Library CLOSED Until April 6

The Paul Memorial Library will be closed to the public as of Tuesday, March 17, until April 6, 2020.

The due date for all materials has been extended to May 1. Please do NOT return materials to the book drop until we reopen. Please check this page periodically for further information about the library response to the COVID 19 illness.

Our Commitment to Our Community

The world is changing rapidly and at the moment there is a lot of uncertainty and concern regarding COVID-19. Everyone is trying to balance normal, everyday tasks with the public health concerns of a pandemic. Pandemic is a scary word, which the Director General of the World Health Organization did not use lightly in his remarks to the world. You can read his whole speech here; I want to focus on these words, “Prevention. Preparedness. Public health. Political leadership. And most of all: People. We’re in this together, to do the right things with calm and protect the citizens of the world. It’s doable.”

At the library, our main focus is on you and the Newfields community. We are committed to doing what we can to help prevent the spread of illness and provide calm, helpful service in the changing public health landscape. We strive to be proactive in these goals.

This message will outline available services to meet your educational and recreational needs, to help preserve normalcy in an uncertain time, and to help prevent the spread of illness.

Please contact me at any time at pmldirector@comcast.net or 603-778-8169.
Kind regards, Carl Heidenblad, Library Director.

Questions You May Have

How will the library Board of Trustees decide what actions to take?

The Board of Trustees feels we have an obligation to:

  • Provide a safe and welcoming public library.
  • Ensure our staff is safe and understands we are doing our best to support them.
  • Provide accurate information from experts to our patrons.
  • Communicate clearly on what we are going to do/ not do.

The Board of Trustees has been in contact with several people in the medical field to help us provide the right information. 

  • We have board members who are medical professionals and have been advised by the town health officer. 
  • We are also in contact with the board of selectmen. 
  • The library will post / re-post any information we can to provide useful information regarding COVID-19.
  • The board will make determinations with the Library Director and medical professionals if there are any further steps needed to provide a safe and welcoming library.  

Will you cancel programs?

  • We have canceled all library programs and events including LEGO club and story hour until further notice. 
  • Please continue to check the library website.

What if my items are due or overdue?

  • We have renewed all currently checked out items until May 1.
  • Please do not leave books in our book drop. Keep them until we reopen.

How can I check out books online?

Whether the library is open or closed, you can access thousands of books right from your phone or tablet at home!

Use the Libby app to check out ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more with your Paul Memorial Library card.

Visit our website for step-by-step instructions on how to download and check out books today.

Community Health Information

Good information is good for you! Misinformation spreads faster than illness. For reliable information on COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, visit these websites for reliable and up-to-date information:

New Hampshire Updates:

  • NH DHHS State Updates on Covid-19 including a map of the spread and number of tests completed and pending.
  • State library updates and resources with NH governor executive orders linked.
  • NH residents who can’t work/have lost work due to Covid-19 can access unemployment benefits now thru https://www.nhes.nh.gov

Page last updated 3/18/2020.