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January 2016

Homemade Luminaries

January 2, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Bring your family and create a beautiful homemade luminary using mason jars, tea lights and tissue paper! Intended as a craft for families with children ages 3-15 years old. Registration required.

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Using Nature’s Methods to Heal and Restore the Land

January 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! How, as city dwellers and gardeners, can we transition to a no-waste economy like that of nature herself? Tom Small will share with the audience nature’s own patterns and processes and his unique understanding of the natural systems of soil and its inhabitants. He will illustrate simple processes that each of us can put into practice here and now. This program is co-sponsored with the Jackson Sierra Club.

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Technology Classes – How to Use Your iPad

January 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every 2 days that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until January 21, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Learn basic iPad functions including navigating the device’s settings and apps. You’ll also learn how to download eBooks from the library. Bring your charged iPad, Apple ID and password, and library card and PIN numbers. Technology classes are free. Space is limited, so registration is required. Classes start promptly. Please arrive on time to avoid missing information. Register by calling 517-788-4087 ext. 1342 Note:  Classes may be cancelled if the minimum number of students is not…

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WordPress Meet-Up

January 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until August 16, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Are you interested in learning valuable and highly-demanded new skills to level up in your career? Are you a DIY business owner seeking to improve or establish your online presence? Or are you a designer or developer interested in networking with and learning from other local professionals? If so, you are cordially invited to the monthly WordPress users group at JDL. Volunteers with years of experience share their expertise on this popular website management software.…

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JXN Community Forum: Living Wage – Where is Michigan Going?

January 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for a panel that will look at income inequality in Michigan as well as discuss living wage, prevailing wage and minimum wage. How do these affect you? Refreshments provided. The JXN Community Forums are free and open programs focusing on challenging issues of our day. They are sponsored by the Universalist Church of East Library and the Jackson District Library. Please contact Debby Sears at 517-788-4087 for more information, or visit www.myjdl.com.

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Technology Classes – How to Use Your Android Tablet

January 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every 2 days that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until January 28, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Learn basic Android functions including navigating the device’s settings and apps. You’ll also learn how to download eBooks from the library. Bring your charged Android tablet, Google Play Store ID and password, and library card and PIN numbers. Technology classes are free. Space is limited, so registration is required. Classes start promptly. Please arrive on time to avoid missing information. Register by calling 517-788-4087 ext. 1342 Note: Classes may be cancelled if the minimum number of…

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Basic Cyber Security

January 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Adults and teens are invited to this class, where they will learn a basic knowledge of cyber security threats to personal computers, information and privacy, as well as methods to avoid these threats. Complete with live demonstrations, participants will learn the basics needed to help keep them and their computer safe.

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February 2016

Family Storytime at Carnegie

February 1, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until April 18, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library for a fun family storytime for children ages 7 years and younger!

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Preschool Storytime

February 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until April 20, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library for family storytime for children ages 3 -5 years.

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Little Time Stories

February 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until April 21, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library for a fun storytime for children ages 3 years and younger!

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American Girl Tea Party

February 6, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Bring your favorite doll to our American Girl Tea Party! We’ll celebrate American Girls – both past and present – with crafts, activities and refreshments. Tea will be served at a 2 p.m. sitting. Space is limited, so registration is required; intended for ages 6 – 12 years old. Please call 517-788-4087 ext. 1331 for more information and to save your spot!

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Community Playgroup at Carnegie

February 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until June 9, 2017

Join us at the Carnegie Library for stories, snacks, and play for ages birth-5 years old! (With a parent or guardian)

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Bottle Cap Magnets at Carnegie

February 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Create a bottle cap magnet perfect for your locker, refrigerator or any other magnetic surface! Choose a decal of your choice and use modge podge acrylic to create your very own personalized bottle cap magnet. Space is limited, so please call the branch to save your spot! Intended for ages 8-18 years old.

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Mid-Winter Break/Saturday Afternoon Games & Snacks

February 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 12:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until April 9, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Bring your family and friends and play a variety of board/strategy games (Clue, Apples to Apples, Trouble, Labyrinth, Exploding Kittens, Munchkins, Ticket to Ride, and Risk) for all ages!  Pizza will be served at noon and other refreshments will be available throughout!

