New Books and July 4th Library Hours

Please note that we will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for the holiday. However, we will be open for pickups on Friday, July 3rd from 2-6 to make up for it!

New books are in!  Take a look and decide what you want to read next!  We have a number of back-ordered books, I have indicated the ones that we are still waiting for, but fingers crossed that they are here soon. Log into your KOHA account and place a hold, send us an email ( or leave us a voicemail message (603-383-9731). Let us know which books you want and we will get them ready for you!

Adult Fiction:

Close Up by Amanda Quick.  "Welcome to Burning Cove, California, where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer....”

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon. “Based on the thrilling real-life story of socialite spy Nancy Wake, comes the newest feat of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia.

In Her Shadow by Kristin Miller. Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, In Her Shadow is a chilling thriller of a story!

Man of My Time by Dalia Sofer. "Finely wrought, a master class in the layering of time and contradiction that gives us a deeply imagined, and deeply human, soul." 

The Stolen Daughter by ReShonda Tate Billingsley. “Award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley delivers a poignant, page-turning novel about the power—and fragility—of family, personal identity, and the choices we are called on to make.”

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler. “From the beloved Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection.”

Silver Wings, Iron Cross by Tom Young. “From air combat veteran Tom Young comes the explosive saga of two enemy combatants—an American pilot and German U-boat officer —united by fate in an epic fight for survival.”

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles. “The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of News of the World and Enemy Women returns to Texas in this atmospheric story, set at the end of the Civil War.”

A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry. “From the two-time Booker Prize finalist author, a dazzling new novel about memory and identity, set in Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War.”

On Backorder:

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

One Last Lie 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.

Adult Nonfiction:

100 Drives 5000 Ideas: Where to go, when to go, what to do, what to see by Joe Yogerst. “Buckle up for the road trip of a lifetime: 100 epic journeys through all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces offering thousands of sites and roadside attractions along the way.”

The Impeachers: The trial of Andrew Johnson and the dream of a just nation by Brenda Wineapple. “This is simply an amazing, mesmerizing book, impossible to put down.”

My Vanishing Country: a memoir by Bakari Sellers. “What J. D. Vance did for Appalachia with Hillbilly Elegy, CNN analyst  and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history Bakari Sellers does for the rural South, in this important book that illuminates the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women.”

Why Fish Don’t Exist: A story of loss, love, and the hidden order of life by Lulu Miller. “A wondrous debut from an extraordinary new voice in nonfiction, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing tale of love, chaos, scientific obsession, and—possibly—even murder.”

On Backorder

Entangled Life: How fungi make out worlds, change our minds & shape our futures by Merlin Shedrake. “A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi.”

The Rural Diaries 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.”

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:

Again Again by E. Lockhart. The newest release by an author who loves to surprise us with the most unexpected twists and turns. “In this novel full of surprises ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility.”

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.  This prequel to the Hunger Games Triology focuses on Coriolanus Snow and is set during the 10th Games.  If you are wondering, yes, it is as riveting as you hope it will be, so make sure you clear your calendar when you bring this title home.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. “In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.”

Children’s Titles:

Enchanter’s Child: Twilight Hauntings  by Angie Sage (Fiction - recommended ages 8-12) Welcome to a fantasy world where enchantment is illegal! By the author of the Septimus Heap series, this will be a page-turner!

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic (Graphic Novel) by Lauren Tarshis.  Need I say more?!

What About Worms? An Elephant and Piggie Like Reading book by Ryan T. Higgins and Mo Willems. A new beginning reader in the ever-popular series that is a huge hit with kids.

Don’t Feed the Coos! by Jonathan Stutzman (picture book). “A laugh-out-loud tale about the dangers…of feeding pigeons!”

Oh No, Bobo! By David Donna and Laura Watkins (picture book). “A sweet story with a gentle message about personal space.”

On Backorder:

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman (picture book). “A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.”

