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Grant keeps library at hub
Memorial Hall Library is among 28 recipients sharing a $4 million grant from the Community Innovation Challenge program, which was recently approved by the Legislature. The program was created to support regionalization and other cost-saving initiatives by local governments. Memorial Hall was awarded $29,967 to help make the library part of the town’s emergency response system, said its director, Beth Mazin. The money will pay for an electronic touch-screen bulletin board that will be available to relay information to residents during emergencies, such as a blackout or storm, she said. The idea to involve the library in emergency situations emerged from the large-scale power outages caused by the freak snowstorm that hit the area in October. While the majority of the town was without power for days, the library, likely because of its proximity to the town’s public safety building, still had electricity and became the gathering place for residents seeking the latest information from National Grid, looking for places to eat, a warm place to stay, and power outlets for their electronic devices, Mazin said. The new electronic bulletin board will build on the library’s strength as a place to get information, she added.