Friends of the Bartlett Public Library

The Mission of the Friends is to provide a non-profit organization that sponsors programs to increase the use of the library and expand the cultural options in Bartlett. The Friends also raise money to support special library activities and collections. All money comes from fundraisers and member dues. To join the Friends fill out the forms provided at the library or contact us by email. It's not too late to renew or join the Friends to support your local library. You may renew/join when utilizing the library or by sending a check made out to the Friends of the Bartlett Library to P.O. Box 399, Bartlett, NH 03812.

Memberships for 2013 are: Individual $15, Family $25, Business $35, Patron $50 and Benefactor $100+.

Friends of the Bartlett Public Library Chairperson - Judith Ludgate
Kathy Van Deursen - Library Director

Friends of the Bartlett Public Library

Complete information on library offerings may be found on the web site ( or by contacting library staff at 374-2755.

Kathy Van Deursen - Library Director

Elizabeth Kelsea - Assistant Librarian

Zarvin Shaffer - Substitute Librarian

Trustees of the Bartlett Public Library - Beverly Sarapin - Chairperson, Leo Sullivan - Treasurer, Judy Shuman - Secretary, Jacky Egan & Pam Abbott

Judith Ludgate, Chairperson - Friends of the Bartlett Public Library

The Friends are purchasing a book a month for the library’s Nook which is available to patrons. During 2012 we have purchased THE GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE. We now have six books for the Nook - CALEB’S CROSSING, THE KITCHEN HOUSE, IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, UNBROKEN and GAME CHANGE. Come in to check the Nook out to read one of our books or use, a service provided by the New Hampshire Audiobook Library that will provide a large selection of books.


Friends Meeting & Monthly Book Discussion
The Friends of the Bartlett Public Library meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Bartlett Public Library located in the Josiah Bartlett School in Bartlett Village (Route 302). Become a Friend, Support the Bartlett Public Library! Join us at book club meetings SECOND TUESDAY each month - Bartlett Public Library.

The monthly book discussions (Second Tuesday of the Month at 7 p.m.) and other presentations are open to the public free of charge and everyone is encouraged to come and participate. Thanks go out to the Friends of the Bartlett Public Library for hosting these meetings. For more information on the schedule, offerings and other library happenings go to the web site at:
Copies of the book may be reserved from the library. The book club discussions are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served.


Contact the library director for details and to reserve a pass.

The Friends of the Bartlett Public Library have also initiated a program, "Books for Babies," geared towards newborns and their mothers. A gift bag contains the book, "Rock-A-Bye Reader," which emphasizes the importance of reading to children as well as the popular storybook, "Goodnight Moon," and a small stuffed animal. The gift package is available to all mothers and their newborns residing in Bartlett. Contact the library at 374-2755 to receive your bag.

Interested in learning more about the history of Bartlett? The Bartlett Public Library has for sale two books of historical significance about the town. Written by the late Aileen Carroll, for many years a part-time resident of Bartlett, they are: "Bartlett, New Hampshire: --In the Valley of the Saco," (hardcover edition) and "The Latchstring Was Always Out: A History of Lodging, Hospitality, and Tourism in Bartlett, New Hampshire," (paperback edition). They are priced at $22. and $18. respectively. There are also copies of the 1896 map with a birds eye view of the town, which is for sale priced at $10. Those wishing to purchase the entire set (2 books and the map) may do so for $46.

The NH DOWNLOADABLE BOOK PROGRAM Internet-based library hosted by OverDrive is now available. Come to the library to obtain your new 14-digit number and learn how to download books at home utilizing this service.

Kathy Van Deursen was appointed Library Director and began her duties on January 5, 2009. A graduate of Bates College with a major in English Literature her interest in library and literacy has extended to volunteering at the Kennett High School library and with the Believe in Books program.

After 55+ years of service Jean Garland retired in January 2009 from the position of Library Director. In 2008 Garland was presented with the Librarian of the Year award from the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association.