Story-a-Day Program

Hello Jackson Library Community. Petunia and I enjoy hosting our story-a-day program, sharing both old and new favorites with our young friends. We will wrap-up our daily broadcasts on Friday, June 12th, and we need your help.  Sadly, we are not currently getting many viewers, and if we are to offer other types of online story opportunities while our building is closed to the public,  we would  love to get more families involved. Through Friday, June 12 we will continue to pre-record a book each day of the week and post it on our website, no viewer registration is required.  Tune in anytime, as each story remains available until the following morning at 9am, when we update it with a new one. Please feel free to share comments, thoughts, or questions with me,, and watch today’s story! 

We would like to thank the many publishing companies, and their imprints, that have temporarily eased copyright restrictions to allow us to make this online program happen:  Abrams Books, Candlewick Press, Chronicle Books, Disney, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Little Brown & Co., Macmillan Publishers, NorthSouth Books, Penguin Random House, Scholastic Inc., Simon & Schuster, Sterling Publishing.

We have also decided that our annual Summer Reading Program, this year called Imagine Your Story,  will be a virtual experience.  But don’t worry, there will still be plenty to do!  In July, there will be weekly craft activities available to pick up, and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will share their “Engineer a Fairytale” program with us.  We will ask children to register in advance so that we can be sure to have the necessary materials available.  And, of course, we hope there will be plenty of reading!  We will also share a form to keep track of those wonderful reading minutes.  Don’t forget, it is easy to place holds on books and we want to be sure that everyone has the reading materials they want. Stay tuned for more details.  

Kids’ Do-It-Yourself Take-Home Projects

One of the many, many things I love about watching families in our library, aside from watching them read together of course, is seeing the enthusiasm with which the kids use our Craft Project of the Month materials to create marvelous pieces of art.  They take loose suggestions from the items left out and create their own magic.  Last week, I put together little craft take-home bags with materials to make some spring flower projects.  Of course, I know flowers may not be the end result, and I hope you will send us a picture of your final design.  If this is popular, I will update with new projects as often as possible.

But that is not all!  We also have numerous, amazing LEGO builders amongst us.  The Jackson Library is fortunate to have a robust collection of donated LEGOs that have been sitting dormant for months now, and I would like to change this.  We have prepared individual bags of clean, long-unused LEGOs to give away. These LEGOs would be yours to keep.  Again, we would love a picture of something you make.

If you are interested in either type of bag, just one of each per child please.  Bags will be available during pick up hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  For safety’s sake, please touch only the bag/s you are collecting and remember best practices recommends that items sit for 72 hours before being used.  If you have any questions, please contact or

Online Story Program

Hello, Friends!  Please know that we at the Jackson Library continue to think of you all.  In an ongoing effort to connect with as many of you as we can during this time of social distancing, we are pleased to begin our daily online Story Program with Petunia and Meredith.  Each weekday morning we will share a story with you, which will be posted on our website at 9 am (technology willing) and it will be accessible until the following morning when the next story replaces it.  Starting Monday morning, you will find the link to our Story Program just above the Story Walk information on the front page of our blog. We hope you’ll tune in and enjoy! Stay well.

Meredith and Petunia

Resource Guide

We are missing you all very much, wonderful patrons.  Lichen has been working tirelessly on our Library’s COVID-19 Guide to Services, which can be found on our Blog, and if you haven’t perused it yet, please do.  It is chock-a-block full of great information and resources for these challenging times.  Parents, I would especially like to let you know about some of the wonderful resources available in this document, as numerous companies make their educational databases (including audio and ebooks, professional research tools and so much more) free for the remainder of the school year. Many children’s authors are providing live daily programs, and there is a link to that calendar of digital events as well.  We continue to update this document as we learn of more opportunities for you.

In addition, we hope to bring you our own Story Program soon.  We are exploring the best platform to use for this, and then I hope to be able to read stories in lieu of our usual Storytime program.  Stay posted on this, more details to follow. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to check in with us, and please stay well.


Ladybug Books 2019

Every year, children in grades pre K-3 all across NH are able to cast their vote for the state’s esteemed Ladybug Picture Book Award.  All 10 books are available at the Jackson Public Library, and we encourage folks of all ages to come and read them! This year’s selection consists of the following books:

Their website explains, “The Ladybug Picture Book Award is a program of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library and is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children’s picture books. A committee of children’s librarians from around the state selects 10 picture book titles each spring. Then, during November, New Hampshire children from preschoolers to those in third grade choose the award winner. The winning picture book is announced at the end of the year.”  

In October, Jackson’s K-3 students enjoyed all 10 books and voted for their favorites.  These results have been passed along to the State Library to count in the final tally. We are inviting everyone to come and read these gems and vote in-house for what we will recognize as the Jackson Ladybug Award.  While these votes won’t count towards the state-wide results, we will recognize our local Jackson winner later in December.  Voting needs to be completed by December 13th. Anyone who participates (including the K-3 kids who have already voted) is eligible for a super cool ladybug sticker!   

Halloween Fun

Stop in at the library as part of your Halloween festivities on Thursday. We’ll have trick-or-treating, a themed craft table, a spooky, glow in the dark, book on the Rec Trail (bring a flashlight!), or if it’s too wet out, you can curl up with one of our many terrific Halloween stories inside. There will also be plenty of glow sticks to share. Happy Halloween!