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 return your items, the book drops are locked
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:
     Kanopy
     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.