Business and Nonprofit Resources

Business & investment for entrepreneurs and non-profit groups.

 

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DemographicsNow: Business & People – is a comprehensive business and residential reference and research tool. Users can produce comprehensive business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports. Users can even utilize a unique mapping tool that ‘visualizes’ trends.
EBSCO eBooks Business – A key resource for academic and business school libraries. Total titles: 17,700+ Full-text titles.
EBSCO MasterFILE Complete – Content from popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources. Covers wide range of subjects including business, health, fashion, sports, and personal finance. Total titles indexed: 3,400+; Full-text titles: 2,300+.
EBSCO Regional Business News – Provides coverage from regional business publications for the U.S. and Canada. Total titles indexed: 125; Full-text titles: 100+.
EBSCO Small Business Reference Center – Offers coverage that addresses many small business topics from consumer small business reference books, business videos, help and advice section and how to create business plans. Total Titles Indexed: 400+; Full-text titles: 400+.
EBSCO Business Book Summaries – Concise yet comprehensive summaries to help professionals and students keep up with the latest information in the business world. A wide range of topics is covered including business biographies, change management, communication, entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, personal growth, productivity and technology.
Foundation Directory Online Professional – provides the most comprehensive and accurate information on U.S. Grantmakers and their funding activities.
Gale Virtual Reference Library – Business related selections from a collection of over 60 Reference eBooks that can be cross-searched, browsed, and viewed on your most tablets, eReaders, or web browsers.
EBSCO Entrepreneurial Studies Source – The latest insights on entrepreneurship and small business topics for business students and researchers. Content comes from business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies and company profiles. Total titles indexed: 140+; Full-text titles: 120+.

Learning Express Library – Practice tests and tutorial courses designed to aid in academic or licensing tests.
Morningstar Investment Research Center – This investment research source is now only available in digital format.
Reference Solutions (Formerly Reference USA)Reference Solutions is the number 1 source of information on businesses and people specifically designed for small business owners, marketing professionals, researchers and job seekers. Reference Solutions helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people.
Gale Small Business Builder IconSmall Business Builder – plan and optimize businesses or nonprofits. Built for aspiring entrepreneurs and those with existing small businesses, it provides a step-by-step process supported by a rich variety of recognized tools that enable users to produce complete business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing an enterprise.
Value Line – Offers research covering a range of professional needs and offers a depth and breadth of proprietary research you can’t find anywhere else. Value Line streamlines company information and its financial data so you can quickly make an evaluation.

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JDL Opening

JDL is open!

We will return to regular JDL service hours. Patrons are allowed into JDL branches and have access to public computers for 55 minutes at a time during Phase II, however Brooklyn, Napoleon, and Hanover will remain closed to the public.

We ask that patrons do not browse materials at this time, and continue to use JDL Takeout services.

Patrons will be able to place holds via a phone call or text to your local branch and pick up materials in no contact pick up area. Click the link here to watch a short informational video on how JDL Takeout works.

LIBRARY HOURS BY BRANCH:

PLEASE NOTE: Brooklyn Branch is temporarily closed for renovation


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
CAR 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-5 1-5
CON  10-6 1-6 10-6   1-6 10-2 
EAS 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-5 1-5
GRA 10-7   10-6 10-7 10-6 10-3
HAN 1-7   10-6 1-6  10-2
HEN   10-7   1-6   1-6   10-2
MEI 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-6 9-5 1-5
NAP   10-7 10-6   10-6 10-6 10-6   10-3
PAR 10-7   1-6   1-6 10-2
SAR 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-7 10-6 10-3
SPT   10-7   1-6 1-6 10-2
SUM 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-5

LIBRARY MATERIALS:

If you have questions about your individual account please call 517-788-4087 or email our staff at onlinereg@myjdl.com.

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Our website is always open with e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, children’s resources and many research sources available for download at www.myjdl.com. JDL’s digital library is open at www.myjdl.com/download-and-stream for e-books, audiobooks, movies, music and more. We have children’s resources like BookFlix and TumbleBooks at www.myjdl.com/kids. We have research sources available with your library card including Mango Languages to learn a new language, Ancestry for researching family history, ReferenceUSA for business and consumer data and far more at www.myjdl.com/research.

Below are the JDL Pandemic Re-Opening Plan and the Safety and Preparedness Plan for staff to review as needed. These are both fluid documents and may change from time to time.

JDL Pandemic Re-Opening Plan

JDL Safety and Preparedness Plan

We are sorry for the inconvenience of this closure and appreciate your patience as we work to re-open your libraries. After being closed we have some cleaning to do. Please stay safe and healthy.

