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Museum Passes Available

While this summer has not looked like other ones, and the Jackson Public Library’s availability of museum passes hasn’t been the same, there are now some institutions that are allowing visitors.  If you are interested in visiting the Currier Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, or the Remick Museum, please let us know (staff@jacksonlibrary.org, 603-383-9731).  We have passes/discounts available for all three on a daily basis. We can prepare your pass and leave it in the entryway for you to pick up. Please be advised that each museum may have its own additional instructions, such as those for the Currier Museum listed below, so be sure to check their websites.

Instructions from the Currier Museum of Art for Visitors with a Jackson Library Pass

Library passes will function the same way they have in the past, providing a 50% discount for 2 visitors with all children under 18 free. The patron will still need to contact the Library to get the pass, but the patron is ALSO responsible for reaching out to the museum to schedule their visit. Patrons can call 603-669-6144 ex 108 to speak with a guest services representative. After setting up a time, the visitor will then inform the guest services rep from which library they received their pass and then shall receive their discount.

 

Outside Concert Sunday!

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library for an outdoor concert and
fundraiser, featuring local harper Dominique Dodge, at 4 pm Sunday afternoon
August 23, 2020 at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in
Jackson, NH.

This socially-distanced, outdoor concert will feature Dominique Dodge singing and
playing her harp for 50 minutes of traditional music and song from Ireland,
Scotland, and Cape Breton. Expect beautiful Gaelic songs, lively dance tunes, and
stately compositions by the great Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738).
This is Dominique's first live performance since the lockdown began and she is
excited to share new material, as well as favorites from her 2019 album "Cànan
nan Teud" (The Language of the Strings) and highlights from her duo project with
Cape Breton fiddler Rosie MacKenzie. 

Please come prepared for this outdoor event with your own chairs and masks.
Due to COVID-19, masks and appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet will be
enforced.

A $10 donation is requested but not required to support the Friends of the
Jackson Public Library. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public
Library at 603-383-9731 or view the Library’s Facebook page.

New Downloadable Books

Did you know that new downloadable books are constantly being made available to you through our wonderful NH Downloadable Books Consortium (which we also call NH Overdrive and which uses the Libby app)? To see what has been added, check out the blog posts with lists of the the new audio and ebooks. The site also offers numerous books for children of all ages. Emerging readers may enjoy investigating this fabulous list of read-along titles. There really is something for everyone. Your 14 digit Jackson Library card number is your login. If you have any questions or need help setting up an account, please let us know (staff@jacksonlibrary.org, 603-383-9731), we’re always happy to help.

Additional Pickup Hours

I apologize for the delay in getting this message out, the power outage slowed us down!  In an effort to meet the varied schedules of our patrons,  we will now be offering  additional pickup hours on Thursdays from 2-6pm beginning August 6th. We are working hard to get the necessary precautions in place so that we can start welcoming folks back into the building on a limited basis; we will keep you informed on our progress. All incoming returns are still quarantined for at least 72, so don’t be surprised when a book or DVD you just returned is listed as checked out to you in your Koha account. Effective immediately, once we pull and prepare your items, we will place your package in the foyer and notify you right away, allowing you to pick up your items sooner if you wish.  Please note that you should continue to wait for the email letting you know your items are ready before coming to get them. The CDC continues to recommend waiting 72 hours before handling materials, so should you collect your items right after we pack them, we urge you to wait 72 hours before unwrapping them. We are now stamping the due date and the date your item was packaged on your pickup slip so that you know when we last had contact with your materials.  We greatly appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this challenging situation, thank you!

Trustee Meeting

POSTING:
The Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public Library will meet on Tuesday August 4 at 4 PM at
the Jackson Library. All are invited to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS MEETING

AGENDA

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday August 4, 2020 4:00 PM

1. Approval of minutes
2. Old Business
o Pandemic Policy and Service Plan – approval
o Library services going forward
3. Reports
o Library Staff
o Treasurer
o Friends
4. New Business
o Front Desk – modifications for COVID-19 protection
5. Public Comment
6. Non-Public Session -RSA 91-A:3 II(c) - Matters which, if discussed in public, would
likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the body or
agency itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend
to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if
based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.
7. NEXT MEETING
o Tuesday September 1, 2020 4:00 PM, Jackson Public Library

New BOOK Day!

