Letter: Everyone Welcome at Etna Library

Everyone Welcome at Etna Library

To the Editor:

Thank you to all who over the past few years supported the construction of an accessible entrance for the Etna Library. The library, previously entered only by climbing a steep set of granite steps, is now available to all with its sloping walkway and automatic door. The parking area and addition were financed by a combination of town funding and gifts. Fundraising for the addition was begun by a generous donation plus a matching grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. The many individuals and foundations who made the addition possible are recognized on a sign at the Etna Library.

The addition, built by Mink Hill Timberframe of Bradford, with interior finishing by the Hanover Buildings Department, is a beautiful room with a high ceiling, golden woodwork and sunlight from above. Bookshelves and a coat rack have been built by volunteers led by Bob Keene, including Ed Chamberlain, Ted Frazer and Mark McPeek. The flooring of the original library has been polished, and the entire library shines. Outside the library is a reading garden with lilacs planted in loving memory of Nan and Allen King, transplanted from the nationally recognized collection of Highland Park in Rochester, N.Y.

We invite you to visit the accessible historic Etna Library. Programs for all ages, including preschool story times, Crafts with Caroline, Spanish and Crafts, monthly knitting sessions and local history programs, are listed on www.hanovernh.org — select Etna Library under “Departments.” Thank you to all who contributed to the building of the addition so that everyone can access the library’s collection and participate in our programs.

Barbara Prince


Kim Wilson, Ginger Boitnott and Elizabeth Cornell

Etna Library Trustees