We are pleased to announce that the Meredith Public Library has been awarded $18,487.00 in funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ “Grants to States” program. The grant program is part of the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 and is being facilitated by the N.H. State Library.
The money will be used to help equip our new Maker Space. It will also be used to collaborate with the Lakes Center for the Arts to bring artists to the library to exhibit their work and to teach art classes. The grant also helps us to collaborate with the Meredith Historical Society to digitize some of the society and library’s collections and to teach others how to digitize their home collections.
The Meredith Library Fund through a generous grant from Heart & Hands Thrift Shop is also partnering with the library on this grant. We received an additional $6,000 to purchase ten iPads with Apple Pens and Keyboards that will be used in the Maker Space to teach Digital Art classes, among other uses. They also gave us funding to purchase a 3D Printer and a 3D Scanner.
Some of the equipment we will be purchasing will allow for digitization of home movies in various formats, slides, photos and historical books. We also will be purchasing a large scale color printer, an engraver, sewing machines, a Cricut machine and other items that will allow us to serve artists, personal historians and small business owners in our community. A survey will be available soon asking what we can do in the Maker Space to better serve the community.
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!
We have a new podcast! Our very first episode tackles Tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, GURPS, Warhammer, and others. We talk about our personal experiences and fun we’ve had. We also start with a brief update on goings on at the Meredith Library! Although this is a local podcast we are hoping our reach will not just be limited to our zipcode! Let us know what you think, what you would like to hear about (books, games, writing, any subject!) and subscribe to us on youtube or listen on Anchor, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!
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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.
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.