Recommended reading:

Palaces for the People: How 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.”


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.

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.


Jaffrey Public Library makes the news AGAIN!

Julie Perrin is an exceptional library director and a credit to NH libraries. Her innovative outreach to the community was included in an article in Library Journal, “Get the Word Out”.
Storytime is often the only way to connect with people in the community who are unable to access library services. Julie partnered with the Monadnock Adult Care Center (MACC) — a respite day care for adults who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia — to provide books at the center and to present a weekly Storytime and memory café which encourages group interaction. MACC staff report that the library visits are a highlight for their clients. Julie and her staff say that the program is a rewarding experience.
To read the article, use EBSCOhost or any other magazine subscription service your library uses. The direct link to Library Journal.


Jaffrey Public Library wins Bookapalooza

Congratulations to the Jaffrey Public Library, one of three libraries to be awarded the ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children) Bookapalooza grant. The award includes a variety of materials from books to DVDs and audiobooks. Read more >

At the August 13 Nubanusit Co-op Meeting held at the Jaffrey Public Library, Director Julie Perrin shared their Bookapalooza books with member librarians from the Monadnock area.

In Memory of Lillian Edelmann

1928 – 2018

'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.