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?
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.
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.
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!
Meredith Library Fund's #MoveTheMercury hashtag challenge was a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who participated and submitted a photo, or just shared the event!
Lakes Region Visiting Nursing Association's submission got the most likes and they are donating the gift basket to one of their clients!
Announcing the Meredith Library Fund Hashtag Challenge!
Get caught reading by the thermometer in front of the Meredith Public Library! Safely take a pic and post it on their facebook post with the hashtag #movethemercury and be entered to win a library-themed gift basket. The picture with the most likes by 8 PM on Monday, 9/2/19 will be declared the winner. Let's get that next $50,000!
For more information on the mission of the Meredith Library Fund, ways to donate, and updated project information, visit www.meredithlibraryfund.org.
Meredith Library Fund thanks Paquette Signs for their in-kind donation of the two “thermometer” signs supporting our Capital Campaign which are now installed at the Meredith Public Library lawn and the Route 3/25 junction.
“Paquette Signs, located in Meredith, has been designing and building signs for New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and beyond since 1970. We produce signs the old fashioned way combined with modern day technology. “We build signs that build business.”
The 501(c)(3) Meredith Library Fund’s mission is to obtain tax-deductible donations and grants to provide a philanthropic opportunity to help equip, renovate and expand the Meredith Public Library and reduce taxpayers’ cost for the project.
Meredith Library Fund’s campaign launched February 1, 2019 and will end March 1, 2020. Through generous pledges and donations, we have already raised $540,000 toward our goal of $1,125,000.
For more information about ways to donate to our Capital Campaign and the project please visit our website www.meredithlibraryfund.org
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.