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Clay Memorial Library in Jaffrey added to National Register of Historic Places

Photo of Jaffrey Public Library






The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has announced that the Clay Memorial Library in Jaffrey has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior by being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Originally built with a library on the first floor and town offices on the second, the two-and-one-half story Clay Memorial Library was constructed in 1895.
Administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of historic resources worthy of preservation and is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archaeological resources.
In New Hampshire, listing to the National Register makes applicable property owners eligible for grants such as the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program or LCHIP ( and the Conservation License Plate Program ( New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the State Historic Preservation Office, was established in 1974 and is part of the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. NHDHR’s mission is to preserve and celebrate New Hampshire’s irreplaceable historic resources through programs and services that provide education, stewardship, and protection.


In Memory of Lillian Edelmann

1928 - 2018

Photograph of Lillian Edelmann

'Big Lil' was mentor, friend, library ambassador, and fearless leader who's "fire in the belly" belief in NH libraries was the guiding force of the NHLTA. Slide show from 2013 Conference, photo collage and newsletter article.




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.

Little Free Library in Antrim has more than books!
Photo of the Little Free Library at the Tuttle Library in Antrim, NH

The Little Free Library located on the front walkway of the James A. Tuttle Library now has tax forms, food, seeds for your vegetable garden, and yes, even some toilet paper!
A little something extra for everybody!



Two Little Free Libraries in Plainfield
Photo of the Little Free Library at the Plainfield, NH Post OfficePhoto of the Little Free Library at the Plainfield NH Country Store

The Friends of the Philip Read Memorial Library installed two “little free libraries” in Plainfield this summer. One is located at the Plainfield Post Office and the second is located at the Plainfield Country Store. Local children painted pictures on the sides of both. They have been very popular.


Recommended Reading

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Palaces for the PeopleHow Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life
by Eric Klinenberg

Quote from the book:

 “There's a term you don't hear these days, one you used to hear all the time when the Carnegie branches opened: Palaces for the People. The library really is a palace. It bestows nobility on people who otherwise couldn't afford a shred of it. People need to have nobility and dignity in their lives. And you know, they need other people to recognize it in them too.”