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.
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.