Read our timeline of Nesmith Library service updates, from the start of our temporary closure in March through the present. Please continue to check this page, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for further updates.
For a summary of the current status of our services, please visit our Phased Reopening page.
As of 8/7/2020: The Town of Windham's Emergency Management Director was notified by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) of a potential COVID outbreak in town. Please read the press release from the Town of Windham and their updates for information about town buildings and services. You can also read the press release issued by Crossing LIFE Church on their website. Nesmith Library is still closed to the public, with staff in the building Saturday, August 8 from 9 AM-4 PM to answer phone calls and assist with curbside borrowing. Curbside borrowing will continue as planned from 10 AM-3 PM, but there will be no computer appointments available on Saturday, August 8. The library is closed on Sunday, August 9. We will announce any further updates on Monday, August 10. Thank you for your patience. Please stay safe.
As of 7/31/2020: Computer appointments will be available on Saturdays as well as weekdays, starting 8/1/2020. Visit our Phased Reopening page for a new "reopening rainbow" graphic detailing the phases we are using as we consider how to safely provide service to our community. Caregivers in Windham are invited to respond to our Children's Fall Program Survey. Read the weekly Nesmith Library Update email newsletter (and subscribe to receive these updates in your inbox).
As of 7/22/2020: Computer Appointments are now available. Starting July 22, Nesmith Library will allow appointments for computer use at the library. Please call the library to book a time slot. Appointments will be limited to 1 hour per person per day. Please arrive at the front door at the scheduled time and staff will let you in. Face coverings will be required at all times while in the building. Hand sanitizer will be available at the front door. Staff assistance may be unavailable due to social distancing requirements. Please ask any questions when making your appointment so that we can provide the best level of safe service for everyone.
As of 7/17/2020: Print and Copy services now available through curbside. Please call the library (603-432-7154) and arrange for print/copy jobs to be processed and delivered out to the curbside table for you. You may also contact us through Ask a Librarian web chat on our website when available, or email us at email@example.com. We will temporarily not be charging for jobs smaller than 10 pages. Please ask about payment for larger jobs. Read the weekly Nesmith Library Update email newsletter (and subscribe to receive these updates in your inbox).
As of 7/13/2020: The Nesmith Library reopened Monday July 13 for curbside service, and the book drop reopened on Monday as well. The building has been completely sanitized and the staff is safe. We appreciate our community’s patience and support as we all try to navigate how to serve everyone safely during these exceptional times. Please continue to visit this website or the Nesmith Library Facebook page for updates. Read the weekly Nesmith Library Update email newsletter (and subscribe to receive these updates in your inbox). Sharing of items between GMILCS libraries has resumed.
As of 7/8/2020: As a precaution, the library was closed from Thursday, July 9th until Sunday, July 12 to deep clean. Curbside service was suspended and the book drop was closed through Sunday, July 12. Library staff will be available to answer questions via Facebook message, the Ask a Librarian Chat app on the website, and email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to check this page, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for further updates.
As of 7/6/2020: Our Curbside Borrowing hours have been extended! Pick up your items using curbside service, Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-7 PM, Friday, 10 AM-4 PM, Saturday, 10 AM-3 PM.
As of 6/19/2020: Read the weekly Nesmith Library Update email newsletter (and subscribe to receive these updates in your inbox). Library staff are now in the building our normal weekday hours to answer the phones and help patrons: call us at (603) 432-7154, Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-8 PM and Friday, 9 AM-5 PM.
As of 6/12/2020: The Governor’s Economic Reopening Task Force announced guidelines for reopening libraries in NH. At this time, we will be continuing Curbside Borrowing only. The library building will remain closed. For our current reopening status, please visit our Phased Reopening page. Read the weekly Nesmith Library Update email newsletter (and subscribe to receive these updates in your inbox).
As of 6/5/2020: Read our Letter from the Director from Library Director Sylvie Brikiatis. Read the weekly Nesmith Library Update email newsletter (and subscribe to receive these updates in your inbox).
As of 6/1/2020: Curbside borrowing services started. Library staff are in the building answering phone calls Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM. Curbside service hours are Monday-Friday, 11 AM-4 PM. Visit our Curbside Borrowing page for more details. Read the weekly Nesmith Library Update email newsletter (and subscribe to receive these updates in your inbox).
As of 5/18/2020: The book drop has been reopened. Staff are quarantining items in the building before we check them in, so your items will remain on your account for a few days after you return them. We are not accepting book donations at this time. If the book drop is full, please hold onto your items and return them another time. We will be emptying the drop as often as possible but we thank you for your patience.
As of 4/17/2020: Read our Letter from the Director: Thank You Volunteers from Library Director Sylvie Brikiatis. This week, the director thanked our variety of volunteers in celebration of National Library Week. Read the weekly Nesmith Library Update email newsletter (and subscribe to receive these updates in your inbox).
As of 3/24/2020: Read our Letter from the Director: COVID-19 and Materials from Library Director Sylvie Brikiatis. This week, the director and trustees determined the library would remain closed through May 4, 2020.
As of 3/19/2020: The book drop is closed. Please hold on to your library items until we announce that the book drop and the library are reopening.
As of 3/18/2020: Staff are now working from home with limited access to the library building. There will no longer always be someone to answer the phone there, so for fastest response, please email us at email@example.com.
As of 3/17/2020: View our Library Closure Update email newsletter.
As of 3/16/2020: Read our full Letter to the Public from Library Director Sylvie Brikiatis announcing our closure. After consultation with the town Emergency Management Committee, the Board of Selectmen, and the Nesmith Library trustees, we have decided to close the Nesmith Library to the public from March 17 until April 6, 2020 at which time we will reassess the situation. We are making this very difficult decision based on the recommendations of town, state and federal health departments. Library staff will answer questions when available through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and through messages sent to our Facebook page.
As of 3/13/2020: The Nesmith Library suspended all library programs and meeting room usage through March.
Most recent Windham and New Hampshire updates about COVID-19:
- Town of Windham Informational Alerts
- The Town of Windham has a COVID-19 page.
- Contact information for Town of Windham Emergency Management: EM@windhamnh.gov, Fire Department: (603) 434-4907
- Sign up for CODERed alerts from the Town of Windham, as well as the Town Notify Me system for municipal updates.
- Windham School District News Updates
- The School District has a COVID-19 Resources page.
- Contact information: email@example.com, (603) 845-1566
- State of New Hampshire Updates
- Press Releases and Emergency Orders
- Call 2-1-1 in New Hampshire for COVID-19 answers and updates.
- Stay at Home 2.0 website from the State of New Hampshire
- Covid-19 resources for Granite Staters from Senator Shaheen's website
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) page from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. You can also download these PDF documents of their Parent Resource Guide and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page.
- To file for unemployment in NH: visit www.nhes.nh.gov and click on the File a Claim for Benefits button on the left side of the homepage, or call the NH Unemployment Assistance Hotline, 603-271-7700.
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) page at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Business owners may also be interested in the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers page from the CDC.
- COVID-19 Outbreak page at the World Health Organization, and a helpful Myth-Busting page to counter misinformation.
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 Resource Center Be aware that some sites advertising a global cases map from Johns Hopkins have a fraudulent link. Accessing the overall resource center site through this link and then opening the map is a good way to ensure you are safely viewing the correct page.
COVID-19 Resources for Job Seekers: Especially helpful are the tips and resources collected for job-seekers.