New Online Catalog Link

Click here for the new link: ONLINE CATALOG

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Nichols Memorial Library joins with Gilford Public Library and other Lakes Region libraries for a special Virtual Program

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Curbside Pick-Up for “Easter Treat Bags & Buckets of Eggs”

Center Harbor Parks & Recreation will hold a curbside pick-up for Easter treat bags and buckets of eggs to take home for your own egg hunt! Pick-up will be Saturday, April 3rd, 10:00 to Noon  in front of the Town Hall.  Please wear masks and social distance.

Lois Brady, Interim Library Directory, will be on hand helping to treat resident kiddos!

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Library computers getting checkup on Thursday March 18, 2021

Server maintenance may periodically prevent access to the on-line catalog and streaming services (Kanopy, Hoopla) during the day on Thursday.  We will replace a backup power supply unit that failed last weekend causing a similar disconnect. Thank you for your patience which will be rewarded with constant access to all on-line services!

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Library Survey

Our Library wants to hear from you! Would you please take a few minutes to answer our survey? Just click on the link: It’s quick, easy and anonymous. Many thanks!

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Update from the Trustees

January 4, 2021

Dear Library Patrons, Members of our Community and Visitors:

We hope you and your families are doing well and staying safe as the pandemic unfortunately persists into the New Year.

During this difficult time, the Trustees and our Librarian are constantly challenged to provide essential Library services to our community while ensuring both your safety and that of our staff. This challenge is made all the more difficult because our Library is a small building with limited interior space to social distance appropriately.

We are reviewing recommendations issued by the State of New Hampshire and “best practices” put forth by the State Library to ascertain how to best serve the public while providing a safe workplace for our employees. We are being careful and thoughtful as we move towards reopening our Library. Hopefully, this will happen in the near future on a limited basis. Your continuing patience and understanding is much appreciated.

We welcome hearing from you during these challenging times. Please feel free to email the Trustees at or call the Library at 603-253-6950 with your ideas, comments and suggestions about reopening.

Although our building remains closed to the public, we are now offering curbside pick-up to borrow books, CDs and DVDs. You place your requests through our website using your Library card, or you can email or phone the Library. Inter-library loan is back in operation, so if what you want is not in our Collection, our staff can easily find it for you at another library. Curbside pick-up is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 2pm.

If curbside service is not for you, please take advantage of our expanded online services. These services are provided at no charge to you through our website. You can download books using NH Downloadable Books, and stream videos, TV shows and music through Hoopla and Kanopy.

On a different note, the Trustees recently accepted the resignations of two of our valued staff.  After 8 years as our Library Assistant, Glenn Walter resigned in November, and our Librarian Jon Kinnaman retired on January 1st after 15 years of service. On behalf of the entire Nichols Library community, we sincerely thank Glenn and Jon and wish them the best.

A search is underway for our next Librarian. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Lois Brady to our staff as Library Assistant. Many of you may remember Lois from when she worked for us during the past summer. We are fortunate to have her back with us.

In closing, we look forward to a truly “new” year at our Nichols Library. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021!

The Nichols Memorial Library Board of Trustees

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Wyld Stallyns ride again!

80s slackers Bill and Ted, now middle-aged dads, discover that the hit song they are still trying to write is the only thing that will save humanity! Will the Wyld Stallyns save the day again? Find out in Bill and Ted Face the Music.

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A word from Glenn

Earlier this fall, library assistant Glenn Walter retired after eight years at the Nichols Library. Read Glenn’s farewell letter to the Center Harbor community, in which he expresses his joy and gratitude for his years here.

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No new curbside Monday

I am not able to be in Center Harbor Monday (12/14), but am planning a make-up day for new requests on Tuesday.

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Kinnaman to retire as library director

Allen Jon Kinnaman, director of the James E. Nichols Memorial Library from 2005 through 2020, will retire at the end of the year.  Library Assistant Glenn Walter retired earlier this year.  Circulation Assistant Lois Brady will provide interim services while the Board of Trustees conducts a search for a new director. 

Mr Kinnaman sent a letter of appreciation to the Center Harbor community. which can be read in full here: “It is hard to imagine it’s been fifteen years since I stood outside the Nichols Library on a freezing second of January, waiting for the former librarian to meet me at the door and welcome me in as the new director. Words cannot express what a pleasure it has been to greet you at the library and help you find the right book or movie to make your day.

People have sometimes asked why I became a librarian.  It was not my original intention in life.  That said, there is something uniquely satisfying about the work. In One Long River of Song (which I highly recommend, by the way), Brian Doyle says:

an leabharlann (the ancient Irish word for library) is where your community stores its treasures. It’s the house that imagination built. It’s where all the stories that matter are gathered together and shared. People come to it seeking for something that’s deep and ancient. Who you are as a town is in the library.”

I hope that as I have come to know you that the Nichols Library has grown in a way that reflects your treasures and inspires your imagination”.

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