Annual Report 2015



18 Park Street, Northfield, NH 03276  *  www.hallmemoriallibrary.org  *  (603) 286-8971

Trustees:              Leif Martinson, Northfield, Chair, lifetime appointee                                                  
                                Nancy Court, Northfield, lifetime appointee
                                Nell Grant, Tilton, lifetime appointee
                                Kathi Mitchell, Tilton, elected                                           
                                Tom Fulweiler, Northfield, Secretary, elected
                                               
Staff:                      Jennifer Davis, Director
                                Julie Dylingowski, Children's Services
                                Brittany Moore, Young Adult, Technical and Cataloging Services
                                Maggie McCall, Programming, Publicity and Inter-library Loan
                                Tristyn Watts, Ciculation Assistant/Library Page
                                Scott Tedford, Maintenance
                                Amber Groz, Library Page
Krystal Groz, Library Page

            Volunteers included Nell Grant, Nancy Court, Susan Nadeau, Beverly Green, Cheryl Geiger, Josie Nichols, Don MacDonald; groups of students and faculty from Tilton School, students from Winnisquam Regional Schools, including the School Across the Street(SAS) and many others who assist in significant ways. Volunteers help keep our plants alive, take books to our homebound patrons, sponsor programs, set-up our booksale and assist with story time. In 2015 volunteers contributed 583 hours to the library!  Hall Memorial would not be where it is without the dedication and assistance of its volunteers.

            Donations were given by the Tilton-Northfield Rotary Club, Chuck and Kathleen Mitchell, Pizza Hut, and Market Basket, along with many donations. Many others gave books and other items to add to our collection or sell in our booksale; 836 of those items were added to our permanent collection.

            Hall Memorial Library continues to serve the towns in a variety of ways. We provide Literacy Outreach to the youngest members of our communities by visiting childcare centers and schools, and providing an active summer reading program. We reach out to our elders with our homebound program. Patrons of all ages come through our doors for books, DVDs, large print books, audio books, young adult & children's items, a Ukulele, museum passes, a telescope & magazines. We are pleased to be able to contribute positively to so many aspects of our community’s vibrant life.

Over 7,925 patrons of all ages participated in one or more of the 601 programs produced by the Library this year. Our summer reading program was a resounding success, with a theme of "Every Hero has a Story."  Together, 92 children read over 77,000 recorded minutes to total more than 866 hours of summer reading! The Library's ongoing programs include weekly programs with Project Teen, the Knit Wits, children's crafts, chess club for all ages, two story times with a craft, Spanish Club, a Magic the Gathering Club, outreach to daycare centers, Scrabble, three book clubs, and monthly art displays.  We publish our list of programs, activities and new books in the local newspapers, online, in our newsletter and of course, at the library itself. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook! When we reach 1,000 ‘Likes’ we will be raffling off a Kindle Fire!

            Our web-based offerings include and the state supported EBSCO database; which can be accessed through www.hallmemoriallibrary.org. Additionally, the library subscribes to NH Downloadables, which offers Audiobooks and eBooks. If you have trouble accessing ebooks online, feel free to stop in to the library on Tech Tuesdays, were we offer free help with your tech devices.  Our public access computers were used 9755 individual times, up from 7739 in 2014, and we continue to offer free Wifi. 
           
            Hall Memorial Library is so much more than books!  Libraries are the heart of every community and we invite you to come down, try out a program, check out a book, read our newspapers, meet our friendly staff and utilize this great community asset.