Jackson Solidarity

The Jackson District Library stands in solidarity with our African American community members whose presence and contributions enrich the Jackson community. We grieve the killing of George Floyd and others and condemn these brutal injustices.  We stand for racial equity and social justice for all. We hurt with our community.

We recognize that white people, privileged simply by the color of their skin, have an important role to play in creating a just and equitable society for everyone. Some are already active in this fight for racial justice. Others have just begun. Some have not yet started. We must all fight against racism.

The Jackson District Library mission is to provide open access to information that will inform, educate and highlight hard issues such as racial disparities, racism and injustices. Hate has no place here.

We offer this list: Anti Racism Resources for All

It recommends books and videos on anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. We hope these resources will help community members educate themselves further, and inspire us all to take actions for the greater good.

Not My Idea, written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson

Rise Up! The Art of Protest, by Jo Rippon

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson and Tanya Bolden

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists, by Mikki Kendall, illustrated by A. D’Amico

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

The Marchseries, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Slavery By Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Why Aren’t You Reading Sing to It, Amy Hempel’s New Short Story Collection?

In the literary world, maybe no modern short story writer has more admirers than Amy Hempel. Her beautiful, sparse writing style has cultivated fans across the globe—gaining a fandom in writers as broad as Miranda July to Chuck Palahniuk. Sing to It, her first short story collection since 2006, is another high mark for the evolving writer. There is still plenty of familiar territory for returning fans of Hempel’s writing; her minimal prose still packs a serious punch, and the stories (sometimes as short as a few paragraphs) require dissection and repeat readings.

My own favorite was “A Full-Service Shelter,” a lean story that is informed by Hempel’s own time as an animal shelter volunteer. Part touching, part hilarious, the story describes how volunteers are viewed from dogs’ perspective. It includes winning lines like this: “They knew us as the ones who had no time for the argument that caring about animals means you don’t also care about people; one of us did! Evelyne, a pediatrician who treated abused children.”

Check it out today at JDL:

Sing to It by Amy Hempel

Fall 2019 Newsletter

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.”


New Hours

New hours of operation become effective September 3, 2019

BROOKLYN10 am – 7 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 3 pmClosed
CARNEGIE9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 6 pm9 am – 5 pm1 pm – 5 pm
CONCORD10 am – 6 pm1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 6 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
EASTERN9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 6 pm9 am – 5 pm1 pm – 5 pm
GRASS LAKE10 am – 7 pmClosed10 am – 6 pm10 am – 7 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 3 pmClosed
HANOVER1 pm – 7 pmClosed10 am – 6 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
HENRIETTA10 am – 7 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
MEIJER9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 8 pm9 am – 6 pm9 am – 5 pm1 pm – 5 pm
NAPOLEON1 pm – 6 pm1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm1 pm – 6 pmClosedClosedClosed
PARMA10 am – 7 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
SPRING ARBOR10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 7 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 3 pmClosed
SPRINGPORTClosed10 am – 7 pmClosed1 pm – 6 pm1 pm – 6 pm10 am – 2 pmClosed
SUMMIT10 am – 8 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 8 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 6 pm10 am – 5 pmClosed


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Summer 2019 Newsletter

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 or at any of the Jackson District Library’s 13 locations beginning June 1.

Chapters Newsletter Summer 2019
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