Libraries Too Vital to Cut

Portland Press Herald, Letters to the Editor. March 27, 2011 by

Margaret Boyajian
Spruce Head

Libraries are the critical cornerstone of our democracy and should not be considered for having their budgets cut. Reading is the pathway for life-long learning, and libraries with all their services play an essential role in that development from childhood on.

Rummage Sale to Benefit JML Preschool Program

Gather your crafts together and do some spring cleaning. Tables are available to rent for $15 at the Indoor Craft & Yard Sale that is being held on Saturday, May 21st from 9AM to 1PM at the Odd Fellows Hall, Watts Avenue in Tenants Harbor. The Jackson Memorial Library is sponsoring this event and money raised from table rentals will benefit their Pre-K program for 3 & 4 year olds. For more information on the sale or the program, contact the library at 372-­ 8961

An 'Interesting' Time for eBooks

March 2010, by James Jackson Sanborn, CEO, Maine InfoNet

In recent weeks, eBooks have been making news nationwide and here in Maine. Much of the publicity has centered on the changes to the library lending rights being offered on eBooks published by Harper Collins. At the end of last month, Harper Collins shocked the library world by announcing that all new eBook licenses granted to libraries through any vendor would last for a total of 26 checkouts and then would need to be repurchased (albeit at a reduced price). Reactions from librarians and eBook lovers were swift and almost universally negative. Despite the outcry and a number of proposed boycotts the new licenses went into effect earlier this month.

Poetry Slam

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Jackson Memorial  Library invites all poetry lovers to come together on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 2pm to read their own poetry or a favorite poem by another poet. Listeners are welcome too!

This is sure to be an eclectic and entertaining afternoon.  Refreshments will be served. 

Fireside Lunchtime Poetry

Two local favorites, Susan Connelly and Janet Shea, will read poetry at the Rockland Library on Wednesday, April 20th at noon. This is part of a series, "Fireside Lunchtime Poetry", to celebrate National Poetry Month.  


The Jackson Memorial Library now has Wii games! We are starting out with seven games, but if they go out we'll start to buy more. They are free to borrow and can stay our for seven days at a time.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration at the St. George School will take place on Friday, March 25

Call the school for an appointment, 372-6312.  The appointments are with a kindergarten teacher and the school nurse. They are a half an hour long.

Registration packets need to be picked up at the school office prior to the appointment so that they may be completed and returned at the appointment.  We will also need the child's birth certificate and immunization record.  We will make copies and return the originals.

The student accompanies the parent to the appointment.

Maine DOT Highway Information

Are you worried about the road conditions? Check out this awesome resource provided by the Maine Department of Transportation. It is an interactive map which indicates the quality of the roads and any roadwork or traffic restrictions.

Barnes and Noble Update

Even though Barnes and Noble has canceled their official product demonstration for today, we have two volunteers willing to come in on such late notice and show of their Nook and Nook Color at 11:00 for all of those still interested in coming.  They will try their best to answer any questions you may have.

If you have any other questions please call the library at 207-372-8961.


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