New Online Storytime Posted

A  new Storytime is now available on the Jackson Library's website!  New storytime programs are posted on the first and third Thursday of each month  Join Petunia and Meredith for songs, finger rhymes and some storytelling fun. Previous programs are also available.  If you haven't been on the Story Book Trail behind the library, now is a fabulous time to get out!  The current story is The Very Best Bed by Rebekah Raye.  Enjoy!

Traces of the Trade

Online Screening & Discussion of the Award-winning New England Documentary: Traces of the Trade

 A Voyage of Realization and Reconciliation

At 5:30pm on both Tuesday, Sept 15 and Friday, Sept 18, evenings the Jackson Public Library and Jackson Community Church co-sponsor the timely online screening of Traces of the Trade: A Story From The Deep North, followed by a discussion facilitated by co-hosts Dain Perry and his wife Constance Perry. Facilitator Dain Perry is one of nine cousins featured in this documentary that unearths a hidden legacy of slavery in America. Traces of the Trade: A Story From The Deep North, first shown at the Sundance Film Festival, follows the journey by filmmaker Katrina Browne  and nine of her cousins — including Dain Perry — into the dark past of the slave trade, which enriched their white New England family.  Allow three hours to watch the film and share in the conversation.

Registration is required for this online event; admission is free. Content is appropriate for family viewing.  Register for free via Eventbrite: More info on the documentary is available via. If public interest continues, the library and church will consider adding additional sessions later in the autumn, if the facilitators are available.

Dain and Constance Perry join us to screen the film and facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing. Traces of the Trade is both a geographical and psychological retracing of the industry of the largest slave traders in American history, the DeWolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island, and an exploration into racism in America, a legacy of slavery that continues to negatively impact the country even today.

For generations the family’s past has been hidden from view, but a group of descendants decided to retrace the Triangle Trade, from Bristol, Rhode Island, to Ghana, where they visited centuries old slave forts and dungeons and talked with African-Americans on their own homecoming pilgrimage, to the ruins of a family-owned sugar cane plantation in Cuba.  Each encounter on their journey leaves family members shaken with new insights.  Along the way many myths are debunked and new questions pondered.  A primary debunked myth is that the North was the center of the abolition movement and had little to do with slavery. The fact is that the North was the center of the US slave trade, and the ownership of slaves in the north was not only common., but it lasted for over two hundred years.

The film was shown on the PBS series Point of View (POV) in 2008, won the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film in 2009, and in July 2009 was nominated for an Emmy Award for historical research. It was greeted with excellent reviews.  Variety called it “a courageous scab-ripper of a tale.”  The Black Notes blog of the Providence Black Repertory Company praised the “complicated moral circumstances” and concluded, “it is a must-see.”  Sundance’s Geoffrey Gilmore said the film “makes a potent statement about privilege and responsibility.”  In a review Kirk Honeywell, of the Hollywood Reporter, said, the “clear-headed film represents an intense and searing call for national dialogue.”

Dain and his wife Constance are experienced facilitators who will help audience members discuss the lessons of the film.  They have conducted over 500 screenings, facilitated conversations in over 200 cities and towns across the country, and overseas in Ghana and Australia. One family member said the most surprising question was whether Constance Perry, who is a descendant of enslaved people, knew about Dain’s family history before she married him.  The answer: yes.  Now she and her husband travel across the country as a team to screen the film and encourage group discussion of the legacy of slavery.

Discussion participants report, “By creating an atmosphere of safety and openness, the Perry’s cut through the fears (of judgment, of giving offense, of being misunderstood) that often inhibit discussions of race.” Another said, “Dain and Constance brought the discourse to a gut level, while at the same time affirming everyone’s reactions as perfectly and equally valid.”


Museum Passes Available

While this summer has not looked like other ones, and the Jackson Public Library’s availability of museum passes hasn’t been the same, there are now some institutions that are allowing visitors.  If you are interested in visiting the Currier Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, or the Remick Museum, please let us know (, 603-383-9731).  We have passes/discounts available for all three on a daily basis. We can prepare your pass and leave it in the entryway for you to pick up. Please be advised that each museum may have its own additional instructions, such as those for the Currier Museum listed below, so be sure to check their websites.

Instructions from the Currier Museum of Art for Visitors with a Jackson Library Pass

Library passes will function the same way they have in the past, providing a 50% discount for 2 visitors with all children under 18 free. The patron will still need to contact the Library to get the pass, but the patron is ALSO responsible for reaching out to the museum to schedule their visit. Patrons can call 603-669-6144 ex 108 to speak with a guest services representative. After setting up a time, the visitor will then inform the guest services rep from which library they received their pass and then shall receive their discount.


