Dunbarton Public Library


Library Hours:

Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Evening programs will be held

Tuesday or Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Please note that pick-ups are still available by placing requests through the catalog.

Please find our pick-ups at the desk, or in a tote in the entry. Thank you!

All books (including inter-library loans) not picked up after one week

will be returned to circulation.

Catalog and Downloadable Content

Browse the Library Catalog here

 New Hampshire Downloadable Books

Open Virtually 24/7

The library's subscription to NH Downloadable Books provides patrons access to very expensive content, in a very cost-effective manner. This would be impossible for the library to do alone, and without the wide selection of available titles. Patrons can download e-books, audiobooks, and magazines to their computer, tablet, smartphone or Kindle. Download the Libby for Overdrive app from your device’s App Store.

The Libby app will be used and linked directly to your library card. Be aware that if you are not able to download an item, it may be because you have an overdue book on your account,

 or your card has expired.

MORE information about NHDC HERE


Toddler Story Times

with "Stay and Play" afterward.

Wednesdays at 10:30 AM

(FYI: many of our fun summer reading programs will be in this time slot June 18-August 2)

Story Time is a fun and interactive program that combines

read-aloud stories, songs, rhymes, flannel boards, and some dancing!

This Story Time is designed for ages 18 months to 5 years, with babies most welcome!

After the activities, we provide a "Stay and Play" component. This is a great opportunity for children to play and moms/dads to meet and mingle. As the weather turns warmer, we will head outside! Please bring a blanket to sit on, water, bug spray and sun block.

Please look to the library's Facebook page

for any updates/cancellations.

New Hampshire 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler.
The goal is to read 1,000 books before your little one starts kindergarten- and yes you can repeat books! We know that all kids have favorites! If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. By the time they start kindergarten, it's possible to have read 1,825 books together!
Not only will your child benefit from having a larger vocabulary, and more interest in reading, but studies have shown that reading to a child daily is an early indicator of academic success. The bonding time while you read to/with a child is possibly one of the most wonderful benefits!
Do you have questions? Need more logs?
 Please call the library!

Check out one of our Playaway Launchpads!

Playaway Launchpads are available for checkout.
These pre-loaded tablets have interactive learning apps and games that are just perfect for prechoolers and elementary students. Each tablet is already loaded with games such as math, science, transportation, art.

Orion Starblast Telescope

Did you know that we have a telescope available for you to check out? Adult patrons in good standing can borrow the telescope for one week. The telescope was donated and is fostered by the NH Astronomical Society, part of the Library Telescope Program. Call for information.


Dunbarton Public Library Summer Reading Program

Awesome Summer Fun

at the library

June 18 - August 2, 2024

Participate in the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge or NH Adventure Challenge!

  • Read to Mr. T and meet Charlie, a new dog in training.
  • Participate in our Tiny Art Show!
  • Join our Flat Smokey Adventures!
  • Take part in the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge

We hope you will enjoy our programs, and have an awesome summer!

Our "Touch a Dunbarton Truck" event is very special for us. We are very grateful to all for making this annual event so over the top!

Thank you to Chief Remillard and the Dunbarton Police Department, Chief Wiggin and the Dunbarton Volunteer Fire Department, Road Agent Jeff Crosby, Transfer Station Director, Woody Bowne, as well as our friend, Merrimack County Sheriff, Luke Pinalt.

Come on down and have fun!

Happy 80th Birthday, Smokey Bear

Lets help make Smokey's wish come true!!

We are thrilled to again host a milestone Birthday Bash for our friend Smokey Bear.

Please gather at the band stand by 10:25 AM to welcome Fire Chief Wiggin's escort of Smokey Bear, Ranger Katie and their Wildland Fire Truck to our library.

We will have a short Story Time, photo-op time, and a birthday celebration.

Prior to the event, please pop in to the library to sign Smokey's Birthday card, and have a picture taken with his statue. We want to make sure this birthday is one he will remember. Thank you!

Challenge yourself this summer!

Participate in the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge OR the New Hampshire Adventure Challenge OR the Fisher Cats Summer Reading Challenge. Keep reading all summer!

Other Summer Adventures coming up!

