Elizabeth Geraghty, Director

5 Corporation Hill Road
Box 202
Sutton, NH 03260

Phone: (603) 927-4927
Fax: (603) 927-4927 same number. Call ahead.

Literacy, Inquiry, Collaboration

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Sutton Free Library Hours

Due to COVID 19, the library building is currently closed to the public.
However, you can still reserve items! Call or email and we’ll arrange a time for you to pick them up. Staff are available to answer calls approximately 8 am to 3 pm Mon. & Wed.  Email is checked daily.


Winter Hours: November 1 – March 31

Monday: 9-12 & 3-6

Wednesday: 8-12 & 3-6

Saturday: 9-2


Summer Hours: April 1 – October 31

Monday: 10-12 & 3-7

Wednesday: 8-12 & 3-7

Saturday: 10-2

Not sure what you want to request for Curbside Pickup: check out this page with photos of many new books from the past two years! https://suttonlibrarian.wixsite.com/curbside


The library is now offering curbside pickup! We are phasing reopening gradually, this is Phase 1. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new process. 

How will it work?

  1. You will place holds by calling or emailing the library at: suttonlibrarian@gmail.com
    (603) 927-4927. Not sure what you want? Call or email for recommendations! Also, check the SFL Facebook & Instagram feeds that will be updated with pictures of new purchases!
          www.instagram.com/suttonfreelibrarynh   www.facebook.com/suttonfreelibrary
  2. When your holds are ready, you will receive an email or phone notification to schedule a pickup time. We’re NOT open for our usually business hours. We’re in the library on Mon & Wed from 8-3 and sporadically on other days and times. Don’t worry, we’re flexible and will do our best to work around your personal schedule.
  3. Visit the library at the allotted time to retrieve your materials. At this time, you may also return any items you have out, using the metal returns box by the parking lot.

How will my items be handled?

Staff will wear a mask while placing your items in a plastic bag labeled with your last name. The bag will then be placed on a folding table by the parking lot behind the library. Items will already be checked out to you – so feel free to take your bag and go! This is a no-contact service, meaning that staff will not be outdoors. If there is something else you need, or you have questions while you’re picking up your item, feel free to call us from the parking lot.   927-4927

I don’t have a library card! Can I still use this service?

Absolutely, please call or email the library to remotely sign up for your library card.

Can I request items from other libraries?

No. At this time, NH inter-library loans aren’t in service.

Can I come into the library to grab something while I’m there?

Unfortunately, no. At this time the library building will remain closed to the public.

What safety precautions is the library taking?

The library has taken the following steps before offering these services:

  • Completed a detailed cleaning of the library building
  • Deep cleaned frequently used surfaces
  • Obtained adequate stores of disinfectant and hand sanitizer, as well as protective gear for staff

In addition, we will be quarantining all returned items for a minimum of 72 hours. We will also be quarantining all newly ordered items before they are added to the library’s collection. If you’re uncomfortable with the minimum 72 hours, please feel free to request a longer quarantine period for your items.

How long will you offer this service?

Until further notice. Since our service levels are determined based on a number of public health factors, we do not know when our services will change. We are following CDC guidelines as well as recommendations by the Reopening NH Libraries Task Force. This SFL Curbside Reopening Plan has been approved by town counsel as well as the town health officer. Please check our website at www.sutton-nh.org/town-department/library for future updates.

Rest assured that library staff are working on plans for the next phase of reopening, and we look forward to serving you further in the future!

Meanwhile… don’t forget to take advantage of the resources SFL already provides!

  • Overdrive/Libby: Read ebooks & magazines, listen to audiobooks (library card required for free sign-in. Don’t have a library card? No worries, email or call and we’ll set you up!)

  • Virtual Story time: Daily at 7am (Goodmorning with Kristin) and 7pm (Goodnight with Elizabeth). To enjoy (and to see all past storytime reads) please visit SFL’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/suttonfreelibrary
  • To-Go Crafts: Weekly craft kits geared towards kids ages 3-9. Story links (read by Kristin and Elizabeth) to go along with each weekly theme.  As of 8/10 we’ve completed 6 weeks of crafts and plan to continue this program/service through the Fall!

Don’t forget to email or call anytime with questions or ideas!

