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Mission Statement

The Shedd–Porter Memorial Library provides access to information, programming and other library services that promote the lifelong enjoyment of reading and learning, for the residents of Alstead and Langdon. People of all ages are encouraged to visit the library. The Trustees and Staff of the library seek to provide a comfortable and safe environment for all users of the library, and to be stewards of this historic structure and its contents (September 2019).


Shedd-Porter Memorial Library, located in Alstead, New Hampshire, was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Boston architects, William H. McLean and Albert H. Wright. It was built in 1910 as a gift from John Graves Shedd and Mary Roenna Porter in memory of their parents.

Library Hours

Tuesday 2 - 5 pm

Wednesday 11 am – 5 pm

Thursday 11 am – 7 pm

Friday 11 am – 5 pm

Saturday 9 am – noon


Inclement Weather:

The library typically closes when the Alstead public schools are following a full, in school learning schedule and are closed due to inclement weather. When Alstead schools are in remote or hybrid learning modes, inclement weather closings and schedule changes for the library will be decided on a case-to-case basis and patrons should closely monitor our webpage and social media postings. During weekends and school vacations, closings due to inclement weather will also be announced on WMUR TV.


The library is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
    The library closes for the New Year’s holiday at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

  • July 4th

  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving
    The library closes for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday at 3 PM.

  • Christmas Day
    The library closes for the Christmas holiday at 3 PM on Christmas Eve.

Directions & Contact

The library is located in the center of Alstead Village.

Shedd-Porter Memorial Library

2 Main Street

PO Box 209

Alstead, NH 03602

Phone number: 603-835-6661


Board of Trustees

Matt Saxton, Chair (Term Expires 2025)

Susan Norlander, Vice Chair (Term Expires 2024)

Carol Reller, Secretary (Term Expires 2025)

Karn McShane, Treasurer (Term Expires 2026)

Kathy Torrey (Term Expires 2026)

The Board of Trustees meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 pm at the library. A draft of the most recent minutes is posted at the library. 

You can reach the Board of Trustees at

Library Staff

Alyson Montgomery, Director

Gaale Klein, Library Assistant

Lindsey Elsesser, Library Assistant

Volunteer Opportunities

We are grateful for all our volunteers! We try our best to match your interests and skills with the volunteer tasks available at the library. We always welcome students who would like to fulfill community service requirements.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the library, please contact Alyson Montgomery at 603-835-6661 or

Misson Statement
Library Hours
Directions & Contact
Board of Trustees
Library Staff
Volunteer Opportunities
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