Popular Research Tools

Some of our most popular research tools — good place to start.

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tutor.com – All JDL patrons have access to a really helpful service at tutor.com. This is a website that gives one-on-one support for students and job seekers. It is a wonderful resource to all parents with kids attending virtual school, homeschoolers, teachers and students doing homework at home
Ancestry library edition – Worldwide historical records, family tree services and genealogy (Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry).
Career Cruising – Designed to help students, recent graduates, or anyone looking for career pathways assess their skills, develop a career plan and explore career and college options.
Consumer Reports – Compare product price, performance, and reliability with expert reviews. A great tool for finding the best product before making purchases, starting home renovation projects, or buying a car.
Gale Virtual Reference Library – a collection of over 60 Reference eBooks that can be cross-searched, browsed, and viewed on your most tablets, eReaders, or web browsers.

Grolier Online Kids – An encyclopedia oriented toward K-12 students.
Heritage Quest Online – A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. HeritageQuest Online provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.
Novelist Plus – Assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles.
 Worldcat Discovery – Books, journals, videos, music scores and recordings, maps, and other materials in over 10,000 libraries around the world. Also includes about 30 million journal and magazine articles.
Reference Solutions (Formerly Reference USA)Reference Solutions is the number 1 source of information on businesses and people specifically designed for small business owners, marketing professionals, researchers and job seekers. Reference Solutions helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people.

Resume and job application help

Find the career that’s right for you…

 

 

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tutor.com – All JDL patrons have access to a really helpful service at tutor.com. This is a website that gives one-on-one support for students and job seekers. It is a wonderful resource to all parents with kids attending virtual school, homeschoolers, teachers and students doing homework at home
Career Cruising – Designed to help students, recent graduates, or anyone looking for career pathways assess their skills, develop a career plan and explore career and college options.
Job and Career Accelerator – Offers 30+ eBooks covering topics such as how to interview and network, skills matcher, and several titles profiling various jobs and careers.
LearningExpress Library – Offers over 700 courses, practice tests, tutorials, eBooks and flashcards. Practice tests offered include ACT, SAT, PSAT and TOEFL as well as trade certification, civil service, math/reading tests and citizenship.

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Career Planning and Job Application Process

Job Seeker Tutorials and Tips from the State of Michigan and others

Websites for Special Interest

Michigan Jobs


Local and Federal Governmental Resources

Your government

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EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center – Designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. Coverage includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, thousands of legal forms, and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo.
Consumer Reports – Not only can you use Consumer Reports to compare product price, performance, and reliability with expert reviews. The organization is also an advocacy group with ongoing campaigns to further consumer protection in government.
Gale Virtual Reference Library – Law related selections from a collection of over 60 Reference eBooks that can be cross-searched, browsed, and viewed on your most tablets, eReaders, or web browsers.
Social Security ExpressA convenient portal for services that are available on the Social Security website. Get direct access to conduct business with Social Security administration.

Help for students at every level

Your source for scholarships, educational resources, and homework help.

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General Homework & Research Resources

