Elizabeth Geraghty, Director
Address:

5 Corporation Hill Road
Box 202
Sutton, NH 03260


Phone: (603) 927-4927
Fax: (603) 927-4927 same number. Call ahead.
suttonlibrarian@gmail.com



Literacy, Inquiry, Collaboration

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Stay connected with your town library!


Sutton Free Library Hours

Due to COVID 19, the library building is currently closed to the public (the normal open hours posted below
aren’t being followed).
However, you can still reserve items! Call or email and we’ll arrange a time for you
to pick them up curbside. Staff are available to answer calls approximately 8 am to 1 pm Mon. thru Thu.
Email is monitored daily.

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Winter Hours: November 1 – March 31

Monday: 9-12 & 3-6

Wednesday: 8-12 & 3-6

Saturday: 9-2

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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! Automation (with online catalog! to be completed early 2021). https://suttonlibrarian.wixsite.com/curbside


CURBSIDE PICKUP

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 usual business hours. We’re in the library approximately Mon – Thu from 8-1. Don’t worry, we’re flexible and will do our best to work around your personal schedule if these times don’t work for you.
  3. Visit the library at the agreed upon 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 If the weather is unfavorable the Curbside table will be just inside the library’s back door.

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, due to the pandemic, SFL isn’t participating in NH inter-library loans.

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’ll 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.

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:  We’ve greatly enjoyed our 7 months (Apr-Oct) of (twice daily) stories with you! Daily at 7am (Goodmorning with Kristin) and 7pm (Goodnight with Elizabeth). New stories aren’t currently being uploaded, but please enjoy all our past story time reads (over 350!) by visiting 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. Thank for to all who participated with these crafts from June-November. We handed out just over 630 craft bags (with 2 crafts per bag)! Thanks again to the Friends of Sutton Free Library for securing a grant to fund these supplies.

Don’t forget to email or call anytime with questions or ideas, we love hearing from you!

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

UPDATED Response to COVID-19

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:

Worldwide:

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

Nationwide:

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

Statewide:

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Serviceswww.nh.gov/covid19

Local:

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

NH SPECIFIC DISEASE TRACKING
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.

SYMPTOMS
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.

NH STATE OF EMERGENCY AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS 
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.

HELPING CHILDREN COPE
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

ADDITIONAL 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,
Jenn


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

currently on hold ~ due to covid-19


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.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE IN CREATING KINDNESS ROCKS FOR OTHERS?

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 Facebook page which is regularly updated. 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
Jen Call Trustee 2022
Nancy Brook-Heckel Chair 2022
Diane Lander Treasurer 2021
Marcy Vierzen Secretary 2023
Yvonne Howard Trustee 2021
Betsy Anderson Alternate -