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

Information consulting is here!

Are you a small business, that would like some advice on how to better manage your computer files?

Would you like to preserve your family photos using your computer, but don’t know where to start?

Do you need help using the internet to find a job?

Would you like to learn how to search the internet like an expert?

Do you need help making a website?

I can help you with all of these tasks!  Information consulting is a new, free service provided by your library.  Simply call or email the library to make an appointment with the library director.  Appointments are scheduled in 30 minute time slots on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays during library hours.  I look forward to hearing from you!  Please see more information under the “Our services” link above.