Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

Library News

Dear Patrons,

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we continue to evaluate and adjust our library operations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. We strive to be a reliable source of information and assistance as always.

Even though we are not seeing you face to face the library staff is working to offer as many virtual services as we can and to help you feel comfortable accessing them. We are posting reading recommendations on Facebook, offering online book discussions, and tech trainings.  We also added additional eBooks and eAudiobooks. Many of our vendors have added additional content for free during this time like World Book, Tumble Books and Ancestry.com with more additions every day.

I know how difficult it is to be unable to gather at the library for meetings. The library staff has been meeting online complete with video and sound using Zoom. If you have some basic questions about how to get your group set up to meet online we can help you get started. Please email us at reference@bedfordnh.org or give us a call at 472-2300 and leave a message and we will get back to you.

We will continue to communicate as our response to this outbreak evolves. We look forward to welcoming you back into our building when we return to a sense of normalcy and our community begins to gather again at the library.

In the meantime, please visit us at bedfordnhlibrary.org

Respectfully,

Mary Ann Senatro

Reading Challenge Logo

We know that many of you are at home now and probably catching up on your reading. The Library would like to invite you to participate in our April 2020 Reading Challenge! Our goal is to read 2,020 hours as a community before May 4. Participating is easy- sign up online to log your time using Beanstack, and then earn virtual badges for your reading milestones.  If you prefer, you can use the free Beanstack app to participate.
This challenge is open to all ages and we hope everyone will participate.  If we all read together, we can reach our community goal!

Click here for Beanstack instructions.

Click here for the Beanstack app instructions.

 

All you need is your library card number and password.  If you are a Bedford resident and do not have a library card, watch this video to learn how to sign up for a library card online.  If you have a library card, but do not know your password, use the Forgot your Password? option on the My Account page.  You may also call 472-2300 to reset your password.

Once your library card is all set, you may use it to login to numerous resources through the library website.  Watch this video to learn how to access databases.

Several of the eLearning services require you to also set up a user name and password for the service.  Watch this video to learn how to access IndieFlix. 

The eLibrary provides ebooks and eaudiobooks, resources for students, and online learning opportunities for all ages.

Click here to watch a short video about how to access the databases.  Thank you to BCTV for producing this video.

Learn Something New

Visit the eLearning page to get started with the Great Courses Library Collection, Transparent Language’s immersive language learning, and Creativebug’s crafting classes.

Remote Learning
The library's databases can help you with your remote learning projects.  Visit the Databases A-Z page for a list by topic.

Download an ebook or eaudiobook
More information is available on the eBooks and eAudiobooks page.

Even more books (including picture book read alongs) are available through TumbleBooks (for all ages) and hoopla digital.

Keep up with the news

Read the daily Union Leader
Login with your library barcode and password.  Try the daily image edition!

Read the weekly Bedford Bulletin
Login with your library barcode and password.

Borrow a digital magazine from Overdrive
Login to Overdrive with your library card and borrow magazines like Us Weekly, Newsweek, Outside, Country Living and more.

Even more newspapers and magazines are available from the library databases.

Research your family history
Visit the databases page to access HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition.  For more resources, visit the Genealogy page.

Watch a movie

IndieFlix
Register with your library card for this streaming movie service that offers access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries and shorts.  Checkout a 7 day pass for unlimited accs to all of IndieFlix’s content.  When your access expires, you can always checkout another 7 day pass. To browse a list of available videos, visit IndieFlix  Watch this video to learn more

hoopla digital
Set up a hoopla acount with your library card.  Movies circulate for 72 hours.  You may borrow up to 6 titles each month.

How do I get library updates?

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and sign up for the library e-newsletter.  Normally, we only send a newsletter once a month, but during the current situation we are sending emails when there is a service update.
Facebook: Bedford (NH) Public Library
Twitter: @BedfordLibrary
Instagram: bedfordnhlibrary

This virtual bulletin board provides information about town government and school district meetings.

  • Planning Board: The April 20 and May 4 meetings have been cancelled.

For more information about Bedford's town government, visit bedfordnh.org

Upcoming meetings are listed on the town calendar

You may watch town government meetings on BCTV's Channel 22.