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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
In case you missed the big news, here is a media round-up!
A huge thank you to the community for all of us at the Meredith Library. We could not do this without your support.
Don't forget two very important upcoming events:
February 29 at 11AM: Library Building Project Update @the Community Center
March 11 at 7PM: Town meeting is at the Inter-Lakes High School auditorium. The library building renovation/expansion project will be on the warrant for vote.
Business Spotlight with Lake Life Realty!
Did you know that the Meredith Public Library has the ability to borrow materials from public and university libraries all over New Hampshire for you? Recently, the State Library upgraded the online system allowing us to share resources, and now patrons can make their requests online without having to call us. You will need to have your library card number and your PIN (which is the last four digits of the phone number you used to register for your library card, unless you’ve changed it).
Go to www.meredithlibrary.org and hover over “Catalogs” and then click on “State Library Catalog”. In the upper right hand corner, click on “Please Login” and from the drop down menu choose “Meredith-Meredith Public”. Enter your library card number and PIN and click on “Submit”.
In the box at the top of the screen type in the search for your item. You can choose a general keyword search or use the drop down menu to search by Title, Author, etc. From the left side of the screen you can choose to limit by author, date, language, etc. You may also limit by format such as audiobook CD or DVD.
To request an item, click on the “Request” button to the right of each title. You will be taken to a record for the item. Click on the “Submit” button on the bottom right of the screen to request it. This request will be sent on to Cherie who manages Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests at our library. She will notify you when your request has arrived OR if it is an item that is not available, she will let you know. Please make sure that the item you are requesting is not already in our catalog.
You can also create lists. Rather than requesting, to the right of the “Request” button is a “List” button. Click on it, name your list and the item will be saved to your list. You can create multiple lists such as “DVDs” or “Crafts” and save titles to your selected lists.
To access your lists, go to your account from the link at the top right of the screen and click on “Your List”.
You can still make your requests the old-fashioned way by calling us if you prefer.
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.