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Gilman Library
Location: 100 Main St.
Alton, NH 03809
(603) 875-2550
Hours of Operation: Tues & Thurs 11am-7pm
Wed & Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-1pm
Closed Sun & Mon
Mailing Address: Gilman Library
PO Box 960
Alton, NH 03809
Gilman Library
Librarian: Holly Brown
Assistant Librarian: Rozalind Benoit
Library Aide: Mary Edgerly - Mann
Library Aide: Jan Marie Prescott Weldon
Library Aide: Lily Yari
Chairman: Linda Hess
Treasurer: Ruth Arsenault
Trustee: John Pohas
Trustee: Ruth Messier
Trustee: Shirley Lane
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Keep track of your reading progress by title and the amount of time you spend reading from July 1st to August 13, 2013.

Report your reading progress to library staff anytime between July 09th and August 13th, 2013.

Choose to take part in the Easy Reader Extravaganza or the Chapter Book Challenge.

The program is open to readers of all ages. Family reading time counts. Readers under the age of 18 earn prizes and raffle tickets for the time they spend reading. Readers age 18 and over win raffle tickets for every 30 minutes they spend reading.

Winners will be determined at closing time on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

Winners do not need to be present at the time of the drawing.

Easy Reader Extravaganza - Please keep track of the Titles you are reading during the program and report your progress to a member of the Gilman Library staff.

Read 15 books and choose a prize from Prize Box A...and continue reading...

Read another 15 books and choose a prize from Prize Box B...and continue reading...

Read another 15 books and choose a prize from Prize Box C. Congratulations! Your chart is complete. can earn a raffle ticket for every book you read. Place your tickets in the drawing for the raffle prize of your choice.

Chapter Book Challenge - For readers under the age of 18 - Challenge yourself to read 30 minutes a day for 3 weeks.

Read for at least 30 minutes a day for one week and choose a prize...and continue reading....

Read for at least 30 minutes a day for two weeks...choose a prize...and continue reading....

Read for at least 30 minutes a day for three weeks and choose a prize. Congratulations! You have completed 3 weeks of reading at least 30 minutes a day!

Remember...earn a raffle ticket for every 30 minutes you spend reading. Place your tickets in the drawing for the raffle prize of your choice.

Chapter Book Challenge - For readers age 18 and over - earn a raffle ticket for every 30 minutes you spend reading during the summer reading program. Place your tickets in the drawing for the raffle of your choice.

As you visit the library during the summer reading program don't forget to check out what's happening...

At the "Craft Tables" - get creative by taking part in a new craft at the start of each week. Supplies are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

Answer the "Question of the Week" - Find the answer hidden in the library and choose a prize from the "special sticker bin"

"Guessing Game Jar" - we will offer a different jar each week. One guess per person please...the person who comes the closest to guessing the amount of items in the jar is the winner of the jar. If there is more than one winner, the contents of the jar will be divided among the winners.

JOIN US ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 01, 2013 at 3:30 PM...FOR...

This year's Summer Reading program is sponsored in part by the River Run Deli, Alton and the Alton Teacher's Association.

The Gilman Library offers various programs throughout the year. Regular programs include the Summer Reading Program, Story Hour, and "Alton's Book Chat" book discussion group Special interest programs include NH Humanities Council Programs; and cultural, historical and local interest programs. Make sure you click on the "What's Happening" icon located at the center of this web page for a calendar of events.

We welcome the use of the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room for social, educational and cultural activities that are open to the public. Reservations may be made at the circulation desk or by calling 875-2550. The full policy and guidelines are available at the library.

The Gilman Library offers an extensive collection of DVDs and videos for circulation. Materials may be checked out for two days. The full circulation policy is available at the library.

We also offer an extensive collection of audio books for circulation. Materials may be checked out for three weeks. The full circulation policy is available at the library.

Story Time is here again.

Join storytellers and listeners here at the Gilman Library, 100 Main Street, Alton. Story Times start on September 22, 2010. Anyone is welcome to attend. Story Times are scheduled for the following days:

Wednesdays at 9:15 AM
Thursdays at 1: 45 PM
Fridays at 9:15 AM

We wish to thank our volunteer readers who have and are taking time from their busy schedules to share a story with our young listeners. In addition, we would like to encourage parents and caregivers to visit the Gilman Library and be sure to check out the Story Time Bulletin Board and determine which Story Times they might like to attend. For more information regarding the Story Time schedule and how you can take part in the fun through listening or sharing a story please call 875-2550 or stop by the circulation desk. New readers and listeners are always welcome.

The Gilman Library in Alton will be bringing back its children's reading dog program this June. The free program pairs children with mellow, friendly dogs in a safe, one-on-one setting. The children read out loud to their canine partners from books they choose themselves, without any judgment or pressure to succeed. Programs like these have been shown to raise confidence, improve reading skills and increase a child's enjoyment of the reading process.

The first dog to participate will be "Ginnie", a very sweet and relaxed lab mix. Ginnie has been certified as a therapy dog by Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Her handler is a professional writer and former English and social studies teacher who has worked with children at all grade levels. A second dog is expected to join the team sometime this summer.

