About Us


MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of the Effingham Public Library to provide a center for the community that promotes education, leisure and creative pursuits by providing a means to access information and resources.

 

LIBRARY HISTORY

After schools and churches were established, the yen for learning took a new track. Though farming demanded long hours and woman’s work was never done, folks liked to read…. Newspapers were sought and passed around. In the early 1800’s, inhabitants of Effingham on Lord’s Hill pooled their resources and started a library. Books could be borrowed and were to be returned the first Monday in September, December, March and June. In the 1860s a library was kept in the home of Josiah Dearborn.

Books in these libraries were primarily non-fiction, serious books, which were popular in those years, such as history, essays, commentaries, and the like.

In the town meeting of March, 1893, it was voted to have a town library and $30.00 was raised to start it. The state library had offered to help if some conditions were met and this offer was accepted…. A board of trustees was set up, consisting of twelve members; John L. Demeritt, R.M. Fulton, John M. Drake, James M. Leavitt, John P. Glidden, James M. Champion, J.N. Marston, O.J. Avery, Josephus L. Drake, Cyrus P.Keay, Charles L. Miles, and Francisco Barker…. What was … the recitation room of the Charitable Masonic Institute was papered and painted, fitted with shelves, and adapted for the library.

Dr. Albert N. Gould was the first librarian. He served until his death about 1916…. The library has grown over the years. The report for 1896 showed 761 volumes…. (Today there are over 8,900). With the passage of time the board of trustees has been reduced to three. [Editor’s Note: In 2007 the Board will be comprised of five.]

Source; “Tales of Effingham,”, by Lawrence P. Hall, 1988, Freedom, NH

 

LIBRARY STAFF

 





Amanda Stevens, Library Director
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Aysia Morency, Assistant Library Director
eplNHlibrarian@gmail.com













Kendralee Dziedzic, Library Program Aide
eplNHprograms@gmail.com

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TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees is comprised of five elected trustees, elected for three-year terms
Grace Fuller – Chair (2022)
Pat Piper – Treasurer (2023)
Anne Foley – Secretary (2022)
Erik Jones (2024)
Jennifer Van Cor (2023)
 
Board Alternates are appointed to one-year terms.
Sue Regal, Alternate (2022)
 
*If you are interested in an alternate board member position please contact the library for more information 539-1537. The Trustees meet the second Tuesday of the month in the Library at 6pm. Meetings are open to the public.

 

LIBRARY POLICIES

 

LIBRARY USE POLICY

 

The Effingham Public Library is committed to offering community residents of all ages access to information sources, a community gathering center, opportunities for learning and growth, as well as popular materials to meet educational, cultural and recreational needs. Service will not be denied to anyone on the basis of religious beliefs, race, social, economical or political status, disability, age, or sexual orientation. To help us provide a welcoming environment for these offerings, please adhere to the following guidelines while in the library: 

 

-Speak quietly to those around you. Be conscious of the noise level of your conversations in order to respect others using the library. Portable audio devices or other communication or entertainment devices are permitted as long as headphones or earbuds are used and the volume level does not disturb others. Please refrain from using profanity. Remember voices carry.

 

-Help keep our facility clean. Food and beverages (non-alcoholic) may be used in the meeting room. Please enjoy your food and beverages outside or leave them at the front desk for safe keeping while you are using the library services. There is a water cooler in the meeting room for your use. Also, please leave your trash in the provided receptacles. 

 

-Be safe. Please be conscious of safe activities in the library and on its grounds. Running, shoving, fighting and throwing are not safe and are prohibited. The library is not responsible for inappropriate use of skateboards, bikes, scooters and rollerblades on library grounds as accidents may occur. During emergency situations, patrons must follow the guidelines laid out by the Library Director and Board of Trustees. (See guidelines for library use during the covid-19 pandemic.) Your safety and enjoyment of the library facility are our concern. 

 

-Dress properly. Shirts and shoes/sandals must be worn at all times. No swimsuits or cleats please. 

 

-Keep children safe. Children of all ages are welcome to the library however responsibility rests with the parent/guardian or assigned chaperone and not with the library personnel. Children under the age of ten must be accompanied by an adult. Children over the age of ten, visiting the library unaccompanied, must know how to contact their parent, legal guardian, or a responsible caregiver should the need arise. Any damage to library property caused by children will fall on the responsibility of the parent/ legal guardian. 

