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.org and 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!