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 – 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
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.
Daland Memorial Library
Mother's Day Make-N-Take
Calling all kids! Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8th! Stop by the library on Saturday, May 7th from 10AM-1PM to make your mother a Mother's Day card and a small bouquet of flowers. While supplies last. Drop in early for the best selection.
Hooks & Needles
Hooks & Needles will be meeting on Friday, May 13th from 12-2pm in the Mont Vernon Fire Dept. Community Room. Bring your latest needlework project and spend the afternoon crafting. New members welcome.
Friends of the Library Plant and Junque Jewel Sale
Save the Date! It's the return of the Friends of the Library Annual Plant & Junque Jewels Sale on Saturday, May 21st 9:00AM-2:00PM. Come early to the backyard of the library for the best selection of garden perennials, ground covers, and shrubs. Stop in the library to shop an eclectic collection of used jewelry including rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Library.
Mont Vernon Recreation
SPRING GALA ~ Saturday, May 21st, 7:30 am to 2 pm, “Bloom Where You Are Planted”
Let’s celebrate our fantastic community by showing each other that we can “Bloom Where We Are Planted” – right here in Mont Vernon! Here are some details of the day:
• MVFD Pancake Breakfast• N2N Fun Run & 5K Road Race
Register early for a discounted rate at:
• Parade down Main Street (Thank you, Tom Wahle, for stepping up to be our Parade Coordinator!) If you, or a group you are part of, is interested in joining the parade, please email MontVernonRecreation@gmail.com
• Followed by games, food, crafts, and activities on the green until 2 pm! As well as a plant & jewel sale at the Library, tours of our very own Museum, and so much more!!!
Strength & Tone from Home
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:45 am via Zoom - a 45-minute class of strength and conditioning workout led by personal trainer, Mary Rondeau.
Cardio & Toning in the Gym
Saturdays at 7:30 am in the Mont Vernon Village School gym - a 45-minute cardio and toning workout led by fitness instructor, Mary Manseau.
These sessions are ongoing. If you are interested in trying a class - the first one is free! If you’d like to sign-up for a session, we offer 2x and 3x a week options.
Please join us if you are interested in spreading joy around your community! Email MontVernonRecreation@gmail.com to receive the zoom link to our next meeting, and/or if you have any additional questions. Below is our upcoming meeting schedule:
• May 3rd at 7 pm location TBD
• May 17th at 7 pm location TBD
For more information, contact Stephanie Vore Apple at Psapple@comcast.net.