This outstanding spring day deserves a new story for walking! We changed the Story Book Trail yesterday to our springtime favorite, Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis. Follow the adventures of Lulu and Bingo as they explore their springtime world at the same time that you explore yours! The trail can be muddy so wear sturdy shoes. It starts behind the library and winds through the woods.
We are open early in anticipation of difficult travel tomorrow or later. I have processed all the Oscar movies I have at the moment. The first of you who ask to be on the list for them should have gotten your email and there are a few on the shelf. I know everyone wanted them before the storm. We also have lots of fabulous new books on the shelf as well and fun things for kiddos.
Also, Meredith just changed the Story Book Trail near the cocoa cabin. Now you can read Snow Comes to the Farm by Nathaniel Tripp out there. It makes for a really fun afternoon destination. Kids ski free and we would be happy to loan you the trail pass!
I’ll see you soon and, please, stay safe tomorrow. It is possible that we will not open in order to keep ourselves, but also you, safe from harm. If we close I will alert you on our website, via Facebook, and Twitter.
Please join Jackson Ski Touring, the Jackson Public Library along with Storyland on Thursday February 1st at 3:30pm, as we cut the ribbon to our new Storyland Story Book Trail located behind the Jackson Library. This was a community project to bring fun and literacy to the trails of JacksonXC! Representatives from JSTF, the Jackson Library, Storyland and Duke the dragon will be on hand for this exciting event! Come on by and help us celebrate! We cannot thank Storyland enough for this very generous donation to JacksonXC ,the Jackson Public Library and the community of Jackson! There will be hot cocoa for all! Hope to see you there!
I know it’s not even close to over yet, but I am ready to name my two favorite books of the year. It’s a very auspicious award, the Likey; highly sought after.
I rarely love a non-fiction book. In general I find them dry or boring or both – I prefer to be moved when I read and, in general, fiction is better at that. BUT, I just finished listening to Trevor Noah read his own memoir Born a Crime. The subtitle describes it as “stories from a childhood in South Africa” but it is also an incredible investigation of what apartheid really did to the citizens of the country. It makes you think more clearly about what institutionalized racism really means. It’s personal and harrowing. Despite all that happens, in the end, it’s a love letter to his mother who guided him through such a terrible time.
Noah spends many pages describing how names are given to babies. Children have a traditional African name but must also, by law, have a western name too. Many families don’t know much about western culture so they simply choose a name to pass on the trait they associate with it. Noah had several friends named Hitler, who most simply knew was a famous leader. That, alone, is fascinating, but it’s all to set the stage for a heart breaking public misunderstanding. It is just one beautifully crafted and revealing scene in a book of many.
I also want to give another big recommendation to this year’s One Book One Valley book, One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. I have been noticing a trend lately of elderly-fiction. I think their plots can be generalized: young person meets older person and is blown away by their wisdom and perspective. The genre, in general, has always turned me off and I was really close to writing this book off as more of the same.
I’m so glad I didn’t. Wood makes 103-year-old Ona Vitkus a full fledged character instead of a precious artifact to exploit. She is flawed and complicated, as well as full of wisdom and poise. The story explores her vulnerability, but also the others who come into it too. In fact, thinking about it now, Ona is probably the least fearful of the bunch.
We discussed the novel in Book Group last week and there was lots to talk about. Often when everyone likes a book, the conversation ends with ‘I liked it.’ But for this one we went on and on discussing the plot and exploring the people. I am really looking forward to dinner tomorrow night at the Black Cap Grille (10% goes to support the One Book One Valley program) with Monica Wood and then hearing her talk afterward at Kennett High School. I know I’ll see a lot of you there, but even if you can’t make it, please read the book. We’ll keep our 10 copies on the shelf for you for a bit longer.
Again, these just arrived with no indication of who sent them. They are mostly selections for the children’s room with a movie and a novel for adults too. The entire Kingdom of Wrenly series which caused a tremor in my household. Lotte, age 7, absolutely loves the series and I won’t buy her more since she left the first four I got in the rain. She better not do that with the Library’s copies!
Whoever you are, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are making three librarians so happy as well as sharing these generous gifts with our whole town. Thank you!
Addendum: two more after the post was written – overwhelmed with gratitude:
It feels like we have just come off a white and flakey vacation but no, the real school vacation is next week!
Miss Meredith has agreed to host a very special storytime on Thursday, February 23rd at 10:30am. We have a number of storytime faithfuls who have gone off to preschool or kindergarten this year and have not been able to attend. Well, this one is for you!
The weather forecast is perfect for skiing but in case your legs get shaky and you need a wee rest, the library will open early, at 12noon, on Wednesday and Friday. Stop in for a cuppa, some board games or puzzles. Grab a wifi hotspot or….
*drum roll please*
Check out a museum pass! We are ready to begin circulating our new collection of museum passes. You can reserve online and pick them up five days in advance of your visit. The NH State Parks are closed, for the most part, as is the Squam Lake Science Center. We’ll have both those passes available in the spring. But starting now we have:
- The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester
- MWV Children’s Museum in North Conway
- Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME
- Remick Country Doctor & Farm Museum in Tamworth
- Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth
Reserve a pass via a phone call or our online form. I am anxious to see these get used so come and get them!
