The Jackson District Library will soon accept credit and debit cards to pay accrued library fines of $1 or more. JDL staff have worked for months on the change, expected to roll out to all 13 branches by the end of the year. Patrons can currently pay their fines with a card online.
The Jackson District Library is excited to announce the 31st Jackson Storyfest, which takes place Oct. 17-19 in Jackson. This three-day event features some of the most talented and famous storytellers from all over the United States of America. Get Storyfest details, and more program highlights with our fall edition of the Chapters newsletter now.
Rock With Us
JDL’s Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 1 through July 28, encourages children, teens, and their families
to keep reading throughout the summer. Studies have shown reading throughout the summer is crucial to maintaining
reading skills for the next school year, and stopping the “summer slide.”
Participants may join the program by registering through JDL’s online portal, Beanstack, or at any of the 13 library locations. Readers will enjoy reading, doing fun activities, reporting their reading success, receiving fun badges and prizes. Babies, children and teens receive a free book just for signing up. Adults will have lots of opportunities to earn badges and prizes too.
All 13 branches have scheduled activities like scavenger hunts, crafts, musicians, and performers for everyone. Experience the world of dinosaurs with Paleo Joe. Laugh along with Joel Tacey and his magical comedy show. Immerse yourself in your favorite fairy tales as Stevens Puppets presents Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty.
Summer reading concludes with a rockin’ event on August 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Blackman Park in
downtown Jackson. There will be music, activities, and special prizes for the VIPs who complete the Summer Reading
Program. Kevin Devine, an award-winning children’s entertainer and songwriter will open the festivities. Headlining will
be Airtight, Jackson’s R&B band.
JDL’s Summer Reading Program would not be possible without generous donations from our sponsors; The Friends of
the Jackson District Library, County National Bank and Arrow Swift Printing and Copy Center.
March Is Reading Month
Grab your favorite book and dive into reading! Visit myjdl.com for several intriguing titles you can check out at your favorite branch or download to your desired device!
Each JDL branch has planned activities for all ages using a popular book theme, so visit your branch and enter to win a book!
Your Library, Your Way
Beginning January 1, 2018, we will be making some improvements that will transform the way you use the library and make your life so much easier.
We’re taking away the worry. If you borrow it, you keep it until someone else wants it and we will automatically renew it for you! Or bring it back when you are ready! The “due date” is going the way of the card catalog. Don’t know what a card catalog is? It’s like a paper search engine. Ask your librarian about them.
This will be an option no matter what type of format you have checked out: books, movies, music, etc… Old or new.
Place up to 50 holds, regardless of format.
Movies, Your Way!
No more waiting before you can place a hold on a new movie. If you see it in our online catalog, you can request it. Even if a movie is so new it isn’t out yet. You will want to talk to our staff about ways you can receive alerts so you know what’s coming weeks in advance.
Keep Movies Longer
All DVDs will check out for 7 days. No more 2-day checkouts, regardless of how popular or new the movie is. It will still be possible to drop by a branch and see what’s new because a browsing selection of Hot Picks movies will be available. These are the only items not available for holds and they cannot be renewed, which means there will always be something new to catch when you visit your local branch.
Library of Michigan Awards Funds to JDL for Project BRIDGE
We are pleased to announce the receipt of a $150,000 two-year grant from the Library of Michigan‘s LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) Collaborative Library Services Grant Program for the development and implementation of Project BRIDGE (Building Relationships In Diverse Generational Experiences). JDL currently provides Outreach Services to homebound patrons and care centers; however, Project BRIDGE will supplement this traditional program with innovative services for citizens living independently or in residential facilities. As the first wave of “Baby Boomers” reach age 70, the importance of providing special programs for this demographic group increases.
To better serve the needs of this growing population, JDL will collaborate with our partners: disAbility Connections, Friends of the Jackson District Library, Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers, Inc., Jackson County Department on Aging, and the Jackson Symphony Guild to develop and deliver these services. Project BRIDGE is a multi-pronged approach to serve these patrons, their families, and caregivers. Find out more about the programs Project BRIDGE offers in this season’s newsletter.
Summer Reading Starts Soon
Everything starts on Saturday June 10 with our Build a Better World SRP 2017 Super Saturday Summer Sign-up Celebration. Stop in at your local branch between 11am and 1pm to sign up for Summer Reading and collect your free sign up prize. Build a snack and a “badge keeper” for your Summer Reading badges.
We’ll have special events at all of our branches this summer, including Zeemo the Yo-Yo Man, ventriloquist Richard Paul, Michigan Science Center, the Howell Nature Center and more. There will be programs just for little ones including Little Builders and Growing Hearts – Sprouts Music Program, teen programs that include a Teen Mystery to solve, STEM programming and our 5th annual LEGO contest. Adult programs include Concerts on the Carnegie Library front lawn, canvas art, and much more!
Kids and teens can join us at the Carnegie Library for a free lunch every weekday from June 19 – August 11 at 12 noon and stay for digital stories immediately following lunch.
Make sure to practice your reading over the summer and earn badges for reading. You can earn fun badges for doing activities as well. Log on to http://myjdl.beanstack.org to register for Summer Reading for babies, kids, teens and adults. If you registered last year, all you need to do is sign in and sign up for this year’s program. If you didn’t register last year, you can register online or stop at your local branch. Read between June 10 and July 31 to collect fun prizes and enter to win the grand prize – a $50 Meijer Gift Card.
Read it and Reap!
The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless!
- Read a book to your infant, toddler or preschooler.
- The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. You can repeat books as many times as you like.
- Reading just one book a night will equal 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in 2 years and 1,095 books in three years. Since most children start kindergarten around age 5, you have more time than you think.
Promote life-long reading habits and bond with your child! Register at myjdl.beanstack.org or any Jackson District Library location beginning March 1, 2017. Receive a book bag and a prize for signing up. Keep track of your reading online or on a paper log. Stop in anytime you have completed 100 books and receive a rubber ducky. After finishing 1000 books, your child will receive a free book.
Ever wonder how two regular guys ended up with a popular PBS TV show and book that feature the cool people, places and things that make Michigan a great place to be? Well, if you’d like to find out how it all happened, join us on January 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm. as the men of Under the Radar Michigan make their way to the Jackson District Library. Join Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman for an inspirational story of reinvention and discovery. They’ll tell you how they do it… why they do it… and share great stories from their travels around Michigan. Be sure to bring your questions, your sense of adventure and your sense of humor, because when Tom and Jim start talking… it’s a wild and crazy ride.
If you haven’t seen Under the Radar Michigan… look for it on your local PBS station, or visit utrmichigan.com and do a little perusing before the program. You’ll be glad you did. See you then!
And See more of what’s happening at your library in this issue of Chapters!
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.
In this issue of Chapters, find out how to 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.
You don’t want to miss this, nor any of the holiday events we have in store this season. Click below to have a look!