Library trustee meeting 1/5/21 @ 5pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 4:00 pm


Approval of minutes from prior meeting.

Reports: (a) Library Director; (b) Treasurer (including discussion of preliminary budget for 2021); (c) Friends.

Pandemic Service Plan: Status and discussion of modifications required, if any.

Library Director’s Job Description and Evaluation: Discussion and approval.

Town Annual Report: Discussion of narrative.

Other Business.Non-Public Session: If applicable.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 2:00 pm.

Trivia is here for the holidays

I don't know about you, but I sometimes struggle coming up with conversation topics during family events. Even more if those events are via phone call or screen.

I am here, your devoted librarian, with a solution for you.

We are offering a holiday round of Town Battle Trivia! In May we had 36 teams registered and 18 who played every round. I would love to top that.

A few changes this time. I will award two prizes, one to the library of the winning team and another to the library with the highest total score for its 3 highest scoring teams. The prize will be a book of the library's choosing with a bookplate commemorating the game.

Register your team now and the first round of questions will be released on Christmas Eve and every evening through New Year's Eve. Winners announced New Year's Day.

Standings and rounds will be published on the Trivia webpage. Registration and rounds will remain open until the last round of questions are due on 12/31. This way if you are hanging out with your family on boxing day, you can catch up and play along.

Here's the fine print:

  • Teams limited to three people or one household, whichever is more.
  • Each team must affiliate with a participating library. If your library is not listed, please ask them to get in touch with me.  It's much more fun if the libraries are in on it!
  • No research - honor system.
  • Answers may be challenged, but decisions by the host are final.
  • Team name, standings, and supported library will be public.

Register now and the first round will arrive in your email on Christmas Eve. Tell your friends! It's fun.

‘All Eyes Are Upon Us,’ a Zoom event on October 8th

COVID closures and Zoom conferences can be tricky, but they can also offer us new opportunities. One of those is a chance for us to partner with the libraries of Cook Memorial in Tamworth, Conway, Freedom, Madison, as well as the NH Humanities to bring you an exciting event relevant to our particular place in time and geography.

Jackie Robinson
Join us for an online event October 8th at 6:30pm

From Brooklyn to Boston, from World War II to the present, Jason Sokol traces the modern history of race and politics in the Northeast. Why did white fans come out to support Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 even as Brooklyn’s blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods? How was African-American politician Ed Brooke of Massachusetts, who won a Senate seat in 1966, undone by the resistance to desegregation busing in Boston? Is the Northeast’s history a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, but inwardly conflicted over race?

We invite you to join us on Zoom on October 8th at 6:30pm for Jason Sokol's presentation: All Eyes Are Upon Us: Racial Struggles in the Northeast, from Jackie Robinson to Deval Patrick. Please sign up to receive a Zoom invite or tune in to the Conway Public Library's Facebook page for a live feed. Contact Lichen  (603-383-9731) if you don't have the skills or equipment to participate, but would like to.

Outside Concert Sunday!

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library for an outdoor concert and
fundraiser, featuring local harper Dominique Dodge, at 4 pm Sunday afternoon
August 23, 2020 at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in
Jackson, NH.

This socially-distanced, outdoor concert will feature Dominique Dodge singing and
playing her harp for 50 minutes of traditional music and song from Ireland,
Scotland, and Cape Breton. Expect beautiful Gaelic songs, lively dance tunes, and
stately compositions by the great Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738).
This is Dominique's first live performance since the lockdown began and she is
excited to share new material, as well as favorites from her 2019 album "Cànan
nan Teud" (The Language of the Strings) and highlights from her duo project with
Cape Breton fiddler Rosie MacKenzie. 

Please come prepared for this outdoor event with your own chairs and masks.
Due to COVID-19, masks and appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet will be

A $10 donation is requested but not required to support the Friends of the
Jackson Public Library. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public
Library at 603-383-9731 or view the Library’s Facebook page.

Map round answers & Penultimate Round posted

Wow. Ya'll know your geography. Border Patrol (Jackson) and The Trivia Twerps (North Conway) both made a perfect score which means I have failed as a triviasta. Congratulations to both teams. Overall standings have shifted again and The Trivia Twerps take over the third position.

