May – August Chapters 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 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.

March – April Chapters Newsletter

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 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.

Jan – Feb Chapters Newsletter

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 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!


Nov – Dec Chapters Newsletter

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!

Sept – Oct Chapters Newsletter

2016septoctIn 2015, more than 275 libraries and organizations from 41 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, Guantánamo Bay and Australia helped shift perceptions of libraries by participating in Outside the Lines. A weeklong celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries, Outside the Lines returns this Sept. 11-17, 2016 and JDL will be joining them!

Throughout the week, JDL will host a variety of fun, unexpected experiences for all ages. Events will include Community Story Walks in Hanover and Concord, a Community Art Contest in Downtown Jackson, Storytime at Jackson Crossing Mall and a Community Outdoor Movie! Look inside for more
information on these programs.

May – August Summer Reading Guide


The Jackson District Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program is headed your way, filled with programs, parties and special events. It all begins with the Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday, June 11 from 10:30 am to 2 pm at the Carnegie Library. Start with a family walk around downtown Jackson and then enjoy the music of Gemini. There will be games and activities, a live DJ, a police car and fire truck, ending with a magic show by Ronald McDonald. Sign-up for our free summer reading program and receive a free book and prizes for reading through July 31.

We’ll have special events at all of our branches this summer, including magician Jason Abbott, Colors the Clown and her animal magic show, Sports Stacking, the Science of Sports, Tim Salisbury’s variety show, and the Wild World Zoo. There will be programs just for little ones including Parachute Play and Music and Movement. Teen programs will include a Teen Mystery to solve, STEM programming and our 4th annual LEGO contest. Adult programs include a naturalist led tour at the Dahlem Nature Center, and Zumba and Pound Fitness classes led by the Jackson YMCA at the Carnegie Library. Join us at Carnegie for free lunch for kids under 18 every weekday June 20 – August 12 at noon and stay for digital stories.

Wrap up the Summer by choosing a side at our “STAR WARS vs STAR TREK…YOU DECIDE” event on Friday, August 19. Take part in a mission at “A StarShip Experience” put on by the Lansing MakerSpace, enjoy our outside laser light show finale, and be sure to come in costume for our costume contest.

March/April 2016 Newsletter

March is a great time to grab your favorite book and dive right into reading! We make it easy for you too! Not only is March a great month to get back into reading, it is also a great time to seek out fun events to enjoy with family or friends! Each JDL branch has planned activities for all ages using a popular book theme – Easter Bunny’s Assistant, Boy + Bot, Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, and A Dog Wearing Shoes, just to name a few!



January/February 2016 Newsletter

The Jackson District Library is extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated and hardworking band of volunteers and Friends throughout the District. These individuals give their time, energy and creativity selflessly to make their library the best it can be. From organizing book sales to assisting at special events, our Friends support our libraries in numerous ways. We are truly thankful for everything they do for us and sincerely thank them for their support!

On December 8, 2015, we hosted a Holiday Dessert Tea to celebrate the dedication of our friends and recognize the accomplishments of a selected few who consistently went above and beyond their call of duty to render special service to JDL.

With that in mind, we turn to the new year. Big changes are in store at your library. Take a look ahead!





November/December 2015 Newsletter

“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.”

In this edition of Chapters we’ll learn how the tradition of expanding service from the city to the county level dates back to the late 1920s, with part six of Lynne Loftis and Diana Agy’s library history. We’ll also find out about all that is new and happening through the rest of this year, continuing a long tradition of meeting Jackson County’s needs.




September/October 2015 Newsletter

From Reading Room to Public Library: A 150 Year Journey

In this issue of Chapters, Lynne Loftis and Diana Agy continue the journey with part five in a series of richly detailed and thoroughly researched pieces covering Jackson District Library’s 150 years of history. Next, we look at the debate surrounding the legalization of Marijuana in Michigan. The Jackson Mayoral Candidates also take the stage to answer your questions, and the library begins gearing up for Halloween. Got your steamy pumpkin-spiced beverage in hand? Let’s go.




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