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Librarian Peggy Johnson (left) and Library Director Mary Cronin of Cook Memorial Library stand with some of the books that will be moved over to the Tamworth Town House next week while the library gets new carpet and repainted. (DAYMOND STEER PHOTO)

TAMWORTH — The Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth has announced two big projects in September that will affect library hours and services.

Beginning on Monday, Sept. 16, the library building at 93 Main St. will be closed while carpeting is replaced on the entire main level. In addition, the exterior of oldest section of the library will be repainted.

Rather than close the library for up to 10 days, library staff will open a "no-frills" temporary library just down the street at the Tamworth Town House at 27 Cleveland Hill Road.

The Tamworth Town House is handicap-accessible, has plenty of off-street parking and has a public restroom.

According to Library Director Mary Cronin: "Opening a temporary library in the Tamworth Town House is homecoming of sorts." Before the Cook Library was built and donated to the town in memory of Charles P. Cook, she said, the Tamworth Free Library was housed on the second floor of the Tamworth Town House from 1892-95, when it moved to its current location.

Cronin said temporary library services that will be available at the town house will include a selection of popular books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs for borrowing, as well as reference service. Public access computers and wireless internet will also be available, along with printing, copying and faxing.

Storytime programs will be held outdoors at the regular time, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Baby Lap Sit Time will be not be held on Sept. 17 or Sept. 24.

The library’s hours at the Tamworth Town House will be 1-5 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 16 and 23; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 17 and 24; Wednesday, Sept. 18; and Friday, Sept. 20. The temporary library will be closed Thursday, Sept. 19; Saturday, Sept. 21; and Sunday, Sept. 22.

If the work proceeds as planned, the Cook Memorial Library will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Library materials borrowed in the two weeks leading up to the projects will have due dates extended to Sept. 30 or later. The library’s book return will not be open during the projects.

Patrons are asked to return items to the town house during the open hours listed above or hold onto them until after Sept. 30.

Donations of books and other items for the library book sale will not be accepted from Sept. 10-30.

In addition, library patrons of the Cook Memorial Library are always welcome at the Chocorua Public Library at 25 Deer Hill Road (603-323-8610), and patrons who are Tamworth residents are reminded that they also can use their Cook Memorial Library cards to borrow items at the other three Northern New Hampshire Library Cooperative libraries: Madison Library, 1895 Village Road in Madison (603-367-8545); Conway Public Library, 15 Greenwood Ave. in Conway (603-447-5552); and Jackson Public Library, 52 Main St., in Jackson (603-383-9731).

To contact library staff before or during the project, call the Cook Memorial Library’s regular number (603-323-8510). Messages will be checked frequently and calls returned. Questions also may be sent via email to

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