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

Please note the upcoming changes to our schedule:
The library will be closed on August 13, 2022 and September 3, 2022.
We will only be open 10:00 AM-4:00 PM the week of August 30-September 2.

Thank you for your patience, kindness and support.

Things are fluid, and we are going with the flow. We (staff) are also going on vacation.

**A reminder from the Dunbarton Board of Selectmen:**
The construction of the build-out is very active and dangerous, as is the construction area surrounding it. They ask ALL to stay well behind the safety cones and fencing at all times---especially in the front of the building.

You may safely view and take photos of the construction work and the workers from School Street.

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

per Dunbarton Board of Selectmen.
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

We await the arrival of our new rolling book shelves 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 our collection. 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
Rhymes, Stories, music and activities, and "Stay and Play".

August 3, 2022:
Start Time 10:30 AM

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.

Story Time will take a break after August 3rd. See you back in September!

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!
Our newly installed StoryWalk is a great read.

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 this week! Hopefully coming soon.
Summer Reading Program
Tiny Art Show
Take and Make
We’re having an Art Show – a TINY art show!
REMINDER! Please 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.
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 NEXT Month
Chair Yoga with Sherry Gamble:
Summer Session:

Thursday, August 25th at 11:00 AM
Join us on the band stand.
Wear comfy clothes and bring water. We will provide the chairs.
Save the dates for these great VIRTUAL programs.
Calling All Weavers, Coopers, Vampers and Wheelwrights: Let's Explore Your Ancestor's Occupation
Hosted by Erin Moulton
via Zoom
Thursday, September 8, 2022
6:30 PM
Exploring your ancestor's occupation can give you great insights into their daily existence, but how do we go beyond the standard of vital records, census records and city directories? Join us to explore and unearth occupational information.
Preserving the Harvest
with Leslie Cercier via Zoom
Thursday, September 15, 2022
6:30 PM

Join the organic gourmet as we prepare and preserve our bountiful garden harvest.
New England Folk Tales... and the Women Who Wrote Them
Hosted by Erin Moulton
Thursday, September 22, 2022
6:30 PM
In the 1930's, the New Hampshire Women's Federation, spearheaded by Mrs. Moody Gore and Mrs. Guy Speare, wrote two compilations of New Hampshire Folk Tales. Erin will share a few re-tellings, introduce you to the women who wrote the stories--and share her belief that the intersection of fact and fiction is often the best hope for public interest in local history.
Virtual Meditations this fall!
Join an hour-long Loving Kindness Meditation with host Judy Caron.
The following Thursdays at 7:00 PM:

September 29
October 13
October 27
November 10
December 1
December 15
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.

BIG NEWS! Book Shelf Update! Coming Soon!
The shelves will arrive in a few weeks.

Our new mobile shelves are currently being custom built by Tucker Library Interiors. Parts of our existing shelves have been taken to the shop in Bow to be fitted into the new shelving. Estimated arrival time is now just a few short weeks away! We have begun to off-load our shelves in preparation, so they can be put together quickly.
Sorry for the mess, but it is all good!

Dunbarton Old Home Day
August 13, 2022

10:00 AM Parade
Click for more event information HERE
 1004 School Street
Dunbarton, NH 03046
Phone: (603) 774-3546