It’s a warm July day and you might just be looking for some NEW BOOKS and Movies. If so, you are in luck!  Here are the New Books and Movies just added to our Jackson collection! Follow the link to the title/s you are interested in, log in to your Koha account, and place a hold!  You can also email us at staff@jacksonlibrary.org or leave a message at 603-383-9731. We’ll get them to you as quickly as we can.  You are welcome to place holds on the backordered items as well. Enjoy!

Adult Fiction:

All Adults Here (backordered and now available!) by Emma Straub. “Literary sunshine.” “The queen of the summer novel.” And a page turner on top of all that!

Deacon King Kong by James McBride. “James McBride, author of the National Book Award winning The Good Lord Bird and the beloved memoir The Color of Water, has written a propulsive and comic neighborhood epic set in the 1960s with a cast of characters that are beguiling, boozed-filled, and larger than life.”

Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming. “New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades.”

Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs. "A wonderful exploration of the past and the future and, most importantly, of what it means to be present in the here and now.  Full of the love of words, the love of family, and the love of falling in love.”

Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer. “In 1726, in the town of Godalming, England, a woman confounded the nation’s medical community by giving birth to seventeen rabbits. This astonishing true story is the basis for Dexter Palmer’s stunning, powerfully evocative new novel.”

One Last Lie  (backordered and now available!) by Paul Doiron. “The disappearance of Mike Bowditch’s beloved mentor reveals an ominous connection to a 15-year-old cold case” in this thriller.

The Order by Daniel Silva. “From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times–bestselling author, comes a riveting new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.”

Fiction on Backorder but you can place your holds for them now!

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand. “Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year, 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.”

Camino Winds by John Grisham. “"Welcome back to Camino Island, where anything can happen - even a murder in the midst of a hurricane, which might prove to be the perfect crime.”

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. “The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.”

The Guest List by Lucy Foley. “A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie”

Hideaway by Nora Roberts. “Reading Hideaway is like a mini vacation, as Roberts transports you from the sun-drenched mountains of Big Sur to the rolling hills of Ireland to the bustling streets of New York City."

The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor. "With its evocative Dublin setting, lyrical prose, tough but sympathetic heroine, and a killer twist in the plot, Sarah Stewart Taylor's The Mountains Wild should top everyone's must-read lists this year!" 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.  "The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.”

Adult Nonfiction:

Beauty in the Breaking by Michele Harper. "A series of connected personal stories drawn from the author's life and work as an ER doctor that explores how we are all broken--physically, emotionally, and psychically--and what we can do to heal ourselves as we try to heal others"--

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. “Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.”

Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams. This book “draws on extensive research from national organizations and renowned scholars, as well as anecdotes from [Abram’s] life and others’ who have fought throughout our country’s history for the power to be heard.”

The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton. "John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened." 

The Rural Diaries (backordered and now available) by Hilarie Burton Morgan.  “Hilarie Burton Morgan, tells the story of leaving Hollywood for a radically different kind of life in upstate New York with her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan—a celebration of community, family, and the value of hard work in small town America.”

Nonfiction on Backorder but you can place holds on them now!

Entangled Life: How fungi make out worlds, change our minds & shape our futures by Merlin Shedrake. “Living at the border between life and non-life, fungi use diverse cocktails of potent enzymes and acids to disassemble some of the most stubborn substances on the planet, turning rock into soil and wood into compost, allowing plants to grow.” “ A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi.” 

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. "When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would become a cultural movement. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it…”

Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford. “A ‘powerful and scary and important and true’ memoir of a young woman's struggle to regain her sense of self after trauma, and the efforts by a powerful New England boarding school to silence her---at any cost.”

White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin Diangelo. “The value in White Fragility lies in its methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action, and its call for humility and vigilance.”

Young Adult Fiction:

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones. “Equal parts classic horror novel and original fairytale, The Bone Houses will have you spellbound from the very first page.”

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds.  “From National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions kids’ walks home can take. This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—.”

