Opening at Noon on Monday 5/24/2021

In order for staff to attend the Trustee Meeting, the library will be opening a little later on Monday. See you at noon or a bit earlier (the flag will go out when the meeting is finished).

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What do these books have in common?

American Dirt was the most checked out item in the library in 2020. The Four Winds is the most checked out item so far in 2021.

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New Listening for the Weekend…

A Fatal Lie by Charles Todd – A welsh village turns to Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge to solve the identity of a dead body found by a local boy.

A Fatal Lie by Charles Todd – A Welsh village turns to Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge to solve the identity of a dead body found by a local boy.

A Gambling Man by David Baldacci – Aloysius Archer travels to 1950s California to apprentice with a legendary private eye and former FBI agent but immediately finds himself involved in a scandal.

Ocean Prey by John Sandford — Fan favorites Davenport and Flowers team up to investigate the death of three coast guardsmen.

These title also available in print editions

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The Library Re-Opens!

The Nichols Memorial Library will re-open its doors and welcome patrons in-person beginning Monday, May 3, 2021. Drop-in visitors are welcome any Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spend up to 20 minutes browsing, selecting and checking out books, audiobooks and DVDs that are waiting to be enjoyed! Patron computers and internet are also available. 

For those at higher risk, the library welcomes you to make a 20-minute appointment from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday for one person or household at a time. Call ahead to reserve your time during this window.

To keep our community safe, masks are required and hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry. Return your items in the book return before entering the building. Social distancing will be in place to help keep staff and patrons healthy for the summer we have all been waiting for.

Four (4) library users may be in the building at one time. There will be a clear sign on the door indicating whether you may enter or may need to wait until someone exits. We anticipate some wait times in the early weeks but think this should be less common in the weeks to come.

Curbside pickup will continue to be available.  Requests will be filled on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Contact the Nichols Library at (603) 253-6950 or centerharborlibrary@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to make an appointment for the hour set aside for high risk visitors.

We look forward to seeing you!

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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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TLRD63F 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 chlibtrustee@atlanticbbn.net 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 https://centerharborlibrary.org using your Library card, or you can email ch_library@metrocast.net 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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