Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks are here!

I am excited to announce that starting today, you can now use to access downloadable ebooks and audiobooks.  To login, simple use the dropdown menu and select “Allenstown Public Library.”  Then, enter the barcode on the back of your library card in the “library card number” box.  You can follow the directions linked from the page, or contact Amber at the library for assistance.  The NH Downloadable books blog also has some great step-by-step directions for syncing different devices with the system.

Over the next week, I hope to integrate the ebook and audiobooks into the library catalog.  For now, use the search feature on to find material.

It might be time to ask Santa for a Kindle for Christmas!

FREE access to library edition is here!

Onsite users of the Allenstown Public Library now have FREE access to library edition.  Bring your wireless device or use a library computer to access all of’s genealogy databases:

Please note that’s library edition can only be accessed through the library’s wireless network, so you can’t use it at home.  You can however use it 24/7 if you come into the library or from the library parking lot, if you don’t want to get out of your car 🙂

This is a great new FREE library service, as a personal subscription can cost $155-$300/yr.

Questions?  Feel free to call Amber at the library.

Personalized books make great gifts (and help the library too)

Want to help the library AND get a great gift for a child this holiday season?

Look no further!

From November 16th-Tuesday, December 5th the library is selling personalized children’s books.  These hardcover books put the child’s name, hometown, friends, family and a personal message into the story.  We offer a variety of books with prices ranging from $13-$15 (the library keeps $4 of every book sold.).  Shipping is waived if you pick up the books at the library, or ship to anywhere in the USA for $2 per book.

To order:

  • Stop by our table at the Allenstown School Bazaar with cash/check from 11-2pm tomorrow, November 17th to view sample books and place your order
  • Stop by the library anytime to view sample books and place your order via cash/check

See examples from the brochure below!

Survey closes, Kindle winner announced

Congratulations to Martha Robie, who won the Kindle for completing the library survey.

In total, 98 of 1989 household completed the survey, a return rate of 5%.  While there is a range, many sources consider a mail survey response rate of over 10% good.  Be on the lookout for survey results.

Library survey

Be on the lookout-all Allenstown households should receive a library survey in the mail (it’s thick bright orange paper, you can’t miss it!)

Your survey answers will be used to help plan future library programming and hours.

PLUS, if you return your survey in person (during library hours) or answer it online, you can enter to win a Kindle e-reader.

We’re hiring

The Allenstown Public Library has an opening for a part-time library assistant who can work Tuesdays, 2:30pm-8pm and Fridays, 1pm-8pm, though some flexibility on Friday start time is possible.  $10/hr.


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

Required qualities:

  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work with a variety of patrons
  • Friendly, welcoming attitude
  • Ability to go up and downstairs
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Dependable
  • Ability to lift 25lbs.

High School degree required, Bachelor’s degree desired.  Please send resume and cover letter by October 22, 2012 to :

Amber Cushing
Library Director
Allenstown Public Library