February is Library Lover’s Month and our theme is “Try Something New at the Library.” Along with some interesting classes, we are introducing a new service called BingeBundles, sponsored by the Friends of the Meredith Library, as are all of our classes this month. Have you ever wanted to try a subscription service that sends you new books to try along with some fun goodies to go along with them, but couldn’t afford the $40-$50 per month to join? Now you can “subscribe” with us and all you need is your library card! Must be age 18 or over.
Pick up a form at the Main Desk or fill out online off of our home page. We will ask you questions about types of genres and formats you prefer, your snack preferences and some other fun questions. Then we will pack up your mystery items (limit of 4) along with some fun surprises in a shopping bag. The items will be checked out to you so you will need to return them, but the surprises are yours to keep. If you like the service, tell us to do it again (on our “How did we do” form), and we will send you a new bundle NEXT month. More on the “How did we do” form...Be honest with us. Did you like our selections? Your answers help us to make better choices next time.
We also hope that you’ll try learning something new at the library such as yoga, knitting, watercolor 3D Printing, Chess or a Sassy Step & Stretch class.
The Meredith Public Library has received a $15,000 grant from the Association for Rural & Small Libraries for a weatherization project. "In order for our addition and renovation project to come in at budget, we needed to put some things on hold. This included replacing the windows in the 1980's addition and adding insulation to some areas of the historic building, especially the attic," said Library Director, Erin Apostolos. "This grant will help to cover the costs of our weatherization project. I will also be applying for a Moose Plate grant as well as one from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the spring. The trustees have also budgeted for some of this work using funds from the library's Improvement Trust Fund."
The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) builds strong communities through professional development and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries. ARSL recognizes the uniqueness of small and rural libraries and is committed to providing an environment that encourages excellence within this community of practice, supporting their goals of service and speaking on behalf of this important constituency.
Visit the ARSL Website.
Top Checkouts of 2022!
We are pleased to add two new online subscriptions to our reference databases...and both can be accessed from home. Visit meredithlibrary.org, scroll down a bit on the home page and then click on Services>Genealogy to access our new databases Newspapers.com and Fold3, as well as the ones we already have including Ancestry, HeritageQuest, AmericanAncestors and FamilySearch.
First, Newspapers.com offers full-page images with searchable full text from over 17,000 different newspapers in the US and worldwide. Dating from the early 1700s into the early 2000s. Newspapers.com Library Edition contains full runs and portions of runs of known, regional, and state titles to small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.
The second one is Fold3 featuring premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records.
Patron Satisfaction Survey 2022
Now that we have our renovated and expanded library building completed, we would like to find out how we can better serve you. Please take a moment to complete our Patron Satisfaction Survey.
Miss the Blockbuster days? Wish you lived in an era where you had a Blockbuster or a Video Rental Store? Did you know that libraries provide the SAME service and MORE? This Library Card Sign Up Month (September 2022), you can get a special edition Meredith Library Membership card that brings out all the nostalgia! Check out movies, videogames, audiobooks, books (of course), and MORE!
Clara Bates is our featured artist for the month of August! Stop by the Function Room and check out her work today!
Welcome to Summer Reading!
The library staff donned their “Oceans of Possibilities” t-shirts to welcome everyone to the Summer Reading season. With raffles, events, and prizes we have something for everyone this year.
The Blue Ocean Society will have a life-sized whale on the lawn that families can enter and learn about whale anatomy. Wildlife Encounters returns to the Community Center with a fun array of animals. Go shopping for summer reading prizes at the Seashell Shop. Read more about these things in the Children's section.
Classes for teens will be offered in the Maker Space including watercolor painting and sewing. Learn how to make paper and keep a lunar journal. Read more about it in the Teen Section.
Adults are also invited to join in the fun with the return of Summer Readers’ Tic-Tac-Toe. Each week we will raffle off a $25 gift card to a store or restaurant in Meredith, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. You can enter as many times as you like but may only win once.
Winter Reading Program, Meet the Artist Series, The Friends Book Sale, Genealogy Club, The Teen Advisory Board and so much more! We have jam-packed so much stuff into February that there is something going on nearly every day!
Join us for an Adult Winter Read featuring a Hygge Basket Raffle every Friday in February. Hygge, Pronounced "hoo-ga," is a Danish concept that encompasses a feeling of coziness. Pick up a Tic-Tac-Toe sheet at the display near the Main desk. You can enter many times, but may only win once.
Miss Karen is hosting a Winter Read for all ages in the Children's Room. Pick up a reading log, fill it in, return it to the children’s room and shop in the Snowflake Hut. Lots of fun things to buy. There will be weekly raffles, a story hike & a movie with a popcorn bar. Children's Winter Reading ends March 4.
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.