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Aging Well in Waldo County receives AARP Challenge Grant

Two libraries benefit
Aug 04, 2019
Liberty Library Director Barbara Rehmeyer shows off the library’s enhanced outdoor space beside the building.

Aging Well in Waldo County is among six organizations in Maine, 159 nationwide, to receive an AARP Challenge Grant that is funding improvements at two area libraries.

Aging Well board members Betty Johnson and Wendy C. Kasten wrote the application in the category of “Creating vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks, and access to other amenities.” They were awarded nearly $5,000 for the purpose of creating more “vibrant spaces” at Liberty Library and Carver Memorial Library in Searsport.

Liberty Library is using its funds to add lighting to increase public safety at the entrance, and to enhance an outdoor area to be inviting for patrons to relax, play chess and checkers, and congregate. The area is defined by an array of planters with colorful flowers, but needed lighting.

Carver Memorial Library, housed in a historic building, will use its funds to increase lighting, as well. One room, lit by sconces, currently has few of them in working order. Another under-illuminated room will be enhanced by a period-appropriate chandelier. As a result, all patrons, including seniors, will be better able to read in the rooms. Lastly, an alcove with large-print books will get permanent custom-made shelving.

AARP Challenge grants are for short-term projects that must be completed by Nov. 30. Members of Aging Well in Waldo County will assist the libraries, as needed, to satisfy the grant’s intentions for improved livable spaces.


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