I love rounds like the Maps because there's not subjective scoring. The good old lappy scores everything up for me. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

1. Malaysia
2. Brunei
3. Philippines
4. Indonesia
5. Singapore
6. East Timor
7. Papua New Guinea
8. Australia
9. New Zealand

Spanish speaking countries

1. Mexico
2. Guatemala
3. El Salvador
4. Honduras
5. Nicaragua
6. Costa Rica
7. Panama
8. Colombia
9. Ecuador
10. Peru
11. Bolivia
12. Chile
13. Argentina
14. Uruguay
15. Paraguay
16. Venezuela
17. Puerto Rico
18. Dominican Republic
19. Cuba
20. Spain
21. Equatorial Guinea

Next up is a Greater than, Less than, Equal to challenge with a fun twist at the end.  Due tomorrow 5/8 by 7pm. One more regular round to be released tomorrow night and then the big finale on Saturday night. I scored a sweet grand prize today for the winning team.

Also, I put some new info up on the standings page about the Library scores. I calculated the team averages per round and it looks like Fryeburg's high scorers puts them on top! Someone check my reasoning please.

Town Battle Trivia: May 2-9

Join the Jackson Public Library for some spring time fun. Gather your family to answer one online round of questions per day for a week.

In a fun twist, I have invited all the Valley libraries to offer this to their patrons too. All teams will be asked to affiliate with a library and in the end two winners will be named and awarded a prize bundle from some local sponsors. One prize to the winning team and a gift certificate to White Birch Books for the affiliate Library. It's not a lot, but it adds a bit to the fun.

Register and play the first round by Saturday May 2nd, and every day afterward for seven days. The final round is on Saturday May 9th at 7pm with final Jeopardy-style bids and answers due at 7:05pm so everyone should plan to be home for that. Honestly, where else would you be?

Contact Lichen Rancourt for more information.

Trivia is back… with a twist

Remote Trivia Challenge
Round One

Answers due: 4/1 by 6pm

Our local Trivia maestro has moved his magic online and trusted ME to bring it to you. He has created eight daily rounds of general knowledge questions for you to answer. You can play just one day or all eight rounds, of course, you will only win if you play all eight.

  • Honor system – no researching. Don’t ruin the fun for everyone.
  • If you have been playing with Bob H, you’re disqualified. Sorry!
  • Maximum of six per team.
  • It’s all in good fun.
  • Tell the judge she smells nice, she likes that.
  • The first round, with team name is due Wednesday, April 1 by 6pm.

Good Luck!

Dominique & Rosie on Sunday evening

Jackson’s own Dominique Dodge

Join the Friends of the Library on Sunday 2/23 at 5pm as local harper Dominique Dodge & Cape Breton fiddler Rosie MacKenzie offer an evening of music and song from Cape Breton and Ireland.

Rosie and Dominique are traditional musicians of depth and character, as well as childhood friends, reunited. The expressive warmth of Rosie’s fiddling meets the percussive resonance of Dominique’s harp in a way that lifts the tunes and carries them along in a stream of buoyant energy. Cape Breton is the source of their music, but both have lived in Ireland and share a love of that tradition as well. Strong singers each in their own right, their voices are well-seasoned, well-matched, and prone to both carefully woven harmony and full-bodied unison in Gaelic and English. Their sound is dynamic, responsive, and full of mischief and delight.

Donations of $10 to $20 are requested and will go directly to the musicians.

Cutting the Cable on 9/25 at 7pm

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library for a workshop on “Cutting the Cable: New Ways to Watch Television” by Bob Levin. This program will be held Wednesday evening September 25th at 7 pm at the Jackson Public Library.

Bob Levin will explain what combinations of devices and equipment make
“cutting the cable” feasible. He will discuss subscription services and how they work, and whether they can save you money. Bob will also cover options such as Smart TV, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Hulu, and sport streaming services. Finally, Bob will provide instructions on how to set up some of the most popular options.

Bob Levin is a photographer and marketing specialist living in Tuftonboro, NH. He runs RDL studios. For more information, go to This program is free and open to the public, although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset presenter expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731.