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JXN Community Forum: Impact of Land Treaties

February 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! In October 2015 a celebration was hosted in honor of the 200th anniversary of surveying in Michigan. Now learn about the reasons behind it and its current impact on our Native American population. Students from the Michigan State University College of Law will present on the treaties that the U.S. Government negotiated with Native Americans (prompted by land surveyed for sale). The law students, who are studying to obtain a certificate in Indigenous Law,…

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Black History Month – Soundtrack for a Revolution

February 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for a screening of the 2009 documentary “Soundtrack for a Revolution,” as part of Black History Month. This film explores the civil rights struggle through the songs that inspired a generation. Legends in the fight for equal rights such as Congressman John Lewis, Julian Bond, Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, explain the indispensable role music played in helping activists fight against brutality and injustice. Contemporary artists including…

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Regular Board Meeting – Rescheduled

February 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions of holidays and special meetings, in the Clare H. Sergeant Auditorium in the Carnegie Library or in the Administration Building Conference Room, located next door at 290 W. Michigan Ave. The meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 9 at the same time.

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March 2016

Dr. Seuss Carnival

March 5, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Celebrate March is Reading Month with all things Seuss! Participate in the Dr. Seuss Book Walk to win a free book; enjoy Thing 1 & Thing 2 cotton candy; get a balloon animal (while supplies last) and enjoy Dr. Seuss crafts, scavenger hunt, games, treats and more! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the special guest – The Cat in the Hat! Intended for families.

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Regular Board Meeting

March 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions of holidays and special meetings, in the Clare H. Sergeant Auditorium in the Carnegie Library or in the Administration Building Conference Room, located next door at 290 W. Michigan Ave.

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Jackson Irish Festival

March 12, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for the Jackson Irish Festival!  Irish Storyteller Yvonne Healy and Celtic Harp and flute/pennywhistle musicians Deidreanna and Tabitha Potter will perform as part of the festival. Perfect for all ages! For more information, visit: http://www.jacksonmusicschool.org/irish-festival-2016/

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Flowers and Pollinators: A Powerful Partnership

March 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for a presentation on the importance of bees and pollination in Michigan, presented by Megan Milbrath – Director of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative. This event is free and open to the public. The Michigan Pollinator Initiative was formed by MSU Ag Bio Research and MSU Extension to address current and future issues related to bees, other pollinators, and pollination in Michigan. The mission of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative is to develop a coordinated research,…

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Brown Bags & Books

March 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until April 20, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Bring your lunch and we’ll provide dessert! We’ll be discussing the following books: March 16: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty April 20:  I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai  

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JXN Community Forum – Refugees in Michigan: Who, Where, Why

March 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Refugees in Michigan: where are they coming from? What do they go through to get here? A panel will include a representative from the Refugee Development Center in Lansing and an immigration attorney. Join us for discussion and refreshments. Intended for adults. The JXN Community Forums are free and open programs focusing on challenging issues of our day. They are sponsored by the Universalist Church of East Library and the Jackson District Library. Please…

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Technology Classes: How to Use Your Kindle Fire

March 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Learn basic Kindle Fire functions including navigating the device’s settings and apps. Bring your charged Kindle Fire; Amazon username and password; and library card and PIN numbers. Technology classes are free. Space is limited, so registration is required. Classes start promptly. Please arrive on time to avoid missing information. Register by calling 517-788-4087 ext. 1342 Note: Classes may be cancelled if the minimum number of students is not met within 2 days (48 hours). We will do our…

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Regular Board Meeting

March 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions of holidays and special meetings, in the Clare H. Sergeant Auditorium in the Carnegie Library or in the Administration Building Conference Room, located next door at 290 W. Michigan Ave.

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Danny and the Dinosaur Party

March 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for March is Reading Month! Join us for a dinosaur adventure! Hear “Danny and the Dinosaur” by Syd Hoff before making your own dino-rama; go on a dinosaur dig and enjoy light refreshments! Registration is required; please call Youth Services at 517-788-4087 ext. 1331 to save your spot! Intended for ages 4 – 8 years old.

