February 2020<                  >Thank you to Peter Abate and Gary LaPierre for sharing their wonderful art exhibit “Timeworn-The Art of Architecture in Decline” with us. We look forward to future programs with these talented artists!

The exhibit “Timeworn – The Art of Architecture in Decline” has been shown in several New England locations.  In “Timeworn – The Art of Architecture in Decline” each work of art invites the viewer to ponder the peculiar mystery, the intimate story of an old building, old structure or details of related parts and the often poignant and lonely struggle to survive the scourge of time and the elements, human use and neglect and the march of progress. Further each humble subject becomes its own material canvas so to speak, from which the patient, thoughtful eye draws its secrets and delights of unconventional beauty, by skillfully capturing the subjects intrinsic qualities of form and function, placement, detail, color, line and texture and the interplay between these qualities, light and shadow, natural and unnatural surroundings. In this ingenious way, a new work of art without either diminishing the other in anyway, but rather, each becomes a gift to the other and to the viewer.

October 2019<                  >Thank you to all who participated in our 1st Annual Scarecrow Contest. Congratulations to the White Family, and their winning “Despicable Me” Scarecrow. We look forward to next years contest!

August 2019<                  >Thank you to all who participated and helped out with our Summer Reading Program. Children who took part in the program read an amazing combined total of 9,938 minutes and 765 books! Be sure to return next summer for another great program!

April 2019<                  >Thank you to all who came to our Annual Egg Hunt.                          See you next year!


March 2019<                  >Thank you to Effingham Historical Society Paint Night artists, for showcasing your work here at the library!

February 2019<                  > Thank you to all who came to our ValenSLIME Workshop!

October 2018<                  > Thank you to those who braved the snow and slush to come to our…   


August 2018<                  > Thank you to all who participated in our Summer Reading Program! Over the four weeks of our “Libraries Rock!” program, our participants read a combined total of 370 books, and read for a total of 5130 minutes!

March 2018<                  > Thank you to the Friends of the Effingham Library for the purchase of Terry Farish’s Books: “Either the Beginning or the End of the World”, “Luis Paints the World”, and “Joseph’s Big Ride” following the March 15th Writers’ Night program.

February 2018<                  > Thank you to Jen VanCor for being our Featured Artist of the Month.


January 2018<                  > Thank you to Peter Hagerty for the donation of his book “Out Watering Horses”.

Thank you to all for supporting Writers’ Night in it’s 13th year of success!

October 2017 <                  > Thank you Jonathan Hively and Katherine Rhoda. Thank you Friends of the Effingham Library for your donation of Katherine Rhoda’s CD’s and Jonathan Hively’s book “First Out”

May 2017   <                   >Thank you Barbara Bald and Beth Fox. Thank you Friends of the Effingham Library for your donation of “Other Voices Other Lives” by Barbara Bald

February 2017  <          >      Thank you Louise Taylor for the donation of your latest book “Nantucket Sleighride”,  at our February Writers’ Night

December 2016  <          >   A very special THANK YOU to Mr. Claus for cleaning the snow off of your sleigh early and visiting us at the library!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and safe travels back to the pole.

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 October 2016  <           >         Thank you to all who came out to our annual Open House on Saturday 10/15/16.


A big thank you to Mr. Eric Potter for donning the hat of “Mr. Effingham” and answering any and all questions about Effingham history!

A very special thank you to the following donors, who supplied us with some fantastic raffle prizes this year!

Nail Care -North Conway, NH ($10.00 gift certificate)

New Hampshire Mushroom Company – Tamworth, NH (One case of fresh mushrooms $36.00 value)

Country Goods & Groceries – East Wakefield, NH ($25.00 gift certificate)

Shear Art – Ctr Ossipee, NH (One Shampoo, Cut, & Style $25.00 value)

Ye Olde Sale Shoppe – Effingham, NH ($25.00 gift certificate)

Assets Jeans – North Conway, NH ($25.00 gift certificate)

Cindy’s Place – East Wakefield, NH ($25.00 gift certificate)

Congratulations to all raffle winners. We hope to see you again at our open house next year on Saturday October 21st!

October 2016  <           >         Thank you Friends of the Effingham Library for the purchase of: The “Penny Poet of Portsmouth” by Katherine Towler, “One of Us Is Lost, selected poems” by Robert Dunn, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” CD by Peg Loughran, and “Crossing Over” CD by Peg Loughran. Borrow any of these and many other Local Author items here at the library!

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Writer, Katherine Towler and Singer/ Songwriter Peg Loughran

September 2016   <           >          Thank you Friends of the Effingham Library for the purchase of “Sing: and other short stories” & “The Nepal Chronicles” by Dan Szczesny.


August 2016     <             >    Thank You Friends of the Effingham Library for once again hosting a wonderful book sale!


August 2016   <       >     Thank You Preservation Society & the many volunteers who helped bring folks into Drakesville!

1816 ~ Bicentennial Celebration ~ 2016


Sponsored by the Effingham Preservation Society

July 2016   <      >    Thank you TJ Wheeler!

Mr. Wheeler’s amazing performance would not have been possible without receiving our Kids, Books and the Arts grant. This grant is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  This wonderful show was also made possible with additional support from the Friends of the Effingham Library.


Our summer reading program theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read”

encourages us to incorporate reading and physical activity this summer.

What better way to stay active than to dance!

July 2016   <    >  Thank You Mr. Hansen

Thank you very much Mr. Carl Howe Hansen for your donated copy of “Destiny : How humanity’s ignorance will lead to nature’s ultimate response” following your performance at our July Writers’ Night. We are delighted to circulate this gem of a novel among our patrons.

Sincerely, Crystal Hoyt Library Director

April 2016  <     >    The “Love Your Library” winner is..


Congratulations to Samantha Perry for winning the Friends of the Effingham Library Love Your Library ‘One of a Kind’ Designer Cards Contest

November 2015  <   >    Thank You!

The Trustees & Staff of the Effingham Public Library would like to thank the following organizations, businesses and individuals for their generous contributions, which have made restoration of the Dr. Oren Sanders portrait and related programming possible: Effingham Historical Society, Friends of the Effingham Library, Erik Jones, Sheila Jones, Carol Pfister, William Taylor/Ye Olde Sale Shoppe, and Kathleen Maguire.

January 2015    <  >    Effingham Library in the Carroll County Independent

August 2014   <  >   Dr. Sanders Portrait Conservation Project

Dr. Sanders Framed Portrait

The Library Trustees and Friends of the Effingham Library are raising funds to restore the Sanders Portrait hanging in the Meeting Room. Martha Cox of GreatWorks Painting Restoration in Shapleigh, Maine can restore the Sanders portrait and, following the restoration (to take about two months), would give a lecture on the conservation process and how the average individual can take steps to protect paintings they may own from similar risk.

The painting will be cleaned, where necessary in-painted, and the frame will be cleaned. To cover Ms. Cox’s estimate for the restoration and speaker’s fee, $1,000 must be raised as this cost does not fit within the Library’s normal operating budget.

The Friends of the Effingham Library will collect and hold the funds raised. Any size donation would be of great help! Donations can be made to The Friends of the Effingham Library are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and may be dropped off at the Library during business hours, or mailed to: Friends of the Effingham Library, Attn.: Sanders Portrait Project, PO Box 1, Effingham NH 03882.

The Library Trustees, Staff and the Friends of the Effingham Library thank you in advance for your gift!