Library Expansion & Renovation: Our Capital Campaign

The North Conway Public Library is an essential part of our community and offers a welcoming space for all ages to gather, engage, learn, create, explore, and imagine.

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HAM FOUNDATION GIVES $50,000 CHALLENGE GRANT TO LIBRARY

The North Conway Public Library is the recipient of a matching grant from the Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation in the amount of $50,000 to be awarded upon successful completion of funds raised by October.

Following a large recent expansion, the library is currently in the end phase of its fundraising campaign, “The Final Chapter,” with a focus on completing the interior with furnishings, technology, books, shelving and more, said Library Director Andrea Masters. READ MORE >

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Come Imagine With Us!

In 2018, the Board of Directors set a goal to renovate and expand the beloved North Conway Public Library. In 2019 we broke ground and at the end of 2020 we held a soft opening. We hope to celebrate in 2021!

Thanks to Lyman Pope, our generous patrons and donors, we are closer to achieving that goal and the doors are ready to open! The interior is beautiful! We appreciate our local contractors for bringing the dream to fruition.

We are now in The Final Chapter of completing this wonderful and inspiring project! We need some final furnishings, to acquire computers for patrons' use, and to outfit the meeting rooms so that they are ready for use by local groups and organizations.


We appreciate the support of our community and all donations will help prepare the building for the coming years. We look forward to seeing all our patrons return -- at first "socially distanced", but then with smiles not hidden by masks, in the surroundings of our spectacular new building.


With gratitude to the people of the Mt. Washington Valley community and beyond, who have been inspired by the challenge and embrace the future of the North Conway Public Library.

If you have any questions please reach out to Sharon Wroblewski, Capital Campaign Chair.
 

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Grants Received
Connie Davis Watson Foundation
Pequawket Foundation
Goldberg Foundation
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op
Bangor Savings Bank

Thank you to our local and state leaders who have provided letters of support for the North Conway Public Library. Please click the name to read the letter in its entirety.

 

"As a child that attended John Fuller, I fondly recall visiting the North Conway Library during the school day for special field trips, as well as walking there after school to do research and homework. This beautiful, historic building in the center of North Conway has the potential to grow to be the heart and hub of our community."

Danielle Nutting, Principal, John Fuller School

"I am writing in support of the application for the North Conway Public Library. They are requesting grant support of their needed building expansion and renovation project. The North Conway Public Library is the little library that could. It is a 501(c)(3) that has been serving the Conway community since the late 1800s from a beautiful granite building in the heart of North Conway Village."

Ed Butler, NH State Representative, Carroll County District 7

"The proposed expansion includes increased space for the Children and Teen areas along with two new reading rooms, As the father of an 11 month old I can say that these additions will be greatly utilized by young families who look for resources and venues to take their children to, especially in the long winter months."
Harrison Kanzler, NH State Representative, Carroll County District 2

"As Director of the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council I am pleased to provide a 100% support for the North Conway Public Library's building expansion and renovation. The planned 6,600 square foot addition will nearly double the size of the existing building in downtown North Conway Village, Main Street, and become a modern, state of the art library in a magnificent historic building."
Jac Cuddy, Executive Director. Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council

As our community has evolved the library's role has become even more important. Their plans to modernize and expand their existing building will address a broad spectrum of issues that impact our local economy. By listening to the current needs of library patrons they are proactively setting the stage for the future of this library by accommodating the need for information, technology, career planning, education, technical resources, business planning, etc. for today's entrepreneurs, students, business leaders, workforce, educators, and more.
Janice Crawford, Executive Director, Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

"The North Conway Public Library is in need of some significant upgrades to transform the building to meet the requirements of today's society. The historic building is quite charming in aesthetic appearance, although undersized and without the infrastructure to meet the needs of the community. The proposed addition of conference rooms, reading rooms, technology infrastructure upgrades and ADA compliance issues will greatly enhance the current conditions while maintaining architectural consistency and value."
Kevin Richard,
 Superintendent of Schools, SAU9

"A building like this, sited where it is, could have a profound impact on the community. This project shows tremendous vision on the part of the citizens of North Conway. There will clearly be an impact on the economy while the extensive renovations are being done but the long-term impact of a building like this, in the heart of the community, will be dramatic. Of this you can be sure."
Michael York, State Librarian, NH State Library

"Libraries are more than just books and the North Conway Public Library is a superior example of this. Residents and visitors to the Mt. Washington Valley will benefit tremendously from any funding received."
Mike Cryans, NH Executive Councilor, District One


"I am excited about the prospect of the library adding a conference room and a large community room. From a business perspective, this will undoubtedly have a positive economic impact on the region. I loof forward to utilizing this asset for business meetings as well as for community events."
Mike Laracy, Founder and President, Rapid Insight, Inc.

"In coordination with the new addition the library board of trustees has embarked on a capital campaign to raise additional funds to upgrade the information technology infrastructure, to add new computers, and to add new books and shelves. These additonal funds will help provide the educational and technological resources the local residents and visitors who use the library require."
Tom Buco, NH State Representative, Carroll County District 2