Summer hours & events

I cannot tell you how pleased I am to announce that on June 17 we will return to being ALMOST fully open. Here's the scoop:

  • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
  • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you're unable to mask, let us know and we will make arrangements to get you what you need.
  • If we get so many people inside and they have having trouble distancing, you may be asked to wait outside. We don't anticipate this happening often, but it is possible.
  • We will continue to request only one family at a time in the kids room since little ones are not vaccinated.
  • Our bathrooms and meeting room remain closed for the time being.
  • Please continue to return items in our outdoor bookdrop on your way inside - it's just easier for us and less likely to get things mixed up.

Change to picking up holds
In my last newsletter, I asked folks to log their preferences about contact-free pickups vs. picking up holds at the desk. I know some have really gotten used to grab and go so I was surprised that the vote was split down the middle.

So, here is the plan when you have requested an item is held for you. You will receive and email informing you the item is available for you to pick up at the desk.

If you prefer to pick up in the foyer

  1. Please respond to that email and tell us when you expect to grab it.
  2. We will adjust the due date, wrap it up for privacy, and put it in the closet in the foyer with your first name.

If you are happy to pick items up at the desk, simply come in during open hours and we will check the item out to you as usual.

We are beyond excited for this big step forward - it's been a tough year during which we have been asked to rethink every aspect of our work in order to continue any semblance of library services to you.

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our Library Board of Trustees, our town's Emergency Manager, Selectmen, and most of all, our dedicated staff who have shown unparalleled enthusiasm, grace, and dedication. They have worked tirelessly and deserve only praise and appreciation.

Stay tuned!

Don't forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Program for reminders about programs as well as daily games, trivia, and fun in your email.

Watch this space for more exciting news about summer events.

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.

Library trustees meet Tu May 24 @ 4pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 4:00 pm



1. Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
2. Library Director’s Report, including status of pandemic service plan
and modifications required, if any.
3. Discussion of Library staffing needs.
4. Attendance at other Town Board meetings.
5. Other Business.
6. Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II-a to discuss revisions to
‘Vacation’ and ‘Personal Days’ sections of Personnel Policies.
7. Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 2:00 pm.

New titles added to Kanopy

I hope all is well! I’m excited to share a list of the films added to Kanopy in April. These films are already available for you to stream for Jackson residents with their library card.

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Kanopy has created a collection of related films.

To use Kanopy's streaming movie service, create an account using your 14 digit library card, and away you go.

Trustees meet Tues 5/4 @ 4pm on Zoom

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 4:00 pm


1. Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
2. Library Director’s Report, including status of pandemic service plan and modifications required, if any.
3. Treasurer’s Report.
4. Friends’ Report.
5. Library service if regular staff unavailable.
6. Timing of Library Director’s evaluation.
7. Other Business.
8. Non-Public Session to Discuss Personnel Policies Pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II-a.
9. Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 2:00 pm.

Visiting us

All visitors must be wearing a mask over nose and mouth before entering the building. Masks must stay in place at all times within the building.

If the building is full to capacity, you may be asked to wait outside.