I love live music as much as the next guy but as I put the finishing touches on our planning for the big event on Saturday, I find that as a mom I am most excited about the picnic! Why is that? So many reasons:
1. I have never sampled Sweeney Sensations catering, but have heard it is absolutely delicious. Marty showed me the menu and we are talking a full complement of summer food including hamburgers and hotdogs but also chicken and portobello burgers as well as two types of salad and cookies for dessert.
2. Not only do we get to skip cooking on Saturday night, but we also get to skip dishes. (Notice that I say ‘we’ because I would never want to imply that David does any less than me.) This means I can kick back and enjoy Ms. Maybell and Slimpickins who I think are wonderful. Or I can hang out with my littles without distraction. That is a rare treat.
3. The picnic is only $5 a person! The wonderful and generous Friends of the Jackson Library is subsidizing the food in order to make it affordable for all. That means four of us can eat for $20. Of course, the Friends is always accepting donations too.
Ladder ball, beanbag toss, croquet, and bocce have arrived in my office and are waiting to be deployed on Saturday. I hope I’ll see lots of other moms and dads who are giddy with entertainment and picnic – it’s heady stuff.
Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library for a Family Dance Party featuring live music from Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s on Saturday July 23, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm outside on the lawn at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson, NH.
There will be games for the kids, and picnic food available for purchase from Sweeney Sensations catering. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this fun, free family-friendly event! Join us rain or shine, with all activities moving into the Library in the unlikely case of inclement weather.
Local favorites Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s are a musical duo based in Jackson, NH. They play American Roots, Jazz, Blues, Country, and Ragtime music from the 1920-40s, as well as classic original tunes. Wherever they play they bring smiles to the faces of those around them, and are guaranteed to be like no other band you have ever seen before.
Slimpickin’s has been playing guitar for more than fifteen years, and with his undying love for old music has truly mastered the classic finger-style blues guitar of some of the most amazing pickers in early American music, such as Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, and Big Bill Bronzy. Miss Maybell, has always had a deep love of music and has been singing, and playing one instrument or another for her whole life. She has a immense attachment to the great woman singers of the past such as Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. She also plays Banjo, Washboard, Guitar and Kazoo, while stomping away on her suitcase kick-drum.
Needless to say Miss Maybell & Slimpickin’s are not only technicians of quite difficult music they also know how to make the audience have a fun time!
The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset event expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731.
In addition to placing my July order, we got a bunch of terrifically beachy donations this month. Perfect for enjoying the unbelievable weather.
- New Fiction
- Spring fever by Mary Kay Andrews. Find it on the New Books shelf at F AND.
- The Fixer upper by Mary Kay Andrews. Find it on the New Books shelf at F AND.
- The suicide motor club by Christopher Buehlman. Find it on the New Books shelf at F BUE.
- Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia by Julian Fellowes. Find it on the New Books shelf at F FEL. There are so many of us that loved Downtown Abbey. I am counting on you to make this purchase worthwhile!
- A beautiful blue death by Charles Finch. Find it on the New Books shelf at F FIN Ch.1. This and the following three books fill out a series by Charles Finch called the Charles Lenox Mysteries.
- The September Society by Charles Finch. Find it on the New Books shelf at F FIN Ch.2.
- The Fleet Street murders by Charles Finch. Find it on the New Books shelf at F FIN Ch.3.
- A stranger in Mayfair by Charles Finch. Find it on the New Books shelf at F FIN Ch.4.
- Playing for the ashes by Elizabeth George. Find it on the Fiction shelf at F GEO. An older donation that also filled in our Elizabeth George collection.
- Falling by Jane Green. Find it on the New Books shelf at F GRE when it releases July 19th.
- The wedding dress by Rachel Hauck. Find it on the New Books shelf at F HAU.
- Finders keepers by Stephen King. Find it on the Fiction shelf at F KIN Bi.2.
- End of watch by Stephen King. Find it on the New Books shelf at F KIN Bi.3.
- Redsparrow by Jason Matthews. Find it on the New Books shelf at F MAT Do.1.
- The bone seeker by M.J. McGrath. Find it on the New Books shelf at F MCG.
- The Cairo Code by Glenn Meade. Find it on the New Books shelf at F MEA.
- Killing trail by Margaret Mizushima. Find it on the New Books shelf at F MIZ. Large Print!
- Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng. Find it on the New Books shelf at F NG.
- City of secrets by Stewart O’Nan. Find it on the New Books shelf at F ONA. Large Print!
- Bay of sighs by Nora Roberts. Find it on the New Books shelf at F ROB.
- True betrayals by Nora Roberts. Find it on the Fiction shelf at F ROB.
- Rich and pretty by Rumaan Alam. Find it on the New Books shelf at F RUM.
- Everybody’s fool by Richard Russo. Find it on the New Books shelf at F RUS. Large Print!
- I’ve got sand in all the wrong places by Lisa Scottoline. Find it on the New Books shelf at F SCO when it releases on July 12th.
