Gale Library

Click HERE for more information on our 2021 Summer Reading Program!

Gale Library -- No appointment needed!

The Gale Library will be open for public visits without an appointment beginning on Monday, June 14.  The scheduled hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 12-6 p.m. and Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Please note the following guidelines:

Mandatory mask required unless you have a medical condition preventing you from wearing one or are fully vaccinated.  Masks will be provided by the Library should you need one.

Social distancing of 3’ is required.

Please use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the building.

Place all returns in the book drop box on the front porch.

Computer, fax and copier use is available with limited access for up to 30 minutes per visit.

A maximum of 6 visitors will be allowed in the Library at any one time.  To enter the building, please ring the doorbell at either entrance during open hours.

Curbside service will continue to be offered.

If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.  Thank you!

Mondays, at 4:00 p.m: Teen Read Aloud! Join us live on Facebook every Monday at 4 p.m. from May 3rd for our read aloud of the amazing fiction title Fablehaven, written by Brandon Mull! Don’t worry… If you’ve missed the first few chapters you can visit our YouTube page to catch up!

Spring Scavenger Hunt! Can you find all of the items in our Spring Scavenger Hunt? Stop by the library front door and pick up a scavenger hunt and pencil. Email us a picture of your completed hunt (or one of you finding the items!) and you will win a prize! HAPPY HUNTING! Send pictures to Hayley at

Tuesday's at 10am: Preschool Story Time 'Drive In' style! Join us in the comfort of your car trunk every Tuesday at 10am for preschool story time! Ms. Hayley will read a collection of stories, sing some songs and we'll even have our themed craft kits for you to take home... You can also check out our Craft Making YouTube Video after the story!

Sign is is a must as space is limited, call us now to save your spot!

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Youth Services Librarian Update:

Please join us as we welcome Hayley Van-Gils in the new position of Youth Services Librarian!

Hayley has a vast amount of experience in childcare, creativity, programming and a zest for reading.

Please stay posted for upcoming programming and plans for the upcoming Summer Reading Program.

Welcome to the Gale Library, Hayley!

*For Curbside Service requests, please contact the Library at 382-4691 or email 

Gale Library Current  2021 Curbside Schedule: 

Monday 12:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. 

For ADA access, please contact the library for further instructions.

New Acquisitions:

Recent titles from the catalog Resource List may be accessed through our online catalog:

After clicking the link above the Gale Library photo, the Resource List is then located on the lower tab to the left of the page.

Paper copies of new acquisitions are available on the Library’s book drop box and updated weekly.

Wowbrary is also a free weekly online newsletter to showcase new books, movies, magazines, movies and music. Please visit for registration to receive new acquisitions delivered directly to your inbox.

Placing an order online:

An account will be necessary to access your circulation status, place holds or renewals. At the website, click on the Gale Library link above the photograph to begin.

Create account – Upper Right-Hand Corner of Page.

Enter Last Name and Library Card Number (Barcode).

Create Username and Password.

Phone (603) 382-4691  email:
You will be notified by phone or email when your order is ready. 

Donations of books and videos are currently not accepted due to the lack of storage capabilities.

Seacoast Science Center Discounted Passes

The Friends of the Gale Library have purchased discounted passes to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.

The pass admits two adults and up to four children or grandchildren into the Seacoast Science Center at 50% off the cost of regular admission. The Pass holder receives a 10% discount in the Nature Store.

Open on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Summer visitors must pay the Odiorne Point State Park admission fee at the same time they make their reservation (ages 12-adult:$4; ages 6-11:$2; under age 6: Free; NH residents 65+: Free).

Please contact us at (603) 382-4691 to request a pass.

Thank you to our Friends!

What's new at the Library! 

Wowbrary is a free weekly online newsletter to showcase new books, movies, magazines, movies and music.  Please visit for registration to receive new acquisitions delivered directly to your inbox.

We offer free WIFI.  Service is available in the parking area for those that need internet access.

Kanopy Streaming-

Patrons can now watch free films (including Kanopy Kids) by signing in with their Kanopy account and library cards on this site:

You will need to set up an account for email address and a password to log in.  For assistance, please contact:

Ancestry Library Edition for Genealogical Research: 

For those who would like to start or continue their genealogy research, we subscribe to  

Please contact the Library for log-in information. 

Questions and Assistance:

Informational Resources:

Downloadable audiobooks and eBooks:

About the Library:

The Gale Library is the public library for the Town of Newton, NH. The library was founded in 1892 and was set up in the Town Hall. In 1908, the library was moved to an antique one-room school house, now located on Route 108 and known as the "Marion Hatch Building". Since 1978, the library has occupied its present site, a former elementary school building. A capital reserve fund was started in 1982 to save and plan for future alterations to the library building.

Gale Library Retirement Announcement -

Mrs. Mears has retired at the end of 2020 in her roles of Children's Librarian and Assistant Director at the Gale Library.  Mrs. Mears has provided over 20 years of education and joy to the Newton community.  In addition to her staffing role, she also is a Friend of the Library and a previous member on the Board of Trustees with a long history of public service.  She will be missed and we wish her the best upon her retirement.  Thank you, Mrs. Mears!  Please visit our Facebook page to share your special memories with us!

As a former teacher and library trustee, I would like to extend my gratitude for all the work and creativity given to the Gale Library all these many years by Sue Mears.  May she enjoy many wonderful years of retirement. Sally Woodman



The Gale Library assembles, preserves and administers a collection of print and non-print materials of value and use to the community. Library materials, services, resources, and programs provide access to ideas and information to support clients in their personal, cultural, educational and civic interests. The library also provides a sense of community by connecting people and ideas in a welcoming and safe environment.

Reviewed & revised by Library Board of Trustees on 1/11/2017.

Using the Library:

The library offers books, magazines, DVDs, CDS, and other audiovisual materials. Movies and CDs are lent for a one-week period. All other materials circulate for three weeks.

Library registration is offered free of charge to Newton residents. Residents of Kingston, NH may also register for a free library card, according to an agreement between the public libraries of Newton and Kingston. Newton residents may also register for a library card at the Kingston Community Library in Kingston. Those registering for a library card must show proof of residency. Library cards must be presented for all check-outs.

Not available at this time (2021) Computer workstations are available to the public for word processing and Internet use. Internet use requires a registration, clear account and may be reserved for one-hour blocks of time. Library materials can be searched using the online public access catalog.

Children's Services:

Not available at this time (2021)

Children and adults are invited to the library's weekly Story Hour, each Tuesday at 10:00 am. Children can listen to stories and take part in crafts in the Youth Services Room. Children's Services are located on the upper level of the library building. In addition to the large Youth Room, a smaller Picture Book Room offers books for youngsters, toys, puppets, and a play area. Special events for children and adults are planned throughout the year and are announced in newspapers and on the library events sign.

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