tutor.com – All JDL patrons have access to a really helpful service at tutor.com. This is a website that gives one-on-one support for students and job seekers. It is a wonderful resource to all parents with kids attending virtual school, homeschoolers, teachers and students doing homework at home
Career Cruising – Designed to help students, recent graduates, or anyone looking for career pathways assess their skills, develop a career plan and explore career and college options.
Grolier Online Kids – An encyclopedia oriented toward K-12 students.
LearningExpress Library – Offers over 700 courses, practice tests, tutorials, eBooks and flashcards. Practice tests offered include ACT, SAT, PSAT and TOEFL as well as trade certification, civil service, math/reading tests and citizenship.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Designed to aid students in the study of today’s hottest social issues.
EBSCO eBooks K-8 The eBook K-8 Collection contains titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subject areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core Curriculum Standards (for participating U.S. states). The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators. Full-text titles: 12,450+.
EBSCO eBooks High School – Specifically for high school students and educators, this collection offers full-text eBook coverage that aligns with school’s curricula as well as complements EBSCO’s other eResources. There is a selection of teacher resources and titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards. Full-text titles: 9,800+.
EBSCO Education Source – Provides scholarly research and information for education students, professionals and policy makers. Covers all levels of education – from early childhood to higher education – and educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing. Total titles indexed: 3,500+; Full-text titles: 2,000+.
EBSCO ERIC – ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is essential tool for education researchers of all kinds.
EBSCO History Reference Center – Covers U.S. and world history topics and features historical reference books, magazines and thousands of primary source documents. Total titles indexed: 150+; Full-text titles: 145+.
EBSCO Library & Information Science Source – Journals and periodicals that help librarians and researchers keep pace with the latest trends in the field. Total titles indexed: 2,200. Full-text titles: 470+.
EBSCO Literary Reference Center – Covers broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Wide range of subjects covered including plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, short stories and novels, and author interviews. Total titles indexed: 460+; Full-text titles: 380+.
EBSCO MAS Complete – Designed for high school libraries and offers coverage of popular high school magazines and reference books. Wide range of subjects offered including art, history, sports and music. Over 1,000,000 photos, maps and flags. Total titles indexed: 690+; Full-text titles: 550+.
EBSCO MasterFILE Complete – Content from popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources. Covers wide range of subjects including business, health, fashion, sports, and personal finance. Total titles indexed: 3,400+; Full-text titles: 2,300+.
EBSCO Middle Search Plus – Middle school magazines and reference books including thousands of biographies, primary source documents, over a million photos, maps and flags. Subjects covered include history, current events, science, spots and biographies. Total titles indexed: 200+; Full-text titles: 170+.
EBSCO Poetry & Short Story Reference Center – Coverage includes classic and contemporary poems as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays. Total titles indexed: 155; Full-text titles: 155.
EBSCO Points of View Reference Center – Presents multiple sides of an issue. Helps students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
EBSCO Primary Search – Children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and an image collection designed for elementary school libraries. Total titles indexed: 115+; Full-text titles: 95+.
EBSCO Professional Development – Specialized database of full-text electronic information especially for educators, professional librarians and education researchers. Total titles indexed: 725+; Full-text titles: 460+.
EBSCO Science Reference Center – Full-text science magazines, encyclopedias, reference books, and a collection of images. Total titles indexed: 220; Full-text titles: 200+.
EBSCO Academic Search Complete – Coverage on a wide range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities. Total titles indexed: 17,100+; Full-text titles: 8,900+.
EBSCO AGRICOLA – Contains records from the USDA’s National Agriculture Library and provides millions of citations relating to the field of agriculture.

EBSCO Applied Science & Technology Source – Full-text and indexed content covering the full spectrum of the applied sciences and computing disciplines from acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear engineering. Total titles idexed: 3,600+; Full-text titles: 1,200+.
EBSCO Art & Architecture – Full-text art research covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. Strong international coverage with hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing, abstracts and thousands of images. Total titles indexed: 1,600+; Full-text titles: 780+.
EBSCO Caribbean Search – Full-text content pertaining to the countries and people of the Caribbean. Created in conjunction with Caribbean librarians and researchers. Total titles indexed: 140+; Full-text titles: 120+.
EBSCO Central & Eastern European Academic Source – Multidisciplinary and multilingual resource covering a variety of subject areas including history, business and law. Total titles indexed: 590+; Full-text titles: 570+.
EBSCO Environment Complete – Offers coverage for students and scholars in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy and affiliated areas of study. Total titles indexed: 2,100+; Full-text titles: 1,000+.
EBSCO Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition – Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical educators access to full-text scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It provides indexing, abstracts and full-text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed. Total titles indexed: 800+; Full-text titles: 300+.
EBSCO Humanities Source – Covers literary, scholarly and creative thought. Ideal for students, researchers, and educators interested in any aspect of the humanities. Total titles indexed: 3,000+ Full-text: 1,400+.
EBSCO Psychology & Behavioral Health Collection – Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines. For psychologists, counselors, researchers and students. Total titles indexed: 500+; Full-text titles: 490+.
Gale Virtual Reference Library – a collection of over 60 Reference eBooks that can be cross-searched, browsed, and viewed on your most tablets, eReaders, or web browsers.
Tumble Math – K-6 math ebook database
EBSCO Vocational Studies Premier – Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges. Scholarly content most relevant to vocational programs. Wide range of subjects covered including counseling, biotechnology, cosmetology, fashion design, forensics, graphic arts, health information technology, law enforcement, and veterinary assistant. Total titles indexed: 1000+; Full-text titles: 960+.

Computer Skills

GCF LearnFree.org – Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.
GCF LearnFree.org – Technology Basics – Free computer tutorials on basics, email, MAC, Windows, devices, cloud usage, social media. Also in Spanish at the sister site, GCFAprendeLibre.org, which is based in Colombia and offers technology, reading, math, and life skills in Spanish.

