities for older children at 3:30p. These are different every week, but most especially, don’t miss our kick-off event on July 5 with the return of local favorite, Cody Wells – our award-winning lego designer! Registrations requested, but not required!
  • Every Wednesday we will offer a new bag of take and make crafts. Sit down and make them with us or take them home!
  • Monthly programs for adults too! Cookbook club on July 23 and an outdoor movie on August 6!


Join our team!

We are looking for a staff substitute to call on to cover some vacation days, help out when we are busy or running programs, or step in when someone is sick. You must be comfortable being responsible for library operations, including patron services and building security. We are a close team who are all dedicated to the library, helping out, and supporting each other. Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Lichen.

Job Title: Library Aide/Staff Substitute
Non-professional, Part-time

Schedule: Up to 60 hours per calendar year; additional hours may be scheduled as needed to replace staff hours. The part-time position is for an average of 3 hours a week and may include Saturdays. This position acts as a substitute for Library Director or Library Assistant position for planned days off or emergency absences, as needed.
Pay Rate: $13.50 per hour
Job Summary: Responsible for opening and closing the library, starting and shutting down public and staff computers, working with volunteers to ensure smooth operation of the library.
Job Requirements:
Education: Minimum high school diploma; preference is for some college or Bachelor’s degree, and library experience.
Library Aide/Staff Substitute must work well with children and adults, be able to communicate clearly in person and over the telephone, enjoy reading, have good computer and internet skills. They must be organized and pay close attention to detail as most library tasks require careful record keeping. Candidate must be willing to accept a flexible schedule as shifts will be based on other staff member’s schedules.
Physical requirements: Ability to lift up to 40 pounds, and agility to reach both the highest and lowest shelves in the Library.
Duties include:
Opening and closing the Library, helping the public at the circulation desk, using the library’s computer and software for circulation functions, helping library users find materials and answer simple reference questions, help public computer users with simple computer tasks (e.g., printing documents, opening programs, etc.), and placing patron materials requests.
Benefits: There is no vacation or sick time associated with this position. Library Aide/Staff Substitute will be covered under Town’s Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
Training: will be provided on use of library’s automation software, record keeping, library’s online services to the public, and basic functions of public computers.

Favorites from Friends

Back in mid-May I posted to Jackson Bridge asking for volunteers to publicly share their favorite books from which I would make in-library and online displays. My goal was to create a Jackson-based recommendation service. I was pleasantly surprised to get several responses!

Allow me to introduce you to Kim “Schroeder” Steward, our first participant in our new ‘Favorite from Friends’!

Kim worked in the Wellesley (MA) Free Library throughout her high school and college years. She also worked in the Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) library during her college years as well. After moving to Jackson, NH in 1995, she helped restart the Friends of the Jackson Public Library which had been dormant for some time. She served as their Vice President from 1999 until 2014 and then served on their Programming Committee for several more years. Kim has always had a book in her hand or these days, multiple books in digital format nearby.

Portrait of Kim "Schroeder" Steward
Kim “Schroeder” Steward

Kim’s in-library display will be up until July 1st when we will highlight another neighbor. Check our her full list of favorites in the catalog or in the carousel below.

Thank you, Kim, for sharing with our Jackson Library community!