 

-Leave your pets at home. Animals needed to assist the disabled are permitted. Also, animals used for special programs are allowed with proper handling and safety precautions. 

 

-Breathe fresh air. The Effingham Public Library is a smoke free

environment (including vaping).

 

-Respect library property. Mutilating, damaging, defacing or stealing library property is prohibited by law. Children’s toys and furniture are reserved for children and feet should remain on the floor, not on chairs or tables. Staff may inspect oversized bags and other articles that could be used to conceal library property.

 

-Respect others. The library reserves the right to ask any individual whose conduct is considered inappropriate or whose behavior, either consciously or unconsciously, violates or restricts the rights of others to use the library must leave the premises. Bringing a weapon into the library unless authorized by law is prohibited. (A person authorized to carry a weapon must notify library staff that he/she is carrying a weapon in the library.)

 

-Please advise by this policy. Anyone failing to modify their behavior when asked to do so will be instructed to leave the building. The library director and/or Trustee  has the right to ban anyone from the library who disregards this policy. Illegal activities will be reported to local authorities. 

Amended by the Board of Trustees 10/29/21

PUBLIC COMPUTER USE POLICY

The Effingham Public Library supports the principle of open access to information and ideas, regardless of the media in which they exist. We endorse the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics, Freedom to Read Statement, and Library Bill of Rights. 

Access to library materials, whether print or non-print, will not be restricted by the library because of a patron’s age.  As with other library materials, supervision and restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.  Effingham Public Library is compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Internet Protection Act (NCIPA). The library assumes no responsibility for information found on the Internet, which may be inaccurate, offensive, and/or illegal.

COMPUTER USE REGULATIONS:

  1. Laptops must be checked out and returned to the circulation desk.

  2. Laptop computers are for patrons in good standing and for in-Library use only, and may be checked out for 4 hours.

  3. There is one renewal period only, for an additional 30 minutes.

  4. There is one laptop checkout per patron per day.

  5. Computers are available on a first-come, first served basis.

  6. While checked out, laptops are the responsibility of the patrons borrowing them. Patrons must report any problems to library staff immediately. Failure to report problems may result in repair costs being charged to the patron.

  7. Only two people at a time may sit at one computer.

  8. Library computers may not be used to send, receive, or display text or graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene by community standards.

  9. Library computers may not be used for any purpose which violates U.S. or state laws, and users must respect all copyright and licensing agreements pertaining to software, files and other online resources.

  10. Library computers may not be used for disruption or interference of users or services. Such disruption or interference includes, but is not limited to, distribution of unsolicited advertising; harassment; libeling or slandering of others; and propagation of computer worms or viruses.

  11. Patrons may not download files or software programs to the computers.

  12. Patrons may not save files on library computers. Documents may be saved to GoogleDocs, iCloud, SkyDrive, or similar online locations.

  13. Any damage to computer equipment is the responsibility of the user.

  14. There is no charge for printing unless printing more than 5 pages. Donations are appreciated.

  15. All library computers must be shut down 15 minutes prior to library closing time.

 

Patrons with excessive overdue or lost materials may have internet privileges suspended until their outstanding account is resolved. Patrons violating computer use regulations may be restricted from using library computers, and may, in some cases, have their computer privileges terminated. Illegal actions may also subject violators to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.

Amended by the Board of Trustees 12/14/21
 

BORROWING POLICIES

BORROWING:

  1. All library materials circulate for 3 weeks.

  2. Items may be renewed once if no other patrons are waiting.

  3. Due dates for materials borrowed from another library (interlibrary loan) are determined by the lending library.
     

RETURNS:

  1. During library hours, please return all materials to the circulation desk.

  2. After hours, please return materials to the book drop, located on the ramp outside the Children’s Room.

  3. Telescope, Kill-A-Watt meters, backpack kits and other devices MUST be returned to the Circulation Desk during library hours. DO NOT PLACE IN BOOK DROP.

 

RENEWALS:

  1. Library materials automatically renew once if no one is waiting for them.

  2. A second renewal may be initiated by the patron:
    a. In person during library hours
    b. Over the phone at 539-1537
    c. By 
    effinghamlibrary@gmail.com
    d. Online at https://effingham.lib.nh.us/. Click on "Find Books" then "Search Catalog" and log into your library account.

  3. Renewals for materials borrowed from another library (interlibrary loan) must be requested well ahead of the due date. It is up to the lending library whether and for how long the material will be renewed.
     