Learn A Language

Transparent Language Online – Over 80 different languages available to learn, including 24 “English-As-A-Second-Language” courses for those looking to learn English.

 

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Adam Alter’s ‘Irresistible’ Illuminates the Science Behind Tech Addiction

There is a surprising fact that opens Adam Alter’s newest book, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked: the late Steve Jobs, Apple computers’ co-founder, wouldn’t allow his children to handle an iPad. Nearly a decade after the product’s release, it is easy to understand Jobs’ rationale: Americans are interacting with small, glowing screens more than ever—and many researchers now agree that these devices might also cause behavioral addictions.

Alter’s book isn’t necessarily groundbreaking, as there are many books that discuss technology’s negative impact on humans. But Alter encourages readers to co-exist with—not quit—devices by understanding the behaviors associated with tech addiction. This is a must-read for anyone curious about managing their own tech habits, or understanding how it might impact young children and adolescents.

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

After Inauguration, Two Very Different Books See Massive Sale Spikes

Reactions to President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration were divisive, but one industry has enjoyed increased revenue from both sides of the political coin: book selling. After Trump’s January 20 inauguration, two books quickly scaled Amazon’s best-seller list. The kicker is, both books are unusual contenders for such a rapid sales increase in 2017; both are decades old, and neither was penned by an author named J.K. Rowling.

George Orwell’s 1984, a dystopian novel of rebellion, and Trump’s own business manifesto, The Art of the Deal, saw massive sales increases following the presidential inauguration. In the case of 1984, the BBC reported that sales increased by 9,500 percent—which spurred Signet Classics to print another 100,000 copies. Trump’s Art of the Deal has sold steadily through his campaign, but readers have shown an increased interest in his 11 steps for business success in recent weeks. JDL has copies of both, which can be reserved below.

1984 by George Orwell

Art of the Deal by Donald Trump


Community Art Contest

Community Art Project, Outside the Lines

Let’s celebrate Jackson’s creative community! As a part of Outside the Lines, Jackson District Library asked Jackson County artists of all ages to create art around the theme of Pages to Projects: Art Inspired by Books. We asked them to paint a picture, make a sculpture, take a photo, craft a quilt, and more. We asked them to be inspired by the written word.

Three winners will be awarded prizes based on the community’s votes on Saturday, September 17.

Join us in downtown Jackson businesses and organizations to vote for your favorite art pieces. Stop into the following organizations to vote for your favorite art piece: JDL’s Carnegie Library, A Frame Above, Anderson Printing, Beads to Live By, Casler’s Hardware, Collins Brothers, Experience Jackson/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, JTV, Miller Shoe Parlor, Nostalgia Ink, Notch 8, The Orange Peacock Gallery, The Toy House, Walt’s Health Foods and Specialty, The Wandering Owl, YNCA, The Book Exchange and Center for Family Health.

Visit JDL’s event calendar for other Outside the Lines events and programs.

Millage

How Will The Millage Be Spent?

Millage funds will be used to maintain high quality library services, without disruption, to citizens of all ages residing in Jackson County. Services which encompass collections, programs, outreach, Inter-library loan, reference, technology, classes, public computers, Internet services, and more will continue and be expanded as budgets allow to meet the needs of the residents. JDL recognizes the critical importance of keeping current with new developments in technology and services while also continuing to provide traditional resources for all. Specifically, funds will be spent to enhance collections, facilities, and technology, as well as expand hours, programs and outreach services.

Collections


JDL has a total collection of approximately 500,000 books for children, young adults, and adults in formats which vary from hardcover to paperback, ebooks to audio books, large print, fiction, non-fiction, and reference. There are also music collections, magazines, databases, online resources, genealogy, historical pictures, movies, streaming videos, and gaming collections.

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Collections are regularly reviewed and, based on usage statistics, funds are used to enhance and keep them up-to-date. Our collections comprised approximately 15% of expenditures for 2015 and we are committed to keeping them current and secure to meet the needs of the Jackson community. We will work with each branch and their patrons to ensure their collections reflect the interests of each unique community.

Did You Know?

When JDL purchases a popular title, not only do we purchase multiple copies, we also purchase six different formats – hardcover, paperback, large print, audio, ebook, and e-audio. When that popular book is made into a movie, we also purchase the DVD and Blu-Ray, the license to show the film for programs and the soundtrack.