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April 2016

Steampunk Journals at Carnegie

April 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Bring on the gears, gadgets and gizmos! Make your own outrageously cool steampunk journal. All materials provided, intended for teens and tweens; registration required. Please call your branch to save your spot!

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Magnetic Slime

April 5, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for Spring Break fun! Have you ever had the chance to make slime? See how much fun it can be to create and play with MAGNETIC slime! Play with it like regular slime, or see how it reacts to magnets to form shapes and patterns. Intended for ages 8 – 13 years; registration required; all materials provided.

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Starting a Business

April 7, 2016 @ 5:45 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! This workshop will explore some of the key topics that make service businesses unique including; local demographics, job costing, contractors and employees, and personal selling. It is designed to give you the tools you need to explore and analyze the feasibility of your service through a project-based approach to the business planning process. Each participant will leave with a working project plan for timing, and next steps. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more…

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Junior Mystery Party

April 8, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for Spring Break fun! Wanda is missing something very important! Head to the library to help solve the mystery! Intended for grades 3 – 6; refreshments provided.  

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Saturday Afternoon Games & Snacks

April 9, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for Spring Break fun! Bring your family and friends and play a variety of board/strategy games (Clue, Apples to Apples, Trouble, Labyrinth, Exploding Kittens, Munchkins, Ticket to Ride, and Risk) for all ages!  Pizza will be served at noon and popcorn and lemonade will be available throughout!

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National Library Week Book Sale

April 11, 2016
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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until April 13, 2016

In celebration of National Library Week, the Friends of the Jackson District Library will host a book sale in the Carnegie Library’s reading room Monday, April 11 at 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 12 at 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Wednesday, April 13 at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday will feature the $1 a bag sale. Donations of movies, CDs and/or gently used books will be accepted at the Carnegie Library’s lower lobby during open hours…

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Preserving Family History

April 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We look around the cemetery and wonder who lies beneath the gravestones with our surname. What happened that influenced the world into which these people were born? What happened in their lives that molded who and what they became, ultimately influencing what we have become? What are their stories? Local author Laurice LaZebnik will discuss her search to find answers in her own family tree and the importance of discovering your own. Join author LaZebnik’s talk about her historical research,…

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Technology Classes: How to Use Email

April 14, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Learn how to set up an email address and learn how to send an email, add an attachment, and add contacts. Technology classes are free. Space is limited, so registration is required. Classes start promptly. Please arrive on time to avoid missing information. Register by calling 517-788-4087 ext. 1342 Note: Classes may be cancelled if the minimum number of students is not met within 2 days (48 hours). We will do our best to reschedule the class.

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Great Reads: How (And Why) to Use Goodreads

April 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for an overview of how the online reading tracker site Goodreads works, including: how to add books, add lists, join groups and more. Intended for adults; registration is required by Tuesday, April 12.

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Popsicle Stick Folding Card at Carnegie

April 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Come create an awesome folding card by gluing popsicle sticks together, drawing a picture or writing a note! Great for Mother’s Day or any other special occasion! Registration required; intended for ages 6 – 12.

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JXN Community Forum: Water, Water (Issues) Everywhere: What About Jackson?

April 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library Todd Knepper, Director of the City of Jackson Department of Public Works will talk about our local water system.  Randy Block, Director of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network, will talk about several laws currently proposed in our Michigan legislature regarding water. Intended for adults; refreshments provided. The JXN Community Forums are free and open programs focusing on challenging issues of our day. They are sponsored by the Universalist Church of East Library…

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Money Smart Kids!

April 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
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An event every 2 days that begins at 6:30pm, repeating until April 27, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Make a bunny bank, enjoy cookies and hear a “Bunny Money” story on Monday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. or Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Kids will receive a free copy of the book “Bunny Money” by Rosemary Wells. Intended for ages 3 – 7 years old; registration required.

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Regular Board Meeting – CANCELED

April 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions of holidays and special meetings, in the Clare H. Sergeant Auditorium in the Carnegie Library or in the Administration Building Conference Room, located next door at 290 W. Michigan Ave.

