Library Hours for Curbside Pick-ups

Tuesdays: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Wednesdays: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Thursdays: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Fridays: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Saturdays: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Please Note: As we move forward in the construction project,
some adjustments in library hours may be necessary. Things are very fluid.
Thank you for understanding.

Demo, excavation and site work are complete.
Framing is underway, and things are going along smoothly.

The birds are getting bigger!
 Important Library Information:

The Dunbarton Public Library is operating
in a Curbside Pick-up Mode for the duration of the construction project.

Please find our exterior book drop in the front of the building.
Curbside pick-ups and library staff will be on the front porch of the building--Route 13 side.
If no one is outside to assist, please call 774-3546, and we will come right out.

Please park at town offices and walk across the lawn. The way is clearly marked. The construction site is very active. Please stay behind the cones.
Thank you!

All programs, including our Summer Reading Program events, will be held outside around the band stand, or virtual.

  Need assistance??
Need help with curbside pick-ups? Would you like the use of a tablet, or what have you?
If so, please call us at 774-3546.
 Thank you for your patience, your kindness, and your support as we go with the flow!

Wi-Fi is still available. If parking on School Street, please be considerate of our neighbors. Please do not block their driveways. Thanks!

The library is unable to accept any donations during construction.
Thank you for understanding.

Construction Book Sale
NOW in progress!
We are preparing for the arrival of our new rolling book shelves (hopefully in the next few weeks). Due to the possibility of some "sway" when we roll them, our new shelves will need to be much lower than our current shelves. We have been busy shifting and weeding books, and now have a book sale in the front foyer of the building. Pop in to look. Bring your own bags!
Electronic Resources

We can help you easily navigate our "Curbside Pick-up" Services:

To access our materials, click to see our full online catalog HERE .

HOW TO PLACE A HOLD: To place holds on items currently in our catalog for outside pick-up, please log in to your library account in the upper right with your card number and PIN. With the construction impact, please expect 24 hours for your hold to be processed. You will receive a message (phone call or e-mail) when it is ready. Please pick up promptly. Thank you!
Need some help, call 774-3546 or email
Please do not reply to this email because we will not see it.

Holds will be filled only during hours of operation, T-W-Th 10-6, Friday 10-4 and Sat 10-2. Thank you.
Do you need a password? Call the library and we can get you set up!
New Hampshire Downloadable Book Content
Open Virtually 24/7
Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. It’s free and easy to get started for new users, and a streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users. Learn more at

Call the library to set up your password.

ATTENTION Kindle Fire Users!
The Libby app is not available in the Amazon app store for your device, BUT you will be able to use the webapp version of Libby using the Silk browser on your Kindle Fire device.
Visit the Libbywebapp on your Silk and then follow the prompts to add a library and a library card to Libby. Once configured, the webapp version of Libby is good to go. It will approximate the mobile app. Call the library for help if needed!

As of 2/23/22, the legacy Overdrive app is no longer available to download from app stores. Users who have the OverDrive app installed will still be able to use it without disruption. Later in the year we will share more details on how the OverDrive app will be retired, and users will be encouraged to switch to Libby.

Children's Programs
Outdoor Story Time
with a fun take home craft!

Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Rhymes, stories, music and "Stay and Play".

Story time meets on the Town Common band stand! Keep fingers crossed for good weather. Please bring a blanket to sit on, bug spray, sunblock, water and snacks. After our activities, we provide "Stay and Play" time. It is a great opportunity for children to play, and moms to meet and mingle. See you there!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler.
The goal is to read 1,000 books before your little one starts kindergarten- and yes you can repeat books! We know that all kids have favorites! If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. By the time they start kindergarten, it's possible to have read 1,825 books together!
Not only will your child benefit from having a larger vocabulary, and more interest in reading, but studies have shown that reading to a child daily is an early indicator of academic success. The bonding time while you read to/with a child is possibly one of the most wonderful benefits!

New StoryWalk!
A "Ready to Read" Story Walk is all set for you!

Our start location is located on the north side of the front porch area and avoids the construction area. Finish up on the south side. ENJOY!!

StoryWalks were created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, in partnership with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
Check out one of our
Playaway Launchpads
Playaway Launchpads are available for checkout.
These pre-loaded tablets have interactive learning apps and games that are just perfect for prechoolers and elementary students. Each tablet is already loaded with games such as math, science, transportation, art. A new experience with every Launchpad checked out. They come with a durable cover. No internet connection or camera. They are hassle and worry-free.
Purchased with grant funding from ARPA, made possible through the IMLS and the New Hampshire State Library.
Orion Starblast Telescope
Did you know that we have a telescope available for you to check out? Adult patrons in good standing can borrow the telescope for one week. The telescope was donated by the NH Astronomical Society as part of the Library Telescope Program. Call for information!
At this time, our EZ Finder is missing from the scope bag, and is on back order for replacement. The telescope is still workable, you just cannot use the "finder scope".
Summer Reading Program, 2022

Starting next week!

Our Summer Reading Program will run June 28- July 29. Oceans of Possibilities promises fun for the entire family and activities for all ages. All special events will be held outside on the Town Common utilizing the band stand due to the construction project. Due to the construction congestion on School Street, please plan to safely park at DES and walk over to our events. Thanks!
Summer Reading Programs will begin next week. As always there will be fun programs to attend, reading logs, bingo sheets, and an incentive program with prizes for preschoolers and school-aged children. We also have plenty of Take and Make Crafts. Story Time will take place Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and run through July 27th.

