2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest!

It’s the second annual Library Scarecrow Contest! Come build a scarecrow on the library lawn anytime, beginning October 1st until October 24th and you could win!!
To enter the contest, please call or email the library!

EPL receives CLiF “Rural Libraries” Grant

The Effingham Public Library is a proud recipient of The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) Rural Libraries grant for the 2020-2021 school year.

The grant provides

  • $2,000 worth of brand-new children’s books for the public library
  • $500 worth of brand-new children’s books for our local elementary school’s library
  • Two professional storytelling presentations for all the students in grades PK-6
  • Two professional storytelling presentations for local childcare/preschool programs
  • The opportunity for all PK-6 students to select two new books of their choice at the spring storytelling event
  • The opportunity for all preschoolers to select two new books of their choice at both storytelling events
  • Book bundles for your community
  • $250 to be used for new children/family programming

The grant’s goals are to update and supplement library’s collections, increase circulation and library use, strengthen the library’s connection with local schools and the community, and inspire a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in New Hampshire and Vermont.

“Often the library needs to improve their children’s collection to better connect with their community,” says CLiF Program Director Meredith Scott.“New books and bringing storytelling events to the elementary school and preschool helps the library to strengthen those relationships.”

September is library card sign-up month!

Not just books, the library offers so much more! We have activity kits, DVDs, puzzles, games, a telescope, and of course, BOOKS! Already have your own library card? Sign up a friend or family member!

Happy national library card sign-up month! Click on Buzz Light-year to sign-up for a card online.

Open for Appointments!

The library is excited to announce that in addition to our curbside services, we are now open to patrons, by appointment only.

Appointments will be scheduled:

Wednesdays from 1pm-5pm 

Saturdays from 10am-2pm

They will be scheduled on the hour and half hour for 20 minute increments per party. Please call or email the library at least two days in advance to schedule your appointment. Accommodations can be made for computer usage (please let us know in advance). Confirmation will be by email, unless otherwise requested. Before you visit, please refer below to our library opening guidelines and information.

Library opening guidelines and information:

  • Masks are required. If you do not have a mask, the library can provide one for you.
  • Please DO NOT bring any books inside. Drop off any returns in the book drop first, before entering the building.
  • Please enter through the normal entrance (red door).
  • Please knock upon arrival.
  • Please use hand sanitizer before browsing.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the library.
  • Please practice physical distancing.
  • Please limit the number of people in your party to two or less. If needed, accommodations can be made for parents & guardians with children.
  • Please note: there are no public restrooms at the library at this time.
  • Please do not schedule an appointment if you are feeling ill, running a fever, or have a cough.

Thank you for following these guidelines, we look forward to seeing you again soon!