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New Hampshire State Library celebrates 300 years

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The New Hampshire State Library – the first state library in America – will be celebrating its 300th anniversary throughout 2017.


In January 1717, New Hampshire’s 27th General Assembly met in Portsmouth, passing several orders and resolves. On the 25th of that month, it declared that:


“Law books be distributed among ye severall towns of this Province in proportion according to their last Prov : tax, except two books wch shall be for ye Govr & Councill & house of representatives.”


Those books were the beginning of the New Hampshire State Library.


Throughout the year, we will post 300 “fun facts” of information about the State Library, as well as about New Hampshire library history and New Hampshire literary history, on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We will also distribute Op-Eds about today’s New Hampshire State Library to media outlets.


We hope that you will join us throughout 2017 as we celebrate this important milestone. We will update this webpage often as we add more information about the anniversary.


Visit our Facebook page – like us!

Visit our Twitter feed – follow us!
View our archive of social media posts (updated weekly)

View the original legislation from 1717

Read and view Governor Sununu's proclamation naming 2017 "New Hampshire State Library Year"

Read and view Senator Shaheen's notice in the Congressional Record

Read the press release, "NH State Library first in the nation; Celebrates 300 years in 2017"

Read the monthly Op-Ed series:
"In 2017, celebrate another First in the Nation for NH" (January)
"A New Hampshire tradition: Library access in every community" (February)
"Government documents at the library are informative, fascinating – and even fun" (March)

"NH’s Libraries: Fun and vibrant, with something for everyone" (April)
"Classrooms aren’t the only places where better readers are made" (May)

"Calculating the value of libraries" (June)

"NH public libraries: Your local source to borrow downloadable eBooks and audiobooks" (July)
"NH State Library really delivers" (August)
"Talking Books Services: That All May Read" (September)

"Need information? Don’t turn to the web – ask a librarian" (October)
"Thinking about your family tree this Thanksgiving? Find out more – at the NH State Library" (November)

"300 years in, what is the future of NH libraries?" (December)

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