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Dunbar Free Library
P.O. Box 1580, 401 Route 10 South, Grantham, NH 03753
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Physical Location Closed Until Further Notice
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 We will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2020 for the holiday! Enjoy!

Hours the DFL has traditionally been open: M and W, 9-7:30, Th 9-5, Fr 9-12*, Sat 9-2 (* there was a “new” traditional for Friday of 8:30 to 12, but in ?2 1/2 years about 3 people took advantage of it. So right now, we’re going with 9-12.)

Summer Reading Program 2020

Mystery Reader every Friday night @ 7:00 during the Summer Reading Program!  Come see who appears to read your child a fairy tale! Paste this link in your browser:

The Summer Reading Program is just beginning! Start recording your reading starting today at:,schedule an appointment to pick up your “To Go” kits by this Wednesday by calling 863-2172, and tune in on Thursdays to listen to stories and and follow along with the weekly craft @…/UCmm-o2KBDlAcKrRxso9BFUA/videos.

DFL Dropbox Is Now Open (after reading directions, go to FAQs–click on the actual tab, not one of the “dropdowns” or just click HERE.)

Sorry, delivery person put a box through the dropbox slot on Friday sometime that essentially “locked it” again–it was fixed by ?6? pm).


How does that work?   Well, “nothing is set in stone”.  “Subject to change”, this is the way it’s going to start.


a) Place your own holds (ask us how),

b) Email (, or

c) Call (863-2172)

for books, magazines, audios, or videos you want.  If the items are new things we don’t own yet it may take longer, although there are some things in the building that aren’t showing in the catalog yet.

  1. We will get in touch to inform you that your materials are on hold and confirm a convenient appointment time the next business day.  To begin with, we are offering appointments during the hours the library has normally been open.  This is subject to change.  Appointments are at 15 minute intervals.  Appointments will start half an hour after opening and end half an hour before closing. 
  2. Materials will be placed outside the front door (weather permitting) or kept inside the vestibule if it is TRULY stormy, in bags labeled with the cardholder’s initials and last two digits of the library card number and the appointment time.  (eg dh99, 3:45)
  3. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing when picking up your bag.  We are doing our best to keep you safe while offering access to library materials, please help us do so.

The Dunbar Free Library has been closely monitoring the advice of health authorities at the city, state, and federal levels, as well as current guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the current spread of COVID-19.  We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our community.

As such, the Dunbar Free Library is currently closed until further notice to aid in the suppression of the coronavirus.  See the FAQ’s menu tab for information on how to borrow free ebooks and audiobooks. If you need more help or information about how to use our online resources, please call or email ( 

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The Summer Reading Program 2020 is almost here! To sign up or to find more information, look under the Children and/or Teens menu tab.

The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library!
Enjoy this a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries that are free to members of subscribing libraries. Sign up by choosing the Dunbar Free Library from the side menu. Enter the 4 digit prefix code and your library card number (no spaces). Finish the sign up by entering your email and a password.
Click on the image to read the MAY issue of BookPage, a review of some of the best new books from a variety of categories.
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ that has just started. SYNC 2020 will use Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Click on the image above to sign up and start reading TWO FREE books per week!

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NH State information.
World, and Country specific covid-19 statistics.
Information for vulnerable populations such as older adults and people with disabilities.
A great comic from NPR.
Free Covid-19 coverage. Also, go to the web resources down to “research and learning” for more NYT
“This is intended as a guide to laws, regulations and executive actions in the United States, at both the federal and the state level, and in various countries with respect to the new coronavirus and its spread.” Includes “the Law Library’s Ask a Librarian” service.
Questions about NH Unemployment? Call (603) 271-7700
Low-interest disaster loan information for small businesses.

The Census has started. As of 4/1/20, only 14.7% of Grantham had responded to the Census which is lower than the national and NH response rate.  Why? because MUCH of Grantham has PO boxes, and the census doesn’t mail to PO boxes.  The plan was for Census workers to deliver the actual paper copy to Grantham residents without postal delivery, but in a time of pandemic that is NOT A GOOD IDEA! As the library is closed, we can not offer that you can fill out the census on a library computer, BUT, you can get the information you need from the links below, including the phone number to call if you prefer that to answering online.  Please email if you have any questions though.  Here are the links to helpful information, a synopsis of them and an explanation about why it is SO important that we be COUNTED!:

  • Ways to Respond to the 2020 Census
  • Avoiding Fraud and Scams
  • 2020 Census Question
  • You have two options: First, you can go online at and complete your Census quickly and securely. The first question will ask for a 12-digit number; if you have not received that yet, just skip the question and continue with the rest of the form.  If you prefer not to use the internet, you can call, toll-free, 844-330-2020, and speak with a live person who will take your information entirely over the phone.  There are only nine questions on all census questionnaires, so this will take you no more than 10 minutes!

    Meals on Wheels, Medicare, school funding, transportation planning, and first responders all rely on the numbers that the Census produces.  Make sure our area is counted, completely and accurately, by being proactive and responding TODAY!

Upcoming Events @ Your Library

Book to Movie 

Book to Movie Club: the June title is “The Professor and the madman” by Simon Winchester.  The movie, fortunately, is available on Kanopy. Now we just have to figure out how to do the books: email


THE DUNBAR LITTLE FREE LIBRARY is closed for the season, but it will re-open SOMETIME.
Located in Rum Brook Plaza, 249 Route 10 North
This project was generously funded by the Friends of Dunbar Free Library and the Eastman Charitable Foundation. Participants of Eastman’s Youth Conservation Corp built the structure.


Here’s the crew that built it!


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If you want to request something you DON’T find in our catalog, try searching the NH Union Public Access Catalog (see Quicklinks on the left). You can check to see if what you want is available anywhere in other NH public libraries. Most of the college libraries have to be searched for in different ways now. If you can’t find it, send us an  e-mail with the title, author if available, format (book, DVD, CD), publishing date if you know it. If you have the time, tell us how you heard about it. We’ll call you when it’s in or to tell you that we can’t get it for you, usually the former.