Gale Library

All Newton residents are cordially invited to join us in wishing a fond farewell to Terry Caswell, long-time director of the Gale Library, upon her retirement.  There will be a reception in her honor at the library on Friday, July 8, from 1-3 p.m.

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Knitting Group will be held on the Friday dates of July 1 and 8 at 1:00 p.m.

2022 Summer Reading Programs!

Here at the Gale Library, we’re gearing up for summer – summer reading that it is! This summer we’d like to present “Oceans of Possibilities”: 4 weeks of exciting ocean-themed programming! Starting the week of June 13th and running through July 9th, this all-ages program encourages patrons to sign up and read as many books as they can to enter to win fun prizes! Registration for this program begins May 24th.

In addition to our summer reading challenge, for the kids we’ll continue outdoor Storytime on Tuesdays at 10 am, hosting 4 weeks of Wednesday evening crafts such as design your own beach bag, make a decoupage shell dish and create your own sea gem pendent, culminating on Wednesday, July 6th with a visit from the Seacoast Science Center and some of their LIVE ocean creatures!  Surprise activity Saturdays will take place that will be hands on activities intended to be done outside in our parking lot.

All of the children’s programs have a limited number of spaces available, please sign up ahead of time to ensure your participation.

Tuesday Children’s Storytime

Families are invited to join us each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. for children’s stories and songs.  If the weather is pleasant and warm, plans will be for outside attendance.  Please call (603) 382-4691 to attend.  Registrations are required at this time due to capacity restrictions.

Weekly crafts bags that correspond with each week’s theme will also be available on the front porch. Available while supplies last!

Gale Library Updated Mask Guidelines - February 16, 2022

Per order of the Board of Selectmen February 15, 2022.
Masks are no longer required in any town building or transfer station. The Board of Selectmen does recommend masks be worn when entering a town building. 

 Updated Gale Library Open Hours:

Monday 12-6

Tuesday 9-1

Wednesday 12-8

Friday 9-3

Saturday 9-1

  • Curbside service is still available.  For ADA access, please contact the library for further instructions.
  • Computer, FAX, and copier use is available with limited access for up to a 30-min. block of time.
  • If you aren't feeling well, please stay home, thank you!

Gale Library YouTube Page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-qT8aX-593lO60cZtBZMpQ

Galelibrary Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/GaleLibraryNewton/

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

Placing an order online:

https://galelibrary.follettdestiny.com

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: galelibraryreads@comcast.net
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.

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: https://galelibrary.kanopy.com/

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

Ancestry Library Edition for Genealogical Research: 

For those who would like to start or continue their genealogy research, we subscribe to Ancestry.com: http://ancestrylibrary.com.  

Please contact the Library for log-in information. 

Downloadable audiobooks and eBooks:  https://nh.overdrive.com/

Informational Resources:

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/

https://www.cdc.gov/

http://nhlibrarians.org/covid-19-resources/

https://www.imls.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates

https://www.who.int/

https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/

https://www.census.gov/

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.

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


Mission:

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.

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:

Children and adults are invited to the library's weekly Story Time, each Tuesday at 10:00 am. Children can listen to stories, play games, and take home a craft kit to enjoy! 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 and DVDs for youngsters. 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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