Inside at the Gilman Library

The Circulation Desk

Friendly check out service

FAX and photocopy service

Guessing games, riddles, and contests

Fun raffles and featured display case 

(Ask about our Telescope)

Public Access Computers

Internet Access

Word Processing

Online research databases

Printing (15cents/sheet)

Free Wireless (sorry, no wireless printing, yet)

Audio - Video Collection




Books on CD and Cassettes

Music CDs

Audio and Book Kits

In the Wings

Youth Wing - The Margaret E. Kayser Room

Whimsy Corner

The Stacks

Teen Zone

Adult Wing - The John D. & Anna L. Williams Room

Biography, Classics, Large Print and Magazines

Jigsaw Puzzle Table and Chess/Checkers Table

Puzzle & Paperback Swaps

Comfortable Seating

Archival Room

Local History

Town Reports

Lower Level

The Agnes Thompson Meeting Room

Library programs

Community Group Meetings

Ongoing-year-round Book Sale

Elevator Service and Amenities

Elevator for baby strollers, walking disabilities, heavy burdens, or just plain old "tired dawgs."  Unattended children are not allowed use.  Comfortable foyer and public restooms. Lower entrance leads to back parking lot.

Alton Historical Society Museum

Open by appointment, year round. Also open during the summer, on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.




Programs (check calendar for postponement or delays)

Alton Book Chat

The Second Tuesday of the Month 

at 7:00 pm

 Alton Book Chat, established in 1999,is a library-sponsored book discussion group that meets monthly in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room (lower level entrance), Gilman Library, 100 Main St., Alton, NH 03809.  

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held on the second Tuesday each month, beginning at 7:00 pm.  Call the library at 875-2550 to reserve your copy of the next book discussion title and get in on the fun! 

Computer Classes for Beginners

The next Computer Basics for Beginners Class will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018.

Computer Basics for Beginners
at 1:00-2:30 pm on the Fourth Thursday of the month, unless otherwise posted. 

Please pre-register for each class.  **No walk-ins, please.** If no one has pre-registered, there will be no instruction. 

Topics include:

  • Computer for the Novice 
  • Email Basics
  • Navigating the World Wide Web
  • E-Government Forms
  • Successful On-line Searches
  • Social Networking 
  • Topics added by request

*FREE individual one-on-one instruction is also available, by appointment.*

Gilman Library Writers Group

The Gilman Library Writers Group is currently on hiatus until further notice.  

If you are interested in participating when the group resumes, please let the library know and we will contact you. Please also let us know of your preferred and times for meetings.  You may use the contact form on this website or call the library at 875-2550.

Ginnie the Reading Dog

By appointment.

Make an appointment to Read with Ginnie the Reading Dog.  She is an excellent listener!

Guitar Lessons

Half-hour slots on Tuesday afternoons.

The Gilman Library is pleased to announce that thanks to the generous  donation of time and services of Pete J. Robertson, you may now sign up  for FREE guitar lessons at the Gilman Library.  Anyone can participate.   Sign-up early, because enrollment in this FREE program is limited to  ONLY six lesson spots.  This instruction is offered ONLY on Tuesdays and  ONLY by appointment, for thirty-minutes of instruction between 4:00 pm  and 6.30pm.  There is no charge, it is FREE, but you must have YOUR OWN instrument.  

Lego Club

On the Third Saturday of the month at 11:00 am.

LEGO Club meets the third Saturday of each month,from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, in the Children's Wing. If you are the first to arrive,  Ask for the LEGOS at the circulation desk. 

Story Times

Check our Calendar for various programs.

Story Times are conducted at Whimsy Corner, in the Margaret E. Kayser Room (main floor, children's wing) during the school year, whenever school is in session.  If the Alton schools are closed for holidays, vacations or inclement weather,  the Story Time normally held on that day will also be canceled. 

Teen Movie Matinee

The Third Thursday at 4:00 pm.

Every third Thursday, we will show a teen movie at 4:00 pm in the Teen Zone!  We welcome your input and suggestions as we choose the titles.  Come on in, sit back, and enjoy the show!

Theater Thursdays

The First Thursday of each month, at 2:00 pm.

On the first Thursday of each month, at 2:00 pm, the Gilman Library offers new and classic movies to enjoy with complimentary beverages and snacks to go hand in hand.  You will also receive a raffle ticket for coming and have the chance to win that night's movie theme related prize.  No sign-up is required.  Come and enjoy the show!   For more info, use our contact form or call 875-2550.