This is an excerpt from The Public Library Bulletin, volume 1, published in 1901 and digitized by Google. To see the entire publication please click this link.
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.
Here is a list of titles that we could barely keep on the shelf in 2018! Which books or movies on the list are your favorites?
We have events and prizes for babies to adults. We kick off June 30 and have at least one event nearly every day this summer. Read for prizes at every age level. More information to follow in a special newsletter supplement in mid-June focused on Summer Reading.
What's going on this summer? Download brochures listing activities for:
Adult Summer Reading
Teen Summer Reading
Children's Summer Reading
There was a lot going on this year, but that didn't stop our patrons from enjoying the various offerings from our collection! Lets take a look at the most popular titles this year at the Meredith Public Library.
The Dewey Decimal System. Taught to most of us sometime in elementary school, is a numeric way of finding non-fiction books on the shelves of libraries. There is an organizational method to those numbers, seemingly cryptic except to those in the library-know, but not very user friendly to those wishing to browse our shelves of non-fiction.
Some public libraries have decided to switch to the bookstore model of organizing books, where words such as TRAVEL replace the Dewey number 910, HISTORY replace 930-940 & GARDENING replace 630 to make their shelves more user friendly.
After some debate, we at the Meredith Public Library decided to experiment with switching some of our popular non-fiction collections to the bookstore model (called BISAC) to see what our faithful library patrons think of it. Joyce has been working tirelessly researching BISAC and making the switch and so far has completed Travel, History, Cooking and Gardening.
So for example in our Cooking section, all cookbooks will have the main heading of COOKING on their spine label. Then there are subheadings. So if you are looking for Italian cookbooks, the spine will look like:
Taking a trip across the pond? The spine label would look like this:
Need to learn about Germany's past? The spine label would look like this:
We are still working on the best way to organize the shelves since most of our books are still in Dewey and it makes it confusing to see both systems being used. We are still working out some kinks. New non-fiction books, regardless of their spine label, are still shelved with new non-fiction on the main floor.
So, we welcome your feedback. What are your thoughts on using the bookstore model over Dewey? Would you like to see us switch all of our non-fiction books over to the bookstore model of change back to Dewey?
We are looking for ways to make our collection more accessible to everyone, so your input would be most appreciated. While checking out your books, please give your opinion at the front desk and this information will be forwarded to me.
-- Erin Apostolos, Library Director.
Most Popular Check Outs of 2016
There were a lot of great titles out this year! "Check out" the most popular picks of our patrons after the cut!
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.