Great YA Reads for Teens and Adults

The YA section has some excellent new books in a variety of genres. Check the the reviews of the books listed below, and try one yourself.

Dystopian Fiction:

Unwind by Neal Schusterman YA F SCH
A gripping and thought provoking thriller that will keep you turning the pages. “Set in the future, the second civil war is fought over abortion. To end the war, a compromise is reached that ends the practice of abortion but creates an alternative called “unwinding.” Between the ages of 13 and 17, parents or guardians can choose to have their children unwound, which involves having every part of their bodies harvested to be “donated” to another person so, technically, they don’t really die. The complex and compelling plot follows three teens whose stories intertwine when they escape while on their way to the harvest camps.” School Library Journal as shared on Amazon.

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry YA F MAB
Imagine a world forever changed by a zombie apocalypse, where the lines between good and evil are blurred, where no one is just what they seem. “In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.” Amazon

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey YA F YAN
See the world through Cassie’s eyes as the alien spaceship approaches and ultimately seeks to destroy Earth. Separated from her family, she desperately seeks her brother, and struggles to survive in a world where the enemy and the survivor appear the same. “After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave.” Amazon

Realistic Fiction:

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell YA F ROW (2014 Printz Honor Award)
This book is moving and captivating, and you will find yourself thinking about it months after you have finished reading it. It is heart-warming and unforgettable, it will make you laugh and cry. “Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.” Amazon

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell YA F ROW
“Fangirl is a coming-of-age novel that is smart, funny, and genuine. Fangirl takes place during Cather Avery’s first year of college, learning who she is when stripped down to just Cath–not the twins Cath & Wren and not Magicath, her fan fiction pen name.” Amazon

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green YA F GRE Soon to be a major motion film.
“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.” Amazon

Historical Fiction:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein CD F WEI (audio book) “In exchange for a temporary stay of execution and lesser forms of torture, a young female spy captured in Nazi-occupied France writes a confession of her activities in the Resistance. Her story is that of two women who should never have crossed paths, yet were destined to become the best of friends and embark upon the covert mission that would determine which of them would live or die. Courage born of friendship, fierce hope, and surprising ironies abound in this spell-binding novel that will appeal to teens and adult readers alike.”–Seira Wilsonas posted on Amazon.

Book recommendations

Kids, are you looking for book recommendations? Parents, do you need a suggestion for your child? Meredith Piotrow, our Children’s Librarian, would love to help you find just the book you are looking for. Stop in and ask her for some ideas.

Other events not to miss at the library include:

  • Storytimes for babies/toddlers/preschoolers on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 10:30. Storytimes feature books, songs, action rhymes and a craft.
  • Lego Club gathering on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 4:30-5:30. Each session has a theme and participants explore ways to create their own designs.
  • K-3 Storytime on the third Tuesday of each school-year month from 3:00-4:15.

Don’t miss our 2014 Summer Reading Program – FIZZ BOOM READ! This program will meet Tuesday afternoons in July. More information to follow.

Catch some Fire!

We are eager to continue using our new Movie License to show films at the Library using our large screen. While the licensing agreement does not permit us to name specific titles in promotional materials, we can give you some good clues about the upcoming showing on Saturday March 15th. This PG-13 rated movie is based on the second book of a very popular trilogy and it is being released on DVD in March.

Don’t miss the excitement as our favorite heroine comes back to the arena. Her performance is sure to Catch Fire and keep our audience on the edge of their seats. So, don’t miss the action on Saturday, March 15th starting at 7pm. Please feel free to bring your own snacks in case you get hungry. Movie goers under the age of 13 will need parental permission or adult accompaniment in order to attend this event. This event is free and open to the public, feel free to bring snacks and a friend. For additional details, please call the Library at 383-9731.


Welcome to the new Library website

The Jackson Public library has a new website! On Friday, Feb. 21 stop by the library, chat with us, meet the developer and get started searching for everything related to the library.
As an added incentive to get you started on our new site, enter our scavenger hunt (link opens a new page) for a chance to win 2 tickets to see the Boston Celtics vs the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, March 30 along with an overnight stay at a personal residence in Boston. Click on the words “Scavenger Hunt” to get started. Have fun and good luck!

Spring gardening presentations at the library

The Jackson Public Library, in conjunction with the NH Cooperative Extension, will hold a series of 6 weekly Spring Gardening presentations keyed to “Gardening in the North Country”. These presentations will take place at the Library located in Jackson village on Rt. 16A. The sessions will be held weekly on Wednesdays evenings starting on March 5th running through April 9th. They will all take place at 7pm.

These presentations are aimed at anyone who would like to learn about gardening and also to enhance the knowledge of those who have gardened here in the valley for years. The presenters will be Olivia Saunders MS Soil Science, agent at the UNH Cooperative Extension in Conway, Ann Bennett Jackson resident gardener and author of weekly gardening articles for the Mt. Ear newspaper for 35 years, Jackie Hamblet Certified NH Master Gardener and Dr. David Walker, who lives in the valley and raises and shows prize dahlias.

