Snowshoes in the Library? Check them out!

Jamaica was chosen as one of the libraries to be apart of this awesome opportunity to offer our patrons Snow Shoes for check out! Please read below for more information and stop in soon to check them out!

Snowshoes in the Library? Check them out!

Windham County lending program helps make outdoor winter activity an easy choice

BRATTLEBORO – With the recent snow jump-starting March winter activities, Vermonters in Windham County have a new opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Six libraries throughout Windham County have partnered with the Vermont Department of Health’s Brattleboro Office to promote physical activity by making snow shoes available for children and adults to borrow and enjoy. Town residents can stop in at their public library in Dover, Guilford, Jamaica, Townshend, Westminster West and Whitingham to check out the snowshoes. The program is funded by the Health Department to encourage community members to be active outside during the winter months.

“All you need is a library card and the desire to enjoy the snow,” said Prudence MacKinney, director of the Brattleboro Local Health Office. “The libraries have responded very positively to having this new equipment, and we have partnered with the Windham Regional Commission to create a map of places to snowshoe in each town,” MacKinney said. “This just makes it so easy to get out in the fresh air and have fun.”

Regular physical activity is a key factor in reducing chronic disease. “There are three behaviors – lack of physical activity, poor diet, and tobacco use – that lead to four chronic diseases that are the cause of more than 50 percent of all deaths in Vermont each year,” explained MacKinney. “Through our 3-4-50 initiative, we are working with community businesses and organizations to reduce the factors that lead to chronic diseases and bend the curve toward better health. Physical activity is so important, we want to make it easier for people to get outside and play.”

To contact the Brattleboro Local Health Office, visit

Learn more about 3-4-50: Businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to contact for information about joining the initiative.

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Thrifty Attic Inc Grant 2017

Jamaica Memorial Library has received a grant for $500.00 from Thrifty Attic Inc! We are planning to add more quilted window shades to our Children’s Room and Back Rooms so we can conserve energy and heat!

Thrifty Attic Inc has been a generous and ongoing supporter of our Library and we are very grateful they have continued their support into the 2017-2018 year!

We have made publications in The Message of the Week (see picture below) and on our facebook page in thanks!

Thank you, Thrifty Attic Inc!


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For a list of new arrivals, enter JMLN 2017-2018 in the search box.

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Jamaica Library Receives Grants to Install First Restroom

Early Weekend Edition of the Brattleboro Reformer, October 24-25, 2015 included this feature article.

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If you’re a honeybee…

When sunlight warms your honeybee wings, off you go on flower patrol!


Jamaica Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has a Story,” will feature the Nature Museum of Grafton, Vermont’s BEE PROGRAM on Saturday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. as part of Jamaica’s Old Home Day. Find out the life history of the bumblebee, the role they play in our ecosystem, and their current status in Vermont. Did you know bumblebees are essential pollinators of local food crops as well as key indicators of the overall health of Vermont’s ecosystem? Through games, activities and crafts, kids will learn how bumblebees are the heroes of our natural ecosystem. Join us! It’s cooooool inside!

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Jamaica Memorial Library trustees will host an open house Tuesday, July 21, 4:30-6:00 p.m. to celebrate the addition of 81 new books to its children’s collection. These books were awarded to the library by the Libri Foundation, Eugene, Oregon, as part of their BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program.

For the past 23 years the Libri Foundation has donated quality children’s books to rural public libraries. The Foundation supports the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. In order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books that stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions, and expand their horizons. According to the Foundation, 40% of this year’s 303 grant recipients were located in communities under 1,000 and 90% were in communities with populations under 5,000. For small libraries such as these, getting $1,050 worth of new children’s book at once is a big deal so, yes, receiving 81 new children’s books is definitely worth celebrating. As an added bonus, the new collection includes $350 worth of new math and science books.

Area children, families, and those who work with children are invited to check out new books and enjoy a story time with guest reader Sharon Colvin, Youth Services Consultant for the Vermont Department of Libraries. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact the library at 874-4901

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