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.
Do you ever wonder if a particular book is appropriate for your young teen? I came across this online Washington Post piece today, Why you shouldn’t censor your teen’s reading by Jill Coody Smits, and I recommend all parents read this thoughtful article about teens and book selection. There is lots to ponder and I hope it will spark meaningful dialogue in your family.
Storytime on Thursday, December 19th at 10:30am will be extra special! Staff from the White Mountain Community Health Center will join us for a free giveaway of beautiful new PAJAMAs donated by Carter’s. We hope you will join us for stories, songs, activities and new pajamas!
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!
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!
Please join us on Saturday, October 12th at 2pm as Shana reads stories celebrating kindness and inclusion and shares her love for music with songs for all. This event is part of the 2019 One Book One Valley celebration and is free and open to the public.
We enjoyed a whirlwind of activity at the Jackson Library as we celebrated our annual Summer Reading Program, this year titled A Universe of Stories! The numerous children involved listened to stories, talked about books, learned about nocturnal animals and constellations, made straw rockets, observed life at the International Space Station, decorated cookies with Zodiac signs, built with LEGOs, and so much more. We thrive on the energy and enthusiasm of these children, and we appreciate the support our generous community provided as we engaged with our young patrons all summer.
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to the local businesses who partnered with us and donated incentives for our eager readers: Autumn Nomad Cafe, Dairy Queen Glen, the J-Town Deli, Kringle’s Country Store, NH Fisher Cats, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, Portland Sea Dogs, and Story Land. We also want to extend our heart-felt thanks to the Tin Mountain Conservation Center for a wonderful and dynamic program on nocturnal animals. The children loved using their own senses to learn about the adaptations of these animals.
Happy Back-to-School, and we look forward to seeing you at the library again soon.
We are delighted that Dawson Santoro has shared with us one of his newest LEGO creations. During the winter, he designed and built another train car from the Conway Scenic Railroad fleet. As always, his meticulous attention to detail is astonishing and the completed piece is on display here at the library. If you missed his full train display last summer, you can still catch it down at the Conway Scenic station.
Mark your calendars, we have two exciting events happening here at the library for children as part of our A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program.
Kids of all ages are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 23rd at 3:15 for a fabulous program on Nocturnal Animals presented by the Tin Mountain Conservation Center.
Then, sign up to decorate delicious space-theme cookies with Autumn Nomad staff and enjoy stories from around the Universe on Wednesday, July 24th at 5pm! To ensure we have enough supplies on hand, we request participants (ages 5-12 please) sign up by Friday, July 19th. Space in this program is limited, so if your plans change and your participant is no longer able to attend, please let us know.
These programs are free and open to the public.
Our Summer Reading Program is off to a wonderful start. This week, participants had fun designing their own constellations!