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Julie Colby
Head Librarian
149 Main Street
Colebrook, NH 03576
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Colebrook Public Library Report

This year we moved into the Technology Age with a bang. The library received the Gates Foundation Grant in the spring. Larry Rappaport and Dan Skousen generously donated their time to install the wiring (which proved to be a task in itself) for DSL access. The children’s room now has a computer with a wireless connection to the internet. The Grant money left over was used to purchase two new Gateway computers, giving the library a total of four new computers, plus an older model with internet access. The staff and trustees would like to publicly thank Larry and Dan for all their hard work.

Vista volunteer, Betty Washburn, stayed for another year and is busy teaching internet and computer skills to patrons. She also teaches Vershire clients a basic computer course twice a week.

In the spring, we applied for a grant from the Tillotson North Country Foundation for the purchase of a Microfilm reader/printer and rolls of microfilmed newspapers. This would give the community and genealogists access to newspapers that are no longer available or are too fragile to read. The foundation agreed to match up to $5,000.00, in funds raised; at this time we are $1,300.00 short of our goal.  We have learned that The News & Sentinel has been filmed from 1960-1994, the Northern Sentinel from 1870-1875, the Colebrook Sentinel from 1914-1934 and the Colebrook Chronicle from 2001 to present at a cost of $38.00 a roll.

The Children’s Librarian, Bobie Cummings has added a lap-sit program for toddlers and is busy with school visits, classes coming to the library, and two story hours per week. She also started a chess night for anyone willing to learn or play the game. Donna Collins was hired in the fall to help in the Children’s Room.

An open house was held on November 17th to observe the library’s 75th birthday. We invited past librarians, trustees and town officials. Former librarians, Elmerline Vancore and Frances Haynes were able to attend and reminisced with their former trustees. Frances had put together scrapbooks with important library events. These scrapbooks are still in the construction stage but Frances has finished one for the public to see. Ellie Gooch donated a plaque, which hangs behind the desk, with the names of past and present librarians.

The local quilting group, The Piece Keepers, donated a beautiful quilt to the library as a thank-you for using our meeting room.

The New Hampshire Library has released last year’s interlibrary loan statistics. Colebrook borrowed a total of 625 materials and we lent 715 to other libraries. Material is also borrowed or lent by e-mail and telephone requests, so both totals are actually higher. We also have the capacity to load our new material records into the state system. We added 1,574 records for a total of 18,724.

Programs held through the year were as follows: Wayne from Maine, ended the summer reading program; Dan Foley entertained at the Moose Festival, Joshua J. Waffles interpreted “The Poetry of Shel Silverstein during Children’s Book Week, and a memoir writing workshop and reading was done by Clare Robson.

I would like to thank our volunteers, Sandra and Robert Ferrini and Jan Dutney for processing our books and Donna Forbes for typing cards. A big thank-you to Ellie Gooch for reading the News & Sentinel on to cassette for our sight impaired patrons.        

Respectfully submitted,
Julie Colby

Library Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:  2:00 - 5:30
Thursday: 2:00 - 7:00
Friday: 10:00 - 5:30
Saturday: 10:00 - 12:00

Library Trustee Meetings: are held at the Library on the First Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Last Updated: Saturday, Mar 20, 2004

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