Library Awarded Sustainability Grant

Historic building to be fully insulated

Press release
Library Trustee Janet Schwartz, Director Glynis Hart, and Trustee Margaret Doody in front of the Wilmot Public Library. A sustainability grant will help insulate the library. – Photo credit: Bill Chaisson

WILMOT, NH – The Wilmot Public Library has been awarded a sustainability grant from the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. The grant of $12,000 will make it possible to fully insulate the library’s historic building, a former schoolhouse.

“The grant will make it so our patrons, volunteers and staff can be more comfortable, and it can be more temperature-controlled for our materials,” said library volunteer Kristin McCarthy.

In Wilmot the library serves as a social hub with an active cadre of volunteers and a busy calendar of activities, as well as the latest bestsellers, graphic novels and mysteries. It is historically linked to Poet Laureate Jane Kenyon and Donald Hall, and children’s book author Tomie DePaola, all of whom were residents of Wilmot. WMUR personality Fritz Wetherbee has filmed his show inside the library.

The sustainability grant is provided via ARSL through the generosity of the Manton Foundation. The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) builds strong communities through professional development and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries. ARSL recognizes the uniqueness of small and rural libraries and is committed to providing an environment that encourages excellence within this community of practice, supporting their goals of service and speaking on behalf of this important constituency.