Children’s Books

Hazardous Tales #9: Major Impossible: A Grand Canyon Tale by Nathan Hale. “Explore the Grand Canyon with John Wesley Powell in the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series!”

I Am Enough (backordered and now available) by Grace Byers (picture book). “A lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.”

Look Up With Me - Neil deGrasse Tyson: a life among the stars (backordered and now available) by Jennifer Berne (children’s nonfiction picture book). “An inspiring, interesting, picture biography of a living legend... great for a read aloud.“

The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya (picture book). “Humor abounds in this masterfully-bilingual twist on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" that dares to ask the question: why is that troll so grumpy anyway?”

On Backorder:

Best Friends by Shannon Hale (graphic novel). “Follow your heart. Find your people.”

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare Lezotte (juvenile fiction). “Deaf author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte weaves a riveting Own Voices story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century.”

NEW DVDs (these are not yet cataloged, but we’re working in it!)

Dark Waters:Inspired by a shocking true story, DARK WATERS centers around a rising lawyer who uncovers the dark secret that lies beneath the surface of a small town. Launching a heroic one-man crusade to take on a powerful corporation, he risks everything — his future, his family and his own life –to expose the truth.”

The Etruscan Smile: “Rory MacNeil is a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island for San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory's life will be unexpectedly transformed through a newly found love for his baby grandson.”

Just Mercy:A powerful and thought provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansle.”

Finding the Right Book!

There are many ways to choose the next book you want to read.  Some people get recommendations from friends or programs they viewed or listened to.  Some may select titles from a best seller’s list or a newspaper or magazine article. And many appreciate perusing our library shelves to see what grabs them.  Unfortunately, this last strategy is not one we can offer right now.  Nonetheless,  we still want to help match you with just the right books.  So, if you have finished a book or series that you enjoyed and you want something similar, let us know!  If you are looking to try something totally different, let us know! Do you want fiction or nonfiction, a breezy read or something heavier, something new or a classic? Let us know, and we will do our utmost to provide you with just what you are looking for in your next reading adventure.

Library Trustee Meeting Tuesday, July 7th at 4pm

POSTING:

The Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public Library will meet on Tuesday July 7 at 4 PM at the Jackson Library.  All are invited to attend.

PLEASE NOTE:

MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE MEETING.

Please report to the back door of the library for admittance.

AGENDA

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees

Tuesday July 7, 2020   4:00 PM

  1. Approval of minutes
  2. Old Business

o   Status - Painting Library building this summer

o   Pandemic Policy and Service Plan - approval

  1. Reports

o   Library Staff

o   Treasurer

o   Friends

  1. New Business

o   Library services going forward

  1. Public Comment
  2. Non-Public Session -RSA 91-A:3 II(c) - Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the body or agency itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.
  3. NEXT MEETING

Due Dates and Closed July 4!

We will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for the holiday, but we will be open on Friday, July 3rd instead from 2-6 so you can collect materials for the weekend. (Please note: the front of the Library will be closed off during Friday morning, you won't be able to reach the book return slot, as a bucket lift will be there while the upper entryway of the building is being painted!)

Here at the Jackson Library, we are always glad when we can match a book to a reader!  This spring, we extended due dates on all our materials as we were learning how to navigate the COVID-19 crisis and to ensure that no one was caught without reading or viewing materials.  As we now settle into this new routine, we have decided that it is time to return to our usual loan periods, in part to help better circulate new and high-demand items.  So, please note that starting July 7th, books will be checked out for 2 weeks and DVDs for 1 week. We are always happy to renew an item - as long as there is not a hold placed on it. Thank you!

New Books and July 4th Library Hours

Please note that we will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for the holiday. However, we will be open for pickups on Friday, July 3rd from 2-6 to make up for it!

New books are in!  Take a look and decide what you want to read next!  We have a number of back-ordered books, I have indicated the ones that we are still waiting for, but fingers crossed that they are here soon. Log into your KOHA account and place a hold, send us an email (staff@jacksonlibrary.org) or leave us a voicemail message (603-383-9731). Let us know which books you want and we will get them ready for you!

Adult Fiction:

Close Up by Amanda Quick.  "Welcome to Burning Cove, California, where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer....”

