Elkins Library Open -
Please ring the doorbell before entering the library and you will be met by one of the staff to have the protocol explained.
Masks are required! We can provide one.
Please use hand sanitizer.
Curbside pickup will continue for those that prefer it.
Appointments required for the Children’s Room and for computer usage in 30-minute time slots.
Please call 783-4386 to make arrangements.
If you are just browsing; drop-in is fine, however, we have a limit of four in the building at one time.
The open hours will be Monday through Thursday 9-5; and Sat. 9-12.
If you are more comfortable with contactless curbside service, here's how:
· This service is available for Elkins Public Library cardholders.
· We will call you when your item(s) is ready for pickup.
· Before you leave the house for the library, or when you arrive, call 783-4386. We will then check the item(s) out to you and place your item(s) on the table outside the main entrance. After the staff person has returned to the building, come to the table to pick up your items.
· Read, enjoy, and return items in the book drop anytime. Please only one person at a time. If someone is picking up their materials, please wait until they have returned to their car.
We’re happy to help you select something to read. Click here to fill out a form for Reading Suggestions at Home.
If you are unable to leave the house, but would like to request library materials, please call 783-4386 or email email@example.com and a delivery time will be arranged.
WiFI continues to be available outside the library 24-7. Just choose elkins_library. No password is required.
Both Book Groups have resumed as virtual meetings. Please call the library at 783-4386 or email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
If any of you or your family members are having a difficult time logging on to our collection through the State of NH Overdrive or Hoopla, PLEASE let us know. We are monitoring emails and phone calls daily and in the Library working on projects and can easily connect readers with thousands of online titles. Email us, leave a message on this website or on FaceBook or call 783-4386. Click here to go our wide selection of Digital Materials available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
These are unprecedented times, yet with calm and cooperation, we will come through this having discovered our strengths and resilience.
Susan I. LeClair
Elkins Public Library
Canterbury, NH 03224
For help with this form or to sign up over the phone, call 603-783-4386 to speak with us or leave a message. Your call will be returned Monday-Thursday from 9-3pm. Thank you!
Click below to go straight to a channel filled with fun from your Library! This is where you can find Elkins Public Library programming! Updated daily! Become a subscriber and have content delivered right to your inbox daily!
Here are some links to some famous authors and illustrators reading his/her own books!
This site also features famous people sharing favorite titles with music and animation. It is very entertaining!
Click below for videos on crafts, activities, recipes and more. Currier Gallery in Manchester provides many ideas for young and old alike. Try out Currier from Home by clicking the button below.
Let's head to Boston together to the New England Aquarium. Take a virtual tour of this amazing place and learn about how we can work to save the oceans!
Librarians are working over time these days. Librarians all over the world are putting together lists of websites and on line resources for children. Click here to see the list from the State of NH.
Introducing Children BOOK BUNDLES! Looking for some great books for the kids? Try a book bundle via our curbside pickup service! Book bundles are bags of 5 children's books based on a theme!
Some great bundles include:
"New Books", "Animals", "All Things Graphic Novel", "Baby Board Books", "Cars and Trucks and Things that Go".
We will prepare a bundle based on what you want!
To request your bundle, call 783-4386 or email email@example.com or fill out the handy ordering form below!
Story Time To Go! These kits are created for use with children ages two to five to promote early
literacy development. Each kit is based on a theme and contains five picture books and an activity
sheet. The activity sheet provides examples of how to incorporate each of the five early literacy skills
– talk, sing, write, play and read. Themes include alphabet, colors, animals and trucks to name a
few. Call or email now to check out your own kit for curbside service or pick up.
To request your kit, call 783-4386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the handy ordering form below!
Maker MySelf Kits: Do you have a little crafter that wants to create all the time?Leave the
preparation to us. This is a take home activity for ages 4 and up. You can expect simple crafts
most suited for little hands to complete by themselves however some will require a minimal help from
someone at home. Most material will be included but you will need to have some materials at home
such as glue, crayons or markers.
Call or email now to check out your own kit for curbside service or pick up.
To request your kit, call 783-4386 or email email@example.com or fill out the handy ordering form below!
Summer Reading 2020 IMAGINE YOUR STORY!
This year the Summer Reading program offers many ways to participate with your Library!
Fluttering fairies, helpful elves and garden creatures star in these programs designed for babies, toddlers, school aged children and teens! Our summer will feature opportunities for all to engage with the Library through Google Meet, Zoom, YouTube, FaceBook Live and virtual programming.
We are so excited to get the summer off to an exciting start with our Summer Reading Kick Off event!
Wednesday, June 10 at 4:00pm. Join in on Elkins Public Library's Facebook page and watch a LIVE broadcast of Wildlife Encounters!
Wildlife Encounters live animal experience features a diverse selection of seven amazing small and medium-sized Ambassador Animals! It's sure to be an interactive and eye opening experience where you will likely meet animals you've never encountered in your life! You will be able to ask questions and get answers during the show!
Every Thursday starting June 25 until the end of July, Mrs. Baker will post a program on YouTube at 10:00Am for a fun and exciting activity related to our nationwide theme, Imagine Your Story! All programs will be on YouTube to watch whenever you want or to watch again! Follow along in this Summer Reading Packet for crafts, reading suggestions and more.
