Storytime ON for Sept. 2!

While we are not quite sure what Ida is bringing our way, conditions continue to look favorible and we are still ON for Storytime under the tent at 10:30am on Thursday, September 2nd.  Petunia and Meredith will be there, ready to share stories, songs, actions rhymes, and fun!  We will post an update here if anything changes. Otherwise, we hope to see you at the library!

Storytime ON for Thursday 8/19!

While we are expecting wet conditions from Fred on Thursday, August 19th, so far the morning conditions still seem favorable for a storytime under the tent.  Morning rain accumulation looks small and the winds light.  So, please join Meredith and Petunia under the tent at 10:30 am for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun!  If the forecast changes, we will update this post accordingly.

Frog Discovery Time!

 3pm on Wednesday, August 4th

For our next Summer Reading Program event, please join EB Brandt from Green Mountain Conservation Group for Frog Discovery Time at 3pm on Wednesday, August 4th. Learn about what it means to be an amphibian, what is metamorphosis, and what frogs we can find in our backyards! In addition to interacting with live frogs from the GMCG vernal pool, there will be a game and a frog puppet craft.  Please join us for this exciting program!

GMCG is a community-based, charitable organization dedicated to the protection and
conservation of natural resources in the Ossipee Watershed in central Carroll County including the towns of Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Madison, Ossipee, Sandwich, and Tamworth. Founded in 1997, GMCG is a networking and referral resource for area residents concerned about land use issues in their communities. It encourages individual and small group activism based on common sense and science based approaches to resolving problems. To learn more about GMCG and volunteer opportunities write to or visit

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Program Today!

Join us today, Friday, July 30th from 5-6pm when Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents their No Two Tails Alike Program as part of our Summer Reading Program calendar of events. This program is perfect for families and is free and open to the public.

An animal’s tail can serve as a rudder when swimming, help with agility during flight, or can even function like an extra hand. Meet live native wildlife ambassadors as a naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center tells tales of the tails of some of New Hampshire’s native wildlife.

Please note that Squam Lakes policy requires that all particpants at their programs wear masks. As we expect breezy weather, bring an extra layer to stay warm and comfortable under the tent!

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.