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Author Visit

April 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for a visit from local author Rodney Wetzel. His book, “Fritz” is a thrilling tale featuring landmarks from Jackson, Parma and Springport. Wetzel will discuss his book and be available for a book signing. Copies of his book will be available for sale. Event intended for adults. Book Synopsis: The small, quiet college town of Parksville has been through some hard times, but now something evil has awakened that will bring the townspeople to…

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May 2016

Jackson Storyfest: Preschool Storytelling with Mother Goose

May 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:15 am

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Jackson Storyfest is proud to welcome “Mother Goose” to the Carnegie Library for three Preschool Storytelling Sessions at 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Trudy Bulkley of Ann Arbor has performed as Mother Goose, with her puppet Gander the goose, for more than 20 years with Storyfest. She performs learning- and sharing-based sessions mixed with Mother Goose nursery rhymes. If you would like to bring your preschooler, please call Youth Services at 788-4037,…

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Saturday Game Day

May 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until January 7, 2017

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Bring your family and friends and play a variety of board/strategy games (Clue, Apples to Apples, Trouble, Labyrinth, Exploding Kittens, Munchkins, Ticket to Ride, and Risk) and more games for all ages! Feel free to bring your own games! Pizza will be served at 1 p.m. and popcorn and lemonade will be available throughout.

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Author Visit – Helicopter Photographer Dale Fisher

May 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Meet Dale Fisher, a Grass Lake artist-photographer who works exclusively from a helicopter. Fisher grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and currently resides on a 200-year-old farm in Grass Lake. While the Eyry of The Eagle farm holds many tales itself — its 100 acres of woods, water and fields is home to Dale’s galleries and a reception and retreat center. His life as an aerial photography began when he joined United States Navy…

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Second Annual Bike Rally

May 14, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate the joys of biking and spring with our annual bike rally! Join us at the Carnegie Library  on Saturday, May 14 at 12 – 3 p.m., for lots of biking information and fun. Kids – decorate your bike and make a personal license plate before participating in the bike parade at 2 p.m. Bike helmets will be raffled every 15 minutes! Enter the change a tire contest at 1 p.m. and participate in a bike fashion show at 1:30…

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Science Fiction/Science Fact Film Series: A Concatenation Convention Event

May 14, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, repeating until May 28, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Science Fiction/Science Fact Film Series: A Concatenation Convention Event Saturdays at 2 – 4:45 p.m. Science fact or science fiction? Please join Dr. Steven Albee-Scott for a Wilburn L. Dungy film series presentation on science fact or science fiction, a production of the Concatenation Convention and partners. Are you a warrior of fiction and/or science when it comes to artistic license…or are you a critic of science and a connoisseur of fiction?    Intended…

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Brown Bags and Books

May 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until September 21, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Bring your lunch and we’ll provide dessert! We’ll be discussing the following books:     May 18: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis June 15:  The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey July 20: The Photograph by Penelope Lively Aug. 17: The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom     Sept. 21: The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark Oct. 19: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Nov. 16: So B. It by Sarah Weeks Dec. 21: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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JXN Community Forum: Grand River Environmental Action Team

May 19, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Representatives from the Grand River Environmental Action Team (G.R.E.A.T) will speak on past successes, current challenges and team activities. The team has been working on the protection and restoration of the Upper Grand River watershed in Jackson County for 25 years. Intended for adults; refreshments provided. Program co-sponsored by the Jackson Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters. The JXN Community Forums are free and open programs focusing on challenging issues of our…

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DIY Teen Spa Day

May 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for a day of DIY spa crafts and more! From bath bombs to lip balm, find out how to use simple ingredients to create a spa experience at home. Intended for ages 12 – 18 only; registration required. Please call 517-788-4087 ext. 1331 to save your spot!

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Regular Board Meeting

May 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until December 22, 2016

The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions of holidays and special meetings, in the Clare H. Sergeant Auditorium in the Carnegie Library or in the Administration Building Conference Room, located next door at 290 W. Michigan Ave.

