Friday, September 28, 2012

Partner: Concord Public Library

The Concord Public Library has a long history in the city of Concord since it was founded in 1855.  The current building on Green Street was built in 1939 and is located in the center of the city near municipal and state buildings, just two blocks from the State House.  An addition was added in 1965.  Six miles to the north in Penacook there is a branch library.  The library is a department of the City of Concord.  It is open seven days a week, and 65 hours per week September through April, with slightly fewer hours the rest of the year.  The main floor of the library provides adult services including circulation, reference, and reader’s advisory.  Also available are public Internet workstations, a “teen zone,” study rooms and the Concord Room containing historical materials about Concord.  On the lower level is a large closed stack area for the older materials in the collection, an auditorium, technical services, reference office and a quiet study area.  The Children’s Room is located on the second floor along with the administrative offices and two small meeting rooms.  Programming for children and adults is available year round.  Highlights of the year include “Concord Reads,” a community book discussion with related programming in the fall; special programming for National Library Week in April, and the Summer Reading Program beginning in June.  The library has partnered with the NH Writers Project on this year's Big Read.

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