What does a reader of readers read? A recent feature from Experience Jackson began exploring what Jackson area leaders are reading. Our own Director Sara Tackett talks about being a “magazine junkie” and which book she found so fascinating she read it twice.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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!
We are very pleased to share the following extensions of remarks from Monday’s Congressional Record. The Hon. Tim Walberg of Michigan’s 7th Congressional District had the following to say:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
recognize the rich tradition of libraries serving
Libraries in our community date back to
March 15, 1864 when the Young Men’s Association
(YMA) established a reading room. In
late 1865, it turned into a subscription library
for YMA members.
In 1885, the Jackson Public Library was
formed following a new law allowing cities to
use tax revenue to support a free public library.
In 1929, the Jackson County Library was
created for residents living outside the city of
The two separate entities merged together
in 1978 to form the Jackson District Library.
Today, the Jackson District Library is a vital
anchor of the Jackson community where residents
of all ages come to learn, research, and
From story-time for children to researching
family histories to taking an online course, the
library provides a wide range of services.
A hub for community activity, the library will
coordinate a festival in May 2015 for nationally
recognized storytellers where over eleven
thousand children will attend.
The Jackson District Library is a place
where residents gather freely to learn and discuss
the important issues of the day and
where they are continually inspired to acquire
more knowledge and skills.
I ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating
150 years of libraries in Jackson County,
thank these institutions for all they contribute
to the community, and wish them another
150 years of success.
The Jackson District Library is partnering with the Community Action Agency, the United Way of Jackson County and numerous other community organizations on a critically important initiative to reduce persistent poverty in Jackson County. Our collective vision is that all Jackson County residents will have access to services to lead financially stable lives.
Nancy M. Laughlin, retiring as managing director of the Detroit Free Press, describes how a love for libraries led to a career in journalism. This wonderful tribute to Jackson District Libraries was made possible courtesy of our very own reference librarian Debby Sears. Thanks also go to Marketing Officer Donna Smith for providing the photograph in the column.