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Enter the 2017 Young Poets Contest

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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.

An Enchanted Evening At Carnegie!

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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.

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.

The Young Poets Award Ceremony

The Young Poets Contest was open to all students in grades Kindergarten through 12 and all home-schooled students in Jackson County.
A panel of poetry judges reviewed all the entries submitted. The top poets in each grade level read their poems at the Young Poets Awards program held in April.

Meet Your New Library Director!

The Jackson District Library is pleased to announce that Sara Tackett has been appointed as the new director of the library.

The Board of Trustees offered the position to Tackett on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 after a two-stage interview process and she was among three candidates considered for the role.







After working for eight years for the Hunterdon County Library in Flemington, New Jersey as a Children’s Librarian, Tackett came to the Jackson District Library in 1998, first as the Coordinator of Youth Programs. She later became the Public Services Administrator and has been acting as interim director after Ishwar Laxminarayan left in January.

“As director I am looking forward to continuing to support the community of Jackson by working to provide a world class library service to all of our residents,” Tackett said.


The JDL Board of Trustees is excited to begin working with our new director and to assist her in implementing her vision of the system moving forward. — board president Darrell Durham.

During her time in Jackson she has helped plan the expansion of the Meijer Branch, developed a library at the Jackson County Youth Center and seen the youth outreach services expand. Tackett has also led Jackson Storyfest for 8 years and serves on the boards of the Community Action Agency and Jackson Great Start. She also is a member of Jackson Business and Professional Women.

Tackett has a Masters of Library Service from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Bachelors of Anthropology from Indiana University. Tackett and her husband Mike’s family include daughters, Jessica, Betsy, Caroline and Dorothy, son-in-law Lance, a Corgi named Jersey and a black cat named Moonshine.

For questions or more information, please contact the director’s office at 517-788-4099 ext. 1308.

Black History Month

African American History Month

An annual celebration, this month acknowledges the achievements and history of African Americans in our country. Carter Godwin Woodson, often cited as the father of black history, established the Negro History Week in 1926. The month of February was selected to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederic Douglass. In the 1960’s it evolved into Black History Month on numerous college campuses and was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976 to coincide with the American Bicentennial. Discover some great titles that reflect on the African American experience with these selections.

How social are we?

Do you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Did you know we have a Pinterest AND YouTube page? Social media means connecting with you, our patrons, and we want to make sure we’re doing it right! And to do that, we need your opinions! Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey on our social media presence and give us suggestions on what you would like to see from us in the future!

Jackson District Library Receives State Award

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The Jackson District Library (JDL) has earned the 2015 Citation of Excellence Award from the State Librarian for its devotion to customer service. The library will receive a trophy and $500 at the Michigan Library Association’s annual conference in Novi on Friday, October 30.

“Year after year, Michigan’s libraries consistently expand services and find new ways to serve their communities,” said Randy Riley, State Librarian in a press release announcing the awards. He added that “the 2015 nominations demonstrate how creative, impactful and diverse libraries are across the state.
Michigan libraries of all types are successfully focusing on what is unique about their communities and are successfully tailoring services to meet those evolving needs.”
JDL is being recognized for being actively involved in moving the community forward through initiatives aimed at education, career development, health improvement, economic and workforce development, and human services. Staff promotes Jackson and champions financial stability across the community.

“This award is a wonderful tribute to the dedication and passion of the more than 150 men and women who work together as part of a well-oiled team to serve the residents of Jackson County,” said JDL Director Ishwar Laxminarayan. Last year Jackson County residents checked out an all-time record high of 1,210,716 items from the library’s collection. Additionally, more residents used the library’s free computers or wireless hotspots and attended programs and other enrichment activities than at any time in the past decade.

“From patiently teaching a small child how to love books gently, to researching economic statistics for a new business start-up, or coaching a senior citizen in how to use a new smart phone or tablet, the Library staff is making a difference in residents’ lives every single day,” added Laxminarayan. “JDL is committed to building on its glorious history and will continually endeavor to inspire our community to discover, learn, and succeed!

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