Note from the Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees is seeking people to serve as alternate members of the board when elected members are unable to attend a meeting.  Alternates are appointed for a one-year term and have voting rights only when filling in for an absent trustee.  Because an ongoing awareness and knowledge of the library’s business is required, alternates should attend every meeting.

If you have 1-2 free hours a month, and are interested in contributing to the development of one of Hill’s most precious resources, please stop in to the library or phone 934-9712.  The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17 at 3PM, in the library.

Children’s Literacy Foundation Grant

The library is pleased to annouce the award of a Rural Public Library Grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation of Waterbury Center, VT.  CLiF is a nonprofit organization serving children in rural areas, and children at high risk of growing up with low literacy skills.  Each year, CliF sponsors 24 libraries across New Hampshire and Vermont.   This will be HPL’s third sponsorship since the organization was founded in 1998.

As part of this grant, approximately $2,000 in new books will be added to the children’s collection at the library.  As well, Duncan McDougall, CLiF’s Executive Director, will speak with the children of Hill about the joys of reading and writing, perform inspiring storytelling, and read aloud from some of the library’s newly delivered books.  The presentation will take place in November at Jennie D. Blake School.

In addition to the presentation at the school and new books for the library, CLiF has added a new component to the Rural Library Sponsorship.  The organization has asked that we nominate a local childcare center to receive new books and storytelling for its children.  The Tiny Twisters Center in Franklin will be receiving 15 new books for the center, a special storytelling presentation, and all of the kids will be provided with a new book to take home.

CLif is a wonderful organization, and the kids of Hill are truly deserving of this sponsorship!  Their enthusiasm for the library makes it a pleasure to be able to provide them with fresh reading material.

Fall Raffle

The Friends of the Hill Parks & Recreation Dept. will be raffling off 100 gallons of #2 heating oil, donated by the Dead River Company (propane may be substituted if already a Dead River Customer).  Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Library.  Drawing to be held 12/01/08.

This is a good opportunity to stay warm this winter and support a great organization!  Your donation to the Friends of Parks & Rec. helps provide children’s library programming.

Membership Challenge

In October of 2007, the Robert & Karin Finlay Foundation extended a challenge to all NH libraries, museums, and historical societies to increase their memberships.  As an incentive, Mr. Finlay has pledged $25,000 to each of the three top institutions to do so over the course of of a year.  This initiative was designed to energize the cultural workforce and  to raise awareness of these vital  resources.  It was also meant to inspire education and bring our communities closer together.  For more info on the NH Library Challenge, visit, http://www.hillcm.com/#/responsibility

The Hill Public Library agreed to accept the challenge, and we’ve had a great response from the residents of Hill.  Since starting on Nov. 1, 2007, the library has issued 88 new cards.  This number may not seem impressive to most, however the library has been quite a busy place in the past year! 

If you don’t have a library card, it’s not too late to help us toward our goal.  ‘When you sign up for a card, you’ll also be eligible to win one of several prizes we’ll be raffling off.  Hurry in; the deadline is Oct. 31.  As always, we thank you for your support!

New Books For October

Adult Fiction

Bell Messenger,-Cornuke, Robert; Devil bones-Reichs, Kathy; Heat Lightning-Sandford, John; Hot Mahogany (LP)-Woods, Stuart; Just Breathe-Wiggs, Susan; Keepsake: A Novel-Gerritsen, Tess; Live a Little-Green, Kim; Lucky One-Nicholas Sparks; Moscow Rules-Silva, Daniel; Say Goodbye (LP)-Gardner, Lisa

Juvenile Fiction

Found-Haddix, Margaret Peterson

Early Reader/Picture Books

Queen of Halloween-Engelbreit, Mary; Witches Night Before Halloween-Bannatyne, Lesley Pratt

New Children’s Program

The Hill Public Library Rocket Club held its first meeting on Thursday, Oct. 2.   Thirteen students from the Jennie D. Blake School were in attendance, and were eager to start building.  We expect to have all rockets completed by early November, at which time the members will hold an exhibition for the students of JDBS.  When progress has been made, I’ll post some pictures of the kids at work.  Many thanks to the volunteers who’ve made this program possible!

A Message from the Director: “Info, info, and more info…”

The Board of Trustees and I are committed to supporting a lifelong enjoyment of reading and learning.  Our goal is to provide materials and services to help community residents obtain information meeting their personal, educational, and professional needs.  We’re constantly searching for ideas and new ways to carry out our mission.  I’m very optimistic that this website will become a valuable resource for the residents of Hill.

Here at the library, I strive to inform and empower every person in our community by creating and promoting easy access to information.  However, getting important messages and info to the entire community can be quite a challenge at times!  So, along with providing information on library materials and events, I intend to post a wide variety of information that I hope will be useful to the residents of Hill, and those in surrounding communities.  Please visit the Programs/Events page for monthly schedules.  If you have any suggestions about info you’d like to see here, or items that would be of interest to your neighbors, feel free to phone or email the library.