In the grant application, Chesley Memorial Library detailed that it would meet these needs by using grant funds to purchase non-traditional library items such as tools, cameras, outdoor activity equipment, craft equipment, musical instruments, party equipment, early learning/literacy items, and/or games.
“A library is so much more than a place to borrow books. A library is a community center offering programs for all ages and it is an information center for the community it serves. A library provides essential services like internet access, photocopying, scanning, faxing, and notary service. We hope that our new collection of things will provide access to items that people might not be able to afford due to the pandemic and will help to show that libraries are truly community centers that deserve public support,” said Library Director Donna Bunker.
“The exciting part will be when the items are fully utilized and seeing the families enjoying and creating memories together,” said Northwood Recreation Director Scott Blewitt.
“New Hampshire’s strong relationship with its public libraries was made even more evident during the past two years, when librarians and their staffs were able to adjust services nimbly in order to continue to meet the needs of their communities,” said N.H. State Librarian Michael York. “The innovative programs funded by these grants will continue to strengthen not only public library services, but also the communities in which the libraries reside.” “As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities.”
Chesley Memorial Library’s goal is to have the program up and running as soon as possible.
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