The Public Broadcast of the Library Building Project Meeting, 1 March 2018. Many thanks to Lakes Region Public Access and Filomena Day!
The artist of the month for March is Andrew Hillman. An artist and musician from Meredith, NH.
"I was born in South American, Bolivia. Adopted at birth, been a resident of New Hampshire for more than 25 years. I am also a musician and just love the Arts. I currently live in Meredith and love it! I am the middle child of six. I'm Inca Indian. Most of my art comes from mags that people have discarded, I have a learning disability but I think that helps the art." - Andrew Hillman
The Artist of the Month for February is our very own Clara Bates! You might recognize her as our one-time Library Page. Clara is an artist from Meredith, NH. She mainly works in pen and ink, but dabbles in watercolor and charcoal. She is a senior at Inter Lakes High School and plans on attending MassArt in Boston.
NOTE: This contest is now closed! Thanks to everyone who participated!
We're planning something special for National Poetry Month in April and we need your help! Do you write or dabble in poetry? We are looking for poems to put on display in the Meredith Library in April.
If interested, please submit your poem via this link! We will choose our favorites from the submissions and display them this year during National Poetry Month. The top three poems will be published in our monthly newsletter and the poet will receive a gift certificate to Once Read Books! Keep in mind that by submitting your work you agree to let the Meredith Library display your poem publicly without financial compensation.
We look forward to reading your submissions!
DEADLINE is March 31, 2018. The winners will be announced during National Library Week (April 8-14, 2018).
This month's art exhibit is courtesy the Lakes Region Art Association and Richard Hartman.
Participating artists in this month's display: Robert P. Emory, Jackie H. Ray, Phyllis Meinke, Christa J. Faller, Joanne Reynolds, Marie Kelly, Rob Caron, and Bev Shanley.
From the LRAA:
"Come join us & share your love for art!
The LRAA is 501(c)3 educational & cultural corporation whose mission is to enhance the ability of its members to create art and to further the appreciation of art in the Lakes Region. All local artists are eligible to join the association, whether you are a professional or emerging artist, a photographer, sculptor, or just appreciate art.
LRAA Membership benefits include:
There was a lot going on this year, but that didn't stop our patrons from enjoying the various offerings from our collection! Lets take a look at the most popular titles this year at the Meredith Public Library.
The Dewey Decimal System. Taught to most of us sometime in elementary school, is a numeric way of finding non-fiction books on the shelves of libraries. There is an organizational method to those numbers, seemingly cryptic except to those in the library-know, but not very user friendly to those wishing to browse our shelves of non-fiction.
Some public libraries have decided to switch to the bookstore model of organizing books, where words such as TRAVEL replace the Dewey number 910, HISTORY replace 930-940 & GARDENING replace 630 to make their shelves more user friendly.
After some debate, we at the Meredith Public Library decided to experiment with switching some of our popular non-fiction collections to the bookstore model (called BISAC) to see what our faithful library patrons think of it. Joyce has been working tirelessly researching BISAC and making the switch and so far has completed Travel, History, Cooking and Gardening.
So for example in our Cooking section, all cookbooks will have the main heading of COOKING on their spine label. Then there are subheadings. So if you are looking for Italian cookbooks, the spine will look like:
Taking a trip across the pond? The spine label would look like this:
Need to learn about Germany's past? The spine label would look like this:
We are still working on the best way to organize the shelves since most of our books are still in Dewey and it makes it confusing to see both systems being used. We are still working out some kinks. New non-fiction books, regardless of their spine label, are still shelved with new non-fiction on the main floor.
So, we welcome your feedback. What are your thoughts on using the bookstore model over Dewey? Would you like to see us switch all of our non-fiction books over to the bookstore model of change back to Dewey?
We are looking for ways to make our collection more accessible to everyone, so your input would be most appreciated. While checking out your books, please give your opinion at the front desk and this information will be forwarded to me.
-- Erin Apostolos, Library Director.
The Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund is "a non-profit organization that accommodates families who need assistance during the holiday season". You can help these children in need by buying gifts from them! Just take an Angel card from the tree and return with your donation (and the card) by December 2, 2017.
The Angel Tree will be on display in our main lobby, right in front of the circulation desk.
For more information about the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, please visit their website: http://www.interlakeschristmasfund.com
Our newest exhibit features a group of female artists who have formed the “Lakes Region Pod” group of artists. All members of the pod are also members of the Women’s Caucus for Art, New Hampshire and live in relative proximity to one another. The pod meets regularly to share ideas and techniques, critique works, and keep a dialogue going about art. They work using a variety of mediums: oils, monoprints, quilts, and mixed media. The “Lakes Region Narrative” exhibit will be on display at the Meredith Public Library for the months of November and December.
Lynn Elkinton, Contemporary quilts and Textiles
Anne McMillan, Acrylic monoprints, Rust and Indigo dyed paper
Betty Flournay Brown, Oil painting on location
Carole Groenke, Oil stick over acrylic
Kimberly J. B. Smith, Altered books and mixed-media with natural elements
Lauren Hammond, Oil
Robin Cornwell, Tempera paint block prints on bark paper
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.