MEREDITH — The trustees of the Meredith Public Library have begun work on a Master Plan for the library and one of the issues the plan must address is the deteriorating state of the library building. In the 2014 budget the Meredith Select Board designated some funding for the most serious of these problems and the library received and L-CHIP grant to assist with this.
However, much more remains to be done. An inspection by the State Fire Marshal found that the Meredith Public Library building had several life-safety code violations. In order to meet code, the library will need to replace an historic staircase, move the Children's Room from its current location and possibly will have to install a sprinkler system, among other things. Before investing in costly renovations, the trustees thought it wise to examine what the needs of our library will be in the future.
Last fall, a committee of Meredith citizens was formed from all parts of the community including working professionals, parents of young children, a representative from the Friends of the Library, a teacher from Inter-Lakes school, a teen from Inter-Lakes High School, and two representatives from the Meredith Public Library Board of Trustees. The Library Director attends all meetings in an advisory role.
By interviewing staff, surveying the community and hosting public input sessions, the Master Plan Committee is tasked with making a recommendation to the Meredith Public Library Board of Trustees regarding the future of the library. With that recommendation as a baseline, the trustees will begin the task of drafting a Master Plan.
The committee will be distributing surveys throughout the community in places such as the Town Hall, Community Center, Library and the Inter-Lakes Schools. In addition, visit: www.meredithlibrary.org to access an online version of the survey and to learn more about the library's issues. Those who opt to leave their contact information on the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. Deadline for inclusion is March 31. The committee will also be hosting public input sessions where members of the community will be invited to share their opinions about what they feel the future of the library should be. Meetings to be announced at a future date.
The trustees have contracted with Full Circle Consulting to help with their Master Plan. This service was partially paid for by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.