James E. Nichols Memorial Library

June 22, 2020
 
Dear Library Patrons, Members of our Community and Summer Visitors:
 
As you may have heard, the Governor recently announced that libraries, among other services and businesses, may reopen on June 15th.  What you may not know is that the Governors' Economic Reopening Task Force has issued universal guidelines for all New Hampshire businesses and organizations to follow in order to reopen safely.  There are also guidelines specific for libraries.  We ask for your continued patience and understanding as we begin to implement these guidelines.
 
As we move forward towards re-opening, the Library Board of Trustees has as its top priority to assure both your safety and that of our staff.  For the time being, the Library building will remain closed to the public, but many of our services continue to be available or will soon resume.
 
We encourage you to take advantage of our expanded online options through our website http://www.centerharborlibrary.org.  The dropbox is now open so you can return any items you may have borrowed prior to the COVID-19 health emergency. 
 
We are happy to announce that you will soon be able to borrow Library materials again.  Starting June 26th, we will offer curbside pick-up.  Just telephone 603-253-6950, email [email protected] or use your online library account to reserve your requests.  You will be notified when your requests are ready for you to pick-up.
 
Although you won't be able to browse the stacks, feel free to contact our Librarian Jon Kinnaman for suggestions on what to read next.  He is back working in the building and would be happy to assist you, whether with our own book collection, downloadable books or streaming media.
 
We don't yet know when we will be able to open our doors and welcome you back to our Library in person.  Unlike larger libraries nearby, we are a small library with limited public space that presents unique challenges.  Please rest assured that the Library Board of Trustees is firmly committed to serving our community during this public health emergency and beyond.
 
As always, thank you for your immeasurable patience and support.
 
Stay well.

The James E Nichols Memorial Library Board of Trustees
[email protected]

 

 
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April 13, 2020
 
Dear Library Patrons and Members of our Community:
 
Out of an abundance of caution, our Nichols Library remains closed to the public and staff in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The Library Board of Trustees is meeting electronically each week via Zoom.com to carefully and thoughtfully consider how our Library might continue to operate and provide meaningful services to our community during this difficult time.  The agenda is posted online on this webpage (look to the right) with the login link. 
 
Although closed, we encourage our Patrons to take advantage of the online services our Library offers. Using our website http://centerharborlibrary.org and your library card, you can easily download eBooks, magazines, and audio by clicking on the DOWNLOADS tab, or stream videos by clicking on the STREAMING tab.  You can also request a library card online.  Either leave us a voicemail at 603-253-6950 or send us an email at [email protected] if you would like us to walk you through any of these steps.  Include your phone number and a time(s) to call you back.  We are also exploring additional online services, which may soon be available on our website, and welcome your suggestions.
 

All due dates for books and other materials remain suspended.  We ask that you keep borrowed materials for the time being and do not return them to the Library dropbox.

Please remember, you are a valued member of our Nichols Library community.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Stay well.
The James E Nichols Memorial Library Board of Trustees
 

 

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March 23, 2020

Dear Library Patrons and Members of our Community:

Due to the serious, difficult and evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, our Nichols Library is now closed by order of the Town Health Officer. 

The Library Board of Trustees met electronically earlier today via Zoom.com.  The Board carefully and thoughtfully discussed how our Library might continue to operate in this challenging time and provide meaningful services to our community.

Although our Library is physically closed, we hope our Patrons will take advantage of the online services our Library offers. Using our website http://centerharborlibrary.org and your library card, you can easily download eBooks, magazines, and audio by clicking on the DOWNLOADS tab or stream videos by clicking on the STREAMING tab. (Send us an email at [email protected] with your phone number and a time to call if you would like us to walk you through the steps).  We are also exploring other online options, for example https://www.smashwords.com/, that offer free or low cost downloadable books and materials to everyone.

Zoom.us presents us with new and creative opportunities to engage our community.  Soon, you may be able to login and chat with our Librarian, join a virtual Nichols Book Chat Cafe discussion, or hear The Author Next Door live and online.  Please watch our website or follow us on Facebook to hear more about these exciting ventures into the online world.

All due dates for books and other materials remain suspended.  Please keep borrowed materials for the time being and do not return them to the Library dropbox.

The Library Trustees will be meeting again on Monday, March 30 via Zoom.us.  You are welcome to attend.  The agenda and meeting login link will be posted later in the week on this webpage.

Please remember, you are a valued member of our Nichols Library community.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Stay well.
The James E Nichols Memorial Library Board of Trustees
 
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March 18, 2020

Dear Library Patrons and Members of our Community:

The Library Board of Trustees cares deeply about the health and well-being of our patrons and staff.  Given evolving guidance regarding the COVID-19 virus, we are temporarily closing our Library until further notice.

All due dates for books and other materials are suspended for the time being.  Please do not return any borrowed materials to the Library or use the dropbox at this time. 

We would like to encourage our Patrons to take advantage of the online services our Library offers.  Using our website http://centerharborlibrary.org and your library card, you can download eBooks, magazines, and audio by clicking on the DOWNLOADS tab, and you can stream videos by clicking on the STREAMING tab.  
 
The Trustees will be meeting on Monday, March 23rd to discuss operational plans going forward.  If any patrons or members of the public have questions or concerns that the we should address, or suggestions for services that would be helpful at this time, please contact us at [email protected].
 
We thank you for being a valued member of our Nichols Library community and for your patience and understanding at this time.  As we continue to monitor the situation, we will keep you posted of any changes in our Library operations.
 
Stay well.
The James E Nichols Memorial Library Board of Trustees
 

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Dedicated in 1910, the James E. Nichols Memorial Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Nichols Memorial Library is open to residents of Center Harbor,  people from neighboring  communities and summer visitors.  The library circulates books, audios, DVDs and eBooks, offers WiFi and computer access, and provides copying, FAX and scanning services.  If you have a question for the library, send us an email or visit us at centerharborlibrary.org.

The Library Board of Trustees is the governing body of the James E. Nichols Memorial Library and the link between the library and the community.  The Trustees meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 10:00am in the Library Meeting Room.  The public is welcome to attend.

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