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Camden receives grant for historic preservation of library

Posted Jan. 08, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — The Town of Camden, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, has been awarded a $12,500 grant to assist with funding preservation of historic structures in the Library complex.

The Camden Public Library is a 1928 historic structure within the High Street Historic District and is one component of the Camden Library campus, which also contains Harbor Park. The Camden Library and Amphitheatre were designated a National Historic Landmark in 2013. This municipally owned property, overseen by and under the authority of the library’s board of trustees, is one of many cultural assets found in Camden.

The grant is from the Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation of the Maine Community Foundation, in cooperation with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The Maine Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit with a focus on building sustainable and vibrant communities for all Maine people. The grant will be matched with funds from the Library’s current budget to make repairs to steps and railings at the original main entrance as well as repairs to the stone wall and iron railings that encompass the property. Out of 27 applications submitted for this year’s round of funding, Camden’s was one of 13 selected.

Camden Public Library Executive Director, Nikki Maounis is so pleased that the grant funds will benefit the library, “Our library is a gem, that we are entrusted to steward for this generation and the next. With this grant we can be sure to continue the preservation work needed to assure that this extraordinary resource is here for our children and our grandchildren,” Maounis said in a press release.

The Town of Camden had previously partnered not only with the library but also Bay Chamber Concerts in 2012 with a successful grant award from the National Endowment from the Humanities. A six week “America’s Music” series provided documentary film screenings and scholar led discussions on music genres from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.

“We are thankful our project was selected for funding and were pleased to again partner with the library on this opportunity”, said Brian Hodges, Camden Development Director, in the press release. “The historic assets of Camden add to its identity and investing in their preservation generates a significant return that ripples throughout the community and region.”

Repairs will begin after the spring thaw and be slated for completion by summer 2014. FMI: contact Brian Hodges at 236-3353 bhodges@camdenmaine.gov or Penney Read, Development & Communications Director, Camden Public Library at 236-3440 pread@librarycamden.org

The Town of Camden is a coastal community in Knox County known for its downtown vibrancy, natural assets, and cultural diversity, and is the home to many significant conferences and events throughout the year. The Camden Public Library helps people of all ages to read, connect and discover, offers over 600 diverse events and programs annually, and has been rated a ” 5 Star Library” yet again by Library Journal, a national publication.

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