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Colebrook Public Library

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Head Librarian
126 Main Street
Colebrook, NH 03576
Library Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 2-5:30 pm
Wednesday & Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 10am -12 noon

Colebrook Public Library Report
December 31, 2011

In 2011 the library circulated 18,270 items. Materials included books, videos, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, Kill A Watt Energy Detector and play-always.

3719 people used the library internet to search for jobs, sign up for unemployment, write resumes, connect with work, connect with family, and search for ancestors and play games. 1034 people used our wireless access.

The Library is open 27  hours a week but many of its resources are available twenty four hours a day 7 days a week. The library’s website (created by Dawn Hall): is a portal for newspaper and magazine articles, homework help, and the ability to download audio books to personal listening devices.

E-books were added in 2010 but with Kindles becoming compatible the usage should grow. The Library has been a member of the NH Downloadable Book Consortium since 2008, that year we had 102 users at a cost of $1.96 per use, this year we had 421 users at $.52.

The Library is a member of three state consortiums created to aid libraries in providing services to our communities. NH Downloadable Audio Books, Movie Licensing, and Ancestry Library Edition, without these consortiums, we wouldn’t be able to offer downloadable books and e-books and genealogy resources. We have also joined with other libraries studying the development of a statewide open source library automation system. This will help libraries in purchasing automation systems at a better price.

In December we received new books from the Clif Foundation as part of the Colebrook Reads grant. We also sponsored the local community Head start program by presenting them with books for their library.

Overall 228 programs for children were held. Some of them were as follows:

Becky Hodge started a Young Writer’s and Illustrator’s Group in March. They met once a week for 14 weeks. There were 66 participants.

We received a Tillotson Grant for Young Adult programming. In May we hired Dawn Hall to direct the programs.  We opened the library to just teens on Thursday nights for computers, games and homework. A total of 57 teens attended over a 25 week period but we dropped the program in the late fall do to lack of interest. We also ran a teen movie night with movies geared to teen themes for 23 weeks with 22 participants. This program was dropped after school began and the Recreation Department started an afterschool movie on Thursdays.

Dawn purchased a Wii gaming system and Wii games. Originally the program was for Teens but with only 6 people in 14 weeks, Dawn shifted gears and started a tweens group on Fridays after school playing Wii or board games. In the fall she added crafts to the Friday group. This group has run for 13 weeks and had 72 participants.

The library participated in National Gaming Day again this year. We co-sponsor this event with the Recreation Department. Twenty-two children mostly between the ages 8-10 spent three hours playing Wii games, those waiting their turn at Wii played several board games.

Legos on Wednesdays after school has become very popular with over 20 children participating. A gentleman approached us in the fall with a Lego Space Shuttle to be put together and then returned to him. He will send us different kits as we complete them. Anyone is welcome to work on this project as it is fairly difficult for young children so if you like to build, come on over to the library.

Cynthia Harris resigned and Judy Santangelo was hired to take her place. Children’s Library Rose Hand stepped down and Judy took over the Children’s Department. A grant from the USDA Rural Development and matching funds from Tillotson monies were used to spruce up the Children’s area and finish a corner of the stage as “Story Time Mountain”. Dawn painted a mural of mountains on the wall, we purchased risers, a rug with a pond on it, and colorful soft appliqués for the wall.

We also purchased a reading bench, corner book case, display holder for hanging puzzles and books on cassettes, a spinning media holder, bean bags, café style table and chairs, bookcases, and storage for legos.

Christmas time we had a second “Snowflake Tea” with 5 young participants and 2 adults enjoying tea and goodies, games and crafts.

Marcia Wise painted a mural of the four seasons of the library on the wall leading from the main library to the basement. She also offered to help us paint the Children’s Room.

The Adult reading group meets the first Thursday of the month at 6:30. This small group has read a number of interesting titles from biographies to young adult literature.

A group of older patrons met on Tuesdays to work on their computer skills, helping each other to solve problems and learn various programs.  An advanced group met on Mondays.

Local VITA volunteers spent two days helping people with their taxes in the spring.

We continue to work with the recreation department; collaborating programs and allowing them to use our facilities for various programs.

Library Trustees                                        Library Staff

Lori Morann (Chairperson)                       Julie Colby (Head Librarian)
Lisa Kenny (Secretary)                  Judy Santangelo (Children’s Librarian)
Victoria (Tori) Smart (Treasurer)       Rose Hand (Assistant)
Sheldon Gray                                    Donna Collins (Assistant)
Joan Bird                                               Dawn Hall (YA/Tween programmer)
Bob & Sandy Ferrini (volunteers)
                                                        Donna Forbes (volunteer)
                                                        Claire Allaire (volunteer)

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