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PHOTOS: Chichester Town Library gains new space

  • The children’s section is seen at the Chichester Town Library on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The books and magazines moved to the new addition will allow for expansion of the children’s area. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Sara Wright of Chichester reads to her 4-year-old daughter Reece Whaley (left) and Bailey Prizio, 4, of Barnstead on a couch in the new addition to the Chichester Town Library on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Still to come are book shelves, magazine racks and additional furniture, but the new couch in the bright room is already gaining popularity. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The doorway to the new addition is seen through the stacks at the Chichester Town Library on Thursday, March 30, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Thursday, March 30, 2017

The building that houses the Chichester Town Library has played a part in the town since its construction in 1845, and a recent two-story addition ensures there will be years of use to come. A direct donation to the library from the estate of Shirley Waters following her death in 2013 allowed the library to add a wheelchair lift, storage space and a new reading room.

The addition was designed to blend in to the existing structure which is on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. “It just feels like it was always here,” said Lucille Noel, a library trustee and heritage commission member.

The sparse but sunlight-filled room will eventually include more seating for small get-togethers, as well as the magazine collection and some books. The resulting free space in the main room will allow for the expansion of the children’s section.