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Tuftonboro library provided internet service during town storm outage

April 20, 2017
TUFTONBORO — The beginning of National Library Week on April 10 by Librarian Christie Sarles intersected with an announcement that the Trump administration plans to zero out Library Service and Technology Act Funds. For New Hampshire, that means losing crucial staff positions at the state library and Interlibrary Loan Services (ILS).

Sarles commented that Tuftonboro has always been a net leader in ILS.

Both Tuftonboro State Representatives have indicated support in restoring that funding, said Sarles.

Looking at the past month, it was evident that winter storm Stella outages throughout town increased computer usage at the library, which only lost connection momentarily. Board games were a popular circulation item as well. And the Castle in the Clouds board were welcomed at the library when their power was out.

Circulation continued to rise in March with a total of 1,525 books of a total circulation of 3,583 items; 4, 542 books of a total of 9,998 items have been circulated to date. Total program meeting attendance was 260.

A Book and Author Luncheon with Dan Szczesny, author of "Sing", is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. Call 569-4256 to reserve a free ticket, required for entry due to space limitations, or stop in to pick one up.

The April artist is Jan Croteau.

The library will host a Narcan training session and dispensing workshop on Friday, May 5, in connection with the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health's substance misuse and prevention leader Jennifer Selfridge.

Sarles shared that the Friends of the Library will hold its plant sale in June with a goal of raising $10,000 to add to the Building Fund, for which they've already raised $40,000. Also in June, a new fiction book club will get started.

Summer events for families will begin on June 30, shortly after school closes for the year.

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