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June 2016

Summer Reading Kickoff

June 11, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

On your mark, get set…READ! Join us at the Carnegie Library for an activity-filled day and register for summer reading! Start with a family walk around downtown Jackson at 11 a.m., co-sponsored by HIO “Step by Step” and then enjoy the music of Gemini at 11:30 a.m. There will be games and activities, a live DJ, a police car and fire truck! Jackson County Health Department will present “Food for Thought.” Ronald McDonald will perform his magic show at 1 p.m. Sign-up for our…

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Concerts on the Grass: Trent Harris Trio

June 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for this summer reading program! All ages are invited to join us on the Carnegie Library’s front lawn for a live performance from Trent Harris Trio, an acoustic jazz trio featuring Dan Palmer on guitar and Eric Nachtrab on acoustic bass.

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Food and Fairy Tales

June 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until August 12, 2016

Join us on the Carnegie Library’s front lawn Mondays – Fridays for a free lunch for children 18 years and younger, provided by the National School Lunch Program.* And then at 12:30 p.m., ages ten and younger are invited to hear digital stories on iPads. Please contact Youth Services at 517-788-4087 ext. 1331 for more details. *The USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider This event is part of our summer reading programming.

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Kids Summer Movies

June 21, 2016 @ 1:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:15pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 9, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library on Tuesdays for free movies and popcorn! This fun summer reading program is intended for children and their families! Summaries via imdb.com  All movies rated PG unless otherwise noted   June 21: Inside Out (2015) starring Amy Boehler, Phyllis Smoth and Bill Hader After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city,…

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S.T.E.A.M. & Stories – Parachute Play

June 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am

Join us at the Carnegie Branch for this summer reading program! Get ready to shake the chute and move your body at Parachute Playtime! Enjoy 30 activity-filled minutes that include music, creative movement and fun, all with one colorful parachute! For kids ages 4 and younger with an adult. Registration required.

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Sheet Music Wreaths

June 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! Create a gorgeous, antique sheet music wreath using upcycled materials. All materials supplied. Intended for teens and adults. Attendance earns part of the Summer Reading Art Badge.

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Family Magic Show at Carnegie

June 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! Jason Abbott brings an action-packed family magic show, complete with a real live bunny that kids can pet at the end of the show. His award winning straitjacket escape is hilarious!

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Regular Board Meeting – CANCELED

June 23, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

This regular meeting of the Board of Trustees has been CANCELED. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. in the Carnegie Library; preceded by a 4 p.m. Study Session in the Administration Building. The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions of holidays and special meetings, in the Clare H. Sergeant Auditorium in the Carnegie Library or in the Administration Building Conference Room, located…

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Creative Cartooning

June 23, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until August 4, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! Do you love graphic novels or drawing? Would you like to learn how to create your own comic book? This four-week class will teach you the basics from planning to inking. Space is limited, registration is required; all materials provided. Intended for ages 12 – 16; this program is part of Summer Reading. June 23: Planning – create rough figure sketches and focus on scale and a loose sense of…

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Get Moving Family Fun Fridays!

June 24, 2016 @ 1:15 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 1:15pm on Friday, repeating until August 5, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Are you reading to be a part of the 2016 Summer Reading Program? This year’s theme is fitness and wellness – with that in mind JDL is partnering with Jackson Area Health and Wellness organizations to encourage kids to get out and exercise. Visit us on the front lawn for some fun and games!

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Teen Murder Mystery – Rock ‘n’ Roll Over Dead

June 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a night of pizza, mystery and murder at the Carnegie Library! Use clues and intellect to find the murderer amongst friends. Intended for ages 12-18, registration required. This event is part of our summer reading programming.

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Zumba for Everybody!

June 25, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! Come to Zumba for free at the library! This fun and easy class uses salsa music for a high-energy aerobic experience. No dance experience required! This program is designed for the entire family (ages 3 and older). Helps earn the Exercise Summer Reading Badge.

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Scribes and Scribblers

June 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 9, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! Teen scribes and scribblers are welcome to register and four-part creative writing series. Enjoy a variety of writing activities from short stories to poetry and even receive a copy of Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal Everywhere. All materials will be provided; reservations required. Intended for ages 12 – 18 years old.

