Front door CLOSED this week.

The painters have made their way to the front of the library! The front door will be CLOSED this week. Please enter the library through the lift entrance or the back door. Please do not park in the back driveway, those spaces are reserved for town employees.

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Basement Bookies Read

Please join us for our discussion of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: the Story of Success. We will meet at 6:00 pm for our annual Summer Potluck at the home of one of the “Bookies”. Contact the library for directions.

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Terrarium Making Workshop

Join us for a Friends of the Canaan Town Library craft program — Build a Terrarium. Saturday, July 20, 10:00 am. Materials are provided for this free program. Donations are welcome and 100% will go to the Friends of the Canaan Town Library. Registration is required and space is limited to 12 Adults. To register, email the library at or call 603-523-9650.

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Meetinghouse Readings 2024


        The Meetinghouse Readings, Canaan, NH’s grassroots literary series, presents its 36th season of outstanding and emerging voices in fiction, poetry and nonfiction beginning Thursday July 11, 2024.

            Founding moderator William Craig returns to the podium to welcome novelists Lynn Stegner, Yukiko Tominaga, Paul Harding and Ken Cadow and poets Ellen Bryant Voigt and Jennifer Militello.

July 11            Lynn Stegner / Yukiko Tominaga

July 18            Ellen Bryant Voigt / Paul Harding

July 25            Jennifer Militello / Ken Cadow

 Militello, whose collections include The Pact (2021) and Knock Wood (2019) will be celebrating her appointment as New Hampshire Poet Laureate. A catastrophic storm kept former Vermont Poet Laurate Voigt (HeadwatersMessenger: New and Selected Poems 1976–2006) from reading at the Meetinghouse last summer; her re-engagement is much-anticipated!

Booklist praised Lynn Stegner’s 2016 story collection, For All The Obvious Reasons, for “incandescent” prose leaving “an indelible impression on the reader’s memory.” She is racing copies of her soon-to-be-published novel, The Half-Life of Guilt, to the Meetinghouse.

“A skilled collage of carrying on and finding oneself after catastrophe” (Ethan Joella), Yukiko Tominaga’s 2024 novel, See: Loss. See Also: Love is receiving praise including Best Book of Spring 2024 (Oprah Daily).

The latest novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding (Tinkers, Enon) is This Other Eden, reimagining the true story of an outcast community on Maine’s Malaga Island. This Other Eden was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2023, a finalist for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2024.

In Norwich resident Ken Cadow’s debut novel, Gather, a teenager in rural Vermont struggles to hold on to the family home while his mom recovers from addiction. Gather was a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award,

As ever, the readings will be held in the beautiful 1793 Meetinghouse on Canaan Street. Admission is free; homemade refreshments are memorably worthy of generous donations. Authors’ books will be on sale, courtesy of the Norwich Bookstore.

Please, No Infants, Toddlers or Squirmers!

For more information, visit
or call 603 523 9650 Canaan Town Library
Press: 802 369 4955  William Craig

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No phone and limited internet

Hi everyone. The storm yesterday knocked out our very recently fixed telephone, and our internet access. The library is open regular hours, and we are using one of our Hotspots to run limited internet service.

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Craft Workshop: Make Your Own Little Golden book Junk Journal

The Friends of the Canaan Town Library Craft Workshop!

July 11, 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

This is a FREE program. Donations welcome — 100% of proceeds to the Friends of the Canaan Town Library.

Registration is required and limited to 8 adult participants.

Participants will bring scissors — all other supplies will be provided.

To register: or 603-523-9650

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Story Time Schedule

Story time meets at 9:30 am at the library. Hope to see you: June 1, July 13, and August 17. All are welcome. Stories are perfect for ages 0-5!

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New Tech Night Dates

New dates for Tech Night have been scheduled. January 24, February 7 & 21, March 6 & 20, April 3 & 17.

Have questions about your tech? Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm.

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Complimentary Access to the

Thanks to the Friends of the Canaan Town Library, patrons now have access to the digital version of the New York Times.

Hover over the Online Resources menu at the top of the page, click on New York Times and follow the directions to get a daily link to the complete digital New York Times. There’s no need to pay, you just need to create a New York Times account. You will have full access for the next 24 hours!

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Visit the Library

Wednesday, January 17: We are in Phase 5 of our Phases of Operations. Masks are optional inside the library. 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. We are offering Library Take Out, our contact-less pick up service every day that we are open.

  • Safety Measures in place for Phase 5:
    • The public computer terminals will be separated by a plexiglass guard wall.
    • Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be made available at no cost.
    • Surfaces will be sanitized and cleaned according to CDC guidelines.

To see all of the Phases of Operation

Library Take Out is 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:, or use our online catalog to place materials on hold.

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