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Young Poets

Enter The 2016 Young Poets Contest

Young Poets Contest

The Jackson District Library is pleased to announce the twelfth annual, “Poets Among Us: Young Poets Contest 2016.” With almost 10,000 student entries during the first eleven 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. I would like to thank you for your past support and encourage your participation in this year’s program.

The contest is open to all students in grades Kindergarten through 12 and all home-schooled students in Jackson County. Included in the contest packet is a list of websites for teachers and descriptions of various types of poetry. This packet also contains the necessary materials and forms to allow you to incorporate the contest into your schedule including the Student Rules and Registration Form to be completed by each student. (One form must accompany each poem submitted.) Please note that entries must be submitted online or postmarked by January 22, 2016.

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 April 2016. These readings will be recorded and made into podcasts available on our website.


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!






MelCat Interlibrary Loan Services Restored

The MeL servers have moved to a new home!Michigan-eLibrary-Logo

We are very pleased to announce that all MeL/MeLCat servers are back up and (mostly) running.

We know this entire process was inconvenient for all of you and we really do appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time.

If you have any questions or problems please feel free to contact the JDL Interloan Staff at 517-788-4673 ext.1486


Support Jackson District Library While You Shop

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner your Jackson District Library is offering a new and easy way for you to lend support, without doing anything you wouldn’t already be doing!

While the library provides access to books, music, and more sometimes these items may not be available immediately at the library, or perhaps they are items you would rather own. Our library catalog now offers the option to “Buy It Now” — each time you purchase an item from Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the library.

It is an amazingly simple way to support your local library! The best part about this new feature is that you can purchase ANY item on Amazon and if you use the special Buy It Now link to Amazon, a percentage of your purchase will go back to the library! Just click this button and shop as you normally would.

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You can also bookmark the link in your browser and use it to shop on Amazon anytime, automatically donating a portion of your proceeds to Jackson District Library.


Tessa’s Syfy Series Recommendation: The Expanse by James S. A. Corey

An exciting new tv show will debut December 14th on the Syfy channel. This series, The Expanse, is based on one of the best new science fiction series in recent years. Starting with Leviathan Wakes, the coauthors (using a pen name) have created a future world in which interplanetary conflict puts mankind on the verge of war. What few people know, yet, is an alien threat so horrific it paralyzes people with panic. Normal people, anyway.

The Expanse books cross genres with political intrigue, horror, science fiction, mystery, some romance and humor. Currently at six books, the book series will ultimately encompass eleven novels and five novellas plus short stories. The TV show has two seasons completed covering the first two novels.

The trailers look awesome, and the actors chosen look like a good fit to their characters. Even though the Expanse solar system is a totally different place, I think they can make the show believable and engaging. Prepare for the conflict between Mars and Earth. Between Mars and the Outer Planets. Between everybody and something else. Who has allowed it in? Is it too late for us all? Don’t miss it—not the books, not the show. ~ Tessa November 2015 5 out of 5 stars


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.





Tessa’s Book Review: One Year After by William R. Forstchen

One Year After, the latest book by Forstchen, is a good follow up to his first book as well as exploring further the possibilities of an American governmental collapse. While focusing on potential catastrophes from an EMP, the book could also be a great discussion starter on any topics, from economic collapse to ground invasion.


The first book in this series is One Second After, which came out in 2009. These two dystopian novels deal with the aftereffects of an EMP bomb, or electromagnetic pulse bomb, on the continental USA. The author situates the book in some beautiful country—the mountains of North Carolina. I read the first book when it was published, but even so, I reread it before reading the new release and second book, One Year After.

Recently on the New York Times’ bestsellers list, One Year After picks up the threads of the story, with a little more about the global situation, rumors of help, and continued bullying from Asheville. John is now the mayor, and Makala, now his wife, is head of public health & safety. They make a good team. There isn’t much of real interest in the first part of the book. I almost gave up, but then the raiders on the other side of the ridge above Black Mountain kidnap John. And the administrator in Asheville offers John the position of Major General, stationed at the nation’s center in Virginia. If John takes the position, the new draft for Black Mountain will be slashed in half. As Hans Solo would say, John has a bad feeling about this. But will he even escape from the raiders? And if he does, will he head up to Virginia, leaving Black Mountain? Some philosophical references to Machiavelli and others give the books more depth and provocative discussion, and tactical advantages and strategy play a big part in both books. Naturally, there is violence and battlefield medical care. If this kind of book is appealing, you will probably like them both. Recommended to lovers of dystopian or military action. ~ Tessa October 2015 3.5 out of 5 stars


MelCat Loans Temporarily Suspended

The MeL servers are moving to a new home!Michigan-eLibrary-Logo

Due to a major system upgrade in the MeLCat Service, patrons will not be able to request items from other libraries from November 18 thru December 11, 2015. You will still be able to search MeLCat during this period, but will not be able to place requests for any items.

Please make sure to place all of your requests by Tuesday, Nov. 17. You may continue to return materials to Jackson District Libraries during this time.

You may also be able to renew some items already checked out until December 2, 2015. Contact JDL’s Interloan department at 517-788-4673, ext. 1486 or for assistance.

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Jackson District Library Receives State Award

The Jackson District Library (JDL) has earned the 2015 Citation of Excellence Award from the State Librarian for its devotion to customer service. The library will receive a trophy and $500 at the Michigan Library Association’s annual conference in Novi on Friday, October 30.

“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.”
JDL is being recognized for being actively involved in moving the community forward through initiatives aimed at education, career development, health improvement, economic and workforce development, and human services. Staff promotes Jackson and champions financial stability across the community.

“This award is a wonderful tribute to the dedication and passion of the more than 150 men and women who work together as part of a well-oiled team to serve the residents of Jackson County,” said JDL Director Ishwar Laxminarayan. Last year Jackson County residents checked out an all-time record high of 1,210,716 items from the library’s collection. Additionally, more residents used the library’s free computers or wireless hotspots and attended programs and other enrichment activities than at any time in the past decade.

“From patiently teaching a small child how to love books gently, to researching economic statistics for a new business start-up, or coaching a senior citizen in how to use a new smart phone or tablet, the Library staff is making a difference in residents’ lives every single day,” added Laxminarayan. “JDL is committed to building on its glorious history and will continually endeavor to inspire our community to discover, learn, and succeed!