On Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00AM, the Meredith Public Works Department will be removing a time capsule from the Meredith Public Library lawn, 91 Main Street, that was buried in 1968.
"The time capsule will be officially opened on July 4, 2018 at 2:00PM at the Chase House. The Common Man is donating an ice cream social for the first one hundred people. Carl Johnson, Jr. will be emceeing the opening and we will have a slideshow displaying events from Meredith's 200th Anniversary in 1968," said Meredith Public Library Director and Time Capsule Committee Chair Erin Apostolos.
The Time capsule was buried in 1969 as the final celebration of Meredith's 200th anniversary in the previous year. Citizens of Meredith in 1968 chose to put items in the time capsule that largely commemorated the events celebrated in the 200th. Those events will be explained at the July 4 opening.
"We are also inviting everyone who was present when the time capsule was buried in 1968 to the library lawn at 1PM on July 4 for a group photo and to escort the capsule to its official opening at the Chase House," said Jonathan James, Chair of the Meredith Select Board and member of the Time Capsule Committee who will be donating the use of one of his antique vehicles for the occasion.
The time capsule is being removed on May 1 because the Friends of the Library will be planting a festive Red, White and Blue garden to help commemorate Meredith's 250th anniversary. Since the time capsule is currently in the garden bed, it will need to be removed prior to the planting of the garden so as not to disrupt it. It will be securely stored in one of the Town's vaults.
The library is also inviting anyone who was involved in the 200th anniversary of the Town in 1968 to contact Linda Hough at the library. We are looking for people who might be interested in a short interview about their experience as part of an Oral History Project. These interviews will be transcribed and then placed into the new time capsule which will be opened at Meredith's 300th anniversary. Please call 279-4303 or email us.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their poetry! It was a difficult decision to choose just three! The top three poets will receive a gift certificate and will have their poetry entries published in our May newsletter. The winners of our national poetry month contest are:
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home" by Elliot Finn, "The River Bank" by Gordon Dubois and "Books" by Kaitlyn Gable. Congratulations!
See all of the entries below!
The Public Broadcast of the Library Building Project Meeting, 1 March 2018. Many thanks to Lakes Region Public Access and Filomena Day!
The artist of the month for March is Andrew Hillman. An artist and musician from Meredith, NH.
"I was born in South American, Bolivia. Adopted at birth, been a resident of New Hampshire for more than 25 years. I am also a musician and just love the Arts. I currently live in Meredith and love it! I am the middle child of six. I'm Inca Indian. Most of my art comes from mags that people have discarded, I have a learning disability but I think that helps the art." - Andrew Hillman
The Artist of the Month for February is our very own Clara Bates! You might recognize her as our one-time Library Page. Clara is an artist from Meredith, NH. She mainly works in pen and ink, but dabbles in watercolor and charcoal. She is a senior at Inter Lakes High School and plans on attending MassArt in Boston.
NOTE: This contest is now closed! Thanks to everyone who participated!
We're planning something special for National Poetry Month in April and we need your help! Do you write or dabble in poetry? We are looking for poems to put on display in the Meredith Library in April.
If interested, please submit your poem via this link! We will choose our favorites from the submissions and display them this year during National Poetry Month. The top three poems will be published in our monthly newsletter and the poet will receive a gift certificate to Once Read Books! Keep in mind that by submitting your work you agree to let the Meredith Library display your poem publicly without financial compensation.
We look forward to reading your submissions!
DEADLINE is March 31, 2018. The winners will be announced during National Library Week (April 8-14, 2018).
The Librarians and Library Aides of the Meredith Public library: Erin, Chris, Matthew, Karen, John, Cherie, Joyce, Jessica, and Linda. Please check out our Staff page for more information.