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Fantastic news Jennifer!!  Congratulations--

Lee M. Koenigs

Library Director

Libby Memorial Library

MLA Small & Rural Library Group Chair

Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064


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*Subject:* [MELIBS-L] National Endowment for the Humanities - American
Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations Grant award

Excuse the cross posting, but I just had to share, because
we are so excited and grateful!!
This is our second award in 4 years from NEH and we can't
thank them enough!

We are pleased to announce that the Fort Fairfield Public
Library has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment
for the Humanities in the amount of $19,200.00

In May, the library applied to the American Rescue Plan:
Humanities Organizations for a grant to continue to protect
the contents of the Jesse Drew Historical Room. This grant
is designated for the purchase and installation of UV
filtering film on the windows and overhead lights, purchase
and installation of the railing and brackets for our rolling
library ladder, acrylic shelf liners to protect the books
from the wood shelf varnish, document cases for our loose
documents, and foam board padding for between the large
bound newspaper books. In addition, the grant also
completely covers a full year of payroll for our archival

Starting this fall through the winter, the library will be
working with Precision Custom Woodworking in Fort Fairfield,
to install the ladder and the acrylic shelf liners. Staff
will continue to transition the bound newspaper books to a
more secure orientation utilizing the foam cushioning and
installation of the UV film on the windows and the lights.

This was a highly competitive grant, with only 292 funded
projects from 937 applicants across the country. 3 awards
were given to institutions in Maine, with Fort Fairfield as
the only library.

The library is extremely grateful to National Endowment for
the Humanities for the opportunity this grant will afford us
in protecting our irreplaceable collection.

Full National Endowment for the Humanities announcement -
List of awardees -

Jennifer Gaenzle

Library Director

Fort Fairfield Public Library

339 Main Street

Fort Fairfield, ME 04742


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