Summer Week 5

It has finally arrived, my friends, the final week of summer reading programming… but it will be a great one! Most importantly, your reading logs are due on Tuesday 7/26. Meredith will spend the evening stuffing some prize bags with goodies and you can pick them up on 7/27 & 7/28!

After the outdoor story time with Meredith at 11am on 7/26. We will be taking a break for a few weeks to recharge and we will be back with a fresh new story time on 8/16 @ 11am.

At 3:30pm on 7/26, we are so excited to host our very own Tin Mountain Conservation Center presenting on a favorite local water animal, beavers! There will be a mount, skull, skin, and chew for kids to investigate.

While our Tuesday events are ending, the Summer Reading continues. There’s still lots to do. The Friends of the Library will be hosting an open-air viewing of Whale Rider on August 6th at 8pm. Bring your comfiest chair, wear your PJs, and grab some snacks for a fun outdoor, family movie. (We will move indoors if the weather doesn’t cooperate.)

Music, Stories & Too Much Fun

Poster for Music, Stories, & Too Much Fun eventOn Saturday September 24th from 7-9:30 pm at the Whitney Community Center, the Friends of the Jackson Library is presenting the show Music, Stories & Too Much Fun. The money raised will pay for a tent the Library is purchasing.

Spend an evening with lovers of music and stories ready to have too much fun. Join musician/DJ Caroline Cotter and storyteller Greg Marsello as they transform the Whitney Community Center into a radio station music and storytelling competition. All monies raised support the purchase of a tent for outside Library activities and events.

Three ticket options:

Table of Six for $250 located closer to the stage
$25 per person
Can't make it, but want to lend support? Become a sponsor!

Visit our online ticketing to register or get a check to the Library.

Please share the poster or this post with anyone you know who may be interested in attending the Show and/or can help get the word out to others.

Book sale was a success

A Big, Big Thank You

The 2022 Jackson Library Book Sale was a BIG SUCCESS!!!! Thank you to everyone who helped out, as well as all of you who attended the Book Sale and purchased books, media and puzzles.

The Facts:
– Over 300 people visited the Whitney Community Center.
– Over 5,000 books, media and puzzles were sold.
– Just short of $4,000 (within $100) was raised.
– Over 35 people volunteered to help!

We all support the Jackson Library because of the great work staff do, but also because we support the benefits of reading and the service libraries provide. The money we raised will be used for purchasing new library books, as well as supporting adult and children’s programming.

Greg Marsello

Edit:: An even bigger shout-out to Greg and Melinda Foley-Marsello who managed every aspect of the book sale from collection to bank deposits to clean up to planning for next year. The Library community owes them an enormous debt of gratitude. LJR

Used book donations

Book Sale Donation Schedule

The Jackson Library Book Sale Fundraiser is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend. At the Town Garage next to Flossie’s, we will be accepting book donations on the following dates and times:

Saturday April 2nd, 9-11 am
Saturday, May 7th, 9-11 am
Saturday, May 14th, 9-11 am
Saturday, May 21st, 9-11 am

Please do not drop off textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines, or anything with mold or water damage.

Be our friend

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:

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


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.