Summer Stroll and Scavenger Hunt with Chief Remillard

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

at 10:30 AM

Meet at the band stand. Take a stroll with Chief Remillard. We will all look for several items while out and about. Bring your strollers, wagons, water, bug spray and sunblock. We will walk around the Common and beyond.

Bubbles and music on the band stand afterward!

Mr. Aaron in Concert

on the band stand

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 10:30 AM.

A visit and musical performance with our rock star friend Mr. Aaron on the band stand.

Bring blankets, sun shields,bug spray, sunblock and water.

Get ready to boogie down!

Introduction to

Family Geocaching

Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 1:00 PM

Upper Town Hall

Presented by Fred Mullen and Randy Bullis

Come on down and learn how to geocache from some of Dunbarton's finest geocachers.

We will learn about geocaching, about the website geocaching.com, and then go out on the Common to find a geocache hidden there. Fantastic family event!

Please bring water, sunblock, bug spray and a rain jacket, just in case.

Fascinating Feathered Friends

with Kelly Dwyer

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 10:30 AM

Upper Town Hall and outside!

What makes a bird a bird? Have you wondered what feathers look like up close?

Through fun and interactive activities, we will explore the unique characteristics which make this group of animals so special. Flock on down, chickadees!

New England K9 Search and Rescue present


Tuesday, July 23, 2024 at 10:30 AM

Upper Town Hall and outside

NEK9 has a strong commitment to educating parents and children about how to be safe in the woods. Join our friend Nikki and her certified/registered search and rescue dog Fahra from NEK9 as they teach us to "lostproof" ourselves, and if we do get lost, how to stay safe as we wait for help.

After the talk, we are hoping that Nikki and Fahra will demonstrate how NEK9 dogs find missing people. We are hoping for a cool day to keep Fahra comfortable.

Outreach Wildlife Adventure

Thursday, July 25, 2024 at 1:00 PM

Upper Town Hall

There are many adventures to be had in the outdoors. Join a naturalist from Squam Lakes Science Center to meet three live animals that you could see on your next outdoor adventure. Learn about the places they live, what they eat, and the adaptations that help them survive.

Wrap up Adventure Concert

with Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley

Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 10:30 AM

On the band stand

We will wrap up our Summer Adventures with a fabulous concert with these world-renowned performers!

Other fun activities!!

Reading to Dogs Sessions:

Thursday, June 20, 2024 11-12

Thursday, July 11, 2024, 11-12

Thursday, July 25, 2024, 11-12

Call to schedule your 15 minute session with Nancy and Mr. T.

Meet Charlie, our new dog in-training!

Adventures with LEGOs!

Friday, June 28, 2024, 1-3 PM

Friday, July 12, 2024, 1-3 PM

Friday, July 26, 2024, 1-3 PM

Free-build with our awesome collection of donated LEGOs.

"Summer in Dunbarton"

Tiny Art Show

While supplies last, pick up a tiny canvas at the desk. Bring it home and make your art. Theme: Summer in Dunbarton. Whatever it means to you!

Bring your finished canvas back to the library by July 31, 2024 to be included in the art show.

See your work displayed during August and September.

There will be a prize for Best in Show.

Art will be returned after our show ends.

Flat Smokey Adventures!

Where will he go?

Decorate a Flat Smokey available at the library. Bring him along on all your summer adventures. Take his photo and send to the library.


Men's Coffee

Every Friday

 at 9:00 AM

at the DCC Vestry.

Bring your own coffee!

Women's Coffee Chat

Join us EVERY Tuesday

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meet your neighbors and make new friends.

Please bring your own coffee or beverage.

Chair Yoga with Sherry

Join us on the following

Thursdays at 11:00 AM:

June 13 and 27 at 11:00 AM

FYI: We will be on break July and August. See you in September!

Upcoming Book Discussion

Book Discussion

Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Please note that after our summer break, our next discussion will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2024 at Noon.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Books will be available in August.

AncestryLibrary Edition

The library offers an opportunity for you to discover your family genealogy and ancestry information. Please drop by the library during open hours to use this resource. Call ahead to block out a time!

Year-Round Puzzle Exchange

Puzzles galore to swap out, trade, or just take!

Thanks to all for all the great donations.

We currently have most all levels and sizes, but are low on 500 pieces. If you have any in good condition, we would love. Thank you!

 1004 School Street
Dunbarton, NH 03046
Phone: (603) 774-3546
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