Movie Night at the Library!

On Friday, May 23rd the library will host another night of popular Young Adult book-to-movie films, with Orson Scott Wells’s classic tale of adventure, deception and alien attacks. No, we are not allowed to state the actual title of the movie, but we can ponder – how will the END of this dangerous GAME be played out? Join us at 7 pm to find out. This movie is rated PG-13; movie goers under the age of 13 will need parental permission or adult accompaniment in order to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

Summer Reading Suggestions

Are you looking for some stellar book suggestions for your child this summer? At the library, we are always happy to help you choose the right book. There are also some wonderful resources available online. The Horn Book has compiled a list of highly recommended titles from picture to YA books that is well worth exploring.

The Association for Library Service to Children also publishes yearly suggested reading lists for students in K-8. Take a peek, your child just might discover a new favorite!

Screen Free Week May 5-11

In 1994, Henry Labalme and Matt Pawa came up with their brain child “Screen Free Week” as a way to encourage families to connect with each other and take a break from their televisions, and to a lesser extent, their computers. As our reliance on devices of all kinds has grown, so has the “screen free” movement. Now, millions of families participate in the program each year.

While work and school demand a certain amount of screen time, why not see how you can reduce your leisure time screen usage this week. Stop in at the library and find other activities for the week. We have displays of puzzles and games, don’t forget the telescope, and of course our book collection has something for everyone.

Invasive Upland Plant Species of New Hampshire

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host Doug Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator for the State of New Hampshire, as he presents his program Upland Plant Species of New Hampshire on Wednesday May 14th, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson, NH.

His presentation will provide an in-depth look at upland invasive plant species of New Hampshire. Attendees will learn about the various issues, New Hampshire rules and Regulations, characteristics, identifying features and control measures of some of the most aggressive non-native plants,  here in the Granite State.

Douglas Cygan has been the Invasive Plant Species Coordinator for the NH Dept. of Agriculture for the past 11 years as well as being a nursery inspector and an Authorized Certification Official for the USDA. Prior to this he was a Wetlands Permitting Official for the NH Dept of Environmental Services (DES) for two years. Prior to that he was a Senior Environmental Manager for the NH Dept of Transportation (NH DOT) Bureau of Environment for 7 years. In 1992 he graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with a B.S. and an A.S. in Plant Science with a minor in Conservation Biology and Wetland Science.

The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is welcome. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731.

Changes coming to logging into Koha and Overdrive

Library patrons need to be aware that soon they will need their full 14 digit library card number to login to both Koha and Overdrive. Koha is a our library catalog and currently when people come in and get their new library cards they are given a 4 digit login and password. Because of a coming upgrade, we’ll need to change the login id from 4 digits to the full 14 digits on your library card. This only pertains to you if you’ve already gotten your new library card with the beautiful picture of the library on the front, AND have been given a login to your account on Koha. We recommend everybody who is using the library and is somewhat technologically savvy get this login since it allows you access to your account, so that you may see what you have out, renew items and place holds on items.

Overdrive access will change as of May 1st to requiring the 14 digit barcode. The reason for this change is to give the patron more security for their account. Overdrive is the service which allows Jackson patrons to borrow ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. Stop by and talk to the staff if you have questions.

Patrons are discovering Indieflix

IndieFlix Web Banner(1)I checked our statistics for the newest service in the Library, Indieflix, today and found that for the 10 days in March after our subscription started, there were 37 films viewed by Jackson patrons and 97 films viewed by patrons of all three libraries in the coop. On Friday April 25th at 6:30 pm we will have a demo of Indieflix and film showing for adults interested in learning more about the service.

Friends Annual Meeting and Allagash Program

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host Tim Caverly and his presentation Allagash Tails and Tales on Tuesday April 15th, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson, NH. This program will be followed by a short annual meeting of the Friends of the Jackson Public Library and all are welcome to attend.

This is a multi-media presentation is narrated by Maine author, and former Allagash Supervisor, Tim Caverly. The program includes music, scenic and historic photographs as well as stories detailing Tim’s experiences while living along our Nation’s Wild and Scenic River. The audience will learn about the north woods in a whole new way. Books will be available at the program for purchase and signing.

Tim has spent his whole life in the Maine outdoors. At an early age he first learned about nature by living on a small farm in Cornville. Then, when his dad became a fire warden with the Maine Forest Service, Tim continued to spend time outside by helping his father extinguish wildfires. Tim’s experience in the woods continued in 1960 when his brother Buzz became a ranger in Baxter State Park. Tim would visit the park as often as possible, shadowing his brother as they hiked around and over mile high Mt. Katahdin.

At eighteen, Tim was finally old enough to be appointed to his own ranger’s job and he began working summers at Sebago Lake State Park. During the winters he attended the University of Maine at Machias, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and received his teaching certificate. After college Tim continued to work for the park service, spending thirty-two years with the Department of Conservation.

During his career he was the manager of Aroostook and Cobscook Bay State Parks and spent eighteen years as Regional Supervisor of the Allagash Region. In 1999 Tim retired from state service and began a 2nd career in the Millinocket school system.

Tim currently lives in Millinocket with his wife Susan and Misty Dog their golden retriever. Tim has written five books; one of which, An Allagash Haunting, has been made into a stage play and adapted in a “over the air” radio broadcast. Through his “New England Reads” program Tim encourages others to read and explore our spectacular natural world.

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The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is suggested. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731. Following the program there will be a short business meeting of the Friends.

NEW – IndieFlix movie streaming service!


Indieflix is a website that offers movie streaming of independent films. The Friends of the Jackson Public Library have paid for our first year’s membership in conjunction with our partners in the Northern New Hampshire Library Coop (Madison and Tamworth.)
Use this link to sign up for your account
You’ll need to click “create new account” in the top right of the screen and enter your 14 digit library card. If you don’t have one of the new cards with the 14 digits yet, come in and get one so you can use this awesome service. You’ll next need to provide your name, email and create a password. Simple!

This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.

  • Film-festival hits — View films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more!
  • Find the right film for you — Sort by language, genre, or film length with easy-to-use filters
  • Support filmmakers — Viewing films on IndieFlix directly supports the filmmakers who made them
  • Available everywhere — Watch movies on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser! Also available on Roku, xBox, and Apple TV via Apple devices