Attention kids and parents of emerging readers: Thanks to an ARPA grant, our library just added dozens of new books and audiobooks for our youngest readers. Stop in and check them out! Find a list of the new things here.
This past spring public libraries throughout New Hampshire had the opportunity to apply for funds made available by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The first round of funds was distributed as grants to public libraries to pay for programs, equipment, supplies, books and other circulating materials in order to better respond to their communities’ needs this summer as the nation begins to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth used ARPA grant funds to make the library’s outdoor space more welcoming for people who visit the library and participate in outdoor programs by purchasing another picnic table and umbrella as well as a sound system with microphones and speakers. Grant funds made it possible for the Cook Memorial Library to engage emerging readers with the addition of fun new audiobooks and books for kids. The grant also allowed the library to support children’s social-emotional development by adding a weekly tabletop role-playing game program for 9- to 12-year-olds.