You may pick up reading logs at our front porch entrance on the Route 13 side of the building once our program starts on June 28, 2022.

6th Annual
Dunbarton "Touch a Truck"
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 10:30 AM: Dunbarton's Finest Emergency Vehicles and and Heavy Equipment will be on hand
on the North Side of the Town Common.
Meet Fire Chief Wiggin, Police Chief Remillard, Road Agent Jeff Crosby, Woody from the Transfer Station... This summer the Dunbarton Telephone Company will be here, too.
Mr. Aaron! LIVE on the band stand
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM: Mr. Aaron Live!
Count on a thrilling musical adventure with award winning musician Mr. Aaron! Recently
awarded “Best Children's Performer” from New Hampshire Magazine, Mr. Aaron never fails to
delight audiences of all ages. Kids and grown-ups alike dance and laugh along to hits from his
latest release, “Intergalactic Music Spectacular”, pop favorites, kids classics, and much more!
Please bring a blanket, bug spray, sunblock!
Judy Pancoast in Concert!
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
at 10:30 AM:
Grammy-nominated Children’s Musician Judy Pancoast will bring her special brand of musical fun to the library this summer for an energetic Summer Reading program concert. Judy will celebrate our Summer Reading theme, “Oceans of Possibilities,” with a concert of original songs like “Sandcastles,” “SHARKS,” “Can’t Go Surfin’,” the ever popular “Swimming in Jello” and more. Over the past 25 years Judy has performed at countless libraries all over the country, and her programs are always designed to get kids into the books while providing a fun and memorable experience for the whole family. If your children have never experienced the joy of a Judy Pancoast concert, now is the time to see why she has been named her one of the performers people go to see again and again.
Please bring a blanket to sit on, bug spray and sunblock.
Read to a Dog
We have scheduled our sessions for Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28
starting at 10:30 AM on the band stand. Read to Mr. T and his handler Nancy. Call to schedule your 20 minute session.

FYI: Mr. T is a ​​registered/certified therapy dog fromTherapy Dogs International, Chapter 205.
Why read to a dog? Because dogs are friendly and comfy, judgement-free (no pressure!), and they love the attention of being read to.
Kids will gain more confidence in their reading aloud skills, and enjoy the company of a new friend.
Why is Summer Reading Program at the library important?

  • Summer Reading helps prepare children for success by developing early language skills.
  • Summer Reading helps young children build reading and language skills.
  • Kids who read, learn, and play all summer long go back to school in the fall ready to rock and roll

Prevent the Summer Slide!! Read 20 minutes per day!
Adult Programs
Men's Coffee

Every Friday at 9:00 AM
We are now meeting in the vestry of the Dunbarton Congregational Church.
Bring your own coffee.

Adult and Children
Book Bundles TO GO!
Book Bundles might be for you if you are not comfortable requesting books online, or like surprises!! We will handpick books from our shelves with your special requests in mind. Please call the library, or email for service.

FYI: This is not an on-demand service. We ask that you please kindly give us 24 hours to get your book bundle ready for curbside pick-up. Thanks so much.
Summer Chair Yoga!
GOOD NEWS! Chair Yoga with Sherry will be back this summer.
Our first session will be held on
Thursday, June 30th at 11:00 AM.
Plan to meet on the band stand.
Wear comfy clothes and bring water.
We will provide the chairs.
See you there!
(we will schedule July and August sessions later on).
Dunbarton Public Library receives NH State Library ARPA grant funding in 2022.
We are pleased to announce that our library was one of 42 NH libraries selected to receive ARPA grant funding through a competitive grant round. The library will be awarded $13,745.03 in funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services' "Grants to States" program. The grant funding is part of the American Rescue Plan Act Plan of 2021 and is being facilitated by the NH State Library.
The library will use the grant award to purchase mobile book shelving platforms that roll away to increase floor space, and to purchase a Meeting Owl Pro. The flexibility that mobile shelving offers will be beneficial in getting back to offering many of our traditional in-person programs. The Meeting Owl Pro will allow any program or meeting to be virtual.
Estimated arrival time of our shelves is still up in the air, BUT hopefully in the next few weeks! We are ready.
Upcoming Schedule Change and Holiday Closure:
Please note the following changes to our schedule:
Friday, July 1st: Open at Noon-4:00 PM

Saturday, July 2nd: CLOSED

Tuesday, July 12th closing at 3:00 PM so that staff may attend Active Shooter Training with the Dunbarton Police Department.
Dunbarton Hazard Mitigation Survey
The Town of Dunbarton is updating its 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Hazard Mitigation Committee seeks your opinions regarding severe weather events, hazard events and mitigation of these hazards in Dunbarton. Your responses help make our community more resilient to a disaster. Individual responses will be kept anonymous and will be compiled for the Hazard Mitigation Plan's data collection to help direct priorities.
This survey may remain open throughout the planning process, so feel free to enter your response anytime. Only one survey per household, please.
The survey may be accessed HERE
Guests arriving in bike baskets are the best!
 1004 School Street
Dunbarton, NH 03046
Phone: (603) 774-3546