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Recognizing The Libraries of Jackson, Michigan

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
Jackson, Michigan.
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.

2015 Young Poets Contest Winners


2015 Young Poets Contest Prize Winning Entries

This year there were 1179 entries from students throughout Jackson County! Entries were received from 33 Jackson County schools representing 12 school districts as well as charter and parochial schools. In addition, 32 home-schooled students submitted poetry. The judges were extremely impressed with the efforts displayed in the poems submitted.


Letters will be sent to the winning student authors inviting them, their family members, friends and teachers to attend the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Middle School at Parkside. Barry Louis Polisar will be speaking and we will be presenting the student prizes, certificates and ribbons at this ceremony. The students will read their poems and recordings will be available on the Library website. In addition to the usual prizes, student award winners this year will also receive a signed copy of one of Barry Louis Polisar’s books.

While in Jackson, Barry will be visiting schools for presentations to students who participated in this year’s contest. He will also be presenting a special family night program to be held Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Middle School at Parkside.

Congratulations to the following teachers

Teachers who had the most student entries in each grade level will receive a special award to be presented books at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

  • Kindergarten

    Leanne Moore, Parnall Elementary School

  • 1st Grade

    Dakota Bahlau, George Long Elementary School

  • 2nd Grade

    Amber Keathley, Parnall Elementary School

  • 3rd Grade

    Jill Barney, Jackson Christian Elementary School

  • 4th Grade

    Cathy Walker, Bertha Robinson Elementary School

  • 5th Grade

    Jennifer Raburn, Hanover-Horton Elementary School

  • 6th Grade

    Deda DeCapo, Hanover-Horton Middle School

  • 7th Grade

    Becky Adams-Hutchinson, Concord Middle School

  • 8th Grade

    Leslie Schmidt, Columbia Middle School

  • 9th Grade

    Kim Samson, Columbia Central High School

  • 10th Grade

    Shelley Job, Hanover-Horton High School

  • 11th Grade

    Brenda Ortega, Vandercook Lake High School

  • 12th Grade

    Sherril Studley, Concord High School

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