We’re hiring

Part-time Library Assistant for children’s programs, Allenstown Public Library

The Allenstown Public Library has an opening for a library assistant who can work Tuesdays, 2pm-7pm, and Saturdays, 10am-5pm, though some flexibility is possible.  $10/hr.  In addition to general library duties, work will focus on children’s programs within the library.


  • Routine library functions including circulation, basic reference, and building maintenance
  • Assisting the library director with children’s programs
  • Reshelving, shelf-reading, and weeding
  • Assist patrons using public computers
  • Uphold library policies
  • Other assigned duties

Required qualities:

  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Experience working with children
  • Interest in libraries, children’s programming, and literacy
  • High School degree
  • Ability to follow directions and complete assigned work
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work with a variety of patrons
  • Friendly, welcoming attitude
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Dependable
  • Ability to go up and downstairs
  • Ability to lift 25lbs.

Desired qualities:

  • Experience working in a library/cultural heritage institution
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Customer service experience

Review of applications will begin immediately.  Please send a resume, cover letter, and list of three references (email is preferred) to:

Amber Cushing
Library Director
Allenstown Public Library

Preparing for the Snowpocalypse

In the event that the library closes due to inclement weather, notice will be posted

  • Here, on the Library website;
  • on www.WMUR.com under “closings”;
  • on WMUR TV Station on the closings ticker at 15 and 45 past the hour.
If you loose power, the Allenstown Elementary School will be available as a shelter location.
There is a parking ban in effect for the town of Allenstown from Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2pm – Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 6am.

It’s income tax time

Recently, I’ve had some questions concerning what federal tax forms and documents the library offers.  While the IRS no longer sends us forms, we can download any form from www.irs.gov on any of the library computers and print it for you at the cost of $.25 per page.  Plus, did you know that according to the “free file” page on  irs.gov, if you had an annual gross income below $57,000 in 2012, you can file your federal income taxes online for FREE using one of the major tax software programs available on the IRS website.  Irs.gov also has many helpful documents to help you with your taxes.  Check out irs.gov today on your home computer (recommended for security purposes) or on one of the library computers.

Audiobooks and Ebooks help

If you’re in need of assistance with learning how to use the new downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, there are now tutorials available online to help:


These short Overdrive (the company that provides the system) tutorials can familiarize you with the basics of downloading digital items to your devices.

As always, feel free to call/visit Amber at the library if you need personalized assistance.

New hours starting January 7, 2013

Starting Monday, January 7th, 2013 we will have new hours here at APL.

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10am-7pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 10am-7pm

Friday: 10am-7pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

After reviewing foot traffic data along with data from the library survey, I was able to develop a clearer picture of when people visited the library and when people said they wanted to visit the library.  According to the survey data, the most requested day was Saturday, so that was a priority in the new schedule.  I decided to open on Saturday and close on Monday as there was a pattern of little traffic this day.  Finally, survey data reported that many residents wanted a more standardized schedule for the library that was easier to remember.  I have tried to provide this in the new schedule: we open at 10am everyday; close at 7pm on the weekdays and 5pm on Saturday.  Ideally, we’d be open Wednesdays as well, but our current budget will not allow for that.

Please welcome Kristen Griffin

The library is pleased to announce that Kristen Griffin has been hired as our new part-time library assistant.  For now, Kristen will work Tuesday and Friday afternoons, and head up story/craft time.  She joins Amber, the library director and Rose, also a library assistant.