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.

Common Sleep Disorders and Sleeping Better without Medications

Do you ever have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you ever feel tired, regardless of how much you have slept the night before? Do you snore? Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host Dr. Joseph P. Della Valla, MD, FACP as he presents his program Common Sleep Disorders and Sleeping Better without Medications. This will take place at the Jackson Public Library on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at 7pm

Dr. Della Valla, a Jackson resident, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He currently serves as a Sleep Medicine Practitioner at Memorial Hospital in North Conway and as Medical Director at The Center for Sleep Medicine at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.

The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset speaker expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731

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.

Knitting now TWO days per month

An invitation from our local knitters:

Knitting on Thursday morning, March 10, worked out really well! The morning time seems better for many people than an evening group. The library space by the windows in back is so bright and cheery – a great place to gather. A few people weren’t able to come on the 2nd Thurs. of month, so we’re adding the 4th Thurs. of the month as another time to meet – same time, same place: 10 AM – noon.

Also, mark your calendars for the April dates – April 14 and 28.

Feel free to share this with others who might be interested in joining us!

Peak Bagging in Scotland – Climbing the 284 Munros

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host local resident Bengt Karlsson and his program Peak Bagging in Scotland – Climbing the 284 Munros on Wednesday March 16th, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson, NH.

For the past 14 years Mr. Karlsson has spent a few weeks of each year in Scotland slowly amassing all of the 3,000+ foot mountains. There is a list of all 284 of these mountains called the Munros Tables after Sir Hugh Munro who compiled the original list in 1891.

Hiking in Scotland is different from New Hampshire in many ways and presents challenging conditions to hikers, particularly in the winter. Tree line is very low which means that you get great views but you are exposed to the weather most of the time. There are no trail markers or cairns so navigation, particularly in bad weather, poses a challenge. Also there is a sparsity of roads in the north so that you have some very long walks that may require camping out. You are further north than we are locally, around the 60th parallel, which leads to harsh weather but long daylight in the summer. Each year, as we see here in the White Mountains, hikers die on these mountains due to being unprepared for the harsh weather. As of 2009 more than 4,000 people has reported completing the list of Munros.

Besides hiking in the White Mountains and in Scotland, Mt. Karlsson has also hiked extensively in New Zealand and in Alaska. He is an avid cross-country skier and citizen racer and has completed about 70 Worldloppet Marathon races. He resides here in Jackson, NH when he isn’t hiking around the world.

The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset speaker expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731

New time for Knitting

Hello knitters and needle-crafters,

The usual “First Tuesday of Month Knitting Group at Jackson Public Library” is going to be changed to the “Second Thursday of the Month” group for Feb. and March, at 10:00 AM, at the same place, the library.

The new dates will be: Thurs., Feb. 11 and March 10, 10:00 AM. The hope is that these days and the time in the morning might be better for some knitters/crafters who weren’t able to attend on the Tuesday evenings. If it works out well for most, the group may decide to continue with this time frame for the spring months. All knitters and needle-crafters of all varieties are welcome to come join us!

So, to confirm, there will be NO knitting group at the library on Feb. 2 and March 1. Hope to see everyone there, and please share this email with others who may be interested!

The Great Explorers: The Races to the North and South Poles

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library and the Whitney Community Center as they host a return visit by legendary mountaineer Ed Webster and his lecture The Great Explorers: The Races to the North and South Poles. This will take place at the Whitney Community Center (not the Jackson Public Library) on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public; however a $5.00 donation is suggested to offset the speaker fees.

Relive the astounding, and in some cases fatal, efforts by the “Great Explorers,” Peary, Cook, Nansen, Amundsen, and Captain Scott, during the Golden Age of Exploration as they raced to become the first to attain Earth’s North and South Poles. All while watching the rarely-seen, original archival photographs taken by these same Explorers between 1880 and 1925. Just over a century ago, the Races to both Poles of the Earth were won. Rivalries, they were slow, grueling marathons pitting the era’s toughest explorers against one another. The 19th century saw explorers from Britain, Norway, Italy, and America attempt to reach the North Pole.

The first attainment of the North Pole was by Commander Robert E. Peary of Maine, Matthew Henson—America’s most famous Black Explorer—and four Inuit men who reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909. Peary graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and resided on Eagle Island in Harpswell, Maine. He also worked in Fryeburg at one time.

Reaching the South Pole proved considerably more perilous. The intrepid Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundsen, with four companions, gained the South Pole first, on December 14, 1911—followed five weeks later by his rival, British explorer Captain Robert Scott and his four partners. Beset by storms and sub-zero temperatures, running out of food, Scott’s entire team perished on their return—just eleven miles from their next food depot.

Ed Webster, 59, is a resident of Harpswell, Maine. He lives with his wife and daughter just a few miles from Eagle Island, the once-home of North Pole explorer Commander Robert E. Peary. Ed is a highly accomplished lecturer, author and photojournalist and his articles and photographs have been published in dozens of magazines, and by Sierra Club Books and National Geographic. He was also written 5 books and has lectured worldwide. In recent years, Ed has become fascinated by the epic stories surrounding the attainment of both the North and the South Pole—an interest that has led directly to his new lecture on Arctic and Antarctic exploration. But because this is an “Ed Webster lecture,” the presentation is illustrated using the various Polar Explorers’ own original photographs, pictures that they took over a century ago, to tell the story.

We are fortunate to have him join us here in Jackson at the Whitney Community Center again, where he will be signing and selling his books and posters after the show. FMI: 603-383-9731

Please Return Julie & Julia!

I expect it was our snow storm (3-5 inches = Yay!) that kept folks home tonight. We had a small group our discussion of Julie and Julia. Those of you who have copies, please return them to us as soon as you can. We have a quick turn-around to pass the kit along to the Library who reserved it next.

Copies of our next selection, Etta and Otto and Russell and James are available now. Meredith will facilitate the discussion of that one on February 9th. Our book club picks are already planned through September, but please always feel free to make suggestions and please come join us!

– Lichen