Ladybug Girl on the Story Book Trail

Ladybug Girl by David Soman
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.

Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs
If the Library is open, stop by and check out the latest in the Ladybug Girl series, Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs. If it’s checked out there are lots more from which to choose.

Snow comes to the…

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.

Jackson Ski Touring opens new Story Book Trails!

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!

Pumpkin story-ski is up!

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Best of 2017 & more generous donations

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.

And, finally, we have been having a magical week in the Library. More Amazon boxes arrive every day with purchases from our Wish List. Here is what came in Tuesday:

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More anonymous donations

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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:

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Four more came in today!

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Vacation week specials

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:

Reserve a pass via a phone call or our online form. I am anxious to see these get used so come and get them!

Who doesn't love a picnic?

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.


Saturday July 23. Family Dance Party

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.
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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.

New for July.

In addition to placing my July order, we got a bunch of terrifically beachy donations this month. Perfect for enjoying the unbelievable weather.

Opening Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day

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.