Board of Trustees meet 2/2 at 2pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 2:00 pm

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.

Ty Gagne event Sunday 1/31

Join author Ty Gagne and the Friends of the Jackson Public Library on Sunday, January 31st at 5pm to discuss his new book The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites. Register online to receive Zoom details.

The Last TraverseOn a mountain somewhere above treeline, in some of the coldest and worst winter conditions imaginable, two men lie unconscious in the snow as explosive winds batter the nearby summits.

In The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites, Ty Gagne masterfully lays out the events that led up to an epic and legendary rescue attempt in severe and dangerous winter conditions in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. More than a cautionary tale, it is a tribute to all the volunteers and professionals who willingly put themselves in harm's way to save lives. This is a must read for anyone who hikes the Whites.

"In his first book, Where You'll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the last Climb of Kate Matrosova, Ty Gagne established his credentials as a writer of well-researched and objective analysis of mountain accidents. Moreover, Where You'll Find Me reads like a novel, a book I couldn't put down. In his latest book, The Last Traverse, Gagne takes the combination of analysis and storytelling to a new level in a tale of survival and tragedy in the White Mountains."

-Mark Synnott, author of The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life and The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson Public Library. Registration is open to anyone and we have 100 'seats' in our Zoom subscription. In the unlikely event that over 100 people register, priority will be given to Jackson Library card holders and members of the Friends of the Jackson Public Library.

Online film screening and discussion “Communities & Consequences II” Jan. 26

Communities and Consequences II

“Every citizen, business and organization has a stake in the economic health of the Granite State.” This is the tagline for the New Hampshire PBS film, “Communities & Consequences II: Rebalancing New Hampshire’s Human Ecology.”

On Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m., the Cook Memorial Library, with the Madison Library, the Tamworth Economic Development Commission, the Tamworth Planning Board, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, MWV Housing Coalition, MWV Age-Friendly Community, and UNH Cooperative Extension, will partner with New Hampshire PBS to offer an online screening of this film followed by a panel discussion with people working to improve the human ecology of the Mount Washington Valley and surrounding area.

REGISTER for the virtual screening!

NHPBS will send you a link to the private screening and walk you through some set up FAQs once you register.

The program will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a screening of the hour-long film. After the film, there will be a moderated panel discussion with panelists Andrew Dean, Chair of Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition, Marianne Jackson of Mount Washington Valley Age Friendly Community, and Shannon Rogers, State Specialist of Nature Based Economic Development on UNH Cooperative Extension’s Community and Economic Development Team. Audience members will be able to submit questions during the film and discussion.

NHPBS will send you a link to the private screening and walk you through some set up FAQs once you register.

Corporate sponsors for the NHPBS “Communities and Consequences II” project: Cathartes | DTC Lawyers, PLLC | EnviroVantage | Exeter Hospital |Heritage Home Service | New Hampshire REALTORS | New Hampshire Electric Cooperative | New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority | Anagnost Companies | Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. | Orbit Group |Northeast Delta Dental | Chinburg Properties

The Last Traverse. Book talk with Ty Gagne

Edit:: Conway reports this program is now FULL. We are in touch with Mr. Gagne to offer an encore soon. Watch this space.

Join Ty Gagne and the Conway Public Library on Zoom January 21st at 6:30pm to discuss his new bookThe Last Traverse The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites. You may remember our 2018 our One Book, One Valley series featured Ty's first book, Where You'll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova by Ty Gagne. His followup is reported to be every bit as riveting.

The Conway Public Library has generously invited the Jackson Library community to join the event. To receive meeting details, please email Lichen.



Next book group selection is available

We just wrapped up a wonderful discussion of The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir. You may know the author's parents, Dan and Jan Weir. Always fun to read a book with a local connection - even better when it is a gripping, fascinating, and thought-provoking one. If you have read The Book of Essie and want to share your thoughts, please leave a comment here.


Our next book is nonfiction and entitled Ghost of the Innocent Man by Benjamin Rachlin. I have copies ready to check out now. Please reserve them online or phone us and we will prepare one for you to pick up. We will discuss it via Zoom at 4:30 on February 9th.

Bonus trivia rounds

The trivia we offered  over the vacation week was a resounding success. To beef up the competition we offered it to all the area libraries as a fun competition. I had a few goals with this project:

  • Provide families something to do together even if they were celebrating from a distance. Sometimes it's hard to find something to talk about on the phone when you see each other only once a year.
  • Offer a way for teams to feel a sense of community by providing a goal they can reach together.
  • Have a project that was fun for me to do over the week.

That last one is pretty low on the priority list, but it still figures. It's tricky to juggle heavy-duty work around the distraction of the holidays, but organizing trivia was easier to dig in to. I think I was successful on all counts. We had an amazing 65 teams register representing libraries from Freedom, Fryeburg, Jackson, Madison, Moultonborough, North Conway, Sandwich, and Tamworth. Approximately 45 of those teams played all the way to the end.

The Jackson teams, led by The Three Masketeers, held the top spot throughout the contest, but after a surprise upset in the final round, Donnydowoop won the day. In their honor a book went to the Freedom Public Library in their honor.  Freedom also won the contest among each library's to three point's earners. Two books commemorating their victory are on their way into the Freedom Library's collection.

One of our fine and generous Friends writes trivia questions and hosts contests for his friends and allows me to repurpose them for these contests. Appreciating the elegance of starting on Yule-eve and ending on New Year's Day, I only used eight of his rounds.

The end game here is to say that I am posting two more rounds open to anyone who wants to try it out. If you want to be notified by email when there is a new question posted, please register. If you are happy to monitor the library's trivia page for new rounds, simply dive into Bonus Round 3.9. I'll post results on our trivia page.


Library trustee meeting 1/5/21 @ 5pm

Jackson Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 4:00 pm


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.


Trivia is here for the holidays

I don't know about you, but I sometimes struggle coming up with conversation topics during family events. Even more if those events are via phone call or screen.

I am here, your devoted librarian, with a solution for you.

We are offering a holiday round of Town Battle Trivia! In May we had 36 teams registered and 18 who played every round. I would love to top that.

A few changes this time. I will award two prizes, one to the library of the winning team and another to the library with the highest total score for its 3 highest scoring teams. The prize will be a book of the library's choosing with a bookplate commemorating the game.

Register your team now and the first round of questions will be released on Christmas Eve and every evening through New Year's Eve. Winners announced New Year's Day.

Standings and rounds will be published on the Trivia webpage. Registration and rounds will remain open until the last round of questions are due on 12/31. This way if you are hanging out with your family on boxing day, you can catch up and play along.

Here's the fine print:

  • Teams limited to three people or one household, whichever is more.
  • Each team must affiliate with a participating library. If your library is not listed, please ask them to get in touch with me.  It's much more fun if the libraries are in on it!
  • No research - honor system.
  • Answers may be challenged, but decisions by the host are final.
  • Team name, standings, and supported library will be public.

Register now and the first round will arrive in your email on Christmas Eve. Tell your friends! It's fun.

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.