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Mont Vernon Library Charitable Foundation

Media Contact: Cindy Raspiller, 603-673-2667, cindy@mvlcf.org

MONT VERNON LIBRARY PROJECT AWARDED $655,000 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES.

The Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant will be used to support construction of a modern, accessible library for the town of Mont Vernon, NH.

Mont Vernon, NH, April 14, 2022 – The Mont Vernon Library Charitable Foundation announced today that it has been awarded a matching grant worth up to $655,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant will support building a modern, accessible 7,600 square foot library for the town of Mont Vernon. The new facility will replace the current 1,200 square foot 1909 building, addressing the historic building’s many shortcomings and providing the space, technology, and accessibility to allow library staff and visiting presenters to offer high quality cultural programming for central southern NH residents.  A major improvement anticipated by residents is the accessibility of the one-level design.  The library is an important gathering space for town residents and the new facility will greatly enhance this important capability.

John Quinlan, Mont Vernon Board of Selectmen Chair, said, “Winning this grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities is a great step forward in our effort to build a library for Mont Vernon’s next one hundred years.  The new library will be the centerpiece of our ongoing efforts to revitalize our village center.”  Mont Vernon Library Charitable Foundation President, Cindy Raspiller, commented, “This award is a significant boost to our ongoing library capital campaign and will allow us to make the dream of a new Daland Memorial Library a reality sooner.”

NEH announced 23 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants, totaling $11 million. These grants leverage federal funding to strengthen and sustain humanities infrastructure and capacity-building activities at cultural institutions.  NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo) said, “NEH is proud to support these exemplary education, media, preservation, research, and infrastructure projects.”

To see the NEH press release and the full list of grantees visit:

https://www.neh.gov/news/neh-announces-3317-million-245-humanities-projects-nationwide

https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/NEH%20grant%20awards%20April%202022%20state%20by%20state%20.pdf

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Mont Vernon Library Charitable Foundation

Formed in 2015, MVLCF is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to raising and managing funds for the enhancement and capital improvement of the public library of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire.  For more information or to donate, visit https://www.mvlcf.org.

The National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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The library will be closed Tuesday, March 14th due to weather.

The library will be closing at 5:00pm on Wed., March 15th for Town Meeting. Town Meeting will be held at the Mont Vernon Village School Mulit-Purpose Room at 7pm.

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Holiday 2015 Closing

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The library will be open between the hours of 12 and 5 Wednesday, November 26th. We will be closed the 27th and the 28th and open for regular hours on Saturday.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Come to the Library on Saturday November 29th to create a Holiday Lantern just in time for the Mont Vernon tree lighting ceremony later that evening! Craft times are 10am, 11am, Noon and 1pm. Ages 6 and up.
Registration is required, spaces are limited!

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Call 673-7888 to reserve a spot today. This activity is the December “Super Saturday” craft, and has been moved up a week to match up with the new Tree Lighting Ceremony date. There will be no Super Saturday activity on Saturday December 6th.

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Bring your carved pumpkin to the library on Friday, October 31st and add it to our annual library jack o’ lantern display for all of Mont Vernon to see. Happy, scary, big or small; drop off your pumpkin and we’ll light them all! Drop off pumpkins any time on Halloween.

Jack-o-lanterns

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The library will close at 5pm on Friday, May 17 so that we can set up for our Spring Gala book sale. Please visit us on Saturday from 9-1. We will have a great selection of books, plants and jewels.

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Are there polar bears at the South Pole? What about penguins? Does it ever get dark in the summer? What do you know about the coldest and driest continent in the world? The Mont Vernon Historical Society and the Friends of the Daland Memorial Library are delighted to be sponsoring Curtis Moore’s program “Summer at the South Pole: How COOL is that!!” during Mont Vernon’s Spring Gala Day, Saturday, May 14th. The program will be held in the meeting room at the Town Hall (it is handicapped accessible) at 2 p.m. Curtis will present a slide show and talk about his experiences while living and working for five austral summers assisting in research projects at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Antarctica. He got back from his last trip on “The Ice” this spring.
Curtis grew up in Massachusetts, then went west to start college at South Dakota State University before transferring and completing his degree in outdoor leadership at Northern Arizona University. His love of the outdoors led to extensive experience in building, repairing and maintaining trails while working with and supervising high school students for the nationwide organization Students Conservation Corps. He has also worked for the Randolph (NH) Vermont Club Trail Crew as crew member and trail supervisor.
Curtis has competed in a number of marathons including the Boston Marathon. He has also run in marathons in New Zealand and Greece. He’s run in many other races across the US including a race up Mount Washington-a one hill race, so to speak! On a more local scale, he won the Mont Vernon Road Race on Gala Day last year and plans to compete again this year. He is currently on a 500 mile pilgrimage hike in Spain called “el Camino de Santiago.” Curtis is the grandson of the late Russell Stacy and Peg Stacy formerly of Mont Vernon. Peg now lives in Massachusetts. The program is free and open to all. There will be a chance to ask questions.

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