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S.T.E.A.M. & Stories – Music & Movement

June 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! Introduce your child to the joy of music and movement at an early age! Join us for this program led by Kindermusik certified instructor Candy Sweeney. Intended for ages four and younger with an adult caregiver; registration is required.

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Comedic Performer Tim Salisbury

June 30, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! A variety show that mixes world class juggling – even with bowling balls, feats of strength and balancing plus odd stuff that defies description. The variety in this show creates a fast moving performance that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats wondering what is going to happen next. This program in ideal for families!

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July 2016

S.T.E.A.M. & Stories

July 6, 2016 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until August 10, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library for S.T.E.A.M programs and summer reading fun! For ages five and younger (with parent or guardian). July 6: We All Scream for Ice Cream! July 13: Be a Superhero! July 20: Drum Circle with JSO July 27: ‘Mouse Paint’ Color Fun! Aug. 3: Ever Child Ready to Read Aug. 10: ‘Bob the Builder’ Building Fun!

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Summer STEM Fun

July 7, 2016 @ 1:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:15pm on Thursday, repeating until August 4, 2016

Come to the Carnegie Library and enjoy an afternoon of  S.T.E.M. (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs! Learn principals of STEM and put them into practice. Intended for ages 7-12. This is part of our Summer Reading Program. July 7: Slime – Make your very own ooey-gooey slime! July 14: Fun with Sun – Use light to make a shadow print and create a bracelet that glows in the sun! Aug. 4: Chalk – Learn how to make liquid chalk and create a…

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MiSBDC Simple Start: Product Business

July 7, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! This workshop will explore some key topics that make product businesses unique including: intellectual property, inventory, wholesale pricing and e-commerce. Get the tools needed to explore and analyze the feasibility of your product through  a project-based approach to the business planning process. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how to simply start your product business. This program is free and presented by Michigan Small Business Development Center. For more information, please call 517-788-4087.

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Family Magic Show at Carnegie

July 12, 2016 @ 11:00 am

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! Jason Abbott brings an action-packed family magic show, complete with a real live bunny that kids can pet at the end of the show. His award winning straitjacket escape is hilarious!

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Animals Around the World

July 13, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! Visit the Sahara Desert, the Andes Mountains, Australian grasslands, the American prairie, the jungles of Asia and more with Wild World Zoo! meet a chinchilla, a prairie dog, a kangaroo, a Burmese python and more animals and learn all about them and where they live! A great program for families!  

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STEM Explorers

July 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 27, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Come explore the different worlds of Science! Build, compete, discover, and learn through hands-on projects and challenges. Prizes given every day! Intended for ages 8 – 12 years old; registration is required.  Program presented by Consumers Energy July 13: Paper Plate Atoms – Just like you trying to explain why you didn’t do your homework, Atoms make up everything.  Build them and take them home! Engineering Building Challenge – Can you balance a leaning house? Can…

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Regular Board Meeting

July 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions of holidays and special meetings, in the Clare H. Sergeant Auditorium in the Carnegie Library or in the Administration Building Conference Room, located next door at 290 W. Michigan Ave. A study session will take place at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building.

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Watermark T-Shirts

July 15, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this Summer Reading Program! Are you the next Ralph Lauren? Have you dreamed of being on Project Runway? Come to the library to create your own watermark T-shirt using glue and dye! Space is limited; registration is required. Intended for ages 12-18. All supplies, including T-shirt, are provided.  

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Concerts on the Grass: LVRS

July 16, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for this summer reading program! All ages are invited to join us on the Carnegie Library’s front lawn for a live performance from LVRS, a local indie rock band who have just released an E.P. titled “Spitting Image.” Please call 517-788-4087 for more information.  

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Colors Animal Magic Show at Carnegie

July 21, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this Summer Reading Program! Colors Animal Magic Show is a one-of-a-kind experience loaded with audience participation. Colors the Clown and her animal friends are sure to keep you at the edge of your seat! The animals perform silly, fun tricks and that’s what fuels the magical surprises!

