Please note the following changes to our schedule:

Closed Saturday, July 2nd to observe the July 4th holiday.

Tuesday, July 12th: Closing at 3:00 PM for Active Shooter Training with Dunbarton Police Department.

Town Hall Construction News

Current 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

Important Information!
Construction work is advancing rapidly, and will break into the library's walls this coming week. This will be major impact on our operations. Please expect that some adjustment to the library's hours/services will be necessary, perhaps without much notice.
Thank you for your patience and your support.
Things are fluid and we are going with the flow!

The construction site is very active and dangerous.
Please stay behind the cones and fencing at all times.

You may safely view and take photos of the construction work and the workers from School Street.
Thank you.
Library Operations during Construction
 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.

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, kindness and 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 ready for the arrival of our new rolling book shelves...hopefully in the next few weeks. Our new shelves will be shorter than our current height (to prevent any sway when we move them). We have been busy weeding, shifting and preparing---and we 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 Toddler 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 lawn in front of the Town Common band stand! Please bring a blanket to sit on, bug spray, sunblock, water and snacks. See you there! After the activities, we provide a "Stay and Play" component. This is a great opportunity for children to play and moms/dads 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!

Our new StoryWalk has been installed.

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!!
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!
We are still without our EZ View Finder, but the telescope works just fine without it. The part was ordered, but on back-order until the end of July.
Summer Reading Program, 2022
Our Summer Reading Program runs June 28th- July 29th. 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 congestion on School Street due to the construction, please plan to park at the school and walk over to our events. THANK YOU!!
You may pick up reading logs at our front porch entrance on the Route 13 side of the building. Earn raffle tickets to win prizes. We also have plenty of Take and Make Crafts!

Scheduled Programs:
Story Time Every Wednesday on the Band Stand starting at 10:30 AM.
Mr. Aaron LIVE on the band stand!
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM:
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!
Judy Pancoast
LIVE on the band stand
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 10:30 AM: Judy Pancoast in Concert on the Band Stand!
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.
Read to Mr. T
Reading to Dogs:
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 from Therapy 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 gain more confidence in their reading aloud skills, and enjoy the company of a new friend.
Summer Reading Program
Tiny Art Show
Take and Make
We’re having an Art Show – a TINY art show! Pick up your canvas at the library starting Tuesday, July 5th. Use materials at home to create your own tiny masterpiece. Return your completed artwork to the library by August 26th to be included in the Tiny Art Show. Pieces will be on display in the library on our Art Wall once the construction on the building has been completed. Very limited canvas supplies!
Drop By
LEGO Free Build
Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 PM:
July 14, 21 and 28

Drop by the picnic table on the lawn to free build with the library's LEGO collection.
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 go back to school in the fall ready to rock and roll!
Prevent the Summer Slide! Read 20-30 minutes each day.
Adult Programs
Men's Coffee

Every Friday at 9:00 AM
Meet 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.
More Chair Yoga!
Chair Yoga with Sherry Gamble:
Summer Sessions

Thursday, July 28th at 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 25th at 11:00 AM
Join us on the band stand.
Wear comfy clothes and bring water. We will provide the chairs.
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 we have fingers crossed it will be sometime soon!
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. Thank you!
The survey may be accessed HERE
Many thanks to Chief Remillard, Chief Wiggin, Woody Bowne and
Jeff Crosby for always making our
"Touch a Truck" a great event for all. We had a fantastic time!
 1004 School Street
Dunbarton, NH 03046
Phone: (603) 774-3546