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.

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


POSTPONED Trustees meet 3/2 @ 4pm

Update:: Because of high winds, downed trees, and power outages, the Library trustees meeting schedule for today is cancelled. Standby for rescheduled meeting.

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, March 2, 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, and recap of discussions regarding purchase of generator and designation of Library as secondary emergency shelter.
  3. Friends’ Report.
  4. Treasurer’s Report.
  5. Discussion of requirements for investing trust funds and donations
    made directly to the Library (see RSA 202-A:23, RSA 31:25, RSA
    31:25-d and RSA 41:6).
  6. Amendment to Bylaws to permit 3 alternates.
  7. Approve recommendations to be sent to Board of Selectmen: 2 new alternates, replacement for vacated elected position.
  8. First amendment audits.
  9. Discussion of Personnel Policy – Holidays, Vacation and Personal Days
  10. Other Business.
  11. Non-Public Session: If applicable.
  12. Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 4:00 pm.

Board of Trustees meet 2/2 at 2pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 2:00 pm

Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
Library Director’s Report, including status of pandemic service plan and
modifications required, if any.
Friends’ Report.
Treasurer’s Report and Budget Discussion.
Dates for Town Elections (5/11/21) and Town Meeting (5/15/21).
Timing for request to Board of Selectmen to fill alternate positions, and
whether to increase the number of alternates to 3.
Other Business.
Non-Public Session: If applicable.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 4:00 pm.

Library trustee meeting 1/5/21 @ 5pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 4:00 pm


Approval of minutes from prior meeting.

Reports: (a) Library Director; (b) Treasurer (including discussion of preliminary budget for 2021); (c) Friends.

Pandemic Service Plan: Status and discussion of modifications required, if any.

Library Director’s Job Description and Evaluation: Discussion and approval.

Town Annual Report: Discussion of narrative.

Other Business.Non-Public Session: If applicable.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 2:00 pm.

Round One is available

I am thrilled to tell you we have 43 teams competing for the collections of eight area libraries. I can see a clear advantage to libraries who solicited teams from there community:
Teams Registered
Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth 3
Freedom Public Library 8
Fryeburg Public Library 1
Jackson Public Library 12
Madison Public Library 5
Moultonborough Public Library 8
North Conway Public Library 2
Samuel Wentworth Library in Sandwich 4
We have a bit of a new twist - I'm allowing teams to register any time during the week and play all the rounds they missed to catch up. This is about providing some way to connect even when you can't be together so I wanted to be flexible to accommodate different schedules. It also provides a potential challenge when a new team could sweep in at any moment and change the board.
And without further ado and just in time for dinner conversation, here is your Round One challenge. Please do me a favor and only submit your answers one time. Getting several answers from the same team creates lots of extra number crunching for me and I'm celebrating with my own family! If I get more than one answer from the same team, I will only count the first toward your score.


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.

Checkout notices

I have changed all Jackson card holders' preferences so that you will receive an email when you check out items. This helps us in two ways.
  1. If you check out in person at an appointment, you'll get an email so we don't have to touch your materials to stamp it.
  2. When we put an item in the hallway for you to pick up we won't have to manually email you to let you know it's ready.
You can alter this and all your settings for yourself from your library account. Login with your 14-digit card number and the password provided when you set up your account. If you didn't get a password try clicking the reminder link and the system will allow you to reset it.

Update from the Jackson Emergency Management Department

With the holidays fast approaching and COVID cases increasing at startling rates here in NH and across the US, we must remain vigilant regarding the health and well being of our community. Our businesses are working hard to follow NH’s Safer at Home Universal Guidelines, both with their employees and their patrons, so that they may remain open. The Jackson Emergency Management Department would like to remind everyone of the following recommendations and resources to keep our community safe and healthy:

  2. PRACTICE SOCIAL-DISTANCING: Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
  4. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to remain home and celebrate with people in your household. If you plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, or have people coming to visit from out of town, please follow the CDC guidelines posted here. You do not want your holiday celebration to be the source of the virus entering into our community or to bring the virus home with you when you return.
  5. Jackson Public Library (JPL) offers an online forum and community listserv called Jackson Bridge, designed to help unite helpful people with neighbors needing a boost. This will become even more important as the weather grows colder and virus cases continue to increase, resulting in some of our residents not being able to access necessary services and supports.
  6. The Jackson Emergency Management Department has additional information and resources about the COVID-19 pandemic on the town website.

Only by working together as a community will we be able to stop the spread of the virus and get through these challenging times.


Order round results & Map round posted

Team Tyrol from Jackson handily won this round with 17 out of 21 possible points. It was a tough outing for lots of you. Overall Madison's Logix is holding onto their lead after the Order Round and Jackson's Boarder Patrol stays in second. We have a new contender on the Board from Madison in the third position. Welcome to Silver Lake Literary and Shepard's Pie SocietyAll standings are up.

The Order Round is always a tricky one. Here is the correct order for each:

Put these athletes in order from tallest to shortest.

  • Zdeno Chara is 6' 9"
  • Jayson Tatum is 6' 8"
  • Chris Sale is 6' 6"
  • Jared Stridham stands 6' 3"

Put these events in order from earliest to latest.

  • Bay of Pigs Invasion 4/17/1961
  • John Glen, first man in orbit 2/20/1962
  • Kennedy Assassination 11/22/196
  • Beatles on Ed Sullivan 2/09/1964

[Put these events in order from earliest to latest.] This was an error. When I copied over the question, I forgot to change this. It should have asked for the books in order of publication. I will give credit for the events too.

  • The Hobbit 1937
  • Fellowship of the Rings 7/1954
  • Two Towers 11/1954
  • Return of the King 1955

Put these places in order from largest to smallest.

  • Maine 35,385 sq miles
  • Denmark 16,577
  • Sicily 9927
  • Lake Ontario 7320

Put these island chains in order (all of them) from most to least.

  • British Isles 6289
  • Thousand Islands 1884
  • Florida Keys 1700
  • Aleutian Islands 300

Next up is the Map Round due tomorrow 5/7 by 7pm.