Giving Tuesday

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!

Guided Story Walk Adventure

Meredith will host another Guided Storywalk Adventure on the Rec Path behind the Library.  Meet at 5pm this Friday, 11/19 at the front of the building and enjoy a hike and Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Please wear sturdy shoes (the trail is rocky and can be wet) and bring a flashlight, as it will be dark!  For more information, call the library at 603-383-9731. If necessary, we will post  cancellations on our website at

New DVDs are here

We are part of a partnership of Carroll County libraries who share a large collection of DVDs and Audiobooks on CD. There are 12 groups and they rotate every two months. We refer to them as 'BVLA' - it stands for Bearcamp Valley Library Association.

I just unpacked the latest group and thought I would share some highlights. These are available to you for two months before they go to the next library and we get a new batch. There are a lot of BBC series included as well as several documentaries.

Last spring the group voted to consolidate some series into 'binge boxes' so that instead of having one season of a show and then having to wait for the next group for the second season, the whole series is available in one group, but watch fast because it will be gone when the group moves.

The binge boxes in this group are:

  • Luther - We have all four seasons with 6 episodes in each. Episodes are an hour long. Sick? These will keep you distracted!
  • The Blue Planet - Four discs of watery goodness.

We have some great items for the children's room too:

You can see the whole collection on the wooden cart behind the circulation desk or checkout the CDs and DVDs in our catalog.


How I have missed sunny afternoons at the Library with a project in my lap and chatting in the air. I am so pleased to feel safe trying again. Let’s start up Crafternoons. On the third Wednesday of each month, bring along your mask and any portable project you’re working on and spend some time with other local makers.

All who are comfortably masked and distanced are welcome.

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

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

OBOV 2021 Trivia

Ordinarily, our 16 participating libraries and bookstores plan lectures and events around our annual book selection. This year live events have gotten tricky so, instead, we thought we could create activities you could do at home. Lichen Rancourt, with the Jackson Public Library, has offered several rounds of online trivia to our communities over the last 18 months and she agreed to produce a themed round to help celebrate One Book One Valley 2021. She says, “I changed up the format this time so that it’s self-paced. Do all the questions at once or work on them over a few days. Please, no researching or Googling for the answers and leave your team name and contact information to be eligible for a prize.”

To play Bowditch’s Maine themed trivia - all questions relate to Maine, the Warden service, Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch books, or some other book series - simply choose your team and play online, anytime, anywhere. The top scoring team will be announced at the author event which takes place at the Majestic Theater on October 28th at 7pm. Be warned, it is tricky and almost impossible if you haven’t read the series so ask around and find some teammates who have been into reading the Mike Bowditch series from the start.

Play now!

Play just for fun or enter your team to win a prize.

Play now!
What’s your favorite series?

We had a terrific discussion last night in Jackson about Dead by Dawn as well as a brainstorming session about our favorite book series. I thought it would be fun to extend that to offering all our participating libraries readers the chance to participate. I hope that by our big event on October 28th, we’ll have a good list of local favorites!

Banned Books Week 2021

It happens every year during late September, this recognition of certain books.  Each year some new titles are added and others are pushed off.  Do you know what the following books, all available at the Jackson Public Library, have in common?

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

These books are all on the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 list as compiled by the American Library Association (ALA).  The reasons for their challenges are widely varied and make for interesting reading, as does the more general Banned Books FAQ.  Why, you might ask, do we have these books in our collection? As a library, we condemn censorship and believe in free access to information.  As the ALA succinctly states, these books “reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Reading—especially books that extend beyond our own experiences—expands our worldview. Censorship, on the other hand, divides us and creates barriers.”  We hope you’ll stop by and find a book that piques your interest.

Trustees meeting Tu 10/5 @ 4pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, October 5, 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 plan to provide library services to
Jackson Grammar School.
3. Treasurer’s Report.
4. Friends’ Report.
5. Update on Library Director’s evaluation.
6. Preliminary discussion of budget for 2022, including list of amounts to be
requested from Friends.
7. Other Business.
8. Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II-a for an initial discussion of
Employees’ salaries.
9. Next meeting: Tuesday, November 2, 4:00 pm.