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Jackson Solidarity

The Jackson District Library stands in solidarity with our African American community members whose presence and contributions enrich the Jackson community. We grieve the killing of George Floyd and others and condemn these brutal injustices.  We stand for racial equity and social justice for all. We hurt with our community.

We recognize that white people, privileged simply by the color of their skin, have an important role to play in creating a just and equitable society for everyone. Some are already active in this fight for racial justice. Others have just begun. Some have not yet started. We must all fight against racism.

The Jackson District Library mission is to provide open access to information that will inform, educate and highlight hard issues such as racial disparities, racism and injustices. Hate has no place here.

We offer this list: Anti Racism Resources for All

It recommends books and videos on anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. We hope these resources will help community members educate themselves further, and inspire us all to take actions for the greater good.

Not My Idea, written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson

Rise Up! The Art of Protest, by Jo Rippon

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson and Tanya Bolden

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists, by Mikki Kendall, illustrated by A. D’Amico

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

The Marchseries, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Slavery By Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

New Hours

New hours of operation become effective September 3, 2019

BROOKLYN10 am – 7 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 3 pmClosed
CARNEGIE9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 6 pm9 am – 5 pm1 pm – 5 pm
CONCORD10 am – 6 pm1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 6 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
EASTERN9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 6 pm9 am – 5 pm1 pm – 5 pm
GRASS LAKE10 am – 7 pmClosed10 am – 6 pm10 am – 7 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 3 pmClosed
HANOVER1 pm – 7 pmClosed10 am – 6 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
HENRIETTA10 am – 7 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
MEIJER9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 6 pm9 am – 5 pm1 pm – 5 pm
NAPOLEON1 pm – 6 pm1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm1 pm – 6 pmClosedClosedClosed
PARMA10 am – 7 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
SPRING ARBOR10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 7 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 3 pmClosed
SPRINGPORTClosed10 am – 7 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
SUMMIT10 am – 8 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 8 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 5 pmClosed


krM Architecture is working with Jackson District Library on a project that is aiming to provide consistency in experience, look, and feel to all of its branches. As the patrons and users of the library you have the opportunity to provide insight and information that will impact the outcome of this project. Please take a few minutes to provide feedback below. Feel free to include additional comments.

Arts & Cultural Alliance Community Art & Cultural Plan

The Jackson District Library is lending a hand to the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County. The intent of this project undertaken by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County is to engage members of the community to gather feedback.

The answers you submit to this survey will guide future endeavors to better engage the Jackson County residents and outside visitors with the creative community.

Take the survey here.

PBS Unveils America’s Favorite Novels with The Great American Read

Most library users have a strong opinion on what book is the greatest of all time, but PBS has taken on a huge undertaking in asking all of us to literally take a vote for a new program. Dubbed The Great American Read, the program looks to explore and unveil the United States’ “most-loved” novels through an eight-part series. The initial 100-book list was compiled by a 13-member advisory panel of literary professionals after surveying more than 7,000 Americans on their favorites. The books range from modern titles like The Hunger Games and Gone Girl to literary classics like Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

The selection criteria ensured that all titles were works of fiction, that single authors were limited to one title on the list, that books must be published in an English translation, and that books published in series (such as Harry Potter) could be included as a single item on the list.

Almost every title in The Great American Read is available at JDL. Explore our list, or get details on how to vote.

Save The Date

The 31st Annual Jackson Storyfest – October 17-19, 2018

Jackson District Library is pleased to announce that Jackson Storyfest will be held October 17-19, 2018. Due to scheduling conflicts encountered in the past few years, the decision was made to move the event from the traditional May timeframe to the fall.

Remember, the only change to the Jackson Storyfest is the date. We are excited about continuing to offer performances to our youth, seniors and the whole Jackson community. Stay tuned for more information.

Meijer Branch Build A Better World Short Film Winners

How do we start to build a better world?

That was the question JDL’s Meijer Branch asked at the beginning of June, when they introduced their Build a Better World Short Film Contest.

Teens, ages 14 to 18, were given the task of creating a minute to a minute in a half short film that addressed this topic. Young filmmakers could be as creative as they liked, as long as all the footage was original.

Teens were also encouraged to use the free resources of the Meijer Branch Digital Studio. Filming equipment, editing software, and music recording was all available through the Digital Studio.

Entries were submitted no later than August 1, 2017.

Judging was done by the Meijer Branch Friends of the Library.

Here are the top 3 winners,

Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all who participated in helping JDL build a better world.

The Michigan Activity Pass

Once you print a free Michigan Activity Pass you have one week to use it at any Michigan state park or recreation area, or at more than 100 participating cultural institutions, including many museums. There are over participating 400 attractions.

To take advantage of these offers you will need a valid JDL library card and you will need to print a pass—either from home or at your local branch.

To see what’s available you can do a simple search within a geographic range or do an advanced search, with limiters like “Kid Friendly” or “Music/Theater” or “State Parks.” This works great if you are vacationing at the lakes or enjoying the attractions that are close to home.

Local Jackson County attractions include Walker Tavern, near Brooklyn or the Mann House Historic Site, in Concord. Or use the pass to investigate the Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic Site at Cass City, or Tawas Point Lighthouse in East Tawas. Shepler’s Ferry Service is offering discounts on their ferry rides to Mackinac Island. There is so much to see and do!

Check out the Michigan Activity Pass guide for help.

An Enchanted Evening At Carnegie!


Did you know that 61 Carnegie Libraries were built in Michigan? Today, less than half of them remain as a public library.

Did you know that JDL’s Carnegie main entrance lobby is terrazzo tile imported from Italy and that workers from Italy were brought over to lay it by hand? The marble was imported from Carrara, Italy, the same area that Michelangelo obtained the marble for his sculptures.

Did you know we have a historic plaque that serves as a tribute to Edward Pomeroy who was killed at the Battle of Bull Run? He is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

The Carnegie Library, is one of the architectural and cultural landmarks of Jackson County and is currently on the local, state, and national register of historic places.
On Friday, December 9, from 6 – 8 pm, come explore the wonders of the art, architecture and the history of our remarkable Carnegie Libary while enjoying a tasty glass of Michigan wine and mellow live music performed by the talented Jackson High School musicians.
One of the many pieces you will see is the Lincoln, Bronze Statue, by Augustus Saint Gaudens. The sculptor was born in Dublin, Ireland but came to the U.S. as a child. This replica is known as his best endeavor and serves as a memorial of the establishment of the Republican Party in Jackson in 1854.

The evening is sponsored by JDL and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson
County and is intended for adults 21 and over. Please reserve your spot by calling
517-788-4087, ext. 1339.

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