Stories and Songs with Shana Aisenberg

Jackson Public Library will host a fun-for-all-ages performance on Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. Shana Aisenberg is a local musician and music teacher. Shana is Music Director at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes (UUFES) in Tamworth, NH. She regularly fiddles for contra dances, plays concerts, and teaches music on stringed instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, ukulele and more to students of all ages. Shana will be reading stories of inclusion and diversity and sharing songs from American folk traditions for everyone to sing along with.

A Pediatrician’s Understanding of LGBTQ

On Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m., in conjunction with Bartlett’s book discussion, retired pediatrician Dr. Skip Small will explore the many complexities of sex and gender determination. He will attempt to increase your understanding of why we, as humans, can not always be simply defined physically and mentally as male or female. An open mind is encouraged, but not required. Prior knowledge and/or experience not necessary. Appropriate for teens and older. A 45 minute talk followed by Q & A.

Ask a transgender person anything

Jackson Public Library will host a “Ask a transgender person anything” event on Sunday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by ACLU NH, this is an opportunity to have an open, respectful conversation with your transgender neighbors! This event series began two years ago, and has toured to well over a dozen libraries, schools, and churches across the state, educating the general public about what it means to be a transgender person in New Hampshire. The event will begin with our panelists sharing a little bit about themselves, then the rest of the evening will be a moderated conversation between panelists and audience.

Book discussions begin this week

Most of the libraries participating in One Book One Valley will host a book discussion of Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt. This week, Bridgton Public Library, Effingham Public Library, and Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library will hold discussions. For a full schedule of discussions, including locations, see

If you’re hosting your own discussion of Becoming Nicole, our Project Humanist Alex Myers has prepared a great discussion guide: