Annual Report 2016

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

Trustees:          Kathi Mitchell, Tilton, Chair, lifetime appointee   
                        Nancy Court, Northfield, lifetime appointee
                        Morris Boudeau, Northfield, lifetime appointee
                        Jeanette Perez, Tilton, Appointed by Tilton Selectmen                
                        Tom Fulweiler, Northfield, Secretary, elected
                        Nell Grant, Tilton, retired
                        Leif Martinson, Tilton, retired
                                   
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, Circulation Assistant/Library Page
                        Kate Boucher, Circulation Assistant/Library Page
                        Scott Tedford, Maintenance
                        Christian Smith, Library Page
Samantha Constant, Library Page

            Donations were given by the Tilton-Northfield Rotary Club, Pizza Hut, and Market Basket.  Volunteers contributed 774 hours of their time to help with things such as planting flowers, watering plants and straightening bookshelves.   Donation of books and other items contributed to the addition of 668 items to our 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 fiction, non-fiction, audio and large print books, DVDs, young adult & children's items, a ukulele, museum passes, a telescope and magazines. We are pleased to be able to contribute positively to so many aspects of our community’s vibrant life.

Over 8,197 patrons of all ages participated in one or more of the 648 programs produced by the library this year. Our summer reading program was a resounding success, with a theme of "On your Mark, Get Set, READ!"  Together, 76 children read over 67,500 recorded minutes to total more than 1,125 hours of summer reading! The library's ongoing programs include Project Teen, the Knit Wits, children's crafts, chess club for all ages, story time with a craft, Spanish Club, a Magic the Gathering Club, outreach to daycare centers, Scrabble, three book clubs, and monthly specialty programs.  We publish our list of programs, activities and new books in the local newspapers, online, on a paper calendar and of course, at the library itself. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

            Our web-based offerings include 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 for no additional fee and with no late charges. If you have trouble accessing eBooks online, feel free to stop in to the library on Tech Tuesdays, when we offer free help with your tech devices.  Our public access computers were used 10,270 individual times, up from 9,755 in 2015, and we continue to offer free wi-fi. 
           

            Hall Memorial Library is so much more than books!  Libraries are the heart of every community and we invite you to come down, participate in a program, check out a book, read our newspapers, meet our friendly staff and utilize this great community asset.

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