Library Director Search Extended

The Hill Library in Strafford, NH is seeking an outgoing, organized and experienced leader to fill the position of Library Director. Strafford is a growing rural residential community of about 4,000 residents in the Rochester/Dover area just north of Portsmouth, NH. The library has recently completed interior renovations, greatly expanding the Children’s and Young Adult areas.  The Board of Trustees and the Strafford Friends of the Library are engaged and supportive of the Staff’s efforts to provide 21st Century library services to all Strafford residents. You will lead that effort.


The Director is the front-line person in creating a welcoming environment for all ages. They are expected to be comfortable working closely with library patrons, town administrators, the Board of Trustees and community service organizations including the Friends.  Excellent oral and written communication skills and a service-oriented attitude are required.  A ready smile and sense of humor will be useful.

The Library Director exercises considerable judgment in making administrative decisions including personnel, public relations, collection development, budget preparation and oversight, program creation & implementation and supervision. The Library Director, who works 20 hours per week and reports to an elected Board of Trustees, provides leadership to 5 part-time staff and numerous volunteers.  This is a growth position.

The Library Director serves as the spokesperson for the library to the community and represents the library in interactions with town officials.

Educational/Professional Requirements:

  • A minimum of three years of public service management experience required;
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree in Library Science or a related field is preferred; and,
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated proficiency with technology are required.

Skills Required:

  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain positive working relationships with the Board of Trustees and all library stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of management principles and public library administration including budgeting, organization, personnel, and public relations;
  • Strong proficiency with library management systems (Atriuum), accounting software (QuickBooks) and the full MSOffice Suite;
  • Promote the Library through proven creative agility with smart devices and social media platforms;
  • Ability to supervise the Library’s collection development, including the selection and withdrawal of books, periodicals, audio-visual and electronic materials; and,
  • Ability to multi-task and provide quality customer service is essential.


$18 – $23/hour commensurate with experience.

Please submit a thoughtful letter of interest, your resume and three reference contacts (two of which must be professional) to Library Search Committee, PO Box 130, Strafford, NH 03884 or email to:  Electronic submission is preferable. Review of applications will continue through August 9, 2017; the position will remain open until filled.  The Town of Strafford is an equal opportunity employer.

Teen Trivia Night and Cupcake Decorating Contest! – Update

Update: Due to lack of signups, this event has been canceled.

On Wednesday, August 2nd from 5:00-7:00 PM*, the Hill Library is hosting a Teen event which includes trivia and cupcake decorating! The theme for the cupcake decorating contest is Summer fun and the trivia will involve recent pop culture(2015-2017).

Teams of two can sign up by Saturday, July 29th, in order for our wonderful volunteer to bake enough cupcakes and make enough frosting. To sign up, call the library at 664-2800 or visit us at the library. Space will be limited to 5 teams.

* If only one team signs up, the event will be canceled.


Library Director Search Open

On July 12, Library Director George Preston announced his resignation effective August 14.  Mr. Preston will be joining the Chesterfield Public Library as their new Director.  The Trustees have approved a Job Description for the new Hill Library Director and would like to encourage anyone interested in this position to down load the position description and make application by July 26.  Review will begin immediately.


Reading with Mudbud

On July 12th, July 26th, and August 9th, Mudbud the reading therapy dog will be coming to the library from 11:00-12:00. You can sign your child up for a 15 minute reading slot with him! It’s a first come, first serve basis for each day, so please sign up in advance. To sign up, you can call at 664-2800 and you can stop in and see what available slots are available.

New to Collection July 2017

New to Collection July 2017
Adult fiction
Camino Island, by John Grisham
The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand
Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
The Stars are Fire, by Anita Shreve
Against All Odds, by Danielle Steel
Beowulf, Burton Raffel trans. (for CBNA summer reading)
Adult nonfiction
Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
On Writing, by Stephen King (for CBNA summer reading)
The Last Thing I Remember (Homelanders 1), by Andrew Klavan
Uglies, by Scott Westerfield
Junior fiction
Teddy Mars 3, by Molly B. Burnham
Scream Street: Heart of the Mummy, by Tommy Donbavand
Real Friends, by Shannon Hale
Dork Diaries 1, by Rachel Renee Russell
Dork Diaries 2, by Rachel Renee Russell
Kristy’s Great Idea, by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin
Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson
Despicable Me 2, starring Steve Carell
The Shack, starring Sam Worthington
Come in and check a new title out…
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