Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 18, 8:00AM: In keeping with Governor Sununu’s mandate to close all NH schools and certain businesses in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the trustees of the Meredith Public Library have voted to close the library through April 4. Because it is unclear how long the virus can live on books and other materials, we will not be circulating them. We have renewed everyone’s items until April 6. Please disregard any overdue notices. Our book drop is locked, so please do not return items at this time. The staff is working on ways to provide reference and virtual service to our patrons. They will also be working to prepare the building for renovation and expansion. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Interact President, Jasmine Morrissett presents Meredith Library Fund President, Jim McFarlin with a $500 check from the Interact Club after their successful Bob House raffle at this year's Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. Interact is Rotary in High School and the Fund greatly appreciates all of the hard work done by the club that went into this donation.
Altrusa Adult Scholarship Deadline is March 27, 2020
The March 27th deadline is fast approaching for non-traditional students who wish to continue their education to submit an application for an Altrusa scholarship. Adult learners, currently age 23 or older are eligible. Applicants must live or work in one of the following towns: Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Sandwich, Holderness, or Laconia.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to become an Altrusa Scholarship recipient like Dianne who was able to obtain her Masters in Business Administration or Michelle who was able to continue to pursue her doctoral studies thanks in part to receiving a scholarship through the Altrusa Club of Meredith.
Applications are available through the town libraries in Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Holderness and Sandwich. They are also available through the financial aid offices at Plymouth State University and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia. Applications may be obtained electronically as well by visiting the Altrusa website at www.altrusameredithnh.org or e-mail your request to email@example.com.
For the month of March, we are exhibiting a traveling display from SITES (Smithsonian Inititute Traveling Exhibition Service). It's titled Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II.
From the SITES website: "After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the United States entered a war in Europe and the Pacific, the nation was overcome by shock, anger, and fear—a fear exaggerated by long-standing prejudice against Asians. In response, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This order sent 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals to incarceration centers.
Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II traces the story of this incarceration and the people who survived it. Young and old lived crowded together in hastily built camps, endured poor living conditions, and were under the constant watch of military guards for two and a half years. Meanwhile, brave Japanese American men risked their lives fighting for the United States. Some 40 years later, members of the Japanese American community led the nation to confront the wrong it had done—and urged Congress to make it right.
This important new traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will bring heart-wrenching personal stories, fascinating documents, stunning photographs, and engaging interactives to audiences across the nation. Embracing themes that are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago, the exhibition takes a deep look at immigration, prejudice, civil rights, heroism, and what it means to be an American."
Visit the display and check out related material including a newly added documentary Resistance at Tule Lake!
Our final presentation on the design and budget before the vote. See the final design, ask questions and get a look at the budget in advance of Town Meeting. Town meeting is on March 11 at 7pm at the ILHS Gym! See you there! Want to see the youtube video of the full walkthrough of the final design? Click here.
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.