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May 12, 2021
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Jaffrey Public Library

38 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-7301

Every 100 years, we get a gorgeous facelift.

The Given Masonry team has done a beautiful job rebuilding our chimneys and restoring our brick and brownstone.  We couldn't have asked for a more professional company.  We appreciate their ongoing commitment to high standards, excellent craftsmanship, and public safety. 
We expect the work to be finished in the next couple of weeks.  Once the safety fence is down, you will again have access to the outdoor Book Drop and the front door. 
Thank you for your continued patience.

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

Why aren't my reserves on the Grab & Go shelf?

Our new service level has led to a bit of confusion regarding Grab & Go express pickup service.
Grab & Go service requires an appointment so we know to have your items ready.

Prior to the pandemic, there was only one way to pick up your reserves.  Come inside, go to the service desk, and wait while a staff member checked them out.  With the pandemic, we offered Grab & Go express pickup as a new service by appointment.

Now we offer both options.
  • Choice 1 -- Come in during any of our open hours and wait at the service desk for your reserved items to be checked out to you.
  • Choice 2 -- Make a Grab & Go appointment and your reserves will be pre-checked out and waiting on the Grab & Go shelf.  No waiting!  If you cannot wear a mask, this service is also available curbside.
Why can't we just check the reserves out in advance anyway?  When we check out your reserved item, your two week checkout period begins.  If your reserve was ready on Monday but you couldn't come in until Thursday to pick it up, you would have lost three days of your checkout period.
If you have any questions, please let us know!

More than a Pronoun: A panel discussion on Gender Identity and Expression

Wednesday, June 9 at Noon via Zoom

Have you ever read a news story about gender and had questions but no one to answer them?  Are you unsure what the difference is between gender identity and sexuality? What is nonbinary? Transgender? Why is "they" a singular pronoun? What is deadnaming and why is it hurtful?

The library is a safe place for people to ask questions and share their stories.

Join us for More than a Pronoun -  A panel discussion on Gender Identity and Expression, to promote awareness and understanding.

Our panelists will share their personal journeys and provide answers to YOUR questions to help all of us build a better world of mutual understanding and respect.   This event will take place on Zoom.

This program is generously funded by a grant from Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom login information.

NH Humanities Book Discussion - The Women with Silver Wings

Monday, June 14 at 2 pm via Zoom

We are excited to be part of a pilot program with New Hampshire Humanities, to host book discussions, facilitated by the outstanding presenters of New Hampshire Humanities.

For this discussion, we will meet via Zoom with Carrie Brown to discuss The Women with Silver Wings, by Katherine Sharp Landdeck, the inspiring true story about American women pilots in World War II. Click here to read more on Goodreads.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a book discussion with subject experts!

Our facilitator, Carrie Brown holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and Folklore from the University of Virginia. She is an independent scholar who also works as a freelance history curator for museums in New England. She has curated two exhibitions on the Civil War for the American Precision Museum, as well as exhibitions on the history of aviation, the early years of the automobile, and the bicycle. The author of two books and many articles and exhibit catalogs, Brown delights in finding connections between changing technology and the evolution of popular culture.

Thanks to the support of New Hampshire Humanities, we will provide copies of The Women with Silver Wings to all participants to keep.  Space is limited and registration is required to receive your copy of The Women with Silver Wings and to receive the Zoom login information.

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.

AtoZ World Food™ is the world's largest and most comprehensive database of food and food culture for 174 countries. This proprietary database includes 884 food culture articles, 6,500 traditional recipes, 650 ingredient articles, historical timelines, glossaries, and 2,000 food quotes. Lavishly illustrated with 14,000 photos.

AtoZ Food America™ provides 7,000 recipes, 650 ingredient articles, vintage food labels and ads, historical what did they eat articles, how to make food videos, and more. AtoZ Food America is the world's largest database of American food, culture, and recipes. It features content and information found nowhere else combined with beautiful graphics and illustrations.

The library staff put these databases to the test during our trial period, and we all agreed that cooking at our houses will never be the same!  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.

Open Air Mahjong

Beginning Monday, June 21 at 1 pm on the Library Lawn
Our Mahjong group returns on Mondays for the summer, on the library lawn for everyone's safety.

Join us in a non-competitive, friendly atmosphere where you can learn to play Mahjong or practice/perfect your game.  Mahjong enthusiasts of all levels welcome.

We will set up tables and tents, but since social distancing at a card table is not possible, masks will be required.
Please contact Ms. Eileen by email with questions.

This event is "shine only."
Details coming soon!
Watch for our new Farm Fresh Checkout program where you'll be able to check out (and eat) what's growing at our local farms whenever you visit the library. 
Why check out just a book when you check out a book AND a tomato?!
This new program is generously sponsored by a community donation, with support from our local farming community.

Use our catalog for Read-alikes!

Did you know that when you look up a book on our catalog, the description includes not only a summary and professional reviews, but also suggested books for your next read?  What's more is that those suggested titles are ones we own!
Visit our catalog to build your reserve list for your next visit.

Holiday Weekend Closure

The Library will be closed on Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
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