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon. “Based on the thrilling real-life story of socialite spy Nancy Wake, comes the newest feat of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia.

In Her Shadow by Kristin Miller. Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, In Her Shadow is a chilling thriller of a story!

Man of My Time by Dalia Sofer. "Finely wrought, a master class in the layering of time and contradiction that gives us a deeply imagined, and deeply human, soul." 

The Stolen Daughter by ReShonda Tate Billingsley. “Award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley delivers a poignant, page-turning novel about the power—and fragility—of family, personal identity, and the choices we are called on to make.”

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler. “From the beloved Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection.”

Silver Wings, Iron Cross by Tom Young. “From air combat veteran Tom Young comes the explosive saga of two enemy combatants—an American pilot and German U-boat officer —united by fate in an epic fight for survival.”

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles. “The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of News of the World and Enemy Women returns to Texas in this atmospheric story, set at the end of the Civil War.”

A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry. “From the two-time Booker Prize finalist author, a dazzling new novel about memory and identity, set in Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War.”

On Backorder:

All Adults Here by Emma Straub. “Literary sunshine.” “The queen of the summer novel.” And a page turner on top of all that!

One Last Lie by Paul Doiron. “The disappearance of Mike Bowditch’s beloved mentor reveals an ominous connection to a 15-year-old cold case” in this thriller.

Adult Nonfiction:

100 Drives 5000 Ideas: Where to go, when to go, what to do, what to see by Joe Yogerst. “Buckle up for the road trip of a lifetime: 100 epic journeys through all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces offering thousands of sites and roadside attractions along the way.”

The Impeachers: The trial of Andrew Johnson and the dream of a just nation by Brenda Wineapple. “This is simply an amazing, mesmerizing book, impossible to put down.”

My Vanishing Country: a memoir by Bakari Sellers. “What J. D. Vance did for Appalachia with Hillbilly Elegy, CNN analyst  and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history Bakari Sellers does for the rural South, in this important book that illuminates the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women.”

Why Fish Don’t Exist: A story of loss, love, and the hidden order of life by Lulu Miller. “A wondrous debut from an extraordinary new voice in nonfiction, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing tale of love, chaos, scientific obsession, and—possibly—even murder.”

On Backorder

Entangled Life: How fungi make out worlds, change our minds & shape our futures by Merlin Shedrake. “A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi.”

The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan.  “Hilarie Burton Morgan, tells the story of leaving Hollywood for a radically different kind of life in upstate New York with her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan—a celebration of community, family, and the value of hard work in small town America.”

White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin Diangelo. “The value in White Fragility lies in its methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action, and its call for humility and vigilance.”

Young Adult:

Again Again by E. Lockhart. The newest release by an author who loves to surprise us with the most unexpected twists and turns. “In this novel full of surprises ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility.”

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.  This prequel to the Hunger Games Triology focuses on Coriolanus Snow and is set during the 10th Games.  If you are wondering, yes, it is as riveting as you hope it will be, so make sure you clear your calendar when you bring this title home.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. “In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.”

Children’s Titles:

Enchanter’s Child: Twilight Hauntings  by Angie Sage (Fiction - recommended ages 8-12) Welcome to a fantasy world where enchantment is illegal! By the author of the Septimus Heap series, this will be a page-turner!

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic (Graphic Novel) by Lauren Tarshis.  Need I say more?!

What About Worms? An Elephant and Piggie Like Reading book by Ryan T. Higgins and Mo Willems. A new beginning reader in the ever-popular series that is a huge hit with kids.

Don’t Feed the Coos! by Jonathan Stutzman (picture book). “A laugh-out-loud tale about the dangers…of feeding pigeons!”

Oh No, Bobo! By David Donna and Laura Watkins (picture book). “A sweet story with a gentle message about personal space.”

On Backorder:

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman (picture book). “A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.”

I Am Enough by Grace Byers (picture book). “A lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.”

Look Up With Me - Neil deGrasse Tyson: a life among the stars by Jennifer Berne (children’s nonfiction picture book). “An inspiring, interesting, picture biography of a living legend... great for a read aloud.“