Gilman Library has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of January 2020. The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which launched in April 2014, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. Gilman Library was selected as the January 2020 beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Hannaford located at 80 Wolfeboro Highway in Alton, NH. Gilman Library will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during January. Established in 1892, as Alton Free Public Library, at a location above a drugstore in Monument Square, it was moved in 1951 to a brand new brick building at 100 Main Street and dedicated as the Gilman Library. Expanded in 1997, this library is continually evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. Our Mission: "The purpose of the Gilman Library is to enrich the quality of life through nurturing the joy of reading and lifelong learning by addressing the informational, educational and recreational needs of the community." For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com
The Gilman Library will be closed briefly on Friday, January 10th, from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm, in order that staff may participate in an online training session with the State Library. Open hours that day will be from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:30 pm until 5:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Now you can request directly through NHU-PAC NHAIS Share-It. You are limited to three requests per week.
* Go to: https://nhais.agshareit.com/home?cid=nhais&lid=nhais
* Click [Please login]
* Select your library [NHHSDE : Alton - Gilman]
* Enter your patron barcode number and your password
* Search for your title.
* Request title.
* Verify that the form is accurate and submit.
This service is for your convenience. You may also, call or email to place a request, or drop off a completed request form at the circulation desk, if you prefer.
Gilman Library is pleased to offer the WHIMSY CORNER CARD for our younger patrons. Ask for your WHIMSY CORNER CARD at the circulation desk. Every time you visit the WHIMSY CORNER in The Margaret E. Kayser Room (youth wing), you may have your card punched at the circulation desk. After ten punches, you may choose a prize from the prize kettle.Granny Apple visits on Wednesdays at 10:00 am for an exciting Story Time. There are games and puzzles and LEGOS and all kinds of imaginative and creative learning toys to enjoy, as well as comfortable child-sized seating and tables for the perfect place to read or create.
You are missing out if you are not checking out the TEEN ZONE located in The Margaret E. Kayser Room (youth wing). An audio listening station, a DVD viewing center, laptop chairs, a cafe table and all kinds of comfortable floor seating options are offered for you to use. Come in to lounge and read your favorite authors, chat with favorite friends, or hangout with a headset playing your favorite music.
We offer a Community Jigsaw puzzle, The Ever-ready Chess Game, and The Friends Corner Store, in the Adult Wing - The John D. & Anna L. Williams Room. You can find comfy rockers, soft sofas, spacious work tables, and plenty of magazines, paperbacks and books to read.
ALTON BOOK CHAT, CAREGIVER CAFE, CHECK-A-TECH, THEATRE THURSDAYS, ANCESTRY & PROQUEST RESEARCH
We appreciate your generous donations of gently used items. However, due to limited space, *all* donations need to be *approved* at the circulation desk, rather than deposited in the after-hours-book-return-drop-box. DVDs and CDs must never be dropped into the after-hours-book-return-drop-box, as they can be damaged by incoming returns. The after-hours-book-return-drop-box is for just for returns only, returned after hours only. All other items should be returned directly to the circulation desk. *Due to limited space, donations to our book sale must be gently used, and no older than five years. Additional criteria must be met to add items to the collection. Thank you for your considerate cooperation
You are welcome to host your meeting here. All meetings are to be not-for-profit, open to the public and no monies charged for entrance. Just a friendly reminder: Monies for supplies may be collected, but sales of products are forbidden. We do allow authors to sell their books at library-sponsored events. Please think of us when searching for a venue for your group.
The back is entrance convenient to the parking lot, handicap access, restrooms, and elevator access to the main floor. Also houses our ongoing-year-round discarded book sale.
Please call the library to book your event. We will require contact information before placing your reservation on the booking calendar.
We appreciate your generous donations of gently used items. However, due to limited space, *all* donations need to be *approved* at the circulation desk, rather than deposited in the after-hours-book-return-drop-box. DVDs and CDs must never be dropped into the after-hours-book-return-drop-box, as they can be damaged by incoming returns. The after-hours-book-return-drop-box is for just for returns only, returned after hours only. All other items should be returned directly to the circulation desk. *Due to limited space, donations to our book sale must be gently used, and no older than five years. Additional criteria must be met to add items to the collection. Thank you for your considerate cooperation.
In lieu of Library Passes to specific museums, the Gilman library offers a Museum Pass Reimbursement Plan. If you are a library card holder in good standing, you may participate. Simply submit your receipt to have a reimbursement check issued for up to $20.00 per cardholder per visit with a limit of $60.00 per year. Receipts must be submitted within one month of the visit. Patrons may visit any museum or educational attraction of their choice.
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In extreme weather conditions, tune to WMUR or your local radio for updates regarding the library closing. Please note that the Library closes and programs are canceled when Alton Central School and Prospect Mountain High School have a weather closing. In the event of a delayed opening, all morning programs are canceled. Please tune to WMUR or your local radio for updates.
If Alton Central School and Prospect Mountain High School are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Gilman Library will be closed and all library-sponsored programs will be canceled. If there is a school delay, the library will be open. If inclement weather and poor travel conditions occur in the evening, on a weekend, or on a school vacation day, the library may be closed or close early, at the discretion of the Library Director. In all cases of library weather closings, please check with WMUR for the latest updates.
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
100 Main Street
Alton, NH 03809
Telephone: (603) 875-2550
FAX: (603) 651-0737
Texting SMS number: (603) 267-4302