Fiske Free Library
108 Broad Street
Claremont, NH 03743
The Board of Trustees of the Fiske Free Library would like your input regarding library services.
Please click the link to fill out a short online survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
Fiske Free Library Community Outreach Survey
E-books are now available for Kindle!
We are happy to announce that e-books are now available for Kindle devices through the New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium. Kindle owners can now check out and download e-books directly to their Kindles. For more information please call the library at 542-7017 or click the image to the left.
The Fiske Free Library now offers online help for job seekers in Claremont. Job and Career Accelerator, a comprehensive online job search system, is now available to help overwhelmed job seekers find employment. This innovative online resource provides job seekers everything they need to find their next job, all in one easy-to-use application. This online program is available to library patrons at no charge with their library card and can be accessed at the library or from any internet computer. To get started on your job search click the Job and Career Accelerator logo above.
E-Books Are Now Available
E-books are now available for download to your computer and e-book reader through the New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium and the Fiske Free Library. E-books can be accessed through the same website as the popular downloadable audio books: http://nh.lib.overdrive.com.
E-books are in EPUB format and are compatible with the Adobe Digital Editions e-book reader software. These e-books are also compatible with the Barnes and Noble Nook, the Sony Reader, and the Kobo eReader. E-books can be checked out from the site for 2 weeks.
Stay Connected with the Fiske Free Library through BookLetters newsletter e-mails.
BookLetters keeps you up to speed on the latest services and resources provided by the library with periodic updates from each of our departments. By signing up for BookLetters you’ll gain access to online book discussions, the hottest new titles and authors, professional reviews of the titles you want to know about, and even our own staff recommendations. You can even reserve the books right from your e-mails.
Downloadable Audio Books
We are very happy to announce that the Fiske Free Library has joined the New Hampshire State Library and other public libraries across the state to bring you downloadable audio books!
How does it work? It's easy! Click the "Download Audio Books" icon here or go to http://nh.lib.overdrive.com
to link to the New Hampshire Downloadable Audio Books website. This website will provide you with all the information you will need to install the free media software, checkout and download audio book titles, and transfer your titles to an MP3 player or burn them to CDs.
To get started, please call the library at 542-7017 to get your access code.
General Library Information
Welcome to the Fiske Free Library
Samuel P. Fiske established the Fiske Free Library in 1873 with 2,000 volumes from his personal library and $5,000 for the purchase of additional books. An additional $5,000 was given by Mr. and Mrs. Fiske to establish a permanent trust fund. Housed first in Stevens High School, the library moved in 1877 into the Bailey Block with more room and easier access. By 1902 space was again tight and Andrew Carnegie was approached for funding. In 1903, with $15,000 in funding from Carnegie, ground was broken for the present building. An addition in 1922 and a full renovation in 1966 expanded the entire building for library use.
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||9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
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||9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
||11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
||9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Use of the Library Borrower's Card:
If you are a new library patron, you'll need to present proof of your current address (such as a driver's license) to get a card. If you are under age 18 you will need a parent or legal guardian present when applying for a card. Children must be at least age 5 and be able to sign their names to get a library card
- Please present your library card each time you borrow items.
- Your card is assigned to you as an individual-no one else may use your card.
- It is your responsibility to pay for any charges on overdue, lost, or damaged items.
- Please report a change of address or loss of the library card promptly.
- A $2.00 fee will be charged for library card replacement.
Loan Periods, Renewals, and Overdues:
- Books, audiobooks, magazines, and music CDs are loaned for 2 weeks and may be renewed for one additional two-week loan, unless there is a reserve on the item. Renewal may be by phone or in person.
- Videocassettes and DVDs are loaned for 1 week and no renewal is allowed.
- Overdue fines are: $.10 per day for books, magazines, and audiobooks, $.50 per day for music CDs, and $1.00 per day for videocassettes and DVDs.
- We appreciate your cooperation in returning items by their due date.
- Large Print Books
- Music CDs
- Audio Books
- Reference/Research Requests- We take reference requests in person, by phone, and via e-mail. Please call Marta Smith at 542-7017, or e-mail email@example.com.
- Book Reserves & Interlibrary Loan- We will reserve books by phone or via e-mail, and if we do not own the title we will borrow it from another library. Just call 542-7017 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computers/Internet- The library provides free internet access to library card holders. Our computers also have word processing, spreadsheet, database, and publishing software. Black and white printing is available for 10 cents per page.
