November 5, 2020

Post-Election Reading

 The New York City LBPH Librarian has shared a list of Books You Can Count On that may be interest in this time of uncertainty. Some are current titles and some are historical titles. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction. Books that begin DB are audio format and books that begin BR are braille.

DB 44566  1876: A Novel by Gore Vidal  :  Sequel to Burr (DB 44097) evokes the New York and Washington of 1876 and deals with the contested presidential election between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford B. Hayes.

DB 56682     America Afire : Jefferson, Adams, and the Revolutionary Election of 1800 by Bernard A. Weisberger  :  Describes the United States’s first presidential election crisis, in 1800, between the Federalists under John Adams and Republicans under Thomas Jefferson. The election was eventually sent to the House of Representatives, who balloted thirty-six times before Jefferson won. And President Adam’s peaceful departure set a precedent.

DB 99174  Let the People Pick the President : The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College by Jesse Wegman  :  A legal journalist and editor reflects on the use of Electoral College in American elections and its long, controversial history. He outlines his own criticisms of the system, including its role in increasing political polarization and voter apathy, and calls for election reform. Unrated. Commercial audio book. 2020.

DB 80879  Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy by Darryl Pinckney  :  A meditation on a century and a half of participation by African Americans in U.S. electoral politics. Pinckney investigates the struggle for black voting rights from Reconstruction through the civil rights movement to Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns. Includes the essay "What Black Means Now."

 DB 99702  Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight For a Fair America by Stacey Abrams :  The author of Minority Leader (DB 90942) discusses the impacts of voter suppression in twenty-first century American politics, offering suggestions on how to combat this problem and empower citizens. Posits the needs for more robust voter protections and recounts how voter suppression impacted the author’s own political campaign. Unrated. Commercial audio book. 2020.

BR 13378   Deadlock : The Inside Story of America’s Closest Election by the Political Staff of the Washington Post  :  Washington Post political journalists describe the 2000 presidential election finale in Florida, detailing the counting techniques, legal maneuvers, and the court battle for the state’s electoral votes. Explores the decisions that led Gore to pursue recounts and Bush the Supreme Court.  Braille

October 15, 2020

Unused Digital Players

 

Do you have an unused digital talking book player taking up space in your home? Maybe you received a replacement player and have not gotten around to returning the old one.  Maybe you have begun to use BARD Mobile and no longer use a digital player. The longer it sits unused, the more likely it will not work. Please help us get that extra machine to someone who needs it now.

 Please return any unused digital talking book players to us, even if it does not work. We have 4 volunteers who come to the library every week to repair and refurbish the players.

If you have any questions, or need a box to return the extra player, please call us: 603-271-3429.

July 13, 2020

New Hampshire Talking Book Library Re-Opens

The talking book library is now open to patrons, family and caregivers.

In keeping with Center for Disease Control recommendations, anyone entering the library will be required to wear a mask; patrons who do not have their own mask will be provided one. Social distancing recommendations of six feet of space between patrons and staff will also be in effect.

The talking book library services are available and books continue to be sent via the USPS mail to our patrons. You may continue to contact us by phone and email. BARD is available for those who would like to download books. Please call us for more information on how to use the BARD services.

Telephone Number: 603-271-3429.

New Hampshire State Library Re-Opens to the Public

JULY 6, 2020: THE STATE LIBRARY IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT

The New Hampshire State Library is now open to the public by appointment only, with parameters in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Appointments are available for 30- and 60-minute sessions between 8:30-11:30am and 12:30-4pm Monday through Friday.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments in advance by calling 603-271-2144 or contacting us through our Ask a Librarian page.

In keeping with Center for Disease Control recommendations, anyone entering the library will be required to wear a mask; patrons who do not have their own mask will be provided one. Social distancing recommendations of six feet of space between patrons and staff will also be in effect.

March 20, 2020

The 2020 Census

Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau takes a complete count of the country's population. The Census Bureau collects data for statistical purposes only, and is required by law to protect your individual identity.
There are several ways to take the census. You can respond:
  • Online through the accessible website using your own assistive technology.
  • By phone where live census takers will help you register your responses.
  • By mail using a form.
  • Through an in-person interview.
Whichever way you choose to respond, the 202 census is accessible for you.