The program will start with sessions every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00-4:00 p.m., one child per session. Each meeting lasts a half-hour, so there are currently four openings available. The young readers are urged to come weekly for at least a month, with the option of continuing after that for as long as they like. Children of all ages are welcome.

For more information on the program, please contact Holly Brown, library director, at 875-2550, or . Details about similar reading programs can be found at TDI's website: Also, if you have a dog who might be suitable for the program, and are interested in volunteering, feel free to contact the library.

Our Archival Room contains extensive resources on the Lakes Region and surrounding areas. For Alton genealogy research, this is a good place to start. We are pleased to say that the Alton Historical Society is also located here in this building. For more information please contact the library.

Our collection includes many titles that are available for circulation. All issues circulate for one week. As with all materials, renewals are always possible if no one is waiting!

Library patrons, 18 years of age and older, may access the Internet. Persons under the age of 18, require permission from a parent or guardian before accessing the Internet. Computers may be used on a walk-in basis. Visitors who are 18 years of age or older may check their e-mail on a walk-in basis for up to half an hour, if a computer is available. After one half hour, more time can be allowed as long as no one else is waiting. The full Internet Policy is available at the library.

Patrons can access our wireless network with their own wireless devices free of charge. Bring your own computer and enjoy the convenience of working with your own systems while enjoying the quiet, friendly and climate controlled atmosphere of our library.

The Gilman Library works hard to be responsive to our patrons needs and we know that wireless access has been on your wish list for some time. We are proud and pleased to be able to offer this service at this time. Drop in soon to experience the full range of offerings at the Gilman Library.

BIBLIONIX (Online Catalog)
Bringing more choices to Gilman Library Patrons through the Apollo Automated System
       Or...scan the QR code at the library circulation desk
-Log In...using your library card number and phone number

**** Gain access to information pertaining to your card.
**** Renew or Reserve materials contained in the Gilman Library collection (if applicable)
**** Browse the Gilman Library catalog.
**** Check out databases at the New Hampshire State Library
**** Explore Interlibrary Loan options at the NH Public Access Catalog
**** Utilize the following electronic resources:
    • New Hampshire Downloadable Books
    • Audio books and eBooks
    • 30,000 free ebooks. Download to your own device using PDFs, HTML, Epub,
    • Mobipocket & more.
  • LibriVox
    • Public domain recordings of public domain literature. Plays anywhere.
  • GENI
    • Solving the problem of geneology and building the definitive online family tree.
    • In-Library only for Geni Pro
If you have any questions or comments regarding our online catalog please call 875 -2550 or visit the Gilman Library, 100 Main Street, Alton.   ENJOY!

If you are searching for a particular title that is not part of our library collection we can request it from another library in the state. For more information regarding this wonderful service please stop at the circulation desk.

Do you use Interlibrary Loan a lot?

You can now have fun searching the holdings of all the libraries in New Hampshire

Bookmark this site:

New books will not be loaned for the first 6 months after publication and not all libraries loan audio/video materials, so some of your findings may not be available to borrow. Requested items usually arrive at our library in 1-2 weeks. The loaning library sets the due date and you must return your materials on time to keep using this privilege. We are happy to be able to offer you this service.

You may request materials by filling in the "Patron Request Form" found at the Gilman Library, or you may request by email following these directions:

  1. Go to the site listed above and search for the material(s) you want
  2. Click "add to my list" on the right hand side of the block containing the material information
  3. The "My List" icon in the upper right side of the page should now show "1" instead of "0"
  4. Continue searching and clicking "add to my list" until you have all the materials you wish to borrow
  5. Click the "My List" icon at the top, right side of the page
  6. Review your list for accuracy
  7. Click "email this list" on the bottom left
  8. On the "subject" line, put your name, patron number and contact information (contact information is your phone number or email address)
    **If you skip this step, I will not know WHO wants the materials, and they will not be ordered**
  9. On the "email to" line, put
  10. We will phone or email as soon as your material(s) arrive at the Gilman Library

Founded in 1980, The Friends of the Gilman Library have supported the library in many ways. Throughout the years the Friends have sponsored numerous fundraisers and programs and have proven to be a real asset to the library. For more information regarding how you can become a part of this very special group, please stop at the circulation desk. New members are always welcome. Make sure you click on the "What's Happening" icon in the center of this web page to see what our Friends are up to now!

Also of interest are our book, magazine and puzzle swaps. There is an on-going book sale in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room. Besides books, our children's wing offers stuffed toys, puzzles and games to play with in the library. Check out our college resource center and come meet all of our wonderful volunteers! Interested in volunteering? Inquire at the circulation desk.

All year-round Alton residents and Alton tax payers are eligible for an individual or family card free of charge. Non-Residents (including seasonal renters) may apply for an individual or family card at a cost of $20.00, good for one (1) year. Non-Resident families wishing to have separate patron cards for each member of the immediate family may purchase additional cards for $5.00 each per year. The full Patron Card Policy is available at the library.