Gale Library

The Gale Library will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Gale Library Updated Guidelines - January 5, 2022

Per order of the Board of Selectmen January 4, 2022.

In reaction to the recent Covid-19 surge and out of an abundance of caution the board of Selectmen are implementing the following restrictions until further notice:

Face coverings are required for anyone in publicly accessible areas of Town Buildings unless you have a medical condition preventing you from wearing one.

Whenever possible residents and employees are asked to attend public meetings via zoom or telephone rather than in person.

Town employees and elected officials should limit their presence to their assigned work areas and not enter other town buildings unless there is an essential business reason for entering. Telephone and/or email should be used to contact employees in other town buildings. We appreciate your cooperation as we address this current situation. Effective January 5, 2022.

January 2022 Storytime Updated Information:

Youth Craft Kits are now available Tuesday mornings on the front porch as supplies last! 

A link for Storytime will be posted later to our Facebook page.

We are adapting to staffing schedule changes. Thank you for your understanding!

Save the Date!  Thursday Jan 20th at 6:30pm - The British Invasion and American Answer: A Musical Journey

Take a fun and nostalgic journey through the most iconic and greatest era of rock-and-roll history with author and pop culture historian Marty Gitlin. This presentation highlights performance videos of influential British Invasion superstars such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Hollies, Dave Clark Five and The Who as well as American bands that provided a wonderful reply such as the Beach Boys, Mamas and Papas, Temptations, Byrds, Monkees and Simon & Garfunkel. The program also discusses how these artists influenced pop culture and society, compares and contrasts the music, and includes trivia questions for patrons to ponder (including snippets of songs from which patrons must identify the band!). The presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer period. This program is a lot of fun, so join in!

Please send request for Zoom link attendance to:

Gale Library Youth Services Librarian Job Posting:

The Gale Library in Newton, NH is currently searching for a Youth Services Librarian position. Weekly hours will be 20 hours. The pay rate and daily scheduled hours will be determined. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Theresa Caswell, Library Director at with Youth Services Librarian in the subject line.  

This posting will be open until filled.

Gale Library Winter Maintenance Assistant Job Posting:

 The hourly rate is $15.32 and is a Labor Grade IV, Step 8 position.  Hours will vary according to a snow removal/sanding schedule. Please email with Winter Maintenance Assistant in the subject line for further information. Thank you for your interest in employment with the Gale Library!


   Gale Library Open Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 12-6

Tuesday and Saturday 9-1

Friday 9-3

  • Hand sanitizer is requested upon entering and exiting the building.
  • Curbside service is still available.  For ADA access, please contact the library for further instructions.
  • Book returns are to be placed in the porch book drop box.  Books are sanitized before going back into the collection.
  • Computer, FAX, and copier use is available with limited access for up to 30-min. block of time.

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

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

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.

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.

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 DVD's 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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