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Beaded Earrings with Marcy

July 23, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this Summer Reading Program! Create beautiful earrings for free with beading pro Marcy Brown and earn part of your Summer Reading Art Badge! Intended for adults and teens ages 12 and older; all materials provided.  Registration is required; please call the branch at 788-4087 ext. 1339 to save your spot!

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Sport Science at Carnegie

July 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! What is sport science? A creative new way to teach physical science by using sports! Do curve balls really curve? What keeps a Frisbee in the air? The combination of athletics and physical science make this a unique program with much audience interaction. Intended for families.

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Sport Stacking at Carnegie

July 28, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this summer reading program! Sport stacking is colorful, fun and furiously fast! It begins on the floor, creating an even playing field for all participants. Kids then up and down stack a series of pyramids at amazing speeds! And the excitement grows as they develop partnerships and utilize teamwork. It all adds up to fun!

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Regular Board Meeting CANCELED

July 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

This meeting has been canceled. The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions of holidays and special meetings, in the Clare H. Sergeant Auditorium in the Carnegie Library or in the Administration Building Conference Room, located next door at 290 W. Michigan Ave.

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Pound Fitness for Everybody

July 30, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for this Summer Reading Program! Try Pound Fitness at the library for free! Combining of Pilates moves with rhythmic beats, Pound is a hot trend in fitness. Have fun performing cardio and toning movies using provided Rip Stix. No experience necessary; for ages 3 and older! Attendance earns part of the Summer Reading Exercise Badge.  

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Friends of the Library Media Sale

July 30, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stop by the Carnegie Library during How Bazaar of Jackson for our Friends of the Library Media Sale! Browse DVDs, audiobooks, sound recordings and more! 

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Pokémon GO: Movie Marathon

July 30, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Come to the Carnegie Library for a Pokémon Movie Marathon! Watch Pokémon: The First Movie (1998, G) and Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (1999, G) while enjoying free snacks and drinks! Check out the lures on our Pokéstop for the duration of the marathon and pick up a button of your team!

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August 2016

Welcome Back, Debra Goldstein!

August 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Debra Goldstein is back! Retired judge, author, litigator, mom – Debra grew up in Jackson, went on to an illustrious legal career but always felt the pull of writing. Her first novel, Maze in Blue was set on the University of Michigan campus. Her second novel, Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery, has just been released. Carrie Martin’s balancing of her corporate law job and visiting her…

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4th Annual Karen Veramay District Wide LEGO Contest – Carnegie Library Party

August 12, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Drop your masterpiece off at the Carnegie Library during the week of Aug. 8 through 12 p.m. on Aug. 12 to be entered into our LEGO contest! This year’s theme is Exercise Your Mind. Points ill be awarded based on creativity, ingenuity and originality. First and second place prizes will be awarded in the following age groups: 0-9 year olds and 10-18 year olds. A LEGO party will take places at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12. Join us for refreshments…

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Star Wars vs. Star Trek – You Decide!

August 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Star Ship Experience: From 5 – 9 p.m., experience a mission on the bridge of a starship with your 4-6 person team! Registration is required; limit of 12 teams! Star Wars vs. Star Trek Event: When you’re not responsible for the bridge, from 7-10 p.m. you can make a lightsaber or a Star Trek communicator pin! Get a tattoo, participate in the scavenger hunt and visit the Mos Eisley Cantina! There will also be…

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LEGO Brick Builders

August 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until October 15, 2016

Come down to the Carnegie Library on the third Saturday of every month for LEGO Brick Builders Club! There will be both free play and structured activities for kids ages 6-12 years old. Come meet and play with fellow LEGO lovers!

