Be our friend

Thanksgiving 2021

Dear Friends of the Jackson Public Library,

“Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.”

This quote from Professor R. David Lankes of the University of South Carolina echoes a conversation I had recently with another Friend. Libraries are among the few inclusive multi-generational institutions in our cities and towns. From the book clubs to the summer concerts to the wildly popular children’s programs this year, the Jackson Public Library has been building community.

For our library to continue to build community, while also providing us with books and services, our financial support is needed. Our donations to the Friends will be used to purchase new books, office and bathroom supplies, electronic media, and fund programs for children and adults. 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.

As important as money is, it is not the only thing that helps the library maintain its vital role in our community. While some of the volunteer opportunities at the library have not been available during the past two years, as we move out of the pandemic there will be many more ways to support our library: shelving returned books and media, outdoor maintenance, grant writing, and supporting the library’s budget at the annual Town Meeting.

One of the most public ways that the Friends have raised money has been our used book sale at the Whitney Center on Memorial Day weekend. We did not hold that sale in the past three years. We plan 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. Volunteers will be needed for the book sale.

As some of you know I was raised by a librarian and had my first job shelving books at the library where she worked. When she retired in Jackson she volunteered at the library. It made sense when my wife and I retired in Intervale for us to make Jackson’s library our library. It also made sense for me to respond positively to the suggestion that I serve as president of the Friends. It is both those capacities that I thank you for your continued support.

Yours truly,

Daniel Weir, President
Friends of the Jackson Public Library

This year we again offer online giving.

Best books of 2021

Goodreads just released their annual survey to identify the best books of 2021. If you're a heavy reader, and have a Goodreads account, fill it out and make your voice heard. If you don't use Goodreads, I do recommend it. It's handy to keep track of what you have read and fun to see what your friends are reading. Feel free to friend me and join the Jackson Public Library group!

I love filling these out every year, but don't read enough of the books on the list to be able to make much of a difference in the voting.

As most of you know, I love to match books and readers. One of the intangible bonuses of using your library is that we love to get to know what you like and then when I'm buying new books, I keep my readers in mind. That's right, I'm a personal reading concierge for those who come in often.

For me, though, this means when I'm looking for a new book to read, I usually go for the ones that no one is checking out so I can match it to a reader and get it out there.

Anyway, it's fun to vote!

BoT meets Tu, Nov 2 @ 4:30p @ Town Hall

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 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 2022 Budget
4. Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II-a and -c for discussions of 2022 employee
compensation and Library Director’s evaluation
5. Next Meeting - Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 4:00 pm

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.

Sign up for Zoom access here: https://bit.ly/3vxMAyg

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

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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.

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 4:00 pm
MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM

CONTACT (603) 383-3100 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

  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

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 2:00 pm
MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM

CONTACT (603) 383-3100 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
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

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA
Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 4:00 pm

MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM
CONTACT (603) 383-3100 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

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.
Thanks!