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Funded by YOU

As we celebrate our 137th anniversary this April, we are excited to share updates on our continued growth. Thanks to our generous donors, our programs and services continue to evolve and expand to meet the needs of our diverse community. Founded in April 1887 as a private, free library, we have served as a community hub in the Mt. Washington Valley since our founding. Today, we continue to bring together people of all ages, interests, and locations.


Our purpose is more than books. We advocate for literacy while strengthening relationships through education, collaboration and connection. We offer a safe, welcoming space for all, diverse resources, creative programming and beneficial services. From our beloved storytime for our youngest readers - to a writer visit attended by more than 70 people - to a robust group of crafters who meet twice monthly, our mission continues to be a library for all.


As a 100% privately funded library, we do not regularly receive town, state or federal government funding and therefore depend on your generous donations to ensure that the library remains free and open to the public for future generations. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, sustainability is key to our mission, and we are mindful stewards of our financial and physical resources.


Discover updates on our exciting growth and progress below. From small weekly groups to large special events, we have made great use of this beautiful space. The Pope Memorial Library has truly become the hub envisioned by its founders, and we continue to evolve and grow to meet the changing needs of our members and community.


  • 2,512 patrons

  • 16,000 materials checked out in 2023

  • 15,000 library visits in 2023

  • 13,000 visits to our website in 2023



  • Family events: Tacos & Trivia, Family Fun Night, jigsaw puzzle competitions, game night

  • Seasonal events: egg hunts and Halloween event

  • Arts programs: DIY art programs, art exhibits featuring local artists, film screenings, paint & sip

  • Community events: Chamber After-Hours, Dine to Donate with local restaurant partners, Community Baby shower, RSVP holiday tree

  • Special events: Theatre Night in June and Bike for Books at Cranmore in September, and some very special events are being planned.


  • Two monthly book groups

  • Writer visits

  • NH Humanities speaker programs

  • Twice weekly story time

  • Baking & Cooking group

  • Knitting & Crafting group

  • All ages summer reading program



  • Facade restoration on the original building completed

  • Meeting spaces used by 3100 people in 2023


  • Five new Board Members

  • New staff for building maintenance, strategic engagement, and grant writing

  • Wonderful Volunteers at 22 and counting


Our COMMITMENT to access for all

  • Expanded hours of operation from 37 hours per week to 45 hours per week

  • Elimination of overdue fines and rental book fees

  • Weekly book deliveries to local nursing homes and Meals on Wheels recipients

Our Funded by YOU campaign

Please consider contributing to this spring’s Funded by You campaign by mailing a check, payable to “PML” with the enclosed envelope.  You may also make your one-time or monthly recurring contribution online at Your donation today is an investment in the library’s future.

We hope to see you at the library soon. From browsing the collection and viewing local artists’ work - to attending one of our many events or programs planned for this Spring and Summer - to joining us at one of our unique fundraising events - this is your library.

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