We are pleased to announce that the Meredith Public Library has been awarded $18,487.00 in funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ “Grants to States” program. The grant program is part of the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 and is being facilitated by the N.H. State Library.
The money will be used to help equip our new Maker Space. It will also be used to collaborate with the Lakes Center for the Arts to bring artists to the library to exhibit their work and to teach art classes. The grant also helps us to collaborate with the Meredith Historical Society to digitize some of the society and library’s collections and to teach others how to digitize their home collections.
The Meredith Library Fund through a generous grant from Heart & Hands Thrift Shop is also partnering with the library on this grant. We received an additional $6,000 to purchase ten iPads with Apple Pens and Keyboards that will be used in the Maker Space to teach Digital Art classes, among other uses. They also gave us funding to purchase a 3D Printer and a 3D Scanner.
Some of the equipment we will be purchasing will allow for digitization of home movies in various formats, slides, photos and historical books. We also will be purchasing a large scale color printer, an engraver, sewing machines, a Cricut machine and other items that will allow us to serve artists, personal historians and small business owners in our community. A survey will be available soon asking what we can do in the Maker Space to better serve the community.
Linda and Matthew bring you up to speed on Library events and services and what they are personally reading and watching.
Relevant Links and Mentioned Titles:
Documents and Policies at the MPL (See: Meeting Room Policy)
The Libby App!
Highlights of Grand Opening on December 4
The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
Wheel of Time Trailer
Deep Space Nine Trailer
NH's Missing: Amanda Grazewski
Amanda Grazewski went missing on March 17, 2020 from Birch Street, Derry, New Hampshire. If you have any information please contact the Derry Police or Nashua CrimeLine.
**Correction** I stated that she was one of five siblings. She was actually one of six.
Restoring the Historic Stenciling
When the library first opened in 1901, the “delivery room” (the space between the historic front entrance and the circulation desk) was stenciled by William H. Sullivan, a painter from Manchester, NH. These lovely stencils were unfortunately painted over many years ago, but thanks to Library Aide, Linda Hough who found photos of the original room using Google Books, we were able to see them for the first time and wanted to recreate them.
Enter decorative artist Connie Dehnel. Connie has an impressive portfolio of work including many years of stenciling fine homes. Using the photo from Google Books, Connie enlarged Sullivan’s work and created a stencil of it. Climbing staging high up in the air, she went to work recreating Sullivan’s design. The work is breathtaking and is the perfect finishing touch to the renovated historic library building. Thank you so much Connie for donating your time!
Zachary Lunt of New Hampshire Wood Flooring is refinishing the original historic wood library floors. He mentioned to me that his Great-Grandmother Margaret Lunt had been a librarian here. I found her in the library history. According to Filling the Void by Rudy VanVeghten, Margaret Pynn Lunt was hired in 1922. He said, "I am thrilled to be bringing back the floor she originally walked on. I'm walking on the same floor!"
Meredith Library Fund Grant!
The Meredith Library Fund presented their final $680,000 grant to the Town of Meredith. With their original $250,000 grant, a total of $930,000 was granted to the library's expansion/renovation project which is now nearing completion.
Ernie and Erin take you through what is going through the historic building and the '80s addition. Are you excited?
Library Director Erin Apostolos and Library Aide Linda take you through how to access the new addition which opens to the public on July 13, 2021. Until October, this is the only part of the library that will be accessible while the historic building is renovated.
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.