Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving 2021

Dear Friends of the Jackson Public Library,

“Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.”

This quote from Professor R. David Lankes of the University of South Carolina echoes a conversation I had recently with another Friend. Libraries are among the few inclusive multi-generational institutions in our cities and towns. From the book clubs to the summer concerts to the wildly popular children’s programs this year, the Jackson Public Library has been building community.

For our library to continue to build community, while also providing us with books and services, our financial support is needed. Our donations to the Friends will be used to purchase new books, office and bathroom supplies, electronic media, and fund programs for children and adults. Jackson tax dollars keep the lights on, the building maintained, and our hard-working staff paid, but most everything else depends on your gifts! We hope your generosity will continue.

As important as money is, it is not the only thing that helps the library maintain its vital role in our community. While some of the volunteer opportunities at the library have not been available during the past two years, as we move out of the pandemic there will be many more ways to support our library: shelving returned books and media, outdoor maintenance, grant writing, and supporting the library’s budget at the annual Town Meeting.

One of the most public ways that the Friends have raised money has been our used book sale at the Whitney Center on Memorial Day weekend. We did not hold that sale in the past three years. We plan to return to the Whitney Center for a sale in the spring. Our fall used book collection days were successful and we plan to have more in the early spring. Volunteers will be needed for the book sale.

As some of you know I was raised by a librarian and had my first job shelving books at the library where she worked. When she retired in Jackson she volunteered at the library. It made sense when my wife and I retired in Intervale for us to make Jackson’s library our library. It also made sense for me to respond positively to the suggestion that I serve as president of the Friends. It is both those capacities that I thank you for your continued support.

Yours truly,

Daniel Weir, President
Friends of the Jackson Public Library

This year we again offer online giving.

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!

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.

Sign up for Zoom access here: https://bit.ly/3vxMAyg

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

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Annual meeting of the Friends of the Jackson Library
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 4:30p-5:30p on the Library Patio.
All supporters of the Jackson Public Library are invited to the Annual Meeting of the Friends. Come and learn about our how our library continued to serve our community during the pandemic; share your ideas about how the Friends can support our library; and elect the Friends’ officers for the coming year.
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.

Friends Annual Appeal

Dear Friends of the Library,

The Library is open.

I write to you, as my predecessor Allen Brooks did during last year’s highly successful annual appeal, to ask for your continued support of our library.

As we move patiently toward the day when the building is fully open, the financial support we provide will be important, perhaps more important than it has been in the past. Without our gifts the Library would be unable to provide all the services we have depended upon.

Your donations purchase new books, office and bathroom supplies, electronic media, and fund monthly events and children’s programs, and can fund further improvements to our contact-free services. Jackson tax dollars keep the lights on, the building maintained, and our hard-working staff paid, but most everything else depends on your gifts! We hope your generosity will continue.

Money, important as it is, has not been the only thing that helps the Library maintain its vital role in our community. In the past volunteers have taken on a variety of important tasks, including shelving returned books and media, deep cleaning, and organizing. Our staff has taken on these tasks as well as their normal workload. There are still opportunities for volunteers outside the building: transporting materials between libraries in the Northern New Hampshire Library Collaborative; and creating flyers and posters for outreach to the community, I hope that in the months ahead more of us will volunteer. If the pandemic has taught us anything it is the importance of community and community institutions like our library.

One of the most public ways that the Friends have raised money has been our used book sale at the Whitney Center Memorial Day weekend. We did not hold that sale in the past two years. We hope to return to the Whitney Center for a sale in the spring. Our fall used book collection days were successful and we plan to have more in the early spring.

The Friends has a board of directors, with three regular meetings a year. All our friends, be they full or part-time area residents, are invited to attend and participate in our discussions of how we can become even stronger supporters of our library. Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 13, 2020, at 9 a.m. in the library. Our meetings rarely last more than an hour, so please join us.

With your monetary and volunteer help, we look forward to another great year at our library.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Daniel Weir, President
Friends of the Jackson Public Library

This year we again offer online giving.