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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2007

Contact: Michael York
myork@library.state.nh.us
603.271.2143

45 New Public Libraries Join New Hampshire Downloadable Audio Book Consortium!

(Concord, NH) On 12 February, 45 public libraries from all areas of the state began offering free downloadable audio books to their library patrons. There are currently 78 New Hampshire Public Libraries participating in the audio book program. A majority of the libraries received a grant for $600 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to initially set up the service.

More than half of the new libraries joining the consortium serve small communities numbering less than 2500 in population. According to Michael York, the State Librarian, “The annual membership fee is based on population and a new rate that was instituted for the under 2500 population allowed for many of the smaller libraries to offer this valuable service to their patrons.”  He continued that “the feedback from the libraries already participating in the program has been very positive and we are sure that the additional libraries will be very pleased with service.”

The new libraries that have joined the New Hampshire Audio Book Consortium are:

Barrington Public Library
Bethlehem Public Library
Byron G. Merrill Library
Chesterfield Public Library
Colby Memorial Library
Colebrook Public Library
Cook Memorial Library
Dunbar Free Library
East Kingston Public Library
Effingham Public Library
Elkins Public Library
Epsom Public Library
Fitzwilliam Town Library
Freedom Public Library
Frost Free Library
G.E.P. Dodge Library
Gafney Library
Gay-Kimball Public Library
Gilford Public Library
Hall Memorial Library
Hampstead Public Library
Hampton Falls Free Library
Hancock Town Library
Holderness Free Library
Jackson Public Library
James A. Tuttle Library
Lane Memorial Library
Londonderry Leach Library
Madbury Public Library
Madison Library
Mansfield Public Library
Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library
Maxfield Public Library
North Conway Public Library
Piermont Public Library
Pillsbury Free Library
Rye Public Library
Somersworth Public Library
Stephenson Memorial Library
Stratford Public Libraries
Tuftonboro Free Library
Walpole Town Library
Webster Memorial Library
Weare Public Library
William D. Weeks Memorial Library

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