Enjoy the Gift of Reading

In celebration of the holiday season, the library is gifting books to our young patrons.

During the week of December 13 through December 18 kids who visit the library, ages preschool through 12th grade, will receive one wrapped book, our gift.

Happy Holidays from the library to you!

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All library hours are walk-in hours!

Starting Monday, August 9, the library is now open 1-8 pm on Mondays! Our weekly hours are 1-8 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, 1-5 pm Thursday, 9-12 pm Fridays, and 9-1 pm Saturdays. All hours are now walk-ins with no appointment necessary. Masks are required inside the library. We are offering Library Take Out, our contact-less pick up service every day that we are open.

Visitors during Walk-In Hours will follow the following rules:

  • Library Take Out will be offered every day the library is open.
  • Access for browsing, checking out materials, copy and fax services, and computer use.
  • Walk-In Hours will be limited to 15 bodies in the library at a time with suggested 30 minute visits. Monday 1-8 pm, Tuesday 1-8 pm, Wednesday 1-8 pm, Thursday 1-5 pm, Friday 9-12 pm, Saturday 9-1 pm.
  • During Walk-Ins if the building is at capacity when you arrive, you will be asked to wait outside the library for availability.  Library staff will let you know when space is available and you may enter.
  • Patrons (ages 3 and up) are required to wear masks (disposable masks provided) to enter the building.
  • Patrons are encouraged to sanitize hands upon entering the building.
  • Social distancing of 6 ft must be observed.
  • Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be made available at no cost.
  • Meeting Room is not available for public use.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the library.
  • IF YOU FEEL SICK please use library services safely from home.
  • Safety Measures in place for Phase 4:
    • Staff are required to wear masks during all open library hours.
    • Social Distancing of 6 ft between patrons and staff will be required.
    • The circulation desk will have a plexiglass sneeze guard.
    • The public computer terminals will be separated by a plexiglass guard wall.
    • Surfaces will be sanitized and cleaned according to CDC guidelines.

Other changes:

  • We are no longer requiring quarantining of library materials, you may now bring your returns into the library with you.
  • We are increasing the number of visitors we can have in the library from 8 to 15.  We are still encouraging brief visits of 30 minutes or less.  If the library is at capacity when you arrive, you will see a “stop light” through the front door window, please wait outside the library building and when there is room, the sign will flip from Stop to Go!

Library Take Out is still a great option!  We are now offering Library Take Out every day that the library is open. Patrons are welcome to call: 523-9650, email: circulationdesk@canaanlibrary.org, or use our online catalog to place materials on hold.

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Holiday Take and Makes

Starting the week of December 6, the library will be offering ornament take and makes for our young patrons. Supplies are limited.

Week One (December 6-11) : Sharp-Dressed Snowmen

Week Two (December 13-18): Sophisticated Stockings

Week Three (December 20-31): Opulent Ornaments

Take and Makes available for pick up in the library, and at Library Take Out.

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Basement Bookies Book Discussion

Join us Wednesday, December 8 at 6:30 pm at the Canaan Methodist Church Vestry to help pick our reading list for 2022. Bring a book or two that you think would make for an interesting discussion. Masks are recommended.

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Art and World War II: Hitler’s Cultural Ambitions and Nazi Theft

Gustav Klimt: Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907). Private collection.

Tuesday, December 7, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Program

From his failed attempts as a painter to his grand plans to loot European masterworks, art played a central role in Hitler’s personal life and political strategies. Learn more about Nazi exhibitions of so-called “degenerate art,” theft from European churches, museums and private collections as well as the challenge of restoring works to their rightful heirs today.

Jane Oneail curates and delivers art appreciation programs to audiences throughout New England. Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. A New Hampshire native, she has worked as some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit iamculturallycurious.com

This free VIRTUAL program is sponsored collaboratively by the Canaan Town Library, the Converse Free Library, and the Plainfield Libraries.

Link to register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrf-2vqj0jHd23aoe-QjVTAr8SEs1hN4J1

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