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September 2016

WordPress Meet-Up

September 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 15, 2016

One event on December 6, 2016 at 7:00pm

Hosted by  the Carnegie Library! Do you run or work for a small business? Are you looking to build highly marketable skills to improve your employment prospects? Attend the twice-monthly WordPress users group and learn how to build, manage and maintain websites. These meetups are run entirely by volunteers with years of experience building websites of every kind. The purpose is to help others overcome all the challenges faced when learning to build and manage modern websites. All skill levels…

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Paw Patrol Party

September 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Celebrate Marshall, Chase and all your other favorite Paw Patrol characters! Enjoy puppy-themed snacks, a photo booth and a balloon puppy adoption; win prizes and become part of the team by making your very own badge. It’ll be pawsome! Intended for ages eight and younger; registration is required.   NOTE: Due to high interest, a second time has been added: Sept. 10 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. All the spots at 2 p.m. are filled and there are…

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Family Storytime at Carnegie

September 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, repeating until November 28, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library for a fun storytime for children ages seven years and younger!

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Digital Stories at Carnegie

September 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until November 29, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Children ages 3-7 are invited to enjoy digital storytime at Carnegie!

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Preschool Storytime at Carnegie

September 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 30, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library for family storytime for children ages 3 – 5 years old!

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Concatenation Convention Event – Book discussion of ’47’

September 14, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library for pizza and a lively book discussion of “47” a science-fiction title by Walter Mosley! Mosley, author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, will be coming to Jackson On Saturday, Oct. 15 as the keynote speaker at the Concatenation Convention 2016, held at Jackson College. Visit the convention’s Facebook page for updates on planned sci-fi activities! Pick up a free copy at your branch (while supplies last) or check out a copy at…

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Super Saving – A Dave Ramsey Class by Snow Financial

September 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! This fun and interactive class will help people figure out how to work their budget, no matter how big or small, to save money. This class will help make saving money easier! Intended for adults, this is a three-part series. Attendees can come to one, two or all three classes.  

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Little Time Stories

September 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until December 1, 2016

Little ones, ages three and younger, can enjoy a special storytime at Carnegie Library!

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JXN Community Forum: Local & State Office Candidates

September 15, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until September 29, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Coming up to the November election, the JXN Community Forum will be hosting two Candidate Forums in September Invited to the forum on Thursday, Sept. 15, are candidates running for the following County positions: Prosecuting Attorney, County Treasurer, County Commission District #1, County Commission District #3, County Commission District #9. This forum is moderated by Jim VanHecke, member of the Jackson League of Women Voters. Invited to the forum on Thursday, Sept. 29, are…

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OTL – Oldies Music on the Lawn with Tom Timlin

September 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Join JDL in a FREE week-long community celebration of the library outside of our walls. Listen to music from the 50s and 60s played by Tom Timlin on Carnegie’s front lawn! (Community art contest awards to be announced after the concert)

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Banned Books Week Art Contest

September 19, 2016
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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until September 30, 2016

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Celebrate banned books with an art contest! Design cover art  for your favorite banned book. These can be done in any medium ( paintings, drawings, digital art, diorama, etc.) and entry forms will include space for a short artist’s statement. Entries can be brought to Carnegie Library from Monday, Sept. 19 – Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. and will be divided into three age groups: 6-12, 13-18 and adults 18 or older. Art…

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Navigating Your Patient Portal

September 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Having trouble logging into the Henry Ford Allegiance Health System’s patient portal? Need help understanding how to use it and contact your doctors, check appointments and look at test results? Join us for a presentation from Henry Ford Allegiance Health System. Intended for adults.

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War on the Korean Peninsula: 1950-1953

September 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am

Join us at the Carnegie Library! Seldom in the course of history has a nation been so rapidly propelled from obscurity to a central place in world affairs as Korea.  Dr. Roger L. Rosentreter, who teaches U.S. Military History at Michigan State University, will trace the history of what is too often called The Forgotten War. In the early 1950s, tens of thousands of Americans and Koreans, as well as soldiers from two dozen other countries, clashed in the first…

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National Voter Registration Day – Registration Drive

September 27, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Jackson Area League of Women Voters will provide non-partisan election information and register new voters on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Carnegie Library.

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Pumpkin Pancakes to Flip For!

September 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

Join us at the Carnegie Library! You’ll flip for these pumpkin pancakes! Make a pumpkin pancake recipe in a mason jar for yourself or as a gift. Space is limited; please call the branch to save your spot! Intended for adults.

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