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From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Evolution of American Music

Thursday, February 1, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Black History Month

Building Resilience through Mindfulness: Practices that Grow the Brain, a 3-part series

Monday, April 2, 16, and 30, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Fake News: What’s the Real Story?

Monday, March 12, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Whether you adored Downton Abbey,  are an ardent enthusiast of British literature or just can't get enough tea and crumpets, we've got something to satisfy every Anglophile.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Join us as we "Enter Winter" at the Amherst Town Library.

Our new printer/copiers have arrived, but there is delay in configuring the attached coin-op machine, so please ask a staff member for assistance to make a photocopy. Thank you!

Public printers and copier will be temporarily unavailable on Tuesday, October 31 as Seacoast Business Machines installs new machines. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Fall is loaded with holidays. Get in the mood to celebrate at our holiday-related programs this fall. The children's room will also present several holiday themed programs for kids.

people looking at electronic devices

Join us on the third Tuesday of the month 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  for a technology presentation by Consultant/ Trainer/ Writer Jennifer Koerber. Each presentation is 1-hour long.

Please join us in the Main Reading Room for Concerts by 'North Sea Gas' and 'Quintessential Brass'!



Quilt Trunk Show: In Celebration of Yankee Frugality or 'Give a Scrap Slap'

Thursday, September 28, 7:00pm - 8:00 pm

On Wednesday, August 30, the ATL (and all GMILCS libraries) will be upgrading our computer system.

The library closes at 12:30PM on Saturdays and is closed all day Sunday through Labor Day Weekend.

Thanks to everyone who dealt with a last-minute snowdate and went to AMS on a snowday to see "Screenagers" a documentary about growing up in the digital age. It was a really interesting film and had some practical solutions for parents looking to set limits on tech time.

Apologies, but our regular email and text notifications for held and overdue items have been DELAYED. Please give us a call or login to your account ( to see the status of your library materials.

The Amherst Town Library (and all GMILCS consortium libraries) will be upgrading our computer system. All e-resources will be unavailable. This includes:
  •  the online catalog (including "My Account")

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind library patrons that a library card is the smartest card you can own.

Peek into the past, for the last time this summer with a look at See How We Grow. This photo album chronicles the Amherst Town Library’s 1986-1987 renovation. Inside, you’ll find pictures that show the Library before and during the renovation.

This week, peek into the past, with The Amherst Town Library Photo Album. Inside you’ll find photos of the Library from 1969-1985.

This week, peek into the past, with a book that once resided in the Amherst Town Library's collection and is now apart of the Library’s Archives. Amherst in the World Wars was published in 1947 to commemorate the war efforts and military services of Amherst residents.

This week, peek into the past, with a look at the Amherst Town Library Newest Books list for the years 1904-1908. The list of new books for the years 1907-1908 are typed and include the title, author, and month that the book arrived in the collection.

This week, peek into the past, with a little Amherst Town Library history. The Amherst Library Association book contains the records of the Amherst Library Association from 1859-1902.

This week, peek into the past, with a look at Report of the Treasurer, Overseers of the Poor and Trustees of the Library of the Town of Amherst for the Year Ending March 1st, 1882.  This report contains information provided by the Town Treasurer, Pauper Farm, and the Town Libr

One hundred and six years ago, the town of Amherst celebrated its 150th anniversary on June 17, 1910. This week, peek into the past, with a look at the book that commemorates the events of this special day in Amherst history.


The Amherst Town Library (and all other GMILCS consortium libraries) will be upgrading our computer system.

On Thursday, June 9, all e-resources will be unavailable. This includes:

This week, peek into the past, with a little Amherst Town Library history. Amherst’s first Library building was dedicated on April 30, 1892. The 27-page book, Addresses and Proceedings at the Dedication of the Town Library Building, Amherst, N.H. commemorates the dedication ceremony.

