Welcome new Library Director!

We want to give a warm welcome to Lee Shaw, Effingham Library’s 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.

Call to make an appointment and meet the new Director!

Event: Cemetery Tour!

On October 24th the Effingham Public Library hosted a cemetery tour at the Center Effingham Baptist Church cemetery. Erik Reading Jones gave a presentation highlighting interesting facts about the families buried there and local history. It was a great event and we thank all who came!
Also, a HUGE thank you to the Center Effingham Baptist Church, The Effingham Historical Society, The Effingham Preservation Society, and our Effingham-native history buff, Erik Jones!
Effingham really does have a remarkable history and we treasure the opportunity to preserve and honor our town and its past.
Please keep an eye out for more cemetery tours in the future.

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.”