June 9, 2021
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Jaffrey Public Library

38 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH 03452

A Great Summer to Celebrate

We have a lot to be grateful for as we enter the summer season. 
While many libraries were closed during Covid for extended periods with limited or no services, we were able to restructure our spaces and services to serve you throughout the pandemic.  And now, we are open more hours than ever before.
Our facility is receiving the maintenance it needs, and we just completed a significant masonry restoration project.  What a beautiful building!
We stayed healthy!  Most of our staff members are vaccinated, and to my knowledge, the library was not a vector of transmission in the community.  (Maybe I can sleep again...).
We lost count after 1,500 masks, but thanks to our volunteers, Mildred's Masks at the library served hundreds of residents of all ages in the last year and helped to keep Jaffrey safe.  And they haven't stopped so feel free to restock/refresh.
As we move forward with the return of in-person programming for the summer months, we want to thank you, our Library Trustees, and our Town Manager for the support and care you have all given to the library team.  Thank you!

Be well.  Be safe.  Be kind.
Please feel free to contact me any time at
Kind regards, Julie M. Perrin, Library Director - a.k.a. Ms. Julie

Summer Learning Registration starts Monday, June 14

Fun and Learning for Ages 0 - 108.  Whether you want to be at home or in the library for your summer activities, we have you covered!
Join us for Tails & Tales: June 14  - August 6

Summer Learning returns next week, with a full line-up and return of the ever popular BINGO challenges for all ages.  We have designed this year's program to be friendly for an uncertain future so no matter what the pandemic brings (or doesn't bring, we hope), the learning fun will not stop.  Please register in-person, any time, starting June 14.

Along with Library BINGO challenges for each age group, we have added a new Family Reads program (with free books for all children), inspired by the success of our Mischief Makers Book Club, which encouraged families to read together, long after book club ended.  (Special thanks to the Jaffrey Knights of Columbus for sponsoring the original program.)  Details are in your Summer Learning packets.

Please be sure to check our Event Calendar for new information and program updates throughout the season.

At the time of this newsletter, masks are still required for ages 2 and up for all INDOOR programs and inside the library building.  Masks are encouraged, but not required, for many of our OUTDOOR programs.  Please note that if program presenters require masks, even outdoors, we will respect their wishes.

The Summer Lineup

Here are some highlights to add to your summer calendar.  Please be advised that many of these programs do require registration.
Visit our Event Calendar to register for any of these programs.

Nature Detectives with the Harris Center
Friday, June 25 at 2:00 pm on the Library Lawn

Be a nature detective and learn how to recognize clues left behind by animals such as scat, tracks, and acorn bite marks. Participants will use magnifiers, picture guides, and field guides to identify which animal left each clue behind. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

All about Owls with the Harris Center
Friday, July 2 at 2:00 pm on the Library Lawn

Uncover the ways owls are adapted to survive and how their senses help them hunt in the dark of night. Participants can take their discoveries a step further by dissecting owl pellets to learn about the owl’s diet and place in the food web.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.

CLiF Storytelling and Book Giveaway with Author/Illustrator, Marty Kelley
Thursday, July 15 at 10:30 am on the Library Lawn

Thanks to a grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF), we invite Summer Learning families to this special storytelling and book giveaway event with author, illustrator, and humorist Marty Kelley.
Following the storytelling, CLiF will treat each child to a book to take home for their personal libraries. 

Curbside Cones
Friday, July 23 at 2:00 pm on the Library Lawn

A delicious treat, just for registered Summer Learners to help you through the home stretch! Thank you to Hayward's of Milford for supporting our summer programs.

Meet the Author: Matthew McElligott
Friday, August 6 at 2:00 pm on Zoom & In-Library using Henrietta, our Meeting Owl

Matthew McElligott is the author of Backbeard: Pirate for Hire, the Mad Scientist Academy series, Benjamin Franklinstein Lives, and many more books. His books inspired your Mad Scientist librarians to do science at the library! Hear about his writing style and join him in a fun drawing activity, and get an autographed book to keep!  Funded by a STEAM Learning grant from Millipore Sigma.

Open Air Mahjong
Mondays at 1:00 pm on the Library Lawn

Learn to play Mahjong or practice/perfect your game in a non-competitive, friendly atmosphere. Mahjong enthusiasts of all levels welcome.  Adults only. Thank you to the Friends of the Library!

Artist Afternoon
Tuesdays (rain date Thurs.) at 2:00 pm on the Library Lawn

Calling all young artists! Let’s make art together inspired by a great story on the library lawn. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Caregiver participation required under age 7.

Mad Scientist Lab
Tuesdays at 2:00 pm in the Ground Floor Collaborative Learning Space

Unleash you inner inventor and explore, build, or create something new at Mad Scientist Lab. Each week will feature a different topic including 3D design, coding, messy science, and microscopes! Caregiver participation required under age 7.

Pajama Storytime
Tuesdays at 6:30 pm via Facebook Live

Snuggle up in a cozy blanket and let your librarians kick off your bedtime routine with a favorite story.

Outdoor Storytime
Thursdays at 10:30 am on the Library Lawn

Children of any age are welcome to join us for an hour of stories and movement on the Library Lawn.

Please be advised that many of these programs do require registration.
Visit our Event Calendar to register for any of these programs.
Thank you to our panelists, all of our attendees, and the American Library Association/Libraries Transforming Communities grant for a great discussion today on gender identity and expression at our program More than a Pronoun.
Please visit the library for your Pronoun Pin or check out our booklist, Under the Rainbow: LGBTQ+ Reads to learn more about this important topic.

Britannica Library - All New!

Research just got a lot easier!

No need to miss the encyclopedia when there is a constantly updated one at your fingertips!
A comprehensive learning and reference center for all age levels, Britannica Library (from Encyclopædia Britannica), provides access to primary sources, e-books, magazine articles, a built-in Merriam-Webster dictionary, videos, images and traditional encyclopedia articles all in one product.
To visit Britannica Library, just log in on our catalog with your library card number and password, and scroll down to see the Electronic Resources list.

AtoZ World Food and Food America

Two new digital resources for all you Foodies!

Recipes, culture, ingredients, even historical cookbooks available for free download!  Our two new databases, AtoZ World Food and Food America offer it all, tapping into the cuisine and culture of 174 countries and all 50 states.
 To access these free resources, just log in on our catalog with your library card number and password, and scroll down to see them at the top of the Electronic Resources list.
Farm Fresh Checkout is here!
Why check out just a book when you an check out a book AND a tomato?!  Or asparagus!  Or farm fresh eggs...and rhubarb...and radishes...! Wow!  Thank you, Farmers!
This new program is generously sponsored by a community donation, with support from our local farming community.
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