I Am Enough 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 by Jennifer Berne (children’s nonfiction picture book). “An inspiring, interesting, picture biography of a living legend... great for a read aloud.“

Board of Trustees Meeting Posted

The Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public Library has scheduled a Zoom meeting for Thursday, June 25th at 3:00 PM

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  1. Roll Call Attendance; roll call votes for this meeting and also state whether there is anyone in the room with you during this meeting, which is required under the Right-to-Know law
  2. 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.

KANOPY is here!

KANOPY is here!  You asked and we listened.  Even better, signing up is quick and easy.  All you need is  your 14 digit Jackson Library card number and your Koha account pin.  If you are not sure about either of those numbers, email us at or leave a message at 603-383-9731 and we can help.  You can find a permanent link to Kanopy in the Find dropdown menu and on the Find page of our website. What is Kanopy you might ask? “Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries.”  Take a look, they have fabulous selections. Enjoy!

Posting of non-public session

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.

Topic: Board of Trustees, Jackson Public Library

Time: Jun 23, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees

Tuesday June 23, 2020   4:00 PM

  1. Roll Call Attendance; roll call votes for this meeting and also state whether there is anyone in the room with you during this meeting, which is required under the Right-to-Know law
  2. Approval of minutes – June 2 meeting
  3. 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

      5. Adjourn

Letter from Library Trustees

On behalf of the Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees, I would like to thank our Library staff for their amazing effort throughout this pandemic crisis. COVID-19 has turned our world upside down and many public services simply ceased. Instead of abruptly stopping service, the Jackson Library undertook a massive curbside book check out. At this time, our curbside hours continue to be Tues 2-6 and Sat 10-2 to pick up material that you would like to check out. We ask that you put your request in at least 72 hours ahead of those pick-up days to allow for keeping everyone safe. In addition, thanks to their great effort, many services have transitioned to virtual. Without missing a beat, we had Storytime on Zoom!

Many of Jackson Library services are available to you right now during this current phase, in addition to curb side pick-up. Please refer to our COVID-19 Guide to Services statement which is published on the Jackson Library website: The guide lists all of the services available to our patrons at this time.

The Governor’s announcement of Guidelines for the re-opening of Libraries in NH is prompting many questions. The Trustees are working on a Pandemic Interim Service Plan that outlines multiple tiers of service, each responsive to varied health and safety conditions. Securing staff and patron safety is the top priority of this Interim Service Plan and the determination of tiers of service.

Staff interactions and in-person services pose a high risk of virus transmission. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure we can adhere to the Governor’s Guidelines. The board must consider the best ways to accommodate social distancing, equipment moved/handled, and sufficient PPE obtained before patrons can safely access the building. More details will be forthcoming on our various phases of opening as the plan continues to develop.

Given the seriousness of this disease, it is essential that we continue to take all necessary precautions. Thank you for your patience and support.

Denise Sachse

Chair, Board of Trustees

Jackson Public Library


Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations: Racial Justice - 6-week dialogue series to be co-facilitated by Jackson Community Church in cooperation with Jackson Public Library via Zoom on Wednesdays (June 17-July 22). Morning and afternoon sessions will be offered. RSVP to  if you're interested in participating in the morning or afternoon sessions. Links will be shared as plans progress.

This is a challenging time and Courageous Conversations provide an opportunity to meet the immediate needs of our community to examine racism across all levels of society. In an effort to provide further materials, the coop libraries (Jackson, Cook, Madison and Conway) have shared lists for adults, teens and children within our joint KOHA catalog on books across our collections on race, racism and anti-racism.  There is also a list pertaining specifically to children’s books at the Jackson Library on these vital topics.  Numerous online resources are also available.   Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair at the University of South Carolina, has created a list of Anti-Racism Resources for all ages and the National Museum of African American History & Culture has a page called Talking About RaceWhile our statewide inter-library loan system remains on hold, if there are other books or informational resources you are looking for, we would like to hear from you so that we can best provide you with the materials you need. You can email us at, send us a chat, or leave a voice message at 603-383-9731.

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