SFL Instagram Feed                                                                SFL Facebook Page
www.instagram.com/suttonfreelibrarynh                www.facebook.com/suttonfreelibrary  

UPDATED Response to COVID-19

To our Sutton family, friends, neighbors, and patrons:

As predicted, the situation with COVID-19 is changing daily, even hourly. In response to this, the Sutton Free Library Board of Trustees held a special meeting Tuesday (3/17/20) evening. During this meeting, a unanimous decision was made to cease the flow of materials through the library. In order to most effectively safeguard our community, we’ve made the decision to stop our previously offered curbside pick-up service, our interlibrary loan borrowing, and our Take & Make Crafts.

With this said, our staff will continue to work within the library, and will be available to answer voicemails and emails. 

Attached, please find a list of the ways Sutton Free Library (SFL) will continue to serve you during this uncertain time. In addition, we’re also posting daily to our Facebook (suttonfreelibrary) and Instagram (suttonfreelibrarynh) accounts with web-based resources.

Use the Library Without Stepping IN to the Library

  • WIFI is available 24/7. Patrons can always utilize this free service from their cars.
  • Read ebooks and magazines or listen to audiobooks without leaving the comfort of your house with Overdrive/Libby. Don’t have the app yet? Call and leave a message or email and we’ll walk you through it with your library card number and password. nh.overdrive.com
  • Disappointed about missing story time every week? Us too! Fear not, Miss Kristin and I will be creating story time videos for you to watch with your little ones at home. Check our Facebook feed for daily stories at 7am and 7pm. Guest readers Wednesdays at noon.

Our Commitment to Keeping You Safe

SFL will track and follow guidance from public health officials to keep our staff and community safe and to help slow the spread of this virus. We will continue these safety measures until a decision has been made by the Sutton Free Library Board of Trustees that the spread of Covid-19 has abated (in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services). 

In the meantime we encourage you to keep yourself informed. Misinformation spreads fast, we recommend visiting the following reliable resources frequently for up-to-date information about COVID-19:


World Health Organization – www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Coronavirus at a Glance – www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus


New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services – www.nh.gov/covid19


Kearsarge Regional School District – https://www.kearsarge.org
Town of Suttonhttps://www.sutton-nh.org


Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions, concerns or suggestions.

603.927.4927 suttonlibrarian@gmail.com

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we face this health emergency together. If you find yourself stuck at home, remember, there’s nothing like the company of a good book to pass the time! 

We wish you and your family good health,  

Elizabeth Geraghty ~ Sutton Free Library Director
& the Sutton Free Library Board of Trustees

Helpful COVID information from Jenn Alford-Teaster

NH Senate District 8: Dispatch from Sutton, NH
March 19, 2020

Given that we are just beginning to get accustomed to our “new normal” I thought it would be helpful to reach out with a few resources to assist with coping with the swift changes in our daily lives. I’ve continued to field questions from Granite Staters and the predominant struggle that I continue to help people manage is anxiety about what information to trust including what resources are available and how to take care of our loved ones and vulnerable populations.

To start, I’d like to share that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports US based infections are patterning similar to other countries reinforcing suppression measures for vulnerable populations. Taking care of yourself- hand washing, staying home, social distancing- is taking care of the community. #COVID19.

The NH Department of Health and Human Services created a website for all information related to coronavirus at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/. The website reports the incidence (new cases), and geographic distribution, of the known cases.

For questions about symptoms and symptom management, please call your Primary Care Physician (PCP). If you do not have insurance or a PCP, you can call the State of NH 24/7 hotline at 2-1-1 or 1-866-444-4211 with any questions.

The Governor’s executive order  declared a state of emergency to increase access to resources in order to strengthen the ability to respond to the pandemic. Additionally, five emergency orders (12, 3-5) have been issued to further public safety and security. Emergency Order 1 directs schools to conduct remote instruction for schools in NH. Emergency Order 2 prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people and restricts restaurants to take-out and delivery service only. Emergency orders 3 – 5 provide economic relief for Granite Staters impacted by COVID19 including, but not limited to, prohibiting disconnecting or discontinuing service for non-payments, prohibiting evictions, and providing access to unemployment benefits through the duration of the State of Emergency.

I have been in regular contact with a local developmental pediatrician who has offered several resources for helping children and families cope during this time. Listed here are resources that offer grounded, evidence based approaches for reassuring children and strategizing for this challenging time.

