Effingham Public Library 

Fall / Winter 2020 Newsletter

Buying a book on Amazon?


You can get it for free!

You can obtain almost any book you’re looking for from us, your local library! If we don’t own the book, we can request it from one of the 100s of other NH libraries across the state through our Inter Library Loan program, ILL. Then you just pick up the book right in Effingham. Save your money for that new pair of shoes or a new puppy and never spend money on a book again! Call 603-539-1537 for more information.

More than just books, the library is filled with materials to keep you, and your family, entertained all year long. We offer books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, board games, a telescope, and much much more! Library services include printing, faxing, photocopying, computer usage, CD cleaning, and more!

Appointments & Curbside Services 

In an effort to keep services accessible we are currently offering no-contact curbside pickups and in-library appointments on Wednesdays from 1pm-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Contact the library via email or phone to schedule your appointment or pickup. Masks and sanitizer are available at the library. At this time our multi-purpose room and our restrooms are closed to the public, so please plan accordingly. We are so glad to see patrons again, and we look forward to hearing from you regarding your appointment. We will continue to update our website as hours and services change.

storytime on zoom

Storytime has moved to ZOOM!

Story time for our youngest patrons is now available on Zoom. Join us Saturday mornings at 10:30am to read stories, sing songs, and maybe even play games. Send us an email at effinghamlibrary@gmail.com for the Zoom link and passcode.

Welcome our new Director 

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Lee Shaw to the Effingham Library as our new Library Director. Originally from North Carolina, Lee received his master’s in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to working as a public librarian in Raleigh, NC and Brooklyn, NY, Lee has worked as a car photographer, web developer, and at a magic library in Manhattan. Lee has travelled throughout Latin America and studied in Buenos Aires. He received a grant in 2019 to create a collection of books by Ecuadorian authors for his neighborhood library in Brooklyn.

Lee believes in the public library as a space to foster community, learn, and explore. He is excited for the opportunity to further the Effingham Public Library’s mission and vision. When he’s not at the library, Lee enjoys playing guitar, hiking, soap making, and listening to records.

CLiF Rural Libraries Grant!

EPL 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 and the local preschool
  • The opportunity for all PK-6 students to select two new books of their choice at the Spring storytelling event
  • Book bundles for our community
  • $250 towards new children’s programming
  • Keep an eye out for announcements regarding the storytelling events and new books!

New Books!

Here is a short list of some popular titles we’ve recently added to our collection.

    • The Awakening by Nora Roberts
    • The Brave Learner: finding everyday magic in homeschool, learning and life by Julie Bogart
    • The Coast to Coast Murders by James Patterson
    • The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves
    • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
    • One by One by Ruth Ware
    • Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb

Library Programs

Cemetery Tour: The library hosted two fun outdoor programs in October. The first was our second annual scarecrow contest on the library lawn and the second, a tour of the Center Effingham Baptist Church cemetery. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Center Effingham Baptist Church, the Effingham Historical society, the Effingham Preservation society, and our knowledgeable presenter; Erik Jones. Fun was had by all participants and we may keep this as an ongoing event!

Book Making at Home: Register now to pick up a packet of supplies and instructions to make a maze book. Learn how to make and illustrate a book of your very own. Treasure your new keepsake for yourself or gift it to someone special. Who doesn’t love handmade gifts!

Craft Classes Online: Now is a great time to get cozy with arts and crafts and what better time of year to learn a new skill. Effingham Public Library has joined in partnership with neighboring libraries to offer a free annual subscription to Creativebug for all Effingham Library patrons. Patrons will have an all-access, no-boundaries pass to explore thousands of classes. People of all skill levels can work alongside instructors to learn craft techniques. Visit Creativebug and enter your library card number to start crafting. Please contact us if you need to obtain your library card number or if you’d like to sign up for a library card!

TECH Kits… Tinker, Explore, Create, at Home!

A TECH Kit is a backpack program aimed to provide access to hands-on learning materials that promote fun and educational adventuring and exploring right to your family’s doorstep! Items in the kits include; a junior metal detector, a microscope, and Edison Robot, a Makey-Makey, a handheld weather forecasting station, snap circuits, bug collecting, and more!

Kits can be borrowed from anyone with a library card in good standing and are checked out one week at a time. Although fun for everyone, TECH kits are geared towards children and families. Very young children may need supervision. Borrow a TECH Kit today!

TECH Kits have been generously awarded to the Effingham Public Library through funding for the Kids, Books and the Arts event, provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CLNH) as well as funds administered by the NH State Library.

Friends of the Library

FEL also known as The Friends of the Effingham Library was established November 2002 by a small group of residents interested in supporting the growth and development of the library.

Throughout the years they’ve helped the library transform. They’ve aided the library in acquiring new media systems, carpeting, shelving, laptops, seating, collection development and even a new heating system! Their generosity continues even during these times of uncertainty. They ran a successful “Grab-bag book sale” this summer in the Library parking lot and continue to support the library throughout the years.

FEL meets once a month and members volunteer their time with different fundraising events.

If you’d like to become a friend of the library, please visit our website https://effingham.lib.nh.us/friends-of-the-library/ for more information.