The Nichols Library Podcast: Episode Six

On this episode of The Nichols Library Podcast, Aisilyn and William discuss The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly, Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls, The Empress of the Nile by Lynne Olsen, and Saving Time by Jenny Odell. The two also discuss two new thrillers: Where Are the Children Now? by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke and One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus. Putting their history caps on for this episode, the two hosts discuss how history informs the historical fiction and nonfiction books featured in the Reader’s Rundown. This episode’s discussion highlights the Interlibrary Loan system, particularly the aspects of the system that many people may not be fully aware of. The two shine a light on how Interlibrary Loan items are ordered and processed, and they also discuss how the system improves the relationship between libraries and patrons as well as what the Nichols Library uniquely contributes to the New Hampshire Interlibrary Loan system. Towards the end, Aisilyn and William speculate on ways the system could continue to grow and better serve the people of New Hampshire!  

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Closed Monday, May 29th

Monday, May 29th, the Nichols Library will be closed in honor of Memorial Day. The Town of Center Harbor will be hosting a Memorial Day Parade on this day at Noon. Please visit…/memorial-day-parade-0 for more information.

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Opening at Noon Today.

The Nichols Library will open at 12pm today and we will close at 4pm. We apologize for any potential inconveniences.

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The Nichols Library Podcast Episode Five

On this episode of the Nichols Library Podcast, Aisilyn and William introduce a new segment to the show called “A Minute’s Worth of News,” a bite-sized, news story from the library world that reflects major trends and developments in the field. The first edition of this segment provides an update on the dispute between the Internet Archives and several major publishers that was discussed in Episode Three. The Readers’ Rundown on this episode includes Saved by Benjamin Hall, Victory City by Salman Rushdie, Lone Women by Victor Lavelle, and Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood. All of the items featured on this episode are highly anticipated, and we feel that all of our patrons will enjoy at least one of them. 

This episode’s discussion marks the end of The Nichols Library’s celebration of National Poetry Month. Aisilyn and William reflect on all things poetic including their experiences with poetry, why some people may be reluctant to read it, the power of poetry in its ability to inspire wonder, the role of Inaugural poetry in American culture, Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb,” and the contemporary renaissance of poetry as a genre!

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Closed for Painting: April 24 through April 29th

The Nichols Library will be closed to the public from April 24th through April 29th due to painting. Preparation for the project will begin the week before the painting starts. We apologize for any potential inconveniences. Throughout our closure, phone and Internet services will remain available for our patrons. We will reopen on May 1st. Please contact us if there is anything we can do to help you while we are closed.

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Summer Aide Application Now Open!

Description: The Nichols Library Board of Trustees is searching for a friendly, reliable and detail- oriented person to work temporarily for our Library as Summer Aide under the direction of the Librarian during July and August.

Supervisor: The Summer Aide is accountable to and reports directly to the Librarian

Recommended Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent. Minimum of one (1) year of library or other relevant experience. Learns quickly, accepts direction easily, and follows instructions well. Ability to reshelve items based on the Dewey Decimal System and alphabetization. Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office. Familiarity with current library software (Atriuum) or willingness to learn.

Pleasant, helpful and cooperative disposition.

Responsibilities: Primary duty is to help with circulation desk tasks as directed by the Librarian, such as answering phone calls and email, checking materials in and out, placing reserves on materials, assisting and registering new patrons, processing interlibrary loan requests, and reshelving materials. Other tasks may include providing computer assistance to patrons, organizing materials, updating social media and assisting with story times and reading incentive programs. Additional duties may be assigned by the Librarian.

Wages: Commensurate with education and experience. This is a temporary position for 10 hours/week for 10 weeks.

Position Closing Date: June 1, 2022.

Starting Date: Week of June 27th. If you have any questions or for more information and a complete job description, contact Aisilyn Guivens, Librarian at 603-253-6950 or To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and two (2) letters of reference.

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Weather Closure: Tuesday, March 14th

We will be closed Tuesday, March 14th due to the weather. For those venturing out for Town Elections, drive carefully!

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Closure due to Weather: Saturday, March 4th

**Weather Alert**

Due to the impending storm, the James E. Nichols Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, March 4th.

Cozy up to Hoopla or Libby for all your reading needs!

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Nichols Library Podcast Episode 3: Graphic Novels and the Future of The American Library

This episode of the Nichols Library Podcast runs the gamut of the past, present, and future. Aisilyn and William kick off the show with a special edition of the Readers’ Rundown focused on perhaps the most popular kind of texts in libraries today – graphic novels. The two discuss the importance of graphic novels for developing readers and the unique aspects of the graphic novel as a form. The Readers’ Rundown itself highlights four important historical nonfiction graphic novels including John Lewis’s March (which will soon be in The Nichols Library collection) and Art Spiegelman’s Maus. As always, the second portion of our discussion is about the public library. In the second part of this episode, Aisilyn and William discuss the important trends, questions, technologies, and developments that are driving the future of the American public library. The talk will give you a glimpse of what the public library may look like in the coming decades… there probably will be robots!  

Articles referenced in this Episode

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Weather Closure : February 28th

The James E. Nichols Memorial Library will be closed Tuesday, February 28th due to the weather.

Be sure to check out our digital services (Hoopla, Kanopy and the Libby App) to keep warm on this lovely snow day!

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