We Have BIG News!
What’s the big news? The Dunbar Free Library will begin allowing patrons access to the library by appointment only, while continuing curbside services.
When will these changes begin, and what are the details? Starting April 19th the library will allow patrons on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Appointments will be limited to 20 minutes for either browsing and checking out items or for computer use. To begin with there will be 4 appointments each day (M, W, S) spaced at least 20 minutes apart.
Who is allowed access? Each appointment is limited to 1 adult, or 1 family unit of 4 or less. Patrons must be in good health in order to enter the building, and they are required to wear a mask at all times. Patrons are also required to sanitize their hands when entering the library with sanitizer located at the entrance.
How do I request an appointment? Appointments must be scheduled with the library staff by telephone, email, and possibly a DFL website form. Library staff will confirm the appointment date and time with patron. Patrons seeking to enter the library building without an appointment will not be admitted. Same day appointments will be accommodated if time slots are available.
Will patrons have access to the entire library? Access to the children’s section will not be possible due to relocating several staff workstations. However, children’s books and audios can still be checked out with staff assistance, while most of the games, puzzles and movies are in the accessible area. In addition, one of the two rest rooms will be reserved for library staff only.
What measures will be in place to keep patrons safe?
- When an appointment is made, the staff will review the procedure for entry, including the requirements listed above, with the patron.
- Computers will be equipped with a protective cover over the keyboard, Computers available for patron use will alternate between two stations. Keyboards and mice will be sanitized following each patron use by staff.
- Plastic protective shields will be installed at any station where patron/staff interactions occur.
- Library staff will wipe and sanitize door handles touched by patrons upon leaving the building.
Are there other details I should know about?
- No volunteer support will be utilized during this phase of reopening.
- The patron rest room will not be sanitized between patron use, although it will be cleaned on a regular schedule, and sanitizing materials will be available to patrons.
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To enter, simply place your white tag from your curbside pick up order, and place it in the glass jar is located on the table outside the library.
Do You Enjoy Reading Magazines?
We are thrilled to share with you that we have received hundreds of new magazine titles courtesy of OverDrive in the Always Available format. Magazine checkouts do not count against your three eBook/audiobook checkouts. Checkout as many as you would like!Upcoming development from the vendor includes better organization of back issues to allow you to locate a particular issue. Until then, watch for new magazine collection development, search for a title, or ask your local librarian for assistance in finding a favorite title. This collection is provided free of charge by the vendor until next summer ( JULY 2021). If you enjoy digital magazines — especially the new issues with “Article View” formatting (in the Libby app only) — let your local librarians know! – https://nh.overdrive.com/media/5893038
Although the library is currently closed to in person visits, we have books, magazines, audiobooks, dvds, puzzles, museum passes, and even a telescope you can borrow through our Curbside Service! 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.
This is how curbside service works:
- 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 curbside 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- If you are unable to pick up your items, or you forget, we will bring them back into the library. Please call us @ 863-2172 to reschedule a new pick up time.
We Have New Technology to Loan at the Dunbar Free Library!
Are you looking for a simple way to listen to audiobooks? Then try one of our NEW Audio devices that’s all set to go with just the push of a button! We have about 8 Playaway devices, a few Go Readers, and a Wonderbook! The Playaways and the Go Reader devices are perfect for listening in the car, running, or just lounging! Note: you will need a pair of headphones. If you don’t have your own, you can purchase a pair for $1 at the library!
Dawn is really behind on her lists of new books, however if you take the following three steps, you can access some of our lists.
1.) Click on the “Catalog” button (it’s up at the top of this website, first item in the green “Quick Links). If you are already logged in when you click there, click on the catalog tab.
2.) Click on the “resource lists” on the left hand side
3.) Keep scrolling down until you see “new”.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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THE DUNBAR LITTLE FREE LIBRARY is closed for the Pandemic, 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.
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.