Holiday Cookbooks Have Arrived

If there’s one good thing about Michigan’s frigid winter, it’s a getting a much-needed excuse to stay indoors and cook. With winter’s looming arrival, we’ve ordered cookbooks for every kind of eater—whether you’re looking to cook a rich, southern-inspired holiday buffet; a brand new dessert; or a variety of gluten-free or vegan recipes. You can place a hold on our newest holiday cookbooks below.


Christmas Cookie Swap! by Nicole Fisher
Best Holiday Sweets and Treats by Daniella Malfitano
Superfun Times Holiday Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Christmas with Southern Living by Southern Living Staff.
Against All Grain Celebrations by Danielle Walker

Young Poets 2014

Enter the 2017 Young Poets Contest

Young Poets
The Jackson District Library is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual, “Poets Among Us: Young Poets Contest 2017.” With over 10,000 student entries during the first twelve years, this event has proven to be very successful with students, teachers and parents. Over the years, entries have been received from entire classrooms, as well as students participating on their own who have a love of poetry. Poems have covered subjects as diverse as animals, divorce, hard times, family fun, friendships, sunsets, and war, to name just a few.

The contest is open to all students in grades Kindergarten through 12 and all home-schooled students in Jackson County. Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by January 31, 2017.
A panel of poetry judges will review all the entries submitted. We will publish the award-winning poems in a small booklet and on our website. In addition, the top poets in each grade level will be given the opportunity to read their poems at the Young Poets Awards program to be held in May 2017.

Every poem is a possible winner, and the members of our Poetry Panel will enjoy reading all the poems they judge.

The contest packet contains the necessary materials and forms to allow teachers to incorporate the contest into the instruction schedule and includes the Student Rules and Registration Form to be completed by each student.

The poems will become the property of the Library and will not be returned, so please be sure to retain copies of your submission. In addition, every student (and their teacher) who enters the contest will be included in drawings to receive an autographed book by our Guest Poet! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jean Dailey at (517) 788-4099, ext. 1308 or, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Thank you, again, for all your assistance in making the Young Poets Contest such a success. We deeply appreciate your continuing support.

Thought You Outgrew Comic Books? Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga and Paper Girls Might Change Your Mind

Since the 1980s, comic book writers have been working hard to change their reputations from creators of pulp to serious artists. Though many comics still offer simple, action-packed plotlines that are tailored to young readers, comic writers like Alan Moore (Swamp Thing, Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Animal Man, Multiversity, Batman), and Frank Miller (300, Sin City) have ushered in a new era of sophisticated comic fare for adult readers. No modern writer is leading this charge better than Brian K. Vaughan, a former scribe for the TV show Lost. Vaughan has recently enjoyed great success in writing a few comic titles such as Saga and Paper Girls, both of which have just arrived at the Jackson District Library.

Interested teen readers will be better suited with Paper Girls, a 1980s-set time-travel adventure that follows a group of pre-teen paper girls on an unbelievable journey. Much like the recent Netflix sensation Stranger Things,this title takes a nostalgic look back on an era where acid-wash jeans were considered fashionable. But Vaughan’s compelling sci-fi storyline, which features Cliff Chiang’s supernatural and alien illustrations, makes Paper Girls more valuable than a simple stroll down memory lane.


Saga is a sprawling space opera that follows Alana, Marko, and Hazel, a war-torn family that’s on the run from assassins from their respective homelands. It’s not a story that’s easy to distill into a paragraph, but think of it as a charming mix of Star Wars and Romeo and Juliet. This narrative is so addicting (and beautifully drawn by artist Fiona Staples), you’ll be grateful that we have the first seven volumes in stock. As noted by the comic’s rating, parents and readers should be aware of some graphic content.With volume two of Paper Girls on the way and seven installments of Saga on JDL’s shelves, there’s no better time to start reading Vaughan’s work.

You can check out our Saga and Paper Girls volumes below:

Paper Girls: Volume One
The Saga Series, and more work by Brian K. Vaughan


Cursed No More: Look Back on the Cubs’ Tumultuous History with These Books

Though the Halloween season just ended, it was baseball that had people talking about curses this year. With the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years, much of the public conversation about the team has involved a six-decades old curse. The Cubs’ “Billy Goat” curse started in the mid-’40s after Billy Sianis, a dedicated Cubs fan, was asked to leave Wrigley Field for bringing his pet goat. Sianis promised a losing record to the Cubs, who would later lose that 1945 series to the Detroit Tigers. After the Cubs went decades with no World Series wins, it instilled a deep superstition within fans worldwide.
While the curse is one major aspect of the team’s history, these “lovable losers” have built a rich story that goes beyond superstition. Take a look at some of our material on the Cubs, as well as a few resources that will enhance the baseball experience for fans of all ages.
A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at 100 by George Will
The Golden Era Cubs, 1876-1940 by Eddie Gold
Baseball History for Kids: America at Bat from 1900 to Today with 19 Activities by Richard Panchyk
My First Book of Baseball by Beth Bugler


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!


