March 9, 2021
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Jaffrey Public Library

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Jaffrey, NH 03452

Some News for the Grownups

Children are so photogenic that it is easy to use photos to express our enthusiasm for new programs like the Monadnock Doll Hospital.
If only I could so easily capture with a photo the compelling conversation at yesterday's Short Story Book Club for adults as our members truly stepped outside their comfort zones with this month's stories.  Wow, what an amazing group of intelligent, thoughtful women who logged into Zoom together on Monday afternoon!
I also enjoyed sharing some upcoming events with this group, and am eager to share with all of you.
We have a lot of great programs for all ages, but this newsletter is just for the grownups.

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

New Hampshire Humanities Book Discussion - Black Elk Speaks

Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30 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 Damian Costello to discuss Black Elk Speaks, by Nicholas Black Elk and John G. Neihardt, the life story of Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950), the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer. Click here to read more on Goodreads.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in a book discussion with subject experts!

Our facilitator, Damian Costello received his Ph.D. in theological studies from the University of Dayton and specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk and the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism. Costello was born and raised in Vermont and his work is informed by five years of ethnographic work on the Navajo Nation. Costello is on the faculty of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community (formerly the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies).

Thanks to the support of New Hampshire Humanities, we will provide copies of Black Elk Speaks to all participants to keep.  Yes, the discussion won't be until May, but the books will be available by April 1st.  Space is limited and registration is required to receive your copy of Black Elk Speaks and to receive the Zoom login information.

All New "Spice Club"

Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30 pm via Zoom
Garam Masala from Maggie's Marketplace?!  New recipes?  Grownup conversation?  If this appeals to you, we still have a few spaces left for the first meeting of our new Spice Club!
Try out new recipes using exotic spices that you’ve never tasted before. Introduce new flavors into your dinners and desserts!
Each month, join "Yoga Julie" (aka, Library Assistant, Julie Cyr) on Zoom to discuss the recipes and learn more about that month's spice selection. The library will provide the spices and recipes for participants, in advance of the meeting, as well as related cookbooks you can check out.  Registration for this program is required.
Special thanks to our local business sponsors, including Hannaford Supermarket of Rindge and Maggie's Marketplace of Peterborough!

Ready to try Libby?

It has been quite a year, and many of you have taken the plunge to try downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, with the Libby App.  I am the first one to admit I want to hold a physical book, but I LOVE listening to audiobooks, blue-toothed through my car speakers on my commute with Libby!  And I have friends who love reading on their iPads because you can make any eBook a Large Print book.
If you want to give it a try, our new librarian Jason is eager to provide one-on-one, in-person but masked and socially distant Tech Help appointments to get you started with Libby. 
Jason will offer appointments on Thursdays. To reserve your spot, you can sign up on our Event Calendar or call Julie or Andrea at the library.

Rolling Appointments and Expanded Browsing FAQ

What are rolling appointments?  Our appointments now have increased flexibility.  If you book a Bookworm Boogie appointment, you may arrive at any time during that one hour time period and stay for 30 minutes, even if that runs into the next hour. 

Can I browse all three floors at my appointment?  Yes, you can browse all three floors at Bookworm Boogie appointments on Mondays and Thursdays, 10 am - 5:30 pm.

Is it true I can also browse at Grab & Go appointments?  Yes, but only on the Main Floor.  When you pick up your Grab & Go items (already checked out and waiting for you), you can also browse on the Main Floor for extra items. Please keep it to about ten minutes and save your longer visit for Boogie days. 

When can I use a computer?   Computers are available during all open hours!   Call 532-7301 if you don't see an appointment available, as we can almost always write you in.

The front door is unlocked and staff answer phones during all of your new library hours:
  • Monday -  10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday -  10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday -  10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday -  10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday -  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday -  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
If you have questions, please email Julie at
Women in Science
Every Wednesday in March, at Noon via Zoom

We joined other local libraries in co-sponsoring a fascinating speaker series with the Harris Center.
To join us for any of these programs, please register here.

Seed Library Opens March 15th at all Appointments

The Seed Library returns to in-person service.
Do you remember getting a surprise in the mail last spring with your librarian selected seeds?  While we so appreciate the generosity of the donors who made that Covid-safe mailing possible, we are happy that the Fifth Annual Seed Library will be available in-person for 2021. Can you believe we have been doing this for five years?!
Here's what you need to know:
  • The Seed Library is located on the Main Floor and will be available at all library appointments, beginning March 15.
  • Households are limited to no more than ten seed packets per household, and no more than one packet of any one variety.
  • If we make it to May without "selling out," we will invite you back for more, but we want to offer enough for everyone.
Happy planting!
Thank you to our generous donors and the Seed Savers Exchange!

Memory Lab - Coming Soon!

Here I am in a 1969 Polaroid, managing the business of my stuffed animals.  They had an extensive library!
This photo was nothing but a very faded, blurry Polaroid until we scanned it and doctored it up with our new photo scanner, a centerpiece of our new Memory Lab program.
The Friends of the Library are sponsoring Phase One of our new Memory Lab project, which will allow you to scan and digitize your photos, negatives, and slides, right here at the library, with a little initial guidance from your librarians.
We are also planning future workshops to show you how you can take those digitized images and create photo books to preserve your memories.
We are still learning our equipment and hope to open up this program next month.  Stay tuned!

Mahjong, anyone?

Have you caught the Mahjong craze?  Do you miss our in-person Mahjong Mondays?  Check out one of our Mahjong kits and play at home!
Each Mahjong Kit contains a complete set to play, a beginner instruction book, Mahjong card, laminated JPL card, and a related work of adult fiction. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for supporting library programming!

Have you tried Newsbank?

Find information on topics related to business, health, education, government and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, periodicals, videos, blogs and web-only content including the Boston Herald, Monadnock Ledger Transcript, New Hampshire Union Leader, and even your hometown newspaper.
You may access Newsbank via your Library Account from home or on your mobile device, through our Catalog.
If you need help, just give us a call.

New Email Addresses at the Library

Please update your address book! For the next month or so, emails will be forwarded automatically and you will receive an automatic reply informing you of the new addresses.
Thanks for your patience during the transition.
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