Latest News now directly on Library Web Site

July 11, 2008

The web site for the Dartmouth Public Libraries went live as a web site on July 2, 2008. Our latest news and activities will publish directly at Please come on by and visit.


Library Opens Late Monday June 16th

June 16, 2008

Clean up from a small electrical fire in the library on June 15th will delay the opening of the building today. The library opened at 1:30 pm.

Standard Times Article about the fire.

Wild Reads at Southworth Library – “The ADULT Version”

June 12, 2008

Summer Reading Punch Card

This summer, for the first time, adults and young adults are invited to join a summer reading club at Southworth Library. The theme this summer is “Wild Reads at the Dartmouth Library.” To participate, just fill out a short registration form at the library, pick up a punch card, and start reading. For every 30 minutes that you read, mark off an X on your punch card. When you have read for 6 hours and marked off all 12 Xs, print your name and phone number on the card and drop it into our Wild Reads container. Cards will be drawn from the container to award restaurant gift certificates to lucky summer readers. You may enter a card for every 6 hours of reading, including reading newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, etc. Keep track of your reading this summer and the library may treat you to dinner!

Expanded Library Hours Start in July

June 11, 2008

Beginning with our new fiscal year in July 2008, we are able to increase our hours thanks to the voter support in the April election.
New Hours:

Monday through Thursday 9:00a.m.-8:00p.m.

Friday and Saturday 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Please note the library will be closed the first Friday and Saturday in July for the Independence Day Holiday.

Bucks for Books Reaches the Goal!

May 21, 2008

Through the dedicated efforts of numerous contributors and fund-raising events, Bucks for Books has just reached the goal to raise $57,000 by the end of June 2008. Last July our materials budget was reduced to  half of the previous year and the target amount of $57,000 was the total needed for us to remain certified with the state. Since last summer, library users have regularly made cash donations to our donation boxes on the Circulation Counter and have written generous checks to benefit our library materials budget shortfall this fiscal year. Big events such as yard sales, the Patriots Football Raffle, Murder Mystery Theater and the Mini-Golf in the Library Tournament also made giant strides towards the goal. Million thanks to everyone for their generosity and support.

Yard Sale/Bake Sale Fundraiser for the Library

April 29, 2008

The library will hold a yard sale and bake sale to raise money for Bucks for Books from 9 am to 1 pm on Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd in the Southworth Library Haskell Auditorium. Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the library April 28th through April 30th between 9 am and 8 pm. No clothing, stuffed animals or electronics.

Customer Service Survey to Shape New Hours and Services

April 18, 2008

Your feedback is important to us. We are currently conducting a survey to help us in providing services in the FY09 budget cycle which begins July 1, 2008. Printed copies of the survey are available in the library and an online version of the survey is also available.

The survey asks you about additional hours you would like us to open – mornings, evenings or Sunday afternoons. It asks you what types of programs you would enjoy such as computer training, book clubs at different times of the day and speaker programs. It also asks if you would like an in-house browsing only collection of magazines to offset the current policy of allowing the newest issues of magazines to immediately circulate.

We invite our feedback and input as we prepare to implement a budget for this July through next June that restores our funding to more normal levels.