Library report to the town

The year 2020 required that we adapt in order to thrive. And Jackson Public Library is definitely thriving! Although the building was completely closed for several months, the Library is OPEN in so many ways!
Patrons can schedule 20 minute visits to the Library to browse the collection or use the computers, and are welcome to explore the storybook trail behind the building.
Curbside pickup is available (and the Library was among the first to implement this service during the pandemic) for books, DVD’s, magazines, hot spots, Chromebooks, puzzles, museum and recreation passes and preloaded Kindles.
Online services include downloading of eBooks and Audiobooks, participation in the monthly Book Group, movie streaming with Kanopy, taking craft classes with Creative Bug, printing from anywhere for pickup at the Library, story time(twice monthly) and applying for a Library card.
Our Library staff deserves well-earned thanks for stepping up to the many challenges presented by working in this time of COVID-19. Of course, our dedicated staff of 4 has always been ready to serve the Library’s many patrons, but has now been faced with adding a regimen of new health and safety measures to keep everyone safe - e.g., wearing masks, frequent hand sanitizing,wiping down work surfaces, holding returns “in quarantine.” Typically the Library staff would receive assistance from a large group of volunteers, but due to the pandemic, volunteers have not been allowed in the building. Consequently, the Library staff has shouldered all responsibilities for keeping the Library running. Special thanks go to our outstanding Library Director, who applied and received for the Library a special $10,000 grant under the CARES Act (administered by New Hampshire Humanities) to be used to recover lost income and fund new initiatives aimed at providing services that can be accessed outside the building. Thanks to the CARES Act grant, the Library updated its WiFi systems within and outside the building, purchased additional Chromebooks for checkout and added patio furniture on the pergola to allow for outdoor meetings (socially distanced, of course).
The Library continues to benefit from the support of the strong Friends of the Jackson Library. We thank them, and you, for your generosity in providing funding for book purchases, programs and other needs. The Friends organized and hosted two successful outdoor concerts featuring Jackson musicians  and October. We look forward to the return of more frequent programs and the annual book sale in 2021. As a reminder, the Friends of Jackson Library provide significant funding for the Library’s needs; the Town budget supports only the Library’s staff and utilities.
Now for a few statistics which show how the Library continued to meet the needs of its patrons during 2020. Total circulation was more than 14,000 items;this comprised almost 5,000 adult books, 4,000 juvenile books, 1200 DVDs,2,000 audio books in a variety of formats, 1,600 eBooks and 300 other non-print materials. Total patron visits (including curbside pickup & appointments) were over 5,000. There were 558 active patrons. Our small library remains one of the top three busiest in the state per capita.
Library news, upcoming events and new materials are always available on the newly designed this year (and awesome) website at www.jacksonlibrary.organd announced in Jackson eNews. The Jackson Library always welcomes suggestions and donations to assist in providing you informative programs and needed services.Remember - the Library is OPEN for you!

Now OPEN* with restrictions

We are so proud to announce that starting today, the OPEN flag will be out. We will be open for business, but with some changes:

  • Most importantly, masks are strictly required in the foyer and the building. If you enter the foyer without a mask, you may be asked to leave and you may get an angry phone call from me. No one wants that.
  • You must stay socially distant from each other and from our staff. You may have been vaccinated but we are all young and healthy and it will be quite awhile for us.
  • Do not come in if you have traveled outside New England in the last 14 days OR if you are sick. We all know this, right?
  • For the time being, one party will be allowed in the building at a time. If all goes well, we’ll start considering more, but baby steps.
  • Drop-ins will now be welcome without an appointment. You may still make an appointment if you don’t want to risk having to wait. Priority entry will be given to those with appointments. (We have maybe one or two a day, so don’t sweat it too much.)
  • All visitors must wait in the foyer for permission to enter by our staff.
    • Please tell us your name even if you think we know – it’s hard to tell with masks on. Only valid Jackson Library cardholders are allowed inside.
    • We may ask some followup questions and then either allow you inside or let you know how long the wait is. Please wait for that before entering the second set of doors.
  • Maximum visit time will be 20 minutes in order for everyone to get a turn.
  • All other services, including item pickup, will continue.

The Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library, and Library Staff are thrilled to be reopening our building almost exactly one year since having to close for safety. Thank you for your continued support and patience.

Library appointments by request

We are pleased to announce that the Jackson Public Library is ready to welcome back patrons by appointment only beginning October 20th. Adult cardholders may now register online or by calling (603-383-9731) for a 20 minute visit to the Library to browse or use a computer. Appointments are available on Wednesdays from 2-5 pm, Fridays from 2-5 pm or Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm. A family with young children may schedule a visit (the last appointment of the day will be reserved for a family group), provided children remain under adult supervision in the children’s area at all times. Masks are mandatory for visitors age 2 and up, and hand sanitizing will be required upon entering the building. You must agree to health guidelines when making an appointment.

Curbside pick-up service will continue on Tuesdays from 2-6 pm, Thursdays from 2-6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm. Borrowed materials must be returned in the depositories outside the building; returns are held in quarantine for 72 hours before reshelving. We have several laptops and wi-fi hotspots available for checkout. In addition, wi-fi is available outside the Library building 24-7. Printing and faxing services continue, as do reference services. Downloadable books are another option available for patrons.

We thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to a time when we can resume normal operations. The health and safety of our patrons and staff remain a top priority for us at all times.

Lichen J. Rancourt, Library Director
Linda M. Terry, Chair, Board of Trustees