- The black widow by Daniel Silva. Find it on the New Books shelf at F SIL Ga.16 when it releases July 12th.
- Pretty girls by Karin Slaughter. Find it on the New Books shelf at F SLA.
- All waiting is long by Barbara J. Taylor. Find it on the New Books shelf at F TAY.
- The woman in cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Find it on the New Books shelf at F WAR when it releases July 19th.
- Underground airlines by Ben H. Winters. Find it on the New Books shelf at F WIN.
- New Nonfiction
- Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown by Gerri Hirshey. Find it on the New Books shelf at 070.5 BRO.
- On death and dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Find it on the Non-Fiction shelf at 155.9 KUB.
- Tribe by Sebastian Junger. Find it on the New Books shelf at 302.3 JUN.
- Orchids by Brian Rittershausen. Find it on the New Books shelf at 635.9 RIT.
- A fork in the road Find it on the New Books shelf at 641.01 FOR.
- Whistler by Frances Spalding. Find it on the Non-Fiction shelf at 759.13 WHI.
- A passion for Renoir by Steven Kern. Find it on the Non-Fiction shelf at 759.4 REN.
- Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. Find it on the Non-Fiction shelf at 759.9 KAH.
- Sisters on the fly : caravans, campfires, and tales from the road by Irene Rawlings. Find it on the New Books shelf at 796.7 RAW.
- Housebroken : admissions of an untidy life by Laurie Notaro. Find it on the New Books shelf at 814 NOT. I’m looking forward to this one – hoping it might help me forgive myself for my terrible housekeeping.
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Find it on the New Books shelf at 973.4 HAM.
- New in the Children’s Room
- Hector and Hummingbird by Nicholas John Frith. Find it on the Children’s shelf at E FRI.
- Donner dinner party by Nathan Hale. Find it on the Children’s shelf at GN HAL.
- Rocket and Groot by Tom Angleberger. Find it on the Kid’s New Books shelf at jF ANG.
- I is for idea by Marcia Schonberg. Find it on the Children’s shelf at MAKE j600 SCH.
- Usborn complete book of calligraphy by Caroline Young. Find it on the Kid’s New Books shelf at MAKE j745.6 YOU.
- Bubonic panic by Gail Jarrow. Find it on the Kid’s New Books shelf at MYSTERY j614.5 JAR.
- American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne. Find it on the Children’s shelf at TALES j398.2 OSB.
- Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Find it on the Kid’s New Books shelf at USA j614.5 BAR.
- New for Young Adults
- The finest hours by Mike Tougias. Find it on the New Books shelf at YA 910.9 TOU. A youth version of this fall’s One Book One Valley selection.
- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand. Find it on the New Books shelf at YA F HAN.
- Black River falls by Jeff Hirsch. Find it on the New Books shelf at YA F HIR.
- Switched by Amanda Hocking. Find it on the New Books shelf at YA F HOC Tr.1.
- Torn by Amanda Hocking. Find it on the YA Corner shelf at YA F HOC Tr.2.
- Ascend by Amanda Hocking. Find it on the YA Corner shelf at YA F HOC Tr.3.
- Instructions for the end of the world by Jamie Kain. Find it on the New Books shelf at YA F KAI.
- Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger. Find it on the New Books shelf at YA F MON.
- New Movies
- The Hudson River School . Find it on the New Videos shelf at DVD 759 HUD.
- Hello, my name is Doris . Find it on the New Videos shelf at DVD HEL.
- Pride and prejudice and zombies . Find it on the New Videos shelf at DVD PRI.
- Touched with fire . Find it on the New Videos shelf at DVD TOU.
- The Wave. Find it on the New Videos shelf at DVD WAV.
- Whiskey tango foxtrot . Find it on the New Videos shelf at DVD WHI.
- Zootopia . Find it on the New Videos shelf at DVD ZOO.
- New Music
- Miss Maybell & Slimpickin’s. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Folk MIS.
- New beginning by Tracy Chapman. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Popular CHA.
- Perennial favorites by Squirrel Nut Zippers. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Popular SQU.
- Coil by Toad the Wet Sprocket. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Popular TOA.
- A live one by Phish. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Rock PHI.
- A picture of nectar by Phish. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Rock PHI.
- Monster by R.E.M.. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Rock REM.
- The dream of the blue turtles by Sting. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Rock STI.
- Ten summoner’s tales by Sting. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Rock STI.
- Mercury falling by Sting. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Rock STI.
- The soul cages by Sting. Find it on the New Music shelf at MUS Rock STI.
I am thrilled to announce that in addition to our usual hours the Jackson Public Library will be open on Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm this summer. Come and take advantage of our beautiful building and the sunny workspaces it offers; the busy children’s area; movies and games; magazines and newspapers; and all the services we provide.
We are able to offer these expanded hours to residents and visitors alike thanks to our committed Board of Trustees and Library Staff who work so hard to provide for the diverse needs of the Jackson community. If you have any questions or comments about this, or anything else, please email Lichen.
P.S. I am looking for a kind and talented volunteer to help me make two wooden signs to hang below our hours boards announcing this addition. If you are handy with a saw and/or a paintbrush, please get in touch.