Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:29

Millinocket Memorial Library receives generous grant Featured

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MILLINOCKET - The Millinocket Memorial Library is the heart of the community and a landmark for many.

After applying for numerous grants they were lucky enough to receive one from "The Next Generation Foundation".

 

Two years ago the Millinocket library lost almost all funding from the town. A bunch of volunteers came together to help run the library. When library director Matt Delaney came along they decided they didn't want to just keep the library open, they wanted to deliver something amazing and transformational.

 

Delaney said "We're really lucky to be awarded a $500,000 grant from next generation foundation and with that we are going to create the library of the future."

 

They are putting the money to good use by creating an energy efficient building that would include solar panels on the roof, updated mechanical systems, upgraded technology and much more. Their main focus is to celebrate youth in the community. They want to create a teen space here at the library.

 

He says he's glad the foundation awarded them with such a generous grant, and he thinks the community has a lot to do with that. "I think they saw the community support behind it. They recognized how many people have come together to help build this amazing library" said Delaney.

 

The library has been around since 1919 and it's means a lot to everyone in the community. He say's the library can influence some life changing experiences for people.

 

"The library provides all different kinds of resources for people. Wherever they are in their life whether their students, somebody's that's looking for work, or their trying to have sort of social life this provides purpose and meaning for people. The library is where you can discover serendipitously encounters something that might change your life."

 

Shonna Narine

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