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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 4/6/20
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We are frequently adding new resources, most often to the website resources tab and its subdivision “Virtual Resources”, so check it often.  As of 4/6 we have a link to the Valley News, that is offering all of its online access for free during this crisis.

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.

The Dunbar Free Library is currently closed until further notice to aid in the suppression of the coronavirus.  See further down the page 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 ( 

Are you not sure how to use Overdrive or the Libby App. to read or listen to books online?

Here’s how to use Overdrive for reading or listening to books on the COMPUTER:

1.) Click here to sign up or access the NH Overdrive Collection

2.) Click: sign in in upper right hand corner of the page

3.) Find your library (put in the name of your town)

4.) Enter the 4 digit prefix code (call the library to get this code) followed by your library card number-no spaces.


5.) In advanced search you can set parameters such as available books only and/or format (ebooks or audiobooks)

6.) Enjoy-from the comforts of your home!

Here’s how to use the Libby App on your phone or tablet:

1.) If you have an Apple device (like an iPhone or iPad), click on the App Store icon on your device.

If you have an Android device, click on the Google Play icon on your device.

2.) Search for Libby and download the app onto your device.

3.) Follow the prompts in the app to find your library. Sign in with the four-digit prefix for your library (again, call the library if you don’t have this code yet), followed by your library card number-no spaces.

4.) Browse your library’s collection and borrow a title.

You can type in the name of a specific book to see if it’s available. You can also try searching by category, or you can browse ebooks and audiobooks by availability or popularity. If the library has a particular ebook or audiobook but all of the copies are currently being borrowed, you can place a hold on it.

5.) Enjoy reading! 

If you have a Kindle, you can send your ebooks from the Libby App directly to your Kindle:

  1. Click Borrow.
  2. Click Read With Kindle. This will bring you to Amazon.
  3. If you aren’t logged in to Amazon, it will prompt you to log into the Amazon account that you have connected with your Kindle.
  4. Select your Kindle from the “Deliver To:” dropdown list and click Get Library Book.

    Note: Your Kindle will need to be connected to the Internet in order to receive the book. If you don’t have a Kindle or you’d like to read the book from your computer, you can also download the Kindle app for free on your computer to read books from there.


4/6/2020… The Valley News has temporarily lifted the paywall on all stories on their website and their e-edition.
All of their local coronavirus coverage is online at You can also support their journalism by subscribing here:…/common/template.jsp.

If you want to stay on top of the news, consider subscribing to Daybreak! It’s a a roundup of what’s going on in and around the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire: local news, state news, and things to do! Click here:…  and subscribe at the bottom of the page.



3/20…  Here are several sources of information provided by the State Library:

3/19….Free eBooks and audiobooks from Junior Library Guild.  All titles are “always available” although they do switch out from time to time; some go away and others take their place.  Some examples are: “A Day at the Sea with Mr. McGee”, “What’s the Difference?” (what IS the difference between a clementine and a mandarin orange??), and “Anne of Green Gables.”

  • For Elementary level books, the username is JLGELM, password (case sensitive) JLGFREE  
  • For Middle school level books, the username is JLGMID (same password)

There’s some overlap in books between elementary and middle, both fiction and non-fiction, there’s a mix of audio and eBook titles, Elementary has 97 titles (audios are the ones with the picture of headphones), Middle has 53, if you click on the book itself instead of the READ button you’ll see information that includes pages/duration, publisher, a description of the plot… Give it a try!


The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone eBook and audiobook are now available for *unlimited* access through our @OverDriveLibraries digital collection! Download Libby to borrow the title with no waitlists or holds!
Find the audiobook here:
Find the eBook here:

You can also access the book through Audible here:

If you need your library card number to log in, email us at



3/30/2020 Have you ever tried Storyline for children? It’s AMAZING! Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. And it’s all FREE! Give it a try! Click here:


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Here are a few links regarding the Coronavirus or COVID-19:

The below video of Dr Peter Lin explains how the Coronavirus spreads and what we must do to protect ourselves.


Similar to the Lebanon, NH Public Library, our library does not currently disinfect borrowed materials when they are checked in or used in-house. Disinfecting these types of items and materials is currently not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 “April” title is “Water for Elephants” by Sara Guren.  Email if you have suggestions on how we could use online resources to conduct our book discussion, or if you want to be contacted with any plan we come up with, whether or not you have joined our group before.   ( the book discussion was scheduled for 4/27 at 6;30, but if the majority suggests another time it isn’t set in stone, obviously!)


New Members Welcome!     

SOMETIME we will do “The professor and the Madman” by Simon Winchester,  dates to be determined. 






THE DUNBAR LITTLE FREE LIBRARY:   Is closed for the season, 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.