One hundred and fifty-six years ago on May 30, 1860 Amherst celebrated the town’s 100-year anniversary. This week, peek into the past, with a look at a small booklet titled Fragrant Memories: or, The Dead of a Hundred Years 1760-1860.

This week, peek into the past, with a look at Curtis’s Pocket Almanack, for the year 1805: to which is added a register of New Hampshire: Containing A List of the Officers, Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, in the service of the United States; with many other Communications, in this State

History is coming alive again at the Amherst Town Library this summer! Each week a historical document from the Library’s Local History Collection will be featured on this blog as a “Historical Highlight”. This week peek into the past with a look at Amherst a Commemorative History.

This is your monthly reminder that the Library Reads List is out! Don't forget, you can easily link to the latest three lists right from our catalog!

Tax Forms

The IRS has provided the Amherst Town Library with the following printed Federal Tax Forms for 2015:

Get informed before you vote on March 8. Pick up your copy at the library. Voter guides and additional election information is also available for your review.

It's important that students have access to the most up-to-date test-prep materials.

We are excited to announce that we have added 23 new digital magazines to our collection through New Hampshire Downloadable Books.

On Thursday,

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 7:30pm

The first 'Amherst Lyceum' was opened by a lecture from Dr.

Patrons expecting email notification of held items may not have been notified early this week. Unsent notices were finally delivered on Thursday morning (Dec.

Voraciuos readers, listeners, and planners take note! You may now reserve up to 10 titles on the 3M platform!

Peak into the past for the last time this summer with a look at the 150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Amherst, NH. This commemorative booklet highlights Amherst’s history and provides an itinerary for the anniversary celebration that was held on Friday June

This week, peek into the past, with a look at the Catalogue of the Amherst Town Library. At 42 pages long, this catalogue documents the Amherst Town Library’s collection in 1885.

This week, peek into the past, with a look at The Franklin Society. On September 16, 1807, the Franklin Society formed with the mission to improve the literary pursuits of each member.

 In celebration of the recent 255th anniversary of Amherst, peak into the past, with a look at the Amherst New Hampshire Bicentennial Program June 25-26, 1960.

Is Baboosic Lake one of your favorite summer spots? If so, peak into the past, with the Baboosic “Souvenir” Waltz.  This piece was written by Pat Gilmartin and Ernie Forant in 1927 to be played at Baboosic’s Moonbeam Dance Hall.

Are you looking for something fun to do in Amherst this summer? Look no further than the Amherst brochure! At fourteen pages long this brochure contains information on historical highlights, prominent individuals, and recreation spots in Amherst.


In celebration of the Fourth of July, peak into the past, with a look at a selection of speeches read on the Fourth of July in 1806, 1808, 1809, and 1820. These speeches were delivered in Mont Vernon, Concord, Wilton, Francestown, Temple, New Ipswich, and Peterborough, New Hampshire.

As you dive into new books this summer, peak into the past, with a look at The Amherst Town Library’s New Book List from the summer of 1913.

Today is the 125 year anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ Monument. The dedication took three months to plan and finally on June 19, 1890 Amherst citizens were able to honor their brave veterans.

History is coming alive at the Amherst Town Library this June. Twelve pieces of Library and Town history from the Library’s Local History Collection are on display near the circulation desk.

As spring turns to summer, peek into the past, with a look at the 1859 Old Farmer’s Almanac. This edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac highlights a variety of topics ranging from finances to farming.

In spirit of the recent renovations at the Amherst Town Library over the past year, peak into the past, with a look at The Town Library- Its Birth and Rebirth. Published in 1911, this eleven page booklet was created for the re-opening of the newly remodeled Library.

With the school year coming to a close, peak into the past with a look at The Broadcaster, Amherst High School’s yearbook from 1928-1942.  Ranging in length these yearbooks displayed written work from the students, summarized the year’s activities and athletics, reported on alumni, and n

This summer enjoy a weekly historical highlight from the archives that features a piece of Amherst Town and/or Library history. This week peak into the past with a look at the Amherst Town Library Bulletins from the early 1900’s.

