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Meredith Library dedication celebration this Saturday


December 02, 2021
MEREDITH — Celebrate the Meredith Public Library's renovated and expanded building with a ribbon cutting ceremony and day of activities this Saturday.

The Meredith Public Library will hold a special event celebrating its newly expanded space on Saturday, Dec. 4 with a dedication starting at 11 a.m. followed by events starting at noon.

The new section if the building is the result of 10 years of discussions of the library's space and programming needs resulting from fire code violations found in 2011.

After several years of studies and looking at different options with a lot of spirited community debate, the library and the town agreed to a final design to go to the 2020 town meeting.

In March of 2020 voters overwhelmingly supported the $5 million project. The article called for no more than $4.1 million to be bonded and the rest would come from the estimated $880,000 in donations. By that meeting, $975,000 had been raised and as of now over $1 million has been raised.

Work continued through 2020 and 2021 with some hiccups from the pandemic and supply issues, especially a delay in getting shelving.

The library has remained open during work, closing for a month over the summer to move into the new expansion. The addition has been open since July 13 and work continued in the historical section. When work in the older section was finished, the library closed for a week on Nov. 22 to start the final move into the renovated space and was scheduled to reopen on Nov. 30.

The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. Tours and different activities will go on from noon-1:30 p.m.

Local band The Sweetbloods will perform from noon-1 p.m. Stella the minihorse will make a special appearance at noon.

The event will also feature makerspace demonstrations, a 3D printer demonstration, canvas stenciling, quilting demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt. Refreshments will be served during the event.

Martin Lord Osman
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