Lily King at Kennett on Thursday night!

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You have read the book, now come hear the story behind it. Author Lily King will be at Kennett High School on Thursday, October 29th at 7pm to discuss Euphoria.

Those who attended the Jackson Book Group will agree that it stirred up a variety of reactions from frustration to affection; disgust to shock. No matter what your feelings about it, I feel certain that hearing from the author herself will be illuminating.

If you can’t make it or if you are keen to learn more, anthropologist and Margaret Mead’s daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson will be at the Salyards Center for the Arts on November 5th.

Can you help with our Pumpkin display?

We are proud to be participating again in this year’s Return of the Pumpkin People. Our Charlotte’s Web display last year was a smash hit and I am planning something this year to highlight the Library’s modern services.
Unsurprisingly, to those who know me, I have waited until the last minute and I am begging some help. If you would like to provide any of the following, please drop it at the Library any time; leave a comment below; or email me and I will happily and gratefully accept.

Our offering for Return of the Pumpkin People 2014
Our offering for Return of the Pumpkin People 2014

If you want to give something, please drop it off before 9/26 (yes, that is Saturday):

  • an old light-colored sheet,
  • Fabric markers or paint,
  • Bale of straw,
  • old lawn chair – adirondack style would be ideal. I can return it,-
  • Old Pants
  • long sleeved turtleneck (there will be a short sleeved over it)
  • shoes
  • PUMPKIN! Human head size
  • Old and not-functional laptop
  • Old wooden crate (for a makeshift side table)
  • Glue gun
  • Heavy gauge wire
  • Zip ties, big ones

If you want to help out. please come to the Library around 10am on Saturday 9/26 and give me a hand. Tasks may include the following.

  • Lettering a large sign
  • Hang sheet from a tall ladder
  • Stuff clothes with newspaper to create pumpkin man
  • Lend some ideas and creativity as we set it up

We had a blast making the display last year – this is a fun project that helps the Library – but most of all gives us a reason to spend a few hours building something. Kids are welcome to come and race around – mine will be here. Thanks for any help you might be able to provide and I promise to manage my time better next year.

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Rainy day movie marathon

Join us any time today for a flick.
Join us any time today for a flick.

It’s raining and a great day to stay indoors. Everyone knows the Library is a great place to sit and read, but I decided to change things up today and show all day movies in our meeting room. We’ll let those who happen to be around when one ends choose the next one. Keeping it in the G and PG range so the littles can enjoy too. Grown-ups are still expected to be nearby – in the building or watching along. Hope to see you soon!

Thru-hiking on both coasts: travels on the Pacific Crest, John Muir, and Long Trails

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host Jeremy “Beowulf” Day and his program Thru-hiking on both coasts: travels on the Pacific Crest, John Muir, and Long Trails on Sunday January 11th, 2015 at 7:00 pm, here at the Library.

Join multi-trail thru-hiker and AMC hut croo Jeremy “Beowulf” Day on a virtual hike on the first 1,200 miles of desert and high Sierras on the Pacific Crest Trail, the high passes of the John Muir Trail, and the rugged, surprisingly wild Long Trail with photos, stories, and some videos of his 2014 Spring and Summer trips. See how the west coast trails compare to familiar paths here in New Hampshire and the rest of the Appalachian Trail. Learn about the oddities of trail culture. See what a whiteout at 13,000 feet feels like and why glissading makes everything better. See the desolate beauty of southern California deserts, wild flowering yucca, and 30-mile stretches of trail without a drop of water. And most importantly, get a different perspective on the trails from the books and films about hiking out west that have come out in the past couple years.

Jeremy “Beowulf” Day has logged about 3,700 miles of long-distance hiking experience on the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Long, and John Muir trails, as well as countless miles of hiking in New England. He has worked as full service hut croo at the AMC’s Greenleaf, Lakes of the Clouds, and Mizpah Spring huts, as well as caretaking at Carter Notch, Zealand Falls, and Lonesome Lake during the winter. In addition, he has worked stints as a backcountry shelters caretaker, Storehouse crew, Construction Crew, and with the AMC Outdoors magazine as an intern. He is currently planning a proposed trek on the Camino De Santiago, followed by a thru-hike of the northern 1,500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to write about the reasons for and impact on the trail and trail community of the dramatic increase in the number of thru-hikers. You can follow his travels at http://www.facebook.com/beowanders

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

Spring gardening presentations at the library

The Jackson Public Library, in conjunction with the NH Cooperative Extension, will hold a series of 6 weekly Spring Gardening presentations keyed to “Gardening in the North Country”. These presentations will take place at the Library located in Jackson village on Rt. 16A. The sessions will be held weekly on Wednesdays evenings starting on March 5th running through April 9th. They will all take place at 7pm.

These presentations are aimed at anyone who would like to learn about gardening and also to enhance the knowledge of those who have gardened here in the valley for years. The presenters will be Olivia Saunders MS Soil Science, agent at the UNH Cooperative Extension in Conway, Ann Bennett Jackson resident gardener and author of weekly gardening articles for the Mt. Ear newspaper for 35 years, Jackie Hamblet Certified NH Master Gardener and Dr. David Walker, who lives in the valley and raises and shows prize dahlias.

The presentations will culminate on April 9th with an open forum round table where questions and topic ideas will be taken from those in the audience. These programs are free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 383-9731.

Presentation Schedule:
March 5th – Hot Ideas for Your Cold Soil: Soil Preparation & Composting, Olivia Saunders, MS Soil Science, agent at the UNH Cooperative Extension in Conway
March 12th – Seed Starting and Seed Saving, Olivia Saunders, MS Soil Science, agent at the UNH Cooperative Extension in Conway
March 19th – Basic organic practices for the everyday gardener, Jackie Hamblet, Certified NH Master Gardener
March 26th – Growing and Showing Dahlias, Dr. David Walker, who lives in the valley and raises and shows prize dahlias
April 2nd – Season Extension “making the most of a short growing season”, Ann Bennett, Jackson resident gardener and author of weekly gardening articles for the Mt. Ear newspaper for 35 years
April 9th – Round-table discussion on gardening with thoughts about forming a group to meet monthly at the Library during the growing season for that purpose.