Closed for Renovations

closed-for-renovation-signWe will be CLOSED starting Monday 27 October for approximately two weeks for renovations.
Maximum checkout limits have been increased and there will be NO overdue notices or fines during this period.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we make your library an even nicer place to visit!

Beloved Allenstown Librarian to be Honored

On Saturday, September 20 from 12:30-2, Mrs. Georgette Plourde will be honored with the dedication of the granite bench which now graces the patio at the library. Mrs. Plourde was a lifelong resident of Allenstown who devoted 31 years to the service of patrons of the Allenstown Public Library from 1975 to 2006. The bench was purchased with funds donated by friends, family, and community members wishing to commemorate Mrs. Plourde’s contributions to our community.
Please join us Saturday the 20th on the patio for refreshments and words of remembrance.

New Library Director at Allenstown Public Library

On August 9, 2014, the Allenstown Library bid farewell to our director, Dr. Amber Cushing.  Amber accepted a fantastic opportunity to relocate to Ireland and put her PHD to work as a professor in Dublin.  Amber made many positive additions to the Library and our programs.  We wish Amber all the best in her new position.

On August 14, 2014, after a careful search for just the right candidate, the Trustees hired Deborah (Debbi) Gadwah-Lambert as our new Library Director.  Debbi is a native of Colebrook, NH and  has been the Public Library Director at a  small historical library very similar to ours for the past eleven years in Canaan, VT. For the last two years, she has also been the Media Specialist and Teaching Librarian at Canaan’s K-12 School. She attended college at Granite State College and Drexel University. She is a Past President of the Vermont Library Association and contributing member to the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative. She recently relocated with her daughter to Concord, NH .  “I am very happy to be selected as your new library director,” Debbi says, “and I look forward to working with the Allenstown Public Library’s board, staff and community members to keep the library relevant and effective for the people of Allenstown.”

The Board of Trustees wishes to welcome Debbi to our staff.  We invite patrons to come in and say hello.

Seeking a new director

Director-Allenstown Public Library, Allenstown, NH

The town of Allenstown, NH seeks a creative, energetic, community and customer service oriented Library Director who is passionate about the role the public library plays in the community. The person who fills this position will play a vital role in the community and will work with other town departments and the local schools, as well as other local organizations including the Friends of the Library and funding agencies. The Director will work closely with Library Trustees who oversee the library’s budget, policies and day to day activities.
The Library Director responsibilities include:
Collection development and management (including the library’s OPAC and inter-library loan)
Developing and executing library programming
Day to day management of library staff and volunteers (including staff training)
Developing and upholding library policy
Data management and creating library statistical reports
Technical support for all library computers (Windows 8), the downloadable progam, and patron’s ebooks
Managing the library’s website (WordPress) and social media accounts (Facebook, Goodreads)
Providing reference assistance to patrons
Development and management of the library’s annual budget
Public relations
Grant writing
Representing the library in the SILC consortium and NHDB consortiums
Desired qualifications include:
Knowledge of basic library practices including policy development, reference, cataloging, and collection development
Experience managing employees and/or volunteers
Experience with and knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint
Experience with web publishing platforms including WordPress and Omeka
Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing
Grant writing experience
Public relations and outreach experience
A bachelor’s degree and MLS (in-process is acceptable) are highly desired, but not required for the right candidate.
Salary is dependent upon annual town funding allocation. The position is approximately 24 hours per week, and at times, the Director will be expected to be available outside library hours to participate in town government meetings, events, etc. Wage contingent upon experience.
Interested candidates can submit a resume and letter of interest by July 31 to:
Allenstown Library Board of Trustees
59 Main Street
Allenstown, NH 03275
Electronic submissions are encouraged.