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!
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A traveling exhibit courtesy the Fermata Arts Foundation celebrating its 10th anniversary. These children's drawings are from Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk (3 cities in Eastern Ukraine) that are traveling around New England states from June 2018 to June 2020.
It originated as a Children's Art Contest organized by the Kharkiv Regional Library. Residents of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk submitted artwork to celebrate the 25th independence of Ukraine. This creative competition was held within the framework of the national project of cultural integration "Ukrainian Donbass".
Check out the display while is visits the Meredith Public Library for January!
Links: Fermata Arts Foundation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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.
UPDATE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update April 3: In keeping with Governor Sununu’s mandate, the Meredith Public Library is closed until at least May 4. Because it is unclear how long the virus can live on books and other materials, we will not be circulating items. Everyone’s items will be renewed until we reopen. Please disregard any overdue notices. Our book drop is locked, so please do not return items at this time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
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.