Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Talk and Signing Thursday March 16th at 7pm

School District Meeting on March 11

Hopkinton School District Annual Meeting - Saturday, March 11, Hopkinton Middle and High Auditorium - 9:00 am
Due to the damage to and repair of the gym floor, the Hopkinton School District Annual Meeting will take place in the middle and high school auditorium - a few notes:  
·         Please feel encouraged to park behind the high school and enter through the gymnasium door. Youngsters will be on hand to help people find the best way to the auditorium - via the elevator, ramp, or stairs.
·         There will be an overflow space set up in the cafeteria with an assistant moderator.
·         Fully accessible seating will be reserved in the front rows of the auditorium.
·         If you require or know someone who requires additional support, please feel encouraged to contact me at we will do everything we can to help.

Additional information regarding the meeting is below.

Childcare will be provided by the members of the Hopkinton High School Chapter of the National Honor Society from 9:00 am - noon. (Childcare is only for children that are potty trained.)

It would be appreciated if parents/guardians accessing childcare would follow the guidelines below:
            - bring food/snacks for three or so hours
            - be accessible via cell phone during the meeting
            - check in on the little ones every 2 hours
            - sign in and out whenever the little one wants or needs to leave

Fundraising at the Annual Meeting
Local organizations will be providing the opportunity for community members to support their efforts. Please check out volunteer row!

The Hopkinton School District Annual Newsletter
The Hopkinton School District Annual Newsletter is available at the link below.  Copies will be available throughout the community and at the district meeting.

The newsletter contains updates from our schools, departments, and facilities as well as the historical record of the Susan Graham Pisinski Teaching Excellence Award and other important information - please enjoy.

Hopkinton NH Annual Report
The Hopkinton Annual Town Report is available in the schools, library, Town Hall, and Town Clerk’s Office.

I hope you see you on Saturday.  Thank you for your support.

Steven M. Chamberlin
Superintendent of Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Informational videos about the NH court system

There are several new informational videos on various aspects of the NH court system now available online here:  Topics include:
  • ·         How to Access a Lawyer
  • ·         Legal Definitions
  • ·         What to Expect at a Court Hearing
  • ·         What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
  • ·         What to Expect if you are Charged with a Crime
  • ·         Pre-trial Process for Motor Vehicle Violations
  • ·         What to Expect at First Appearance
  • ·         What to Expect at an Incapacitated Person Guardianship Hearing
  • ·         Mediation in the Family Division
  • ·         What to Expect When Filing or Responding to a Petition for an Order of Protection From Domestic Violence or Stalking
  • ·         What to Expect at a Final Domestic Violence or Stalking Order of Protection Hearing
  • ·         Jury Selection Information
  • ·         Felonies First
  • ·         Civil Restraining Orders
  • ·         A Guide to Self Help
  • ·         APPLA Protocol Overview (This video was produced by the New Hampshire Court Improvement Project and provides additional information for circuit courts conducting RSA 169-C post-permanency hearings in abuse and neglect cases for youth with APPLA (Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement) as their permanency plan.)
  • ·         Take a Video Tour of the Supreme Court and Law Library
  • ·         "Court...I'm Going" (This video will help children and youth in abuse and neglect cases learn what to expect when going to court for the first time.)
  • ·         Equal Justice (An informational video on legal assistance in New Hampshire.)
  • ·         Jury Orientation Video
  • ·         Arraignment or First Appearance in a Criminal Matter in District Division
  • ·         A Family Division Video: A First Appearance Session

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Celebrate New Hampshire State Library's 300th Anniversary

In 2017, celebrate another First in the Nation for NH

New Hampshire is known for being first for many things: we hold the First in the Nation Primary, we ratified the first state constitution, founded the first public library in the United States and more. But you might not know that we also were the first state in America to have a State Library.

On January 25, 1717 in Portsmouth, the Twenty-Seventh General Assembly “voted that ye Law books be distributed among ye severall towns of this Province in proportion according to their last Prov. tax, except two books which shall be for ye use of ye Govr & Councile and house of representatives.” This law – made when New Hampshire was still part of England and almost 60 years before there even was a United States – makes it clear that the members of the provincial government knew that libraries are vital places of information and need to be a cornerstone of how we go about our business.

The “Law books” set aside for elected officials were the beginnings of the New Hampshire State Library, and they began a long history of libraries in New Hampshire communities: Peterborough is the first library in the country supported by public funds; “social libraries,” where members shared books and paid dues, flourished across the state in the early 1800s; philanthropists funded many public libraries – both the buildings and what went into them – a hundred years later. Soon, every city and town in New Hampshire had a library, proof that our citizens valued libraries as integral facets of our communities.

Three hundred years after it was founded, the State Library continues to serve the people of the New Hampshire by providing services that keep the libraries in our communities strong. The State Library’s professional development staff offers workshops for librarians that keep them up to speed on the most cutting-edge aspects of library science, thereby allowing them to deliver the very best library services to their patrons. We serve as a central point of delivery for both public and school libraries, helping them to share resources and strengthen their purchasing power. We also are a working library with patrons who come from across the state and the country to use our collection of more than 600,000 items, including books about New Hampshire, books by New Hampshire authors and illustrators, newspaper archives, genealogy documents, government documents and library science materials. 

Throughout 2017, we’ll be celebrating the State Library’s 300th anniversary as well as New Hampshire’s strong library tradition. Look for articles in newspapers, postings to our Facebook and Twitter accounts (look for #NHSL300), a special section on our website and more.

We encourage you to play your part, too, just as those who have come before you have. You’re welcome to visit us here at 20 Park St. in Concord, right across from the State House, and be sure to take advantage of the many services that your public library has to offer. You’ll be in good company when you do. 

Michael York
Acting Commissioner, NH Department of Cultural Resources

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Blood Drive at the library Monday Jan. 23rd

Hopkinton  Town Library
Community Room
61 Houston Dr.
Contoocook, NH 03229
Monday January 23, 2017
10am - 3pm
For an appointment please visit
or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)