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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.

2018 Young Poets Contest Winners

Over 700 students in grades K-12, and homeschoolers throughout Jackson County, submitted original poetry during Jackson District Library’s Young Poets Contest. All of the young poets put a lot of enthusiasm, creativity, and thought into the poems they submitted. We commended them. Join us on Tuesday, April 17 at Parkside Middle School at 6:00 pm, as we award our young writers and welcome guest poet, Brian Cleary.

The 2018 Winners and Honorable Mentions

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.

Enter the 2018 Young Poets Contest

Young Poets

The Jackson District Library is pleased to announce the fourteenth annual, “Poets Among Us: Young Poets Contest 2018.” With over 11,000 student entries during the first thirteen years, this event has proven to be very successful with students, teachers and parents. Over the years, entries have been received from entire classrooms, as well as students participating on their own who have a love of poetry. Poems have covered subjects as diverse as animals, divorce, hard times, family fun, friendships, sunsets, and war, to name just a few. I would like to thank you for your past support and encourage your participation in this year’s program.

The contest is open to all students in grades Kindergarten through 12 and all home-schooled students in Jackson County. Included in the attached information is a list of websites for teachers and descriptions of various types of poetry. This packet also contains the necessary materials and forms to allow teachers to incorporate the contest into their schedules including the Student Rules and Registration Form to be completed by each student. (One form must accompany each poem submitted.) Please note that entries must be submitted online or postmarked by January 26, 2018. To submit a poem online, fill out the form on this page.

Every poem is a possible winner, and the members of our Poetry Panel will enjoy reading all the poems they judge.

The contest packet contains the necessary materials and forms to allow teachers to incorporate the contest into the instruction schedule and includes the Student Rules and Registration Form to be completed by each student.

The poems will become the property of the Library and will not be returned, so please be sure to retain copies of your submission. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jean Dailey at (517) 788-4099, ext. 1308 or daileyjl@myjdl.com, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Thank you, again, for all your assistance in making the Young Poets Contest such a success. We deeply appreciate your continuing support.

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.




2017 Young Poets Contest Prize Winning Entries


2017 Young Poets Contest Award Winning Entries

With Special Thanks:

Judges:

Dr. Ann Green, Chair
Val Petersen
Martha Petry
Autumn Wood

Primary Sponsors:

Friends of the Jackson District Library
Breakfast Rotary Club
County National Bank
The Craft Agency
Jackson Literary and Art Association (a component fund of the Jackson Community Foundation)

Co-Sponsors:

Commercial Exchange
Kip and Laurie Cunningham
David McCarrell
Catherine Nowak
Joyce Phelps
Philip & Monette Thorrez

Facilities:

Middle School at Parkside, Jackson Public Schools

Lodging:

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Refreshments:

Grady’s Custom Catering

Enter the 2017 Young Poets Contest

Young Poets
The Jackson District Library is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual, “Poets Among Us: Young Poets Contest 2017.” With over 10,000 student entries during the first twelve years, this event has proven to be very successful with students, teachers and parents. Over the years, entries have been received from entire classrooms, as well as students participating on their own who have a love of poetry. Poems have covered subjects as diverse as animals, divorce, hard times, family fun, friendships, sunsets, and war, to name just a few.

The contest is open to all students in grades Kindergarten through 12 and all home-schooled students in Jackson County. Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by January 31, 2017.
A panel of poetry judges will review all the entries submitted. We will publish the award-winning poems in a small booklet and on our website. In addition, the top poets in each grade level will be given the opportunity to read their poems at the Young Poets Awards program to be held in May 2017.

Every poem is a possible winner, and the members of our Poetry Panel will enjoy reading all the poems they judge.

The contest packet contains the necessary materials and forms to allow teachers to incorporate the contest into the instruction schedule and includes the Student Rules and Registration Form to be completed by each student.

The poems will become the property of the Library and will not be returned, so please be sure to retain copies of your submission. In addition, every student (and their teacher) who enters the contest will be included in drawings to receive an autographed book by our Guest Poet! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jean Dailey at (517) 788-4099, ext. 1308 or daileyjl@myjdl.com, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Thank you, again, for all your assistance in making the Young Poets Contest such a success. We deeply appreciate your continuing support.

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