OVERDUE MATERIALS:

  1. There are no late fees; however, patrons are encouraged to make a donation to our Conscience Jar.

  2. If materials are not returned to the library within 60 days of the initial due date, an email reminder will be sent to the patron. After two weeks, if the items are still not returned, a certified letter will be sent to the patron’s home address itemizing the missing items and replacement costs.

  3. Patrons are responsible for replacing lost or damaged materials, under RSA 202-A:25, which states:  “Any person who willfully detains any book, newspaper, magazine, manuscript, pamphlet, publication, recording, film, or other property belonging to or in the care of any gallery or museum of any state, public, school, college, or other institutional library, may be given written notice to return it, which shall bear upon its face a copy of this section, mailed by certified mail to such person’s last address or delivered by a person designated by the lawful custodian of such property; and if such person shall thereafter willfully and knowingly fail to return such property within 15 days after such notice, the person shall be guilty of a violation.”
    (Source. 1959, 60:1. RSA 572:42-b. 1973, 532:11. 1996, 33:6, eff. June 23, 1996.)

  4. The patron will be charged for replacement and all related collection costs.

The library reserves the right to suspend borrowing privileges for patrons with overdue or outstanding lost or damaged materials.

Amended by the Board of Trustees 9/7/21

VOLUNTEERING POLICIES

Purpose of the Volunteer Program

The purpose of the volunteer program is to encourage members of the community to be involved in their library in an organized, knowledgeable manner.

 

Role of Volunteers 

Volunteers bring enthusiasm, energy, added talents and a fresh perspective to the Library. They are recognized as key contributors to the success and

mission of the Effingham Public Library. This policy serves to provide a guideline regarding the participation of volunteers in the Effingham Public Library.

 

Volunteers are required to uphold the same confidentiality, performance and behavior standards as the paid staff. They are not covered under the Workman’s Compensation laws and receive no other benefits. They do not replace paid staff.

 

Volunteers may be asked to perform any of the following tasks: shelving materials, reading and organizing the shelves, repairing books, carrying out one-time projects, assisting in shifting books, photocopying, programming, and other tasks that might be assigned.
 

Selection and Termination

 Effingham Library will comply with all Federal and State laws that apply to volunteers.

 

Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications, the needs of the library at any given time and the Director’s discretion. Selection and supervision of volunteers is the responsibility of the library director and his/her designee.  Volunteers must have their library accounts in good standing with no overdue books and/or money owed for replacement copies.

 

A volunteer information form must be filled out and signed by the volunteer.

The forms will be kept at the library.

 

Volunteers under the age of 18 must have their information forms signed by their parents or guardians.  Volunteers must be aged 14 or older.  In addition, minors may only act as volunteers with the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.  Volunteers aged 14 or 15 must also provide proof of age to the Effingham Library and a Youth Employment Certificate issued by the minor’s school.   Volunteer services cannot begin until a photocopy of proof of age is on file at the Effingham Library for anyone under 18 years of age.  Volunteers aged 16 or 17 must also complete and submit the New Hampshire Department of Labor “Parental Permission” form and provide proof of age to  

the Effingham Library.  Volunteer service cannot begin until the Parental Permission form and a photocopy of proof of age are on file at the Library, and for volunteers aged 14 and 15, until the Youth Certificate is obtained from the school.  All such records related to minor volunteers shall be retained by the Library for four years from the last date of service as a volunteer. All library volunteers age 18 and older will be subject to appropriate background checks. 

 

The Director, with due cause, may terminate a volunteer’s service, making sure to inform the Board of Trustees of such a decision. Volunteers who wish to end their service should give ample notice. 

 

Training and Supervision

Volunteers will receive on-the-job training in their assigned duties from a library staff member or a specifically designated senior volunteer.  Volunteers are expected to take directions from the staff member who is responsible for their work.

 

Volunteers shall only work when supervision is available.  A volunteer selected for work on a special project will discontinue service when that project is completed, unless other arrangements are made.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteers are asked to be reliable in their commitment to the library and to notify the library in advance if they are unable to volunteer at the agreed upon time. In turn, volunteers will be notified immediately on any given day when the library opens late or closes early for any reason on a day that the volunteer is due to come in. 

 

Volunteers are expected to have a good working knowledge of the mission, policies, and procedures of the Library and are expected to maintain patron confidentiality at all times.

 

Volunteers are expected to record on the Volunteer Log the hours that they volunteer.  The Log is kept at the circulation desk.

