Library News

With the arrival of a new season comes changes. We’re excited to announce a new library schedule and a few new programs that will begin this spring.

Effective April 10, the library will be open:

  • Tuesday                                           Noon ~ 8 pm
  • Wednesday through Friday    10 am ~ 6 pm

On April 19 the library will begin holding a Preschool Story Hour every Thursday at 10 am.  The program is open to all and will include stories, crafts, activities, and lots of fun.  No registration is required.

Please join us on Friday, April 20 at 10 am as we honor the town’s youngest residents during our annual Children’s Book Dedication.  The ceremony will be followed by The Science Magic Show performed by educator, Steve Lechner.  This program will be held in the JD Blake School auditorium and everyone is welcome to attend.

Do you have a Kindle?  Do you enjoy listening to books during your morning commute?  The library has joined in a consortium to offer ebook and audiobook titles through the popular service known as OverDrive. The New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium has made thousands of titles available, for all ages and in all genres.  We expect to launch this exciting new service in May!  For now, you can explore the growing collection of ebooks and audio books.   When we’re ready, you’ll be able to use your library card to checkout and download books to your computer to enjoy immediately, or transfer them to your iPod, eBook reader or other compatible devices.

For more information on any of the library’s  services or programming, please call us at 934-9712.

 

Thank You!

The Hill Public Library Board of Trustees, staff, and the Friends of Hill Public Library wish to sincerely thank all those who attended Town Meeting, in support of the Library’s budget.  This year we will continue our efforts in expanding and providing opportunities for the residents of Hill.  A few new and exciting programs will be implemented soon.  Please watch our website for details.

“If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.” -Cicero

Help Needed

Do you love children?  Do you love children’s books?  The library is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to provide a weekly preschool Story Hour.  Library staff will handle the majority of planning the programs, volunteers will need only to deliver stories and assist with  related activities.  If interested, please call the library at 934-9712.

(Middle and high school students:  This is a perfect opportunity to gain community service hours!!

2011 Hill Public Library Report

TOTAL LIBRARY STATISTICS

  • 5,419 Patron Visits
  • 1,100 (855 adult) Computer Users
  • 3,634 Materials in Circulation
  • 509 Interlibrary Loan Transactions (366 loans for HPL patrons/143 loans to other NH libraries
  • 1,633 Website Visits (You can visit us at www.hillpubliclibrary.com for announcements and information or find us on Facebook.
  • 11,487 Total Volumes (196 items added/90 discarded)
  • 23 Licensed Databases (NHSL provides access through NHewLINK)
  • 667 Resident Cardholders

 

THE YEAR IN REVIEW……

Library Programming- The library’s Book Club continued too meet monthly on Tuesday evenings.  The Knitting Group was organized in April, and meetings were held weekly on Thursday afternoons.

Our 2011 Summer Reading Program, “One World, Many Stories”, offered multicultural story-times & activities, three days a week.  During the six-week period, 276 participants discovered a world of fun and logged a total of 112.75 hours of reading!  A few highlights of the program include a puppet show, Japanese tea party, and a Mexican fiesta featuring Mariachi singer, Veronica Robles. Congratulations to our top readers: Kylee Stevenson (2-6 yr.) with 29.25 hours, and Joseph Sullivan (7-11 yr.) with 17.75 hours. These kiddos know firsthand, reading takes you places!

In October the library presented a program by Rosamond van der Linde, author of the book A Piano in Every Room.

The library provided services to the Jennie D. Blake School throughout the year.  Every Monday each class had its own Library period for book exchange, read-aloud, research, and Literacy Skills.  School staff and Homeschoolers utilized the library’s Interlibrary Loan System to acquire learning materials.

Friends of the Hill Public Library continued its work in providing support and promoting awareness of the library and its resources:

·        During National Library Week the organization held its annual Baby Book Dedication, in honor of the town’s 7 newest residents.  The program included an explosive presentation by the NH State Police Bomb Squad!

·        Members provided assistance with the Summer Reading Program.

·         Old Home Day participation- Sponsored the children’s petting zoo; organized a Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser; held book and bake sales

·        Hosted a “Band & Books” event featuring the Long Tail Monkeys (concert/Adopt-a-Book Program)

·        Sponsored the Caroline B. Robie Memorial Book of the Month project

·        Held its annual membership appeal and miscellaneous fundraisers

Technology-  The demand for public access remained high during 2011.  A wireless router was installed to accommodate patrons coming in with laptops.  This also made it possible to provide Internet access when the library was closed. Due to concerns/issues with our aging computers, Library Trustees began exploring ways to replace them with new equipment over the next few years. While the Board was looking into grant opportunities, the help arrived from an anonymous library supporter.  The generous gift allowed us to purchase three Dell desktops and two iPad tablets.

In addition to providing books, movies, and other materials, your library provides a community hearth, a place to go to reflect, learn a new skill, read, attend programs, to do research both locally and on the Internet, and much more.  It’s a place to meet people who share your interests.  It’s a place to open worlds for children through story hours and programming, and to encourage a love for reading to last them a life time.  This report marks my tenth year as Librarian, and I want to express what a pleasure it has been to serve the residents of Hill.  I am proud to have been a part of this institution as it has grown over the years, proud to have played a role in educating hundreds of children in this community.   I need to thank the countless number of volunteers who have helped transform this library into such a valuable resource for this community.  Thank you!

Respectfully Submitted,

Lynn Christopher, Library Director

Library Board of Trustees

Julie Hunter, Chair

Gayle Seip, Treasurer

Kathleen Landry, Alternate

The Hill Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased beyond measure to announce that our very own director, Lynn Christopher, was named 20ll Library Director of the Year by the NHLTA.  Lynn also received a Governor’s Citation honoring her outstanding service to the community of Hill.