Storybook Pumpkin Patch at the Library

Jackson Public Library is growing a storybook pumpkin patch, and we need your help! Decorate a pumpkin to look like one of your favorite book characters, and bring it to the library to plant in our Storybook Pumpkin Patch!

PLEASE, No Carved or Cut Pumpkins

*Think of your favorite book and design your pumpkin based on your favorite character from that book.
*Use a pumpkin that is no larger in size than a basketball.
*Gather your decorating supplies. Acrylic paints or permanent markers work best. Watercolors tend to run, and spray paint will gradually dissolve the pumpkin. Other options include adding materials such as yarn, buttons, wiggly eyes, etc.
*Decorate your pumpkin without carving, cutting, or poking holes in it.
*Bring your pumpkin to the library and let us know who you have created.
*This is not a contest, however each decorated pumpkin will earn the owner one library prize.
*Have fun and be creative!

Book Review: A Dark Inheritance

A Dark Inheritance
by Chris D’Lacey

Reality takes an unusual twist in this new series. Time and space may not be as permanent as we thought, or so Michael discovers as he desperately tries to save a dog’s life by successfully sprinting an impossible distance across a dangerous ocean headland before the frightened animal plunges into the turbulent ocean below the cliffs. The incident leads him to discover secrets he didn’t know about himself, and maybe lead him to figure out what happened to his dad who disappeared mysteriously several years ago.

Book Review: Half Bad

Half Bad
By Sally Green

A gripping fantasy page-turner right from the start! Set in contemporary England, this story revolves around the struggle between the white and black witches who live, unrecognized, among the general population. Told from the point of view of Nathan, a “half code” who’s mother is a white witch and father a black one, nothing is as simple as it seems. At seventeen he is trapped, beaten, and kept in a cage like a wild animal in an attempt to determine his true characteristics. There’s plenty of action in this first-of-a-trilogy book, and you will be eager to get your hands on the next installment, “Half Wild,” due out in March 2015.

Book Review: The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier

This is a delightfully creepy story! Molly and Kip are two homeless Irish children looking for work when they come to the Windsor Estate. The first thing they notice is how pale and unhealthy the family looks, and that there is a decidedly evil feel to the place. But desperate for a place to live and work, they decide to stay. Quickly, however, Molly begins to wonder who is leaving the muddy footprints around the house that she mops up every morning, and why no plants survive under the nasty tree growing in the yard? And why is she suddenly suffering from so many nightmares? Try The Night Gardener and find out!

Book Review: The Screaming Staircase

by Jonathan Stroud

YA readers, do not be fooled by the light tone of this book, it is one scary tale and a must read for fans of horror stories. This story takes place in a time when ghosts wander around freely at night, and it is only children and teens who are able to detect them before it’s too late. Enter Lockwood & Co., a company of three teens set on tackling the fiercest ghouls of all in what will be a terrifying adventure full of unexpected twists and turns. But beware, it is a chilling and scary tale – best not to read it at night!

Book order in August

I ordered some interesting new titles this week. I tried for something-for-everyone. If you have suggestions for books, movies, or authors you would like to see in the library, please let us know.

The following were released on August 19th and almost all are available for checkout now:

You can’t take these home until Tuesday, but you can put holds on them now and we will have them ready for you first thing:

Warm welcome for the new Director

Lichen appreciating the warm welcome.

One week ago this morning I met Lisa and Sarah in the Library parking lot and began my first day as the Jackson Library’s new director. Since then I have met almost a quarter of the town! (No joke, we count you as you come in, did you know that?) What a lovely place to spend my days. I have been gifted with many smiles, handshakes, flowers, and even cookies!

I want to thank our devoted staff – Lisa, Meredith, and Melissa – who have been so patient and accommodating over the week, the Trustees for giving me this opportunity, and, most importantly, all the Jacksonites who have made me feel so very welcome. I am proud and honored to become part of your community.

Please contact me to provide book ideas, recommendations, requests, ideas, and anything else. I am here for you. With gratitude, Lichen

Becoming Wolf: Eastern Coyote in New England

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host Chris Schadler, Wild Canid Ecologist, NH and VT Representative, Project Coyote and her presentation of Becoming Wolf: Eastern Coyote in New England on Sunday, August 17th, 7:00pm at the Jackson Public Library.


Chris’ interest in wild canids began in 1979 as a volunteer at the Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana under Dr. Erich Klinghammer. This opportunity and others inspired an eventual Masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University Graduate School. Her thesis focused on the biological and social perspectives of natural recovery for the Eastern Timber Wolf in Michigan.

Beginning in the early 1990’s, Chris taught Conservation Issues and Wolf Ecology at the University of New Hampshire, receiving many teaching excellence and student recognition awards. She continues to instruct and mentor adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College.

While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris’ attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England. She chose a farm with known coyote problems to raise sheep and train her border collies. Using sound livestock management and common sense, she has avoided any predation for over two decades.
Chris continues her work of the last 30 years and is now the New Hampshire and Vermont Representative for Project Coyote, a national group promoting coexistence with coyotes. She divides her time between teaching on the New Hampshire Seacoast, working on her book “Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England” and talking to groups on the eastern coyote and eastern wolf. Between presentations she can be found at camp in northern New Hampshire or living in heaven in Webster, N.H.

This program is free and open to the public, although a $5.00 donation is suggested.