New Little Free Libraries installed

  • One of the Little Free Libraries built in Belmont. Courtesy Eileen Gilbert

  • John Stark now has a Free Little Library courtesy of Nathan Marquis ‘21 who built and donated the little library to the school as part of his Capstone Project last year. Courtesy Sarah Gross

Published: 10/7/2021 9:17:26 PM

The Belmont Library is now the proud steward of two Little Free Libraries.

Additionally, in Weare, John Stark High School now has a Free Little Library courtesy of Nathan Marquis, who built and donated the little library to the school as part of his Capstone Project last year.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes neighborhood book exchanges, usually in the form of a public bookcase. More than 90,000 public book exchanges are registered with the organization and branded as Little Free Libraries.

The motto of the Little Free Library project is “Take a book, leave a book.”

In Belmont, one library is located on the Village Rail Trail and the other at the entrance to the Town Forest walking trails on Wildlife Boulevard.

The Belmont libraries were made available through IMLS funds administered through the NH state library. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.

Other Belmont library news

The Halloween Storywalk is going up on the Village Rail Trail on Oct. 18 and will be available through Nov. 1. This story is “The Scariest Book Ever” by Bob Shea. StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. 

Choose from two take n’ make projects in October. A generous library supporter has donated a limited number of 6-inch tall wooden decorative pumpkins just waiting to be personalized. You can also celebrate autumn with a four-foot yarn pumpkin garland. Stop by the library or call for curbside pick-up to make these fun projects your own. One of each kind per family, please.

Our Friday Fiction book group meets in person outside if the weather cooperates on Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. “Heart of Darkness” is the story of an English seaman, Charles Marlow, who is hired by a Belgian company to captain a river steamer in the recently established Congo Free State. Almost as soon as he arrives in the Congo, Marlow begins to hear rumors about another company employee, Kurtz, who is stationed deep in the interior of the country, hundreds of miles up the Congo River. Contact the library for meeting information.

The library will be closed Oct. 8 through Oct. 11.

The Belmont Public Library is open six days a week and any time at, serving the community with books, digital resources, and cultural programming. 

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