Bryan Cranston Details the Evolution of TV’s Greatest Anti-Hero with New Memoir

In the early 2000s, it would’ve been hard to picture Bryan Cranston as one of television’s greatest actors. Cranston had received his fair share of notoriety, sure, but his mainstream roles—from the oafish dad Hal on Malcolm in the Middle to dentist Tim Whatley on Seinfeld— were rooted in network TV comedy. But beneath Cranston’s slapstick performances lurked a more sinister character in Breaking Bad’s Walter White, the high-school-chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin who evolved into one of TV’s greatest anti-heroes. The show ran for five seasons between 2008 and 2013 on AMC, earning 16 Emmy awards in the process. To put Cranston’s impact in perspective, Breaking Bad has the Guinness World Record for being the most acclaimed television show of all time.

This success wasn’t a fluke, as the actor’s performances since Breaking Bad prove. In 2014 he won a Tony award for his role as President Lyndon Johnson in the stage play All the Way. This week Cranston released a memoir titled A Life in Parts. While the book details his decades-long path to success, Cranston has also written a bold testament to long-term artistic dedication. As Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan writes in the introduction, “If I’d known Bryan could tell stories this well, I would’ve had him writing episodes of Breaking Bad.”

Aside from Cranston’s new memoir, JDL also has many of his iconic performances. Check them out below.

A Life in Parts

Breaking Bad, Season One

Malcolm in the Middle, Season One


Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Provides an Opportunity to Reexamine Recent Laureates

In 2016, it’s not shocking to hear the electric twang of a Fender Stratocaster at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. The multi-day event, which began in 1959, was created to celebrate traditional folk, country, blues, and bluegrass—none of which featured electric instruments in Newport’s early years. It was Bob Dylan who shook the folk community in 1965 by brandishing a Fender Stratocaster on stage at the festival. He might have been booed by the audience, but Newport Folk—and popular music—eventually caught up with his electric vision.
The 75-year-old songwriter was in the middle of an artistic controversy again this week, but it had little to do with music. Dylan received the Nobel Prize in literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Many Dylan fanatics already saw his lyrics as poetry and thought the prize was a justified nod to decades of critically acclaimed work. In the literary community, however, many saw the unusual selection as a slap to the face of lesser-known poets and writers.
Regardless of your position on Dylan’s prize, JDL has material worth your exploration. We’ve listed a few of our best resources on Dylan. If his “poetic expressions” aren’t your taste, though, we’ve included some books from alternative Nobel Laureates in literature.


Chronicles (Vol. 1) by Bob Dylan

Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald


Don’t Look Back (Criterion Collection)


Modern Times
Blood on the Tracks

Nobel Prize Winners in Literature

2014: Modiano, Patrick: So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood
2013: Munro, Alice: Dear Life: Stories
2012: Mo, Yan: Frog: A Novel


An Enchanted Evening At Carnegie!


Did you know that 61 Carnegie Libraries were built in Michigan? Today, less than half of them remain as a public library.

Did you know that JDL’s Carnegie main entrance lobby is terrazzo tile imported from Italy and that workers from Italy were brought over to lay it by hand? The marble was imported from Carrara, Italy, the same area that Michelangelo obtained the marble for his sculptures.

Did you know we have a historic plaque that serves as a tribute to Edward Pomeroy who was killed at the Battle of Bull Run? He is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

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.
On Friday, December 9, from 6 – 8 pm, come 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.

The evening is sponsored by JDL and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson
County and is intended for adults 21 and over. Please reserve your spot by calling
517-788-4087, ext. 1339.


Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run is a Must-Read for Aspiring Musicians


Legacy musicians like Bruce Springsteen don’t enjoy successful, four-decade careers by accident. Part of Springsteen’s longevity can be credited to the quality of his music, with rock albums like Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River still sounding relevant and vibrant as ever today. But Springsteen also appealed to the masses as an American everyman—one who penned songs about small-town romances, grueling shifts at the factory, and the American Dream itself. Songs like “Badlands,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” and “The River” might’ve given listeners a small taste of the songwriter’s working class rootsbut fans have waited decades for the New Jersey rocker to tell his own story. If book sales are any indication, those fans are still interested: Born to Run debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times’ non-fiction bestseller list last week.


In Born to Run, Springsteen gives readers all the details. He explores his childhood in New Jersey, the formation of his legendary E-Street band, the multi-platinum records and arena tours, and a crippling depression that began in his early sixties. Unsurprisingly, Springsteen wrote his memoir much like his music: the language is direct, unpretentious, and lighthearted enough to inject his own brand of humor. The book is an addicting read, both for musical historians and casual fans alike.


Aside from Springsteen’s new memoir, we also have many of his CDs in the JDL system. You can place holds on the following titles today:


Born to Run (Book)

Born to Run (CD)

Greatest Hits (CD)

Live in New York (CD)

The Rising (CD)
Nebraska (CD)


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.

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