Facilities


JDL currently maintains thirteen branch locations. Much like a homeowner, and as a good steward of public funds, we have a schedule for ongoing maintenance and small repairs (painting, plumbing, etc.) for all buildings. There is also a schedule for major equipment replacement (HVAC systems, boilers, delivery van, etc.) and major building renovation needs (roofs, parking lots, carpeting, etc.) The better that we are able to maintain the facilities, the longer they will be able to serve the public.

In our ever-changing world, what does the future hold for libraries? Currently, we are seeing collections and technologies that were not even thought of 10 years ago. To accommodate these changes and innovations, we are challenged to keep our facilities equipped and to transform them when necessary. With available funding and community partners, JDL plans to address these issues at various locations and will accommodate the diverse needs of our communities for programs, enhanced accessibility, meeting spaces, quiet/study zones and children’s areas.

Did You Know?

Using budgeted funds and with input from community stakeholders, JDL renovated and expanded the Meijer Branch in 2013/14 to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. With special emphasis on new services and technology, this branch now features a digital lab available for patron use, an expanded number of public computers, community meeting spaces, study rooms and a state-of-the-art children’s area.

Technology


In the ever-changing area of technology, JDL is committed to being on the cutting edge. From classes on “How to Turn the Darn Thing On” to a “Petting Zoo” of technology devices, to a state-of-the-art Digital Studio, we strive to meet the needs of our customers. Plans for expanding technology services include:

  • Providing circulation of “Hot Spots” which are devices allowing internet access from customer’s homes or other locations that are not equipped for internet service.
  • Creation of Videos for 24/7 instruction on devices and software.
  • Expanded Self-Checkout Technology at multiple locations.
  • Availability of laptops and/or Tablets, i.e., iPads, for patron check-out.
  • Expansion of programming for video-gaming.
  • Exploration of needs and resources for video-conferencing capability.

Did You Know?

Even with the popularity of Google searches, our staff researched and answered over 118,350 reference questions in 2015, for an average of 324 per day!

Hours


Jackson District Library facilities were open a total of 24,047 hours in 2015 to serve the Jackson community. In addition, library services were available 24/7 through the digital services on our website.

In today’s society, we have services available 24 hours a day. Whether it is running to the store for groceries, banking, fast food, or medical care, we are accustomed to getting what we want, when we want it. We’re pleased to provide 24/7 access via our website but we would like to offer more days and longer hours at all branches. With additional funding, we will work with our communities to enhance hours of operations that meet their needs.

Did You Know?

On an average Wednesday in June, approximately 3,300 people visit the Jackson District Library during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Programs and Services


JDL branches quite often serve as a “Community Hub” hosting programs and meetings for their service areas. In 2015, 65,365 individuals attended 2,619 programs/classes offered at our branches. In addition, 10,604 individuals attended 2,798 meetings held at our libraries.

Programs offered include Storytimes for all ages of children (including babies); Arts & Crafts Classes for all ages; Book Groups/Discussions; Writing Groups; Community Forums on all different topics; Panel Discussions on issues at the local, state and national levels; movies; gaming; Dog Shows and Trainings; computer classes; author visits; and many more.

Based on community needs, JDL anticipates new programs and services, including:

Expanded Outreach Services


    • TimeSlips™ – TimeSlips™ improves the well-being of elders by infusing creativity into care relationships and systems. This program opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine. By looking at pictures or an object, people use their imaginations to develop stories which are printed out to share with families and friends.

  • Connections – For family members, friends or caregivers, memory loss can seem an insurmountable obstacle to real communication with loved ones. It has been discovered that the right book at the right time can create an enjoyable moment and contribute to the quality of life for a person experiencing memory loss. To help make “connections” when dealing with these issues, book kits would be available for check out by family members, caregivers, friends and care facilities. Each kit includes 4-6 “picture” books and a detailed description of the program with suggestions on how best to use the materials to generate real conversations.
  • Adult Literacy Program – Adult Literacy is the key that can improve all areas of our community’s economic and social well-being. In Michigan, one in every three adults have literacy skills that are below the fifth grade level. JDL is committed to supporting adult literacy programming with our community partners and provide materials to help improve their literacy, math and computer skills. Participants will be better prepared to earn their GED and be qualified for better employment.
  • Expand partnerships with local Schools – Continue to provide enrichment programming to the schools county wide, such as Jackson Storyfest, Young Poets Contest, Story Wizards readers for preschool classes and monthly book delivery to preschools.
  • Develop new programming to enhance literacy offerings to engage students in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math(STEM).
  • Expand Early Literacy efforts such as 1,000 books before Kindergarten.
  • Provide and enhance access to resources to help the Business have the information they need to succeed.