Letterboxing is similar to Geocaching. Both are like a treasure hunt, taking place outdoors and on public property. These sports are enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts of all ages all over the world. With letterboxing the goal is to find a small weatherproof box or bag containing a logbook and a rubber stamp hidden in a discreet location. Directions and clues can be found on Atlasquest.com or letterboxing.org. You can log in to record where you went and what you found, report any missing or damaged letterboxes, or learn how to ‘plant’ your own!
Adventurers bring their own logbook, stamp pad and unique stamp. Once the Letterbox is found, they make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp in their logbook and leave an imprint of their signature stamp in the box’s logbook. Your logbook is like a passport, showing where you’ve traveled. Many participants make their own hand-carved stamps.
The fun part of Letterboxing is keeping it a mystery. Here is some general “Letterbox Etiquette”
· Put the box back exactly where you found it so others can find it using the clues
· Be discreet when looking around for a letter box so you don’t draw attention to others who don’t participate in the sport
· Respect the environment where the box is hidden
Look for a hidden treasure (outside) here at the Gilman Library and in other areas close by!
Good Luck and Have Fun!
Dear Patrons: We are pleased to announce that we have started Phase Four (please see below) of our reopening plan here at the Gilman Library, 100 Main Street, Alton! Call us at 875-2550 to set up an appointment for limited browsing, curbside, computer use, and copy & fax services.
The Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce has provided guidance for reopening libraries. The Gilman Library Trustees are adding that to the many items they must consider in formulating a phased reopening plan. The library team is working hard to reopen our library with a phased approach. The health and safety of our patrons and staff are our top priority as we move towards reopening our building. Please understand that this phase may be reevaluated to adhere to the latest orders from the federal, state and local level.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the process of providing library services during this challenging time. As always, if you have questions or concerns please call 875-2550. We hope to see you soon!
PHASE FOUR – Building open to the public on a limited basis for copying, and faxing, computer use, and limited browsing (8/20/2020)
IF YOU FEEL SICK please use library services safely from home.
THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 15th.
The Gilman Library is pleased to announce that Summer Reading has begun. Please register now to participate. This year the program theme is 2020 Imagine Your Story, sponsored in part, by the New Hampshire State Library. The dates are July 1 – July 31, 2020. We invite readers of all ages to participate in our 2020 Summer Reading Program. This year, we are introducing a virtual reading platform, READsquared, developed specifically for public libraries nationwide. You can register through our website or by downloading the ReadSquared app available for mobile devices.
The 2020 Imagine Your Story program, open for all ages is managed by our Children’s Librarian, Leann LaPlante. The four programs are designed to encourage life-long reading. The Pre-K program is designed for kids age 0 to 4, the Children's program is for kids age 5 to 12, the Teen program is for youth, age 13 to17, and the Adult program is for age 18 and older. Once you've earned enough points you'll receive a completion certificate you can print and share.
1. Access READsquared at http://gilmanlibrary.readsquared.com
2. Or get the app available for both Apple and Google Play.
3. For every minute of reading, you earn 1 point.
4. Mini-games are awarded throughout the program.
5. For every 100 points, earn a chance toward the raffle prize.
6. For every 300 points, earn a take-home craft. (continued below)
We are pleased that the Governor’s Economic Reopening Task-force has provided guidance for reopening libraries. The Gilman Library Trustees are adding that to the many items they must consider in formulating a phased reopening plan. At present, we are accepting returns even though library materials are not due until 30 days after we open our doors. You may return books through the book drop located at the main entrance. Please call the library at 875-2550 to make an appointment to return
DVD’s and CD’s as they may be damaged by books that are returned in the book drop. Please bear in mind that these steps could be reversed at a moment’s notice, should circumstances change. Although we appreciate your consideration, we are not accepting donations currently. We appreciate your patience and understanding. The safety of the staff and public is of the utmost importance. We miss you, stay well!
Holly Brown, Library Director
7. Earn 5 points for answering the weekly riddle.
8. Patrons need to be a library cardholder for the program.
9. There are additional activities within the program, appropriate for each age.
10. The program includes a suggested Reading List for each participant.
There are two ways to earn additional points. You may earn 20 points by submitting an entry on our library blog : Alton Community Blog: History in the Making. Visit our website, gilmanlibrary.org, for more details.
You may also earn 20 points for every time you attend our live-streaming Virtual Story Time with Miss Leann. Every time you attend, you will be given a new code to enter at our READsquared website. Each code earns 20 points. Sign-up by email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be provided log-in information.
THIS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM. DOWNLOAD ZOOM TO ACCESS.
Join us on your phone, tablet, or computer.
* Download the Zoom app
* Follow the link and log in by entering the
meeting ID number and password
* and Enter the Gilman Library Zoom Room.
Every time you attend, you will be given a new code to enter at our READsquared website. Each code earns 20 points.
GET YOUR VIRTUAL CARD
Use our free wireless to apply for a 30-Day Virtual Card ~ use your virtual card to access our free electronic resources and downloadables ~ enjoy the downloadables at home ~ return and repeat. Your wireless card will continue to renew until 30 days after re-opening.
Today's News on WMUR 9
Governor extends State of Emergency through 6/26: https://www.governor.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt336/files/documents/2020-10.pdf
Travel Guidance for Businesses (from NH DHHS): https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/employee-travel-guidance.pdf
Posters from NH DHHS and CDC (on School Resources page; scroll down for posters): https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/schools.htm
2020 CENSUS ~ MAKE IT COUNT!
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