Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Jackson District Library is set to launch new hours at 11 of the community’s 13 libraries across Jackson County. The change brings with it 43 additional hours district-wide. This is the first increase in open hours at JDL since 2013.Highlights from the change include the Spring Arbor Branch opening its doors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Concord Branch opening on Tuesdays, and the Carnegie Library expanding its hours to include Sunday afternoons. The Springport Branch will now open Tuesdays and Thursdays to make sure residents in the area can access either the Springport or Parma branches any day between Monday and Saturday.”We saw a need to expand our hours to help keep the library accessible to people across the county,” JDL Director Sara Tackett said. “With our original hours, there were times when five or six branches on one side of Jackson County were closed, an issue we wanted to alleviate.”The Meijer Branch and the Napoleon Branch will continue to keep their original hours.”The changes reflect how often area residents want to take advantage of library resources,” JDL Assistant Director Jason Shoup said. “As more and more people continue to use the Jackson District Library, we’ll continue to expand.”
Summer vacation brings a certain amount of relief and anxiety. Everyone looks forward to the break, but the absence of classes creates the possi-bility that students will forget what they learned throughout the school year – the dreaded “summer slide.”Preventing reading loss can be as easy as reading a book over the summer, and that’s where the Jackson District Li-brary comes in.Jackson District Library’s Summer Reading Program, themed “A Universe of Stories,” is sure to entertain, but it also serves as a valuable tool in preventing the summer slide.Participants can join the program at www.myjdl.com/SRP19 or at any of the Jackson District Library’s 13 locations beginning June 1.
Have you ever cut a check to your cable company or movie streaming provider and asked yourself how great it would be if a service like that was free? Well, the Jackson District Library has you covered.
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service recently launched for JDL card holders. It offers viewers a large collection of films and documentaries. It also includes children’s programming through “Kanopy Kids.” All JDL card holders have access to more than 30,000 feature films, documentaries, and independent art films.
The films can be viewed on a computer, television, or mobile device. Kanopy joins JDL’s large list of digital resources alongside Hoopla, OverDrive, and more. The service can be found on JDL’s website beginning March 4th.
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.