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Historical Commission presents: Author John Gallagher

John F. Gallagher served over thirty years on the Boston Police Department and retired at the rank of superintendent. As a command staff member, he was the department’s chief of detectives.

His interest in history and genealogy and his background in criminal investigation motivated him to write about these century-old murders on the South Shore. John and his wife, Jeanne, live in Hanover, Massachusetts.

Come hear him speak about these books.

Bretton Rocks presents Fossils for all Ages

Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail- Presentation with Sam Ducharme

Enter a Display to 2017’s Books In Bloom


Halifax Reads ‘A Walk in the Woods’

On April 1st we will launch our 3rd Community Read.  Keep on the lookout for programs relating to our Community Read choice, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  Get your copy at the Library, like our Facebook Page.

  • A Community Read brings people together through a shared reading experience and programming participation.
  • On April 1st, multiple copies of A Walk in the Woods will be available for checkout, including audiobooks and large print editions. Come by and get your copy.
  • The rest of your community is reading along with you. Fun!
  • Come to one or all of the programs. No need to register, no commitment.  Just come when you like to what you like.


Tumblebooks! Free online Books and Games for kids!

Did you know?!

The Library offers a free link to Tumblebooks, an online source of  animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and math and puzzle games.

Simply click on the   tumblebooksand your child is off on an adventure of learning and fun!

Consumer Reports Online


In response to patron requests, the Library has just purchased an online subscription to Consumer Reports.

Simply click the icon on the righthand side of our front page.  You will need to login in once with your library card.




Pay your fines online!

Did you know…..

that you can now pay your library fines online.  Log into your Sails Account  and you can see any fines you may owe on your account screen alongside your checkouts.

Easy and quick!

Halifax Digital Archives

Browse through the hundreds of digitized postcards, church records and photographs of Halifax history.  Courtesy of the Sails Digital History Collection.   Specific collection links found  here.

Depicted in this photo:  Old Home Day “Woodmobile and Portable Woodsaw” demonstrations behind the Congregational Church. Carriages and Carriage sheds as well as the fashions in 1900 can be seen. The “Hayward” house and Central School are in the background.

New Resources for Readers

NoveList – for recommended reading lists, read-alikes of popular books, book reviews and reading suggestions based on your interests.

BookLetters – for new releases, award lists, and reading lists geared to all ages. You can browse the lists, or subscribe to have them sent to your email address. Visit this page to subscribe to the Holmes Library monthly e-newsletter to stay up to date with library news and events.