Update:  September 19, 2020

Re-Opening Phase 2: Tech in the Tent Service

We are expanding our tech support services during Phase 2 of our Reopening Plan. Our Tech Tent is up in the lower parking lot and we are ready for our new Wednesday afternoon tech help service. Come use our laptops, print documents, and ask our librarians for assistance! Library staff will be available and are happy to help you with your tech questions.

Services Available

   ● Chromebooks are available for 2-hour check out on Monday-Friday
   ● 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
   ● Chromebooks must be returned by 4:00 p.m.
   ● Free Printing up to 10 pages.
   ● Outdoor picnic tables to work at and charge your device.

Tech in the Tent
  ● We now offer one-on-one 30 minute computer help by appointment on
     Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 p.m in the Tech Tent.
  ● These sessions will take place on Wednesdays, September 23 to
     November 1 (weather permitting).
  ● Chromebooks will be available for drop-in use.
  ● To make an appointment for our Wednesday afternoon tech help, please
     email reference@thehowe.org or call 603-643-4120.
  ● Online tech support will continue to be available by appointment and on
      Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Outdoor Tech Tent Rules
All are welcome to come to our outdoor tent and use computers and space as available while following social distancing precautions. You do not have to be a Howe Library Patron to use this service. So, come on over and check it out!

To keep everyone safe and healthy we have laid out some rules of conduct. By using the outdoor tent space you agree to practice the following guidelines:
  ● I will wear a mask for the entire duration while using the computer, even
    when I am by myself and no one else is nearby.
  ● I understand that if I do not wear a mask during Outdoor Tech Support,
     I will be required to immediately return the computer equipment and
     leave the library tent space.
  ● I will use hand sanitizer before touching any library equipment during tech
  ● I will keep a distance of at least 3-6 feet away from others, including the
     staff member who is helping me.
  ● I understand that the tables are for one patron or family unit only.


Update: July 31, 2020

Re-Opening Phase 2

When Will My Books Be Ready? and Other FAQs Regarding Take-Out Service
No contact Take-out/ Pick-up starting Wednesday, July 8th
While the Howe Library building remains closed to the public, we continue to work on creative ways to offer programs and share resources. We are actively working on plans for the next phase of our reopening as we continue to protect our patrons and staff.

The library will begin offering no-contact circulation through Take-out/ Pick-up starting Wednesday, July 8th. You may make requests for materials (no interlibrary loans at this time) by:
  ●      Watch our Howe to Pick-Up materials Video here!
  ●      Browsing the collection and placing holds.  For a tutorial on browsing
          the catalog and placing holds, you may watch our YouTube videos here.
  ●      Bundle request options:
              Adult collection request form
              Children's collection "Happy Book Packs" request form
  ●      Email – circulation@thehowe.org
  ●      Phone – 603-643-4120 (leave a message with your name and request)

Pick up hours at Howe: Monday - Saturday, 9am - 12pm and 4 - 6pm*
  ●      You will be notified by e-mail or phone when your order is available for
           pick-up.  Please allow up to two days for your hold to be processed.
  ●      Pick up is through the rear entrance only.
  ●      Signs will direct you to the Mayer Room.
  ●      Materials will already be checked out to you.
  ●      For privacy, all items will be bagged and labeled with your name.
  ●      For the safety of others, please wear a mask and maintain a social distance.
All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being checked in and reshelved.
We will offer this service until further notice. Our service levels are based on a number of public health factors, and consultation with the Town Manager. Updates will be announced on our Website, via email, e-news, and social media.

Thank you for your continued support.
*For Etna Library Take-Out/Pick-up hours see our hours page.

                                                                     May 30, 2020
Dear Howe and Etna Library Patrons,
Thank you so much for your support during this unprecedented time.  We know you have  missed being able to come into the library to browse the collection, checkout materials, and visit with library staff.  Even though our staff has been busy providing virtual services for the past two months, please know that we have missed our patrons and are eager to get back to putting items in your hands. Below you will find information about library services through the end of June.
The Library has developed a phased Restoration of Services Plan with information and guidance from the following sources:
 ●      Hanover Town Manager and Human Resources department
 ●      NH State Library Reopening task force
The goal of this plan is to fully restore Library services over the coming months while continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of patrons and staff. This plan may be subject to change as new information and guidelines come forward.
Beginning June 1, 2020, teams of library staff will be allowed to return to the Library building  to reconfigure staff spaces. By June 15th, we plan to open our book drops and begin working through the backlog of new and returned materials at both the Howe and Etna libraries. As high circulating libraries, the process of digging out from a two-month closure is considerable. Due to the sheer quantity of materials that need processing and a reduced staffing model to maintain social distancing, we anticipate it will take us 2-3 weeks to complete this process.
While we work through the backlog, we will continue to provide all of the great virtual programming for children, teens, and adults, as well as our popular online collection of e-books, audio books, streaming video, Reference and Reader’s Advisory services.
Presuming we are able to proceed through this first phase without interruption, we anticipate being able to begin Curbside Pick-up of library materials during the week of July 6, 2020. More information about this service will follow mid-June.
Your patience is appreciated and the staff at the Howe and Etna libraries look forward to restoring physical services as quickly as we can. For the latest service updates, please check our website or subscribe to Now at Howe, the library’s e-newsletter. If you have questions or comments, you can reach us at reference@thehowe.org. Stay well!
Best regards,
Rubi Simon, Howe Library Director and Barbara Prince, Etna Library Director

Update as of May 30, 2020: 
Please read about our phased Restoration of Services Plan.
  The Howe and Etna Library staff is doing all that we can continue to provide library services to our community during this emergency closure.
Wifi access also available 24/7 in the parking lot!
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for reviews, poetry readings, Howe Maker videos and instructional videos.
Many of our programs have moved online! Check our Events Calendar.
If you have items checked out:
Due dates on library materials will be extended
Fines will not accrue during this period
Please DO NOT leave items near the door as these items may be lost due to theft or damaged due to weather.
If you have questions about your account please e-mail circulation@thehowe.org.
If you don't have a library card and would like to use our online resources you may register for a card here.
See all of the online options for children. Including Code Club from home!
Are you looking for ways you can help our community during the Covid-19 crisis?
Unsure where to look for volunteer opportunities?
Do you need assistance?
E-mail reference@thehowe.org we have list of area agencies and organizations that are looking for and offering help.

Our virtual library is available 24/7! 
These services let you maximize your library card: *
 Downloadable audiobooks & e-books
   Streaming video:
     RB Digital
Take a class @ Lynda.com
   New York Times online
   Learn a new language
   Research using one of our databases
*Note:  Library barcode & PIN required for these services.

Tumble Books Library is generously making their content available, no login required!  Try these audiobooks for all ages.

Need help using your library's online services?
This Maximize Your Library Card presentation may help. 

Questions? E-mail our Adult Services staff reference@thehowe.org or leave a voicemail at 603-640-3267 Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm. We will respond as quickly as we can, but please allow up to one business day to receive a reply as we may be busy answering questions.