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.

Music Round answers

I got an email tonight that warmed my embattled little heart: "Even though I don't know many answers I am already looking forward to your emails." Those are the things that make everything worth it, aren't they?

We have a new leader, folks! Team Logix playing for the beautiful Madison Town Library is now leading by a point and a half. The current standings show that it's still anybody's game - the final round upon which we are all hinging our Saturday night - is a bidding round. Three questions. Max bid of ten point per question. The whole game can change.

Nothing like a music round to remind you what a geek you are, right? If it had been a musicals round or folk music round, I would have killed it. Here are your answers:

  • Robert Palmer sang "You're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love." I recommend listening while dancing in the kitchen in your socks. Hopefully you have children to embarrass or delight, depending on their age. Ours are on the fence.
  • Paul McCartney was the last member of The Beatles to get married for the first time.
  • Neil Diamond wrote I'm a Believer recorded by The Monkees in 1966.
  • She Loves You was written by Jon Lennon and Paul McCartney and included the lyric "with a love like that you know you know you should be glad, ooh"
  • MTV chose the Counting Crows as the Best New Artist in 1994 for their song, Mr. Jones.
  • Johnny Rotten considered his Sex Pistols band mate Sid Vicious a "waste of space."
  • Tina Turner released We Don't Need Another Hero in 1985.
  • To Sir with Love was a film starring and a song sung by Lulu.
  • In Our House sung by Madness brother has a date to keep.
  • Most of you are about to have your minds blown like mine was. David Bowie co-wrote the song Fame with Jon Lennon. Of course, we miss them both... but mostly Bowie.
  • According to the J. Geils Band in their song Centerfold "my blood runs cold, my memory has just been sold."
  • Jay Z was born as Shaun Carter.
  • Aerosmith guitar Slash used to be Saul Hudson.
  • Sting taught high school English when he was still Gordon Sumner.
  • Bono used to be Paul Hewson.
  • Pink signs her checks Alecia Beth Moore.
  • Alice Cooper's yearbook shows Vincent Furnier.
  • Mama Cass started out as Ellen Cohen.
  • Reginald Dwight became Elton John then got famous.
  • Lady GaGa seems much less glamorous as Stefani Germanotti.
  • Declan McManus croons much better as Elvis Costello.
  • Freddie Mercury started life as plain, ordinary Farrokh Bulsar.
  • Joni Mitchell used to be Roberta Anderson.
  • Would Meat Loaf have been as wild if he has stayed Marvin Aday.
  • Somehow Calvin Broadus Jr suits Snoop Dogg just fine, thank you very much.
  • Eminem is still Marshall Mathers to his parents' friends.
  • Katy Perry is a conservative dresser when she leaves home as Katherine Hudson.

For your Wednesday entertainment, we have the Order Round which will close at 7pm tomorrow. Sleep tight poppets. Thanks for playing.


Town Battle Trivia: May 2-9

Join the Jackson Public Library for some spring time fun. Gather your family to answer one online round of questions per day for a week.

In a fun twist, I have invited all the Valley libraries to offer this to their patrons too. All teams will be asked to affiliate with a library and in the end two winners will be named and awarded a prize bundle from some local sponsors. One prize to the winning team and a gift certificate to White Birch Books for the affiliate Library. It's not a lot, but it adds a bit to the fun.

Register and play the first round by Saturday May 2nd, and every day afterward for seven days. The final round is on Saturday May 9th at 7pm with final Jeopardy-style bids and answers due at 7:05pm so everyone should plan to be home for that. Honestly, where else would you be?

Contact Lichen Rancourt for more information.

jacksonlibrary.org gets new togs

Since everything is different anyway, I figured now was the right time to launch a new website! I’ve been threatening it for years, yes years. Also, the website host we have been using is shuttering. He warned me months ago and then emailed me last week to ask me politely when I would be moving my website. I protested that I had until April! *awkward pause*

Long story short…. we have a new website – Surprise! We’ll be improving it as time goes on and then again when we are able to reopen. Thank you for your ongoing kindness and patience.

Materials requests

If the chat window looks like this, we are waiting to talk to you right now!

I haven’t updated you about our progress bringing you updated library services. Our reintroduction of material pickups on Tuesdays and Saturdays was a smash. On Saturday I took almost 100 items off the shelves and put them in the hallway. I was exhausted but happy.

If you would like to request library books to pickup, there are several ways to do so:

1. go to your account and log in with your full, 14 digit library card number. If you are used to using only four numbers then precede them with 2424700000xxxx and you should get in. (Please do note that because the State Library has cancelled the book courier service we rely on, we cannot borrow items from other libraries at this time. You will be limited to only putting holds on items we own in our collection.)

2. Fill out a form or simply email the staff.

3. Go to our chat page and if it shows we are online, we may even get a chance to have a wee catch-up in real time. I feel like I am logged into the chat 22 hours a day so you have a good chance of catching me.

Even if you miss us on chat, the staff and I have been working on setting up schedule during which you can either reach us or expect to hear back from us in whatever format you prefer. Those times are Tuesday – Saturday from 9am – 12noon. During those hours one of use will be at our computers waiting to fulfill your needs. If you phone, someone will be picking up messages and returning your call during those times.

All the best during these difficult times. We miss you all and are working just as hard to support you. Our Guide to Service is constantly updated with the latest we are doing. Lichen

Corrected pickup hours

I was so preoccupied turning phrases yesterday, I made a mistake on the most important thing – the pickup hours. How typical!

The correct materials pickup windows are: Tuesdays 2-6 and Saturdays 10-2. Please do not come until you get an email or phone call to say your pickups are ready to fetch on the next open window.

The staff and I had a Zoom meeting this morning – it was amazing to hear all their voices and see most of their faces – one was audio only. We are planning to role out a set schedule for you to be able to reach one of us as well as some really sweet children’s events so stay tuned.

Chins up, gang, we have your backs even when you can’t see our faces!

Pickups resume

With some alterations for safety purposes, we are pleased to resume materials picks beginning this week. Pickups will available Tuesdays 2-6 and Saturdays 10-2. Because staff are only in the building on those two days and for your safety, items will be pulled on one day for pickup the following day. This means that if you place a hold today, Wednesday, we will wrap it up for you on Saturday and you can pick it up on Tuesday so planning ahead will be worthwhile.

All book courier services have been cancelled so transfers and inter-library loans are not available at this time. If you want something we don’t have in our collection, please email us with the title, author, and what formats you will accept (eBook, downloadable audio, Kindle, paperback or hardcover, anything else).

I’m updating our Guide to Services almost daily. My kids teachers are giving them some extraordinary free stuff that we are adding to the Guide – I’m learning to improve my rhythm!

If you are interested in why I made the decision to restart pickups and the kind of research I did, you are welcome to review the document I created to keep track as well as the strict procedures the staff will follow in order to ensure their safety and yours.

I am always here to help you in any way I can. The easiest way to reach me is to email and tell me how to get back to you – I can phone or email or whatever you wish.


Library Board of Trustees Meeting via ZOOM 4/7 at 4pm

In accordance with Emergency Order #12, the Board of Trustees has scheduled a Zoom meeting in place of their normally scheduled meeting at the Jackson Library. All are invited to attend.

Topic: Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Time: Apr 7, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
To join the Board of Trustee meeting with video conferencing, click on

You may dial into the meeting with one of these phone numbers (audio only), followed by the meeting ID when requested to do so:
Meeting ID: 822 222 832
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 470 381 2552 US (Atlanta)
+1 646 518 9805 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 822 222 832