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.
Altrusa Adult Scholarship Deadline is March 27, 2020
The March 27th deadline is fast approaching for non-traditional students who wish to continue their education to submit an application for an Altrusa scholarship. Adult learners, currently age 23 or older are eligible. Applicants must live or work in one of the following towns: Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Sandwich, Holderness, or Laconia.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to become an Altrusa Scholarship recipient like Dianne who was able to obtain her Masters in Business Administration or Michelle who was able to continue to pursue her doctoral studies thanks in part to receiving a scholarship through the Altrusa Club of Meredith.
Applications are available through the town libraries in Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Holderness and Sandwich. They are also available through the financial aid offices at Plymouth State University and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia. Applications may be obtained electronically as well by visiting the Altrusa website at www.altrusameredithnh.org or e-mail your request to email@example.com.
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.
The trustees of the Meredith Public Library and the Meredith Select Board want to update library patrons and taxpayers on the status of the project to expand and renovate the Meredith Public Library.
“It's been a busy and productive summer,” says Ann Butler, chairman of the library board of trustees. Butler notes that “A publicly funded building project takes far more planning and coordination than would be involved in building a home or even a privately funded commercial building. There's been ongoing dialog with town officials and town committees since the spring as we follow the steps that are required by the town.” Those discussions have been cordial and productive notes Butler.
Jonathan James, chairman of the select board and a Meredith library trustee, concurs. Noting that all but two of the seven library trustees were elected for the first time in March he says, “The current board of library trustees has been working with town officials to get an understanding of the process that needs to be followed in a town funded project.” He’s also eager to let the public know that the select board and the library trustees are in agreement that the library will be staying in its current location and that the expansion and renovation needs to happen to meet the current and future needs of town residents.
The project has already come before the capital improvements planning (CIP) committee and will again be before the CIP committee in October. “There are several projects in the next few years that need to be scheduled in a way so as not to significantly impact the town’s tax rate,” says James.
Although still subject to change in the next few months, the current thinking is that the library trustees will be seeking funding at the town meeting in March of 2019 for the design phase of the project. This phase involves the library trustees sending out through the town a formal request for qualifications (RFQ) for an architect in the project. James notes that this phase of the project can only start if the money is approved at town meeting.
Once the RFQ responses are back, the library trustees will formally select an architect to move the project from the conceptual phase it’s currently in to the design process. It is the design process that will eventually result in the development of the detailed plans used for the construction and renovation of the library.
Butler states that public input will be a key part of this design process. “The trustees are planning on using a charrette process and surveys to get as many people as possible to participate. We will be updating the public regularly as the planning process moves forward.” Following the formal design process, the funds for construction and renovation will be requested in a warrant article at a town meeting. James notes that the current thinking is that this will be in 2020, although he notes that this may change.
Although the exact timing of the process is still pending based on the work of the CIP committee this fall, the town and the library trustees agree that the project will have owner’s project manager (OPM) who will oversee and manage the project from beginning to end.
While it is anticipated that a large percentage of the library project will be funded through a bond sought by the town, efforts are already underway to seek donations and grants to reduce the cost of the project. As is common these days with library building projects, an independent charitable 501(c)(3) organization known as the Meredith Library Fund is being formed. They seek private and corporate donations and grants to reduce the taxpayer’s cost for the project. Butler notes that this entity is an independent organization from the library, the Friends of the Library and the town, but has the full support of the library trustees and the select board. Questions regarding the fund should be referred to the Meredith Library Fund president Jim McFarlin.
For more information please visit our Virtual Story Time page! The first three episodes are now live!
We want to hear from you! We are conducting a patron satisfaction survey for 2018. Follow the link HERE, fill it out, and be entered to possibly win a free Kindle Fire!
We are excited to announce a great service that will allow you to easily keep track of everything going on in Meredith! Burbio.com is a FREE website and app that puts school, library and other local events all in one calendar. You can create a personalized event feed and even sync events to your Google or iPhone calendars! You'll also be notified when events change or get cancelled.
Sign up at Burbio.com or download the free iPhone or Android App and follow the calendars that interest you.
Click HERE for Meredith Public Library's Burbio Feed.
(If you are involved in a group or organization and want to get your events on Burbio, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
New Hampshire Downloadable Books has added 25 "simultaneous, unlimited checkout magazine titles" to their collection. You can either read this via the Libby App or on your PC using the Read Now function. For full instructions on how to check out and use e-magazines, please consult the NHDB's instruction handout.
To access the OverDrive catalog from our website, hover over the "Catalog" menu and then click "Ebooks, Eaudio, Emags" from the drop down menu.
Things to note:
*The format of these emagazines will not work with a black and white kindle.
*Checking out magazines does not count against your three checkout limit for other downloadable titles.
*Works best on the Libby App or on PC through the NH Overdrive's website.
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.