Library Director Erin Apostolos talks with Ernie from Milestone Engineering about the current process of the new addition and the upcoming renovation of the old building!
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
We have been compiling links to help with distance learning and boredom during the quarantine/lock-down. Here are a variety of resources to help with learning from afar, as well as just some fun things to do from home!
Virtual Museum Tours:
Documentaries/Movies Streaming for Free:
Fun with the Meredith Library Staff:
* Not everything is free on links marked with asterisks.
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.
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.