Outside Concert Sunday!

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library for an outdoor concert and
fundraiser, featuring local harper Dominique Dodge, at 4 pm Sunday afternoon
August 23, 2020 at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in
Jackson, NH.

This socially-distanced, outdoor concert will feature Dominique Dodge singing and
playing her harp for 50 minutes of traditional music and song from Ireland,
Scotland, and Cape Breton. Expect beautiful Gaelic songs, lively dance tunes, and
stately compositions by the great Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738).
This is Dominique's first live performance since the lockdown began and she is
excited to share new material, as well as favorites from her 2019 album "Cànan
nan Teud" (The Language of the Strings) and highlights from her duo project with
Cape Breton fiddler Rosie MacKenzie. 

Please come prepared for this outdoor event with your own chairs and masks.
Due to COVID-19, masks and appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet will be

A $10 donation is requested but not required to support the Friends of the
Jackson Public Library. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public
Library at 603-383-9731 or view the Library’s Facebook page.

New Downloadable Books

Did you know that new downloadable books are constantly being made available to you through our wonderful NH Downloadable Books Consortium (which we also call NH Overdrive and which uses the Libby app)? To see what has been added, check out the blog posts with lists of the the new audio and ebooks. The site also offers numerous books for children of all ages. Emerging readers may enjoy investigating this fabulous list of read-along titles. There really is something for everyone. Your 14 digit Jackson Library card number is your login. If you have any questions or need help setting up an account, please let us know (, 603-383-9731), we’re always happy to help.

Additional Pickup Hours

I apologize for the delay in getting this message out, the power outage slowed us down!  In an effort to meet the varied schedules of our patrons,  we will now be offering  additional pickup hours on Thursdays from 2-6pm beginning August 6th. We are working hard to get the necessary precautions in place so that we can start welcoming folks back into the building on a limited basis; we will keep you informed on our progress. All incoming returns are still quarantined for at least 72, so don’t be surprised when a book or DVD you just returned is listed as checked out to you in your Koha account. Effective immediately, once we pull and prepare your items, we will place your package in the foyer and notify you right away, allowing you to pick up your items sooner if you wish.  Please note that you should continue to wait for the email letting you know your items are ready before coming to get them. The CDC continues to recommend waiting 72 hours before handling materials, so should you collect your items right after we pack them, we urge you to wait 72 hours before unwrapping them. We are now stamping the due date and the date your item was packaged on your pickup slip so that you know when we last had contact with your materials.  We greatly appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this challenging situation, thank you!

Trustee Meeting

The Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public Library will meet on Tuesday August 4 at 4 PM at
the Jackson Library. All are invited to attend.


Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday August 4, 2020 4:00 PM

1. Approval of minutes
2. Old Business
o Pandemic Policy and Service Plan – approval
o Library services going forward
3. Reports
o Library Staff
o Treasurer
o Friends
4. New Business
o Front Desk – modifications for COVID-19 protection
5. Public Comment
6. Non-Public Session -RSA 91-A:3 II(c) - Matters which, if discussed in public, would
likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the body or
agency itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend
to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if
based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.
o Tuesday September 1, 2020 4:00 PM, Jackson Public Library

New BOOK Day!

It’s a warm July day and you might just be looking for some NEW BOOKS and Movies. If so, you are in luck!  Here are the New Books and Movies just added to our Jackson collection! Follow the link to the title/s you are interested in, log in to your Koha account, and place a hold!  You can also email us at or leave a message at 603-383-9731. We’ll get them to you as quickly as we can.  You are welcome to place holds on the backordered items as well. Enjoy!

Adult Fiction:

All Adults Here (backordered and now available!) by Emma Straub. “Literary sunshine.” “The queen of the summer novel.” And a page turner on top of all that!

Deacon King Kong by James McBride. “James McBride, author of the National Book Award winning The Good Lord Bird and the beloved memoir The Color of Water, has written a propulsive and comic neighborhood epic set in the 1960s with a cast of characters that are beguiling, boozed-filled, and larger than life.”

Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming. “New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades.”

Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs. "A wonderful exploration of the past and the future and, most importantly, of what it means to be present in the here and now.  Full of the love of words, the love of family, and the love of falling in love.”

Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer. “In 1726, in the town of Godalming, England, a woman confounded the nation’s medical community by giving birth to seventeen rabbits. This astonishing true story is the basis for Dexter Palmer’s stunning, powerfully evocative new novel.”

One Last Lie  (backordered and now available!) by Paul Doiron. “The disappearance of Mike Bowditch’s beloved mentor reveals an ominous connection to a 15-year-old cold case” in this thriller.

