HENNIKER — When it’s cold outside, folks like to curl up with a good book. To help make that happen, the Tucker Free Library is now open on Sundays.
Beginning last Sunday, the library welcomed patrons to sit, relax, do a crossword puzzle or read, all in an effort to meet the community’s needs.
“People have been thrilled,” said librarian Denise Getts. “We brought in Sunday newspapers, played some music and just created a nice, comforting atmosphere for people. With the cold weather, people like to have a nice warm place to go on the weekends.”
According to Patti Osgood, chairman of the library trustees, many people commute at least 25 minutes in and out of town every day, which limits their ability to visit the library.
“We felt it was necessary to provide additional hours to better serve these community members, some who may not be using our library because of the inconvenient hours,” said Osgood.
Library Director Lynn Piotrowicz polled the community to determine how to best accommodate commuters while ensuring that other patrons had access as well, said Getts. Based on that feedback, the library’s hours continue to be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, but now the library will close at 8 p.m. on Thursdays as well, instead of at 5 p.m. On Fridays, the library will now be open from noon to 5 p.m. instead of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
But the biggest changes are on the weekends with a shift in the Saturday schedule and the new Sunday hours. The library will now be open from noon to 5 p.m. on both days. On Mondays, the library is closed.
“We will again be using the library community area as it was designed for, a gathering place to spend some leisure time with neighbors, perhaps making new friends,” said Piotrowicz.
To take advantage of the new weekend hours, the library will be hosting special programs on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in January and February.
“We have some fun things coming up on Sundays for people so they don’t have to come out at 7 p.m. on a Wednesday,” said Getts.
On Jan. 12, New Hampshire storyteller Jo Radner will share her “Wit and Wisdom” at the Tucker. On Jan. 26, Portsmouth musician Jeff Warner will perform his own special brand of folk songs with a performance called “Music in my Pocket.” And on Feb. 23, author Rebecca Rule will take a humorous look at the people and places of the Granite State.
“I am so excited at the prospect of offering additional services and programs during hours that many more residents can take advantage of,” said Piotrowicz.