Sunday, September 9, 2012

Partner: Wadleigh Memorial Library

Tax-supported public library service in Milford started in 1858 when the Town meeting authorized the sum of $500 to start a free library. Over the years the library has been located in four sites. The original part of the present building was built in 1950 with funds left in memory of William Y. Wadleigh by his widow, Fannie Boynton Wadleigh, a Milford native. A large addition and renovation was completed in 1986.  The Wadleigh Memorial Library is committed to meeting the information, education and entertainment needs of the Milford community. Wadleigh is a member of GMILCS, Inc., a nonprofit  library consortium. Membership provides access to materials in Milford, as well as those in the public libraries of Amherst, Bedford,  Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett,  Manchester, Merrimack , Salem, Windham  and the libraries of New England College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.  Wadleigh Memorial Library offers a wide variety of services and resources to people of the greater Milford area. We have a book collection of more than 70,000 volumes; a wide variety of over 2,000 audiobooks and access to downloadable audiobooks and ebooks; subscriptions to over 200 magazines and newspapers;   a videocassette and DVD collection; a rapidly expanding and diversified collection of over 2,000 music CDs; a local history room housing a special collection of extensive historical materials on the state and local communities; and nineteen computers and wireless access. We provide children’s programs such as story hours, craft programs, educational programs during school vacations, summer and holidays throughout the year; adult programs such as reading groups, author visits, Acoustic CafĂ© music entertainment, and educational programs on a wide variety of subjects; free and discount passes to area museums funded by the Friends of the Wadleigh Memorial Library; inter-library loan services; and online research databases allowing searching both in the library and remotely from the library’s website.  The library is partnering with Milford High School on Big Read.

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