Library Survey

The Library Board of Trustees wants to know what you think!  Share your thoughts about our current services and what you would like the library to offer in the future.  Please complete our Library Survey and help us create our next Strategic Plan.

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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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The Wyeths: an American Artistic Dynasty

Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World, 1948. MoMA collection.

Tuesday, October 26, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Program

The Wyeth family of artists is known for their somber realism and subtle storytelling. This program will explore the style of painting and illustration established by N.C. Wyeth in the early 1900s and passed on and re-interpreted by his children, primarily Andrew Wyeth, and his grandson Jamie Wyeth. Learn more about their favorite subjects, their influences and their enduring impact in the art world.

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/tZctf-urpz0qEtfDvtx5p7kfrixtWfR0dkY8

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Library Book Sale

Library Book Sale, Saturday, September 25, 9 am – 1 pm — weather permitting. Lots of treasure to be had: history, children’s, large print, fiction, DVDs, audio books. Great prices: .50 for paperbacks, $1.00 for hardcover and media. Hope to see you there!

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Basement Bookies September Book Discussion

Join us for our September book discussion of Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 pm. Contact the library for the location of this outdoor meeting.

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