June 25: One Upon a Time: To be ready for a summer of magical tales, we better have our wizard and witches hats and wands.
July 02: A Hero’s Journey: You are all a hero in Mrs. Baker’s eyes, she is so proud of you! Let’s design your own code of honor and a proper shield and sword.
July 09: Magical Creatures: Fantasy Dragon Eggs are easy to make and fun to keep, we will show you how! Come see Mrs. Baker’s own gnome garden and fairy house.
July 16: Timeless Tales: This week we focus on writing and telling our stories.
Starting June 22: Join Mrs. Baker every Monday and Tuesday for a preschool/toddler/baby program including books, flannel boards, finger rhymes and easy songs to sing-a-long! These virtual programs will be posted on our website and FaceBook page and archived on YouTube. View them whenever you want and subscribe and click the “bell” for notifications to get videos sent to your inbox.
The Book Wizards Book Club: meets every Wednesday at 2:30 to discuss mid-grade chapter books that we are reading. This group is designed for any individual age 6 and up that is interested in reading and discussing chapter books alone or with a caregiver.
If you are interested in joining these groups and find out what to read next; let us know by emailing Mrsbaker@elkinspubliclibrary.org or calling 783-4386 or message us on FaceBook.
Every Wednesday: After-school Meet-up! Since March, a wonderful group of middle schoolers have been “meeting” on Google Meet with Rose, Sue and Mrs. Baker. We meet every Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. This group is best suited for humans ages 13 to 16. at 3:30pm Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
SPECIAL EVENT: July 23 - MAREK BENNETT - COMICS WORKSHOP!
NH-based cartoonist, musician, and educator Marek Bennett leads
discovery-based Comics Workshops for all ages throughout New England and the world beyond! His comics work includes the graphic novel series, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, the local history webcomic LIVE FREE AND DRAW!. among others! Join us July 23 from 10 to 12 on Facebook Live to
learn how to tell your own story through drawing! This program is for all ages, however children age 5-8 will welcome the assistance of a caregiver. Take a look at his website at https://marekbennett.com/before/ to get ready for this amazing event! As we get closer to the event, we will make sure that you have the supplies ready to learn to draw your own comic book!
We are excited to introduce Camp Candlewick, a new online reading program! Over the course of twelve weeks, young people of all ages will be encouraged to take part in shared reads, activities, and virtual events with prominent creators. Via website content and email newsletters as well as robust support resources on sites such as Pinterest, “campers” will be alerted to reading suggestions, prompts, and activities for the “cabins” appropriate for his or her reading level.
Read Squared: We are thrilled to feature a program that is designed for early readers through age 14 to encourage life-long reading habits. If you need an incentive to keep up reading through the summer, this is for you! Points will be awarded for number of pages, minutes read, books read and attending virtual library events. It’s up to you to decide how to earn points! It’s not about how fast you finish the program, but about building the habit of reading every day. There is no obligation to participate, it’s entirely up to you!
Call today or stop by to reserve the pass for Petals in the Pines. Use the pass for free admission to the Tale Trail and enjoy all the activities available.
Join Beatrix Potter and Farmer McGregor was they tell The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Visit Petals in the Pines to view this garden and so many more themed gardens.
Libraries, a trusted institution, can ensure that people have accurate information regarding the census and why it is so important. Come to the Circulation Desk or email us with questions.
Let's take a look at what to expect by looking at a sample survey..
To access our entire collection, click here to access our catalog. Make a list of books you would like to reserve and let us know. When we open again, the book will be right here waiting for you!
NH Humanities is a wonderful resource for learning and growing. Read, watch and listen to NH artists and thinkers. Sign up for a weekly newsletter called "Human Ties" for updates
Free Period Press exists to help you slow (way, way) down, take care of yourself, and focus on what’s most important to you.
Take a break and sign on to one the these neat forums.
Gibsons Book Store in Concord is offering some wonderful virtual events including Book Talks and Zoom discussions. Click on this website to see the list of events and register for the next program.
Can't make it to Strawbery Banke, or want a sneak preview prior to a visit to the museum? Whether you're interested in the history of the Puddle Dock neighborhood, the historic houses, or the museum's gardens and historic landscapes, click on the selections below for a virtual tour that will transport you to this historic waterfront neighborhood.
Librarians like a gather information and make it easy to find and use.
The New Hampshire Library Association has put together a wonderful resource page of Covid-19 information and links to help us get through this challenging time together.
Happy Census Day!
Libraries play a crucial role in helping promote the census in their
community, so anything you can do to help get the word out about completing
the 2020 census online or over the phone is greatly appreciated!
NHLA has put together an overview on public programs and systems. Topics include:
Social Security Benefits; Unemployment Insurance Benefits;
Utilities; Food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid; Domestic Violence;
Housing; Senior and Consumer Law; Youth Law/Education.
Although the Law Library building is closed to the public, the library
itself is open, and staff are answering phones and responding to emails.
Please feel free to email with any legal information requests.
The mission of the bureau of New Hampshire Employment Security is to pay unemployment compensation benefits in a timely manner to eligible claimants and collect the tax which funds these payments.
They are available on-line to assist you in this time of crisis.
Let us direct you to find the help you need during this stressful time. The NH Department of Education offers suggestions and links to helpful resources.