  1. When children are anxious language can be much harder to process. Use images and social stories to help decrease anxiety and improve behavior. Dr. Dr. Lisa Gutherie’s  COVID Social Story 
  2. General Guidance from HealthyChildren.org: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This website covers symptoms, talking to your child(ren) about COVID19 as well as other helpful tips for dealing with this “new normal”
  3. Reaching Higher NH Remote Learning Resources


  1. NH National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hotlines for mental health support – includes support hotlines for suicide prevention, veteran support, trans support, LGBTQ youth, and text support services. You are NOT alone – we are in this together!
  2. NH Resources for Domestic VIolence Help: NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: and/or Crisis Center of Central NH.
  3. National Domestic violence support specific to COVID: https://nnedv.org/latest_update/resources-response-coronavirus-covid-19/
  4. Securing food for under resourced homes: NH FOOD BANK

This list of resources are not exhaustive. If there is a service or resource that is not listed that doesn’t include a critical need, please let me know and I am happy to help connect you to resources during this time. I have stated in my previous email, if you are home sick, without family or support  to care for you, or if you are in need of emergency supplies and at home with small children, please reach out to me and I will do my best to meet your need or find someone who can in your community: 603-660-6561.

A final couple of thoughts and reflections. This time of uncertainty is scary. It’s understandable if you are anxious, irritable, and struggling to make sense of this situation. That is a normal response to such an incredible disruption of our daily lives. Remember, that taking care of yourself is the starting point for support for others. Take some time to meet your needs as best as you can and then work outward from there. One of my favorite quotes is by Etty Hillesum that helps put the focus right back on the present moment: “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”.

You are not alone, we are in this together. We will get through this time by will strengthening our devotion and commitment to each others success and that starts with the seed of community within ourselves.

Stay healthy,

Holiday and Weather Closings
Throughout the winter, please call ahead if you have concerns about weather, if there is no answer, we’re most likely closed.   603.927.4927

Story Time: MONDAY 10:15 ~   currently on hold ~ due to covid-19

Sutton Free Library Book Discussion~

currently on hold ~ due to covid-19

The SFL book group now meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6-7pm. Call or stop in to grab a copy of this month’s book! All are welcome!

This month’s book and discussion date:

Collections and MORE! 

The general collection at Sutton Free Library includes thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles as well as audiobooks and DVDs to appeal to all audiences.

Magazine subscriptions,  board games, a meeting room, public computer, copier, fax and 24/7 wifi.  If the book you need is not in the building, the library participates in state-wide interlibrary loan – which means the book can be borrowed for you from over 200 libraries throughout NH!  Click HERE for downloadable ebooks and audiobooks.

New Hampshire Downloadable Books   Have you tried Libby!? 

If you use downloadable books this new app will be your new best friend! Check it out from your app store today! (It is FREE!!)

Have a tablet, smart phone, kindle, nook  or other electronic device?

Access thousands of e-books and audiobooks from anywhere through the library. Simply go to nh.overdrive.com select Sign In, then “Sutton Free Library” and enter your library number and pin.   Ask the library for details! No charges apply.

Inter-library Loan: Search the New Hampshire State Catalog for titles state-wide

currently on hold ~ due to covid-19

With inter-library loan you can borrow titles from all around NH as well as our local collection!

Sutton Free Library

Museum Passes

Seacoast Science Center

Check out the LSPA Outdoor Explorer Backpack

currently on hold ~ due to covid-19

Seasonally selected books, activities and outdoor fun all wrapped in a travel pack you can check out at the Sutton Library.  Another great way to entertain the young or young at heart through every season! Call or stop by for details.

Another hit from the folks at Lake Sunapee Protective Association!

Kindness Rocks Sutton~ Started summer of 2018

Take one for inspiration ~ Share one for encouragement ~ Leave one for motivation

The Kindness Rocks Project encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life.


The purpose is simple, to cultivate connections within communities and lift others up through simple acts of kindness.

To learn more, visit:     www.thekindnessrocksproject.com/

Local Artist Exhibits at the Library

Find work from artists Larry Harper (Photographer), Joanna White (watercolors of Sutton Mills village homes) and Loren Howard (multimedia abstract three-dimensional pieces). Their works are on display throughout the library and will rotate periodically.


Year-Round Book Sale

Looking for the perfect book gift? Come check out the sale bookcases!

You name the price, all donations support your Sutton Free Library!

Want to keep up to date with what’s going on at the library? You’re invited to visit the Sutton Free Library page which is regularly updated by the SFL Director. Find out what’s going on with Story Time, discover new books , hear about new program offerings… there’s a little of everything! Hope you can join us!

Click here to visit the Sutton Free Library Facebook Page

Board Members
First Name Last Name Position Term Expires
Yvonne Howard Trustee 2021
Betsy Anderson Alternate -
Jen Call Trustee 2021
Nancy Brook-Heckel Chair 2022
Diane Lander Treasurer 2021
Marcy Vierzen Secretary 2023