The presentations will culminate on April 9th with an open forum round table where questions and topic ideas will be taken from those in the audience. These programs are free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 383-9731.

Presentation Schedule:
March 5th – Hot Ideas for Your Cold Soil: Soil Preparation & Composting, Olivia Saunders, MS Soil Science, agent at the UNH Cooperative Extension in Conway
March 12th – Seed Starting and Seed Saving, Olivia Saunders, MS Soil Science, agent at the UNH Cooperative Extension in Conway
March 19th – Basic organic practices for the everyday gardener, Jackie Hamblet, Certified NH Master Gardener
March 26th – Growing and Showing Dahlias, Dr. David Walker, who lives in the valley and raises and shows prize dahlias
April 2nd – Season Extension “making the most of a short growing season”, Ann Bennett, Jackson resident gardener and author of weekly gardening articles for the Mt. Ear newspaper for 35 years
April 9th – Round-table discussion on gardening with thoughts about forming a group to meet monthly at the Library during the growing season for that purpose.

Study Circles

The Library will be holding an informational session about the possibility of forming a study circle here in Jackson.

Study Circles are a great way to come together with other community members in an informal, yet inquisitive, atmosphere to deeply explore issues of social and environmental concern. The discussion courses provide an enjoyable, supportive setting in which to examine personal values and habits, engage in stimulating conversation, create meaningful community, and consider ways to take action towards creating a more sustainable future. The discussion course books are manuals for a self-facilitated course experience, taken informally by small groups in a home, at your workplace, your center of faith or, any place where people naturally gather. There is no outside presenter or teacher of these discussion courses. Rather, anyone can organize a group in their community with the role of facilitator rotating with each meeting. These discussion courses emphasize individual responsibility, the importance of a supportive community, and the dual need to walk lightly on and to take action on behalf of the Earth. G.A.L.A. hosts ongoing Study Circles based on courses from the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI). Visit the NWEI link to read course descriptions. Check out the G.A.L.A. Calendar of Events for the current Study Circle schedule.

Starting a Study Circle with your Community
There are currently eleven differently themed courses and discussion guides: Hungry For Change; Choices for Sustainable Living; Menu For The Future; A World of Health; Just Below the Surface; Voluntary Simplicity; Sustainable Systems at Work; Global Warming Changing Course; Healthy Children Healthy Planet; Discovering a Sense of Place; and Reconnecting with Earth. As a sister organization to NWEI, and the New Hampshire point of contact, G.A.L.A. can help your group get a Study Circle up and running by providing guidance, advice, assistance with press releases and promotional materials etc. GALA 2014 Course Organizer’s Guide, please contact us at 603-539-6460 or email

Please note: The course reading materials are a mandatory part of the course. Be sure to click G.A.L.A. in the affiliation box – this enables G.A.L.A. to receive a small percentage of each book purchased that helps with its non-profit fundraising activities.

See G.A.L.A.’s website for a listing and link to the courses. We’ll have booklets at the meeting to flip through also. The books cost about $20 each (or a bit more) and are mandatory for participation. We’ll be looking for people who are interested in participating or have participated in one before to share their insight. We hope to have a video presentation from G.A.L.A. staff about the program. The goal for this meeting it to gauge interest, choose a topic, and select someone who would be willing to coordinate scheduling meetings and organize communication for the group. Depending on the number of people interested and when everyone would like to meet, meetings can be held at the Library or elsewhere in town.

We hope you’ll mark your calendars for this unique chance to meet new people and learn in an informal and relaxed setting. The program on the 26th is free and open to all. Please call the Library for more information at 383-9731.

Get all the News at the Library

The library gets a copy of the Boston Globe each day and we have Entertainment Weekly, Time and This Old House in print and on Nook. In addition we subscribe to Yankee, Vegetarian Times, Family Fun, Smithsonian, Organic Gardening, Christian Science Monitor, Northeast Flavor (quarterly) Interweave Knits (quarterly), Better Homes and Gardens, Whole Living, Powder (skiing) Kiwi (family/parenting) and Audiofile magazines. All are available to check- out, so stop in and learn about all the latest issues at the Library.

Library Weather Station

Thanks to generous community donations, the Library now has the ability to continuously monitor detailed weather data, such as: temperature, humidity, wind, rain, and barometric pressure and post this information directly to a Weatherlink Website. The website uploads data every minute as part of a nationwide data collecting network.

In addition, WeatherLink software installed on one of the Library’s computers allows users to see detailed analysis and graphing of weather data taken directly from our station’s data logger and console.

New Website

In keeping with our commitment to serve the community of Jackson, we are proud to announce this new Library website. Commissioned from local ‘itinerant’ librarian, Lichen Rancourt, we hope this will make it easier for you to take advantage of everything the Library has to offer. Start by searching for books, dvds, and audios in our online catalog.