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A Big Thank You to New Hampshire Libraries

A Big Thank You to New Hampshire Libraries
by Julie Steenson
Earlier this spring, in my dual role as Inter-Library Loan Coordinator at the Whipple Free Library (WFL) in New Boston and volunteer for the NH Department of Corrections, I sent out an email to NH’s public libraries asking for help in serving a most under-served population – the women at the Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit of Concord, NH.
Shea Farm is the transitional housing for women after they leave the Goffstown facility and start their reintegration into society. Shea Farm is in Concord but very remote, and the women generally walk long distances to get to their jobs or any public transportation. They have very limited library services and no access to downloadable books. New Boston’s own small Playaway audiobook collection had low circulation, which gave me the idea that maybe NH libraries would be willing to donate Playaways for these women so they could listen to audiobooks on their walks and jogs. WFL Director, Sarah Chapman gave full support to my project.
The response to the email request was inspiring. Even libraries that didn’t have Playaways expressed a desire to help. Thirty Playaways were donated, including many recent titles. Christine Cook, Unit Manager for Shea Farm, asked me to share these words with NH’s public libraries, “The Playaways are a wonderful donation and the women at Shea Farm really appreciate listening to all the great books. Thank you so much for your generosity and thinking about the women at Shea Farm.”
A special thank you to the following libraries for their generous Playaway donations: Abbie Greenleaf/Franconia, Barrington, Chesley/Northwood, East Kingston, Silsby/Charlestown, and Whipple Free/New Boston.
Julie Steenson is Inter-Library Loan Coordinator at the Whipple Free Library in New Boston, volunteer for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, and a full-time Master’s of Library & Information Science student at Simmons College.

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