The Vagabond Trilogy: The Story in History w/ Olga Morrill 6/15 @ 7pm

Local author Olga Morrill defines what is fact and what is fiction in The Vagabond Trilogy, an historical fiction series that is currently in the works. Two of the three books are now published. Join the discussion! This event is sponsored by the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, the Conway Public Library, The Pope Memorial Library in North Conway, the Madison Public Library, and the Jackson Public Library.

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Books are available through your local library, White Birch Books, and Amazon.


Nicholas Black Elk 5/2 @ 5pm

The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota

Join Damian Costello, the Friends of the Jackson Library, and New Hampshire Humanities to explore the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (c.1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book Black Elk Speaks.

We will begin with Black Elk's Great Vision and his struggle to discern his calling during the events of the Great Sioux War. During his long life, Black Elk lived out his vision in three overlapping roles: as a traditional healer, a Catholic teacher, and a revivalist of Indigenous traditions. In the midst of great tragedy, Black Elk wove these three strands into one beautiful life exemplifying survival, hope, and reconciliation.

We will discuss the relevance of Black Elk's legacy for broader questions of Abenaki survival in Northern New England, hope in the face of global environmental problems, and reconciliation in the midst of growing political and religious sectarianism. This talk is based on extensive historical research, extended residency in Indian Country, and continuing conversation with Lakota elders.

Introduction to Chess 5/16 @ 3pm

This program is for anyone interested in learning about chess including kids, parents, and teachers.  If you are a complete beginner or haven't played in a long time and need a refresher, this would be a great place to start.  You'll learn about the fundamentals of chess (the chess board, pieces, and setup), the rules, some basic strategies, and how to improve your chess skills going forward.

Register to receive the Zoom link.

The Tough Times are killing me

This painting is one of my favorites, and the author has local ties… anyone recognize the name?

After investing some time troubleshooting for and communicating with the team at the Museum of Bad Art, our libraries have decided to cancel the formally postponed event Living in Tough Times: From Having a Bad Day to Dystopian Apocalypse.

It was lovely to see so many familiar Jackson faces on the Zoom meeting even if I was melting into the floorboards. I know we were all looking forward to a belly laugh so please accept apologies from all parties.  We are working on other awesome programs throughout the spring.

Museum of Bad Art: Living in Tough Times

The libraries of the Northern New Hampshire Library Cooperative are proud Living in Tough Timesto present Living in Tough Times: From Having a Bad Day to Dystopian Apocalypse from Boston's Museum of Bad Art via Zoom on Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at 5pm.

The Museum of Bad Art collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. Their art is sourced from thrift stores, yard sales, and even sidewalk trash. They analyze it, compare it to classic art, and share it with our thousands of fans around the world.  As we endure a global pandemic, political upheaval, and unrelenting climate change, Living in Tough Times examines works from the MOBA Collection to discern how art reflects adversity.

Patrons of the libraries of any NNHLC libraries - Conway, Jackson, Madison, or Cook in Tamworth - may register to participate. The Zoom information will be shared closer to the date. Please address questions to Lichen at the Jackson Public Library.

Board of Trustees meet 2/2 at 2pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 2:00 pm

Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
Library Director’s Report, including status of pandemic service plan and
modifications required, if any.
Friends’ Report.
Treasurer’s Report and Budget Discussion.
Dates for Town Elections (5/11/21) and Town Meeting (5/15/21).
Timing for request to Board of Selectmen to fill alternate positions, and
whether to increase the number of alternates to 3.
Other Business.
Non-Public Session: If applicable.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 4:00 pm.

Ty Gagne event Sunday 1/31

Join author Ty Gagne and the Friends of the Jackson Public Library on Sunday, January 31st at 5pm to discuss his new book The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites. Register online to receive Zoom details.

The Last TraverseOn a mountain somewhere above treeline, in some of the coldest and worst winter conditions imaginable, two men lie unconscious in the snow as explosive winds batter the nearby summits.

In The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites, Ty Gagne masterfully lays out the events that led up to an epic and legendary rescue attempt in severe and dangerous winter conditions in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. More than a cautionary tale, it is a tribute to all the volunteers and professionals who willingly put themselves in harm's way to save lives. This is a must read for anyone who hikes the Whites.

"In his first book, Where You'll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the last Climb of Kate Matrosova, Ty Gagne established his credentials as a writer of well-researched and objective analysis of mountain accidents. Moreover, Where You'll Find Me reads like a novel, a book I couldn't put down. In his latest book, The Last Traverse, Gagne takes the combination of analysis and storytelling to a new level in a tale of survival and tragedy in the White Mountains."

-Mark Synnott, author of The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life and The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson Public Library. Registration is open to anyone and we have 100 'seats' in our Zoom subscription. In the unlikely event that over 100 people register, priority will be given to Jackson Library card holders and members of the Friends of the Jackson Public Library.

Online film screening and discussion “Communities & Consequences II” Jan. 26

Communities and Consequences II

“Every citizen, business and organization has a stake in the economic health of the Granite State.” This is the tagline for the New Hampshire PBS film, “Communities & Consequences II: Rebalancing New Hampshire’s Human Ecology.”

On Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m., the Cook Memorial Library, with the Madison Library, the Tamworth Economic Development Commission, the Tamworth Planning Board, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, MWV Housing Coalition, MWV Age-Friendly Community, and UNH Cooperative Extension, will partner with New Hampshire PBS to offer an online screening of this film followed by a panel discussion with people working to improve the human ecology of the Mount Washington Valley and surrounding area.

REGISTER for the virtual screening!

NHPBS will send you a link to the private screening and walk you through some set up FAQs once you register.

The program will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a screening of the hour-long film. After the film, there will be a moderated panel discussion with panelists Andrew Dean, Chair of Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition, Marianne Jackson of Mount Washington Valley Age Friendly Community, and Shannon Rogers, State Specialist of Nature Based Economic Development on UNH Cooperative Extension’s Community and Economic Development Team. Audience members will be able to submit questions during the film and discussion.

NHPBS will send you a link to the private screening and walk you through some set up FAQs once you register.

Corporate sponsors for the NHPBS “Communities and Consequences II” project: Cathartes | DTC Lawyers, PLLC | EnviroVantage | Exeter Hospital |Heritage Home Service | New Hampshire REALTORS | New Hampshire Electric Cooperative | New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority | Anagnost Companies | Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. | Orbit Group |Northeast Delta Dental | Chinburg Properties

The Last Traverse. Book talk with Ty Gagne

Edit:: Conway reports this program is now FULL. We are in touch with Mr. Gagne to offer an encore soon. Watch this space.

Join Ty Gagne and the Conway Public Library on Zoom January 21st at 6:30pm to discuss his new bookThe Last Traverse The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites. You may remember our 2018 our One Book, One Valley series featured Ty's first book, Where You'll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova by Ty Gagne. His followup is reported to be every bit as riveting.

The Conway Public Library has generously invited the Jackson Library community to join the event. To receive meeting details, please email Lichen.