View slides from our 3-D printing intitative kickoff held on Thursday, April 9 by clicking here.


We are pleased to announce new functionality that allows cardholders to check out Overdrive eBooks and downloadable audiobooks directly from the library's catalog.  Users may now also place and cancel holds, as well as monitor account activity, seamlessly from the library catalog.

E-resources (online catalog, eBooks, databases) will be unavailable for a short time in the morning during an equipment upgrade.

We've added a new self-checkout station on the main floor for your convenience!

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale has been extended to Sunday, December 20. All books are only $1!

Beginning on November 1, 2014, OverDrive, one of our vendor for digital materials, will start to phase out WMA audiobooks. If you are accustom to downloading audiobooks in the WMA format, you'll be happy to know that you can use the MP3 format to enjoy audiobooks.

You may have recently heard of the problems with Adobe Digital Editions and privacy, and wondered if your privacy is at risk while reading library ebooks.

Our annual fall newsletter should be arriving in your mailbox any day now. If you are anxious to get a preview, you can view it online here.

Staffing changes are always met with mixed emotions.  With sadness, we say goodbye to three of our wonderful library assistants.  For 18 years, patrons have enjoyed Vicki Durzy's kindness and compassion at the circulation desk.  Sue Olsen brought an order and efficiency to the library and Katie G

We will be installing new furniture and shelving on the main floor of the library on Wednesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 14.

The Amherst Town Library (and all other GMILCS consortium libraries) will be upgrading our computer system.

On Thursday, June 9, all e-resources will be unavailable. This includes:

Experience the world of electronic reading with one of the six different ebook readers the library has available for checkout: 

As we all happily anticipate the arrival of spring, the Library will be “springing” alive with a month long series of programs for adults and children, exhibits, and displays “Celebrating the Book and All Its Lives” in March.

March Madness

Participate in the library's March Madness @ Your Library - Book Tournament for a chance to win a prize. Based on the NCAA College Basketball tournament, we’ve pitted thirty-two of the most popular adult fiction books of 2013 against each other for our very own tournament of book

Stop by the library this spring on Sundays at 4 PM for some great concerts. Many thanks to the Friends of the Amherst Town Library for sponsoring the shows! Click on the link for each show to sign up.


The Civil War is widely considered to be the most pivotal event in American history. To commemorate the ongoing 150th anniversary, the Amherst Town Library will host an adult programming series focusing on different aspects of the war and its impacts on the United States.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 8:30am

The Friends of the Library are excited to have just booked their next museum trip. They will be visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA on January 27 to see some special exhibits.


Kirkus Reviews just released their picks for the best fiction published in 2013. Browse the list and check one out today!

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:00pm

Open enrollment is underway for the new Health Insurance Marketplace.  Just about everyone has questions about how the changes will affect them personally, whether they have health insurance, don't have health insurance, or are covered by Medicare.  This educational session, led by an AARP Health

Event Date: 
Monday, November 11, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join us this veterans day for a multimedia slide presentation in which the audience will relive that tragic day, November 22nd, 1963, in vivivd detail through the use of witness statements, photographs, diagrams, pictures and videos of the sites in Dallas, and of course the famous Zapruder film.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 8:00pm

Margaret Bourke-White is an American treasure. Her career as the original star photographer for Fortune and Life makes an exciting story. How did she capture the inside of the Otis Steel mill in her twenties? Why was she the first accredited female photographer in WWII?

Robin deRosa
Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 8:00pm

The Amherst Town Library is offering an exciting Halloween Special presentation for adults, "Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past,” on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Meeting Room of the Library.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind library patrons that a library card is the smartest card you can own.

Meet Julia Child at ATL
Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 8:00pm

A live theatre performance featuring “Julia Child” doing what she did best. The audience will learn about her life and have the opportunity to view “Julia” on the set of The French Chef, an amusing and fun experience.