- Historical/Genealogical Research and Requests – The library’s Reference Historical Collection (RHC) contains over 1000 books and other materials to aid in your genealogy and/or Claremont/local history research. The collection contains Claremont newspapers on microfilm from 1823 to the present, Claremont vital reports from 1887 to 1942, New Hampshire town histories, genealogies, and much more. You can also access census and other national records online through Ancestry Library Edition (available in the library only). If you are unable to come to the library to do your research the library staff is available to assist you. The library charges a fee of $25.00 per genealogy/local history request (about an hour or two of research time). For more information contact Colin Sanborn at 542-7017 or email@example.com.
- BookLetters-BookLetters is an email newsletter and readers advisory service on books, authors, and what's happening at the library. By clicking on the Newsletter Signup link below, you can choose to receive a variety of email newsletters ranging from author interviews and lists of great new titles on a variety of subjects to upcoming events at the library. Newsletter Signup
- Memorial or Honor Gifts- If you would like to make a donation to purchase a book in memory or in honor of someone we would be happy select something appropriate in the subject area of your choice. For more information please call Michael Grace at 542-7017.
- Homebound Service- If you are unable to come into the library due to illness, or other incapacity we will send or deliver books to your home. This service can be provided on a temporary or permanent basis. For more information call Marta Smith at 542-7017.
- Handicapped Elevator- If you need to avoid the stairs you can park on Barber Street and come in the side door to access the elevator. Please ask staff to provide you with your own key. If you need help with the door a remote for the doorbell will be provided.
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Children and Parents
The Children's Department offers many exciting programs, wonderful books to read, educational yet fun games, and educational phonic material. For information on our story times and our Summer Reading Program, please call us at 542-7017.
Materials for Your Child:
- Board Books: Even young children can handle and enjoy these books with sturdy cardboard pages.
- Board Games: Checkers, Chess, Life, etc.
- Cassettes, CDs: Your child can listen to nursery rhymes, bedtime lullabies and sing-along children's songs as all kinds of stories.
- Hooked-on-Phonics available upstairs
- Leap Pad (7 units at 3 different levels) - An interactive electronic learning device that is fun for your child.
- Picture Books: Look for simple, colorful illustrations and a short enough text to keep your child's attention.
- Puzzles: Our puzzle collection includes many large easy-to-hold wooden pieces.
- Videos: Children's songs, movies, cartoons, and educational videos are available in the Adult Department.
Just for Kids
A collection of websites for children pre-school through age 5.
Fun and games with all of the PBS Kids characters.
Games and coloring pages with the Sesame Street gang.
With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 311 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn
what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
Designed for elementary school students, Searchasaurus provides newspaper, magazine, and encyclopedia articles in a fun, dinosaur themed interface.
Research database for elementary and middle school students. Newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, maps, and primary source documents.
Student Research Center
Middle school through high school research database.
B. J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
Over 700 links to homework help sites.
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids
Learning tools about the workings of the U. S. government for students, parents, and teachers.
Free homework information portal featuring the very best K-12 homework sites.
National Geographic for Kids
Articles, photos, and videos about plants, animals and the natural world for ages 6-14.
Links to over 1200 government and non-government educational web pages for grades K-8
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||Circulation Librarian/Local History
||Assistant Circulation Librarian
||Assistant Children's/Cataloging Librarian
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Friends of the Fiske Free Library
Friends of the Fiske Free Library is a volunteer, non-profit group working to stimulate interest in the resources, services and facilities of the Fiske Free Library. Proceeds from the annual Book and Bake Sale and
Annual Membership Drive provide funding for furniture, computers, children's and adult programs, Children's Summer Reading Programs, and any other need not provided by the City budget.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of this group of library supporters can pick up a membership form at the library.
Fiske Free Library Board of Trustees
The Fiske Free Library Board of Trustees acts as an advisory group to the City Manager regarding programs and use of the City Library.
The Board of Trustees meets the second Monday of each month in the library beginning at 6:00 PM .
|Marty Davis, Chair
Term Expires: 09/30/2013
Term Expires: 09/30/2014
Makeup: Five (5) regular members, and no more than three (3) alternate members; all members must be residents of the City.
Appointments - by City Council
Term: 3 Years
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