Celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in the U.S. with Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence! Check out our exhibit of Women's Suffrage in America, located in the computer/audiobook room.
The story of women's suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans' lives today.
The crusade for women's suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and then, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name, Votes for Women seeks to expand visitors’ understanding of the suffrage movement in the United States. The poster exhibition addresses women's political activism, explores the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and documents the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment which prohibits the government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. It also touches upon the suffrage movement's relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America.
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.
The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document display and share the compelling story of women. It will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world. More information about the initiative is available at womenshistory.si.edu.
We now have free online access for the titles Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide. All you have to do is access Grey Hound Online Databases (GOLD) either from within our library (no login required) or from home. You can also access the link under our "SERVICES" tab at the top menu of our main page.
If you are accessing GOLD remotely from home, you can use the following link and login info:
* Client ID: Meredith
* Login User Name: Meredith
* Password: 03253
Do you have an elementary aged reader who has a hard time picking out what they want at the library, or are you in a hurry and just want to grab a stack of stuff on the run?
Then check out our new Grab n' Go Bags on the balcony! Each bag is hand picked based on a different theme, and they contain a variety of formats, like fiction, nonfiction, comics, and audio!
The current themes are:
Check one out today!
Staff will be very happy to see our patrons again, but we want to urge everyone to take advantage of our curbside pick-up service. Not only are we still in the middle of a pandemic, we have also begun construction. We have no parking lot and the main entrance in the back is closed. The only way in is through our historic entrance on Main Street. Temporary stairs and a temporary ramp have been put into place at that entrance and we still have an emergency only exit. Curbside service pick-up is at the bottom of the ramp and our new book return should be ready once we open,” said Library Director, Erin Apostolos. Curbside pick-up hours are Tue-Thu from 9AM-6PM, Fri 9AM-4:30PM and Sat 9AM-1:30PM. Please call us at 603-279-4303, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, use our online form available from our Website or make a request online using our catalog. Our website is www.meredithlibrary.org.
The building will be open to the public Tue-Thu 10AM-7PM, Fri 10AM-4PM and Sat 10AM-1PM, but with some restrictions. The library trustees urge everyone to wear a facemask when they come in. “Many of our patrons are elderly,” said Trustee Chair Ann Butler. “Think of the precautions you would take if you were visiting your grandparents in a nursing home and please take the same precautions when entering the library.
In keeping with social distancing guidelines, only twenty patrons will be allowed in the building at one time, only four public PCs will be available and patrons will have a total of thirty minutes per day in the building. “We call this phase ‘Grab and Go’,” said Apostolos. “It’s a model we’re borrowing from other libraries open in the area. We have also removed all public seating except at the four public PC terminals.
Services available include technology assistance, Notary Public (please call ahead to set up an appointment for these two services), reference and readers’ advisory, faxing and making copies.
"Summer Reading will be virtual this year. Karen, John and Jess have been working on some fun ways to keep everyone reading including weekly kits you can take home. Call us or come in and chat with them about Summer Reading,” Apostolos said.
Click here to view a handout of all of our guidelines for patrons during this phase. All of these guidelines were created with your and the staff's upmost safety in mind along with following state's recommendations. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please e-mail email@example.com or call (603) 279-4303.
Pictured: Meredith Library Fund President James McFarlin, far right, uses his “social distancing stick” to give the first part of the Fund’s donation to the Town for the library building project to Select Board Chair Ray Moritz, second from the left. Looking on is Library Trustee and Selectman Jonathan James (far left) and Selectman Nathan Torr (second from the right).
The Trustees of the Meredith Public Library are very excited to report that that library building’s renovation and expansion project which passed Town Meeting by a 92% majority in March is tentatively set to begin construction work on June 8th.
Once the project begins, there will no longer be access to the library parking lot or back entrance. The Library’s curbside pickup will move to the front of the building. To provide library access as the project begins, a temporary ramp is being installed up the historic front steps, so that one side of the steps will be ramp and the other side will still be steps. When the library can safely reopen to the public, the front entrance will be the only way in and out of the building. A book return will also be coming to the front of the building during construction.
The amazing Meredith Library Fund successfully raised nearly 20% of the cost of the project in a year’s time! This has allowed the project to move forward as the trustees await the July bond sale for the remainder of the funding. Early work will involve tree removal, ledge removal, excavation of an elevator pit and upgrading of electrical service.
The trustees wish to thank the voters of Meredith, the Board of Selectmen, the Meredith Library Fund and its many donors for their tremendous support of this project.
Help decorate the Library for the Fourth of July! You can draw or color your flag and then drop it off in the book drop or mail it physically!
If you would like to send it in the mail, here is our mailing address:
P.O. Box 808
Meredith, NH 03253
Did you know we have a great selection of magazine titles available for check-out and curbside pick-up? Everything from Smithsonian to Yoga! We have all of your interests covered.
How to search for magazines:
But that's not all. We also have an extensive emagazine collection courtesy the New Hampshire State Library. Just open the Libby App or sign into Overdrive and search through their magazine section! You can also access the emagazine catalog here to search from your PC.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (603) 279-4303.
We are very excited to begin circulating physical items again. Staff are available Mon & Tues, Thu & Fri from 9:00AM-5:00PM and Wed from 11AM-7PM.
To place an order for pickup you can:
We will also start our Homebound Delivery service again brought to you in partnership with the Altrusa Club. Please call the above number or email email@example.com to place an order.
The library building remains closed to the public until the Governor lifts the stay at home order. Your requested items will be left in a bag on a card table near the back entrance. Your name will be labeled on the bag.
The staff looks forward to seeing you again, even if it's just a wave from the window.
— Erin Apostolos, Library Director
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.