The Order by Daniel Silva. “From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times–bestselling author, comes a riveting new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.”

Fiction on Backorder but you can place your holds for them now!

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand. “Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year, 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.”

Camino Winds by John Grisham. “"Welcome back to Camino Island, where anything can happen - even a murder in the midst of a hurricane, which might prove to be the perfect crime.”

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. “The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.”

The Guest List by Lucy Foley. “A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie”

Hideaway by Nora Roberts. “Reading Hideaway is like a mini vacation, as Roberts transports you from the sun-drenched mountains of Big Sur to the rolling hills of Ireland to the bustling streets of New York City."

The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor. "With its evocative Dublin setting, lyrical prose, tough but sympathetic heroine, and a killer twist in the plot, Sarah Stewart Taylor's The Mountains Wild should top everyone's must-read lists this year!" 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.  "The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.”

Adult Nonfiction:

Beauty in the Breaking by Michele Harper. "A series of connected personal stories drawn from the author's life and work as an ER doctor that explores how we are all broken--physically, emotionally, and psychically--and what we can do to heal ourselves as we try to heal others"--

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. “Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.”

Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams. This book “draws on extensive research from national organizations and renowned scholars, as well as anecdotes from [Abram’s] life and others’ who have fought throughout our country’s history for the power to be heard.”

The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton. "John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened." 

The Rural Diaries (backordered and now available) by Hilarie Burton Morgan.  “Hilarie Burton Morgan, tells the story of leaving Hollywood for a radically different kind of life in upstate New York with her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan—a celebration of community, family, and the value of hard work in small town America.”

Nonfiction on Backorder but you can place holds on them now!

Entangled Life: How fungi make out worlds, change our minds & shape our futures by Merlin Shedrake. “Living at the border between life and non-life, fungi use diverse cocktails of potent enzymes and acids to disassemble some of the most stubborn substances on the planet, turning rock into soil and wood into compost, allowing plants to grow.” “ A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi.” 

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. "When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would become a cultural movement. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it…”

Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford. “A ‘powerful and scary and important and true’ memoir of a young woman's struggle to regain her sense of self after trauma, and the efforts by a powerful New England boarding school to silence her---at any cost.”

White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin Diangelo. “The value in White Fragility lies in its methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action, and its call for humility and vigilance.”

Young Adult Fiction:

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones. “Equal parts classic horror novel and original fairytale, The Bone Houses will have you spellbound from the very first page.”

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds.  “From National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions kids’ walks home can take. This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—.”

Children’s Books

Hazardous Tales #9: Major Impossible: A Grand Canyon Tale by Nathan Hale. “Explore the Grand Canyon with John Wesley Powell in the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series!”

I Am Enough (backordered and now available) by Grace Byers (picture book). “A lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.”

Look Up With Me - Neil deGrasse Tyson: a life among the stars (backordered and now available) by Jennifer Berne (children’s nonfiction picture book). “An inspiring, interesting, picture biography of a living legend... great for a read aloud.“

The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya (picture book). “Humor abounds in this masterfully-bilingual twist on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" that dares to ask the question: why is that troll so grumpy anyway?”

On Backorder:

Best Friends by Shannon Hale (graphic novel). “Follow your heart. Find your people.”

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare Lezotte (juvenile fiction). “Deaf author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte weaves a riveting Own Voices story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century.”

NEW DVDs (these are not yet cataloged, but we’re working in it!)

Dark Waters:Inspired by a shocking true story, DARK WATERS centers around a rising lawyer who uncovers the dark secret that lies beneath the surface of a small town. Launching a heroic one-man crusade to take on a powerful corporation, he risks everything — his future, his family and his own life –to expose the truth.”

The Etruscan Smile: “Rory MacNeil is a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island for San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory's life will be unexpectedly transformed through a newly found love for his baby grandson.”

Just Mercy:A powerful and thought provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansle.”

Finding the Right Book!

There are many ways to choose the next book you want to read.  Some people get recommendations from friends or programs they viewed or listened to.  Some may select titles from a best seller’s list or a newspaper or magazine article. And many appreciate perusing our library shelves to see what grabs them.  Unfortunately, this last strategy is not one we can offer right now.  Nonetheless,  we still want to help match you with just the right books.  So, if you have finished a book or series that you enjoyed and you want something similar, let us know!  If you are looking to try something totally different, let us know! Do you want fiction or nonfiction, a breezy read or something heavier, something new or a classic? Let us know, and we will do our utmost to provide you with just what you are looking for in your next reading adventure.