Pachinko book discussion
Today's discussion of Pachinko will take place in a hybrid format at 4:30pm. You may choose to participate in-person or on Zoom. I have a fancy new meeting gadget that will hopefully make it easier to do these hybrid and, with the cold and the rise in cases, not a moment too late!

If you would like the Zoom link, please email me.

Our next book is Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI and copies are ready for pickup now.
Annual town report

What a difference a year makes! Well, maybe not so much since Covid-19 is still here. Despite the challenges, Jackson Public Library continues to thrive, with a focus on keeping our community healthy and safe (thank you for wearing your mask when you visit!) while providing the books and services you expect and enjoy.

The JPL Library Staff is unmatched for enthusiasm, dedication, and patron-centered focus. From finding that perfect read, to assisting with research, to accessing technology - just ask a Staff member! Many thanks to Lichen, Meredith, Lisa and Gloria for all they do to keep the JPL
open and welcoming for patrons and visitors alike.

Here are some of our highlights for 2021:

  • JPL is open 5 days each week, with curbside delivery available upon request.
  • Internet access capabilities were upgraded and expanded. Other IT services include patron computer availability, remote printing and Chromebook lending.
  • For the most part, indoor programs have been limited to small groups (we welcome your ideas in this area!) or Zoom format.
  • Our Summer Reading Program was a great success, with our tent providing a safe environment in which children could interact and learn.
  • Summer concerts on the lawn and under our tent proved to be challenging - we just couldn’t predict or control the weather! Our performers received high praise from the brave souls who showed up despite some damp and dreary weather.
  • JPL and the Jackson Grammar School are partnering to provide weekly Library visits and services for students in grades K-6. The excitement shown by the students tells us that the Library is an important part of their lives.

And now for the 2021 numbers. Total circulation was 19,477 items loaned, comprised of 6587 adult books, 5954 juvenile books, 4477 DVD’s, 2182 audiobooks, 1099 eBooks and 449 other non-print materials. Total patron visits were over 14,428. Active patrons totaled 508.
Visit our website at www.jacksonlibrary.org for Library news, and information about upcoming events and materials available to borrow. Look for our newly enhanced catalog system (Aspen Discovery) in 2022 for improved user-friendly access to JPL’s many offerings.

Thanks to the dedicated JPL Staff for continuing to step up to the challenges of operating in a Covid-19 environment, to my colleagues on the JPL Board of Trustees for their guidance in navigating the many issues we faced this year, and to the Friends of the Jackson Public Library who continue to provide funding for many a program, book purchase, special project and other needs as they arise. It is a privilege to be associated with this team of people who are passionate about the Jackson Public Library and its place in our community.

And thanks to you for supporting the Jackson Public Library!

Linda M. Terry, Chair
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees

Trustees meet 1/4/22 @ 4pm

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 4:00 PM
*Jackson Town Offices
Masks Required

Contact (603) 383-3100 for Further Information

1. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
2. Reports
o Library Director (including status of pandemic service plan and modifications
required, if any)
o Treasurer
o Friends
3. New Business
o Schedule Discussion of Collection Policy
o 2022 Budget
4. Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II-a for discussions of employee
compensation
5. Next Meeting - Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 4:00 pm

Last call for weekend ‘shopping’

Today is your last day to come and get your Library business done. We are closed Friday and Saturday for the holiday weekend.

Our New shelf is groaning with fiction and nonfiction reads. Our Christmas music has barely seen any action.  And most of our movies including Elf, Holiday Inn, and It's a Wonderful Life are all here waiting.

Don't forget that we have puzzles in the hallway for taking home and more upstairs to check out. They are a great excuse to keep your head down and just spend a few quiet hours. I love doing them with someone I haven't seen in awhile - it seems to take some pressure off and allow conversations to flow more naturally.

I'm working on some amazing new projects in the new year and I'll look forward to sharing them!

Farewell

Our Library community lost two well-loved members in November, Ms. Joanne Clarey and Mr. John Pepper.

Joanne was a local author and active participant in writing groups. We have several of her books in our collection and will miss her enthusiasm for literature. Her family has asked that donations to the library in her memory be used to purchase fiction by female authors. We are looking forward to filling that request.

John was a well known figure in Jackson for a variety of interests. I've been touched by the cards and letters we have received with generous donations in his memory. He seemed to be universally loved for his kindness - a consummate gentleman. I was always impressed with John's open curiosity as well as touched by how comfortable he was allowing us to help him find a book or assist with a device. He seemed to trust us as professionals and we responded by working extra for him.

I know that so many in Jackson love their library. At the same time you may not realize how much your library loves you back. Your librarians truly care for you. We know what you read, a very personal thing. We watch your kids grow up. We are privileged to play a role in so many lives. And we feel losses deeply.

Memorial donations to the library are a loving gesture of dedication to the community. It is, after all, everyone's library. On behalf of the staff and the Board of Trustees, our volunteers, and the whole community, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to both families.

Volunteer appreciation

Every year around this time, I review my list of folks who have helped the library along. These could be official volunteers, casual helpers, Board members, or other town employees who all work to support our services. It's a great way to end the year - with a gratitude review.

This year I invited each of those people to choose a book from our wishlist to add to our collection with a book plate in their honor. It's always fun to see what they choose.

I'm not going to tell you who the volunteers are - you'll have to check out the books and see their names on the bookplate! But here are the books that have come to the town of Jackson by way of just a few of the people who help to make our library so special.

If you see someone on our wishlist you think someone may like, we offer a way to buy it in that person's honor, for our collection.

Guided Story Walk Adventure

Meredith will host another Guided Storywalk Adventure on the Rec Path behind the Library.  Meet at 5pm this Friday, 11/19 at the front of the building and enjoy a hike and Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Please wear sturdy shoes (the trail is rocky and can be wet) and bring a flashlight, as it will be dark!  For more information, call the library at 603-383-9731. If necessary, we will post  cancellations on our website at jacksonlibrary.org.

New DVDs are here

We are part of a partnership of Carroll County libraries who share a large collection of DVDs and Audiobooks on CD. There are 12 groups and they rotate every two months. We refer to them as 'BVLA' - it stands for Bearcamp Valley Library Association.

I just unpacked the latest group and thought I would share some highlights. These are available to you for two months before they go to the next library and we get a new batch. There are a lot of BBC series included as well as several documentaries.

Last spring the group voted to consolidate some series into 'binge boxes' so that instead of having one season of a show and then having to wait for the next group for the second season, the whole series is available in one group, but watch fast because it will be gone when the group moves.

The binge boxes in this group are:

  • Luther - We have all four seasons with 6 episodes in each. Episodes are an hour long. Sick? These will keep you distracted!
  • The Blue Planet - Four discs of watery goodness.

We have some great items for the children's room too:

You can see the whole collection on the wooden cart behind the circulation desk or checkout the CDs and DVDs in our catalog.