A Year In Review At The
Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop
During 2014, the Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop has been
successful in our efforts to provide supplemental assistance to
members of the Gilmanton community to ensure that every person’s
basic needs are met.
We would not have been able to do so without the help and support of
the greater community. The number of persons, businesses and
organizations are too numerous to list individually; however, the
volunteers at the Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop want to extend
our sincere appreciation and thanks to one and all for your
donations of food, money, toys, clothing and time. No donation is
too small whether it be a single can of food or extra change when
purchasing clothing. Everything helps and is appreciated by those
of us who help to manage the pantry & thrift shop as well as the
families and children who we are able to help.
Through your support, the Gilmanton Food Pantry was able to provide
generous holiday baskets to make an otherwise simple holiday meal
something special as well as school kits, gifts for children at
Christmas and winter clothing for children in need. This is in
addition to monthly allotments of food throughout the year. The
sales from our thrift shop go to support these wonderful programs as
We thank you all for giving so generously and making everything we
do at the food pantry possible.
Our next event to benefit the Food Pantry is coming up on February
14th. There will be music and many luscious desserts. Admission is
free, donations are welcome. This will take place at the Gilmanton
Community Church in Gilmanton Iron Works. Watch for further details
and save the date.
The Gilmanton Food Pantry Committee extends wishes for a peaceful,
joyful, healthful and Happy New Year!
Visit us on Facebook at:
Winter Hours: Wednesday, 3 – 7 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm.
Location: Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works.
Parking & Entrance: Gilmanton Community Church Parking Lot.
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N. H. 03237
Letter To The Editor
The Year- Round Library - Gilmanton’s Meeting Place
To the editor:
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library provides a central meeting place
for a town so widely spread out. Besides books and magazines, DVD’s,
computer use, scheduled children’s and adult programs, the GYRL
hosts many group meetings in comfortable community space.
Some of the groups meeting regularly this year at the Year-Round
Library have included a crafter’s group, a book club, a murder
mystery group, home schoolers, and a Magic the Gathering group. In
the past groups have meet for Senior movies, and to play Scrabble,
bridge, and chess. If you would like to ask about your group meeting
at the Library, please call 364-2400 during Library hours to speak
to one of the librarians. See the website at
already scheduled meetings.
Some of best use of the Library is when friends and neighbors, who
haven’t had a chance to see each other for a while, meet at the
Library. Library patrons know these chances to visit with others can
be the one of the Library’s strongest features. For many people the
Year-Round Library has become Gilmanton’s community living room.
Support YOUR Library. Attend the Town Meeting deliberative session
on Saturday, January 31, and be sure to vote YES for Article 20 on
the Town Warrant on Tuesday, March 10th at the Academy.
Bill Foster, Gilmanton
Letter To The Editor
When I was hired as the first librarian at the GYRL the trustees and
I had several goals. Just about all were accomplished. We wanted
to provide full service library in a relaxed environment that
functioned both as a community living room and meeting space
welcoming to all. And we wanted significant collections in all
media, including state of the art technology. These goals were met
and in the last four years enhanced.
We were optimistic that residents of Gilmanton would say, “I might
not use this library, but many of my neighbors will and it is a
service that should be offered to the community.”
It is my hope that the Gilmanton Selectmen, Budget Committee and
voters support GRYL funding. Given my experience at the GYRL and
the Town I do have several items for thought.
Item 1: Library Trustees please change the name. It has been and
still is a finger in the eye to the other two libraries in town. I
like the name Gilmanton Central Library - halfway between the
Corners and the Iron Works. But I am sure other polite names will
come to mind.
Item 2: Create one online catalog for all three libraries so
borrowers can find the closest library that has the wanted item.
Also, coordinate hours open as to maximize the number of hours at
least one library will be open. Coordinate book and other media
purchases to get the broadest collection possible. This might mean a
coordination of funding requests from the Town and appeals for
Item 3: Remember libraries are cooperative, not competitive,
First GYRL Librarian