Saturday, March 24 • 10:30 – 12 noon
Pillsbury Free Library, 18 East Main Street, Warner
(Corner of East Main Street/Rte 103 and Depot Street)

The small parking lot is on the Depot Street side of the building. There is also parking in the Telephone Museum parking lot directly across Depot Street and on Main Street.
Trustees, alternates, and directors from any town are welcome. Discussion will focus on policies and money management, but the floor will be open to discuss other topics as well.
Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.
Please let us know you are coming, at least a bit in advance so we can plan seating and refreshments: email NHLTA director Liz Tentarelli.
"Make a day of it: March 24-25 is Maple Weekend in Warner. There will be interesting events taking place — of note is the Pancake Breakfast from 7 – 11 am at the United Church of Warner, just a block southeast of the library on Main Street, across from the Post Office. Enjoy a delicious breakfast prior to the meeting."

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Tuesday, April 3 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson

Focus of discussion TBA. Suggested topics: what to do with newly elected trustees; how to best utilize their talent; orientation workshop to get them up to speed.

Please let us know you are coming, at least a bit in advance so we can plan seating and refreshments: email NHLTA director Conrad Moses.
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Tuesday, April 3 • 6:30 pm
Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road (Rte 4), Epsom

Focus of discussion TBA. Suggested topics: orientation for new trustees. More information coming.

As printed in the NHLTA newsletter, a poster size version of "Calculating the Value of Libraries" by Michael York is available for download.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Annual Awards. These special individuals and groups have contributed to the excellence of New Hampshire libraries and have given exemplary service in connecting the library to their community. View list of winners to date since 2009.

LIBRARY of the YEAR: Hampstead Public Library
LILLIAN EDELMANN TRUSTEE of the YEAR: Terry Jillson White , Abbott Library, Sunapee
LIBRARY DIRECTOR of the YEAR: Lori Fisher, Baker Free Library, Bow
DOROTHY M. LITTLE AWARD: Adele Knight • Dublin Public Library

Do you have a "Little Free Library"?

What is a Little Free Library? It's a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. More info at the "Little Free Library” website. Do you have a photo of your Little Free Library to share? Email it to Connie Kirwin.

Goffstown Public Library's Little Free Library located in Abingdon Park on Mast Road.
The photo is registered (#32863) with the Little Free Library and can be found on the national map on their website.


The Holderness Free Library has joined other libraries in New Hampshire in establishing a "Little Free Library." It is located at the town beach. The library keeps it stocked with donated and
surplus books. Beach goers have made great use of this addition.

Little Free Library at the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library
in Brentwood.


All roads lead to the library.

This delightful photo was taken at the
Concord Public Library, 45 Green Street
by NHLTA Director Marty Davis.


Cost effective, versatile, back-to-school item: the library card

Electronic tablets and smartphones can be important learning tools for today's students, but the most versatile item available to them is the same one their parents and grandparents used: the library card. Continue ...

Salisbury Free Library
In the center of a small town northwest of Concord, the Salisbury Free Library provides a delightful blend of charm, local history and a personalized library experience. The Salisbury Social Library was chartered in 1798; the current Salisbury Free Library was founded in 1898. In 1912 it moved to the Hearse House, now a museum, and in 1960 it moved next door where it resides today, in what was originally a one room schoolhouse. Sharing space with town offices until 1984, its renovation and expansion in 2008 brought it to its current bright and welcoming 2,000 square feet dedicated to the library. Many townspeople identify with the original structure, having attended school within its walls in their younger years.
They are a "small but nimble” library, in the words of director Mindy Atwood, and very patron-focused. "If you don't find it, ask.” If the time of a book group or story hour is inconvenient, then "let's see if we can change it.”
They face some of the challenges typical of small town libraries: limited resources and limited hours for serving patrons, keeping up with cataloguing, and shelving and processing the collection. The town's children attending middle school through high school travel by bus to the regional schools in Penacook, 10 miles away, spending so much time on the road that there is very little time for library visits during the week. A move to catalogue automation has begun, and all recent acquisitions are processed electronically.
What will the future look like? According to Mindy, "We can't know what it will look like, but we will always provide opportunity for growth and a community focus.”
With a town population of 1300, 250-300 active patrons and a collection of 8,200, the Salisbury Free Library has an impressive annual circulation of 8,900. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth a stop and a chat with the amiable and progressive director and staff.

Gale Public Library
The Gale Public Library was founded in 1892 and was located first in the Newton Town Hall, then in a former one-room schoolhouse. It was named after members of the Gale Family, who donated money to the library. In 1978, the library moved into a former elementary school that was built in 1900, where it currently resides. Serving a population of around 4500, the library has a collection of 28,800 items and an annual circulation of over 28,000 items.
Our Friends of the Library group is a small but faithful group of women who raise money and support library activities, such as our American Girl Doll Tea and our annual Halloween Party. Lace tablecloths and china cups adorned the tables in the Children's Room at the Gale Library in Newton recently. The Children's Librarian, with the help of the Friends of the Gale Library, hosted a Doll Tea party and Fashion Show. The Friends group provided the finger foods; pink lemonade and herbal teas were offered in china tea pots for the young ladies to enjoy. The twenty young ladies were dressed in their finest, some with matching outfits on their dolls. The participants made elegant paper and lace fans to compliment their outfits, and then had a fashion show for themselves and their dolls.

The Gale Library offers a multitude of events to encourage all age groups to visit the library. Our older members enjoy the Wednesday evening cribbage night. For nearly 10 years, this group of senior citizens has gathered to socialize and to hone their card-playing skills. One of our most popular programs for the younger generation is the Read with Jasmine program. Children love to read to Jasmine, a certified R.E.A.D. therapy dog. The library also offers a story hour, two adult book clubs, and several other seasonal reading programs for children and adults throughout the year. Arts and crafts, movies, Wii, and a special teen corner also contribute to making the Gale Library a center of community activity.

Moultonborough Public Library
Like many libraries in New Hampshire, the Moultonborough Public Library has become the hub of the community. Scattered throughout the library are inviting areas in which to read books and periodicals, play games or work jigsaw puzzles.
Besides hosting bridge, mahjong and book groups, the library's meeting room has been used by 4,400 people in community groups this past year as well as 1,500 enjoying library programs.  Their meeting room seats 75 with room for 100 people.
A variety of children's activities are offered. Their annual Ground Hog Hunt is held at the Loon Center where the object is to find the stuffed toy ground hog. The Read-A-Thons are very popular with adults as well as children. They all come to the library, read for a half hour, have a snack, read for a half hour, enjoy pizza, another reading session followed by ice cream. The library celebrates Valentine's Day with a tea party for moms, daughters and dolls. There is an annual Easter Egg Hunt and May finds the children gathered around a May Pole.
Nancy McCue, Library Director, cited keeping up with technology as her main challenge. The Moultonborough Public Library was named Library of the Year 2009 by the NHLTA.

Wilton-Gregg Free Library
The Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library is noted for its unique architecture and its majestic location on the hill overlooking the town center.  The library was built in 1907 with a generous donation by David Gregg of Wilton and is managed by a trust, with operational funding provided by the town.  Recent extensive renovations were funded 25% by the town and 75% by private donations.  This community project has resulted in increased usage, greater volunteer participation, and renewed activity of the Friends of the Library.  The library is becoming even more the hearth of the community.

There is a thriving art community in Wilton, and a special feature at the library is a rotating display of the works of many local artists. 

An exciting recent addition to the library is an on-line school edition of Encyclopedia Britannica to be shared by public and school library patrons.