New Online Storytime Posted

A  new Storytime is now available on the Jackson Library's website!  New storytime programs are posted on the first and third Thursday of each month  Join Petunia and Meredith for songs, finger rhymes and some storytelling fun. Previous programs are also available.  If you haven't been on the Story Book Trail behind the library, now is a fabulous time to get out!  The current story is The Very Best Bed by Rebekah Raye.  Enjoy!

Honor a friend, gift a book

Do you have someone on your list that you struggle to buy for? Why not honor them with a book in the Library? We have created two fun ways to buy a book to both honor a loved one and contribute our collection.

We have a wish list with White Birch Books, our unbelievable local book store. Simply buy a book we need, support a local business, and donate the book to us when you're done. Everyone wins!

If instant uplift is what you crave, we also offer a direct sponsorship. Donate a flat fee for a book for our collection. We'll order it and process it for our collection with a book plate honoring your generosity. We can even make sure you're first on the hold list so you can wrap it up - just be sure to return it by the due date!

More information on gifting items for our collection on our sponsorship page.

Library Board meeting 12/1 @ 4pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 4:00 pm
Jackson Public Library



Approval of minutes from prior meeting.
Reports: (a) Library Director; (b) Treasurer; (c) Friends.
Old Business: Pandemic Service Plan – Status and discussion of
modifications required, if any.
New Business: Consideration of adoption of town employee COVID-19
Other Business.
Non-Public Session: If applicable.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 4:00 pm.

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.


Trustees meet on Tues 11/10


Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 4:00 pm

Jackson Public Library


Public Hearing pursuant to RSA 202-A: 4-c to accept a grant in the amount of $10,000 funded by New Hampshire Humanities and made possible by the National Endowment for Humanities and the federal CARES Act.

Approval of minutes from prior meeting.

(a) Library Director;
(b) Treasurer;
(c) Friends.

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

New Business:
(a) Library Director’s Job Description and Evaluation - Review and discuss drafts;
(b) 2021 Budget - Preliminary discussion.

Other Business.
Non-Public Session: If applicable.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 4:00 pm.

Full agenda is available.

RIP, Mr. Connery

Sean ConneryI defy anyone to say they dislike Sean Connery. You may not like a film he was in or a character he played, but no one dislikes all films and characters. That, to me, is a testament to his versatility and his long career.

I was sad to hear of his death today so I am inspired to assemble a list of Connery-related materials in the library's collection and access.

First, of course, the movies and I am red-faced to tell you the Jackson Library owns but one movie: The Untouchables. No OO7. No Indiana Jones. Not even any romcoms or dramas in which he plays a kindly grandpa. No straight-to-video kids movies! No Hunt for Red October!? Thankfully our relationship with them provides access to the collections at the Conway Public Library, Madison Library, and Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth and between all of us there's lots of Connery to be had.

While you're waiting for cinematic satisfaction to arrive from the other libraries, our databases have some nice background reading on the Man. For access, Patron ID is your JPL library card number.

Book group returns… with modifications

Are you one of those who have been missing our book groups? I know I have.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Join us for a book discussion

I'm not sure how we are going to do it, but I have 15 copies of The Library Book by Susan Orlean on the way. I could collect articles, photos, and commentary into a blog post and invite you to leave comments. We could have a regular online meeting. A few of us could get together to talk about it at social distance and invite you to chime in from home or record it to YouTube and invite comments? I'm just not sure what would be best.

If you're interested in reading it and then joining a discussion, please fill out my handy dandy form and I will create a list and then be in touch about how it will work. Sometimes it's best to just get started, right?

Update on building status

Hello my friends,

Our incredible Board of Library Trustees is regularly reassessing the difficult decision to limit access to the building; weighing a number of factors. Throughout they have encouraged the staff to focus most of our attention and resources on developing new ways to deliver everything you are used to having from us.

We have subscribed to Kanopy to provide movies. We added Creative Bug to offer craft classes. We change our Story Book Trail more often. We developed new policies and conducted research to better guide our decision making. We won a grant to add hotspots and laptops to loan as well as improve our network and wifi to get better internet outside the building. The Friends have hosted outdoor and remote programs. Miss browsing shelves? We are now offering short appointments. Pickups take us thrice as long as simply checking out to you directly and we are glad to do it! We are working several additional exciting improvements or expansions... stay tuned for those.

Kindly continue to observe the following guidelines while picking up materials:

  • Call, email, login to your account or place your request online and then wait until you receive your item-is-ready email or phone call before coming in.
  • Wear a mask in the foyer. We are in and out all the time in order to get folks their items as quickly as possible and soon it will be too cold to leave the exterior door open for extra ventilation.
  • Please only enter the foyer if you are picking something up and do not linger.
  • If the foyer is occupied, please wait outside. Only one person or family in the foyer at a time.
  • Please do not knock or push through the second set of doors and ask us to fetch items for you immediately. It takes us away from getting items to people as quickly as possible. We love a quick hello through the doors or a kind wave - I've even enjoyed some blown kisses.
  • Most of all, be kind and patient. Trust me when I tell you we all want the same thing. If you have frustrations or questions, direct them to me. I am happy to listen and explain anything you would like.

We know that nothing will fully replace the uplifting freedom of lingering in our beautiful space. We all miss it and at the same time if one of our at-risk staff contracted COVID-19 they could easily become gravely ill. On top of that unthinkable possibility, our Library would be crippled by an extended absence and have to shut down even more than we are now. We have concluded that the "something" that we are doing is better than the "nothing" we would all be left with if we opened the building and the worst happened.

Thank you all for your continued understanding while we endeavor to meet your needs as thoroughly as we can. Even at a distance, we need each other more than ever.

With optimism,

Library appointments by request

We are pleased to announce that the Jackson Public Library is ready to welcome back patrons by appointment only beginning October 20th. Adult cardholders may now register online or by calling (603-383-9731) for a 20 minute visit to the Library to browse or use a computer. Appointments are available on Wednesdays from 2-5 pm, Fridays from 2-5 pm or Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm. A family with young children may schedule a visit (the last appointment of the day will be reserved for a family group), provided children remain under adult supervision in the children’s area at all times. Masks are mandatory for visitors age 2 and up, and hand sanitizing will be required upon entering the building. You must agree to health guidelines when making an appointment.

Curbside pick-up service will continue on Tuesdays from 2-6 pm, Thursdays from 2-6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm. Borrowed materials must be returned in the depositories outside the building; returns are held in quarantine for 72 hours before reshelving. We have several laptops and wi-fi hotspots available for checkout. In addition, wi-fi is available outside the Library building 24-7. Printing and faxing services continue, as do reference services. Downloadable books are another option available for patrons.

We thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to a time when we can resume normal operations. The health and safety of our patrons and staff remain a top priority for us at all times.

Lichen J. Rancourt, Library Director
Linda M. Terry, Chair, Board of Trustees