SRP Week 4

Don’t lose steam now, buckaroos. There’s less than two weeks to go in our reading log challenge. Yesterday I had a call from Pirate’s Cove offering us free game tokens to our readers. I ran right now there and picked them up! 

This week we have our usual outdoor story time with Meredith at 11am on 7/19. We love these events with our youngest friends – last week we ended with an impromptu dance party! 

At 3:30pm on 7/19, Greg Hufford of the NH Cooperative Extension will join us. He will give us some facts about rocks and minerals and some fun activities!

Then on Saturday 7/23 at 4pm join the Friends of the Library on our patio and under our tent for a potluck featuring recipes from Local flavors : cooking and eating from America’s farmers’ markets by Deborah Madison. We have lots of copies available now. It’s sure to be a pleasant afternoon picnic. 

Rep. Chris Pappas Office Hours

Christian Seasholtz, from Rep. Chris Pappas’ office, will be in the Library tomorrow, Thursday July 7, from 10-11:30am. Christian is here to answer questions and provide information about federal resources and programs. Congressman Pappas’s office can help constituents with federal issues including Social Security, VA benefits, passports, IRS, and more.

“Night of the Living Rez” by Morgan Talty is the 2022 Selection

The One Book One Valley committee is happy to announce Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, is its selection for 2022. Set in a native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez, is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy. A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance, Night of the Living Rez is an unforgettable portrayal of an indigenous community and marks the arrival of a standout talent in contemporary fiction.

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022), and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). Talty teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Mr. Talty will give a presentation and hold a book signing at the Majestic Theater on October 27th at 7PM. There is no charge to attend this event, which will also be live streamed. Just prior to the grand finale event, Mr. Talty will be the guest of honor at a “Meet the Author” event to be held at the Conway Public Library. Tickets for this event will be limited and cost $25 with proceeds benefiting One Book One Valley. Be on the lookout for TBD associated programming related to the themes of the book for the fall. Copies of the book will be available at all participating OBOV locations including White Birch Books. Comprised of White Birch Books and the public libraries of the Mount Washington Valley and beyond, One Book One Valley is a community read program for the Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally.

Used book donations

Book Sale Donation Schedule

The Jackson Library Book Sale Fundraiser is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend. At the Town Garage next to Flossie’s, we will be accepting book donations on the following dates and times:

Saturday April 2nd, 9-11 am
Saturday, May 7th, 9-11 am
Saturday, May 14th, 9-11 am
Saturday, May 21st, 9-11 am

Please do not drop off textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines, or anything with mold or water damage.

Blind date with a book

Name: YOU
Age: A mature 24.
Occupation: Full time reader
Area: NH’s eastern slopes
Looking for: An escape from the usual
In her own words: Looking to introduce some sizzle into your reading list? Maybe stuck in a rut and longing for something new to warm your February chills? Who isn’t.

As always the Jackson Library is here for you and we have brought back our popular Blind Date with a Book. We have a selection of favorites wrapped up and waiting for you, no hints, just grab one off our shelf and take it home. The investment is low, the emotional risk is minimal, and you may just fall in love with something new.

Trustees meet 12/7 @ 4pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 4:00 PM
*Jackson Town Offices
Masks Required

Contact (603) 383-3100 for Further Information

1. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
2. Reports
o Library Director (including status of pandemic service plan and modifications
required, if any)
o Treasurer
o Friends
3. New Business
o 2022 Budget
4. Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II-a for discussions of employee
5. Next Meeting - Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 4:00 pm


How I have missed sunny afternoons at the Library with a project in my lap and chatting in the air. I am so pleased to feel safe trying again. Let’s start up Crafternoons. On the third Wednesday of each month, bring along your mask and any portable project you’re working on and spend some time with other local makers.

All who are comfortably masked and distanced are welcome.

What’s your favorite series?

We had a terrific discussion last night in Jackson about Dead by Dawn as well as a brainstorming session about our favorite book series. I thought it would be fun to extend that to offering all our participating libraries readers the chance to participate. I hope that by our big event on October 28th, we’ll have a good list of local favorites!

Music on the lawn 9/19

Jeff Warner will perform under the tent Sunday 9/19.

Please join us on the lawn on September 19 at 4pm for Jeff Warner and Banjos, Bones, and Ballads. (We will move to Zoom in case of rain.)

I met Jeff many years ago when I sang in a chorus in Portsmouth. His program was fascinating and wove music and stories so it was sometimes hard to tell them apart. He is appearing in Jackson courtesy of a grant from the NH Humanities and the Friends of the Jackson Library under our tent provided with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the NH State Library. That is a mouthful but we are deeply grateful for all these organizations believing in our work.

Banjos, Bones, and Ballads features traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner.

Fun for the whole family!