Amended by the Board of Trustees 9/7/21

MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM POLICY

The Effingham Public Library (EPL) Multi-Purpose Room has a capacity of 49 persons and is handicap accessible available via the interior of the library. Use of the Multi-Purpose Room is limited to public gatherings of a civic, cultural, and/or educational nature.  All events held in the room must be open to the public and no applicant may charge admission to an event except to cover the cost of materials which may be provided. The room is not available for commercial or private purposes and cannot be booked on a continuing basis, except as noted below.  Due to the nature of the Library’s floor plan, other activities may be occurring in the Multi-Purpose Room at any time, even when reserved for an event.

The EPL endorses the ALA (American Library Association) Bill of Rights, which states that public library meeting rooms “should be made available to the public served by the given Library on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.” The granting of permission to use the Library’s Multi Purpose Room, however, in no way signifies that the Library, its staff, its Board of Trustees, or the Town of Effingham are sponsoring or cosponsoring an event. Nor does such approval signify that the Library or the Town of Effingham supports the policies, philosophies, or programs of the applicant or applicant organization.

The following rules and conditions govern the use of the Multi-Purpose Room:

  1. The Multi-Purpose Room is intended for public events of a civic, cultural, and/or educational nature. The library Multi-Purpose Room is not available for commercial or private events. Due to the nature of the Library’s floor plan, other activities may be occurring in the Multi-Purpose Room at any time, even when reserved for an event.

  2. Application for use of the Multi-Purpose Room must be made in advance. All approvals will be granted at the discretion of the Library Director.

  3. Since all events in the Multi-Purpose Room must be open to the public, no applicant or applicant organization may charge an admission fee. Registration fees to cover the cost of materials which may be provided are allowed.

  4. All after-hours, non-library, and/or non-Town events must be sponsored by an adult library patron in good standing.

  5. The sponsor of an after-hours event shall be designated the responsible person to obtain and return a key to the library, and must be in attendance for the entire event.

  6. There is no charge for use of the Multi-Purpose Room, however donations would be gratefully accepted.

  7. Library events will be given priority when reserving the Multi-Purpose Room. Applications to reserve the Multi-Purpose Room should be made no more than six (6) months and no less than forty-eight (48) business hours in advance of the event.

  8. The Multi-Purpose Room may not be booked on a continuing basis by any applicant or applicant organization except for Library or Town-related organizations.

  9. Events in the Multi-Purpose Room may not disrupt the use of the Library by others. Those attending any event are subject to all Library policies and regulations. The applicant or applicant organization will be responsible for any and all damage caused directly or indirectly to the Library, collections, equipment, facility, or services by or during use of the Multi-Purpose Room.

  10. Set-up and clean-up of the Multi-Purpose Room is the responsibility of the applicant or applicant organization.

  11. Alcoholic beverages, smoking and open flames are not permitted within Library premises.

  12. The Library and/or Town are not liable for loss or damage of personal property or bodily harm.

  13. All applicants or applicant organizations must include in notices of their event and must state at each event that the approval for use of the Multi-Purpose Room does not constitute an endorsement by the Library, its staff, its Board of Trustees, or the Town of Effingham of the content presented or the participants attending.

  14. If the Library is forced to close due to inclement weather, the applicant or applicant organization will be contacted as soon as possible.

  15. Applicants or applicant organizations wishing to show movies during their event must inform the staff of the title. The staff will then determine whether or not the title is covered by our Public Performance License. If it is NOT covered, that film may NOT be shown, as this would violate the terms of our license.

  16. Audio-Visual equipment belonging to the Library may be used by the applicant or applicant organization at the discretion of the Library staff. A separate agreement shall be signed acknowledging that a qualified person will be using the equipment and that the applicant or applicant organization will be responsible for any damages that may occur.

  17. The applicant or applicant organization may request that coffee and tea be available, with the understanding that there is a suggested donation of $1.00 per cup to cover costs.

  18. The Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to modify and amend the terms of this policy at any time and to make such modifications and amendments applicable to any event planned for the Multi-Purpose Room which has not yet occurred. Every effort will be made by Library staff to make the applicant or applicant organization aware of such modifications or amendments prior to the event, but the inability to do so shall not absolve the applicant or applicant organization from adherence to those modifications or amendments.

  19. The Library reserves the right to revoke the use of the Multi-Purpose Room at any time and for any reason.