Book reviews in the catalog

We loved Lake Tahoe!

I am home for just a few days between the first half of my vacation adventure and the second. On the plane and most of my down time, I happily read The Guncle by Steven Rowley. On the plane home I started It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. No one in NNHLC owns a copy, but if you want to read it, let me know and I’ll lend my personal copy when I’m done.

One of the fun features of our new catalog is reviews! Simply login with your 14 digit barcode and password (click forgot password if you don’t remember it). Find the book you want to review, rate it and click submit review.

To find reviews, look for Borrower Reviews in the menus under the book information. Once you have left a review, it will be there for others to read – they will see your first name and last initial so keep that in mind and only leave reviews if you are ok being asked about it at the post office!

Easy peasy and the rating helps the catalog learn your tastes and makes recommendations more relevant for you.

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.

Downloadable audiobook purchase

I just sat down to order downloadable copies of our 2022 One Book One Valley selection, Night of the Living Rez for Libby/Overdrive and threw a few other titles in there as well. In total I bought five audiobooks and one eBook. Can you guess how much that cost? $350!

And that’s not all. Three of them are only available in ‘metered access’ so we pay $40-$100 for a recording on Libby and can only circulate it 24 times OR for 2 years, which ever comes first. For Night of the Living Rez, this works out to $1.67 per listen and then we have to pay another $40. For perspective, these same titles in physical formats – CDs and print – would cost us $129.63 and we would have them forever.

Legislation is just starting to be considered to help regulate these obstacles for libraries. Readers First, an advocacy group for libraries, has published an excellent position paper on this issue, for those interested.

If you’re a downloadable book lover and want to help out, we offer sponsorships! Let me know if you want a specific title.

If you’ve read this far, you have earned this. The following books are available for download for Jackson resident cardholders only. This means far shorter wait times!

Night of the Living Rez

Join our team!

We are looking for a staff substitute to call on to cover some vacation days, help out when we are busy or running programs, or step in when someone is sick. You must be comfortable being responsible for library operations, including patron services and building security. We are a close team who are all dedicated to the library, helping out, and supporting each other. Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Lichen.

Job Title: Library Aide/Staff Substitute
Non-professional, Part-time

Schedule: Up to 60 hours per calendar year; additional hours may be scheduled as needed to replace staff hours. The part-time position is for an average of 3 hours a week and may include Saturdays. This position acts as a substitute for Library Director or Library Assistant position for planned days off or emergency absences, as needed.
Pay Rate: $13.50 per hour
Job Summary: Responsible for opening and closing the library, starting and shutting down public and staff computers, working with volunteers to ensure smooth operation of the library.
Job Requirements:
Education: Minimum high school diploma; preference is for some college or Bachelor’s degree, and library experience.
Library Aide/Staff Substitute must work well with children and adults, be able to communicate clearly in person and over the telephone, enjoy reading, have good computer and internet skills. They must be organized and pay close attention to detail as most library tasks require careful record keeping. Candidate must be willing to accept a flexible schedule as shifts will be based on other staff member’s schedules.
Physical requirements: Ability to lift up to 40 pounds, and agility to reach both the highest and lowest shelves in the Library.
Duties include:
Opening and closing the Library, helping the public at the circulation desk, using the library’s computer and software for circulation functions, helping library users find materials and answer simple reference questions, help public computer users with simple computer tasks (e.g., printing documents, opening programs, etc.), and placing patron materials requests.
Benefits: There is no vacation or sick time associated with this position. Library Aide/Staff Substitute will be covered under Town’s Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
Training: will be provided on use of library’s automation software, record keeping, library’s online services to the public, and basic functions of public computers.

Favorites from Friends

Back in mid-May I posted to Jackson Bridge asking for volunteers to publicly share their favorite books from which I would make in-library and online displays. My goal was to create a Jackson-based recommendation service. I was pleasantly surprised to get several responses!

Allow me to introduce you to Kim “Schroeder” Steward, our first participant in our new ‘Favorite from Friends’!

Kim worked in the Wellesley (MA) Free Library throughout her high school and college years. She also worked in the Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) library during her college years as well. After moving to Jackson, NH in 1995, she helped restart the Friends of the Jackson Public Library which had been dormant for some time. She served as their Vice President from 1999 until 2014 and then served on their Programming Committee for several more years. Kim has always had a book in her hand or these days, multiple books in digital format nearby.

Portrait of Kim "Schroeder" Steward
Kim “Schroeder” Steward

Kim’s in-library display will be up until July 1st when we will highlight another neighbor. Check our her full list of favorites in the catalog or in the carousel below.

Thank you, Kim, for sharing with our Jackson Library community!

Welcome to our new catalog

With our new catalog one search returns our entire collection including...

everything in our building like,

As well as lots more,

Learn to login to your account, place holds, search for items, and place a request in our latest newsletter.

Library Trustees meet 3/1 at 4pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 4:00 PM
Jackson Public Library
Masks Required

Contact (603) 383-3100 for Further Information

1. Approval of minutes from previous meeting

2. Reports
- Library Director’s
- Treasurer’s
- Friends’

3. Discussion of draft Collection Policy

4. Preliminary discussion of Capital Needs

5. Books for newborns

6. Next meeting: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

JGS biography project on display

We are so proud to be hosting a display of incredible sculptures created by Mr. Marshall's 5/6 class at Jackson Grammar School.

The goal of the assignment was to learn about a famous person's life and then create an image of that person with pieces of information about them.

Along with the works displayed in the library we have a folder of the students' biography facts sheets and some of the books they read during their research.

We invite you to come and look at the results our extraordinary students created. The only thing we love more than having their work in the library is having the students themselves! They have been visiting us every Friday morning during the school year and we look forward to it all week.

Well done 5/6!


Maximum Shelf

Buying books for our community is one of my very favorite parts of this job. I wish I could read all the interesting stuff I buy, but, alas, I am a slow reader and there are so many. One of the best book recommendation services I have found is Maximum Shelf from Shelf Awareness. I almost always buy their recommendations and they are almost always on point.

Check out the recommendation I got this morning:Fellowship Point book cover

A grand literary novel destined to dazzle readers with an intriguing combination of social drama, satiric wit and moral gravity, Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark focuses on two East Coast dowagers navigating the contours of their eight-decades-long friendship and their roles as stewards of a beloved wildlife sanctuary on the coast of Maine. The 145-acre stretch of unspoiled land includes a salt marsh teeming with eagles and ducks, wild meadows of native plants, forests and a rocky beach. Known as Fellowship Point, or simply the Point, the property serves as the majestic backdrop of Dark's (Think of England) second novel; its history and its future control the overarching theme of this intricately crafted contemporary story.

Is it just me or does that sound fantastic? Coast of Maine? Yes, please - one of my favorite places on earth. Family/community drama? We certainly do not have enough of that! Anytime any character is described as 'dowager' I am in. I don't know why you would need to after that first paragraph, but the whole review is on their blog. That one is in my order for July.